THRISSUR l WEDNESDAY l JUNE 10, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION GOOGLE MAPS TO SHOW COVID-19 RELATED INFO NEW FEATURE ROLLING OUT IN INDIA SOON The new feature will alert users about coronavirus-related travel restrictions to help them plan their trips better USERS TO GET ALERTS FOR CHECKPOINTS “When you look up public transit directions for a trip that is likely to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions, we’ll show relevant alerts from local transit agencies... Transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the US,” the company’s official blog said ■ ■ Google Maps will alert drivers about checkpoints and restrictions along the route. The user will see an alert on the directions screen if the route is impacted by these restrictions Google said the new update will allow commuters to check how crowded a train station might be at a particular time 1 billion ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING THE GOOGLE MAPS APP IN A MONTH 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 Centre may trim syllabus, school hours EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi LEADING LIGHT A devotee, wearing a mask, offers prayers at the Kadungonchira Sree Mahaganapathy Temple at Westhill in Kozhikode, on Tuesday. After the government allowed relaxations, many temples reopened in the state by following Covid protocols | T P SOORAJ 91 +VE CASES FOR 2ND STRAIGHT DAY Kerala reported 91 Covid-19 cases for the second straight day. 54 of the new patients had returned from abroad and 27 from other states. 91 2,096 cases reported on Tuesday 16 DEATHS cases have been confirmed so far 1,231 are under treatment 848 recovered 204 Keralites have died in the Gulf so far. On Tuesday, one person each passed away in Oman and the UAE ‘Keep records of BevQ selection proceedings’ Kochi: The High Court has directed the government not to destroy the proceedings of the videoconference meeting which resulted in the selection of FairCode Technologies for developing BevQ app. P4 HC permits buses to collect increased fare Kochi: The High Court has permitted bus operators to collect the increased fare, by 50%, till further notice. P6 Covid patient flees MCH, brought back; minister orders probe into lapse EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram RAISING major security concerns, a person under treatment for Covid-19 at the Gover nment Medical Colle ge Hospital here escaped from hospital and went home on Tuesday A native of Anad near . Nedumangad, he is suspected to have fled the hospital in search of liquor. However, the police and health department officials reached the spot and apprehended him. The incident came to light when the man was spotted by local people who alerted the health department and the police. The Medical College police have registered a case against him for jumping quarantine. Two separate investigations were launched, as directed by Health Minister K K Shailaja and District Collector Navjot Khosa, to identify the lapses that enabled the patient to leave the MCH without anyone’s knowledge. City Police Commissioner Balram Kumar Upadhyay said the person -- who had tested positive earlier -- turned negative in the recent tests and was awaiting a final report when he escaped. Officials with the health department confirmed that he was set to be discharged soon, as he tested negative twice. The man slipped past security officers at the KHRWS pay ward claiming that his latest samples have turned negative. Sources said he first took a KSRTC bus to Nedumangad and, from there, he boarded another bus to Anad. In between, he went to an eatery in Nedumangad and had lunch. Anad panchayat president S Suresh Kumar said the incident has created panic among people. An official with the MCH said the hospital’s security officer alerted the police as soon as they realised the patient was missing. “Since he is negative, there is no issue of contact tracing. We have sought a report from the security department,” the official said. Son held for ex-Kerala cricketer’s murder, admits to drunken brawl EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram THE mysterious death of former Kerala cricketer Jayamohan Thampi has turned out to be a case of murder. The Fort Police on Tuesday arrested his son Aswin Thampi after the autopsy report revealed that the 64-year-old’s death was due to a head injury . Jayamohan was found lying dead in the hall of the house on Monday morning after the people staying on rent on the first floor of his house at Manacaud sensed that a stench was emanating from the ground floor. Aswin, who stayed with Jayamohan, had told the police that he did not notice his father’s death. The police grew suspicious on this narrative because Jayamohan’s death had happened almost 36 hours prior to spotting the body and during that period, there was no one other than Aswin in the house. The police said Aswin gave the details of the murder during