thrissur l monday l april 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION Yusuffali’s helicopter belly-lands in kochi marsh NRI bizman Yusuffali M A, wife and 4 others escaped with minor injuries after the helicopter made emergency landing on Sunday minor injuries, All six fliers in hospital Preliminary investigation ordered 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 ■ Yusuffali 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 ■ He is the MD of Lulu Group International, whose maiden retail venture in the country is a 6.2 lakh-sq-foot mall in Kochi | P4 $7.5 bn Turnover of the group, which employs 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 Remdesivir shot export banned Panic hoarding of drug in some places; Tika Utsav begins, prime minister urges maximum participation E x p r ess N ews S e r v ice @ New Delhi 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 A woman getting her vaccine at a banned with immemedical college in Prayagraj | PTI diate 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. Vaccine shortage may torpedo ‘Crush the Curve’ U nni k r ishnan S @T’Puram The likelihood of Covid-19 vaccine shortage is threatening to upset the government’s ‘Crush the curve’ campaign aimed at speeding up the vaccination drive. At a time when the daily jabs have increased to around 2 lakh doses since election day on April 6, the state is left with just a little above 9 lakh doses. “Mega camps started to ramp up vaccination may have to be suspended until fresh stocks of vaccines arrive. We hope the Centre will speed up fresh allotment,” said an officer. He said the state will get five lakh new doses of Covishield between April 15 and 20. When many states reported vaccine shortage, Kerala was sitting comfortable with over 15 lakh doses with an assured supply of more, on April 5. ● More on P4 Mansoor murder case: Foul play suspected in death of 2nd accused Kannur: In a new twist to the death of Ratheesh Kooloth, second accused in the Mansoor murder case, the postmortem report indicated evidences of internal injuries and strangulation. The findings have raised suspicion of foul play in the death of the 35-year-old, who was found hanging from a tree in a deserted compound near Nadapuram on Friday, three days after IUML worker Mansoor was murdered. IUML national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty said in Kozhikode that he believed Ratheesh’s death was not a case of suicide, but murder aimed at destruction of evidence. P4 express read Jaleel row: Leaders put ball in CM’s court T’Puram: With Lok Ayukta finding minister K T Jaleel guilty of nepotism, LDF leaders have put the ball in the CM’s court. CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran, among others, said on Sunday the CM will take an appropriate decision on the matter. P4 Ranjith, appointed in IIM, was rejected by Calicut University Kasaragod: Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac’s winsome words for economist Ranjith R for his appointment as an assistant professor in IIM-Ranchi have put the spotlight back on the issue of favouritism in state’s university appointments. According to Ranjith, Calicut University called for applications to four assistant professor posts in 2019 and the interviews were held in January 2021. “They went ahead and made the appointments without even publishing the ranklist or revealing the reservation roster,” he said. P5 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) ‘New policy to create `25-30K cr investment’ F aya z wani @ 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, L i e u t e n a n t G ove r n o r 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 over- Manoj Sinha, J&K Lt-Governor looks 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 getting good response. In fact, every day, we get calls from 4-5 investors 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 o f f e r i n g l o a d s o f incentives. “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 investment made in plant and machinery or building construction for ● More on P7 10 years.
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