KOCHI l monday l September 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE city EDITION CJI calls for 50% quota for women in judiciary CJI N V Ramana urged women to ‘shout with anger and seek 50% reservation’ in all courts not as charity but as their right Major gender skew in representation Ramana was addressing an event organised by woman advocates of SC to honour nine newly-appointed judges. The CJI said women constituted less than 30% of the lower judiciary, while at the HC level, they were a meagre 11%. “Amongst the 1.7 million lawyers, only 15% are women. They form 2% of the elected representatives at state bar councils,” he said ■ Four Urges executive to take action ■ Tweaking a famous Karl Marx quote, he said: “Women of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains.” Ramana listed out many institutional problems faced by women, including the lack of separate toilets in 78% of the 6,000 courts in India He urged the executive to correct this gender skew in judiciary Women judges in the supreme court’s benches at present 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 Top two in state Cong face heat, Sudheeran firm on resignation We’ll see you online at www.edexlive.com For eleven years now, we at The New Indian Express have brought you a dedicated, informative and vibrant education supplement every single Monday. We haven’t waxed or waned, depending on the season and continued to publish Edex week on week even through a debilitating pandemic that has dented the industry. Through its tabloid pages, we have chronicled the constantly changing paradigms of campus life and have attempted to stay ‘with it’. In keeping with that tradition of moving and evolving with India’s upwardly mobile young, Edex will be transitioning to an alldigital platform. The edition dated September 27, 2021, will be the last time you see us in print. C y nthia C han d ran @T’Puram The new Congress state leadership on Sunday came in for sharp criticism not just from former state unit president V M Sudheeran who resigned from the political affairs committee alleging lack of adequate discussion during the party revamping but also the central leadership for failing to t a ke eve r yo n e a l o n g a s instructed. What has upset Sudheeran more is state unit president K Sudhakaran’s claim that the former had quit because of health issues and that the leadership was not at fault. Opposition leader V D Satheesan’s public confession after meeting the senior leader in person here on But it certainly isn’t the end. Far from it. Expanding on our growing digital footprint, Edex Live (www. edexlive.com) promises to bring you more information, more stories from campuses all over, videos of the most inspiring start-ups out there and get you the best career advice — faster and better and without too much gyaan. Just the way the sensible young Indian student likes it! R aj e sh K u mar T hak u r @ Patna/New Delhi We’ll see you online. -Editor sep 26 Fresh cases 29,616 28,326 Recoveries Deaths 28,046 26,032 290 260 statewide sep 25 sep 26 Fresh cases 16,671 15,951 Recoveries Deaths 14,242 17,658 120 165 Despite the Centre recently ruling out caste census in 2021 in its affidavit before the Supreme Court, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday pressed ahead saying it was the need of the hour and served national interest. Similar demands came from CMs of Jharkhand and Odisha during Sunday’s meeting in Delhi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Left-wing extremism. While Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren submitted a memorandum in support of caste-based census, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said his government would do whatever is sensible to reduce discrimination in his state. Addressing media after the Delhi meeting, Nitish said enumeration of castes was key to effective implementation of welfare schemes and “it would not be proper if it is not conducted”. Nitish said he would convene an all-party meeting in Bihar to discuss the situation Chandy also said the presence of a leader of Sudheeran’s stature in the PAC cannot be compromised on. He urged the leadership to identify the issues that hurt Sudheeran and address them. Following the bashing from Anwar and Chandy Satheesan , rushed to Sudheeran’s house. The Opposition leader looked glum after the hour-long meeting and was gracious enough to admit openly to his mistake of not taking everyone into confidence. “I apologised to Sudheeran for the lapses on my side. He did not promise to revoke his resignation. Sudheeran is known to never go back on his firm positions,” said Sathee● More on P4 san. I apologised to Sudheeran for the lapses on my side. He did not promise to revoke his resignation — V D Satheesan Caste census chorus by Nitish, Naveen & Soren Over time, we hope to offer you all this in regional Indian languages so that a larger proportion of readers can access and benefit from our content. NATIONWIDE sep 25 Sunday that there had been lapses from his side exposed the contradictory positions of the new top two. Tariq Anwar, party national general secretary in charge of the state, is learnt to have conveyed the Congress high command’s strong displeasure to the state leadership. It may be recalled that the central leadership had extended full support to Sudhakaran and Satheesan until recently Pressure on the . two after Sudheeran