KANNUR l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 44l CITY EDITION BENGALURU AIRPORT SIGNS MoU WITH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP The MoU to hold a pre-feasibility study for a Hyperloop corridor from the airport to the city centre was signed on Sunday REACH CITY CENTRE IN JUST 10 MINUTES TO HELP EXPAND AIRPORT CAPACITY The hyperloop, once completed, is expected to bypass the city’s traffic congestion and reduce travel time between Kempegowda International Airport and the city centre to just 10 mins. The pre-feasibility study, which focuses on technical, economic and route feasibility aspects, is projected to be completed in two phases of six months each, a press release said ■ ■ Karanataka chief secretary said, “A hyperloop would not only allow for faster travel times, it would create a 21st century passenger experience and expand airport capacity” A hyperloop moves passengers or cargo at high speeds through a low-pressure tube in electrically-propelled pods 1,080km/hr MAXIMUM SPEED AT WHICH VIRGIN HYPERLOOP TRANSPORTS PASSENGERS 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 Farm bills get President’s assent WHEN JASWANT SINGH GOT ANGRY GENERAL V P MALIK (RETD) Farmer organisations plan Kurukshetra meet from Oct 8 to make the agitation pan-India H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh HOURS before three contentious farm sector bills became law after President Ramnath Kovind’s assent, farmer leaders here decided to hold consultations with their counterparts across the country from October 8 at Kurukshetra to evolve a panIndia agitation strategy so as to pressure the Centre to recall the new legislations. According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The YOUTUBER ISSUE Activists booked under non-bailable charges E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram A DAY after the capital city witnessed high drama when three woman activists led by dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi assaulted a YouTuber for making derogatory and sleazy remarks a g ainst women through social media, the Thampanoor police registered a case against the women invoking non-bailable charges on Sunday . However, the police registered a case under only a bailable offence against YouTuber Vijay P Nair in the complaint lodged by the activists soon after the incident on Saturday evening. The move by the police triggered a row with many personalities alleging that the police had sided with Vijay Nair. The police registered the case against the activists based on the complaint by him late on Saturday The case pertains to . making derogatory remarks and threatening him. The police charged Bhagyalakshmi, Diya Sana and Sreelakshmi Arackal under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 294b (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 392 (punishment for robbery) of the IPC. The robbery charge was invoked for seizing the laptop and hard disk of Vijay Nair for producing the same before ● More on P4 the police. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 44 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF EDEX (TABLOID) Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020. The Opposition had urged Kovind to return the bills, saying they were passed without following due process. While the farm agitation continues to rock Punjab, elsewhere it has not found similar resonance. Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (Rajewal Group) Punjab president Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “a meeting was held today in which leaders of farm organisations from Punjab, Haryana, Ra- jasthan and Uttar Pradesh took part. To make the agitation panIndia, it was decided that on October 8 a marathon meeting will be held at Kurukshetra for twothree days. Two to three repre- Modi’s hardsell Reaching out to farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the farm sector and farmers are the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat, adding the farm bills ensure freedom to sell their produce anywhere at higher rates | P7 sentatives of all famers’ organisations from across the country will be invited for the brainstorming seasons.” Meanwhile, farmers in Punjab squatted on the AmritsarDelhi railway track on Sunday to wrap up their three-day ‘railroko’ agitation. From October 1, they intend to launch an indefinite ‘rail-roko’ in Punjab. Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, an umbrella group that is leading the agitation, said BJP leaders will not be allowed to enter Punjab villages in protest. T HE demise of Jaswant Singhji is a big loss to the country as we lost a politician of the old school who used to be very dignified and committed to his responsibilities. He used to respect every person in uniform and was liked by everyone for his oratory and unassuming nature. He was close to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Singh passed away after long illness at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. He was 82. While I was Chief of Army Staff, he was the Minister of External Affairs and we go to interact during the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meetings. He always used to participate in the meetings very actively and had lots of inputs to offer. Although he never showed his anger in public, he became agitated after I briefed him about the autopsy report of Capt Saurabh Kalia (who was captured by Pakistani intruders on May 15, 1999). Pakistan had returned his mutilated body on June 9. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Benny Behanan, Murali give Congress a jolt, quit posts She said of the 1,67,939 people who had tested positive for KERALA is witnessing a sec- Covid-19 in the state so far, ond wave of Covid spread 1,14,530 had recovered. “So, the which would be more decisive recovery rate is still stable in for the state on several counts, the state,” she said. Health Minister K K Shailaja The state’s Covid death toll is has said. 656 which is 0.39 per cent of toPredicting the likelihood of tal cases. Though most Covid more deaths in the patients were WHAT MIN SAID state during the aged between 20 second wave due and 40, around 72 Though many foreign to the prevalence countries tried their hand at per cent of those of lifestyle diseas- herd immunity, Kerala took a who died of Covid es, Shailaja also different approach which got were aged above results with the Covid graph 60. said the state may reducing to almost zero at have to go for comThis shows Kera point. plete lockdown if ala will face a cripeople do not coopsis if Covid cases The state anticipated a rise erate with authori- in Covid cases when lockdown increase, as its ties (by following high population restrictions were eased. guidelines). density and huge Some unwarranted “Though the elderly population state could handle developments that took place with lifestyle disthe pandemic out- in the state helped the virus eases are really a expand its footprint in Kerala break well in the ch a l l e n g e, s h e especially the strikes which beginning, things threw the Covid guidelines to said. On dischargtook a turn for the ing patients, she the wind worse when Covid said in Kerala, guidelines were thrown to the people who test positive for winds by a section of people,” Covid-19 are discharged only she alleged. “The state has been after they test negative which trying its best to avoid a total may take 10 days or more. As lockdown. However, if people per the Centre’s suggestion, a are not ready to cooperate with patient can be discharged in authorities, we will have to go four or five days if he/she for statewide lockdown again,” shows no symptoms, Shailaja she said. said. THE state Congress was jolted on Sunday with Benny Behanan announcing suddenly that he was stepping down as the UDF convener and, within hours, K Muraleedharan sending a letter to party interim president Sonia Gandhi saying he is quitting the post of chairman of KPCC media campaign committee. The announcements exposed fissures in the state party unit at a time when the UDF it leads seemed to have succeeded in cornering the ruling LDF with a series of corruption allegations. While Chalakudy MP Behanan cited a campaign against him that he was holding on to the UDF convener post despite his mentor and former chief minister Oommen Chandy’s request to step down, Vadakara MP Muraleedharan told TNIE that he was cut up with the trio of STATE RECORDS BIGGEST SINGLE-DAY SPIKE +ve cases on Sunday E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram infected locally 3,391 1,75,384 recovered total cases 54,493 samples tested MORE CURBS IN PLACE IN KOZHIKODE n Police to ensure strict perimeter control in all crowded places including markets and harbours n Only 20 people will allowed at funerals and 50 at marriage functions n Only 50 people should be present at places of worship at a time n All social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and other gatherings will be limited to five in number STATE LIMITS QUARANTINE FOR EXPATS TO 7 DAYS The state government has done away with the 14-day mandatory quarantine for international returnees to the state. Instead, they have to compulsorily follow a 7-day quarantine, said an order issued by the state government. Earlier the government had relaxed the quarantine rule for people coming from other states by limiting it to seven days. