THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l TUESDAY l OCTOBER 9, 2018 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION US ECONOMISTS WIN NOBEL FOR WORK ON CLIMATE AND GROWTH William Nordhaus, Paul Romer win the Nobel Prize in Economics 2018 for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth WILLIAM NORDHAUS PAUL ROMER ADDRESSED MOST PRESSING QUESTIONS HOW THEIR WORK CAME TOGETHER The duo addressed “some of our time’s most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable growth,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said, adding that they constructed models that explain how the P10 market economy interacts with nature and knowledge ■ Nordhaus, 77, was specifically honoured for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis ■ Romer, 62, meanwhile won for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis ■ Both were tipped as frontrunners for the Nobel in recent years $1.01 mn (9 MN SWEDISH KRONOR) PRIZE NORDHAUS & ROMER WILL SHARE CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Pak mole in BrahMos missile project held Bright, young DRDO engineer was trapped by a woman impersonating as an employee of a US firm, claim police SPY FILES ON A ROLL The deluge of last August seems to be a thing of the past as foreign tourists have started arriving in Kochi to make the most of its pleasant weather. Here three cyclists are enjoying their ride along the Kandakkadavu-Kannamaly stretch | MELTON ANTONY BREWERY ROW UDF scripts spirited win as govt climbs down, cancels approval AT A GLANCE Government will continue with its decision to approve new brewery units if found eligible Those who wish to start new units can submit applications. New mechanism to be made to collect and verify applications for brewery units, says CM Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala welcomes decision UDF to continue with agitations demanding the resignation of state Excise Minister T P Ramakrishnan E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram OPPOSITION UDF pulled off, perhaps, the first major political victory during the Pinarayi Vijayan regime after relentlessly pushing the Left Government on the back foot and forcing it to cancel the controversial approval given to three breweries and one distillery, alleging graft. The government found itself under added pressure after the Opposition decided to strengthen the agitation and dissent grew within the Left front. The CPM and CPI leadership were also unhappy about the controversy. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, though welcomed the decision, said the UDF would continue with its agitation demanding Excise Minister T P Ramakrishnan’s resignation. Pinarayi, however, tried to tone down the entire episode, saying there were no irregularities in the decision to grant in-principle approval to the breweries and distillery. He added the government decided to withdraw the approval to avoid controversy and keeping in mind the larger interest of the state post flood. Insisting that the decision does not mean the government is going back from sanctioning new brewery units, he said a mechanism will be put in place to scrutinise new applications. “The state is rebuilding itself and these’re times when we should stand together. Such baseless allegations won’t help our future. ● More on P5 EDIT: KERALA GETS THE DISTILLERY MONKEY OFF ITS BACK | P8 Nishant Agarwal, a scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation attached to the BrahMos Aerospace, Nagpur, was arrested on espionage charges Agarwal faces charges of passing on classified information about the Brahmos missile project to Pakistan’s ISI A senior engineer, he was heading HydraulicsPneumatics and Warhead Integration (Production Department) at BrahMos Aerospace facility on Wardha Road in Nagpur He was arrested in a joint operation by the Military Intelligence as well as UP and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad MEET THE MGR WHO DEVELOPED A BLOOD BANK 5 units donated each day “We donate not less than five units of blood each day,” says Mamidi Govinda Rao.“No death should take place due to lack of blood. That is the motto of the mobile blood bank,” he adds G R A M E S H B A B U @ Srikakulam WHAT started out as a modest attempt by a youngster in a small town in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district a year ago to help those in dire need of blood, is now a source of lifeline for thousands of patients across the state. Realising that blood banks in the district are unable to meet the rising demand for blood, Mamidi Govinda Rao, or MGR, roped in a small group of volunteers who would be available anytime anywhere to donate blood. A year later, it has grown to become a fullfledged mobile blood bank with over 3,600 members not just in Srikakulam but in neighbouring Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts, too, making blood unit just a call away . This is how the MGR Mobile Blood Bank works: Those who want to donate blood register their names by submitting details of their blood group, hemoglobin levels and residential address with contact numbers. Upon receiving a phone