TUESDAY NZ PM INDUCTS FIRST-EVER INDIAN-ORIGIN MINISTER 03 Priyanca Radhakrishnan, who has roots in Ernakulam, bags three key portfolios in PM Jacinda Ardern’s new ministry NOVEMBER, 2020 BORN IN CHENNAI TO MALAYALI PARENTS epaper.morningstandard.in A second-time MP from the Labour Party, Priyanca is one of the five new faces in PM Adern’s ministry. She’s been given charge of three portfolios. Her parents moved to Chennai where Priyanca was born facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard BIHAR A FIGHTER FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS Her great-grandfather was associated with Left politics in Kerala LIVELIHOOD OR FAMILY? With savings gone and no jobs in Bihar, migrants have no choice but to leave state PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 In August, Priyanca appeared along PM Adern in a video to extend Onam greetings PAGES 12 Priyanca had been a social worker, who fought to advance the rights of domestic abuse victims 41-yr-old HAS BEEN A MEMEBER OF THE LABOUR PARTY FOR 14 YEARS 22 students killed as gunmen storm Kabul univ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Afghan security forces prepare to go into Kabul University on Monday | AP RISE IN VIOLENCE AS PEACE PROCESS UNDERWAY Kabul: Monday’s attack on Kabul University comes amid a relentless rise in violence across Afghanistan as the Taliban and the Afghan government are negotiating a peace agreement. Their talks in Qatar have made little progress. President Ashraf Ghani vowed to take revenge. “This attack will not remain without response,” he said GUNMEN stormed Kabul University in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday, killing at least 22 students, including 10 women, and leaving around 22 others wounded. The attack happened minutes before Iran’s ambassador to the country was to arrive for the opening of a book fair. It all began around 11 am local time when a suicide bomber blew up himself inside the campus. Two gunmen then opened fire indiscriminately and took dozens hostage while hundreds of other students fled TRUMP OR BIDEN? Industries, activties that got the nod Customer interaction services, call centres, back-office processing, finance and accounting, insurance claims, human resource services, TV and video program production, photo-composing and desktop publication, audio-visual services, R&D services, architect, ad agencies can also be opened VOTERS TO DECIDE TODAY 239 million People eligible to vote this year 94 million Ballots already cast because of the Covid situation. It’s is about two-thirds of the overall 2016 vote count of 138.8 million 34.6 60.4 mn million Mail-in ballots, of them are could take days or in-person weeks to be counted votes. Both in some states, so the winner might Trump and not be declared Biden have hours after polls already cast close on Tuesday their ballot Trump set to spend election night at White House Twitter to lean on seven outlets to help determine whether a race is officially called - ABC News, AP, CNN, CBS News, Decision Desk HQ, Fox News and NBC News BRACING FOR BIDEN High-net-worth Americans are busy setting up trust funds, giving large gifts to heirs and philanthropies, and even selling family businesses as they brace for the tax hikes a Biden presidency might bring, Axios reports | P9,12 COVID STUDY Survey dispels assumption that those above 80 are most vulnerable | P7 with many scaling the campus’ perimeter walls. Images posted on social media showed what appeared to be the bodies of students lying in pools of blood in classrooms. “They opened fire ... all my classmates were lying in blood, either dead or wounded,” a student said. After six hours of fierce fighting, the two assailants were killed by the Afghan security forces with US support. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the massacre. Joining the global outrage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Only hi-tech and service industries would be allowed to operate in these estates, Kejriwal said | TWITTER No manufacturing units will come up in new industrial areas: Kejriwal E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi NO manufacturing units in new industrial areas will be permitted in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday as part of his governm e n t ’s e f f o r t s t o c h e c k air pollution. Only hi-tech and service industries would be allowed to operate in all the new industrial estates to be developed in the city he added. , “We had sent a proposal to the Centre putting restrictions on manufacturing units in new industrial areas 3-4 years ago, which the central government has approved and already issued a notification three-days days back,” said the chief minister. “The decision will change the face of all the industrial areas in Delhi. Until now, majorly manufacturing activities such as iron, steel, plastic, etc, which are the major sources of pollution in the national capital, were allowed in the industrial areas.” Kejriwal hoped that the service industries would not need to shift to different cities and set up their offices in the newly created industrial hub. The