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 ■ ■ KOZHIKODE l wednesday l may 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION FIRE ENDS, LEGACY LASTS A N I L S @ T’Puram K R Gouri Amma 14-07-191911-05-2021 INSIDE WHEN Kalathilparambil Raman, hailing from Pattanakkad in Alappuzha, expressed his wish to wife Parvathyamma to name their seventh child — if it is a girl — as Gouri, he had a reason. He wanted his child to emulate the success of Gouri Sankunni, one of the first Malayali woman post graduates in the state. The couple was blessed with a girl child, who went on to become K R Gouri, an iconic Communist leader in India. One of the strongest and most successful women Kerala has ever produced, Gouri Amma, 101, breathed her last on Tuesday . In hindsight, Gouri Amma was the best chief minister the state probably never had. In 1987, when she was projected as the CM, the entire state chanted ‘Keram thingum Kerala naadu K R Gouri bharikkatte’ (Let K R Gouri rule Kerala --- the land of coconut trees). After the polls, the rank and file a true communist till her last breath: C P John I P4 Modern Kerala’s history is Gouri’s biography. Gouri lived with sanity, not depending on anyone and, at the same time, helping others Senior journalist B R P Bhaskar believes Gouri might have been right. “EMS knew that if she continued in the party no one could pre, vent her from becoming the CM,” he opined. Gouri said: “In my opinion, he was a Namboodiri who believed only the upper class should wield power. Otherwise why should he invite Nayanar, who was not at all in the picture, to helm the government?” In fact, Gouri mentioned on more occasions than one that EMS was not very keen on the lower castes coming to the forefront, thereby exposing caste politics which lay hidden in one of the most revolutionary outfits in the country . Later, EMS suggested Susheela Gopalan, another Ezhava woman leader, for the CM post which many in the party termed a move to restore his dented image in the party following the Gouri imbro● More on P5 glio. Final farewell with full state honours Alappuzha: The mortal remains of revolutionary leader K R Gouri were consigned to flames with full state honours on Tuesday evening. The cremation was held at Valiyachudukad, close to the final resting place of her husband T V Thomas and Left leader P Krishna Pillai. of CPM wanted Gouri to be the CM. But she never became one. Left allies were keen on T K Ramarkrishnan, but the mantle fell finally on E K Nayanar. Worst was in store for Gouri. She was expelled from the CPM. “Why was I thrown out of the party?” she asked backed then. Twenty seven years later, her query still remains unanswered. Gouri believed it was senior leader E M S Namboodiripad who plotted to deny her the CM post and expel her subsequently . Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister gouri’s journey Born on July 14, 1919 1957 Married party colleague T V Thomas 1964 Joined CPM, while Thomas remained with CPI following party split 1996 Joined UDF vision, will helped her achieve the impossible I P4 heroine of the working class: Prakash karat I P4 IN 1957, Gouri became the first woman minister in Kerala 16,874 days K R Gouri served as legislator, which is the longest by a woman representative leaders recall gouri’s contributions I P5 1994 Expelled from CPM for anti-party activities big dip in active cases for the first time; plateauing or declining in 18 states S u m i S u k a n ya D u tta E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Only about 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses may be available for the 18-44-year age g roup across India this month, an affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court revealed. In other words, just one dose is available for 30 beneficiaries, since the population of this age group in India is about 60 crore. It explains why people are finding it difficult to book their vaccination shots this month. The affidavit shows that 1.5 crore doses of Covishield and 50 lakh doses of Covaxin are available in May for “other than Govt of India channel” in May. Under the Centre’s decentralised and liberalised vaccination policy, which came into effect on May 1, it will procure 50% of the total Covid vaccine supplies directly, which will then be shared with states to inoculate the population over 45 years. Fifty per cent of the supplies, however, will have to be procured directly by states and private hospitals, which can then be used to administer