COIMBATORE THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION MAKE COVID-19 TESTING WIDELY AVAILABLE: ICMR PUSH FOR RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS Since widespread testing is necessary to bring Covid-19’s spread under control, all symptomatic individuals in the country must be able to get themselves tested without any hassle, the new advisory says. To speed up the process, all hospitals and accredited labs have been told to use the faster and cheaper antigen-based testing in addition to RT-PCR tests In light of mounting Covid cases, the ICMR on Tuesday issued a new advisory listing additional strategies to boost testing DAILY CASES TOUCH NEW HEIGHTS ■ ■ A negative result in antigen-based testing would lead to an RT-PCR test, to ensure that the sample is negative. But those testing positive needs no further testing, the advisory says India recorded a fresh 15,968 Covid-19 cases in a day on Wednesday. The total confirmed cases now stand at 4.56 lakh 73.5 lakh SAMPLES HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR COVID-19 IN INDIA TILL JUNE 23 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 LOC CLASH IN GALWAN VALLEY JAMMU & KASHMIR LAC LADAKH Urban and multi-state co-op banks in RBI grip Cabinet okays the ordinance route for central bank’s supervision; `4.84 lakh crore deposits of around 8.6 crore customers secured EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Other decisions @ New Delhi A satellite image taken on May 22 shows a Chinese Army base in Galwan Valley | PTI AMID DIPLOMATIC TALKS, CHINA KEEPS UP ITS BLAME GAME P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Eastern Ladakh. The Indian side conveyed its concerns on the recent developments in INDIA and China on Wednes- Eastern Ladakh, including on day held diplomatic talks and the violent face-off in Galwan agreed to maintain communi- Valley area on 15th June that cation to resolve the existing had resulted in casualties. In situation peacefully even as the this regard, it was emphasised Chinese defence ministry and that both sides should strictly foreign ministry continued to respect and observe the Line of blame India for the June 15 vio- Actual Control (LAC),” a statelent face-off and reiterated ment from the Ministry of Extheir claim to the Galwan Val- ternal Affairs said. ley area. According to the MEA, the Also, Chinese detwo sides reaffirmed fence ministry spokesthat they should sinNo contact person Wu Qian’s between def cerely implement the claim that the defence understanding of disministers ministers of both engagement and deChinese defence sides were in commuescalation that was ministry nication over phone reached between senspokesperson Wu after the June 15 inciior commanders on dent, was rubbished Qian’s claim that June 6. “The two delethe defence by India. “No convergations agreed that sation took place be- ministers of both implementation of sides were in tween the two ministhis understanding exters,” highly placed communication peditiously, in accordsources in the minis- over phone after ance with the bilateral the June 15 try of defence said. agreements and protoincident, was At the 15th meeting cols, would help enrubbished by of the Working Mechsure peace and tranIndia anism for Consultaquillity in border tion and Coordination areas and the developon India-China Border Affairs, ment of broader relationship the Indian side was represent- between the two countries. ed by Joint Secretary (East Earlier in the day, the ChiAsia) Naveen Srivastava while nese defence ministry demandthe Chinese delegation was led ed that Indian troops to be withby the director general of the drawn from Galwan Valley and department of boundary and accused Indian diplomats and oceanic affairs of the Chinese media personnel of spreading foreign ministry . ‘large amounts of fake news’. “The two sides discussed in Its foreign ministry spokesperdetail the developments in the son Zhao Lijian accused the InIndia-China border areas, in dian side of going against the particular the situation in bilateral agreement. Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane speaks to a soldier as he reviews the ground situation in Eastern Ladakh, days after an India-China clash, on Wednesday | PTI T H E U n i o n C ab i n e t o n Wednesday approved an ordinance to bring 1,482 urban cooperative banks and 58 multistate cooperative banks under the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) ambit. RBI supervision will begin from the date the President grants his approval, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a virtual press conference after the Cabinet meeting. The ordinance will help protect the savings of about 8.6 crore customers of these banks, who collectively `4.84 lakh crore in deposits. T he proposal was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech, in the wake of Punjab and Maharashtra Bank fiasco last year. In February, the Union Cabinet amended the Banking Regulation Act to strengthen cooperative banks. 