call or a WhatsApp message from a patient’s relative seeking a specific group of blood, no less than four donors rush to the hospital to donate blood. Since the launch, members have donated blood to more than 1,500 patients. With rising instances of drop in platelets count due to seasonal fevers, the demand for blood has shot up in the recent past, says Rao. “We have donated the blood to about 500 victims in past two months alone,” he adds. To contact MGR Blood Bank, call or WhatsApp on 7702044449. A ticket that needs lots of luck A225 cr was the state government’s target This is not a profit-making tool. The government has launched the sale as a part of its commitment towards flood victims. People should come forward to buy the tickets as it’ll be their additional contribution to the Rebuild Kerala campaign S G Sharma, State Lotteries Directorate A N I L K U M A R T @ Kochi THE Nava Kerala Lottery, envisaged as a helping hand to the state’s ‘Rebuild Kerala’ campaign, seems to have failed to strike a chord with the people. Though the government’s plan was to sell 90 lakh tickets in a month’s time to raise `225 crore, the Kerala State Lotteries Department (KSLD) could only sell nearly 16 lakh tickets till Monday . The bumper ticket is priced at `250. While the first prize, `1 lakh, will be given away to 90 persons, as many as 1,00,800 people will pocket `5,000 each. So the government has to set aside `6 crore for the prize alone. Until now, the department has raised only `40 crore. “We’ll fall short of the target as we’ve only a week left to sell the tickets,” said an officer with the KSLD, which has printed 30 lakh tickets. An elderly woman who sells the Nava Kerala Lottery tickets | A SANESH The department finds itself in a spot despite the lottery agents, political, cultural and voluntary organisations, residents’ associations, colleges, libraries, Kudumbashree units and individuals coming out to help the government by selling tickets. Agents say the lacklustre response was due to ‘poor’ prize value. “Compared to other bumper tickets, the prize amount is very less. Hence only a few people are buying tickets. Most of those who come forward are the ones who want to contribute to the Rebuild Kerala campaign,” said Palakkad-based lottery agent Premkumar. When contacted, State Lotteries Directorate’s Deputy Director (Sales) S G Sharma sai d the department could sell only 15.68 lakh tickets so far. “This is not a profit-making tool. The gover nment has launched the sale as a part of its commitment towards flood victims. People should come forward to buy the tickets as it’ll be their additional contribution to the Rebuild Kerala campaign,” said Sharma. Finance Minister and Lotteries Department director were unavailable for comment. Nishant Agrawal, who was allegedly spying for Pakistan’s ISI IITian spy Agarwal, who hails from Roorkee in Uttarakhand, studied at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. He also worked as a research intern at IIT Roorkee some remuneration.” A probe revealed the woman was a Pakistani. Agarwal used to supply vital inputs to his ISI handlers through a ‘coded game. The action at Nagpur is believed to a follow up of the arrest of three persons, including an ISI agent and two DRDO employees at Kanpur. Agarwal was in contact with the trio, and the ISI agent had established a contact with him through facebook using a fake profile. Return, Gujarat CM tells migrants Ahmedabad/Patna: Additional forces were deployed in the industrial areas in Gujarat for the security of Hindi-speaking migrants after attacks on them sparked their exodus that prompted the state government on Monday to make an appeal for their return. As many as 431 people were arrested, as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani appealed to people not to engage in violence. ‘No decision yet on Naik’s extradition’ New Delhi: Malaysia is yet to take a call on extraditing controversial preacher Zakir Naik to India and the matter could end up being decided by the country’s courts, a senior Malaysian minister told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday when she raised the issue during a meeting here. Naik, who left India in July, 2016, is wanted on terror and money laundering charges. Abuse in shelter homes: SC concerned New Delhi: “Things are not all that good”, the Supreme Court observed on Monday while referring to rising incidents of abuse of children and women in shelter homes and asked the Centre to put in concerted efforts to deal urgently with the situation. 