BHUBANESWAR 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 Malik hits out P r i c e f l u c t uat i o n City Lucknow Mumbai Jaipur Kolkata Bhopal Guwahati Potato Fortnight Today ago `28-30 `30 `30 `30 `20 `20 `15 `25 `14-15 `20 `20 `25 Tomato Onion Fortnight Today Fortnight Today ago ago `60 `70-75 `34-35 `50-55 `40 `80 `40 `50 `60 `80 `50 `60 `50 `93 `40 `60 `20-30 `60-80 `30 `50 `60 `80 `40 `60 Fuel prices, 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 waz Huassain, president, fruit and vegetable sellers union in Lucknow. As if the sky-rocketing fuel prices were In Jaipur, too, consumers are feeling not enough to break the back of the the pinch as most vegetables in the recommon man, the food platter is also tail markets have become costlier by 15getting costlier, with vegetables, includ- 25%. Only potato price has remained ing staples like potato and onion, burn- static. Nisha, a homemaker, said prices ing a hole in people’s pockets. shoot up in the festive season every year The soaring prices of petrol and die- and with Diwali round the corner, sel and damage to summer crops due to they’re going to increase further. “I buy unseasonal and erratic in bulk. So, if I have to pay rains in several states are `1,000-1,200 instead of `600Worry over driving up the prices, ac800, it pinches.” Sanjay, oil prices cording to traders. While owner of a vegetable shop Finance Minister the prices of onion, tomato in Jaipur, said many green and green vegetables have Nirmala Sitharaman on vegetables are costlier also Sunday shared her seen a massive increase in because of untimely rains. concern on the fuel most states over the past In Bengal, even potato has two weeks, potato has large- price rise. “The way the become costlier by `10 comly been stable except in a fuel prices are leading pared to a fortnight ago to a big crest... I don’t few states. while people have to fork know how much will In Uttar Pradesh, the out `20 extra per kg for onhave to be diverted kitchen staple has not seen ions. Tomato has hit the from other most any rise in prices as the roof and is selling at `90-93 important state saw a bumper crop this a kilo in Kolkata while brinconsiderations, and year. But tomato, which was jal, which was selling at `60 that’s the challenge I selling at `60 per kg a forttwo weeks back, has touched see,” she told a few night ago, has registered an `100. Traders said prices CEOs in New York increase of `10-15 per kg tend to rise during Septemwhile another kitchen esber-October and stabilise sential, onion, is now costlier by about only after winter crops arrive in the `20. The prices of other vegetables such markets. as lady finger (okra), brinjal, cauliflowIn Punjab and Haryana, supply shorter and bottle gourd have been stable. age caused by heavy rains in the region Vegetable traders expected the prices and several other parts of the country to escalate further. “Since the festive is another factor behind rising prices. season is on and the fuel prices are Onion is selling at `50 per kg, up from touching record highs every day, the `35, while the price of tomato has doucost of transportation of vegetables has bled in a fortnight — from `40 to `80 per gone up. There is no hope of relief in the kg. Peas are selling at `120 per kg, up next few days. Demand is high and sup- from `80, while cauliflower costs `100 ply is less as onions and tomato are com- per kg as against `60 per kg earlier. CONTINUED ON: P8 ing from outside the state,” said Shahn- NATIONWIDE oct 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 14,146 13,596 19,788 19,582 144 166 Jab-o-meter Take your shot oct 18 October 17 12,05,162 doses October 18 79,74,435 doses Total doses: 98,60,00,264 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths oct 17 443 508 03 oct 18 340 530 05 express read Over 1 cr people in Odisha are now fully vaccinated Bhubaneswar: More than one crore adults in Odisha are now fully vaccinated against Covid19, the Health and Family Welfare department said on Monday. As per statistics available on CoWIN portal, over 3.43 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the State so far | P2 If BJP doesn’t listen to kisan, it won’t return to power: Guv E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Jaipur Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has warned the BJP that it will not return to power unless the Centre listens to farmers protesting the new agricultural laws. “There is only one thing which will solve the entire issue. If the government agrees to give legal guarantee to the minimum support price mechanism, I will mediate and convince the farmers,” he told the media in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu on Sunday . “I am with the farmers. I have fought with PM and home minister for them. I have told everyone t h at wh at they are doing is wrong and they should not do it,” Malik said. He also spoke on the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Oct 3, when eight people were killed after being knocked down by a vehicle carrying BJP workers. Farmers alleged that Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish was in one of the vehicles. Responding to a question, he said Ajay Mishra should have been asked to resign. “It is completely wrong. Resignation of the minister should have been sought the day Lakhimpur Kheri incident took place. Otherwise, too, he doesn’t deserve to be a minister.” Malik, an outspoken Jat leader from western Uttar Pradesh, alleged that BJP leaders can’t even enter any village in Meerut, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar in UP which is headed to , polls in February . Commenting on the killings of civilians in J&K, he said: “When I was Governor of J&K, nothing was happening. There was no stone pelting; nobody was dying. No terrorists dared enter within 50 km of Srinagar. Now, they are killing openly in the city It is saddening.” . Kerala on edge as more rains forecast 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 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. The authorities have been directed to make all arrangements for 9,422 people from 2,619 families 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 chief minister asked district collectors to prepare a detailed estimate on the loss of life, property and crops. He also ordered speedy disbursal of relief. Missing teacher case BJP, Cong demand Home Min’s removal E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar THE mysterious disappearance of a lady teacher of Balangir for last 11 days has snowballed into a huge political controversy with Opposition political parties pointing fingers at Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra and demanding his ouster. With a key suspect in the case fleeing from police custody on Sunday it , has further come as a huge embarrassment for the State government. The main suspect Gobinda Sahu is president of managing committee of Sunshine English Medium School in Kalahandi’s Mahaling where the teacher Mamita Meher was employed. The missing teacher was reportedly asked by Gobinda on October 8 to come to the school for some work. A native of Balangir’s Turekela, she took a bus to a certain point but became untraceable thereafter. She was to be picked up by Gobinda’s car later and her disappearance prompted the family to accuse the school managing committee president. The chain of events has led Opposition BJP and Congress to target the Minister of State for Home. The par- ties on Monday demanded his removal for allegedly trying to protect Gobinda who was in police custody at Titlagarh but gave the cops a slip on Sunday . Alleging that the Minister may try to influence the investigation because of his alleged close links with the main suspect, BJP MP from Kalahandi Basant Panda demanded that he should be first removed from the Cabinet so that truth can come to the fore. “CM Naveen Patnaik should immediately intervene in the matter and ensure rescue of the missing teacher,” CONTINUED ON: P5 he said.
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