COIMBATORE MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION COVID-19 SLAMS BRAKES ON XI JINPING’S PET INITIATIVE Most projects under the multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are either on hold or getting minimal works AT LEAST 60% PROJECTS HIT BADLY ■ 2,951 CHINA-PAK CORRIDOR TOO HIT BY DELAYS About 20% of the projects have been ‘seriously’ affected, a senior Chinese foreign ministry official said. Another 40% are ‘adversely’ affected, while a further 30-40% are ‘somewhat’ affected. The BRI, that aims to link parts of Asia with Europe and Africa through a network of land and seabased trade routes, is China’s attempt to spread its influence abroad | P9 ■ The projects disrupted include the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir The BRI, mostly funded by borrowed Chinese money, has trapped many countries in debt. Some of the projects were already on hold prior to Covid outbreak due to the mounting debt burden PROJECTS COSTING $3.87 TRILLION ARE PLANNED UNDER BRI 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 CORONAVIRUS POSITIVE CASES CROSSED 10 MILLION GLOBALLY ON SUNDAY ● 2,03,051 ACTIVE CASES REPORTED IN INDIA | P9 Now, China psy-ops with 20 martial arts trainers CBI set to probe Sathankulam case: CM; Inspector suspended EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Claims to have posted them in Lhasa; it’s an indirect admission of its troops’ inferior skills in hand-to-hand combat, feel experts AMID continuing Sino-Indian tension along the Line of Actual Control in Easter n Ladakh, China on Saturday announced it has posted 20 martial arts trainers in Tibet’s capital Lhasa. Experts see it as part of China’s mind games as also an acknowledgement of the deficiency of its troops in hand-to-hand combat at high altitudes. “Their losses in the physical fights in Galwan and before that at Finger-4 have compelled them to identify and send martial arts trainers,” an Army officer said, adding the announcement was part of China’s psychological ops. “The answer lies in the move getting announced after so many days of the deadly clash of June 15,” the officer said. He was referring to the brutal clashes at Patrolling Point 14 on June 15 in which both sides suffered casualties. While India made public the loss of its 20 soldiers, including the local commanding officer, China hasn’t revealed its fatalities yet. Hand-to-hand combat also took place on the intervening night of May 5 and 6 after which the Chinese troops began their stand-off. Two armies also clashed on May 14 and May 31, sources revealed. The 1996 agreement between the two countries prevents the use of guns within 2 km of the LAC. Infantry units in the Indian Army have soldiers in large numbers trained in the art of unar med combat (UAC). Each infantry unit has a team for special tasks, called the Ghatak Platoon. It comprises the fittest soldiers in the unit who take a commando course, where they learn the intricacies of unarmed combat. “It is compulsory for every officer of the infantry and a large number of soldiers to complete 43 days of gruelling THOSE WHO EYED OUR SOIL GOT A FITTING REPLY: PM Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on Sunday said India gave a befitting reply to China in eastern Ladakh, without naming the neighbour. “Those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. Our braves made supreme sacrifice, but did not let adversaries prevail,” Modi said. On the Covid-19 front, he urged citizens not to lose their hope. “We must face the challenges and use them to march ahead,” he said | P7 M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi training at Commando School in Belgaum, Karnataka,” the officer said. “Training goes without a break with a weeklong capsule of UAC, which is compulsory to clear before one is declared successful in training.” The Ghatak Platoon inducts a select few new soldiers and young officers every year. Those who are replaced also stay with the unit fulfilling other requirements. As such, every unit has a large number of soldiers trained in the basics of the unarmed combat. The Indian Army also has a large number of regiments with troops from mountain states, thus giving them an edge during operations in m o u n t a i n o u s a r e a l i ke Ladakh. In fact, Ladakh has its own regiment, the Ladakh Regiment, which comprises youth drawn from the region. They are fully competent for battles at high altitude. It is the youngest among the Indian Army regiments. @ Salem/Thoothukudi/Tenkasi CONTRIBUTION OF MAJOR CHINESE FIRMS TO INDIA’S COVID RELIEF POOL While sentiments against Chinese-owned companies have been rising after the border clash at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, almost all major Chinese-owned brands operating in India have contributed in some way to the fight against Covid-19 in the country. A look Xiaomi ■ `15 crore contribution/pledge in all for Covid-19 fight in India ■ `10 crore towards PM and various state CMs relief funds ■ `1 crore raised in