tirupati l tuesday l october 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Use of natural experiments gets Economics Nobel Prize Award honours research method that lets economists draw precise conclusions about cause and effect in the real world Guido Imbens Joshua Angrist David Card Research upended conventional wisdom David Card of the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded one half of the prize for showing that a rise in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers. The other half was shared by Joshua Angrist (MIT) & Guido Imbens (Stanford) for creating a framework to study these types of societal issues ■ 1969 Influencing U.S. govt decision-making ■ Economists use natural experiments to study the world, unlike in medicine or other sciences, where controlled trials are conducted The late Alan Krueger, who worked with Card on some of the research that won the Nobel, served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for former US President Barack Obama 1st Economics Nobel was awarded, well after Nobel’s 1901 inception 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 5 soldiers killed in Shah takes stock of coal situation Kashmir gunfight The latest daily report of the Central Electric Authority says as many as 115 of the 135 thermal power plants in the country are now on coal stocks of less than one week F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and four soldiers were killed in a fierce gunfight with militants in the Surankote area of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday Violence in the . Valley has escalated last week Soldiers at the site of an encounter in the Poonch district on Monday | PTI Parliamentary outreach Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has invited Pakistan Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to visit India for the centenary celebrations of the Public Accounts Committee of India’s parliament with the killing of as many as seven civilians. On Monday morning, the Army launched a cordon and search operation in a village close to Dera Ki Gali in Surankote based on intelligence inputs, an army official said. During the operation, a gunfight broke out after militants fired automatic weapons at the army’s search party Five . soldiers, including the JCO, were critically injured and evacuated to a military hospital, where they died of their injuries. The deceased soldiers were identified as Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh from Punjab, Naik Mandeep Singh and Sepoy Gajjan Singh (both also from Punjab), Sepoy Saraj Singh (Uttar Pradesh) and Vaisakh H (Kerala). Additional troops were rushed to the area to assist the security men in the combing operation. Sources said security forces engaged with the militants in the forest area of Bhangai village in the neighbouring Rajouri district in the evening. More troops have been rushed to the area to tighten the siege. Sources said a group of two-four militants are trapped in the area and it is suspected that they may have infiltrated from across the border. On Monday, three other separate encounters took place in Kashmir. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi 165 GW capacity India has 135 coallinkage based thermal power plants with total installed capacity of 165 GW coal supply status Stock in days No. of (Critical/ Thermal Super Critical) Plants 0 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 17 26 22 18 13 11 8 TOTAL 115 1,40,214 Sourcing energy from the national exchange costs a bomb but many states dipping into it to avoid power cuts. Its per unit cost has shot up from `5-8 per unit earlier to `12-15 per unit now Paediatric cardiac hospital set up at BIRRD @ Tirupati Sri Padmavathi Paediatric Cardiac Hospital was inaugurated by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Balaji Institute of Surgery, Research and Rehabilitation for the Disabled (BIRRD) Hospital in the temple town on Monday. It is the first exclusive children’s cardiac hospital in the government sector in the State. It may be noted that there was no super speciality hospital to treat children with cardiac problems in Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation. According to an estimate, there are more than 10,000 children suffering from serious cardiac problems in the State, who need specialised medical care. Hence, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has set up the paediatric cardiac hos- Garuda Seva CM Jagan Mohan Reddy offered silk clothes to Srivaru on behalf of the State government on Monday and participated in Garuda Seva pital on the premises of BIRRD as per the suggestion of Jagan. The 50-bed hospital was initially housed on the first floor of the old OPD Block of BIRRD Hospital on a temporary basis. It has three modern operation theatres and several other wings, including OP radiology , , pre-ICU, post-ICU and general ward, besides administrative blocks. The hospital was set up at a cost of `25 crore. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Chairman YV Subba Reddy and a team of doctors, led by BIRRD Special Officer Reddeppa Reddy, explained the salient features of the paediatric cardiac hospital to the Chief Minister. Earlier, the Chief Minister was accorded a warm welcome by a group of ministers, MPs, MLAs and officials at the Tirupati Inter national Airport. Go Mandir opened by Jagan CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated Sri Venkateswara Sapta Go Pradakshina Mandiram at Alipiri Padala Mandapam on Monday. Alipiri footpath, which was renovated at a cost of `25 crore by the TTD was also inaugurated by the CM Chill extends as India, China blame each other for failure of LAC talks Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 10 M aya n k S i n g h @ New Delhi October 11 Terse statements from India and China on Monday on the outcome of the Corps Commander-level meeting the previous day to resolve the stand-off in the remaining areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), indicated the talks had run into rough weather. Issuing statements independently India pointed to Chi, nese disagreement with its “constructive suggestions”. For its part, China said India “persisted in its unreasonable 46,57,679 doses 59,62,469 doses Total doses: 95,82,64,532 NATIONWIDE oct 10 oct 11 Fresh cases 18,166 18,132 Recoveries Deaths 23,624 21,563 214 193 statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested oct 11 oct 12 624 310 810 994 4 2 38,312 23,022 16,430 4,930 27,325 24,094 15,210 10,775 11,450 Costly energy Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy offers Pattu Vastrams to Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on Monday and participates in Garuda Seva | EXPRESS E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Capacity (MW) and unrealistic demands”. In the past, both sides had issued joint statements after such interactions. The Indian Army said that during Sunday’s meeting, it made “constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.” Sources said some pact on the resolution of the stand-off at Hot Spring was expected. Meet held on Chinese side of LAC The meeting was held at the Moldo-Chushul border point on the Chinese side. The talks revolved around resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC. The talks had been amicable till the 12th round Amid widespread concerns over power cuts across the country because of inadequate coal supply at generation units, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday met both coal and power ministers to take stock of the situation. Besides power minister R K Singh and coal minister Pralhad Joshi, top officials of the ministries and senior officials from the state-run energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd, attended the hour-long meeting. While the ministry of coal sought to allay fears of disruption in power supply the latest , daily report of the Central Electric Authority said as many as 115 of the 135 thermal power plants in the country are now on coal stocks of less than a week. As many as 96 of these plants that generate 71% of total thermal power in the country, have coal stocks of four days or less (see table). Depending on the distance of the power plant (from the coal mines) and the kind of coal — pithead or non-pithead — it uses, a comfortable stock would last for 15-30 days. The stock is considered critical if it is likely to last for seven days or less; and super critical if it will be exhausted in four days or less. On Friday last, the number of power plants with critical or super-critical coal stocks was 110. Reports from across the country confirmed the grim picture. Delhi’s thermal units barely have stock for two-three days, claimed power minister Satyendar Jain. Karnataka has just two days of coal stock left, with barely 12 rakes, each having up to 4,000 metric tonnes of coal. As on 6.30 pm on Monday the Raichur , Thermal Power Station produced just 444 MW against a capacity of 1,720 MW from three grids; Ballari TPS 395 MW against a capacity of 1,700 MW; and Yeramarus TPS 678 MW though its installed capacity is 1,600 MW. Only one unit each of YTPS and BTPS were operating. Also, two coal-based thermal power plants have been shut for two-and-a-half months as coal could not be imported. However, hydro plants managed to address the need for now due to abundant rains. In Rajasthan, Monday was the 11th successive day of blackouts. The state has an overall shortfall of 2,450 MW. Continued on P7 Power cuts likely from next week E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Power cuts for domestic consumers in the State are likely from next week. The State has coal reserves to cater to the per day demand of power supply for only one week and if the situation does not improve, power cuts have to be imposed, sources said. Though the power situation in the State is not that alarming at present as the daily demand is being met by electricity produced by power plants and market purchases, p e o p l e h av e been advised to use power judiciously on need basis in the wake of shortage of coal for thermal plants. Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, however, maintained that the present situation arising out of the coal crisis is temporary Chief . Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to ensure that power consumers are not subjected to any inconvenience, he said.
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