CHENNAI l TUESDAY l MAY 12, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION IN A FIRST, SINGLE-JUDGE SC BENCH TO HEAR BAIL APPEALS For the first time since the founding of the Supreme Court, a single-judge bench will hear appeals on bail applications TO SPEED UP THE JUDICIAL PROCESS Single-judge benches will begin hearing cases from Wednesday. The bench will hear appeals for bail in cases that entail a jail term of up to seven years, and also applications for the transfer of cases. The aim is to reduce the pendency of cases. According to the apex court, there were more than 60,000 cases pending before it as of March 1, 2020 32 judges RULE CHANGE WAS MADE LAST YEAR ■ ■ Monday’s development follows an amendment to the Supreme Court Rules 2013, in September last year, that struck down the rule that a Supreme Court bench should have at least two judges The Chief Justice of India will, from time to time, nominate the judges who will constitute the single-judge benches IS THE CURRENT STRENGTH OF THE SUPREME COURT 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 States harp on funds, cautious exit Modi indicates extension of lockdown, asks CMs to submit their suggestions by Friday graphically pin-pointed the spread of the pandemic, beLOCKDOWN 4.0 after the cur- sides “understanding the rent one ends on May 17 ap- standard procedures right to pears to be looming with focus the district levels”. on containment zones, as also “The fight will now be more further opening of the econo- focused. While economic activimy with the Centre giving ties are slowly picking up, the more flexibility to the states. process will further gain pace Those were the takeaways from in the coming days,” Modi said. the marathon fifth video conThat the chief ministers ference Prime Minister Naren- sought extension of the lockdra Modi had with all chief down with a well-crafted exit ministers on Monday Caution strategy demonstrated their ex. appeared to be the watchword treme caution, yet concerns of as consensus emerged on ex- the deepening financial stress tending the lockdown indicated their politiin Covid-19 containcal leanings. There CMs seek ment zones amid a seemed to be a clear flexibility clear sense of urgendivide between the The common cy t o re b o o t t h e BJP and the Opposiunifying thread economy . tion-ruled states as among the CMs In his concluding the former sought rewas that states remarks, Modi is laxations and the latshould be given learnt to have said ter opposed the decigreater flexibility that the ongoing locksion to resume to permit down may need to be passenger train serresumption of extended. He sought vices. Modi, however, economic and a broad strategy by deflected the attack, business activity May 15 from the chief saying only a few ministers on “how train routes are be each one of you would want to opened for now. deal with the lockdown regime West Bengal Chief Minister in your particular state”. Mamata Banerjee, sources However, the Ministry of said, came down heavily Home Affairs is expected to in- against the Centre, alleging pocrease relaxations in non-con- litical motive behind several tainment zones. Central missives to the While Modi in his opening state, and even mocking remarks cautioned the chief the lockdown, saying ministers against the pandem- it didn’t make sense ic spreading to rural areas, when the border is crippled state finances appar- opened and trains ently drove the latter to argue are allowed to operfor power to classify zones on ate. “All states should their own so to provide maxi- be given equal impormum space for livelihood. tance, and it should be Modi underlined the gains of Team India fighting the the three phases of the lock- pandemic,” Banerjee said. down, saying officials have geo CONTINUED ON: P8 @ New Delhi CM Edappadi K Palaniswami during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Put off train, flight services till May end, EPS urges Modi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai EVEN as Indian Railways is planning to resume passenger services on a minimal basis from New Delhi to 15 major stations in the country, C h i e f M i n i s t e r E d ap p a d i K Palaniswami has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to start train and air services to Tamil Nadu till May 31. “We learnt from the Press that regular train services to and from Chennai are set to commence from May 12. As the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing, I request you not to permit train or flight services till May 31,” Palaniswami said. He was taking part in a video conference chaired by Modi on Monday to review the COVID-19 situation. Palaniswami also sought `2,000 crore as special grant to enhance available medical equipment in the State; a relief package to ease the immediate burden on power sector to help distribution companies; concessions for MSME sector; and transport subsidy for far mer producer Full AC trains all set to roll today. Take food & bedding from home A day before passenger trains are to resume operations partially, the gover