AFP KOTTAYAM l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 14, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION MEGA JOB LOSSES IN AUTO SECTOR Sales shrunk for the ninth straight month to a near two-decade low; over 2.15 lakh jobs could have been lost within the last few months alone; crisis indicative of a slowdown, say analysts Time ticks, search gets tougher; heavy rain forecast adds to worry Search operations have not made any major breakthrough in the massive landslide spots of Kavalappara nearly a week after rain and flood ravaged the state HAVOC AT A GLANCE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi NEARLY a week after rain and flood ravaged Kerala, search operations have not made any major breakthrough in the massive landslide spots of Kavalappara in Malappuram. To add to the worries, the Met Department has forecast extreme heavy rainfall in many parts of the state on Wednesday . While the death toll climbed to 92 on Tuesday, the government said 59 people are still missing --- 51 in Malappuram alone. With at least 40 persons still missing from Kavalappara, where an entire hill was wiped off last Friday the toll is , expected to rise in coming days. The Met Department, meanwhile, has issued ‘red alert’ for Malappuram and Kozhikode, the worst-hit districts in the Southwest Monsoon, on Wednesday. Extremely heavy rainfall (more than 204.4 mm) is expected to last in 24 hours. Orange alert — heavy to very heavy rainfall of 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm — has been issued for another six districts — Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod on Wednesday . As a precaution, the district collectors have declared Wednesday as holiday for educational institutions in nine districts -- Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Wayanad, Thrissur and Ernakulam — on Wednesday . With flood waters receding in several areas, people have started returning to their homes from relief camps. The number of people staying in various camps has come down from 2.86 lakh at 3pm on Monday to 2.21 lakh at 7pm on Tuesday . The number of relief camps has also come down to 1,206 from Monday’s 1,624. 92 Death toll 59 Holiday has been declared in Thrissur, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kottayam, Kannur Kozhikode, Alappuzha and Idukki districts RED ALERT Malappuram Kozhikode Chief Minister visits flood-hit areas in Malappuram and Wayanad 20 bodies have been recovered from Kavalappara landslide site so far 40.67% is the current storage at Idukki dam CONTROL ROOM NOS Chief Minister’s Office: 04712517500, 2322056 Disaster management: 1079 Police headquarters: 04712722500, 9497900999 Missing people in relief camps camps are functioning in the state Mymuna had left her house for a relief camp when the water level kept rising in and around Poochakuthu, near Nilambur, and on her comeback, what stood in its place was the mangled remains. The 59-year-old and six other members have been living in the house and she does not know how to rebuild life from here | A SANESH E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi CHIEF Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited Malappuram and Wayanad, the two worst-hit areas, on Tuesday while the government announced free ration to the flood-affected for the next three months. The CM, who visited the relief camps at Meppadi in Wayanad, and Kavalappara in Malappuram, assured all gov- ernment help to the flood-affected and urged everyone to stay united. Pinarayi who was accompanied by ministers E Chandrasekharan, A K Saseendran and Kadannappally Ramachandran, also undertook an aerial survey of the flood hit areas. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies said Kerala has approached the Centre seeking more food grains. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during his aerial tour of landslide affected areas at Puthumala in Wayanad and Kavalappara in Malappuram on Tuesday | EXPRESS JIO FIRST DAY FIRST SHOW SCARE Multiplex players express faith in theatre biz P R E S S T R U S T O F I N D I A @New Delhi MULTIPLEX players expressed confidence in theatrical exhibition business in the country, even as Mukesh Ambani unveiled “a disruptive concept” for watching new movies at home on release day as part of , Reliance’s Jio Fiber premium offering. The country’s largest multiplex operator, PVR, which runs nearly 800 screens in the country, stated that theatrical and at-home are two completely different experiences and each have their own places. Inox Leisure pointed out that producers, distributors and multiplex owners in India have mutually agreed to an exclusive theatrical window of eight weeks between the theatrical release of a movie and its release on any other platform. “This exclusive theatrical window is a model that is fol- lowed internationally in order , to ensure robust financial viability of all segments in