MADURAI SATURDAY JUNE 06, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION TIRUMALA TEMPLE TO REOPEN FOR DARSHAN NEXT WEEK Entry only for 6,000 devotees per day when the shrine reopens on June 11, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams said SALE OF ONLINE TICKETS FROM MONDAY NO THEERTHAM, PRASADAM DISTRIBUTION Darshan will commence at 6.30 am and end at 7.30 pm every day. Online ticket sales will begin on Monday. For each day, a total of 3,000 special darshan tickets, each priced at `300, will be available for sale on TTD’s website. Another 3,000 tickets can be purchased offline from designated places in Tirupati, including Alipiri at the foothills of Tirumala ■ ■ ■ All Covid-19 precautions, including social distancing, will be followed. TTD will verify the travel history of all devotees Those living in containment zones, people aged above 65 years and below 10 years will not be allowed to enter the shrine For now, there will be no prasadam distribution or theertham `500 cr REVENUE LOSS FOR THE TEMPLE AS A RESULT OF THE LOCKDOWN 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 Most schemes put on ice for this fiscal to cut cost `20-lakh crore Aatmanirbhar Bharat package won’t be affected ON THE HIT LIST A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi MONSOON EFFECT It is that time of the year when fluffy rainclouds descend from the skies to go on months-long tryst with the underlying western ghats. Clicked in Coimbatore | A RAJA CHIDAMBARAM In U-turn, HC lets airlines fill up middle seats as well EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IN a U-turn, the Bombay High Court on Friday allowed airlines to let passengers occupy the middle seats in flights. The court’s ruling comes days after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on May 31 directed airlines to keep the middle seats empty to the maximum possible extent to maintain social distancing aboard. “Flight operators shall allow passengers to occupy the middle seat strictly in compliance with the circular dated May 31, 2020 and all circulars and guidelines issued from time to time by the concerned authorities,” the court said. The court was ruling on a plea filed by an Air India pilot Deven Kanani claiming that the airline was not following the safety precaution of keeping the middle seats vacant. The court had earlier, in May, asked the airline to keep the middle seats vacant. Friday’s order comes after the court took note of a report by an expert panel of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which said Covid-19 does not spread through the mere touch of a person who is a carrier of the virus, unless droplets from the mouth or nose of that person come into contact with the hands, mouth or nose of a noninfected person. The committee said if passengers wear protective gear, the risk of virus spread can be greatly minimised. TN deputes 5 ministers to check COVID-19 relief work in Chennai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai WITH 1,116 fresh cases, Chennai pushed Tamil Nadu’s daylong tally to a new high of 1,438 on Friday The toll in the State, . too, went up to 232, with 12 deaths in the 40-90 age group. Chennai alone accounts for 19,826 cases, which is 69 per cent of the State’s total of 28,694. To handle Chennai’s unabated spike, the State government has deputed five senior Ministers to oversee relief work in 15 Corporation zones. Each of the ministers will be in charge of specified zones to ensure smoother operations: D Jayakumar (Madhavaram, Tondiarpet, Royapuram), KP Anbalagan DEATHS FRESH CASES 12 1,438 @Chennai ECONOMIC ripples of the Covid-19 pandemic have hit the world of cricket. The boards of Australia, Pakistan and the West Indies have either announced salary cuts for players and staff or working on cutting cost. The BCCI has not announced any pay cuts yet. Nor is it thinking of laying off staff. Other than players and coaches, the board has around 100 persons of beds and shifting of patients from one hospital to another. Vijaya Baskar also said, “The Indian Council for Medical Research gave approval to start BCG vaccine trial to protect the vulnerable age group (over 60). The government will begin the trial within a couple of days. The study will focus on the vaccine’s potential in reducing the chance of deaths in the vulnerable group.” He also denied allegations that the State was not revealing the correct number of cases and deaths. “We have not reduced the number of samples being tested. On Friday 15,692 samples were test, ed,” he said. Z O N E S U N D E R W AT C H D Jayakumar (Madhavaram, Tondiarpet, Royapuram) KP Anbalagan (Adyar, Perungudi, Sholinganallur) R Kamaraj (Anna Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam) RB Udhayakumar (Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram) MR Vijayabhaskar (Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur). ACTIVE CASES 12,697 TALLY 28,694 DISCHARGED 861 TAD SHORT OF 10K DAILY