vijayawada l tuesday l september 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city 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 P12 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 ops being carried out in Srikakulam; pedestrians wade through a waterlogged road in Vijayawada; vehicles move through a flooded Vizag road on Monday | Express The rainstorm Cyclone Gulab showered Visakhapatnam with a record 24-hour rainfall of 33 cm, flooding many areas and affecting normal life G J a n a r d h a n a R a o /a m r u t h a k o s u r u @ 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 FLOODED streets and parking lots greeted residents living in the low-lying areas of Visakhapatnam on Monday morning, as the city received a record 24-hour rainfall of 33 cm. What began as a steady drizzle by Sunday after noon-brought in by cloud bands proclaiming the arrival of Cyclone Gulab--turned into an incessant downpour by late evening, and battered the city for more than eight hours. “We live on the first floor of a group house, and I cannot take my bike out as all the vehicles are under water. I can barely see them. I hope there won’t be any major repairs,” P Roshan, a resident of Burujupeta, said. For many like Roshan, such a downpour was new. For the older generation, the rains brought back memories on October 17, 1982, when the city recorded the highest rainfall of 371.2 mm (37 cm). Many others also recalled the 20 cm rainfall received on October 5, 2007. At Convent Junction, water was almost knee-deep, and had seeped into nearby houses. Several people were seen pushing or towing their vehicles out of State announces solatium The State government has announced an ex gratia of `5 lakh to the families of those died in the rains. Chairing a review meeting, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also directed officials to grant a sum of `1,000 each to families in relief camps the water. “The water started entering the house at night itself. We have been trying to keep the house dry. But more rains on Monday made the situation worse. I think it is going to take another full day to get the water out,” said P Rajini, a resi- express read TTD all set for Srivari Brahmotsavams from Oct 7 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 Fresh cases 28,326 26,041 Recoveries 26,032 29,621 Deaths 260 276 statewide sep 26 sep 27 Fresh cases 1,184 618 Recoveries 1,333 1,178 Deaths 11 6 Samples tested 58,545 38,069 dent of Gnanapuram. During the 24 hours that ended at 8.30 am on Monday MVP , Colony received the highest rainfall of 330 mm, followed by Adavivaram, 319. The authorities, however, were prepared, especially after the extremely severe cyclonic story Hudhud of October 2014. “Several low-lying areas were under two-feet to waistdeep water. Cyclone Hudhud had taught us lessons in undertaking relief and rescue operations. The State Disaster Res p o n s e Fo r c e h a s b e e n modernised and upgraded to take up restoration works on a war footing,’’ a Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation official said. September has been the wettest month of the year, with the city having an average of 19.3 rainy days as against 1.4 days in December, the driest month of the year. The highest single-day rainfall recorded was in September 2005, when Visakhapatnam reP4 ceived 19 cm. Gulab leaves north coastal AP battered E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Viayawada 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 Meteorological Department (IMD), in a statement released to the media, said the deep depression would move west-nor thwestwards and weaken into a well-marked, low-pressure area in the next 24 P4 hours. Apex court raps Centre for changing PG NEET pattern nounced a syllabus change on August 31 through a bulletin. The Supreme Court on Monday “Why after the exam notification? slammed the Centre for making Why cannot it be made from next last-minute changes to the exam year. Students prepare for months pattern of Postgraduate for such exams. We will National Eligibility-cumhear you, but we are disBe open to Entrance Test-Super Spe- strictures, SC satisfied with the authoricialty (NEET-SS), 2021. warns Centre ties. Just because you “The young doctors canhave power you are wieldJustice not be at the mercy of ining it like this. Please Chandrachud sensitive bureaucrats and speak to the Ministry of observed the cannot be treated like a Health and Family WelCentre should be football,” a bench of jusfare to look into this,” said tices D Y Chandrachud open to strictures Justice Chandrachud. of SC if the latter and B V Nagarthana said. Justice Nagarathna said does not agree The court had last week the new syllabus looked with the issued notices to the Cenmore like a final exam than authorities. The tral government and the an entrance test. “If you bench slated the National Medical Council change it (pattern) suddenhearing for next (NMC) on a plea by postly what will happen? This , Monday graduate doctors over does not look like an enlast-minute changes to the trance, but a final exam,” exam pattern. Justice Nagarathna said. At this, NEET-SS is scheduled to be held senior advocate Maninder Singh on November 13 and 14, the dates and the National Board of Examifor which were notified on July 23. nation’s counsel submitted the However, the testing agency an- changes were well-considered. 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 P8 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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