chief minister also conveyed his gratitude to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for accepting the proposal of the state government. With the notification of the new rules, existing industries already functioning in different areas will have the option to switch to the service sector from the manufacturing sector. Briefing about hi-tech and service sector, Kejriwal said that under the service sec- tor, Charted Accounts (CAs), lawyers, and media offices can be opened. There are more than 32 planned Industrial estates and flatted factory complexes in Delhi of which 24 are approved industrial areas including Okhla, Najafgarh, Shehzada Bagh, Mayapuri, and Bawana by the labour department of the government. As per the notification, the list of hi-tech industries includes software industry com, puter hardware, units doing system integration using computer hardware and software, software products and mobile applications. Packaging of electronic goods, power (electrical) distribution services and repair of television and other gadgets will also be permitted. P5 DRAMATIC PIC OF THE THUMB GRAB Elif Perincek, a three-year-old survivor, (left) holding the thumb of a rescue worker as she is carried out of a collapsed building three days after an earthquake in the Aegean port city of Izmir. The rescuer found her lying motionless and asked for a body bag when she suddenly opened her eyes and grabbed his thumb. (Right) The injured but safe Elif in her hospital bed | AP Hamid Karzai Airport AFGHANISTAN University of Afghan Kabul University KABUL said: “I strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack... Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the injured.” Pakistan, too, called it an “act of terrorism”. “I can’t even name a place that wasn’t attacked. The new frontline is everywhere. Those killed and wounded wanted to be doctors, engineers for tomorrow’s Afghanistan,” tweeted noted Afghan-based journalist Bilal Sarwary . “We were very scared and we thought it could be the last day of our lives... boys and girls were shouting, praying and crying for help,” Ahmadi Samim, a student said. He reported seeing gunmen, armed with pistols and Kalashnikov assault rifles, firing at students in the university’s eastern side, where its law and journalism Green shoots? Factory output hits decade high Experts say the numbers need to be read with caution as festive demand may fade EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day after the GST collection figures for October showed a robust uptick, rising past the `1 lakh crore mark, results of a monthly survey on factory output on Monday brought more cheer to the economy . As sales continue to surge in the ongoing festive season, India’s manufacturing sector activity improved for the third straight month in October, a monthly survey among purchasing managers of 400 manufacturers said on Monday . The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 58.9 in October — the highest since mid-2008. In PMI parlance, an index reading above 50 indicates growth. “New orders and output at Indian manufacturers continued to recover from Covid-19induced contractions seen earlier, with PMI results for October highlighting historically sharp monthly rates of expansion,” said Pollyanna De Lima, economics associate director, IHS Markit. While the latest PMI data along with the impressive GST numbers released on Sunday may give the impression the economy is recovering, experts advise caution. According to them, festive season can spur economic activities but one needs to watch if the trend continues beyond the festive season. “One needs to be cautious while reading this number. This is festive season and we are coming from a severe lockdown, which needs to be taken into account. One should watch post December trends, after the festive season,” said Madan Sabnavis, Chief Economist, CARE Ratings. Another growing concern was that despite increase in demand, manufacturers recorded a further reduction in employment. “There was disappointing news on the employment front though, with October seeing Job cuts continue for 7th month in a row The survey said companies cut staff for the seventh month in a row, a streak not witnessed since the survey began in 2005. It, however, did not indicate the quantum of job loss another reduction in payroll numbers. Survey participants that noted job shedding mentioned having observed containment measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019,” the survey said. This indicates employers are cautious, despite their optimism that things will improve in the coming months. faculties teach. It is not clear how many students were in the university at the time of the attack. By one account, there were at least 800 students in the social studies wing alone. Most students were in their respective classrooms when the rampage began. They were besieged for hours before being rescued. The attack on Afghanistan’s oldest university with nearly 17,000 students comes a week after 24 students were killed in an attack on a school in Kabul, which was also claimed by the IS group. HATHRAS CASE Why no action