MADURAI FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION TN AMONG FIVE STATES TO GET FIRST BATCH OF REMDESIVIR PRICE FIXED AT `5,400 FOR 100 MG Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat and Telangana—all hard hit by the pandemic— are the other states to receive the drug named ‘Covifor’, priced at `5,400 for a vial of 100 mg. The suggested dose is 200 mg on the first day of a sixday course, followed by 100 mg per day for the next five days. In total, the cost of a course will work up to `37,800 per patient Hyderabad-based pharma has made available 20,000 vials of the drug that hastens recovery in moderate Covid-19 cases COMING SOON TO VIJAYAWADA, KOCHI ■ ■ ■ In India, remdesivir has been tried previously as part of a WHO solidarity trial to assess its effectiveness against Covid-19 In a clinical trial in the US, patients who received the drug recovered, on an average, 31% faster than those who did not Vijayawada, Kochi, Bhubaneshwar, too will receive the drug soon 1 lakh VIALS OF THE DRUG ARE TO BE MADE IN THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS 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 TN’s alarming increase: 3,509 fresh cases, 45 deaths Lack of `800 makes woman homeless WORRYING TREND EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai A septuagenarian from Kaadupatti was evicted from her house by her landlord allegedly for not paying the rent of `800. She was rescued by the officials of the Social Welfare Department’s One-Stop Crisis Center (OSCC) and was taken to an oldage home. Speaking to TNIE, Prema Latha of OSCC who rescued the woman - 75-year-old Solai Veerammal - said, “She was spotted standing alone at the Collectorate by the volunteers of Red Cross Society on Tuesday After . they intimated us, she was rescued immediately .” Prema Latha said that the woman told her that she had not been receiving her old-age pension, her only source of income, for the last few months. “Thus, she was unable to pay the house rent,” she said, adding that action would be taken against the landlord. Wi t h n e i ther a family to rely on nor a guardian to suppor t, she reached the Collectorate to seek help from Collector TG Vinay “However, when we asked . her whether she was willing to stay at the old age home, she expressed her consent,” said Prema Latha adding that she would not be sent elsewhere unless a guardian shows up. Later, on examination, they found that she was having difficulty in walking as her legs were swollen. “As it is risky to take her to the hospital during COVID - 19 crisis, a medical team was called for an immediate check-up. All basic amenities along with medical care are ensured at the old-age home. She could stay there as long as she wants,” she added. Prema Latha added that further, steps have also been taken to ensure that she receives the old-age pension on time. NUMBER OF DEATHS Days TN Chennai June 18 49 40 June 19 41 29 June 20 38 30 June 21 53 42 June 22 37 23 June 23 39 22 June 24 33 23 June 25 45 28 2,141 2,115 2,396 1,373 1,322 1,254 June 18 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Cases in TN Cases in Chennai 3,509 2,532 2,710 1,493 1,487 June 19 June 20 June 21 2,865 2,516 1,654 1,834 1,380 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 On fake e-Passes As the spike in cases in southern and western districts like Madurai and Coimbatore have been attributed to people returning from Chennai and the adjoining districts with most of them using fake e-passes, Corporation Commissioner G Prakash war ned that the city corporation will not entertain such breach of law. He said those obtaining such illegal passes are nothing but “fooling themselves”. Talking about the arrangements made for safe travel of corporation staff, Prakash said 95 MTC buses have been pressed into service across 49 routes. He added that 345 Chennai Corporation staff, including officials, have tested positive so far, of which, 50 have already returned to work. New SOPs for arrests Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure safety of police personnel on duty Director General of Police , issued a circular on Thursday to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for arrests made during the pandemic. The 13-point SOP included an important order that except in heinous crimes, arrests may be d e f e r r e d by t h e p o l i c e. Moreover, they have been asked to avoid as much as possible arresting people above 60 years and those having co-morbid conditions. They have also been asked to avoid engaging police personnel above 50 years for effecting arrest, or prisoner escort duties etc. MEA accuses China of disregarding pacts, amassing troops since May Raps it for attempting to change status quo, shifting position on the Galwan Valley P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi The Chief Minister explaining measures taken to prevent Covid-19 to passengers inside a bus at Gandhipuram in Coimbatore on Thursday DMK’S VOLUNTARY WORKS GOING AGAINST THEM? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Erode/ Coimbatore FIRING fresh salvos at the principal Opposition party, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said that had DMK followed the expert advice on social distancing, Tamil Nadu would not have lost a legislator. “Stalin asked his party cadre to distribute Covid relief materials. They ignored the medical experts’ advice not to unnecessarily mingle with people. They made re- lief drive a publicity stunt,” he added. The chief minister accused Stalin of misinforming his cadre into risking their lives. Later, he told media persons that custodial deaths in Sathankudi were a sorrowful incident. “We have instructed the police department and other officials to treat traders and public with a kind heart. The investigation is going on under the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court’s direction,” he P4 said. Social stigma pushed Covid positive ‘Iruttukadai’ owner to hang self? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirunelveli HARI Singh (70), the owner of the century-old ‘Iruttukadai’, a halwa shop, reportedly died by hanging himself at a private hospital room after he tested positive for Covid on Thursday . It is being suspected that he took the extreme step fearing the disease and the social stigma associated with Covid. No suicide note was found. Sources said Singh was admitted to a Palayamkottaibased hospital for urinary infection a couple of days ago. TAMIL Nadu recorded its steepest ever spike with 3,509 Covid-19 cases on Thursday. With this, the State touched 70,977 confir med cases. Chennai’s share was 1,834 cases, increasing the city’s tally to 47,650. The total death toll climbed to 911, with 45 deaths, during the day. Chennai reported 28 of the 45 deaths, taking its numbers to 694. Chennai’s neighbouring districts, Cheng alpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, recorded 191, 98 and 170 cases r e s p e c t i v e l y. S p a r i n g Krishnagiri, every district recorded new cases on Thursday The day’s cases had . 151 imported ones. In Salem, 30 people who returned to the district from other States or countries tested positive. Meanwhile, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said that the Centre has released `6,600 crore to TN g ove r n m e n t s i n c e April for procurement of medical equipment to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Since he exhibited Covid symptoms, his swab was tested. After he was informed that he has coronavirus, he reportedly hung himself at his hospital room using a towel. The Perumalpuram police sent his body to Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital for autopsy . Meanwhile, his son-in-law too tested positive for Covid. The health officials disinfected the houses of Singh and his son-in-law. The occupants of the houses have been homequarantined. “The shop which used to function from 5 to 8 pm daily was open till Wednesday . We are tracing contacts of the duo. Police inquiry will reveal whether he ended his life fearing social stigma,” a health official told TNIE. Iruttukadai was founded around 100 years P4 ago by Singh’s ancestor. out a mutual plan,” a senior Army officer said. ACCUSING China of amassing India’s firm stand on the troops and armaments along G a l w a n Va l l e y and the Line of Actual Control transgressions by the Chinese (LAC) since early May resulting are being seen as an attempt to , in the June 15 clash and drive home the message that heightened tension, India on was delivered at the Corps Thursday said the Chinese Commander-level talks on June conduct this year has been in 22 that the rules of engagement complete disre gard to all were no longer the same. mutually agreed norms and The Indian side, sources pacts. said, had made it clear at the “While there have been meeting that its troops on the occasional departures ground had been given ‘Onus on in the past, the conduct a free hand to deal with Delhi’ of Chinese forces this situations as they ye a r h a s b e e n i n deemed fit, which has Chinese complete disregard of been interpreted as a Ambassador all mutually agreed freedom to use arms if Sun Weidong nor ms,” Exter nal necessary . put the onus Affairs Ministry “India’s statement is on India to spokesperson Anurag ease the border a continuation of its Srivastava said. position conveyed to tension. “We India again charged hope the Indian the Chinese on the China with trying to side meets the J u n e 2 2 C o r p s alter the status quo Commander-level Chinese side even as New Delhi halfway, avoids meeting. Except initial dismissed Beijing’s taking actions intelligence failure in claims of sovereignty checking the Chinese that may over the Galwan Valley complicate the d e p l o y m e n t a n d as “unjustified and ing ress, India has border untenable” and said situation and demonstrated that it this was a shift from its takes concrete will not let the Chinese earlier position. strategy of two step actions to “The deployment of forward, one step back maintain a large body of troops stability in the succeed. I hope the a n d c h a n g e s i n border areas,” statement emanates behaviour has also from the ground he said been aggravated by realities rather than unjustified and from a strong