thrissur l wednesday l September 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Despite SC order, Army says 28 women officers ‘unfit’ A total of 28 women officers have been declared unfit to serve in the Army, with 11 of them set to leave the forces soon Seven Officers move Supreme Court Out of the 28 who were found unfit, seven officers have knocked the doors of the apex court terming the Army order discriminatory. One officer told this paper that the Army is not accepting the same criteria based on which they were given extensions twice earlier. The Supreme Court had given the ruling to grant permanent commission (PC) to women officers in Feb 2020 ■ 20 yrs sO FAR, 424 WOMEN granted p.c. ■ Following the SC order, a special board was set up to identify women officers to be given permanent commission As many as 615 women officers were considered, of which 424 were granted PC. The results of 77 have been withheld and 28 have been declared unfit to continue Most of the women officers have over two decades of service 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 Samples of 10 Nipah suspects -ve, but min asks to keep vigil Deceased boy’s parents not infected; 6 more develop symptoms; 257 people in contact list E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ Kozhikode Animal husbandry officials collect samples from a goat at Pazhoor in Chathamangalam panchayat in Kozhikode on Tuesday | T P Sooraj STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD A state Nipah control cell has been activated to strengthen preventive measures in other districts, according to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan 257 people in contact list including four from Wayanad, eight from Malappuram, three from Ernakulam and one each from Kollam and Palakkad Medical officers in all hospitals in Kozhikode have been given training, with focus on disease prevention THE state, on tenterhooks ever since the death of the 12-year-old boy due to Nipah virus infection, heaved a sigh of relief when samples of 10 of his close contacts who were suspected to have been infected, tested negative on Tuesday . Those cleared of the infection include parents and eight others who interacted closely with the deceased boy . “The negative results are a big relief,” said Health Minister Veena George, but cautioned that state has to remain vigilant a g ainst the spread of the disease. Six more persons developed disease symptoms on Tuesday, taking the total number of number of people showing symptoms to 17. Of the 10 samples that turned negative, eight were tested by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and the rest by the Mullah Hassan to head Taliban’s interim govt, Baradar deputy PM Twenty-three days after taking control of Kabul and promising a broad-based, inclusive and internationally acceptable government, the Taliban on Tuesday announced an interim regime comprising their own leaders. The new Afghan government will be led by Mullah Hassan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as prime minister. There will be two deputy prime ministers – the outfit’s political head Mullah Abul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi, a member of the Islamist group’s political office in Doha, Qatar. Sirajuddin Haqqani of the dreaded Haqqani network will be the interior minister, while Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob (son of Mullah Omar), will be defence minister. Hailing from Kandahar, Akhund served as governor of the province during the outfit’s first reign in the 1990s. Baradar was the leader of the Taliban delegation in the Qatar peace talks. Haqqani, a US-designated terrorist, has a $10 million bounty on his head. While there was no mention of what role Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban supreme leader, will play in the government, AFP reported quoting the secretive leader as saying that the new government will uphold the sharia law. The announcement of the new government, which doesn’t have a single woman member, came on a day when the capital city witnessed huge protests by women denouncing Pakistan’s airstrikes in Panjshir province. Chanting ‘death to Pakistan’ and ‘Freedom’, the protesters gathered at the gate of the Pakistani embassy in Kabul and asked its staff to leave Afghanistan, local media reported. Mullah Hasan Akhund Interim PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Deputy PM Sirajuddin Haqqani Acting Interior minister India won’t recognise govt soon India is unlikely to recognise the Taliban government but will remain enganged with it. “It is very unlikely that we will have diplomatic relations with them,” sources said, adding Delhi will not have any physical presence in Afghanistan. In terms of people-to-people contact, sources said, India will continue to receive Afghan citizens Dine-in restrictions to continue despite state recording a decline in TPR for 8th straight day E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ T’Puram newly set-up ‘point of care’ lab at the Kozhikode Medical College IN WHAT is seen as a sign of reHospital (KMCH). turn to normalcy after months of “We are now