CHENNAI TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 VELLORE EDITION FIRST BATCH OF RAFALE JETS SET TO ARRIVE BY JULY 27 In light of the heightened tensions in Ladakh, India has asked France to speed up the delivery of the jets, say sources MAJOR BOOST FOR INDIA’S AIR POWER ■ 30 JETS TO COME WITH RANGE OF FEATURES Experts say the induction of the new jets will ramp up India’s air combat capabilities. They are capable of carrying advanced weapons, including Meteor, a European active radar-guided air-to-air missile that can strike down enemy target from a distance of 100 km. The first batch of the jets will be stationed at Ambala airbase in Haryana ■ The jet will come with additional features sought by India including helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, lowband jammers and infra-red search and tracking systems India had signed an agreement with France in 2016 to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around `58,000 crore OF THE 36 JETS WILL BE USED FOR COMBAT. THE REST FOR TRAINING 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 Air, rail services to be further opened, curfew shortened in Unlock 2.0 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi APART from announcing further expansion of air and rail services in a calibrated manner, the guidelines for Unlock 2 unveiled by the Union Home Ministry on Monday did not have any major relaxations. Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been al- lowed in a limited way. Their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner. “International air travel of passengers, which has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission, to be further opened up in a calibrated manner,” the ministry said. However, cinema halls, Metro services, g ymnasiums, ECONOMIC COERCION INDIAN AXE EFFECT ON 59 CHINESE APPS K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi AMID tensions between India and China, the Ministry of Information Technology on Monday banned 59 mobile apps, saying they are engaged in activities that are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. The list included many popular apps, including TikTok, Shareit, Camscanner. Emphasising that there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding privacy the ministry said, “Such concerns also pose a threat , to sovereignty and security of our country .” Recently, the Railways decided to terminate a signalling contract worth `471 crore awarded to a Chinese company in 2016. Besides, Bihar cancelled a tender for construction of a new bridge because two of the four selected contractors had Chinese partners.Moreover, RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch and many trader associations have given a ‘Boycott China’ call. THE HIT LIST TikTok Shareit Kwai UC Browser Baidu map Shei Clash of Kings DU battery saver Helo Likee YouCam makeup Mi Community CM Browers Virus Cleaner APUS Browser ROMWE Club Factory Newsdog Beutry Plus WeChat UC News QQ Mail Weibo Xender QQ Music QQ Newsfeed Bigo Live SelfieCity Mail Master Parallel Space Mi Video Call – Xiaomi WeSync ES File Explorer Viva Video – QU Video Inc Meitu Vigo Video New Video Status DU Recorder Vault- Hide Cache Cleaner DU App studio DU Cleaner DU Browser Hago Play With New Friends Cam Scanner Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile Wonder Camera Photo Wonder QQ Player We Meet Sweet Selfie Baidu Translate Vmate QQ International QQ Security Center QQ Launcher U Video V fly Status Video Mobile Legends DU Privacy Corps Commanders to meet today on Indian side of LAC M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi WITH the Corps Commanderlevel meeting on June 22 failing to make any headway in resolving the Sino-Indian stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a fresh round of talks between them will be held on Tuesday. “Corps Commanders meeting will be held tomorrow at Chushul on the Indian side,” government sources said. It is slated to begin at 10.30 am. The first two Corps Commander-level meetings on June 6 and 22 were held in Moldo, which is on the Chinese side of the LAC. Indian delegation will be led by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and China will be represented by its South Xinjiang Military Division Corps Commander Major General Lin Liu. The June 22 meet was held a week after bloody clashes between soldiers of both sides near Patrolling Point 14 in the Galwan Valley area resulted in 20 Indian casualties. The Chinese have been dragging their feet on disengagement. Also, while talks The sticking points “The Chinese have been dragging their feet on disengagement from Depsang and Finger-4. India has made it clear to the Chinese side that they will have to retreat to status quo ante positions,” a source aware of the developments said were on, the Chinese side continued increasing their buildup, adding to trust deficit. In complete breach of agreements for tranquility on the border, the Chinese have moved in into various areas starting from the Northern Bank of the Pangong Tso to Depsang with Hot Spring Area and the Galwan Valley in between. Chinese troops are at Finger-4, Gogra Post (Patrolling Point 17A), Patrolling Points 14 and 15, and at the YJunction in Depsang. The Y-Junction is an outlet for Indian patrolling parties and covers Patrol Points 10, 11, 11A and 12. In all, about 80 sq km has been affected by Chinese ingress. swimming pools, theatres will remain shut