CHENNAI TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 PEERLESS & EVERGREEN CHAMPION 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. ■ ■ ■ 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. 5 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 THERMAL SCREENING ENTRY GATE A thermal sensor at the Bengaluru airport takes the body temperature of each passenger before allowing entry | MEGHANA SASTRY FULL SANITISATION A passenger shows her e-ticket to a security officer at the Chennai airport on Monday | DEBADATTA MALLICK POST-ARRIVAL An aircraft is being santised at the Bhubaneswar airport. All aircraft have to be disinfected before every departure and after arrival Chaos, confusion at airports as domestic services begin, loads of flights cancelled Chennai airport welcomes flyers to all-new experience 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 kept in the dark about the decision. 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 enough. 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 procedures. 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 for operations, 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 a 14day quarantine also led to a lukewarm response from travellers. Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that 532 flights operated on M o n d ay c a r r y i n g 39,231 passengers. Many air passengers took to Twitter to air their woes. A flier 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 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 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 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 .” Dr Sreedevi C, a PG student at Hyderabad’s Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, is worried as she won’t be able to report for the start of the PG programme on time. “We reached the Bengaluru airport at 5.30 am for the 8 am flight (AI 516), but our flight was cancelled. If they had informed us through SMS or mail, we would have booked tickets through another airline. It is tough to get a PG seat in medicine. We now stand to lose it for no fault of ours,” she rued. NCERT suggests calibrated reopening of schools after lockdown, higher classes first S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi 15,000 exam centres 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 nationwide lockdown is lifted. Sources told this newspaper 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 actual student strength be allowed in each class on a given day to ensure physical distanc- The CBSE will conduct the pending Class 10 and 12 board exams at 15,000 centres across the country instead of 3,000 centres planned earlier, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced on Monday. The number of centres has been significantly increased to ensure greater physical distancing between students at all times TN TALLY CROSSES 17K-MARK The State witnessed 7 Covid-19 deaths on the day taking the toll to 118. As many as 11,835 samples were tested | P2 Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda landed in a controversy on Monday after flouting Karnataka’s mandatory quarantine rules. He arrived at the Bengaluru airport from New Delhi, claimed exemption and drove away in his car. P5 Later, he chaired a meeting at Vidhana Soudha Evacuees from abroad add to country’s high viral load E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi W.H.O. STOPS HCQ TRIALS AMID WORRY OVER ADVERSE EFFECTS into three digits — 102. 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 of them are under quarantine. Many of the returnees were from countries with high viral load. Nationwide, there were 77,103 active cases on Monday . The World Health Organization (WHO) temporarily suspended global clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine (HCQ) as a potential treatment for Covid19 as a precautionary measure. The decision came after COVID-19 BATTLE Ranipet 4 Tiruvannamalai 11 805 7 MORE SUCCUMB ing norms, it suggested. “Depending on how it pans out, educational institutions in other parts can then also be gradually opened at least for older children,” said an NCERT official. The NCERT 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 of,” ficial added. The Council also recommended a brief online training programme for teachers on the precautions they need to take in the changed scenario. 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 their risk assessment and preparedness,” said an official. Krishnagiri 1 Theni 2 Virudhunagar 4 Kanniyakumari 2 PEOPLE RETURNED FROM OTHER STATES Cases on Monday: Maharashtra 87 Kerala 2 Andhra Pradesh 1 Gujarat 3 IT was business as ‘unusual’ at the Chennai airport on Monday when the first domestic flight in two months took off to sky from here. In what could be the beginning of a new normal, behind-the-glass security personnel, no-contact frisking and flight attendants donning PPEs welcomed flyers to an all-new experience. The first flight, a Delhi-bound IndiGo with 116 passengers, took off at 6. 40 am. It was originally scheduled to have 120 passengers but four of them could not make it as they were taken for medical check-up. The Day-1 witnessed as many as 35 flights with over 2,300 passengers flying in and out. However, confusion and chaos pre- 41 flights vailed for several hours as airlines can- today celled several schedules without inti- Chennai airport mating the passengers. The most authorities said disappointed were people who had a total of 41 booked tickets to Mumbai and flights, Ahmedabad as the State government including both decided not to allow any flights to and inbound and from Maharashtra and Gujarat, which outbound, have a r e h a r d h i t by t h e C ov i d - 1 9 been scheduled pandemic. for Tuesday A total of 16 flights landed in the city while 19 took off, despite an earlier Safety kit schedule for 34 departures. Many for flyers among the 15 cancelled departures Flyers were were destined for Mumbai and Delhi. provided with a The first arrival was an Air Asia flight kit consisting carrying 29 passengers from Delhi at of face shield, 8.15 am. Meanwhile, flight services to mask and Thoothkudi and Tiruchy from here sanitiser. could not be resumed due to fewer Instructions number of passengers. The airports at were given by Coimbatore, Madurai and Por t flight Blair too operated domestic flights on attendants the day . donning PPEs Quarantine seal The arrived passengers had to undergo thermal scanning and leave their phone numbers with the authorities. They also underwent a medical check-up. The passengers were stamped with a ‘Quarantine’ seal mentioning the date of their arrival with indelible ink before being allowed to move out. The passengers were let go only after they showed e-passes to CISF personnel at the gate. Special counters were arranged at the airP4 port for those without e-passes. the publication last week of a study in the Lancet indicating that the use of HCQ on Covid19 patients could increase their likelihood of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference on Monday. US President Donald Trump was recently pilloried for taking HCQ as a prophylactic. In India, a panel last week recommended HCQ’s controlled use as preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers in nonCovid-19 hospitals, frontline staff and paramilitary/police personnel. ENS VIRAL LOVE STORY Couple ties knot at TN-KL border Tiruvallur 36 Chennai 548 Kancheepuram 19 Chengalpattu 54 Dharmapuri 1 Tiruchy 1 Thiruvarur 1 Thanjavur 1 Ramanathapuram 5 Thoothukudi 1 Tirunelveli 1 Airport quarantine - 5 Railway quarantine - 15 C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai GOWDA SKIPS QUARANTINE, CHAIRS MEET A part of the active coronavirus cases that are galloping nationwide, comes from Indians stranded abroad who were evacuated recently during the ongoing Vande Bharat 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. 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. In Karnataka, three Vande Bharat arrivals tested positive on Monday taking the total infec, tion count among repatriates Passengers filling up self-declaration forms specifying their travel history upon arrival in Coimbatore, before quarantine | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Theni HEALTHY BOND Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday called on Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at a hospital in Chennai. The Deputy CM went to the hospital on May 24 for a master health check-up THERE was no nadaswaram or flower shower, just a handful of family members and officials. Stranded on either side of the interstate border at Kumily were Prasanth of Cumbum and Kayathri of Kottayam in Kerala. Their marriage was fixed a few months ago. Invites were also sent for the ceremony slated for May 24 at Valadi in Kerala. When on March 24, Prime Minister Modi’s face flashed on television sets across the country to announce the nationwide lockdown, parents of the prospective couple thought it would not alter their plans. Then came the wave after wave of lockdown extensions. Prasanth applied for an e-Pass to enter Kerala, but it was turned down. Left with no other option, the families of the bride and the groom on Sunday congregated at the Kumily border, where Prasanth and Kayathri tied the knot. As Prasanth did not have an e-Pass, he was set to return to his native village in K Pudupatti alone. However, the Theni collector came to know about the wedding and immediately ordered the officials to issue an e-Pass to Kayathri to allow her entry into Tamil Nadu, after COVID-19 test.
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