villupuram l monday l april 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION Lulu mall owner’s chopper belly-lands in kochi marsh NRI bizman Yusuff Ali MA, wife and 4 others escaped with minor injuries after the helicopter made emergency landing on Sunday minor injuries, All six fliers in hospital The helicopter was scheduled to land on the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies campus ground at Panangad but a sudden deterioration in the weather condition forced the pilots to make a precautionary emergency landing at a swamp near the highway around 9 am, the group later informed. All six injured fliers were admitted to a private hospital $7.5 bn Preliminary investigation ordered ■ Yusuff Ali was on a short trip from his home in Kochi to visit a relative at a nearby hospital. OSS Air Management Service, which looks after the chopper, has launched a preliminary investigation Turnover of the group, which employs ■ Ali is the MD of Lulu Group International, whose maiden retail venture in the country is a 6.2 lakh sq feet hyper mall at Kochi | P5 most number of indians outside india 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 ‘New policy to create 25-30K cr investment’ F aya z w a n i @ Srinagar T he new industrial policy for Jammu and Kashmir that was announced in January last would generate an investment of `25,000 to `30,000 crore in the next two years and create as many as five lakh jobs, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha told this newspaper on Sunday . He also informed that advertisements to fill 25,000 vacancies in government departments have already been issued, adding the recruitment process would be transparent. In an exclusive interview, Sinha described the `28,400 crore outlay for the new policy as a massive initiative to usher industrial revolution in J&K. Exuding confidence while sharing his thoughts at Raj Bhawan that overlooks the famous Dal Lake, Sinha said: “It is the largest incentive and historical industrial package to date. It will give a major boost to J&K’s economy .” Asked about the response of investors, he said, “We are get- ting good response. In fact, every day we get calls from 4-5 in, vestors exploring possibilities to set up units in J&K.” After the hollowing out of Article 370 and 35A by the Centre on August 5, 2019, the J&K government had planned to hold its first Global Investors Summit in October that year but it could not be held due to various reasons. Manoj Sinha, who took over as second Lt Governor of J&K on August 5 last year, is picking up the threads to win investor confidence by offering loads of incentives. Remdesivir shot export banned Panic hoarding of drug in some places; Tika Utsav begins, PM urges max participation E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Students storm Twitter, seek axing of boards S U S H M I T H A RA M A K RIS H NAN @ Chennai An unintended consequence of getting children up to speed with online classes and exams is that they have gathered virtually demanding that the govern, ment cancel all public exams. On Sunday, ‘#CancelBoardExam2021’ was the top trend on Twitter, for the second time in five days. It first peaked on April 6, when the number of new Covid-19 cases hit the one lakh mark, and again on Sunday, when over 1.5 lakh new cases were reported. However, some students said cancelling the exams would adversely affect their mental health. Continued on P2 statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 10 April 11 5,989 1,952 23 6,618 2,314 22 A four-day special Covid Tika Utsav (vaccination fest) kicked off across on Sunday with a pep talk by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but figures to quantify the people’s response were yet to be compiled. While Modi sought maximum participation of beneficiaries during the drive, the Congress said it is not a festival but a crusade. “All eligible persons should get the jab, and for this the society and administration have to make full efforts,” Modi said and pitched for “zero vaccine waste”. In these four days, targets have to be set at the personal, societal and administration level, Modi added. In a related development, India banned with immediate effect the export of Remdesivir that is administered to treat severe Covid positive cases. All domestic manufacturers of Remdesivir were advised to display details of their stockists and distributors on their website besides ensuring easy access of the drug. “Seven Indian companies are producing Injection Remdesivir under voluntary licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, USA. They have an installed capacity of about 38.80 lakh units per month,” the Union health ministry said. “Government of India has A woman getting her vaccine at a medical college in Prayagraj | PTI NATION WIDE April 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,45,384 77,567 794 April 11 1,52,879 90,584 839 Maha to augment infra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday discussed setting up of oxygen plants, upgrading the number of beds, besides availability of Remdesivir injections in a meeting with the members of Covid task force and set April 14 as deadline to assess the need for lockdown prohibited the exports of Remdesivir injection and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) till the situation improves,” it added. In Maharashtra, the government has set up district-level panels for distribution of Remdesivir. In Surat and Ahmadabad, people were seen queuing up outside hospitals and medical stores for the drug. There were also reports of people hoarding them in panic. As TN records more than 6,000 new cases, hospitals in Chennai start brimming again E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai After eight months, Tamil Nadu crossed the 6,000-mark of daily Covid-19 cases on Sunday . As State capital, Chennai, reported 2,124 of the State’s 6,618 cases (that is over 32 per cent) on the day the city’s Test Posi, tivity Rate (TPR) doubled from 6.8 per cent to 13.8 per cent in the 10 days since March 31. Hospital beds in the city are filling up fast. While most big private hospitals are almost packed to capacity, government hospitals are also getting there, as per data from the Health Department. This is affecting nonCovid services, too, as unlike last year, when a complete lockdown was imposed, numerous patients are visiting the out-patient wards, adding to the pres- Vaccination fest to begin in State on Wednesday Though the ‘tika utsav’ (vaccination festival) began across the country on Sunday, in TN, the State government has scheduled it from April 14 to 16. Officials didn’t explain why sure on the healthcare staff. Among the other districts that reported a large number of new cases are Coimbatore (617), and Chennai’s neighbours Chengalpattu (631), Tiruvallur (296) and Kancheepuram (206). The State now has a TPR of 7.4 per cent, and 41,955 known active cases. A Chennai-like shortage of hospital beds, thankfully, isn’t prevalent Statewide. Madurai district, for instance, has 3,777 vacant Covid beds. On the vaccination front, 47,205 people received the jab on Sunday Full coverage: P2 . “We will give capital investment incentives. Those investing