kochi l monday l july 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION At least 25 killed as heavy rain pummels Mumbai Landslides triggered by downpour claimed the lives of 25, besides hammering the civic infra in Mumbai on Sunday Cloud top twice the height of mt. everest whopping 200 mm rainfall in six hours Seventeen died when a wall overlooking an illegal tenement collapsed in suburban Mahul. Images from a doppler radar showed a cloud top height of 18 km, twice the size of Mt Everest and comparable to the one that wreaked havoc in the city in 2005. All major reservoirs were spilling over, while waterlogged streets raised health concerns amid the pandemic ■ ■ 200 mm rainfall was recorded over a six-hour window, prodding the IMD to issue a red alert. The rain fury reminded Mumbaikars of the the 24-hour rainfall figure of 944 mm on July 26, 2005 43 pumps were operating continuously to discharge rainwater into the sea and have so far pumped out 442 crore litre water A7 lakh Ex-gratia announced by the Pm (K2L) and maharashtra govt (K5L) 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 Modi’s joint address plan to LS, RS on pandemic opposed Oppn wants debate on the floor of the House; slew of issues to be taken up E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi With the Opposition flagging a slew of issues it wants to discuss during the monsoon session of Parliament that will begin on Monday including , the farm laws and price rise, especially those of petrol and diesel, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured that the Centre is ready for a healthy discussion on all matters. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told the Opposition that Modi will jointly address members of both Houses on Tuesday on the pandemic situation at Parliament annexe. Health experts will be present during the address, Joshi e x p r e ss r e a d Sidhu appointed Punjab Cong prez New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit despite stiff opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sonia also appointed four working presidents. However, contrary to the assurance given to Amarinder on Saturday that he will have a say in the selection, none of the four — S S Gilzian, S S Danny, Pawan Goel and K S Nagra — was from his camp. Amarinder had said Sidhu must publicly apolo-gise for foulmouthing his government before an in-person meeting with him. P7 NATIONWIDE july 17 july 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 38,079 43,916 560 41,157 42,004 518 stateWIDE july 17 july 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 16,148 13,197 114 13,956 13,613 81 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Out on bail, Pocso accused tries to assault survivor again E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @Kasaragod An accused in a child abuse case who was out on bail tried to assault the same survivor again, said Chittarikkal police here. The accused, Anto Chackochan, 23, is on the run and residents have formed an action committee to protest against the delay in arresting him. Chackochan allegedly sexually abused a minor girl in his neighbourhood a year ago. The crime came to light when her parents noticed signs of discomfort in the girl. She shared her ordeal with a counsellor, who later called in the Childline volunteer. Based on her statement, the Chittarikkal police arrested Chackochan and charged him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act. But after six months, the court granted him bail. However, the girl’s mother told the police that the accused tried to assault her again one month ago. Based on the girl’s complaint, the police registered a second Pocso case against Chackochan on June 13. However, the police said the accused went into hiding. said, but the Opposition demanded a full discussion on the floor of the House, adding the current proposal was another way of bypassing parliamentary norms. Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien was caustic: “MPs do not want fancy PowerPoint presentations on Covid-19 from the PM or this government in some conference room.” He also said the regular presence of the PM in the House was important. “What is the need to go outside Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” he added. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say it can do so on , the floor of the House. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a discussion on the security situation with China while NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Afghan situation after withdrawal of US troops must be discussed. Many members demanded that the MPLAD funds be restored. More than 40 members from 33 parties attended all-party meeting and suggested subjects that ought to be discussed. Addressing the meet, Modi said the suggestions of all are valuable and the government will make note of them, Joshi said. The monsoon session will begin on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. IMA urges state to roll back ‘inappropriate’ easing of restrictions brated on Wednesday . “When many northern states like The Indian Medical Association Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh (IMA) has termed the state govern- and Uttarakhand have stopped, with ment’s decision to ease lockdown a constructive sense of public saferestrictions in view of Bakrid an ty, the traditional and popular pil“unwarranted and inappropriate” grimage yatras, it is unfortunate measure during a medical that Kerala had taken this deciemerg ency. It has also sion which will pave way for warned of approaching the mass gathering,” said a Supreme Court if the state joint statement issued by fails to withdraw the order the IMA national president easing curbs. J A Jayalal and secretaryIn a statement, the nageneral Jayesh Lele. tional body of doctors also The IMA statement, cautioned that a third wave while being critical of the of the pandemic may be instate government, was in When northern evitable if appropriate full praise of Prime Minisstates like J&K, steps are not taken. Uttar Pradesh and ter Narendra Modi for his Demanding the govern- Uttarakhand have “visionary call” to stop restopped, with a ment to withdraw the order venge tourism and cancelimmediately the IMA asked constructive sense ling religious celebrations , of public safety, the state to enforce zeroand pilgrimages. the pilgrimage tolerance against CovidThe state chapter of IMA yatras, it is appropriate behaviour. unfortunate that had issued a statement on Even as the Covid test July 14 criticising the govKerala took this positivity rate (TPR) conernment for unscientific decision, which tinues to remain above will pave way for lockdown as it was “causmass gathering 10%, the state government ing more harm than good”. has eased restrictions for It appeared that the stands IMA statement three days from Sunday al, of national and state units lowing seamless functionof IMA differed — the ing of shops in local body areas former favouring more restrictions where Covid TPR is below 15%. It and the latter for relaxation. Howhas also allowed the shops in areas ever, an IMA representative in the under triple lockdown to open on state said its statement was against ● More on P4 Monday. In Kerala, Bakrid is cele- causing crowding. E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @T’Puram Boxer dreams, village hopes Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (centre) with her parents Prasanta Mazu mdar @ Guwahati W hen boxer and a hot medal prospect, Lovlina Borgohain, steps into the ring at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena, the boxing venue for Olympics 2020, the hopes of a billion Indians will ride on her as a medal will bring them joy and pride. But for the 2,000-odd dwellers of Baro Mukhia, Lovlina’s village in Assam’s Golaghat district about 320 kms east of Guwahati, a medal at the world’s showpiece sporting event could mean much more than that. It could shake off years of government neglect and bring to the village facilities as basic as a road and water supply . The village has no concrete road worth the name, it is connected with the rest of the world by a mud and stone track. The last time an effort was made to build a road was in 2016, when the then chief minister Sarabanda dia, upsetting the return plans of expats. Though some people have taken circuitous routes to reach their destinations in the Gulf, new Covid norms in the transit countries like Qatar, Armenia and Ukraine have upset the plans of the remaining persons stuck here who want to go back. As there are no inbound flights from India to the UAE and other GCC countries, expats are now reluctant to come home during vacation. A senior officer of an airline kms to the district headquarters in Golaghat. But all this could change if Lovlina rewrites the history books. Her co-villagers are aware of the transformation to the village of Hima Das after she scorched the 400 metre track to win a gold at the World under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland, in 2018. The Assam government built a 1.5 km road, a village gate, a namghar (a Vaishnavite prayer centre), a youth club and a mini stadit - 1 um in Kandhulimari, Hima’s village. “We pray that Lovlina wins a gold medal at the Olympics as her success could change the fate of our village. It has happened with Mary Kom’s village in Manipur. Her village has developed on all fronts after she shot into the limelight,” said Horen Gogoi, a family friend of Lovlina. Hemanta Mahanta, another villager, agreed. “We hope Lovlina excels at the Olympics. We have waited for long to see some infrastructure development. Continued on: P7 Two SA athletes positive in Village Tokyo: Two members of the South African football squad, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Games Village. In all, four members of the South African contingent — including football team’s video analyst and rugby sevens coach — have tested positive. Also, eight members of the British contingent have been