kochi l thursday l november 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l 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 Happy ending: Anupama reunites with her child after a year-long struggle scheme gets poll season booster that Anupama and Ajith are indeed the biological parents of the child. A mother’s year-long strugThe judge, Biju Menon, gle to find her child, given gave the final order after asaway in adoption without her certaining that the health of consent, had a happy ending the child was satisfactory . on Wednesday when the famAnupama thanked the Andily court in Thiruvanan- hra Pradesh couple who rethapuram handed turned the one-yearover the boy to Anold child from their upama S Chandran foster care, and the and her partner B people who stood I cannot thank Ajith Kumar. with her during her them (the Andhra T h e c o u p l e re - couple) enough. I struggle. ceived the child at can only promise “I cannot thank the judge’s chamber them (the Andhra them that I will in the district court look after him well couple) enough. I can complex a t and raise him as a only promise them good human being that I will look after Vanchiyoor. The court proceed- Anupama S Chandran him well and raise ing that started at him as a good human 2.30pm lasted for being,” Anupama around one-and-a-half hours. told reporters at the protest Child Welfare Committee venue where she had been on (CWC) officials brought the a day-and-night sit-in protest child from Nirmala Shishu for the past 14 days. Bhavan near Palayam to the On the rainy evening, the court. couple took the child, wrapped The court examined the in warm clothes, to their documents, including DNA home. They named him Aiden ● More on P4 test results which confirmed Anu Ajith. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Cabinet decision to benefit 80 cr ration card holders, cost H53,344 crore to the exchequer M A N IS 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- 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 laws 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 Anupama S Chandran and her partner B Ajith Kumar come out of the family court in Thiruvananthapuram with their child on Wednesday | Vincent Pulickal Didi meets Modi in Delhi but gives Sonia a miss E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 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 K-Rail MD refutes Metroman’s charges T’Puram: Rejecting Metroman E Sreedharan’s doubts about the viability of the proposed semi high-speed rail corridor, Kerala Rail Development Corporation MD V Ajith Kumar said the project is envisioned to meet the future transportation needs of the state. P5 Show your mettle, HC tells SC student Kochi: Dismissing an SC student’s petition, Kerala High Court told her to study hard and earn an MBBS seat rather than filing multiple petitions in court. “Take it as a revenge and show society that the medical science is safe in your hands,” the court told the girl. P4 Jats revive demand for quota in Uttar Pradesh Lucknow: The Jat community in western UP is ready to throw its backing behind whichever political party ensures reservation for them. Sources in Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti said a campaign for quota will be launched from Dec 1 in 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 | P8 NATIONWIDE Nov 23 Nov 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 7,579 12,202 236 9,283 10,949 437 statewide Nov 23 Nov 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 4,972 5,978 57 4,280 5,379 35 Mofiya’s husband & his parents held; cop transferred Anil Kant gets extension, to stay as police chief till 2023 E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @Kochi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram The government has decided to extend the service of incumbent State Police Chief Anil Kant till June 30, 2023. Anil, a 1988 IPS batch officer, was appointed the SPC on June 30, 2021. He was scheduled to attain superannuation on January 31, 2022. But the government decided to extend his tenure based on the Supreme Court’s recommendation on police reform, where the apex court had fixed the tenure of the SPC as two years. Anil is the first SPC to be appointed in the state based on the apex court’s revised verdict in Prakash Singh case. The extension of Anil’s tenure has ended the prospects of DGPs Sudesh Kumar and B Sandhya, who had been included in the three-member shortlist forwarded by the Centre to the state government for appointment to the SPC post. The state government appointed Anil to the top post after Loknath Behera’s retirement. The decision also negates the chances of senior officers Tomin J Thachankary and S Ananthakrishnan to head the state police force, as they will attain superannuation before 2023. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi | PTI Prime Minister to inaugurate BGS. We are not sure how many 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. Notably, Mamata did not meet any opposition party leaders, not even Sonia, during her visit to the capital, saying they are all “busy with Punjab elections”. Earlier, she met BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, fuelling speculation that he might join the TMC. Both the leaders rejected the notion. express read Pipeline of dirt Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths take out cash and jewels hidden in a drainage pipe at the Kalaburagi home of a PWD junior engineer in a raid that was part of a crackdown on 15 Karnataka government officials | Special Arrangement | P5 Muhammed Suhail, husband of law student Mofiya Praveen who died by suicide in her house, and his parents Yusuf and Rukia were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the case. However, Aluva East station house officer C L Sudheer who allegedly humiliated Mofiya, which was said to be the immediate provocation for her suicide, was let of f with a transfer. The Aluva East police arrested Suhail, Yusuf and Rukia from Kothamangalam, where they were hiding in a relative’s house. They had fled after the news of 21-year-old Mofiya’s death spread on Tuesday . The police booked them un- der IPC Sections 304 B (dowry death), 498 A (cruelty to woman) and 306 (abetment of suicide). The three were questioned for over eight hours by Ernakulam Range DIG Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Ernakulam Rural SP K Karthick. They will be produced before the court on Thursday the police said. , Meanwhile, SHO Sudheer got a clean chit in the report filed by the Aluva DySP who Muhammed Suhail (left), his father Yusuf and mother Rukia, who were arrested in connection with the suicide of Mofiya Parveen in Aluva | Express probed the alleged lapses and misbehaviour by the officer when Mofiya was summoned to the police station. The report, submitted to Karthick on Wednesday, said Sudheer had committed only a ‘minor mistake’. “There wasn’t any big mistake committed by the officer. The girl slapped her husband in front of the officer. It might have provoked the SHO. The incident occurred when both Mofiya and Suhail were asked to appear in the station as part of recording their statements,” a top officer said, requesting anonymity . He said the report was prepared based on the statements of other petitioners who were present at the police station on ● More on P4 Monday . p a n i c s e l l - o ff Crypto recovers after crash as clarity on wriggle-room emerges d i pa k m o nd 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 cryptocur- rencies 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. It was still trading 10% lower than the 24-hour high of `46.51 lakh. The idea that cryptocurrencies would be banned by the government stemmed from the agenda of the bill listed for the winter session of Parliament. But many industry players 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 said in an interview to a channel. “Cryptos may pose the same problem as unregulated chit funds, which take money from people and go bust, a lot of people holding crypto assets are going to be aggrieved,” he added and government officials told this newspaper that the bill has been reintroduced (after the government failed to table it in the monsoon session) 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, financial system stability is reinforced and India is able to take advantage of the crypto technology revolution.” E xch a n g e s h ave asked the investors to not panic and take hasty decisions. CoinDCX told its investors that that it’s “positive” that smart and sensible regulations will follow. Fly away Overseas travel to be normal by year end The civil aviation ministry on Wednesday said international passenger flight services are expected to be normalised by the end of this year. Currently, international flights are operated under the air bubble arrangement | P7 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express
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