AP MADURAI SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION MERRY IN MERSEYSIDE AFTER THREE DECADES OF AGONY Liverpool end long wait for English Premier League title after defending champions Manchester City lose at Chelsea KLOPP MAGIC TO THE FORE After winning the Champions League last year, manager Jurgen Klopp’s charges continued that momentum. They have lost just one of their 31 league fixtures so far. At Anfield, where they haven’t lost a game for nearly three years, they have won all 16 matches this season. Liverpool now have the opportunity to set a record points tally as well as winning margin. ■ 19 FAN WAVE OUTSIDE STADIUM ■ The sheer weight of emotion meant scores of fans, many without masks, started gathering outside Anfield. Manager Klopp had specifically asked the fans to avoid doing so. In what could be ominous for rivals, Klopp said they could get even better. “Consistency showed by the boys is so exceptional.” NO OF TOP FLIGHT TITLES LIVERPOOL HAVE NOW, SAME AS MAN UTD 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 3,645 new cases; CM says decision on Statewide lockdown on Monday positive and 46 people succumbing to the virus. Chennai city also reached an all-time high of 1,956 cases, reaching a tally of 49,690 and pushing the Statewide total to 74,622. The city also reported 37 deaths, taking its toll to 730, against the Statewide toll of EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tiruchy/Chennai TAMIL Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday said that a decision on implementing a complete lockdown across the State will be taken after a consultation with health experts in Chennai on Monday. Palaniswami’s address to reporters in Tiruchy comes on a day when the State reported the sharpest singleday spike, with 3,645 testing STATE KEEPING MORTALITY UNDER CONTROL: CM Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said that Tamil Nadu government has been taking maximum efforts to keep mortality rate under control. About 32,317 people were tested on Friday. One-time loan restructuring plan cooking AIADMK GIVES `25 LAKH RELIEF After promising to render justice on the custodial deaths of P Jeyaraj and J Beniks of Sathankulam, the CM and the Deputy CM on Friday granted a solatium of `25 lakh on behalf of AIADMK to the bereaved family. In a joint statement, they said, “The party will not tolerate such tragic incidents. The family has lost its two pillars - father and son. We convey our deepest condolences to them.” JAIL INMATE’S INJURIES: CJM TOLD TO PROBE RBI assures to find a solution after strong pitch by Finance Minister Sitharaman that everyone comes out a bit more honourably (out) of this THE finance ministry has rec- (crisis),” she said in a video ommended one-time restruc- conference interaction with turing of loans after both pub- senior members of Chennai Inlic and private sector banks ternational Centre. flagged the issue of increasing If one-time restructuring is non-performing assets (NPA) allowed, it would mean tweakin the backdrop of the corona- ing the June 7 RBI circular on virus outbreak in their last two the framework for resolution meetings with the of stressed assets. ministry . The circular allows ‘Focus on According to for loan restructurrevival’ sources, Finance ing by banks but “This is not the time with stiff terms and Minister Nirmala to talk of fiscal Sitharaman personconditions. For inconsolidation. I ally took up the matstance, it requires think that what ter with RBI Goverbanks to immediateneeds to be nor Shaktikanta ly downgrade the acprotected is the Das, who is said to count being restrucexpenditure over h ave a s s u re d t o tured into an NPA fiscal deficit and come up with a soluand make higher this is exactly what tion “soon”. provisions of at the Central “Because of the least 15%. government has pandemic, one-time In their previous done,” 15th Finance loan restructuring meeting with SitharCommission is inevitable. Now aman, bankers had the ball is in the Chairman N K Singh said that in the cursaid on Friday | P10 RBI’s court and they rent pandemic situah ave a s s u re d t o tion, the provisionwork on it. While there was no ing allows little operational conclusion in today’s board flexibility . RBI had on June 19 asked meeting, we expect a decision soon,” a senior official in the all banks to carry out detailed stress tests to assess the finance ministry said. Sitharaman had on Thurs- impact of Covid-19 on their day said she was in talks with books. The consolidated RBI on it. “We are talking to Re- stress test report is expected serve Bank to see if a one-time to help RBI arrive at a policy restructuring can be offered so decision. During the hearing, the judges took cognisance of another inmate of Kovilpatti Sub-Jail, one Raja Singh, undergoing treatment for serious injuries. They directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate to conduct a separate inquiry into the matter and file a report. A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi Man sets booby trap to kill brother in Salem E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Salem SALEM rural police arrested a 60-year-old man who killed his brother using explosives in a land dispute here on Thursday . According to Panamarathuptti police, a farmer V Mani (50), a resident of Thumbalpatti near Panamarathuptti in Salem found an electronic gadget which looked like FM radio at his farm land on June 17 night and take it to his home. On next day afternoon, he tried to switch on the suspected electronic gadget, but he could not. He thought that it need to be charged and put the wire attached in the device in plug point. While he switched on, the suspected electronic gadget exploded. In the accident, Mani sustained serious injuries and died on the spot. Likewise his grand daughter S Sowmiya (12) and his relatives G Vasanthakumar (37) and P Natesan (65) who were standing near to the deceased, when the incident happened, also sustained serious injuries. The nearby residents took the trio and admitted them in a private hospital in Salem city. The condition of the 12-year-old girl is critical. EXPRESS READ RBI APPREHENSIONS AND FINMIN’S POSITION RBI hesitant to relax delinquency period for classification of NPAs beyond 180 