kochi l wednesday l november 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION W.H.O. warns of 7 lakh COVID deaths in europe by spring ‘Vulnerable groups need booster dose’ The World Health Organization’s Europe office said its projections showed the 53-country region could top 2 mn Covid deaths in total Delta variant a big risk to the region WHO Europe, based in Copenhagen, also cited the growing evidence of a decline in protection against infection through vaccines. It said a ‘booster dose’ should be given as a priority to the most vulnerable populations. This, however, is at variance with the Geneva-based parent organisation’s position that boosters must be put off to free up jabs for poorer nations ■ Three factors driving the increase are the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus, an easing of restrictive measures like requirements for mask-wearing and physical distancing in places, and large swaths of the European population that remain unvaccinated, WHO Europe said 1.5 million Cumulative Covid deaths reported in the region; 4,200 fatalities per day 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 26 new legislative proposals and 3 old ones lined up for the upcoming winter session of Lok Sabha Domestic violence claims another life Bill to amend ST list in UP before polls tortured by hubby, insulted by cops, 21-yr-old kills self MA N ISH A N A N D @ 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. 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 influential. a n u r a d h a s h u k l a @ New Delhi “The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) OrTHE Centre plans to bring a bill der (Amendment) Bill, 2021” seeks in the forthcoming winter sesto amend the list of STs pertaining sion of Parliament to prohibit to UP. A parallel one for Tripura all private cryptocurrencies in has been listed in the agenda of the the country but with certain official business for introduction, exceptions. consideration and passAccording to the ing in the Lok Sabha. Indian Maritime Parliamentary bulThe BJP’s poll manFisheries Bill letin detailing the tra in UP, incidentally, legislative busifor the 2014 and 2019 An Indian Maritime ness for the Lok Lok Sabha elections Fisheries Bill, which Sabha, the Cryptoand the 2017 Assembly proposes sustainable currency and Regpolls had been the condevelopment of ulation of Official solidation of the nonfisheries in India’s Digital Currency Yadav other backward exclusive economic Bill, 2021 seeks to classes (OBCs), with fozones and responsible “create a facilitacus on the most and exharnessing of fisheries tive framework for tremely backward in high seas has also creation of the ofcastes, which were prebeen listed ficial digital curviously supporting the rency to be issued BSP . by the Reserve Bank of India”. With the rival Samajwadi Party While the bill seeks to promaking attempts to stitch a larger hibit all private cryptocurrenpre-poll alliance with smaller parcies in the country, “it allows ties that have distinct caste identifor certain exceptions to proties, the BJP is trying hard to play mote the underlying technolocatch-up, knowing full well that gy of cryptocurrency and its multiple caste groups in UP have uses”. the numbers to change the electorNotably the bill does not use , al outcome. DNA is proof. After a year, couple to get baby back I’m happy that I could meet him. At the same time, I am sad as I have to leave him there for the time being. I hope I could be with him soon Anupama S Chandran and her partner Ajith Kumar share their joy after they come to know of the DNA test results | Vincent Pulickal upama said: “I’m happy that I could meet him. At the same time, I am sad as I have to leave him there for the time being. The CWC has informed us that they would request the court to expedite the procedure. I hope I could be with ● More on P4 him soon,” she said. Anupama S Chandran in family court The test result will now be filed at the family court, which will hear the adoption case on November 30. India, US to open up strategic reserves to bring down oil price SilverLine a folly: Metro man finds fault with Pinarayi’s dream project Metro man E Sreedharan has said the much-touted ThiruvananthapuramKasaragod semi high-speed rail corridor — SilverLine — project is a great folly . “The alignment chosen is flawed. From Tirur to Kasaragod, it runs parallel to the existing railway line. The Railways has opposed this alignment as it would interfere with the future quadrupling of this stretch. Besides, 140km of the line passes through paddy fields, which are not stable for high-speed travel,” he said. He added that high walls need to be constructed on either side of the tracks to prevent trespassing, blocking free passage and drainage. “This will be equivalent to the China wall and will divide Kerala from north to south. This is an idiotic deci- E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi 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 This is the first the day said the US would release 50 time that India, million barrels of oil from its strate- which has 38 mn gic reserve to bring down energy barrels of crude oil costs, in coordination with India, in underground China, Japan, South Korea and the caverns, is releasing UK. The US Department of Energy its reserve stocks will release the reserve in two ways — 32 million barrels in the next few months and 18 barrels as part of a sale of oil that Congress had previously authorised, the White House said. Oil prices registered an all-time high in 2021, and according to US investment bank 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 about 38 million barrels of crude oil. 1st ever NATIONWIDE nov 22 nov 23 express read HC fiat to treat ‘nokkukooli’ as extortion Wayanad native gets 5 yrs in jail for bid to join IS 1 more PFI man arrested for RSS activist’s murder Kochi: The High Court on Tuesday directed the state police chief to issue a circular to all police stations and the competent authority under the Kerala Headload Workers Act, asking them to register case of extortion against workers and trade union leaders who demand ‘nokkukooli’. P4 Kochi: A 29-year-old man from Kalpetta was on Tuesday sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment by the NIA Court here for travelling to Afghanistan to join Islamic State (IS). Nashidul Hamzafar pleaded guilty to charges and was convicted by the court without a trial. P5 Palakkad: One more person directly involved