W.H.O. warns of 7L COVID deaths in Europe by spring The WHO said its projections showed the 53-country region could top 2 mn Covid deaths in total. Three factors driving the increase are the highly transmissible delta variant, easing of restrictive measures like requirements for maskwearing and physical distancing, and large swaths of the European population that remain unvaccinated. BHUBANESWAR l wednesday l november 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION 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 India, US to open up strategic reserves to bring down oil price 26 new legislative proposals and 3 old ones lined up for the upcoming winter session of Lok Sabha E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The BJP’s social engineering for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections appears to be taking shape, with the government listing a legislative proposal to amend the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) for the poll-bound state in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. A similar bill to amend the list of STs in Tripura, where the BJP is facing heat from the Trinamool Congress, is part of the proposed legislative business. In all, 26 new bills and three others that had already been introduced, have been lined up for the forthcoming session. The bulletin released by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday also listed a bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws that were enacted by Parliament last year. While Parliament had earlier this year amended the list of SCs in Tamil Nadu following a recommendation from the state government, a senior minister in the UP Cabinet said the state administration hasn’t yet forwarded any such proposal. He, however, added that Parliament on its own can amend the list of STs in the state to address long pending demands of certain communities. As for Tamil Nadu, Parliament had classified certain castes in the SC category ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. IN a coordinated move led by the US, India will release about 5 million barrels of crude oil from its emergency stockpile to bring down the oil prices in the global market. According to sources, the stocks will be released over the next 7-10 days. “We are working on releasing stocks from our strategic reserves in coordination with other nations,” said an official in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. A White House release earlier in the day said the US would release 50 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserve to bring down energy costs, in coordination with India, China, Japan, South Korea and the UK. The US Department of Energy will release the reserve in two ways — 32 million barrels in the next few months and 18 This is the first barrels as part of a sale of oil time that India, that Congress had previously which has 38 mn authorised, the White House barrels of crude oil said. in underground Oil prices registered an all- caverns, is time high in 2021, and accord- releasing its ing to US investment bank reserve stocks Goldman Sachs, it may hit $90 per barrel by the end of this year. India is the world’s third-largest oil consumer and importing nation. It has a store of 5.33 million tonnes or about 38 million barrels of crude oil in underground caverns at three locations on the east and west coasts. It includes 1.33 million tonnes of storage at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, 1.5 million tonnes at Mangaluru and 2.5 million tonnes at Padur (both in Karnataka). The stock, as per reports, will be sold to refineries of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, which are connected by pipeline to the strategic reserves. 1st ever Bill to amend ST list in UP before polls M A N IS H A N A N D @ New Delhi Legal axe to fall on most private cryptocurrencies While Sonabhadra and its adjoining districts of UP have tribal concentrations, there has been a growing demand for the inclusion of fisherfolk in the state in the list of STs. The fishermen community is electorally an u r adha s h u k l a @ New Delhi influential. “The Constitution (Scheduled THE Centre plans to bring a Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orbill in the forthcoming winder (Amendment) Bill, 2021” ter session of Parliament to seeks to amend the list of STs prohibit all private cryptopertaining to UP. A parallel one currencies in for Tripura has the country but been listed in the Indian Maritime with certain agenda of the offiFisheries Bill exceptions. cial business for inAccording to troduction, considAn Indian Maritime the Parliameneration and passing Fisheries Bill, which tary bulletin dein the Lok Sabha. proposes sustainable tailing the legisThe BJP’s poll development of lative business mantra in UP, incifisheries in India’s for the Lok Sabdentally for the 2014 , exclusive economic ha, the Cryptoand 2019 Lok Sabha zones and responsible currency and elections and the harnessing of fisheries Regulation of 2017 Assembly polls in high seas has also Official Digital had been the conbeen listed Currency Bill, solidation of the 2021 seeks to non-Yadav other “create a facilitative framebackward classes (OBCs), with work for creation of the offifocus on the most and extremely cial digital currency to be isbackward castes, which were sued by the Reserve Bank of previously supporting the BSP . India”. With the rival Samajwadi ParWhile the bill seeks to proty making attempts to stitch a hibit all private cryptocurlarger pre-poll alliance with rencies in the country “it al, smaller parties that have distinct lows for certain exceptions to caste identities, the BJP is trying promote the underlying techhard to play catch-up, knowing nology of cryptocurrency full well that multiple caste and its uses”. Notably the bill , groups in UP have the numbers to change the electoral outcome. NATIONWIDE nov 22 Nov 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 8,488 12,510 249 7,579 12,202 236 Jab-o-meter Take your shot November 22 63,98,165 doses November 23 68,35,617 doses Total doses: 1,18,35,73,646 does not use the word ‘ban’. According to sources, a 3-6 month exit period prior could be offered before preventing the trading, mining and issuing of cryptos so that existing investors can exit after declaring their investment for the purpose of taxation. The Centre had planned to introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021 in Parliament in the past two sessions, but dropped it due to strong opposition from the Reserve Bank of India, investigative agencies and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which sought a complete ban on cryptos alleging such digital money is used to fund terrorism etc. Currently there is no regu, lation or any ban on the use of cryptocurrencies in the country Earlier this month, . Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a meeting on cryptocurrencies with senior officials, dropping hints that strong re gulatory steps would be taken to deal with the issue. odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths nov 22 nov 23 171 245 01 212 255 02 Covid resurgence 73 students test +ve in Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rourkela/Sambalpur Amid fears of a third Covid wave in the State, cluster outbreak of cases was reported from two educational institutions in Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts on Tuesday . At least 42 students of St Mary’s Girls High School in Sundargarh town were placed in isolation after they tested positive for Covid-19 while around 31 MBBS students of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla in Sambalpur were also found infected. Chief district medical and public health officer of Sundargarh Dr SK Mishra said on November 19, a girl student fell unconscious and as part of protocol, was tested for Covid-19. She was found infected. During contact tracing, nine other students were also found positive including three with symptoms of cough and cold. A total of 10 students were found positive initially and placed in home isolation. Subsequently mass testing was , done and another 32 asymptomatic students tested positive. They have been kept in isolation in hostel rooms. All the 624 hostel inmates have been tested and those with the infection identified and isolated, Dr Mishra said. School principal Sister Patricia said majority of the infected students are of Class X, IX and VIII. The school administration has decided to suspend physical classes for seven days, she said. VIMSAR director Lalit Meher said 31 medical students were found positive after around 180 samples were collected from three hostels for screening. The screening was done after a first year MBBS student, who developed mild symptoms three days CONTINUED ON: P5 back, tested positive.
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