stepped down from the 21-member PAC increased after state unit president’s loyalist and Thrissur MP T N Prathapan shot off a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday. Senior Congress leader Oommen and chart the future course. While Nitish said he does not see any point in leaving NDA over this issue, his statement put the Bihar BJP in a tight spot as it has been advised by leadership to expose parties demanding caste census. Three of the four NDA constituents — JD(U), HAM and VIP — have broken ranks and are supporting the Opposition on the issue. Hartal today Normal life in the state is likely to be affected on Monday as major trade unions affiliated to both LDF and UDF have extended support to the dawn-to-dusk hartal being observed to express solidarity with the nationwide bandh called by farmers’ unions. What is on Milk, newspaper distribution Essential and emergency services, including hospitals and medical stores Covid vaccination Private vehicles not to be blocked Nitish Kumar Hemant Soren Predictably, former deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi defended the Centre’s line, saying caste-based census was difficult as it was not ‘just a matter of adding a column’. “But if any state wants to conduct it, it can go ahead and do it like Karnataka had done earlier,” Modi said. Likely to be affected Public transport, including KSRTC services Services at various government and private offices Accessibility to tourist spots What is off Shops University exams PSC exams UP, Punjab add ministers for pre-poll caste balance Prasada given berth Sidhu stamp seen in to placate Brahmins ministry expansion N amita B ajpai @ Lucknow H arpr e e t B aj w a @ Chandigarh Barely five months before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday expanded his ministry, inducting one cabinet and six ministers of state. The new entrants are Jitin Prasada, Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar, Paltu Ram, Sangeeta Balwant Bind, Sanjeev Kumar Gond, Dinesh Khatik, and Dharmaveer Singh Prajapati. Prasada got the lone cabinet berth, ostensibly to placate the Brahmin voters who are said to be sulking. He had crossed over from the Congress in June this year. Despite speculation, A K Sharma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trusted bureaucrat who had taken voluntary retirement as Yogi Adityanath MSME secretary in Delhi and joined the BJP in Lucknow in Raises sugarcane January, failed to make advisory price it to the Yogi cabinet. As part of his outreach to He was appointed vicecane farmers, especially president of the state in western UP ahead of BJP unit in June. Sunday’s expansion the polls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is being seen as an exannounced an increase in ercise to balance varithe state advisory price ous caste equations of sugarcane by `25 per ahead of the elections. , quintal. He also Significantly no sitting announced waiver of minister was dropped. interest on the Of the seven, there outstanding electricity were three OBCs and bills of the farmers two SC, indicating its continued outreach to those segments of society The sixth person is a . member of the Scheduled Tribe, Sandeep Kumar Gond from Sonebhadra. The seventh is a Brahmin. Of the two SC MLAs, Paltu Ram is a Jatav and Dinesh Khatik a Sonker. Most of the new inductees belong to the castes that were either not or less represented in the government. Chhatrapal Gangwar, a Kurmi by caste, is an MLA from Baheri constituency in Bareilly parliamentary constituency . His elevation is being seen as a replacement to Santosh Gangwar, an eight-time MP from Bareilly, who was dropped from Modi cabinet recently Ghazipur MLA Sangeeta Balwant Bind’s . induction is being seen as the BJP’s bid to create its own Nishad leadership, though it has forged an alliance with the NISHAD party, led by Dr Sanjay Nishad. This was the second expansion of Yogi’s government. The first one happened in 2019. Amid last minute pulls and pressures, 15 Congress lawmakers, including seven freshers, took their oaths of office and secrecy as ministers in Punjab. The Charanjit Singh Channi ministry is loaded with Sikhs, but also has three members of the Scheduled Castes, four Hindus, one OBC and one Muslim. As usual, the Malwa region of the state got the biggest share of berths. Eight of them were part of the outgoing Amarinder ministry. Among the new entrants are Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Pargat Singh, both of whom are close to Punjab Congress unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. Gurkirat Singh Kotli, grandson of former chief minister Beant Singh, too got a berth Navjot Singh Sidhu for the first time. The Sidhu stamp was evident in the ex- Dropped state pansion of the minis- ministers upset try as only two minis- One of the dropped ters considered close to ministers, Balbir Singh Amarinder were re- Sidhu, broke down, tained. However, they asking “What is my are also close to the fault?” while addressing Congress high com- the media. So did mand. One controver- Gurpreet Singh Kangar. sial induction was that AICC general secretary of Rana Gurjit Singh, a in-charge of Punjab former irrigation min- Harish Rawat said they ister. He was sworn in would be as adjusted in despite pressure from the party and/or the seven prominent party government leaders from the Doaba region of the state, who wrote to Sidhu and