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 statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested vijayawada l thursday l november 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 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. has highest Fertility rate 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 7,579 12,202 236 9,283 10,949 437 Nov 23 nov 24 196 264 242 247 1 1 26,119 31,987 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 plan gets poll season push Trail of destruction 40 `6,054.29 cr Estimated loss Deaths 25 People still missing 95,949 Families affected 20 cm Union cabinet decision to benefit 80 crore ration card holders, cost `53,344 crore to the exchequer Highest single-day rain fall recorded at Peddamandyam in Chittoor on November 19 1,402 Villages affected Rain-hit people in relief shelters Forecast: Heavy rains likely on November 26, 27, 28, and 29 in Nellore and Prakasam districts Flash floods in Cheyyeru River’s catchment area destroyed several houses at Thogurpeta in Nandaluru, Rajampeta mandal, of Kadapa district | sri krishna kummara Raw deal: A flood of tears after the deluge as villagers are left with next to nothing had receded and villagers who left Thogurpeta to save their lives, returned to their village Completely or partially col- only to find themselves homelapsed houses, household arti- less and helpless as all their becles strewn all over the place, longings were washed away in mud-filled houses and people the floods. salvaging whatever they can At least 40 houses collapsed from the rubble are some of the in two hamlets under Thogurpscenes in the villages affected eta panchayat. Having lost all by Cheyyeru deluge. their belongings, the flood-hit Following unprecedented villagers are now surviving on rains on November 18 and 19 relief materials and food being under the influence of depres- provided by some NGOs. sion, inflows into Annamayya The district administration project on Cheyyeru increased has provided an aid of `2,000 abnormally resulting , each and essentials in the breach of its commodities worth bund. `3,800 to the flood -af At least 12 villages fected villagers. downstream of the Ground report They include 25 kg Annamayya project of rice, 1 kg of red in Rajampet mandal gram, 1 kg of potawere devastated by the deluge. toes, 1 kg of onions and 1 litre “Between 4:30 and 6:30 am on of cooking oil. November 19, floodwater from The meagre aid seems to be Cheyyeru engulfed our village highly inadequate to the flooddestroying all that came in its hit villagers who lost everyway. T he floodwater has thing, which they earned over touched the roof of houses. It the years. does not take much time for our “Though the district adminhouses to collapse like a pack istration has distributed essenof cards due to the intensity of tials, we have no earthen oven deluge,” 60-year-old Anasuyam- or kerosene stove to cook the ma of Thogurpeta told TNIE food,” said another victim, narwhen it visited the village on rating their plight. Wednesday to study the ground The villagers virtually have situation. nothing to meet their basic P4 By afternoon, the flood water needs. S r i K r ishn a K u mm a r a @ Thogurpeta (Kadapa) Jagan seeks `1,000 cr interim Central relief E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Pegging the total loss due to heavy rains and subsequent floods at `6,054.29 crore, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday dashed off separate letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging the Centre to provide an interim relief of `1,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh and depute an InterMinisterial Central Team (IMCT) to Rayalaseema and The Centre should Nellore to assess the damage. support Andhra Jagan said heavy to very Pradesh by extending heavy rains lashed southern financial AP under the influence of deassistance pression formed in the Bay of liberally to assist Bengal on November 18, which rain-affected crossed the coast on November people and restore 19. “The four south coastal disthe damaged tricts and Rayalaseema reinfrastructure ceived 11.1 cm rainfall from —YS Jagan Mohan November 13 to 20 as against Reddy, Chief Minister the normal rainfall of 3.2 cm with an excess of 255.5%. On November 19, the highest rainfall of 20 cm was recorded in Peddamandyam mandal of Chittoor district, followed by Galiveedu in Kadapa with 19.3 cm and Nallacheruvu in Anantapur with 17.8 cm,’’ he said. Jagan added that heavy rains lashed Tirupati, Tirumala, Nellore, Madanapalle, Rajampet and P4 other places, inundating low-lying areas. AP restricts movie screenings to four a day E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed the AP Cinemas (Re gulation) (Amendment) Bill 2021, paving way for the online sale of movie tickets. The amendment also restricted the screening in theatres to four shows a day . Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkatramaiah said the State has introduced a seamless online movie booking system, similar to the Indian Railways’ online ticketing mechanism, to enhance the movie-theatre experience. Once the portal goes live, mov- ie-goers could book tickets of their choice over the phone or via internet or SMS. He said the new system would do away with long queues, unnecessary journeys and disappointment over nonavailability of tickets. It would also check black-marketing and tax evasion, thereby helping the revenue department collect GST and other taxes on time. “The Film Development Corporation (FDC) will maintain the online portal and the financial transactions will be settled the same day through an RBI gateway,” he said. He maintained that the portal would en- sure transparency . Later, speaking to reporters, the minister said the objective of legislation was to protect the people from being exploited, taking advantage of their craze for a film or hero. “Some are criticising what the government has to do with the sale of cinema tickets. It is the bounden responsibility of the government to protect the people from being exploited in any manner,” he said. Venkatramaiah clarified that the State would not be involved in the commercial transactions and the FDC would solely be responsible for maintaining the P5 website. Online ticket sale The govt is in talks will all stakeholders to finalise the software. Once the software is ready, tickets in 1,100-odd cinema theatres will be sold online on the lines of Railway ticketing system, the I&PR minister said p a n i c s e l l - o ff Crypto recovers as bill gets more clarity d ipa 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 largest by-elections in which the saffron outfit saw reversals in Himachal Staying the course to give the BJP a Pradesh, West Bengal, and Rajasthan poll booster ahead of the Assembly with Madhya Pradesh being the sole elections in five states, the Union Cab- exception. inet on Wednesday gave its nod to exThe decision to reduce the excise tend the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yo- duty on petrol and diesel was the first jana — wherein 5 kg of foodgrains per major step, which was followed up person is given each month — till with Prime Minister Narendra Modi March 2022. announcing the repeal of The Cabinet also ap- Cabinet Clears Bill the three contentious proved the legislative To Repeal Farm farm laws. The legislaproposal to repeal the Bills tive proposals to amend three contentious farm the list of the scheduled Union Minister Anurag laws enacted by Parliatribes for Uttar Pradesh Thakur said the ment last year, to give efand Tripura are also on formalities to give effect fect to the Prime Ministhe cards. to repealing the three t e r ’ s r e c e n t PM Garib Kalyan Yocontentious farm laws announcement, which jana claims to cover 80 have been completed was also aimed at miticrore people in its ambit and the repeal bill will be gating the potential elecand is running uninterbrought before both the toral damage to the BJP rupted since April 2020, Houses of Parliament at in poll-bound states. with the first four phases the earliest PM Garib Kalyan Yowitnessing allocation of jana, announced in the 600 lakh tonnes of wake of the imposition of nationwide foodgrains to states and UTs. lockdown last year, will cost the exThe Centre is currently on an infrachequer a whopping `2.60 lakh crore, structure inauguration and foundawith its fifth phase from December tion-laying spree in Uttar Pradesh, 2021 to March 2022 alone costing with the Prime Minister slated to lay `53,344 crore. the foundation of the Jewar internaThe BJP-led government at the Cen- tional airport in the state on Thurstre had started giving poll cushion to day He had unveiled the Pooravanchal . the party after the outcome of the expressway recently . M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi 69,616 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 24hour 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 and government officials said 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. Ashish Singhal, 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.” Only one or two will survive, says Rajan Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said only one or two cryptos will survive. “If things have value only because they will be pricier down the line, that’s a bubble,” Rajan said express read 4 arrested for using Amazon to ferry ganja Visakhapatnam: Four persons were arrested for their alleged links with a drug trafficking gang that used Amazon website for smuggling more than 800 kg of ganja from Vizag. It was busted by MP police on Nov 13. Srinivasa Rao, the key accused, packing boys Kumar Swamy and Krishnam Raju and driver Venkataramana were arrested Govt to derecognise unviable pvt schools Vijayawada: The Department of School Education has decided to withdraw the recognition of private aided/unaided schools which are having less than 20 or zero enrolment as per Rules issued under the Right to Education Act. An amendment to an earlier GO issued in 2013 stated that any school with less than 20 children was unviable Mamata meets Modi, gives Sonia a miss New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi but skipped meeting Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, triggering speculation about her future political moves. “Why should we meet Sonia every time? It is not constitutionally mandated,” she quipped | P7
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