VILLUPURAM SUNDAY JULY 26, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION NEW STUDENTS CAN’T ENTER U.S. IF COURSE FULLY ONLINE WON’T AFFECT THOSE ALREADY THERE US officials on Saturday said foreign students not enrolled as of Mar 9 won’t be able to obtain visas for 100% online courses 2.5 lakh WILL HIT POOR STUDENTS HARDER The latest action will not affect international students who are already in the US or those returning from abroad. It comes as US President Donald Trump has stepped up pressure on educational institutions to fully reopen despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Many leading US universities, including Harvard and Princeton, have pushed their classes entirely or mostly online ■ ■ Studying from home would be a challenge for many, especially those from poor or war-hit countries. Also, many students would need to attend classes at odd hours due to time zone differences Saturday’s announcement comes days after Trump rescinded a hotly contested order to expel foreign students already in the US FOREIGN STUDENTS WERE EXPECTED TO ENTER THE U.S. THIS YEAR CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■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 2 LAKH & COUNTING: TN TALLY TOUCHES NEW HIGH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai 52,273 active cases in the State. Addressing media persons at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital here, the health minister said oxygen support systems would be set up at all government hospitals in the State since such a facility ILS LITTLE DETADATA is vital for treating Covid D BIG DETAILED BEHIN patients. REPORT ON “Government OmanPAGE 2 durar Hospital will have 250 more beds equipped 444 with oxygen cylinders,’’ he said. The minister had earlier 3,409 inspected the ongoing works to been tested positive in the State s e t u p cy l i n d e r s a t t h e so far. “Among them, 1515 were hospital. discharged. There 7,334 zero mor22,8 is Vijayabaskar further said tality rate in newborns,’’ he 3 2 2,176 pregnant women have said. Y SUNDA 12 02 ON the day Tamil Nadu crossed a grim milestone of 2 lakh Covid-19 cases, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said that government hospitals across the State will be augmented with more oxygen support systems, which are vital in treating severely infected patients. The State reported 6,988 fresh cases and 89 deaths on the day , driving up the tally to 2,06,737 and the toll to 3,409. Meanwhile, 7,758 people were discharged on the day taking the total fig, ure to 1,51,055. This is almost three times higher than the 0 26 07 202 THE EY OF JOURN THROUGH VIRUS NADU TAMIL VELLORE 1,16,570 67,834 20,010 2,199 124 the aining ed in cont in e perform the climb the Stat explains it happened How has ? Express and how pandemic ss districts acro cases 2,06,737 GTED AFFEC THE BU MOST ICTS RT REPO D DEATH DISTR VERE 1,842 1,747 1,713 1,168 1,261 1,205 1,329 1,299 1,243 1,298 1,254 1,130 1,291 1,336 1,157 273 319 277 262 287 326 341 334 297 245 267 263 206 185 192 308 301 274 cluster largest city’s The State’s d from the was reporte area – main market Subsequently, bedu. was Koyam ble market i on the vegetaThirumazhisa fruit to the shifted ts and outskir s were the city market and flowerMadhavaram to moved IPLYING MULT A BANKIN TIRUCHY? S CASE 197 158 106 rcial Road Two comme ts on NSB than shmen for more establi ted .A have accoun Tiruchy district be in to 140 cases t also seems new hotspo a nationalised than ng at emergi where more bank here, ees have tested on 20 employ the infecti e for positiv July 25 1,140 1,203 1,216 1,185 1,078 1,219 1,171 July 1 July 25 N G CONCER espelater, A GROWINai happened much its ten- in spread wn MADURAI NAI CHEN July 1 450 379 352 2,082 2,027 464 RECO CASES TOTAL 2,182 ON SOLUTI it A SIMPLE out of the woods,ai, in Chenn still not is t of sorts the State s story been brough Though largely d a succes intensi has scripte numbers have round-2 of of the the camps where the l, thanks to and fever Corporation under contro lockdown fied RE U: WHE D MBED KOYA WORSENE IT ALL May 1-31 April 1-30 March 14-31 July 01-25 June 01-29 The health