in Category A get 30% incentive while those in Category B get 50%,” Sinha said. To ensure that incentives are properly utilised to set up industrial units, “our government will give them incentives only on GST billing,” Sinha added. The GST linked initiative would amount to 300% of the eligible value of actual investIt (the new industrial policy) is the largest incentive and historical industrial package to date. It will give a major boost to J&K’s economy - Manoj Sinha, J&K Lt Governor @ Virudhunagar PSW Madhava Rao, who contested the recent Assembly elections on a Congress ticket from Srivilliputhur constituency died of a lung , infection at a private hospital in Madurai on Sunday morning. He was 63. Rao was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of Covid-19 on March 20. Though he tested negative for the coronavirus, he was being treated for a severe lung infection at the Covid ward. Sources said he was later put on ventilator support as his health deteriorated. A businessman and legal consultant, Rao had served in various posts in the Dis- an investment of `25,000 to `30,000 crore in different sectors in the next two years. The investment will generate about 5 lakh jobs.” On plans to launch a recruitment drive, he said, “The government has advertised 25,000 vacant posts in different departments so far.” Responding to a question on transparency in recruitment, Sinha said, “We have a comprehensive plan on filling government job vacancies. All recruitments will be done in the most transparent manner.” Mamata mocks EC, Shah criticises selective grief E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ North Dinajpur & Kolkata A day after the Election Commission imposed a 72-hour bar on politicians from entering Cooch Behar, where four persons died in CISF firing at a polling booth, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday claimed the unprecedented ban was meant to prevent her from meeting the relatives of the deceased and sharing their grief. While describing the shooting as genocide, Mamata sought to mock the EC’s Model Code of Conduct, saying it was actually Modi Code of Conduct. Mamata’s barbs drew a sharp response from Union Home minister Amit Shah, who blamed her provocative speeches, exhorting women to gherao Central forces, for the firing. The EC had served a notice on Mamata two days ago for her statement asking women to gherao Central forces. Leading a rally at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Shah questioned why Mamata was silent on the fifth death. A first-time voter, Ananda Barman, was also shot dead on Saturday morning in the same area. “She has not shed a single Deshmukh’s secy, assistant grilled in extortion case E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @Mumbai The CBI on Sunday questioned two personal staffers of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with the allegations of corruption leveled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Anil Deshmukh’s personal assistant Kundan Shinde and personal secretary Sanjeev Palande appeared before the CBI team in connection with its ongoing preliminary enquiry at the DRDO guest house in Santacruz. Former Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh, in his exploAnil Deshmukh sive letter, had claimed that Palande was present when Deshmukh had allegedly asked Sachin Waze to collect `100 crore a month from various bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Waze in his statement to the NIA had claimed that Shinde also was present during one such conversation. Waze has since been arrested by the NIA in the Antilia bomb scare case. The CBI has so far recorded the statements of Singh, Sachin Waze, DCP Raju Bhujbal, ACP Sanjay Patil, advocate Jayshree Patil, a petitioner, and a hotel owner Mahesh Shetty . Singh had moved the Bombay HC after he was shunted out as the Mumbai police commissioner. Taking note of the serious allegations leveled by Singh, the HC had ordered a preliminary enquiry into the case by CBI on a 15-day deadline Hours after the April 5 HC order, Deshmukh had resigned from the cabinet. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Congress candidate from Srivilliputhur passes away E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E ment made in plant and machinery or building construction for 10 years. The J&K gover nment has identified 24,000 kanals of land in different districts to set up industrial estates. It is, however, yet to be decided whether the land would be on lease or would the investors get proprietary rights. Asked to quantify the total investment and the number of jobs the government expects to create, Sinha, a seasoned politician from Uttar Pradesh and a three-time MP said, “Going by , the huge response, we expect trict Congress Committee and was an active member of the Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee. He could only campaign in the constituency for two days as he fell ill soon after filing his nomination papers. However, his daughter, Dhivya Rao, campaigned on his behalf. S o u rc e s i n t h e health department said Rao suffered heart attacks over the past few days. By-election ahead? Addressing the media in Chennai, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said votes will be counted as planned on May 2. If Rao wins the elections, a by-election will be held in the constituency he added. P4 , EC conditionally allows state to release ex gratia The EC has conditionally permitted the state government’s request to release `2 lakh each to the families of the four deceased. Sources said the EC made it clear that the compensation issue could not be used in campaigns and it should be handed over to the families through district authorities, and not politicians teardrop for Barman just because he belonged to Rajbangshi community which does not , favour the TMC. His death does not fit into her appeasement politics,” Shah said. Earlier, Mamata made video calls to the families of the deceased persons from Jalpaiguri, where she was campaigning. Reiterating that the forces were not provoked, she tweeted: “This is genocide like Nandigram. This is murder of democracy Modiji how many people . will be killed? Are you trying to capture Bengal by force? Do you think you can turn Bengal into Gujarat?’’ express read NCP chief Sharad Pawar in hosp for gall bladder surgery Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar was on Sunday admitted to a hospital here for gall bladder surgery scheduled on Monday. Pawar (80) had undergone an endoscopy for the removal of a stone from his bile duct at the Breach Candy hospital on March 30. Under the medical procedure, an endoscope is used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or body cavity Worried over low efficacy of its vaccines, China mulls mixing Beijing: China is considering the mixing of different Covid-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options, a Chinese media outlet quoted the head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, as saying. This is the first time a top Chinese expert has publicly alluded to the relatively low efficacy of the country’s vaccines | P12
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