COIMBATORE FRIDAY JULY 10, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION NEPAL PULLS PLUG ON INDIAN TV CHANNELS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi CABLE TV operators in Nepal on Thursday banned all Indian news channels except Doordarshan, accusing them of spreading misinformation and defaming their leaders. However, there has been no government order to this effect so far. Nepal’s minister for informa- tion and broadcasting Yubaraj Khatiwada said the government would seek political and legal remedies against Indian media for disseminating news that jeopardises the nation, nationality, sovereignty and self-respect of Nepalis. “We also request not to disseminate news that infringes sovereignty and self-respect of Nepal- is. This includes the media of neighboring countries. We might seek both political and legal remedies,” he said. Nepal-India relations have been on a downward spiral since the Himalayan nation passed a constitutional amendment to include territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Kalapani in their new map claiming them un- PLA FULLY WITHDRAWS FROM GOGRA, HOT SPRINGS der the Treaty of Sugauli. India, however, maintains that the territories are theirs. Both countries are mandated by a 1988 treaty to resolve all boundary issues through diplomatic talks. The latest move also comes after a media house claimed Nepal leaders were honey trapped by Chinese ambassador to Nepal after she met them. Corps commanders of India and China will meet next week to discuss pullback of larger troop formations, heavy equipment Lt Gen Harinder Singh and Maj Gen Lin Liu will meet for the fourth time to decide the next phase of troop withdrawal Disengagement now enters an important phase after pullback in three areas of stand-off in Eastern Ladakh The entire focus now shifts to Pangong Tso area where there has been thinning out of troops from Finger area 4 LAC SITUATION IS “STABLE AND IMPROVING”, CHINA SAID ON THURSDAY Galwan Valley is india’s, says MEA The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday termed China’s claims over Galwan Valley “untenable and exaggerated” | P7 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 Door opens for Covid test by more pvt labs Proactive steps to enhance India’s testing capacity; accreditation request would be processed within a month EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi This family arrived in Chennai two months back, and has been stuck here since then. Today, they finally got a flight back home to Malaysia | ASHWIN PRASATH 0-12 3,255 3,022 Till date (09/07/2020) 64,656 13-60 60+ 9,475 Age and Sex distribution 5,859 FRESH CASES 40,292 22 Male Female Trans Gender RECOVERED DEATHS 4,231 3,994 65 As cases spike in dists, Central team visits TN steady spike. Tiruvallur topped the list with 364 cases, followed by Kallakurichi (254), ChengalAFTER a marginal dip over the pattu (169), and Vellore (87). last two days, the State on Southern districts, too, are witThursday recorded 4,231 fresh nessing a spurt — Madurai cases, of which 1,216 were in (262), Thoothukudi (196), Chennai. A total of 65 deaths Tirunelveli (110), and Virudhuwere reported, taking the State nagar (289). The State’s overall toll to 1,765. A Central team led case tally now stands at 1,26,581, by the additional secreof which 46,480 were Kiran Bedi a c t i v e tary of the Union as on negative Health Ministry, Arti Wednesday . Ahuja, reviewed the In Tirupur, a Tasmac After an situation in Chennai. liquor outlet was shut employee The team held dis- working at the down after a salesman cussions with State there tested positive. Raj Nivas in health minister C ViHe had symptoms inPuducherry jayabaskar, health sec- tested positive, cluding throat pain retary J R a d - L-G Kiran Bedi and fever for the past hakrishnan, and other few days. His swab underwent a senior officials. similar test for samples were taken on It then visited the July 6, and the results Covid. Her RGGGH and Omancame on Thursday results came durar hospital, and morning. His family out negative held discussions with members and two of the collectors of worst-hit dis- his colleagues have been tested t r i c t s — C h e n g a l p a t t u , now. Their results are awaited. Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, There is no clarity on how conVellore, Salem, and Theni. tact tracing would be conductSources say the team will hold ed among the customers who talks with Chief Minister visited the shop. Edappadi K Palaniswami on In Karaikal, a palmist has Friday . been cited as the source of inWhile the numbers continue fection for 13 of his clients, to dip in Chennai, neighbour- causing fear and uproar in the ing districts are witnessing a region. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai BP & SUGAR: 2 ARRESTED COPS SKIP REMAND E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thoothukudi IN a late night drama, two of the five policemen arrested in connection with the Sathankulam custodial death case were admitted to the hospital after they complained of ill health. Only the three cops -- head constable Samdurai and constables Chellathurai and Vail Muthu -- were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate. They have been remanded till July 23 and sent to the Madurai Central Prison. The two other policemen -- sub inspector Paldurai and constable Thomas Francis -- are currently at the Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital for the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure respectively . They would be produced before the CJM once their health returns to normal, sources said. Paldurai claimed he was not guilty and accused , the media of raking up the issue. Meanwhile, inspector Srithar and sub inspector Balakrishnan, who have been suspended and arrested in connection with the case, have moved their bail petitions in the district court. The case has been adjourned to July 13. The petitioners have claimed that the deceased duo, Jeyaraj