KOCHI l Thursday l October 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE city EDITION India among countries with highest heat wave exposure Code red for a healthy future India and Brazil had the biggest absolute increase in heat-related mortality between 2018 and 2019, according a new Lancet report Steep rise in Extreme Drought events In addition to direct impacts on health, high temperatures can also affect people’s ability to work, says Lancet’s 2021 report, marked ‘code red for a healthy future’. Half of the total work hours lost globally occurred in the agricultural sector, the report noted. Pakistan, Bangladesh and India had the greatest losses aggregating three times the world average, it added ■ In 2020, up to 19% of the global land surface was affected by extreme drought in any given month. “Millions of farmers and construction workers could have lost income because on some days it’s just too hot for them to work,” said Prof Anthony Costello, executive director of the Lancet Countdown | P9 295 bn hrs Of potential work lost across the world in 2020 due to heat exposure 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 Toll rises to 42, skies open up again, CM sends out warning Landslip near Mangalam dam Heavy rain triggered landslips on Wednesday evening at Mattarakkal in Thazhekode panchayat in Malappuram district Landslip near Mangalam dam; no casualty as people were shifted well in advance Wayanad receives copious rain; 19 families shifted Athirappilly and Vazhachal closed again following heavy rain forecast E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ T’Puram THE death toll in rain-related calamities in the state since October 12 has risen to 42 while six other persons are still untraced, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday. Quoting a report from the Met Department, the CM also warned that widespread rain accompanied by thunderstorm is likely in the state till October 24 due to a cyclonic circulation near the south Tamil Nadu coast. Confirming the state’s fears, skies opened up again by Wednesday evening, with some of the northern districts receiving heavy rain. Wayanad, Palakkad and Malappuram districts witnessed landslips, but no casualty was reported. Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls in Thrissur were closed again due to adverse weather. Of the 42 deaths, 19 occurred due to landslides. While the bodies of 12 landslide victims in Kottayam have been recovered, another seven bodies were traced in Idukki. Pinarayi said 3,851 families are housed in 304 relief camps across the state. As per the revised forecast of the Met Department, orange alert has been issued for Thurs- The twin low pressure areas, formed over south-eastern Bay of Bengal and off the Lakshadweep coast in the Arabian Sea from October 13 to 17, had caused heavy rains in the state — Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister day in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki and yellow alert in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram, Pinarayi said. “According to the Met Department’s radar image, there is likelihood of rain in the hilly areas of Kannur, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur districts and also in Thiruvananthapuram,” Pinarayi said. He added that people in hilly and disaster-prone areas should exercise utmost ● More on P4 caution. Hauling up the UP Police for not recording statements of vulnerable witnesses in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled it up for dilly-dallying and delaying the filing of the status report in the probe. Eight persons, including four farmers, were killed in the violence on October 3. “We think you are dragging your feet. Please dispel that impression,” observed a bench led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana. The remarks came while perusing the UP government’s status report that was filed in a sealed cover just before the hearing. “We had expected it (report) yesterday and waited for it till late night,” the CJI told UP’s counsel, adding they hadn’t instructed filing it in a sealed cover. In the past, the court had faced criticism for the sealed cover procedure in sensitive cases like the Rafale scam. During the hearing, the bench asked as to why the police had recorded statements of only four out of 44 witnesses under Section 164 of the CrPC. “This statement (164 CrPC) has more evidentiary value; why haven’t you recorded them? Statement before police will not lead anywhere,” Justice Suryakant said. Senior advocate Harish Salve, who also re presented UP, claimed the probe into the kill- ing of farmers was still on and the process to record statements is ongoing. He said the police had recorded two FIRs — one related to the murder case allegedly involving the son of a Union minister after SUVs ploughed into farmers, and the other in which the crowd lynched and killed those who were in the cars. Salve said 10 people have been arrested in connection with the Witness protection The bench told Salve to protect vulnerable witnesses. “You are in a better position to ascertain who needs protection. Record their statements and give them protection.” Salve said he will make sure the UP govt draws up a witness protection plan and will share the details on October 26, the next date of hearing farmers’ killing, of which four are still in custody Saying it was . only concerned with the attack on farmers, the bench asked whether the accused were taken into custody. The counsel said prior to being sent to jail, the six accused were in police custody for three days. The bench then asked if the police themselves gave up the right to seek their police custody or the local court denied them custody . Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths oct 20 13,058 14,623 19,470 19,446 164 197 oct 19 oct 20 7,643 11,150 10,488 77 8,592 82 Stranded tourists being evacuated from the landslide affected area of Khairna in Nainital on Wednesday | PTI Uttarakhand toll at 55, rescue ops pick up speed Vinee t Upa d h yay @ Dehradun WITH weather conditions improving in Uttarakhand, the magnitude of the calamity became clearer on Wednesday as the toll in rain-related incidents touched 55. The figure is likely to go up as a few are still missing and some of the 17 injured are reportedly in critical condition. Sources said some of the missing might be buried under the debris of houses that were levelled by landslides. The torrential rains that battered the hilly state for the past few days have left roads blocked with boulders and villages without electricity . Out of four the shrines of the Char Dham Yatra – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamu- notri and Gangotri – the route to Badrinath remains closed due to landslide. On Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami toured the rain-hit areas of the Kumaon region, instructing officials to prepare an estimate of the damage. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to conduct an aerial survey on Thursday . With rains abating, rescue efforts have picked up speed. Kolkata: Heavy rains pounded the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim and the tea growing region of North Bengal, causing landslides that cut off National Highway-10, the main road linking Gangtok with the rest of the country. Thousands of tourists, who thronged the hills during the Durga Puja season, got stranded because of torrential downpour in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts Four youths held for gangrape of minor girl FB fined $69.4 mn for withholding data Kochi: The state government has suspended the KSRTC chief engineer R Indu, who is the head of the Civil Division, after serious allegations were raised regarding irregularities in the construction of various buildings at different depots. Transport Minister Antony Raju signed the order. P4 Kozhikode: Four youths were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the gang-rape of a minor girl at Thottilpalam, here. The police said the main accused, Sayuj, lured the 17-year-old into a relationship. On October 3, he and his friends spiked her drink and assaulted her. P4 London: Britain’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook £50.5 mn ($69.4 mn) for violating rules during the UK investigation into the firm’s purchase of Giphy. 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express h app y i n f o res t Heavy rain? These tribal families not too worried Whenever dark clouds gather in the sky in Pathanamthitta, the heartbeats of people residing even inside strong and concrete double-storey houses increase with fear of calamities. But Malampandaram tribal families living in forest areas under ripped plastic and tarpaulin sheets with their children do not fear rain like the people in villages and cities. Madhu, who belongs to Malampandaram tribe, in front of his makeshift house at Manjathodu near Laha in Ranni | Express Their only worry is they are unable to go to the deep forest to collect produce due to the rain. They have not even heard of ‘relief camp’ in their lives. “I have been seeing heavy rain since my childhood and none of us fear rain though we live under plastic sheets. We are living in hilly regions inside the forest and we don’t have the threat of flood. The only threat we face is the landslide and landslip. But we have not witnessed any such major Apart from the National Disaster Response Force, Indian Army and Indian Air Force, the State Disaster Response Force, state police and local administration are carrying out the rescue and relief operations. The National Disaster Response Force said it has rescued over 1,300 people from flood-affected areas of the state. The federal force has pressed into service 17 rescue P10 teams in the state. Gangtok cut off as torrential rains pound Sikkim Graft: KSRTC chief engineer suspended S A J I M O N P S @Pathanamthitta Farmers, fishermen and small-scale traders to benefit In view of the loss suffered by the agricultural sector due to flood, sea erosion and Covid lockdown, the cabinet has announced a moratorium on bank loans till December 31, 2021. The moratorium will be applicable to agriculture, dairy, educational and other similar loans taken by farmers, fishermen and small-scale traders from cooperative banks, various financial establishments and state government agencies. The cabinet has also decided to request the Reserve Bank and state-level bankers’ committee to extend freeze on attachments for loans taken from nationalised banks, private banks, NBFC and micro-finance institutions till December 31. On the lines of the Union government’s Padma awards, the state government will honour individuals who