CASES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi INDIA appears to be within kissing distance of the daily Covid-19 cases reaching five figures, as fresh infections spiked in the past 24 hours to 9,851 on Friday . The country also saw 273 new infection-related fatalities since Thursday morning, taking the toll to 6,348. While India now has 1.10 lakh active cases of infection, 1.09 lakh patients have been No pay cuts in BCCI yet AT R E Y O M U K H O PA D H YAY (Adyar, Perungudi, Sholinganallur), R Kamaraj (Anna Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam), RB Udhayakumkar (Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram) and MR Vijayabhaskar (Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur). The government has also planned a portal to give information about vacancies in Chennai’s private hospitals to help people check availability Speaking to re. porters through video conference, Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said the government would link 30 private hospitals and upload their bed occupancy status on a portal. The move comes after people complained about lack on its payrolls. “The BCCI has done some cost control after the elected office-bearers took charge last October. The process started before the pandemic. But there has been no pay cut or lay-off as of now. We have cut cost on other fronts like travel, hospitality etc,” said BCCI treasurer , Arun Dhumal. However, the BCCI might be forced to think of something else if the IPL is not held this year, considering that losses will run up to nearly P11 `3,500cr. cured. The number of overall confirmed cases is 2,26,770. The country is, worryingly , registering a gradual growth in disease incidence per million, which stands at over 157. Just a few days ago, this figure was around 110. A large chunk of India’s coronavirus cases — 1,48,637—is in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat. In Maharashtra, the situation is particularly concern- ing as the state has over 41,000 cases. Also, 2,170 patients have already died. The state recorded 123 deaths in the last 24 hours. In Delhi, where the handling of the Covid-19 situation has drawn national attention first due to misleading reporting of deaths and now due to the controversial decision not to test asymptomatic people, 44 new infection related deaths were recorded in a day . WITH the economy staring at a recession, the Centre has sought to squeeze its expenditure by directing ministries not to initiate any new scheme for a year and put on ice various schemes already announced in the general budget. However, the `20-lakh crore Aatmnirbhar Bharat package will continue unimpeded. While schemes announced in the budget and cleared by the Department of Expenditure will not be suspended, those at the stage of in-principle approval without fund release have been shelved. “No new proposal for a scheme/sub scheme, whether under delegated powers to the administrative ministry including SFC (Standing Finance Committee) proposal, or through EFC (Expenditure Finance Committee), should be initiated this year except the proposals announced under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana or the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package and any other special package/announcement,” said the Department of Expenditure (DoE) in an office memorandum dated June 4. AT KEEZHADI Farmer tilling land damages burial urn EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Sivaganga A burial urn containing human bones was accidentally unearthed by a farmer on Friday from his land in a Keezhadi cluster village of Konthagai. However, the ur n got damaged by an earthmover used to dig the ground. Following sugarcane harvest last season, the farmer, Kathiresan had decided to take up coconut cultivation. On F riday, he hired an earthmover to dig pits on his land located 200 metres from the excavation site. It was when the earthmover dug the ground that a portion of the urn got damaged. The workers immediately alerted the Archaeology Department, following which a team led by Deputy Director R Sivanandan collected the bones. It is to be noted that six burial urns were unearthed in March at Konthagai. Damaged by an earthmover An earthmover hired by the farmer to dig pits to plant coconut saplings on his land damaged a portion of the urn Redevelopment of four stations and operation of 150 passenger trains through PPP mode `18,600 crore Bengaluru Suburban Transportation project Introduction of more Tejas type trains to connect iconic tourist destinations `99,300 crore outlay for educational sector in FY21 `20,000 crore outlay for renewable energy sector Kisan Rail PPP project for cold supply chain to transport perishable goods Proposed expansion of PM Kusum Scheme to help 20 lakh farmers set up solar pumps Allocation to states for clean air projects Krishi Udaan scheme by Civil Aviation Ministry to transport agri-products to national and international destinations Developing 100 more