COIMBATORE MONDAY JULY 13, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION NOW, JOHNS HOPKINS SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION After Harvard and MIT, Johns Hopkins University has moved against the plan to remove foreign online students from US CASE FILED IN DIST COURT, WASHINGTON DC Johns Hopkins University filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC on Friday against the the Trump administration’s order to abruptly rescind accommodations for online learning for 5,000 international students at the university and thousands more across the country. Hopkins sought a temporary restraining order against the US decision 1.94 lakh ‘DECISION IS GRATUITOUS, CRUEL’ ■ ■ “The (Trump) administration’s decision is gratuitous, cruel, and inimical to what this country is about,” Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J Daniels said Hundreds of thousands of Indian students in the US will be affected by the decision of the Trump administration INDIAN STUDENTS HAVE ENROLLED IN THE US AS OF JANUARY THIS YEAR 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 Watertight lockdown till July 14 as Madurai reels LAC STAND-OFF Finger-4 and Depsang to be taken up at crucial meet Extension aimed at detecting symptomatic cases early via intensive door-to-door checking; Coimbatore reports highest single-day spike M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EVEN as the first phase of troop disengagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has been smooth, Chinese troops are yet to pull out from the Depsang bulge. This is likely to be taken up in the meeting between Corps Commanders of India and China this week. “Lt Gen Harinder Singh and Maj Gen Lin Liu will meet this week to discuss and decide on standoff at Y-junction, Depsang Bulge,” a source said. In Depsang, the Chinese have moved their troops and equipment up to the Y-Junction. “The Chinese sitting at this point is affecting our patrolling at 5 points as Y-Junction is out way to Patrols and it here that the routes fork into two routes, which have Patrolling Point (PP) 10, PP-11, PP-11A, PP-12 and PP-13 between them,” said a senior Army officer who had served in the area, which is 30 km south-east from the important Daulat Beg Oldi advanced landing ground, which is the world’s highest landing ground. The two Corps Commanders have already met thrice to resole the stand-off. The Chinese have not been clear on Finger-4, too. “The troops from both sides have disengaged from the exact location of Finger-4 but the Chinese troops continue to hold the ridge around,” said another senior Army officer. Finger-4 lying on the Northern flank of Pangong lake is the place which led to the standoff at the LAC at multiple points in Eastern Ladakh. Chinese soldiers clashed with Indian Army troops on the intervening night of 5 and 6 and then China moved in its troops in Hot Spring sector, Galwan Valley and Depsang, apart from Finger-4. Vinay Kumar (second from L) working for a contractor. “Where is the factory here to engage us?” he asks | RAKESH KUMAR MIGRANT MISERY ‘GOD IS EASIER TO FIND THAN A JOB IN BIHAR’ RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ Patna IF you thought the economy is all about demand and supply, think again against the backdrop of the post-lockdown scenario in this Bihar village. “Sir, ham log yaha bhagwan ko pa sakte hai, par rojgar nahi,” (Sir, we can get God but not employment). This is what Ajoy Kumar (25), a skilled iron-casting worker, had to say when asked if he had a job, at Mile-Pakri village, about 35 km from Patna, in Vaishali district. Ajoy is among 150 migrant labourers who returned to the village from as far as Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat and Haryana following the Covid-19 lockdown. The village is part of the Raghopur Assembly segment in Vaishali district, represented by for mer deputy chief minister and RJD’s chief ministerial candidate Tejashwi Yadav (Lalu’s son) for state polls due later this year. Most of the aged villagers are banana cultivators, while youngsters go outside the state for livelihood. Brick-kiln owner Rakesh Kumar says he hired some of the migrant labourers when they did not find work elsewhere. Mintu Kumar (35), an auto repair mechanic, was among scores of workers who returned from Gujarat’s Surat and other cities. He says he sells ‘golgappa’ on a cart in the area. “We are in a strange situation where work is hard to find for so many labourers like me. So, I thought Mega job scheme On June 20, the Centre launched a `50,000 crore job scheme for returnee migrants in 116 districts in six states. As many as 12 Union ministries pooled 25 works for the scheme. Yet, jobs appear to be scarcely available in Bihar it is better to work as a vegetable or ‘golgapa’ vendor than wait for a job,” he said. Ditto Dheeraj Kumar (40). He returned to the village from Delhi, and though a skilled