CHENNAI l THURSDAY l MARCH 19, 2020 l `5.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION MARKETS SEE RED AS VIRUS FEARS TRIGGER SELL-OFF Equities declined for the third day in a row on Wednesday, with the Sensex shedding 1,709.58 points, or six per cent `15.72 LAKH CR WIPED OUT IN THREE DAYS Since Monday, the Sensex has plunged 5,233.97 points to hit a one-year low of 28,613.05 as fears of global recession due to coronavirus pandemic hit investor sentiment. The market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies eroded by `15.72 lakh crore over the past three days. Banking shares were hit the most following SC directive to telcos to clear AGR dues in full ■ 28,869.51 OIL AT 17-YR LOW, GLOBAL STOCKS TUMBLE ■ ■ US stocks fell more than five per cent at the open on Wednesday with Dow Jones Industrial Average crumbling 1,300 points European markets, too, tanked five per cent in morning deals Oil prices slipped on falling energy demand; New York’s WTI crude touched a 17-year low of $25.08 a barrel on Wednesday SENSEX BROKE THE 29,000-MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY 2017 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI MANIPUR Supreme Court sacks defector minister given the Speaker a chance to perform his duties under the Tenth Schedule and deIN a rare order, the Supreme cide on the disqualification C o u r t o n We d n e s d ay of Singh within a period of stripped Manipur forest four weeks. minister Thounaojam ShyHowever, no decision was amkumar of his cabinet taken by the Speaker. post and restrained him Following this, the SC infrom entering the voked its plenary Assembly till furpowers under ArtiWhat is ther orders. Article 142? cle 142 of the ConShyamkumar stitution to remove It gives the apex had won the Asa cabinet minister court plenary sembly polls in 2017 from any governpowers to pass as a Congress canment. This power any order didate but later is rarely used. necessary for joined the BJP During the heardoing complete ing, Solicitor Gengovernment. justice in any The ruling by a eral Tushar Mehta bench headed by cause or matter appearing for the Justices R F Nari- pending before it Speaker urged the man and S Ravinbench to defer the dra Bhat came after the matter till March 28 saying Speaker failed to act upon the Speaker would decide on multiple complaints of his disqualification by then. disqualification. The court This was opposed by sennoted as many as 13 disqual- ior advocate Kapil Sibal, apification petitions were pearing for the petitioner, pending before the Speaker. Congress leader Keisham In January the court had Meghachandra Singh. , EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi REBEL MLAS Inconclusive MP drama in apex courtroom Speaker’s counsel, senior advocate A M Singhvi, when a decision can be expected. THE Supreme Court will on Singhvi said he will inform Thursday continue hearing by Thursday morning. the petition seeking immeThe bench also turned diate floor test in the Mad- down the suggestion by the hya Pradesh Aspetitioners that the sembly to prove the Diggy show Registrar General Kamal Nath govof Karnataka High Senior Congress ernment’s majoriCourt meet the 16 leader Digvijaya ty saying it will not , rebel MLAs campSingh was briefly come in the way of ing in Bengaluru to detained by the Assembly to deascertain if they Bengaluru police cide on the floor are held captive. when he staged test but asked how Senior Advocate a protest at the to ensure a free exMukul Rohatgi, apresort in which ercise of choice by peared for the petithe rebels were the dissidents. tioners, submitted staying During the hearthe gover nment ing, a bench comhas been reduced prising Justices D Y Chan- to a minority following the drachud and Hemant Gupta resignation of the MLAs. He asked why the Speaker was said the Governor has the delaying decisions on the discretionary power to diresignations submitted by rect a floor test in the Asthe Congress MLAs. sembly to prove the governThe bench asked the ment’s majority . P9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TELCOS’ WOES SC shuts all doors on AGR relief, except one dues at less than half the amount demanded by the THE Supreme Court on government. While the SC Wednesday took strong ex- bench comprising Justices ception to the self-assess- Arun Mishra and M R Shah ment of dues undertaken by shut the door on any adjusttelecom firms, observing ment to the dues, it agreed that the exercise to consider the govwas “sheer conernment’s proposal Telecom tempt” of its earli- shares crash to let telcos pay er order which had dues in instalments Telecom shares directed telcos to over 20 years. came crashing on pay dues based on a The court’s acerWednesday, led broader definition bic observations by Vodafone Idea of adjusted gross came during a which plunged revenues. AGR is hearing to consider 35% after SC the basis on which the government’s ruling statutory dues like relief proposal, Licence Fees and with Justice Spectrum Usage Charges Mishra asking how self-asare calculated and the SC sessment was done. “Who had asked telcos to pay up permitted self-assessment? pending dues worth `1.47 CAG audit has to be done. lakh crore by January 23. This is in contempt of our The SC ruling is a big orders,” he said, holding the blow to Vodafone Idea, Air- court could not countetel and the Tata group, nance another round of litiwhich have assessed their gation on the matter. P17 J O N AT H A N A N A N D A @ New Delhi Cases jump, board exams off CBSE puts off all exams till March 31; eight new cases reported in Telangana; three of a Rajasthan family test positive; Army scrambles