Channi alleging Gurjit’s involvement in a sand mining scam. He had to resign from the Amarinder cabinet in 2018 because of the scam. However, Sidhu unsuccessfully tried to accommodate Kuljit Nagra from Fatehgarh Sahib, working president of the Punjab Congress, in the ministry . Nagra’s name was dropped at the last minute to include Randeep Nabha from Amloh to improve regional balance following intervention by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Nabha was also seen as more experienced. Channi opposed the induction of both Pargat and Nagra, saying they were holding important positions in party but failed to block Pargat. , In all, six ministers are from the Majha region of Punjab, while the rest are from Malwa. At 43, Warring is the youngest minister, while Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, 78, is the oldest. Airfares unlikely to return to normal anytime soon, expats feel the pinch Dhin e sh K all u ngal @T’Puram serving it hot A family being served food at Maveli Cafe of Indian Coffee House at Thampanoor in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. After a long break, hotels and restaurants in the state resumed dine in after the government eased restrictions | B P deepu Is the dramatic rise in airfares an indication of the postpandemic recovery? Hard to say but if the latest trend is any indication, the exorbitant ticket rates charged by airlines post the second wave is likely to continue for a few more months, burning a hole in the pockets of expatriates. Seats to various destinations in the Gulf countries are selling like hot cakes, something the airlines have missed since the Covid outbreak. In turn, the surge in demand, unsurprisingly is push, ing up flight ticket prices to a record high. A ticket on the KochiKuwait route for Monday is priced in the range of `1,05,100 to `2,18,500, the highest among the GCC countries. The Kochi-Riyadh flight ticket costs `1,98,400. An airline officer said there is little chance of airfares returning to normal in the next few months as the fare on each route is demand-driven. “Many expats who arrived in the state before the second wave are now trapped. Also, overseas firms have started recalling staff who were told to go on leave once the restrictions were eased in various countries. In the case of Kuwait and Saudi, they have allowed only restricted entry, which is one of the main reasons for the high rates on these routes. Meanwhile, the Dubai Expo that begins on October 1 has contributed to the high fare on the Kerala-UAE ● More on P4 routes,” he said. Bull run Muthoot family richest, fastest rise in wealth for Geojit’s C J George R A J E S H A B R A H A M @Kochi Who’s the richest entrepreneur in Kerala in terms of the value of the shares listed on the stock exchanges? Who made the maximum gains over the past 12 months after the bellwether stock index, Sensex, raced past the 60,000-mark for the first time last week? TNIE has calculated that C J George, the founder of Geojit Financial Services, received the maximum returns in the ongoing bull-run as the value of his individual shareholding in the Kochi-based financial services company nearly doubled in the past 12 months. He owns Geojit’s shares worth `331 crore, as per Friday’s closing price, an increase from `169.78 crore over a one-year period. The value of his 18.17% stake in the company has increased by `162 crore, or 95.95%, from September 24, 2020. But George is not the richest entrepreneur. His wealth in terms of shareholdings is far below the likes of the Muthoot family, the Chittilappillys or the Kalyan Jewellers founders. The combined shareholding of Muthoot family in the gold fi- nance firm, Muthoot Finance, is worth `44,307 crore as per Friday’s prices. The value has registered a hike of around 48% from `29,947 crore over 12 months, thanks to the bull run. The 10.88% stake held by three brothers — George Alexander, George Jacob and George Thomas Muthoot — in Muthoot Finance is worth `6,566.31 crore ● More on P4 each. ‘Richie Rich’ of listed companies from Kerala C J George Sabu M Jacob of Geojit of Kitex K331 cr (95%)* K370.85 cr (70%) V P Nandakumar of Manappuram Finance K4,215.52 cr (14%) * increase in value of stake Mithun Chittilappilly of V-Guard K2,225 cr (56.2%) Arun Chittilappilly of Wonderla Holidays K463 cr (49.49%) Muthoot Finance’s Alexander, Jacob and Thomas K6,566 cr each (48%) (Only personal holdings calculated) EXPRESS READ Two die as concrete slab falls on them Kozhikode: Two Tamil Nadu natives died and three others were injured after a heavy concrete slab fell on them at a construction site here on Sunday. The deceased Karthik G, 22, and Saleem Muhammed, 23, hailed from Pudukkottai and Tirunelveli respectively. The other injured workers are also TN natives. The probe team will find out if the construction firm was following necessary safety standards, police said. P5 Vax certificates being misused widely T’Puram: With the government allowing visitors who have received both doses of Covid vaccine to enter tourist places and dine in at restaurants and bars, vaccination certificates are being misused widely by impersonators. Since the certificate doesn’t even contain the picture of the vaccinated person, people who haven’t been vaccinated yet are exploiting the situation.P2 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH
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