SHEKHAR YADAV CHENNAI THURSDAY APRIL 02, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION LOCKDOWN LIFT IN SIGHT AS RLY, AIRLINES START BOOKINGS The move comes after clear indication from the Centre that the 21-day national lockdown will not be extended beyond April 14 IRCTC OPENS ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM TRAVEL SITES RESUME FLIGHT BOOKINGS IRCTC had shut down online booking of rail tickets after PM Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on March 24. “As we have clear indications from the government the lockdown will not be extended, we have resumed sale of online tickets,” an IRCTC official said, adding that this will help passengers plan their travel in advance ■ ■ “The shutdown is only till April 14 night. Booking can’t be stopped beyond that,” said an Air India official. In the unlikely event of further lockdown, passengers can reschedule the trip Bookings are also open on private airlines and travel portals such as MakeMyTrip and Yatra from April 15 onwards `3,928 COST OF A CHENNAI-DELHI NON-STOP FLIGHT ON APRIL 15 ON YATRA.COM 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 110 new cases in TN: All Delhi returnees E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A whopping 110 persons tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the total State tally to , 234. All of them had attended the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi earlier this month. So far, 190 of the total positive cases in the State have a direct or indirect connection with the Delhi event. “Of the 110 confirmed cases, there is 1 Burmese and 1 Indonesian person,” said Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. Revenue Secretary J Radhakrishnan held a press meet earlier in the day and said that the government estimates 1,122 people from here could have attended the Delhi event. Of them, only around 711 have returned home. The remaining travelled to other States. “We have identified 611 of them and quarantined them. A hundred others are yet to be tracked. They are untraceable. Police are on the lookout for them,” he said. Beela Rajesh insisted that the State is still in stage-2 of transmission. “It has not gone to stage-3 yet. The entire government machinery is working day and night to contain the spread,” she said. She said several persons who had attended the Delhi event have voluntarily come forward for testing after government made an appeal. “They have been coming through the night. Official and control room phones have been buzzing. The District Collectors have been making all necessary arrangements, sacrificing even their sleep,” she said. “So far 1,103 have come forward. All of them are in hospital isolation. We have tested 658 sam- District-wise break-up of the 110 cases reported Tirunelveli 6 Coimbatore NIZAMUDDIN VIRUS LOAD J&K 1 48 UTTARAKHAND DELHI 53 48 UTTAR PRADESH 1 RAJASTHAN 11 81 BIHAR 28 Erode 20 Dindigul 17 Madurai 7 Chengalpet 2 Tiruvarur 2 Karur 1 Kanchipuram 2 Chennai 1 Tiruvannamalai 101 CHHATTISGARH 50 ODISHA 5 Tuticorin 71 WEST BENGAL 7 Sivaganga 1,500 GUJARAT MADHYA PRADESH 1 9 Tirupattur 1 ples so far. More persons could test positive when we finish checking all of them,” said the Health Secretary . “We devised a multi-dimensional plan to reach out to all attendees of the event, using police, revenue officials, and district administration,” she said. Meanwhile in Delhi, a 36-year-old man from Namakkal, who attended the event, died there allegedly of a cardiac arrest. Namakkal Collector K Megraj said the deceased got stuck in Delhi unable to return home due to lockdown. He is a native of Ramanathapuram. The Collector insisted that the man had not died of COVID-19. Officials are struggling to bring the body back due to the lockP3 down. 252 MAHARASHTRA 1,030 TELANGANA 21 6 1085 ANDHRA PRADESH 70 1,500 KARNATAKA 1 PUDUCHERRY 3 395 KERALA 1 Class 10, 12 exams only for 29 subjects “It has been decided that the board conduct exams for only main subjects that will be required for promotion and may be crucial for higher education,” the CBSE said. Also, all class 1-8 students to be promoted 1,103 TAMIL NADU 190 IOC tack on purchases IOC has declared force majeure on crude purchases from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE and Kuwait, as refinery run rates have been cut down following lockdown and oil market crash. A force majeure is an event outside reasonable control, which prevents IOC from performing contract obligations THE Centre has asked doctors treating severe patients of coronavirus to stop administering antiHIV drugs and instead put them on a combination of anti-malaria drug Hydroxycholoroquine and antibiotic Azithromycin. In the revised guidelines on the management of Covid-19 patients, the Union health ministry said, “no specific antivirals have been proven to be effective as per currently available data.” Earlier it had recommended using the Lopinavir-Ritonavir combo for patients with acute respiratory distress. “One of the drug is Hydroxychloroquine (Dose 400 mg twice a day for 1 day followed by 200 mg twice a day for 4 days) Another fatality One fatality was reported from Telangana, taking the toll to 41. On the positive side, the count of those who have recovered rose to 144. However, India registered 437 new cases of the virus, the highest in a day. It took the total national count to 1,834 7 more in Noida hotspot 7 new coronavirus patients in Gautam Buddh Nagar in the last 24 hours, total cases 45 COIMBATORE city police on Wednesday arrested five north Indian lorry drivers who allegedly attempted to transport more than 200 migrant workers to their natives states - Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh - in violation of curfew norms. According to police, the drivers of five lorries who came to the city for delivery of consignments allegedly agreed to offer a drop to the stranded workers at their respective states after every person agreed to pay `3,000. After picking the workers near Eachanari, located on the outskirts of the city, the lorries were heading towards Avinashi, during the wee hours of Wednesday, po- Travel under tarpualine On inspection, the police