kozhikode l tuesday l july 05, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION ‘Gujarat, karnataka are best states for startups in India’ The two states provide the best system for new entrepreneurs, according to States’ Startup Ranking 2021 released on Monday Meghalaya best performing small state Four states, 1 ut skip ranking exercise Meghalaya has been adjudged the best performer among smaller states, according to the ranking by the Dept for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade. The rankings are based on the initiatives taken to develop the startup ecosystem. Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir have been included in the top performers category ■ Andhra, Bihar, Mizoram and Ladakh are ‘emerging startup ecosystems’. Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa are in the ‘Leaders’ category. West Bengal, Sikkim, Haryana, Jharkhand, and Lakshadweep did not participate in the exercise 26 action points Across 7 broad reform areas were evaluated for the ranking of states CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Startup ecosystem strong, Kerala still ‘top performer’ Shares spot with Maha, J&K, TS and Odisha in States’ Startup Rankings released by Union commerce and industry ministry E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Kerala’s sustained efforts towards developing a strong startup ecosystem were rewarded on Monday as it retained its spot in the ‘Top Performers’ list in the States’ Startup Ranking 2021 of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Union ministry of commerce and industry . Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal released the rankings, in which all states and union territories are placed in five categories, in New Delhi on Monday Kerala had figured in the . ‘Top Performers’ category in the 2019 rankings too alongside Karnataka. In the latest report, four other states — Telangana, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jammu & Kashmir — figure in the Himachal bus falls into 200-ft gorge, kills 13 Know more The latest ranking recognises the efforts of the states and union territories from October 2019 to July 2021 ■ In this edition, the timelines have been created keeping in mind the impact of Covid-19 and thus provides a longer span of time to evaluate the efforts of states ■ The framework was first launched in February 2018 ■ category with Kerala, while Karnataka is placed in the ‘Best Performer’ category . The DPIIT said Kerala had taken some praiseworthy initiatives in the startup sector. These included providing institutional support to startups through knowledge dissemination in regional languages, de- veloping Kerala Startup Mission Digital Hub as a one-stop facility for all product design and development activities and also supporting various government departments in the form of capacity building programmes and building tailored incentives and schemes. It recognised Kerala as an institution champion, a capacity building pioneer and a procurement forerunner. The Centre also appreciated the state for running 20 startups led by woman entrepreneurs. John M Thomas, CEO of Kerala IT parks and Kerala Startup Mission, told TNIE that the Kerala startup ecosystem had benefited from startups, the state government, private sector and enthusiastic individuals working together for innovation driven social progress. Mahatma’s photo intact when SFI left Rahul’s office: CM tographer at 4.04pm, he said. At 4.29pm, when another round of pictures were taken, In a major embarrassment to the photo was found lying on the Congress, the Wayanad po- the floor with its frame shatlice have given a clean chit to tered. The CM said as per the the SFI in connection with the witness’ statement, only Condamaging of Mahatma Gan- gress workers were present at dhi’s picture kept in Rahul the time when the photo was Gandhi’s MP office in found damaged. TV Kalpetta. channels too had The police said the shown the visuals bephotograph that was fore and after the phoAccording to the hanging on the office to was damaged. witness’ wall was intact when Pinarayi said two statement, only SFI workers were Congress workers cases have been regisev i c t e d fo l l ow i n g tered in connection were present at their violent demon- the time when the with the attack on the stration on June 24. photo was found office and the probe is damaged This was pointed out under way . by Chief Minister PiCPM leaders had Pinarayi Vijayan, narayi Vijayan in the earlier claimed that Chief Minister assembly on Monday Congress workers had while responding to a submis- destroyed the photo themsion by CPM’s V Joy . selves and then put the blame The CM quoted statements on SFI activists. of the police photographer SFI workers had vandalised and reports on TV channels on Rahul’s office on June 24 the incident and said the photo against his alleged ‘inaction’ was on the wall when SFI on the Supreme Court verdict workers were removed. This that mandated a one-kilometre was clear in the first set of eco-sensitive zone around prophotos taken by the police pho- tected forests. