KOZHIKODE l thursday l july 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION d.a. for central govt staff raised to 28% from July 1 The Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to restore dearness allowance for govt employees and dearness relief for pensioners Hike to benefit 1.14 cr staff and pensioners No arrears will be paid this time In view of the pandemic, the Union government had frozen the three additional instalments of the DA and DR, which were due from January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021. The latest hike will benefit around 48.34 lakh Central government employees and 65.26 lakh pensioners, Union minister for information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur said ■ ■ There will be no payment of arrears this time, as the rate of DA/ DR for the period from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 shall remain at 17% of basic pay/pension The enhanced rate of DA and DR will be paid from July 2021. The impact of the hike in FY22 is pegged at D22,934.56 crore A34,401 cr Combined annual burden on the exchequer due to the hike 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 Traders call off protest after Pinarayi promises discussion SC critique Drop Sec 66-A cases, advises home ministry E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kozhikode / T’Puram Sana S h a k i l @ New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday ordered states and Union territories to “immediately withdraw” all cases filed under the repealed Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act, nine days after the Supreme Court termed the unabated use of the scrapped section “a shocking state of affairs”. The government’s directive will help save the judiciary’s time as 745 cases registered under the defunct section are pending before various trial courts in 11 states. The Ministry of Home Affairs further ordered states and UTs to direct all police stations under their jurisdiction not to register cases under the section, which was scrapped by the SC on March 24, 2015. “It has been brought to our notice through an application in Hon’ble Supreme Court that FIRs are still being lodged by some police authorities under the struck down provision of Section 66A of IT, Act, 2000. Supreme Court has taken a very serious view in the matter,” MHA said, in the communication with states and UTs. In the letter to all the chief secretaries of states, administrators of UTs and police chiefs, the MHA emphasised the need to “sensitise the law enforcement agencies for the compliance of the order issued by the Supreme Court on 24.03.2015”. The home ministry also reminded the states that it had sent directives to the authorities on three previous occasions on January 11, January 14 and April 1 to sensitise the police authorities. WITH Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inviting the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi state leadership for a discussion on Friday over the complaints against lockdown, traders backed out from the ‘open the shop’ protest planned for Thursday . The CM, who on Tuesday warned the traders to be care- ful while challenging the government, amended his stubbor n stand following i n t e r ve n t i o n f r o m C P M leaders. Alappuzha MP A M Ariff wrote to Pinarayi on Tuesday, requesting favourable consideration of traders’ demand as the continuing lockdown has already affected their livelihood. On Wednesday, ex-MLA and CPM leader V K C Mammad Koya also took up the is- sue with senior CPM leaders. Pinarayi rang up KVVES state president T Nazirudeen from New Delhi and urged him to wait till Friday when he would be back in Thiruvananthapuram and meet Samithi leaders. Following this, KVVES state leaders decided to postpone the agitation. Traders wearing PPE kits protest against curbs in Kochi on Wednesday | A Sanesh Collision course Crack the whip: Centre Amid concern over increase in the ‘R’ factor (reproduction rate) of coronavirus in view of the blatant violation of norms, Centre asked states to take action against officials responsible for the situation | P7 SC notice to UP The SC on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of Uttar Pradesh allowing the annual Kanwar Yatra amid fears of a third Covid wave. A bench of Justice R F Nariman slated the hearing for Friday | P7 Jab-o-meter July 13 Take 34,10,974 doses your July 14 shot 32,10,451 doses Total doses: 39,10,53,156 stateWIDE july 13 july 14 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 14,539 10,331 124 15,637 12,974 128 Mandaviya raps states for claiming vaccine shortage E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Barely six days after taking over as the new Union health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday attacked states complaining of vaccine shortage, slamming them for “creating panic” and charging they had mismanaged their vaccination drive. Criticising them for making “useless statements”, he said all states had been infor med in advance about available supplies, yet they had failed to suitably stagger their vaccine rollout. He stoutly denied allegations of lack of jabs though several states claimed otherwise. “If the Centre is giving this information in advance and yet we see mismanagement and long queues, it is clear what the problem is and who is responsible for it,” Mandaviya acidly said. Sources in 10 states told this newspaper that they are facing vaccine shortage. