MADURAI SATURDAY JULY 11, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION APEX COURT ALLOWS SERVICE OF SUMMONS VIA WHATSAPP But, the SC refuses to name the service, keen not to repeat its earlier mistake of saying Xerox instead of photocopying E-MAIL, FAX SERVICES CAN ALSO BE USED SC REFUSES TO INTERVENE IN RBI’S DOMAIN “It has been brought to the notice of the court that it is not feasible to visit post offices for service of notices, summons, and pleadings” due to Covid-19, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde observed. Therefore, they shall be sent through e-mail or fax on the same day along with instant message like WhatsApp and other phone messenger services ■ ■ The bench noted that “two blue ticks on WhatsApp would convey that the receiver has seen the notice” On extension of cheque’s validity, the bench noted, “We don’t consider appropriate to interfere in the deadline prescribed by RBI. If RBI considers to extend, then they can do it” SC HAD TAKEN SUO MOTTO COGNIZANCE OF THE DIFFICULTIES IN SERVING NOTICES 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 Sellur Raju tests positive as TN records 3,680 cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Police at the site where ganglord Vikas Dubey was shot dead when he allegedly tried to flee after his car toppled, near Kanpur on Friday | PTI U.P. GANGLORD SHOT DEAD IN ‘ENCOUNTER’ YET another minister tested positive on Friday even , as the State recorded 3,680 new Covid cases and 64 deaths. The tally now stands at 1,30,261 and toll at 1,829. Chennai recorded 1,205 cases and 27 deaths. The Central team, which has been reviewing the pandemic situation in Chennai and surrounding districts, held discussions with Chief Minister Edap- padi K Palaniswami, details of which were not revealed to the press. Minister Sellur K Raju tested positive on Friday, and is being treated at a private hospital in Chennai. He is the third minister, after electricity minister P Thangamani and higher education minister KP Anbazhagan, to test positive. Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and DMK chief MK Stalin wished the minister a speedy recovery . Meanwhile, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar announced the setting up of an exclusive plasma storage bank at the Rajiv G a n d h i G ove r n ment General Hospital at a cost of `2 crore for Covid treatment. “We have administered plasma-based treatment for 20 patients so far, of which 18 have fully recovered,” the health minister said in his statement. FEAR GRIPS NORTHERN DISTRICTS Chennai’s neighbouring districts continued to witness a sharp spike with Chengalpattu reporting 242 cases, Tiruvallur 219 and Kancheepuram 61 CHENNAI DEATHS 1,205 64 1,30,261 The bank has been set up at the second floor of Tower-II. Five apheresis machines to separate the convalescent plasma, four couches, and freezers will A day after his dramatic arrest, UP’s most wanted ganglord Vikas Dubey was shot dead at dawn by a state Special Task Force (STF) during an ‘exchange of fire’ while escorting him back to Kanpur from Ujjain on Friday. Dubey was arrested from the Mahakal temple by Ujjain police on Thursday . On the intervening night of July 2-3, Dubey’s henchmen had gunned down eight policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police-level officer, during a raid at his house in Bikru village in Kanpur. The police claimed the gangster was killed when he tried to escape after snatching a pistol from Inspector Ramakant Pachauri, who was escorting him in an SUV that toppled in Barr under Sanchedi police station in Kanpur. The police claimed it had to open fire as Dubey was trying to flee while firing at the STF team accompanying him. Two constables and a sub-inspector were also injured in the firing. All of them were E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai/Nagapattinam HOURS after minister OS Manian said a final decision on VK Sasikala’s future role in the AIADMK would be taken by the “high command,” his counterpart D Jayakumar ruled out the possibility by stating that “the decision taken a few years ago, to run the government and the party without her interference, still holds good.” Jayakumar’s clarification came hours after Textiles Minister OS Manian, responding to a question about the future of Sasikala after her release from the Bengaluru prison, said, “I am just a district secretary of the party The decision on such issues . will be taken by the AIADMK top leadership. So you (reporters) better pose this question to them.” For the last two weeks, rumours about the political prospects of Sasikala after the completion of her jail term in the disproportionate assets case, have been doing rounds. The party refused to react to the rumours till Friday. Sasikala is currently serving four-year jail term in a Bengalurup rison. Recently a BJP functionary in Karnataka tweeted , that she could be released on August 14, triggering speculations. taken to Lala Lajpat Rai hospital in Kanpur where the doctors declared Dubey dead upon arrival. He had received four bullet shots — three in his chest and one in the arm — doctors later informed. His body was then sent for post-mortem, which was conducted by a team of three doctors while two videographers recorded it. While the parents of the gangster disowned him and refused to accept the body, his brother-in-law performed the last rites in the presence of his wife and son in the evening. Later in the day the STF , released a detailed account of the circumstances leading to Dubey’s killing, to counter allegations of it being a fake encounter, as the gangster knew too much and could have revealed the police-criminalpolitician nexus. It tried to explain off the SUV’s accident to an attempt by its ‘tired’ driver to swerve to avoid colliosion with a herd of cows and buffaloes that had suddenly come running across the highway . LAC STAND-OFF More talks and some sermons