Overcast sky masks solar eclipse Bad weather and social distancing norms prevented many across India from witnessing the celestial phenomenon A narrow stretch in northern India that included parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand got to see to the ring of fire. The rest of the country got to witness only a partial eclipse THRISSUR l MONDAY l JUNE 22, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION Patna Chennai Bengaluru Coimbatore Mumbai New Delhi Scores of temples, including Tirupati Balaji temple and the ‘Chardham’ shrines of Uttarakhand, closed on Saturday night and reopened for prayers only on Sunday afternoon once the eclipse was over Hyderabad The partial phase of the eclipse began at 9.16 am and lasted till 3.04 pm. The annular phase began at 10.19 am and ended at 1.58 pm. The phenomenon was live-streamed online due to Covid-19 Kolkata Ghaziabad 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 Army commanders on LAC get a free hand Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong summoned to lodge strong protest against the June 15 violence in Galwan area 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 WHILE giving Ar my commanders along the Line of Actual Control the freedom to improvise depending on Chinese aggression, India on Sunday summoned Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong to lodge a strong protest against the June 15 violent face-off. It also emerged that the US is talking to both sides to try and defuse the border crisis. “It is a very tough situation. We are talking to India. We are talking to China. They have got a big problem there. They have come to blows, and we will see what happens. We will try and help them out,” US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held an hour-long meeting with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs to assess the LAC situation. Taking independent decisions to deal with the ‘belligerence’ of the Chi- VERY TOUGH SITUATION “It is a very tough situation. We are talking to India. We are talking to China. They have got a big problem there,” says US President Donald Trump nese troops was discussed and re-emphasised, sources said. The surprise Chinese attack on June 15 on Indian soldiers in Galwan’s Patrolling Point 14 with rods and bamboo sticks studded with nails came as a rude shock to the soldiers bound by protocols. “Indian Army’s discipline and commitment towards the protocols was misused by the Chinese troops who ambushed them in a planned manner, which led to the loss of 20 lives. Now the commanders are free to impro- vise their reactions befitting the Chinese actions and to reply them in their own language.” a senior officer said. An important indication came from Finger 4, which has been the most complicated stand-off point. “We have been asked to not hold ourselves but to show strength at Finger 4 after the Galwan incident,” a source said. We i d o n g ’s s u m m o n i n g comes days after both sides blamed each other for the June 15 face-off. PANDEMIC POLICY Trump set to announce fresh curbs on work visas EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THOUSANDS of Indians who hold H-1B visas or have applied for one recently were on tenterhooks on Sunday as US President Donald Trump indicated that he is preparing to sign an executive order suspending work visas as millions of Americans struggle with job losses amid the Covid-19 pandemic. An announcement is expected in the next two days. “We are going to be announcing something tomorrow or the next day on the visas. You need them for big businesses where they have certain people that have been coming in for a long time, but very little exclusion and they (restrictions) are pretty tight,” he said in an interview with a local media house. The action is likely to affect H1-B and L-1 visa holders the most. VISA According to Bloomberg News one possibility is that the order would restrict people from entering the US on work visas, including H-1B, for 180 days. Workers who have already been granted those visas, but are outside the US may not be able to enter the country until the order expires. Those already in the US are unlikley to be affected. But, the proposed action may affect those who are waiting for their H-1B visas to be stamped. The stampings were halted as the US consulates closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I returned to India for my H1-B stamping and then the pandemic happened. Now, with the consulates closed and talk of restrictions being imposed, I don’t what to do. I hope renewals would be exempt,” said Sai Srinivas Penumarthi a software engineer. GST in play during sale of developed plots @ New Delhi able creature’, Kollam MP N K Premachandran was reA DAY after Chief Minister ferred to as a ‘scoundrel’ and Pinarayi Vijayan came