minister also met the new mothers at the hospital and enquired about their health. “Apart from pregnancy , the mothers may have had severe stress due to the Covid. Doctors helped them well with regular counselling,’’ Vijaya140 baksar added. He further said active cases in the State have come down 300 from 42 per cent in June to 26 per cent now. “Hospital occu2,06,737 pancies are just around 50 to 60 52,273 per cent now,’’ he said. The minister said that drugs like Remdesivir have been very effective in curing patients, as it helped prevent the virus onslaught on the lungs. “Remdesi- cluster in Madur lockdo The surge the Koyambedu intensified few days, The the last cially after the State. control But, over tacles across Madurai. coming under hurt Chennai rs seem to be the numbe 4 202 9,595 7,39 1,989 77,625 93,537 217 213 199 190 TER IN 270 R CLUS 138 MAJO URAM 238 127 SELVAMP 128 117 124 104 100 109 176 188 189 103 92 99 94 77 93 83 86 178 141 135 55 139 54 taken for were s were 117 organising, July 25 people sample 31 21 32 Nadu 118 volunteer after 34 Ayyappa 98 47 23 Tamil testing at e and a 87 71 Colleg donation in conducting . positive on tested Selvampuram a be 67 60 plasm insistence could e in July 1 health 52 43 Nagar donor peopl 27 this, the 47 said the test on the field July 25 36 YA @ Chennai Following mooted a R keepi ng asking new in23 KV N AV RT-PC ment reaso n is the als are depart the vicinity and govTIRUCHY For 37 the main te hospit therapy The State in R test. RE shops there survey sive. care. BATO PLAS MA shut all away “Priva take RT-PC only the July 1 100 cases Covid it aggres s to COIM ion, ordered leving aboutdays, the thing in is promoting it initiative the donor a donat ulin-G averag nt few plasm ts. But, noglob someone the reernme had been blood The inthe past distric getting For ce of Immu The district However, in the 200-mark. wards of AD IN ly across seem to be recovered papresen to be checked. recen tly and 4. SPRE free ETS since July hovered around 10 to 24 in three s. Voldisfrom said COVID does not a Covidels has rs July recoveredaround the be RAI MARK support ial donor ered the cases, from being to a sudden numbe potent MADU wn from quired reduce nian who has the stigma 13, could a shift who are very few recov doagain say the has helped S Sivasubrama to tense lockdo has seen cases on May The pain tients, r faced all a test waive this off, officials district say am zone s forward ers. active The Health and travell Srirang zero point Commissione untee rs are coming ease, taking. If they of late. s forward,” zone with ts the Corporation patien fresh cases, ted to cluster the department Covid ce, of undesirable e will come a. spike in As some s daily peopl be attribu ity rate, en. a of O nate plasm ai, for instan ts, only i and were more spike can per cent positiv to 4,500 sample deaths at Parava s in Hameedude r said plasm blood In Chennrecovered patien as do3.3 said 3,500 442 ve furthe odd people forward market on a With a being missed testing havani e the Hameedand AB positi nd. “Reover 85,000have come e plasma 28 has been Mattut tested positiv 15 al out from dema O ve a mere can donat ive. Sever positi are in most data, a for an Madurai since June 15. “One official negat s als in there nors. 385 ember group we had to search to help testing hospit 329 325 daily basis in that days nine-m 349 by 449 compla days after government of the State cently, donor for two lung in352 Traders 330 and ring to e panel formed monito the private and other partsa therapy positiv t suffering from the was no 419 control the health to ai er, By plasm nism to s Chenn a patien in Chennai. , ment trying ry rate. 