THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l FRIDAY l MAY 22, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION KHELO INDIA KHELO, AGAIN: SOP OUT, TRAINING SOON Sports Authority of India’s standard operating procedure for resumption of sporting activities implemented on Thursday REDEFINING SPORTS TRAINING SIGNING CONSENT FORM, COVID TEST Training will not be the same for some time. Emphasis has been put on social distancing, maintaining hygiene, sanitising complexes and not sharing equipment. The SOP, covering all sports, includes dos and don’ts for athletes and others. No timeframe, but training will depend on local govt’s guidelines and restrictions. Resumption will be in a graded manner. ■ ■ ■ All athletes and staff including administrative staff joining the training facilities afresh shall be tested for the coronavirus No sparring for boxres, wrestlers; no usage of long jump pits or pole vault mats; singles only and shuttles cannot be shared SOP requires athletes to sign consent form for acknowledging risk 4 categories NON CONTACT, MEDIUM AND FULL CONTACT, AND WATER SPORT 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 Howrah BALANCED APPROACH 2 dead, trees and civic amenities like lamp posts and overhead wires collapse EN GAL ST WE Govt caps airfare, to ease quarantine norms for fliers BENGAL RAVAGED B North 24 Parganas 16 dead, farmers and fisherfolk affected East Midnapore 4 dead, sea water inundates agricultural fields; at least 1.5 lakh people rendered homeless South 24 Parganas 35 dead, fisheries sector takes a big hit, thousands of houses collapse K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi Kolkata 15 dead, over 5,000 trees uprooted; electricity poles broken, cables snapped A scooterist tries to pass under an uprooted tree lying across a road, in the aftermath of the very severe cyclone Amphan, in Kolkata on Thursday | PTI Mamata attributes all deaths to house collapse, electrocution and uprooted trees, pegs the loss at C1 lakh crore; Kolkata airport flooded; toll may mount as rescue teams yet to reach large parts of the worst-hit Parganas districts MONSTER CYCLONE KILLS 72 AERIAL SURVEILLANCE BY MODI, DIDI TODAY New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake an aerial survey of the “cyclone-hit” areas in West Bengal and Odisha on Friday, official sources said. “He will conduct aerial surveys and take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed,” the PMO said in a tweet on Thursday. WILL USE MGNREGA TO REBUILD: MAMATA Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that local residents will be taksed with rebuilding the ravaged areas under the MGNREGA scheme. “Under the scheme of 100-day job, local people will be engaged to construct roads, build up river dams, cleaning waterbodies,” a government spokesman said. P R A N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata EXTREMELY severe cyclone Amphan, which lashed West Bengal’s coastal districts with ferocious winds on Wednesday night, killed at least 72 people, including 15 in Kolktata, and left a trail of destruction so big that survivors are struggling to come to terms with it. The toll is likely to go up as the rescue teams are yet to reach much of the badly-hit areas in the South and North 24-Parganas districts, where thousands of people have been rendered homeless after their houses collapsed. In Kolkata, the cyclone uprooted more than 5,000 trees. The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport has its runways flooded. Residents faced power blackout and patchy mobile networks. In Mumbai returnee dies of Covid in Chavakkad E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Thrissur AMID rising Covid-19 cases after the return of Malayalis from abroad and other states, Kerala recorded its fourth death due to the coronavirus infection late on Thursday . Khadeeja, 73, a native of Kadappuram, was under treatment at the Chavakkad Taluk Hospital. She suffered from acute respiratory disorder, diabetes and other health issues. DMO K J Reena said, “Her health was deteriorating and there were plans to shift her to the medical college hospital. But she died before that, with the sample results coming in only in the evening.” Khadeeja had gone to Mumbai, where her daughter stays, around three months ago and returned on May 18. Even though she was issued a pass to enter the state through Walayar on May 22, Khadeeja — along with three others — were allowed entry as her health condition was deteriorating. On May 20, she was admitted to the Chavakkad Taluk Hospital where she breathed her last. “Since swab samples were taken for the Covid test, the body was kept at the mortuary at Chavakkad following all protocols,” said an official. Her whereabouts after she entered the state are yet to be figured out as her co-travellers were Perinthalmanna natives. The lack of a route map will pose a challenge to the health authorities. With the confirmation of the Covid infection, the funeral will be held according to protocol. The district administration will trace the contacts of the deceased and her son, who had taken her to the hospital. An official said that the ambulance driver and his son were already under observation. Howrah, the urban pockets were mainly damaged as trees got uprooted and light posts got twisted. ‘’I have never seen such a disaster before. Union Home minister Amit Shah called me to assess the extent of damage.’’ West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said. She estimated the extent of damage to be around `1 lakh crore. In the low-lying areas of South 24-Parganas district, from where about 3.5 lakh people were evacuated, hundreds of villages have been flooded. The district’s delta region, where 35 people were killed, was limping back to normalcy after being hit by cyclone Fani in May last year. The devastation wrought by Amphan has not only swept away their livelihood, but also the courage to Phase 2 evacuation stretched till June 13 New Delhi: The Railways will open its reservation counters at select stations for booking of only reserved tickets from Friday. It will also allow booking of reserved tickets from Common Service Centres and agents. New Delhi: The second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, to bring back Indians stranded abroad has been stretched until June 13 and this would be followed by the third phase, the Centre said on Thursday. 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF THIRUVANANTHAPURAM EXPRESS have no idea about the extent of damages there. In East Midnapore district at least 1.15 lakh people have been left homeless. ‘’I have a five bighas of land which have been flooded with saline water. I know, I will not be able to produce crop there for next one decade,’’ said Bhagirath Naskar with tears rolling down his cheek. “I used to work has been flattened. Mu mud-hut collapsed. Now I have no land to produce crop and no home to live,’’ said Sheikh Abdul Rezzak, a father of three in the North 24-Parganas district. In neighbouring Odisha, about 44.80 lakh people have been affected by it. The cylone flattened many houses and uprooted thousands of trees. Cases spike, Kerala plans pause in issuing road passes to NRKs KERALA CASE DIARY 24 690 cases reported on Thursday cases have been confirmed so far 510 177 have recovered under treatment 4 deaths + 1 Mahe native died in Kannur 97 IndiGo repatriation flights from Gulf Kochi: IndiGo on Thursday said it has been authorised to operate 97 repatriation flights from Gulf countries to Kerala, making it the first private airline to start international commercial operations to India after government’s ban on March 22. P2 EXPRESS READ Railway reservation counters to open today fight back. “I was counting every moment during the six-hour storm. When I returned to my village, I saw my thatched roof house was reduced to a heap of rubble. My small fishing boat, the only tool that I had to secure my bread and butter, was swept away,’’ said Gopal Maity of Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas district. A large number of people living in South 24-Parganas’ worst-hit areas are either fishermen or depend on the fisheries to earn a livelihood. With the cyclone destroying their homes and livelihood, thousands have nowhere to go. Since the rescue teams are yet to reach the Sunderbans islands, the state governments University exams in first week of June T’Puram: University examinations in the state will be held in the first week of June. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel with the vice-chancellors of various state universities. P5 PEOPLE planning to take domestic flights from May 25 need not fret about abnormally high fares and the possibility of quarantine at the destination, as the Centre has capped the cost and decided to ease quarantine norms. While there was some speculation about service providers charging exorbitant fares, the ministry is yet to officially announce the resumption of the ticket booking process from May 25. Announcing its price band computed on the basis of the flight duration, the aviation ministry said it has studied equivalent rail fares on the routes while capping airfares. For example, on the DelhiMumbai sector where the journey time is 90-120 minutes, the minimum and maximum fares will be `3,500 and `10,000, respectively . In all, there will be seven sectors (see box). Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said airlines will have to sell at least 40% seats at the midpoint between the lowest and the highest fare. To start with, services will begin on all routes with onethird capacity. For example, for operations from metros PLAN YOUR TRAVEL Min Class of sectors fare (H) A: Under 40 mins 2,000 B: 40-60 mins 2,500 C: 60-90 mins 3,000 D: 90-120 mins 3,500 E: 120-150 mins 4,500 F: 150-180 mins 5,500 G 180-210 mins 6,500 Max fare (H) 6,000 7,500 9,000 10,000 13,000 15,700 18,600 like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad to metro cities, 1/3rd capacity of the summer schedule has been approved. For metro to non-metro operations and vice-versa, where weekly departures are greater than 100, the government allowed one-third of approved schedule capacity But if the weekly . departures are less than 100, airlines are free to operate any routes that work up to 1/3rd of the approved capacity . According to an estimate, the country had an average daily operation of over 7,000 flights before lockdown. When flying resumes