MADURAI SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION PANEL MOOTS ATM FEES FOR WITHDRAWALS ABOVE `5,000 An RBI committee has recommended charging customers for every cash withdrawal of over `5,000 to make ATMs viable COST OF OPERATING ATMS SURGING RBI KEEPS MUM ON PANEL’S REPORT The committee led by VG Kannan, a former chief executive of the Indian Banks’ Association, recommended the action in October last year. An aim was to discourage people from withdrawing large amounts of cash from ATMs. It noted that the cost of operating ATMs has gone up, while the cap on customer usage fee and bank interchange fee have remained the same ■ ■ The panel proposed raising interchange fee—the charge a bank must pay when its customers draw cash from other bank ATMs— by `2 in centres with over a million people, and by `3 in others The panel’s report came to light through an RTI reply. It’s not clear if the RBI is planning to act on the panel’s recommendations `75,000 IS THE AVERAGE MONTHLY COST OF OPERATING AN ATM 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 BJP set to increase tally in Rajya Sabha, counting halted in Gujarat EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BARRING some drama in Manipur and Gujarat, biennial Rajya Sabha elections for 19 seats in 10 states concluded smoothly , with the ruling BJP strengthening its position in the House on Friday. The NDA now will have about 100 MPs of its own in the Upper House, up from its current tally of 91. In Gujarat, which had witnessed defection ahead of the elections, the Congress demanded that the Election Com- mission invalidate two BJP votes on different grounds. In all, four seats are up for grabs and the defection in Gujarat was aimed at snatching away one of the two seats the Congress was hoping to win. Counting was halted as last reports came in. In the run up to the polls, there was high drama in states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as well. However, the BJP led National Democratic Alliance won two seats in Madhya Pradesh, one each in Rajasthan, Manipur and CONG CLEARS RAJASTHAN TEST Says India has capability to ensure that none can eye even an inch of its land; all parties make case for united front on national security QUIET VISIT OF AIR CHIEF TO LEH, SRINAGAR M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi FOUR days after the violent stand-off in the Galwan Valley in East Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said “neither is anyone inside our territory nor is any of our post captured,” ruling out transgression by the Chinese armed forces. Reassuring the political leadership, Modi said India has the capability to ensure that none can eye even an inch of the land, as the armed forces now enjoy the capability to move to any of the sectors simultaneously . “Twenty of our jawans were martyred, but those who dared Bharat Mata have been taught a lesson,” the PM said in his concluding address at an allparty meeting. Speaking at the end of the meeting attended by the chiefs of about 20 political parties, Modi stressed that the infrastructure development in the border areas would continue, while crediting it to the works done in the past five years for the speedy movement of the armed forces. “Those (the Chinese soldiers) who were never questioned or stopped are now warned and stopped by our jawans at multiple sectors,” said Modi. While the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi sought to probe the government on finer details, including if there was an intelligence failure, the leaders of other parties struck a united stance to stand with the government, besides offering sug- After IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria made a quiet visit to airbases in Leh and Srinagar, frontline aircraft Su-30MKI and Apache attack helicopters were seen flying in and around Leh on Friday. The Air Chief visited Leh airbase on June 17 and flew to Srinagar the next day. He is learnt to have checked the operational readiness of all platforms that have been moved to the area in view of the Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Ladakh | P7 Congress president Sonia Gandhi making her point on the Galwan clash as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CMs of Telangana and Bihar listen | PTI gestions, which included economic and diplomatic pressure on Beijing. But strategic policy hawk Brahma Chellaney took a sharp line. “Does Modi’s statement signal India is willing to live with China’s forcible change of the status quo in the Galwan Valley and at Lake Pangong?” he tweeted. Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh firmly rejected allegations of intelligence failure, while the Union Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar shared an overview of the diplomatic outreach to prevail upon Beijing to disengage from the Valley . Acknowledging the national anguish, Modi said the entire country is hurt and angry at the steps taken by China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), adding the Army has been given full freedom to take necessary steps. He said while India wants peace, upholding its sovereignty is the top priority . Senior leaders like Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Nitish Kumar, JD(U), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena), Pinaki Mishra (BJD) and M K Stalin (DMK) made a case for a united political response on matters of national security . JHARKHAND (2 seats) Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - 1 seat BJP - 1 seat KARNATAKA (4 seats) BJP - 2 seats Congress - 1 seat JDS - 1 seat MIZORAM (1 seat) Mizo National Front - 1 seat MANIPUR (1 seat) BJP - 1 seat No post captured, none inside our territory: PM MEGHALAYA ( 1 seat) National People's Party - 1 seat MADHYA PRADESH (3 seats) BJP - 2 seats Congress - 1 seat Jharkhand. It has already won two seats in Karnataka and one in Arunachal Pradesh. The Congress managed to keep Ra- ANDHRA PRADESH (4 seats) The YSR Congress Party - 4 seats RAJASTHAN (3 seats) Congress - 2 seats BJP - 1 seat jasthan out of trouble, winning two seats. It also got one in MP besides already pocketing a seat in Karnataka. The YSRCP Congress swept the results in Andhra Pradesh winning all four seats at stake. In the North east, Titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba of the BJP won the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Manipur while two other seats in Meghalaya and Mizoram went to ruling National People’s Party (NPP) and Mizo National Front (MNF), respectively . Prominent leaders who will enter Rajya Sabha for the first time include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mallikarjun Kharge, M Thambi Durai (former Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha), K C Venugopal and K R Suresh Reddy (former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of composite Remdesivir to take at least two weeks to hit the market EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad REPURPOSED anti-viral drug remdesivir, which promises to help reduce hospital time of Covid-19 patients, might take at least two more weeks to hit the Indian market. A few Indian pharma companies, including two in Hyderabad, have license from the US-based Gilead Life Sciences to manufacture remdesivir, which has been allowed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment. While senior officials of Hyderabad-based Hetero Drugs and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories did not comment on details on their production capacity they , expect approval by Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to come through by June-end for its manufacture. After the CDSCO permit, it will take at least a couple of more days for state government-level clearances to start manufacturing, pushing its market entry to July first or second week. In its updated Clinical Management Protocol for Covid-19, the ICMR included remdesivir as an investigational therapy . In Telangana, remdesivir is already being tested at the Gandhi Hospital as part of the WHO’s global solidarity trial. But the Telangana State Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Cor poration (TSMSIDC) has not placed any order for it yet. Speaking to Express, TSMSIDC Director Chandrasekhar Reddy said till there is a request from the director of medical education, TSMSIDC will not place any order. Over the empty roads though, flights continued to ferry travellers in and out of the city on Friday | MARTIN LOUIS Key move to contain Covid is strong lock over Chennai nounced changes in vehicular movement made life difficult for essential service providers. A total of 288 check-posts have been set up across the city. Violators were made to line up in front of sheds where the cops were sitting, while maintaining a distance of 1 metre from each other. A QR scanner was set at a distance deemed safe, and fines were collected through Paytm. Many of those whose vehicles S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai AN eerie silence enveloped the bustling streets of Chennai on Friday the first day of yet an, other lockdown to contain Covid, which has been spreading like wildfire. In a single day, the city police seized around 2,000 vehicles, collected fine and booked the violators. Over the empty roads