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Gover use plasm the panel safe as , where on it mustplasma, people CHEN g to guidel epuram will do a y found tely a blood ICMR awareness donate recentl just startin is defini on Kanche to To nment is now Volunteers symptomatic pitals are and there exper ts. ct the gover se of social to be related ds of The focus been alarming. and pick up ent but y becau only way Hundre treatm can conta volunteers. r did the virus, d in spike has officials. patients to ge mainl is the the surveillance help. Neithe as in -old Hashorta Awareness t, claim Active cases bank or not includel door-to-door earlies y-year and take ai did not as good at the survey stigma. said. Thirt y at the New officia ity to Chenninfrastructure doing rigid patients are there to rs. They out,” he a facult The proxim of medical numbe n has beenPallavaram, volunteers deen, at a istratio the lack meedu were added Areas like when roads care centres The admin Chennai. tracing since May. e even later stage streets t cases in red becaus use interior contac r of active could are monito The numbe much less figure. Chrompet closed, people 480 424 is were Nadu the State to the overall in Tamil red compa brought under ing have died Of this, 1,989 360 people 376 This was primarily focuss of Covid. Chennai alone 363 in by till date 328 d from control ment efforts 265 were reporte 526 on contain 289 i 113 246 RISES Chenna 196 454 430 416 253 Y RATE 385 405 MORTALITPER CENT 179 169 TO 1.6 1.6 per 370 175 145 378 rose to d till 360 ity rate 366 364 346 337 143 100 172 TN’s mortal percent recorde 1.4 June, after 94 76 July 25 25 cent, from week of were 86 70 45 the second unted deaths on 300 278 65 251 the unacco the State toll s in 220 209 217 to 232 July 1 added ls and expert 219 was July 25 ay. Officia ity rate AGAR Thursd said, mortal 147 175 good sign VIRUDHUN the past and it was a system 164 UR low here, healthcare ous spike July 1 TIRUVALL of a robust sing continu week, witnes past has been cases in the past five for the The district r of Covid BIG TEST 400 cases 2,500 per disin the numbe average of ramped up to makes furai hit the an is ng an reporti hitting ity to Chenn h testing 4-7 days, which HOSP officials the proxim numbers, after , has been days. “Thoug RNMENT arrive within say health er, the Here again, GOVE PREY this monthattribute it Howev day, results complicated,” trict hard.high of 526 earlier officials FALLS angal GH, ther tracing nt among While e till d all-tim control. at Thiruth n is rampa infection been tested t under of , concer First caseunagar was reporte 64,315 s have brough ed testing ts about rate d that sample State. Of this, in Virudh and the tally to increas residen ay alone BABU ment showe , 2, in the date | R SATISH depart on July stands at 27, Delay on Saturd is 24,262 health our faces ly million of were tested current hospital staff. have fixture on Data from tests per al figure ce perman ent including , reduced staff the nation the inciden Tamil Nadu’s become a s P than twice to the data, vendor mask has tion in in results a risk here The more GROU ing 0 street popula daily Accord 500-75 tested the 60+ AGE also posed 10,421. s was higher per million above Around HS IN are being lift other district 2,200. State, aged of the disease of and traders ai. “We would reduce bracket RITY DEAT ) in the and five to Chenn MAJO (12.41% so far. This age Chennai Tamil Nadu figure s so as across in batche people 19 city of deaths s than the as 25,658 on”, the d by Covid- number sample As many been infecte in the of infecti ssioner G the risk majority testing commi 60, have ed pool utes the corporation said approv 2-5 per cent constit week h had Prakas ment last in areas with testing is a uals The govern diagnosis State. Pool 19 individ for Covid- rate across the s of up to five samples ity sample all the e, positiv negative, of testing it is positiv method the pool tests negative. If If ered again as one. are consid is tested in the pool in the pool every sample TS G UP TES RAMPIN PED WN HEL LOCKDO 6 38 3,237 1,82 TTY HAR HIT PRE 6 57 3,289 2,09 D 8,787 222 11,764 NG VIRUS BEI ER DIP SPIKE AFT 86 4,273 6,796 TAMED E WITH TROUBL 7,373 199 11,935 TN COVID TALLY UN report warns of ISIS presence in K’taka, Kerala Says 150-200 AQIS terrorists planning to avenge their leader Asim Umar’s killing alleged links with ISKP They . were also reportedly in touch A ‘significant’ number of Is- with a Kashmiri couple — Jalamic State of Iraq & Syria hanzeb Sami Wani and his (ISIS) terrorists are holed up wife Hina Bashir Beigh — in Kerala and Karnataka, ac- who were arrested by the NIA