R Satish Babu KOchi l wednesday l October 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Centre flags slow uptake of 2nd Covid vaccine dose The Centre has urged states to focus on increasing the coverage of the second dose as total vaccination is nearing 100 crore Reviews progress of inoculation project There is no supply problem: Centre Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday reviewed the progress of vaccination with health secretaries and mission directors of national health missions in states and Union territories. During the meeting via videoconference, it was highlighted that a sizeable number of beneficiaries have not received their second dose of the Covid vaccine ■ ■ At the virtual conference, the Centre pointed out that many states have adequate doses for the second jab. If needed, additional doses can be sent to states, it added During the meeting, states and Union territories were advised to identify and prioritise districts having low coverage 10.2 crore Vaccine doses are available with the states, according to the centre 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 Torrential rain takes Uttarakhand toll to 28 Nainital bears brunt with 18 deaths; fatalities may go up as several persons are still missing after landslides and others severely injured VI N E E T U PA D HYAY @ Dehradun Water gushes after three shutters of Cheruthoni dam were raised by 35cm on Tuesday. One lakh litres of water is being released per second | Shiyami Heavy rain forecast, state on edge Higher education institutions to remain closed All higher educational institutions in the state, including professional colleges, will remain closed till Saturday. The state higher education department has also directed universities to postpone all exams to be held this week in the wake of heavy rain forecast. ORANGE ALERT 39 WEDNESDAY All districts, except Kollam, Alappuzha and Kasaragod people have lost their lives in rainrelated incidents so far THURSDAY All districts except Kannur and Kasaragod Fishermen advised not to venture into the sea on Wednesday and Thursday Inside Periyar river in spate | p2 kuttanad heaves a sigh of relief | p2 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram AFTER a day’s respite from heavy rain, it’s anxious moments once again for the state from Wednesday as heavy to very heavy rainfall, that can even go up to 204.4 mm in a span of 24 hours, has been forecast till Friday . The Met Department has scaled up the ‘yellow’ alert that was declared in 11 districts on Wednesday to ‘orange’. All districts, except Kollam, Alappuzha and Kasaragod, are likely to receive copious rain on Wednesday. Orange alert has been issued in all districts except Kannur and Kasaragod, for Thursday . Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea on Wednesday and Thursday as squally weather, with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph, is likely to prevail over Kerala coast and Lakshadweep area. In a special weather bulletin issued on Tuesday, the Met Department also warned that thunderstorm with lightning is very likely to occur at one or two plac- Kitchen staple prices soar across the South E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e It’s that time of the year when the prices of kitchen staples acquire wings, fluctuating wildly depending on the monsoon mood swings. Add to that the higher cost of transport because pricy diesel, and it is the aam aadmi who is forced to bear the brunt. The trend is uniform across the South. One estimate on the cost addon because of the fuel price flare up came from Umesh Mirji, managing director of the Horticultural Producers’ Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society in Karnataka. He said a 5-10% rise in vegetable cost is due to the rise in diesel prices, which has already crossed `100. The Pedda Waltair Rythu Bazaar in Vizag stood out as an example of the yo-yo situation. While last Saturday, a kilo of tomatoes was sold at `52, on Tuesday it dropped to `44. But , the price could soon cross `50 again as tomatoes are getting scarcer. “Tomato prices might increase again as a lot of farms and produce were destroyed due to heavy rains and the cyclone,” informed Jagadeesh, a vendor. In Vijayawada, tomatoes on Tuesday were sold at `40, while it was `24 a fortnight ago; onions at `40 per kg as compared to `29 earlier; and green chilies at `34 while it was `16 a fort- Price rise Vijayawada Udipi Tomato: 40 24 Onion: 40 29 Tomato: 50 25 Onion: 42 30 Vizag Tomato: 50 24 Onion: 50 28 Hyderabad Tomato: 30 10-20 Onion: 30 20 Chennai Tomato: 60-80 50 Onion: 45 30 A country boat being transported to North Paravoor as part of precautionary measures. A scene from Varappuzha, Kochi, on Tuesday | A Sanesh CM advises caution Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked