BHUBANESWAR 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 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 2,951 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 ONE CRORE GLOBALLY ON SUNDAY ● 2,03,051 ACTIVE CASES REPORTED IN INDIA | P9 COVID TOLL RISES TO 21 IN STATE AS CASES TOUCH 6,614 Now, China psy-ops with 20 martial arts trainers 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 and 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 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. @ Bhubaneswar 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 unmarked border between India and China, known as the Line of Actual Control | AP Claim I-T exemption on conveyance allowance EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified amendments in Income Tax rules, which allow salaried employees to claim a set of exemptions if they apply for the lower personal income tax regime. This includes exemptions that may be claimed on conveyance allowances extended by employers. T h e n e w r e g i m e, which is optional, will be applicable for income earned from financial year 2020-21. A new sub-section has been added to the rule 2BB to implement these exemptions. They include any allowance granted to meet the cost of travel on tour or on transfer; any allowance, granted on tour for the period of journey in connection with a transfer, to meet ordinary daily charges incurred by an employee on account of absence from his/her normal place of duty; and any allowance to meet the expenditure on conveyance in performance of duties, getting to an office, or in employment for profit, provided free conveyance is not provided by the employer. The notification provides for exemption on transport allowance to physically challenged employees. The exemption limit is set at `3,200 per month. However, the Board clarified that while determining the value of perquisites, no exemption will be available in the case of free food and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the employer through paid vouchers. CONTINUED ON: P10 Note: Compiled from public announcements made by companies WHEN THE HUMMINGBIRD FOUND MISING THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) THREE more persons succumbed to Covid-19, the highest on a single day so far, taking to the death toll to 21 in the State. The deaths have been reported from Ganjam, Cuttack and Khurda districts. According to Health and Family Welfare department, a 75-year-old man from Ganjam district died during treatment in a Covid hospital. He was also suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Two men, aged 65 and 73 from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar respectively, also lost their lives to Covid. They were suffering from comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. Odisha had reported its first Covid-19 fatality in Bhubaneswar on April 6. Though 28 persons have succumbed so far in the State, death of seven has been attributed to comorbidities. The Covid deaths have been reported from five districts - Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Puri and Bargarh. Two O D I S H A’S TA L LY 6,614 POSITIVE CASES PATIENTS RECOVERED 4,743 1,843 234 Active cases New cases on Sunday Deaths 21 non-Covid deaths have been reported in Khurda along with one each from Cuttack, Balasore, Puri, Mayurbhanj and Nabarangpur. Although the case fatality rate of Odisha at 0.31 per cent (pc) is among the lowest in the country Cuttack city has regis, tered 5.71 pc against the national average of 3 pc. Of the 35 confirmed cases, two persons have died so far in the Millennium city The State also registered . 264 new cases from 21 districts in the last 24 hours. Among them, 234 were from quarantine centres and 30 local contacts. Ganjam contributed the maximum 76 cases, followed by Jajpur (41), Keonjhar (25), Jharsuguda (18), Bargarh (18), Khurda (15), Cuttack (12), Balasore (12) and the rest with cases in single digits. As several frontline functionaries, including health workers, doctors, police, Sarpanchs, ASHA, Anganwadi workers and ANMs tested positive from various parts of the State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished them speedy recovery . Around 129 frontline workers have tested positive in Ganjam district in a span of less than a fortnight. The Chief Minister said everybody has to be careful and disciplined to win the battle against Covid-19 and that will be the true respect to the Covid warriors. On the day 137 patients also , recovered from the highly infectious disease. Of the total 6,614 confirmed cases, 4,742 patients have been discharged from the hospitals. The active cases now stands at 1,843. Cuttack cancer hospital FIR against stops admissions after Health Min’s daughter two nurses test positive 8 fresh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Jharsuguda E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Cuttack TWO staff nurses of Acharya Harihar Postgraduate Institute of Cancer(AHPGIC) on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19 prompting the only Government-run cancer hospital to go for curtailment of admissions and attend to critical cases only . The nurses had come in contact with a patient, who tested positive on June 24. The patient from Ganjam district was admitted for chemotherapy on June 19. Following the detection, the ward had been sealed and completely sanitised with doctors nurses and staff, who were suspected of coming in contact with the patient, sent to home quarantine. Swab samples of 52 persons were collected from the hospital and sent for tests. Of them, one male and one female nurse tested positive. They have been admitted to the Ashwini Covid Hospital, officials said. Considering the situation, authorities have decided to be cautious while dealing with new patients in the hospital. They have decided against admitting new patients, but critical cases will be taken in. Every patient to be admitted will be thoroughly screened at the COVID-19 CASES IN CUTTACK The district on Sunday registered eight new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 556. The new cases included five from Badamba, two from Cuttack city and one an NDRF personnel. The city also reported one death, with the patient from Cantonment Road area, who was found positive on June 21, succumbing to the disease. outpatient department (OPD) and tested for Covid-19 if suspected, hospital sources said. Meanwhile, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation on Sunday declared a part of the CDA Sector-9 as containment zone after detection of a positive case. The decision was taken after IIC of Badamba police station, who was staying in a rented house here, tested positive on Saturday . “CDA Sector-9 is a densely populated area that requires detailed measures for active contact tracing. To facilitate this, it is necessary to make the area a containment zone and restrict public from entering into and going out of the zone,” stated the order of CMC. AN FIR was lodged by the district administration against Dipali Das, daughter of Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das and senior BJD leaders, for violation of Covid-19 safety guidelines during an event here on June 22. Dipali had called a meeting of ‘Narasingha Bishnupriya Seva Trust’, a social outfit registered in the name of her parents at the DRDA office where hundreds of people were present. While social distancing was not maintained during the meeting, most of the participants did not wear masks. On the day of the meeting, an FIR was lodged against Dipali with Jharsuguda police station by the district unit of Congress. However, no action was taken by police. On Saturday acting on the , direction of Collector Saroj Kumar Samal, an FIR was filed by Magistrate Ram Chandra Pradhan with Jharsuguda police against Dipali, who is the president of the trust and senior BJD leaders Tapas Ray Choudhury San, dip Awasthy Raghumani Pa, tel and others under sections 447,188 and 294 of IPC. 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 of providing 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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