KOTTAYAM l MONDAY l JUNE 08, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION C.A.I.T. TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO BOYCOTT CHINESE GOODS The Confederation of All India Traders said it would launch a nationwide campaign to boycott Chinese goods from June 10 TRADERS WON’T SELL CHINESE PRODUCTS The traders body’s move comes amid border tensions between India and China. CAIT will not only motivate traders to not sell Chinese goods but also urge Indian consumers to buy indigenous products in place of Chinese goods. This way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call ‘Vocal for Local’ will also be fructified, the traders’ body said in a statement on Sunday ■ CAIT 3,000 PRODUCTS ON CHOPPING BLOCK ■ CAIT’s aim is to bring down import of Chinese goods by $13 billion by December 2021. It has prepared a list of 3,000 products imported from China for which Indian substitutes are available Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday that talks with China will continue to resolve the Ladakh stand-off CLAIMS TO REPRESENT 7 CR TRADERS AND 40,000 TRADER ASSOCIATIONS 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 E PRESS MAPS X Lakhs of youth aren’t job ready Out of over 68 lakh youths trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, only 28 lakh got placement. A look at state-wise figures l TRAINED l PLACED Himachal Pradesh l71652 l16991 Jammu & Kashmir l139960 l40464 Chandigarh l12057 l2566 Delhi l274976 l59314 Uttarakhand l94817 l26676 Punjab l223123 l78618 Haryana l404577 l130308 Rajasthan l618802 l133144 Arunachal Pradesh l10559 l1860 Nagaland l5275 l1353 Assam l180052 Uttar Pradesh l986065 l237286 l26234 Bihar l307687 l80915 Sikkim l4562 l776 Gujarat l206440 l34858 Madhya Pradesh l470255 l149168 Maharashtra l712383 l47864 Goa l5372 l692 Karnataka l308998 l45472 Kerala l156525 l15622 Meghalaya l19078 l3573 Tripura l29057 Mizoram l5519 l5735 l941 West Bengal l268898 l81204 Jharkhand l117644 l20257 Odisha l307394 l48878 Manipur l20568 l2435 Chhattisgarh l84006 l19424 Telangana l211830 l72604 Andhra Pradesh l158424 l58966 Tamil Nadu l375402 l98939 JUST 23% OF SKILLING TRAINEES GOT JOBS K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi THE Skill India Mission, launched with much fanfare during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term in 2015 to scale up skill development efforts across the country, could provide employment to only 23% of those who got training under its flagship scheme Pradhan M a n t r i K a u s h a l Vi k a s Yojana. BevQ directs more buyers to bars, not Bevco outlets A R U N M @ Kochi THE BevQ mobile application, which was introduced to sell liquor in the state through a virtual queue system, has been drawing flak ever since its March 28 launch, mainly d u e t o i t s t e ch n i c a l glitches. The latest charge is quite serious: The app has become a fortune winner for bars and is causing huge revenue loss to the Kerala State Beverages Cor poration (Bevco), which holds the monopoly of stocking and distributing liquor in the state. According to sources, of the 2 lakh tokens the BevQ app issued on Saturday, only 49,000 were directed to Bevco outlets. Senior Congress leader and MLA V D Satheesan alleged that Bevco’s revenue has slumped considerably While a Bevco outlet . used to sell liquor worth `14 lakh daily on average, it has dropped to `2 lakh now. “Sales in bars have gone up as tokens allotted by BevQ app direct consumers mostly to them and not to Bevco outlets,” said Satheesan. “Bevco has said that it allows only up to 400 bookings for an outlet a day But . since bars are selling liquor without tokens, they take stock as per their wish. There’s no restriction,” he added. ● More on P4 Since the scheme’s inception, 68 lakh people have undertaken training but only 15.5 lakh managed to get placement, data show. During the period, `5,903.4 crore has been released to various agencies to implement the scheme. This is significant given the fact that many States have started skill mapping to provide employment to migrant workers who have returned to their native places. Nitish to lead NDA charge in Bihar elections: Shah Addresses virtual rally beamed across all 242 Assembly segments; asserts perfomances at Centre and state to fetch a fresh mandate R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna WITH the term of the Bihar government ending in November, BJP powerhouse Amit Shah on Sunday set the tone for the Assembly elections by putting all speculation to rest on the NDA leadership question, saying he was confident Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would get a fresh mandate to rule the state with two-thirds majority . Addressing party workers and people of Bihar in his first virtual rally — spun as a nonpolitical one but ticking all the political check boxes — Shah lauded the performances of Nitish and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi in their battle against Covid-19. “This is not election talk, as some in the Opposition have sought to label it, but I am confident that the NDA under Nitish Kumar ji will form the government with t wo - t h i rd s m a j o r i t y, ” h e claimed. The leadership question had recently popped up as the LJP, an NDA ally, had said it will go with the BJP’s decision, while faulting Nitish’s handling of CASES CROSS 100-MARK FOR 3RD STRAIGHT DAY As many as 99 of the new patients were returnees — 71 from abroad and 28 from other states. Eight people contracted the virus through contact. 107 cases reported on Sunday 1,914 cases have been confirmed 1,095 under treatment 803 recovered 15 DEATHS 3 Keralites die in the Gulf Harikumar from Kodumon(in Saudi Arabia), Ajmal from Kuttikadavu & Usha Murugan from Paravur in Kuwait All govt staff asked to be on duty from today E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays tribute to the corona warriors while addressing the Bihar Jan Samwad Rally via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Sunday | PTI the pandemic. At the virtual rally — beamed in all 242 Assembly segments of Bihar through 200 LCD screens and other modes — Shah saluted the corona warriors fighting the pandemic and acknowledged the contribution of others, including the police force. Listing the steps taken by Prime Mminister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar to contain the infection rate, Shah hurled barbs at the Opposition. “Some social organisations have advised Congress leader EXPRESS READ Bid to rig KAS recruitment alleged Kochi: The Kerala Public Service Commission has courted yet another controversy by appointing 21 employees to conduct manual valuation of OMR answer sheets allegedly pertaining to the Kerala Administrative Service appointments. P5 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH Rahul Gandhi to speak loudly to draw votes. But here, the performance of the PM speaks louder than Rahul,” he sarcastically said. Ahead of the rally, the RJD has protested against it by clanging utensils to observe what it called the Garib Adhikar Diwas. Recalling that clanging was Modi’s idea to thank frontline workers, Shah gave the RJD a left-handed compliment for “finally understanding and following the PM’s earlier appeal”. KTU okays exam centre change THE state has issued a fresh set of guidelines for employees working in the government and public sector in view of the lockdown relaxations to be allowed from Monday . Restrictions in all state government offices, public sector units, semi-government institutions and co-operative bodies will be lifted while in such offices in hotspots and containment zones will continue until June 30. All employees should report for duty from Monday, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Differently-abled persons, people with serious diseases, autism/cerebral palsy and parents of differentlyabled children will get exemption from re por ting for duty from Monday . Saturday will be a holiday for all offices until a new order is issued. Seven-month pregnant women and mothers of children below the age of one can choose the ‘work from home’ ● More on P4 option. T’Puram: The Kerala Technological University has facilitated exam centre change option for students appearing for seventh and eighthsemester exams of BTech Honours and eighth-semester exam of BTech Regular & supplementary exams. P5 State to start antibody tests As the state gears up to face possible community spread of Covid, health department will look for traces of community spread and herd immunity in specific groups. It will be done using rapid antibody test kits. P2
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