team found more than 200 workers hiding under a tarpauline in the carts of the vehicles. They said the drivers also took `500 as an advance from the workers in combination with Azithromycin (500 mg once a day for 5 days),” said the guideline. “These drugs should be administered under close medical supervision, with monitoring for side effects.” However, they are not recommended for children less than 12 years, pregnant and lactating women. Sources said the revision in lice said. On suspicion, police personnel on patrol intercepted the lorries at AG Pudur Bypass on Chenngapalli-Walayar stretch of the National Highway and found more than 200 workers hiding under tarpaulins in the carts of the vehicles. Further investigation revealed that the migrant workers, employed at various places in Pollachi, Anaimalai and Udumalai, gathered at a place frequented by lorries near Eachanari and struck the deal with the five lorry P4 drivers. DOMICILE RULES OPEN J&K TO MIGRANTS S A N A S H A K I L / F AYA Z W A N I @ New Delhi/Srinagar NEARLY eight months after scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre laid down rules to re-define the domicile status of J&K to protect the rights of locals and give them exclusive rights in government jobs in the newly created Union Territory . According to a gazette notification issued by Union Home ministry late on Tuesday night, the defi- nition of a J&K resident has been altered to include those who have lived in the state for 15 years, as well as those who studied there for at least seven years and appeared for Class 10/12 exams. The domicile will include registered migrants, their children and children of Central government officials and children of officials of Central universities and recognised research institutes who have served INFECTED UK extends doc work visa In a relief to foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas were set to expire in October, the UK has extended the deadline by one year Wimbledon cancelled Wimbledon organisers scrapped the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament for the first time Myanmar nationals settled in Hyderabad, who went to Narketpally for religious prayers flouting lockdown restrictions, being taken to a hospital in Hyderabad for coronavirus tests on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU medication came following a study published in the New England Journal, which said the antiHIV drug combination did not work in 199 patients analysed. Another study from France said the anti-malarial and antibiotic combination helped 78 out of 80 patients analysed. There was another independent study from China to support HydroxycholoroquineAzithromycin combination. Drivers ferrying migrant workers nabbed E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore PARTICIPATED in the region for 10 years. Under the new rules, only lowranking positions, such as junior assistant and peon, have been reserved for residents or domiciles of J&K with other jobs open to people from across the country. The new policy was criticised by all parties in J&K, including the new J&K Apni Party, perceived to be close to the ruling dispensation at the Centre. INSULTING, SAY J&K PARTIES: P8 FIR filed against them for visa violation; Cabinet secretary tells chief secretaries to trace all who were at Nizamuddin meet DEAD Centre drops anti-virals from its recommended list S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi ASSAM 17 JHARKHAND 1 2 Theni 48 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 100+ FOREIGN TABLIGHIS IN U.P. BOOKED QUALITY CHECK Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, during his inspection of Amma canteen at Foreshore Estate on Wednesday | EXPRESS EXPRESS READ ‘Need 4-fold hike in payout to vulnerable’ New Delhi: Over 300 economists and academics including Abhijit Sen, Jean Dreze, Prabhat Patnaik, Deepak Nayyar, Ajit Ghose, Ashok Gulati and Meghanad Desai, among others, have urged the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to take steps to ameliorate the impact on the Covid-19 lockdowns on the vulnerable sections by increasing their monthly sustenance support to at least `6,000 per family | P10 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi ON a day when the Uttar Pradesh police lodged as many as 23 FIRs against over 100 foreigners for violating visa rules and participating in Tablighi Jamaat activities, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday ordered all authorities to be firm in tracing and taking action against the Jamaat workers. Gauba directed the states and Union TerCASH FOR ritories to launch on a “war footing” the conPOOR SOON tact tracing of all participants of Tablighi With reports of the Jamaat’s Nizamuddin congregation. He also poor and called for intensive tracing of all contacts of vulnerable sections the participants. of the society Given the gravity of the situation, Prime facing hardships in Minister Narendra Modi may also speak to accessing the Chief Ministers on Thursday to take them foodgrains, the on board for the uphill task. Cabinet Secretary According to reports, authorities across asked states to states have identified over 6,000 people who implement the PM attended the Nizamuddin congregation. Garib Kalyan During a video-conference call with Chief Yojana within the Secretaries and DGPs of all States and Union next week. “This Territories, the Cabinet Secretary asked State will involve large and UT authorities to make sure no religious cash transfer to congregation takes place anywhere in the beneficiaries,” country If found, the organisers must be dealt . officials said with, with an iron hand. The country’s senior most bureaucrat also ordered registration of cases against foreign Tablighis for violation of visa norms, according to sources. Gauba shared the roadmap for the intensive contact tracing of Tablighis. “Tracing all the participants of the Nizamuddin Markaz is the top most priority and the state governments must not lose time,” said a senior , P5,7,8,9,10,11,12 government official. S GURUMURTHY WRITES ON TABLIGHI JAMAAT - ITS OTHER, EVIL SIDE P7
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