TWITTER KOCHI l MONDAY l JUNE 01, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION SAMOSA DIPLOMACY TO BOOST INDIA-AUSTRALIA RELATIONS Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday tweeted pictures of samosas and mango chutney he made at home ‘SCOMOSAS’ MADE FROM THE SCRATCH Morrison shared the pictures days ahead of his video meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he would have liked to share the popular snack with the Indian leader. “Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch – including the chutney! A pity my meeting with @ narendramodi this week is by videolink. They’re vegetarian...” he tweeted ■ June 4 CONNECTED BY OCEAN, UNITED BY SNACK ■ PM Modi replied that the two countries are “Connected by the Indian Ocean, united by the Indian Samosa!” Morrison was scheduled to visit India in January but it was postponed to May due to the wildfires in Australia. Now, it has been converted into a virtual summit due to the pandemic WHEN MODI AND MORRISON WILL MEET THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCE 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 Which state is doing what to ease lockdown Here’s a look at the decisions taken by a few states on the way forward for Lockdown 5.0. Maharashtra alone has not opened up in a big way, which is understandable because its viral load is the highest in the country I N T E R - A N D I N T R A - S TAT E M O V E M E N T Bar lifted on movement of people and goods in Karnataka, Telangana; no special pass needed. Karnataka health dept to issue SOP on inter-state movement of people. In Maharashtra, intra-state and intra-district travel allowed only on emergency. In West Bengal, to be allowed from June 1 BARBER SHOPS/ SALONS/ SPA To remain shut ENTRY TO PARKS in Maharashtra; can open l Open in Rajasthan, but not if it has a elsewhere, place of worship within l In Maharashtra, including outdoor physical activity like exercising, Rajasthan, cycling, jogging, running permitted in public Assam, UP places between 5 am and 7 pm from June 3 PLACES OF WORSHIP To be open in Karnataka from June 8; to remain shut in TN, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Assam LADAKH CLASH HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, HOSPITALITY SERVICES, SHOPPING MALLS TO BE ALLOWED TO FUNCTION IN KARNATAKA, U.P. FROM JUNE 8. NO PLAN TO OPEN THEM IN MAHARASHTRA International air travel, Metro Rail, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums No decision on opening in Karnataka; to stay closed in Rajasthan TRAINS START OPERATIONS TODAY E D U C AT I O N A L I N S T I T U T I O N S MORE THAN 1.45 Karnataka to take call after consultations with parents and LAKH PASSENGERS stakeholders, decision in July. Odisha puts off plan to TO TRAVEL ON DAY reopen schools from mid-June. No plan yet to open 1. JHARKHAND, them in Maharashtra, Assam, Tamil Nadu. School, ANDHRA, colleges to remain closed in UP till July 20 MAHARASHTRA ROADSIDE TEA SHOPS, STREET HAWKERS CAN FUNCTION IN MOST PLACES, INCLUDING RAJASTHAN GOVT, PVT OFFICES 200 SPECIAL WORK FROM HOME Encouraged in all private offices across India Can function with full capacity in Rajasthan; with just 15% and 10% staff in Maharashtra EXPRESS RESERVATIONS ABOUT RUNNING OF TRAINS AND STOPPAGES. THE MATTER IS BEING DISCUSSED MSMES Can engage full workforce from June 1 in West Bengal; already allowed to function elsewhere CONTAINMENT ZONES Lockdown to remain in force in till June 30 across India OUTSIDE CONTAINMENT ZONES Lockdown extended till June 7 in most states, including Karnataka, Telangana, J&K; extended for two weeks till June 15 in West Bengal NIGHT ‘CURFEW’ Movement of people restricted between 9 pm and 5 am across India. No shops/ establishments, except hospitals and pharmacies, to remain open after 8 pm in Telangana ODISHA, KERALA Both states to reveal plans on Monday State enters 5th month of Covid fight; May witnesses 771 new cases and 7 deaths Border stand-off shifts to social media with video, photograph leaks Kerala stares at community spread; monsoon major cause for concern M AYA N K S I N G H & P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi D I L E E P V K U M A R @ T’Puram THE ongoing Sino-Indian tension shifted from land to social media on Sunday with leaks of a video and a photo purportedly of clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh on 5-6 May night. “The contents of the video being circulated are not authenticated. Attempt to link it with the situation on the northern borders is malafide,” the Army said. Ever since troops of the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army clashed on the northern flank of the Pangong Tso Lake, the PLA has entered areas that are inside the Indian claim line. A video showing a large number of Indian security personnel on