partnership with NGO Give India to make hygiene kits available for 20,000 families ■ Balance pledged towards protective equipment for doctors Huawei ■ `7 crore contributed in total towards PM CARES Fund and six other state govts TikTok ■ `100 crore worth equipment donated, including 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks ■ Acquired with support from the Union Ministry of Textiles and handed over to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ■ `30 crore raised for PM Cares Fund from TikTok users through a quiz MG Motor (Owned by SAIC Motors) ■ `2 crore contributed to government hospitals and health institutions in Gurugram and Halol (Vadodara), where the carmaker’s facilities are located ■ Provided 100 MG HECTOR SUVs to facilitate transport of doctors, medical staff, police and local government officials for community service across the country Oppo ■ `1 crore towards PM CARES Fund and UP fund and distributing masks to UP govt OnePlus ■ `1 crore towards PM CARES Fund Vivo ■ Contributed 15,000 PPE suits and 50,000 litre of sanitizer to the Central government ■ Donated over one lakh medical masks to healthcare workers in Maharashtra Alibaba Group ■ Donated medical and protective equipment to seven Asian countries, including India Satellite images taken on May 22 (left) and June 23 (right) show the extent of construction at the Galwan Valley within a month, near the border between India and China, known as the Line of Actual Control | AP COVID-19 Rescued man attempts suicide after testing +ve bone and was rushed to Government Rajaji Hospital for treatment. A sexagenarian, who was resHe was living on the first cued after being chased out of floor of a house at Palangahis house due to persistent fe- natham with his wife, daughver and cough, attemptter-in-law and granded to commit suicide at son. His son is working the quarantine facility abroad. after he tested positive “After recovering f o r C o v i d - 1 9 o n After recovering from tuberculosis, the from TB, Sunday . man developed mild fethe man Sources said that the ve r, an d h as b e e n man, lodged at the developed mild wheezing excessively fever, and has quarantine facility at been wheezing for the last six days,” Thiagarajar College of sources said. excessively Engineering, was seen for past six days When his health conupset after his Covid-19 dition worsened on SatSources medical report was out. urday, the family re“He attempted to kill portedly threw him himself by jumping off the sec- out. With the help of neighond floor of the college build- bours and an activist, the sexaing,” they added. genarian was rescued from the In the fall, the man report- streets, and sent for treatment edly fractured his leg and back- and the Covid-19 test. Note: Compiled from public announcements made by companies WHEN THE HUMMINGBIRD FOUND MISING THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) IN a major development, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Sunday evening that the probe into the alleged custodial deaths of P Jeyaraj and his son J Beniks, will be transferred to the CBI. The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the case. “While the case comes for hearing in the Bench, the government will explain about this decision. After getting the court’s nod, the case will be handed over to CBI,” Palaniswami added. “We have already given instructions to the police about handling the public and traders calmly. If any problem arises, the police shall register a case and take action. We also instructed the police not to disturb the public unnecessarily the CM added. ,” Jeyaraj and Beniks were booked on June 19, allegedly for keeping their mobile shop at Sathankulam open after 9 pm. Eyewitnesses and friends alleged that they were brutally beaten in custody. They were produced before a judicial magistrate on June 20 and remanded to Kovilpatti subjail. They were reportedly denied medical assistance for two days before being taken to the Kovilpatti Government Hospital on June 22. Beniks died that night, and Jeyaraj died the next morning. Inspector suspended Almost five days after the incident, Tir unelveli DIG Praveen Kumar Abinapu suspended Sathankulam Inspector Srithar on Sunday till the completion of inquiry Inspec. tor Bernad Xavier has replaced Srithar, sources said. So far, five police personnel have been suspended in connection to the death of the two traders. On June 23, four policemen, including two Sub Inspectors Ragu Ganesh and Balakrishnan, and constables Murugan and Muthuraj, were suspended, while Inspector Srithar had been transferred and placed on the waitlist. Meanwhile, with milk vendors in the State deciding not to supply milk to police households, a decision they later rescinded, M Sathish Muthu, an Armed Reserve police constable deployed in Chennai commented on a milk vendor’s post on Facebook, “We were looking for people for the next custodial death, and now we’ve got you,” he wrote and followed it with a derogatory comment. He was suspended