thrissur l Sunday l august 29, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 26 l city edition Use your car in any state without re-registering Bharat Series (BH) will free vehicle owners with transferable jobs from having to re-register upon moving to a new state Eligibility criterion: Transferable job Defence personnel, staff of Central/state, Public Sector Undertakings and private firms (having offices in at least 4 states) are elegible for the scheme, which will launch on September 15. The road tax for BH series shall be levied for 2 years or in multiple of two at 8% for vehicles costing up to `10 lakh; 10% for `10-20 lakh; and 12% for `20 lakh and above ■ 2% new format won’t have state initials ■ The format of BH-series will be YY BH #### XX. YY will denote the year of first registration, BH for Bharat Series, #### will be a randomised four digit number, followed by two alphabets BH series will spare the owners the pain of manually claiming refund from the parent state by making the process fully online The Discount for e-vehicles. diesel vehicles to draw 2% levy instead 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 Kills two ‘high-profile’ ISIS-K leaders in drone strike; evacuations to end soon US strikes back, warns of more terror attacks Kabul airport is a near certainty , Reuters quoted US officials as A day after American President saying adding that it could be Joe Biden promised retribution even more destructive than the against ISIS-K for the carnage at Thursday attack. the Kabul airport, the US said on On its part, the Taliban said Friday that it has killed two lead- they have arrested some susers of the outfit in a drone air- pects involved in the airport strike at Afghanistan’s eastern blast. On Saturday, the militia Nangarhar province. There deployed extra forces around were no civilian casuthe Kabul airport to alties, US officials Airport sealed prevent large crowds claimed, and hinted at Taliban sealed off from gathering. They more airstrikes in the Kabul’s airport on have also put up new coming days targeting Saturday to most layers of checkpoints other ISIS-K leaders. on roads leading to the Afghans hoping “I can confirm, two airport, effectively for evacuation, high profile targets granting entry to making the airport were killed and one out of bounds for peoonly those with was wounded,” said ple. Reports said the US passports, Army Major General militia is letting in reports said William Hank Taylor. only those who carry The drone was sent from a lo- US passports. cation outside Afghanistan, anAfter the deadly terror strike, other US military official said. the US has reportedly brought Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS- down its troops to less than 4,000 K) had claimed responsibility at Kabul airport from 5,800 at for the attack at the Hamid Kar- the peak of the evacuation zai International Airport in Ka- mission. bul on Thursday which report, Thirteen US soldiers were edly killed nearly 200 people and killed in Thursday’s suicide injured another 200. bomb blast, the most lethal inciMeanwhile, the US flagged a dent for US troops in Afghanihigh risk of further blasts as it stan in a decade. The 15 US miliwinds up its mission to evacuate tary personnel who were injured civilians and withdraw troops. in the explosion are receiving P11 Yet another attack against the treatment in Germany . E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E Police beat up farmers who headed to BJP meeting venue CM calls for calm, counts on vaccine CLAIMS & COUNTERCLAIMS Despite the worsening situation, CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday reiterated Kerala is a model state with regard to Covid management. “Renowned experts like Jayaprakash Muliyil and Gagandeep Kang have congratulated the state government’s containment efforts,” he said. CM’S REASONS WHY KERALA IS NO 1? Case fatality ratio still among the lowest in the country. While Kerala’s CFR is 0.51%, national figure is 1.34% Achieved low CFR by overcoming negative factors such as high population density, presence of more senior citizens and widespread presence of lifestyle diseases National sero-prevalence survey found rate of infection in Kerala as 44.4%. That means state could protect 56% of population from getting infected through effective containment strategies Smart and effective vaccination strategy. 2.78 crore doses distributed so far. 2.03 crore people received at least one dose. All above 18 years will be vaccinated by the end of September EXPERTS ON WHERE the state WENT WRONG Didn’t initiate steps for a mass vaccination campaign at the right time; with prevalence being low in the state, the right step would have been to vaccinate people before the spread of the disease State failed in using the wide network of private hospitals to speed up vaccination drive and also pressurising Centre to allot more vaccine in the initial days First Line Treatment Centres were mostly inactive during the second wave. With a patient infected by delta variant virus staying at home, home clusters formed in large numbers leading to spike in cases Though CFR is low, number of deaths is much higher compared with the first wave and there is no decrease in numbers still, though the second wave peaked in May Instead of focusing on microcontainment