KOCHI l wednesday l april 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE city EDITION Skymet predicts healthy, normal monsoon this year The private weather forecaster said on Tuesday this season’s rainfall will be 103% of 50-year average of 88 cm, with an error margin of 5% 106% of long-period average rain in June “That is the healthy normal,” said G P Sharma, president (meteorology), Skymet Weather. He added there is 60% probability of a ‘normal’ monsoon and 15% probability of ‘above normal’ rainfall. On a monthly scale, June is likely to receive rainfall of 106% of the long-period average, while July may record 97%. August and September are expected to get 99% and 116% ■ 2021 North India, n.e. may get less showers ■ In terms of geographical risk, the plains of north India along with a few parts of the north-east region are likely to be at risk of being rain-deficient through the season, the Skymet said The India Meteorological Department, India’s official weather forecaster, is likely to release its monsoon forecast later this week could mark the third consecutive year of good monsoon for 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 15-day janta curfew in maharashtra CPM disowns, min India’s door wide open for foreign jabs S u m i S u kan ya D u tta @ New Delhi A day after adding Russia’s Sputnik V to the list of approved vaccines, India populated it further by deciding to put emergency approvals for foreign-produced coronavirus jabs on the fast track that have been granted restricted use permission elsewhere. By doing so, it sought to take the sting out of the mounting criticism on s p a r s e ap Easy access provals by The relaxation in insisting on rules makes it bridging trieasier for jabs by als, leading Pfizer, Moderna, to vaccine J&J and Novavax shortage at a to apply for time when emergency use Covid infecthough they tions in the have not been country have tested on Indian surpassed population the first peak of the pandemic India witnessed last year. The fig leaf of bridging trial continues to stay as the first 100 , beneficiaries of such foreign vaccines shall be assessed for seven days for safety outcomes before they are rolled out for further immunisation programmes within the country . Authorities maintained that it may be several weeks before any of the foreign made vaccines are available for public use in India and will also depend on the interest shown by the manufacturers. The matter was decided upon at the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19. NATIONWIDE April 12 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,68,912 91,719 904 April 13 1,61,736 76,481 879 Sec 144 to be in force in entire state from Wed 8pm; SOS to the PM to rush oxygen by air SU D HIR SURYA W A N SHI @ Mumbai Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday announced a 15-day long statewide ‘janta curfew’. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code will come into effect on April 14 at 8pm and will be in force till May 1, he said in an address to the people of Maharashtra. During the period, people will not be allowed to travel without a valid reason. All establishments, public places, activities, services shall remain closed. This, however, will not apply to those offering essential services. “Public transport will not be halted but will be restricted to those working in essential services like doctors, nurses and bankers. Industry is allowed to operate but workers should stay near the plant, he said. Thackeray added the state government will use the 15 days statewide April 12 April 13 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 5,692 2,474 11 7,515 2,959 20 What will be open l Hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics, vaccination, medical insurance offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and other medical and healthcare services. l Groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries and all type of food shops l Public transport, including flights, trains, taxis, buses and auto rickshaws l Export, import of all commodities l E-commerce for the supply of essential services l Petrol pumps, ATMs, all kinds of cargo services l Offices can work with max 50% capacity l All manufacturing sectors involved in essential services to work with full capacity to set up more healthcare facilities to deal with the crisis. The announcement came on a day when the state reported 60,212 positive cases. In his address, Thackeray also flagged the shortage in oxygen, Remdesivir and beds for Covid patients. He said Maharashtra urgently needs 50,00060,000 Remdesivir doses and 980 tonnes of oxygen. “If cases continue to rise, E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram In local bodies with high test positivity rate, district magistrates may impose additional restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC AS the number of new Covid-19 cases crossed 7,500 with a test positivity rate of 10.23 per cent on Tuesday new restrictions in, cluding a ban on passengers standing in public buses have come into force in the state. The order, issued by Chief Secretary V P Joy based on the decisions taken at a review committee meeting on Monday, directs district magistrates to impose prohibitory orders at the local