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Kochi/T’Puram @Malappuram A PREGNANT woman from Malappuram lost her twin foetuses on Sunday after she was allegedly denied treatment at four hospitals on Saturday Citing that she . did not have an RT-PCR test result proving she was free of Covid-19, the denial caused a delay of 14 hours before she received treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in Kozhikode. By Sunday evening, the doctors declared the twins dead. N C Sherif, a native of Onnam Mile in Malappuram, reached the Government Medical College Hospital in Manjeri with his wife— Sahla Thasneem, 20 — at 4 am on Saturday . Thasneem, whose due date was October 26, suffered from some pregnancy-related pain. However, the Manjeri MCH authorities maintained that only Covid positive cases would be treated there, Sherif said. same will be taken to the parish hall of St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Changanassery by 11.30am on Monday for the people to pay their last respects. The funeral will be held at the church cemetery around 3pm. A condolence meeting will be held at the church. Known for his humble demeanour and stern stance, C F Thomas, aka Baby was a towering leader of , KC(M), who has been representing Changanassery constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly since 1980. He also served as the rural development and registration minister during A K Antony and Oommen Chandy governments between 2001 and 2006. Thomas was also known as a staunch loyalist of KC(M) stalwart K Muraleedharan Chandy KPCC president Mul, lappally Ramachandran and Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala for not discussing the party matters with senior leaders like him. Speaking to reporters in Kochi, Behanan said he has communicated his decision to the Congress high command. “A section of the media reported that I had expressed my displeasure at quitting the post. I was appointed UDF convenor as per the decision of the Congress high command. Now I am quitting the post despite there being no directive from the high command. The media reports suggested that I have Jacobite chapel vandalised Kochi: A chapel of the Jacobite faction of the Malankara Church was found vandalised at Perumbavoor on Sunday. The faction has filed a complaint alleging the Orthodox faction’s hand. However, police suspect it to be a work of a thief. Turned away for lack of Covid negative result, pregnant woman loses twins EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Benny Behanan differences with senior leader Oommen Chandy. This has hurt me the most. I have decided not to continue in the post amid this kind of a baseless campaign,” Behanan said. Behanan was appointed UDF convener in September 2018. He said his decision was intended to avoid any kind of misunderstanding among party workers at a time when the Congress and the UDF are fighting unitedly against the “anti-people policies of the Union and state governments”. The resignation of Behanan is likely to pave the way for Chandy loyalist M M Hassan being appointed UDF convenor, according to party sources. Though former union minister K V Thomas is also in the race, he may not get the key post as he does not figure in the two prominent Congress factions in the state -- Chandyled ‘A’ and Chennithala-led ‘I’ groups. EXPRESS READ Though she was discharged at 9.30am, the reference report to the Govt Women and Children’s Hospital, Kottaparamba, in Kozhikode was received only around 11.30am. When they reached the Kottaparamba hospital, it was past the outpatient time slot and the gynaecologist was absent. The authorities asked the couple to go to another hospital. Sherif contacted a private hospital at Omassery in Kozhikode. They too allegedly refused to treat the wom● More on P4 an. Kerala Congress leader C F Thomas passes away SENIOR Kerala Congress (M) leader and Changanassery MLA C F Thomas passed away at a private hospital in Tiruvalla on Sunday. He was 81. Thomas had been under treatment for long and he breathed his last around 9.45am. His mor tal remains were brought to his Chennikkara house in Changanassery by noon. The Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society... I will always remember our interactions. Om Shanti 2nd Covid wave in state, min warns of lockdown 7,445 6,404 if people don’t cooperate STAUNCH MANI LOYALIST E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kottayam JASWANT SINGH 3 JAN 1938 27 SEP 2020 K M Mani. However, Thomas stood by P J Joseph faction of KC(M) following the demise of Mani. Born to C T Francis and Annamma in Chennikkara family at Changanassery on July 30, 1939, Thomas entered politics through Kerala Students Union (KSU), the student wing of Indian National Congress, in 1956 and became a part of the Kerala Congress since its formation in 1964. ● More on P4 Blast at quarry: Two more held Kochi: Kalady police on Sunday arrested two more persons, including the owner of the quarry, who had been on the run after the blast at Illithode in Malayattoor. Benny Puthen, one of the quarry owners, was taken into custody from Bengaluru.
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