testing 35 samples Covid-induced restrictions, the at KMCH,” she said. Only initial state has decided to open up, screening is done at KMCH lab. If though in a phased manner. Total the samples turn positive, they lockdown on Sundays and night will be sent to Pune. curfew, which were widely critiChief Minister Pinarayi Vijaycised as being impractical, have an said all arrangements are in been withdrawn on the basis of place to prevent the spread of Nithe recommendations of the expah. According to him, a state pert committee on Covid. control cell has been acdine-in restrictivated to strengthen a day of However,hotels and restions in preventive measures in relief taurants have not been other districts. lifted despite repeated reThere are 257 people quests by the hotel industry and in the contact list which include the public. To the state’s relief, the 35 from Thiruvananthapuram, test positivity rate has been comKollam, Ernakulam, Wayanad, ing down steadily in the last seven Kannur and Malappuram days. While the rate stood at districts. 18.76% on September 1, it was The health minister said 122 15.87% on Tuesday . persons in the contact list are in Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayhigh-risk category . an said the Covid vaccine has pro“Of them, 44 are healthcare tected people from serious illnessworkers. Fifty-one are currently es and has also reduced the admitted to the Nipah block of chances of hospitalisation and KMCH,” said Veena. ● More on P4 Cairn ready to accept refund, withdraw case E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ Chennai E x p ress N e w s S E r v i c e Sunday lockdown, night curfew off; colleges to open partially UK-based Cairn Energy Plc will drop litigations to seize Indian government properties abroad, including diplomatic apartments in Paris and Air India airplanes in the US, after getting $1 billion refund of retrospective tax collected by the Centre, Cairn CEO Simon Thomson said. The government had last month enacted a new legislation to reverse the controversial retrospective tax law of 2012, which had led to tax claims worth over `1.1 lakh crore against multinational companies such as Cairn Energy Plc, Vodafone Plc, pharma major Sanofi, and alcohol sector firm SABMiller. The government had already secured around `8,100 crore from such companies through a variety of routes. Of this, `7,783 crore (of $1.06 billion) was collected from Cairn alone. SNUB CM SEES RED IN JALEEL’S INVITE TO ED Pinarayi Vijayan snubbed MLA K T Jaleel for his attempt to involve ED in a case relating to irregularities in an IUMLcontrolled co-op bank. P4 Riding on the boom in stock markets, at least six Keralabased companies including Popular Vehicles, ESAF Small Finance Bank, Manappuram Finance’s microfinance arm Asirwad Microfinance, Muthoot Pappachan group’s Muthoot Microfin are launching their initial public offers (IPOs) in the next 12-18 months to mobilise nearly `7,700 crore. crore through the IPO, investment banking sources said. The microfinance firms Asirwad Microfinance and Muthoot Microfin are also planning to collect `1,000 crore. The stock markets have been on a bull run in the last 12 months or so. The bellwether stock indices Sensex of BSE and Nifty of NSE have risen by 51.70% and 52.90%, respectively during the , period. The BSE IPO index gave even better returns, rising by ● More on P10 nearly 95%. Higher education institutions to reopen from October 4 for final-year degree and PG students 2 Residential training centres, with students who are 18 years or above, will be allowed to function in a biobubble mode 4 5 Dine-in at restaurants and hotels not allowed, hoteliers cry foul NATIONWIDE sep 06 sep 07 Fresh cases 38,948 31,222 Recoveries Deaths 43,903 42,942 219 290 statewide sep 06 sep 07 Fresh cases 19,688 25,772 Recoveries Deaths 28,561 27,320 135 189 15.87% was the test positivity rate on Tuesday. The rate has been coming down over the last one week H ar p ree t B aj w a @ Chandigarh Thousands of farmers on Tuesday laid an indefinite seige around the mini secretariat in Haryana’s Karnal city demanding immediate action against officials involved in a brutal lathicharge on agitating farmers on August 28. Three rounds of talks earlier in the day with the district administration failed to resolve the matter, after which farmers marched 5 km to reach the mini secretariat, crossing six police barricades in the process. Attempts to disperse them at the last barricade using water cannons failed. Till then they were allowed to proceed unhindered. When the march began, senior leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, including Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Yogendra Yadav and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, were briefly detained by the police but let off within minutes. Indicating the farmers were prepared for the long haul, tents and kitchens quickly sprung up at the dharna spot Announcing the dhar na, Tikait said, “We will stay put till our demands are met. We want action against IAS officer Ayush Sinha, the then Karnal sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), whose