kannur l tuesday l October 27, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION Pollution law in the works, sc puts Lokur panel on hold Monday’s decision by the apex court came after Centre said it’s creating a permanent body to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR Oct 29 New legislation in three-four days: Centre people are choking, says CJI Bobde Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the Centre will come out with a comprehensive legislation to address air pollution in Delhi, including the issue of stubble burning in neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and UP. He didn’t spell out details of the new law, but said it will be brought in three to four days, and will put in place a permanent body to tackle air pollution P7 ■ ■ Welcoming the proposal, CJI S A Bobde said, “The only issue is people are choking because of pollution, and it must be curbed” On October 16, the court had appointed a one-man panel comprising retired SC judge Madan B Lokur to monitor steps taken by govts of Punjab, Haryana, UP to prevent stubble burning when the court will hear the matter again 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 Reservation: Rework recruitments since Jan, says NSS what they said The NSS wants the reservation announced by the Centre implemented from January 3, 2020, the day Kerala decided to go ahead with it SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan says the reservation for the economically backward among forward communities should be fixed at 5% IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty says 10 per cent reservation would keep the “backward communities backward” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Kottayam/T’Puram The proposal for 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections among forward communities in gover nment jobs sparked a debate on Monday. While the Nair Service Society (NSS) demanded that the state government implement the proposal with retrospective effect, the SNDP Yogam said the proportion be brought down to 5%. The NSS wants the reservation announced by the central government implemented from January 3, 2020, the day Kerala de- India, US to sign key deals on info & defence today Jaishankar, Rajnath hold talks with Pompeo, Esper ahead of the 2+2 ministerial dialogue Mike Pompeo Mark Esper The top US officials are in India for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue during which BECA and MISTA (Maritime Information Sharing Technical Arrangement) will be signed. While BECA gives India access to accurate US satellite data for navigation and precision military targets, MISTA will help in enhanced information and intelligence sharing between the two countries. The 2+2 dialogue comes amid border tensions with China. The US has condemned China’s aggressive actions along the LAC and the South China Sea and the two US officials will likely be canvassing their antiChina stance when they visit Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia on their way back to Continued on: P9 the US. covid case diary State’s Covid recoveries cross 3L-mark 4,287 positive cases on Monday 3,711 local transmission cases express read Oxford’s Covid vaccine by Nov London: A major London hospital trust will receive the first batches of Covid vaccine being trialled by Oxford University and AstraZeneca by November 2, according to a UK media report. Last week, an independent analysis of the trials found that it was doing ‘everything expected’. Govt will ensure justice: CM P u shkar B anakar & Mayank S in g h @ New Delhi Setting the stage for the signing of two crucial defence and information-sharing deals in the third 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper held bilateral talks with their respective counterparts, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, here on Monday . “The two ministers (Singh and Esper) reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning military to military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues and also discussed ways to take bilateral cooperation forward. The two ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for geo-spatial cooperation) will be signed during the visit,” read a Ministry of Defence statement released after the meeting. cided to go ahead with it. In a statement issued in Kottayam, NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair took strong exception to the terms and conditions in the state government notification to implement the reservation. “Though the Centre had made a constitutional amendment to implement 10% reservation for economically weaker sections in forward communities in January 2019, the state government approved the same only on January 3, 2020,” Nair said. He said the state government took another eight months to 7,107 93,744 recoveries active cases 35,141 3,97,217 samples tested total cases make changes to the Kerala State and Subordinate Rules (KSSR) to implement the reservation, despite issuing an order on February 12, 2020, with regard to the terms and conditions for the same. “Hence, the recruitments made and advice memos issued Gold smuggled for Karat duo: Sandeep’s wife EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi/Kozhikode THE state’s ruling Left front found itself on the back foot yet again after the wife of a key accused reportedly alleged that the gold smuggled through the diplomatic channel was for LDF-backed independent MLA Karat Razak and his relative Karat Faisal, an LDF councillor in Koduvally municipality in Kozhikode. Soumya told the customs department that she knew her State to buy 1,800 tonnes of onions In 2017, a woman grabbed attention when she walked out of her marriage minutes after tying the knot at the Guruvayur temple. Many hailed her for resisting her family’s move to force her into a marriage against her will. That, however, was just one of several instances of forced marriage in the state in recent years. An analysis of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data reveals a big rise in the number of forced marriages in Kerala in 2019, compared to the previous year. While no such case was registered in in 2016, the number rose to three in 2017, 10 in 2018 and 42 in 2019. The NCRB data has listed human trafficking as one of No ban on alcohol test on airport staff 2019 SOUTH RECORD Kerala 42 Tamil Nadu 0 Telangana 0 Karnataka 1 Andhra Pradesh 14 Kerala has recorded the highest number of forced marriage cases (42) in 2019, compared to zero in Tamil Nadu and Telan- The commission will take all measures to protect women who protest against forced marriages. If any woman feels her family is forcing her into a marriage, they can approach us — M C Josephine, KSWC Rabins deported from Dubai, arrested in Kochi Kochi: The NIA on Monday arrested Rabins K Hameed, who ran the Dubai-based operations of the gang that smuggled gold via the diplomatic channel at the Thiruvananthapuram airport. The Muvattupuzha native, who was deported from Dubai, was arrested on his arrival at the Kochi airport. Rabins is the 10th accused in the gold smuggling case being probed by the national agency. E xpress N ews S ervice @ T’Puram T’Puram: To check soaring onion prices, the state will go for urgent market intervention to make it available at D45 