BHUBANESWAR l tuesday l september 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 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 ■ 160 Global manufacturers to suffer ■ 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 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 Govt gets it for changing PG NEET exam pattern E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Massive traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurugram border near Sirhaul Toll Plaza due to barricading by Delhi Police on Monday | PTI Farmers’ bandh disrupts normal life at many places Shops shut, public transport off roads in Punjab, Haryana, Kerala E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e 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, Keral a , K a r n a t a k a , B i h a r, 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 oth, er option but to protest and warned the government that the farmers would go back to their homes only after the laws are abolished. The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Centre for making last-minute changes to the exam pattern of Postgraduate National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Super Specialty (NEET-SS), 2021. “The young doctors cannot be at the mercy of insensitive bureaucrats and cannot be treated like a football,” a bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarthana said. NATIONWIDE Sep 26 Sep 27 Fresh cases 28,326 26,041 Recoveries 26,032 29,621 Deaths 260 276 Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 26 38,18,362 doses September 27 38,18,362 doses Total doses: 86,93,79,970 ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths SEP 26 SEP 27 585 601 07 444 653 05 Custodial death victim RSS weekly raps Amazon, was picked up by police likens it to a coloniser in 2-month-old case E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi A s i s h M e h ta @ Bhubaneswar Bargarh district’s Tora village native Gobinda Kumbhar, who died in police custody was , picked up by cops in the middle of the night in a case that was registered two months back. On July 20, there was allegedly a clash between two groups of the village and Bargarh Town police station registered a case under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting and armed with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 294 (obscene acts or words in public), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). All these sections attract punishment less than seven years which also means police must issue notice to the accused. In the Tora village case, five persons, including Gobinda, were booked. Deceased’s younger brother Jiten Kumar Kumbhar alleged that four cops barged into their house on the intervening night of September 24 and 25 at about 2 am, hurled abuses at family members, grabbed Gobinda and kept on hitting him till they reached the police van. “My father Radhe Kumar went to Town police station at about 7 am on Saturday to inquire about my brother Gobinda. However, a policeman told him that Gobinda was admitted to a hospital in Khedapali after he complained of chest pain and vomited in the night,” Jiten told the newspaper. None from the police station informed that Gobinda’s health had deteriorated suddenly, he claimed saying his father learnt about the death after reaching the hospital. The family members claim Gobinda was hale and hearty and was free of any kind of disease. “Gobinda did not have any disease. He was fully fit and working as a labourer,” said Jiten, who was in Gaisilet on the night police picked-up his brother. Bargarh Police, on the other hand said, Gobinda did not respond to reminders to appear before them in connection with the case while four others named in the FIR were released after being served notice under Section 41A of CrPC. Why was Gobinda picked up in the dead of the night? Police says since Gobinda was not responsive, it was the only option left. “Postmortem of the deceased was conducted as per of National Human Rights Commission’s guidelines. Apart from an inquiry by a Judicial Magistrate, we have requested Human Rights Protection Cell to conduct an inquiry into the matter,” Bargarh SP Rahul Jain told TNIE. In May the Supreme Court , had passed a detailed order on decongesting prisons amid the raging second wave of Covid-19 saying that the police should not arrest accused unless necessary in crimes sentenced with less than seven years of imprisonment, and directed authorities to ensure that proper medical facilities are provided to the inmates. 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. Amazon quickly rebutted the allegations, explaining how it has offered its platform to a large number of small grocery stores and exporters to sell their goods and services. The latest Panchajanya cover story has its genesis in a recent whistleblower complaint against Amazon allegedly bribing Indian government officials, funneling the dirty money under the head of legal fees. The report examines “how Amazon resorts to bribery and why , it poses a risk to the entrepre- neurship of the country besides , prestige, culture and economic freedom of India,” its editor Hitesh Shankar said. It claimed at least 40,000 small shops in India have shut down because of Amazon’s expanding footprint. The article is in line with concerns within RSS affiliates of the growing influences of e-commerce platforms in consumer behaviour at the cost of neighbourhood outlets. For its part, Amazon claimed it was empowering kirana stores and connecting individual artisans and exporters with the global market. It said over three lakh sellers boarded its platform during the pandemic, which included 75,000 neighbourhood shops. Reacting to the controversy, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “The kind of allegations on Amazon that have come to light are very serious and cannot be ignored.” The court had last week issued notices to the Central government and the National Medical Council (NMC) on a plea by postgraduate doctors over lastminute changes to the exam pattern. NEET-SS is scheduled to be held on November 13 and 14, the dates for which were notified on July 23. However, the testing agency announced a syllabus change on August 31 through a bulletin. “Why after the exam notification? Why cannot it be made from next year. Students pre- pare for months for such exams. We will hear you, but we are dissatisfied with the authorities. Just because you have power you are wielding it like this. Please speak to the Minis- Be open to strictures, SC warns Centre Justice Chandrachud