CHENNAI TUESDAY JULY 07, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 VELLORE EDITION REVENUES UNDER STRESS DUE TO PANDEMIC: FINMIN Govt revenues were hit hard due to disruption in economic activities in April and May, says a new finance ministry report INCOME TAX MOP-UP JUST 5% OF ESTIMATE GREEN SHOOTS VISIBLE IN SOME AREAS According to the Macroeconomic Report for June 2020 released by Department of Economic Affairs under the Finance Ministry, revenue receipts declined by 68.9%, led by contraction in personal income tax, indirect taxes and non-tax revenue. “Personal income tax stood at 5.6% of Budget Estimate compared to 10.6% till May 2019,” said the report ■ ■ ■ However, corporate tax grew 1,408.1% over May 2019, it said According to the report, early green shoots of economic revival could been seen in May and June in select real activity indicators These are electricity and fuel consumption, inter and intra-state movement of goods, retail financial transaction | P10 -4.5% ESTIMATED GROWTH OF INDIA’S GDP IN 2020, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT 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 Partial Chinese pullback at LAC HONKING OFF VIRUSES Breakthrough after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to Foreign Minister Wang Yi M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi An ambulance struggling to find its way out near the Basin Bridge Junction in Chennai on Monday | P JAWAHAR SWELLING CROWDS AND TRAFFIC AS CHENNAI ENTERS UNLOCK 2.0 S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai MANY Chennaiites gave a thumbs down to safety norms as the city unlocked itself from another spell of intense lockdown on Monday Chaos . and crowd ruled the city streets as large number of workers and people came out of their houses since morning. Anticipating heavy traffic, the city police had activated over 400 traffic signals at major junctions. Reminiscent of the pre-Covid days, major locations such as Basin Bridge, Poonamallee High Road, and Gemini Flyover witnessed traffic snarls as long as 30 minutes. Several two-wheeler riders gave scant regard to social distance by allowing pillion riders while many others jumped signals. Commercial areas like Purasaivakkam, Parry’s Corner, T Nagar, Sowcarpet and Tambaram witnessed huge crowds as shops reopened after a gap of almost three weeks. The Basin Bridge that connects some key market areas and establishments witnessed heavy traffic at 9.30 am. At Anna Salai and Poonamallee High Road, police were deployed to check on people not wearing masks or giving pillion rides. “At each red signal, we counted at least 30 people without helmets, masks or with a pillion rider,” said a traffic personnel. 1,000 BEDS WILL BE ADDED: MIN Chennai: Health Minister C Vijayabaskar’s statement that 1,000 more beds will added to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) comes on a day when Tamil Nadu reported 3,827 new Covid-19 cases and 61 deaths. Chennai saw 1,747 new cases and 30 deaths. Madurai, which continues to have an upward trend, reported 245 new cases. Vijayabaskar said, “Tower-3 of the RGGGH will be opened soon, and the works for laying oxygen pipeline is being taken up on a war-footing.” A total of 33,518 people were tested on Monday, in 95 testing labs across the State. Protests at Pulianthope, Kasimedu Hundreds of workers protested at Pulianthope slaughter house, demanding that the government to allow them resume work after a gap of three months. “Drivers, poultry farmers and retailers are all dependent on this slaughter house. It has been more than 100 days since the place was shut down. We are jobless and in debts,” said D Appanraj, who was protesting since 7 am. Similarly, fishermen at Kasimedu fishing harbour staged a protest demanding that the State government allow them to go for deep-sea fishing and provide them the pending subsidy . 3,827 3,793 61 FRESH CASES RECOVERED DEATHS Out of the 61 deaths reported on Monday, 53 had comorbidities. So far, 1,14,978 people have tested positive in TN, while the death toll has increased to 1,571. IN a major breakthrough along the Eastern Ladakh border, partial disengagement of Chinese troops began in the Galwan Valley area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday . The process was set rolling after a video call between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi — the two special representatives on border issues — late on Sunday night. “The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been seen removing tents and structures at Patrolling Point 14,” government sources said. According to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs, the two leaders agreed on expeditious and total disengagement. “They agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC and de-escalation from India-China border areas for An India Air Force helicopter on a sortie in Ladakh’s Leh region, on Monday | PTI full restoration of peace and tranquillity In this regard they . further agreed that both sides should complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC expeditiously,” the statement read. The disengagement began at