AP CHENNAI SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION LIVERPOOL IN PREMIER CLASS AFTER THREE DECADES OF TOIL The Reds end long wait for England’s top 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. 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 , One-time loan restructuring plan cooking RBI assures to find a solution after strong pitch by Finance Minister Sitharaman restructuring can be offered so that everyone comes out a bit THE finance ministry has rec- more honourably (out) of this ommended a one-time restruc- (crisis),” she said in a video turing of loans after both pub- conference interaction with lic and private sector banks senior members of Chennai Inflagged the issue of increasing ternational Centre. non-performing assets (NPA) If one-time restructuring is in the backdrop of the corona- allowed, it would mean tweakvirus outbreak in ing the June 7 RBI their last two meetcircular on the ‘Focus on ings with the framework for resorevival’ ministry . lution of stressed asA c c o r d i n g t o “This is not the time sets. The circular alsources, Finance lows for loan to talk of fiscal Minister Nirmala Sire s t r u c t u r i n g by consolidation. I tharaman personally banks but with stiff think that what took up the matter ter ms and condineeds to be with RBI Governor tions. For instance, it protected is the Shaktikanta Das, requires banks to imexpenditure over who is said to have m e d i a t e l y d ow n fiscal deficit and assured to come up this is exactly what grade the account bewith a solution ing restructured into the Central “soon”. an NPA and make government has “Because of the done,” 15th Finance higher provisions of pandemic, one-time at least 15%. Commission loan restructuring is Chairman N K Singh In their previous inevitable. Now the said on Friday | P10 meeting with Sitharball is in the RBI’s aman, bankers had court and they have said that in the curassured to work on it. While rent pandemic situation, the there was no conclusion in to- provisioning allows little operday’s board meeting, we expect ational flexibility . a decision soon,” a senior offiRBI had on June 19 asked all cial in the finance ministry banks to carry out detailed said. stress tests to assess the impact Sitharaman had on Thurs- of Covid-19 on their books. The day said she was in talks with consolidated stress test report RBI on it. “We are talking to Re- is expected to help RBI arrive at serve Bank to see if a one-time a policy decision. A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi 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 file affidavits in SC on interest waiver on loan moratorium M AYA N K S I N G H & P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi FILE PICTURE Missile system, spares on shopping list India has been requesting Russia to expedite the delivery of S-400, a strategic missile system, and the supply of spare parts for important systems. It has also sought the production of the Kamov helicopters for Navy and the manufacture of Kalashnikov rifles in India. Proposals to buy MiG 29s and Sukhois were approved last year Biden policy paper attacks Modi govt on Kashmir, CAA, NRC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi US presidential candidate Joe Biden has called on India to take necessary steps to restore the rights of the Kashmiri people, in a policy paper published on his campaign website recently . “The Indian government should take all necessary steps to restore rights for all the people of Kashmir. Restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the Internet, weaken democracy,” the paper, titled Joe Biden’s Agenda for American-Muslim Communities, noted. The Democrat has also slammed New Delhi over the CAA and the implementation of the NRC in Assam. “These measures are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy,” it stated. While BJP leaders are closely following US politics, the party has reportedly told its functionaries not to react to statements made by candidates while campaigning for election. The paper appears intended primarily for domestic consumption by US Muslims. It states Biden “understands the pain of the American Muslim community” over the treatment of Muslims worldwide. Earlier, polls had shown Biden lagging behind his erstwhile rival Bernie Sanders on backing from Muslim voters. Meanwhile, a Hindu group has approached Biden seeking a similar paper calling for the protection of the rights of Hindus worldwide. Police brutality is endemic: High Court @ Madurai HEARING a suo motu petition on the alleged custodial death o f a f a t h e r- s o n d u o i n Thoothukudi, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court observed that police brutality has become endemic these days. The court 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 the 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 can handle situations calmly and firmly .” The Bench also recorded the submissions of Additional Advocate General (AAG) K Chellapandian that the Director General of Police (DGP), pur- 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. ARMY PREPARES FOR LONG HAUL ‘PROVIDE COUNSELLING’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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.” P3 suant to observations of the court in an earlier hearing, issued a circular on Thursday containing Standard Operating Procedures to be followed by all police personnel in the State during lockdown. He added that the DGP had spoken to the Chief Secretary on forming a high-level committee to frame further guidelines. During the hearing, the judges also took cognisance of the injuries sustained by another inmate while at Kovilpatti sub-jail. MORE ON PAGE: 4 AIADMK’s solatium to family After promising justice, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam granted a solatium of `25 lakh on behalf of the AIADMK to the bereaved family. INDIA has decided to prepare for the long haul if China does not comply with the agreements and retreat to the status quo ante as of April. Army Chief General M M Naravane met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday after the latter’s return from a three-day trip to Russia and apprised him of the situation. They discussed various options the Army is ready to exercise along the Eastern Ladakh border. Apart from the current operational situation, plans to handle the stand-off in case it gets protracted due to the Chinese non-compliance of agreements, were discussed. “The Army Chief discussed options to handle the situation in case Chinese delays withdrawal from all stand-off sites,” a source said. Army Commanders have been already instructed to maintain a steady supply of arms, ammunition and spares through emergency procurement. In Moscow, Rajnath Singh described his meetings on various defence proposals as productive. “My discussions were very positive and productive. I have been assured that ongoing contracts will be maintained — not just maintained, in a number of cases they will be taken forward in a short time. All our pro- posals have received a positive response,” he said. On the diplomatic front, India’s envoy to China Vikram Misri took the bull by the horns, saying the only way to resolve the military stand-off along the LAC is for China to stop erecting new structures. He reiterates the ministry of external affairs’ position that China’s claim of sovereignty over Galwan is completely “untenable”, adding such exaggerated claims would not help resolve the problem. Misri warned that China’s attempt to alter the status quo on the ground can have ‘ripples and repercussions’ in the broader bilateral CONTINUED ON: P7 relationship.
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