coimbatore l wednesday l november 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 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 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 ■ 1.5 million Delta variant a big risk to the region 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 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 Bill to amend ST list in UP before polls MANISH ANAND @ 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. “The Constitution (Scheduled a n u r a d h a s h u k l a @ New Delhi Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021” seeks THE Centre plans to bring a to amend the list of STs pertainbill in the forthcoming winter ing to UP A parallel one for Tripu. session of Parliament to prora has been listed in the agenda hibit all private cryptocurrenof the official busicies in the country ness for introduction, but with certain Indian Maritime consideration and exceptions. Fisheries Bill passing in the Lok According to the Sabha. Parliamentary bulAn Indian Maritime The BJP’s poll manletin detailing the Fisheries Bill, which tra in UP incidentally , , legislative busiproposes sustainable for the 2014 and 2019 ness for the Lok development of Lok Sabha elections Sabha, the Cryptofisheries in India’s and the 2017 Assemcurrency and Regexclusive economic bly polls had been the ulation of Official zones and responsible consolidation of the Digital Currency harnessing of fisheries n o n - Ya d av o t h e r Bill, 2021 seeks to in high seas has also backward classes “create a facilitabeen listed (OBCs), with focus on tive framework for the most and extremecreation of the ofly backward castes, which were ficial digital currency to be ispreviously supporting the BSP . sued by the Reserve Bank of With the rival Samajwadi Party India”. making attempts to stitch a larger While the bill seeks to propre-poll alliance with smaller parhibit all private cryptocurrenties that have distinct caste idencies in the country, “it allows tities, the BJP is trying hard to for certain exceptions to proplay catch-up, knowing full well mote the underlying technolothat multiple caste groups in UP gy of cryptocurrency and its have the numbers to change the uses”. Notably the bill does not , electoral outcome. 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 regula, tion 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 regulatory steps would be taken to deal with the issue. India, US to open up strategic reserves to bring down oil price Five killed in LPG cylinder explosion from its strategic reserve to bring down energy costs, in coordinaIN a coordinated move led by the tion with India, China, Japan, US, India will release about 5 mil- South Korea and the UK. The US lion barrels of crude oil Department of Energy from its emergency will release the reserve in stockpile to bring down two ways — 32 million the oil prices in the globarrels in the next few bal market. According months and 18 barrels as This is the first to sources, the stocks part of a sale of oil that time that India, will be released over the which has 38 mn Congress had previously next 7-10 days. “We are authorised, the White barrels of crude working on releasing oil in underground House said. stocks from our strateOil prices registered an caverns, is gic reserves in coordinaall-time high in 2021, and releasing its tion with other nations,” according to US investreserve stocks said an official in the ment bank Goldman Ministry of Petroleum Sachs, it may hit $90 per and Natural Gas. barrel by the end of this year. InA White House release earlier dia has a store of 38 million barin the day said the US would re- rels of crude oil in underground lease 50 million barrels of oil caverns. Sa ba r i M @ Salem E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi 1st ever ‘Can re-form panel probing Jaya’s death’ E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the death of former TN Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai needs to be probed as it is a matter “eminently in public interest”. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the State before a Bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari, said: “All the Government wants is an inquiry He told the court that .” if it was issuing orders, TN was ready to reconstitute the commission by appointing one more judge. He mentioned that if a technical member had to be appointed, retired Madras HC judge Justice CT Selvam could be considered. The statement came while responding to a petition filed by Apollo Hospitals alleging bias on the part of the Government-appointed Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry . P4 TN to focus on ind’l development, FinTech companies & job creation Five people, including a couple were killed, and 15 others injured on Tuesday after the explosion of a commercial cylinder triggered the collapse of two buildings. The explosion occurred around 6.30am in a building at Pandurangan Vittal street. According to sources, Rajalakshmi, a resident, turned on the gas cylinder at her house without realising there was a leakage, resulting in an explosion. In the impact of the blast, the entire building and a house nearby collapsed. Two more houses in the neighbourhood sustained damage. While Rajalakshmi (52) died on the way to the hospital, four others were found dead beneath the debris. Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced a solatium of `5 lakh to the kin of the deceased. He also announced `50,000 each to those injured in the blast. Continued on: P5 E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Coimbatore CM MK Stalin speaking at the conclave in Coimbatore on Tuesday | U Rakesh Kumar ‘At this pace, TN will rank first in industrial growth’ During the conclave, Stalin said: “Investor meets have been conducted once in two months. If we travel at this speed, there is no doubt we will have the first place in industrial growth in the country. As on IPRS (Industrial Park Rating System), Tamil Nadu has been ranked first. It is a proud moment for us,” he said, adding that the State’s economy is not far from reaching one trillion US dollars 59 In order to create employment opportunities, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday gave a big push to industrial growth in the State. During an investment conclave held in Coimbatore, presided over by the CM, memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for 59 projects with a cumulative investment of `35,208 crore were signed. Once operational, these projects are likely to create employment opportunities for 76,795 persons. Attending the investment conclave at Codissia Trade Center in Coimbatore, the CM also laid the foundation stone for 13 projects with an investment commitment of `13,413 crore and an employment potential for about 11,681 persons. He also inaugurated 10 projects with a cumulative investment of `13,928 crore, which would provide employment for 3,944 persons. In a bid to transform Tamil Nadu into a leading global destination for FinTech firms by 2025, the CM unveiled a FinTech Policy which would focus on increasing financial , inclusion and FinTech adoption rate by promoting digital solutions for the traditional financial sector. The new policy stresses on industry-academia linkages to create a FinTech knowledge ecosystem comprising universities, research institutions, design innovation labs, and FinTech firms. It calls for developing seamless and transparent Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C), Government-to-Government (G2G), Government-toBusiness (G2B), and Government-to-Citizen (G2C) financial transactions efficiently . With an aim for regionally balanced development across TN, the policy will offer incentives for firms starting operations in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. The policy also proposes setting up of neo-TIDEL parks in these cities, which would be developed by TIDCO. more on: P4 `35,208 cr 76,795 $10 million Projects for which MoUs The cumulative investment People expected For aerospace and defence were signed at the conclave that the projects would bring in to get employed sectors in next 10 years
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