CHENNAI l SATURDAY l MARCH 21, 2020 l `5.00 l PAGES 26 l LATE CITY EDITION INDIAN FOOTBALL LEGEND PK BANERJEE PASSES AWAY Former coach and captain of India was 83. He was suffering from respiratory complications caused by pneumonia PRADIP KUMAR BANERJEE 23 JUNE 1936 - 20 MARCH 2020 QUIET FARWELL AMID CORONA THREAT Banerjee was in hospital in Kolkata for over a month. Due to restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus threat, his mortal remains were not taken to any place for people to pay last respects. Still, there was a moderate turnout outside his residence, from where they headed for the crematorium. Banerjee is survived by two daughters. His wife died in 2003. ■ 1962 PEERLESS AS COACH AND PLAYER ■ ■ Was part of the Indian teams which won the Asian Games gold in 1962 and finished fourth in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 Took to coaching almost immediately after retiring as player and guided the Indian team to Asian Games bronze in 1970 Recipient of FIFA Order of Merit (Centennial) in 2004 P17 BANERJEE CAPTAINED INDIA AT THE ROME OLYMPICS 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 More cases, test basket expanded No passenger train will originate from any railway station from midnight to 10 pm on Sunday due to Janata curfew who came into contact with infected cases and became symptomatic, were being tested. In a fresh advisory on Friday , the Centre said all pneumonia cases, including the suspected Covid-19 ones, be reported to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) or the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). “No suspected Covid-19 patient should be turned away from any hospital and the admission of any such patient S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi WITH 50 fresh cases of coronavirus getting added to the Union health ministry’s list on Friday the government revised , its testing criteria, allowing pneumonia patients hospitalised across India to be tested for Covid-19 as well. The country now has 223 active cases of infection. So far, only those with a history of travelling abroad and developed some symptoms or those KANIKA TRIGGERS SCARE 3 DE-CLUTTERING THE RAILWAY ADVISORY 2 1 No passenger train to begin journey between midnight and 10 pm on Sunday due to Janata curfew Singer Kanika Kapoor first Bollywood celeb to test positive, had returned from UK Former CM Vasundhara Raje, her son and MP Dushyant in self-quarantine after attending party where Kanika was present Since Dushyant later attended Lok Sabha, MPs like Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien and Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel also go into self-quarantine should be notified to NCDC or IDSP immediately. Similarly, all pneumonia patients must also be notified to NCDC or IDSP so that they can be tested for COVID 19,” the advisory said. The big drama of the day was the self-quarantine of a few MPs and a former CM after coming in contact with Bollywood celebrity Kanika Kapoor, who tested positive for the virus (see box). She was later booked for But if your train began journey on Saturday itself, it will continue to roll on Sunday Video grab of Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor (1) with former chief minister Vasundhara Raje (2) and her son Dushyant Singh (3) at an event in Lucknow HOME QUARANTINE Two Kerala MLAs in home quarantine after an infected person revealed he shook their hands GURUVAYUR, SABARIMALA Guruvayur temple closed for devotees. Pilgrims not to be allowed to go to Sabarimala US: $1 trillion loan guarantees and support measures Germany: $300 billion in loan support Pakistan: Borrowing $588 billion from WB & ADB to fund stimulus Major takeaways from global rescue package @ New Delhi TO bring the global economy back from the abyss it has been pushed towards by the spread of the Wuhan virus, world leaders have announced a slew of measures, including help to households hit by the shutdowns, central bank-cash injections and sovereign loan guarantees for companies. The stimulus bill for just the West — US, Germany France, , UK and other European nations — in actual cash outgo and promised loan guarantees totals more than $74 trillion, according to estimates. It places pressure on India, which is working out its own economic response to the crisis to come up with a package large enough to address the combined impact of an ongoing slowdown and the shutdowns in work that are happening across the country . Said M Govinda Rao, former member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, “no one will talk about fiscal deficit, the need of the hour is to help the vulnerable – both industries which are hit and the poor who are losing livelihoods.” A task force set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday is expected to work out a raft of measures, including loan deferments for small businesses, tax sops and loan guarantees besides more money through employment guarantee schemes. “Income support programmes for those working in the informal sector is a must as this is the sector which is hit the hardest by the crisis and the lockdowns,” said Prof Ravi S Srivastava, former Chairman of the Centre for Regional Studies, JNU. Nearer home, India’s estranged neighbour, Pakistan, is readying an emergency response, including support for the poor, interest rate cuts for which it will be borrowing $588 million from the World Bank and ADB. Pakistan’s bailout plans include a second key rate cut on top of its central bank’s 75 