KOTTAYAM l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 12, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION FACTORY OUTPUT SHRINKS FOR 4TH STRAIGHT MONTH Industrial production contracted 16.6% in June, at a slower pace than in May, amid a gradual reopening of factories MINING SECTOR DRAGS JUNE FIGURES IMPROVEMENT OVER APRIL, MAY Production fell 17.1% in the manufacturing sector in June, 19.8% in mining and 10% in power, as per the Index of Industrial Production. The overall 16.6% year-on-year contraction compares with a growth of 1.3% in June last year. For the April-June period, industrial production shrank by 35.9%, with the manufacturing sector contracting by 40.7% ■ ■ This is the 4th consecutive month factory output has shrunk, though the decline is lower compared with a staggering 57.6% y-o-y fall in April and 34% in May Production of primary goods in June declined by 14.6%, capital goods by 36.9% and intermediary goods 25.1% | P10 107.8 IS THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR JUNE 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 CMs flag money 151-YR-OLD CSI CHURCH COLLAPSES IN RAIN woes, PM moots stricter testing Landslide death toll climbs to 52 Idukki: The death toll in Pettimudi landslide has climbed to 52, with the National Disaster Response Force personnel and the Fire and Rescue Services team pulling out three more bodies from a stream nearby on Tuesday. Searches are under way to locate 18 more people who went missing. P5 Modi says contacts of the suspected cases should be traced and tested within 72 hours Covid fatality rate below 2% E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi India’s Covid-19 fatality rate has slipped below 2% for the first time, the health ministry said. The prime minister had emphasised in the meeting with CMs that the number should be under 1% PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked states to do contact tracing and testing within 72 hours of identifying Covid-19 cases, even as financial woes topped the concerns raised by chief ministers during the Covid-19 review meeting. Chief ministers of the 10 most affected states — Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal, Bihar, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu — participated in the video-conference meeting. The CMs’ demands included higher allocation from State Disaster Relief Funds for Covid-19 expenses and higher borrowing limits under the Fiscal Responsibility Budgetary Management provisions without conditions. “There has been a 50% dip in the revenue in the first quarter. The Centre should give a liberal financial package to fill the gap, besides also helping in building the infrastructure for online education,” said Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh. He said the 35% cap on Covid-19 expenses in the State Disaster Response Fund is not enough. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said though the FRBM limit has been raised from 3% to 5%, the portion of the unconditional facility is only 0.5%. This, according to her, must be enhanced to 2%. She reminded the Centre it is yet to pay `53,000 crore, while also raising the issue of unpaid GST compensation. Banerjee also sought guidelines on the vaccination, while her Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar called upon the Centre to help with critical health equipment, including 5,000 oxygen concentrator. Kumar also sought two Covas-8800 machines to increase testing facilities in his state. According to Modi’s 72-hour formula, if anyone is tested positive, then all his or her contacts must be traced and tested within three days. “Eighty per cent of the Covid cases are reported from the 10 states, and if the virus is defeated here, the country can emerge victorious,” the PM told the CMs, while sharing the roadmap employed in Delhi to tame the pandemic. He stressed that testing needs to be increased in Gujarat, Bihar, Telangana, West Bengal, and UP Punjab CM Amarinder . Singh asked the Centre to postpone the UGC exit examinations on September 30 saying his state is expecting a peak in cases. KERALA CASE DIARY 1,417 test positive on Tuesday 1,426 recovered B2,000 fine on persons caught not wearing a mask a second time Prisoners flee In separate incidents, two prisoners housed at the Covid First-Line Treatment Centre at Akathumuri near Varkala fled the place in the past 48 hours. P2 With mounting evidence of community spread in coastal areas in Kasaragod, officials are planning to test all people above 60 years, pregnant women and kids below 10 years. P2 Test positivity rate in five districts — Malappuram, Kasaragod, T’Puram, Ernakulam and Alappuzha — is above five per cent. P2 ILLEGAL DETENTION Save Swami Prakashananda, demands plea in HC P R A M D A S @ Kochi SWAMI Prakashananda -- a 98-year-old vedic scholar revered by Sree Narayana devotees and the former president of Sivagiri Mutt -- has been dumped in a dilapidated room near the mortuary of a hospital run by the Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust in Varkala, alleged one of his followers in a petition to the High Court. M Vijendra Kumar of Thiruvananthapuram pointed out that Prakashananda’s life is in danger. In the petition, Kumar submitted that his mentor Swami Prakashananda is under the illegal detention of the office-bearers of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust (SNDST) based at the Sivagiri Mutt in Varkala. The petition named SNDST president Swami Visudhananda, secretary Swami Sandrananda, treasurer Swami Saradananda and the medical superintendent of the Sivagiri SNM Mission Hospital. ● More on P6 EXPRESS READ State urges Centre to amend draft EIA Wide-bodied aircraft barred at Kozhikode T’Puram: The state has urged the Centre to amend the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification and make environmental clearance