KOCHI l tuesday l may 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE city EDITION bleeding, clotting events post COVID jabs minuscule National Adverse Event Following Immunisation Committee (AEFI) said 26 potential cases were reported after the drive 0.61 cases per million covishield shots figure lower compared to uk, germany The health ministry data said of the 23,000 adverse events after jabs, only 700 or 9.3 cases/million doses were serious. The AEFI reviewed 498 such cases and found 26 potential thromboembolic (clots in blood vessel) events, pegging the reporting rate at 0.61 cases/million Covishield doses. It reported no potential thromboembolic events after Covaxin jabs ■ ■ ■ The analysis followed global reports of embolic and thrombotic events after AstraZeneca-Oxford (Covishield) shots in March Figures in India are much lower than the four cases/million doses reported in the UK or 10 events per million doses in Germany AEFI in-depth study sample was based on jab figures till April 3 70% Less risk of aeFI among southeast asians than europeans: PAnel 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 Team Pinarayi to wear fresh look At least 15 new faces as LDF meet clears proposal for 21 ministers; CPM to have 12, CPI to get 4; govt to assume office on Thursday the cabinet. The front’s outside ally RSP(L) also won’t be included. Other four single-MLA parties will be inducted on ‘sharing the term’ basis. As per the understanding, CPM will have 12 members, including the chief minister, and CPI will have four members in the cabinet. The KC(M), NCP and JD(S) will have one member each. The CPM nominee will be the speaker and the CPI nominee the deputy speaker. The chief whip post with cabinet rank will be given to KC(M). Antony Raju of Democratic Kerala Congress and Ahammad Devarkovil of Indian National League will be inducted into the cabinet for the first 30 months, as per the sharing agreement among the four small parties. K B Ganesh Kumar of Kerala Congress (B) and Ramachandran Kadannappally of Congress (S) will replace them in the second term of 30 months. Kerala Congress (M) has decided to nominate Idukki MLA Ro s hy Au g u s t i n e a s t h e minister. N Jayaraj who won from Kanjirappally will be the chief whip. JD(S) national president H D Deve Gowda on Monday announced Chittoor MLA K Krishnankutty will continue to be the party’s nominee in the cabinet. The NCP will announce its nominee on Tues● More on P4 day . two barges adrift with 410 aboard Reclassified as very severe storm Modi speaks to Maha, gujarat CMs The severe cyclonic storm de-anchored two barges at the Bombay High with 410 personnel but all of them were safe. The Indian Navy has deployed three frontline warships to rescue the people aboard the barges The Meteorological Department on Monday morning reclassified Tauktae as very severe cyclonic storm, with the potential of extreme speeds and triggering sea surges. It advised evacuation of people from low-lying areas Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and assured every help to tide over the damage. The Centre has deployed armed forces for relief and rescue E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Fresh faces will dominate the second Pinarayi Vijayan government that will assume office on Thursday. Of the 21 ministers, at least 15 will be fresh faces, said sources who are part of cabinet formation discussions. Of the four ministers finalised by smaller constituents, three are new faces. The CPM is set to bring in eight to 10 fresh faces while CPI is likely to choose fresh faces as their all four nominees. The LDF meeting here on Monday cleared the proposal for 21 ministers, the maximum as per the constitutional clause of 15% of total legislators, for accommodating all LDF constituents. Loktantrik Janata Dal is the only party in the LDF which won’t have a member in As the verdict made it clear that the LDF had overwhelming support of all sections, we decided to provide representation to all A Vijayaraghavan, CPM state secretary in-charge Strong waves pummelling a promenade near the Gateway of India as the cyclone passes by the Mumbai coast | PTI Tauktae kills 6 in maha before Gujarat landfall E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai TAUKTAE, a tropical cyclone that formed in the Arabian Sea, began making landfall in Gujarat around 8 pm on Monday The cyclonic storm, pack. ing wind speeds up to 210 kmph, pummeled the entire west coast before landfall between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district. En route to Gujarat, Tauktae left a trail of destruction in Maharashtra, where the coastal districts bore the brunt of heavy rains accompanied by squally winds, which uprooted trees, electricity poles and damaged over 2,000 houses and left at least six persons dead. Over 12,000 people were relocated from the coastal areas. Authorities in Gujarat evacuated around 1.5 lakh people from low-lying areas, besides deploying 54 teams NDRF and SDRF teams. The Centre has already deployed armed forces for rescue and relief. Meanwhile, the Indian Army