kochi l tuesday l September 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 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 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 Anwar mediation fails, Sudheeran quits AICC too C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @ T’Puram 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 ess Ne ws S e r v i ce 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, RSS weekly raps Amazon, likens it to East India Co E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i ce @ 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. 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 entrepreneurship of the country be, sides 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. 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 shut- down. 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 P4, 8 are abolished. Govt gets it for changing PG NEET exam pattern syllabus change on August 31 through a bulletin. “Why after the exam notifiThe Supreme Court on Mon- cation? Why cannot it be made day slammed the Centre for from next year. Students premaking last-minute changes pare for months for such exto the exam pattern of Post- ams. We will hear you, but we graduate National Eligibility- are dissatisfied with the aucum-Entrance Test-Super Spe- thorities. Just because you cialty (NEET-SS), 2021. have power you are wielding it “The young doclike this. Please Be open to tors cannot be at speak to the Minstrictures, SC the mercy of inistry of Health warns Centre sensitive bureauand Family Welcrats and can’t be fare to look into Justice Chandrachud treated like a footthis,” said Justice observed the Centre ball,” a bench of Chandrachud. should be open to justices D Y ChanJustice Nagarstrictures of SC if the drachud and B V athna said the latter does not agree Nagarthana said. with the authorities. The n e w s y l l a b u s The court had bench slated the hearing looked more like a last week issued final exam than for next Monday notices to the Cenan entrance test. tral government and the Na- “If you change it (pattern) tional Medical Council (NMC) suddenly, what will happen? on a plea by postgraduate doc- This does not look like an entors over last-minute changes trance, but a final exam,” Justo the exam pattern. tice Nagarathna said. At this, senior advocate NEET-SS is scheduled to be held on November 13 and 14, Maninder Singh and the Nathe dates for which were noti- tional Board of Examination’s fied on July 23. However, the (NBE) counsel submitted the testing agency announced a changes were well-considered. E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i ce @ New Delhi EVEN after the intervention of AICC general secretary Tariq Anwar, veteran Congress leader V M Sudheeran remained firm on his resignation from the state unit’s political affairs committee and from the all-India committee. On Monday, Sudheeran told Anwar that he would return to the committees only after the new state leadership corrects its style of functioning. After postponing the initial appointment, when Anwar decided to meet Sudheeran in person on Monday evening, the latter sprang a surprise by in- express read HC declines to stay order on 2nd Covishield dose Kochi: A division bench of the High Court on Monday declined to pass an interim order staying the single judge’s order direc-ting the Centre to allow sche-duling, on the CoWIN portal, of the second Covishield dose four weeks after the first for those who want to take it earlier than the present interval of 84 days. P4 Separate road accidents claim 9 lives in state Malappuram: Nine persons, including a one-month-old baby, died in separate road accidents in the state. While four persons died in Malappuram district, three lost their lives in Kottayam and two in Thrissur. P4 sep 26 sep 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths NATIONWIDE 28,326 26,032 260 26,041 29,621 276 statewide sep 26 sep 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 15,951 17,658 165 11,699 17,763 58 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express ‘Correct leadership’s style of functioning’ l V M Sudheeran tells Tariq Anwar that he would return to the committees only after the new state leadership corrects its style of functioning l Senior leader and former Union minister of state P J Kurien says instead of stepping down, Sudheeran should have taken steps to strengthen the party forming him about the resignation from the AICC. Anwar had initially decided to meet Sudheeran and senior leader Mullappally Ramachandran on Sunday, but it did not happen. It is learnt that state Congress chief K Sudhakaran was not keen to send the central delegation to Sudheeran’s house after the conciliatory talks initiated by Opposition Leader V D Satheesan failed. Though Anwar termed the talks with Sudheeran positive, the latter didn’t revoke his resignation and instead criticised Sudhakaran. “There was a lack of functional deliberations until the Laxity or cover-up? Police knew Monson was fraudster 2 yrs ago S h a n A S @T’Puram Either laxity or a deliberate cover-up bid by the top brass of the Kerala Police has aided fraudster Monson Mavunkal in his dubious deals over the past two years, reveals documents accessed by TNIE. The then state police chief Loknath Behera and Intelligence ADGP T K Vinodkumar were aware of the suspicious deals carried out by Monson as early as May 2019. But no concrete step was taken to probe the case further or to trap the suspect. “Monson possessed more than 100 imported luxury cars. The price of the artefacts, antiques, etc he had were valued at more than `1 lakh crore. Monson is an international