Core sector output grows 18.1% in May Cement Coal Electricity Fertiliser Refinery products Steel Natural Gas Crude oil 26.3% 25.1% 22% 22.8% 16.7% 15% 7% 4.6% The eight core infrastructure sectors had grown 9.3% in April 2022 These sectors had expanded by 16.4% in May 2021 tirupati l friday l july 01, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION Fiscal deficit widens Higher expenditure pushed the Centre’s fiscal deficit at the end of May to 12.3% (`2,03,921 cr) of the annual budget target for 2022-23 (`16,61,196 cr) Fiscal deficit was at 8.2% of the Budget Estimate of 2021-22 during the year-ago period | P10 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 announcement We are pleased to announce the appointment of Santwana Bhattacharya as Editor of The New Indian Express with effect from today. She joined the group over a decade ago with rich experience in newspaper journalism and has been Executive Editor of TNIE. As Editor of TNIE and its Sunday Edition, she will be based in New Delhi. Manoj Kumar Sonthalia Chairman and Managing Director express read 5 charred to death as live wire falls on auto Anantapur: Five women of a family were charred to death when a high-tension power cable snapped and fell on the autorickshaw they were travelling in at Chillakondaiahpalli village in Sri Sathya Sai district on Wednesday. Police said as many as 13 people, including the driver, were heading to Pedakota village for farm work when the incident took place | P3 Plastic ban from today, list of items released Tirupati: With the plastic ban coming into effect from July 1, Tirupati civic body chief Anupama Anjali said the corporation has banned the use and sale of 16 plastic items, including ear buds, balloons, ice cream sticks, cups, glasses, cutlery, invitation cards and PVC banners with less than 100 micron thickness | P2 AP ranks among 7 ‘Top Achievers’ in biz reforms plan E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh is among the seven states categorised as top achievers in the ranking of States and Union Territories based on the implementation of the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2020, according to a report released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday. The State maintained a score of 97.89%. Sitharaman appreciated the changes brought in the assessment framework of implementation under the BRAP over the years. Officials remarked that Andhra Pradesh has been proactive in implementing all the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) reforms and that the efficacy in the implementation of the reforms is evident as AP is currently ranked first among all states in India in the EoDB index. The Single Desk Portal (SDP), one of the key components of the EoDB initiative which offers 93 industry services at one place, is a digital single window system for investors to apply for all necessary regulatory approvals for starting and operating an industry. They can obtain the approvals within a maximum of 21 working days without having to physically visit any department. Since inception, the portal has approved 71,164 (as of June 29, 2022) clearances, permissions and licenses related to industrial set-up in the State. Expressing happiness over the performance of the State, Industries and IT Minister Gudivada Amarnath said the State government has extended all support to investors and gained their trust. Asserting that AP proved its capabilities in EoDB, the Minister said the State stood first among seven States that emerged as P4 Top Achievers. Killer landslide in Manipur Alert after river flow blocked The debris from the landslide has obstructed the flow of the Ijei river, creating a dam-like storage condition. The Noney district administration urged people to evacuate the area, warning that if there is a breach, the waters could inundate the low lying areas PRASA N TA M A Z U M DAR @ Guwahati AT least eight persons were killed after a hillock crashed down on a railway construction site at Tupul in Manipur’s Noney district in the wee hours on Thursday in one of the worst landslides in the region. Seven of the dead were Territorial Army (TA) personnel, who were deployed for the protection of the under-construction railway line from Jiribam to Imphal. Solomon L Fimate, sub-divisional officer of Noney, said 18 were rescued while over 50 were missing. Several TA jawans, railway employees, labourers and villagers are also among the missing. The toll is likely to go up as many people are trapped under debris. Also, the condition of some of the injured is critical. Sabyasachi De, chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway said an entire hillock van, ished after the landslide. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned him and offered all help. Multiple agencies, including teams from the National Disaster Response Force, were working at the site, he added. He also announced an ex-gratia of `5 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and `50,000 each for those injured. BJP curveball: Shinde CM, Fadnavis Dy Seen as Shah’s masterstroke to diminish the Thackeray brand and curtail the ambitions of the former CM Pawar quip on Fadnavis NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the body language of Devendra Fadnavis showed he was not happy with being asked to be the deputy CM but accepted it against his will because of the discipline RSS inculcated in him. He also said drawing as many as 38 Shiv Sena rebels is not easy, but Eknath Shinde pulled it off. “I have spoken with him over the phone and congratulated him.” S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai With the BJP on Thursday pulling off a massive surprise by offering the chief minister’s post to rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and persuading a reluctant Devendra Fadnavis to be his deputy, it appears to have killed multiple birds in one stone. From his humble beginnings as an auto driver to that of the CM, the rise of the four-time MLA and twice minister has indeed been meteoric. At the oath-taking ceremony, Shinde invoked Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe saying his government will follow in their footsteps. Sources saw in the day’s developments a masterstroke by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde being administered the oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Thursday | pti Union home minister Amit Shah. “By making Shinde the CM, the BJP has not just engineered a vertical split in elected representatives of the Shiv Sena, it also divided the party . More importantly it has dimin, ished the Thackeray brand and reduced him to a caricature. And Shinde will be controlled by the top leadership of the BJP for future manoeuvers,” said a source requesting anonymity . Besides, Shah clipped the wings of Fadnavis, the source said. “Fadnavis was CM from 2014 to 2019. He was also pro- jected as a potential prime ministerial candidate after Narendra Modi. And he has tacit support from the RSS. He was not ready to work as Shinde’s No 2. But Shah persuaded Modi that the Shinde-Fadnavis team would be best in the larger interests of the BJP in Marathadominated Maharashtra. Modi then called Fadnavis and persuaded him to take the job.” Shinde was light-weight minister in the Fadnavis cabinet earlier. The roles reversed on Thursday with Shinde becoming his boss. Fadnavis was hoping to be the new CM. “But it appears that the party leadership decided to not only rub salt on his wounds but also humiliate him by asking him to be deputy CM,” sources said. P7
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