mandatory for mining in an area of 2 ha. P7 New Delhi: The DGCA has barred the operation of wide-bodied aircraft at Kozhikode airport this monsoon. Aviation regulator will conduct a special audit of airports that receive heavy rain. P6 The collapsed St Paul’s CSI Church at Pallathuruthy in Kuttanad near Alappuzha on Tuesday. (Right) The file picture of the church | EXPRESS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Alappuzha THE 151-year-old St Paul’s CSI Church collapsed at flooded Pallathuruthy near AlappuzhaChanganassery Road in the early hours of Tuesday . This second church of the Church of South India — which was known as South India United Church till 1947 — in Kerala was established by Rev W J Richardson in 1869. It collapsed after the outer bund of Karuveli paddy polder in Kuttanad breached. Central Kerala diocese executive committee member George Harold said the St Paul’s church was an outstation church of the Church of South India in Kerala. “Around 100 parishioners belonging to 30 families attend the holy mass and other rituals in the church. It was managed by vicar Alex P Oommen. In previous years too, the area was TDB to allow devotees in temples from August 17 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram THE Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has decided to reopen the temples for devotees on the Malayalam New Year of Chingam 1, which falls on August 17. The temples have remained closed since March 22 following the Covid-19 outbreak. To mark the reopening, special ‘Ganapathy homam’ ritual will be performed in all 1,250 temples under the Board, except Sabarimala. “The special ritual is to mark the beginning of the year on an auspicious note,” said TDB president N Vasu. However, only five devotees will be allowed inside the temple complex at a time. People above the age of 65 and children below 10 years will not be allowed to enter the temples. Also, devotees will not be allowed entry before 6am and between 6.30pm and 7pm. Temples will be out of bounds for pregnant women and those with ailments for now. Following the Covid-19 protocols, all devotees will have to wear facemasks and the entry will be on the first come, first served basis. Devotees will have to follow social distancing norms inside the temple. The name, address and contact details of those entering the temple will have to be recorded in a register. “Public can also make regular offerings at the temple. However, ‘prasadam’ will be offered through a separate counter, instead of giving it to the devotees from the sanctum sactorum,” said Vasu. Rain to subside in coming days T’Puram: The IMD has forecast decreased rainfall in the state in the coming days and normal rainfall next week. Though another low pressure has been forecast on Thursday, it will not have a direct impact on weather in Kerala, said the CM. Water level in rivers has decreased and waterlogged areas are coming back to normal. P5 flooded, but the church was not affected. The gushing waters due to the bund breach was the reason for the church’s collapse,” Harold said. The fact that nobody was in the church at the time of the incident averted a human tragedy . Missionary Thomas Norton established the first church of the denomination in Kerala, named CSI Christ Church, in Alappuzha town in 1816. Another missionary, Richardson, estab- lished the St Paul’s church at Pallathuruthy . There was only water transport from Kuttanad to Alappuzha at that time. The faithful used to find it difficult to attend holy communion. So he established the church for the people living in the area,” said Harold. A cemetery is also situated on the church premises. “We’ve decided to construct a new church in the same place in a few months,” Harold added. Up girl, chased by eve-teasers, dies in accident HUF property: SC rules in favour of daughters N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi A 20-year-old woman was killed in a road accident while reportedly trying to escape bike-borne eve-teasers in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district on Tuesday . The woman, Sudiksha Bhati, was a brilliant student, a topper who had scored 98% in her CBSE Class 12 exams and was studying at Babson College in the US. She had come home for the holidays and was due to return to the US on August 20. Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered Bulandshahr police to nab the culprits within 24 hours. IN a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of rights of daughters to have a share in a Hindu Undivided Family property . A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra settled the disputed question of law and held that daughters will have a right to parental property in accordance with the 2005 amendment to the Hindu Succession Act. The court held that daughters’ rights are absolute after the amendment and she would have the right of inheritance irrespective of whether the father was alive at the time of the amendment or not. “Daughters can’t be deprived of their right to equality conferred by Section 6 of the Act. Daughter is always a loving daughter for the rest of their life. A son is a son till he is married. The daughter shall remain a coparcener throughout life, irrespective of whether her father is alive or not,” Justice Arun Mishra said. A coparcener is one who shares equally in the inherita n c e o f a n u n d iv i d e d property . The court’s remarks came when it was hearing a batch of appeals that raised the issue of ancestral property inheritance. The pleas raised question if the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 has a retrospective effect. The judgment holds significance as the court held that rights under the amendment are applicable to living daughters of living coparceners as on September 9, 2005, irrespective of when they were born.
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