New navy chief takes charge Newly appointed Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar hugs his mother during his charge taking ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. He was serving as the Flag Officer Commandingin-Chief of the Western Naval Command before taking the reins of the Navy. He replaced Admiral Karambir Singh who has retired after 41 years of service | PTI | P7 sambalpur l wednesday l december 1, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION 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 THE UPSIDE Exceeds expectations GDP grows 8.4% in the July-August 2021 quarter better than analysts’ expectations Indian economy had grown 20.1% in the previous quarter but that was due to low base effect FMCG slips Latest GDP growth numbers show that India’s economic growth has surpassed pre-Covid levels FY22 Core sector up The govt estimates fiscal deficit at 6.8% of the GDP in the current fiscal India likely to have double-digit growth this fiscal, aided by rising demand and a robust banking sector Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian The output of eight core sectors rose 7.5% in October on healthy performance by coal, natural gas, refinery products and cement segments The FMCG sector grew 12.6% annually in Q2 againt 36.9% in Q1, according to market research firm Nielsen The production of eight infrastructure sectors (coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity) had contracted 0.5% in October 2020 Rural markets saw 2.9% dip in volume due to slowdown in consumption Growth engine picks up speed GDP expands 8.4% in second quarter, beats expectations and surpasses pre-Covid levels A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi India’s GDP grew 8.4% in the July-September 2021 quarter, on the back of improving private consumption and industrial activities, giving the government hope that growth will be in double digits in the current financial year. The growth has surpassed pre-Covid levels. In value terms, GDP stood at `35,73,451 cr during July-September 2021, higher than the `35,61,530 crore recorded in the corresponding period in 2019-20, before Covid. The economy had contracted 7.4% in July-September quarter of 2020-21, data released by the National Statistical Office showed. “Overall growth for the first half has been 13.7%. So, even a little more than 6% growth in the subsequent quarters should be able to deliver double-digit growth for this year,” said Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian. This confidence was boosted by the output of the eight core sectors, which grew 7.5% in Oc- tober against a 0.5% contraction a year ago. Agriculture was steady despite an uneven monsoon, while other sectors showed signs of improvement. Notably, private final consumption expenditure in the economy grew 8.6% growth at `19,48,346 crore against `17,93,863 crore. The government’s final consumption expenditure also grew from `3,32,582 crore to `3,61,616 crore. Experts, however, advise caution. “The disaggregated data is far from convincing, with considerable lags in private and government consumption expenditure being absorbed by a sharp rise in valuables relative to the pre-Covid level of Q2 FY2020,” said Aditi Nayar, chief economist at ICRA. The latest NielsenIQ’s FMCG Snapshot for the third quarter of 2021 narrates a mixed bag consumption story. While the FMCG sector grew at 12.6% in the July-September quarter, the growth was urban led with rural India seeing a slowdown due to consumption decline. Suspended MPs hold protest, paralyse houses E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi A day after 12 Opposition Rajya Sabha members were suspended for unruly behaviour during the monsoon session, they decided to sit in protest near the Gandhi statue in Parliament as Upper House Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejected demands to revoke their punishment. While the Centre made the review of Naidu’s order conditional on the MPs apologising for their conduct, the Opposition brushed it away. “Apology for what? For raising the voice of people in the House? Never,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said. Floor leaders of the Opposition met twice to discuss various options. It was agreed that since boycotting the proceedings would give the Centre a free hand to pass legislation without discussion, Opposition MPs should stay in the House and continue to press the Centre. The Trinamool Congress did not attend the Opposition meetings. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge raised the matter in the House and also wrote to Naidu calling his decision “undemocratic and unwarranted. While the Opposition walked out of the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool members walked out separately However, all 12 MPs will sit to. gether in dharna during the entire winter session. The Lok Sabha, too, witnessed repeated adjournments. Speaker Om Birla called a meeting of the floor leaders to sort it out, but with little success. The DOWNSIDE challenge of URban unemployment is yet to be addressed, as the jobless figure climbed marginally despite the economy doing better E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubanewar Unemployment rate among females in urban areas Jan-Mar 2020 10.6% 13.1% Oct-Dec 2020 Jan-Mar 2021 11.8% Unemployment rate among men in urban areas