in the killing of RSS worker Sanjith at Mambram was arrested by the personnel of the special investigation team on Tuesday. Police said he is an office-bearer of Popular Front of India. However, the police did not reveal more details about his identity. P4 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 8,488 12,510 249 7,579 12,202 236 stateWIDE nov 22 nov 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,698 7,515 75 4,972 5,978 57 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express Mamata draws Congress rebels, to meet PM today R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi Javed Akhtar with Mamata Banerjee | PTI “Pappa, Chacha, sorry Please forgive . me. You were right...,” reads a note left behind by a 21-year-old law student who died by suicide in Aluva after accusing her husband of domestic violence. Mofiya Parveen Dilshad, a resident of Edayapuram near Aluva, ended her life on Monday night by hanging from a ceiling fan at her home. She had earlier filed a complaint against her husband Mofiya Parveen Dilshad with Muhammed Suhail Muhammed Suhail at the Aluva police station, alleging domestic violence and SHO. Following this, the SHO shouted mental torture. In the suicide note, she at her,” said a relative of the girl. named her husband, mother-in-law and “This had made her upset. Mofiya the station house officer (SHO) of the was worried that she will not get justice Aluva station — C L Sudheer — where from the police as she was treated in a she had filed the complaint. bad manner. This might have Mofiya’s family alleged that forced her to take the extreme the Aluva SHO behaved in a step,” said the relative. rude manner and treated her Earlier, Sudheer had faced Mofiya was like an accused. disciplinary action over lapses According to a source, Mofi- worried that she in the initial probe in the Uthra would not get ya and Suhail got acquainted murder case, following which justice from the through Facebook, leading to police as she was he was transferred from Antheir marriage. chal in Kollam to Aluva. treated in a bad “The Aluva police sumIn the suicide note, addressed manner moned Mofiya and Suhail to to her father, Mofiya alleged the police station on Monday. A relative of Mofiya that she had undergone severe She didn’t want to give her torture from her husband. statement in front of Suhail. However, “Pappa, chacha sorry Please forgive me. . the SHO forced her to give her state- You were right. He is not a genuine perment in his presence. Later, an alterca- son. He portrayed me as a mentally ill tion broke out between the couple when person. I can’t bear this pain anymore. Suhail started to abuse her in front of Pappa, my soul will be here. Action the police. She lost control and she should be initiated against the CI,” read slapped Suhail’s face in front of the the note recovered from her home. P2 E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram AFTER a year-long wait, Anupama S Chandran and her partner S Ajith Kumar on Tuesday met their child — who was allegedly given in adoption by the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW) — at the childcare institute in Kunnukuzhy here. The Child Welfare Council (CWC) gave the couple permission after the results of the DNA tests done at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology turned positive, confirming that they were the biological parents of the child. Anupama and Ajith arrived at the institute by 4.30pm. The mother was seeing her child for the first time after he was allegedly taken away from her when he was just three days old. The occasion was more memorable for Ajith as he was seeing his child for the first time. After spending about 30 minutes with the child, a visibly elated An- the word ‘ban’. According to sources, a 3-6 month exit period could be offered before preventing the trading, mining and issuing of cryptos so that existi n g i nv e s t o r s h av e t h e opportunity to 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 regula, tion or ban on the use of cryptocurrencies in the country Ear. lier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a meeting on cryptocurrencies with senior officials, dropping hints that strong regulatory steps would be taken to deal with the issue. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made some minor acquisitions during her latest trip to Delhi, inducting disgruntled elements from the Congress to expand the national footprint of her Trinamool Congress ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Sources said her party is in touch with leaders from across the Opposition spectrum, including members of the grand old party’s G23, which had raised a banner of revolt earlier this year over lack of reforms in the Congress. Some of them are expected to switch to the Trinamool in the coming months as it has made its national ambition clear. To help realise the national ambition, election strategist Prashant Kishor has been working with the party on a long-term basis. “It is part of the party’s national expansion plan. It was felt that we need to have a national presence if Mamata is to challenge Modi in the 2024 elections,” said a senior Trinamool leader. Mamata is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discuss a slew of issues, including the controversial expansion of BSF’s jurisdiction and allocation of central funds for Bengal. Those who joined Trinamool include Congress leader Kirti Azad, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and expelled JD(U) MP Pavan Verma. She also met lyricist Javed Akhtar, her second such meeting with him in as many trips to Delhi. sion,” he said, in a detailed write-up shared with TNIE. “SilverLine should be away from the existing line, either elevated or underground. Nowhere in the world highspeed or semi high-speed lines are planned at the ground level,” he said. The comments by Sreedharan, who is credited with the successful construction of Konkan Railway, the Delhi Metro and Kochi Metro Rail, followed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s accusation that the Opposition UDF and BJP are blocking development works in the state, with particular reference to SilverLine project. CPM politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had also echoed the same. The Pinarayi government’s ambitious project envisages a 529.45-km-long semi high-speed railway line passing through 11 ● More on P4 districts.
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