sambalpur l friday l september 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Hurricane IDA triggers flooding in u.s., 14 dead State of Emergency declared in NY, NJ The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped historic rain over New York City, New Jersey and Maryland, causing massive flooding Travel ban in New York, new jersey A state of emergency was declared in New York City. A New York City police spokesperson said eight people died after they were trapped in flooded basements. Five deaths were reported from New Jersey. Initial reports suggested there could be multiple fatalities in In Philadelphia. Many flights and trains out of New York and New Jersey have been suspended ■ ■ In New York City, a travel ban was issued directing all nonemergency vehicles to stay off the roads All New Jersey rail service was suspended, New Jersey Transit said. The storm had caused 57,519 power outages statewide, said Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey 230 kmph The speed at which Hurricane Ida struck mainland U.S. on Sunday 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 Double-jab must for mass gatherings Highest single-day tally of fresh Covid-19 cases in over two months State-wise Active cases E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e (As on September 1) @ New Delhi Contribution ■ Active cases % 4.73% 4.27% As reported by States Andhra Pradesh - 14,473 ■ Greater than 1 Lakh 3.71% Tamil Nadu - 16,620 ■ 50K to 1 Lakh Take your shot 14.2% Karnataka - 18,438 ■ 10K to 50K Jab-o-meter Maharashtra - 54,606 ■ Less than 10,000 kerala - 2,30,461 59.16% Sept 01 69,42,335 doses Sept 02 64,70,901 doses Total doses 66,98,35,708 NATIONWIDE sep 1 sep 2 Fresh cases 41,965 47,092 Recoveries 33,964 35,181 Deaths 460 509 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths sep 1 sep 2 719 666 53 754 738 06 A worried health ministry on Thursday said only those fully vaccinated can attend mass gatherings, if essential, as India recorded its highest singleday tally of fresh Covid cases in more than two months, largely due to the Kerala spike. Of the Thursday morning’s count of 47,092 new cases in the country 32,803 came from Ker, ala alone, while Maharashtra was a distant second with 4,456. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said as against 279 districts that were reporting 100 new cases daily in June, the number of such districts came down to 42 as on August 30. “Kerala is one state that has more than 1 lakh active cases and this number stands at nearly 2.3 lakh as of now. Four states have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cas- es — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Rest of the states have less than 10,000 active cases,” he said. However, vaccination is peaking with an average of over 80 lakh daily jabs in the last week of August. V K Paul, member, health, Niti Aayog, said some states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar had achieved very high rate of vaccinations on a few days last week, pushing the nationwide tally to over 1 crore. In all, 18.38 crore vaccine doses were administered in August, raising the average daily vaccination to 59.29 lakh doses, up from nearly 43 lakh in July . The government is hoping to take it to nearly 70-75 lakh every day in September when nearly 20-22 crore doses are projected to be available. Figures shared by the ministry showed that 54% of the total adult population across the country has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine while 16% of the them have been fully vaccinated. Paul, however, war ned against dropping caution during the upcoming festive season, adding despite the vaccination programme accelerating in the country, precautions must continue. “The time has not yet come to remove masks,” he warned. “This year too, festivals will be celebrated in the same way as last year. We have to wait more for festivals to be celebrated traditionally Paul said. ,” He urged people to celebrate festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussehra and Eid within their families. Delhi riots probe just a Slump in Industrial loans drags overall credit growth waste of money: Court S e s a S e n @ New Delhi Even as India’s economy is limping back to normalcy in, dustrial loans that account for 29.4% of non-food credit are dragging overall credit growth. Latest RBI data show the industry segment grew just 1% in July 2021 driven by the MSME segment. MSME industries expanded 21.3% in July 2021 helped by the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme under which 2.14 lakh crore was disbursed. However, growth in credit flow to large industries saw an unpleasant dip for 11 months in a row. The share of these industries makes up for 80.5% in the total outstanding credit to industry. The segment registered a 2.9% drop in July against 1.4% growth a year ago, underscoring a trend among firms to conserve cash, deleverage as much as possible and leave loan limits sanctioned by lenders under-utilised. The investment climate in general was not encouraging either. The key sectors that are deleveraging continuously include iron and steel, construction, cement and telecom. Of the total 19 industries, six saw a drop in credit outstanding. Run-down of exposure in a few sectors led to large industry credit