The New Indian Express wishes its readers a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi KOZHIKODE l friday l September 10, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION assistant physio covid +ve, fifth test in doubt Decision on Manchester Test match will be taken on Friday after India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar contracts virus all india players test negative The team didn’t train on Thursday. The contingent has been placed under isolation in their hotel rooms where all of them were subjected to RT-PCR test. The results returned negative later in the evening. However, the BCCI is still worried that in case an IPL-bound player tests positive, it could have an impact on resumption of the league in the UAE from September 19 ■ 2-1 concern among players too ■ Several players received treatment from Parmar, including the likes of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mohd Shami Since the physio was part of the training session on Wednesday, the BCCI is concerned. The team may undergo another round of testing — lateral flow test — on Friday morning India lead the five-match test series 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 Gyanvapi Allahabad HC stays Varanasi court order for ASI survey E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ Varanasi THE Allahabad High Court on Thursday stayed a fast-track court order directing the Archaeological Survey of India to do a physical survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi to know if the mosque was built on the ruins of a temple. A single-judge bench of Justice Prakash Padia also stayed all proceedings related to the matter in the Varanasi fasttrack court. The bench noted that the HC had on March 15 reserved its verdict on petitions related to the same dispute pending before it. On April 8, 2021, the Varanasi court had directed the ASI director-general to get a comprehensive archaeological survey of the entire Gyanvapi compound done. The court also directed the ASI to constitute a five-member committee of experts – including two from the minority community – for the purpose. The petitioners before the Varanasi court claimed the mosque was built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1664 after demolishing a portion of the ancient temple. They also sought restoration of the mosque land to the Hindus. The matter later reached the HC in the form of a writ petition, after which the court had passed interim order staying proceedings before the Varanasi court. The Kashi Vishwan a t h Te m p l e - G y a nv a p i Mosque dispute has been an integral part of the BJP’s political agenda since decades. Grouping to help mitigate the humanitarian crisis, support intra-Afghan peace dialogue BRICS to stem Af terror export laid in jt declaration Secretary (CPV) in the ministry of external affairs, Sanjay Bhattacharya, said there was Countering terror, particu- strong consensus on condemnlarly in the context of the Af- ing terrorism, including crossghanistan upheaval, dominated border terror, terror financing discussions on Thursday at the and the springing up of radical five-nation BRICS virtual sum- organisations. mit chaired by India, with all Bhattacharya said many heads of state collectively agreements, including the one agreeing to combat the calling for reforms of Reject export of terror and comultilateral organisadouble operate to mitigate the tions, remote sensing standards satellite constellation, humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country . agriculture refor ms “We reject “We call for refrainand cooperation and double ing from violence and some others related to standards in settling the situation the New Development countering by peaceful means. We Bank (NDB) were finalterrorism and stress the need to conised or endorsed durextremism tribute to fostering an ing the summit attendconducive to inclusive intra-Afghan ed by Chinese President terrorism. We dialogue so as to enXi Jinping, Russian call for sure stability, civil President Vladimir Puexpeditious peace, law and order in finalisation and tin, South African the country We under- adoption of the President Cyril Ram. score the priority of Comprehensive aphosa and Brazilian fighting terrorism, in- Convention on P r e s i d e n t Jair cluding preventing atBolsonaro. International tempts by terrorist orIn his opening adTerrorism g anisations to use within the UN dress, Prime Minister Afghan territory as terNarendra Modi said framework,” rorist sanctuary and to the BRICS joint BRICS has adopted a c a r r y o u t a t t a c k s declaration said counter-terrorism acagainst other countion plan that was tries, as well as drug trade drawn up by national security within Afghanistan. We em- advisors of the member states. phasise the need to address the Putin said the situation in Afhumanitarian situation and to ghanistan must not become a uphold