people living on the banks of rivers and high ranges to exercise utmost caution. He urged people, residing in houses declared as not fit for habitation by the Geological Survey of India and the state disaster management authority, to remain in relief camps till the situation improves. es in the state till Saturday . According to the weatherman, localised landslips or landslides, and damage to horticulture and standing crops in some areas due to inundation After blaming govt on FB, hotelier ends life Monson booked for sexually abusing minor Army intensifies op against terrorists Kottayam: A restaurant owner in Kurichy near here ended his life following financial crisis induced by Covid. The deceased is Sarin Mohan, 42, of Gurudeva Bhavan at Kanakakkunnu. Sarin had posted a suicide note on his Facebook page before ending his life. He has made harsh criticism against the state government for imposing tight restrictions for hotels and restaurants in the name of Covid prevention measures. P4 Kochi: The Ernakulam North police have registered a case against self-styled antique collector Monson Mavunkal for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor girl, the daughter of his employee. The case was registered under the Pocso Act based on the complaint lodged by the victim and her mother on Monday. As per the complaint, Monson sexually abused the girl at his rented house in Kaloor several times in 2019. P4 Jammu: After suffering nine casualties in as many days, the Army has upped the ante against the terrorists holed up in the jungles of Poonch in Jammu, asking locals not to venture out of their homes and blocking main roads for a fullscale operation. Army Chief General M M Naravane on Tuesday visited forward areas along the LoC. Now Earlier night ago. “The prices came as a shock when I visited the bazaar today,” said S Dhanalakshmi, a homemaker. In the Hyderabad market, vegetables such as tomato and green chillies that are usually available at `10 and `15 a kg respectively this time of the year, are now being sold at `30. At the Bowenpally Vegetable Market, one of the biggest in Hyderabad, onions were available for `20 a kg till Monday A day . later, its price jumped to `30.. Continued on: P5 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 18 79,74,435 doses October 19 37,92,737 doses Total doses: 99,08,97,514 NATIONWIDE oct 18 oct 19 Fresh cases 13,596 13,058 Recoveries 19,582 19,470 Deaths 166 164 statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths oct 18 6,676 11,023 60 oct 19 7,643 10,488 77 WOMAN, 72, puts sick HUSBAND, 76, to death Says she could no longer endure the sight of the paralysed man struggling E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram DISHEARTENED at the sight of the pain endured day in, day out by her elderly husband who had been lying paralysed and bedridden for 15 years, his wife killed him by slitting his throat inside their makeshift house at Neyyattinkara on Tuesday morning. After ending the life of Gopi, alias Njanadas, 76, Sumathi, 72, ran towards a nearby pond to die by suicide, but fell down m i dw ay a n d l o s t h e r consciousness. Local residents took both of them to the Medical College Hospital in the capital city. Washed away Hundreds of landslides block roads across the state Roads, bridges, railway tracks washed away at some locations Rescue efforts are in full swing. Hundreds of people have been trapped at various places, hotels and resorts. They are also being ferried to safer locations Ashok Kumar, DGP, Uttarakhand IMD predicts ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in the state in the next 24 hours Udham Singh Nagar district records highest of 403.9 mm of rain, followed by Nainital district with 401 mm and Pithoragarh with 212.1 mm Nainital’s Mukteshwar recorded 340.8 mm rainfall, its highest since 1914 Army called in for search and rescue operations, three choppers deployed Gushing currents of a swollen Ganga lash at the statue of Lord Shiva at Rishikesh on Tuesday | AFP EXPRESS READ T’Puram Tomato: 65-70 20-25 Onion: 50-55 20-22 and flooding on river banks can occur as a result of the heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads, inundation and waterlogging in low-lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas are expected, the Met Department said. Disruption of traffic in major cities due to waterlogging on roads, minor damage to roads and possibility of damage to vulnerable structures can also occur. As part of preparedness against natural calamities, teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram. A total of 11 NDRF teams have been deployed across the state. A team of Army personnel have been stationed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam. While Defence Security Force (DSF) personnel have been