consolidating `28 lakh crore for the past three years. On the other hand, petroleum, rubber, plastic and nuclear fuels have been gaining credit momentum. Within the infrastructure segment, airports and roads registered a robust growth of 58.4% and 29.7%, respectively . Analysts believe industry growth will have to emerge as a key driver to boost credit growth in the coming years. “While it may happen with some lag, revival in consumer demand and rise in government spending can be po- 1.4% Growth in credit flow 1.5 to large industries 1.0 0.5 0.0 Jul 20 Sep Nov 20 20 Jan 21 -0.5 -1.0 -3.0 -1.7% -1.8% -2.5 Source: RBI Jul 21 -0.8% -0.6% -1.5 -2.0 Mar May 21 21 -2.5% -2.9% t e n t i a l t r i g g e r s, ” s a i d analysts at ICICI Securities. Growth in new loans was seen mainly in agriculture and retail segments. With easing of restrictions, retail credit was up 2.6% sequentially – the highest in the past 18 months. Lastly, bank credit to the services sector grew 2.7% on a year-on-year basis, slower than previous month. Within services, NBFCs segment grew by only 0.5% hurting the overall credit growth. E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi DELHI Police’s probe into the 2020 communal riots case was ‘colossal wastage of the hardearned money of taxpayers’, a court here observed on Thursday while discharging former AAP councillor Tahil Hussain’s brother Shah Alam. “I am not able to restrain myself from observing that when history will look back at the worst communal riots since partition in Delhi, the failure of investigating agency to conduct proper investigation by using latest scientific methods will surely torment the sentinels of democracy,” said Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav. The court noted that there was no CCTV footage of the incident to confirm the presence of the accused at the spot, no independent eye witness, and no evidence regarding the criminal conspiracy . “This court cannot permit such cases to meander mindlessly in the corridors of judicial system, sweeping away precious judicial time of this court when the same is open and shut case,” the judge said. The court noted that after investigating the matter for so long, the police presented only five witnesses – the victim, duty officer, formal witness, investigating officer, and a constable. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has held that police cannot lodge five FIRs for the same incident and quashed four of them registered for the alleged offences of looting and setting on fire a compound during the north-east Delhi riots last year. While maintaining one FIR, the HC quashed the other four lodged against the same accused in March last year at Jaffrabad Police Station and all the proceedings emanating therefrom. Drying up reservoirs cause power concern B i j o y P r a d h a n @ Bhubaneswar AT a time when monsoon has been playing truant and August saw a rainfall deficit of 59 pc than normal, water level in major reservoirs including Hirakud has dipped significantly causing concer n for hydro power generation. Hirakud dam’s live storage level on Thursday was 62.9 per cent (pc) of the total storage capacity The current water level is . 620.15 ft which is 9.85 ft down the full reservoir level of 630 ft. The water level on this day last year was 625.31 ft. Water level in Hirakud fell as dam authorities opened 10 sluice gates in July expecting release of more water by Chhattisgarh due to heavy rains in the neighbouring state. The average inflow of water into the reservoir is 26,615 cusecs and the same quantity of water is being released for irrigation, industries and power generation purposes. The water level is at an alarming level at Upper Kolab with 18.6 pc live storage. The reservoir level is at 847.9 mt against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 858 mt. The water level during this day last year was 850.54 mt. The live storage filling of Machkund is only 24.4 pc, Balimela 25.3 pc and Indravati 30.2 pc of the FRL of 2750 ft, 1516 ft and 642 mt respectively. The current water level in these reservoirs is 34.9 ft, 48.3 ft and 10.52 mt lower than the FRL. Though the water level in Rengali dam is about 80 pc of the full reservoir capacity of 123.5 mt, the current level is 2.5 mt less than the reservoir position on this day last year. The average generation of power from the seven hydro power plants including Chiplima is in the range of 700 MW to 860 MW. In a normal monsoon, the average hydro power generation of the State was around 1500 MW, informed sources in the State Load Despatch Centre. The State has the advantage of sourcing cheapest power from its hydro stations and an average drop of 300-400 MW of power a day is a huge loss to the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) and the consumers of the State are deprived of cheaper power, said president of Odisha Bidyut Upabhokta Sangh Ramesh Satpathy . If there is rainfall in the coming days, the situation is likely to worsen further and the State will have a difficult time to meet the power requirement during summer months when the demand for power is more, said sources in the Energy department. express read `1,819 cr fake GST invoice racket busted, two held Bhubaneswar: In one of the biggest GST frauds detected in Odisha in recent times, the enforcement wing