shots to the 18-44year age group. The document shows that the highest allocation have been made for Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra (over 18 lakh) and Bihar (about 16 lakh). Officials said that the allocations had been worked out on a state-wise population of 18-44 years pro rata and it had already been conveyed to the state at the end of April. The Covid-19 situation in at least some states may be showing some signs of improvement despite 42% of the total districts in India — 310 on 734 — still experiencing runaway infections, data presented by the Centre on Tuesday showed. Eighteen states in India, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana, are showing a decline or plateauing of cases, the Union minis- STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths may 10 27,487 16 states and 42% of districts in the country continue to show Covid surge; national test positivity rate at 21% @ New Delhi 31,209 32,978 65 Covid fight drags on tor general Balram Bhargava, RT-PCR testing capacity in the country is 16 lakh per day while 17 lakh RATs can be conducted every day . Bhargava also said homebased testing solutions are being explored and plans are afoot to set up RAT booths within schools, colleges, community centres, RWA offices Cadila’s Virafin priced at E11,995 per dose Zydus Cadila’s Virafin, which recently received emergency use approval for treating moderate Covid cases, has been priced at J11,995 per dose. Virafin is a single-dose therapy that can reduce the need for oxygen support, the company claimed Madhya Pradesh 13,100 11,578 28 Apr 11 May Map shows India’s active case burden (Covid-19 patients who haven’t recovered) and case positivity rates (%) Uttarakhand 7,481 7,542 9 May Chandigarh 27.5% Himachal Pradesh 24.9% Punjab 17.6% Meghalaya 15.5% Uttarakhand Assam 21.01% Jharkhand 15.7% 16.4% Delhi Sikkim Bihar 25.7% 24.4% 16.2% Haryana 34.3% Rajasthan 30.2% Madhya Pradesh 24.3% among others. The Centre, meanwhile, applauded the Covid containment models adopted by Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, suggesting their replication at the national level. “The decentralized approach Mumbai has adopted in Covid-19 containment needs to be adopted at the national level,” said Agarwal. “We have observed that strict measures like restrictions on mass gatherings and on intermingling of people along with closing of non-essential activities for 15 days reduce the rate of growth and cases start plateauing,” he said. Goa 49.6% Karnataka 32.4% Kerala 22.5% Puducherry 42.8% Tamil Nadu 21.85% Active cases fewer than 50,000 (13 states) Active cases between 50,000 and 1 lakh (6 states) Active cases more than 1 lakh (13 states) Idukki woman dies in Gaza shell attack shelter. According to sources, Soumya and another woman A woman from Idukki dis- were killed while many were intrict, who was working jured in the attack that as caretaker at a house took place at 5.30pm. in Israel, died in a morSoumya had been tal shell attack by Haworking in Israel for the mas on Tuesday . past seven years and Soumya Santhosh, 30, had visited her family a n a t iv e o f K a n last in 2017. jiramthanam near Adi“She had contacted us mali, was looking after Soumya Santhosh at around 5pm. Later we an elderly at a house at got information that she Ashkelon in Gaza strip. It is was killed in a mortar attack by learnt that Soumya was caught Hamas. We have contacted the in the attack while she was embassy with the help of Dean shifting the woman to a nearby Kuriakose MP and arrange- 5,547 1 May Telangana 1.32% ments are being made to bring the body home,” said Saji, brother of Soumya’s husband Santhosh. Soumya’s sister-in-law Sherly Benny, who too works in Israel as caretaker, confirmed the incident. “The incident occurred at around 3pm local time. After hearing about the incident, I rushed to the house where Soumya worked. The mortar shell landed on the house and it was fully destroyed. Both Soumya and the elderly woman whom she was attending to died in the attack,” she said. 10 May Uttar Pradesh 34,813 26,051 27 Apr 11 May 20.550 19,799 7 May 5,880 11 May Chandigarh 11 May Delhi 24,396 17,604 27 Apr 11 May Rajasthan 17,322 838 839 09 May 11 May 17,421 11 May 5 May Ladakh 150 6 May 159 Daman & Diu 232 131 27 Apr 11 May Lakshadweep 125 15,583 11 May Chhattisgarh 13,092 29 Apr Bihar 14,191 2 May 35 11 May express read State to get more rain from Friday T’Puram: A cyclonic storm is brewing over the Arabian Sea. According to the Met