airports by 2024 to support Udaan scheme `8,000 crore allocation over 5 years for National Mission on Quantum Technology Additional `69,000 crore funding in Union budget for the health sector `6,000 crore outlay for BharatNet programme to connect 1 lakh gram panchayat Any exception would require approval of the expenditure department. According to sources in the ministry of finance, the directive was issued after it was flooded with requests for approval for funds. “This does not mean all projects announced in the budget will be postponed. If the Department of Expenditure reviews it and clears it, it can still go. The purpose is to take up only that expenditure which is essential and of ur- `9,000 crore for welfare of senior citizens gent nature,” a senior official in the finance ministry explained. Regarding ongoing projects where funds have been released, their continuation “would be based on an outcome review based on evaluation”, the memo said. The belt-tightening was expected as the government is sensing a steep fall in revenue. It has already decided to raise an additional `4.2 lakh crore to take its borrowings to `12 lakh crore in the current fiscal. Need to capitalise banks for financing ease: RBI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ADMITTING that the economy took a much bigger hit than anticipated, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India harped on the need to ensure easier financing to revive it after the lockdown is lifted by capitalising banks, minutes of its meeting released on Friday revealed. “Given the enormity of a collapse in demand, the need is to move ahead full throttle to ease financing conditions further so as to revive consumption and revitalize investment. Since banks are the key players in financing consumption and investment, it is also imperative that they remain adequately capitalised,” RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said. Das added that the key challenge for monetary policy at this stage is to revive domestic demand to avoid any harmful effect on income and em- ployment in the short run and potential growth over the medium term. Others members felt that to be able to do so, banks must remain adequately capitalised. “For monetary policy actions to transmit fully to the credit market, it is important that banks remain well capitalised,” RBI’s executive director and new MPC member Janak Raj said. All MPC members felt that the impact of Covid on the economy was far severe than anticipated. One of them, RBI Deputy Governor Michael Debabrata Patra, felt it will take years for the damage to repair. “In fact, my view is that the damage is so deep and extensive that India’s potential output has been pushed down, and it will take years to repair,” Patra emphasised. The MPC meeting, scheduled from June 3 to 5 was advanced to May 20-22 in view of the deteriorating economic condition due to the lockdown to contain the coronavirus. SOME DISAGREEMENT ON REPO RATE CUT SIZE While the meeting decided to cut policy rates by 40 bps to 4%, there was some disagreement on the quantum. Chetan Ghate voted for 25 bps, saying big cut should be done when the economy starts reviving BY UNADAP Madurai girl declared ‘Goodwill Ambassador for the Poor’ SHOBANA RADHAKRISHNAN @ Madurai FOR M Nethra, money amounts to nothing unless it is used for serving the needy. It’s this belief that prompted her to make her father, a salon owner, spend his savings of `5 lakh on the hapless migrant labourers, who are hit hard by the Coronavirus-induced lockdown. International recognition came calling the 13-year-old girl as she was recognised as ‘Good Will Ambassador (GWA) for the Poor’ by United Nations Association for Development and Peace (UNADAP) on Friday Nethra’s . feat came as a double joy for her family as her father, C Mohan, a resident of Melamadai, was lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, broadcast on Sunday . The UNADAP recognition brings to the girl the opportunity to address the upcoming Civil Society forums at the UN conferences in New York and Geneva. “The position also brings the opportunity to speak to world leaders, academics, politicians and civilians and to encourage them reach out to the poorest of the poor,” reads a UNADAP communication, dated June 4. The girl has also been awarded the agency’s ‘DIXON Scholarship’ worth `1 lakh. Speaking to TNIE Nethra said, “Initially, we did not understand its significance. Our only intension was to help the poor. Now, the recognition has given me an added energy to serve the people.” Being an as- piring civil servant, she added that she felt honoured to address the world on ‘Alleviation of poverty’ at the UN Forum. Recalling the struggles, Nethra said that in 2013, a group of people had stolen all of her father’s money “It took us sev. en years to become stable and save `5 lakh for my higher studies,” she said, adding that she would continue serving the poor.
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