HYDERABAD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION NFHS-5 SHOWS ANAEMIA, OBESITY RISING, FERTILITY RATE DIPPING Over half of Indian women and children anaemic; women likely to bear 2 kids on average, down from the 2.2 fertility rate in 2015-16 SOME NUTRITIONAL INDICATORS FALLING U.P. FERTILITY RATE HIGHEST IN 2nd PHASE The 2019-21 National Family Health Survey estimates 67.1% of India’s kids and 57% of women have anaemia, up from 58.6% and 53.1% respectively in the prior 2015-2016 NFHS. Obesity has risen to 22.9% from 18.9% in men and to 24% from 20.6% in women. The data combines figures from two phases of the NFHS-5, with the latest phase covering 14 states & UTs ■ ■ Most countries have a replacement-level fertility rate (at which a population replaces itself across generations) of around 2.1 India’s fertility rate has dipped below the 2.1-mark for the first time, with states’ figures ranging from 1.4 in Chandigarh to 2.4 in Uttar Pradesh. The metric has declined in the majority of states Phase 2 OF NFHS-5 COVERED STATES SUCH AS TN, UP, MP, PUNJAB AND RAJASTHAN 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 Free foodgrain TS fares better than nation, AP in key sectors scheme gets poll season booster EXPRESS READ Crash course for govt social media teams INDICATORS FOR TELANGANA Per capita net State domestic product 2020-21 (at current prices) - `2,37,632 New Delhi: An estimated 150 staff members of the social media teams of Union ministers will be trained in a December 4 workshop on more effective outreach on digital platforms, according to a letter written by MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh, IAS, to all ministers’ offices. A larger chunk of the population spends more than 3 hours daily, and this initiative is meant to deepen engagement | P7 Cabinet decision to benefit 80 cr ration card holders, cost `53,344 crore to the exchequer M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi STAYING the course to give the BJP a poll booster ahead of the Assembly elections in five states, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to extend the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana — wherein 5 kg of foodgrains per person is given each month — till March 2022. The Cabinet also approved the legislative proposal to repeal the three contentious farm laws enacted by Parliament last year, to give effect to the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, which was also aimed at mitigating the potential electoral damage to the BJP in poll-bound states. PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, announced in the wake of the imposition of nationwide lockdown last year, will cost the exchequer a whopping `2.60 lakh crore, with its fifth phase from December 2021 to March 2022 alone costing `53,344 crore. The BJP-led government at the Centre had started giving poll cushion to the party after the outcome of the largest byelections in which the saffron outfit saw reversals in Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, and R a j a s t h a n w i t h M a d hya Pradesh being the sole excep- Jats revive demand for quota in Uttar Pradesh Lucknow: The Jat community in western Uttar Pradesh is ready to throw its backing behind whichever political party ensures reservation for the powerful voting bloc. Sources in the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti said a campaign for quota will be launched from Dec 1 in poll-bound UP, Punjab and Uttarakhand | P8 80% terrorists killed in J&K were locals New Delhi: As many as 151 terrorists have been killed Jammu and Kashmir this year, of whom only 21 were foreigners, CRPF officials said on Wednesday. A senior official remarked that this shows radicalism continues to affect the region despite claims of normalcy being restored after abrogation of Article 370 | P8 KANPUR TEST SANS STARS, INDIA FACE NEW ZEALAND With Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md Shami, Rishabh Pant rested, Ajinkya Rahane leads an understrength Team India against World Test champions at Green Park in first Test Thursday | P11 tion. The decision to reduce the excise duty on petrol and diesel was the first major step, which was followed up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the repeal of the three contentious farm laws. The legislative proposals to amend the list of the scheduled tribes for Uttar Pradesh and Tripura are also on the cards. PM Garib Kalyan Yojana claims to cover 80 crore people in its ambit and is running uninterrupted since April 2020, with the first four phases witnessing allocation of 600 lakh tonnes of foodgrains to states and Union territories. The Centre is currently on an infrastructure inauguration and foundation-laying spree in UP, with the PM slated to lay the foundation of the Jewar international airport in the state on Thursday. He had unveiled the Pooravanchal expressway recently . Four out of five states heading for the Assembly elections during February-March 2022 are currently ruled by the BJP , with the Congress being the main rival of the saffron outfit in Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab. The crucial state of Uttar Pradesh is bracing for a multi-cornered contest. CABINET CLEARS BILL TO REPEAL FARM BILLS Briefing reporters about the Cabinet decisions in New Delhi on Wednesday, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said the formalities to give effect to repealing the three contentious farm laws have been completed