MANGALURU TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION HOCKEY LEGEND BALBIR PASSES AWAY AT AGE OF 95 Winner of three Olympic gold medals succumbs to age-related complications in Mohali hospital BALBIR SINGH SR. 10 OCTOBER 1924 25 MAY 2020 MAJOR FORCE IN INDIA’S DOMINATION Balbir Singh Senior, as he was known, was in a semi-comatose state for days after being admitted to hospital on May 8. Tributes poured in from all corners of the sports world and society after his death. According to many, Balbir Sr was second only to Dhyan Chand in the golden era of Indian hockey, when the country enjoyed a monopoly over the Olympic gold. ■ 5 PEERLESS & EVERGREEN CHAMPION ■ ■ Balbir Sr was part of Olympic winning teams in 1948, 1952 and 1956. He was the India captain in the 1956 edition. Was manager of the Indian team which won the World Cup in 1975. Also coached the bronze-winning team of 1971. Only Indian among 16 Olympic legends chosen by IOC. SCRIPTED RECORD OF SCORING MOST GOALS IN AN OLYMPIC FINAL IN 1952 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 50 pc of flights cancelled at KIA, passengers fret EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru A passenger shows her e-ticket to a security officer at the Chennai airport on Monday | DEBADATTA MALLICK An aircraft is being santised at the Bhubaneswar airport Passengers filling up self-declaration forms specifying their travel history upon arrival in Coimbatore | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM Chaos, confusion at airports as domestic services begin, loads of flights cancelled 39,231 passengers took 532 flights, says Puri; but there were 630 cancellations, passengers not informed in advance EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE resumption of domestic flight operations on Monday after a two-month gap got off to a turbulent start with 630 flights being cancelled and passengers being kept in the dark about the cancellations. As a result, thousands of fliers across many cities were left in the lurch when they reached the airport, only to find out that their flights were not taking to the skies. “My flight was scheduled at 5.30 am and I reached the Delhi airport early. It was during the screening that the officials said my flight has been cancelled. I’ve come all the way from Faridabad and the next flight is tomorrow morning. I am still trying to figure out the procedure for it. I don’t have any relatives nearby, so I have to wait here,” said a passenger who did not wish to be named. Delhi reported the highest number of cancellations at 80. The IGI airport was scheduled to handle a total of 125 departures and 118 arrivals on Monday . While officials blamed states like West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh that withdrew their consent to allow flight operations at the last moment, sources said low passenger load factor was also a major factor for cancellations. An industry source said many flights were carrying less than 80 passengers. The decision by states to enforce 14-day quarantine also led to a lukewarm response from travellers. Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that 532 flights operated on Monday carrying as many as 39,231 passengers. Many air passengers took to Twitter to air their woes. A passenger from Mumbai, Devendra Nath Tripathi, tweeted, “AI 809 cancelled without notice from Mumbai.. kindly confirm the next schedule.. there is total anarchy at Mum Airport.. no announcement no water no toilet. What is the GOI doing ??” The scene was no different in Bengaluru. M Raja, a porter from Kolar, said, “I started at 12 am last night to reach Bengaluru early in the morning for a flight to Goa by Air Asia. My 10-year-son is in Goa. I have also booked a return ticket from Goa today at 2 pm by Indigo. Only when I reached the airport did Air Asia let me know my flight was cancelled. I’ve spent `4,570 to book onward tickets and `9,413 for return tickets. Now Air Asia will keep my money in a credit account. If I cancel my Indigo ticket, I will get `2,500 only .” In Jaipur, the airport administration had made a schedule of 20 flights on Monday, but only eight operated. SADANANDA GOWDA SKIPS QUARANTINE, STOKES ROW A N U S H A R AV I @Bengaluru Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda landed in a controversy on Monday for flouting mandatory quarantine rules announced by the Karnataka Government. The minister, who arrived at the Bengaluru airport from New Delhi, claimed exemption and drove away in his car even as his co-passengers were sent to mandatory institutional quarantine. Later in the day, he even chaired a meeting at Vidhana Soudha where a host of officials as well as Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayana and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar were present. The Karnataka Government’s Standard Operating Procedure, dated May 22, mandates seven-day institutional quarantine for people returning from high-risk states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh followed by home quarantine for another seven days. Gowda claimed that he was exempted from institutional quarantine since he heads the pharma ministry. “I am heading the pharma ministry We are responsible for . providing medicines to every state. I come under exemptions in the SOP — pharma is excluded at the central and state level,” he told the media. P2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi I am heading the Pharma Ministry. We are responsible for providing medicines to every state. I come under exemptions in the SOP — pharma is excluded at the central and state level. — D V Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister NCERT for calibrated reopening of schools after lockdown S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE NCERT, tasked by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to come up with guidelines to reopen schools across India, has suggested secondary and higher secondary students be allowed in classrooms from mid-July if , the lockdown is lifted. Sources said that the NCERT, in its draft recommendations submitted to MHRD, has said schools in green and orange zones can resume Classes 8 to 12 after the summer vacations. However, only one-third of the student actual strength be allowed in each class on a given day to ensure physical distancing nor ms, it suggested. “Depending on how it pans out, educational institutions in other parts can then also be gradually opened at Oli again blames India for Nepal’s increasing coronavirus infections Amid rising tensions over border cartography and the Nepalese government releasing a new map claiming Indian territories as its, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Monday appeared to blame India for the rising cases of coronavirus in his country. This is the second time Oli has blamed India for the rising viral load in Nepal. “Fatality in Nepal is less in comparison to other countries of South Asia. Those coming from India are coming in without proper checking, which has contributed to the further spread of COVID-19,” Oli said. At 79, Nepal registered