and Beniks, were fit enough to walk down to the government hospital and court, and did not mention any health issues to the doctors or the judicial magistrate. As the Madurai Bench is hearing the case on July 9, the district sessions court has adjourned the matter to July 13. On Thursday the Bench asked , CB-CID Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Anil Kumar to submit a report on action taken till date. TAKING proactive steps to ramp up the Covid-19 testing capacity in the country, the government has decided to allow non-accredited private labs — who apply for accreditation — to carry out diagnostic tests for the viral disease. With the national test positivity rate crossing 10 — against the WHO recommended guideline of keeping it under 5 in order to contain the outbreak — low testing continues to be a major concern. Dr Nivedita Gupta, a senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said private labs have now been allowed to apply for National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation and in parallel submit their application to the ICMR to carry out Covid-19 tests. “Private labs can complete accreditation in a month. As of today a total of 1,132 testing , labs are operational,” she said. At present, more than 2.6 lakh samples are being tested for Covid-19 each day . KEPT THEM POSTED He was part & parcel of Nilgiris tribals’ lives, in letter and spirit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore HE was part and parcel of their existence, their hopes, aspirations and activities... When R K Narayan was breathing life into his Malgudi postman Thanappa, little would have the master wordsmith realized that years later his character would appear in flesh in the Nilgiris. During his three-decade-long stint with India Post, D Sivan (65) was all that Thanappa was, and more! Sivan has now hung up his boots, but is not short on stories when it comes to his heyday . “I once was chased by a mother elephant. I miraculously escaped after sliding down a slope and hiding behind a tree,” is one of the many anecdotes the veteran Gramin Dak Sevak (mail deliverer) is ready with. He used to daily trek from the Coonoor Railway Station Postoffice to Hillg rove Postof fice. Sounds pretty normal? But between the point A and point B lay a 15-km to and fro trek through a dense forest. Though picturesque, the trek along Sivan the tea bushes adjacent to the Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) could turn treacherous during the rains. Add to that the threat from the wildlife, Sivan put his life on the line. Every day. A mere occupational hazard, he would say. Sivan rose to fame after an IAS officer, Supriya Sahu, tweeted about him. The rest was done by the social media. Sivan was in his 30s when he joined India Post as a stamp vendor. He was promoted as mail deliverer in 2010. The latter part of his career is what brought him close to nature. “I have seen see wild elephants, sloth bears, gaurs, leopards, spotted deer, snakes and bonnet macaque, among other animals. They never disturbed me. I was very cautious while walking inside the forest after my experience with the mother elephant. It was one of the most memorable days of my life,” recounts Sivan. EXPRESS READ Police-killer don Vikas Dubey arrested in MP Bhopal/Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh’s most wanted gangster Vikas Dubey, who was on the run after he and his aides allegedly killed eight UP policemen in Kanpur last week, was on Thursday nabbed by Ujjain police. He was arrested when came to offer prayers at the Mahakal Temple on Thursday. Later, a team of UP police led by an Assistant SP of STF reached Ujjain and took the gangster into custody. The UP team is expected to take Dubey to Kanpur by road. According to sources, during the initial interrogation by Ujjain police after his arrest, Dubey said he ambushed the police party in Bikru village in Kanpur fearing his own encounter at the hands of cops | P8 Golfers +ve but play Even though three professional golfers continued to test positive for Covid-19, teed off together at a PGA meet in the US. New rules allow golfers to play if at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared | P11 “TrueNat and CBNAAT tests too have been deployed recently in addition to RT-PCR , and we hope to see a further rise by the use of the antigen test,” Dr Gupta added. Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said India now has the capacity to manufacture 3 lakh rapid antigen tests per day Ten . companies have approached the ICMR for test validation. Antigen tests are quick and cost effective but the ones validated in India have low reliability, so they have to be used along with RT-PCR tests, considered the gold standard for detecting the virus. As of now the antigen test kits manufactured by only one company has been permitted in India and is being used in containment areas and hospitals. Bhushan pointed out that despite a population of 1.3 bn, India has been able to manage Covid-19 relatively well, as the case count per million is among the lowest in the worldHe added that India has 15 deaths per million population whereas elsewhere this figure is up to 40 times higher. Hardly 30K students may get seats abroad S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi The Covid-19 is expected to affect a large number of Indians hoping to pursue higher education abroad this year. While last year, nearly 4 lakh students went abroad, the fig- ure could drop to as low as 30,000 this year due to delay in Class XII results and final year exams. For most Indian students, five countries — the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand — are the most sought after higher education destinations. China, Germany and France joined the list in the last few years. Experts said, since the new session in colleges begins from September in most countries, Indians will not be able to seek enrollment this year
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