and the repeal bill will be brought before both the Houses of Parliament at the earliest. The winter session of Parliament will commence on Monday Gross State Domestic Product 2020-21 - `9,80,40,701 lakh Gross State value added by economic activities in 2020-21 in various sectors: Sector Gross State value added Agriculture `80,57,400 lakh Manufacturing `94,02,082 lakh Construction `37,02,976 lakh Industry `1,07,52,814 lakh Services `5,33,23,087 lakh V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad TELANGANA is performing well in several sectors, as shown by various indicators provided in the latest data released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The State’s performance is far better than that of its sibling State Andhra Pradesh. In fact, it is also better than the national average performa n c e. T h e R B I o n Wednesday released the “Handbook of Statistics on Indian States, 2020-21”. The per capita availability of power in Telangana for 2020-21 is 1,904.5 units, against the national average of 1,031.4 units, while it is just 1,254.5 units in AP The availability of power in . 2020-21 in Telangana is 6,699 Didi meets Modi but gives Sonia a miss EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I CE @ New Delhi WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi but skipped meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi, triggering speculation about her future political moves. “Why should we meet Sonia every time? It is not constitutionally mandated,” the Trinamool supremo quipped when asked about not calling on the Congress chief. Talking to reporters, Mamata said she invited Modi to inaugurate the Bengal Global Summit (BGS) in Kolkata in April next year and that the PM accepted the invite, adding that political differences should not impact Centre-state ties. During the meeting with the PM, she raised the issues of BSF’s territorial jurisdiction, central debts to states, political violence in Tripura, and the crisis faced by jute industry in West Bengal. “I have requested the Prime Minister to inaugurate BGS. We are not sure how many Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi | PTI 12 Meghalaya Cong MLAs join Trinamool: Reports Twelve out of the 17 Congress MLAs in Meghalaya, including former CM Mukul Sangma, have reportedly joined the Trinamool Congress, though there is no official confirmation yet. The switchover could deal a body blow to the Congress which is batting infighting in the state countries will participate given the Covid situation, but if the Centre and state work together it will send a strong message and show the right direction to industry she added. ,” She also demanded the BSF’s territorial jurisdiction be with- After 15 yrs, restoration of Thousand Pillar Temple’s mandapa resumes THE 15-year-long wait for the total restoration of the ‘Kalyana Mandapa’ of the Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda may finally end, as the stapati (architect), who had abandoned the work due to pending remuneration, is going to complete the final works from Thursday. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) recently reinstated the stapati after completing the tender process. The structure, comprising 132 pillar, was dismantled in 2006 as it had become weak. After years of delay, works were carried out by the stapati in phases, for which `7.5 crore was spent. The foundation was laid by utilising sand-box technology, with granular piles used for strengthening. Seven layers of Pradakshanapada (platform on which devotees can go around the temple) and five layers of Kakshasana (a kind of porch) were built to bring the structure to the floor-level. Cavity walls have been laid enclosing the mandapa and most of the pillars have been erected, bringing the structure to the roof- The Kalyana Mandapa of the Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda before it was deemed unsafe and dismantled in 2006 Structure dismantled for being weak The Kalyana Mandapa, comprising 132 pillars, was dismantled in 2006 as it had become weak. After years of delay, works were carried out in phases, for which `7.5 crore was spent level, after which the work was halted abruptly . The final work of constructing the roof beams and the roof would be taken up under the present work order given to the stapati in two phases, and the ASI has been given 100 days to complete the work. Sources who have been involved in the renovation works informed Express that 13 missing pillars were remade without the use of cement, iron or concrete, and the renovation work was carried out without even 1 mm of variation. The Thousand Pillar Temple, a part of which is the mandapa, was built by Kakatiyan King Rudra Deva in 1163 AD. It took 72 years for the temple to be completed. The principal deities in the temple are Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The mandapa is located to the east of the temple. The mandapa had its foundation going six metres deep in the sand and was 9.5 metres high. A total of 2,560 sculptures adorned the mandapa. drawn. “Protecting the federal structure of our country should be of prime importance. We deeply respect all institutions and Central agencies. In the coming days, we look forward to better cooperation between the States and Centre in order to protect the interests of our people,” she said. Notably, Mamata did not meet any opposition party leaders, not even Sonia, during her visit to the national capital, saying they are all “busy