questioning. The police said the fatherson duo used to consume alcohol together regularly On Sat. urday, while having drinks, the two had a brawl during which Aswin pushed his father to the ground. Jayamohan allegedly suffered a head injury that proved fatal. “Aswin wanted more liquor, but Jayamohan turned down his request. This led to the brawl and culminated in the murder,” said police sources. THE Centre is considering trimming the syllabus and instructional hours for school students for the coming academic year, Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Tuesday . “In view of the current circumstances and after receiving a lot of requests from parents and teachers, we are contemplating the option of reduction in the syllabus and instructional hours for the coming academic year,” he tweeted. Pokhriyal asked teachers, educationists and academicians to share their views with the ministry to help to take a final decision on the matter. Officials in the HRD ministry said at first syllabi for classes X and XII, whose students will take board examinations next year, could be reduced. Later, the pattern can be extended to other classes. The plan by the ministry follows a meeting between Union school education secretary Anita Karwal with state education secretaries on Monday . Partial disengagement on LAC on eve of talks De-escalation in Galwan Valley & Hot Springs but impasse on at Finger-4; bilateral gesture ahead of Divisional Commanders’ meet M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THINNING of Indian and Chinese troops at multiple standoff points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh was reported on Tuesday, by there was no change in the situation at the focal point at Finger-4 where the impasse continues. The positive gestures came on the eve of the bilateral meeting of divisional commanders ahead of the next interaction between Corps Commanders of the two countries in the near future. A senior Army officer said, “Troop de-escalation has taken place from Patrolling Point 14 and Patrolling Point 15 in Galwan Valley and from Patrolling Point 17A lying in the Hot Springs Sector.” But the focal issue remained unresolved. “The stand-off at Finger-4 area continues and it is to be discussed again at the Corps Commanders meeting to be held later,” a source said. Also, the Indian “Reserve Force” of a little over 8,000 — moved in after China increased deployment on its side — remains at its designated locations. The Chinese had gradually moved in tanks and artillery and India matched its deployment. The thinning of troops is being attributed to the first-ever Corps Commander-level talks on June 6 at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, said sources. H e av y ve h i c l e s from both sides were moved back on May 25, as first reported by this paper. Another marginal troop retreat took place on June 2. In the coming days, multiple meetings of the highest ranking officers of the front, Divi- Contentious points The points of contention are the roads at the base of Finger-4 and the link road connecting the DarbukShyok-Daulat Beg Oldi road to Galwan valley. Chinese troops had attacked Indian soldiers with rods, stones and fists. India retaliated Need intensive demand stimulus: India Inc Job outlook bleakest in 15 yrs LOCKDOWN BLUES Companies are adopting a wait-andwatch policy in the post-lockdown era Only 5% of the 695across India firms surveyed plan to hire in the next three months 88% Net job outlook is the weakest since ManpowerGroup Survey began FIFTEEN years ago Wholesale & retail trade industry the worst hit as 88% of them reported businesses were in trouble WHERE HIRING IS LIKELY Mining & construction, finance, insurance, real estate sectors expected to drive job market in Q3 Most hirings recorded in mediumsized organisations, followed by large-sized and small-sized firms Source: ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Covid-19 pandemic has dealt the worst blow to the Indian economy since Independence and a short but intensive bout of demand-side stimulus has become utmost necessary . This was the key takeaway from Tuesday’s panel discussion on mitigating the impact of the pandemic, organised by TNIE and the Confederation of Indian Industry . The panel, moderated by TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla, comprised industry heavyweights Naushad Forbes, co-chairman, Forbes Marshall; Sanjiv Bajaj, MD & CEO, Bajaj Finserv; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon; R Dinesh, joint MD, TV Sundram Iyengar & Sons; Shankar Acharya, honorary professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations; Shobana Kamineni, executive vice-chair person, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise; and Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO, Indian Hotels Company . With job losses deepening and incomes falling, Bajaj said short-term demand stimulus to spur individual consumption is crucial. “If there is