construction worker, he has no job. He says there are more than 100 others, who are masons and carpenters, but none of them has got SMOOTH LANDING IN CITY AFTER ROUGH HOME TRIP RANJITHA GUNASEKARAN & D E B A D AT TA M A L L I C K @ Chennai WILD WEST CRICKET COMES ALIVE IN 1ST TEST AFTER COVID-19 West Indies beat England in a last-day thriller. Chasing 200, Blackwood scored 95 to take the team home after losing three wickets for 27 | P11 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) a matching employment. Arun and Vinay Kumar of neighbouring Bidupur village say they were hired by a private contractor who pays them `200 per day “We were . paid `600-700 per day by a flour mill owner in Punjab. We have to survive, that’s all,” says Kumar. The reality of joblessness is stark in many villages: migrant workers simply kill their time playing cards or gossiping. “We have become nikkamah (useless),” says Vijay Kumar Choudhary of Mahnar village. He refused to be photographed while playing cards. Villagers say they have not been given any work under MGNREGA or other government schemes. According to official figures, around 25 lakh migrant labourers returned to Bihar following lockdown. The government claims to have completed skill mapping of over 20 lakh such workers so that they could be given employment as per their skills. An official statement last Thursday claimed that more than 10 crore man-day works have been created under various government schemes since lockdown. ANANTA Das had lived in Chennai for six months but it was on foot, a backpack strapped on, guided by Google Maps, on May 22 that he saw the city for the first time. “But I didn’t really see anything,” the 19-year-old explained to Express, over a month later. After all, he wasn’t a tourist navigating the city . He was a migrant worker trying to make his way home from Siruseri to his village in Kalahandi, Odisha. Yet, seven weeks later, on July 10, he was back at work at Siruseri, bemused by the attention. His employer M R Sarangi had sprung for a `7,000 flight Ananta Das during his flight from Bhubaneswar to Chennai | EXPRESS ticket after Ananta called him asking if he could return. “I left because five friends from my village working in other districts had gone home. I was afraid. But I asked to come back because I need the money for my family he smiled. “He called ask,” ing for help so I said ok, I’ll book a ticket,” Sarangi said. At the time Ananta and his Siruseri neighbour, 45-yearold Suresh Kumar, were embarking on their 1,200-km journey, thousands of migrants thronging the Chennai-Kolkata highway to head home were being sent back from the Andhra border, some after being beaten. Chennai Corporation said it has since sent 1.35 lakh migrants home by 100 trains. “At the peak, we housed 35,000 migrants in our shelters,” Corporation deputy commissioner (revenue & finance) Meghanath Reddy P4 said. CCTV monitoring, water coolers on trains soon @ New Delhi The Railway Board has decided to implement 20 ideas given by its employees to ensure safer train journeys and enhance passenger comfort. Some of the suggestions include a warning bell for travellers at stations before the train departs, real-time CCTV monitoring and printing of unreserved tickets through mobile phones. The national transporter, in 2018, had launched a dedicated portal to record innovative ideas of its employees across all zones and implement them across the railway network. According to officials, the portal received over 2000 entries from September 2018 and December 2019. The railways, through its July 10 order, has decided to implement 20 such entries. Some of the technical suggestions that are to be implemented include a vehicular system for ultrasonic flaw detection development developed by the North Central Railway, using pyrometers to monitor temperature of tracks developed by the Malda division. Among the suggestions to improve passenger comfort are natural water coolers that need no electricity and have a life of 10 years. These coolers have already THE State government has extended the intensified lockdown in Madurai corporation limits, Paravai town panchayat and all village panchayats of Madurai East, Madurai West, and Tirupparankundram till July 14. The extension is expected to help officials detect symptomatic cases early through more fever clinics and increased house-to-house surveillance. The order added that relaxations, which were in place before June 24, would be brought back from July 15. Speaking to TNIE, Collector TG Vinay said the lockdown greatly helped the administration improve the health infrastructure and increase tests. “In the past 18 days of intensified lockdown, we increased the number of fever clinics and deployed workers for house-to-house surveillance,” he said. This helped identify a large been installed at Borivali, Dahanu Road, Nandurbar, Udhan a a n d B a n d r a r a i lw ay stations. Real-time