kottayam l Sunday l september 26, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition a.p, odisha on alert ahead of cyclone gulab landfall The IMD issued an orange alert, predicting the storm would hit the coast between Vizag (AP) and Odisha on Sunday evening NDRF, SDRF teams deployed in both states Three teams of NDRF and one SDRF detachment have been positioned in north coastal Andhra districts to shift 86,000 families from low-lying areas. Arrangements to mitigate Gulab’s impact were being made on a war footing in Odisha, with seven districts put on high alert. Officials said the IMD forecasts squally winds, flash floods and landslides in these areas. P5 ■ 100 kmph Crisis management panel takes stock ■ An orange alert is issued by the IMD as a warning of extremely bad weather with the potential of disruption in travel with road and railway closures, and interruption of power supply The National Crisis Management Committee reviewed the measures and assured all help to the states to tackle the storm the predicted wind speed of gulab when it makes landfall 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 Sudheeran quits PAC, negotiation mission begins C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @ T’Puram Opposition Leader V D Satheesan will yet again embark on a negotiation mission to pacify V M Sudheeran, who quit from the political affairs committee (PAC) of the party’s state unit on Saturday. Congress had entrusted Satheesan with a similar task after senior leaders Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala revolted against the recent district leadership recast. leadership, which is working hard to transform the party into a semi-cadre one. As the controversy over the appointment of the district Congress chiefs has been settled, the leadership was hoping to present a united front while appointing other office-bearers for state and district committees. In his letter to state Congress chief K Sudhakaran, Sudheeran is learnt to have complained How can we stop anyone? If somebody wants to leave the party, we can’t stop. We are in the Opposition. Some people don’t like to be in the Opposition. Some are going to ruling party. No problem AICC general secretary Tariq Anwar in Kochi on Congress leaders joining CPM in Kerala AICC general secretary Tariq Anwar, who is in the city, may also talk to Sudheeran to clear his misunderstandings. Sudheeran has upset the state about the lack of consultation within the party The state leader. ship, however, said the resignation was on health grounds. The grapevine is that Sudheeran was peeved with Sudhakaran for not considering one of his loyalists for the appointment as Kollam district Congress chief. He did not want to step down immediately after the district chiefs were appointed and was Warns against Beijing’s expansionism in Indian Ocean, Islamabad’s terror support Modi targets China, Pak at UN ‘Pak is arsonist disguising as firefighter’ P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made veiled attacks on Pakistan and China, saying “regressive thinking and extremism are one of the biggest challenges the world faces today”. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi told the 76th United Nations General Assembly: “Those who employ terrorism as a political tool must realise that it is a threat to them as well. We must ensure that Afghan soil is not used for terror activities.” In a veiled attack on China, Modi said oceans were the lifelines of global trade. “Oceans are our shared heritage. We must use and not abuse oceanic resources. We must ensure that they must be protected against expansionism,” he Urges said and added that the consensus reached at world to the Security Council with regard to maritime help Af security must show the way forward. In yet another apparent reference to China Prime Minister and calling for reform of multilateral organisaNarendra Modi tions, the PM said the investigation into the said the world origin of the coronavirus had damaged intermust fulfil its national organisations themselves. duty by “The United Nations needs to enhance its reproviding help liability Many questions are being raised with . to the people regard to the UN. The pandemic, climate in war-torn change and more recently the Afghanistan Afghanistan situation has only highlighted these queswhere women, children and tions,” he said. The Prime Minister highlighted how democminorities are racy was an important value in India and rein need of help ferred to his own humble beginning as a teaseller. “It is because of democracy that a person who helped his father sell tea is addressing the UNGA for the fourth time. Democracy can deliver, it has delivered,” he said and invoked Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s philosophy of integral humanism. Modi also highlighted the efforts of millions of non-resident Indians saying their contributions had helped develop the world. “When Indians make progress, it gives the world impetus to grow.” The prime minister also reiterated India’s commitment to resuming vaccine exports from next month. Saying that the pandemic had taught many lessons, he called for the diversification of supply chains. Modi also reiterated India’s commitment to becoming the world’s largest green hydrogen hub. P7 E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi With regard to the origin of Covid or the ease of doing business rankings, the international institutions have damaged their credibility PM Narendra Modi How UN can stay relevant If the UN wants to remain relevant, it will need to improve its effectiveness and enhance its reliability, PM Narendra Modi said on Saturday ‘Come, make vax in India’ PM invited global drug makers to make vaccines in India, while reiterating that New Delhi will provide the jabs to the needy in other countries India on Saturday gave a blistering retort to terror supporter Pakistan for raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), terming Islamabad an ‘arsonist disguising itself as the firefighter’. In his address at the 76th UNGA, Pakistan PM Imran Khan raked up the abrogation of Article 370 and the death of separatist SA Geelani. “We exercise our right of reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country ,” said first secretary Sneha , Dubey. She said such statements ridden with falsehoods deserve the collective contempt of the UNGA. India reiterated that the UTs of J&K, and