KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l FEBRUARY 12, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 22 l LATE CITY EDITION POWER DEMAND REBOUNDS AFTER 5 MONTHS OF DECLINE January demand rose to 105.29 bn units from 101.71 bn units a year ago, data from Central Electricity Authority showed INDICATOR OF RECOVERY FROM SLOWDOWN OVER 40% DEMAND FROM INDUSTRY Economists view power consumption as an important indicator of industrial output. Therefore, any increase in electricity demand is an indicator of recovery from economic slowdown. However, the demand spike in January this year is from a low base as electricity demand had grown at the slowest pace in January 2019 in two years, CEA data showed ■ ■ ■ The highest demand came from Maharashtra, at 13,181 mn units Industry accounts for more than two-fifths of India’s annual electricity consumption, according to government data Of the overall demand, residences account for nearly a quarter and commercial establishments for another 8.5% 3.52% THE INCREASE IN POWER DEMAND IN JANUARY 2020 OVER JANUARY 2019 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 Kejriwal maintains his stranglehold over Capital with humongous win BJP blown away, suffers its fifth consecutive loss in assembly polls Worst-ever show by Congress as it gets under 5% votes, no seat AAP-SOLUTE TORNADO DELHI VERDICT “Delhiites, you have done the impossible. I love you ... This is very auspicious message for the country. Politics of work can take our country to the 21st century 2020 70 TOTAL 8 2015 70 TOTAL 67 3 Congratulations to AAP and Shri @ ArvindKejriwalji for the victory in the Delhi Assembly Elections. Wishing them the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Delhi. BIG WINNERS Narendra Modi, PM Manish Sisodia, Patparganj (AAP) THE trademark muffler was in place, wrapped around the neck though and not the ears and chin for which he has been caricatured at least a thousand times. But as Arivind Kejriwal climbed the spiral staircase to reach the roof of the single-storey party office, the cheers from the thousands of workers and supporters below reached a pitch that could perhaps be heard at the rival BJP’s national headquarters located less than half a kilometre away . Attributing the Aam Aadmi Party’s stunning victory to “kaam ki rajneeti” (politics of development), the Delhi Chief Minister stressed that the people of the national capital had “given a clear message that vote will be given only to those who will work for them.” Amanullah Khan, Okhla (AAP) +6.3% SWING SWING AAP 2015 2020 54.3% 53.58% -0.72% SWING BJP 2015 2020 32.2% 38.5% 63 44 Of 66 Cong candidates lost their deposit “This is a good sign for the nation. This is a victory of the entire nation,” Kejriwal said and invoked Lord Hanuman in his brief speech to the admiring and delirious party workers. “Lord Hanuman has blessed Delhi. We all hope that Lord Hanuman’s blessings will continue for the next five years,” he said before leaving for the Hanuman temple at Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi to pay his obeisance and thanksgiving. The Delhi CM’s analysis of his party’s win hit the nail on the head. Riding on the success in education, where his government was able to turn deplorable government school infrastructure into modern classrooms, and health, where mohalla clinics offer cheap and good healthcare, the AAP brought about a material difference to the Vijender Gupta, Rohini (BJP) Atishi Marlena, Kalkaji (AAP) quality of life of Delhiites, especially the poorer sections. And in the last one year, particularly after the 2019 Lok Sabha debacle when the AAP not only lost all the seven seats but three of its candidates even forfeited their deposit, the Delhi government unveiled a string of populist measures that caught the ima g i n at i o n o f eve r y section. Free water, subsidised power and free bus rides for women touched the lives of almost everyone in the national capital. Kejriwal backed up these steps with a publicity drive that left in its wake a BJP and a Congress clutching at straws. The combination of tangible work on the ground and freebies ensured the AAP’s encore of 2015. It won 62 seats and managed to get 53.6 per cent of the votes, R P Singh, Rajinder Nagar (BJP) will protect its price caps on medical implants and may not welcome American dairy products derived from mamAHEAD of the crucial Presi- mals that are fed non-veg food. dential elections this Novem“We have pointed out to the ber, US President Donald Americans there are cultural Trump will visit India from issues and Indians won’t acFebruary 24 to 25. The US will cept milk products from cows be looking at wrapping up a that are fed non-vegetarian trade deal, which could help feed,” officials said. reduce its trade deficit with Animal feed used in the US India as well as increase sales dairy industry has high proof defence equipment includ- tein blood meal from cattle. ing military and naval heliSources said India will recopters to India. lent on opening up Trump will also visit hitherto protected Prime Minister