tirupati l tuesday l september 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION factories hit as china pushes for emission goal Power guzzling units forced shut as China seeks to tackle coal supply shortage and climate goals ahead of the Winter Games Chinese GDP to take 1 percentage point hit Global manufacturers to suffer Analysts revisited growth projections because of the curbs amid postpandemic economic rebound, with some expecting China’s GDP to take a 1 percentage point hit. Globally, expect a shortage of mobile phones and gadgets ahead of the Christmas season, as most units will remain shut for exceeding consumption quota under a strict carbon credit system ■ ■ This clampdown adds to the burden of global manufacturers reeling under the weight of chip shortage, logistics concerns and the lingering effect of the pandemic-driven global slowdown But Nomura economists saw a silverlining, saying the long-term benefits of the curbs outweigh the short-term economic costs 160 Energy intensive units shut; power cuts in 14 cities 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 Farmers’ bandh hits normal life at many places E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e Relief and rescue operations being carried out in Srikakulam, vehicles move through flooded a road at Convent Junction on Monday, AP police evacuate people at Jangareddy Gudem, W Godavari | Express manic gulab Cyclone Gulab that packed strong winds and heavy rains wreaks havoc, blocks roads, snaps power lines and takes two lives in AP E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam Ghat roads of Simhachalam were closed due to landslides in Visakhapatnam on Monday| Express Wettest areas in Vizag MVP Colony: 330 mm Adavivaram: 319 mm Railway New Colony: 242 mm MRO Office, Seethammadhara: 234 mm Pendurthi: 231 mm Gavarapalem: 230 mm Parawada: 227 mm Mudasarlova: 217 mm Prahladapuram: 217 mm Jail area: 216 mm Darapalem: 215 mm Simhachalam: 214 mm Butchirajupalem: 213 mm Cyclone Gulab that barrelled into the east coast between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha on Sunday uprooted several hundreds of trees, electric poles, and affected normal life in the two States before weakening into a deep depression. The strong winds and heavy rains that accompanied the cyclone battered three north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, besides the two Godavari and Krishna on Monday . Two persons were killed in as many separate cyclone-related incidents in Andhra, even as thousands of people were sheltered in temporary relief camps. The India India Meteorological Department said the deep depression would move westnorthwestwards and weaken into a well-marked, low-pressure area in the next 24 hours. Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam bore the cyclone fury, which inundated several lowlying areas and uprooted several trees and snapping power supply lines. National Disaster Response personnel, along with their Andhra counterparts, and State government officials, Depression weakens The deep depression moved west-northwestwards and weakened into a depression. It is likely to move westnorthwestwards and weaken into a low-pressure area. The system is likely to emerge into northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Gujarat coast around September 30 swung into action and the situation improved as the rains weakened by evening. The deep depression triggered widespread rains all along the coast from Srikakulam to Guntur with Visakhapatnam city receiving a record express read TTD all set for Srivari Brahmotsavams Tirupati: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is set for the nine-day mega annual festival of Srivari Salakatla Brahmotsavams, which will be conducted in Ekantham for the consecutive second year due to Covid-19 restrictions. The festival will begin with Dwajarohanam between 5.10 pm and 5.30 pm on October 7. The rituals and vahana sevas will be held with restricted number of people in attendance. The festival will conclude with Dhwajavarohanam on October 15 RSS weekly says Amazon like a coloniser New Delhi: After its blistering attack on infotech major Infosys recently, Hindi magazine Panchajanya, which is linked to the RSS, lit into e-commerce retail behemoth Amazon, likening it to British colonisers and calling it ‘East India Company 2.0’, in its upcoming edition Jab-o-meter Take your shot Sept 26 38,18,362 doses Sept 27 88,98,560 doses Total doses 86,93,79,970 CM bats for online services in temples Vijayawada: Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the endowments department to implement best management practices of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in other temples to eradicate corruption, extend better amenities to devotees and ensure security NATIONWIDE Sep 26 Sep 27 statewide sep 26 sep 27 1,184 618 Fresh cases 28,326 26,041 Fresh cases Recoveries 1,333 1,178 Recoveries 26,032 29,621 Deaths 11 6 Deaths 260 276 Samples tested 58,545 38,069 rainfall of 33 cm in 24 hours that ended at 8.30 am on Monday. Several residential colonies within and outside the city were flooded. Meghadrigedda reservoir released 15,000 cusecs of water through two gates after the water rose 61 feet to full reservoir level, recording the highest inflow in the past 12 years. The Visakhapatnam international airport functioned normally despite Meghadrigedda waters entering its premises. “The water level was high in the morning but it subsided by evening”, airport director K Srinivasa Rao told TNIE. “The airport operations were not affected,” he added. Meanwhile, landslides forced authorities to close both the ghat roads to Simhachalam temple. In Srikakulam, strong winds touching speeds of 85 kmph left a trail of destruction in at least eight mandals. More than 1,500 people were evacuated to safer places in 38 rehabilitation cenP4 tres in the district. Record rain in 24 hours batters Vizag G Janardhana Rao @ Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam received a record rainfall of 33 cm in 24 hours that ended at 8.30 am in the wake of Cyclone Gulab on Monday . What began as a steady drizzle by Sunday afternoon turned into an incessant downpour by late evening, and battered the city for more than eight hours, disrupting normal life. The all-time 24-hour record rain Visakhaptnam had received was 371.2 mm of rain, recorded on October 17, 1982. The city recorded over 20 cm rain on October 5 in 2007, the highest after 1982. September has been the wettest month in the year, with the city having an average of 19.3 rainy days as against 1.4 days in December, the driest month. The highest single-day rainfall recorded was in September 2005, when the city received 19 cm. MVP Colony reported the highest rainfall, 330 mm, followed by P4 Adavivaram, 319 mm. Govt gets it for changing PG NEET exam pattern “Why after the exam notification? Why cannot it be made from next The Supreme Court on Monday year. Students prepare for months slammed the Centre for making for such exams. We will hear you, last-minute changes to the exam but we are dissatisfied with the aupattern of Postgraduate thorities. Just because National Eligibility-cumyou have power you are Be open to Entrance Test-Super Spe- strictures, SC wielding it like this. cialty (NEET-SS), 2021. warns Centre Please speak to the Minis“The young doctors try of Health and Family Justice cannot be at the mercy of Welfare to look into this,” Chandrachud insensitive bureaucrats s a i d J u s t i c e observed the and cannot be treated like Chandrachud. Centre should be a football,” a bench of jusJustice Nagarathna open to strictures said the new syllabus tices D Y Chandrachud of SC if the latter and B V Nagarthana said. looked more like a final does not agree The court had last week exam than an entrance with the issued notices to the Centest. “If you change it sudauthorities. The tre and the National Medidenly, what will happen? bench slated the cal Council (NMC) on a This does not look like an hearing for next plea by PG doctors over entrance, but a final Monday last-minute changes to the exam,” Justice Nagarathexam pattern. na said. At this, senior adNEET-SS is slated for November vocate Maninder Singh and the Na13 and 14, as notified on July 23. tional Board of Examination’s However, the testing agency an- (NBE) counsel submitted the changnounced a syllabus change on Au- es were well-considered and engust 31 through a bulletin. forced after necessary approvals. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi aadhaar gaffe Widow pension to 16-year-old? Meet Amminabi CP Ven u g o pa l @ Anantapur Senior citizen Sheik Amminabi of Gandhi Chowk in Uravakonda had been drawing widow pension for the past 11 years before it stopped in August. Baffled, the hapless woman went around from village panchayat to mandal revenue office to get the pension restored. Recently, she received a more baffling reply: widow pension could not disbursed to a 16-year- old girl! Now 67, Amminabi had been receiving the widow pension ever since her husband SK Qasim’s death in 2011. Recently, officials found that her year of birth, according to Aadhaar details, was 2005. They calculated her present age, and stopped the pension. Officials, reportedly did , not check how Amminabi became eligible for widow pension from the age of 5. After her appeal, the village secretariat officials found that her year of birth was entered wrong in the Aadhaar document. “How can they do this to me? I am a widow, with no one to care for me and the government’s widow pension has been the main source of income,” she lamented. When her efforts to convince officials to restore her widow pen- sion went in vain, she took it to the notice of the tahsildar, who reportedly asked her to get the Aadhaar corrected. She went to the Aadhaar centre, where Amminabi was informed that the age could be corrected only if the difference was three years. But in her case, it was more than 40 years and hence, not possible to change it. Her actual date of birth is January 1, 1954, which P4 puts her present age at 67. NORMAL life was thrown out of gear on Monday in several parts of the country as farmer unions blocked highways and roads, and squatted on railway tracks as part of a 10-hour shutdown to protest against the Centre’s agri laws. Thousands of people were stranded on the roads for hours, especially in the Delhi national capital region. Several trains were cancelled in Delhi, Ambala and Firozpur divisions. The impact of the bandh was felt in Delhi NCR, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, claimed the strike was a success and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. Emergency services were not affected as the morcha had issued specific instructions in this regard. In Punjab, farmers held dharnas at about 500 venues. A complete shutdown was observed in the state with transport services being suspended and commercial establishments shut. In Kerala, where the strike was supported by both the ruling CPM and the opposition Congress, shops were shut and public transport was hit. Protests were also seen in West Bengal, where the Left Front backed the call for a shutdown. Images from Kolkata showed protesters swarming a section of the railway track. Reacting to reports of massive traffic jam in Delhi-NCR, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said those who faced inconvenience due to the shutdown should forget it for the farmers’ sake. “Some people may have faced inconvenience due to the Bharat Bandh, which is natural, but they should forget it for just one day in the name of farmers,” Tikait said. The union leader added that in a democracy there is no other , option but to protest and warned the government that the farmers would go back to their homes only after the laws are abolished. Massive traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram border near Sirhaul on Monday | PTI
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