per kg. State agencies will procure 1,800 tonnes of onions from Nafed. It has also approached Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra for direct procurement of onions from farmers. Kochi: The High Court has upheld the Directorate General of Civil Aviation order to hold breathalyser test on the personnel engaged in aircraft maintenance, air traffic control services etc for detecting alcohol consumption. The court observed that the order aims to ensure public safety. that he suspected conspiracy against him. “If the case is probed in the right way I won’t , be called for interrogation as I don’t have any role in it. But if there is any conspiracy, I’ ll also be called for questioning,” he said. Razak said he has not done any gold business and came to know about the incident only through media reports. “The deposition of the wife of an accused out of pressure lacks credibility ● More on P4 .” Govt to roll out revival package for KSRTC, retain empanelled staff into world of letters Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan initiating Devana, granddaughter of his driver K Vasantha Kumar, into the world of letters on the Vijayadashami Day at the Cliff House on Monday | Express 0 in 2016, 42 in 2019, forced marriages on rise t h e p u r p o s e s o f fo r c e d marriages. In the Guruvayur incident, Kerala State Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine was the first to intervene and support the woman who faced abuses on social media. “We stood by the woman who showed the courage to walk away from a marriage fixed against her will. The commission will take all measures to protect women who protest against forced marriages. If any woman feels her family is forcing her into a marriage, they can approach us,” Josephine said. Among the southern states, husband Sandeep Nair and another accused Rameez K T were smuggling gold for Faisal, Rasak and other Koduvally based gangs. Sources said it was based on Soumya’s statement that the customs first identified other accused persons including Swapna Suresh and Rameez in the case. Razak denied his role in gold smuggling. He said he did not know or meet any person involved in the case. He added T’Puram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has vowed that the government will ensure justice for the family of Walayar rape victims. Asked about the family’s charge that the CM had cheated them, Pinarayi said it was not his stance as a chief minister to cheat anyone. H U M A N T RA F F I C K I N G ? A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi since January 3, 2020, should be revised to ensure reservation for EWS candidates with retrospective effect,” he said. Reacting to the NSS statement, SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said the reservation for the economically backward among forward communities should be fixed at 5%. Vellappally said he was not against providing reservation to the poor among the forward communities. “The state government has made an error. It is not right to provide 10% reservation to the forward communities,” he said ● More on P7 in Cherthala. gana, one in Karnataka and 14 in Andhra Pradesh. N P Hafiz Mohamad, sociologist and Calicut University sociology department coordinator, said the steady increase in the number of forced marriage cases shows that women in Kerala have started standing up to their parents who unilaterally fix marriages. “Women these days prefer to be independent even if they don’t get any support from their families. They are focused more on education, and are not ready to jeopardise their careers for marriages fixed by parents against their will,” Hafiz said. He cited Kerala’s efficient policing system for the increased reporting of cases of forced mar● More on P6 riage. Sanju in India T20 squad for Aus tour Kerala cricketer Sanju Samson has been included in the T20 squad of the Indian team which will play Australia in three T20I matches. SQUADS T20I: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, M Pandey, H Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), R Jadeja, W Sundar, Y Chahal, J Bumrah, Mohd Shami, N Saini, D Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy ODI: V Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, S Gill, K L Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, M Pandey, H Pandya, Mayank, R Jadeja, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, J Bumrah, M Shami, N Saini, Shardul Thakur TEST: V Kohli (captain), Mayank, P Shaw, K L Rahul, C Pujara, A Rahane, H Vihari, S Gill, W Saha, R Pant (wk), J Bumrah, M Shami, Umesh Yadav, N Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, M Siraj THE state government is preparing a revival package for the KSRTC to help the corporation tide over its Covid-19 crisis, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. He also announced `1,500 per month to all staffers as interim relief till the next salary revision. The CM urged all stakeholders to introspect why the previous package did not achieve its desired results. “The government delivered on its promises and `1,000 crore each was sanctioned in the past two years. This year, the grant will come to around `2,000 crore,” Pinarayi said at the evening press briefing. The CM refuted the allegation that his government neglected the corporation. He said the government sanctioned grants worth `4,160 crore to the corporation as against `1,220 crore given by the previous UDF government. The Left government is committed to protect and expand the publicsector organisations, and the KSRTC will be revived. The new package will address some long-pending demands of employees, Pinarayi said. A total of `255 crore will be allotted to the corporation to clear the arrears it owes to various banks, LIC and KSFE on account of ● More on P6 salary recovery . what’s in the offing A fresh revival package in consultation with trade unions C1,500 to all as interim relief employees every month till next salary revision SWIFT,subsidiary of the proposed KSRTC to run Scania, Volvo and long-distance services, will employ empanelled staffers C961 cr the interest dues of corporation to be written off. C3,194-cr loan will be converted to shares Title deeds to be given for all KSRTC properties Govt to consult the banks’ consortium for a new loan package New measures for increasing income. C4,160 cr worth of assistance provided to the corporation so far by the LDF govt Allahabad HC calls out cow slaughter ban law’s abuse S ana S haki l @ New Delhi The Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act is being “misused” to implicate innocent persons, the Allahabad High Court recently observed, putting the state’s law enforcement machinery under intense scrutiny . In a recent order, the single judge bench of Justice Siddharth observed, “Act is being misused against innocent persons. Whenever any meat is recovered, it is normally shown as cow meat (beef) without getting it examined or analyzed by the Forensic Laboratory .” In most cases under this law, meat is not sent for analysis and accused persons continue to be in jail for an offence they may not have committed, Justice Siddharth said. He added that offences under this law have a maximum sentence of seven years. Continued on: P9
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