CHENNAI TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 ■ 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 infrared 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 IT’S called Unlock 2, but there isn’t much that would be unlocked except for the expansion of air and rail services in a calibrated manner, when new regulations for managing the Covid pandemic kick in on July 1. The decision not to ease restrictions in a big way was taken consid- ering the rising number of coronavirus cases, officials said. The Union home ministry’s guidelines for Unlock 2 said operations of domestic flights and passenger trains that are already on in a limited way, will be further expanded in a calibrated manner. Limited domestic flight operations of onethird capacity resumed after a gap of two months on May 25. 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, the 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. The 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. The Railways, which used to operate around 1,600 trains daily in the pre-Covid days, is now running only 215 of them and a few Shramik trains daily . However, Metro Rail services, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools and theatres will remain shut. Also, gatherings of all kinds, including religious gatherings, WHAT’S IN Showrooms, (except malls) with 50 % staff; not more than five customers at a time will stay prohibited. “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, it did not announce the date for restarting international flights, which is prohibited as of now. Earlier, the Directorate Gen- 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 eral of Civil Aviation (DGCA), while extending the international flight suspension to July 15, had said inter national scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on case-to-case basis. The government also indicated that prohibition on some activities could be lifted after rea s s e s s m e n t . H o w e v e r, educational institutions, in- No AC at shops, restaurants, shops, spas, salons Religious, political gatherings Places of worship, malls, schools, colleges, training institutes, resorts cluding schools and colleges, will remain closed till July 31. Night curfew timings were relaxed by an hour — 10 pm to 5 am instead of 9 pm-5 am. Relaxation in night curfew will help in seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. 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 in Chennai and surroundings, and for Madurai, as it was before June 23. Sundays will see complete lockdown. In a major move, Palaniswami has announced that worship 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, places of worship in Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Madurai may also allow worship. 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. 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 Minister. “We have not recom- Positive: 24 Positive: 882 Positive: 13,869 Positive: 40,137 TRACING THE CASES ACROSS THE STATE CAPITAL Chennai’s Covid-19 tally has skyrocketed since the enforcement of first lockdown March 14-31 TALLY April 1-30 DEATHS May 1-31 TOLL 86,224 62 1,141 INCREASE IN DEATHS AMONG YOUNG SPARKS CONCERN mended 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 has been a spike in Tiruchy, June 01-29 HEALTH EXPERTS NOT FOR LOCKDOWN Chennai: The panel of health experts has said that there is no use in extending the lockdown, considering socio-economic factors. “We have not suggested an extension,” Dr Prabhdeep Kaur, ICMR scientist said. 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 and 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 produced 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 . 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, it said. The permission for human clinical trials was granted by DCGI after the company sub- 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 mitted results generated from preclinical studies, demonstrating safety and immune response. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, during the first phase of the clinical trial, the vaccine is tried in a small group of people, often less than 100. Re- searchers will look for potential side effects at different dose levels. The second phase involves more participants and would be spread over a longer period of time. The researchers will closely monitor the participants to see if the vaccine is effective and safe for larger tri- als. The next stage is Phase III trial. This will involve a much larger sample size. At present, 17 vaccines are under clinical trial globally, most of them in phase one or two, according to WHO. What is 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. CONTINUED ON: P8 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, 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 Con. stable Maharajan made disparaging remarks against him, he MORE ON PAGE: 2 said.
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