though, flights continued to ferry travellers in and out of the city . Starting Thursday midnight, the police shut down several main roads across the city restricting the flow of ve, hicles. Flyovers were also closed down. The arterial Anna Salai, which connects two parts of the city, was cut off after 2 pm. The unan- ‘DO NOT HIDE SYMPTOMS’ Terming the next 12 days crucial, Corporation Commissioner G Prakash has requested people not to hide any symptom when Corporation staff come to their doorstep for fever screening Battling a formidable foe ONEPLUS 8 PRO Boycott? Chinese smartphone sells off in minutes 2,115 41 DEATHS $25 MN investment in Indian 17-language news aggregator Dailyhunt by ByteDance. 18 SATURDAY VELLORE newindianexpress com 20 06 2020 l l MEDIA INTEREST INDIAN BIZ SWAMPED BY CHINESE MONEY Chinese companies are increasingly showing interest in the media space, mainly in news apps due to limits on foreign ownership of print and television media. The company making the biggest waves is ByteDance, which is behind the most popular news aggregator in China, Jinri Toutiao, as well as the most popular video-sharing app, Douyin. But most stunning has been the success of Douyin’s English-version, TikTok, which as of 2019, amassed over 300 million users in India. Alibaba-owned UC Browser, widely used in India, has also entered the news aggregation space RESS ILLU STRA FROM INDIA TO CHINA ($ MILLION) 2018-19 ORGANIC CHEMICALS l Among the top five bestselling smartphone brands in India, four are Chinese — OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei. The combined sales of Chinese phone companies in India crossed $7.2 billion in 2017-2018. Xiaomi alone has over $2 billion in total sales in India, while Vivo generated $1.6 billion in revenue in 2018, doubling from the previous year Auto parts 1,310 1,130 l 2019, Xiaomi announced its In seventh factory in India in partnership with Flex in Chennai. It has other facilities in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, Sri City in Andhra Pradesh and Noida in Uttar Pradesh Toy imports in various forms are valued at $1.5 billion. India imports over 85% of its requirement of toys. Almost 85% of the total imports are from China, which has completely shaken the domestic industry l Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM)’s announcement of $1 billion investment with Maharashtra government made headlines because of its timing. Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corporation is already operating through its MG Motors brand and recently announced a further US$350 million investment in a second unit l SAIC has announced ambitious plans for cars tailor-made for the Indian market with a $288 million investment to expand an older General Motors plant at Halol, Gujarat, and is considering launching electric SUVs with a US$500 million investment. BYD, another Chinese company, is also making inroads in the electric vehicles segment As per the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the majority of the Chinese inflow was over the last five years ($1.81 billion), with auto ($876.73 million), electrical equipment ($152.5 million) and services sectors ($127 million) receiving the largest share $14.5 BN Size of Chinese investment in India from March 2007 to Dec 2019 (excluding construction contracts) in 43 deals. Most of it went to energy, tech (telecom), consumer goods, metals and real estate COTTON 1,786.77 700 Other Metals Transport Energy Health Tourism BIG CHINESE INVESTORS ALIBABA l Alibaba is among the largest investors in India. It started with a $680 million investment in 2015 for a 40% stake in One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm. It also made an additional $177 million investment in 2017 the same company. Also the Paytm app, from its design to its colours, is a mirror image of Alipay, Alibaba’s widely used payments app in China. In addition, Paytm uses AliCloud, Alibaba’s cloud computing platform l Alibaba’s another investment was $500 million in the e-commerce company Snapdeal followed by $146 million in 2017 deal to become the biggest shareholder in BigBasket with a second investment of $50 million in the same company l also invested $210 million in food delivery app Zomato, and a It reported $35 million in the logistics firm Xpressbees l Recently, Alibaba Pictures plunked down US$17.3 million in the online ticketing platform TicketNew TENCENT l Tencent made a string of mega-investments starting with first notable investment of US$400 million in Ola. This was followed by a $700 million investment in the e-commerce platform Flipkart, then India’s most valuable startup, in