kollam l saturday l april 10, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Second Covid wave poses higher risks for economy Fitch Ratings on Friday said the second wave of infections poses increased risks for India’s fragile economic recovery and its banks Businesses to take huge hit if cases spike Challenging times for banking sector The rating agency expects a moderately worse environment for the Indian banking sector in 2021, but challenges would intensify if rising infections and follow-up measures to contain the virus further affect business and economic activity. Fitch forecasts India’s GDP growth at 12.8% for FY22. But the rising pace of infections poses renewed risks to the forecast, it said ■ ■ Over 80% of new cases are in six states, which account for 45% of total banking sector loans. Any further disruption in economic activity in these states would hit business sentiment, Fitch said Meanwhile, another report by Oxford Economics said India’s economy is resilient but the next few months will be critical MSME and retail loans are most at risk, according to Fitch Ratings 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 Jaleel guilty of nepotism, Mansoor murder: 2nd accused found dead unfit to be min: Lok Ayukta E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kannur Says minister violated oath of office to favour his relative, it shows lack of integrity; Opposition leader asks chief minister to sack him former Chief Justice of India,” he said in a Facebook post. The Lok Ayukta on Friday Union Minister V Muraleedfound Minister of Higher Edu- haran also demanded the oustcation and Minority Affairs K er of Jaleel. “The government T Jaleel guilty of nepotism and should expel the minister who abuse of power in the appoint- has violated his oath of office,” ment of his second cousin K T he said. Adeeb as general manager of The allegation against Jaleel Kerala State Minorities Devel- was first raised by Muslim opment Finance Corporation Youth League in 2018 and it creLimited. ated a furore in the state, with Lok Ayukta also observed the Opposition parties taking that Jaleel cannot continue in to the streets demanding his his post and recommended the ouster. However, the minister chief minister to take appropri- and the LDF had maintained ate action against the that there was no merminister. it in the allegation and Lok Ayukta Cyriac that it was politically Joseph and Upa Lok motivated. However, Ayukta Har un-Ulfollowing the controIf an iota of morality is left in Rasheed ruled that the versy, Adeeb resigned minister violated the the chief minister, from the post, saying he should expel oath of office and the allegations “hurt Jaleel from the showed favouritism his dignity”. cabinet or seek his by tweaking the qualiIn February 2019, resignation in the fications to favour his the Lok Ayukta initiwake of the Lok relative. ated a probe into the Ayukta order Following the Lok charges based on a Ayukta revelations, Ramesh Chennithala, complaint filed by V K Oppn Leader the Opposition deMuhammed Shafi, a manded Jaleel’s oustnative of Edappal. er. “If an iota of moIn its order, the Lok rality is left in the chief Ayukta said: “The action taken minister, he should expel Jaleel by him (Jaleel) to change the from the cabinet or seek his res- qualifications for the post of ignation in the wake of the Lok general manager in the corpoAyukta order,” said Opposition ration to add “BTech with PGDLeader Ramesh Chennithala. BA” also as a qualification for Reacting to the develop- the post of general manager ments, Jaleel stated he would was to make his second cousin take necessary legal measures eligible for the post,” said the after getting the full order of order. The order said the change the Lok Ayukta. in qualification was brought “The Lok Ayukta has now about without the recommenpassed a verdict in a case that dation of the corporation and, was dismissed by the High without it, Adeeb could not Court and former Kerala Gov- have become eligible to apply ● More on P4 ernor P Sathasivam, who is a for the post. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram The Lok Ayukta has now passed a verdict in a case that was dismissed by the High Court and former Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, who is a former Chief Justice of India K T Jaleel in an FB post Nov 3, 2018 Muslim Youth League raises nepotism charges against minister K T Jaleel over appointment of his relative K T Adeeb as general manager of KSMDFC. Nov 13, 2018 KSMDFC accepts resignation of K T Adeeb February 2019 Lok Ayukta, on the basis of a complaint filed by a public interest litigant, orders probe. It seeks documents from the government regarding the appointment. July 2019 Vigilance and AntiCorruption Bureau informs High Court that allegation was political in nature. April 9, 2021 Lok Ayukta finds Jaleel guilty of nepotism, abuse of power and other charges. Not just vax, Remdesivir supply shorT Mumbai/Jaipur/Bhopal/ Bengaluru: Amid states grappling with stretched Covid facilities and vaccine shortage, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot sent an SOS to the Centre regarding vaccine supply on Friday, even as more inoculation centres were shut in Maharashtra, taking their total count to 592. There were also reports of shortage of Remdesivir that is used to treat Covid patients, in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Seventy-five of the 120 centres across Mumbai, including a jumbo facility in the Bandra Kurla Complex that was inoculating 4,000 people daily, halted vaccinating people on Friday as supply dried up. Big Data NATION WIDE April 8 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 9 1,26,789 59,258 685 1,31,968 61,899 780 Even as the Crime Branch (CB) launched its probe into the murder of Muslim League supporter Mansoor at Pullakkara near Panur, the second accused in the case was found dead in a deserted compound at Kalikkulamb near Nadapuram on Friday . Thirty-five-year-old Ratheesh Kooloth, a CPM worker, was found hanging from a tree by local residents, who infor med the police. Police squads from Chokli, Valayam and Nadapuram reached the spot and identified him as Ratheesh, who had absconded after Mansoor was reported dead on Wednesday early Ratheesh Kooloth morning. Ratheesh was an employee at a welding shop at Parakkadavu. It is learnt that the CB team, which checked the mobile phone of Shinos — the DYFI worker who was arrested on Wednesday — has got some vital information regarding the conspiracy behind the murder. The phone was recovered from In view of the worsening Covid-19 situation, the state health department has decided to launch a mass vaccination campaign — ‘Crush the Curve’ — to contain the spread. The state has been witnessing a sharp spike in