Department, a low pressure area will take shape over the Arabian Sea by Friday and is likely to concentrate into a depression. As a result, southern Kerala will receive heavy to very heavy rain during the weekend. P5 14,305 MAY 11 3,66,161 3,29,942 3,53,818 3,56,082 3,754 3,876 May 10 24,30,017 doses Take your May 11 shot 23,85,092 doses 13,229 7 May Andaman & nicobar 62 The number of dead bodies retrieved from the banks of Ganga in Bihar’s Buxar district rose to 71 on Tuesday The dis. trict administration, with the help of local divers and boatmen, fished out all the bodies that were found floating and stuck along the banks of the river on Monday morning. According to locals, the bodies — suspected to be of Covid patients — were kept in lines at the ghats as a board of doctors conducted post-mortem nonstop from Monday night till 4 am Tuesday . Buxar District Magistrate Aman Samir said last rites of all the bodies fished out so far were performed as per protocol. When asked about identification of the bodies, he said it was difficult as the bodies were in a highly decomposed state. However, samples from each of the 71 unidentified bodies were collected and preserved for DNA tests, he added. Some locals chose to give a spin to the turn of events saying there is a tradition among villagers living on the banks of Ganga to release the bodies of those who died of unnatural causes, into the river after performing a small ritual at the ghats. Jab-o-meter 10 May 129 Rajesh Kumar Thakur and An u r a a g s i n g h @ Patna / Lucknow Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 14,406 14,111 11 May Ritual spin after 71 bodies fished out from Ganga NATIONWIDE MAY 10 Haryana 6 May Odisha 24.4% Andhra Pradesh 26.2% 52,564 27 Apr 10 May 8,036 Telangana Chhattisgarh 20.5% Maharastra 64,247 Andhra Pradesh 29 Apr West Bengal 34.4% Maharashtra 22.5% 11 May Jharkhand 6,305 Nagaland 22.6% Manipur 17.5% 79 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Idukki the pandemic in rural areas, the government announced that rapid antigen tests (RAT) will now be allowed at all government and private health facilities. Also, RAT kits approved by renowned global agencies will not need separate validation in India. As of now, said ICMR direc- flattening the infection curve MAY 11 37,290 try of health and family welfare said in a press briefing. The glimmer of hope came on a day when the active coronavirus cases dropped by over 30,000 for the first time in over two months. However, 16 states continue to show a surge, pointed out Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry . While the country’s test positivity rate remains a staggering 21%, positivity rates in as many as 310 districts are above the national average. Underscoring the need to enhance testing in order to curb Ramesh Chennithala, Oppn leader what stopped gouri & TV from reuniting? I P5 Govt affidavit shows low May stock for 18+ age group @ New Delhi She proved through her life that being a woman is not a liability, but a strength. It was her political beliefs that led her to become a top leader in Communist party and later in UDF 11 May Gujarat Total: 17,51,71,482 12,169 30.4 lakh across 30 States/UTs in the 18-44 age group got jabs so far 10 May Madambu Kunjukuttan passes away E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Thrissur MALAYALAM author and actor Madambu Kunjukuttan, aka Madambu Sankaran Namboothiri, who had tested positive after being admitted in a private hospital in Thrissur on Sunday, breathed his last on Tuesday He was 81. . Bor n to Sankaran Nampoothiri and Savithri Antharjanam at Kiralur in Thrissur, Madambu always made the reallife scenarios in his own community and the society around as the theme for his works. He wrote nine novels and five movie scripts. Bhrashtu, a novel based on the life of Kuriyedathu Thathri, and Aswadhamavu, another novel that portrays the complex thoughts in Kunjunni which reminds one of epic char- acter Aswadhamavu, son of guru Drona in Mahabharatham, were his notable works. In 1983, Madambu won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi’s best novel award for for Mahaprasthanam. In 2000, he won the National Award for Best Screenplay for movie Karunam. He also wrote the screenplay for Desadanam, which won the Best Feature Film Award in 1997. He also acted in movies like Chirakodinja Kinavukal, Aattakatha, Aanachantham, Vadakkumnadhan, Agninakshathram and Aaraam Thampuran. ● More on P5
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