human rights, includ- threat to its neighbours. “Rusing those of women, children sia, just like its BRICS partners, and minorities,” a joint decla- consistently supports the estabration adopted at the end of the lishment of the long-awaited summit, called the New Delhi p e a c e a n d s t a b i l i t y i n Declaration, stated. Afghanistan.” E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Ford folds up in India, over 4,000 jobs on the line DEALING a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, US carmaker Ford on Thursday said it was shutting its manufacturing plants in the country in view of muted growth and $2 billion losses over the past 10 years. The move will impact at least 4,000 jobs across the two plants in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Industry sources said another 40,000 people employed with Ford dealers across the country will also be affected. Ford has two manufacturing plants in India – one each in Chennai and Sanand. The company plans to wind down vehicle assembly in Sanand by the fourth quarter of this year and vehicle and engine manufacturing in Chennai by the second quarter of 2022. The sale of its products such as F i g o, A s p i r e, F r e e s t y l e, EcoSport and Endeavour will cease once existing dealer inventories are sold out. Jaleel’s U-turn: Did not extend ED any invite Nipah threat wanes, 22 more suspects test -ve NATIONWIDE sep 08 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi @ T’Puram/Kozhikode Fresh cases 37,875 43,263 Having earned the displeasure of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPM over his remarks on the alleged irregularities at the AR Nagar Cooperative Bank, former minister K T Jaleel did a volte-face on Thursday and denied that he had demanded an Enforcement Directorate investigation into unaccounted money held by Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty there. “I didn’t demand an ED investigation into the AR Nagar Cooperative Bank-related incident. I know that the state cooperative department is looking into the matter and is satisfied by the inquiry carried out,” Jaleel told reporters after coming out of the ED office in Kochi where he submitted evidence in connection with a money laundering case relating to IUML mouthpiece, Chandrika daily ● More on P5 . GIVING indications that Nipah infection is waning in the state, 22 more people on the contact list of the boy who had died of the virus in Kozhikode tested negative on Thursday . Sixty-eight of the 274 people on the boy’s contact list have tested negative so far. Seven more have shown mild symptoms. “All people on the contact list are under observation. The virus has a 21-day incubation period. So, those who show symptoms will be tested,” said Health Minister Veena George. The Nipah infection — reported in 2018 and 2019 — resurfaced when Muhammed Hasheem from Munnoor near Chathamangalam in Kozhikode tested positive and died on September 5. His contact list included 149 healthcare workers and 47 people from outside the district. The minister said cordoning off of the locality near the boy’s house was a containment measure based on Central Recoveries Deaths 39,114 40,567 369 338 A r s h ad K h an @ New Delhi Sudhakaran bans group meets, leaders’ banners E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Aiming to strengthen the Congress on the lines of a semicadre party, state president K Sudhakaran presented the guidelines for party workers at the two-day workshop organised for new district presidents at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies, Neyyar Dam, in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday . Announcing the formation of disciplinary committees at the state and district levels within a week, Sudhakaran said that “strict action would be taken against those who convene group meetings and violate party discipline, irrespective of their party positions”. The guidelines suggests a revamp in the functioning of the party, from top to bottom. The party has also decided to ban the use of personalised banners of leaders. Terming indiscipline as one of the main issues the party faces, he said: “Party members will have the freedom to criticise the party but it should be within the party forums, not on social media or other media platforms.” The party will survive the test of time only if members work unitedly , he said. “The one man, one post concept would be implemented at all levels and the party. Henceforth, workers will not be allowed to assemble in large numbers on platforms for public meetings, press conferences or Congress marches. The responsibility of party office-bearers from the unit-level to the state-level would be assigned properly. If the officebearers fail to deliver, they will be removed after evaluation,” Sudhakaran said. ● More on P4 IIM-Koz in top ten Overall University To help make an informed choice on your course and institution