body level in urgent situations, besides urging religious leaders and district au- Buses meant for public transport should not allow standing passengers. Buses should not take in passengers beyond the seating capacity. The Motor Vehicles Department shall take steps to ensure the same Open-air policy takes toll on state’s exporters Sabarimala: Virtual queue the spoilsport? Sabarimala: Despite the state allowing Travancore Devaswom Board to permit up to 10,000 pilgrims per day at Sabarimala temple, only 2,387 turned up on April 11 and 989 on April 12. The temple usually sees heavy rush during Vishu. Devotees blamed the virtual queue system for the dip in footfall. P5 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express then we will need around one lakh Remdesivir injections and even more oxygen. I spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he gave permission to bring oxygen from West Bengal and some northern states. However, it is difficult to bring oxygen from faraway places by road as it will consume a lot of time,” Thackeray said, adding that he has requested the Centre to rush life-saving oxygen will have unrestricted movement l No schools, colleges across the state l Cinema halls, swimming pools, gyms, etc l No shooting of movies or serials l Places of worship to remain closed and medicine using military . All registered auto drivers, construction labourers, domestic workers and hawkers will be given `1,500 each. “Besides, 3 kg wheat and 2kg rice will be given to the poor for one month, free,” he added. Thackeray also raised the issue of GST compensation. “The state should get all financial help from the Centre during the pandemic,” he said. thorities to persuade the faithf u l t o avo i d c o m m u n i t y gatherings including Iftar parties. Of the 7,515 people who tested positive on the day, 1,162 were from Ernakulam. Kozhikode reported 867 new cases. In addition, 20 pandemicrelated fatalities were also registered. Fourteen more locations have been declared hotspots, taking the total to 416. As per the new guidelines — imposed as urgent additional restrictions to control the spread without adversely affecting economic activities — prohibitory orders (CrPC Section 144) can be imposed in local bodies that report a high test positivity rate. There are no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons or goods. Also, no separate permission or e-permit will be required for such movements. While 200 people will be allowed to attend outdoor functions, only 100 can take part in events held indoors. If the presence of more people is necessary, organisers can put a system in place to allow entry exclusively for people possessing either a negative RT-PCR certificate taken 72 hours prior to the event or a partial vaccina● More on P5 tion certificate. Jaleel quits. Oppn turns to Pinarayi D h i ne s h K a l l u nga l @ T’Puram AFTER prolonged uncertainty and sustained pressure from within the CPM and other quarters, Higher Education and Minorities Welfare Minister K T Jaleel resigned on Tuesday in the wake of Lok Ayukta finding him guilty of nepotism. After CPM politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan conveyed the party’s decision during a formal meeting, Jaleel handed over the resignation letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s private secretary at Tuesday noon. The CM forwarded it to Governor Arif Mohammed Khan. Jaleel put ruling Left front in a tight spot when Lok Ayukta found him guilty of nepotism and abuse of power with regard to the appointment of his second cousin K T Adeeb as general manager of Kerala State Minorities and Development Finance Corporation. Lok Ayukta also said Jaleel should not continue as minister. Jaleel had allegedly changed the eligibility criteria for the post with the knowledge of the chief minister to accommodate Adeeb. Muslim Youth League state general secretary P K Firos said CM is the co-accused in the case. State Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran said if the tainted minister had resigned on moral grounds, then the CM also should show the same morality. Party sources, however, said Jaleel resigned at the instruction of the ● More on P4 CM. The fishing boat which overturned after hitting a cargo ship on Tuesday | Express 3 die, 9 missing as ship collides with fishing boat off M’luru coast E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi/Kozhikode Three fishermen were killed as a cargo ship collided with a fishing boat mid-sea off Mangaluru coast on Monday night. According to sources, two fishermen were rescued by the crew of the ship and the Coast Guard while nine persons went missing in the impact of the collision. According to Kerala Fishing Boat Operators Association vice-president Haneefa Haji, there were 14 workers in the boat of whom seven were from Colachel and seven from Odisha and West Bengal. “The workers had joined duty only on Sunday The boat . set off for fishing from Bey- Bogus voter issue caused by clerical errors pore harbour on Sunday and collided with the ship around midnight on Monday he said. ,” The ill-fated boat IFB Rabbal was owned by Mamantakathu Jaffer of Beypore. According to sources, APL Le Havre, a container ship with Singapore registration, collided with the fishing boat around 11.30pm. T he crew of the ship launched a rescue operation immediately after they noticed the incident and fished out five workers, of whom three had died. Later the Coast Guard and the Navy rushed to the spot and launched a search operation. The incident occurred around 60 nautical miles off Mangaluru coast. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, whose term at the helm ended on Monday, speaks to TNIE on topics including allegations of irregularities in the voters’ list | P5 It would be some relief for those who bay for my blood. You can’t conquer me, the most you can do is to kill me. I’ll be here with more strength K T Jaleel If the tainted minister has resigned on moral grounds, then Pinarayi Vijayan also should show the same morality Mullappally Ramachandran NEPOTISM? YES, NO, YES... July 2016 Jaleel writes to change the eligibility for the post of GM at State Minorities Devpt Finance Corp allegedly to suit the qualifications of 2nd cousin K T Adeeb KSMDFC on a one-year contract Aug 2016 CM signs the file mentioning change Nov 2018 MYL leader V K Mohammed Shafi approaches Lok Ayukta against the appointment Oct 8, 2018 Adeeb appointed as GM of Nov 2, 2018 Muslim Youth League (MYL) state secretary P K Firoz alleges nepotism in the appointment Not practical to let transwoman join the corps, NCC tells HC E X PRESS RE A D Kochi: The open-air policy that disallowed cargo flights by foreign airlines in airports in Kerala has left vegetable and fruit exporters to Gulf countries in a state of peril, due to the sky-high rates charged for the cargo by the local carriers. Vishu, which is one of the peak seasons for exports, has become another season of lost opportunity for exporters. P4 l All restaurants and bars for indining; home delivery allowed but no takeaway or pick-up l All establishments, public places, activities and services. Only people from essential services category More curbs in state: No standing passengers, community gatherings RESTRICTIONS Religious leaders and district authorities may persuade to avoid community gatherings including Iftar parties What will not be open Nov 13, 2018 Adeeb resigns following the allegations April 9, 2021 Lok Ayukta submits report to CM against Jaleel April 12, 2021 Jaleel approaches HC against Lok Ayukta findings April 13, 2021 Jaleel resigns Happy vishu Sruthi Nijesh and her children collect kanikkonna flowers for preparing Vishukkani at Koothali in Kozhikode on Tuesday | T P Sooraj E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi NATIONAL Cadet Corps (NCC) on Tuesday approached the Kerala High Court challenging a singlejudge order allowing Hina Haneefa, a transwoman and a degree student of Thiruvananthapuram University College, to join the corps. The NCC said the single judge failed to consider the extraordinary and peculiar practical issues. The court also did not consider the preferences of the girl cadets on being faced with the need of community life with a transgender, who has got totally diff e re n t p hy s i c a l a n d psychological factors, it said. The NCC’s curriculum and training module closely follows that of gender-specific ar med forces. The training also includes closecontact physical exercise and games, long and short camps where cadets stay in tents and confined accommodation. So, gender specificity of the cadets to be taken in to account for their overall wellbeing and safety Under . these circumstances, NCC has to follow gender-specific enrolment and grouping to avoid any untoward inci● More on P5 dent. The New Indian Express wishes its readers on the occasion of Vishu. Our offices will remain closed today. There will be no issue of the paper tomorrow. true spirit For Vishu, 8-year-old crowd-sources a kaineettam for ailing ‘uncle’ G O PI K A V A RRI E R @Thrissur FEW might have embraced the true spirit of Vishu like little Olivea. When the eight-year-old Pattikkad native came to know that her neighbour ‘uncle’ Sunilkumar — a kidney patient — was in dire need of money, she knew she couldn’t let the 43-year-old man and his family suffer on the day of prosperity . Sunilkumar, whose wife had recovered from breast cancer only recently was struggling to , gather enough money for his dialysis and medicines after being hit hard by the pandemic and the cost of his wife’s treatment. Olivea, who knew she had to do her bit to help the family dis, Olivea sells kanikkonna flowers at Pattikkad on Tuesday | Express cussed the matter with her father Joby Chuvannamannu and came up with an idea. Considering their high demand a day ahead of Vishu, they walked around the neighbourhood collecting ‘kanikkonna’ flowers — an integral component of vishukkani. On Tuesday, Olivea took to the roadside with a signboard that read: ‘Kanikkonna for sale. Any amount collected will be used to support a kidney patient’, and collected a small but significant amount of `1,850. “So many people helped us. I am very happy I could do my part to help uncle,” she said. She hopes Sunilkumar can use the money which she will hand , over to the family on the day of Vishu, for his dialysis and medicines. Olivea’s mother Blessy works in Israel and father Joby is an autorickshaw driver.
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