COIMBATORE THURSDAY JUNE 11, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION MASSIVE `7,853CR PROJECT TO REDEVELOP ICONIC STADIUM Sports ministry initiates plan to redevelop Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi under public-private partnership model TARGET OLYMPICS AND MORE ADDITIONAL SPORTS, EXTRA ZING Sports ministry wants to upgrade the stadium into a facility that can host not just international competitions but also a venue that could be ready to host Olympics in the near future. The project would be executed with private sector partnership by leveraging the mixed/real estate development available around the sprawling 102-acre complex | P11 ■ ■ ■ The feasibility study of Ernst & Young suggests to add facilities for basketball, badminton, tennis, swimming, cycling There could be new housing complexes to be used as service apartments and sports hostels Sports retail shops, food court and recreational centres proposed 102 acres AREA OF LAND ON WHICH THE STADIUM COMPLEX IS SITUATED 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 1,927 new cases, highest single-day spike in three months TAMIL NADU COVID-19 BATTLE Ranipet 24 Vellore 11 Krishnagiri 1 Dharmapuri 3 Salem 1 Erode 1 Namakkal 2 Dindigul 3 Theni 9 Madurai 10 Virudhunagar 5 Thoothukudi 23 Tirunelveli 6 Kanniyakumari 5 Tiruvallur 105 Kancheepuram 33 Chennai 1,392 Chengalpattu 182 Tiruvannamalai 23 Villupuam 7 Kallakurichi 3 Cuddalore 7 Tiruchy 12 Nagapattinam 4 Tiruvarur 12 Thanjavur 2 Pudukkottai 5 Sivaganga 2 Ramanathapuram 6 State tally now 36,841; city tally 25,937 As many as 1,927 fresh cases across Tamil Nadu with 1,392 in Chennai, took the the Statewide tally to 36,841 and city tally to 25,937. 19 DEATHS TAKE TOLL ACROSS TN TO 326 A total of 19 deaths were reported on Wednesday, out of which 16 were from Chennai and three from Chengalpattu. Four of the deceased had no co-morbidities. The death toll across the State stands at 326. MORE DOCTORS PUT ON COVID DUTY The government has appointed 665 postgraduate non-service doctors and MBBS doctors, 365 lab technicians and 1,230 multipurpose health workers on a contract basis for three months to tackle the situation. The number of persons discharged stood at 1,008. Reconciliation panel to audit Covid deaths O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai STATE officials have blamed a ‘communication gap’ as the reason for not recording hundreds of Covid deaths in Chennai in the official data. A ninemember reconciliation committee will now audit all Covid deaths in Chennai, where officials suspect most of the cases were missed out. On Wednesday, media reports claimed that over 230 Covid deaths in the capital city had not been recorded by the State government. Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said the Health Department cross-verifies death records of the city corporation only once a year. “Now, as per the Epidemic Diseases Act, we are supposed to furnish records every day for the Covid deaths, and we have to verify them. Private hospitals, too, have to follow this,” she said, adding that there could have been a communication gap between departments. “Earlier only government hospitals were treating Covid, so accounting for deaths was INS Vikrant hard disk theft case cracked, two arrested T O B Y A N T O N Y @ Kochi Reconciliation process is likely to end in the next two weeks quicker. Now, we also have private hospitals working on it and hence the process is longer,” she claimed. “After a thorough review of domicile deaths and cases from outside, any left S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi ATMANIRBHAR ON THE FIELD A retired serviceman from the armed forces plows a lone furrow using traditional farming techniques in his farm in Belagavi, Karnataka on Wednesday | ASHISHKRISHNA H P Cheque bouncing, loan repayment delays could soon be decriminalised EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TO help businesses tide over financial difficulties caused by the nationwide lockdown, the Centre plans to decriminalise minor economic offences such as cheque bounces and delays in repayment of loans. To make this happen, as many as 19 legislations will have to be suitably amended. These include the Negotiable Instruments Act (cheque bounce), SARFAESI Act (repayment of bank loans), LIC Act, PFRDA Act, RBI Act, NHB Act, Banking Regulation Act and Chit Funds Act. The finance ministry has shared its proposal and invited public comments from all stakeholders. Based on the feedback, the Department of Financial Services will take a 19 laws up for revamp Negotiable Instruments Act, SARFAESI Act, LIC Act, PFRDA Act, RBI Act, NHB Act, Banking Regulation Act, Chit Funds Act, Insurance Act, and NABARD Act are among the 19 laws that the finance ministry has proposed to amend call on whether a particular section should be modified to decriminalise to improve ease of doing business. Till now, the accused in such small offences faced fine or imprisonment or both