VISAKHAPATNAM l tuesday l october 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION China powers down as gdp growth weakens in 3rd qtr China’s GDP growth slipped to 4.9% in third quarter from 7.9% in Q2, confirming slowdown of the world’s second-largest economy Gloom spreads to World markets Indian bourses keep off bearish path The dismal growth number is a reflection of China’s massive energy crunch, shipping disruptions and a deepening property crisis. Reacting to the news, major bourses opened on a tepid note on Monday. Dow Jones slipped 150 points in early trades. Germany’s DAX declined 0.5% and the CAC 40 in Paris gave up 0.8%. US markets recovered as trade progressed ■ ■ Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.2% to 7,216.79. Stock exchanges in Europe were trading in the red in mid-session deals. Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo ended with losses India markets, however, shrugged off the bearish trend abroad with the Sensex rising 0.75% and Nifty surging 0.76% on Monday 18.3% The blistering growth China had showcased in the first quarter 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 Jobs to kin of govt staff who died on Covid-19 duty E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada P r i c e f l u c t uat i o n City Lucknow Mumbai Jaipur Kolkata Bhopal Guwahati Potato Tomato Onion Fortnight Monday Fortnight Monday Fortnight Monday ago ago ago `28-30 `30 `60 `70-75 `34-35 `50-55 `30 `30 `40 `80 `40 `50 `20 `20 `60 `80 `50 `60 `15 `25 `50 `93 `40 `60 `14-15 `20 `20-30 `60-80 `30 `50 `20 `25 `60 `80 `40 `60 High fuel rates, rain make veggie prices go north Damage to summer crops adds to problem E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e As if the sky-rocketing fuel prices were not enough to break the back of the common man, the food platter is also getting costlier, with vegetables, including staples like potato and onion, burning a hole in people’s pockets. The soaring prices of petrol and diesel and damage to summer crops due to unseasonal and erratic rains in several states are driving up the prices, according to traders. While the prices of onion, tomato and green vegetables have seen a massive increase in most states over the past two weeks, potato has largely been stable except in a few states. In Uttar Pradesh, the kitchen staple has not seen any rise in prices as the state saw a bumper crop this year. But tomato, which was selling at `60 per kg a fortnight ago, has registered an increase of `10-15 per kg while another kitchen essential, onion, is now costlier by about `20. The prices of other vegetables such as lady finger (okra), brinjal, cauliflower and bottle gourd have been stable. Vegetable traders expected the prices to escalate further. “Since the festive season is on and the fuel prices are touching record highs every day the cost , of transportation of vegetables has gone up. There is no hope of relief in the next few days. Demand is high and supply is less as onions and tomato are coming from outside the state,” said Shahnwaz Huassain, president, fruit and vegetable sellers union in Lucknow. In Jaipur, too, consumers are feeling the pinch as most vegetables in the retail markets have become costlier by 15-25%. Only potato price has remained Worry over oil prices Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday shared her concern on the fuel price rise. “The way the fuel prices are leading to a big crest... I don’t know how much will have to be diverted from other most important considerations, and that’s the challenge I see,” she told a few CEOs in New York static. Nisha, a homemaker, said prices shoot up in the festive season every year and with Diwali round the cor ner, they’re going to increase further. “I buy in bulk. So, if I have to pay `1,000-1,200 instead of `600-800, it pinches.” Sanjay, owner of a vegetable shop in Jaipur, said many green vegetables are costlier also because of untimely rains. In Bengal, even potato has become costlier by `10 compared to a fortnight ago while people have to fork out `20 extra per kg for onions. Tomato has hit the roof and is selling at `90-93 a kilo in Kolkata while brinjal, which was selling at `60 two weeks back, has touched `100. Traders said prices tend to rise during September-October and stabilise only after winter crops arrive in the markets. In Punjab and Haryana, supply shortage caused by heavy rains in the region and several other parts of the country is another factor behind rising prices. Onion is selling at `50 per kg, up from `35, while the price of tomato has doubled in a fortnight — from `40 to `80 per kg. Peas are selling at `120 per kg, up from `80, while cauliflower costs `100 per kg as against `60 per kg earlier. Continued on P8 The State government has decided to provide jobs to family members of the government employees who died of Covid-19, under compassionate grounds. At a review meeting on the Covid-19 situation in the State on Monday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to complete the process of compassionate appointments by November 30. It may be recalled that several employees of frontline departments like medical and health, revenue and police had died on Covid duty in the State. Now, the officials need to compile data of government employees died on Covid duty to arrive at a total figure on compassionate appointments. During the review meeting, the officials informed the Chief Minister that a job calendar has been prepared based on the number of vacancies identified in various government hospi- E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ T’Puram AFTER a spate of deadly landslides and flash