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 ■ ■ With T V Thomas at wedding K R Gouri takes oath as a minister in EMS cabinet THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l wednesday l may 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE city EDITION FIRE ENDS, LEGend lives on 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 postgraduates in the state. The couple was blessed with a girl child, who went on to become an iconic Communist leader in India. One of the strongest and most successful women Kerala has ever produced, K R 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 of CPM wanted Gouri to be the 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 de. centralised 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 will have to be procured directly by states and private hospitals, which can then be used to administer shots to the 18-44-year age group, under the revised vaccination strategy The document shows . that the highest allocation — of about 34.38 lakh doses — have been made for Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra (over 18 lakh) and Bihar (about 16 lakh). Officials said that the allocations under this category had been worked out on a state-wise population of 18-44 years pro rata. P8 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- Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 27,487 @ New Delhi 31,209 32,978 65 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 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 Covid fight drags on 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 director general Balram Bhargava, 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 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 among others. 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 C11,995 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 yet) and case positivity rates (%) J&K 12.81% Ladakh 10.22% Chandigarh 27.5% Punjab 17.6% Himachal Pradesh 24.9% Haryana 34.3% Rajasthan 30.2% Uttarakhand Arunachal Pradesh 16.4% 1994 Expelled from CPM for anti-party activities 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 Active cases between 50,000 and 1 lakh Active cases more than 1 lakh Idukki woman dies in Gaza shell attack nearby shelter. According to sources, Soumya and the old A woman from Idukki dis- woman were killed while many trict, who was working were injured in the atas caretaker at a house tack that took place at in Israel, died in a mor5.30pm. Soumya had tal shell attack by Habeen working in Israel mas on Tuesday . for the past seven years Soumya Santhosh, 30, and had visited her fama n a t iv e o f K a n ily last in 2017. jiramthanam near Adi“She had contacted us mali, was looking after Soumya Santhosh around 5pm. Later we an elderly woman at a got information that she house at Ashkelon in Gaza strip. was killed in a mortar attack by It is learnt that Soumya was Hamas. We have contacted the caught in the attack while she embassy with the help of Dean was shifting the woman to a 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 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. 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 6 May Andaman & nicobar 62 2 May 11 May 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. As a result, southern Kerala will receive heavy to very heavy rain during the weekend. P5 16 pages, including 4 pages of THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Express Chhattisgarh 13,092 29 Apr Bihar 129 11 May 35 14,191 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 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 of releasing the bodies of those who died of unnatural causes, into the river after performing a small ritual at the ghats. MAY 11 3,66,161 3,48,389 3,53,818 3,56,082 3,754 4,198 May 10 24,30,017 doses Take your May 11 shot 23,85,092 doses 13,229 7 May 14,305 R a j es h K u m ar T h ak u r an d A n u raa g sin g h @ Patna / Lucknow Jab-o-meter 10 May 11 May express read 15,583 Ritual twist after 71 bodies recovered from Ganga Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 14,406 14,111 11 May Ramesh Chennithala, Oppn leader NATIONWIDE MAY 10 Haryana 6 May Odisha 24.4% Andhra Pradesh 26.2% 10 May 10 May 8,036 Telangana Chhattisgarh 20.5% 52,564 27 Apr 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 she never liked lal salam, recalls screenwriter I P5 Maharashtra 64,247 Andhra Pradesh 29 Apr West Bengal 34.4% Maharashtra 22.5% 11 May Jharkhand 6,305 Nagaland 22.6% Manipur 17.5% Madhya Pradesh 24.3% 7,481 7,542 9 May Meghalaya 15.5% Uttarakhand Assam 21% Jharkhand 15.7% 16.4% Delhi Sikkim Bihar 25.7% 24.4% 16.2% 79 E xpress N ews S ervice @ Idukki gouri’s journey flattening the infection curve (April 27-May 11) MAY 11 37,290 With V S Achuthanandan at her house in Alappuzha big dip in active cases for first time; plateauing or declining in 18 states E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi may 10 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, back 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 . Senior journalist B R P Bhaskar believes Gouri might have been Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister 16 states and 42% of districts in the country continue to show Covid surge; national test positivity rate at 21% S u m i S u kan ya D u tta STATEWIDE Alappuzha: The mortal remains of 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 husband T V Thomas and Left leader P Krishna Pillai. a true communist till her last breath: C P John I P4 Govt affidavit shows low May stock for 18-44 group right. “EMS knew that if she continued in the party, no one could prevent 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?” 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 following the Gouri imbroglio. Gouri, however, stayed strong, made terrific impact as a leader and minister and lived as a true Communist till her last breath. ● More on P5 Final farewell with full state honours Modern Kerala’s history is Gouri’s biography. Gouri lived with sanity, not depending on anyone and, at the same time, helping others Sharing a light moment with Pinarayi Vijayan 11 May Gujarat Total: 17,51,71,482 12,169 10 May People crowding a market amid the lockdown, in Patna on Tuesday | pti 30.4 lakh across 30 States/UTs in the 18-44 age group got jabs so far Madambu Kunjukuttan passes away E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thrissur MALAYALAM author and actor Madambu Kunjukuttan, aka Madambu Sankaran Namboothiri, who had tested positive for Covid after being admitted to 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 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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