zones, state had followed a scientifically wrong strategy of TPR-based lockdown in local bodies for several weeks People didn’t die because of the inadequacy in treatment facilities like short supply of Oxygen or lack of ventilators. Expecting a third wave, hospitals are now being ramped up with more facilities aug 27 aug 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths NATIONWIDE 44,658 32,988 496 46,759 31,374 509 statewide aug 27 aug 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 32,801 18,573 179 31,265 21,468 153 inspiration Guanglong Yang dives off the blocks in the men’s swimming 200m individual medley SM8 final at the Paralympic Games; (inset) India’s Bhavinaben Patel reached the women’s table tennis Class 4 final after beating Miao Zhang. She now has the opportunity to become the first Indian woman to win gold at the Paralympics | ap/PTI PLUS 12 PAGES THE spike in Covid cases post Onam is in line with the projections made by the expert committee and there is no need for panic at this point as the number of serious cases are not rising, concluded the review meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday . To arrest the spread, the meeting spelt out solutions such as intensifying the second dose of vaccination for all vulnerable people and improving the mechanism to test and trace infected people. Considering the high infectivity of the delta variant, all patients who do not have an exclusive toilet-attached room to use for quarantine in their houses will be asked to move to firstline treatment centres. For a more effective microcontainment strategy, the meeting decided to enforce lockdown in all local body 1 crore jabs A day after India breached the 1 crore-mark in daily jabs, NK Arora, chief of Covid 19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said: “From October, daily jabs could go up to 1.2-1.3 crore as 30 crore doses would be made available.” | P9 T’Puram: After four days of deliberations in New Delhi, the names of 14 district Congress committee presidents have been officially released. Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki saw some last-minute changes. The pressure tactics played by two group leaders, Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala, was taken into account by the Congress central leadership. P6 Kolkata: The ED has summoned West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira to Delhi for questioning in connection with a coal scam and money laundering case. While Abhishek has been summoned on September 3, his wife Rujira has been called on September 1. Two IPS officers, Gyanwant Singh (ADG-CID) and Shyam Sngh (DIG) have also been summoned. P10 Five TN labourers held in Mysuru rape case B a l a C h a u h a n & K S h i va K u m a r The Mysuru police on Saturday arrested five accused, including a 17-year-old juvenile, in the horrific gangrape case of a 23-year-old MBA student at the foothills of Chamundi on August 24. The five accused – labourers including two drivers – are from Tamil Nadu, and were picked up from Tiruppur. The sixth accused is still absconding. These labourers regularly brought vegetables to Mysuru markets. On August 24, they had a party on their return journey and found the girl and her male friend driving on the lonely stretch of the road. They first demanded `3 lakh from the two, who pleaded their inability to pay the amount. The accused then assaulted the boy and gangraped the girl, police said. The accused have been slapped with Sections 376-D and 397 of the IPC for gangrape and robbery with violence. Confirming the arrests, Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) Praveen Sood said, “We will get the sixth accused shortly .” wards where weekly infectivity per population ratio is higher than seven. Currently those , wards with WIPR eight or above are locked down. It was also decided to reintroduce night curfew from 10pm to 6am from Monday. Only travel for purposes like medical emergencies and for reaching destination after long-distance travel will be allowed. Strict lockdown will be enforced on Sunday across the state. Pinarayi will convene a meeting of experts next week to discuss the Covid situation and new strategies for managing the crisis. Senior IPS officers will be assigned to monitor Covid containment in all districts. Additional SP-level officers will be assigned to coordinate covid management in districts. Briefing mediapersons here after the review meeting, Pinarayi said the state hopes to achieve herd immunity soon as vaccination is progressing ● More on P6 effectively . a day to be the norm starting october Mamata’s nephew gets ED summons @ Bengaluru / Mysuru No Country for Women @ T’Puram Names of Cong dist chiefs out officially @ Chandigarh WITH THIS ISS U E E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e express read E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e At least 10 farmers were injured when police lathicharged a group headed towards the venue of a BJP-Jannayak Janata Party function near Karnal in Haryana on Saturday. Angry far mers later blocked several roads, bringing traffic movement to a grinding halt. While the caning drew criticism from many quarters, Karnal Inspector General Mamta Singh said mild force was used to disperse farmers, who refused to budge despite several