THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l tuesday l September 27, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Investors lose `13.30 lakh cr in four days of market crash Falling for the fourth straight day, the 30-share BSE Sensex on Monday tanked 953.70 points (1.64%) to settle at 57,145.22 Sensex falls 1,060 pts in intra-day trade Rupee sinks further, touches 81.67 per $ With this, the market capitalisation of BSE-listed firms tumbled as much as C13,30,753.42 crore in four sessions to reach C2,70,11,460.11 crore. During the day, the sensitive index plummeted 1,060.68 points or 1.82% to 57,038.24. Maruti, Tata Steel, ITC, Axis Bank, NTPC, Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank and Mahindra & Mahindra were the major laggards | P10 ■ ■ ■ The rupee plunged 58 paise to close at an all-time low of 81.67 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday On Friday, the rupee had slumped 30 paise to close at 81.09 Monday’s is the fourth consecutive session of loss for the Indian currency, during which it has lost 193 paise against the greenback 4.31% In four days, the BSE benchmark slumped as much as 2,574.52 points 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 Azad floats party, to offer 50% seats to youth, women Quit as CM, Nath to tell Gehlot Raj drama intensifies, Else, he could be dropped as Gandhi family’s pick for Congress prez; may lose CM post later Faya z Wa n i @ Srinagar FORMER Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who quit the grand old party a month ago, on Monday launched his own political outfit Democratic Azad Party (DAP). The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said his party will not be autocratic but democratic with independent ideology . He sought to downplay the allegations that his party will work for the BJP, saying his outfit will follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and J aw a h a r l a l Nehru. “Our policies will not be influenced by the politics of religion, caste or creed. We respect all religions, all regions and all parties,” he said. Azad said he had initially planned to float the party on September 23 but later decided to launch on Monday the 26th, the first day of Navratri. Fifty per cent tickets will be given to youth and women in the next assembly polls, he said, adding Article 370 restoration won’t be an election issue. Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday decided to depute senior party leader Kamal Nath to persuade Ashok Gehlot to resign from the post of Rajasthan chief minister before filing his nomination papers for the post of the party’s national president. Sources said Kamal Nath has been asked to convey to Gehlot that if he does not resign, he would not be supported by the party high command for presidentship. They said if Gehlot does not heed Kamal Nath’s message he may be asked not to file his nomination papers in the party election. Kamal Nath, who flew in here from Bhopal on Monday, met Sonia at her residence. There was no clear word on whether he will fly to Jaipur to convey her message. Top Congress leaders told this paper that Gehlot’s rebellion may not only cost him Congress presidentship but may also lead to his removal from the post of chief minister as he has refused to accept his for mer deputy Sachin Pilot as his successor. He has conveyed to party leadership that he would not accept either Pilot or anyone Key players in the rajasthan drama S h a h i d Fa r i d i a n d R a j e s h A s n a n i @ New Delhi/Jaipur Ashok Gehlot CM. Tipped to be national president, but has angered Sonia Gandhi as he does not want Sachin Pilot to succeed him Sachin Pilot High command’s choice as the new chief minister of Rajasthan C P Joshi Mahesh Joshi & Mahendra Chaudhary Assembly Speaker. Gehlot wants him to be his successor as CM Cong chief whip Joshi and deputy chief whip, CM’s loyalists. Joshi in Sonia’s line of fire Shanti Dhariwal Rajendra Gudha Govind Singh Dotasra Pratap Singh Khachariyawas Gehlot loyalist. Calls Maken anti-Gehlot One of the six BSPturned-Congress MLAs. On the fence Jat leader and PCC chief, Gehlot’s man Gehlot loyalist. Was close to Pilot before 2018 Mallikarjun Sent to Jaipur by Sonia for the smooth succession Kharge and Ajay Maken at Sunday’s CLP meet; Gehlot loyalists boycotted it from his camp. He said Pilot and the MLAs who had walked out with him to form a government with the help of BJP are not acceptable to a large number of Congress MLAs. Kamal Nath’s meeting with Gehlot is the party leadership’s last-ditch attempt to seek Gehlot’s compliance with its decision to hand over chief ministership to Pilot. Congress MLAs loyal to Gehlot had on Sunday refused to meet the party’s central observers Ajay M a ke n a n d M a l l i k a r j u n Kharge. The central observers were sent to get the MLAs to pass a resolution authorising the Congress president to choose the next chief minister. MLAs in the Gehlot camp re- E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi heroes, welcome Fans cheer the members of the Indian cricket team at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on Monday. The Men in Blue will play the first T20 international of their three-match series against South Africa at Greenfield Stadium on Wednesday | Vincent Pulickal Kerala varsity ignores guv’s