the banks of a lake, appeared on Twitter. The personnel were seen shouting and pointing towards a hill with a person, supposedly a PLA soldier, lying on ground and an Indian security person shielding him. In the next sequence people start shouting slogans. Both Indian Army and Indo Tibetan Border Police have presence in the area. Soon after, two Twitter handles shared a photo of Indian soldiers badly hurt and with legs of some of them tied with rope. Twitter handle @OedoSoldier tweeted it around afternoon, which was picked up by @dafengcao and it went viral. The two handles have contents largely associated with the PLA, China, which led to suspicion. KERALA CASE DIARY IT was on January 30 that Kerala reported its first coronavirus case, a medical student who returned from Chinese city of Wuhan being the first patient. As the state’s fight against Covid-19 enters fifth month, bigger challenges including the threat of community transmission await Kerala, especially since the inflow of returnees is set to continue. With monsoon to set in, the Health Department is sure to come under added pressure. The month of May was strenuous for Kerala as 771 positive cases and seven deaths were reported. Sixteen healthcare workers, three policemen, four prisoners and nine airline crew members contracted the virus during the month. The total confirmed cases rose to 1,269. “The fact is that nobody knows what happens next. There are some projections, but they can’t be revealed as they’re based on mere assumptions. The state is well equipped to deal with any situation though,” said an officer of the state rapid response cell for Covid-19. The second wave began and cases spiked after NRKs who 61 cases reported on Sunday 1,269 cases have been confirmed so far 669 under treatment 590 have recovered so far 10 deaths came back from abroad and other states started testing positive, but the officer said Kerala should not make a big issue out of the returnees’ infection as the current facilities are more than enough to give them quality care. But, the officer added, it is a matter of concern when those in room quarantine violate the norms and mingle first with members in their families and then others in the society, leaving clusters of cases. Dr A Sukumaran, who served as state epidemiologist, said: “Cases will continue to spike. Since people are now more aware and authorities concerned are intervening, incidents of local transmission might drop. But community transmission may happen though not become a threat.” Dr Anish T S of Community Medicine Department, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, said community transmission may happen anytime soon considering that there is a spurt in cases. “As per predictions, cases will peak, but a real surge will happen in September/October. Lockdown is not the solution to check the virus spread. But then, we can’t afford to get back to our normal societal behaviour. The key will be to follow a middle path,” said Anish. Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association general secret a r y D r G S Vi j ay akrishnan said that with the Centre announcing the ‘unlock’ plan, extra vigil is needed to plug gaps that trigger events and in turn put pressure on the ● More on P4 health system. Riyadh-returnee dies in Kozhikode, 10th victim in state Kozhikode: The state recorded its 10th Covid-19 death on Sunday with a 55-year-old woman succumbing to the virus at the Kozhikode Government Medical College Hospital. A native of Mavoor, Sulaikha had returned from Riyadh on May 25. Suffering from high blood pressure, she was prone to seizures and was admitted to the MCH on May 28. She suffered a cardiac arrest by 7.05 pm. Despite all attempts, she could not be revived and breathed her last at 7.20 pm. Her husband has also tested positive. Exemption for patient: Health min seeks report T’Puram: Following reports of a shocking lapse allegedly on the part of authorities at the Government Medical College Hospital here, in which a person who had arrived from abroad was allowed to go home after his swab samples were collected, Health Minister K K Shailaja sought a report from MCH superintendent M S Sharmad. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has sounded a yellow alert in nine districts on Monday, warning of heavy rain. Date Expected Average rainfall rainfall Departure May 29-June 04 124.9mm 67.7mm 84% excess June 05-11 60.7mm 66.4mm 9% drop June 12-18 51.5mm 58.6mm 12% drop June 19-25 48.4mm 52.0mm 7% drop Nisarga brewing, rain likely today, tomorrow E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram CYCLONIC storm ‘Nisarga’ brewing in the Arabian Sea, near Lakshadweep, is likely to bring widespread rain in the state on Monday and Tuesday . A low pressure area has formed over the southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area. It is likely to intensify into a depression during the next 24 hours and may become a cyclonic storm, resulting in 84 per cent excess rainfall for the state in the first week of June. However, Nisarga will not hit the state and is likely to move towards Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has suspended all fishing activities off the coast as strong wind with speed reaching 45-55 kmph and gusting at 65 kmph is likely to prevail along and off the Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area. The intensity of rain will come down after the first week of June as per the extended range forecast issued by the India Meteorological Department for four weeks. The KSDMA has also sounded a yellow alert in nine districts on Monday warning of heavy rain. , Trump to expand G7, give India seat at table WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF EDEX (TABLOID) @ New Delhi ‘ASPERSIONS AGAINST JUDICIARY A MARK OF INTOLERANCE’ While he did not take any names, his comments appear to be a response to forEXPRESSING concern over mer SC judge Madan B imputations against the ju- Lokur’s recent article on a diciary, especially through blog, which said the apex social media, Justice Sanjay court deserved an ‘F’ grade Kishan Kaul said on Sunday for the manner in which it such aspersions are handled the migrant a reflection of crisis. intolerance. Justice Kaul is Giving an online part of the SC bench lecture on ‘Freedom hearing the migrant of Speech in times issue. He observed of Covid-19 — Fake people are becoming news and misinforincreasingly intolmation’ organised erant of opinions Justice Sanjay by the MBA Acadethat don’t align with Kishan Kaul my and the Madras theirs. “So, people High Court Bar Association, who hold opposing views Justice Kaul said criticism may be called by each other of a view point or judgment as a ‘Modi Bhakt’ or an ‘Uritself is not the problem. ban Naxal’ or other labels,” “The issue arises when for- he said, adding that one has mer members of the institu- to learn to appreciate anothtion start making imputa- er’s point of view without tions and gradings.” agreeing with it. RAIN FORECAST EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi MINNEAPOLIS FIRE SINGES U.S. Smoke rises from a fire on a police cruiser in Center City during the Justice for George Floyd Philadelphia Protest on Saturday in Philadelphia, US. Floyd (L) died in Minneapolis police custody last week, after an officer pressed his knee into his neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air | AP | P9 INDIA may get a seat at an expanded G7 as US President Donald Trump wants to revamp the ‘outdated’ grouping. “I do not feel G7 properly re presents what is going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries. I would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall,” Trump told reporters. He also postponed the proposed ‘in-person’ G7 summit scheduled to be held at the White House this month to September. India is yet to respond to the ‘invitation’. Trump’s moves come in the wake of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to attend the in-person G7 meet amid the pandemic. Group of Seven is an international economic organization comprising 7 advanced nations — US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and UK. It holds annual meetings to discuss international economic coordination. FIRST BELL Schools reopen today, lessons to be telecast, delivered online U N N I K R I S H N A N S @ T’Puram YET another academic year is all set for a June 1 start and, like many times in the past, monsoon too is likely to set in on Monday. The sight of children walking in rain to schools on the first day would be missed this time around as they will be confined to their houses after the government decided to keep the schools shut in the wake of Covid-19 spread. But the students — 45 l a k h s t u dy i n g i n s t a t e run schools alone — will not miss out on their learning as classes will begin through virtual platforms —television and online — from Monday . CBSE schools and colleges will also begin online classes. The colleges have asked teachers staying in the same district to tur n up in person. KITE-VICTERS Channel, which functions under the General Education Department, will telecast learning sessions for classes 1 to 12, except 11. The sessions, named First Bell, will be from 8.30am to 5.30pm on week days. The duration of the sessions will vary from 30 minutes to two hours. The class teachers will be in touch with students on social media platforms or phone on a regular basis. VICTERS Channel is available on all cable and direct-tohome television networks. Classes will be also streamed online on YouTube and Sama● More on P4 gra portel.
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