THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l tuesday l September 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION bcci readies compensation package, match fees hiked ranji remuneration up, women’s too Board brings three-wage slabs based on seniority (0-20 matches played, 21-40 and above 40) in Ranji Trophy matches. A senior player like Dinesh Karthik will now earn `60,000 per day. Earlier, it was `35,000, irrespective of experience, a jump of 41.6%. Senior women’s domestic players, too, to get a hike — from `12,500 to `20,000. In other words, a jump of 37.5% Board announces that cricketers who played in Covid-hit season will get 50% extra match fees during 2021-22 season Indian board ratifies posh policy ■ ■ The BCCI, which did not have a uniform policy to deal with sexual harassment so far, puts in place detailed document covering everybody from office-bearers to senior cricketers A four-member Internal Committee will be formed to investigate matters pertaining to sexual harassment complaints | P11 four 4 teams, NZ, Sri Lanka, wI & RSA, will tour india before july ’22 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 Channi, Sidhu to be faces for polls, says Cong amid fresh firefighting India to resume exporting Covid vax from October Ha r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh UK decision to treat all double-vaxxed Indian fliers as unvaccinated triggers anger & worry quarantine for 10 days, has upset the plans of thousands of students getting ready to enroll INDIA will resume exporting in various British universities. Covid vaccines in October, UnThe new rules, which were ion health minister Mansukh unveiled on Friday will become , Mandaviya said on Monday The effective from October 4. Indian . Centre had halted export of life- travellers must take a Covid test saving jabs when the devastat- three days before departure and ing second wave of the struck undergo two more tests upon arthe country in April. rival in England. The passenThe minister said gers must also self“surplus supply” of isolate in a vaccines will be pre-disclosed place shared with other for 10 days. Under countries under the the new policy, the Vaccine Maitri proUK will consider gramme, adding that only those who have inoculating the Indigot both doses of OxJab-o-meter an population reford-AstraZeneca, mains the governTake your shot Pfizer-BioNTech or ment’s top priority . Moderna or Janssen Sep 19 37,78,296 doses The Centre is exvaccines in the UK, Sep 20 85,68,026 doses pecting a supply of Europe, US as fully Total doses 30 crore from differvaccinated. Those 81,73,95,763 ent vaccine makers vaccinated in Ausin October, which NATIONWIDE sep 19 sep 20 tralia, Canada, Israwill go further up in el, Japan, New Zealater months. The an- Fresh cases 30,773 30,256 l a n d , Q a t a r, nouncement about Recoveries 38,945 43,938 Singapore, South Ko309 295 rea and some other resumption of vac- Deaths cine exports comes Statewide sep 19 sep 20 countries will also be ahead of Prime Minconsidered as fully ister Narendra Mo- Fresh cases 19,653 15,692 vaccinated. di’s visit to the US Recoveries 26,711 22,223 Reacting sharply, 152 92 former Union ministhis week to attend a Deaths meeting of the Quad ters Jairam Ramesh countries, where vaccines are said it “smacks of racism”. Conlikely to be discussed. gress MP and writer Shashi The UK government’s updat- Tharoor said he has pulled out ed Covid protocol mandating all of a debate at The Cambridge travellers from India – includ- Union debating society and ing those who have taken both from the launch events for the the vaccine doses – to undergo UK edition of his book The Batthree Covid tests and go into tle of Belonging. Sumi Sukanya Dutta & Dhinesh Kallungal @ New Delhi/T’Puram Look who’s saying threats to Hinduism are imaginary E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi “Threats to Hinduism” in the country are “imaginary”, the Centre has said in response to a recent RTI query . Dismissing claims of Hinduism being in danger, the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) stated that it has no record or evidence concerning any so-called threats to Hindu religion.Calling the alleged danger to Hinduism “hypothetical”, the MHA said the Centre is neither aware of nor possesses any evidence to substantiate it. The ministry was replying to an RTI application filed on August 31 by a Nagpur-based activist Mohnish Jabalpure who had sought proof of “threats to the ‘Hindu religion’ in the country” that the MHA had in its possession. In his response, the MHA’s CPIO (Internal Security) V S Rana said as per the RTI Act rules, the Public Information Officer can only provide information that is available with them, or which falls within their jurisdiction. Rana said it was not possible to satisfy the “hypothetical” query of Jabalpure, adding it was treated as null and void. “This is the first time a key functionary of the MHA has said any query pertaining to ‘threats to Hindu religion’ is imaginary and admitted on record that they have been no records to support any such speculation...,” Jabalpure reportedly said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi greets new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi after the oath-taking ceremony in Chandigarh on Monday | PTI Promises free water, power tariff cut Calling himself an aam aadmi, Channi claimed his government was of the poor, for the poor and with the poor. In an apparent attack on AAP, he said, “I am the aam aadmi, while other parties keep talking about aam aadmi.’’ He recalled he had pedalled a rickshaw and his father ran a tent house. He promised free water supply to small dwellings, reduction in electricity tariff and transparent governance | P7 @ New Delhi Amazon India has been hit by a bribery scandal after a whistle-blower complaint has led to an internal probe into the ecommerce giant’s legal representatives, who allegedly bribed Indian government officials. When contacted, Amazon officials refused to give specific details about the complaints. It also did not say if the legal representatives alleged to have been involved in the bribing controversy were employees of the e-commerce firm or belonged to a third-party law firm. Any complaints against corruption or wrong individual beh aviour are always investigated deeply , jit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu as also ordinary Congress workers and leaders who will be supporting them,” he told reporters. If Channi was a surprise choice for CM on Sunday there , was enough drama to identify his two deputies. Till the last moment, the name of Brahm Mohindra, a senior minister in the previous cabinet, was doing the rounds, but Sidhu penciled him out. Instead, Sidhu’s loyalist O P Soni (64) was sworn in as deputy CM along with Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (62). Mohindra’s poor health and an earlier announcement of not contesting the elections apparently went against him. 90% in state get 1st dose, 4 dists