down RMP’s slain leader T P Chanheavily on KPCC chief Mul- drasekharan as a ‘traitor’. lappally Ramachandran for Pinarayi did not even spare his controversial ‘Covid Mullappally’s late father Rani’ remarks on Health Mullappally Gopalan, who Minister K K Shailaja, Oppo- was a respected freedom sition leader Ramesh Chen- fighter. Further, a CPM minnithala extended his ister recently called Corrupt support to the party a Congress leader deals president and shot ‘Poothana’, CPM back at the CM sayMLA from KayamRamesh ing he is “stooping to kulam used bad Chennithala the level of CPM’s cy- said but for the words to criticise ber goondas”. Opposition, the the media and the Chennithala said LDF convener made LDF since Mullappally lewd remarks on MP Government himself has already would have got Remya Haridas. Has explained his stand Pinarayi or his leadaway with a re garding the reers ever apologised few corrupt marks, which in the for these controverdeals. fo r m e r ’s o p i n i o n sial comments?” were not anti-woman, he Chennithala asked. would not make any further He said the Opposition’s comments on that. Pinarayi role is to highlight the govhad said on Saturday that ernment’s lapses and they Mullappally was a prisoner would continue to do it. of his own insanity . Though there is a concerted Chennithala alleged no effort by the ruling front, inother leader has made as cluding the chief minister, to many verbal attacks as d e f a m e t h e C o n g r e s s Pinarayi did.“Thamarassery and UDF, it will not be tolerBishop was called a ‘despic- ated. ● More on P4 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad HYDERABAD-BASED Hetero Drugs has been given approval by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture and market the antiviral drug remdesivir. The drug was recently authorised as an investigational therapy under emergency medical use against the novel Coronavirus by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). The DCGI also gave a similar approval to another pharmaceutical company, Cipla. Ac- cording to a media statement issued by Hetero Drugs, the drug has been granted approval by DCGI for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in adults and children, hospitalised with severe symptoms of the disease and has to be administered intravenously in a hospital setting under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner. Speaking to the Express, the company officials said the drug which will be sold under brand name ‘Covifor’ will be deliv- 100+ CASES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT DAY AFTER the testing days of lockdown, three new movie projects were announced on Sunday of which one will hit the floors on Monday But instead of enthu. siasm, the film frater nity seemed to be confused in its response, with a consensus clearly missing. A majority believes priority should be given to complete the 66 projects that got stuck midway due to the lock- and Hager by Aashiq Abu’s production house, directed by Unda scriptwriter with Rima Kallingal and Sharafudheen in the lead. The Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA) criticised the move while a section of technicians supported it straightaway . “We’ve come to know from the social media posts of Ashiq Usman that stamp duty— as is the case for a building that has received a completion certificate. But the AAR observed that such transactions would be out of the GST net only if they “exclusively deal with transfer of title or transfer of ownership of land”. In the case of a developed plot with amenities, the AAR held that GST should be applicable since clause 5(b) of Schedule-II of the CGST Act defines the ‘construction of a complex intended for sale to a buyer’ as a supply of serCONTINUED ON: P10 vice. 1,69,451 active cases, 2,27,756 cured/ discharged/migrated. The death toll is 13,254 We are concerned about a couple of cases in T’Puram as the source of infection is unknown. The health dept is now faced with the task of identifying all those who came into contact with them Kadakampally Surendran 93 PATIENTS SHAKE OFF THE VIRUS Kerala on Sunday reported 133 new cases, which is the biggest single-day spike since the Covid outbreak. Of the new patients, 80 came from abroad and 43 from other states. As many as 93 people recovered, of which 37 were from Thrissur. ered within one week. The drug will be delivered only through gover nment channels and will be supplied to only government hospitals the shooting of the new movie produced by him will begin in Kochi on Monday. The KFPA had decided that shooting of new movies would begin only after devising a proper plan, taking the post-Covid scenario into consideration. As many as 66 movies are stuck due to the pandemic. Mahesh Narayan has already informed us that his new project is a 70-minute short