nment on Monday spelled out operational details and issued a Standard Operating Procedure, making it clear that only asymptomatic and confirmed ticket holders will be allowed to travel. All the special trains will only have AC rakes and Rajdhani train fares will be applied, excluding the cost of food, which will not be provided on board. “The provision for pre-paid meal booking and e-catering shall be disabled. However, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation shall make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment,” the ministry said. Dry , ready-to-eat food and bottled water shall be provided on demand, inside the trains on payment. Linen and blankets shall also not be provided inside the train. Curtains, too, have been taken away from all coaches. Passengers can cancel their ticket online up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure. “No cancellation is permitted less than 24 hrs before departure of train. Cancellation charge shall be 50 per cent of the fare,” the ministry’s statement said. All tickets have to be booked online. On Monday, online booking started after a two-hour delay . As of 9.15 pm, at least 30,000 tickets had been booked. All passengers shall be screened before the journey They . will be provided hand sanitisers at stations and in coaches. SPECIAL TRAIN SCHEDULE TO HELP PLAN YOUR TRIP Howrah to New Delhi Daily May 12 New Delhi to Howrah Daily May 13 Stoppage: Asansol Jn, Dhanbad, Gaya, Dd Upadhyaya Jn, Prayagraj, Kanpur Central T’puram to New Delhi Tuesday, Thursday, Friday May 15 New Delhi to T’puram Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday May 13 Stoppage: Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Madgaon, Panvel, Vadodara, Kota Rajendra Nagar (Patna) to New Delhi Daily May 12 New Delhi to Rajendra Nagar Daily May 13 Stoppage: Patna, Dd Upadhyaya Jn, Prayagraj, Kanpur Central Chennai Central to New Delhi Friday, Sunday May 15 New Delhi to Chennai Central Wednesday, Friday May 13 Stoppage: Vijayawada, Warangal, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jhansi, Agra New Delhi to Dibrugarh Daily May 12 Dibrugarh to New Delhi Daily May 14 Stoppage: Dimapur, Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Mariani, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Danapur, Dd Upadhyaya Jn, Prayagraj, Kanpur Central Bilaspur to New Delhi Monday, Thursday May 14 New Delhi to Bilaspur Tuesday, Saturday May 12 Stoppage: Raipur, Nagpur, Bhopal, Jhansi New Delhi to Jammu Tawi Daily May13 Jammu Tawi to New Delhi Daily May 14 Stoppage: Anantapur, Guntakal, Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal Jn, Jhansi Jn New Delhi to Bengaluru Daily May 14 Bengaluru to New Delhi Daily May 12 Stoppage: Anantapur, Guntakal Jn, Secunderabad Jn, Nagpur, Bhopal Jn, Jhansi Jn Ranchi to New Delhi Thursday, Sunday May 14 New Delhi to Ranchi Wednesday, Saturday May 13 Stoppage: Dd Upadhyaya, Kanpur Central Mumbai Central to New Delhi Daily May 12 New Delhi to Mumbai Central Daily May 13 Stoppage: Surat, Vadodra, Ratlam, Kota Ahmedabad to New Delhi Daily May 12 New Delhi to Ahmedabad Daily May 13 Another peak as 4,213 fresh cases reported EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi REVISED NORMS Stoppage: Palanpur, Abu Road, Jaipur, Gurgaon Agartala to New Delhi Monday May 18 New Delhi to Agartala Wednesday May 20 Stoppage: Badarpur, Guwahati, Kokrajhar, New Jalpaiguri, Katihar, Barauni, Patliputra, Dd Upadhyaya Jn, Kanpur Central Bhubneswar to New Delhi Daily May 13 New Delhi to Bhubneswar Daily May 14 Stoppage: Balasor, Hijli (Kharagpur), Tatanagar, Bokaro Stl City, Gaya, Dd Upadhyaya Jn, Kanpur Central New Delhi to Madgaon Friday, Saturday May 15 Madgaon to New Delhi Monday, Sunday May 17 Stoppage: Ratnagiri, Panvel, Vadodara, Kota Secunderabad to New Delhi Wednesday May 20 New Delhi to Secunderabad Sunday May 17 Stoppage: Nagpur, Bhopal, Jhansi TOTAL SPECIAL TRAINS 30 Frequency Day of commencement All the trains from Delhi area shall start from New Delhi station Only limited number of stoppage to be provided organisations. Pointing out that the earlier release of `312 crore under National Health Mission had been utilised fully, Palaniswami said the State government had submitted a utilisation certificate to enable release of the second instalment. “My earlier request for a special grant of `2,000 crore to enhance medical equipment in the State may be released immediately he said. ,” Pointing out that Tamil Nadu had been maintaining the lowest death rate in the country, Palaniswami said till Sunday as many as 2,43,037 , samples had been tested and 7,204 came positive. “Currently 59,610 people are under quarantine. Effective treatment has kept the death rate at 0.67 per cent. A total of 1,959 patients have been discharged from hospitals, which puts discharge rate at 27 per cent,” Palaniswami said. On arrangements made to send back medical tourists and migrant labourers, he said, “So far, we have sent nearly 13,284 people to their native State by 12 trains. We have plans to send more people by 61 trains