HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY July 4.9 4.8 5.2 4.9 April-July 3.4 6.8 3.5 3.0 -2.5 -13.0 -10.4 -11.1 -12.5 FACTORY OUTPUT SHRINKS FOR 5TH MONTH IN A ROW IN JULY With industrial activities hit hard by Covid-19, the month’s Index of Industrial Production (IIP) contracted by 10.4% 2019-2020 2020-2021 General -29.2 Electricity Manufacturing Mining General Electricity MANGALURU SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION Manufacturing Mining -20.2 -32.8 *Figures in % MANUFACTURING PICKS UP AS CURBS EASE CONSUMER DURABLES OUTPUT DOWN 23% The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said the IIP fell because a large number of industrial units have not been functioning since late March due to the lockdown. However, with the easing of restriction industrial activity seems to have picked up. The index for July stands at 118.1 points—better than 108.9 in June, 89.5 in May and 54 in April ■ ■ ■ Manufacturing sector recorded a decline of 11.1% in July as against a growth of 4.8 per cent in same month last year Consumer durables output declined by a whopping 23.6% Aditi Nayar, principal economist at ICRA, said the pace of IIP contraction could ease further to 6-8% in August 29.2% IS HOW MUCH THE IIP FOR APRIL-JULY PERIOD HAS CONTRACTED 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 Five-point mechanism to defuse LAC tension India, China agree on reducing tension, analysts see it as the first important step to give political guidence on border disengagement PUSHKAR BANAKAR AND M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi A five-point mechanism to resolve the ongoing tension between Indian and China in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control became the talking point on Friday, with analysts seeing it as the first important step in the right direction, as it gives political guidance for disengagement. The mechanism was arrived at during a bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Thursday on the sidelines of the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting. In a joint statement issued early Friday, the two leaders said that they should not allow differences to become disputes. “The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease ten- NLAT 2020 Hold test, don’t declare results, SC tells NLSIU EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday gave its nod to the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, to hold a separate entrance examination, NLAT2020, on Saturday, but restrained it from announcing the results and admitting any student till the pendency of the plea. The court was hearing a plea filed by former NLSIU vice-chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and the parent of an aspirant, challenging the decision of the university to hold a separate entrance exam. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said it is an important matter and needs to be heard, and issued notice to the university and its Vice-Chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their response by September 16. The bench said that since the examination is scheduled to be held on Saturday, it can be conducted, but neither results nor any admission of stuP5 dents can be done. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (left) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi ahead of their talks on the sidelines of the SCO meeting in Moscow | PTI sions,” the statement added. “Indian partners expressed commitment to cooperation and dialogue for deescalating tensions. We are ready to take conciliatory steps. The most important thing is to avoid new violations of the obligations on the border. Troops and equipment should be withdrawn from the LAC,” Wang Yi said at a joint press conference with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov a day after his meeting with Jaishankar. “Both reiterating that channels of communication will remain open and that soon the SR level meeting will take place, demonstrates that there is a silver lining as regards solving the standoffs through diplomacy. This ultimately may pave way for another Modi-Xi meeting that could be a face saver to both the sides,” said B R Deepak, Sinologist and Chairperson of the Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU. Sources said during the meeting, Jaishankar highlighted India’s strong concerns at the amassing of Chinese troops with equipment along the LAC. The conciliatory tone of the statement seems to have trickled to the ground with sources saying both sides have exercised restraint on the LAC and there has been no aggressive action for the past 24 hours. CONTINUED ON: P7 Make in K’taka: 487 units State is top performer set up shop in 6 months in startup ecosystems A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @Bengaluru AMID the pandemic and economic slowdown, a good number of manufacturing units are keen to start operations in Karnataka. In the six months since March 2020, 487 new manufacturing units registered in the State, generating close to 34,000 new jobs. Factory registration is mandated under the Karnataka Factories Act, and the State government issues a licence CONTINUED ON: P5 B I S M A H M A L I K @Bengaluru KARNATAKA has emerged as a top performer, along with Kerala, in providing a strong ecosystem for startups, according to the startup ranking-2019 of states and Union Territories, released by the Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) on Friday . The second edition of the ranking lists Gujarat (among states) and Andaman & Nicobar Island (UTs) as the best performers with 100 per- R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi IN a major organisational reshuffle, the Congress on Friday did a balancing act by retaining some of the ‘dissident’ letter writers like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma in the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision making body . Another letter writer Mukul Wasnik has been made part of a six-member committee that will assist Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Also, Jitin Prasada has been given the responsibility of West Bengal, which is going to polls next year. However, Azad has been dropped as AICC general secretary. Also axed as general secretaries are Ambika Soni, Motilal Vora, Luizinho Falerio and Mallikarjun Kharge. However, Ambika Soni has been included in the special committee formed to assist Sonia in organisational and operational matters. The six-member special committee comprises Ahmed Patel, A K Antony R S Surjewala, K C , Venugopal, Soni and Wasnik. “While Congress president ensured that dissenters are part of the CWC, she has ensured that they — Azad and Sharma — are kept out of the organisation. Wasnik, one of the letter writers has been included, but he is unlikely to go against her close aide Ahmed Patel,” said a senior party leader. Former Rajasthan unit chief Sachin Pilot did not figure in the reshuffle. He is learnt to have been offered a slot but declined it, saying he would like to continue his focus on Rajasthan. 