the sector, and in India as well,” said Inox Leisure, which operates about 600 screens across India. The producer of the film is the owner of the creative content, and is t h e re fo re e n t i t l e d t o choose the platform for distribution and consumption of his content, added Inox Leisure in its regulatory filing. “However, in view of this mutually-agreed exclusive theatrical window, he (the producer) would have to choose between theatrical exhibition or release on any other platform, since simultaneous release would breach the mutuallyagreed exclusive theatrical window,” it added. Both these experiences have co-existed and prospered for decades and will continue to do so in future, said PVR in a filing to BSE. 2,245,223 1,511,692 Scooters 12.1% | Motorcycles 18.88% THREE-WHEELERS PASSENGER VEHICLES Fall in sales by sub-segment 76,545 55,719 Passenger cars 35.95% Decline 30.98% 15.22% 45.68% Vans COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 56,866 Decline 18.71% 60,341 Decline 7.66% Fall in sales by sub-segment 37.48% Light Commercial Vehicles 18.79% Decline 25.71% Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles There is urgent need for action. The industry is doing all it can to promote sales... Really needs the support of government coming out with a revival package Vishnu Mathur, director-general, SIAM INDIA NOT ALONE The Motown distress is not limited to India. Many big car markets are struggling with low sales. GM and Fiat Chrysler announced layoffs in the US and Canada in 2019 Last week, Nissan announced 12,500 job cuts in Japan, US, UK, Mexico, Spain, India and Indonesia. Germany could lose 6,100 jobs to Brexit Source: SIAM EXPRESS READ HC dismisses plea to cancel Sriram’s bail Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by the state government seeking to cancel the bail granted to Sriram Venkataraman, the IAS officer arrested in connection with the road accident which caused the death of a scribe. Kevin murder case: Judgment today Kottayam: The Principal Sessions Court, Kottayam, will pronounce its judgment in the Kevin murder case on Wednesday. The court, which considered the incident as a case of honour killing, began the trial on April 24. Barring a 10-day break in May, the hearing was conducted without interruptions and the trial proceedings drew to a close on July 30. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs from Karnataka to hand over a memo to the registrar for urgent listing of their plea challenging their disqualification from the state assembly. 10 SDF MLAs join BJP in Sikkim New Delhi: As many as 10 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the BJP on Tuesday, propelling the saffron party to the status of the main opposition in a state where it had not won a single seat in the recent assembly polls. CM visits flood-hit areas; free ration for 3 months WORKERS LOST JOBS IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS ALONE, SAYS SIAM 1,817,406 Fall in sales by sub-segment Karnataka leaders move apex court 2.21L 1,206 Decline 16.82% 1,825,148 back middle-class buyers from going in for big purchases such as cars and houses. “Overall household savings have fallen,” says Kumar Kandaswami, partner at Deloitte. “This indicates people are dipping into their savings more. Unless disposable incomes are given a boost, there will be little improvement in big-ticket purchases.” The slowdown in demand has been exacerbated by the NBFC crisis last year, said analysts. The crisis narrowed credit access to both fleet operators and retail consumers. “Buyers have been postponing buying with sentiments becoming negative,” said Ashwin Patil, Senior Research Analyst, LKP Securities. July sales (in units) n 2018 n 2019 TWO-WHEELERS Utility vehicles TN TAKES BIG HIT In Coimbatore alone, industry insiders say, close to 26,500 jobs with car dealerships and spare parts manufacturing units have been lost. Across the State, 15 dealers have shut shop due to this crisis lost in the last 6 months. “About 25,000 jobs in spare parts making units, and 1,500 jobs with dealerships and service centres have vanished,” said an industrialist based in Coimbatore. SIAM data shows that the demand for passenger vehicles contracted by whopping 31 per cent in July this year compared to same time last year. Commercial vehicle and twowheeler sales fell 25.71 per cent and 16.82 per cent respectively. Overall production fell 11 per cent, with output of passenger vehicles declining 16.5 per cent, commercial vehicles by 26.4 per cent and twowheelers by 9.5 per cent. High unemployment rate and economic slowdown have held OVERALL 200,790 THE automobile sector is showing no signs of recovery with sales shrinking for the ninth straight month to a nearly twodecade low. Overall domestic sales declined 18.71 per cent in July compared to last year. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers’ (SIAM) data shows only 18,25,148 units were sold in July 2019, while 22,45,223 were sold in July 2018. Thousands of people are being laid-off by car-makers, said SIAM on Tuesday “Almost 15,000 . jobs, mostly temporary and casual, have already been lost in the auto manufacturing sector over the last two-three months,” said SIAM director-general Vishnu Mathur. The job cuts are estimated to be much higher at the dealership level. The Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Association estimates over 2 lakh jobs could have vanished in the same period. In Coimbatore alone, industry insiders say, close to 26,500 jobs with car dealerships and spare parts manufacturing units have been IN REVERSE GEAR 290,931 J O N AT H A N A N A N D A & L R A J A G O PA L @ New Delhi/Coimbatore 15,000 Security personnel stand guard during curfew-like restriction in Srinagar | PTI SC refuses to order lifting of J&K curbs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ New Delhi Don’t live in ‘fool’s paradise’: Pak min THE situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “very sensitive” and reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy there, the apex court said on Tuesday while refusing to pass any immediate order to the Centre to lift restrictions in the region imposed after abrogation of Article 370. The apex court also said that it is to be ensured that no life was lost there and posted the matter after two weeks, saying it will wait for normalcy to return. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was hearing the petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla on the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of the provisions of Article 370. The Centre told the bench that they are reviewing the situation in the region on a day-to-day basis and reports come from respective district magistrates and relaxations Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked his countrymen not to live in a “fool’s paradise” as he highlighted that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the UN Security Council against India’s decision to withdraw J&K’s special status. are being ordered accordingly . “We have to ensure that law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir is maintained,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench. He referred to the July 2016 agitation in Kashmir after encounter of terrorist Burhan Wani and said it took around three months to bring normalcy at that time. He said that since 1990, 44,000 people have been killed by extremists and people from across the border have been guiding and giving instructions to them Misinterpreting request as order, PSC gave illegal weightage for 4 decades M S V I D YA N A N D A N @ T’Puram THE Kerala Public Service Commission implemented an illegal weightage in sub-inspector trainee recruitment for four decades, the State Information Commission (SIC) has found. Weightage was given for “graduate and post-graduate in criminology, social work and social sciences” in recruitment between 1970 and 2014 on the basis of a communication from the Union Home Secretary in March 1970. The SIC found that the KPSC misinterpreted a circular of request from the Union Home Secretary as a direction. Even if it was a direction, the PSC was not authorised to implement it without government sanction. The SIC intervention was based on an appeal petition filed by Lindons C Davis, against the PSC for denying a WRONG WEIGHTAGE Weightage was given for “graduate and post-graduate in criminology, social work and social sciences” in recruitment between 1970 and 2014 It was done on the basis of a communication from the Union Home Secretary in March 1970 The SIC found that the KPSC misinterpreted a circular of request from the Union Home Secretary as a direction copy of the Act or government order based on which the weightage was implemented. Curiously, the KPSC excluded the weightage from recruitment notifications issued after receiving the RTI application from Lindons in January 2014. Calling for an internal inquiry by the PSC into the issue, State Information Commis- sioner S Somanathan Pillai observed the failure on the part of the PSC officers to produce relevant documents “makes the issue more murky”. The PSC also failed to ascertain the authenticity of the circular, the SIC noted. The Commission found the PSC officers concerned manipulated the wording in the circular which strengthened the suspicion of a fraud. While the circular suggested to give weightage to graduates and post-graduates in criminology or social sciences, the KPSC misinterpreted it as experience in social work. “It must be the product of a criminal conspiracy brewed by some corrupt officials in the PSC to illegally gratify somebody with a graduation or post-graduation in criminology or having some experience in social work,” the SIC said in its order.
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