MADURAI l THURSDAY l MARCH 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION $ US FINALISES $2 TN STIMULUS TO HELP WORKERS, HOSPITALS The measure will put cash directly into the hands of Americans, provide grants to small businesses and loans for large corporations $500 BN FOR BIZ, $75 BN FOR HOSPITALS SENSEX, NIFTY LOG BEST DAY IN 10 YEARS Senate and House of Representatives need to pass the bill before sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The package includes $500 bn to help hard-hit industries and a comparable amount for payments of up to $3,000 to millions of US families. It also includes $350 bn for small biz loans, $250 bn for unemployment aid and $75 bn for hospitalsw ■ ■ ■ Indian stock benchmarks posted their best single-day rise in over a decade on Wednesday, mirroring buoyancy in global markets The Sensex shot up 1,861.75 points, or 7%, to settle at 28,535.78, while Nifty spurted 516.80 points, or 6.62%, to end at 8,317.85 Indian markets are also factoring in expected stimulus package `2 lakh cr STIMULUS IS NEEDED FOR DOMESTIC ECONOMY, ACCORDING TO INDIA INC 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 ANNOUNCEMENT The cover price of The New Indian Express in Tamil Nadu has been revised to J7 with effect from March 26 and that of The New Sunday Express to J8 from March 29. —Editor Mahabharata war lasted 18 days, this war against coronavirus will take 21 days Cop breaks the mould as teary appeal melts motorists’ heart S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai THE summer is not yet a fullblown scorcher. But, what with the fear of the corona looming large and the 21-day lockdown in force, the tension is enough to make the brain boil inside the cranium. However, with folded hands, a traffic policeman stands at a signal near Spencers Plaza on Anna Salai, pleading the motorists to not come out of their houses. Tears welling up in his eyes, his impassioned speech has got the stray motorists off guard on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, as this is a far cry from the steady stream of videos online showing the men in khaki chastening desperate motorists with canes, pipes and whatnots elsewhere in the country . The impassioned traffic policeman, Rashid, offered to fall at the motorists’ feet if it could stop them from coming out, to which the apologetic motorists had no repartee to offer other than cringe at their transgression. Such was the impact of his explaining about the effects of community spread that a motorists fell on his feet, thanking Rashid for performing his duty humanely . This behaviour, Commissioner of Police A K Viswanathan says, is due to the people of the city being ‘law-abiding’ citizens. “We have not harassed people like in some other Policemen urging a Chennai biker not to violate the lockdown | DEBADATTA MALLICK First COVID-19 patient dies in TN; 5 more test positive Narendra Modi, PM SHOBANA RADHAKRISHNAN @ Madurai/Salem More grains to curb anxiety Union Cabinet approves proposal to increase the monthly quota of PDS grains by 2 kg to 80 crore beneficiaries; Modi warns of action against those misbehaving with docs, nurses S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi WITH India going into full lockdown for three weeks from Wednesday to control the spread of the coronavirus, the Centre sought allay the anxiety of around 80 crore people enrolled with ration shops by increasing their monthly quota of subsidised foodgrains by 2 kg each — from 5 kg to 7 kg. “The poor and vulnerable sections need support. The Centre has decided that 80 crore people will be covered under the National Food Security Act,” said Union Minister Prakash Javdekar, said after the Union Cabinet’s meeting. Amid reports of panic buying, the Union home ministry asked all states and Union Territories to give wide publicity to the fact that the country has ample supplies of all essential commodities while curbing the spread of rumours. It also issued detailed advisories on setting up round-theclock control rooms and helplines for providers of essential goods and services, including at the inter-state level. It suggested a standard operating procedure to facilitate them by OVER 600 +VE CASES NOW, 3 MORE KILLED appointing nodal officers at inter-state borders and issuing vehicular passes/e-passes. In a separate letter, the home ministry said urged states/UTs to take necessary steps to publicise that all essentials like food, medical, civil supplies and other essential services will be maintained. In another advisory to the private security agencies, the ministry urged them to adopt a humane approach during the lockdown and not sack employees or cut salaries. The ministry urged the agencies to show empathy with its workforce. “This is the time for private security industry to adopt a humane approach and protect its workers and staff members from lay-offs,” it said. During his video interaction with residents