basis point cut last Tuesday, to make money cheaper for businesses. It has also decided to ask officials to stop tax raids and is mulling tax cuts and loans to vulnerable business sectors, which are expected to lose up to $10-15 billion in production. Suburban train services to be reduced to a bare minimum ANANDPUR SAHIB Door-to-door survey in Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib after information that infected man who later died visited the city BOOSTER UK: $391.66 billion loan guarantees + $38 billion spending stimulus SHOTS France: $300 billion in loan guarantees + $48.31 billion support package J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y Mails/express trains won’t ply from 4 am to 10 pm on Sunday CONTINUED ON: P15 Where India can get money from Fresh borrowings by the govt Leverage record forex reserves of $487.24 billion negligence based on a police complaint filed by the Lucknow chief medical officer. Meanwhile, the railways cancelled operations of around 3,700 express/ mail/passenger trains on Sunday in line with the Janata curfew call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. No passenger train will begin journey from midnight to 10 pm on that day. And the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corpo- CONFIRMED INDIA CASES Name of Total Cured/ state /Union confirmed Discharged/ Dead Territory cases Migrated Andhra 3 0 0 Pradesh Chhattisgarh 1 0 0 Delhi 16+1 5 1 Gujarat 5 0 0 Haryana 3+14 0 0 Karnataka 15 1 1 Kerala 26+2 3 0 Maharashtra 49+3 0 1 Odisha 2 0 0 Puducherry 1 0 0 Punjab 2 0 1 Rajasthan 15+2 3 0 Tamil Nadu 3 1 0 Telengana 8+9 1 0 Chandigarh 1 0 0 J&K 4 0 0 Ladakh 10 0 0 Uttar Pradesh 22+1 9 0 Uttarakhand 3 0 0 West Bengal 2 0 0 TOTAL 191+32 23 4 ration (IRCTC) suspended its on-board catering services till further notice. India’s toll stayed at four, though an Italian who had been infected, died on Friday. His samples had tested negative after treatment, informed said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary (health). There was no clarity though on the case of a man in Tamil Nadu who tested positive without any history of international travel or contact with any infected person. P11 TAMIL NADU JANATA CURFEW TOMORROW Chennai METRO RAIL will be cancelling all its operations Metro Rail will run at an interval of seven minutes from March 23 to 31 Many intercity trains cancelled; MRTS services at bare minimum HOTELS, ALL SHOPS AND WHOLESALE MARKETS ACROSS TN WILL REMAIN SHUT Autorickshaws will go off the roads MTC, SETC buses will not ply from 7 am to 9 pm Orders of 2 HCs to defer recovery of taxes stayed EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CM Edappadi K Palaniswami undergoing thermal scan at the Secretariat on Friday Second positive case’s source yet to be known EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE Health Department is yet to find the source of infection of the 20-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh who was the second COVID-19 positive case in the State. As many as 163 of his contacts, including his family members and friends, have been quarantined. Health Department officials said 30 people, including eight of his close associates, did not show any symptoms of the virus. Referring to the case, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said, “This is very challenging. But, there is no community transmission in Tamil Nadu.” He was speaking to reporters after inspecting 104 helpline centre on Friday . As regards the 21-year-old student from Ireland who tested positive, the Minister said 94 people who are suspected to have come in contact with the person are kept under home quarantine. Speaking on precautionary measures, Vijayabaskar said, “Like Maharashtra, the Health Department will put a stamp on hands of people under home quarantine from Saturday We . have also procured 500 ventilators and are planning to increase beds in ICU. We have allocated 100 ambulances for shifting people to quarantine facilities. The fever clinic opened at RGGGH is getting 150 out-patients every day P7 .” IN QUANDARY Poultry farmers in soup as direct marketing fails to take off S G U R U V A N M I K A N AT H A N @ Namakkal UNFOUNDED fears over chicken and eggs causing coronavirus infection have been wreaking havoc on the sector for a month now. With the price of an egg falling from `5 to just `2, many poultry farmers in Namakkal are trying to salvage the industry by making door delivery but in vain. , Namakkal Zone Egg Producers Association president K Mohan said, “People are scared to consume egg and chicken, thanks to the misinformation that went viral on social media. Poultry farmers have submitted petitions to the officials concerned and the State government about the situation. We are unable to send eggs to States like Kerala and Karnataka. With schools shut down, egg supply to the institutions have also come to a halt. As a result, over 19 crore eggs are stranded in the zone. Though the National Egg Coordination Committee has suggested a price of `1.95 for an egg, there are no buyers. That’s why we A 1.95 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhopal THE 17-day rebel drama in Madhya Pradesh ended on Friday with the resignation of Chief Minister Kamal Nath just an hour before he had to face a floor test in the state Assembly as directed by the Supreme Court. With Speaker Nar mada Prasad Prajapati accepting resignations of all 22 rebel Congress MLAs, the writing was on the wall. Nath submitted his resignation letter