to ramp up response after soldier found infected, suspends wargames, trainings S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi WHILE the Union health ministry’s count of coronavirus cases crossed 150 in India alone, 276 other Indians got added to the list on Wednesday as they had tested positive abroad. And late evening reports from different states raised the total cases in the country to over 165. Given the gravity of the situation, the CBSE put off all remaining Class X and XII board exams. “All ongoing CBSE examinations in India and abroad postponed till March 31 and will be rescheduled thereafter,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said. It also suspend- Kerala plans mass screening at bus stands, railway stations ed all ongoing exam paper evaluation work till March 31. However, there was no indication yet of community transmission, as samples from 820 individuals with acute respiratory and influenza-like illnesses but without any international travel history or contact with confirmed cases, tested negative for the virus. Their samples were collected by 51 viral research and diagnostic labs attached to the Indian Council of Medical Research between March 1 and 15, government officials said. However, Rajasthan shifted gear by imposing Section 144 under the CrPC to prohibit gatherings across the state after a couple and their two-year- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Thursday on the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak and the efforts to combat it, the Prime Minister’s Office said TREATMENT PROTOCOL MILD TO MODERATE CASES Choloroquine, anti-malaria drug. Given to some patients in India and China Hydroxycholroquine, meant to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Not used in India yet, but administered in China and other countries Tamiflu, meant to treat Influenza A & B. Administered to some patients in India, China, the US, Italy and elsewhere Remdesevir, meant to treat ebola. Not available in India, but being used in the US, China G20 VIRTUAL SUMMIT A day after PM Modi shared his SAARC meet experience with the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince, who is the current chair of G20, Ryadh called a virtual summit of G20 nations next week to address the pandemic NO LAYOFFS IN ITALY Italy barred companies from laying off workers and ordered reduction in their rents as part of a $28 bn stimulus package to combat the outbreak A person with symptoms of coronavirus infection being treated at the Coimbatore Government Hospital | EXPRESS 405 AIRLIFTED SOS FROM THE PHILIPPINES TWO SPECIAL AIRASIA FLIGHTS EVACUATED 405 INDIANS STRANDED IN KUALA LUMPUR. THE AIRCRAFT TOOK THEM TO DELHI AND VIZAG in the Philippines have sought evacuation, since India added that country on its barred list F R O M M A L A Y S I A Hundredsstuck of Indian students BJP SUSPENDS The BJP suspended its mass mobilisation activities for a month and directed party POLITICKING workers to fan out at the booth levels to spread awareness on preventing COVID-19 JEE-Main postponed 150 PLANES MAY BE GROUNDED All Indian airlines may initially ground around 150 planes as the virus shock will be far deeper and much longer, advisory firm CAPA India predicted The Joint Entrance Exam for admission to IITs and engineering colleges postponed. It was earlier scheduled from April 5-11 NO EXAM IN UP Students of classes I-VIII in all government schools in UP will get promoted without taking their annual exams 60% RLY TICKETS CANCELLED Over 60% railway tickets were cancelled this month alone due to coronavirus, officials told a parliamentary panel ‘HOME QUARANTINE’ STAMP Four fliers who returned from Germany and took a train, were asked to get off at Palghar, around 100 km from Mumbai, on Wednesday after copassengers raised an alarm after noticing ‘home quarantine’ stamps on their hands TWITTER CONFIRMED CASES VAISHNO DEVI YATRA CLOSED J&K announced the closure of the Vaishno Devi yatra and banned of all interstate buses to arrest the spread of the virus ADD 276 TO THE TALLY 276 Indians infected abroad: 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy, and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda and Sri Lanka WORLDWIDE TOTAL DEATHS infection with a 34-year-old soldier in Leh attached to the Ladakh Scouts, who had rejoined his unit on March 2 after going on leave on February 25, testing positive. His dad had returned from his Iran pilgrimage and tested positive for Covid-19 on March 6. The army is now checking all soldiers for symptoms of flu on their return from leave. It also cancelled all non-essential travel and suspended all wargames and trainings. The Union home ministry said India has temporarily banned entry of passengers from 36 countries. Also, people travelling from 11 other countries will be mandatorily quarantined, it informed. P8,11,15,17 SCARE IN AIR SE VERE OR COMPLIC ATED C A SE S Lopinavir/ Ritonavir, meant to PARACETAMOL treat HIV. Administered to some patients in AND IBUPROFEN India; used extensively in China and elsewhere D I L E E P V K U M A R @ T’Puram AS fears of community transmission of coronavirus grows, Kerala, which has so far been ahead of the game in fighting the menace, is giving shape to a massive screening campaign. The state’s health department plans to conduct mass screening camps at bus stands, railway stations, college and school campuses and in other public spaces to check if the fears are valid. “There are talks of a silent transmission. That is, people without symptoms passing the virus on to others and thereby increasing the chances for community transmission. To find