a deal that made Tencent the biggest Chinese investor in India l went on to invest US$175 million into Hike Messenger, a $145 It million injection in the healthcare startup Practo, $51.4 million in the education app Byju’s. It took part in a $1 billion funding round for Swiggy and in a $115 million funding round for Gaana Source: The China Global Investment Tracker, a project of the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation 1,104.52 2,136.77 810.85 TOP FIVEIMPORTS FROM CHINA ($ MILLION) ELECTRIC MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT AND PARTS THEREOF 20,627.56 18,117.81 NUCLEAR REACTORS, BOILERS, MACHINERY AND RELATED PARTS 13,383.76 12,780.72 ORGANIC CHEMICAL 8,596.25 7,530.78 PLASTIC AND RELATED ARTICLES 2,722.60 FERTILIZERS 2,053.22 2,580.62 1,802.00 (Source: Ministry of Commerce and FIEO 2019-20 data is provisional till Feb) 5% China accounted for over 5% of India’s total exports in financial year 2019-20 and more than 14% of imports A battery production line at a factory in China TRANSFUSION GASTRIC TROUBLE R esearchers have found that vitamin D can mitigate chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal mucositis — a painful inflammation and ulceration of the digestive tract. Gastrointestinal mucositis is one adverse outcome of chemotherapy that has plagued cancer sufferers for years and, for which, no effective treatment currently exists. The findings showed that vitamin D could potentially mitigate inflamed intestinal tracts and provide relief to cancer patients. The study, published in the Supportive and Palliative Care, highlights the limited options for easing the gastrointestinal side effects of chemotherapy, singling out Vitamin D and probiotics as the most promising. 722.31 Blood plasma treatment safe for Covid-19 patients FACT OF THE MATTER Add pink eye to Vit D can help Covid signs? cancer patients SYMPTOM 2,051.66 ORES, SLAG AND ASH 1,220.22 Technology Real estate Entertainment Agriculture FDI Auto hile coughing, fever and difficulty in breathing are common symptoms of Covid-19, a new case study has found that pink eye is also a reason to be tested for the disease. The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmolog y, determined that conjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis can also be primary symptoms of Covid-19. The researchers noted that in March, a 29-year-old woman arrived at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s Eye Institute of Alberta with a severe case of conjunctivitis and minimal respiratory symptoms. After the patient had undergone treatment with little improvement, a resident ordered a Covid-19 test. The test came back positive. 2,572.89 MINERAL FUELS, OILS. MINERAL WAX AND BITUMINOUS SUBSTANCE 2,855.69 1,270 540 510 PLASTIC AND ARTICLES THEREOF Toys W 2019-2020 (provisional figure till Feb) 3,249.21 ($100 MILLION AND ABOVE) 1,080 510 Mobile China accounts for nearly 27% of India’s annual auto parts imports valued at $4.8 billion. Indian exports to China in this segment is only about $300 million annually 62,379.39 TOP FIVE EXPORTS TION SECTOR WISE INVESTMENT FROM CHINESE FIRMS 1,519 FPI FROM CHINA Indian pharma is heavily dependent on China as it imports two-thirds of its active pharamaceutical ingredients from China. It is not that India cannot manufacture APIs but Chinese imports are cheaper, one reason why prices of many drugs increased sharply after Chinese supply was halted 2019-20(till Feb) 15,540.1 INDIA’S IMPORT FROM CHINA 70,319.64 EXP According to data from nseinfobase.com of Prime Database, the market value of foreign portfolio investments (FPI) from China surged to `3,257 crore in March 2020 from just `774 crore at the end of Dec 2019 Pharma PAGE 12 KEEPING FIT A woman wearing a face mask performs yoga during sunrise in Jammu on Friday | PTI 25% of US deaths are in nursing homes OLDER PEOPLE WA S H I N G T O N : N u r s i n g home residents account for nearly one in 10 of all the coronavirus cases in the United States and more than a quarter of the deaths, according to an Associated Press analysis of gover nment data released Thursday . As federal data collection be- comes more robust, a clearer picture is emerging of the ravages of Covid-19 in nursing homes. About 1.4 million older and medically frail people live in such facilities. Most residents have been in lockdown since early March, isolated from families and friends, even in death. AP’s analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi INDIA’S EXPORT TO CHINA 2018-19(in $ mn) 16,752.2 4,310 Services found that nearly half of the more than 15,000 nursing homes have reported suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of June 7. About 1 in 5 facilities or 21 per cent have reported deaths. Nationwide, nursing homes reported nearly 179,000 suspected or confirmed cases among residents and 29,497 deaths. WASHINGTON: A large study of 20,000 hospitalised Covid-19 patients who received transfusions of blood plasma from recovered people found the treatment was safe. The report, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Thursday, assessed the seven days following transfusion for hospitalised patients between April 3 and June 11 who were deemed at risk of progressing to a severe or life-threatening condition. Nearly 40 per cent of the patients were women; 20 per cent African Americans; 35 per cent Hispanic and 5 per cent Asian, the researchers said. Seven-day mortality rates declined to 8.6 per cent compared to 12 per cent in a previous safety study of the first 5,000 transfused patients, the researchers said. Serious adverse events continued to be less than one per cent, they said. “Our efforts to understand convalescent plas- ma continue,” said Michael Joyner, principal investigator at Mayo Clinic in the US, and lead author of the research article. “We’re optimistic but must remain objective as we assess increasing amounts of data,” Joyner said. The report reveals a decline in mortality which appears contemporary with the more rapid availability of plasma for use. However, the researchers caution that this alone does not provide any evidence on effectiveness of convalescent plasma for treating Covid-19. At this time, convalescent plasma therapy is the only antibody-based therapy for Covid-19. “The 7000-plus physicians who are part of the programme have done a great job of offering convalescent plasma to a diverse group of patients, enrolling women as 40 per cent of the participants as well as significant numbers of patients who are of African American, Asian or Hispanic ethnicity,” said researcher DeLisa Fairweather. AMID appeals to boycott Chinese products after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan area, Chinese premium smartphone maker OnePlus saw its latest model—OnePlus 8 Pro— sell off within minutes in India after its online sales began on Thursday . Although it’s not unusual for OnePlus products to be sold off within minutes of their launch, there were speculations that the Galwan incident would take the shine off the brand’s latest offering. Not just the OnePlus, Xiaomi another Chinese brand, said two of its laptop models sold out in India within two days of their launch on Wednesday . Analysts say without a viable replacement, the demand for Chinese smartphones is unlikely to take a hit. However, that has not calmed the nerves of some Chinese firms that have begun showcasing the Indian aspects of their products. Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth this week said, "I can proudly say Realme is an Indian startup." Although the company made its success in India, it's owned by China-based BBK Electronics Corporation. Meanwhile, hoping to revive their fortunes, Indian smartphone makers like Micromax are gearing up for a comeback. TRACING THE SPREAD Coronavirus was already circulating in Italy in December, waste-water study finds UNDETECTED ROME: The coronavirus was already present in two large cities in northern Italy in December, over two months before the first case was detected, a national health institute study of waste water has found. That suggests the virus appeared in Italy around the same time it was first reported in China. Researchers discovered genetic traces of Sars-CoV-2 — as the virus is officially known — in samples of waste water collected in Milan and Turin at the end of last year, and Bologna in January, the ISS institute said in a statement seen by AFP on Friday . Italy’s first known native case was discovered mid-February The results “help to un. derstand the start of the circulation of the virus in Italy the ,” ISS said. They also “confirm the by-now consolidated international evidence” as to the strategic function of sewer samples as an early detection tool, it added. The results feed into an effort by scientist around the world to trace the virus’s family tree. Chinese scientists have said the virus likely emerged in a market that sold wildlife in the central city of Wuhan in De- Researchers have found genetic traces of the coronavirus in waste water and sewage from Brisbane to Paris and Amsterdam | AFP cember, but Beijing officials have recently suggested that it may have originated elsewhere. Italy was the first European country to be hit by the virus and the first in the world to impose a nationwide