identified vulnerable areas in the state and deployed 180 teams and nine engineer task forces there. Health officials said that Covid patients on critical care were shifted to safer places. Over 55 flights to and from Mumbai were cancelled after the city airport suspended operations for the day as wind speeds gusted to 114 kmph. Mumbai, which had suspended vaccination in anticipation of the cyclone, would resume the drive after three days on Tuesday In Gujarat, three ma. jor airports — Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara — have been closed till Tuesday, officials said. Meanwhile, Goa reported two deaths due to gusty winds fanned by the cyclone. LIKELY names IN new left cabinet 21 ministers — maximum number permitted — to be sworn in on Thursday Loktantrik Janata Dal is the only party in the LDF which won’t have a member in the cabinet 15 K K Shailaja (CPM) FOR years, Ajitha T, a homemaker, has been waking up to the devotional songs played from the centuries-old Nilamangalathu Bhagavathi Temple. But for the past week, the 4am wake-up call from the influential temple at Thuruti in Cheruvathur panchayat is different. For one hour from 4am, the temple of the Thiya community plays out the Covid prevention and control protocol, ask- ing people to avoid needless visits of neighbours’ houses, sending children out and organising birthday parties. The four wall speakers facing the four directions call on people cutting across faiths and occu- pations to properly wear masks, not on the chin, maintain social distance when out, and not to spit in public places. “It is our social responsibility What we need is awareness, . not fear,” the message goes. Rajeev (CPM) M B Rajesh CPM M V Govindan (CPM) K Rajan (CPI) Prasad (CPI) Antony (DKC) Raju Ahammad Devarkovi (INL) K K Radhakrishnan Roshy Augustine (CPM) KC(M) K N Balagopal (CPM) Krishnankutty JD(S) Muhammed Riyas (CPM) The front’s outside ally RSP(L) also won’t be included. Other four single-MLA parties will be inducted on ‘sharing the term’ basis E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram IGNORING appeals from different quarters to organise the swearing-in of the Left government in a low-key manner or on a virtual platform, the LDF on Monday decided to go ahead with the plan to hold the event at the specially made venue at the Central Stadium. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 3.30pm on Thursday Governor Arif Mohammed . Khan will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Pinarayi Vi j ay a n a n d 2 0 fellow ministers. The only compromise made by the LDF leadership is to limit the number of invitees to 500 instead of 750 as planned initially “Five hundred is not a big . number considering the speciality of the event. It is an inaugural event that will determine the fate of three crore people. Considering the extraordinary situation, we have minimised the number of invitees,” said Pinarayi. He said the stadium has the capacity to accommodate several thousands and in 2016 over 40,000 people had gathered there for the swearing-in. “There are 140 MLAs elected by the people and 29 MPs. Representatives of legislature, executive and judiciary which are the three pillars of democracy need to be part of the event”, said the CM. Referring to the raging criticism, Pinarayi urged all to take the decision in the right spirit. ● More on P4 Narada stick back, CBI arrests 3 TMC MLAs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata The CBI on Monday created a big flutter by arresting three newly elected Trinamool Congress lawmakers — two of them ministers — and a former Trinamool minister and mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), who had joined the BJP but later resigned, in connection with the 2014 Narada sting operation. However, a local court later granted all four interim bail. The arrests were made following prosecution sanction given by Governor Jagdeep Dhankar. But the Trinamool called it illegal as the CBI had not sought the Speaker’s permission. “The CBI did not seek my permission to arrest the MLAs. I received no letter from them,’’ said Speaker Biman E X P RESS REA D Parole to Abhaya case convicts upsets CBI T’Puram: Not impressed by the release of Abhaya murder case convicts — Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy — on parole, the CBI has sought “details of the proceedings” regarding the decision from the prisons department. P5 HC blocks Nagaland lottery sale in Kerala Kochi: A division bench of the High Court set aside a singlejudge order permitting the sale of the Nagaland lottery in Kerala. The bench issued the order on the state government’s appeal. P5 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express Temple pauses prayer songs, plays Covid message Nilamangalathu Bhagavathi temple at Thuruthi near Cheruvathur in Kasaragod | EXPRESS P P social responsibility G e o r ge P o i k ay i l @ Kasaragod of them likely to be fresh faces LDF to go ahead with gala swearing-in, 500 to attend The eight-minute audio clip plays in loops for one hour at 5pm too. “Given the times we are living