kochi l wednesday l October 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l late city EDITION Retail inflation at a 5-month low, industrial output grows Retail inflation declined to 4.35% in September, mainly due to lower food prices, according to govt data released on Tuesday food prices moderate in september Industrial output expands in august The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation was at 5.3% in August 2021 and at 7.27% in September 2020. The inflation in food basket eased to 0.68% in September 2021, significantly down from 3.11% recorded in the preceding month. For the third consecutive month, CPI inflation stayed within the Reserve Bank of India’s tolerance band of 2-6% in September ■ The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63% of the Index of Industrial Production, grew 9.7% in August, data showed ■ Mining output during August expanded by a robust 23.6% ■ Consumer durables manufacturing increased 8% in August 2021 against a decline of 10.2% in August 2020 | P12 11.5% The Growth in industrial production recorded in july 2021 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 Two little sisters among 3 dead as Faculty data fudge at rain lashes state; dam shutters up govt med colleges too IMD says cyclonic storm-triggered showers to continue; revenue min holds collectors’ meet E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram/Thrissur/Malappuram HEAVY rain, triggered by cyclonic storms that formed over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, continued to lash the state on Tuesday Three . people, including two little sisters, died in rain-related incidents in Malappuram and Kollam. Several low-lying areas were inundated while minor landslides were reported in northern districts. Shutters of many dams were raised. Nearly 700 people have been shifted to the 27 relief camps so far. Liyana Fathima, 7, and her sevenmonth-old sister Lubana from Mathamkulam near Karipur in Malappuram died on Tuesday morning when the bedroom wall of their house collapsed on them. They were sleeping alongside mother Sumayya. Govindarajan, 65, a labourer at Nagamala estate at Thenmala in Kollam, died after he fell into the Nagamala stream while crossing a flooded road while returning home. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the state on Wednesday Orange . alerts have been sounded in central and northern districts. “At present, two cyclonic circulations lie over the Bay of Bengal, and the central and south-east Arabian Sea. As a result, the southern peninsula including Kerala will receive heavy rain in the coming days,” Centre Director K Santhosh told TNIE. The cyclonic circulation that lies over the Bay of Bengal is likely to become a low pressure area by Wednesday and later move towards the Odisha and Andhra coasts. Due to the two systems, the withdrawal of Southwest Monsoon from the state too is likely to be delayed. Meanwhile, Revenue Minister K Rajan, who convened an emergency meeting of district collectors on Tuesday, said the state is fully equipped to tack● More on P4 le the situation. Vehicles pass through a waterlogged road at Chinthavalappu in Kozhikode on Tuesday | T P Sooraj 25cm rainfall in Karipur Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-55kmph is likely to prevail till Saturday. Fishermen advised not to venture into the sea 6 teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been positioned at various places in the state Karipur in Malappuram district received the highest rainfall of 25cm in the last 24 hours. It was followed by Mannarkad in Palakkad (24cm) and Kozhikode (22cm) ORANGE ALERT today Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod YELLOW ALERT Alappuzha and Kottayam State receives 26.25cm in the first two weeks of October, which is an excess of 117% Two devotees wade through floodwater after offering prayers at the Aluva Mahadeva temple on the Periyar on Tuesday | A Sanesh STATE FULLY EQUIPPED: MIN houses damaged Recenue Minister K Rajan said the state is equipped to handle the situation. “Six teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been positioned at various places in the state. The Army has informed that it is ready to send its team in case of emergency. People staying in low-lying and landslide-prone areas have been told to move into relief camps,” he said. Heavy rain on Tuesday wreaked havoc in Malappuram, leading to destruction of houses and massive flooding in several areas including Pulikkal, Thenhipalam, Kondotty and Tanur. People residing in low-lying areas were evacuated and rehabilitated to safer places. Fire and Rescue Services personnel rescued a family of six who were trapped in their flooded house. S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Alarmed at reports that government medical colleges have started data fudging to show higher faculty count, the Centre has asked all colleges to share details of vacancies in all departments immediately. Till now, the malaise was restricted to dodgy private medical colleges. In a letter issued to all government medical colleges in the country on Monday, accessed by this newspaper, the National Medical Commission asked them for these details within 24 hours. There are about 275 government medical colleges in India at present. The letter said the Union government had taken a serious view of the matter, adding it could figure in a conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to have with state chief secretaries. The Commission said its Medical Assessment and Rating Board (MARB) observed that faculty positions in many departments of government medical colleges have stayed vacant for several years. “The colleges and the institutions for undergraduate, Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 11 59,62,469 doses October 12 46,23,892 doses Total doses: 96,38,92,045 NATIONWIDE oct 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths stateWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 18,132 21,563 193 oct 11 6,996 16,576 84 oct 12 14,313 26,579 181 oct 12 7,823 12,490 106 Cong list: Delay blamed on KC’s bid to dilute criterion, women likely to lose out C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @ T’Puram AICC general secretary K C Venugopal met reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday and denied reports that his insistence on including a couple of nominees was delaying the finalisation of the list of state officebearers. The unusual move by the leader followed widespread rumours among Congress rank and file that M P Vincent and U Rajeevan, former district Congress chiefs of Thrissur and Kozhikode, would find a place in the list, violating all norms. Sources told TNIE that Venugopal had suggested accommodating Vincent and Rajeevan in the list though the norm was against naming past presidents of district committee. Venugopal wanted to use the relaxation given to Padmaja Venugopal and Bindu Krishna in the case of these leaders as well. “The cases of Padmaja and Bindu were taken up to ensure fair representation of woman leaders. There was no point in relaxing that exemption further,” said a senior leader. The position taken by state Congress president K Sudhakaran and Opposition Leader V D Satheesan against relaxing norms to accommodate Vincent and Rajeevan is now set to diminish the chances of the woman leaders. It is learnt that by Tuesday night, the senior leaders reached an understanding to stick to the criterion decided