on Thursday busted a racket involved in fake invoicing of `1,819 crore and arrested two persons. The racket had availed bogus input tax credit (ITC) of `323 crore by raising fake purchase and sale invoices in the names of 13 fictitious firms incurring a loss of `58.14 crore to the State exchequer | P2 Bill on land rights to slum dwellers passed in Assembly Bhubaneswar: The Assembly on Thursday passed three bills including the Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to amend the 2017 Act, for assigning land rights to identified slum dwellers in municipal areas. Introducing the Bill amid chaotic scenes, Housing and Urban Development Minister Partap Jena said the government had enacted the law to provide land rights to slum dwellers in municipal council area, not exceeding 45 square meter (sq mt) and a maximum 65 sq mt in slums situated within the Notified Area Councils | P3 RailMin puts wagon factory project back on track Hemant Kumar Rout @ Bhubaneswar THE much-awaited wagon factory at Sitapalli in Ganjam district seems to be back on track. Nearly three years after dropping the project, the Ministry of Railway has intimated the State gover nment that the project is back in consideration. The East Coast Railway (ECoR), which had earlier sought cancellation of land allotment, has urged the Revenue and Disaster Management department to hand over the allot- TAliban set to announce its new govt in Af The Taliban are all set to announce the formation of a new government in Kabul on the lines of the Iranian leadership, with the group’s top leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada as supreme authority | P9 ted land. Chief Project Manager of ECoR Anil Prakash has written to the Principal Secretary of Revenue department citing withdrawal of the letter sent to cancel the allotment of 101.6 acre of land. “Since the project is under review, the letter on cancellation of land allotment is withdrawn. Therefore, kindly arrange to forward the land plan/land schedule. Handing over of land may be expedited as per allotment,” the September 1 letter to the Prin- cipal Secretary stated. The letter came in the wake of the recent visit of Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who was apprised of delay in implementation of some of the projects announced earlier. Sources in the government said the Revenue department will soon start the process for handing over the land for the project, which has been pending since long. Announced by the then Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2011-12, the project supposed to be implemented in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode was approved in 2013. But it was delayed due to lack of sincere efforts by the railways. Though as per the requirement communicated by the Railway Ministry, the Odisha government had identified 101.6 acre of land near Jagannathpur railway station, 20 km from Berhampur, the Railways had dropped the project in 2018 after sanctioning token money of `1000 in the Railway Budget till CONTINUED ON: P5 2016. No lessons learnt After relaxation in night curfew, people throng Unit-I market without mask in Bhubaneswar on Thursday | Express england vs india Spin in India selection as Ashwin gets omitted from Oval office v e n k ata k r i s h n a b @ Chennai EVEN as the whole team was enjoying a deserved break away from the bio-bubbles in June-July, Ravichandran Ashwin had taken to The Oval, to turn up for Surrey in a county match. He warmed up for the Test series against England with a seven-wicket haul. You couldn’t have asked more from a veteran of 413 Test wickets to his name. Preparation? Check. Fitness? Check. To say he was looking forward to this series, after masterminding a sensational series win i n Au s t r a l i a , w a s a n understatement. Forty seven days have gone and as India came back to The Oval, all eyes were on whether Ashwin, who had been benched for the previous three Tests, would make a comeback. More so because the venue was The Oval, one where spinners have ruled the roost. Given England have three left-handers — batsmen Ashwin have for breakfast — in their top-order, it wasn’t rocket science. Or so one thought. Playing Ashwin in place of Jadeja, who has just two wickets so far in the series, would have been an ideal move. But, Ashwin continues to warm the bench and Jadeja continues to play, because India’s middle-order is weak and playing the latter gives the team some depth in the middleorder. It might sound strange, but that is how desperate India are — in search of some extra runs, they are willing to sacrifice a spinner, who is known to be attacking and is at the peak how ashwin stacks up against england In his career so far, Ashwin has played 19 Tests against England and picked up 88 wickets. In England, he has played only six Tests across three tours (2014, 2018 and 2021) and taken 14 wickets. of his career. The criticism on social media was hard to miss. In fact, earlier this year in Australia, he outbowled Nathan Lyon and troubled their batsmen with new and the old ball to enhance his reputation of being an all-conditions bowler. A good performance here would have been further proof to his status as one of India’s spin bowling greats. But Team India have made him wait.
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