lockdown. The first known case, other than a couple of visiting Chinese tourists, was a patient in the town of Codogno in the Lombardy region. On February 21 the govern- ment designated Codogno a socalled red zone and ordered it shuttered, followed by nine other towns across Lombardy and Veneto. ISS water quality expert Giuseppina La Rosa and her team examined 40 waste water samples from October 2019 to February 2020. The results, conf i r m e d i n t wo d i f f e re n t laboratories by two different methods, showed the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in samples taken in Milan and Turin on December 18, 2019 and in Bologna on January 29, 2020. Samples from October and November 2019 were negative, showing the virus had yet to arrive, La Rosa said. The data was in line with results obtained from retrospective analysis of samples of patients hospitalised in France, which found positive cases dating back to Dec. EXPRESS READ Min warns schools against tampering with marks Coimbatore: Even as the DGE on Friday clarified that Class X and XI students will be promoted irrespective of the marks they secured in quarterly and half-yearly examinations, School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said strict action will be taken against private schools that tamper with marks. Andhra Pradesh). Congress leader Rahul Gandhi got a perfect gift from Rajasthan on his 50th birthday as , Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot managed to limit the BJP to just one seat amid allegations of horse-trading. Both the Congress nominees, K C Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi won impressively while the BJP could ensure a win only for Rajendra Gehlot. The BJP’s second candidate Onkar Singh Lakhawat got just 20 votes. K C Venugopal with 64 votes got the maximum support. Lockdown puts these students and parents in a fix Dharmapuri: Parents of students appearing for JIPMER entrance exam at centers located in Chennai were in a fix, as some of them hailing from other districts but taking the exam in the city are facing problems in availing themselves of e-pass due to the intense P4 lockdown announced in four districts FRESH CASES 23,509 ACTIVE CASES 1,630 DISCHARGED TODAY MAXIMUM TESTED As many as 1,65,609 samples were tested in Chennai, making it the highest in the State OVER 1K CASES IN CITY KEEP TN TALLY HIGH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai FRESH cases on Friday touched 2,115, taking the Statewide tally to 54,449. Even as the State capital reported 1,322 cases, the city and three other districts went into a lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. The Statewide death toll rose to 666 with 41 deaths reported on Friday. All of the deceased were in the 38-88 age group. With the fresh cases, Chennai’s tally stood at 38,327. Significant number of cases were reported from the city’s neighbouring districts of Chengalpattu (95), Kancheepuram (39) and Tiruvallur (86). A media bulletin said 10 of the deceased has no co-morbid conditions. Twenty-nine of the deceased were from Chennai. Meanwhile, Minister KP Anbalagan denied reports that he had tested positive. were seized walked their way back home, or worse, hitched rides with others. People not wearing masks were also pulled up. Dronecouples flew over the city — one keeping an eye over the public through its high-definition camera and the other blaring out announcements. The last-minute ban on sale of fish and meat hit the public and vendors hard. A video of a vendor throwing fresh fish into a dumpster in Villivakkam went viral. The city borders were sealed shut. The steady stream of residents rushing to leave the city for their hometown ended abruptly on Friday morning. Most of those who have chosen to stay back have shut themselves indoors, hoping the worst of times will fly by . ‘1k Tocilizumab units to arrive by next week’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE State government has made arrangements to procure 1,000 units of Tocilizumab from the US by next week. Though touted to be a ‘wonder drug,’ experts, are not so sure about its efficacy in treating Covid cases, as trials are still being carried out across the globe. The drug, which is used for Rheumatoid Arthritis, has been in news of late with its demand going up. Many people on Twitter had also sought help to lay their hands on the drug. Meanwhile, reacting to complaints of Tocilizumab being sold in black market, Director of Drug Control Department K Sivabalan said strict action will be taken against all those who indulge in such unlawful activities.
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