for higher education this admission season, the National Institutional Ranking Framework has just put out lists of top institutions. Check them out. p5, P7 IISc Bengaluru ➊ IIT Madras ➋ IISc Bengaluru JNU Delhi BHU Varanasi ➌ IIT Bombay Calcutta University ➍ IIT Delhi Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, ➎ IIT Kanpur Coimbatore Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi ➏ IIT Kharagpur Manipal Academy of Higher ➐ IIT Roorkee ➑ IIT Guwahati EducationUniversity Jadavpur ➒ JNU Delhi University of Hyderabad ➓ BHU Varanasi AMU, Aligarh ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Engineering IIT Madras IIT Delhi ● IIT Bombay ● IIT Kanpur ● IIT Kharagpur ● IIT Roorkee ● IIT Guwahati ● IIT Hyderabad ● NIT Tiruchy ● NIT Surathkal Management IIM Ahmedabad IIM Bangalore ● IIM Calcutta ● IIM Kozhikode ● IIT Delhi ● IIM Indore ● IIM Lucknow ● XLRI Jamshedpur ● IIT Kharagpur ● IIT Bombay Medical AIIMS Delhi PGIMER Chandigarh ● CMC Vellore ● NIMHNS Bangalore ● SGPIMS Lucknow ● Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore ● BHU Varanasi ● JIPMER Puducherry ● King George’s Medical University, Lucknow ● Kasturba Medical College, Manipal ● ● ● ● ● ● MUSLIM GROUPS CRY FOUL ‘Narcotic jihad’ to lure Church youth: Pala bishop E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Kochi/Kozhikode ON THE lines of the Syro-Malabar C h u rch ’s l o n g - s t a n d i n g charges of ‘love jihad’, Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt has come up with allegations of a new method to convert youth belonging to the community called ‘narcotic jihad’, sparking sharp re- actions from Muslim organisations. They alleged that the bishop’s charges are an attempt to divide society and demanded legal action against him for spreading hatred among communities. The Bishop had also issued a circular in July announcing incentives to families that have more than four children in a bid to stem the plunging number of Church members. Delivering the sermon on the eighth day of lent of St Mary at Kuravilangad on Wednesday, the bishop said believers should ensure that young girls are brought up in a pious environment to im- A lot of social and religious developments are taking place across the world including Kerala. The two main issues are love jihad and narcotic jihad used by jihadis to trap non-Muslim girls — Mar Joseph Kallarangatt bibe values of spirituality . “A lot of social and religious developments are taking place across the world including Kerala. The two main issues are love jihad and narcotic jihad used by jihadis to trap young non-Muslim girls,” he said, adding that the recent statement by former DGP Loknath Behera on Kerala become recruiting ground for terrorists organisations reveal the gravity of the situ● More on P4 ation. “As part of our Ford+ plan, we are taking difficult but necessary actions to deliver a sustainably profitable business longer-term and allocate our capital to grow and create value in the right areas,” said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company’s president and CEO. The decision to exit Indian market comes at a time when industry veterans have warned against high tax rates and shrinkage of consumer base. Ford’s sales in India have been on a downward trajectory . Its market share in FY21 fell below 2% despite the company being here for over 25 years. Ford India also posted a 65% dip in exports last year. The company , which was the largest exporter of cars from India in FY19, slipped to third spot in the past year as exports dipped to 46,064 units in FY21, down from 1,31,476 a year before. According to industry analysts, India remains a tough market for US and European carmakers. Continued on: P10 Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 8 73,80,510 doses September 9 64,15,260 doses Total doses: 72,25,86,576 sep 09 statewide Fresh cases guidelines. Veena said two mobile teams have been deployed to collect samples of people with fever in the area. They will be tested for both Nipah and Covid. A Central team stationed in Kozhikode will visit them, said the minister. A team of experts from the State Institute for Animal Diseases, Thiruvananthapuram, and the animal husbandry department visited Munnoor on Thursday The team led by Dis. ease Investigation Chief Officer Mini Jose visited the dec e a s e d b o y ’s h o m e a n d surroundings. Samples were collected from bats and bitten rambutan fruits. P2 EDIT: NIPAH A SIGN OF KERALA’S ZOONOTIC THREAT | P6 sep 08 30,196 26,200 seP 09 Recoveries Deaths 27,579 29,209 181 125 FILE ITR BY DEc 31 Income tax return filing date extended CBDT on Thursday extended the income tax return filing deadline for 2020-21 to December 31. The extension came after several taxpayers had expressed their dissatisfaction with the new income tax portal while filing ITR in the past few months | P10
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