announcements declaring the gathering unlawful as prohibitory order under CrPC section 144 was in force. She also claimed some stones were pelted at the police personnel. Farmers protesting against farm laws have been opposing all functions of the BJPJJP combine in Haryana. They were moving to the venue of the meeting attended by Chief Minister M L Khattar, state BJP president O P Dhankar and others when the incident took place at Bastara toll plaza. Night curfew from tomorrow; lockdown in more wards Onus on public to expose lies of govt, says Chandrachud E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Stressing it was the duty of public intellectuals to expose the lies of the state, Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday called for more vigilance and participation by the citizens. Chandrachud’s comments came in the context of Covid-19, wherein “there is an increasing trend of countries across the world trying to manipulate data”. Addressing a meet on Speaking Truth to Power: Citizens and the Law, as part of the sixth MC Chagla Memorial Online Lecture, Chandrachud said one could not solely rely on the state to determine the truth. “As responsible citizens, we should put these truth providers through intense scrutiny and questioning to convince ourselves of the veracity of the claims made by them. It is equally important for those making truth claims to be transparent,” he added. Emphasising the need for truth in democracy, he said it was important to avoid tyranny of the law. Uniformity in Holy Mass: Priests to appeal to Pope E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi The Syro-Malabar Church Synod’s decision to implement a uniform mode of conducting the Holy Mass has sparked controversy with a section of priests deciding to appeal to the Vatican to retain the existing system. Priests belonging to the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese approached Archbishop Mar Antony Kariyil, the Major Archiepiscopal Vicar of the Archdiocese. He reportedly assured them that necessary steps will be taken after discussions with bishops. On Saturday, they held discussions with the Archbishop, seeking his assistance to take up their concerns about “forcefully” implementing the Synod’s decision and thus “creating divisions”. The Synod on Friday decided to enforce a change the way the Holy Mass is conducted, after a letter from the Pope called for a uniform system across all Churches. A pastoral letter in this regard was issued by Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Church, directing priests and bishops to read it out in all churches on September 5. The pastoral communication cited Pope Francis’ letter favouring liturgical uniformity, and said it was the duty of every faithful to obey papal directions. “Pope’s letter is not intended to create any division in the Church. By implementing the new mode of celebration, the unity in the Church will be hampered and we seek Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese to be exempted from it. There are provisions in Canon Laws that permit exemptions in certain situations. Till Vatican takes a decision, we should be allowed to follow the existing form of celebrating the Mass,” Fr Kuriakose Mundadan, presbyteral council secretary, told re● More on P6 porters. falsely accuse duo of stealing phone Pink police humiliate young girl, dad in public E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram WHILE going to Moonnumukku near Attingal on her dad’s two-wheeler, she was enthusiastic about the prospect of seeing the giant ISRO machinery being transported on a truck. But what awaited the eight-year-old and her father Jayachandran — a rubber-tapping labourer — was sheer embarrassment, with a civil police officer falsely accusing them of stealing her mobile phone from a waiting patrol vehicle and humiliating them in public. As one of the passers-by intervened and dialled the number of Rajitha, an officer with the Pink patrolling team, the phone eventually rang from a bag kept in the police vehicle. To the father-daughter duo’s dismay, the officer left the scene without even tendering an apology As the video of . the entire incident, shot by one of the onlookers, went viral, the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) registered a suo motu case. The Attingal police also came to their house and recorded a statement. “My daughter is yet to recover from the trauma she had suffered. She is a little child. Both my daughter and I had to face harassment and humiliation for nearly an hour. Luckily, the phone rang up when a person called. If it was on silent mode or switched off, then the police might have taken us It remains to be seen what i n t o c u s t o d y, ” s a i d punishment the higher-ups Jayachandran. would mete out to the officer, The two came to the spot but it could prove inadequate on a two-wheeler and parked to alleviate the trauma of the it near the police patrolling girl. vehicle. At that time, Rajitha a n d h e r a s s o c i at e we re My daughter is yet to recover from the trauma she had suffered. She is busy controlling the traffic a little child. Both my daughter and I had to face harassment and on the national highway . humiliation for nearly an hour — Jayachandran ● More on P6
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