of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned of action against those misbehaving with frontline staff fighting the virus. If anybody targets doctors, nurses and all those rendering their service during this crisis, then it will cost them dearly, Modi said, adding those in white coats are God’s incarnation. FULL COVERAGE: P6,7,9,10,11 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Wednesday urged healthcare volunteers including retired doctors to help the government in tackling coronavirus. At least 90 fresh cases were reported across the country on Wednesday, taking the total count of confirmed cases in India to 606. Maharashtra is on top of the list with 128 cases with 17 fresh cases on Wednesday, followed EXPRESS READ Madras High Court stops functioning Madurai: Following the announcement of complete lockdown across the country for three weeks owing to the COVID19 threat, the functioning of the Madras High Court, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and the subordinate courts in the State has been suspended. states, as citizens here, by and large, obey law,” he says. However, the men in khaki would not go easy on violators, the Commissioner says. “Each motorist was scrutinised at various check points and was allowed to proceed only after the policemen were convinced that they were out for valid reasons. In some cases, we took videos of the motorists. In the coming days, vehicles of repeat violators will be confiscated,” he adds. Ram Lalla idol shifted, Yogi faces flak Ayodhya/Lucknow: The Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya was shifted to a temporary new location on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who faced opposition flak for seemingly violating norms meant to beat coronavirus BENGALURU TRAFFIC PASS Bengaluru Police will issue two types of passes — one for persons and another for vehicles — for people and vehicles that will be allowed to move CELEBRITY CHEF FLOYD CARDOZ DEAD NOTED CHEF FLOYD CARDOZ, 59, CO-OWNER OF TWO POPULAR RESTAURANTS IN MUMBAI, INCLUDING BOMBAY CANTEEN, DIED AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN NEW YORK G-20 VIRTUAL SUMMIT TODAY Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will chair a G20 emergency virtual summit on COVID-19 on Thursday. The idea was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he shared the outcome of the SAARC video conference with the Saudi Crown Prince MORE INDIANS AIRLIFTED A batch of 277 people evacuated from Iran arrived at the Jodhpur airport in Rajasthan on Wednesday POSITIVE, NEGATIVE A Delhi patient who died on Tuesday was added to the fatality list as he tested positive for coronavirus. But since his second test was negative, he is no longer part of the toll, the Union health ministry said by Kerala at 112. While Kerala reported 9 more infections on Wednesday there was no fresh , case from the state’s worst-hit district Kasaragod, which has 45 Covid-19 patients. Karnataka reported 10 new cases on Wednesday, while there were five fresh infections each in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, four each in Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, The Union health ministry put the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country at 512 US EVACUATION With the country under full lockdown for three weeks, the US embassy in India is looking to arrange for flights to take its citizens back home HOLD DEBT PAYMENT: IMF Both IMF and World Bank urged governments to put a hold on debt payments from the poorest nations to help them fight the pandemic PRINCE CHARLES TESTS POSITIVE BRITAIN’S PRINCE CHARLES IS IN SELF-ISOLATION IN SCOTLAND AFTER HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS and the number of recovered patients at 42. Of the three deaths reported on Wednesday one was in Mad, hya Pradesh where a 65-yearold woman succumbed to the viral infection in Indore’s gover nment-run MY Hospital where she was undergoing treatment. She was admitted to the Indore hospital after getting initial treatment at her hometown Ujjain. Gujarat, too, reported one more death. TAMIL Nadu recorded its first death of a COVID-19 patient as a 54-year-old man died at the isolation ward of Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai in the early hours of Wednesday . The body was later buried as per guidelines released by the government. Meanwhile, five persons, including four Indonesian nationals, tested positive for the virus in Salem on Wednesday, taking the number of cases in the State to 23. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said in a tweet, “Despite best medical efforts, the man’s health condition deteriorated and he died. He had prolonged illness with steroid-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension.” Later, in another tweet he said the four Indonesians and their travel guide from Chennai tested positive at Salem Medical College. “All of them have been quarantined at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital in Salem since Sunday,” he said. Speaking about the deceased, Madurai Collector TG Vinay said the man was on ventilator since Monday evening. He was rushed to a private hospital on Saturday with symptoms of acute respirato- Second COVID-19 patient recovers The second COVID-19 patient who travelled by train from Delhi to Chennai and is undergoing treatment has tested negative in two consecutive tests and will be discharged soon. ry illness. Doctors suspected viral pneumonia and he was tested for H1N1 before being shifted to Government Rajaji Hospital. On Sunday when the , test for H1N1 came negative, he was tested for COVID-19, wh i c h c a m e p o s i t ive. Sources from Health Department said he had been in contact with a group of Thailand nationals, two of whom later tested positive, at a private lodge in Madurai on March 12 and 13. Speaking about the Indonesians, sources said health officials, acting on a tip off, inspected a mosque in Salem on Sunday and found 16 persons, including 11 Indonesians, staying there. They were admitted to Salem Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital and their samples sent for testing. On Wednesday five of them tested , positive. EPS SEEKS `4,000-CR AID FROM CENTRE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday sought a special assistance of `4,000 crore and related financial relief from the Centre to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic as it has affected the poor, workers in the unorganised sector, industries and businesses, especially MSMEs. The appeal comes a day after Palaniswami announced `1,000 as relief and free ration for April to all family card holders. The special assistance sought by the Chief Minister includes `3,000 crore for augmenting and strengthening health infrastructure and medicines; `500 crore to compensate 50 per cent wage loss faced by MGNREGA workers during March, April and May; and `500 crore as relief package for construction workers and workers in unorganised sector to help them overcome their immediate hardships. He also sought rescheduling of bank loan repayments and waiver of interest and penalties to help the industrial sector. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Palaniswami gave a detailed account of the precautionary and preventive measures already taken by State government to contain the spread of the coronavirus. He said the extension of lockdown will mostly affect the poorest and daily wage workers as they face an immediate loss of livelihood. He pointed out that many businesses, especially MSMEs, would collapse without adequate and timely support. ‘Release foodgrain’ “Foodgrain stocks available with FCI should be released to the States and to Tamil Nadu at BPL rates for the entire allotment to help us to supply essential articles to all ration card holders during this distress period,” he said. CONTINUED ON: P5 Even when you step out to get essential goods, maintain a three-foot distance from others Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister ‘SAVE SOCIETY, SAVE THE COUNTRY’ n Police will take strict action against those violating govt orders, CM says in TV address n All arrangements made to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities n If you have COVID-19 symptoms, approach a doctor or government hospitals n Do not self-medicate if you have severe cold, fever and respiratory issues n If needed, people can call helpline 104 and 1077 n Every single family is important to the State government At least 27 dead as ISIS terrorists attack Kabul gurdwara EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AT least 27 people were killed and seven others injured after terrorists attacked a gurudwara in Kabul on Wednesday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to Afghanistan’s interior ministry, the gunmen attacked the gurudwara at 7.45 am local time. “All four terrorists who attacked a Sikh area of worship in PD1 of Kabul were neutralised after six hours,” Afghan special forces told local media. The ministry said 80 people, including women and children, were rescuee. India condemned the attack saying cowardly attacks on places of religious worship of minorities, especially at this time of Covid-19 pandemic, are reflective of the dia- bolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers. “We commend the brave Afghan security forces for their valorous response to the attack and their exemplary courage and dedication to protect the Afghan people and secure the country India stands in solidar. ity with the people, the govern- ment and the security forces of Afghanistan in their efforts for bringing peace and security to the country,” the ministry of external affairs said. Sikh Afghan MP Narendar Singh Khalisa told local media that up to 150 people were praying inside the gurdwara when it came under attack.
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