cording to a new report on ter- in March this year from r o r i s m b y t h e U n i t e d Delhi. Nations. A c c o r d i n g t o N I A’ s The UN report comes close chargesheet, ‘Al Hind’ was on the heels of the chargesheet founded in April 2019 from the filed by the National house-cum-office of Investigation Agen- Kerala link in Mehboob Pasha in cy (NIA) earlier this Kabul attack Bengaluru with the month, against 17 acobjective of carrying Two terrorists cused in the Bengalout terror attacks in ur u ISIS module from Kerala were South India and for reportedly case. The NIA had establishing the Isstated that the ac- behind an Islamic lamic Khilafat in cused from Kerala State attack on a India. Gurdwara in and Karnataka had “Al Hind’ is reportKabul’s Shor floated a terrorist oredly ‘Hind Wilaya’ Bazar area on ganization called Al (Province of India), March 15 that Hind, which was which finds mention killed 27 planning to execute in the UN report,” worshippers ter ror strikes in the counter-intelliSouth India. gence officer added. “The Bengaluru ISIS modThe UN report also warns ule is reportedly inspired by that al-Qaida in the Indian the Islamic State Khorasan Subcontinent (AQIS), is planProvince (ISKP) or IS-K, ning attacks in the region to which has presence in Cen- avenge the death of their leadtral and South Asia,” said an er Asim Umar, who was killed official. in September last year in a On July 13, the NIA arrest- joint military operation by ed two persons – Nabeel S US-Afghanistan forces. AQIS Khatri and Sadia Anwar is now headed by Mahmood Sheikh — from Pune for their Osama, a Pakistani cleric. B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru KHELO INDIA IN HARYANA E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi SPEED 52 5,573 3,164 1 RAJESH ASNANI & RICHA S H A R M A @ Jaipur/New Delhi THE political crisis in Rajasthan that began as a feud between rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is now turning into a tussle between the Chief Minister and Governor Kalraj Mishra. While Gehlot and his loyalist MLAs continue to mount pressure on the Governor for an assembly session, Mishra has so far not given any indication that he will yield to the pressure. Angered by an unresponsive Governor, the Congress on Saturday announced that it would hold protests outside all Raj Bhavans across the country on Monday . “PCCs will hold protests in front of Raj Bhavans across the country against this naked murder of democracy and subverting institutions on Monday, the 27th of July, 2020. Join this mass movement to save our democ- Govt deposits `68 cr to acquire Veda Nilayam, cadre want memorial S I V A S E K A R A N @ Chennai PUTTING the debate to rest, the State government on Saturday deposited `67.9 crore at the principal sessions court here to acquire Veda Nilayam, former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s residence at Poes Garden. Of the amount, `36.9 crore would go to the Income Tax department, to meet the pending penalties and arrears. The balance amount, `31 crore, would be shared between Deepa and Deepak, who were declared as Jayalalithaa’s legal heirs by a division bench of the Madras High Court in May this year. Soon after, minister D Jayakumar said that converting the house into a memorial for the late Chief Minister was the collective wish of the people of the State and that of the AIADMK party cadre. “This wish is being accomplished by our Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.” Asked about Deepa’s statement, that she would challenge the court decision, the minister said, moving the court was an individual choice. “The State, on its part, has already deposited `68 crore with the court. It is our duty to convert the building into a memorial.” Deepa, meanwhile, claimed the compensation P3 offered was unfair. WITH THIS ISSUE THE KINDER INDIA PLUS 12 PAGES GREEN IMPACT Draft norms legitimise illegality: Ramesh AS the chorus for scrapping the controversial draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 notification grows louder, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday shot off a letter to Union minister Prakash Javadekar