with Punjab elections”. Earlier in the day, she met BJP MP Subramanian Swamy , fuelling speculation that he might join the TMC. Both the leaders rejected the notion. ment in secondary (VIII and IX) and higher secondary (XI and XII) classes in Telangana is 88 and 57.2, respectively, whereas the all India averages for the same classes are 50.5 and 51.4. The corresponding numbers in AP are 81.4 and 52.2. The birthrate in Telangana, as per 2018 data, is 16.9 per 1,000, significantly lower than the allIndia average of 20 but slightly higher than AP’s birthrate of 16. The death rate per 1,000 in the State is 6.3 against the national average of 6.2. The infant mortality rate in Telangana is 27 per 1,000, while the national average is 32 and AP’s mortality rate is 29. The life expectancy in Telangana between 2014-18 is 69.6 years, and the all-India average is 69.4. AP does better here, with a life expectancy of 70 years. Covaxin showed 50% efficacy in 2nd wave A Lancet study among 2,714 hospital workers at AIIMS in Delhi showed that Covaxin is only 50% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, down from 77.8% efficacy shown in interim result of Phase 3 trial JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Nov 23 68,35,617 doses Nov 24 79,65,803 doses TOTAL DOSES 119,27,78,005 NATIONWIDE NOV 23 NOV 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 7,579 12,202 236 9,283 10,949 437 TELANGANA NOV 23 NOV 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 153 157 2 156 155 1 KAVITHA TO BE ELECTED UNOPPOSED RETAINING PAST GLORY V I V E K B H O O M I @ Hyderabad crore units, whereas it is 6,208 crore units in AP The power re. quirements in Telangana and AP are 6,700 crore units and 6,208 crore units, respectively. However, as per the data, Telangana had a shortage of one crore units in 2020-21. The gross enrolment ratio in primary schools (classes I to V) in Telangana is 111.9, against the national ratio of 102.7. The enrolment ratio in AP is 101.4. The enrolment ratio in upper primary schools (classes VI to VIII) in Telangana is 97.4, while the all India ratio is 88.9 and same indicator in AP is 92.5. Telangana also has better enrolment of 106.3 in elementary schools (classes I to VIII) against the all India ratio of 97.8, and AP’s ratio of 97.5. The enrol- E N S @ Hyderabad PIPELINE OF DIRT Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau pull out `13.5 lakh in `500-notes hidden in a drainage pipe at the Kalaburagi, Karnataka home of a PWD junior engineer. Their raid was part of a crackdown on 15 state govt officials | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT | P5 NIZAMABAD MLC and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha is all set to be elected unopposed from the Nizamabad Local Authorities Constituency in the biennial polls to the State Le gislative Council. Election officials rejected the nomination of independent candidate Kotagiri Srinivas during the scrutiny of nominations on Wednesday This means only . Kavitha is in the fray for the MLC seat. After the last date for withdrawal of nominations on November 26, officials will announce that Kavitha was elected unopposed. Two more TRS candidates — Patnam Mahender Reddy and Sunkari Raju — too would be elected unopposed from Rang areddy se gment. However, TRS candidates are facing elections in Medak, Khammam and other seats. In her election affidavit, Kavitha has stated that she has 1.9 kg gold ornaments and diamonds, and holds liabilities worth `16.62 P4 crore. PANIC SELL-OFF Crypto recovers as clarity on wriggle-room emerges D I PA K M O N D A L @ New Delhi MORE clarity emerged on the proposed cryptocurrency bill to be tabled in Parliament as various government and industry sources claimed that the government may not go for a blanket ban, and instead may allow some digital currencies with proper regulations. With experts doubting the possibility of a blanket ban, cryptocurrenciers in India recovered sharply after witnessing a 25% drop on Monday night and early morning trade on Tuesday Most cryptocurrencies . were trading 8-10% lower than their 24-hour peak. Bitcoin, which had touched a low of `33.21 lakh during the past 24 hours, recovered the losses and traded above `41 lakh at the time of filing this report. The idea that cryptocur rencies would be banned by the government stemmed from the agenda of the bill listed for the winter session of Parliament. But many industry players and government officials said the bill has been reintroduced with an unchanged agenda, and that the bill has undergone several changes ever since. A senior finance ministry official said the government has been planning to come out with specific rules for taxing gains from cryptocurrencies, and if it had to ban them, there was no need for such an exercise. Ashish Singhal, founder and CEO of CoinSwitch Kuber, a crypto exchange, says: “Our discussions over the last few weeks indicate there is broad agreement on ensuring customers are protected and financial system stability is reinforced.” Exchanges have asked the investors to not panic and take hasty decisions. Only one or two cryptos will survive, says Rajan Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday said that most of the cryptocurrencies will perish and only one or two out of the 6,000odd cryptocurrencies will survive. “If things have value only because they will be pricier down the line, that’s a bubble,” he told a channel
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