kozhikode l thursday l july 01, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION Core sector output rises in May due to low base effect Output of eight core sectors grew 16.8% in May against 21.4% contraction in the year-ago month, government data showed Steel production up 59%, Natural gas 20% Retail inflation for industrial workers According to commerce ministry data, production of steel rose by 59.3% in May 2021 (-40.4% in May 2020), natural gas 20.1% (-16.8%), refinery products 15.3% (-21.3%), cement 7.9% (-21.4%) and electricity 7.3% (-14.8%) in May 2021. Coal output, too, rose 6.9% during the month under review against a negative growth of 14% in the same month a year ago ■ ■ Retail inflation for industrial workers rose to 5.24% in May 2021 from 5.14% in April due to increase in prices of certain food items Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers is calculated on the basis of retail prices collected from 317 markets spread over 88 industrially important centres in the country Rate of Small savings for july-september quarter remains unchanged 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 SC rejects Centre’s contention, Silent taskmaster picked Covid victims to get ex gratia for state’s top police job Lets the National Disaster Management Authority decide the quantum of relief E x press Ne w s S er v i c e @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Centre’s contention that it cannot pay ex gratia to Covid victims and directed the government to frame guidelines specifying the relief amount within six weeks. The court held that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) failed to perform its duty by not recommending minimum standards of relief to be provided to the families of those who had died of Covid-19. A two-judge bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah directed the NDMA to frame guidelines for ex-gratia but left the amount to the discretion of the national authority The bench . refused to accede to the request of the petitioner to provide `4 lakh as ex-gratia compensation, saying it was beyond judicial review. “The impact and effect of the present pandemic/disaster would be different from the other disasters/natural disasters for which ex gratia assistance is provided. There shall not be any justification to provide for the same/similar amount by way of ex-gratia assistance as provided in the case of other disasters/natural disaster, i.e., `4 lacs,” Can’t afford L4L, said Centre The Centre had stated that states would not be able to afford ex-gratia of J4 lakh as their finances are under severe strain due to low tax revenues and increase in Covid healthcare expenses Germany hops in, other EU states told to OK India vax P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ New Delhi With the European Union’s Digital Covid Certificate or Green Pass coming into effect from July 1, India on Wednesday urged all member states to individually grant exemption to those who have taken Indian vaccines. Germany was the first to get on board, with its Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner confirming recognition to Covishield. “Confirming that a double shot of Covishield is fully recognized by GER as valid proof of antiCOVID vaccination (this does nevertheless not modify existing travel or visa restrictions for travelers from areas of concern/virus variants areas),” he tweeted. Sources said it has also been conveyed to EU member states that India will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the Green Pass. “Upon notification of Covishield and Covaxin for inclusion in the EU Digital Covid Certificate and recognition of Indian CoWIN vaccination certificates, Indian health authorities would reciprocally exempt the concerned EU member state from mandatory quarantine of all those carrying the EU Digital Covid Certificate,” they said. “We have requested EU member states to individually consider extending similar exemption to those persons who have taken Covid-19 vaccines in India, i.e., Covishield and Covaxin, and accept the vaccination certificate issued through the CoWIN portal. The genuineness of such vaccination certification can be authenticated on the NATIONWIDE june 29 june 30 Fresh cases 60,258 60,729 816 817 statewide june 29 june 30 Fresh cases 13,550 13,658 Recoveries Deaths 10,283 11,808 104 142 PM’s dust off inertia message to his ministers M a n i s h A n a n d @ New Delhi Jab-o-meter Take your shot June 29 33,79,525 doses June 30 25,14,153 doses Total doses: 33,54,69,340 CoWIN portal,” sources said. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU’s regulatory body had , approved four vaccine products — manufactured by Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and at AstraZeneca’s Europe plant — and allowed people who have taken either of those jabs to travel within the bloc for tourist and business purposes. The Serum Institute of India’s Covishield was not on the list though it is manufacturing AstraZeneca’s vaccine under licence. However, the EMA gave its member states the freedom to amend the rule and allow entry of persons who had not taken any of the four vaccines. The matter figured in the talks External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU, on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Italy . Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday presided over a marathon meeting with his Council of Ministers, dropping hints that a Cabinet reshuffle is around the corner and that non-performers may be eased out. While the PM asked his ministerial colleagues to make the vaccination drive a resounding success, it is reliably learnt the ministers were told some of them Cabinet rejig? were not seen After the meeting, doing enough sources said an in their respecimminent Cabinet tive spheres reshuffle could be during the on the cards as the pandemic. mood appeared to The meeting be directed on was seen part rejuvenating of the exercise governance at the level of the Prime Minister to review the performances of the ministries with his senior colleagues in the Cabinet, during which BJP chief J P Nadda was also present. It is also reliably learnt that the ministers were asked for better coordination with the BJP with a few of , the senior party leaders singling out lack of team work with the party for the “excessive negative buildup of perception against the government during the second wave of the pandemic”. express read 45,641 45,951 Recoveries Deaths the court held. It also directed the concerned authority to issue simplified guidelines for issuance of death certificates/official documents stating the exact cause of death, that is ‘Death due to Covid-19’ for enabling dependents to get benefits of welfare schemes. There will be also facility for correcting the cause of death if the family is not satisfied, the court added. Section 12 of the Disaster Management Act, which deals with minimum standards of relief to the affected persons, says it shall include ex gratia assistance on account of loss of life. The Centre sought to interpret the word ‘shall’ as ‘may’, but the court read it as mandatory since Covid is already a ‘notified disaster’. Death threat: Thiruvanchoor complains to CM, seeks probe T’Puram: Senior Congress leader and former home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has approached the chief minister seeking a probe after he received a death threat. The writer of the anonymous letter threatened to kill Thiruvanchoor and his family members if they did not leave the state within 10 days. Indian-origin US boy world’s youngest Grandmaster Chennai: Chess prodigy Abhimanyu Mishra, who is an American citizen of Indian origin, has become the youngest Grandmaster in the world at the age of 12 years, 4 months & 25 days. After five years in jail for murder he never committed, HC acquits migrant worker P R a m d a s @Kochi A terrible miscarriage of justice meted out to a migrant worker, who has been languishing in jail for more than five years for a crime he never committed, has come to light. The Kerala High Court has found that Sanjay Oraon of West Bengal was a “victim” of an unfair investigation in a case related to the murder of his friend — another migrant worker — registered in the Mavelikkara police station in 2014. “The real culprits, in the case, are still at large and the murder of a poor labourer who left his land to eke out a livelihood remains unsolved,” observed the court. The court ordered a re-investigation by a superior police officer, not below the rank of a DySP to bring out the truth. , A division bench comprising Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice M R Anitha issued the order while allowing the appeal filed by Sanjay seeking to quash the life imprisonment awarded by the Additional Sessions Court in Mavelikkara. The HC acquitted him after finding that he was implicated falsely in the case. The police case was that Sanjay murdered Hajiful Muhammed, alias Kaliya, by hitting his head and face with a piece of wood. P P Padmalayan, counsel for Sanjay said the en, tire investigation was tainted so as to protect the actual culprits. The court observed that the accused and the deceased had been residing in a hall provided by their employer in Mavelikkara and this case showcased a typical example of the plight of such labourers. The accused has undergone incarceration for more than five years on trumped-up charges implicating him in the murder of his friend though he had accused others of being the ac● More on P5 tual culprits, it stated. Ease-of-doing... Self-certification is enough for building permits S h a n A S @T’Puram A day of IPS officer Anil Kant normally starts with an hour-long run at Chandrasekharan Nair stadium. Like any other long-distance runner, he starts slow, increases the pace gradually and take the winning leap in the last lap. It was exactly the same manner that he fared in the race for State Police Chief too. The introvert Delhi-native who doesn’t have many friends in the force came to the three-member shortlist of the UPSC last minute as the panel decided to strike off the name of senior officer Tomin Thachankary In the list . too, he was the one who had the minimum odds. Vigilance director Sudesh Kumar had the advantage of being the senior-most officer while Fire and Rescue Services director B Sandhya had a chance to script history by becoming the first woman chief of state police. Kant, who as ADGP had been the road safety commissioner, didn’t even move any card himself. When Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan declared his choice for the State Police Chief at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning, he was also making it clear that he heeded the suggestion of senior officers in the force more than any other forms of lobbying. According to sources, outgoing DGP Loknath Behera and a few senior officers conveyed their support E x press Ne w s S er v i c e @T’Puram Outgoing state police chief Loknath Behera handing over the ceremonial baton to new chief Anil Kant (L) on Wednesday | Express ANIL KANT Batch: 1988 Age: 59 years DoB: 05-01-1962 Home state: Delhi to Kant when Pinarayi had sought their opinion. The 1988-batch officer is set to superannuate in January 2022. As per the Supreme Court order, the tenure of the incumbent state police chief can be extended to two years, but, the government has the liberty to let him retire too. In that case, Kant who also holds the distinction of becoming the first police chief from the scheduled caste community will have to retire with a seven month tenure in ● More on P5 office. Now, landowners need not have to run from pillar to post for clearance from different offices to obtain permits for constructing buildings. They can self-certify building plans prepared by empanelled licensees and start construction with the acknowledgement receipt from the respective local bodies. It is assessed that construction permits for at least two lakh buildings can be given through the self-certification system per year. With the new initiative, the government plans to cut down procedural delays in getting construction permits. The government plans to issue construction permits based on selfcertification for buildings in the low-risk category — residential buildings with an area of up to 300 sq m, commercial buildings with up to 100 sq m and educational institutions, hostels, religious establishments and old-age homes of up to 200 sq m. Land inspection would be carried out once the basement is completed so that violations, if any, can be identified with● More on P5 out delay .
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