from May 11 to 17 after obtaining the consent of the home States.” PRIOR ENMITY Duo sets class X girl afire to settle scores with dad B A G A L A V A N P E R I E R B @ Villupuram A 15-year-old girl belonging to Sirumadurai was set afire by two persons at her house on Sunday. The class X student, J Jayasri, who sustained 95 per cent burns, died at Government Villupuram Medical College Hospital on Monday . In a declaration before judicial magistrate K Arunkumar, Jayasri had said G Murugan, an AIADMK functionary, and K Kaliyaperumal, AIADMK branch secretary, had doused her with petrol and set her on fire owing to enmity with her father. Police arrested the two persons on Sunday and filed a case for attempted murder. The case was changed under Section 302 following the girl’s death. According to sources, the girl’s father K Jayabal and his son Jayaraj went to the police station on Sunday to lodge a complaint against one K Praveenkumar in connection with a minor scuffle. Meanwhile, villagers, who noticed smoke coming from Jayabal’s house, rushed in and saw Jayasri in flames. They put out the fire and rushed her to hospital. Speaking to Express , Jayabal said, “In 2013, Murugan and his supporters attacked my younger brother Kumar, following which we filed a case against them. Ever since, they were angry with me. They tied the hands of my daughter and set her afire when she was alone.” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday removed the accused from the party, promised stringent action against them and announced a solatium of `5 lakh to the girl’s family . 13,284 PEOPLE SENT BACK HOME BY 12 TRAINS CM Edappadi Palaniswami said,”We have sent nearly 13,284 people, including migrant labourers and those who came for treatment, to their native States by 12 trains, We have plans to send more people by 61 trains from May 11 to May 17.” ‘RELEASE `2K CRORE FOR EQUIPMENT’ “Earlier release of `312 crore under NHM has been utilised fully and I request you to release the second instalment. Kindly release `2,000 cr as special grant to enhance medical equipment,” says CM LAC DE-ESCALATION OF STAND-OFF ON SINO-INDIA BORDER AFTER BRAWL IN AT LEAST TWO LOCATIONS, BUT BOTH ARMIES STAY PUT PAGE 8 WITH a record 4,213 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours, India’s total case count climbed to 67,152 on Monday morning, joint secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal said. Ninety-seven deaths were recorded during the period. The national toll now stands at 2,206. Despite a steep rise in new cases, India’s recovery rate continued its onward march. It now stands at 31.14%, which is a considerable improvement over the 26.59% recorded a week earlier. As many as 1,559 infected people were on Monday’s recovery list. In a revised guideline, the health ministry said patients can end home isolation 17 days after the onset of Covid-19 symptoms, including 10 consecutive days without fever. Also, testing is now not required at the end of the home isolation period. On Saturday the Centre had , eased the discharge norms for all hospitalised patients. While those categorised as mild and moderate cases can leave the hospital without testing after the symptoms have eased, “severe” cases can be discharged after a test—if the symptoms have disappeared. Meanwhile, the Union government on Monday issued a fresh protocol for Covid-19 surveillance in all 733 districts under which 200 samples will be collected from 10 health facilities in each district, every week to test for the presence of the virus or its antibodies. NATIONWIDE CONFIRMED CASES 67,152 798 RECOVERED CASES TOTAL DEATHS 20,917 2,206 cases in TN, biggest spike E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IN the highest single day spike so far, the State confirmed 798 new cases and six deaths with 538 testing positive in Chennai alone. In a disturbing trend, 63 of the confirmed cases are children below 12 years of age. The number of total confirmed cases in the State now stands at 8,002 and in Chennai, at 4,371. All the deceased suffered from co-morbid conditions, a media bulletin said. Four of the deaths were reported from Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. A 50-year-old man who was admitted on May 6, died on Sunday A 67-year-old . woman, who was admitted on May 9, died the same day. A 32-year-old woman from Cuddalore, who was admitted on May 6, died on May 8. A 36-year old-woman from Chennai, who was admitted on May 9 died on the same day. Another deceased was a 66-year-old woman from Chennai who died at a private hospital on Monday A 65-year . old-man from Kanniyakumaridied at the local GH on May 9. DISTURBING TREND l In a disturbing trend, 63 of the confirmed cases are children below 12 years of age l All the persons who died suffered from co-morbid conditions, a media bulletin said l A total of 55 per cent of cases reported in the State are from Chennai l Royapuram, Kodambakkam and Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar zones are the worst hit
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