TIRUCHY TUESDAY JUNE 09, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA, CHINA STAND-OFF TALKS POSITIVE, SAYS RAJNATH Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called Saturday’s high-level talks to end the ongoing military standoff at LAC positive THRUST ON MODI-XI CONSENSUS Rajnath said the two countries agreed to resolve disputes, present and future, through talks. His comments came on a day when China’s foreign ministry said, “the two sides need to implement the two leaders’ consensus,” referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President agreeing on not letting border differences become disputes 3,488 km STAND-OFF MAY STRETCH LONGER ■ ■ “The India-China border dispute is a long-standing dispute. We want this border dispute to get resolved quickly.” In no case we will let anyone hurt our respect and pride, Rajnath said Saturday’s talks, however, failed to end the stand-off, which Army sources now say could stretch for another month IS THE LENGTH OF THE INDIA-CHINA LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL (LAC) 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 Bank credit growth may crash to 1% in FY21, warns Crisil EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Covid-19 pandemic almost certain to result in GDP contraction this fiscal year, the rate at which banks disburse loans is likely to slow down drastically. According to domestic ratings agency Crisil Ratings, bank credit growth is likely to nosedive to a multidecade low of just between zero to one per cent in the current financial year (FY21). This number had stood around 6% in the previous year. “This crisis is unprecedented and so will its economic fallout be,” said Krishnan Sitaraman, senior director, CRISIL Ratings, noting that subsequent lower capital expenditure demand and lower discretionary spends will slow down credit disbursal significantly . In fact, credit growth is expected to remain positive only E PRESS MAPS X National active case count Only four states reported a drop in active cases — Madhya Pradesh (63), Odisha (104), Uttarakhand (55) and Himachal Pradesh (17) — as the map indicates TOTAL ACTIVE CASES DAY’S ADDITION DAY’S DROP Ladakh 52 2 Chandigarh 36 5 Jammu & Kashmir 2,830 528 Himachal Pradesh 184 -17 Delhi 17,125 896 Uttarakhand 814 -55 Punjab Uttar Pradesh 4,076 248 Bihar 2578 118 451 78 Haryana 2,286 492 Sikkim 7 Rajasthan 2,718 119 Gujarat Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra 43,601 992 Goa 235 33 Karnataka 3,259 73 Kerala 1,096 66 Meghalaya 22 3 West Bengal 4,488 252 Jharkhand 602 82 Dadar Nagar Haveli 18 Nagaland 110 3 Assam 1,946 100 Tripura 608 34 5,186 129 2658 -63 Arunachal Pradesh 50 4 Odisha 953 -104 Chhattisgarh 786 133 Puducherry 63 Telengana 1,803 140 Andhra Pradesh 1,951 134 Tamil Nadu 14,399 893 Mizoram 33 10 Manipur 120 15 Tantalisingly close to 10K a day 9,983 fresh Covid ases added in a day; the figure was 9,971 on Sunday Kejriwal, L-G on collision course A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said govt and private hospitals in the Capital will only treat Delhiites, Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Monday overruled it, saying anyone can get treatment in the city and the asymptomatic too should be examined. Baijal said the right to health is an integral part of the right to life protected under Article 21 of the Constitution Meanwhile, Kejriwal went into self-quarantine after he had fever and sore throat on Sunday; will get himself tested for Covid-19 today due to lower repayments due to the moratorium and capitalisation of accumulated interest. “The corporate loan portfolio, which constitutes almost half of total credit, is expected to be the worst-hit, and de-grow this fiscal. The lockdown has led to significant disruption in operations with limited capacity utilisation across sectors,” he added. The new estimates are a far cry from Crisil’s rather opti- CONTINUED ON: P10 ‘PVT BANKS HESITANT TO GIVE MSME LOANS’ While state-owned banks such as State Bank of India have started extending loans under the `3 lakh crore credit scheme for the MSME sector, private lenders are dillydallying in implementing the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme, RSS-affiliated industry body Laghu Udyog Bharti told Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday 15-30% people living in containment zones could be infected, cured: Survey S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE first population-based serosurvey in India, conducted to assess the extent of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen behind Covid-19, found that as many as one-third of the population in various containment zones in hotspot cities may have already been infected and quietly recovered. The survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), whose preliminary findings have been shared with the Union cabinet secretary and the Prime Minister’s Office, found that in several containment areas in high case load districts, 15 to 30% population has been exposed to the infection, government sources told this newspaper. Serosurvey