KOTTAYAM l TUESDAY l DECEMBER 03, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION RAILWAYS PERFORMANCE IS WORST IN 10 YEARS, SAYS CAG Its operating ratio of 98.44% in 2017-18 is the worst in a decade, CAG said in a report tabled in Parliament on Monday IT SPENDS L98.44 TO EARN L100 NEED TO BOOST INTERNAL REVENUE Operating ratio is a measure of expenditure against revenue, which shows how efficiently the railway is operating and how healthy its finances are. A ratio of 98.44% means spending C98.44 to earn C100. CAG said Railways would have ended up with a negative balance of C5,676 crore instead of C1,666 crore surplus but for the advance received from NTPC and IRCON ■ ■ Exclusion of advance from NTPC and IRCON would have pushed up the Railways’ operating ratio to 102.66% and caused a C5,676.29 crore deficit, the CAG report said CAG recommends that Railways take steps to augment internal revenues to reduce dependence on extra budgetary resources 95% PROFIT FROM FREIGHT USED TO MAKE UP FOR LOSS ON PASSENGER OPERATIONS 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 Clouds of darkness STATE OF ECONOMY I wonder whether you are Nirmala or Nirbala (weak) Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Under this government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, women are Sabalas (strong) Nirmala Sitharaman, FM Nirmala sees green shoots, swats criticism Lok Sabha witnesses debate, drama; Adhir Choudhary calls fin min ‘Nirbala’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 40-50kmph Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50kmph is likely to prevail off the Kerala coast Lakshadweep and a few places in Kerala are likely to experience rain and thundershowers on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department has said An overcast sky above the Kochi skyline on Monday evening before rain, triggered by low pressure over southwest Arabian Sea, lashed the city | ALBIN MATHEW The low pressure is likely to concentrate into a depression in the next 12 hours and a cyclonic storm in subsequent 48 hours Talking Sabarimala peace through TDB, CPM tries to cosy up to NSS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kottayam AFTER categorically denying protection to young women who want to trek Sabarimala in an explicit U-turn on the issue, the Left government has started mending its strained relationship with community organisations, the dominant Nair Service Society to begin with. The government’s decision to straightaway implement Supreme Court order last year, allowing women of all ages entry into Sabarimala, had antagonised a section of the Hindus including the Nair community . It eventually cost the LDF dear in the Lok Sabha elections in May as the front lost 19 of the 20 seats at stake to the UDF. And now, the CPM has decided not to press ahead with the case against the NSS in connection with the Vattiyoorkavu bypoll. Further, TDB president N Vasu, who met NSS general secretary G Head-on The Motor Vehicles Department started strict enforcement of the new rules from Monday 91 pillion riders not wearing helmets were fined across the state on Monday Titus Sukumaran Nair a couple of days ago, discussed the ways to ensure a peaceful pilgrimage season in Sabarimala. The NSS welcomed the board’s change of stance, but the general secretary has not given any assurance on the matter, according to a source. “The NSS has no objective other than to protect the customs and rituals in Sabarimala. We conveyed our stance to the board president,” said a ● More on P6 source. EXPRESS READ Karvy thrown out, licence suspended Hyderabad: On Monday, the NSE, BSE, MCX and MSEI suspended Karvy Stock Broking trading terminals for noncompliance with regulatory provisions pushing the brokerage out of business. P13 17 killed as compound wall collapses in Kovai Coimbatore: As many as 17 people, including three children and 11 women, were killed when a 20-foot compound wall of a house collapsed due to rain and fell on three tile-roofed houses in Mettupalayam on Monday. P6 THE Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed dramatic scenes during the debate on the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill with Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Choudhary targeting Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with personal remarks and the FM responding in kind. To Choudhary’s calling her “Nirbala” (weak), Sitharaman said that she and other women MPs of her party are “Sabala” (strong), adding the government is working for the welfare of all, including the weaker sections. During the debate, Choudhary alleged the ongoing economic slowdown is due to the lack of long-term vision of the Narendra Modi government. He also took potshots at the FM calling her Nirbala saying she is so powerless that she can’t even freely express her views. In her sharp reply Sithara, man said her party has empowered all women members and that they all are “Sabala”. She tore into the Congress DRIVER CHARRED Boxer fails test TO DEATH AFTER for drug common CAR CATCHES FIRE in racehorses E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thrissur 77 passengers were fined for failing to wear seat belts in cars I2,50,500 was collected by the MVD from the inspections Focus on passengers not fastening seat belts in cars from Tuesday Stricter enforcement of fines awaits offenders | P6 THE driver of a moving car was charred to death on Monday after the vehicle caught fire on the Chandappura-Kottapuram bypass at Kodungallur. The deceased has