thrissur l monday l august 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION crude worry as OPEC+ to revisit production hike A month after the cartel agreed to ramp up supply, Kuwait’s oil minister on Sunday said the decision could be revisited crucial cartel meeting on september 1 Kuwait prefaced its observation on some markets being engulfed in the 4th wave of the pandemic, Reuters reported. OPEC+ had agreed to raise supply by 4,00,000 barrels per day after shuttering 45% production last year. The grouping meets on September 1 to take a call, but since Brent prices jumped back to $72.75 on Sunday, another acrimonious session is likely ■ 23 bad news for india if rates spiral ■ The International Energy Agency had slashed demand outlook for 2021 after Brent price slumped to below $64 in August first half, and warned of a surplus in 2022. But prices rallied after that Rise in rates, coupled with a supply cut, slims hopes for a fuel rate cut and may not let inflation cool down in countries like India nations, including russia, are the members of the OPEC+ grouping 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 Congress group chieftains burst out, state leadership unrelenting Chandy, Chennithala express dissent over lack of consultation before finalising DCC chiefs C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @T’Puram The disquiet among leaders and workers who pledge allegiance to ‘A’ and ‘I’ groups of the state Congress on Sunday came out in the open a day after the announcement of new district committee presidents. According to sources, the extent of dissent is deeper than what was on display and there would be serious implications in the coming days. It is reliably learnt that a few of the disgruntled leaders have begun negotiations with other parties, including LDF constituents, for giving a slap on the face of the new leadership. Leading the criticism, former chief minister Oommen Chandy and former opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala expressed dissent openly over the lack of consultation in finalising the names of DCC presidents. However, the new state leadership is determined to go ahead with the list of DCC presidents. Though Congress state president K Sudhakaran and Opposition leader V D Satheesan didn’t expect the public criticism by senior-most leader Chandy that there was no prop- 35 days in jail DNA test helps teen get bail in Pocso case E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i ce @Malappuram After spending 35 days in jail, an 18-year-old boy from Tirurangadi has received bail in a Pocso case based on a DNA test report. The Manjeri Pocso Court granted him bail on Friday after scientific analysis proved that he did not father the child of the 17-year-old girl who had accused him of sexual abuse. He was released from the Tirur sub jail on the same day . The court had remanded the boy in judicial custody on July 23 based on the girl’s statement. He was first taken to Manjeri sub jail and then Perinthalmanna sub jail too. “The girl told the police that the boy took her to his home and abused her sexually,” said Aisha P Jamal, special public prosecutor, Manjeri POCSO Court. ● More on P4 ‘A’ group: Five of Oommen Chandy’s nominees found place in the list. Palode Ravi (Thiruvananthapuram), Rajendra Prasad (Kollam), Nattakam Suresh (Kottayam), C P Mathew (Idukki) and |N D Appachan (Wayanad) But, Chandy is upset as his first choices from the panel were rejected in most of the districts High Command group: K C Venugopal’s nominees P K Faizal (Kasaragod), V S Joy (Malappuram) and A Thankappan (Palakkad) could find place in the list With his proximity to Gandhi family, Venugopal strengthened his position in state politics and he now has support of K Sudhakaran and V D Satheesan too YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) ‘I’ group: Three in the list – N D Appachan, C P Mathew and B Babuprasad (Alappuzha) — were Chennithala’s nominees But, only Babuprasad can be considered a trusted lieutenant and his choices were rejected in a few other districts VD-KS group: Mohammed Shiyas (Ernakulam), Jose Valloor (Thrissur) and Martin George (Kannur) are close to the new leadership. K Praveenkumar (Kozhikode) and Satheesh Kochuparambil (Pathanamthitta) who found place in the list as nominees of K Muraleedharan and P J Kurien can also be counted to be part of VD-KS group Both leaders enjoy the support of Gandhi family, thanks to their bonding with K C Venugopal er consultation about the list, they were prepared to answer the criticism with what is claimed to be “the facts”. Chandy’s grievance was that his name was unnecessarily dragged into the controversy and that the state leadership had not honoured their promise to hold a last round of talks Modi to expedite administrative reforms promised two years ago? was drawn up incorporating crowd-sourced ideas. Within the BJP, party leaders are particularly looking at three big areas that are yet to be addressed: administrative, police and judicial reforms. There’s anticipation within the party that Modi may soon embark on the promised administrative reforms. The 2019 vision document spoke of reforms in the civil services to meet the objective of minimum government, besides merging similar and complementary departments into sectoral ministries. The document had also promised police reforms by framing a model Police Act in consultation with states. M ANI S H ANAND @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have told his ministerial colleagues to exped i t e i m p l e m e n t at i o n o f the party’s 2019 vision document for the Lok Sabha elections. He also asked the newly inducted ministers to closely study the BJP’s 2014 and 2019 manifestos and prioritise steps for their faster implementation from their respective ministries. In two meetings of the council of ministers held soon after the Cabinet rejig, the prime minister’s instructions were to focus on deliverables in the 2019 vision document, which aug 28 aug 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 