VILLUPURAM TUESDAY APRIL 07, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION CORONAVIRUS SHRINKS THE WORLD’S TOP BILLIONAIRES The world’s top 100 billionaires have lost $408 bn in the past two months, wiping out all gains made in past 2.5 years, says a report JEFF BEZOS MUKESH AMBANI LOSES $19 BN IN 2 MONTHS AMAZON BOSS STILL WORLD’S RICHEST According to Shanghai-based Hurun Research, India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani’s net worth declined $19 billion in two months to $48 bn due to massive stock market correction. Ambani is the second biggest wealth loser globally, after French fashion giant LVMH’s chief executive Bernard Arnault, whose wealth dropped $30 billion to $77 billion, the report said ■ ■ ■ Gautam Adani’s wealth eroded by $6 billion, HCL Tech’s Shiv Nadar $5 bn, while banker Uday Kotak lost $4 billion Among major global losers are Carlos Slim, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Michael Bloomberg Amazon’s Jeff Bezos continues to be the richest with $131 billion 25% CORRECTION IN THE INDIAN EQUITY MARKETS IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS 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 Different voices 50 new cases in TN takes tally to 621; 1 dies on way forward after April 14 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai While agriculture ministry wants staggered lifting, KCR asks Modi to extend lockdown EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE r e t a r y, H o m e, Aw a n i s h Awasthi. He took a sharper position than that of Chief SecWITH barely a week left of the retary R K Tiwari, who said current phase of lockdown to the lockdown may be extended end, various strands of ideas if the situation didn’t improve emerged on the way forward to after April 14. deal with the coronavirus epiIn Hyderabad, KCR said: demic on Monday . “Economy no doubt is going to While the Union agriculture suffer but it could be revived ministry pushed for a graded back into life. But we cannot lifting of the lockdown, saying bring back lives, once we lose harvesting would otherwise them.” He pointed to the resuffer, Telangana Chief Minis- port of Boston Consulting ter K Chandrashekar Rao rec- Group (BCG), which suggested ommended its full extension that lockdown should extend beyond April 14 — by till June 3 in India one or two weeks. He Masks are no for any improvement silver bullet, in the situation. shared his thoughts says WHO with Prime Minister “The BCG is a reputNarendra Modi dured organisation. It The WHO said ing their telephonic has come out with its wearing masks call on Sunday . alone would not be report for the world The Union agricul- enough to defeat in which he made the ture ministry’s posirecommendation of the virus. “Masks tion was shared at a should only ever be extension of lockmeeting of an emdown till June 3 for used as part of a powered group of India,” he said. comprehensive secretaries in Delhi, KCR urged Modi to package of chaired by the Union consult all chief interventions. h o m e s e c r e t a r y. There is no black or ministers before deSources said the ag- white answer, and ciding on the durariculture secretary tion of extension. no silver bullet,” underlined the need “The crisis is unWHO chief said for farm workers to precedented and the be allowed to travel during the decisions also have got to be current harvesting season. drastic. It will be in the interThe civil aviation ministry too est of the people,” he added. sought a staggered easing of In Uttar Pradesh, the prorestrictions. posal to defer the end of the But Uttar Pradesh appeared lockdown drew momentum to echo KCR, though the artic- from the spike in cases linked ulation came from the bureau- to the Tablighi Jamaat congrecracy, not the political gation in Delhi. For, 50 per cent class. “The lockdown of the 305 coronavirus cases will not be removed in the state now have been till a single person traced to the Tablighis. Of with coronavirus the 27 fresh positive cases strain is found in the reported in Uttar Pradesh state,” said Addion Monday, 21 were of tional Chief Secthe Tablighis. @ Hyderabad/Lucknow/New Delhi BREAKING THE CHAIN IS THE ONLY WAY: KCR Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao said lockdown was the only way forward for India since it has no great medical infrastructure to deal with the pandemic. Even major economic powers like the US are going through a tough time. “Bodies are piling up in the US and they are being moved in trucks. Japan and Singapore have been locked down for a month, which shows that COVID-19 could be managed only by breaking the chain of its spread,” KCR said TAMIL NADU reported 50 new COVID-19 positive cases and one death on Monday taking the tally to 621 and death toll to 6. However, on a brighter note, five patients, who were undergoing treatment at ESI Hospital in Coimbatore, including a 10-month-old baby boy, were discharged on Monday after their samples tested negative for two consecutive times. The patients discharged were a @ New Delhi IN the first virtual Cabinet meeting held through videoconferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers on Monday brainstormed the strategy to ensure business continuity after the lockdown is lifted. Expecting an economic upheaval in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, PM Modi asked each ministry to come up with a list of measures they will take to lessen dependence on other countries. Given the shortage of critical equipment