in, I think this message is more important than devotional songs. It’s having an impact,” Ajitha said. For Nilamangalathu Bhagavathi Temple, the decision was not an easy one to take but the right one, said Manoj Kumar M P an autorickshaw driver, part, time film production manager, and member of the powerful 11-member governing council of the temple. Banerjee. Early in the morning, CBI sleuths raided the apartments and houses of panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee, a veteran in Bengal politics, urban development and transport minister Firhad Hakim, who is also administrator of the KMC, Trinamool MLA from Kamarhati, North 24 Parganas, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee, former mayor of KMC, and arrested them. After producing them before the court, the CBI submitted its chargesheet and opposed the bail petition of the accused, saying all four are influential and might influence witnesses and tamper evidence. It sought their 14-day judicial custody . The Narada sting happened in 2014 and the tape was released months before the 2016 Bengal elections. why no action against Suvendu, Mukul Roy? Caught on the purported Narada sting tape were Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy as well, but they have since defected to the BJP. While Adhikari is now the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Roy is the BJP’s national vice-president. The CBI hasn’t seen it fit to file a chargesheet against them so far, indicating partisanship Trinamool activists protest outside the CBI office over the arrest of party leaders in connection with the Narada scam case in Kolkata on Monday | PTI 99,651 recover in one day, slight dip in TPR, experts say Kerala past its peak E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Positive development Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan The state heaved a sigh of relief on Monday as the number of active Covid cases declined to 3,62 lakh from 4.45 lakh after registering its highest singleday recovery of 99,651. Experts say the state has got past the Covid peak because of pre-lockdown restrictions like weekend lockdown and night curfew implemented by the state government. Addressing the media, CM Pinarayi Vijayan termed the developments positive. During the May 1-8 period, the state had registered an average of 37,144 daily cases. The figure dropped to around 35,919 during the week following the lockdown enforcement, he said. On Monday the state reported , 21,402 fresh cases from 86,505 tests, for a test positivity rate of 24.74 %. Eight districts recorded a 10 to 30% dip in Covid cases, with Wayanad posting the highest dip. Posing a concern to the health authorities, the caseload in Kollam, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad have been climbing steadily The . transmission rate in PathanMay 16 17,33,232 doses May 17 14,79,592 doses Total doses: 18,44,22,218 Jab-o-meter Take your shot terms the developments positive Says the result of the lockdown is expected to be reflected in the coming week State to seek the permission of ICMR to give vaccines to pregnant women and feeding mothers STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths may 16 MAY 17 29,704 34,296 21,402 99,651 89 87 amthitta is yet to show a decline. However, the result of the lockdown is expected to be reflected in the coming week, the Chief Minister said. “The dipping test positivity rate is a positive sign,” he said. Pinarayi said the state would seek the permission of ICMR to give vaccines to pregnant women and feeding mothers. Dr Padmanabha Shenoy, immunologist and public health expert, said infection rate is showing signs of dipping. “Daily cases have dipped a bit and are showing a 3% dip weekon-week. Next week, there will be a dip for sure,” he said. NATIONWIDE MAY 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 17 3,11,170 2,81,386 3,62,437 4,16,580 4,077 4,270 ‘Demand shock’ to add to India Inc’s distress: RBI s e s a s en @ New Delhi The second Covid wave could push businesses into further distress with a ‘demand shock’ as people — and companies — are holding on to their purses due to falling incomes, job losses, and an overall weak consumer sentiment, according to the Reserve Bank of India. “High frequency indicators suggest that the biggest toll of the second wave is in terms of a demand shock – loss of mobility discretionary spend, ing and employment, besides inventory accumulation, while the aggregate supply is less impacted,” RBI said in its monthly bulletin for May, released on Monday . Painting even a bleaker picture for the country’s economy, the central bank said its recent positive projections were “extremely tentative” given the disproportionate base effects. Preliminary data on petrol and diesel sales point to a decline in fuel demand in April, due to mobility restrictions. Diesel sales contracted 1.7% on a month-on-month basis, while petrol sales slipped 6.3% in April. Electricity generation stagnated sequentially but rose 8% compared with April 2020.
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