thrissur l thursday l December 08, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION World Bank report warns of unsurvivable heat wave India could soon experience heat waves that break human survivability limit, the World Bank said in its latest report Extreme climate events rising in India 380 mn depend on heat-exposed labour The World Bank report titled ‘Climate Investment Opportunities in India’s Cooling Sector’ said severe heat waves, responsible for thousands of deaths across India over the past few decades, are increasing with alarming frequency. It said the country could become one of the first places in the world to experience such extreme climate events that can be fatal “Up to 75 per cent of India’s workforce, or 380 million people, depend on heat-exposed labour, at times working in potentially life-threatening temperatures,” the report said. India has the largest heat exposure impacts on heavy labour among South Asian countries, losing 101 billion hours a year, the report added 34 million Projected job loss in India by 2030 due to heat-linked productivity dip 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 Day after, fisher community feels dejected, betrayed with Latin Church’s climbdown K S S r ee j i t h @T’Puram An eerie silence blanketed Vizhinjam on Wednesday a day , after the Latin Catholic Church called off the 138-day-long agitation by fisherfolk against the seaport project. No slogans were being raised against the port, no speech was demanding the rights of the fisherfolk. However, beneath the quiet lay a sense of dejection, a feel- ing of betrayal and discontent. “The decision to call off the protest was untimely a priest ,” from the coastal area told TNIE on condition of anonymity. “The agitation achieved nothing. On the other hand, the government has a lot to celebrate,” he said. The protests that spanned 138 days had sought various demands, chief of which was stopping the port’s construc- tion. However, the government stayed firm on continuing the work and in the end, the Church, though unsatisfied, called off the stir. The morale of the fisherfolks has taken a hit. There’s dissatisfaction in the community . “The entire coastal population, most of them from the Latin Catholic community, is devastated,” said Fr Theodacious D’Cruz, one of the con- Municipal Corporation of Delhi in AAP pocket Wins 134 wards, BJP manages 104; Congress reduced to single digit U j w a l J a l a l i @ New Delhi figures that matter 69 49 02 250 Total wards AAP 1 3 4 7.18% 11.68% BJP 1 0 4 Co n g 9 Others YOUR cost of living has just gone up. And, it will continue to stay that way for quite some time, going by the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy statement released on Wednesday . According to RBI, the common man will continue to bear the brunt of price rise and high interest rates as the central bank’s fight against inflation is not over yet. Seeking to cool inflation, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday announced a 35 basis points increase in the benchmark interest rate. This, however, will trigger another round of hike in lending rates. Banks are expected to raise interest rates of home loans and other loans linked to the repo rate (at which RBI lends to banks). Home loan rates are already at 9% or Congress 42.05% 39.09% BJP Tenure of MCD mayor is 1 year Rules mandate that the first mayor is a woman while the third mayor has to be from the reserved category to remove the muck and squalor from Delhi’s midst. The BJP got back at AAP by selectively leaking video clips on the socalled corruption cases, including the Delhi excise scam. In the previous elections, the BJP had trounced both the AAP and the Congress by winning 181 of 272 wards of the three municipal corporations. Kejriwal termed the “deci- more. The burden on existing home loan borrowers could go up by `950-1,200 per EMI for an outstanding loan of `50 lakh with a tenure of 10-25 years. Loans are only going to be costlier in the coming months as RBI has given clear indications that the rate hikes are far from over. Experts see another 25 bps rate hike. Realtors say another rate hike could derail the recovery in the property market by making the affordable housing segment unaffordable. On the bright side, there’s hope for savers as banks are likely to raise deposit rates. Inflation will, however, continue to pinch the common man as RBI has retained its inflation target for FY23 at 6.7% — with Q3 inflation at 6.6% and Q4 inflation at 5.9% — which is still higher than its upper tolerance level of 6%. WHAT THE REPO RATE HIKE MEANS If you have taken a loan, or are planning to take one, you may have to shell out more as banks are likely to raise interest rates Ot h e rs 3 Men 65 55 01 04 AAP BJP Others Cong Parallelly, interest rates on deposits in banks are also expected to rise Experts feel the real estate sector will be the most hit as higher home loan rates will put off potential buyers On Tuesday too, protesters had questioned the priests when they explained the details of the truce with the government. No reason cited by the Church could satisfy them. Now, there is anguish within the archdiocese that believers may refuse to heed the words of the Church heads. ● More on P4 In maiden speech, Dhankar raps SC HC: What’s the benefit of locking up girls after 9.30pm? The tent erected in front of Vizhinjam seaport in Thiruvananthapuram during the anti-port protests being dismantled on Wednesday | Vincent Pulickal S h r u t i K a kk a r @ New Delhi In his first speech as chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday took on the Supreme Court, describing its 2015 verdict that struck down the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) bill as a glaring instance of severe compromise of parliamentary sovereignty and disregard of people’s mandate. Dhankar said there is no parallel in democratic history where a legitimate Constitutional prescription was judicially undone. He underscored Parliament’s position as the exclusive and the ultimate deter- minative of the architecture of the Constitution. “Hon’ble members, there is no parallel to such a development in democratic history where a duly legitimised Constitutional prescription has been judicially undone. It’s a glaring instance of severe compromise of Parliamentary sovereignty the V-P said. ,” He pointed out that the NJAC bill had received unprecedented bipartisan support but was quashed on the ground that it was not in sync with the basic structure of the Constitution. Calling Parliament the custodian of the “ordainment of the people”, Dhankar also said it was duty bound to address the heavy eights AAP Vote share Cost of living to go up as RBI raises rate MO N I K A YADAV @ New Delhi 05 AAP BJP Others Cong Mayor watch Finally, what AAP thought happened, not in the exact measure, but in its historical proportion. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party ended the BJP’s 15-year rule over the MCD, bagging 134 of the 250 seats, forcing the BJP to settle at 104 and Congress at a distant 9 seats. For AAP it is a wish fulfilled: , it now rules Delhi and the civic body whose unification from three separate bodies a few months back was thought to be a pro-BJP move. On Wednesday the BJP could , draw solace from a fragile fact: it has fared better than what was projected by exit polls. The results humiliated the Congress as it won only nine seats and, worse, 188 of its 247 candidates lost their deposits. An element of history joined AAP’s win. It is for the first time that the AAP has managed to wrest power from the BJP in any of the battles of the ballot since the party’s birth a decade ago. AAP has won two other elections — the Delhi Assembly (2015 & 2019) and Punjab (2022). In all these polls, AAP swept the Congress off, while it faced defeat in BJPruled states like Uttarakhand, Goa and Uttar Pradesh. In Delhi, AAP singularly targeted the city’s ever-rising three landfill sites, promising gender break-up of councillors veners of the now-inactive anti-port council. It was his remark against Fisheries Minister V Abdurahiman that proved to be a major turning point. The Church kept the priest away from the stir and despite his apology, outcry against his words continued. Fr D’Cruz did not want to talk about the past. However, he feared that the community will be hit. Women AAP may field SC woman councillor for mayor If she wins, she’ll have tenure of about four months as new mayor is sworn in every April sive victory” to be an affirmation for his party’s honest politics. “People of Delhi have now entrusted their son to clean Delhi and rid MCD of corruption. I won’t let them down,” he said at the AAP headquarters. Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said the people have given them almost 40% vote share along with 104 wards and responsibility as a strong opposition. Croatia 2018 finalists have been run-ragged a few times but are still fighting with an ageing but still world class team. You fear for them Netherlands Three-time finalists still searching for their first title. Have relied a lot on Cody Gakpo’s goals. Play a counterattacking brand of football Morocco They have based their performances around great defensive work and relied on a fast break. Can they keep doing it? England Another side that turned on the style in R-16. Have a well-rounded attacking unit where multiple players can chip in with goals issue and expressed confidence that it would do so. Democracy blossoms and flourishes when its three facets — the legislature, the judiciary and the executive — scrupulously adhere to their respective domains, Dhankhar said, adding that the doctrine of separation of powers must be respected. “Any incursion by one institution in the domain of the other has the potential to upset the governance apple cart,” he said. Last week, speaking at an event in the presence of Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, Dhankar had said the power of the people reflected through the most certified mechanism on a legitimised platform, was undone. The prospect of an Argentina - Brazil semifinal looms large as the quarterfinal line-ups have been identified. A look at all eight teams... Modric van Dijk Saiss Thiago Messi Pepe Brazil Struggled for goals early on but turned on the style against South Korea. They are two matches away from reaching an 8th final & first since 2002 Argentina Stumbled early on but have grown into the tournament but almost let that Round of 16 match against Australia slip. Lionel Messi has been the difference maker Portugal Dropping Ronaldo gave their forward line a new lease of life. Will they stick to their new belief? Have the potential to go all the way France Looked a bit shaky at the back but when you have Kylian Mbappe, why worry? The midfield is a bit lightweight and can be a bit worrisome Kane Lloris Quarterfinals | Friday: 8.30 PM - Croatia vs Brazil. 12.30 AM (Sat) - Netherlands vs Argentina. Saturday: 8.30 PM - Morocco vs Portugal. 12.30 AM (Sun) - England vs France Vizhinjam stir called off, but issues remain | P6 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi Taking up a petition filed against Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (MCH) for barring girl students from stepping out of the hostel after 9.30pm, the Kerala High Court on Wednesday asked the state government what benefit would girls get by getting locked up by 9.30pm. “Some other medical colleges in Kerala and higher educational institutions such as the II T - P a l a k k a d a n d II M Kozhikode have not imposed such restrictions. Nothing bad is happening in the hostels there. Rules are relaxed for male students, giving the impression that girls are the cause of all concern,” the court said. The court made the observation after the government submitted that a new order on the timing of all MCH hostels will be issued soon. The government said it intends to think over the issue of curfew timings and come out with a comprehensive order or proceedings. It also sought a week’s time. The counsel for Kerala Women’s Commission submitted that the timing should apply to hostels of men and women. Justice Devan Ramachandran said, “I cannot rush into any decision as the concerns of parents and other stakeholders are vital. It requires proper as● More on P4 sessment.”
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