fraud and most artefacts are not genuine and some others are stolen. He has not paid the wealth tax worth crores of rupees,” stated the source report that was forwarded by Behera to the intelligence ADGP in May, 2019, seeking a detailed probe by the special branch. It is learnt that a few weeks Antique dealer’s ‘top’ links raise questions Monson Mavunkal’s arrest on charges of financial fraud has opened a Pandora’s box after his alleged links with many top political leaders, police officers and film stars came to the fore. P2 later, another report was filed by the special branch underlining the allegations. But that report was shelved in the police headquarters. In August 2020, a case for financial fraud was registered against Monson at the Pandalam police station based on a complaint by Rajendran Pillai, owner of the Sreevalsom E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i ce @ Kochi ORANGE CAP Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson hits a boundary during their IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Monday. Sanju made a 57-ball 82 to become the leading scorer and collect the Orange Cap, but his team lost by seven wickets | PTI | P11 Jasna presents her Krishna painting before deity, finally s a j i m o n p s @ Pathanamthitta Jasna Salim Jasna Salim with her painting of Little Krishna at Ulanadu Sree Krishna Swamy temple in Pandalam group of companies. That investigation did not progress beyond the FIR as an inspector general at the police headquarters pulled the strings. On his instruction, Monson filed a counter complaint against Pillai, which was later found to be fake, it is learnt. According to sources, Behera wrote to the Enforcement Directorate director in January last year warning about Monson and seeking a probe into his business empire. However, there was no inquiry by the ED, nor a reminder from the state. Behera’s letter to the ED said film workers and celebrities were frequent visitors to Monson’s “Kosmos beauty clinic” at Cherthala. “Monson was financing heavily on an expensive renovation of a church. Most of the time he was abroad or in Delhi and owned 15 luxury cars. He owned costly pet dogs including Korean Mastiff, which cost around `65 lakh to two crore. The source of income seemed to be a mystery Behera noted ,” ● More on P2 in his missive. HC quashes state ban on online rummy ‘dream fulfilled’ It was a big dream of mine to see Lord Krishna’s idol and to present my painting before the deity. I’m delighted to have been able to fulfil that wish list of district chiefs were submitted. Now, I have given my suggestions to the central delegation. I am hopeful they would take appropriate steps to correct the wrong actions of the state leadership. Let the result come. I have never sought any position in the party for the last 25 years and I will continue as a normal party worker,” said Sudheeran. He also warned the central leadership that if Sudhakaran does not alter his style of functioning, the Congress will be doomed in the state. It is learnt that efforts by veteran leader A K Antony to pacify Sudheeran did not yield ● More on P4 success either. Jasna Salim, a Muslim woman from Kozhikode, had gained attention through her Lord Krishna paintings a few years ago. On Sunday the 28-year-old , accomplished a long-cherished dream — to present a Lord Krishna painting before the deity . Though she has painted over 500 pictures of Little Krishna over the past six years, she had never received a chance to present her painting inside a temple, until now. “It was a big dream of mine to see Lord Krishna’s idol and to present my painting before the deity I’m delighted to have . been able to fulfil that wish at the Ulanadu Sree Krishna Swamy temple in Pandalam. I have no words to express my happiness, and my gratitude to the temple authorities,” Jasna said. The fulfilment of her wish came about after a devotees’ group approached her seeking an artwork to be gifted to the Ulanadu Sree Krishna Swamy temple as her paintings of little Krishna sitting with a butter pot had gone vi- ral on social media. Jasna, a mother of two, is not a trained artist. In fact, she struggled with even routine drawing during her schooldays. “My hands would shiver when teachers asked me to draw a map. I began to paint Lord Krishna images quite accidentally she said. ,” While the construction of their house was on, they bought some old paper for domestic purposes. Amid that, a picture of Lord Krishna sitting with a butter pot caught her atten● More on P5 tion. THE Kerala High Court on Monday quashed the state government’s notification banning online rummy by including it in the Kerala Gaming Act. The court declared that online rummy played with or without stakes remains to be a ‘game of skill’. Justice T R Ravi issued the order while allowing the petitions filed by Gameskraft Technologies Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru — which is engaged in the business of developing and offering online games of skill in India — and three other companies seeking to quash the government notification. Through a notification issued in 1976, the state had exempted rummy from the provisions of the Kerala Gaming Act. However, the notification issued on February 23, 2021 brought “online rummy played for stakes” under the ambit of the Act. The court said the government action amounted to violation of the companies’ fundamental right to do business and therefore it was arbitrary and unreasonable. The apprehensions regarding the children playing the game are more of a parental problem rather than a legal issue, the petitioners added.
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