have made exemplary contribution in various fields with ‘Kerala Awards’. While Kerala Jyothi will be presented to one individual, Kerala Prabha and Kerala Sree will be given away to two and five persons, respectively. The decision was taken in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The winners will be announced on November 1, the Kerala Day. The General Administration Department will issue notifications inviting nominations in April every year. A jury will finalise the awards after verification by primary and secondary panels. EXPRESS READ NATIONWIDE oct 19 Moratorium on bank loans, freeze on attachment till Dec 31 Modelled on Padma honours, state institutes Kerala Awards SC raps UP for dragging feet on Lakhimpur Kan u S a r d a @ New Delhi C a b i n e t dec i s i o n s occurrence so far. Though minor landslips occur in our hamlet, we can easily manage them,” said 23-year-old Reji of Malampandaram tribe at Moozhiyar. “During heavy rain earlier, trees sometimes got uprooted in our hamlet and we would remove them immediately. We mainly depend on forest produce for livelihood and during rainy season, it is not possible for us to go inside the deep for● More on P4 est,” said Reji. 3 8 categories individuals to be honoured in total Nov 1 First set of winners to be announced Builders to deploy own loading workers at sites S h an A S @ T’Puram The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) has decided not to employ trade union workers to load and unload construction materials at worksites. Instead, the builders will deploy their own employees to do the job after registering them as headload workers with the labour department. The decision follows a recent Kerala High Court order which empowers a business to register its own workers as headload workers and use them for the work instead of the unionaffiliated workers, said S N Raghu Chandran Nair, general convenor of CREDAI, Kerala. The decision was taken after the talks between CREDAI office-bearers and labour union representatives failed to reach a consensus on the charges demanded by the unions, Chandran Nair added. Based on hc order Builders will register their employees as headload workers with the labour department The decision follows a recent Kerala High Court order which empowers a business to register its own workers and use them for the work instead of the union-affiliated workers The labour unions had demanded a 40% hike in loading and unloading charges. The confederation wanted the unions to drop the demand in view of the difficult situation the builders are facing because of Covid-related crisis. During the talks convened by Thiruvananthapuram district labour officer, a rebel INTUC leader allegedly manhandled CREDAI Thiruvananthapuram secretary Arun A Unnithan. This prompted the CREDAI to withdraw from further discussions and take a hardline stand. ● More on P4 Aryan moves HC after special court denies bail Ease of access for fliers from 11 countries S u d h i r S u ryawans h i @ Mumbai S u mi S u k an ya D u t ta A special Narcotics Drugs and P s ych o t ro p i c S u b s t a n c e s (NDPS) Act court here on Wednesday refused bail to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two other accused in the cruise ship drugs case. While denying bail to the 23-year-old and his friend Arbaaz Merchant and fashion model Munmun Dhamecha, the court observed that Khan’s WhatsApp chats revealed he was indulging in “illicit drug activities on a regular basis”. The court also said there was a mention of “bulk quantity and hard drugs” in his WhatsApp chats, showing that Khan was in contact with drug dealers. “There is prima facie material showing that accused No 1 was in contact with persons dealing in prohibited narcotic substances,” it added. After his bail plea was rejected, Khan moved the Bombay High Court. The matter is likely to be mentioned before Jus- In fresh guidelines for international arrivals, India eased the screening process for countries with which it has reciprocal recognition of vaccination certificates. The new norms kick in from October 25 and supersede all previous advisories. Fully vaccinated passengers from 11 countries with which India has a mutual recognition deal will not be required to undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival. All others will have to take that test on arrival. The 11 nations are France, the UK, Germany Nepal, Bela, rus, Lebanon, Ar menia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia. Travellers from these countries, if fully vaccinated (at least 15 days before the day of travel), will be allowed to leave the airport and self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. @ New Delhi File picture of Aryan Khan being taken to jail after being arrested by NCB | pti tice N W Sambre on Thursday seeking urgent hearing. The special NDPS court said the evidence on record shows the accused persons are part of a larger network. The court also considered the prosecution’s argument that since the accused are influential persons, they are likely to tamper with the evidence in case they are released on bail. Khan, Merchant and Dhamecha were arrested on October 3 for alleged conspiracy, possession, consumption, purchase and trafficking of drugs. Khan and Merchant are lodged at the Arthur Road prison.
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