various locations as per terms agreed in the Corps Commanders’ meeting on June 30. “Rearward movement of PLA vehicles has been seen in general area of Galwan, Hot Springs and Gogra,” sources said. Green light to univs for final semester exams EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FINAL semester exams in universities and other educational institutions pending since March due to Covid-19 can now be held after the Union home ministry gave its green light on Monday . “The final term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines and academic calendar for the Universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” the ministry wrote to the higher education secretary . The ministry’s advisory came on a day a committee formed by the UGC recommended that exams be conduct- ed in universities and colleges across India. Following the submission of the suggestions by Haryana university vice-chancellor R C Kuhad, the UGC called an emergency meeting on Monday evening and decided to write to the universities at the earliest. The decision has been taken in the academic interest of the students, said sources adding a fresh academic calendar will soon be issued and universities will be asked to conduct exams by September-end. The UGC has also decided to recommend that the final year examinations be held in online, offline or in mix mode, whichever is appropriate. Apart from final semester exams, universities can also conduct pending exams for other semesters. AIIMS panel wants vaccine study restructured S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE research ethics committee of AIIMS, Delhi has objected to several points in the study protocol proposed for the clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin, without giving in to pressure by the Indian Council of Medical Research to fasttrack the tests. AIIMS, Delhi is one of the 12 hospitals across 10 states that have been selected for human trials of the vaccine candidate developed by Bharat Biotech Age group for trial The proposed age groups for the trials are 18-55 years for Phase I and 12-65 years for Phase II. The study design, however, could see some changes following objections by the AIIMS, Delhi panel and the ICMR. The suggestion for change in the study design comes even as most other hospitals chosen for the trial have approved the study protocol, this newspaper has learnt. Sources said the ethics committee has demanded modification in the study design that proposed a sample size of 1,125 8 lakh Indians on exit route as Kuwait House panel approves expat quota bill P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi AS many as eight lakh Indians could be affected as Kuwait parliament’s legal and legislative committee on Monday cleared a draft resolution that seeks to limit the number of f o r e i g n wo rk e r s i n t h e country . The draft expat quota bill will soon be put to vote in the Assembly At present, there are . about 14.5 lakh Indians in Kuwait, which has a total popula- tion of about 43 lakh. The bill seeks to restrict the number of Indians residing in the country to 15% of the national population—that works up to 6.45 lakh. In that cases, about eight lakh Indians would Top remittance source Kuwait has been one of the top remittance sources for India. Last year, about $4.58 billion worth of remittances flew in to India from this Gulf Arab country have to leave the country . Last month, Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah proposed reducing the number of expats from 70 per cent to 30 per cent of the population. Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem justified the proposal pointing to the high proportion of foreigners in Kuwait’s total population. “What’s more serious? About 13 lakh of the 30 lakh foreigners in the country are illiterate,” he said. healthy volunteers for Phase I and II trials, and will discuss it again. “The committee objected to 11 points in the proposed protocol and has suggested that they be amended,” said a senior official in the institution. “This is the dif ference between AIIMS and other institutions in the country. We take pride in the highest ethical standards and rigour that we follow for every research project.” ICMR’s July 2 letter to the 12 hospitals had demanded that the trials be fast-tracked. It wanted subject enrolment by July 7 so as to launch the vaccine by August 15, a target dubbed as rushed and unrealistic by experts. As for AIIMS, Delhi, subject enrolment may begin only on July 7; it will take several days to wrap it up. As per the original protocol, the vaccine is to be studied on 375 individuals in Phase 1, followed by Phase II trial to evaluate its safety, reactogenicity, tolerability and immunogenicity Volunteers will be adminis. tered two intramuscular shots. PLA yet to pull out of Finger-4, Depsang The stand-off locations include Finger-4 along the Northern Flank of Pangong Tso, Gogra Post (Patrolling Point 17A), Patrolling Points 14 and 15 in Galwan Valley and Y-Junction in Depsang Partial pullback in Galwan and Gogra, not elsewhere FACTOIDS India had a total of 2,20,478 active cases by the end of June, up from 