REPRESENTATIVE PICTURE KOCHI l TUESDAY l JUNE 16, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION ICMR APPROVES NEW METHOD TO SPEED UP COVID-19 TESTING The antigen-based testing kits will allow infected patients to be diagnosed much faster, without a lab examination RESULTS IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES ANTIGEN-BASED KITS ARE ‘RELIABLE’ The kit called Standard Q COVID-19 Ag costs about `500 and will show results within 30 minutes. Experts say the new technique will significantly boost India’s testing rate, which has beem critcised as insufficient. The current method—RT-PCR—costs `2,500 per kit and samples need to be transported to and examined at a limited number of labs ■ ■ Antigen-based kits test for the presence of molecules of the pathogen that triggers immune response in an infected person The new kits have been recommended by the ICMR considering their very high specificity and relatively lower sensitivity levels, meaning they can produce results that are reliable 4,186 PER MILLION PEOPLE IS INDIA’S PRESENT COVID-19 TESTING RATE 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 Glass door kills woman at Perumbavoor bank branch alising that she forgot to take the keys of her two-wheeler which she had parked in front of the bank, she tried to rush out and banged the glass door in the process. “The glass broke in the impact and a piece pierced her abdomen,” said an eyewitness. Though Beena stood up immediately, she started to bleed and those present at the bank helped her sit on a chair. The woman remained seated for a couple of E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi A VISIT to her bank proved fatal for a 43-year-old woman on Monday when she accidentally bumped into the glass door, which shattered, and a broken piece pierced her stomach. The incident took place at a Bank of Baroda on A M Road in Perumbavoor at 12.30pm. Though the woman, Beena Noby, from Koovappady, was rushed to a nearby hospital, she was declared brought dead. Beena, who has been running a firm -- Akhil Electricals -- at Koovappady, had reached the bank to withdraw money On re. A video grab shows Beena Noby (inset) falling on the floor after bumping into the glass door Theft on ship: NIA recovers 19 items; other sold on OLX A microprocessor from aircraft carrier, which is yet to be found, was sold to a person in state TIMELINE September 13, 2019 The theft came to notice while IAC’s IPMS was launched for testing, following which an FIR was registered by the police September 26 NIA takes over the probe and collects finger/palm prints of around 6,300 persons who worked at Cochin Shipyard March 15, 2020 NIA announces a reward of C5 lakh for information leading to the persons behind the theft June 8 NIA receives information that one of the palm imprints found at the crime spot matches with that of Bihar native Sumit Kumar June 10 NIA team arrests Sumit Kumar from Bihar. He confesses the involvement of Rajasthan native Daya Ram T O B Y A N T O N Y @Kochi NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths have recovered 19 of the 20 computer components stolen from the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) under construction at the Cochin Shipyard. The lone missing item, a microprocessor, was sold via online marketplace OLX! The NIA said the suspects — Sumit Kumar Singh of Bihar and Daya Ram of Rajasthan — sold the microprocessor to a person in Kerala for `5,000. The other 19 components were recovered following the duo’s arrest. The NIA court on Monday sent them to the agency’s custody for seven days. “One hard disk and a RAM was recovered from Singh’s residence in Bihar. Other goods, including three hard disks, five microprocessors and nine RAMs, were recovered from the house of his brother in Surat, Gujarat,” said a source. Sources said NIA has also received information about the duo’s entry into the shipyard by retrieving the information from their mobile phones. “The phone has photographs of their entry pass from Gandhi gate and their employee number,” said a source. The NIA had sought 10-day custody of the duo, but the court granted them the same for seven days. One of the accused told the court that they stole the components for money. They also requested to relinquish the ‘vakalath’, a document filed by an advocate to represent them in the court, as they could not afford it. The NIA will take the accused to the buyer. An identification parade will also be held and the duo will be taken to the shipyard and the room in Kochi where they stayed while working for the company that was roped in for painting the aircraft. PAK FREES INDIAN MISSION STAFFERS P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi PAKISTAN on Monday released two Indian High Commission staffers from detention hours after India summoned their charge d’affaires in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest. Earlier in the day, the two staffers posted in Islamabad were reported missing after leaving the mission’s premises. The two drivers were from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and were on deputation. According to sources, the duo left the High Commission premises in the morning to pick up an embassy official, bu t did no t reach their destination. Sources pointed fingers at Pakistan’s intelligence agency , the ISI. Local media quoted Pakistani officials as saying that the duo was arrested for their alleged involvement in a hitand-run case, which left a person injured in Islamabad. Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Charge d’affaires in New Delhi Syed Haider Shah was summoned by the ministry of external affairs and told that the two officials must be released immediately without interrogation or harassment. Their safety and security, it was underlined, was Islamabad’s responsibility . The two Indian officials went missing close on the heels of a video that surfaced showing Indian Charge d’affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia being chased by security personnel on bikes. A few days ago, India arrested two Pakistan High Commission officials on charges of espionage and ordered them to leave the country within 24 hours. Monday’s incident is being seen as a tit-for-tat by Pakistan. minutes before she was taken to the Perumbavoor taluk hospital with her wound covered using a cloth. But the hospital authorities declared her brought dead. The body, kept at the taluk hospital mortuary initially was shifted , to the Government Medical College Hospital in Kalamassery . Beena is survived by husband Noby and daughter Akhila, sons Jismon and Jaimon. “We’ve received the CCTV footage from the bank. The wom- an, who was at the cash counter, suddenly left and hit the door. It’s learnt that she forgot to take the keys of her vehicle. We’ve registered a case (for unnatural death) and a detailed investigation is on,” said an officer with