saying the notification “legitimises illegality”. “Environmental regulation is not an unnecessary burden but an essen- SPIKING NUMBERS Ranipet 244 Tirupathur 86 Krishnagiri 31 Dharmapuri 30 Salem 112 Erode 22 Tiruchy 199 Nilgiris 40 Coimbatore 270 Karur 27 Tirupur 51 Dindigul 100 Theni 235 Madurai 301 Virudhunagar 376 Tenkasi 99 Kanniyakumari 269 Tiruvallur 385 Vellore 212 tial obligation for the health and welfare of our people and sustainable development,” he wrote in the letter, also marked to Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. Registering his “strongest objections” to the draft EIA notification, Ramesh said, “It allows for the post facto approvals which go against the very principle of assessment and public participation prior to environment clearance and has provisions that will routinely legitimise illegality It reduces public participa. tion in all steps of the environment clearance process by lessening the notice period for public hearings and doing away with them for a large category of projects.” The proposed norms gives the Centre full powers to appoint state environment impact assessment authorities and this runs afoul of cooperative federalism, he added. The draft EIA norms were released on March 12 and the deadline for public feedback is August 11. racy & Constitution,” the party’s organisational secretary K C Venugopal tweeted. The party will also hold an online campaign, ‘Speak up for democracy,’ on Sunday against what it called the BJP’s constant attempts to topple elected gover nments and misusing constitutional bodies.Gehlot, meanwhile, held a string of meetings with his MLAs and cabinet colleagues. In his meeting with the MLAs, Gehlot said Kancheepuram 442 Chennai 1,329 Chengalpattu 449 Tiruvannamalai 152 Villupuram 157 Kallakurichi 104 Cuddalore 89 Perambalur 25 Ariyalur 4 Tiruvarur 100 Nagapattinam 10 Thanjavur 162 Pudukottai 110 Namakkal 51 Sivaganga 84 Ramanathapuram 86 Thoothukudi 317 Tirunelveli 212 Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said on Saturday that the single-day number of cases in Chennai has stabilised and soon normalcy will be restored in the city Gehlot & Cong vow to take fight to all Raj Bhavans THE Khelo India Youth Games has been postponed from January next year because of the pandemic. Sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday announced that the fourth edition of the Games will be hosted at Panchkula, Haryana after the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. He is hopeful that by the time Haryana hosts it, the pandemic would “abate and more than 10,000 athletes would participate”. The last KYIG was held in Guwahati early this year where around 10,000 athletes P11 and officials participated. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi vir has been a life-saving drug. We have adequate stock and even private hospitals are purchasing it from the government,’’ he said. On Saturday, 64,315 samples were tested, taking the total tests to 22,87,334. Chennai’s daily tally remained almost steady with 1,329 cases on Saturday . In another development, more than 300 Covid-19 patients who are quarantined at a care centre in Kallakurichi district came out on road and staged a blockade, demanding better amenities. Traffic was affected for more than an hour even as officials tried to pacify the protesters. if needed he was ready to go to the President to ensure that the “BJP conspiracy” to delay a test of strength does not succeed. “The BJP conspiracy will not be allowed to succeed. I will go to Rashtrapati Bhavan if needed. If we have to picket Rashtrapati Bhavan or even the PM’s residence we will do so,” Gehlot told the MLAs, who raised their hands in support. Later, the Rajasthan cabinet met at Gehlot’s residence where a fresh proposal for an assembly session was drafted. REJIG IN AIADMK WELL AHEAD OF TN ASSEMBLY POLLS The ruling AIADMK has started strengthening the party ahead of next year’s poll battle. The party leadership on Saturday appointed 11 new organising secretaries and three deputy propaganda secretaries besides creating new party districts
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