empirical evidence, such camps will be of great help,” said an officer. The state is currently working as per Phase 2 plan, where the infected persons are isolated and treated. Kerala was the first to shut schools and colleges, impose restrictions on festivals and gatherings, and also start screening interstate travellers. The state also plans to add thrust on social distancing to try and flatten the curve. A grand campaign will be launched to promote the idea. “Compared to other states, Kerala’s public health system is far better. But its infrastructural facilities are limited when it comes to dealing with emergencies like community transmission. The idea is to prevent a huge spike in the number of all people getting sick at once. If that happens, the health system will get overwhelmed, resulting in shortage of hospital beds and ventilators,” said a community medicine specialist. State Planning Board member and health activist Dr B Ekbal said: “Considering the state’s greying population and the people suffering from co-morbidities like cancer, practising social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette is the key .” Modi to address the nation today old daughter who had recently returned from Italy were found , infected. The biggest jump in active cases came from Telangana, as eight more persons, seven of them foreign nationals, tested positive. Telangana’s total count has now touched 13. The number of positive cases in Delhi rose to 10, which included a foreign national. Also, a man suspected to be infected with Covid-19 allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of the Safdarjung Hospital after he was admitted there. In Maharashtra, three more tested positive, raising the state’s tally to 45. The Army got its first case of RECOVERED CASES 2,12,799 8,787 84,314 TN records second COVID positive case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai TAMIL Nadu reported its second positive case of COVID-19 with a 20-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh testing positive on Wednesday. It was confirmed by Health Minister C Vijayabaskar through a tweet. The Tweet said, “Chennai reports the 2nd positive case for #COVID-19. The pt hails from Delhi, is in isolation & stable is under the observation of the expert team treating.” P Sampath, Joint Director of Public Health and State Surveillance officer, said, “The man is from Rampur district and he arrived in Chennai on March 12 by train. He had travelled from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi, stayed there for two days and developed symptoms like cough and fever. He had consulted a local physician there. In Chennai, he stays with his roommates in a house. On March 16, he developed serious symptoms and came to Ra- jiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. He was admitted to the isolation ward and samples tested positive on Tuesday. However, the result was inconclusive and we ran the test again. The tests were conducted at King Institute, Guindy and came positive.” , Dr Sampath added, “He told us he was staying with four to five roommates. We are reaching out to his roommates and all those with whom the person has had contacts. We are also trying to find out the coach he travelled in.” Under scanner In Coimbatore, a 23-yearold student from Sulur is being monitored at the isolation ward of GH. Two persons, including a medical student, down with symptoms of the virus in Vellore, were admitted to the isolation ward at the GH owing to foreign travel history and having contacts with persons who had recently travelled abroad. FULL COVERAGE ON P2 & 3 Go to sea or lose supplies, Iran tells Indian fishermen C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai A day after the plight of Indian fishermen, including 450 from Tamil Nadu, stranded in Iran was highlighted by Express, the fishermen at Kish Island in Hormozgan province had unusual visitors. Iranian policemen, along with boat owners, visited them and threatened them to either go to sea or risk losing all supplies. The Iranian policemen also tried, in vain, to arrest three boat captains from India who had prevented the Indian fishermen from going into the sea. However, the policemen had to leave them behind when the other Indian fishermen also The fishermen stranded in Iran allege that the Indian Embassy is yet to reach out to them | EXPRESS tried to get into the police vehicle. Trouble began on Tuesday when the boat owners along with cops arrived at Kish Island harbour and began scouting for the three boat captains from India. P6 RAJYA SABHA 37 elected unopposed to RS New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale and Priyanka Chaturvedi, who quit the Congress last year to join the Shiv Sena, were among 37 candidates elected unopposed on Wednesday to Rajya Sabha as the deadline for withdrawal of nomination ended BJP bags 7 seats, Congress 4 The BJP bagged 7 seats — 2 in Haryana, 3 in Maharashtra and 1 each in Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. The Congress got 4 seats — two in Chhattisgarh and 1 each in Haryana and Maharashtra Six nominees of AIADMK, DMK elected to RS Chennai: DMK candidates Tiruchy N Siva, NR Elango and Anthiyur P Selvaraj; AIADMK candidates Thambidurai and KP Munusamy; and TMC leader GK Vasan were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha on Wednesday as the number of candidates in fray and the number of vacancies remained equal. Assembly Secretary and Returning Officer K Srinivasan announced this after the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended at 3 pm.
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