Call for Guv to intervene to achieve full vaccination soon in CU moderation row E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram KERALA has given at least one dose of Covid vaccine to nearly 90% of its people above 18 years, Health Minister Veena George has said. Of the 3,39,76,916 doses given so far, 2,40,00,001 (89.84%) received first dose and 99,76,915 (37.35%) got second. The minister said Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Ernakulam districts were nearing the target of giving one dose each to all eligible people. Wayanad had achieved it earlier. The number of eligible population, after the Union Health Bribery scandal hits Amazon, senior executive sent on leave E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Even before new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi could take his oath of office and secrecy AICC’s Punjab in, charge Harish Rawat let the cat out of the bag, saying the forthcoming Assembly elections would be fought under the leadership of state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. In other words, Channi was only a stopgap chief minister, which undermined his office, taking the sheen off elevating a member of the SC community . It triggered a furious backlash with former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar leading the charge. Jakhar’s name was in circulation for the CM’s post till Sunday morning. He was later offered the deputy CM’s post but he rejected it. “On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats’s statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu”, is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority but also negate the very ‘raison d’être’ of his selection for this position,” Jakhar tweeted. Opposition parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP and BSP pounced on the opportunity, saying Channi’s appointment was indeed a Congress poll gimmick. Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had to step in to do damage control. “Our faces will be Charan- an Amazon official told this newspaper. In a statement, the company said it has zero tolerance for corruption. “We take allegations of improper actions seriously, investigate them fully, and take appropriate action,” it said. While Amazon did not divulge the name of the accused, media reports said the e-commerce major has sent its senior corporate counsel Rahul Sundaram on leave in connection with the matter. Amazon has been facing many litigation and regulatory issues in the country. It has been litigating against Future Retail against its decision to sell its entire retail business to Reliance Retail. 3,39,76,916 doses Kerala has given in total so far 2.67total cr is the eligible population Health and education departments to prepare guidelines in time for reopening of schools Ministry revised it from 2.87 crore to 2.67 crore on Saturday based on the reports of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, should help the state meet the target faster than expected. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said the state would be able to give both doses of vaccine to all eligible people in two to three months. At 9,47,773, Kerala is the state with the highest rate of vaccination per million. It has inoculated more than 96% of its people aged more than 45 years with a single dose and 55% with double doses. Veena reminded people to maintain vigil against Covid and shun hesitancy against vaccines. She said vaccines have been found to be effective in reducing morbidity and mortality Most deaths report. ed in the state are among unvaccinated, she said. ● More on P2 EXPRESS READ State govt stays firm on Sabarimala airport plan T’Puram: A day after the report of Directorate General of Civil Aviation raising objections to Kerala’s proposal to construct a greenfield airport at Sabarimala came to light, the state on Monday clarified there was nothing new in the regulatory body’s stand. The state is determined to go ahead with the project. The state said it had already clarified Centre’s apprehensions. P4 Greenfield Stadium to host India-WI T20I in February T’Puram: The Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will host the last game of the three-match T20 International series between India and West Indies on February 20, 2022. Sports Minister V Abdurahiman said the stadium henceforth will not be given for any nonsporting events. P5 16 pages, including 4 pages of THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Express HERD OF 16 Wild jumbos tortured on IIT campus A Sat i s h @ Palakkad A SCREAMING and chasing crowd, deafening sound of crackers and an unknown terrain. The sight of a herd of 16 wild elephants, including calves, huddled on the IIT campus at Kanjikode in P a l a k k a d o n M o n d ay, w a s distressing. The herd had entered the human habitation from the adjoining Walayar forests through a breach in the solar fencing, attracted by overgrown bushes. As local residents and the forest department burst crackers to drive them back, the elephants panicked A herd of 16 wild elephants, including calves, huddle on the IIT campus at Kanjikode in Palakkad on Monday | Express and ran helter-skelter. They later stood in a tight group around a puddle of water. Hundreds of migrant labourers, who were on the campus for work, climbed on top of the under-construction building to escape from the elephants. However, there were no students as the IIT is functioning on the campus of Ahalia Engineering College in Kozhipara and on the nearby 30-acre transit campus, said IIT advisor (administration) K M Unni. The Malampuzha-KanjikodeWalayar-Madukkarai forest belt has been a traditional elephant corridor and blocking it is forcing the elephants to stray into human ● More on P4 habitations. powers, passed an order to grant moderation of up to 20 A group of whistleblowers in marks to the failed BTech stuthe higher education sector dents so that they could secure has petitioned Governor Arif pass marks. The order has been Mohammed Khan, sent for approval of Anti-dowry who is also the chanthe university’s acadeclaration cellor of state unidemic council meeting versities, against Students seeking scheduled on Septemadmissions into Calicut University ber 24. Vice-Chancellor M K the colleges under The Campaign comJayaraj for allegedly the university will mittee said 200 stuawarding modera- now have to sign a dents would benefit tion marks to stu- declaration that from the undue awarddents who failed in they will not give, ing of moderation t h e B Te ch ( 2 0 1 4 ask for or accept marks. Calicut Univers c h e m e ) dowry during their sity had courted conmarriage. P5 examinations. troversy earlier when The Save Universpecial moderation sity Campaign Committee al- was awarded after many years leged the VC, in an unprece- to students who had taken the dented misuse of emergency BTech exams (2004). ● More on P5 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram
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