Ladakh were, are, and will always be, an integral part of India, including areas under the “illegal occupation of Pakistan.” express read Digital de-addiction centres for children T’Puram: The state police will set up digital de-addiction centres to wean affected children off online games, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. The centres will be set-up in all districts. The project is still in the pipeline and the action plan is yet to be worked out. A senior police official said the project will be implemented with the help of Cyberdome. P2 Germany goes to polls without Merkel Berlin: Germany’s closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union’s most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its centre-left rivals. The environmentalist Greens also are eyeing a share of power. About 60 million are eligible to elect the new parliament | P9 WITH THIS ISSUE Motherlodes of Power PLUS 12 PAGES Sathidevi to take charge as women’s panel chief T’Puram: Senior CPM leader and former Vadakara MP P Sathidevi has been appointed the chairperson of the State Women’s Commission. She will take charge on October 1. The women’s commission has been without a chairperson for three months after M C Josephine resigned in June.Other members of the current panel will continue in their positions. P4 will wins Tough life lessons helped them crack UPSC Motivated by family Rajesh Kumar Thakur & An u r a a g S i n g h @ Patna/Bhopal Clearing the UPSC is no mean task, for every year lakhs are called but only a few are chosen. Among the 761 who made it to the final list on Friday was Bihar’s Kishanganj native Anil Basak, who secured 45th rank in his third attempt, capping a long list of achievements that began with his becoming the first graduate from his family , and that, too, from IIT-Delhi. The son of a cloth hawker, Anil’s inspiration in moments of despair was the smiling face of his father returning home after a gruelling day at Nimishi Tripathi Anil Basak work. “I spent my childhood facing hardships. Whenever I was down, I would recall the faces of my family members,” Anil said. Similar was the case with Nimishi Tripathi who had seen her father toil for paltry pay as a forest guard in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district. Nimishi is a product of Delhi University from where Anil Basak’s family lives in a rented house at Kishanganj. Anil said it was his parent’s struggles that kept him motivated. After school, he went to Kota for coaching and successfully cracked the IITJEE. He studied civil engineering at IIT Delhi but he continued preparing for the civil services examination she did her BSc (Maths). “Despite being frequently transferred, my father ensured my mother, younger sister and I remained in Sanawad (Khargone) such that our studies were not affected. Right from childhood my father talked about how a collector could change a district. That why I wanted to become a civil servant,” she said. Anil or Nimishi are not isolated cases but representatives of how indomitable will surmounts all hurdles. If Nimishi thanks her father’s backing for her 622nd rank, Bihar’s Nawada native Niranjan Kumar, too, has his tobacco seller father for the 535th rank he secured in the elite services list. waiting for an appropriate time. Earlier, Sudheeran had stepped down from the UDF high-powered committee over the Rajya Sabha seat row which saw the UDF leadership giving the lone seat to Kerala Congress (M) leader Jose K Mani. His grievance is that even though the incumbent Congress leadership had sought his views on the organisational revamping, he was not consulted in the crucial decision-making process at the end. ● More on P4 STATE’S TAX REVENUE SEES AN UPTICK E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram The state government’s tax revenue from the sale of petrol, diesel and liquor has recorded a quantum leap during the past five months, compared to the previous year. Between April and August this fiscal, tax collection saw a rise of 54.2%, 62.2% and 54.6%, respectively . However, the state taxes department is not excited over the increase. This is because the financial year in comparison, 2020-21, had witnessed a drastic fall in tax collections due to the Covid situation. The state government can consider an appropriate tax relaxation in the wake of the upward trend in tax revenue from petrol and diesel, economists say P4 . INDOOR STADIUMS, POOLS REOPEN Dining in resumes, bars open for fully vaccinated E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram THE state government on Saturday announced more relaxations including permission for dining in at restaurants, hotels, clubs and bars with 50% seating capacity and reopening of indoor stadiums and swimming pools, for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid. Soon after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced the easing of curbs, the chief secretary issued an order listing them out. The insistence on vaccination is not applicable to people below the age of 18 as they are not eligible for it yet. The government has also withdrawn restrictions imposed on the movement of people who have not taken any dose of Covid vaccine or not in possession of Covid positive test result not older than one month. The high-level committee on Covid management, chaired by Pinarayi, decided in favour of the relaxations as 91% of the adult population has been administered single dose of vaccine. Besides, the number of people getting infected from a single positive case (R factor) has dropped below 1 in the past one week. The permission for dining in comes with a few riders. People who opt for it and also the staff in hotels and restaurants should have taken two doses of Covid vaccine. Air-conditioners should not be used. Doors and windows should be kept open to ensure venti● More on P4 lation. NATIONWIDE sep 24 sep 24 sep 25 Fresh cases 31,382 29,616 Fresh cases sep 25 statewide 17,983 16,671 Recoveries Deaths 32,542 28,046 Recoveries 318 290 Deaths 15,054 14,242 127 120 Relaxations at a glance Up to 50% seating capacity to be allowed at a time in restaurants, hotels, clubs and bars Air-conditioners should not be used in hotels. Doors and windows should be kept open No decision on the reopening of cinema halls Chief Secretary V P Joy issues the government order listing out the relaxations
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