Narsectors like wines endra Modi’s home and whiskey . state Gujarat. The ongoing trade “President @realnegotiations are exDonaldTrump & @ pected to be wrapped FLOTUS will travel up by next week. An to India from FebruAmerican trade Meetings in ary 24-25 to visit team will travel to Prime Minister @ Delhi, Gujarat India ahead of US narendramodi! The MEA said Trump President Donald trip will fur ther and Melania will Trump’s India visit. attend official strengthen the U.S.Sources said India is engagements in India strategic partready to cut duties New Delhi and nership & highlight on more than 40 the strong & endur- Ahmedabad and product categories interact with a ing bonds between from the US ranging wide crossthe American & Inf ro m ap p l e s, a l dian people,” The section of Indian monds, high-end mosociety White House tweetbiles, smart-watches ed on Tuesday . and electronic gadgConfirming the develop- ets in return for the US allowment, the Ministry of Exter- ing Indian manufactures dunal Affairs said that Trump t y - f r e e t r a d e f a c i l i t i e s and First Lady Melania will withdrawn last year. attend official engagements Officials said despite proin New Delhi and Ahmedabad. tests from Indian liquor and According to officials, the wine distillers, India was contwo leaders may announce a sidering allowing US wines trade deal during the visit. and whiskey easier entry into However, there is no clarity if India at lower rates. India’s the Kashmir situation will market for western style liqfeature in the dialogue be- uor is estimated to be worth tween Modi and Trump. about `50,000 crore and is proOfficials involved in the jected to grow at over 8%. CONTINUED ON: P9 trade negotiations said India J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y, M AYA N K S I N G H & P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi FACTO R -5.44% BIG LOSERS 62 SWING CONGRESS 2015 2020 9.7% 4.26% Trade, def deals lined up as Trump comes calling on February 24 Kapil Mishra, Model Town (BJP) Sitting MLAs, including 2 from BJP, retain seats which are only marginally short of its staggering performance in the last elections. In a way it was not a level playing field from the start. The BJP’s lack of a credible local face hobbled the saffron party to such an extent that, days before the voting, Kejriwal challenged the BJP to name its chief ministerial candidate against whom he could have an open debate. The BJP also lacked strong local issues around which it could build its campaign. Realising this, the Centre announced that it would regularise 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi, benefitting about 40 lakh people. A Bill to enable this was hurriedly passed in Parliament. But in the end, it proved to be too little too late as it could not counter the immense goodwill the AAP had generated through its welfare inP11 terventions. Alka Lamba, Chandni Chowk, (Cong) Poonam Azad, Sangam Vihar (Cong) EXPRESS READ PLAINT FILED Meena’s `75k stolen during flight journey E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram THERE have been complaints of valuable goods and ornaments being stolen from the state’s airports and State Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena has become the latest victim. Meena, who flew down from Jaipur to the Trivandrum International Airport after attending a wedding on Sunday night, found `75,000 i n cash missing from his ba g g a g e. T he of ficer, who had taken an Air India Express connection flight from New Delhi, has lodged a complaint with the Valiyathura police station. The police, who have registered a case and begun probe, are trying to ascertain if the theft occurred inside the aircraft or at the airport. “We’ve requested the airport authorities to verify the CCTV footage to check if the money was stolen while the bag was on the conveyor belt. We’ll also check with the cabin crew,” said Valiyathura CI S Anilkumar. The police said Meena came to know about the theft only on Monday noon when he found the cash, kept in a plastic cover, missing. 22 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS NIRMALA SEES GREEN SHOOTS OF RECOVERY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday listed several indicators as green shoots of recovery . “There are seven important indicators which show there are green shoots... the economy is not in trouble,” Sitharaman said in reply to a debate on the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha. The FM cited increase in FDI, rise in factory output and `1 lakh crore-plus GST collections in the past three months as indicators of a rebound in the economy . “Global sentiment is in favour of India. Foreign investors continue to show confidence in India and that is why the country has attracted a net FDI of $24.4 billion in Ap r i l - N ove m b e r 2 0 1 9 - 2 0 against $21.2 billion in the same period in the previous year,” Sitharaman said. Net foreign portfolio investment during April-November 2019-20 was positive at $12.6 billion against $8.7 billion in the same period last fiscal. “There is a steady growth and