THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l monday l August 08, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE city EDITION Dvorkovich-Anand duo takes charge of FIDE russian’s grip on the organisation total Five-time world champion Anand was part of Dvorkovich’s team. Dvorkovich received 157 votes as against 16 polled by his rival Andrii Baryshpolets while the number of invalid votes was 1 and abstentions stood at 5. The elections were held during the FIDE Congress which is being conducted alongside the 44th Chess Olympiad at Mahabalipuram Russia’s Arkady Dvorkovich re-elected as president, while India’s chess legend Viswanathan Anand elected his deputy ■ 8 India continue to dominate on board ■ ■ India B played out a 2-2 draw against Azerbaijan in the 9th round in the open section, India A and C teams registered 3-1 wins India B’s D Gukesh’s 8-match winning run comes to an end In the women’s, top-seeded India A lost 2.5-1.5 to Poland, while India B beat Switzerland 4-0 and India C bettered Estonia 3-1 D Gukesh’s (Pic) winning streak comes to an end with a draw 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 Review GST on essential items, CM tells meeting E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers of 23 states and heads of UTs at a NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Sunday SSLV mission fails as sats put in wrong orbit GST compensation, MSP, dues figure in NITI meet E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r ess N e ws Se rv i c e @New Delhi @ New Delhi The maiden launch of ISRO’s new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) on Sunday was a failure as two satellites it injected into orbit were unusable, the space agency said. “SSLV-D1 placed the satellites into 356km x 76km elliptical orbit instead of 356 km circular orbit. Satellites are no longer usable,” it tweeted. “As the 76 kms elliptical orbit was the lower most point and closer to the surface of the earth, the satellites placed in such an orbit will not stay for long time due to the atmosphere and will come down. The (two satellites) have already come down from that orbit and are no longer usable,” chairman of ISRO Dr S Somannath said. He said the satellites deviated from their paths due to an anomaly, adding an expert committee was analysing the data to determine what precisely caused the issue. Issues related to the extension of GST compensation, increasing states’ share in central taxes, demand for legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) for crops, release of pending funds for central schemes, and cooperative federalism were raised by chief ministers during the seventh Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday . It was their first in-person meeting since the pandemic struck. It was attended by 23 chief ministers, three lieutenant governors, two administrators and Union ministers. Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao and his Bihar Super Sunday Amit back in focus Many were closely following Amit Panghal (51kg), especially after his disastrous Tokyo Olympics campaign. Amit had a point to prove and he did it with excellence. In the final, it was a lopsided bout with the Indian outplaying his rival. Page 11,12 BEWARE! Nearly 37% of the total length of highways in Kerala, both national and state, are unsafe for motorists and are considered ‘vulnerable road corridors’, says a KSCSTENATPAC study The study used . the crash data report of the Kerala State Crime Records Bureau between 2018 and 2021 in the state to arrive at the conclusion. Out of the total 6,182km of national and state highways in the state, 2,234km fall under the category of vulnerable road corridors. The vulnerable road corridors, which range between 2km to 10km, were identified based on the number of black spots and the number of accidents that have occurred on a stretch. “A total of 323 vulnerable road corridors on national and state highways in Kerala were identified from the list of crash black spots, and were prioritised based on the Blackspot Cluster Severity Index. Of this, 149 corridors are on national highways and 174 on state highways,” said a NATPAC official. Thrissur (37) has been identified as the district with the the state. She sought the urgent release of funds to the state on account of the implementation of MGNREGA and other central schemes. Calling for greater Centre-state cooperation, she asked the Centre to look into the demands of the states more seriously adding no poli, cies like implementing the National Education Policy (NEP) should be forced on them. Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann raised the matter of providing legal guarantee to MSP Odisha . CM Naveen Patnaik said the state has been historically neglected in subjects on the central list, such as telecom, railways and banking. “We have the lowest density in all these crucial infrastructures and I would urge the Central government to give special focus to Odisha,” he said. Woman of the moment Reigning world champ Nikhat Zareen (50kg) has been operating at a different level in recent times. Facing Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland in the 50kg final at CWG, Nikhat was always a step ahead and she maintained the gap to take the top prize. Kerala has total 6,182km of national and state highways. Of them, 2,234km (37%) categorised as vulnerable road corridors Such corridors, which range between 2km to 10km, have been identified in a KSCSTENATPAC study based on the number of black spots and accidents that have occurred on a stretch Thrissur (37) has highest number of vulnerable road corridors, Ernakulam (33) is second highest number of vulnerable road corridors, with Ernakulam (33) at the second spot. Malappuram and Kozhikode with 32 each come close behind. NATPAC has also identified 4,592 black spots in the state. More than 54% of them (2,495) are in the vulnerable road corridors. The study also found that more than 70% of accidents occurred at intersec● More on P5 tions. Thanks to his never-say-die spirit, Eldhose Paul, 26, became the first Indian triple jumper to bag gold at CWG | P2 It was a joyous moment for residents of Nadapuram when Abdulla Aboobacker covered 17.02m to bag a triple jump silver. His family, friends were ecstatic | P2 Eldhose Paul led India’s historic 1-2 finish in men’s triple jump as he won a rare gold (17.03m) in track and field events and fellow Kerala athlete Abdulla Aboobacker won silver. Dangerous paths Historic leap Nadapuram overjoyed historic golden leap 2,234km of highways in state unsafe for motorists A N I L K U MAR T @ Kochi counterpart Nitish Kumar skipped it while Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin did not attend because it was his father M Karunanidhi’s death anniversary Karnataka CM Basavaraj . Bommai is down with Covid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought support to raise the GST collection. “Increasing GST collection requires collective action by the Centre and the states. It is crucial for strengthening our economic position,” he said. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel sought a fiveyear extension of compensation to states in lieu of a fall in revenue due to the GST’s implementation. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reportedly left after the first half of the meeting, citing the cyclone situation in E X P RESS RE A D TN’s Kalaiselvi Kottayam native first woman to Manikantan set to head CSIR be Air Marshal Chennai: Breaking the glass ceiling, senior scientist Nallathamby Kalaiselvi has become the first woman to be appointed as Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a consortium of 38 research institutes across the country. The native of Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli is known for her work in the field of lithium-ion batteries, and is currently Director of the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute in Karaikudi. She has more than 125 research papers and six patents to her credit | P5 T’Puram: The Centre has cleared Kottayam native B Manikantan, 56, to become the Air Marshal, one rank below the Chief of Air Force. Mani, addressed so fondly by his friends, is the third Malayali to reach the Air Marshal post, a three-star air officer rank in the Indian Air Force (IAF). The other two are Senior Air Staff Officer Western Air Command R Radhish and Senior Air Staff Officer Training Command Saju Balakrishnan. Manikantan is an alumnus of the 1983 batch Sainik School, Kazhakoottam | P4 Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday demanded that the Union government review the decision to impose tax on essential items, and requested the Centre to continue the GST compensation for the revenue loss to the states for another five years. He also sought lifting of the stringent restrictions imposed on borrowing limits of states considering the pandemicinduced adverse impact on the economy . Addressing the seventh Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog in New Delhi, Pinarayi also reminded the Union government of the need to address challenges to cooperative federalism, and demanded that legislation on subjects in the Concurrent List be initiated only after adequate consultation with the states. The Centre should also desist from legislation on the items that come in the State List, he added. The CM also sought the Centre’s support in early clearance of the state’s pending rail and air traffic proposals. He stressed that the new transport projects are eco-friendly and cause less accidents. As part of modernising state’s roads and transportation, a time-bound completion of all projects, including National Highways development, need to be accelerated, he said in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra ● More on P5 Modi. Sulking JD(U) says it won’t join the Centre R a m a s h a n k a r @ Patna On a day Bihar CM Nitish Kumar skipped the NITI Aayog meeting in Delhi for the second time in a row, his party continued to be in a sulk saying it will not join the Union ministry despite a vacancy created by ex-member R C P Singh’s exit from the Cabinet. JD(U)’s national chief Rajiv Ranjan Singh aka Lalan Singh said his party will stick to its 2019 stand on the issue. He, however, said JD(U) will continue to be part of the NDA. In 2019, Nitish had announced that the party would stay away from the Union cabinet. He blamed R C P Singh for unilaterally reversing it in 2021 when the latter was the national head of the party . Lalan also obliquely attacked the state BJP, saying a plot was being hatched to weaken Nitish. 