floods killed at least 25 people, Kerala is bracing for more rains in the coming days. The situation remains grim as water levels in dams in the densely populated state are rising fast. As many as 10 dams are in red alert zone. In a bid to avoid a re-run of the 2018 deluge, the state government has decided to release water from two largest reservoirs in the state, Idukki and Idamalayar, from 11 am on Tuesday . While a high alert has been issued in the coastal districts, the downstream areas of Chalakudy and Pampa rivers are already flooded due to release of water from Sholayar and Kakki dams. Water level in Idukki dam reached 2,397.52 feet (93.60% of its capacity) on Monday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed an expert committee to monitor water levels and make necessary preparations. Heavy rain has been forecast from Wednesday to Friday across the state. Yellow alert Kurnool district tops R’seema in dengue, malaria incidence K M a d h u S u d h a k a r @ Kurnool Kurnool has topped the four Rayalaseema districts in incidence of dengue and malaria. The district has witnessed a surge in dengue cases as it reported 152 till October 10 this year compared to 18 during the corresponding period in 2020. Kurnool has also recorded a steep rise in malaria cases this year, compared to last year. Recent rains, stagnant water and poor sanitation at several places are said to be the reasons for the spike in vectorborne diseases in the district. According to the data obtained from the Medical and Health Department, Kurnool has reported the highest number of 152 dengue cases in Rayalaseema region, followed by Anantapur with 141, Chittoor with 69 and Kadapa with 21. The district has also recorded the highest number of 45 malaria cases in Rayalaseema, while the lowest number of 12 cases have been reported in Anantapur. Adoni and Nandyal divisions have accounted for a majority of dengue and malaria cases in the district due to poor sanP5 itation in rural areas. Jab-o-meter October 17 October 18 Take 12,05,162 79,74,435 doses your doses shot Total doses: 98,60,00,264 NATIONWIDE oct 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 14,146 19,788 144 oct 18 13,596 19,582 166 statewide oct 17 oct 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 432 332 586 651 5 6 31,712 30,219 Tantrik accused of killing woman lynched SI Razia, who was given posting recently, fell unconscious in the melee. By that time additional police force reached the village, the mob was ready to burn Obaiah’s body. The police had a tough time in controlling the mob. Later, the bodies of Vijayamma and Obaiah were shifted to the Ongole GGH for post-mortem. The police said the accused who lynched Obaiah, would be identified and arrested vacancies in govt hosps to be filled up s0on A job calendar has been prepared based on the number of vacancies identified in government hospitals and a notification will be issued on October 20. The selection process for posts notified by the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare will be completed by December 10 Kerala braces for more downpour, Idukki dam to raise shutters today sexual assault bid SI falls unconscious in the melee, police promises action tals in the State and a recruitment notification will be issued on October 20. The selection process and issuance of appointment orders for posts notified by the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare will be completed by December 10. The selection process for all E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Ongole A 60-year-old man was lynched by a mob for allegedly killing a woman for resisting his sexual assault at Kamepalli under the Jarugumalli police station limits in Prakasam district on Sunday night. According to the police, V Vijaya Lakshmi alias Vijayamma (42) used to supply agricultural labourers to farmers. She went to Vaddepalem in Kamepalli around 7.30 pm on Sunday to mobilise labourers for Monday’s agriculture works. Later, she visited the house of Obisetty alias Obaiah, who used to perform ‘tantrik puja’ and offer cure to ailments, for getting treatment to her joint pains. Obaiah allegedly tried to sexually assault her. When she resisted his attempt, he stabbed her to death. Having learnt about the murder, SI Razia rushed to the village. After conducting a preliminary inquiry, the SI tried to shift Obaiah to the police station. A good number of villagers and Vijayamma’s kin gathered at the place. The mob pulled Obaiah out of the police jeep and beat him with sticks, leading to his instantaneous death. The police was outnumbered by the mob. Two murder cases were registered. has been sounded in all districts except Alappuzha, Kannur and Kasaragod for Wednesday. As many as 247 relief camps have been opened across the state. Officials have been directed to make all arrangements for 9,422 people shifted there. As part of flood relief preparations, a total of 3,071 buildings have been converted into relief camps that can house over 4.23 lakh people. The CM asked collectors to prepare a detailed estimate on the loss of life, property and crops. the notified posts under the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) will be completed by December 5. With regard to the Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad (APVVP), the job notification will be issued between October 20 and 23 and the selection process will be completed by December 25, the officials explained. The Chief Minister instructed them to ensure that all the government hospitals in the State have adequate staff as per P5 the national standards.
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