BHUBANESWAR SATURDAY JANUARY 12, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 20 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 DENIED NATURAL JUSTICE, CLAIMS VERMA, RESIGNS Expresses concern over CBI’s governance; requests he be treated as superannuated PUSHKAR BANAKAR @ New Delhi The Committee did not consider the fact that the entire CVC report is premised on charges alluded by a complainant who is presently under CBI probe Alok Verma 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 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 the normal course, he would have superannuated Pandya & Rahul face suspension ISRO SETS DEC 2021 DATE FOR MANNED MISSION E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE IndianSpace Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday set up its Human Spaceflight Centre (HSC) to exclusively focus on manned space missions. The first of these, the ambitious `9,023 crore Gaganyaan, which aims to inject three Indian astronauts in a low Earth orbit for a week — is slated for December 2021, ISRO chief R Sivan announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech last year, had set a 2022 timeline and allocated `10,000 crore for the mission. ISRO chairman R Sivan said the crew selection is yet to get underway and that they were open to having women astronauts as well. The training of Indian astronauts — referred to as Vyomanauts — will be in India. The IAF will select candidates for Gaganyaan, he said, adding that they will be sent abroad for additional training if required. “This is a major turning point for ISRO. The project will aid ISRO’s expansion in a major way It will add to . existing verticals such as launch vehicles, space infrastructure and applications,” he said. With the HSC in place, ISRO aims to take the human space programme to the next level by building a space station and sending an Indian to the Moon, Sivan shared. on July 31 last year, but was serving as CBI director till January 31, because of the fixed two-year fixed tenure, he pointed out, requesting he may be deemed as superannuated with effect 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 fixed tenure of two years could be taken only by the selection committee comprising the prime minister, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India. The Centre, in October last, had sent Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave for trading allegations of corruption against each other. in the three-match ODI series against Australia starting on Saturday looks THE Committee of Ad- all but over, the chances of ministrators (CoA) cur- them being part of the rently in charge of the side for the New Zealand BCCI, based on the recom- tour too looks bleak. mendation of the legal While the quantum of team, suspended their suspension Hardik Pandya is not known, the and KL Rahul for CoA arrived at the the comments decision after the made on a talk legal team ruled show through a out charging Panfresh notice on dya and Rahul for Friday evening. violating the BCHardik Pandya CEO Rahul CI’s Code of ConJohri will now file duct, which only a report in 15 days, follow- applies to on-field actions. ing which an ad-hoc om- In Sydney, captain Virat budsman will determine Ko h l i s a i d t h e t e a m the nature of the punish- doesn’t support the views ment which will be final expressed by Pandya and and binding. The duo will revealed the duo have now head back to India. been spoken to about the P14 While their participation issue. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CLOSE TO NATURE Odisha’s 1st canopy walk opens at Badmul E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar WANT to soak in the sylvan surroundings of Eastern Ghats by the side of serene Mahandi, watching birds in play as you gaze at the magnificent flora of Satkosia from tree-tops? Welcome to Nayagarh’s Badmul where the Forest Department has unveiled the first ever canopy walkway of the State. Constructed by local communities, ably supported by Mahanadi Wildlife Division, the 120 metre long walkway allows eco-tourists to take in the ma- jestic sights from a height of 25 feet connecting treetops in the riverine forest of Mahanadi. “This is the first canopy walkway in Odisha, and second in India. The first treetop walk in the country was started at Kali Tiger Reserve in Karnataka in 2017,” said Divisional Forest Officer of Mahanadi Wildlife Division Anshu Pragyan Das. Interestingly no archi, tect or engineer had idea about its construction and locals designed and constructed the walkway with assistance from forest officials. “This walk is an innovative way to explore the forest of Eastern Ghats in Satkosia where 332 species of migratory and residential birds are spotted along with a large number of wild aniP6 mals,” she said. CM launches ‘Ama Ghare LED’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhubaneswar CHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched the ‘Ama Ghare LED’ (LED bulbs in our houses) scheme which will benefit about 95 lakh families in the State. Each beneficiary family will get four LED bulbs free of cost under the scheme. Launching the scheme during the ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Bikash’ programme, the Chief Minister said the LED bulbs (9-watt each) will be distributed to the beneficiaries registered under the National Food Secu- rity Act (NFSA) and the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS). Distribution of the bulbs will be started at the PEETHA (Peoples Empowerment – Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiatives) schemes on January 15. Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) will be implementing the scheme and the bulbs will be distributed through camps and PDS outlets across the State. The beneficiaries will have to produce their bio-metric authentication to avail benefits under the scheme. Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma said people in rural areas use incandescent or CFL bulbs due to nonavailability of quality LED bulbs at a reasonable price, and as a result, are forced to pay higher electricity bills. With introduction of the scheme, electricity bills of the beneficiaries will go down. Energy Minister Sushant Singh said the LED project will help curb high-watt consumption. Odisha requires about 3.8 crore LED bulbs for the purpose.
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