3 Idukki dam shutters raised, discharge set at 100 cumecs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Idukki Three of five shutters of Cheruthoni dam of Idukki reservoir were raised on Sunday to release 100 cumecs (around 3,531 cusecs) of water. The water will be released in a phased manner until Monday morning. This is the 11th time since the dam’s commissioning in 1976 that the shutters have been raised. Meanwhile, six out of 10 open shutters of Mullaperiyar dam were further raised to 50cm from the earlier 30cm at 10am on Sunday due to heavy inflow. Discharge of water was increased to 3,232 cusecs. Water level in the dam was 138.4ft against the permissible level of 142ft. The 10 shutters were opened on Friday August 5. , Though there was no flooding owing to the raising of Cheruthoni dam shutters, around 75 families in the floodprone area of downstream Cheruthoni were asked to shift to relief camps if water in Cheruthoni river rose. “The dam shutters were raised considering the possibility of heavy rain in the coming days. The controlled release of water will regulate its level in the dam and prevent a flood downstream,” water resources minister Roshy Augustine told reporters. The heavy rain lashing the district for the past one week and the One of the five shutters of Cheruthoni dam of Idukki reservoir being raised at 10am on Sunday. Later, three more shutters of the dam were opened | Shiyami raising of Mullaperiyar dam shutters caused water level in Idukki dam to rise. The upper rule curve (level to be maintained in a reservoir at different times of the year) of Idukki dam for August 10 was set at 2,383.53ft against the full reservoir level of 2,403ft. On Saturday, it crossed the red alert level and reached 2,382.53ft at 7.30am, necessitating the raising of shutters on Sunday . Three warning sirens were sounded from 9.50am on Sunday before shutter 3 was raised to 40cm to release 50 cumecs of water. It was raised to 120cm by 4pm. After water reached 2,384.46 ft at 2pm, shutters 2 and 4 were raised to 40cm, while shutter 3 was lowered to 75cm to collectively release 100 cumecs of water. ● More on P4 Rain fury 1 dead 7 49 missing toll Yellow alert: Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod HOLIDAY TODAY Holiday for all educational institutions in Alappuzha and Wayanad. In Idukki, holiday declared in Devikulam and Peermade taluks and Chinnakanal and Bison Valley panchayats in Udumbanchola. In Thrissur and Pathanamthitta, only schools operating as relief camps will be closed. Questioning norms What is the point of Nikah if I can’t attend it, asks bride P o o j a N a i r @Kozhikode “If I can’t attend my own wedding, then what is the point of the function being conducted inside the mosque in the name of Nikah?” The poser came from Bahja Dalil whose presence inside the mosque during her marriage made headlines recently . While some hailed the move as ‘progressive’, while others, including some Muslim scholars, flayed it. However, Bahja, who got married to Fahad Qasim in the presence of their relatives, said: “It is time these so-called scholars realise that the world is changing and that too with an unpredictably high speed.” “I considered it a great blessing that I got to witness my wedding in the presence of my father and my husband, as this had never happened in our family before,” she said. The ceremony was held on June 30 Bahja Dalil, the bride, witnessing her marriage at the mosque with the permission of the Parakkadavu mahal jamaat committee. However, the committee recently issued a statement saying it will not allow such weddings in future. It also ordered the committee official, who allowed the function, to apologise. I considered it a great blessing that I got to witness my wedding in the presence of my father and my husband, as this had never happened in our family before — Bahja Dalil Bahja asked them: “What is the justification for forbidding my presence at a such critical moment?” The mahal committee meeting recently had decided to meet Bahja’s family in person to convince them of their lapses in the entire incident. The committee, in the statement, had blamed her family for allegedly misbehaving inside the mosque by conducting a photo ● More on P5 shoot.
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