a patient who has just had major trauma, the doctors will give a cocktail of medications for a few days. If you give it for weeks and months, it can kill. It needs to be short term, to get things moving… to take our economy out of this comatose state,” he said. Two large asset classes — home and automobiles — could be incentivised to achieve this, he added. Forbes also said there were other areas which should be addressed. “One, the government should pay its bills. There are huge outstanding dues to both PSUs and private firms,” he noted, “Second, a 5.5LAKH CASES IN DELHI Register all the migrants, offer local jobs: SC IN JULY? Dy CM Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said he expects it K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi A lockdown wedding in CM’s family EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHIEF Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter Veena T will marry DYFI national president and CPM state committee member P A Muhammad Riyas in Thiruvananthapuram on June 15. Sources said the marriage has already been registered and next Tuesday’s function will be kept simple and attended by only close relatives. Muhammad Riyas Veena T “It’s only a private matter concerning two individuals,” Riyas told TNIE, reluctant to divulge details when asked about the marriage. For both, it will be their second marriage. Riyas, 44, had started his political career as a Students Federation of India member and rose through DYFI. He contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Kozhikode against the UDF’s M K Raghavan and lost. Son of retired IPS officer P M Abdul Khadar, Riyas is a law graduate. He had married Sameeha Saithalavi, a former Calicut University syndicate member in 2002, but they separated in 2015. They have two sons. Veena, an IT professional, has been the managing director of Exalogic Solutions for six years. She had a six-year stint with Oracle before joining as the CEO of RT Technosoft, owned by NRI businessman Ravi Pillai, in Thiruvananthapuram. She had married Suneesh, an advocate from Thiruvananthapuram in 2008, but they later separated. They have a nine-year-old son. huge public works programme and infra investments from the government is needed”. Forbes reiterated the CII had recommended three key focus areas to boost demand: direct cash transfers to the poor, income and wage support for enterprises in the form of gover nment guarantees, and emergency stimulus to the worst-hit sectors like hospitality retail, and real estate. , Extra government spending means a higher fiscal deficit and accompanying concerns, but he added that without higher spending, economic activity and, subsequently, government tax collections, could lead to a “bigger deficit”. “That’s the argument for boosting demand,” he said. But, caution needed to be taken to see deficits did not balloon to un-manageable levels, Acharya warned. “In a pandemic situation, you obviously have to change your view… But, if your debt to GDP ratio is going to be very high, you will have a loss of confidence all across,” he said. SUO MOTU CASE BEYOND POLITICS? @ Kozhikode sion Commanders and Sector Commanders of both sides, will take place to chalk out area wise troop withdrawal. These will happen before the next Corps Commander-level meeting. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had on Monday claimed that the first Corps Commander-level talks were positive. “Both India and China have agreed to resolve the border dispute in future and also the present tussle with talks,” he added. “The Major General (Divis i o n C o m m a n d e r ) l eve l meeting, is likely to be held on Wednesday, depending on the weather, to pave the way for future step wise de-escalation,” said sources. The stand-off locations extended from the Galwan Valley to Finger-4 along the northern flank of the Pangong Tso Lake in Eastern Ladakh. It started at Finger-4 in the intervening night of May 5-6, as reported first by this paper, and stretched to locations in the Hot Spring Sector and the Galwan Valley . REST IN PEACE Police officers salute as pallbearers bring the coffin into the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas for the funeral for George Floyd, whose death in custody ignited global protests against police brutality and racism, on Tuesday | AFP TAKING note of the plight of migrant workers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered states and Union territories to ensure registration of around one crore migrant workers at village and block levels to determine their employability and provide jobs suitably in the home states. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said, “There are huge lapses on the part of the state authorities in implementing state policies and decisions and most of the claims are only on paper,” the bench’s order read. The bench gave the Centre and states 15 days to send back migrants.
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