depending on the gravity of the charges. With the changes, the finance ministry aims to create a system wherein a penalty levied is sufficient to act as a deter- M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi FARMER’S HOPE Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is scheduled to open the Mettur dam for irrigation, on June 12 | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT EXPRESS READ Ahmedabad: The number of Asiatic lions in the Gir forest has increased by 29 per cent, PM Narendra Modi tweeted on Wednesday. “Geographically, distribution area is up by 36 per cent,” he added Panel tells Corporation to furnish all details on cause of death Goes against trend as case mortality ratio for females elsewhere is lower than males rent and will help in “improving business sentiment and unclogging court processes” in the wake of economic crisis caused due to lockdown. For instance, under existing law, violating the provisions of the RBI Act such as inviting deposits without authorisation or avoiding the registration could attract imprisoned up to years plus a fine of up to `25 lakh. If these offences are decriminalised, the fine will be be raised but there will be no imprisonment. The move was already announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Atamnirbhar Bharat package. “Criminalising procedural lapses and minor non-compliances increases burden on businesses,” the finance ministry said in a statement. Anbazhagan, first MLA to die of Covid S K U M A R E S A N @ Chennai DMK MLA J Anbazhagan, who died of Covid pneumonia at a private hospital on Wednesday, was buried at Kannammapet burial ground in the presence of hundreds of DMK cadre. CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Telang ana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan condoled his death. The first legislator in the country to die of Covid, Anbazhagan was admitted with severe acute respiratory distress to Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre Hospital on June 2. Major Generals exchange ideas, more talks lined up on Sino-Indian stand-off 29% rise in Asiatic lion population in Gir: Modi Officials blame communication gap for not including all Covid deaths in Chennai in State records out cases would be added to the official figures.” On Tuesday, Public Health Director TS Selvavinayagam wrote to the Chennai Corporation Commissioner to furnish all Covid death records as quickly as possible. The reconciliation panel has asked the Corporation to furnish details on reports of lab investigation and mention the probable cause of death and confirmed cause of death. Selvavinayagam said the process had started, and anything conclusive can be said only after it ends. Relative fatality among women higher than men in India: Study COCHIN SHIPYARD IN a major breakthrough in its probe into last year’s theft of computer hardware from Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant, which is under construction at the Cochin Shipyard, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested two persons on Tuesday night. Dayaram Sinkariya and Sumit Kumar, who were nabbed from Rajasthan and Bihar, would be brought to Kochi soon, said NIA officers. “We had collected fingerprints of nearly 10,000 people who work or had worked in the shipyard. Over 1,000 were questioned and their mobile networks traced, after which we could identify the suspects. We obtained a search warrant from the NIA Court in Kochi on Monday and three teams were sent to Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bihar,” said an officer. The duo was produced in courts in Rajasthan and Bihar, and transit warrants were obtained. “The recovery of the stolen hardware was carried out. A few equipment are yet to be recovered,” said a source. The two were engaged by a contractor for painting work at the shipyard. “They have been working here since early 2019. They stayed together in Kochi and hatched the conspiracy,” the source added. The theft came to light on September 13, 2019 after the trial run of the IAC’s Integrated Platform Management System. Six RAMs of three computers, besides three processors and as many hard disks, all worth `2.1 lakh, were stolen. Initially the city police inves, tigated the case, which was later handed over to the NIA. PROCESS ON TO CHECK FOR MISSES S&P maintains India rating at lowest grade New Delhi: Global rating agency S&P on Wednesday retained India’s sovereign rating at the lowest investment grade of BBB- for the 13th year in a row. It said the economy may recover in 2021 | P10 A day after Indian and Chinese troops partially retreated along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), bilateral Major General-level talks were held on Wednesday a senior Army , official said. According to sources, both sides exchanged views, which would be reviewed at a senior level. Wednesday’s meeting went on for more than fourand-a-half hours, sources said. “More meetings are lined up in future both at the Division Commander and Sector Commander levels to flesh out specific details and arrive at a deescalation plan. These meetings will culminate in the Corps Commander-level meeting,” sources added. Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign ministry said that both sides were trying to ease the situation following diplomatic and military talks. “Recently India and China , held effective communication though diplomatic and military channels and reached a positive consensus. The two sides are following this consensus to take actions to ease the situation along the borders,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. Indian and Chinese troops have been involved in a standoff since the intervening night of May 5 and 6 after troops from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attacked Indian soldiers between Finger 4 and Finger 5 positions near the LAC. The Indian Army retaliated, leading to injuries to large number of personnel from both sides. Following the escalation of tensions, Corps Commander-level talks were held on June 6. The dialogue was held between Lt General Harinder Singh, commander of the 14 Corps and Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military Region, at Moldo on the Chinese side. The Chinese foreign ministry last week had said the situation along the LAC was stable and controllable. THE biological advantage of higher protection from Covid-19 deaths that women in most other countries have, seems to be completely missing for females in India. The first-ever analysis of gender differentials in Covid-19 deaths in the country has revealed that while the overall number of infected men is higher, relative mortality due to the infection is higher among women than men, in contravention to the global trend. The analysis by researchers associated with the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) in Delhi, Institute of Health Management Research in Jaipur and Harvard University in the US has shown that 3.3% of all women contracting the virus in the country are dying as compared to 2.9% males (see table). The difference is the starkest in the age group of 40-49 years where 3.2% infected women, as compared to 2.1% males succumbed to the contagion and also in the 5-19 years age group, which has only seen female deaths. The findings of the research, ‘Equal risk, unequal burden? Gender differentials in COVID-19 mortality in India’, have been published in the Journal of Global Health Science and are based on Covid-19 mortalities in India till May 20 when the total con- firmed cases were 112,027 with 3,433 deaths at a case fatality ratio of 3.1 per cent. The total share of the infection burden in males at that time was 73,654 while 38,373 women were infected and the cor responding f atalities among males and females was 2,165 and 1,268, respectively . “The social determinants like access to healthcare and general health and nutrition status which are generally worse for women in India than their male counterparts could explain these differences that defy the global trend,” health economist William Joe from the IEG, who is lead author of the paper, told this newspaper. Globally, similar analyses in countries like the US, China and Italy have shown that the relative death rate is higher among males. It has been attributed to sex-based immunological differences due to female hormones, lower prevalence of smoking in women, and men developing co-morbid conditions such as hypertension at a younger age than women. “Although males share a higher burden of death...females have relatively high risk of Covid-19 death... The difference is found to be statistically significant for three age groups (5-19 years, 30-39 years, and 40-49 years),” the paper said. The study used crowdsourced data compiled by covid19india.org for estimates on age-sex specific Covid-19 case fatality rate. AGE-SEX SPECIFIC CASE FATALITY RATE (IN %) Age group Male Female 0 to 4 years 1.9 (1.2-2.8) 1.1 (1.6-3.4) Both sexes 1.7 (1.2-2.3) 5 to 19 years - 0.6 (0.4-0.9) 0.2 (0.1-0.3) 20 to 29 years 0.3 (0.2-0.4) 0.3 (0.2-0.4) 0.3 (0.2-0.3) 30 to 39 years 0.6 (0.5-0.8) 0.4 (0.3-0.6) 0.6 (0.5-0.7) 40 to 49 years 2.1 (1.8-2.3) 3.2 (2.8-3.7) 2.4 (2.2-2.6) 50 to 59 years 6.7 (6.2-7.3) 6.2 (5.5-6.9) 6.6 (6.2-7.0) 60 to 69 years 14.5 (13.5-15.5) 13.6 (12.4-14.9) 14.3 (13.5-15.1) 70 to 79 years 21.1 (18.9-23.3) 18.6 (16.4-20.1) 20.1 (18.6-21.7) 80+ years All 20.5 (16.9-24.5) 25.3 (20.8-30.2) 22.2 (19.3-25.3) 2.9 (2.8-3.1) 3.3 (3.1-3.5) 3.1 (3.0-3.2) POLICY IMPLICATIONS FROM THE STUDY William Joe, health economist at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, said that the findings could have two significant policy implications. “At no point should governments think that women are at advantage in dealing with the infections and also the health and nutrition support programmes should be continued with enhanced focus even during the pandemic situation,” he said
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