BHUBANESWAR l monday l arpil 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l JEYPORE 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 an 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 at some places; Tika Utsav begins, PM urges max participation E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi No ‘Tika Utsav’ in Odisha, 60% vax sites shut E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar On a day when ‘Tika Utsav’ kicked off nationally, Covid vaccination drive was badly hit in Odisha with as many as 879 of the total 1,472 session sites shut down due to shortage of doses. Vaccination was conducted at only 579 centres on Sunday and around 81,169 doses could be administered against a target of over two lakh. While the vaccination drive was completely disrupted in Bhadrak district, coverage was poor in 12 districts. Only one site was opened in Jagatsinghpur, two each in Jajpur and Boudh districts, three each in Deogarh, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Nayagarh and Puri, and four sites each in Dhenkanal, Kalahandi and Rayagada. Health department sources said around 20 districts may face acute shortage of vaccine on Monday as around 2.5 lakh doses of Covishield, received on Saturday, have been dispatched to 10 districts, which had earlier run CONTINUED ON: P5 dry . 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 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 10 April 11 1,374 403 2 1,379 459 0 A woman getting her vaccine at a medical college in Prayagraj | PTI 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 units per month,” the Union health ministry said. “Government of India has 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. NATION WIDE April 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,45,384 77,567 794 April 11 1,52,879 90,584 839 gangster Hyder’s escape leaves State Govt in a hole E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar A day after gangster Sk Hyder slipped out of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack leaving the Odisha Government red-faced, the State Police establishment is busy searching for answers with the criminal vanishing into thin air. Hyder’s successful attempt to escape after he was arrested by Bhubaneswar Police following a murder in 2005 has posed serious questions and exposed the gaping loopholes he exploited. Why was he was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, in the first place? The medical college authorities profess ignorance though the gangster who weaved a criminal network in Kendrapara under political patronage checked himself in on March 23. Nineteen days of admission but none of the top officials of the MCH would tell how and why . How did a hardened criminal like Hyder get an air-conditioned cabin in State’s premier government medical college without health authorities’ sanction and knowledge of police? How come the local police station was not in the know of things? No one wants to answer. On the other hand, oversimplified answers that some of the gangster’s attendants offered sedative-laced drink to the security personnel is being dished out. There were six escorts for Hyder and each was given a 4-hour duty There was . no CCTV eye in the surgery ward he was admitted to. Hav- ing spent last 17 years in various jails across the State, the wily gangster is believed to have fled at 4.30 pm but police came to know about his escape at 7.05 pm. The role of Prison authorities in the whole episode has come under scanner too. Hyder was lodged in Sambalpur Circle Jail. Police say he was initially admitted to VIMSAR, Burla before being referred to Cuttack. Why was he referred to SCB Medical College and under whose sanction? Meanwhile, Sambalpur SP Battula Gangadhar suspended six cops on Sunday over the incident. The suspended include a havildar and six constables. The police administration under criticism, earlier in the day DGP Abhay chaired a high , level meeting at Commissionerate Police headquarters here to lay out plans to trace the absconding gangster as the State Police launched a manhunt. CONTINUED ON: P5 “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 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 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 N e 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 N e 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 explosive letAnil Deshmukh ter, 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) Suspicious blackout at Iran’s nuclear plant Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility lost power on Sunday, just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges capable of enriching uranium faster, the latest incident to strike the site | P9 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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