put in isolation after they came in contact with a positive case State to receive heavy rain from Wednesday under the influence of a low-pressure system to be formed over Bay of Bengal IMD sounds orange alert in districts in north Kerala on Wednesday and Thursday, warning of heavy to very heavy rain drenched and happy A boy enjoying a walk in the drizzle at Vypeen in Kochi. Many families across the city stepped out of their houses in the wake of the relaxation in lockdown restrictions on Sunday | A Sanesh Expatriates’ hope of return to UAE dims as flight suspension continues The expatriates stuck in Kerala who had hoped to return to the UAE to resume work and business after July 21 have got a jolt as Etihad Airways has extended flight suspension from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh until July 31. Earlier, the UAE had suspended flights from India including 13 other countries till July 21. Though Etihad has not formally announced the further extension of flight suspension, a message pops up if one searches for flights to the Gulf country from Kochi on its website that no flights are available till July 31. Usually other air, lines also follow Etihad’s decisions on flight operations to and from the UAE. At present, most of the Gulf countries except Qatar and Bahrain have banned flights from In- Sonowal promised to connect Baro Mukhia with Kargil war martyr Padum Bahadur Shrestha’s villa g e in Hatighuli. But after only 100 metres of the 12-kms stretch was constructed, the government seemed to give up and the broken road remains to this day. Villagers claimed seriously ill patients have died because they could not reach the hospital quickly enough. The champion pugilist’s village also has Par no piped water supply . From washing, irrigating and drinking, it depends on tubewells and ponds for water. Healthcare facilities at Baro Mukhia are also non-existent. The nearest primary health centre is 3 kms away at Barpathar, but it has no bed and doctors seldom turn up. If anyone at the village falls seriously ill, they have to t r av e l 4 5 Heavy rain from Wednesday Pl a n s f a i l t o t a k e o f f D h i n e s h K a l l u n g a l @T’Puram Lovlina’s performance could fetch water & road connectivity to Baro Mukhia village said the chances are low for lifting the air travel restrictions, which started on April 24, even after July 31. “First, Covid cases have been increasing here after a brief respite. Further, the UAE is looking forward to holding Dubai Expo, which was scheduled last year but got postponed to this October due to the rise in Covid cases. As per our observation, the UAE is going with flight suspension eyeing this event as it cannot afford postponing it once again. But this has hit the expats who work in the UAE more,” he said. “We have taken this issue up with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Kerala chief secretary has written to the MEA secretary seeking steps to resolve it,” said an official of NoRKARoots, the field agency of the department of non-resident Keralites. In view of rain and strong winds, fishers have been asked not to venture into sea till Thursday Maya bets on Brahmin-Dalit combo for encore of ’07 show Express News Service @ Lucknow Fourteen years after BSP’s Dalit-Brahmin social engineering earned it a majority on its own for the first and the only time in Uttar Pradesh, the party on Sunday brushed dust off the formula to tap into the community’s disgruntlement over its perceived sidelining by a proThakur Yogi Adityanath dispensation ahead of the crucial 2022 polls. Announcing the revival of the for mula, party chief Mayawati said the Brahmin outreach would be spearheaded by her second-in-command and party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra from Ayodhya, a key rallying point for BJP and allies. “I am confident that Brahmins will not vote for BJP in the next Assembly polls. A campaign under the leader- ship of our party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra will be launched from Ayodhya on July 23 to connect with the Brahmins and assure them that their interests are safe only under the BSP’s rule,” Mayawati said. According to BSP sources, at least six Brahmin meetings would be convened across the state to attract the crucial Brahmin vote bank, which not only played a pivotal role in bringing BSP to power in 2007, but also ended the 16-year-old era of coalition politics in UP . Before 2007, the last majority government was headed by BJP’s Kalyan Singh in 1991. According to sources, the spadework for the revival of the connect began six months ago, when Mishra sent out feelers to prominent Brahmin caste bodies in 70 out of 75 P8 districts. Joins call for oppn unity Mayawati said Opposition parties should come together to hold the Centre accountable on its apathy towards farmers, among other issues. “BSP will raise fuel and LPG price, inflation and vaccination in the monsoon session of Parliament,” she said
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