its highest increase in cases on Monday. Last Tuesday, Oli had used a sharper tone while addressing his Parliament. “The Indian virus is more lethal than the Chinese or the Italian virus,” he alleged. ENS least for older children,” said an NCERT official. The NCERT was also suggested that primary and upper primary classes not be allowed in schools till things normalise. “It is not practical to expect young children to wear face cover all the time, maintain hand hygiene or observe physical distancing norms diligently,” the official added. Evacuees from abroad add to high viral load The Council also recommended a brief online training programme for teachers on the precautions they need to take. MHRD officials said a final call on NCERT’s recommendations will be taken only after getting a go-ahead from the health and home ministries. “Our guidelines will be advisory in nature and states can decide their own protocols based on risk assessment and preparedness,” said an official. A part of the active coronavirus cases that are galloping nationwide, comes from Indians stranded abroad who were evacuated recently during the o n g o i n g Va n d e B h a r a t mission. Their figures are not as big as that of the hapless migrants who went back to their villages and tested positive, but the infection count is steadily rising. Take Kerala. Of the 10,011 people who returned through seaports and airports ever since the evacuation began on May 7, as many as 151 have tested positive for the virus. In Karnataka, three Vande Bharat arrivals tested positive on Monday taking the total in, fection count among repatriates into three digits — 102. Tamil Nadu, which is hassled by the steady rise in coronavirus — 8,230 active cases on Monday — counts 81 of them as repatriates, one reason why it is wary of opening the skies for domestic flights and insists on home quarantine of arriving fliers. The other big figure state is Andhra Pradesh, with 62 of the 1,169 evacuees testing positive, 45 of them on Monday alone. Of the 62 fliers, 41 had returned from Kuwait, three from Qatar and one from Saudi Arabia. The situation elsewhere is comparatively better with Madhya Pradesh at 48 cases, Telangana 28, Haryana 22, Odisha 7, Punjab 4 and Assam 1. For states, tracking these numbers is fairly easy as all are under quarantine. Many of the returnees were from countries with high viral load. Nationwide, there were 77,103 active cases on Monday . THE first domestic departure from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), an Air Asia flight, left for Ranchi in Jharkhand at 5.33 am on Monday 18 minutes behind sched, ule. On board were 176 passengers, including three infants. Most of those who left by the first flight were IT professionals who plan to work from home in their hometowns. The first incoming flight from Chennai, an Indigo flight (6E 6987) carrying over 150 passengers, arrived at 8.05 am, about 30 minutes late. Chaos prevailed throughout the day due to cancellation of flights. By noon, 22 departing flights and 20 incoming flights stood cancelled. The huge display boards at both the arrival and departure zones were dominated by red, indicating cancelled flights. The revised number of flights to be operated on Monday was changed to 60 departures and 54 arrivals by 10 am from the initially planned 95 arrivals and an equal number of departures. By the end of the day airport operator Ban, galore International Airport Limited said, “The airport registered 74 air traffic movements — 43 departures and 31 arrivals. In all, 74 flights were cancelled.” The operator did not give out any further details. With Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeting late on Sunday that states across the country will resume domestic flight services on Monday, except Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, cancellations seemed imminent on Monday. In a second tweet, he had added that there will be limited flights from Mumbai. Neither the airlines nor BIAL had any clue till 10 pm about which flights would operate and which would not. Flights to Vijayawada, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mangaluru and Agartala were among those cancelled. Incoming flights on similar routes as well as Kochi were also cancelled. BIAL CEO Hari Marar said, “Neither the airport nor the airlines can be blamed for it. Respective state governments took the decision late and hence the cancellations. These are initial teething problems and most of our operations were smooth.” Air India staff at the airport came in for much criticism and abuse from passengers who gathered outside its cubicle for not alerting flyers about the cancelled 8 am flight to Hyderabad (AI 0-516). CONTINUED ON: P5 A thermal sensor at the Bengaluru airport takes the body temperature of each passenger before allowing entry | MEGHANA SASTRY K ’ TA K A C O V I D B AT T L E 705 44 Total Recoveries so far 2,182 Total Cases as on Monday Total Deaths 93 Test Positive on Monday With the positive count dipping, containment zones shrink in Davanagere Tumakuru’s rural areas hit by Covid-19 after people return from Bengaluru Designated hospital in Tumakuru district starts trial tests Udupi district continues to see spike in cases, as 32 test positive on Monday EXPRESS READ SETTING AN EXAMPLE HC orders seizure of LG Polymers plant B’luru emerges Model City in Covid-19 management Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday ordered the seizure of the premises of LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam. Toyota plant to restart today New Delhi: Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Monday said it will resume manufacturing operations at its Bidadi plant from Tuesday. B O S K Y K H A N N A @Bengaluru AS the country struggles to contain Covid-19, Bengaluru and its health officials have earned praise. The Central Government has recognised Bengaluru as a model city in Covid-19 management. The city shares the crown with Jaipur, Indore and Chennai. While Bengaluru took the cue from Kerala in contact trac- PRAISE FACTORS Swift declaration of containment zones Establishment of fever clinics and Covid-19 hospitals Use of technology and field staff in contact tracing Creating teams of medical experts for better treatment Bengaluru followed Kerala model in contact tracing ing, which they had done during Nipah and Covid-19, no city from Kerala was put on the privileged list. The tech-capital was appreciated for the methods adopted in ensuring that the graph did not rise, by using technology to the optimum. Bengaluru was also appreciated on how the cases have been handled and the treatment methods. Government officials here are now sharing their success story with other cosmopolitan cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Ahmedabad. State Health Minister B Sriramulu was informed of this on Monday morning by the Centre. Bengaluru till Monday saw 274 positive cases with 149 discharges and nine deaths. The City has a population of 1.3 crore and the BBMP has created 23 containment zones. P5
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