involves collection of blood samples of people to test for the presence of antibodies specific to a pathogen. In this case, it was meant to test for IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 that normally appear 14 days after the infection and continues to be present in the blood serum for months. The ICMR, with the help from the National Centre for Disease Control, World Health Organization’s India office and state governments, had collectPTI CENTRAL PROBE mistic earlier prediction, made in February of 8-9% bank cred, it growth for the current year. “In other words, the impact of the pandemic on credit growth will be a whopping 800 basis points (bps),” the agency warned. Crisil Ratings expects GDP to contract by 5% during FY21, toeing the general line taken by most economists that negative GDP growth this fiscal is a near certainty . ed nearly 24,000 samples from 70 districts in the country from randomly picked individuals. These included the 10 hotspot cities — Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Thane, Jaipur, Chennai and Surat — that contribute nearly 70% to India’s total case load. Five hundred samples each from 10 randomly chosen containment areas in every city were taken. In addition, 400 samples each from other 60 districts across 21 states — categorised on the basis of low, medium and high case load — were also collected. “Barring the two hotspot cities of Surat and Kolkata and six other districts, we now have results from all other sites. It shows that infection size in many containment areas in the worst-hit districts is 100-fold to 200-fold higher than the cases reported at those sites,” an official privy to the survey report said. Data for eight districts are still being analysed and will be added to the final report. Another official said the 100200 times higher infection size were mainly found in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ahmadabad and Indore among others, which have been the hardest hit by the virus. ANIL SHAKYA Key questions What is serosurvey? It means testing blood samples in a population for a specific purpose. In this case, the samples were tested for presence of antibodies against SARSCoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The presence of antibodies would confirm the person was exposed to the virus and has since recovered How was this serosurvey conducted? Nearly 24,000 samples from 70 districts across 21 states - including 10 hotspot cities - were to be collected and tested. Data analysed for 62 districts or cities so far What are the findings? * Very high exposure level in some cities; very low exposure in rural areas. In some areas, 15-30% of the population exposed to infection. In some spots, infection size is 100-200 times higher than the cases reported there so far What are the implications? It gives policy makers and epidemiologists data that can be used for disease control and mitigation. In some badly hit areas, the population is closer to herd immunity than elsewhere. Herd immunity for Covid-19 is expected when 60-70% of the population is exposed to it State tally reaches 33,229 The Statewide tally stands at 33,229, while the number of active cases, 15,413. Death toll stands at 286. The number of discharged patients so far is 17,527 Ranipet 6 Vellore 32 Dharmapuri 13 Salem 3 Erode 2 Dindigul 9 Madurai 5 Theni 2 Virudhunagar 4 Tenkasi 3 Thoothukudi 26 Tirunelveli 3 Kanniyakumari 7 1,562 286 deaths due to Covid Seventeen more people died due to Covid-19 on Monday. Twelve of those who died were from Chennai. The total number of deaths in the State stood at 286 HC asks govt to consider pushing boards The Madras High Court on Monday asked the State government to consider postponing the Class-X board examinations. It also asked for a comprehensive report on the arrangements that have been made by the school education department. A division bench heard petitions seeking postponement of the examinations for another two months. NAGARAJA GADEKAL Tiruvallur 57 Kancheepuram 18 Chennai 1,149 Chengalpattu 134 Tiruvannamalai 11 Villupuram 3 Kallakurichi 9 Cuddalore 7 Ariyalur 1 Nagapattinam 5 Thiruvarur 3 Thanjavur 4 Pudukkottai 3 Sivaganga 7 Ramanathapuram 6 cases; health min scotches rumours on bed shortage E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai AMID rumours that hospital beds are unavailable in the city due to rise in Covid-19 cases, Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar assured that adequate beds are in place and warned those spreading rumours of strict action. “In Chennai alone, we have 5,000 beds in five government hospitals with ventilator capacity Chen. nai Corporation has 17,000 capacity at Covid care centres. There are 75,000 beds across the State totally the minister said on Monday ,’’ . However, a look at the bed status on the government’s www.stopcoronatn.in website revealed that six well-known hospitals in Chennai were full while some hospitals were filled up to 75 per cent capacity. Among them, ICU beds in at least eight hospitals were full. However, more than 10 hospitals which had recently started