kozhikode l wednesday l july 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Messages of pride & love left on Rashford mural An artist repaired the mural of England striker which was vandalised after he missed a penalty in the Euro final You are our Role model, brother, son... ‘i will Never apologise for who I am’ Hundreds of hand-written messages of support and respect have been left on Rashford’s mural. The mural was drawn after he helped feed Britain’s most vulnerable children during the pandemic. The artist girl, who covered up the graffiti on Rashford’s mural wrote: hero, conquerer, role model, adored, brother, son and soon public too joined in with messages. ■ ■ “After receiving racial abuse, Rashford tweeted, “Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone different.” “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from,” he said. 46 number of england caps for Marcus Rashford 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 Stop creation of third wave: Modi Express News Service @ New Delhi Sharing concern over the rise in Covid infections in the Northeast and elsewhere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday emphasised the need for strict monitoring and tracking of the mutation and its variants to avert the third wave of the pandemic. Interacting with chief ministers of North-eastern states, he urged them to understand and catch the warning signals early and taking strict action at the micro level, while reemphasising the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. Taking note of the big rush of tourists at popular hill stations, the prime minister strongly cautioned against crowding while ignoring precautions. “The third wave (of the pandemic) will not come on its own. The main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases,” he pointed out. At the daily health ministry’s briefing, too, officials fretted at the casual approach of the people. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said people were talking about the third wave like it was a ‘weather update’, with many failing to understand that adherence to Covidappropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any wave. On July 16, Modi will interact with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Kar nataka and Maharashtra through videoconference. Along with the Northeast, these six states have been reporting high number of the Covid cases. On the positive side, better sense prevailed on the Uttarakhand government, as it cancelled the forthcoming Kanwar Yatra to avoid crowding. “We decided to cancel the yatra, according topmost priority to human life in view of the threat of a possible third wave,” new Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said. Shops to stay open till 8pm The government on Tuesday announced more lockdown relaxations, including nod for public transactions at banks on five days a week India’s first Covid patient tests +ve again India’s first Covid patient, a medical student from Thrissur, tested positive for the virus after a gap of one-and-a-halfyears on Tuesday. She had first tested positive for Covid on January 30, 2020, after she returned from Wuhan. She tested positive the second time, when she took a Covid test before her trip to Delhi. P4 Edamalakkudy reports first Covid case Edamalakkudy, the only tribal settlement in Idukki that remained insulated from coronavirus infection in the first wave, reported its first Covid case on Tuesday. A 40-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, members of the Muthuvan settlement, tested positive for the viral disease. P4 NATIONWIDE july 12 july 13 All types of shops in Category A areas (TPR of up to 5%) can stay open on all five days; weekend lockdown on In Category B areas (TPR 5-10%), shops selling essential provisions can function throughout the week Since the online mode of education is going on, electronic shops will be allowed to function on more days District collectors are empowered to declare micro-containment zones in areas where stringent measures are warranted for containing the Covid spread stateWIDE july 12 july 13 Fresh cases 37,154 32,906 Fresh cases 7,798 14,539 Recoveries Deaths 39,649 49,007 724 2,020 Recoveries Deaths 11,447 100 Jab-o-meter Takeyourshot July 12: 37,03,423 doses July 13: 34,10,974 doses 10,331 124 Total doses: 38,50,19,469 Prime Minister promises Centre’s support for Kerala’s infra leap CM raises state's demands including financial assistance to tide over Covid-induced crisis Express News Service @T’Puram The Central government has informed a state delegation that it would consider the development proposals of Kerala, including the SilverLIne semi high-speed rail project, favourably. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key union ministers on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Viayayan said the state has sought the Centre’s cooperation for its key ongoing and proposed projects. The prime minister sought details of the SilverLine project, including the DPR submitted to the Railway Ministry , and he assured the CM of the Centre’s cooperation in the project. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also told the Kerala delegation that he would fast-track the final approval for the project. In addition, the delegation sought the Centre’s help in commencing work on the proposed Sabari rail project, for which the state has agreed to shoulder 50% of the estimated cost of `2,815 crore, apart from seeking its nod for the Thalassery-Mysuru rail line project. A presentation of the projects would be made after the parliament session, the I have also brought to the PM’s notice the need for 60 lakh Covid vaccine doses this month as we need 25 lakh only for administering the second dose Pinarayi Vijayan, CM CM Pinarayi Vijayan greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday CM led-team seeks the Centre’s help in commencing work on the proposed Sabari rail project, for which the state has agreed to shoulder 50% of the estimated cost of C2,815 crore minister assured the delegation. Further, in the meeting with Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, the state raised its pending demand for the Cen- @ New Delhi With the government revamping its Cabinet committees by bringing in younger faces after the big-ticket Cabinet reshuffle, one name stood out from the crowd for his meteoric rise. It was of the powerful BJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav, a key aide of Union home minister Amit Shah. Though a first-timer in the ministry Yadav has been made , a member of two important panels — Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) and Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development. In his first shot at the ministry during the reshuffle, he straight away got Cabinet rank and is now handling two sensitive portfolios of Environment, Forest Climate Change and Labour and Employment. Others who have been included in the committees are Smriti Irani, Sarbananda Sonowal, Anurag Thakur and Mansukh Manadaviya. Curiously the panels have no , tre’s nod for light metro projects in T hir uvananthapuram and Kozhikode, apart from extending Kochi Metro to Kakkanad from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor. “The minister agreed NEET-PG to be held on September 11 E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi A day after postponing the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses from August 1 to September 12, the Centre on Tuesday said NEET for postgraduate courses will be held on September 11. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s announcement on the NEET-PG schedule came a day after the Supreme Court had made caustic remarks on the delay in holding counselling for NEET-PG admissions in dental surgery for exams that were held way back in December 2020. NEET-PG is usually conducted in January each year to fill up about 30,000 seats in various medical colleges across the country. Earlier, 1.74 lakh students had applied to appear for joining PG courses. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that NEET-UG will be conducted in 13 languages for the first time, with Punjabi and Malayalam being the new additions. A new exam centre has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the student community there. High fuel prices force people to spend less on health, says SBI report the share of non-discretionary spending on items such as fuel Alarming inflation, induced jumped to 75% in June from by obscenely high petrol pric- 62% in March. Fuel cost hurts es, has drastically altered con- more now as the price rises sumers’ spending patterns as come at a time when many people are now spending less households are already grapon health and other non-dis- pling with huge medical bills cretionary items amid the Covid panFuture tense such as grocery and demic and rising comutilities, says a new “The future outlook modity prices upsetreport by SBI. ting their monthly hinges on the “Our analysis of budget. production SBI card spends in- increases by OPEC+. With every 10% indicates spend on crease in petrol pricThe recently non-discretionary cancelled meeting es, SBI estimates health expenditure of OPEC+ indicates there is a 50 basis has been reduced to point increase in conwe are headed accommodate insumer price inflation, towards elevated creased expenditure levels in Brent and the report says. on fuel,” said Sou“Our estimate indithis will have mya Kanti Ghosh, cates that during the cascading impact group chief eco- on fuel inflation in second wave period nomic advisor at (June ’21 over Mar India,” the report SBI. “Such spend’21) the number of noted ing has more than districts with deposcrowded out the spending on its outflows might be double other non-discretionary items, than the first wave,” Ghosh like grocery and utility serv- added. According to RBI, the ices to such an extent that the household financial savings demand for such products has rate in the December 2020 significantly declined,” Ghosh quarter has come down to 8.2% added. of the GDP from 21% and 10.4% According to SBI’s estimates, in the previous two quarters. E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi The rise and rise of BJP’s Bhupender Yadav Express News Service Also seeks nod for the Thalassery -Mysuru rail line project The state also sought his help to fast-track the petrochemical project in Kochi The state has sought the Centre’s cooperation to set up a new international airport at Sabarimala to give the nod for Kochi Metro extension and Thiruvananthapuram light metro projects soon. In the case of Kozhikode, the minister agreed to inform the state of its decision after studying the project proposal,” the chief minister said. The state also sought his help to fast-track the petrochemical project in Kochi and brought the city gas distribution project to his attention. In addition, the state has sought the Centre’s cooperation to set up a new international airport at Sabarimala, nod for the operation of widebodied aircraft in Calicut International Airport and sought inclusion of Kannur airport in the ASEAN Open Skies policy which allows foreign airlines from member states to operate to and from the airport. The PM explored the state’s willingness to encourage water transport similar to the Varanasi-Kolkata waterways. “I have also brought to the PM’s notice the need for 60 lakh Covid vaccine doses this month as we need 25 lakh only for administering the second dose and also the long-pending demand for an AIIMS. We need financial assistance to tide over the economic crisis. An amount of `4,526 crore is pending from the Centre as GST compensation,” Pinarayi said SC whiplash representatives from allies. The CCPA handles issues related to Centre-state relations and examines economic and political issues that require a wider perspect ive b u t h ave n o internal or external security implications. With the exit of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harsh Vardhan, the only old-timers left in the CCPA were Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh. The reconstituted CCPA comprises Prime Minister narengra Modi and Union ministers Ra- jnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Giriraj Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya and Bhupender Yadav. Union ministers Arjun Munda, Virendra Kumar, Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Thakur have been included in the reshuffled Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The revamped Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs comprises Modi, Singh, Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Tomar, S Jaishankar, Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan. Blown Away The roof of St Joseph Church parish hall at Neericode in Alangad in Aluva that was blown away in the wind on Tuesday. Heavy rain accompanied by strong wind wreaked havoc in central and north Kerala | A Sanesh harsh reality Forced to surrender job, mom of four fights a lonely survival battle A m i ya M e e t h a l @ Kozhikode WHILE her former colleagues spend the day planning and conducting online classes for their students, 34-year-old Fareeda is fighting for her survival in an incomplete mansion at Muthuva d at h u r i n N a d apuram that belongs to her estranged husband. Forced to forgo her job as an Arabic teacher at an aided school at Kurunthodi, and sell her gold for the welfare of her family, Fareeda now lives alone without a source of income. After serving three talaq notices — one each in three successive months — through registered post, her husband, Abdulla Poovoli, walked out of the marriage, taking her four children along. They now live in an apartment in Kozhikode. Moved by her plight, residents of her native place Eramala and Muthuvadathur, have formed action committees to support her. Fareeda said her life was confined to the large incomplete house. “I cannot go out of this house even for five minutes as I fear my husband’s men will lock the house from outside and will not allow me to re-enter,” Fareeda said. She said Abdulla is an affluent NRI businessman. Her inlaws always treated her badly as her family was not wealthy . “At the time of the marriage in 2003, my parents had given me 60 sovereigns of gold. After continuous harassment by my in-laws, they gave another 17.5 sovereigns,” she told TNIE. “I got the job as an Arabic teacher in a nearby aided school. My gold was sold to mobilise funds to pay for the post. Though I was appointed on leave vacancy initially the post , was regularised in 2015. But my husband forced me to resign from the job,” she said. She gave `1 lakh she received as salary arrears to her husband. “Now, I have lost the job as well as my gold. I also lost my family and got separated from my kids,” she said be● More on P4 tween sobs. I cannot go out of this house even for five minutes as I fear my husband’s men will lock the house from outside and will not allow me to re-enter — Fareeda
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