antiuntenable claims. The recent China wave that has engulfed shift in the Chinese position on the country said B R Deepak, ,” the Galwan Valley is one Sinologist and chairperson of example,” Srivastava said. the Centre for Chinese and India’s strong statement South Asian studies at JNU. came as the Indian Ar my A former diplomat echoed maintained that disengagement him. “Though ground reports on the ground was yet to begin. suggest that de-escalation has “The local commanders-level not begun, India wants to show meeting has not taken place the Chinese that it will not be yet, so details have not been bogged down. Also, it is a worked out. It will take some befitting reply to the claims time for division commanders, made by the Chinese over the s e c t o r c o m m a n d e r s a n d Galwan Valley area,” he said. P7 battalion commanders to work FIEO awaits govt response “We have been given to understand that customs is physically examining all imports from China, which is delaying clearance, adding to the cost of imports,” FIEO president S K Saraf wrote ‘Will hurt to to Commerce India more’ Secretary Anup Wadhawan. China’s exports to He is India constitute waiting 2.8% of their for the overall exports. But govt’s response India’s exports to China is 5.4% of and hopes to its total exports, so the blockade get it today will hurt India more, says FIEO China blocks Indian shipments in tit-for-tat A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi WITH the spike in bilateral border tensions spilling over to trade, shipments of Indian origin are being held up in Hong Kong and China in retaliation to the India blocking China-origin shipments at domestic ports. S K Saraf, president of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), revealed the tit-for-tat action by Beijing after reports of Indian customs holding back Chinese consignments. This is causing delays in consignment clearance. The FIEO has taken up the matter with the ministry of commerce and industry “We have been given to understand that . customs is physically examining all imports from China, which is delaying clearance, adding to the cost of imports,” Saraf said in a letter to Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan. He said some exporters have reported retaliatory blocking by Hong Kong and Chinese customs. Earlier, after consignments of Apple’s iPhone from China were held at various Indian ports, the USIndia Strategic Partnership Forum wrote the government sharing its concern. It said the Director General of Foreign Trade and customs have abruptly halted clearance of consignments from China, which will send a chilling message to foreign investors. They were also concerned that the decision to subject shipments from China to 100% manual examination will delay the supply chain and damage expensive components and critical imports from China, escalating cost and time for the already stressed CONTINUED ON: P10 industry . ACADEMIC ACTIVITY CBSE X boards out, XII optional EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it has decided to cancel the remaining board exams for classes X and XII, scheduled to begin on July 1, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar that while Class X boards have been cancelled, Class XII students will get an opt out option. Those opting out will be assessed on the basis of performance in their last three exams. T h e I n d i a n C e r t i f i c at e Secondary Education (ICSE), too, told the court it will cancel the remaining boards for its classes X and XII exams. On CBSE’s submission to hold the remaining Class XII papers when the situation improves, the bench said, “the situation can vary from state to state. Will this decision be taken by the Centre or the state?” The bench wanted more clarity optional exams, publication of results and when the new academic year would start. It sought the CBSE’s draft notification by 10.30 am on Friday for its perusal, following which final orders will be issued. Mehta said the CBSE’s decision was based on inputs from various states. “We took this decision due to logistic issues,” he said. IIT-B classes online for next sem, others wait for govt nod S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Students wait for their SSLC exam papers at a Bengaluru school | P MEGHANA SASTRY THE Indian Institute of Te c h n o l o g y - B o m b ay h a s decided to conduct only online classes for the upcoming semester in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. “After a long deliberation, we’ve decided that the next semester will be run purely in the online mode so that there is no compromise on the safety of the students. The pandemic has made us rethink the way we impart education,” director of I I T B o m b a y, S u b h a s i s Choudhuri, said in a statement. Other IITs are waiting for directions from the Centre. A report recommending online classes, by a panel constituted by the standing committee of the IIT Council, has been forwarded to the HRD ministry . “Our decision will be based on how the HRD ministry guides us,” the director of an IIT said.
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