from May 25, initially about 2,300 flights are expected to operate. Speaking on the quarantine issue, the minister said, “The quarantine issue will be dealt with in a pragmatic manner. For instance, if I go to Kerala, then I will have to be in quarantine for 14 days. When I come back, will I be sent to quarantine again for 14 days? This is not practical.” However, the Assam government insisted on subjecting all arrivals to quarantine. Puri also said that under the revised standard operating procedures (SOPs), symptomatic passengers will not be allowed to travel at all. No point in keeping middle seat vacant As this newspaper reported on Thursday, there is no proposal to keep the middle seat in flights vacant. “Even if the seat is kept vacant, the social distancing norm is not met and then we also had to balance between the interest of flyers and commercial viability of the airlines,” Union minister Hardeep Puri reasoned Aarogya Setu app mandatory for flying All passengers have to show their status on their Aarogya Setu app. Those who don’t have the app will be sent to a counter to download it. Under-14s exempt from the app D I L E E P V K U M A R @ T’Puram WITH Kerala’s Covid-19 caseload increasing as more people among the returnees test positive, the government will reconsider the policy of issuing entry passes to NRKs from other states fearing that a massive spike might derail the ongoing p r e ve n t i o n a n d c o n t r o l measures. NRKs from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra form the majority of the people returning from red zones. As many as 64 cases have been reported among them — Tamil Nadu (30) and Maharashtra (34) — so far. Of them, the most positive cases were reported among those who arrived from Chennai and Mumbai. Considering these aspects, Biswanath Sinha, the special officer looking after inter-state and international travel, has recommended the government to restrict the entry of those coming from metropolitan cities. The government has already directed the Home Department and district collectors to initiate steps to restrict the entry of people coming from containment zones. “A discussion in this regard was held during the state-level assessment meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday. In that, Sinha cited the infectivity status of Thursday’s all new patients returnees All the 24 new infected persons on Thursday were returnees, either from abroad or other states. Fourteen of them came from foreign countries. With this, the number of returnees who tested positive has become 152. those coming from other states, especially hotspot areas. It was after that a decision to restrict the entry was taken,” a source told TNIE. Pinarayi too wants to restrict the entry of those coming from places with higher caseload as he believes the fresh wave of infections was triggered by returnees. He reiterated it during Wednesday’s media briefing and added that state would land in trouble if the current progression of Covid-19 caseload continues. “Considering the scenario, it’ll be better to delay giving passes to those coming from containment zones. They can be given passes to enter the state after some time,” Pinarayi is learnt to have told the meeting. The CM said that the state would never follow the policy of some other states which barred the entry of people coming from certain places. Sprinklr out, data now in C-DIT cloud: State to HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kochi Congress wins first round T’Puram: The Congress camp is elated that the LDF government has finally decided to remove the controversial US-based Sprinklr Inc from the handling of data of patients and people under surveillance for suspected Covid19. It was Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala who first came up with the allegation of a nexus between the company and the government. IN the wake of vehement criticism from the Congress-led Opposition and questions from the Kerala High Court on data security, the state government has decided to keep out Sprinklr — a US-based company — from the management of Covid-19 data. The government on Thursday informed the HC through an affidavit that the entire Covid-related data and the application for processing the same are being managed by C-DIT in its Amazon Web Services cloud space. The affidavit also stated that no employee of Sprinklr has any access to such data and that the only support the company provides is the updating of application based on the functional requirements suggested by the state, if such occasion arises. There was no transfer of data to third parties. The data collected is stored on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) account owned fully by C-DIT. Therefore, the apprehension of any adverse effect on national security was unwarranted, the affidavit said. It also said the state government had requested the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEIY) to direct the National Informatics Centre or an appropriate institution to provide details of the application available with them to meet the functional requirements of the state in connection with the Covid-19 containment. ● More on P4
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