97,008 on June 1 On June 1, the total number of cases was 1,98,371, but on June 30 it shot up to cases 5,85,792 India’s active cases more than doubled at the rate of 104.48% by the end of June Total cases registered 195% growth rate by June-end compared to the beginning of June As on June 30, the 10 states with the highest infections accounted for 80% of total cases. These states included Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat By June 1, India had 95,744 recoveries, 5,606 deaths and it had tested 39,66,075 By June 30, 3,47,839 people recovered, 17,409 died and 88,26,585 people were tested % INCREASE FROM JUNE 1 TO JUNE 30 How far deep has the PLA pulled back will be determined after due verification, an Army officer said. The Army is understandably wary and will watch the situation for at least 72 hours, since the PLA in the past did not comply with disengagement agreements. However, “there is no movement at Finger-4 and the Chinese troops are staying put at the stand-off position at YJunction in Depsang bulge,” confirmed another source. China acknowledged the limited disengagement, with foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian saying progress had been made by the two militaries to disengage and reduce tensions along the LAC. “There is progress made on frontline troops taking effective measures to disengage and ease the tensions. Chinese and Indian troops held a commander-level talk on June 30. The two sides continue to work to implement the consensus reached at the two previous rounds of talks,” he said. Unlock-1 sees 60% of all Covid deaths S A N A S H A K I L & K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi TWO-thirds of all Covid-19 deaths from March up to June-end were registered last month itself when the government eased most of the lockdown restrictions and rolled out Unlock-1.0 on June 1, an analysis by TNIE has revealed. From March 13, when the first novel coronavirus-related fatality was registered in the country to May-end, around , 5,500 deaths due to the pandemic were recorded. But in June, when unlock started, there was a surge. On June 1, the total deaths stood at 5,606, but by the end of the month, 11,803 more persons had died of Covid-19, taking the fatalities to 17,409. It wasn’t fatalities alone that registered a sharp rise. Several other indicators showed that during Unlock-1.0, the curve went through the roof. On June 1, there were 97,008 active cases. By the end of the month, that figure climbed to 2,20,478. If one looks at the figure of confirmed Covid-19 cases in June, comparing it with the total confirmed cases since March when lockdown was first announced, June alone contributed 65% of the total cases. “The high numbers show the epidemic is now growing rapidly. All our control measures seem to have been, at best, only partially-successful, probably only delayed rather than averted the effect of the epidemic,” said epidemiologist Jammi N Rao, who has worked with the Indian Council of Medical Research, Hyderabad, and was a public health consultant with the UK National Health Service. The month of May is an important landmark in India’s fight against the virus. Fatality rate, which reached a peak of 3.42% on May 5, was brought down by the month-end to 2.83%. This happened through a combination of increased testCONTINUED ON: P7 ing and isolation. Recovery Fatality Testing 122.53% 263.30% 210.54% 14-year-old girl found charred in Tiruchy forest M S T H A N A R A J @ Tiruchy COUPLE of days after a 7-yearold girl was raped and murdered in Pudukkottai, a 14-year-old girl was found charred to death in a seemai karuvelam (prosopis juliflora) forest at Aadhavathur near Tiruchy on Monday. The girl was studying in Class 9. Police quoted the girl’s parents that they last saw her around noon when she was playing with her friends and had ventured into the thicket nearby to relieve herself. Realising that her daughter Bereaved villagers staging a protest in Aadhavathur on Monday | EXPRESS did not return home, her mother went into the woods looking for her in the evening. To her shock, she found the girl charred to death in the dense region of the forest. Senior police officers including DIG Z Annie Vijaya and SP Ziaul Haque rushed to the spot, coming to know of the incident. Tension gripped the village as the news spread and the villagers resorted to a protest demanding speedy justice to the We sent the girl’s body for autopsy to the MGMGH. Further details can be known only after we get the report. Murderers will be brought before justice at the earliest - Z Annie Vijaya, DIG girl. They did not allow police to take the girl’s body for postmortem and detained the ambulance for a while. They relented after Haque assured them of an immediate probe. Annie Vijaya said the cause of the girl’s death could be ascertained only after post mortem. “We sent the girl’s body for autopsy to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital. Further details can be known only after we get the report. Violence against girl children will not be tolerated. Murderers will be brought to justice,” she said.
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