KOCHI l SATURDAY l JANUARY 12, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION INDUSTRIAL GROWTH COMES TO A SCREECHING HALT Factory output drops to 0.5% in November as manufacturing sector, particularly consumer and capital goods, grew flat FACTORY OUTPUT SLIPS TO 17-MONTH LOW MANUFACTURING TAKES THE BULLET Factory output as measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production had grown 8.5 per cent in November 2017, data released by the Central Statistics Office showed. CSO also revised upwards the growth for October to 8.4 per cent from 8.1 per cent. During AprilNovember, growth was 5 per cent against 3.2 per cent a year ago ■ Manufacturing, which constitutes 77.63% of the IIP, declined 0.4 per cent in November against 10.4% growth a year ago ■ Capital goods output slipped 3.4%, against 3.7% growth ■ Consumer durables output dipped by 0.9 per cent ■ Consumer non-durable goods saw 0.6 per cent contraction -0.3% THE PREVIOUS LOW WAS IN JUNE 2017 WHEN GROWTH WENT TO -VE TERRITORY 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 Alok Verma resigns, says justice denied Expresses concern over CBI’s governance; requests he be treated as superannuated with effect from Friday Asthana not out of the woods While CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana had the last laugh, with boss Alok Verma putting in his papers, the Delhi HC refused to quash an FIR lodged against Asthana at Verma’s behest and set a 10-week deadline to complete the investigations. P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi SACKED CBI director Alok Verma on Friday refused to take charge as chief of fire services and resigned from service, a day after a PM-led panel wielded the axe. The majority view in the panel that also had Justice Sikri and Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, supported the CVC’s position that sought his exit for his alleged questionable integrity . “Natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the director,” Verma claimed. In his resignation letter, Verma said he had an untarnished record. “The decisions made will not just be a reflection on my functioning but will become a testimony on how the CBI as an institution will be treated by any government through the CVC, who is appointed by majority members of the ruling government. This is a moment for collective introspection, to state the least,” he said. In normal course, he would have superannuated on July 31 last year, but was serving as CBI director till January 31, because of the fixed two-year fixed tenure, he said, requesting he may be deemed as superannuated with ef fect from Friday . Verma was forced to go just two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him saying any decision on the CBI director’s transfer or suspension before he completes his tenure of two years could be taken only by the selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice. The Centre, in October last, had sent Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave for trading charges of corruption against each other. ORGAN HARVESTING 2 years later: Case? What case? THE CASE Abhin V J of Muvattupuzha was denied treatment by two private hospitals for a head injury he suffered in a bike accident on December 2, 2009. After he was declared brain-dead, his liver and two kidneys were harvested by a private hospital. It is now emergSpeaking to PRESS ing that despite a CLUSIVE Express, Director IT’S been two years of deafen- senior doctor reGeneral of Proseing silence since Express outed vealing in Septemcution Manjeri a police probe into an organ ber 2017 that her name and sig- S r e e d h a r a n N a i r, w h o trade racket that harvested vi- nature were forged by a medical heads the apex board, said the tal organs from a 23-year-old ac- board to give clean chit to the Health Department has not cident victim in Kochi. First doctors accused of organ har- yet placed the case before came the reprieve for the al- vesting, the state health depart- the board. “We have not releged accused. Then came the ment and the apex medical ceived any such case so far,” he twist. The reprieve, it seems, board continue to pass the said. was built on falsehood. buck. This came close on the heels of Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan responding to this reporter that the apex medical board under Director General of Prosecutions looked into such cases. On being asked about this specific case, he said, “We cannot comment about one specific ● More on P6 A grab of the Express report published on July 1, 2016 case.” A J AY K A N T H @Kochi New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday drew a parallel between the 1761 third battle of Panipat between Marathas and Afghans and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Lok Sabha elections will be a battle of two ideologies, Shah said, asserting his party stands for cultural nationalism and development of poor, while the rivals have come together merely for power. He was speaking at the BJP’s convention here. P7 POWER PLANT PLANNED The state is planning to set up a second power generation house at Idukki dam at a total estimated cost of C2,700 crore. The project aims to make use of the optimum power production from the dam during peak hours. P6 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS EXPRESS READ BJP CONVENTION 2019 LS polls a battle of two ideologies: Amit Shah R2,700-CR Sexist remarks: Pandya, Rahul suspended ISRO sets Dec 2021 date for manned mission 2011 order on release of 209 prisoners quashed New Delhi: Cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were on Friday suspended pending inquiry into their outrage-evoking comments on women during a television show, ruling them out of the ODI series against Australia. The cricketers have been in the eye of a storm following their sexist remarks on ‘Koffee with Karan’. P14 Bengaluru: The ISRO on Friday set up the Human Spaceflight Centre to focus on India’s manned space missions. The first of these, the I9,023-crore Gaganyaan, which will see three Indian astronauts orbiting in low Earth orbit for a week, is slated for December 2021. ISRO chairman R Sivan said they were open to having women astronauts too in the crew. P7 Kochi: The High Court on Friday quashed the order issued by the LDF Government in 2011, directing premature release of 209 prisoners, including CPM workers, all of whom were convicted of committing murder. The government had issued the order citing a large number of prisoners had served long periods of incarceration. P4
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