BHUBANESWAR l Saturday l february 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l JEYPORE EDITION fare 90% spend their time Over reward for domestic fliers travelling light chit-chatting, N.S.O. survey DGCA separates base fare and service charge, paving while Only 38.2% people take part in job-related activitiesthe way for concessions to travellers checking in without has found 91% spend their time in socialising, a new surveybaggage pay only for the services you require Only 2.4% take part in volunteer work linked to ticket price capping order Why the time use survey is important Earlier, base Statistical Office’s Time Use Survey revealed that 24.1% The Nationalfare was bundled with services like preferential seating, meal or drink charges (except water), access to lounge, while only 2.4% take people participate in activities related to learning,check-in baggage, sports equipment and music instrument charges, and valuable said that 20.7% part in volunteer and other unpaid work. The survey alsobaggage fee. With its Friday’s they do unpaid DGCA has services for household members. people saidnotification, the care givingunbundled base fare and service charges. Now, fliers will get to pay for only those services they Such services include child care and care for dependent adults opt for ■ ■ ■ The primary objective of thecostlier after the fare price bands In January, air travel turned Time Use Survey is to measure participation 10%-30%. It was described as an extraordinary were hiked byof men and women in paid and unpaid activities but temporary measure to help the sector reachthe time spent inlevel It is an important source of information on pre-Covid flight unpaid care-giving activities, the relief will beunpaid domestic The DGCA’s notification says volunteer work, extended to fliers service producing activities of the household members, etc | P7 only when the extraordinary fare order ceases to be applicable 1,38,799 7-kg Households coveredon cabin weight ceiling by The survey conducted during Jan-Dec 2019 bags you can carry along 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 Datesheet out for poll Seven-day home isolation mandatory exam in four states, UT for people arriving from 12 states the schedule West Bengal Eight phases March 27, April 1, 6, 10, 17, 22, 26, 29 Assam Three phases March 27, April 1, 6 Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala April 6 Counting of votes May 2 Seats up for grabs West Bengal 294 Kerala 140 Assam 126 Puducherry 30 Tamil Nadu 234 Model code The Model Code of Conduct comes into play from the moment the poll schedule is announced. It ends with the declaration of the election outcome status as a pan-India party as it hopes to reap political dividends The onset of summer will coin- of the Citizenship Amendment cide with soaring political temper- Act in Assam and Bengal. Bankatures in the country as four states ing heavily on turncoats from the and a Union Territory will see ranks of the TMC, the BJP is hopelectoral heat in March-end and ing to build on the massive gains April. The Election Commission it made in Bengal in the 2019 LS of India announced the poll sched- poll, bagging 18 seats and over 40% ule for TN, Kerala and Puducherry vote share. In Assam, the party in , in the south and West Bengal and alliance with regional players, will Assam in the east, sounding the seek to outsmart the Opposition, bugle for the next big battle for while the Congress-AIUDF comstates. bine will attempt to conThe assembly elections solidate minority votes. in Bengal will be chief In Kerala, the BJP, minister and Trinamool which had polled about Congress chief Mamata 15% votes in 2016, will Banerjee’s biggest test make a pitch to establish yet in the face of a safitself as the third force. fron onslaught while AsTo find a foothold in TN, sam will see the ruling the party is experimentCEC Sunil Arora BJP face a challenge from ing with caste equations a plethora of coalitions. Among by promoting Dalit and OBC faces. the two southern states, the Con- The Congress, which is grappling gress nurtures hope of returning with leadership issue and infightto power in Kerala. In TN, the two ing, has grim chances in Bengal, national parties will piggyback on where it’s contesting in alliance the local players — Congress on with the Left, but is looking at the DMK and BJP on the AIADMK. making some gains in Assam. But Puducherry is heading for an in- the party’s main focus is on Kerateresting fight amid defections la, especially because Rahul Ganfrom the Congress to the BJP lead- dhi is MP from Wayanad, though , ing to President’s Rule. the Left Front’s performance in The BJP, under the leadership the local body polls is a cause of of JP Nadda, will seek to assert its worry for the Congress-led UDF. Express News Service Express News Service @ Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Muncipal Corporation health officials wait for arrivals at the Covid screening camp at Biju Patnaik International airport on Saturday BSKY hospitals to be vaccination centres The Centre has allowed 183 private hospitals empanelled under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) to operate as Covid-19 vaccination centres. However, beneficiaries opting for these hospitals will have to pay the price fixed by the Centre to get the jab. Beneficiaries can visit http://nhmodisha.gov.in/ frmrbsyostfbkky.aspx for the list of BSKY empanelled hospitals. Health department sources said the vaccine will now be available at all PHCs, CHCs, DHHs and medical colleges where eligible beneficiaries can get inoculated free of cost. On-site registration will also be done at the health facilities. India snaps out of technical recession E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi With the economy finally coming out of technical recession, growing marginally at 0.4% in the third quarter of 2020-21, the government on Friday said it expected the GDP to contract by 8% for the whole financial year. “Real GDP growth of 0.4% in Q3 of 2020-21 has returned the economy to the pre-pandemic times of positive Biden sends message to Iran with strike on Syria The US forces bombed facilities in eastern Syria used by pro-Iran armed groups on Thursday, in what analysts said, was a strong message from President Joe Biden to the Iranian leadership| P11 express read Rape, murder charges against 4 in Hathras case Lucknow: The Special SC/ ST Court in Hathras on Friday framed charges against four accused of the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Boolgarhi village last September. Accepting the CBI charge-sheet, the Special Court framed the charges after hearing both sides | P10 India & China to set up hotline as tension eases NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, during the 75-minute phone call on Thursday, decided to establish a hotline to ensure timely communication in the wake of tensions along the LAC | P9 growth rates. It is also a reflection of a further strengthening of V-shaped recovery,” read a Finance ministry statement. However, in its second advance estimates, the National Statistical Office (NSO) has projected 8% contraction in 2020-21, up from 7.7% predicted in its earlier forecast in January Ex. perts claimed that while growth remained flat, real recovery will be visi b l e i n f i n a l q u a r t e r. “ M y understanding is that the real push will come in the Q4 2021, because lockdowns on many sectors, particularly hospitality and travel, eased substantially during this quarter. It is hoped that it remains that way given , the uptick in Covid-19 cases in some pockets and some states,” said Sanjay Kumar, partner, Deloitte India. Meanwhile, eight core sector outputs returned to positive territory growing , marginally by 0.1% in January P10 . Covid vaccination ready reckoner | P2 A day after two persons from Maharashtra tested positive for Covid-19, Odisha Government on Friday tightened surveillance on returnees making seven-day home isolation mandatory for those arriving from the 12 “high risk” states. As per the fresh direction, all incoming passengers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Chandigarh will remain in isolation for a week. They will be subjected to RTPCR test if they develop any symptom during the period, and treated as per Covid protocol, if found positive. Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said officials have been directed to ensure ther mal screening of all passengers at airports and railway stations and on-site rapid antigen tests of all symptomatic persons as any laxity can result in resurgence of the pandemic in the State. “However, travellers, who produce Covid negative report or two-dose vaccination certificate and do not have any symptom, will be exempted,” he clarified. The State Government has also decided to ramp up testing in view of rising number of new cases. At a review meeting here, all districts have been asked to achieve a cumulative 7,500 RT-PCR tests a day and overall target of 30,000 tests until next order. The number of tests had come down from a range of 40,000 samples a day to sub-20,000 following the decline in number of fresh cases. More of concern is that only around 60 per cent of the RT-PCR target was being met. Mohapatra asked the Collectors and Municipal Commissioners not to be complacent and meet the test target besides strictly enforcing Covid appropriate behaviour, including proper use of face mask, among the public. “Enhanced surveillance and early identification of cases can only help prevent the resurgence of cases. We can not take any chance at this juncture and ruin our efforts,” he added.
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