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram/Kozhikode E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Chandigarh Thirteen people were killed and two others injured after a bus fell into a 200-ft gorge in Sainj valley of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday . The bus was on its way to Kullu from Shainsher when the driver lost control at a hairpin bend near Jangla village. Rescue work started late because of the remote terrain. Deputy Commissioner of Kullu Ashutosh Garg said the accident happened around 8.30am. Bus conductor Gopal was among the injured survivors. They been admitted to the Kull u re g i o n a l h o s p i t a l fo r treatment. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur visited the accident site, assued all help and ordered a probe into the incident. He announced an ex gratia of `5 lakh to the next of the kin of the victims. Parallelly the Cen, tre announced a relief of `2 lakh for the victims. Guv Khan Governor wrote to Union Ministers seeking to expedite SilverLine nod Governor Arif Mohammed Khan wrote two letters, one to then Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on December 24, 2020 and later to his successor Ashwini Vaishnaw on August 16, 2021 | P4 Oppn seeks to put govt on mat over AKG Centre attack E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram The police’s failure in identifying the lone miscreant who hurled an explosive at the gate of AKG Centre, CPM’s headquarters in the capital, even after four days was underplayed by the state government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while opposing an adjournment motion moved by Congress MLA P C Vishnunath in the assembly on Monday . The assembly witnessed a fiery debate between the treas- ury benches and Opposition over the issue. When the government agreed to grant leave for adjournment to discuss the issue raised by Vishunath, it surprised the opposition benches. However, they unleashed a no-holds-barred attack on the government and the home department led by Vijayan. While Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan hinted that the attack happened with the police’s connivance, the CM indicated it was meticulously ● More on P4 planned. Athawale push for census of all castes, not just the OBCs PR E E THA N AIR @ New Delhi Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale backs the idea of a nation-wide census of all castes and not just of Other Backward Classes. In an exclusive interview to this newspaper, Athawale said: “I have always supported caste census. My party’s position is that not only OBCs, all castes should be counted. This will provide clear data of the caste-based marginalisation and deprivation.” He is the president of the Republican Party of India, a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The assertion comes at a time when the BJP’s ally in Bihar, the JD(U), is ready to conduct a caste-based cenRamdas Athawale sus in the state. “Now that many parties are demanding it, the Central government should consider it,” he said. It also comes in the face of the Union government maintaining in an affidavit to the Supreme Court that a caste-based survey is not feasible. Athawale also allayed fears of a repeat of Mandal politics if a caste-based census is carried out. “Now that the NDA government provided 10% reservation for EWS category we won’t see any more , protests,” he said. Meanwhile, Athawale also said that the Centre will look into the demands of various tribal communities to recognise Sarna as a separate religion and include it in the religion column of the census. The Jharkhand government has sent a proposal to the Centre in this regard. He said that the Rohini Commission, constituted in 2017 to look into the subcategorisation of OBCs, is still working on the report. “The government will take a decision once the report is out.” Shinde wins trust vote; fresh sparring on chief whip in SC Past-midnight strategy session Giving a sense of how he slipped out of Mumbai to begin his rebellion, Shinde said there was police nakabandi (security blockade). “But I know how to evade it,” he bragged. While camping in Guwahati, he used to slip out of the hotel at midnight for strategy sessions when all other MLAs were asleep and return early morning, adding “the true kalakar (artist) of this government is Devendra Fadnavis” Ajit Pawar is leader of Oppn The NCP appointed Ajit Pawar as the leader of the Opposition. NCP is the single largest party in the Opposition with 52 MLAs while Congress has 44 MLAs. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai/New Delhi Rebel Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday comfortably won the vote of confidence in the Assembly, but there was another round of legal sparring between rival Sena camps in the Supreme Court. While Shinde’s faction and the BJP together got 154 votes as against the simple majority mark of 145 in a 288-member House, the Opposition polled just 99. Three abstained (SP 2, MIM 1), while 10 Congress members, including ex-chief minister Ashok Chavan failed to show up. After the floor test, the Shinde faction requested Speaker Rahul Narvekar to disqualify 14 Sena MLAs, including Aditya Thackeray for , ‘violating the whip’ and voting for the Opposition. The Thackeray faction, too, made a similar complaint. Earlier, Uddhav Thackeray had issued a letter saying Shinde will be the Sena legislative