Covid cases after the elections, with 5,063 new patients on Friday — an increase of 710 cases in 24 hours. The state had reported 4,353 new cases on Thursday. The test positivity rate also increased to 8.01 per cent, from 6.81 per cent on Thursday . Health Minister K K Shailaja on E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata/New Delhi/Patna/Mumbai Apprehending poaching by the BJP Assam’s Congress, led grand alliance of Opposition has moved 20 party candidates to a hotel in Jaipur. Eighteen from minority-based All India United Democratic Front and two from the Congress were sent to Rajasthan in a chartered plane on Friday . They all have been kept in Fairmont Hotel, where Rajasthan Congress MLAs were kept for days after rebellion by party leader Sachin Pilot. “We have just landed in Rajasthan. The Chief Minister (Ashok Gehlot) is making all arrangements for our stay,” one of them said. Speculations are rife that the remaining Opposition candidates will fly out of Assam soon. The third and final phase Maha pitch for 1,200 ventilators Apart from vaccines and Remdesivir shots, Maharashtra needs 1,200 more ventilators from the Centre, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday Health condition of CM, Chandy satisfactory Health Minister K K Shailaja who arrived at Kozhikode Medical College on Friday said the CM had only mild Covid symptoms and his health is satisfactory. She also said that the condition of senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy is stable. Friday convened a meeting of top officials to chalk out plans for the mass vaccination drive. “There is a need to speed up vaccination as we have a large number of susceptible population. The Assam polls were held on April 6 and the results of the keenly-contested elections will be declared on May 2. Given past experiences, they are not taking any chances. In the last Manipur elections, the Congress had bagged 28 seats compared to the BJP’s 22 in the 60-member House but the latter managed to cobble together the numbers and form the government. Congress and AIUDF are components of the Opposition alliance, which was formed two months ago to oust the BJP from power. Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) is another key constituent of the alliance. Congress Chief Whip in the Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi said, “It is now a well-known trend that the BJP tries to indulge in horsetrading. So, the aim is to take measures for protecting our people.” kerala April 8 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 4,353 2,205 18 April 9 5,063 2,475 22 state has done well with vaccination drive. We will ask the centre to supply more vaccine to meet the demand,” she said. The health minister said steps would be taken to strengthen the health care delivery The focus is to . strengthen hospital facilities as more patients requiring hospital treatment are expected in the coming days. “The facilities in medical colleges will be augmented to treat patients with serious illness. ICU and ventilator facilities will be made available to meet the demand,” said Shailaja. India cross as US Navy does unauthorised drill MAYANK SINGH @ New Delhi Take it for vishu A toddler sits atop a pile of golden cucumbers harvested ahead of Vishu season. His father Jayaprakash, an organic farmer from Peruvayal in Kozhikode, will sell the yield to a supermarket in Kochi | T P Sooraj We don’t trust the investigation team. The probe should be handed over to some other agencies. At least, an officer of IPS rank should probe the case P K Kunhalikutty the crime scene as Shinos reportedly lost it during the scuffle with the League workers who caught him when he tried to escape. The police checked the WhatsApp messages and reportedly found enough evidence regarding the gathering of weapons for the attack. Some of the messages sent to his friends were Resort politics back as Assam Oppn candidates flown to Raj ‘Crush the Curve’ drive to contain surge E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Separate teams A meeting of the probe team held at the Chokli police station on Friday decided to entrust two teams — led by two CIs — with the task of nabbing the remaining accused. Two days after a US Navy conducted an unusual ‘navigation operation’ through India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Lakshadweep Islands without prior permission, New Delhi on Friday conveyed its concer ns to Washington through diplomatic channels. On Wednesday the US Navy had issued , a statement saying its warship, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), “asserted navigational rights and freedoms 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, without requesting India’s prior consent.” According to the US, India’s claims on EEZ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) are inconsistent with international law. While India ratified the UNCLOS in 1982, the US is not a signatory . The possibility of the BJP indulging in dirty tricks and influence our candidates made us take the decision AIUDF organising secretary Md Aminul Islam It has become a trend that the BJP tries to break the Congress after losing polls. So, the allies want to take guard Congress general secretary R S Surjewala found deleted. The police also found some messages through which Shinos had communicated the information to many of the accused who had gone absconding. The phone has been handed over to the Cyber Cell to retrieve the deleted messages. Meanwhile, the UDF leaders have raised protest over the delay in arresting the remaining accused in the case. KPCC working president K Sudhakaran said the UDF doesn’t believe in the investigation team and expects no justice from it. IUML national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty said the police investigation team are trying to protect the mur● More on P4 derers. Italian marines case: SC to distribute R10cr to kin New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to deposit the Rs 10 crore compensation amount in the registry and said the court will distribute the amount to the families to close the case against Italian marines who had shot dead two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012. The SC bench observed that the case will be closed after the compensation is deposited. P5 Fire alarm, flight makes emergency landing Malappuram: An Air India Express aircraft (IS 393) made an emergency landing at Kozhikode airport after take-off from the airport around 9am on Friday. A fire warning from the cargo compartment forced the pilot to opt for an emergency landing. The flight, scheduled to fly from the airport to Kuwait had 17 passengers, four cabin crew and two pilots on board. P5
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