The New Indian Express Wishes its readers a Our offices and press will remain closed today and there will be no issue of the paper on Sunday tirupati l SATURday l NOVEMBER 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l anantapur EDITION India’s exports dip 5.12% in Oct; trade deficit narrows After recording positive growth in September, exports fell in October, dragged by petroleum products, gems & jewellery Trade deficit narrows to $8.7 billion Imports, too, decline in tandem Export commodities that recorded negative growth in October included petroleum products (-52%), cashew (-22%), gems and jewellery (-21%) and leather (-17%). Imports also fell by 11.53% to $33.6 billion on a yearon-year basis. According to government data released on Friday, trade deficit in October narrowed to $8.71 billion against $11.75 bn a year ago ■ ■ During April-October 2020, exports declined 19% to $150 billion, while imports fell 36% to $182 bn over same period a year ago. Oil imports dipped a whopping 38.52% to $5.98 billion in October After contracting for six straight months, India’s exports had risen by 5.99% to $27.58 billion in September 114% Year-on-year percentage change in exports of rice in October 2020 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 Jawans among 11 killed in fierce shelling on LoC Buzz on BJP naming Dalit leader as Dy CM Indian troops retaliate, kill 8 Pak soldiers, destroy bunkers and ammunition dumps the flare-up F AYA Z WA N I @ Srinagar Ahead of the onset of winter and forecast of two-day snowfall in the upper reaches of Jammu & Kashmir, the Line of Control witnessed heavy shelling on Friday as Pak troops violated the ceasefire agreement in multiple sectors, killing five Indian soldiers and 6 civilians and injuring a few others. Eight Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian forces. The Army later released videos showing immense damage to Pakistani infrastructure along the LoC including bunkers, ammunition dumps and terrorists’ launch pads. Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Nabi Itoo told TNIE that Pakistani troops breached ceasefire in the Uri sector in the afternoon and targeted army positions and civilian areas. They resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in different sectors of Uri including Kamalkote, Charanda, Sultan Daki, Balakote, etc. Some of the shells landed in civilian areas, causing casualties and damage to property . “This was the worst shelling in the Uri sector in the last five to six years,” the DC said. Pak troops resorted to intense shelling on Friday morning after Indian soldiers foiled an infiltration attempt of militants in the Keran sector. This was the second infiltra- Gurez Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Keran Sultan Daki Uri Balkote Haji Peer srinagar loc J&K tion attempt by militants at the LoC within a week. On Sunday , three army men were killed in action in the Machil sector. Friday’s intense artillery firing caused panic among border residents and many fled to safer places to escape shells. Apart from the Uri sector, Pakistan troops breached border ceasefire in Dawar, Keran, and Naugam sectors, too. Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said Pakistani troops used mortars and other weapons and deliberately targeted civilian areas. “Our troops also gave a befitting response. We caused substantial damage to Pakistan Army’s infrastructure and inflicted heavy casualties on them,” Colonel Kalia said. An army official said Pakistan is attempting to push as many as militants into J&K before closure of infiltration passes by snowfall in the winter to foment trouble in the P7 militancy-hit region. lighting hope Devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of the Saryu river during Deepotsav on the eve of Diwali, in Ayodhya on Friday | PTI TS HC allows Sujana Chowdary to travel abroad E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Hyderabad/Vijayawada In a relief to BJP MP YS (Sujana) Chowdary the Telangana , High Court on Friday permitted the Rajya Sabha member to travel abroad subject to the condition of him giving an undertaking before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the effect that he would return to India before a specified date. Upon arrival, he would have to intimate the same to the offic- ers concerned. The court allowed him to travel abroad considering that no material was placed before it with regard to extension of the CBI lookout notice, and that the petitioner is a sitting MP . On Thursday, Immigration officials at the Delhi airport prevented the MP from travelling to the US to attend to one of his ailing uncles on the ground that a CBI lookout notice was pending against him in connection with a bank fraud case reg- ‘Not stopped at airport’ The MP’s office denied the news that Sujana Chowdary was prevented from leaving for the US, and claimed he left for New Delhi at 6 pm on Friday CM pays Diwali visit to Governor, briefs him on State developments Kodiyeri quits as cpm Kerala Secretary E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan stepped down from the post on Friday weeks ahead of the local body , elections. Kodiyeri’s decision to go on leave, citing health issues, comes a day after his son Bineesh was sent to jail in Bengaluru after being remanded in a money laundering case. Left front convener A Vijayaraghavan has been given the secretary’s charge for the time being. The leadership change in the CPM comes at a time when the Left is going through a tumultuous phase. With the Enforcement Directorate tightening the noose around his son, Kodiyeri has been under pressure to quit. Sources said party general secretary Sitaram Yechury was also in favour of Kodiyeri staying aside to keep the heat off the party, which was getting pummelled over a slew of charges in the gold smuggling case and the Bineesh episode. An official statement said the party has approved Kodiyeri’s request for leave of absence for medical treatment. The duration of leave was, however, not mentioned. Meanwhile, the Opposition UDF has demanded the resignation of chief minister too. A year ago, when allegations surfaced against his elder son, Kodiyeri had offered to resign. The party had then asked him to continue in the post. