KOCHI l SATURDAY l JUNE 06, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l 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 C300, 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 A500 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 Restaurants, malls and places of worship to open on June 9 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram FROM Tuesday (June 9), devotees and faithful will be able to enter their respective places of worship, provided they bring a pen and are wearing a mask! The requirements are among the list of guidelines which the state government came out with on Friday, as it gave its nod for the opening of places of worship, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants in the state to the public from the day Chief . Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the decision was taken in accordance with the Centre’s guidelines. On Thursday the Centre had , released a set of instructions for opening various religious and commercial establishments from June 8. They included reduced seating capacity, adoption of contactless processes, among other things. As per the state’s guidelines, worship centres will record the name and phone number of every visitor, which would prove useful to the government if there is a need for contact tracing. The devotees and faithful should bring their own pen though. Those aged above 65 and below 10 years will not be allowed entry The devotees and . faithful also have to wear masks and wash hands before entering their respective places of worship. Hand sanitisers should be used when needed. Moreover, entry into the es- tablishments should be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis and people should stay sixfeet apart. They should also avoid touching idols and holy books. The number of visitors at a time would be 15 persons per 100 sq m, to a maximum of 100 people. Those with symptoms of any illness should not visit the worship centres. There should be separate entry and exit paths. Also, instead of tanks, water from taps should be used by the faithful to wash themselves before entering the shrine. If necessary, believers should bring their own mats or sheets. Distribution of free food and the first-feeding rituals of babies should be avoided. Baptisms can be done without contact. Distribution of prasadam and holy water should be avoided. If unavoidable, air conditioners can be used in 24-30 degree Celsius. Checklist RESTAURANTS must use disposable menu cards Home delivery has to be encouraged HOTELS: Self-declaration from guests on travel history, health mandatory Air conditioner has to be maintained in the range of 24-30 Celsius MALLS: Record name and phone number of visitors Only 50% occupancy allowed at food courts and restaurants Cinema halls not permitted Kids’ area must stay shut PLACES OF WORSHIP Faithful should refrain from touching holy books Temples should not conduct annadanam or choroonu Priests should perform baptism without coming into contact with infants Believers should take mats to mosques TAD SHORT OF 10,000 NEW 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 infectionrelated 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 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 concerning as the state has over 41,000 cases. Also, 2,170 patients have already died. Fresh cases cross 100-mark for the first time in state T’Puram: Single-day Covid-19 cases crossed 100mark for the first time in the state, with the number touching 111 on Friday. With community spread looming large, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the aim is to conduct as many as 15,000 antibody tests in a week. If the antibody test turns positive, RT-PCR test will be conducted to confirm the infection. The state has received 14,000 test kits from the ICMR. P4 KERALA CASE DIARY 111 cases reported on Friday 973 under treatment 712 cases have been confirmed so far 14 DEATHS @ T’Puram IF MONSOON COMES... A few people living near Panoorpuzha River at Kakkodi in Kozhikode load a boat on to a lorry. They had to hire a boat for evacuating local residents during the last two floods and this time, fearing the worst, they pooled in money and have bought the boat from a person at Vellayil Harbour well in advance | MANU R MAVELIL The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority issued yellow alert in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts for Saturday A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi 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. Any excep- ON THE HIT LIST Redevelopment of four stations and operation of 150 passenger trains through PPP mode C18,600 crore Bengaluru Suburban Transportation project Introduction of more Tejas type trains to connect iconic tourist destinations C 99,300 crore outlay for educational sector in FY21 C20,000 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 C 8,000 crore allocation over 5 years for National Mission on Quantum Technology Additional C 69,000 crore funding in Union budget for the health sector C6,000 crore outlay for BharatNet programme to connect 1 lakh gram panchayat tion 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- C9,000 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. Jumbo killing: Worker held, search on for estate owners Need to capitalise banks for financing ease: RBI 