90 pc of marijuana comes from Maoist-hit states, other places R A M U PAT I L @ B E N G A L U R U WITH Karnataka continuing its crackdown on drug peddlers, it has now come to light that nearly 90 per cent of the marijuana (ganja) supplied to the state comes from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and other states. Over the last few days, the Karnataka police have seized huge quantities of ganja from several places, including a 1,350 kg-haul in Kalaburagi and 186 kg from Kolar Gold Fields (KGF). The ganja seized from Kalaburagi had come from Odisha. Sources in the Home Depart- ment told The New Indian Express on Friday that ganja cultivated in Maoist-affected areas is being brought to the state and the Karnataka police are working in close coordination with their counterparts in those states to crack down on such illegal activities. A change in strategy — going after the entire supply chain and not stopping with the arrests those involved in peddling small quantities of marijuana — is said to be the major reason for the seizure of huge quantities of ganja in the last few days, especially consignments coming from other states. CONTINUED ON: P3 Getting tough on drug menace Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai too have reiterated that the government will continue to take tough measures against the drug menace. Bommai had recently directed the state police chief to coordinate with other states. S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru THE Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have arrested two more people — Aditya Agarwal and Pratik Shetty — in connection with the Sandalwood drug racket on Friday . Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said that Agarwal, who hails from Haryana, was working in Bengaluru. “He is a close associate of Viren Khanna and has regular contact with drug peddlers. A warrant was procured and his house was searched before he was arrested”. P3 Three found murdered in Mandya temple E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Mysuru Police inspect ransacked hundis at the Arkeshwara temple in Mandya on Friday. pool of blood after they found the temple door open. Police suspect that the priests may have been killed in their sleep as there were no signs of resistance. “We found the donation box- es thrown outside the temple premises after all the cash was removed. This suggests that it was a murder for gain and a case has been registered at the Mandya East police station. We are recording the statements of all those associated with the temple and also that of villagers,” said an investigating officer. The dog squad and forensic team were also deployed at the scene of crime. District In-charge Minister Narayana Gowda visited the temple and met the family members. CONTINUED ON: P3 CM: Murder of priests disturbing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa termed the murder of the priests of the Arkeshwara temple as disturbing, and announced an ex-gratia of `5 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased. The new per manent invitees of the CWC include Digvijays Singh, Rajiv Shukla, Salman Khurshid, Pawan Bansal, Dinesh Gundurao, Manickam Tagore, Pramod Tiwari, Jairam Ramesh, H K Patil, Manish Chatrath and Kuljit Nagra. While Harish Rawat has been named general secretary in-charge of Punjab, Oommen Chandy is the new in-charge for Andhra Pradesh. Tariq Anwar is the new in-charge for Kerala and Lakshadweep and Jitendra Singh got charge of Assam. Covaxin better at protecting monkeys from Covid-19 virus Sandalwood drug racket case: Two more arrested Police take Pratik Shetty for a medical check-up on Friday | VINOD KUMAR T centile score. The state-wise performances were evaluated on seven parameters including institutional support, easing compliances, relaxation in public procurement norms, incubation, seed funding and venture funding support, awareness and outreach. A total of 22 states and three UTs participated in the exercise. The other states were classified as leaders, aspiring leaders and emerging startup ecoP10 systems. ‘DISSENTER’ WASNIK ON SONIA’S A-TEAM GRUESOME CRIME THREE priests of the Arakeshwara Swamy temple on the outskirts of Mandya were found brutally murdered in the courtyard on Friday, sending shock waves in the district. The killers have ransacked the donation boxes and fled with all the currency notes, leaving behind the coins. The deceased are Anand (40), Prakash (58) and Ganesh (55), all from Mandya district. The incident came to light on Friday morning when some villagers spotted the bodies lying in a to start a manufacturing unit that employs 20 or more people. In 2019 (January to December), as many as 875 factories were registered across Karnataka. Most of them are in operation, according to officials from the Department of Factories and Boilers. This year, from March 2020 to August-end, 487 factories were registered, and employed 33,625 people, including 10,622 women. KEEPING WITH TRADITION The ‘Leelotsava’, which is held as part of the Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations, was a simple and low-key affair at the Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi on Friday | EXPRESS AN Indian Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Covaxin, jointly developed by Bharat Biotech and the ICMR, can protect animals from the virus, if the first results of its animal challenge study are anything to go by . The study by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) scientists suggests that vaccinated groups of rhesus macaques had significantly lower disease burden compared to the placebo group. In challenge studies, animals are first vaccinated and then deliberately exposed to a pathogen to assess the efficacy of a vaccine or a drug. I n t e r e s t i n g l y, C o v a x i n showed better results compared to the animal challenge of the vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Animals that took the Oxford shot, when exposed to Covid, did not develop severe disease, but did contract the infection and were found capable of transmitting it to others. The NIV study involved 20 macaques—in four groups of five animals each. One group was given a placebo while three groups were immunised with three versions of Covaxin, derived from killed SARS-CoV-2, at 0 and 14 days. All the macaques were then challenged with SARS-CoV-2 14 days after the second dose. Trade of tiger parts continues unabated; 2 held M E E R A B H A R D W A J @Bengaluru THE forest mobile squad has seized tiger claws from two persons on Wednesday night when they were planning to sell it at Kollegal town in Chamarajanagar district. This comes close on the heels of the recent big seizures of wildlife parts in the district. The demand for tiger claws in Karnataka has not abated as many people still believe that it brings good health, fortune and luck if rings or pendants made out it are worn. In the recent past, the seizures of tiger claws have increased in and around tiger reserves, but forest officials say this is because of increased protection measures. In fact, the arrested Narayani (33) and Pasha (34) claimed they had purchased the tiger nails a few months back from a person at the Kollegal bus stand. The forest mobile squad, led by SI Muddu Mahadev, nabbed them while probing another case. Forest officials point out that not all tiger claws seized are genuine, as fake nails are made either from the horns of cattle, bison or even hornbills. Male Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Division Deputy Conservator of Forests V Yedukondalu adds, “Seizures of nails and other body parts have risen due to strict protection P5 measures.”
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