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his wife YS Bharathi called on Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan on the eve of Diwali on Friday. The Chief Minister wished the Governor and the latter’s wife a happy Diwali and presented them with gifts to mark the occasion. During the meeting with the Governor, which lasted about half an hour, the Chief Minister briefed the former about the developments in the State and the welfare initiatives being im- plemented by the State government. It is learnt that the Chief Minister might have briefed the Governor about the Winter Session of the State Legislative Assembly which is likely , to be held over five days in the last week of this month or the first week of December. According to sources, informing the Governor in advance about the Assembly session is a standard practice. The Chief Minister is also said to have discussed issues pertaining to the appointment of vice-chancellors of universities. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy calls on Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan on the eve of Diwali at Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada on Friday. Also seen are the leaders’ wives I Express Covid impact Unable to attend school, kids forced to earn a livelihood R i t i k a A r u n V a i s h a l i @ Vijayawada Eight months into the pandemic, Covid-19 has put on hold the education of several children. Though the State government has taken various steps to increase the enrolment in schools by launching various schemes, many children stopped attending classes due to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. Some of these children have been forced into child labour as the need to earn money is more slogan ‘Ram with Roti’, melding faith with livelihood. Amid buzz that the BJP may However, Chief Minister Niopt for veteran Dalit leader tish Kumar may not be comKameshwar Chaupal as the fortable with a new deputy. new deputy chief minister in- “Sushil Modi may not have a stead of incumbent Sushil Ku- wide vote bank but he is well mar Modi, the Bihar NDA held experienced in running minisits first meeting after the elec- tries like finance,” some NDA tions on Friday . leaders opined. The speculation As for Sushil Modi, strengthened after the speculation is he hundreds of supcould be sent to the porters of Chaupal Rajya Sabha on the raised slogans deseat that fell vacant manding his elevaafter the demise of tion as deputy CM, LJP founder Ram Viupon his arrival at Kameshwar Chaupal las Paswan. the Patna airport. Propping up Chaupal is one of the 15 Chaupal could also help the members of a trust set up on BJP build a Dalit vote bank to the directions of the Supreme occupy the space vacated by Court to construct a Ram tem- LJP chief Chirag Paswan. For ple at Ayodhya. He was also ac- his part, Chaupal said he had corded the rare honour of per- no official word on any new asforming the first Shilanyas signment within the govern— laying the first brick in the ment or the party . foundation for the construcLater in the day Nitish sub, tion of a Ram temple in Ayod- mitted his resignation. An hya on November 9, 1989 — as NDA meeting on Sunday will part of the Sangh Parivar’s so- take the process of governcial engineering. He coined the ment formation forward. R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna urgent than getting an education. “My son used to go to a government school, and my daughter never went to school. Since schools are yet to reopen, my son has been helping me segregate garbage and collect recyclable plastic, which we sell to earn a livelihood. I am the breadwinner for the three of us,” Jyothi, a rag picker told TNIE. “I used to work as a cleaner at a small food outlet in Vijayawada, but lost the job when the eatery was shut due to the lockdown. I had no option but to become a rag picker,” Jyothi said, adding that she used to earn `7,000 per month before the lockdown, and now struggles to make ends meet with the meagre `2,000 she earns. “I used to send my son to the government school as it was free. But now, we don’t have the resources for him to attend online classes. I heard students were given books and cloth for uniforms; but if I send my son, my daughter will also demand to go to school. Right now I am not in a condition to send them. More than studying, it is important that they learn to earn money after I die,” she said. Chipping in, her 10-year-old son Yesabu said, “I like to collect pens and footballs. While helping my mom, I get several of them. A pastor comes to our area and teaches us every Sunday That is now my . Continued on P5 only school.” istered at Bengaluru. The MP then moved the Telangana High Court seeking directions to the authorities concerned to permit him to travel to the US on November 15 for two weeks. Senior counsel Mathur, appearing for Sujana Chowdary told the court there , are no criminal cases pending against the MP and he has been , cooperating with the CBI. The lookout notice was not extended, and a request was made in December last to recall the no- tice, Mathur added, and argued that a lookout notice is valid only for one year. On the other hand, CBI counsel Surender submitted that a lookout notice was issued in June last year against the MP and it was extended beyond the period of a year. However, he did not provide any documents to confirm the said extension. The court then passed the above interim order, and adjourned the hearing in the case to NoContinued on P5 vember 16. express read Nadda picks new team No headway in talks of leaders for States between farmers & govt New Delhi: The BJP on Friday announced a new team of state incharges. The party appointed Radha Mohan Singh as in-charge of UP. BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh has been given charge of J&K and Ladakh Chandigarh: The marathon sevenhour meeting between the Centre and the representatives of 30 Punjab farmers’ unions on Friday ended inconclusive, with both sides sticking to their positions | P7
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