KOTTAYAM l TUESDAY l JUNE 30, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY 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 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 30 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, 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 Jose shown the door, UDF keeps Joseph in its fold The front decides not to allow the faction into its meetings until further notice; Jose terms the UDF decision ‘politically unjust’ WHAT THEY SAID Jose faction failed to implement the UDF leadership decision with regard to the change of guard in Kottayam district panchayat even after repeated reminders and discussions. Hence they don’t deserve to continue in the coalition Benny Behanan, UDF convener This is an issue of the selfrespect for the KC (M). We’ll never compromise our selfesteem. We won’t cow down to any threats either Jose K Mani, KC(M) leader The faction which does not agree to the decisions taken by the UDF leadership can no longer be a part of the front P J Joseph, , KC(M) leader Political stances are taken depending on the situation. Let them (Jose K Mani faction) make their stand clear Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister Commanders of Corps set to meet on Indian side of the 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 Command. ers 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 hel d 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. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram IN what could trigger a realignment in state politics, the UDF on Monday decided to keep the Jose K Mani faction of the Kerala Congress (M) out of the front. The move, which comes less than a year ahead of the assembly elections and just a few months ahead of local body polls, is significant as it follows the debacle the UDF suffered in assembly by polls, particularly in Pala, where the front lost due to the fight between the factions led by Jose and veteran leader P J Joseph. Jose termed the UDF decision ‘politically unjust’ and one that amounts to rejecting K M Mani’s politics. If he decides to walk out of the front, then the LDF is his next best option. The Left front, however, remained non-committal, but Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged the Jose faction to declare the faction’s political stand indicating that the doors are open. Jose, however, did not reveal his future course of action, which could define his role in Kerala politics. The BJP leadership, meanwhile, is trying to woo the faction to the NDA. UDF convener Benny Be- Jose K Mani P J Joseph hanan, while announcing the decision, said the Jose faction would not be allowed to attend the front’s meetings. The decision was taken for not abiding by the front’s diktat to vacate Kottayam district panchayat president’s post to make way for the Joseph faction’s candidate. The Jose faction had always maintained that there was no such understanding. The UDF will decide on the road ahead at a meeting to be held on Wednesday . The UDF leaders had held telephonic conversations with Jose on Sunday On Monday Be. , hanan, KPCC president Mullapally Ramachandran, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister Oommen Chandy met at the Cantonment House while Muslim League leadership and the remaining allies were consulted over the phone. ● More on P4 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. THE HITLIST l TikTok l Shareit l Kwai l UC Browser l Baidu map l Shei l Clash of Kings l DU battery saver l Helo l Likee l YouCam makeup l Mi Community l CM Browers l Virus Cleaner l APUS Browser l ROMWE l Club Factory l Newsdog l Beutry Plus l WeChat l UC News l QQ Mail l Weibo l Xender l QQ Music l QQ Newsfeed l Bigo Live l SelfieCity l Mail Master l Parallel Space l Mi Video Call – Xiaomi l WeSync l ES File Explorer l Viva Video – QU Video Inc l Meitu l Vigo Video l New Video Status l DU Recorder l Vault- Hide l Cache Cleaner DU App studio l DU Cleaner l DU Browser l Hago Play With New Friends l Cam Scanner l Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile l Wonder Camera l Photo Wonder l QQ Player l We Meet l Sweet Selfie l Baidu Translate l Vmate l QQ International l QQ Security Center l QQ Launcher l U Video l V fly Status Video l Mobile Legends l DU Privacy 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 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 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. 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.” Kasaragod chucks out 150 Mangaloreans at night G E O R G E P O I K AY I L @Kasaragod IN THE tussle between the district administrations of Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod, 150 Mangaloreans, including 12 pregnant women, had a harrowing time when they were evicted from lodges in Kasaragod and sent to Mangaluru in the middle of the night. “If IAS officers don’t have humanity, what is the use of the IAS tag. Officers in the two states should learn to speak to one another and solve people’s problems,” said U T Khader, four-time MLA of Mangaluru. On Saturday, the 150 passengers arrived from Dubai in a chartered flight arranged by the Karnataka Cultural Foundation, an organisation affiliated to the Sunni group led by Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar. “The flight landed in Kannur after it was denied permission to land in Mangaluru,” Khader said. But Karnataka’s nodal officer for stranded persons outside In- dia C N Meena Nagaraj, an IAS officer, called up Kerala officials and questioned why the flight was allowed to land in Kannur, Khader said. She reportedly told Kerala officials that the