ultimatum E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Kerala University has chosen to ignore Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s ultimatum asking it to provide the name of its senate nominee on Monday for the three-member vicechancellor selection panel. Khan had formed the searchcum-selection panel on August 5 with his nominee and that of the University Grants Commission (UGC) saying the senate nominee could be included later. On Monday incumbent VC , V P Mahadevan Pillai, whose term expires on October 24, said the senate was of the view that it will not choose a nominee until the committee constituted ‘unilaterally’ by Khan, the chancellor, was disbanded. A Raj Bhavan source said in the wake of the varsity not providing its senate nomi- Three-month deadline VC selection has to be completed within three months of forming the search committee. It can get a one-month extension if it does not meet the deadline. nee despite repeated directives, Khan may ask the two-member panel’s convenor to issue a notification seeking applications from VC hopefuls. The varsity’s refusal to heed Khan’s ultimatum comes even as he sits on the University Law (Amendment) Bill which proposes to increase the committee’s strength to five by adding one nominee each of the government and the higher education council. This aims to give the government more leverage in ● More on P5 the VC selection. A MARRIED woman does not require husband’s approval or permission to terminate her pregnancy, the Kerala High Court observed on Monday . The reason is that it is the woman who bears the stress and strain of pregnancy and delivery, the court said invoking the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. “The drastic change in the matrimonial life of a pregnant woman is equivalent to the ‘change of her marital status.’ The word ‘divorce’ cannot in any manner qualify or restrict that right,” said the court. Justice V G Arun issued the order while granting permis- @T’Puram/Palakkad Ask anyone in Adimaly who the best and most trusted driver in town is, and pat comes the reply: Purushothaman. The 58-year-old has a spotless record, which is why he has been the town’s preferred driver to ferry their children to the school and back for the past 37 years. So, when time came to help him, the residents did not hesi- tate. When Purushothaman suffered from a liver problem eight years ago, the people raised `22 lakh for his transplant. Now, he continues to drive, as gratitude. “Driving children to the schools and back has been one of my longest but favourite jobs,” said Purushothaman who started in 1985. Since then, he has taken students from three generations, hailing from Vellathooval, Pallivasal and Adimaly in Idukki to their schools and brought them home safely . “I began by shuttling students from remote areas in au- I began by shuttling students from remote areas in autorickshaws and jeeps. There were hardly any good roads. School buses were introduced in the later years — Purushothaman HC invokes Medical Termination 2 of Pregnancy Act, says it is the woman who bears the stress and strain of pregnancy and delivery 3 Drastic change in married life of pregnant woman equivalent to change of marital status, it says Word ‘divorce’ cannot qualify or 4 restrict that right, HC observes sion to a 21-year-old married woman from Kottayam to terminate her pregnancy at the Medical College Hospital there or any other gover nment hospital. The petitioner did her BA in Economics, but lost one paper. While preparing for the supplementary examination, she joined a computer course. She fell in love with 26-year-old bus conductor. The woman’s family was against her marrying him and she eloped with him. To her dismay the husband and his moth, er started ill-treating her, demanding dowry Meanwhile she . became pregnant. Adding to the woman’s woes, the husband raised suspicion regarding the paternity of the unborn baby and on that excuse, refused to provide any sort of support, either financial or emotional, to the ● More on P4 woman. Assembly ruckus case: EP denies charges T’Puram: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here read out the chargesheet against LDF convenor E P Jayarajan on Monday in the 2015 assembly ruckus case. Jayarajan, who was directed to turn up after he skipped the court proceedings on September 14 citing health issues, denied the charges. The prosecution sought one month’s time to hand over the documents to the accused | P4 16 pages, including 4 pages of THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Express 37 years & running, tale of Adimaly’s most trusted driver N e j m a S u l a i m a n @Idukki ‘Woman bears stress’ 21-year-old Kottayam 1 gets nod to terminate native pregnancy at the MCH or any govt hospital E X P R E S S R EA D dr i v e n b y p a ss i o n Purushothaman Before he joined Rahul for the padayatra , Tharoor told reporters that the Gandhi family A day after the start of the po- had no objections to his litical drama in Rajasthan that candidature. could result in Chief “I spoke with Rahul Minister Ashok G a n d h i o ve r t h e Gehlot pulling out of phone. All three memthe Congress presibers of the Gandhi dential poll, focus has family have extended once again shifted to their support. There Shashi Tharoor. have also been reWith Gehlot