CCTV footage monitoring is also one of the suggestions. Currently Humsa, far trains have CCTVs installed in them but their footage is not monitored in real time. Northern Central Railway has devised a method to monitor it real-time with a display unit being provided in the guard’s compartment. number of symptomatic patients, particularly those with Influenza-like-illness (ILI). Subsequently, the number of tests was also increased, he said. On an average, 3,000 samples are being tested daily he added. , Material to wage the war The bed strength at the Govern- Care Center (TCC) block has been installed with 479 beds. An IT building at Vadapalanji is being converted into CCC. It would have a bed capacity of 1,100,” he said. Following the government order, Tamil Nadu Petrol Dealers Association has instructed the fuel outlets in Madurai to shut down the outlets by 2 pm on July 13 and 14. GOLD UNIT SEALED Big spike in Coimbatore Coimbatore city police on Sunday registered an FIR against nine employees of a gold workshop at Sullivan Street for violating lockdown norms. Based on the orders of Corporation commissioner, the unit was sealed Meanwhile, Coimbatore experienced its highest single-day spike with 117 fresh cases, taking the tally to 1,261. According to the Health Department sources, contact tracing is currently underway Sun. day’s tally includes six police personnel. Meanwhile, the Health Department resumed collection of samples from passengers arriving at Coimbatore International Airport on Sunday The . department had ceased the collection on July 7 citing the absence of a clear guideline on the process. ment Rajaji Hospital (GRH) and Covid Care Centers (CCCs) across the district has significantly improved. “With the addition of 670 beds with oxygen support, the district would have 1,151 beds with oxygen support. This apart, Trauma TN Covid battle While number of cases came down in Chennai, the figure increased in many other districts, including the city’s three neighbours A repurposed Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation AC bus that is part of a fleet of 52 such vehicles to step up Covid testing in rural areas. Called Sanchara Sanjeevani mobile testing labs, 25 such buses are already ready and some of them have been deployed. Each district will get four buses and each bus has 10 counters for simultaneously collecting samples. Ramps are placed on both sides of the bus to facilitate people to offer their swab samples | P RAVINDRA BABU FIGURES THAT MATTER 5,34,620 TOTAL RECOVERIES FROM COVID-19 IN INDIA SO FAR 19,235 People recovered in the last 24 hours 2,92,258 Active cases at present 2,42,362 More recovered cases than active cases 2,80,151 Samples tested during the last 24 hours 1,15,87,153 Chengalpattu 245 Kancheepuram 385 Tiruvallur 232 ON SUNDAY CASES National recovery rate 8,396.4 Number of testing per million population DEATHS 4,244 68 1,38,470 TOTAL CASES 2,182 1,842 TOTAL Daily cases since July 1 1,747 1,713 18,831 July 1 Chennai cases 2,027 2,082 Total count of samples tested in India July 4 1,203 1,261 1,216 1,205 July 7 1,168 1,185 July 10 July 12 Sachin revolts in Rajasthan, says Gehlot govt is in minority RAJESH ASNANI AND RICHA S H A R M A @ Jaipur/New Delhi IDEAS ON TRACK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai RAJASTHAN may well be going the Madhya Pradesh way with state Congress chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot revolting against party veteran and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. In a message to media, Pilot said he won’t be attending the Congress Legislative Party meeting on Monday and that Gehlot’s has become a minority government. Pilot also claimed he has the support of 30 MLAs. There are reports that the young leader is in touch with the BJP . The trigger is a police notice to Pilot in connection with a case related to poaching of MLAs to topple government. Differences between the two leaders were brewing for some time but reached a tipping point on Sunday with Pilot, along with a group of MLAs supporting him, rushed to Delhi to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. However, he reportedly could not meet her. Sources said Avinash Pande, the AICC general-secretary incharge of Rajasthan, told Sonia there was no danger to the Congress government in the State. “The party organisation incharge KC Venugopal is reaching Delhi on Monday and a meeting could be planned after that,” said a Congress leader. Pilot spoke to Congress leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi, who assured him the party will ensure that no injustice is done to him. Gehlot wanted a new state Congress chief Pilot has been Rajashtan Congress chief for over six years, but Gehlot is pushing for a change. Under party Constitution, the Pradesh Congress Committee chief can hold the post for five years
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