including ventilators to battle the coronavirus outbreak, the Prime Minister told his ministers that self-dependence in medical sector is an immediate priority . “The government must work on war-footing to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the economy The ministries should pre. pare a business continuity plan,” Modi told the ministers. The PM also asked the minis- Ministers told to work with state govts The PM also asked ministers to work with state governments and district administrations for microplanning and work on solutions to immediate challenges, including availability of ventilators, masks and other equipment to deal with Covid-19 ters to prepare a graded plan to open de par tments slowly where hotspots don’t exist. This means that restrictions could stay in places which are reporting new cases, while rest of the regions may see a gradual return to the normalcy . “The crisis offers an opportunity to become self-dependent in the medical sector. Ministers should submit actionable suggestions on boosting manufacturing and exports,” Modi told the ministers, while stressing that new sectors and countries died on Monday is a resident of Chennai. She was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Gover nment General Hospital with severe Five discharged from Kovai hospital Five patients undergoing treatment at ESI Hospital in Coimbatore, including a 10-month-old baby boy, were discharged on Monday. The number of patients discharged now stands at 13. acute respiratory infection at 8 pm on Sunday She had diabe. tes and hypertension. She died without responding to treatment on Monday morning. Her sample tested positive for COVID-19 later. The woman had trave l l e d by t r a i n t o Tiruchy on March 20. All of her contacts, including her family members, have been put under home quarantine. We are tracking on how she contracted the infection,” Beela Rajesh said. The State is also tracking the source of infection of the other Chennai resident who tested positive. ‘Single source’ A media bulletin issued by the Health Department on Monday mentioned cases connected to the Delhi conference as ‘cases from single source event’. A total of 1,475 people from the single source have been tested, out of which P4 574 tested positive. CLARIFICATION IN a report carried in The New Indian Express dated April 5, it was erroneously mentioned that the State government has extended restrictions under CrPC Sec 144 till April 30. This was clarified by senior government officials on Monday that it was a misinterpretation of a GO issued on April 4. The order issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department said the police have to enforce the prohibitory orders until April 30. This is when the earlier order had said the orders are in force only till April 14. The GO by the Revenue Department is in no way connected to the extension of Section 144 and it dealt with police logistics, according to Revenue officials. The officials said the Revenue Department has in no way got the power to unilaterally decide on extending Section 144. However, the officials said the order was made only in view of making fund allocation for the police department. The extended dates are mentioned only in anticipation that the prohibitory orders may be extended and even in that case, the list of restrictions enforced under Section 144 may vary A final decision on this is ex. pected in a few days. Rapid tests in TN Govt suspends MP discretionary fund, from April 10: EPS BREATHING SPACE A view of the Paharganj area in Delhi, which under normal circumstances would have been humming with activity | ANIL SHAKYA netas say development will take a hit K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi WHILE the Centre on Monday decided to suspend Members of Parliament Local Area Development scheme for two years, several MPs have raised concerns that various development works underway in their respective constituencies may come to a grinding halt. According to the Centre’s plan, MPLAD funds for two years worth `7,900 crore will be diverted to the national pool to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the scheme, MPs execute developmental works spanning various sectors including roads, infrastructure, Look for self-sufficiency, facilitate business continuity, Modi tells team EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 26-year-old girl, who returned from Spain, a 48-year-old man from Udumalai with a travel history of the UK, a 29-year-old railway doctor, her 10-monthold baby boy, and their domestic maid, sources added. Talking about the patients who tested positive, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh told reporters that among 50 cases, 48 are linked to those who attended Tablighi Jamaat conference. Two are different cases, of which one died. “The 57-year-old woman who must find place in India’s export basket. The PM, while stating that lockdown measures and social distancing must go hand-in-hand, also called for strategising emergent conditions once the shutdown ends. “Ministers should prepare a list of 10 major decisions and 10 priority areas once lockdown ends. At the same time, pending reforms be identified in each ministry he said. ,” With the agriculture likely to face a major challenge due to the lockdown, Modi stressed farmer welfare is a priority . “The government will provide all possible help to farmers in the harvesting season. All must work for harnessing technology and encouraging