by the political affairs committee meeting. The effort is to finalise the list of 51-member state committee latest by Wednesday . It is learnt Sudhakaran is not keen to listen to Venugopal’s demand as Vincent is one of the 97 leaders who have been served notice for the party’s dismal show in the recent as● More on P4 sembly elections. express read Delhi HC clears Rakesh Asthana’s appointment Murder bid on Jayarajan: 12 IUML men exonerated New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has dismissed a PIL challenging Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Delhi Police Commissioner four days before his superannuation on July 31, saying there was no illegality. Kannur: The Kannur Additional Sessions Court has exonerated 12 Muslim League workers accused of attacking CPM leader P Jayarajan at Ariyil near Taliparamba in 2012. The trial of two other accused is pending. P5 18 pages, including 4 pages of kochi Express FINAL SALUTE Police officials offer gun salute to actor Nedumudi Venu during the funeral rites at the Santhikavadom crematorium in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday | Vincent Pulickal | P5 Curbs off, domestic flights at full capacity from Oct 18 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi FROM October 18, domestic flights can operate without any capacity restriction, the Centre said on Tuesday Currently, the do. mestic carriers can operate only up to 85% (of their pre-Covid services). “After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in the initial order dated May 21, 2020... it has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operations with effect from 18-10-2021 without any capacity restriction,” read the order issued by the civil aviation ministry With the grad. ual decline in cases, airports across the country are recording heavy rush. postgraduate and broad and super-speciality courses without proper eligibility qualifications of the teachers,” said the letter signed by MARB member G Suryanarayana Raju. Teachers in some government medical colleges this newspaper spoke to conceded that to tide over faculty shortage, many of them have been calling teachers from other institutions on short deputation. “Faculty shortage was a major problem during regulatory inspections. Though inspections are happening only during seat enhancement, government medical colleges are struggling to show the required number of teachers and are forced to call them on deputation though they are bound to other institutions,” said a senior faculty attached with a medical college in Himachal Pradesh. Another faculty member in UP said the practice was rampant in the state as well. “It is also because many doctors do not want to teach in rural and tribal areas. Besides, a proposal to get private practitioners to teach in medical colleges as guest faculties has not picked up too well,” he pointed out. Covaxin safe for 2-plus age group, says expert panel S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi bharat Biotech’s Covaxin can be administrated on adolescents and children as young as two years, an expert panel of India’s apex drug regulator has recommended. The final approval by the Drug Controller General of India is expected soon, sources said. All data related to the clinical trials in the 2-17 years age group has been submitted to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and the subject expert committee, Bharat Biotech said in a statement on Tuesday . “This represents one of the first approvals worldwide for Covid-19 vaccines for the 2-18 age group,” said the company . “We now await further regulatory approvals from the CDSCO prior to product launch and market availability of Covaxin for Children. Raches Ella, clinic lead of Covid vaccines at the company , said in a tweet that Covaxin has been “reported to be safe and immunogenic” in a paediatric cohort and “the approval in children will help expedite the reopening of schools”. Modi comes down on selective fury, says it damages human rights MA N ISH A N A N D @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at selective outrage by a section of the people, saying political opportunism causes maximum damage to human rights. While he did not identify the people who were “weighing violations of human rights on the scale of political gains and losses”, his remarks assumed significance in the backdrop of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. For, the BJP then launched a blistering attack on the Congress for overlooking atrocities against members of the scheduled castes in Rajasthan. Modi was speaking at the 28th foundation day ceremony of the National Human Rights Commission. Hours later, the BJP held a presser to show video clippings of violence against members of the scheduled castes in Congress-ruled Rajasthan. Referring to Modi’s remarks earlier in the day BJP national general , secretary Dushyant Gautam said his (Modi) anguish is justified since victims of the Rajasthan violence want Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to show Harms India’s image: PM “In incidents of similar nature, there are some who see violation of human rights in some case, while ignoring the others. Selective outrage is harmful to democracy. It also harms India’s image,” Modi remarked similar solidarity with them as he’s been doing in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri. “Since UP is heading for polls, Congress leaders are trooping into Lakhimpur Kheri while ignoring similar atrocities elsewhere,” he charged. The BJP broadside came a day after its top leadership brainstormed its strategy for UP. While the party had earlier hoped that Lakhimpur would be handled locally, the escalating political heat forced the top brass to lead the attack. govt under fire Who allowed flagpoles everywhere: HC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi Coming down heavily on the practice of political parties erecting flagpoles at public places, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to inform it about the steps being taken to remove such unauthorised poles. Justice Devan Ramachandran issued the directive on a petition filed by Mannam Sugar Mills Cooperative Ltd, Pandalam, seeking to remove the flagpoles erected by various trade unions before the mill’s gates. The court observed that flagpoles could be seen in every nook and cranny in the state. These had even led to law and order problems. Hence, the government should take stringent action against this practice. The court said it has failed to understand under what authority such poles are being erected on roadsides and public places. In fact, the situation in the state is such that any organisation can erect flagpoles at public places. If a common man erects a flagpole, action is taken against the person. However, when established institutions and political organisations do it, no action is taken against them. The court noted that erection of flagpoles in public places is against the land conservancy law. “If some people erect a post on the roadside, then there’s political allegiance attached to it. If someone asks them to shift it to another place, there are fights, saying someone has removed the flag. They erect flag posts wherever they want to,” the court observed orally . The court impleaded the secretary , local self-government institutions, as a respondent and posted the case for further hearing on November 1.
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