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF THIRUVANANTHAPURAM EXPRESS INDIA is unfazed by the impending US sanctions on Iranian oil and will continue to buy fuel from the friendly country. Confirming that India is ready to play hardball with the US, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan confirmed that two Indian oil firms have placed orders from Iran for the month of November. US sanctions on Iranian oil trade and banking channels are set to go into effect from November 4, with the for mer maintaining that countries which don’t cut Iranian imports to zero will face penalties. While there has been some talk of sanction waivers from the US, whether India will get one is uncertain at this stage. “Two of our oil companies have made nominations to purchase Iranian oil in November. We do not know if we will get waiver (from US sanctions) or not,” Pradhan said at the Energy Forum. Indian Oil Corporation and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals have placed orders for a cumulative 1.25 million tonnes of crude oil from Iran for November. There were other indications that India would not bend fully to US demands. Pradhan went on to assert that India’s policies will be “guided by our national interest”, and that India would have to fulfil its own domestic requirements. We expect global leaders to understand India’s needs,” the minister said. SABARIMALA NSS tightens screws on LDF Govt, files review petition @ Kottayam EXPRESS READ NAVA KERALA LOTTERY @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Mamidi Govinda Rao (extreme right) with members of his MGR mobile blood bank in Srikakulam | EXPRESS India to buy Iranian oil in Nov despite US sanctions EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE N A M I TA B A J PA I & A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Lucknow/Mumbai THE Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad in coordination with their Maharashtra counterparts and military intelligence unit nabbed Nishant Agarwal, a Nagpur-based Defence Research Development Organization for passing on classified information about the Brahmos missile project to Pakistan on Monday . Brahmos Aersopace, an IndoRussian joint venture, has its base near Nagpur. Last year, it tested certain advanced versions of the weapon system. The facility from where Agarwal was arrested makes propellants for the missile. Two of his accomplices, one from Kanpur and the other from Agra, are also under ATS scanner. Besides handling new projects at BrahMos Nagpur and Pilani sites, Agarwal headed a team of 40 staff. UP IG, UP ATS, Asim Arun said the name of Agarwal, who won the Young Scientist Award from Government of India for his exemplary services in 201718, surfaced during interrogation of honey-trapped BSF jawan Achutanand Mishra arrested recently from Delhi on charges of sending photos, videos of 3D model of BSF Academy, arms and ammunition on WhatsApp to an ISI agent. “We scanned profiles of some other women on Facebook, only to find that a ‘woman impersonated self as an employee of a US firm had befriended Agarwal in 2016. Later, she lured him to work for her in lieu of a hand- MINISTERSPEAK THE Nair Service Society (NSS), which has been at the forefront of protest against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple, tightened the screws on the CPM-led state government on Monday by filing a review petition in the apex court. The NSS authorities said Adv K V Mohan filed the plea, which was settled by former attorney general and senior advocate K Parasaran, who had appeared for the society in the Sabarimala issue. In its review petition, the NSS cited errors in the judgment passed by five-member Bench headed by former Chief Justice Dipak Misra. “The judgment suffers from several serious errors apparent on the face of the judgment and records, and as such requires to be interfered with and is liable to be set aside after hearing the parties,” it said. Police on alert to keep things under control Ajay Kanth @Kochi For all the protests brewing up against the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, Kerala is staring at a worst law and order situation and state police are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that things remain under control. Police have been on high alert as there are inputs about possible attempts by groups with vested interests to scuttle the peaceful atmosphere in the state. P6 “It (restricting women) is not derogatory, since it’s not linked to physiological occurrences, but to the character of the deity . The “restriction” as such is on the deity himself, since he’s in a state of Naishtika penance and ought not to find himself in the company of young females,” the ● More on P6 affidavit said. CM: State will not go back EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram MAKING it categorically clear that the state would not go back on implementing the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages entry into the Sabarimala temple, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it would not surrender to politically-motivated agitations on the issue either. He added the verdict was not precipitated by the stance taken by the Left Government. The CM said the government has taken a stance, giving full respect to the faith and rituals associated with the temple, but it cannot file a review petition as it had made it clear in the affidavit that irrespective of the nature of the verdict, it would be implemented. “Whether the Supreme Court verdict is for or against women’s entry, it’ll be implemented. That’s the assurance given by the government,” said Pinarayi, adding the government is not against anyone filing review pe● More on P6 tition.
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