on peace PUSHKAR BANAKAR AND M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi AMID a fresh round of diplomatic engagement by the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on Friday, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said both countries need peace rather than confrontation. However, status quo will continue in Ladakh as for now, sources said. “The militaries of India and China have disengaged about 2 km from their stand-off positions. The next Corps Commander meeting is scheduled in the coming week to discuss the disengagement from Depsang Bulge and total retreat from the Finger-4 area at Pangong Tso,” sources said. Referring to the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops on June 15 in Galwan Valley, CONTINUED ON: P7 POLICE ENCOUNTERS 20142015 Andhra Pradesh 4 Assam 82 Maharashtra 11 Meghalaya 22 Odisha 6 Uttar Pradesh 7 Chhattisgarh 23 State 20152016 4 43 3 15 7 5 48 20162017 3 31 8 10 9 4 75 2017- 2018-19 2018 (up to Jan) 1 1 16 7 10 9 4 1 6 13 44 21 40 48 Source: Rajya Sabha questions Collapse of the criminal justice system is showing K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi DESPITE the Supreme Court in 2014 setting out elaborate guidelines pertaining to police encounter killings, they keep happening ever so often, smearing the country’s criminal justice system. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), too, has mandated standard operating procedures for thorough, effective and independent investigation in such cases, yet some personnel in khaki appear to assume they are above the rule of law. Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said, “Encounter killings are strictly prohibited in our system and in every other system that claims to follow the rule of law. The fact is we have a formal system of law, police, lawyers, judges and courts to try and punish the guilty on the one hand while the same system is almost collapsing in numerous places on the other hand.” Expressing concern over the state of the criminal justice system he said, “Over the past few years, India has witnessed a steady rise in police encounter deaths and almost always, the police is never brought to book. India is now in a dangerous situation with the public cheering more lawlessness in the police.” On the way forward, he said, substantially overhauling the criminal justice system could end encounter deaths someday . CONTINUED ON: P7 be procured for the bank. “All blood banks that have an ICMR license for the procurement of apheresis machines, can collect plasma. Which means, ‘SORRY, NO ROOM FOR SASIKALA HERE’ Police say he snatched a service pistol and tried to escape after car accident N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow TALLY Stanley hospital, Omandurar hospital, MGR medical university, and the medical college hospitals in Tiruchy Salem, and Co, imbatore can soon start collecting plasma and begin treatment,” the minister said. The collected plasma can be stored for about a year, if preserved at below -40 degrees. Any recovered Covid patient, in the age group of 18 to 65, can donate plasma 14 days after testing negative. Sun said, “The right and wrong of what recently happened at the Galwan Valley is very clear. China will firmly safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity .” Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke with his coun- Disengagement At the WMCC meet, both sides said they will ensure complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC and de-escalation from India-China border terparts in the United States and South Korea. The telephonic conversation with US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark T Esper was initiated at the latter’s request, sources said, adding they spoke on bilateral defence cooperation and issues of mutual interest. India’s GDP to take `15 lakh crore dent from pandemic R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi INDIA’S overall GDP will take a `14.88 lakh crore hit from Covid-19, which will have a huge impact on employment across sectors, a white paper by the Ministry of Science and Technology says. The document titled “Focused Interventions for ‘Make in India’ –post COVID-19” by Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), an autonomous body under the Department of Science & Technology, analysed the pandemic’s impact on various sectors. “The expected import from China to India in FY20 is approximately five per cent of India’s GDP, value amounting to `8.5 lakh crores. If a major portion of this import is replaced with indigenously developed products, it would significantly reduce SECTORS EXPECTED TO TAKE A BIG HIT Sectors Apparel/Textiles Auto Aviation and Tourism Building and Construction Retail Education and Skilling Financial Sector (Incl. Insurance) Food and Agriculture MSME % of Employment Covid-19 impact GDP (2018-2019) in 2020-2021 2 45 Million Med-High 7-8 40 Million High 11.4 43 Million High ~10 High 10 10% of total workforce Med-High 3 Medium 9 Medium 15 43% of total workforce Medium 30 11.4 crore (99% Micro) High the expected GDP loss. The same can be done by following China plus one policy, strengthening the ‘Make in India’ initiative in identified sectors,” the document concluded. Covid-19 with global shutdown and quarantine has severely affected the supply side of the economy without collateral damage to the demand side and has impacted the majority of the sectors, noted the 84page document. “The supply side in the sectors of mining, manufacturing, construction, food, entertainment and recreation has been badly impacted whereas in sectors like agriculture, textile, electrical equipment, education and healthcare services, the demand is not so affected,” it said, adding that in order to calculate the impact on demand, correlations between demand, lockdown and spread were taken into account.
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