2% interest subvention approved on prompt repayment of Shishu loans under the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana for a period of 12 months `15,000 CRORE Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund set-up SHWE OIL AND GAS PROJECT Kushinagar Airport in UP declared as an International Airport Private sector participation in space activities approved The Cabinet also approved two schemes announced by Sitharaman under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package last month, including the establishment of an Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund and 2% interest subsidy under the ‘Shishu’ category of the flagship Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY). The Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund, with a corpus of `15,000 crore will be used to Cancel final-year univ exams, says UGC panel S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi A University Grants Commission (UGC) panel has recommended that final year exams in universities and colleges across India be cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students can be evaluated on the basis of their performances in previous semester exams as well as the internals, the panel told the Union human resource development ministry on Wednesday . The panel, led by Haryana University vicechancellor R C Kuhad, said exams for the final semesWait till ter, due in July as per the October to revised academic calendar, start classes can also not be held as CovThe UGC panel id-19 continues to pose a recommended threat. So, what if students are that the new academic year, unhappy with the results which was to based on their previous perstart in formances? The panel sugSeptember for gested that they can be givsenior students en a chance to improve and in August their scores by taking the for freshers, be exams later on, once the put on hold till pandemic threat subsides. The UGC is expected to October release a comprehensive guideline for institutions of higher education, later this week. In April, as Covid-19 cases in India were rising, the UGC recommended that the exams be pushed to July. The new recommendations were made after the HRD ministry asked the higher education regulator to revisit its earlier guidelines and suggest alternate ways to assess students. “The ministry made it clear that the foundation for revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students, teachers,” an official said. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad (Numbers in %) -6 -8.4 Canada -9 -12 -15 -7.8 Germany -10.2 UK -12.8 Italy -12.8 Spain -8 US -10.5 Mexico -12.5 France INDIA’S economy is going hell for leather with the IMF projecting FY21 GDP growth to contract by 4.5%. Such a sharp revision from its April estimate of 1.9% growth offers a withering assessment of the economic slowdown prolonged by the pandemic-induced lockdown and slower recovery . But IMF’s latest World Economic Report estimates, in its own words, are inscrutable due to a higher-than-usual degree of uncertainty which is to say that , the actual growth decline could be fierc- in Myanmar approved Tenure of commission to examine the issue of sub-categorisation within Other Backward Classes in the Central List to get extension IMF pegs contraction of India’s GDP at 4.5% HIGHEST GDP CONTRACTION Additional investment for further development of er than all forecasts. Global growth too is projected to shrink 4.9% in 2020 as against its previous estimate of 3%. But the startling news is not so much about the extraordinary collapse in growth, but its recovery the direction of , which the multilateral agency has no hold on. If forced lockdowns choked economies’ lungs, an uncertain recovery has left countries gasp for breath, literally landing them at the death’s door. Two things await us -- a faster recovery and a potential second wave of infections. help animal husbandry, improve milk production, boost exports and create jobs. The Centre will provide 3% interest subvention to eligible beneficiaries. Javadekar added that this will help create 35 lakh jobs. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved additional investment of $121.27 million (about `909 crore) by ONGC Videsh Ltd for further development of two blocks in Myanmar. TREATING COVID New health plan for govt staff, pensioners EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai The State government has included a new package for treatment of critical and noncritical care for Covid-19 cases covered under the new Health Insurance Scheme for government employees and pensioners. For non-critical care, the gover nment had initially sanctioned ` 5 crore towards corpus fund for government employees and `2.5 crore towards corpus fund for pensioners. For critical cases, the United India Insurance Company Limited can make payments to empanelled hospitals as per the recommended rates already fixed by the government. A Government Order said the empanelled hospitals should not collect any amount in excess to the amount that has been prescribed. Government employees and pensioners who have already taken treatment for non-critical Covid care in empanelled hospitals from March 1 till date can submit their claims for SCHEME EXTENDED The New Health Insurance Scheme, 2016, for government employees, which is set to expire on June 30, has been extended till June 30, 2021, with assistance capped at `4 lakh for families of all insured employees and at `7.5 lakh for specified illnesses. reimbursement. Meanwhile, the New Health Insurance Scheme, 2016, for government employees, which is to expire on June 30, has been extended for a period of another year. with assistance capped at `4 lakh for families of all insured employees and at `7.5 lakh for specified illnesses, as per existing terms and conditions of agreement made with the United India Insurance Company Limited.
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