46,759 31,374 509 45,083 35,840 460 statewide WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST Gains and losses of groups before the draft list was submitted to the high command on August 15. Though Nattakom Suresh, who was appointed the president of Kottayam DCC, was a nominee of Chandy it is , learnt that he was not his first choice. In a departure from his usual public reactions, Chandy revealed that Philson Mathews and Jomon Aikkara were the other two names he had suggested and complained that there was no consultation before finalising the candidate. The selection of C P Mathew as Idukki DCC president as suggested by Chandy has raised eyebrows even among ‘ ’ group A leaders as he belongs to the Chennithala camp. To placate Chennithala, the high command changed the name of Alappuzha DCC president in the last minute and accommodated his nominee B Babuprasad. Chandy and Chennithala were also peeved with the state leadership for suspending senior leader K Sivadasan Nair and former state general secretary (organisation) K P Anilkumar over their open criticism on live television channel de● More on P4 bate. NATIONWIDE aug 28 aug 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 31,265 21,468 153 29,836 22,088 75 Higher edu institutions The vision document promised to enhance capacities of higher education professional institutions by 50%, apparently to facilitate the implementation of the 10% EWS quota express read Woman civil poilce officer transferred T’Puram: The woman senior civil police officer, who misbehaved with a man and his eight-year-old daughter near Attingal on Friday accusing them of stealing her mobile phone, has been transferred out of the Pink patrol force and posted to Kollam for 15-day behavioural training. P5 paralympics Mother’s push behind Nishad’s jump F i r o z M i r z a @ Chennai MOTHER Pushpa Devi looked in horror as her eight-year-old son Nishad Kumar’s right hand got cut by a grass-cutting machine in their farm almost 13 years ago in Amb town of Una district, Himachal Pradesh. Being a former national-level volleyball player herself, her dream was to see her son take up sports at the highest-level, before it came crashing down many moons ago. Devi still remembers how her son was lying unconscious in a pool of blood with his limb cut off from the elbow. While it did cut short Devi’s dreams for the time being, it seldom stopped her from ensuring Nishad played some sport or the other. That faith and deter- Nishad Kumar won silver with a clearance of 2.06m at Paralympics on Sunday | PTI mination eventually yielded a high jump silver medal in the T47 category for India at the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday, August 29, incidentally celebrated as National Sports Day . The 21-year-old cleared 2.06m setting an Asian record to finish joint-second with American Dallas Wise. USA’s Roderick Townsend clinched the gold with a world record jump of 2.15m. “My mother was alone on the field that fateful day She, . however, didn’t lose heart. In fact, she was so determined to make him a sportsperson that my brother started competing a year after that mishap,” Rama Devi, Nishad’s sister, told this daily . N i s h a d eve n c o m p e t e d against able-bodied athletes in the 2017 School Nationals. In the same year, he shifted to Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula, Chandigarh to hone his skills. He won bronze in the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai with a jump of 2m to secure a Paralympic quota. “He was confident of winning a medal. Even in the morning when I spoke to him, I was nervous but he assured me not to worry informed the sister. ,” Two more medals India won two more medals at Paralympics. Bhavinaben Patel settled for silver after losing the table tennis final and discus thrower Vinod Kumar bagged bronze in the men’s F52 event U.S. drone takes out I.S. car bomb to save airport E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i ce In its second airstrike in successive days on Sunday to safeguard the evacuation process in Kabul, a US drone took out an ISIS-K car bomb that was being readied to attack the airport. There were also reports of multiple suicide bombers on board when the car was taken out. Big secondary explosions after the drone strike indicated the vehicle was loaded with explosives, US officials said. The attack came on day when a militia rocket struck a building at Kabul’s Khuwja Bughra, around 1 km from the airport, killing a child. No group claimed the attack, but the White House said similar attacks were likely in Kabul in the next 24-36 hours. Regarding the IS suicide attack that killed over 180 people outside the Kabul airport on Thursday last, intelligence reports in Western media suggested that Al-Qaeda’s Khalil Haqqani had facilitated it. The US state department on Sunday said it has safely evacuated more than 5,500 Americans from Afghanistan since August 14, and nearly Afghans photographing a car bomb that was destroyed by a US drone on Sunday | AP Journos, sportsmen among killed in blast Among those killed in Thursday’s attack were two journalists, Ali Reza Ahmadi and Najma Sadeqi. Two Afghan national-level athletes, Mohammad Jan Sultani and Idrees, too, died in the blast 250 more were trying to leave the war-torn country France’s . President Emmanuel Macron said Paris and London on Monday planned to jointly propose at the UN the creation of a ‘safe zone’ in Kabul that would allow for ‘humanitarian operations’. As for the Kabul airport, a Taliban official said they had engineers and technicians ready to take charge of it. “We are waiting for the final nod from the Americans to secure full control over Kabul airport as both sides aim for a swift handover,” he said. Banks opened for the first time under the new Taliban rule, but with a cap on daily withdrawals. While some complained of still being unable to access their money, government employees claimed they have not been paid over the last four P9 months.
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