AFP KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 14, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE 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 Rescue workers have not been able to make much headway in the massive landslide areas 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 much headway in the massive landslide areas of Kavalappara in Malappuram. To add to the worries, the Met Department has forecast extremely heavy rainfall in many parts of the state on Wednesday . While the death toll climbed to 92 on Tuesday the govern, ment said 59 people are 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 Extreme. ly heavy rain (more than 204.4 mm) is expected to last in 24 hours. Orange alert — heavy to very heavy rain of 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm — has been issued for another six districts — Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Way a n a d , K a n n u r a n d 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. With water receding in several areas, people have started returning to their houses 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 also came down on Tuesday to 1,206 from Monday’s 1,624. P2, 5 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 in Idukki dam CONTROL ROOM NOS CM’s Office: 0471 2517500, 2322056 Disaster management: 1079 Police headquarters: 0471 2722500, 9497900999 Missing 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 she found in its place were the mangled remains. The 59-year-old and six other members of her family have been living in the house and she does not know how to rebuild it as well as her life from here | A SANESH CM visits flood-hit areas; free ration for 3 months 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 for the flood-affected for the next three months. The CM, who visited the relief camps at Meppadi in Wayanad, and Kavalappara in Malappuram, assured the flood-affected of all government help 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. Meanwhile, Kerala has approached the Centre seeking more food grains for distribution in flood-hit areas. FIRST DAY FIRST SHOW Fingers crossed on JioFiber disruption EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai RELIANCE Jio’s disruptive concept of letting premium JioFiber users see films on the date of their release as part of its first day first show plan, has ruffled quite a few feathers, largely those of exhibitors. In a statement, Inox Leisure pointed out that the present system of an exclusive theatrical window of eight weeks— that is followed international- ly — h a s t h e ap p rova l o f producers, distributors, and theatre owners. It added that the producer could choose between theatrical exhibition and any other means of release, but not both at once. PVR Cinemas drew attention to the uniqueness of a theatrical experience, and noted that even in developed markets like USA, China and Europe, theatres co-existed with streaming giants like Netflix. Kannada producer-director Pawan Kumar who’s made cult films like U Turn and Lucia, shared his belief that the whole first day first show craze is about people’s love for watching films in theatres. “Such an initiative has been hinted at before but didn’t take off. Producers and distributors will definitely fight this,” he said. Kannada superstar Rakshit Shetty noted cinema is designed to be watched in theatres, given the amount of effort goes into designing sound. Shares fall For the first time in India, we are introducing a disruptive concept for watching new movies. Premium Jio Fiber customers will be able to watch movies in their living rooms the same day these movies are released in theatres — Mukesh Ambani Shares of two listed multiplex operators declined in the morning session, with PVR shedding 2.45 pc and Inox Leisure slipping 2 pc 2,245,223 1,825,148 Scooters 12.1% | Motorcycles 18.88% 55,719 PASSENGER VEHICLES Fall in sales by sub-segment Passenger cars 35.95% Decline 30.98% 15.22% 45.68% Vans 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 a scribe’s death. P4 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 ended on July 30. P4 10 SDF MLAs join BJP in Sikkim New Delhi: As many as 10 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the BJP, propelling the party to the status of the main opposition in a state where it had not won a single seat in the recent assembly polls. 76,545 Decline 18.71% 60,341 Decline 7.66% 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during an aerial tour of landslide-affected areas at Puthumala in Wayanad and Kavalappara in Malappuram on Tuesday | EXPRESS 1,511,692 THREE-WHEELERS New Delhi: The apex 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 disqualification from the state assembly. people in relief camps 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% Fall in sales by sub-segment 37.48% Light Commercial Vehicles 18.79% Decline 25.71% 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 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 56,866 The state witnessed a negative growth in car sales in 2019. Kochi, which has the largest number of car dealerships in the state, was badly affected. In July 2018, 1,047 cars were registered at the Kakkanad office while the number fell to 745 in July 2019. 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 Kerala takes a big hit 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 Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles 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 SC lets govt take its time on J&K curbs E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to coerce the Centre to lift the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir immediately saying , it needs to give the administration reasonable time to restore normalcy . Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that curbs on communication and movement of people were meant to avoid bloodshed that happened in 2016 after the encounter of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. While 44 protestors were killed on in 2016 following the elimination of three militants, there has been no loss of life in one past week no one, he pointed out. In 2016, Kashmiri separatists, acting on instructions from Pakistan, had instigated people to hit the streets, the Centre said, adding it had evidence to support its claim. The clampdown began in the wee house of August 5, with the Centre withdrawing special status to J&K and slicing it into two Union Territories. “The situation is being reviewed every day and there are signs of improvement,” Venugopal said. The court said the situation in the state is sensitive and one must rely on the Centre’s submission. J&K to host investors meet on Oct 12 Jammu: Seeking to woo businesses to Jammu & Kashmir after scrapping of Article 370, the state administration on Tuesday announced a three-day global investors summit to be held in Srinagar from October 12. It will provide J&K an opportunity to showcase its strengths, state’s Principal Secretary Naveen Choudhary, told reporters here Go soft on CSR violations, panel advises govt A panel led by Injeti Srinivas, secretary, corporate affairs, has suggested CSR violations be treated as civil offence, while the recently amended Companies Act calls for jail term. Will the govt take a U-turn on the current law and implement the report in full? MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS Make CSR expenditure tax deductible Allow carry-forward of unspent balance for 3-5 years Develop a CSR exchange portal to connect contributors, beneficiaries and agencies Allow CSR in social benefit bonds Promote social impact companies and third-party assessment of big projects | P13 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 (KPSC) had implemented an illegal weightage in subinspector 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 officer as a direction. Even then, 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 copy of the 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 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 Commission- er 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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