passengers should be quarantined in the cities of arrival, that is Karnataka would not take them in. In the meantime, the Karnataka Cultural Foundation arranged seven buses to take the passengers to Mangaluru. By the time it was con- veyed to them that they would not be allowed to enter Mangaluru, the buses had reached Kasaragod district. The representatives of the organisation made frantic calls to several political leaders. Congress leader and district panchayat standing committee chairperson Harshad Vorkady said he got a call for help around 10pm on Saturday He spoke to owners of three . lodges to accommodate them. The lodges were used by the district administration as quaran● More on P4 tine centres. Ponnani goes into lockdown 121 4,311 as community spread looms KERALA CASE DIARY cases reported on Monday 2,057 are under treatment cases confirmed so far 23 DEATHS 2,231 have recovered so far TN native who died in Malappuram had Covid Malappuram: Kerala’s Covid death toll went up to 23 on Monday. The test results of a 55-year-old Tamil Nadu native, who had died while under treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH), Manjeri, turned out to be positive on Monday. The deceased is Arashan, a native of Kallakurichi. Arashan, who sold scraps for a living, was admitted to the GMCH with fever and vomiting on June 23. Though he was given treatment, he died on June 24, said District Medical Officer K Sakeena. Arashan’s body was handed over to his family by adhering to Covid protocol. 9 CISF men among fresh cases As many as 9 CISF personnel deployed at Kerala’s airports have tested positive for Covid on Monday. The government decided to declare triple lockdown in Ponnani, Malappuram district, considering chances of community spread. VISHNUPRASAD K P & DILEEP V K U M A R @ Malappuram/T’Puram A DAY after two doctors and three nurses were confirmed to have contracted coronavirus through local contact in Vattamkulam panchayat in Malappuram, the district administration imposed a complete lockdown in Ponnani taluk from 5pm on Monday . People’s movement in the area will be restricted and shops will be allowed to open from 7am to 1pm. The lockdown will continue till July 6 midnight. With the fear of community transmission still looming large, the health department has decided to chalk out a focused approach to trace the source of infection and negate the possibility of infection spreading to others through The test and the plan The CLIA-based serology test has an overall specificity of 99.8% and an overall sensitivity of 100% in the detection of antibodies including IgG. A total of 1,500 tests will be conducted among various sections of people. As part of the same, 5ml of blood will be collected from each person and tested for SARS-CoV-2 using CLIA-based antibody kits at Kozhikode MCH. these positive patients. Apart from the five healthcare workers, an employee at a private bank, an ASHA worker and a house wife in Vattamkulam panchayat were also tested positive from the panchayat. The department said 1,500 high-risk people from the taluk, which has been declared a containment zone, will be subject- ed to random testing after it identified more than 10,000 contacts of the infected healthcare workers. If a majority of the test results come out positive, Malappuram could become the first district to have Covid community spread. The health department will conduct chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA)-based serology test. A two-member special team from the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) will visit the taluk for one week to coordinate the activities. The special team comprises DHS deputy director Dr Sanal Kumar and state quality officer Dr Amjith E Kutty The team will . work along with the district medical officer, district programme manager of National Health Mission, district surveillance officer and the Malap● More on P4 puram team. 1st vaccine candidate 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, 2020. Results are expect- ed to be out by October 2020, following which larger clinical trials will be conducted. The indigenously developed vaccine has been named as Covaxin and is an inactivated vaccine. It has been developed after 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. TRIAL FROM JULY, RESULTS IN OCT The human clinical trials for the vaccine named Covaxin are scheduled to start across India in July. The results of the trial would be out in October EXPRESS READ Geelani raps indiscipline, Sprinklr contract not walks out of Hurriyat scrapped: Govt to HC SSLC results to be announced today 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”. T’Puram: General Education Minister C Raveendranath will announce the SSLC results at 2pm here on Tuesday. In addition to the SSLC, he will also announce the results of THSLC (Technical High School), THSLC (hearing impaired), SSLC (hearing impaired) and AHSLC (Art High School). General Education Secretary A Shahjahan said all arrangements have been completed to announce the results. Over 4.78 lakh students appeared for the SSLC examination while over 8.9 lakh students appeared for HSE and VHSE examinations. Kochi: The state government told the Kerala High Court on Monday that its contract with US-based Sprinklr still exists. However, the complete application and Covid-related data are being managed on the Amazon cloud space at the instance of C-DIT and no employee of Sprinklr has any access to any data. The government made the submission on Monday when the court asked whether the agreement between the company was in force.
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