to G ove r n o r L a l j i Ta n d o n around 1.10 pm, who asked him to continue as caretaker chief minister. Despite unseating the BJP after 15 years in December 2018, the Congress managed to commit harakiri in 15 months. However, Nath blamed it on “the conspiracy hatched by the BJP along with our own MLAs motivated by a so-called Maharaj (Jyotiraditya Scindia).” It’s betrayal of people’s trust and they will never forgive them,” he claimed. While the state BJP headquarters erupted with joy, it remains to be seen who is chosen to lead its new government in the state. For mer chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (who ruled the state for 13 years before losing power) remains the hot favourite. Other names doing the rounds include former minister and party’s present chief whip in the Assembly Narottam Mishra, present Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava and Jyotiraditya Scindia’s aunt and ex-minis- Digvijaya blamed “The BJP did not destablise the government. It fell due to the weight of its internal contradictions, particularly due to Digvijaya Singh’s role,” former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said ter Yashodhra Raje Scindia. Union ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot, Narendra Singh Tomar, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Prahlad Singh Patel, and party’s national vice president Vinay Sahastrabudhe could also be in the race. P9 EXPRESS READ is the price suggested by National Egg Coordination Committee. Despite offering an egg at `2 at the doorstep, customers hesitate to buy. have started direct marketing for a week. A plate of 30 eggs is priced only at `60.” A salesboy told Express, “I knocked at the doors of over 100 persons from 6 am. By 2 pm, I could sell only 150 eggs at the rate of `2 per egg. People are even bargaining for `1 for an egg. Even if the situation returns to normal, I do not know whether we can raise the market like before.” Air India to cut perks to offset big loss Stocks surge on hopes of stimulus package New Delhi: State-owned carrier Air India on Friday said there is an ‘insurmountable’ dip in its revenues. The airline proposed various cost-cutting measures, including decreasing allowances for all employees, except cabin crew, by 10 per cent for three months Note : Figure after + sign represents foreigner nationals THE Supreme Court on Friday stayed orders of the high courts of Kerala and Allahabad to defer the recovery process of all taxes till April 6 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for Centre argued that the curbs would severely impact the monthly revenue collections of the Union government. “A fall in revenue collections will hurt the Central gover nment’s fight against coronavirus,” Mehta emphasised. A bench comprising justices A M Khanwilkar, Vineet Saran and Krishna Murari passed the interim order and stayed all proceedings on the matter before the high courts. The two high courts had passed orders to avoid piling up of litigations in courts during tax collections. But Mehta argued that “the orders would effectively stop people from paying taxes and that high courts cannot pass blanket orders.” Chouhan frontrunner for CM as Nath quits Mumbai: Sensex rose by more than 1,627 points on Friday amid hopes of a stimulus package to combat the Covid19’s fallout. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said an economic package will be announced “as soon as possible” | P15 GROWTH ON THE HORIZON IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS CM Edappadi K Palaniswami has made announcements for Food, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Higher Education Departments |P5 Nirbhaya convicts executed at dawn EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi MORE than seven years after a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in the national capital, four convicts in the case were hanged to death at Tihar Jail at 5.30 am on Friday . Jail officials said the four— Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh—refused to have breakfast and one of them burst into tears and screamed as they were led to the execution area. After execution, their bodies were left hanging for half-anhour as per protocol. They were then taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for postmortem and later handed over to respective families for the last rites. At 2.00 am, just hours before their execution, Gupta filed a plea before the Supreme Court through his counsel, challenging the rejection of his second mercy petition by the President. This led to a rare postmidnight hearing, at the end of which, a three-judge special bench comprising justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna rejected it, clearing the last hurdle to the gallows. “ soon as they were executAs ed, I hugged my daughter’s photo. Justice was delayed in this case, but not denied. Today all the women in India will be confident and happy because they too wanted them hanged. Women across the nation will feel safe now,” said Asha Devi, mother of the victim who came to be known as Nirbhaya. Jail officials said the four Akshay Thakur Pawan Gupta Mukesh Singh Vinay Sharma men did not show any anxiety on the night before their execution. “Vinay and Mukesh had their dinner properly on time (on Thursday night). The meal comprised roti, dal, rice, and sabzi. Akshay had tea in the evening but not dinner. All the four did not have breakfast,” an official said.
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