viral video showed him directing the police to brutally lathicharge the agitators on August 28.” Their demands included a compensation package of `25 lakh to the family of Sushil Kajal, a farmer who succumbed to his injuries after lathicharge. It’s raining IPOs, 6 Kerala firms to raise `7,700 cr Other companies preparing for the IPO include jewellers Joyalukkas and Malabar Gold. The first to hit the market is Thrissur-based ESAF, which is expected to raise nearly `1,000 crore through its share sales in the next few weeks, while Popular Vehicles and Services, which has filed its draft IPO documents, is scheduled to hit the market next. Popular, a leading vehicle dealer, is aiming to raise `700 Total lockdown on Sundays and night curfew withdrawn 1 Farmers begin indefinite dharna AMID BULL-RUN R A J E S H A B R A H A M @ Kochi death, prompting the expert committee to recommend gradual easing of restrictions. However, he urged people to exercise caution as the highly contagious delta variant is still active. Residential training centres, with students who are 18 years or above, will be allowed to function in a bio-bubble mode. However, the teachers, non-teaching staff and students should have taken at least one dose of Covid vaccine. Higher education institutions will reopen from October 4 for final-year degree and PG students. However, the teachers, staff and students should have taken at least one dose of the vaccine. The first dose vaccination should be completed by this week and those eligible for the second dose should take it immediately the chief min, ister said. Stressing the importance of academic activity for students in Class 10 and 12, the CM asked school teachers to complete vaccination by this week. ● More on P4 NEW GUIDELINES Farmers participating in a protest at Haryana’s Karnal on Tuesday before beginning their indefinite dharna | Special arrangement Fear of violence Earlier in the day, the Karnal district administration and police issued a statement citing intelligence reports to claim that some anti-social elements had reached the city armed with lathis and iron rods etc. “It does not show good intention. Internet down Haryana has suspended mobile internet services in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts. Also, 40 companies of security forces, including 10 of CAPF, have been deployed. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed (Rs CR) COMPANY I.P.O. SIZE ESAF 1,000 Popular Vehicles 700 Asirwad Microfin 1,000 Muthoot Microfin 1,000 Joyalukkas 1,500 Malabar Gold 2,500 Total 7,700 BSE IPO index: +95% returns in 12 months E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ New Delhi Striking a chord with the agitating farmers, the kisan wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will hold a nationwide protest on Wednesday demanding a law guaranteeing procurement of foodgrains at remunerative prices after realistic assessment of variables like input cost and inflation. Unlike the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which has been pushing for total repeal of three controversial farm sector reform laws, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) wants the laws amended to accommodate its concerns. BKS general secretary Badrinath Choudhary demanded that the government come out with a law on guaranteed purchase of foodgrains at remunerative prices across the country He also sought a mech. anism where traders can be registered and on-the-spot payment made to farmers. “The prevailing situation wherein procurement of foodgrains takes place largely in Punjab and Haryana, must change. Farmers across the country should be able to sell their produce at fixed prices with facility for immediate payments,” added Choudhury . STATE govt ‘DECLARES WAR’ on tax-evading GOLD TRADERS E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e IPO PIPELINE RSS outfit’s turn to hit the streets to support kisans @ T’Puram TIGHTENING the noose around tax-evading jewellery shops, the state government has announced stringent steps including broader and more frequent inspections and cancellation of GST registrations of those who dodge payments. The steps, however, have not gone down well with the jewellers, who said these are as good as “declaring war” against the jewellery merchants in the state. The new steps, taken at a high-level meeting headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday also include , tightening the sales tax intelligence network. The meeting also explored the possibility of making CCTV footage of showrooms of large jewellers available at the GST office and police stations across Kerala. The chief minister also di- rected the authorities to carry out strict inspections in areas where tax evasion is rampant. GST registration of violators will be cancelled. The meeting also decided to provide adequate incentives to officials who discharge their duties diligently in tax collection. All Kerala Gold and Silver Merchants Association (AKGSMA) said there is no point in the argument that the tax from gold sales is not up to ● More on P4 the expectation.
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