the Perumbavoor police station. Beena used to assist her husband in running the business. Though their business establishment was not so big, they ran it well by putting in a lot of hardwork, according to their neighbours. The account of the firm has been with the Bank of Baroda bank and she used to frequently visit the branch, they added. We’ve received the CCTV footage from the bank. The woman, who was at the cash counter, suddenly left and hit the door. It’s learnt that she forgot to take the keys of her vehicle. We’ve registered a case (for unnatural death) — An officer with the Perumbavoor police station KERALA COVID DEATH TOLL GOES UP TO 20 T’Puram: Kerala’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 20 on Monday. Vanchiyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, native S Rameshan became the latest victim. The 67-year-old had died on Friday and the results of his swab samples, which came out on Monday, showed he was infected with coronavirus. CASE DIARY 82 2,543 cases have been confirmed so far cases reported on Monday 20 1,348 DEATHS people under treatment Sister Lucy, 67, a nun hailing from Thiruvambady, Kozhikode, died in Mexico on Monday 1,174 recovered People travelling to Kerala on chartered flights from Saudi Arabia will have to carry a certificate showing negative test result for Covid-19. P4 Shah push for political unity to combat coronavirus in the capital EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CONTINUING his exercise to fix the healthcare problem in the capital, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday urged all political parties to bury the hatchet and join hands to fight the coronavirus. Addressing an all-party meeting, he urged leaders to ensure that decisions taken by the Centre are implemented properly on the ground. The meeting came a day after Shah announced a slew of measures to ramp up testing facilities and enhance the bed capacity for Covid-19 patients in Delhi. Shah briefed the parties about the decisions taken by the government after he held two separate meetings with Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief I appeal workers of all parties to ensure that decisions taken by the Central government in the interest of the residents of Delhi are implemented in earnest at the ground level Amit Shah Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and the mayors and commissioners of Delhi’s three municipal corporations to strengthen the strategy to fight the coronavirus on Sunday . Shah also paid a surprise visit to the Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital here to inspect how it was dealing with Covid cases. He directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to install CCTV cameras in corona wards of all designated hospitals for proper monitoring. Later in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal emphasised that there will be no extension of lockdown. “Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi in being planned. There are no such plans,” he reiterated in a tweet. Delhi reported 2,224 new cases on Monday, taking its tally to 44,661. It had 878 new recoveries and 56 deaths as well. Prasad Das, 35, an IT professional who had returned from the UK, died at a private hospital in Kozhikode. P4 NATIONWIDE 3,32,000 1,70,000 9,520 CONFIRMED DEATHS The High Court has sought the view of the KSEB on a petition alleging unprecedented hike in power tariff during lockdown. Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair passes away T’Puram: Kulathoor Bhaskaran Nair, 83, who produced classic Malayalam movies like Swayamvaram and Kodiyettam, died due to age-related illness here on Monday. One of the founders of the film society movement in Kerala, he was the managing director of the Chitralekha Film Society, which brought world cinema to the state. P4 Speculation rife on CPM ousting Sakkeer Hussain Kochi: The findings of an internal inquiry committee constituted by the CPM triggered widespread speculation about the imminent ouster of Sakkeer Hussain, the party’s controversial Kalamassery area secretary, on Monday. However, when contacted, district secretary C N Mohanan denied the reports. P5 Ex-chief secy Tom Jose new KSINC chairman RECOVERED KSEB HC SEEKS VIEW EXPRESS READ ONE FOR THE ALBUM DYFI national president P A Mohammed Riyas garlands Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s daughter T Veena during their wedding ceremony at the Cliff House in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. Kamala Vijayan, CPM leader Koliyakode Krishnan Nair and Veena’s son Ishaan attended the function | EXPRESS T’Puram: Former chief secretary Tom Jose has been appointed chairman of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC). Tom Jose, who retired on May 31, had earlier served as the chairman and managing director of KSINC. The Chief Minister’s Office said the appointment is on an honorary basis. P5 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS INDOORS, LIMITED CREW Mollywood resumes shooting with safety norms S H I B U B S @ Kochi AFTER a gap of 100 days, it is ‘start camera, action’ again for Mollywood. The shooting of the movie Tsunami resumed on Monday in Kochi, the film hub of Kerala. Adhering strictly to the state government’s Covid-19 protocol, the shooting began at the French Toast Cafe on Chittoor Road. Actors Aju Varghese and Balu Varghese enacted the scene as instructed by director Lal and his son Jean-Paul Lal. The father-son duo is jointly directing the movie, with Alex J Pulickal cranking the camera. In the pre-Covid days, the crew strength was usually between 100 and 120. But, under the new safety norms, the total number of people allowed on a set is limited to 50. And the makers of Tsunami have restructured the shooting chart The shooting of Tsunami in progress in Kochi | A SANESH to limit the number. “Accordingly, we’ve reduced the number of people in each department,” said Aneesh Perumbilavu, production controller of Tsunami. “Since outdoor shooting is not allowed due to the pandemic, some scenes have been reworked to shoot them indoors.” The production controllers feel that it may be easy for small and medium budget movies to keep rolling amid the restrictions, it will not be so for superstar/big-budget movies. “If the theme demands outdoor locales and the pres- ence of a crowd, we can’t plan shooting at this juncture,” said Aroma Mohan, a senior production controller. A source close to superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal said the two biggest names in Mollywood are yet to take a call on resuming shooting. Mammootty, whose movies One and The Priest have been completed, is planning to come back by the end of this with the fifth part of his evergreen hit Oru CBI Diarykurippu. Mohanlal will be coming up with a sequel to his blockbuster Drishyam.
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