the negative growth in September and October has been corrected… We are on a positive growth trajectory and this will bring in greater and newer investments and it will also reduce business costs,” the FM said adding that initiatives like `103 lakh crore investment to develop infrastructure across the country will boost the economy going ahead. India’s GDP growth had fallen to 4.5% in the second quarter of 2019-20 — the slowest in six years. Assembly passes Right to Burial Bill Unauthorised absence: 10 govt doctors sacked Flood rehabilitation to take three years: CM T’Puram: The Kerala Christian Bill 2020 was passed on Tuesday. The law that ensured the funeral of a parishioner in cemeteries belonging to his/her respective parish was applicable only to two Churches. P7 T’Puram: As many 10 government doctors of the medical education department who are on unauthorised absence were terminated from service on Tuesday. P5 T’Puram: The rehabilitation of the 2018 flood victims will be completed in three years, CM Pinarayi Vijayan informed the assembly. Of the J4,765.27 crore received, J2,630.68 crore has been spent on relief, he said. Mercury up, labour dept enforces midday break for workers in open M A N O J V I S W A N AT H A N @ Kochi IT is only the second week of February but feels like summer , already With many districts ex. periencing record temperature, the Labour Department has issued an order rescheduling the work hours of labourers busy under the open sky to avoid sunstroke. The labour commissioner has rescheduled the timings from February 11 to April 30, ensuring a three-hour midday break from 12 noon to 3 pm. Ac- 37.5 degree Celsius at Kottayam on January 24 & 25 is the highest so far this year cordingly, the work hours should be rescheduled to ensure eight hours from 7am to 7pm. Hilly areas 3,000 feet above sea level have been excluded as there are no chances of sun stroke. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has issued an alert advising the public to take precautionary measures to avoid health problems caused by rising temperature. According to its Member Secretary Sekhar Kuriakose, many places have experienced record high temperature during the last week of January . “The change in wind pattern is the reason for the rise in temperature. Unless we get a good spell of summer rain, we can expect a harsh summer,” said Cusat Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research scientist M G Manoj. ● More on P8 Shelter home kingpin gets RI till death EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A Delhi court Tuesday sentenced Brajesh Thakur, the kingpin of the sexual assault on minor girls of a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, to rigourous imprisonment till his last breath. The court also sent 11 others to jail for life in the case. Thakur was also slapped with a penalty of `32.20 lakh. The judge said such offenders should be dealt with an iron hand to send a message deterrence to the society. “This is not a case of a single solitary incident of rape, but a meticulously planned and ingeniously executed conspiracy wherein the care-givers, the supervisors and the administrators in a state sponsored children’s home themselves turned into predators, perpetrators of crime and abettors...” the verdict read. CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR BUMPER PRIZE Bought ticket on way to bank for taking a 4th loan. He’s now `12 cr richer E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kannur IT was some 20 days ago. Porunnan Rajan, a rubber tapper, was on his way to the bank to avail a fourth loan to make repayments of the three he had taken earlier. He was not thinking about the money he would have soon, but the added pressure it would put him under. Ignoring the constant pleas his wife had made, Rajan walked into Payyan Agencies at Koothuparamba, after making up his mind to buy the Christmas-New Year bumper lottery ticket. Never in his wildest dreams did he think it would be his life-changing moment. Lady luck smiled on him this time, making him the first Porunnan Rajan, wife Rajani, son Ragil and daughter Akshara | EXPRESS prize winner and richer by `12 crore on Monday . Rajan, 55, from Puralimala Kurichia colony at Malur Kaithachal had been frustrated. He could not complete the work on his house as he had to set apart a good portion of the amount he had taken as loans to marry off his elder daughter Athira. After purchasing the ticket, he did not tell anyone as it cost `300, much more than normal. “My wife (Rajani) always picks up a quarrel when she comes to know about me buying lottery tickets as she thinks it is a waste of money. It was only when the news spread on Monday that the Christmas bumper first prize is for a tick- et sold in Koothuparamba that I remembered about the one I had bought. I was too nervy to check the number,” said Rajan. Unable to withstand pressure, Rajan went to a nearby shop on Tuesday morning and checked it. And he realised his life has changed for ever. ● More on P8
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