exploration of innovative solutions like using truck aggregators to connect farmers with mandis on the lines of appbased cab services. Strategy must be devised to ensure procurement of tribal products so that the source of income source of the indigenous tribal remains intact,” said Modi. education, water and health. Preference is given to priority areas such as drinking water, public health, education, sanitation, roads, etc. Many MPs including Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari of the Congress, and RJD’s Manoj Jha opposed the suspension of the scheme during 2020-21 and 2021-22. “Centre’s decision to cut salaries &pensions of MPs is welcome. It’s a good way for us to show solidarity w/ people suffering across the country. But the Ordinance ending MPLADS funds for 2 years & pooling them into a Consolidated Fund run by the CentralGovt is problematic,” Tharoor tweeted. He also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision. MPLADS is a Central Sector Scheme fully funded by the Government of India under which funds are released directly to the district authorities on the recommendation of Parliamentarians. Each MP has annual entitlement of `5 crore, which is released in two equal instalments directly to the District Authority of the MP concerned. Wockhardt, Jaslok hospitals sealed 3 DOCTORS, 26 NURSES “Called Maharashtra health minister Shri. Rajesh Tope ji @rajeshtope11 seeking urgent intervention to ensure safety of 40 Covid19 positive Malayalee nurses working @ a pvt hospital in Mumbai,” Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala tweeted test positive for coronavirus in Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Central. Most of them are Keralites. Hospital sealed off by Brihhanmumbai Municipal Corporation At Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai, new admissions were stopped and the outpatient department closed after a nurse tested positive. But another nurse at Jaslok alleged in social media that more staffers were infected, though the hospital denied it All the medical staff who came in direct or indirect contact of the affected nurse and the connected patient have been identified and quarantined as per the protocol - Jaslok officials said EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai WITH the number of persons testing positive for coronavirus on the rise every day, Tamil Nadu is all set to implement rapid testing from April 10. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami told reporters at the Secretariat on Monday that the gover nment has placed orders for procuring one lakh rapid test kits from China, which will arrive on April 9. They will be dispatched to all districts immediately The speciality of these . kits is that results will be known within 30 minutes. He was addressing reporters after a chairng a review meeting held through video conference with District Collectors re g arding preventive measures. Palaniswami said, “The intensity of the virus spread is gradually increasing in India. At present, there are 17 testing labs in government and private hospitals and the government has sought permission from the Centre to open 21 more labs. All medical equipment required for the additional labs have already arrived.” On the government’s readiness to face any eventuality he , said as many as 22,049 beds and 3,371 ventilators in government and private hospitals have been kept ready to treat those infected. “While orders have been placed for procuring 2,500 more ventilators, the ‘Ready for eventuality’ 1 lakh rapid test kits from China will arrive on April 9 Results will be known in as little as 30 minutes Permission sought to open 21 more testing labs in Tamil Nadu `1,000 aid for all workers in unorganised sector Let us learn the value of social distance from other countries State has sufficient number of personal protection equipment, masks and N95 masks,” Palaniswami said. Reiterating the need for selfdiscipline, Palaniswami said, “If the virus spreads, the situation will be very difficult. We should learn lessons from countries like China, Italy and the United States in this regard.” The Chief Minister said many persons had tested positive for the virus after being asymptomatic for days. “So, everyone should understand the seriousness and remain indoors till things change,” he P4 said. HUMAN TO ANIMAL TRANSMISSION NY zoo tiger +ve, race begins to save wildlife R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi A tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York City became the first wild animal to test positive for coronavirus, sending zoos across the world into spasms of activity and India directing all its national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries to minimise human-animal interaction. The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia is believed to be infected by a zoo employee who hasn’t shown symptoms yet. The Union environment ministry, the Central Zoo Authority and the National Tiger Conservation Authority also directed the use of safety gear by staff, isolation of sick animals and sending their sam- ples to three veterinary labs marked for testing. These are the National Institute of High Security Animal Disease, Bhopal, National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar, Haryana and Centre for Animal Disease Research and Diagnosis, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly Uttar Pradesh. ,
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