JAWANS HONOURED Soldiers of the Bihar Regiment pay tribute to the Indian soldiers killed in the 1999 Kargil War, in Patna, on Sunday. Commemorations were at the National War Memorial in Delhi and across the country | PTI VILLUPURAM MONDAY JULY 27, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION NATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS WAR HEROES ON KARGIL DIWAS Amid tensions in eastern Ladakh, India commemorated 21 years of victory over Pakistan in the Kargil war on Sunday MODI HAILS VALOUR OF JAWANS Prime Minister Narendra Modi In his monthly Mann ki Baat radio address praised the war heroes. “Pakistan’s mis-adventurism was given a befitting reply, and the world witnessed the valour of India’s brave jawans,” he said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, paying his tributes in Delhi, said, “Kargil is not only a symbol of national pride, but also a big step against injustice.” ■ May 3, 1999 ‘INDIA WON’T FORGET THE BETRAYAL’ ■ Modi noted India was trying to improve ties with Pak in 1999, but was back-stabbed. “We can’t forget the betrayal,” he said The war ended on July 26, 1999 after India flushed out the Pakistani soldiers who had crossed the border. As per official sources, 527 Indian jawans were killed. Pakistan lost 1,042 soldiers WHEN INDIAN SHEPHERDS FIRST SPOTTED PAKISTANI ENCROACHMENT 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 TN DIGEST Class 12 State board retest today, result date not announced Chennai: Students who could not write their final Class 12 State board exam will be writing it on Monday. A total of 34,652 students did not write the examination on March 24, as they were unable to reach their exam centres owing to the lockdown. It is, however, unclear if all these students will be allowed to write the exam. School Education Minister Sengottaiyan, earlier in the month, said that only 718 students had expressed willingness to write the exam. The government has not informed when the results would be declared. ENS Tamil Nadu election commission gets new secretary Chennai: Two IAS officers, including the secretary of Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC), have been transferred by the State government. L Subramanian, who is currently serving as TN Election Commission secretary, has been posted as the registrar of cooperative societies. Likewise, K Balasubramaniam IAS, presently serving as registrar of cooperative societies, has been posted as the secretary, State Election Commission. ENS WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) CIFIC ENHANC PE EM -S IA ● `59,000 crore deal for 36 fighters finalised in September 2016 ● 5 of 36 fighters to be inducted on July 29 ● All 36 fighters to be delivered by April 2022 ● Will add two squadrons to combat squadrons ● First squadron, 17 Golden Arrows, to be based in Ambala (Haryana) for western border with Pakistan ● Second squadron, 101 Falcons, to be based in Hashimara (West Bengal) for eastern borders with China 3,210 2,123 1,281 371 CHINA 410 TOTAL AIR FORCES 224 250 296 INDIA 314 359 486 722 328 23 49 PAKISTAN 911 DE 281 Pakistan $10.3 bn FENCE SPEN China $261 bn DI 111 77 India $71.1 bn Gehlot sends 2nd JAILS RACING AGAINST TIME IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS proposal to Guv, mum on floor test BALA CHAUHAN, M S T H A N A R A J , A S I S H M E H TA , RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ B’luru/Tiruchy/ Bhubaneswar/Patna Cong to step up political pressure, mulls withdrawing petition from Supreme Court ing for an Assembly session. It is likely that the SLP will be withdrawn as that would also IN a new twist to the crisis in delay Gehlot’s demand for an Rajasthan, Chief Minister immediate assembly session,” Ashok Gehlot has sent a sec- said a senior Congress leader. ond proposal to Gover nor Curiously, in his proposal, Kalraj Mishra for calling an Gehlot listed discussion on Assembly session on July 31, Covid-19 as part of the agenda even as the Congress is plan- of the Assembly session but ning to withdraw the Special there was no mention of a Leave Petition (SLP) floor test. filed in the Supreme The governor had Covid Court to make it a poturned down the earsituation litical battle than a alarming: Guv lier proposal saying legal one. it did not mention a Rajasthan While Gehlot has date or rationale for Governor Kalraj been pushing for an the House session. Assembly session, it Mishra on Sunday Meanwhile, the was felt a legal battle expressed concern Congress on Sunday over growing will be a long-drawn accused the Govercoronavirus one and it is better to nor of acting in a parbuild pressure on the infections in the tisan manner at the state, and said political front. behest of the BJP . the number of On Monday the SC , “The Governor is active cases has is slated to hear Rabound to function jasthan Assembly tripled since July 1 with the aid and adSpeaker C P Joshi’s vice of the state govSLP challenging the Rajasthan ernment but he is listening to HC order staying disqualifica- his master’s voice — the govtion proceedings against 19 ernment at the Centre,” ConCongress MLAs led by Sachin gress leader Abhishek Manu Pilot. Singhvi said. The party’s top leadership is But Union Minister Arjun of the view that the issue Ram Meghwal rubbished the should be fought politically charges, saying the Governor rather than legally and that has the right to take decisions the petition be withdrawn and according to his discretion unGehlot should continue push- der Article 163B. PRISONERS RELEASED ON PAROLE / BAIL RAJESH ASNANI & RICHA S H A R M A @ Jaipur / New Delhi Patel, Acharya finally break silence on their premature exit from RBI S U N I T H A N AT T I They came. They saw. But left without conquering. Dr Urjit Patel and Dr Viral Acharya’s tryst with the RBI as Governor and Deputy Governor respectively was short, but the duo’s synchronised moves shook the banking sector