been identified as Titus, a native of Thiruthippuram, in Ernakulam district and it is suspected to be a case of suicide. T he incident happened around 10.30am near the Gourisankar Junction. The car, moving on the service road, caught fire and hit the divider before coming to a halt. The local residents rushed to rescue the people inside, but they found the charred body of Titus. “We could find only the driver who was already charred to death,” said Vijayaopal, a local resident. People informed the fire and rescue station while E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai The car which caught fire at the Gourisankar Junction in Kodungallur the police too reached the spot without delay . “ W h e n we d o u s e d t h e fire, there was smell of petrol inside the car. We also found a bottle which had contained petrol. Moreover, there was no fire outside the car, which clearly dismissed the chances of catching fire from other parts” said a Kodungallur fire officer. ● More on P6 IN an embarrassment for the Indian boxing fraternity, it emerged on Monday that a participant in the recent women’s world championships has failed a dope test. A statement from the National Anti-Doping Agency revealed Neeraj Phogat has tested positive for ‘ligandrol & other anabolic steroids’. It’s a drug used illegally to enhance performance of racehorses. Ligandrol is an experimental drug still subject to clinical trials by its American manufacturer and has not yet been approved for human use. As of now, ligandrol — a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARM) used for muscle building — is only available on the black market. Though there have been cases of athletes testing positive for it from as far back as 2015, it came to prominence when Australian swimmer Shayna Jack tested positive for it earlier this year. Capital shame! Children eat soil to satisfy hunger E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram It was only on Saturday that the family’s penury was conveyed through Thanal’s tollfree number 1517 K Bahuleyan Nair, Thanal state coordinator Amid muck and ruins, this mother, who had to hand over her four children to the District Child Welfare Committee due to financial constraints, rocks her child in a cradle to sleep at Kaithamukku in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday night | B P DEEPU CHILDREN eating sand to satisfy their hunger. This shocking scene is not from a remote village in a poor North Indian state. It happens right in the middle of the state capital, and the society’s consciousness was shaken as news trickled in about the family’s abject poverty And help started . pouring in. Before that, here’s a recap of the plight of the family A shelter covered . by rags and plastic bags. Living in it are Sreedevi along with her six children, with the eldest being seven years and the youngest three months old. When the child rescue volunteers arrived at their place at Sreekanteswaram ward in Thiruvananthapuram corporation, a pitiable sight and eyewitness accounts awaited them. Shedding light into the stark reality of starvation, the mother and local residents testified that sometimes, the children had to eat soil to satisfy their hunger. Six children along with their mother and grandmother live in the crammed space with the youngest two members of the family have their cradle near the cooking pit. ● More on P6 launching a scathing attack on the alleged crony capitalism of the UPA government. “There is no Jija (brotherin-law) in this government. The farmers have over `1.1 lakh crores in their bank accounts and that amount Crisil cuts FY20 GDP forecast to 5.1% The slowdown is deeper than anticipated and will be prolonged, ratings agency Crisil warned on Monday as it slashed its growth estimate for FY20 sharply to 5.1% from 6.3% forecast earlier. It expects the economy to pick up a bit in the second half. hasn’t been credited to them by the Jija. The UPA government didn’t give money to the BSNL to bid for the 4G spectrum,” she said. Defending the corporate tax cut, she said it was meant to woo fresh investment and generate jobs, adding that “green shoots” were already visible. with many foreign as well as domestic companies evincing interest to invest. LS, RS seek tough action against rape EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi PARLIAMENT on Monday expressed outrage over the recent rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, demanding stringent punishment for the accused, with some even suggesting lynching, castration and death penalty . For his part, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was willing to explore tough provisions in l aw s t o c h e c k s u c h brutality . In the Lok Sabha, Uttam Kumar Reddy (Congress) raised the matter during Zero Hour and criticised the Telangana home minister for his purported insensitive remarks. He also slammed the state police for its init i a l d e l ay i n lodging a case. O t h e r m e m b e r s l i ke DMK’s T R Baalu echoed him. He raised the issue of sexual assault of a school girl in Coimbatore. TMC’s Sougata Roy urged the Centre to introduce a law making capital punishment mandatory for rape. In the Rajya Sabha, a fuming Jaya Bachchan (SP) demanded that “rapists be brought to the public and lynched.” She also sought to make security officials accountable. “Convicted rapists should be surgically and chemically castrate before they are released from jails to check repeat offenders,” said DMK member P Wilson.
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