during Unlock 2 between July 1 and July 31. Educational institutions, including schools and colleges, too, will remain closed till July 31. However, online classes will continue. Night curfew timings have been relaxed further. Curfew shall now be in force from 10 pm WHAT’S IN Showrooms, (except malls) with 50 % staff; not more than five customers at a time to 5 am instead of 9 pm to 5 am. Relaxation in night curfew will help in seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and flights. Shops depending upon their PM’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION TODAY Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Tuesday at 4 pm, his office said. There was no word though on to subject of his address Dine-in service at restaurants with 50% seat occupancy Tea shops, hotels, vegetable and grocery shops from 6 am-8 pm Only three persons can travel in taxis, two in auto Fish, meat, egg stalls WHAT’S OUT area, can have more than five persons at a time provided they maintain adequate physical distancing. Training institutions of the Central and state governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15. “SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India,” the ministry said. No AC at shops, restaurants, shops, spas, salons Religious, political gatherings Places of worship, malls, schools, colleges, training institutes, resorts The Centre said the guidelines were framed after extensive consultation with States and UTs. As for containment zones, the advisory said: “Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till July 31. These zones are required to be carefully demarcated... with a view to contain the spread of Covid-19.” International flight services, metro rail, MRTS Theatres, gyms, swimming pools, bars, beach, zoo, museums Interstate transport Come July, it’s lockdown 6.0 in Tamil Nadu Intensified lockdown, which is currently in force in Chennai, its neighbouring districts and Madurai, will continue till July 5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai BRACE UP, for another round of lockdown is here. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday announced extension of certain restrictions till July 31 across the State. However, the intensified lockdown that is currently being enforced in Chennai, its neighbouring districts, and Madurai will end on Sunday (July 5). From the following day, the lockdown will be implemented as it was till June 19, except on Sundays when it will be comp l e t e. I n a m a j o r m ove, Palaniswami has announced that darshan would be allowed in small temples, mosques, and churches in all village panchayats from July 1, except within the Chennai police limits. From July 16, temples in Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Madurai may also allow darshan. These decisions come on a day when the State reported 3,949 cases and 62 deaths, of which 2,167 cases and 37 deaths were in Chennai. The State’s tally now stands at 86,224 and toll at 1,141. An increase in deaths among younger patients has sparked concerns. A 13-year-old boy from Pudukottai district with dermatomyositis admitted in Thanjavur Medical College Hospital died on June 27. Similarly, a 25 year old man from Chennai with diabetes died a day after being admitted, due to cardiopulmonary arrest, Covid pneumonia, and diabetes mellitus. A 23-year-old Chennai resident, who had no co-morbid conditions, died on June 29 in a private hospital. He had fever, cough, and breathing difficulty for six days. Earlier in the day the health , experts committee held a twohour meeting with the Chief Positive: 24 Positive: 882 Positive: 13,869 Positive: 40,137 TRACING THE CASES ACROSS THE STATE CAPITAL There has been a significant rise in Covid-19 cases across Chennai March 14-31 TALLY April 1-30 DEATHS May 1-31 TOLL 86,224 62 1,141 INCREASE IN DEATHS AMONG YOUNG SPARKS CONCERN Minister. “We have not recommended extending the lockdown. It’s not the best solution,” said Prabhdeep Kaur, an ICMR Scientist who is a part of the panel, after the meeting. “Initially lockdown was neces, sary and now we need to adopt a new strategy to handle the present situation,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan who attended the meeting virtually . “In the last two weeks, there June 01-29 STATE SEES 3,949 FRESH CASES Chennai: Tamil Nadu reported 3,949 fresh cases on Monday. Chennai alone recorded 2,167 cases and 37 deaths increasing its tally to 55,969 and death toll to 846. Madurai topped the districts with 290 cases. has been a spike in Tiruchy, Madurai, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai, where the doubling time has come down. The initiatives enforced in Chennai should be replicated in these districts too. The indicators to assess the situation in a district includes case growth, number of deaths, doubling time, test positivity, bed occupancy, reserved beds, number of contacts traced, etc. After this, restrictions should be tightened in the areas where the infection rate is high,’ said Kaur. The e-pass system will continue to be in force for interState and inter-district travel till July 31, clarified the government. In places where complete lockdown is being extended, the e-passes issued till June 30 will be valid till July 5. District Collectors will issue e-passes to contractors who are in need to go to other districts for government works. India’s first vaccine candidate set to begin human trial