against district magistrate? HC to UP govt N A M I TA BA J PA I @ Lucknowi PICKING up the threads from the last hearing in Hathras rape and murder case, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed anguish that the Uttar Pradesh government was yet to take action against District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar to ensure fairness of probe and justice. In the last hearing on October 12, the court had asked the government as to why it s u s p e n d e d H at h r a s S P Vikrant Vir for allegedly rushing up with the cremation of the victim while not taking any action against the DM when the decision of cremation was taken jointly . On Monday, the government assured the court of taking decision in this regard by November 25. During in-camera proceedings, the bench asked the government as to what decision was taken about the DM in view of the previous direction. At this, the state defended the DM saying that he did not do any wrong. “The SP was suspended owing to lack of proper handling of ‘probe’ into the alleged gang rape case and not over the cremation issue.” At this, the bench said reminded the state that it had asked if it was right to retain the DM in Hathras for maintaining impartiality and transparency . Earlier, Laxkar and Vir filed their affidavits in the high court. Both repeated their stand that the cremation was done at night keeping in view the situation then in bona-fide manner. In their affidavits, they also refuted the allegations that kerosene was used in the cremation. A-G declines consent for contempt proceedings against Andhra CM Meet the three-year-old Thumbelina of Turkey SHOCK & AWE W HEN firefighter Muammer Celik reached a t h r e e - y e a r - o l d g i rl trapped for three days under the rubble of a deadly earthquake in a Turkish coastal city his heart sank. She was , lying motionless, covered in dust, and he asked a colleague for a body bag. But as Celik extended his arm to wipe her face, the child opened her eyes and grabbed hold of his thumb. “That’s where we saw a miracle,” Celik of the Istanbul fire department’s search-and-rescue team told The Associated Press, recounting Monday’s operation 65 hours after the quake hit, killing at least 93 people in Turkey and Greece. It was the second dramatic rescue on Monday after 14-yearold Idil Sirin was also pulled out alive. Onlookers applauded with joy and wept with relief at both scenes in the Turkish city of Izmir, where the vast majority of the deaths and nearly 1,000 injuries have occurred. The US Geological Survey rated the quake 7.0, though other agencies recorded it as less severe. Many buildings were completely reduced to rubble or saw several floors pancake in on themselves in Turkey, which has a mix of older buildings and cheap or illegal construction that do not withstand earthquakes well. Celik, whose team was among several who traveled to Izmir, said he found Elif Perincek lying on her back between her bed and a closet in a space that was just big enough for her. “At first I was very upset,” he said. “Then I stretched out my hand to clean her face and she grabbed my thumb. ... I froze because right before that mo- ment, I had asked my team for a blanket and a body bag.” His voice breaking with emotion, he added: “This is a firefighter’s joy .” The child spent nearly three full days in the wreckage of her apartment and became the 106th person to be pulled alive from the rubble. Her mother and two sisters — 10-year-old twins — were rescued two days earlier. However, her six-yearold brother did not survive. Both Elif and Idil are doing well. The girls who lived have reenergised the rescue teams to look for more survivors. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ATTORNEY General K K Venugopal on Monday refused to grant consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for casting aspersions on judiciary The A-G, however, termed . the Andhra CM’s letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde levelling serious allegations against senior SC judge N V Ramana and releasing the content of the letter to media “prima facie contumacious”. In his letter to the CJI, Jag- an had also claimed Justice Ramana was acting on behalf of Andhra Pradesh opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu. Elaborating why he would not initiate contempt of court proceedings, Venugopal said, “Since the letter was addressed directly to the Chief Justice of India, the CJI is seized of the case and it would not be appropriate for me to deal with it.” The AG’s opinion came on a permission plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who had sought permission to begin contempt of court proceedings against the Andhra Pradesh CM over his October 6 letter alleging Ramana was influencing the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Upadhyay is one of petitioners whose plea led a bench headed by Justice Ramana to direct high courts to expedite cases against sitting and for mer MPs and MLAs. He had written to the Attorney General pointing out that 31 criminal cases were pending against Jagan.
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