chennai l wednesday l october 13, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 22 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 | P15 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 Govt med colleges too catch faculty data fudge bug It shows people are happy with the government. We have done substantial work for all sections of the society in the past four months. The CM’s down-to-earth approach and his involvement in resolving public issues gave us this victory S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi TKS Elangovan, DMK spokesperson The DMK has violated election rules, misused official machinery, and used money power to win these elections. This is just a fake victory. As such, it will not affect the AIADMK. We will continue to work for the people D Jayakumar, AIADMK spokesperson Staff engaged in counting of votes in the rural local body elections at a centre near Tambaram in Chengalpattu on Monday | ashwin prasath Sun shines on: DMK set to sweep rural civic polls Trends show ruling party ahead of AIADMK as counting continues New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday 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. Asthana, who was serving as the directorgeneral of BSF, was appointed the Commissioner on July 27 DM Panchayat Union ward members K9 Total number of posts - 140 AIA 9 DM K District Panchayat ward members rs 1 Delhi HC clears Rakesh Asthana’s appointment 3 Othe Chennai: Quarterly and halfyearly examinations for students of class 10, 11, and 12 in Tamil Nadu will not be conducted this year, School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the annual board examinations for these classes will be conducted in March-April next year | P2 14 K8 5 No quarterly, half-yearly exams for class 10, 11, 12 K5 AIADM e rs 7 1 express read win/leads Total number of posts - 1,381 Oth Just months after assuming power at Fort St George, it seems the ruling DMK has managed to keep peoples’ faith in it alive, with the party sweeping the recently concluded rural local body elections in Tamil Nadu. The declared results and lead trends available as of 11.30 pm on Tuesday are indicative of the same. On the other hand, the AIADMK, which is set to celebrate 50 years of its inception soon, has failed to put up a decent show. Of the 140 district panchayat ward member posts in the nine districts where polls were held, the DMK has won/leads in 99 posts while the AIADMK leads in only five. The PMK, which fought the election alone, leads in just one post. All the other parties have drawn a blank. According to the trend, the DMK is set to capture all the nine district panchayats. Similarly, of the 1,381 panchayat union ward member posts, the DMK has won/leads in 514 posts; the AIADMK in 83; PMK in 21; AMMK in three; DMDK in one, and others have won/leads in 46 posts. Interestingly functionaries of the Vijay , Makkal Iyakkam, comprising fans of actor Vijay have won 45 , posts in nine districts. Meanwhile, a candidate, Vardaraj, was elected the president of the Nelli village panchayat in Chengalpattu district by a draw of lots after he and DM T M u r u g a n a ndh a m @ Chennai Counting for the remaining posts still on; figures as of 11.30 pm on Tuesday his opponent, Kumarasamy se, cured 385 votes each. R Kadalmani won the president’s post in Sirumaruthur of Tiruchy district by just one vote, beating his rival, R Kanniammal. D Karthik, a BJP functionary who contested as an independent for village panchayat ward member post at Kurudampalayam in Coimbatore district, secured only one vote, triggering social media trolling against the saffron party Mean. while, even as results were being declared, horse-trading had begun for the posts of panchayat union chairman and village panchayat vice-president in Tenkasi district. Earlier in the day the Madras , High Court expressed confidence that the State Election Commission (SEC) will take steps to conduct the counting process in an appropriate manner. A two-judge bench also directed the SEC to respond within two weeks to a petition, seeking directions to videograph the process. full coverage: p4 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 . , domestic 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 gradual decline in coronavirus cases, airports across the country are recording heavy rush. In a bizarre incident last week, many flyers reportedly missed their flights due to long lines of passengers at the Mumbai airport. On October 9, Indian carriers operated 2,340 domestic flights, which is nearly 71% of their total pre-Covid capacity . Airlines witnessed around 61,100 departures in September compared to 39,628 in the same month of 2020. The number of departures in the month went higher by 6% as Covid-19 infections witnessed a decrease. Private airlines IndiGo and Vistara welcomed the Central government’s decision. 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 Taking serious view 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 will have with chief secretaries bharat biotech Covaxin safe for 2-plus age group, says expert panel NATIONWIDE Oct 11 Oct 12 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 18,132 21,563 193 14,313 26,579 181 tamil nadu OCT 11 oct 12 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,303 1,428 13 1,289 1,421 18 Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 11 59,62,469 doses October 11 46,23,892 doses Total doses 96,38,92,045 scheme exists from 1977 500 kg of temple gold melted so far, TN tells HC E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai In the wake of a chorus against the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department’s action to melt temple gold into bars and deposit them in banks, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday told the Madras High Court that such a gold monetisation scheme has existed for about 44 years. Representing the State government, Advocate General R Shanmugasundaram submitted that certain persons were creating a furore over the gold monetisation scheme without realising it has existed since 1977. “About 500 kg of gold has been melted into bars so far, and deposited at banks. This has earned `11 crore through interest,” the A-G told a division bench comprising Justices R Mahadevan and Abdul Quddhose, when two petitions challenging the melting of gold came up for hearing. Refuting charges of a lack of transparency in the gold melting process, the A-G pointed out that a G.O. was issued on September 9, constituting a com- mittee of a retired Supreme Court judge and two retired High Court judges to monitor the entire process. The panel would begin by inspecting the inventory. The government had proposed to melt 2,137 kg of gold jewellery at the government mint in Mumbai into bars, which would then be deposited at nationalised banks. Earlier, appearing for one of the What’s the plan? The State had proposed to melt 2,137 kg of gold at the government mint in Mumbai into bars, to be deposited at nationalised banks petitioners, advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, said the devotees had no clue on the jewellery of the temples as no register was properly maintained by the department, though the court had issued an earlier order regarding the same. Rule 11 of Jewels Rules says, the trustee is the only person who can decide on repairing or altering of jewels, and Rule 13 provides powers to the trustee to melt jewels, he said. How can the trustee know which jewels were required for temples and which ones were 10 years old when there is no proper register being maintained for over 60 years, he asked. P3 tions 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. Modi calls out selective fury, says it damages human rights MA N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi 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”. Once the final approval by the Drug Controller General of India comes, Covaxin would be the second vaccine after Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV D to be permitted for under 18 population group in India. Cadila’s three-dose vaccine has got emergency use authorisation for use in those above 12 years. For children, the vaccines will be supplied in pre-filled syringes instead of vials, said an official. medical colleges have stayed vacant for several years. “The colleges and the institutions for undergraduate, 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 inspec- 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 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 gener, al secretary Dushyant Gautam said his (Modi) anguish is justified since victims of the Rajasthan violence want Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to show 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 escalat, ing political heat forced the top brass to lead the attack.
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