Oct-Dec 2020 Jan-Mar2021 9.5% 8.6% Unemployment rate inches up to 9.3% in Jan-March qtr: NSO E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ New Delhi URBAN unemployment rate has increased to 9.3% in the January-March 2021 period from 9.1% in the year-ago period, according to a periodic labour force survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO). While 9.3% is lower than the peak urban unemployment level of 20.8% recorded in the April-June quarter of last year, it is still at higher than preCovid levels. CMIE data The figures, released on Tuesday also showed that un- According to , employment among women is the monthly rising as 11.3% women in the unemployment labour force found themselves data released without a job in the January- by the Centre March 2021 quarter compared for Monitoring to 10.6% in the year-ago peri- Indian od. Unemployment among Economy males remained at the same (CMIE), joblessness in level as last year, at 8.6%. Labour force participation the country rate (percentage of persons stood at 7.13% in labour force in the popula- as on tion) in urban areas came November 29 down to 47.5% in JanuaryMarch quarter of 2021, compared to 48.1% in the same period a year ago. Women’s participation in the labour force at 21.2% in the January-March quarter was lower than 21.9% in the same quarter previous year though it was better than 20.6% in the October-December 2020 quarter. The working population ratio, defined as the percentage of employed persons in the population, stood at 43.1% in January-March 2021, down from 43.7% a year ago. HC nominates retd dist judge to monitor Mamita Meher murder probe E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The Orissa High Court on Tuesday nominated ABS Naidu, a former district judge, to monitor investigation into the sensational Mamita Meher murder case. On November 26, the Odisha Government had requested the HC to nominate a sitting or retired HC judge or a district and sessions judge to monitor investigation of the murder case so that transparency is maintained in the sensitive case. Basing on the request, the HC nominated retired district judge Naidu. The HC order comes a day ahead of the winter session of t h e A s s e m bly b e g i n n i n g Wednesday and could give the government a breather as both Cyclonic storm alert for Odisha-AP on Dec 4 BJP and Congress have been persistent with their demand for a court monitored SIT probe and dismissal of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged links with the main accused Gobinda Sahu. On the day however, the BJP , reiterated its demand while Congress announced that it will file a PIL seeking a High Court-monitored SIT probe. Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Narasingha Mishra said the PIL will also pray to the High Court to revise its order nominating a retired district judge to monitor the case. “We stand by our demand for a HC monitored SIT probe into the incident,” he said. When government had constituted an SIT to probe into the Nayagarh minor murder, why is it adopting a different approach in Mamita Meher case, he wondered. “It shows the government is not serious in this matter,” he added. He said also that the decision to prevent entry of the minister into the Assembly will be taken on the spot. A low pressure area, lying over Gulf of Thailand, is expected to move to Andaman sea in next 12 hours and power up into a cyclonic storm that will head towards South Odisha and North Andhra coast on December 4. The system is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over central Bay of Bengal by December 2. Intensifying further, it will turn into a cyclonic storm by December 3 night, Director General of IMD Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said on Tuesday . Once a tropical storm, the system will get its name ‘Jawad’. The system, as per IMD bulletin, is expected to move further in northwestward direction and reach south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coast by December 4 morning. As of now, there is little clarity on its projected course. Clear picture will emerge after it turns into a depression on December 2, the national weather forecaster said.There are various models projecting different paths - starting from landfall near Srikakulam to south of Gopalpur before curving into land. Some even suggest that it may run close to the Odisha heading northwards after reaching the coast. Under influence of the system, however, rainfall activity will also start in Odisha’s south coastal districts from December 3 evening and continue till December 5. Heavy showers are predicted too. Formation of the weather system during this period is normal as October-December is the cyclone season in Bay of Bengal. Jab-o-meter Take your shot November 29 70,85,126 doses November 30 72,49,189 doses Total: 1,24,01,57,719 NATIONWIDE Nov 29 Nov 30 Fresh cases 8,309 6,990 Recoveries Deaths 9,905 236 10,116 190 odisha Nov 29 Nov 30 Fresh cases 197 228 Recoveries Deaths 221 02 203 02 express read Dhami scraps Char Dham Devasthanam Board Dehradun: Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami on Tuesday scrapped the Chardham Devasthanam Board. Chardham priests were opposing the board ever since its creation saying it was taking away their traditional rights over the temples | P8
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