THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l monday l april 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late 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 ‘weather deterioration forced landing’ 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 9am, 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 ■ Residents in the area said there was rain and strong wind at the time of the incident | 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 ‘New policy to create R25-30K 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 . Although a man of few words as he believes in his work doing the talking, the Lt Governor revealed that 25,000 vacant posts in government departments had been advertised and the recruitment process would be transparent. Under a grey sky at Raj Bhawan’s guest lounge that overlooks the famed Dal Lake and the invigorating Tulip garden, Sinha described the `28,400 crore outlay for the new policy as a massive initiative to usher industrial revolution in J&K. Asked about the response of investors, he said, “We are getting good response. In fact, every day we get calls from 4-5 in, vestors exploring possibilities 27L take jab on Tika Utsav Day I Modi urges maximum participation in drive; bar on Remdesivir export till situation eases Express News Service 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. That did not distract Sinha, who took over as second Lt Governor on August 5 last year, as he quickly picked up the threads to govern the arguably toughest administrative unit in the country . His result-oriented style of functioning appears to be draw- statewide April 10 April 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 6,194 2,584 17 6,986 2,358 16 Vaccine shortage may torpedo ‘Crush the Curve’ @ New Delhi U nn i k r i s h n a n S @T’Puram About 27 lakh took the jab on the first day of the four-day special Covid Tika Utsav (vaccination fest) that began on Sunday with a pep talk from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Saturday 35.2 lakh benefi, ciaries had taken the shot. Sundays normally have less footfalls (about 16 lakh). “But on the first day of Tika Utsav, more than 27 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 8 pm,” the Union health ministry said. Many workplace vaccination centres, too, are operational and the ones in the private sector functioned on Sunday, the ministry added. Modi sought maximum participation of beneficiaries during the drive. “Anyone eligible for the vaccine should get the jab, and for this the society and administration have to make full efforts,” he said and pitched for “zero vaccine waste”. 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 Remdesiv- 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 privy to vaccine management. 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 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 lockdown call 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 lockdownP7 ir 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. Maharashtra 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 panic buying and hoarding. Pooram is on, says govt Thrissur: With Thrissur pooram just a fortnight away, an alleged report submitted by the DMO, which sought not to conduct the festival with public participation in view of the Covid surge, led to a row on Sunday. Minister V S Sunil Kumar clarified the fest will be held, as many people depended on the festival for revenue. P4 AT Lord’s abode Governor Arif Mohammed Khan offering prayers at Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala on Sunday. His younger son Kabir Arif is also seen | Express Carrying ‘irumudikettu’, the governor reached the sreekovil of the temple after climbing the Holy Steps. After darshan, Khan also offered prayers at Malikappuram Devi temple. The governor will leave Sannidhanam on Monday after planting sandalwood sapling near Malikappuram temple ing investors. “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 It (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 @ 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 for her statement asking women to gherao Central forces. Shah questioned why Mamata was silent on the Mamata Banerjee the huge response, we expect 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.” Assuring 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.” Ranjith, appointed in IIM Ranchi, was rejected by Calicut University G e o r g e P o i k ay i l @Kasaragod Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac’s winsome words for economist Ranjith R for getting selected as an assistant professor in IIM Ranchi have blown up as a PR disaster for the LDF government and put the spotlight back on the nepotism and favouritism in state’s university appointments. Isaac compared Ranjith — a PhD in economics and a member of the Marathi Scheduled Tribe community — to former President K R Narayanan for showing extraordinary willpower to overcome the social and economic hardship to get into the elite Indian Institute of Management as a faculty member. But the reactions to the post were brutally sharp. “Those who diced him down are now applauding him,” wrote Kasaragod MP and Congress leader Rajmohan Unnithan on Facebook. Ranjith’s appointment to IIM Ranchi is a gift of time to the Left Syndicate of Calicut University which denied him the post of assistant professor de- LDF buying time on Jaleel, leaders put ball in CM’s court E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @T’Puram Two days after the Lok Ayukta found Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel guilty of “nepotism, abuse of power and violation of oath of office” and the opposition’s clamour for his removal, the LDF seems to be buying time. Senior leaders of CPM and CPI on Sunday put the ball in the chief minister’s court, saying “he will take appropriate decision at the right time.” While CPM politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said Jaleel has the right to seek legal recourse and it is not time yet for the party to decide on the minister, CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran said the chief minister will take an appropriate decision over the findings in the Lok Ayukta report. Their reactions came on a day documents came out in the open pointing to the possibility of Chief Minister M Pinarayi Vijayan having been aware of the appointment of K T Adeeb — a relative of K T Jaleel — in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation. The CM had reportedly signed a document — on August 9,2016 — recommending a change in the qualification criteria for appointment to the post of general manager in the corporation. Supporting the minister, Kodiyeri said: “The High Court is above the Lok Ayukta and the minister has the right to challenge the Lok Ayukta’s findings in the higher ● More on P4 court. It is up to him.” Mamata raps EC bar, Shah criticises selective grief Express News Service eligible value of actual investment 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 , Amit Shah 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 teardrop for Barman just because he belonged to Rajbang- shi community which does not fa, vour TMC. His death does not fit into her appeasement politics,” Shah said. Earlier, Mamata made video calls to families of the deceased 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?” spite being fourth in the rank list, he wrote. Ranjith told TNIE that Calicut University called for applications to four posts of assistant professor in December 2019 and the interviews were held in January 2021. “The university went ahead and made the appointments without even publishing the rank list or revealing the reservation roster,” he said. No state or central university in Kerala or India ever put out a notification without mentioning the reservation for the posts, said Rasheed Ahmed, a syndicate member of the uni● More on P5 versity . WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) express read Foul play in Ratheesh death? CBI grills Deshmukh’s staffers Kannur: In a new twist to the death of Ratheesh Kooloth, second accused in the Mansoor murder case, the postmortem findings indicated he had sustained internal injuries and there were signs of strangulation. P4 Mumbai: The CBI on Sunday questioned two personal staffers of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with the allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, officials said.
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