treating Covid-19 patients have vacant beds. On a day when the State recorded 1,562 fresh Covid-positive cases, fortunately out of the 25 , available hospitals, close to 12 hospitals had plenty of beds available. The government has also released contact details of the hospitals where patients can call up before visiting. Meanwhile, 17 more people died due to Covid-19 on Monday. The total number of deaths stood at 286 while cases reached 33,229. Active cases stood at 15,413. Twelve of those who died were from Chennai. Of the 1,562 fresh cases in the State, the city’s share was 1,149. Officials at KMC and Stanley Hospital said beds for Covid-19 patients were almost fully occupied, whereas in Omandurar, 160 beds are available out of the total capacity of 500. “In KMC, the bed capacity is 400 and it’s almost full,” said a hospital official. Officials with Stanley said that only eight beds are available while close to 800 beds are occupied. “We are sending stable patients to care centres,” the official added. PARVEEN NEGI PATIENT HACKED TO DEATH INSIDE GH Elephant might have accidentally chewed explosive pineapple: MoEF V I G N E S H V @ Madurai E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi PRIMARY investigations have revealed that the pregnant elephant that died in Kerala might have accidentally consumed a fruit stuffed with explosives, the Environment Ministry said on Monday . The ministry said locals in Kerala resort to an illegal act of planting explosive-filled fruits to stop wild boars from entering plantation farms. The 15-year-old elephant had suffered grievous injuries as the fruit exploded in its mouth in the Silent Valley forest. It died in the Velliyar River a week later on May 27. In a series of tweets, the ministry said one person has been arrested in connection with the incident. Mannarkkad DFO K K Sunil Kumar, who is leading the investigation, told TNIE that a search was on for the two others who are absconding. Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo requested people not to believe ‘rumours’. The ministry also observed the Kerala government seems to be handling the matter in an unbiased manner. TAMIL NADU COVID-19 BATTLE HARDLY ANY FOOTFALL AS FRESH ACTIVITIES OPEN (From left) A priest waits for devotees inside the Gauri Shankar temple in New Delhi; devotees step out of Jama Masjid after offering Zohar namaz; very few people at the UB City mall in Bengaluru; and customers waiting at Cha Bar restaurant in New Delhi. All of them opened for the first time on Monday after two months of lockdown WHILE there have been many instances of men being hacked to death on streets, an armed gang in Madurai went a brazen step ahead and murdered a 40-year-old patient inside a hospital, right in front of his wife and other patients. The incident at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) happened early on Monday inside the ICU and is believed to be a case of revenge killing. GRH Dean J Sangumani said the assailants overpowered the security guards to gain access to the hospital building.The deceased, V Murugan (40) from SM Nagar at Karumbalai in Madurai, was admitted to the GRH after he suffered a stroke on June 5. Murugan, according to sources, was an accused in the murder of 27-year-old S P3 Rajasekar on July 19, 2019. TAKING CUE? Narikuravars held for killing jackal by stuffing explosive inside meat J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Tiruchy A gang of 12 Narikuravars was arrested for allegedly killing a jackal by lacing meat with explosives near Jeeyapuram in Tiruchy on Monday According . to forest officials, the jackal died after the explosive went off, ripped apart its jaws. The gang had planned to poach the animal’s teeth and meat. This is a fresh addition to a list of animal cruelties, including the Kerala pregnant elephant’s death, reported from across the country. A senior forest official said that the gang had entered the forest to harvest honey. However, they soon realized the presence of a jackal. “The gang devised a country-made bomb and spiked meat. The jackal died when it Suspicion The incident came to light after a police constable saw a group of Narikuravars at a tea stall. His suspicion was aroused when he spotted a shady-looking bag bit on the meat, as it triggered the explosive,” the official add- ed. The incident came to light after a police constable saw a group of Narikuravars at a tea stall. His suspicion was aroused when he spotted a shady-looking bag. “The constable attached to the Jeeyapuram station grilled the gang and found out about the poaching incident. He passed on the information to us,” added the forest officer. The 12 accused are Ramraj (21), Saravanan (25), Yesudas (34), Sarathkumar (28), Devadas (41), Pandian (31), Vijayakumar (38), Sathyamoorthy (36), Sarathkumar (26), Rajamanikam (70), Raju (45), and Patampillai (78). All the accused are from Pulankudi Colony near Thiruverumbur. The forest officials arrested the 12 people and were inquiring as to how they laid their hands on country-made bombs.
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