observed the Centre should be open to strictures of SC if the latter does not agree with the authorities. The bench slated the hearing for next Monday try of Health and Family Welfare to look into this,” said Justice Chandrachud. Justice Nagarathna said the new syllabus looked more like a final exam than an entrance test. “If you change it (pattern) suddenly, what will happen? This does not look like an entrance, but a final exam,” Justice Nagarathna said. At this, senior advocate Maninder Singh and the National Board of Examination’s (NBE) counsel submitted the changes were well-considered and enforced after necessary approvals. Koraput, Malkangiri face floods and landslide in Gulab’s wake E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar As cyclonic storm Gulab weakened into a depression and made its way through southern Odisha districts, the region bore the brunt of heavy rains that particularly affected Koraput and Malkangiri districts. Though no major damage to property or infrastructure has been reported from any district, road communication was badly hit in many parts. The NH- 26 suffered damage due to landslide at Sunki Ghat in Koraput district, which left hundreds of vehicles stranded on two sides for hours. ODRAF teams were deployed to clear the road. Commuters were advised to take Semiliguda-Nandapur-Araku route for Vizag and Laxmipur-BandhugaonParvathipuram route for Vizianagaram as the ghat route was blocked by the landslide. Knee deep water was also flowing at several patches on the ghat road and the Sunki village got marooned with flood water from the Sunki river as rains continued. An ODRAF team rushed to the area and shifted the people to a nearby Large Area Multi-Purpose Cooperative Societies (LAMPS) office. Big trees were also found uprooted on Koraput-Pottangi road and Lamtaput-Vishakhapatnam stretch disrupting communication. Besides, communication was disrupted on A road washed away in Pottangi block | Express several roads and houses were damaged in Raleguda block in Malkangiri district. Malkangiri-Motu road has been cut off because of storm water flowing on the road. The SorodaDaringbadi ghat road in Ganjam district has been sealed apprehending landslide due to heavy rainfall. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena told mediapersons that depression was centred over Malkangiri after the cyclone weakened on crossing the coast. There was heavy rainfall in the district which led to disruptions in road communication. Steps have been initiated to restore communication in the ghat road, he said. While Gajapati district has received heavy rainfall, Pottangi in Koraput has recorded highest 144 mm rains. The collectors of the affected districts have been asked to make dam- age assessment and submit report within five days, Jena said. In a letter to collectors, the SRC said the IMD has issued yellow warning for Nabarangpur, Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts which will receive heavy rainfall leading to waterlogging in low lying areas. He also asked the collectors to closely monitor the situation for localised landslide in hilly areas. Meanwhile, the water-level in Hirakud dam has started increasing due to rains in the upper catchment areas. The water level in the reservoir has increased to 629.58 ft from 629.50 ft against the full capacity of 630 ft. The water flow at Mundali barrage has also increased to 1.46 lakh cusec from 1.4 lakh cusec. Official sources, however, said there is no flood threat in Mahanadi river system. express read Fuel prices set to Modi launches National increase further Digital Health Mission Chennai: Already selling at record highs, auto fuels are expected to get even dearer for Indian consumers over the next few months. Notwithstanding the brief dip in crude oil prices due to a high number of delta variant Covid-19 cases in July and August, a faster-thanexpected bounce-back in economic activity has resulted in a swift increase in prices too — a trend that is expected to continue over the rest of 2021 | P10 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the National Digital Health Mission under which every citizen in India is now eligible to generate a unique health ID having medical history and records in a longitudinal manner. “Today is a very important day,” the PM said while launching the drive. “The drive to strengthen the health facilities of the country, in the last seven years, is entering a new phase. This is not an ordinary phase. This is an extraordinary phase.” | P7 green mobility Odisha’s EV push to kickstart with 5 charging stations in Capital E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The Capital city will soon have five electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to push greater evehicle adoption and use by the public. Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) officials said the charging stations will come up near KIIT, SUM Hospital, Esplanade Mall, DN Regalia Mall, Krishna Plaza near CRP Square. The charging station near KIIT and Esplanade mall will have both fast charging and normal charging facilities. The stations near SUM Hospital, DN Regalia at Patrapada and Krishna Plaza at CRP Square will only have normal charging facility . More EV charging stations will be set up in a phased man- ner for the development of a robust infrastructure across the State Capital, said BSCL CEO Sanjay Kumar Singh after chairing a virtual meeting with market leaders of EV infrastructure in the country on Monday . Singh held the meeting with General Manager (EV & EV Charging Infrastructure), Energy Efficiency Services Limited, N Mohan, Head of EV & Home Automation Business at Tata Power Sandeep Bangia, senior officials from Energy Commerce , and Transport departments, Tata Power Central Odisha Distribution Limited CEO M Shenbagam, Sinha, Engineer-in-Chief and Principal Chief Electrical Inspector Santosh Das and BSCL General Manager Kamaljit Das among others. The meeting discussed the mo- dalities for establishing EV charging stations across the city in a fast-paced manner to ensure ease of access to the public as well as the public transport vehicles. The State government is planning to add a fleet of electric buses to its public transport network in the Capital city soon. Priority in selection of location will be given mainly to malls, parking areas, hotels, residential complexes, workplaces and highways, Singh said. The BSCL will float tender for setting up the EV charging stations in PPP mode by October first week.
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