film exclusively for OTT platfor m release. We don’t as Covid-19 treatment is being done mostly at government hospitals and the drug is still listed by the ICMR as an investigational therapy . The drug will be available in the form of an injectable medicine in 100mg vials and each vial is expected to cost between `5,000 and `6,000. The final price is yet to be decided. The ICMR in its ‘Clinical Management Protocol: Covid-19’ has recommended a 200 mg dose through IV on day 1, followed by 100mg through IV daily for five days. The outcome of a sero-surveillance study in three districts has turned the spotlight, yet again, on the extent of community transmission. Four have been detected with antibody indicating past infection. P2 133 TDB seeks L160cr The Travancore Devaswom cases reported on Board has sought a C160Sunday crore aid from the state government to tide over the crisis. The board suffered loss to the tune of C200 crore since the start of lockdown. are under treatment 1,490 5 21 DEATHS 3,172 1,659 A 77-year-old woman from Malappuram died due to Covid in Maharashtra on Sunday. Janaki Vasu was under treatment at a hospital in Kamothe near Panvel, a Mumbai suburb. She lived in Belupur, Navi Mumbai. recovered people died in West Asian countries due to coronavirus LIQUOR OUTLETS EVOKE LUKEWARM RESPONSE cases confirmed so far 77-YR-OLD KERALITE DIES IN MUMBAI Kochi: Bars and Bevco outlets were opened on a Sunday for the first time following relaxation in lockdown, but they recorded poor sales. Sources said many customers did not taken tokens via BevQ app as they were not aware that liquor outlets would open this Sunday. EXPRESS READ 3 new Malayalam movies announced; fraternity divided down and following that a roadmap should be prepared before starting new projects in a big way . The three new projects are by editordirector Mahesh Narayan of ‘Take Off ’ fame; by producer Ashiq Usman whose ‘Ancham Pathira’ was the first blockbuster of 2020; At present, sale of plot attracts only stamp duty Hyderabad firm gets nod to make remdesivir ONE TO HIT FLOORS TODAY S H I B U B S @ Kochi Activities like construction of boundary walls and laying cables and water pipelines are part of its development; sellers charge rates on super built-up basis, it pointed out CASES IN INDIA Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police practice yoga to mark the 6th International Day of Yoga, on Sunday at Khardung La in Ladakh | PTI Chief Minister stooping to CPM cyber goondas’ level, says Chennithala Selling a plot with amenities like power/water connection to attract GST as they are a supply of service, ARR rules In a ruling that is likely to have far-reaching ramifications in the real estate market, Gujarat’s Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) has ruled that the sale of developed plots of land with primary amenities like power or water connections should attract Goods and Services Tax (GST). The addition of such amenities should be seen as a ‘supply of service’, the authority held. While AAR rulings are applicable only to the individual applicant and the jurisdictional tax officer in a particular case, industry experts say this ruling will likely be used as a precedent by other jurisdictions. According to the quasi-judicial body the , sale of ‘developed plots’ where primary amenities like power, water pipelines or even access roads are included, is not the same as the sale of land. The sale of land, an immovable property and exempt from GST, attracts only 4,10,461 PEAK-ASANA NAME CALLING LEVY ON ADDING AMENITIES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE know the details of the other two,” said KFPA president Rejaputhra Renjith. “There is no need for any controversy or challenging KFPA openly The association had al. ready discussed the ongoing crisis with the theatre owners and distributors. That’s how we finalised our priorities. Those who want to go ahead with new movies can do that. Association can’t support them, that’s it,” he ● More on P4 said. Jacobites stop Orthodox at church Kochi: Tension gripped St George church, Peechanikkad, Angamaly, on Sunday, when the Orthodox faction tried to enter the church. The vicar and members of the Orthodox faction came for the Holy Mass armed with the High Court order allowing police protection, but they were forced to return. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST South Indian actor Usha Rani passes away Kochi: South Indian actor Usha Rani, 62, who is known for her supporting roles mainly in Malayalam and Tamil movies, passed away in Chennai on Sunday morning. Wife of the late director N Sankaran Nair, Usha Rani was undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailments. YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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