days from the current 90 days as it will defeat the whole purpose of June 7 circular. Finance Ministry okay with it RBI feels the provision can be misused as was done in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Finance ministry argues that RBI can insert riders to prevent misuse of the scheme RBI wants restructuring to exclude MSMEs and previously stressed sectors like power, telecom and realty. Finance ministry OK with excluding MSMEs; no agreement on excluding the other three sectors yet Matter to be resolved before August, when both RBI and FinMin have to five affidavits in SC on interest waiver on loan moratorium 957. While Madurai observes a complete weeklong lockdown following a spurt in cases last week, it reported 190 more cases during the day . Chennai’s neighbouring districts also reported a sharp spike, with Chengalpattu logging in 232 cases, Kancheepuram, 90 and Tiruvallur, 177. But the State’s western districts, which had fewer number of infections, saw a reversal. Krishnagiri, which had no cases on Thursday recorded , Biden policy calls on India Army prepares for long haul New Delhi: The US presidential candidate Joe Biden has called on India to take steps to restore the rights of Kashmiris, in a policy paper published on his campaign website. New Delhi: India has decided to prepare for the long haul if China does not comply with the agreements and retreat to status quo ante as of April. DESPERATE TIMES Graduates eye 93 vacant posts in PHCs D E E PA K S AT H I S H @ Coimbatore IT is a job that requires the highest qualification of class VIII pass. But among the 350 applicants for the 93 vacancies of temporary multipurpose health worker were graduates, overqualified but desperate. With economy in a tailspin and the future prospects looking bleak, a cross-section of graduate applicants reasoned that a secure job was the need of the hour. Friday was the last leg of the fourday interview at the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services here for 93 posts. The job profile mandates keeping the premises of PHCs clean; in short, the selected candidates must also clean the loos. A 25-year-old painter, who attended the interview, said that every job had its dignity “My work was . hit by Covid-19 pandemic. I think I can manage my family better if I get the job.” Maybe the painter’s words on every job having its own dignity found resonance with the scores of graduates at the venue. The job mandates the applicants to have Tamil reading and writing skills. A cross-section of graduates told TNIE that finding a suitable job was difficult at the best of times. And these are desperate times. A 35-yearold BA History graduate from Pollachi said he has been searching for a job commensurate with his qualification for a long time now. “The officials verified my certificates and said they would get back to me,” he said. Among the crowd of applicants were BSc Computer Science, BCom, BA and other graduates. A higher up in the Health Department said they sensitized the applicants about the job. “We tested their attitude in the interview as the quality of work depends on it. The shortlisted candidates would be posted to PHCs across Kovai,” the official said. 14 on Friday, while Salem recorded its highest-ever singleday spike in recent days, with 111 people testing positive. Stating that the virus can be contained only when a vaccine is developed, Palaniswami said it is impossible to fix a timeframe to rein in the attack. Ruling out the necessity to convene an all-party meeting, he said, “We are acting on the advice of WHO, Health Ministry and ICMR. There is no necessity to listen to political parties.” TAMIL NADU’S BATTLE AGAINST COVID-19 Ranipet 53 Tirupattur 4 Dharmapuri 5 Salem 86 Erode 6 Tiruchy 32 Nilgiris 7 Coimbatore 41 Karur 2 Tirupur 14 Dindigul 2 Theni 40 Madurai 190 Virudhunagar 33 Tenkasi 12 Kanniyakumari 25 Tiruvallur 177 Vellore 148 Sivaganga 7 Kancheepuram 90 Chennai 1,956 Chengalpattu 232 Tiruvannamalai 66 Villupuram 16 Kallakurichi 48 Cuddalore 17 Namakkal 6 Ariyalur 4 Nagapattinam 17 Tiruvarur 16 Thanjavur 25 Pudukkottai 10 Ramanathapuram 68 Tirunelveli 18 Thoothukudi 36 TALLY IS 74,622 TN reported the highest single-day spike so far and 46 deaths on Friday. Chennai recorded 1,956 cases. The Statewide tally stood at 74,622 and the toll, 957. Police brutality has become endemic: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai HEARING a suo motu petition on the alleged custodial death of a father-son duo in Thoothukudi, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court observed that police brutality has become endemic these days. The court also suggested psychological counselling for the police personnel so that they could “handle such situations calmly”. A Division Bench of Justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi said that due to the stress caused by Covid-19 crisis, the police seem to be overreacting to situations. “The government should come up with ideas to alleviate work stress of the police personnel. It should give psychological counselling to police personnel so that they and their family members to handle the situations calmly and firmly .” The Bench also recorded the submissions of Additional Advocate General (AAG) K Chellapandian that the Director-General of Police (DGP), pursuant to observations of the court in the earlier hearing, issued circular on Thursday containing Standard Operating Procedures to be followed by all police personnel in the State during the lockdown. He also added that the DGP had spoken to the Chief Secretary on forming a high-level committee to frame further guidelines. Suggestions to Magistrate Pointing out that Sathankulam, the native of the deceased — P Jeyaraj and J Benicks — is nearly 100 km away from Kovilpatti, the judges told Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate, who is conducting an inquiry into t h e i n c i d e n t , t o wo rk f ro m Sathankulam camp office for the time being. They suggested the magistrate to conduct spot inspection at places of occurrence, seize CCTV footage and case diary in Sathankulam police station and visit female members of the deceased’s family at their house to get their statements.
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