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 r e l e a s e d o n F r i d ay 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 con- @ Palakkad EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Monsoon was active in the state on Friday, especially in southern districts C20-lakh crore Aatmanirbhar Bharat package won’t be affected EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 1,699 have recovered so far Husband, 5 others held in rape case HOURS after a 24-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by a group of men with the help of her husband near Channankara, Kadinamkulam, the police on Friday arrested six offenders. Search is on to locate the remaining person, still at large. The husband hailing from Pothencodu — his name is withheld to protect the woman’s identity — and five of his friends were arrested after they admitted to the crime. The arrested have been identified as Mansoor, 40, Akbarsha, 20, Ansad, 33, Manoj, 24, (all from Channankara) and Rajan Selestian, 62, from Vettuthura. The police said the woman and her five-year-old son were first taken to the house of Rajan at Vettuthura, where she was forced to drink alcohol. At the house, her husband’s friends misbehaved with her, but the man did not object to it. Later, the woman and the child were dumped into an autorickshaw and taken to an empty place near Pathekkar in Channankara, where she was sexually assaulted in front of her son. As per the complaint, they even manhandled the boy She fi. nally convinced the attackers that she would drop her son nearby and return. As they allowed her to do so, she came to the road and sought the help of two youngsters who came in a car. ● More on P4 Most schemes put on ice for this fiscal to cut cost The IMD has also warned of strong winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph along and off the Kerala coast THE police recorded the first arrest in the killing of a pregnant elephant on Friday Wil. son, a rubber estate worker from Areekode near Malappuram, has been named third accused and charged with killing the wild jumbo by laying a snare with explosivesfilled coconut. The first and second accused, Abdul Kareem and his son Riyazudheen from Ambalappara near Thiruvazhamkunnu, who own the estate where Wilson is employed, are absconding. Wilson has been living in the area for four years, said Shoranur DySP Muralidharan, who is heading the investigation along with Mannarkkad Divisional Forest Officer K K Sunil Kumar. A joint probe by the police and forest personnel found that it was the first two accused who kept the coconut stuffed with explosives in the forest near their farm while Wilson had made the explosive device and hid it inside ● More on P4 the coconut. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi sumption 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 employment in the short run and potential growth ove r t h e m e d i u m 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. A STORY OF HOPE EXPRESS READ Paralysed man gifts pension to chief minister’s relief fund Squeezed, but no pay cut or lay-off in BCCI G E O R G E P O I K AY I L @ Kallar (Kasaragod) WHEN Jenson Kurian got his disability pension arrears of six months, he did not think twice before donating the entire `6,600 to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Jenson — a well-built man of 35 years with a buoyant voice — has been confined to bed for the past two and a half years after a fall left him paralysed chest down. “I know the amount is less. But it’s not about the mon- ey It’s about hope. Someone else . will need it more than me during the Covid period,” said Jenson. “Moreover, I regularly get my kit of food and provisions from friends and the panchayat.” Jenson was not always an agent of hope. “I tried to exit several times but could not catch the bus,” said Jenson, reflecting wryly at his foolish attempts to end life. Jenson lives in a dilapidated house at Chuliyodi in Kallar panchayat and one has to take a Jenson Kurian | EXPRESS narrow hill trail to reach it. He shares the house with his mother, Leelamma Kurian, 60, and father, V C Kurian, 65, who has been battling cancer since 2011. In his younger days, Kurian worked in a granite quarry. On the eve of Christmas in 2017, while walking home, Jenson slipped from the narrow trail and fell 15 feet down. Since then, Jenson never had any sensation below his chest. The fall shattered his world. He had worked in the Gulf as a gas welder for six years but re- turned because of his father’s deteriorating health. He started a cement brick making unit, took a `5-lakh loan to repair his house, make a road to his house, and marry his girlfriend of eight years when he slipped and lost his zest for life. He tried to end his life thrice. After the first two attempts failed, he used his contacts to get a contract killer from Mangaluru. After hectic negotiation, Jenson brought down the ‘supari’ to `50,000, and gave the assassin an advance of `5,000. ● More on P5 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. Compared to others, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) seems to be on a better wicket. The BCCI has not announced any pay cut yet. Nor is it thinking on lines of laying off employees. 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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