deployed in Kozhikode and Wayanad, two choppers of the Air Force have been put on standby in Thiruvananthapuram and ● More on P2 Kochi. AT least 22 people were killed in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as incessant rain, exacerbated by cloudbursts and landslides, pounded the hilly state, taking the number of people died due to rain-related incidents over the past three days to 28. According to officials, the toll may go up as many are still missing and some of the rescued have been critically injured. Nainital bore the brunt as the district reported as many as 18 deaths on Tuesday . Three deaths were reported from Almora while one died in Champawat. According to the India Meteorological Department data, Uttarakhand received ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in the past 24 hours with the Kumaon division receiving as high as 500 mm of rainfall, followed by Udham Singh Nagar recording at 403.9 mm, Nainital 401 mm, and Pithoragarh recording 212.1 mm. The weather station in Mukteshwar of Nainital district recorded 340.8 mm rain- fall, the highest since 1914. “This is the highest even rainfall in history There will . be respite from Wednesday as the western disturbance has started weakening,” said Bikram Singh, IMD director, Uttarakhand. Indian Army has been called in for search and rescue operations. Three choppers have also been pressed into service. “Rescue efforts are in full swing. Hundreds of people have been trapped at various places, hotels and resorts. They are also being ferried to safer locations,” said Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar. Nainital, the worst-affected district, witnessed the overflowing of the Naini lake leading to flooding of the Mall Road as well as several other low-lying localities. On Tuesday Prime Minister , Narendra Modi spoke to Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami offering Centre’s help. While Kumaon division remains battered by incessant rains, Garhwal remains mostly unaffected. P8 While Gopi was declared place when Sunil, who had brought dead, Sumathi sur- visited his parents, returned vived. Her arrest would be re- home, which is 50 metres away , corded later. to bring breakfast for them. Sumathi reportedly told the By that time, Sumathi took doctors that she could no long- a knife from the kitchen and er endure the sight of her hus- cut Gopi’s throat in an act of band struggling. Gopi could mercy killing. hardly move his right The two used to stay hand after suffering a at the house of Sunil, stroke. Gopi was found who is running a marlying in a pool of blood riage bureau at Paliyon the floor by his son o d e n e a r Sunil Das around Thiruvananthapuram. 7.30am. They were recently According to the poshifted to the makeshift Gopi lice, the incident took house since Sunil’s We have requested the magistrate to record Sumathi’s statement. As soon as she is discharged from the hospital, we will arrest her — M Anilkumar, DySP, Neyyattinkara house was being renovated. The Marayamuttom police have registered a case. “The arrest is yet to be recorded as Sumathi is still in the hospital. We have requested the magistrate to record her statement. As soon as she is discharged from the hospital, we will arrest her,” said N e y ya t t i n k a r a D y S P M Anilkumar However, we’ve taken the statement from the doctor as preliminary evidence. The body of Gopi is kept in the morgue of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital and a post-mortem examination will be done on Wednesday said Anilkumar. ,” 40% Congress ticket quota for women in UP N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Exhorting women to join active politics and fight for their rights, Congress general secretary and UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said 40% of the party’s tickets for the state polls due early next year would go to women. She, however, dodged questions on her own electoral debut, saying she has not taken a call yet. Asked whether she would contest from Rae Bareli or Amethi Assembly seat, she said: “I will have to fight (elections) one day or the other. But for now I haven’t given it a thought.” Priyanka said 40% was a figure to start off with and the reservation for women could be increased to 50% in future. Urging women to participate in politics, she said, “No one is here to protect you. Only those who talk about protecting you are protected, but not you.” Accusing the UP government of relegating women power to pension and kitchen, Priyanka said: “Together we will change the politics of the land. The government thinks `2,000 and gas cylinder makes everything OK. We will get strong women candidates and support them. If not now, they will become stronger by the next election.”
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