for his ‘irresponsibility’. fresh cases, 1,443 recover DEATHS TOLL 82,275 54 1,079 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE number of new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu continued to rise with 3,940 being reported on Sunday, raising the State’s tally to 82,275. The death of an 18-month-old baby from Villupuram district, the youngest to succumb to the virus in the State, was among the 54 deaths recorded. The baby died at Villupuram Medical College Hospital on Saturday With this, the death . toll in the TN reached 1,079. DMK MLA from Gingee K S Masthan was among those who tested positive. Chennai reported 1,992 cases, its tally now is 53,762 while 34 more deaths took the city’s toll to 809. The number of cas- Chennai: In another incident of custodial violence, Veerakeralampudur police registered a case on Sunday against an SI and constable under Section 174 (3) of CrPC for allegedly assaulting a 25-year-old youth in custody. The youth died on Saturday, after 15 days of treatment. The case was registered after 200 people blocked the Surandai-Alangulam road and demanded justice. Pulled up for FB comment 3,940 TALLY ANOTHER CASE OF CUSTODIAL VIOLENCE? ‘BEATING UP PEOPLE IN CUSTODY IS UNLAWFUL’ Chennai: City police commissioner A K Viswanathan on Sunday said beating up people in custody is ‘unlawful’ and that sleuths have been instructed not to even use harsh words at the public. Answering a query about the standard protocol during investigations, the commissioner added that assault and torture (of the arrested) should not be done by the police. TAMIL NADU COVID-19 BATTLE Ranipet 10 Tirupattur 23 Dharmapuri 6 Salem 79 Erode 10 Tiruchy 43 Nilgiris 5 Coimbatore 32 Namakkal 2 Tirupur 3 Dindigul 5 Theni 62 Madurai 284 Virudhunagar 58 Tenkasi 27 Kanniyakumari 24 Kancheepuram 92 Chennai 1,992 Chengalpattu 183 Tiruvannamalai 114 Villupuram 47 Kallakurichi 124 Cuddalore 32 Ariyalur 3 Perambalur 1 Nagapattinam 14 Tiruvarur 78 Thanjavur 23 Sivaganga 27 Pudukottai 36 Tiruvallur 99 Vellore 84 es reported outside of Chennai and its neighbouring districts, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, has been on the rise, even as testing has been ramped up in the capital. On June 10, Chennai and its neighbours accounted for 90 per cent of new cases. This dropped to 69 per cent on June 20. On Sunday it fell to 57.7 per cent with , Youngest victim An 18-month-old baby from Villupuram became the youngest victim on Sunday. A 13-year-old boy from Thanjavur and a 17-year-old boy from Tiruvallur also died on Saturday, after testing positive for the virus Ramanathapuram 83 Thoothukudi 34 Tirunelveli 22 the other districts accounting for 42 per cent new cases. Among them, Madurai led the pack with 284 new cases, taking its case load 1,995. The State reports more deaths of young people. A 17-year-old boy from Tiruvallur, with Vitamin-D deficiency and hypothyroidism, died on Saturday, while a 29-year-old from Chengalpattu died on Sunday An analysis showed 62 . people died on June 26 alone. Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash told reporters 2.75 lakh people had been brought into the quarantine cycle until Saturday “This . includes people quarantined under 18 categories, including home isolation, and those discharged from hospitals but are awaiting an exit test,” he said. JAL SHAKTI Karnataka Lake Man’s watershed moment–PM’s praise A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru FOR four decades, a shepherd from Karnataka’s Mandya district has been going about his job of digging ponds quietly on a barren hill near his village with the aim to provide sources of water for humans and the wildlife. Known fondly as the ‘Lake Man’, 84-year-old Kaamegowda became the talk of the town on Sunday when he was praised for his ‘Aatmanirbhar’ efforts by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Kaamegowda stands near one of the ponds he built. The octogenarian has built 16 ponds on the barren Kundinibetta hill in Mandya district | PANDARINATH B ‘Mann ki Baat’. Minutes earlier, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who came to know about Kaamegowda through this reporter’s tweet spoke to him over a video call, amazed by his efforts to harvest ‘jal shakti’. Two years ago, The New Indian Express wrote about Kaamegowda, who hails from Daasanadoddi village. When TNIE visited his haven then — a half-complete house — the hill presented itself in lush green attire, thanks to the 14 ponds, linked by a waterway that ensures when the upper ponds on the hill are filled, the surplus water flows into the ponds below. “He might have not done bigger lakes, but constructed 16 ponds for which he has invested in his energy and time,” the Prime Minister said. Kaamegowda was understandably happy “Someone in . Delhi recognised the work of a person from Daasanadoddi,” he said. It was 40 years ago when Kaamegowda first came up with the idea of developing water sources.
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