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, MP Ma, harashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarkahand and Bengal confirmed shortage of vaccines on Wednesday . Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, UP , Maharashtra, Delhi and Bengal had to shut many of their vaccination centres for want of vaccines since last week. In Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Kar nataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, there is a decline in average daily vaccinations since the high of the June 21-26 week. The Centre, he said, had informed all states on June 19 about the exact number of doses that would be available to them in July . On June 27 and July 13, they were infor med about the availability of vaccines every day he said. , The immediate intervention by the CM was the reflection of general sentiments within the party and the LDF. More leaders have pointed to the pathetic situation the daily wage earners and traders are in. The opposition leaders, who were quick to criticise the threatening tone in Pinarayi’s response Pinarayi Vijayan should not behave like a CPM state secretary. Now he is the Chief Minister of the state and need not emulate his old style. This is Kerala — V D Satheesan, Leader of opposition to traders on Tuesday, intensified their attack on the government on Wednesday . Opposition Leader V D Satheesan was the first Congress leader to react against Pinarayi. He blasted the CM for threatening the traders. “Pinarayi should not behave like a CPM state secretary Now . he is the Chief Minister and need not emulate his old style. This is Kerala,’’ said the Oppo● More on P4 sition Leader. Jaishankar tells Wang Yi full restoration of peace needed to build ties Hard talk on unilateral LAC status quo change E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in Dushanbe where they discussed outstanding issues regarding the troubled Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. “Concluded a one-hour bilateral meeting with State Councilor and FM Wang Yi of China on the sidelines of Dushanbe SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting. Discussions focused on the outstanding issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. Highlighted that unilateral change of status quo is not acceptable. Full restoration and maintenance of peace and tranquility in border areas is essential for development of our ties. Agreed on convening an early meeting of the Senior Military External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (R) and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi before the meeting | Twitter Commanders,” Jaishankar said in a series of tweets. The two leaders had earlier met in September last year on the sidelines of another SCO meet in Moscow where they had agreed on a five-point mechanism to ensure disengagement and de-escalation along the LAC. “The external affairs minister emphasized the need to follow through on the agreement reached then (in Moscow) and complete the disengagement, resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh at the earliest,” a statement from the ministry stated. Jaishankar pointed out that the successful disengagement in Pangong Lake earlier this year had created conditions for resolving the remaining issues. “It was expected that the Chinese side would work with us towards this objective. He however noted that the situation in remaining areas is still unresolved,” it added. Going forward, the two leaders agreed that in the next meeting of the military commanders, the two sides should discuss all the remaining issues and seek a mutually acceptable solution. “There was also an understanding that both sides will continue to ensure stability on the ground and neither side will take any unilateral action that could increase tension,” the foreign ministry’s statement said. I am a woman and nun, don’t 4,21,887 4,19,651 throw me onto street: Sr Lucy SSLC success rate @ record 99.47% Total students appeared Eligible for higher studies No. of students with A+ in all subjects: 1,21,318 (41,906 in 2020) Schools with 100% success rate: 2,214 (1,837 in 2020) Govt schools with Aided schools Unaided schools 100% success with 100% with 100% rate: 793 success rate: 989 success rate: 432 Son of tribal community head in Kasaragod shines bright, scores full A Plus cure government jobs. Nahul was good in studies right from Frequent power interrup- the primary classes and teachtions, poor net connectivity, ers used to encourage him saycultural and language discon- ing he has a good future. He is nect. Belonging to one of the the youngest of my three most backward communities, children. 