loyalquests from several ists delivering a shock states for my candidato the high command ture. So, I have decidon Sunday by threated to throw my hat in ening to resign the ring. You will against its move to All three members know who are backof the Gandhi name Sachin Pilot as ing me when I submit family have the CM’s successor, my nomination on extended their Tharoor, the Thiru- support. There have September 30,” he vananthapuram MP, also been requests said. on Monday rushed to from several states Tharoor confirmed Pattambi in Palakkad for my candidature. that he will submit So, I have decided to accompany Rahul his nomination paGandhi during the to throw my hat in pers on Friday, the the ring Bharat Jodo Yatra last day, after collectand sought his clearing signatures of 10 Shashi Tharoor, MP ance to be the official Congress office-bearcandidate. ers from across the Tharoor flew to Kochi and country Saying he had elicited . went to Pattambi by road. His both support and opposition impromptu trip caught even from Kerala, Tharoor termed it senior Congress leaders in the normal and a healthy sign in a ● More on P4 district by surprise. democracy . Cynthia Chandran Married woman doesn’t need husband’s nod to terminate pregnancy, says HC Six students score 100 percentile in CUET-PG THE National Testing Agency on Monday announced the results of the much-awaited Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-PG, for which over six lakh candidates had registered. Six students scored 100 percentile — Nakul Kumar Vaish (BEd), Akash Patel (BEd), Sumit Joshi (Social Work), Neeraj Godara (Social Work), Mayank Kumar Mishra (General, MBA etc.) and Mohit (General, MBA etc.). However, unlike the CUETUG exam results, officials clarified that ‘no normalisation of scores” was done for the postgraduate exams. “Universities will prepare the rank lists based on ‘raw marks’ and not NTA scores,” said UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar. He said the PG exam was held in a single sitting for most subjects, which was not the case in the UG exam. So, scores had to be normalised to provide a level-playing field for all. When the CUET-UG results were announced on September 16, Kumar had said admission to undergraduate courses in central universities would be through ‘normalised’ marks and not percentile or raw marks. fused to sign the resolution. The party leadership in Delhi feels the MLAs avoided the central observers on the direction of Gehlot. This is being seen as an open rebellion by Gehlot against the Gandhi family and the party’s central leadership. Congress leaders in Delhi said the party has started looking for an alternative candidate for the post of Congress president. There are four days left for the nominations to close for the party’s presidential election. Nominations for the presidential elections close on September 30. The Congress Legislature Party meeting, which was called on Sunday had to be can, celed as more than 90 MLAs loyal to Gehlot threatened to resign. Gehlot loyalists Shanti Dhariwal and Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi are being seen by the high command as the key players in the drama. Gehlot met Kharge in the hotel he was staying on Monday afternoon. Before leaving for Delhi, Kharge said, “everyone will have to be on the same page with Congress president’s decision. There has to be unity and discipline in the party unit.” Dhariwal later alleged that Maken was part of a plot to unseat Gehlot as CM. Tharoor meets Rahul for nod as official pick torickshaws and jeeps. There were hardly any good roads. Buses were introduced in the later years,” said Purushothaman, currently employed with Fathima Matha HSS in Koombampara. Despite knowing that the vehicle carrying their children would be moving through narrow, uneven roads, parents never feared for their safety as they knew ‘Purushu’ was be● More on P4 hind the wheel. Locals posing with LPG cylinders at Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh | Express Arunachal village celebrates arrival of 1st LPG cylinders P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati Cooking gas has wended its way to the “disconnected” Vijaynagar circle of Arunachal Pradesh on the Myanmar border, 57 years after the first Indane LPG connection in India was released on October 22, 1965 in Kolkata. Two days ago, an agency, based in the Miao subdivision of Changlang district, delivered LPG cylinders to 15 families in Vijaynagar, 157 km away. Locals celebrated it. Minister Kamlung Mossang said the service fulfilled a long-felt need of people. “They rely entirely on firewood for cooking and they faced a lot of difficul- ties,” he said. Antu Ngemu, the gas agency proprietor, said consumers were overjoyed. Nearly 500 others applied for LPG connection but their documents are yet to reach the agency “We haven’t been . able to extend the service to them due to issues like logistics and documentation,” Antu said. Usina Yobin said her father was so ecstatic that he called her up to break the news of the arrival of the red cylinders. “He received the cylinders, not the oven which will be delivered soon, but that couldn’t take away his joy,” Usina told this newspaper from Jairampur in the district where she was married off in 2019.
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