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 SAMBALPUR l Saturday l november 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY 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 | P10 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 Buzz on BJP naming Dalit leader as Dy CM 11 killed in fierce shelling on LoC R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna Amid buzz that the BJP may opt for veteran Dalit leader Kameshwar Chaupal as the new deputy chief minister instead of incumbent Sushil Kumar Modi, the Bihar NDA held its first meeting after the elections on Friday . The speculation strengthened after hundreds of supporters of Chaupal raised slo- 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. gans demanding his elevation as deputy CM, upon his arrival at the Patna airport. Chaupal is one of the 15 members of a trust set up on the directions of the Supreme Court to construct a Ram temple at Ayodhya. He was also accorded the rare honour of performing the first Shilanyas — laying the first brick in the foundation for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayod- hya on November 9, 1989 — as wide vote bank but he is well part of the Sangh experienced in runParivar’s social enning ministries like gineering. He coined finance,” some NDA the slo g an ‘Ram leaders opined. with Roti’, melding As for Sushil Modi, f a i t h w i t h the speculation is he livelihood. could be sent to the However, Chief Rajya Sabha on the Minister Nitish KuKameshwar Chaupal seat that fell vacant mar may not be comafter the demise of fortable with a new deputy. LJP founder Ram Vilas “Sushil Modi may not have a Paswan. new Jail CODE Comes into Effect In Odisha with Overarching reforms E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Birth certificate of a child born in a jail can no more mention the prison as birthplace. This would help remove the social stigma the child carries throughout his life, according to the Odisha Model Jail Manual 2020. The manual which has come into effect in Odisha also mandates establishment of proper pre and antenatal care, creche and nursery school in jails among other reform measures. After 78 years, the State has formulated a new manual, the last one being in 1942. Under the new manual, prison administration will have to ensure prisoner’s right is respected. There will be separation of different categories of inmates such as civil, undertrials, women, convicts, high security prisoners, young, first and habitual offenders as well as transgenders, said Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay . Similarly close prisons have , NEW MANUAL Mandates establishment of proper pre and antenatal care, creche and nursery school in jails Separation of different categories of inmates such as civil, under-trials, women, convicts, high security prisoners, young, first and habitual offenders as well as transgenders 1 guard staff will be deployed for every six prisoners All prisons should have their own mechanised laundry Under the new manual, prison administration will have to ensure prisoner’s right is respected Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, DG, Prisons been classified into three categories - circle jail, district jail and sub-jails and the authorised population of these facilities is set at 1,000, 500 and 300 prisoners respectively . This apart, the new manual mentions that one guard staff will be deployed for every six prisoners while all prisons should have their own mechanised laundry. There will be treatment facility for drug addicts, prisoners must get treatment outside jail hospitals and if required in other States. New convicts will be provided with reasonable facilities to see or communicate with relatives and friends. The manual has also said that the period of escape, bail, parole and extradition will not be counted towards sentences. Education policy for prisoners, library facilities, prison industries and work programmes, vocational training, sales counter for jail products, legal aid clinic, constitution of under-trial review committee, counseling for prisoners, yoga and cultural activities, canteen facilities, list of prohibited articles and duties of prisoners have also been mentioned in the manual. The jail manual of 1942 had some extra chapters and 16 of them have been retained in the new manual which has 48 chapters. Earlier, the Centre had directed uniformity among all States and Union Territories on procedures to be adopted for jail administration and correctional services. “Bureau of Police Research and Development had prescribed a model prison manual in 2016 by incorporating various provisions basing on different decisions of the Supreme Court and guidelines of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) related to children and women, legal aid to prisoners, and others,” Upadhyay said. Accordingly, a draft jail manual was prepared on the recommended 32 chapters to cater the needs of Odisha which were vetted by the Government in Law Department, he added. Kodiyeri quits as cpm Kerala Secretary 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. RJD to move court if EC rejects recount plea The Rashtriya Janata Dal has decided to move the court if the Election Commission again rejects its recount demand | P8 @ Bhubaneswar The Centre on Friday approved additional assistance of `128.23 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for Odisha which was affected by cyclone Amphan in May, 2020. A high level committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah approved the sanction of additional Central assistance of `4,381.88 crore to Odisha and five other states which were ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ becomes part of school syllabus E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar State song ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ will be part of the syllabus for Class IX and X across schools in Odisha. A notification in this regard was issued on Friday by the School and Mass Education department after approval of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. “The study and recitation of Bande Utkal Janani will instill a sense of belongingness to Odisha and patriotism in the hearts of young students,” the Chief Minister said. ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ is being sung as the concluding song on the final day of every Assembly session in Odisha. Written by eminent poet Laxmikanta Mohapatra, it was accorded the State Song status on June 7. According to the resolution passed by the Cabinet, the song will be sung at all government programmes, sessions of the Odisha Assembly functions in schools, , colleges and universities and all cultural functions. All present during the recital of the song will have to stand. At the call given by the Chief Minister, Odias around the world had recited the song at 5.30 pm on May 30 this year to express their gratitude to the frontline workers spearheading the fight against Covid-19. express read Nadda picks new team for states New Delhi: The BJP on Friday announced a new team of state in-charges. The party appointed Radha Mohan Singh as in-charge of Uttar Pradesh. BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh has been given charge of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, while Bhupender Yadav has got Bihar and Gujarat No headway in farmers-govt talks 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 Centre grants `128 cr more Amphan assistance to Odisha E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Propping up Chaupal could also help the BJP build a Dalit vote bank to occupy the space vacated by LJP chief Chirag Paswan. For his part, Chaupal said he had no official word on any new assignment within the government or the party . Later in the day Nitish sub, mitted his resignation. An NDA meeting on Sunday will take the process of government formation forward. P8 affected by cyclone, floods and landslides this year. West Bengal, where cyclone Amphan had made landfall, will get `2,707.77 crore. On May 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a financial assistance of `500 crore for Odisha to deal with the post-cyclone situation after making an aerial survey of Bhadrak and Balasore districts to assess the impact of the cyclone. Modi had reviewed the situation at a high level meeting in which According to assessment made by the government, about 44.8 lakh people of 1,500 panchayats under 89 blocks of the coastal districts were affected due to the very severe cyclone A Government official Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi and senior of ficials were present. The Prime Minister had also announced that further assistance will be provided for longterm rehabilitation measures after getting a detailed report from the State government. The cyclone had brushed past the Odisha coast and made landfall in neighbouring West Bengal. However, heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone had caused extensive damage to roads, electricity and other infrastructure in the State. According to assessment made by the government, about 44.8 lakh people of 1,500 panchayats under 89 blocks of the coastal districts were affected due to the very severe cyclone. Besides, crops were damaged in over one lakh hectare while large number of kutcha houses were swept away. Pradhan thanked the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for sanction of the additional financial assistance to Odisha for post-cyclone reconstruction works. Chandigarh: The marathon seven-hour meeting between the Centre and the representatives of 30 Punjab farmers’ unions on Friday ended inconclusive, with both sides sticking to their positions. The unions said their agitation against the newly passed farm laws will continue | P7 `10K reward for info on sex test in Ganjam Berhampur: In a bid to check the menace of female foeticide in Ganjam, the district administration has announced a reward of `10,000 to informers of illegal sex determination tests conducted across the district | P4
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