MANGALURU TUESDAY NOVEMBER 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION NZ PM INDUCTS FIRST-EVER INDIAN-ORIGIN MINISTER Priyanca Radhakrishnan, who has roots in Ernakulam, bags three key portfolios in PM Jacinda Ardern’s new ministry BORN IN CHENNAI TO MALAYALI PARENTS A FIGHTER FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS A second-time MP from the Labour Party, Priyanca is one of the five new faces in PM Ardern’s ministry. She’s been given charge of three portfolios— community and voluntary sector; diversity, inclusion and ethnic communities; and youth development. Her parents, originally from Kerala’s Ernakulam district, moved to Chennai where Priyanca was born ■ ■ ■ In August, Priyanca was noticed in Kerala, when she appeared alongside PM Ardern in a live video to extend Onam greetings Prior to becoming an MP in 2017, she had been a social worker, who fought to advance the rights of domestic abuse victims Her great-grandfather was associated with Left politics in Kerala 41-yr-old HAS BEEN A MEMEBER OF THE LABOUR PARTY FOR 14 YEARS 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 Green shoots? Factory output at decade high Experts say the numbers need to be read with caution as festive cheer may fade; Must wait for December trends EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day after the GST collection figures for October showed a robust uptick, rising past the `1 lakh crore mark, results of a monthly survey on factory output on Monday brought more cheer to the economy . As sales continue to surge in the ongoing festive season, India’s manufacturing sector activity improved for the third straight month in October, a monthly survey among purchasing managers of 400 manufacturers said on Monday . The IHS Markit India Manu- TRUMP OR BIDEN? VOTERS TO DECIDE TODAY 239 million People eligible to vote this year 94 million Ballots already cast because of the Covid situation. It’s is about two-thirds of the overall 2016 vote count of 138.8 million 34.6 60.4 mn million Mail-in ballots, of them are could take days or in-person weeks to be counted votes. Both in some states, so the winner might Trump and not be declared Biden have hours after polls already cast close on Tuesday their ballot Trump set to spend election night at White House Twitter to lean on seven outlets to help determine whether a race is officially called - ABC News, AP, CNN, CBS News, Decision Desk HQ, Fox News and NBC News BRACING FOR BIDEN High-net-worth Americans are busy setting up trust funds, giving large gifts to heirs and philanthropies, and even selling family businesses as they brace for the tax hikes a Biden presidency might bring, Axios reports | P9,12 EXPRESS READ Bypoll for Gasti’s RS seat on Dec 1, says EC New Delhi: Bypoll to the Rajya Sabha seat which was vacated following the demise of MP Ashok Gasti due to Covid-19 will be held on December 1, the Election Commission of India announced on Monday. BJP’s Gasti passed away on September 17. P4 AG no for consent for case against Jagan New Delhi: Attorney General K K Venugopal Monday termed as “prima facie contumacious” the conduct of AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy for making allegations against the judiciary, but declined consent to initiate contempt proceedings. P5 facturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 58.9 in October — the highest since mid-2008. In PMI parlance, an index reading above 50 indicates growth. “New orders and output at Indian manufacturers continued to recover from Covid-19induced contractions seen earlier, with PMI results for October highlighting historically sharp monthly rates of expansion,” said Pollyanna De Lima, economics associate director, IHS Markit. While the latest PMI data along with the impressive GST numbers released on Sunday Job cuts continue for 7th month in a row The survey said companies cut staff for the seventh month in a row, a streak not witnessed since the survey began in 2005. It, however, did not indicate the quantum of job loss may give the impression the economy is recovering, experts advise caution. According to them, festive season can spur the economic activities but one needs to watch if the trend continues beyond the festive season. “One needs to be cautious while reading this number. This is festive season and we are coming from a severe lockdown, which needs to be taken into account. One should watch post December trends, after the festive season,” said Madan Sabnavis, Chief Economist, CARE Ratings. Another growing concern was that despite increase in demand, manufacturers recorded a further reduction in employment. “There was disappointing news on the employment front though, with October seeing another reduction in payroll numbers. Survey participants that noted job shedding mentioned having observed containment measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019,” the survey said. This indicates employers are cautious, despite their optimism that things will improve in the coming months. At least 22 dead in Kabul univ campus massacre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GUNMEN stormed Kabul University in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday, killing at least 22 students, including 10 women, and leaving around 24 others wounded. The attack happened minutes before Iran’s ambassador to the country was to arrive for the opening of a book fair. It all began around 11 am local time when a suicide bomber blew up himself inside the campus. Two gunmen then opened fire indiscriminately and and took dozens hostage while hundreds of other students fled with many scaling the campus’ perimeter walls. Images posted on social media showed what appeared to be the bodies of students lying in pools of blood in classrooms. “They opened fire ... all my classmates were lying in blood, either dead or wounded,” a student said. After six hours of fierce fighting, the two assailants Afghan security forces prepare to go into Kabul University on Monday | AP RISE IN VIOLENCE AS PEACE PROCESS UNDERWAY Kabul: Monday’s attack on Kabul University comes amid a relentless rise in violence across Afghanistan as the Taliban and the Afghan government are negotiating a peace agreement. Their talks in Qatar have made little progress. President Ashraf Ghani vowed to take revenge. “This attack will not remain without response,” he said were killed by the Afghan security forces with US support. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the massacre. Pakistan’s foreign ministry condemned the attack, calling it an “act of terrorism” that was particularly “despicable as it targeted an in- stitution of learning.” “I can’t even name a place that wasn’t attacked. The new frontline is everywhere. Those killed and wounded wanted to be doctors, engineers for tomorrow’s Afghanistan,” tweeted noted Afghan-based journalist Bilal Sarwary . “We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives... boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help,” Ahmadi Samim, a student said. He reported seeing gunmen, armed with pistols and Kalashnikov assault rifles, firing at students in the university’s eastern side, where its law and journalism faculties teach. It is not clear how many students were at the university at the time of the attack. By one account there were at least 800 in the social studies wing alone. Most students were in their respective classrooms when the attack began. They were besieged for hours before being rescued. The attack on Afghanistan’s oldest university with nearly 17,000 students comes a week after 24 students were killed in an attack on a school in Kabul, which was also claimed by IS. Iranian diplomats have been targeted previously too, in Afghanistan. , DRAMATIC PIC OF THE THUMB GRAB A handout picture by the Istanbul fire department shows Elif Perincek, a three-year-old survivor, holding the thumb of a rescue worker as she is carried out of a collapsed building three days after an earthquake in the Aegean port city of Izmir. The rescue worker found her lying motionless and asked for a body bag when she suddenly opened her eyes and grabbed his thumb | AP Meet the 3-year-old Thumbelina of Turkey W HEN firefighter Muammer Celik reached a three-yearold girl trapped for three days under the rubble of a deadly earthquake in a Turkish coastal city his heart sank. She was lying , motionless, covered in dust, and he asked a colleague for a body bag. But as Celik extended his arm to wipe her face, the child opened her eyes and grabbed his thumb. “That’s where we saw a miracle,” Celik of the Istanbul fire department’s search-and-rescue team told AP recounting Monday’s operation , 65 hours after the quake hit, killing 93 people in Turkey and Greece. It was the second dramatic rescue on Monday after 14-year-old Idil Sirin was also pulled out alive. Onlookers applauded with joy at both scenes in Izmir, where the vast majority of the deaths and 1,000 injuries have occurred. The US Geological Survey rated the quake 7.0, though other agencies recorded it as less severe. Many buildings were completely reduced to rubble or saw several floors pancake in on themselves in Turkey . Celik said he found Elif Perincek lying on her back between her bed and a closet in a space that was just big enough for her. “At first I was very upset,” he said. “Then I stretched out my hand to clean her face and she grabbed my thumb. ... I froze because right before that moment, I had asked my team for a blanket and a body bag.” ALL THAT GLITTERS ‘Gold’ bangle shines at Ekalavya awards event E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru “IS this a gold bangle?’’ That was none other than Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa asking a young Ekalavya awardee on Monday. The awardee was happy at this golden opportunity but at the same time wonderstruck that the CM had spoken to her. The dais at the banquet hall inside Vidhana Soudha had sports achievers who received the Ekalavya awards. While some awards were given by the CM, some were presented by ministers R Ashoka and C T Ravi. After giving the awards to a few, Yediyurappa was standing just behind the awardees row. The CM who was standing next to Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad all of a sudden bent towards Khushi Dinesh, a young swimmer, and asked about the big gold bangle she was wearing on her right hand. Khushi, 17, is making a name in national level swimming competitions. Yediyurappa, who is known to be taciturn, held her hand and asked if she was wearing a gold bangle. When Khushi said it was not gold, Yediyurappa told her to buy gold bangles and wear them. Later, speaking to reporters, Khushi said she was thrilled that none other than the CM had noticed her bangle and spoken to her. “It felt very nice. Being the CM , that too when too many people are around, my bangle caught his attention and it is very special to me. He is such a humble person,” Khushi said, clearly in awe. CONTINUED ON : P5 Ekalavya awardees pose with their trophies at Vidhana Soudha on Monday | SHRIRAM BN On Monday morning, Bengalureans woke up to a blanket of smog enveloping the city, indicating a rise in air pollution levels | ASHISHKRISHNA HP B’luru gets `139.5 cr to better air quality A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru Based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the Union Finance Ministry on Monday released `2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states to improve air quality in their millionplus cities. Kar nataka has received `139.5 crore from the funds for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as urban local body grant. The entire amount released to Karnataka has been allocated to Bengaluru alone. “This will help the beneficiary States to undertake air quality measures, including capacity-building of the local bodies within their million-plus cities/agglomerations,” the ministry said. Karnataka also received its second tranche of funds to off- MANIPAL HOSPITALS TO ACQUIRE COLUMBIA ASIA set GST compensation cess shortfall along with 15 other states on Monday . The Union Finance Ministry in a press release, said that , `6,000 crore was being released to 16 states and three Union Territories under the special window of borrowing. “This amount was raised at a weighted average yield of 4.42 per cent. This amount will be passed on to the States/UTs at the same interest rate, which is lower than the cost of borrowings for the States and UTs,” the ministry stated. The allocation for each stage from the `6,000 crore was unclear with the ministry not giving a breakup. Officials of Karnataka finance department too are awaiting details to determine Karnataka’s allocation from the second tranche. The healthcare major will invest B2,100 crore towards the 100% buyout. The combined entity will have 27 hospitals in 15 cities | P10
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