party leader and Sunil Prabhu chief whip. But the ruling Sena faction appointed Bharat Gogawale the chief whip and the Speaker approved it on Sunday “This is . illegal, since only the party president has the right to make such appointments,” claimed Sena’s Lok Sabha member Arvind Sawant. The matter went to the Supreme Court with senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Thackeray , mentioning it before a bench of justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheswari. The bench said it would be heard on July 11 along with other related matters. P7 Greeting a star Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who was in Kozhikode on Monday, attended many events, including the inauguration of an office of a vernacular daily and interaction with young athletes He also held discussions with Malayalam newspaper owners and editors. Around 20 newspaper owners and editors were in attendance e x p r e ss r e a d Rural distress peaks in June as unemployment rate soars Union Minister for Sports Anurag Singh Thakur greeting para-athlete Joby Mathew during an interaction with sportspersons organised by Sports Authority of India at VK Krishna Menon Indoor Stadium in Kozhikode on Monday. Ace track and field athlete P T Usha is also seen | E GokuL New Delhi: Unemployment rate soared in June to 7.8%, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s data. Joblessness had cooled at 7.12% in May compared with 7.83% in April. Urban joblessness rate fell 0.91% to 7.30% in June but rural unemployment moved up 1.41% to 8.03%, data show. Haryana witnessed the highest joblessness rate in June (30.6%) followed by Rajasthan (29.8%). Madhya Pradesh reported a low rate of unemployment at 0.5% Chemotherapy facility now in 25 more govt hosps E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram In a move that will immensely benefit cancer patients, the health department has launched chemotherapy facilities in 25 more government hospitals in the state. Government hospitals in Nedumangad, Kollam, Kozhenchery, Mavelikkara, Kottayam, Thodupuzha, Muvattup u z h a , P a l a k k a d , T i r u r, Perinthalmanna, Nilambur, Kannur and Thalassery; Gen- eral Hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Pala, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Thalassery and Kanhanhad; taluk hospitals in Punalur, Vadakkancherry and Ottapalam; Beach hospital in Kozhikode and Nalloornadu tribal hospital in Wayanad will offer the facility, which has arranged with the support of medical colleges, Regional Cancer Centre, Malabar Cancer Centre and Cochin Cancer Centre. Health Minister Veena Decentralised approach Cancer awareness and door-todoor visits are part of the government’s decentralised cancer treatment plan. It helped identify 4,972 new cancer patients in two months The state adds 60,000 new cancer patients every year George said the government was planning to start the facility in more hospitals. The health department start- ed follow-up cancer treatment in more centres during Covid so that people with low immunity did not have to go to faraway hospitals. The facilities have been improved to provide chemotherapy too, Veena said. The government plans a decentralised treatment by forming a cancer care grid by incorporating cancer centres, MCHs, district and taluk hospitals. From May, it started cancer screening in every government hospital once in a week. No Service Charge Consumer protection authority just shrunk your food bill! Pa r v e z S u lta n @ New Delhi The next time you walk into a favourite restaurant for a meal, you can expect the food bill to be lower than before, as the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has just barred the default levy of ‘service charge’ on it. If it is not, you can file a complaint against the eatery . Also, service charge can’t be collected by adding it along with the food bill and levying GST on the total amount, the regulatory body said in its new guidelines. You can still tip the waiter if you feel the service is superb, but that is your personal choice. And no restaurant can refuse services over non-payment of service charges. The guidelines, released on Monday seek to prevent unfair , trade practices and violation of consumer rights. However, Pradeep Shetty, joint honorary secretary of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India, says industry is already follow- soumyadip sinha ing the guidelines. “Nobody was forced to pay the service charge,” he claims. The new guidelines come as a big relief to consumers as most restaurants and bars levy 5-12% service charge on food bill. The bill could burn a bigger hole in your pocket if service charges are levied on liquors because many states levy a hefty value-added tax on the same. So, watch your food bill the next time you eat out. If you are levied service charge, you can ask the restaurant to remove it. Alternatively, you can lodge a complaint on the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) by calling 1915 or through the NCH mobile app. You may also file a complaint with the Consumer Commission through the e-daakhil portal (www.e-daakhil.nic.in). The complaint may also be emailed to CCPA on com-ccpa@ nic.in.
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