15-year-old Nahul had to face Both my daughters have myriad challenges to stay completed the Plus Two afloat and pursue his course,” said Naraydreams. As the state anan, beaming with gover nment anpride. nounced the results of Nahul and his parthe SSLC examination ents thank the teachon Wednesday the trib, ers at the government al colony at Kalliyottu school in Kalliyottu in Kasaragod erupted for having guided him. in celebration. His father is a farm Nahul, son of comwo rke r wh i l e h i s Nahul munity head (ooru mother Mambi works mooppan) N Narayunder the employment anan, has scored A Plus in all guarantee scheme. Narayanan subjects, a rare achievement leads the colony which has 55 for children from the tribal families. community Nahul belongs to . Nahul said virtual educathe Malavettruvan tribe, a tion was the biggest challenge c o m m u n i t y o f h u n t e r s he faced. traditionally . There is a community study “There are two government centre in the colony where edemployees in our hamlet and I ucated youth help children too wanted my children to se- with their studies. ● More on P4 M an o j V i s w anat h an @Kochi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi “Sir, I am a woman and a nun. Don’t throw me onto the streets. Where will I go if I am ousted from the convent? It is important for me to stay at the convent to continue my nunship. All I want is that I should not be asked to move out of the convent,” Sr Lucy Kalappura, who has been expelled from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) in Wayanad for allegedly violating Church norms, requested the Kerala High Court. She appeared in the court as a party-in-person without the a i d o f a n a dvo c a t e o n Wednesday . The court orally observed that it cannot order to provide her protection to continue staying in the convent in view of the Vatican order. “If you continue to stay in the convent, that will affect the Church’s Sr Lucy Kalappura sipping a cup of tea after attending a virtual hearing in High Court on Wednesday | A Sanesh discipline. It is better to move out where the court can grant police protection,” the court said. The court made it clear that it is not intended to kick her out from the convent and a police protection order could not be passed to remain in the convent. Sr Lucy during the argu, ments through video conferencing, said, “I have no abode to go to. If this court lets me out to survive in the streets, my asceticism will be dragged down the way. I consider this court next to my god. There are many nuns who face the same challenges as mine.” Sr Lucy had filed the police protection petition a year ago and the court had issued an interim order directing the police to provide protection to her life and property. It was extended from time to time. In the last hearing, Sr Ligi Maria, Mother Superior, FC Convent, Karakkamala, had argued that Sr Lucy’s right to continue as a member of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation has come to an end. Following this, Sr Lucy appeared before the court. She requested the court to allow her to continue staying in the convent and submitted “the court can withdraw the protection granted to me, but do not ask to vacate the convent”. ● More on P4 ‘Gotta be stronger’ Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan tells a student to be strong when she came with a glass of lemon juice to break his one-day fast organised to raise awareness about women’s safety and against dowry in T’Puram on Wednesday | B P Deepu E X P RESS RE A D Key clause in tribunal ordinance struck down HC tells govt: Take steps to register pets, cattle New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the provisions in the Tribunals Reforms Ordinance 2021, which fixed the term of members of various tribunals as four years. SC also struck down the 50-year minimum age limit. P7 Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to direct local authorities to issue public notices requiring owners of cattle and pets to register their animals and obtain a licence within next six months. P5 sour note Pandemic pens the saddest song for street artist Ronald Ronald A, a differently-abled street musician in T’Puram, puts up a placard expressing his willingness to sell his kidney and liver to help his sons. With no place to go, he now lives on the modified fourwheel scooter | Vincent Pulickal A at h i r a Ha r i da s @ T’Puram ON ANY given day you can see , him near the entrance of the Museum, huddled on his fourwheel scooter. Many moons ago, it used to be the space from where Ronald A, a differentlyabled street musician, would enthral the public with his music and earn a living. His modified scooter is fitted with an audio mixer and an amplifier. Ever since the start of the pandemic, the vehicle has become his home as well. Rec e n t l y, t h e T h i r u v a n a n thapuram-based singer has put up a few placards on the vehicle that showcases the hard time he has fallen to. While one tells his willingness to sell his kidney and liver, another one declares that the singer in him has resigned and is waiting for his death. On the front of the scooter, another placard reads “I am hungry, please donate food”. On Wednesday, Transport Minister Antony Raju visited Ronald after reading about him from social media posts. The minister directed the collector to give a report regarding the musician’s present situation. “One of Ronald’s sons is a kidney patient. I have asked him to furnish the medical records, and once we receive them, we can seek help from CMDRF. Another son is in jail. I spoke to the jail superintendent today. An advocate will be assigned to him.” ● More on P4
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