V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad HYDERABAD-BASED vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech has been accorded permission by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to initiate Phase I&II human clinical trials for India’s first vaccine candidate against Covid-19. The vaccine has been developed and manufactured at the company’s Bio-safety Level-III high containment facility at Genome Valley in the city . The human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July Results are expected to . be out by October, following which larger clinical trials will be conducted. Named Covaxin, it is an indigenously developed inactivated vaccine. It was developed after the National Institute of Virology Pune isolated a strain , of the novel Coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and transferred it to the company . The permission for human clinical trials was granted by DCGI after the company submitted results generated from preclinical studies, demonstrating safety and immune response. Dr Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech, said, “We are proud to announce Covaxin, India’s first TRIAL FROM JULY, RESULTS IN OCT The Phase I & II human clinical trials for the vaccine named Covaxin are scheduled to start across India in July. The results are expected in October indigenous vaccine against Covid-19. The collaboration with ICMR and NIV was instrumental in the development of this vaccine. The proactive support and guidance from CDSCO have enabled approvals for this project.” According to a media release, the company accelerated its objective in completing the comprehensive pre-clinical studies by expediting the national regulatory protocols. Results from these studies have been promising and show extensive safety and effective immune responses, it said. Suchitra Ella, Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech said, “Bharat Biotech is committed to advancing vaccine development as a matter of national importance to demonstrate India’s strength in handling future pandemics.” So, what is an inactivated vaccine? The process involves growing the virus on a large scale and killing/inactivating it with a chemical. After the vaccine is injected into a human body it has no potential to , infect or replicate, since it is a dead virus. However, it helps the immune system mount an antibody response towards the virus. Syed Geelani raps rampant HC orders revenue officials to take indiscipline, quits Hurriyat over Sathankulam police station F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar IN a major jolt to separatist politics in Jammu and Kashmir, veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Monday announced his surprise resignation from the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference that he had founded in 2003. In a two-page letter sent to all Hurriyat constituents, Geelani accused some unnamed constituents of indiscipline, non-cooperation, financial irregularities and creating “parallel structure”. “In view of the current state of affairs of Hurriyat Conference, I am announcing my complete dissociation from the forum. In this context, I have already sent a detailed letter to all constituents of the forum informing about the decision,” the 90-yearold said in a brief audio message. Geelani’s decision comes at a time when the separatist camp is facing strong criticisms from within the Valley and in Pakistan for maintaining a “total silence” over the Narendra Modiled NDA government’s dilution of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution. J E G A D E E S W A R I PA N D I A N @ Madurai THE Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday directed the Thoothukudi Collector to depute revenue officials to preserve ‘clues’ at the Sathankulam police station, where P Jeyaraj and his son Beniks were allegedly subjected to custodial torture. A few days later, they died in hospital. A Division Bench of justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi gave the direction after the Principal District Judge informed it that the station’s police personnel were not cooperating with the Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate in the judi- cial inquiry into the incident. The judges further directed the Assistant Director of Mobile Forensic Sciences Laboratory of Thoothukudi to immediately collect ‘clues’ from the station. They also granted the official liberty to utilise experts from the Regional Foren- STATE TRANSFERS CASE TO CBI Chennai: The State government transferred the investigation into the alleged custodial death of two traders in Sathankulam to CBI. The DGP had requested the government to issue orders transferring the case to the CBI for a free and fair investigation. sic Sciences Laboratory of Tirunelveli if needed. The case was adjourned to Tuesday . Later in the day the court ini, tiated suo motu criminal contempt proceedings against three cops for preventing the JM from carrying out an inquiry at the station. According to the petition, the proceedings began after the JM submitted a report at the High Court Bench stating that the trio -- Additional Superintendent of Police D Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police C Prathapan, and constable Maharajan -- came to the police station and intervened in his inquiry Constable Maha. rajan made disparaging remarks against him, he said.
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