and the sovereign for the most part of their tenure. Both released their books last Friday, and should be read together for a 360-degree view of the ills ailing India’s banking sector, how the government caused its destruction, and is unwittingly rooted to its spot from making it any better. But neither offers an account of the differences with the bureaucracy and how and when the government wields its influence. If Patel’s book Overdraft dealt at in length about the genesis of bad loans led by the government while the banking regulator as- Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) The inflection points Their collective optimism went sour as capital standards and PCA norms were diluted, besides intense pressure to open up liquidity and credit taps to prop up the economy. The hell broke loose when the govt proposed to alter RBI’s governance structure. Patel eventually quit and Acharya followed six months later. tonishingly looked the other way, Acharya’s book Quest For Restoring Financial Stability in India, is a collection of his speeches at RBI and working papers with policy prescriptions. Their tenure was the most tenuous in recent memory and their relationship with the government swung from receiving adulation to being at the line of fire in no time, as Acharya notes. Tied to a common goal of overhauling the financial system, they proposed decisive reforms to change ownership of staterun banks, putting weaker lenders under stringent Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) norms, enforcing timely recognition of losses and resolution of stressed assets and pushing for full disclosures on bank defaults. The progress achieved on each varies. Some like re-privatisation of banks or the bad bank remained as proposals, while others like NPAs recognition saw moderate success though the next critical steps including restructuring or resolution have much ground to cover. CONTINUED ON: P10 Uttarakhand: 855 Pilot: One DEAL AND DEPLOYMENT Assam: 5,767 Max takeoff weight: 24.5 tonnes MICA air-to-air missile for close-in dogfights as well as in BVR (beyond visual range) mode km is range of Scalp air to ground missile Chhattisgarh: 6,000 Overall empty weight: 10 tonnes Cold engine start to operate from high-altitude bases 172 19 -20 Combat range: 780-1,650 km kilometres is the range of Meteor air to air missile 300 Infrared search and track systems, jammers 320 1,232 538 NG Max height: 50,000 ft Store stations across India 120-150 Maharasthra: 10,000 Max Speed: 750 knots (around 1,400 kmph) 14 West Bengal: 12,000 Height: 5.30 m Uttar Pradesh: 18,000 Length: 15.30 m WEAPONS AND MISSILES Flight data recorders storage for about 10 hours of data IN D Wing span: 10.90 m Radar warning receivers Attack Transport Trainers Helicopters Attack Special fighters aircraft helicopters aircraft The first batch of five Rafale jets will take off from Merignac, France on Monday. After a brief halt in the UAE, the fleet will touch down at Indian Air Force Base in Ambala, Haryana on Wednesday. AIRCRAFT SPECIFICATION Helmet-mounted sight Fighters RAFALE JETS ON THE WAY TS EN WHILE the rest of the country is trying to beat the coronavirus pandemic with lockdowns, physical distancing norms and personal hygiene, India’s crowded prisons are staring at the prospects of becoming the next big virus clusters. “It is impossible to maintain social distance among the prisoners inside the cells,” said a senior prison official at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, which houses 4,600 inmates. The jail has reported 51 infections, including six among jail staff. In all, 157 inmates and 24 staff tested positive across nine Central prisons in the state. In neighbouring Tamil Nadu, 150 prisoners and 92 jail staff have contracted Covid. India’s worst-hit state, Maharashtra, has reported the largest number of positive cases among prisoners at over 800, followed by Assam at 481. The horrendous state of affairs in jails caught public attention after the Assam Human Rights Commission issued notices to Assam Chief Secretary and the IGP (Prisons) last week, in response to complaints of violation of Covid-19 protocol in jails. According to experts, the situation in prisons is explosive and the actual infections could be much higher than re- ported. Many cases go unnoticed due to lack of tests as a large number of patients turn out to be asymptomatic. It is not that prisons are not doing their bit to contain the virus spread. Thousands of prisoners across the country were released on parole or bail to decongest jails. Most prisons have also taken possible measures to contain infections among inmates and jail staff, but the pandemic is reportedly spreading fast in these high-security zones. Kerala, for instance, don’t send remand prisoners to jails directly Instead, they are tak. en to first-line treatment centres, where their swab samples are collected. CONTINUED ON: P7 Chennai’s share comes down, dists add 6,986 85 more cases as TN tally surges ahead TN BATTLE NEW CASES DEATHS TOTAL CASES 2,13,723 Chennai new cases: 1,155 Chengalpattu: 501 Kancheepuram: 363 Tiruvallur: 480 A 37-day-old baby boy from Tiruvannamalai with low birth weight was the youngest to succumb to Covid on the day Tamil Nadu tested 64,129 samples and 62,305 people in the last 24 hours through 116 labs across the State One more CBI official, who was involved in the inquiry of Sathankulam custodial death case, has tested positive. A total of five CBI officials probing the case have tested positive so far EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE infectious march of the coronavirus through Tamil Nadu showed no sign of slowing down as 6,986 fresh cases and 85 deaths were reported on Sunday, driving up the tally to 2,13,723 and the toll to 3,494. The victims included a 37-day-old baby boy from Tiruvannamalai and a 15-year-old girl from Thanjavur. While the caseload in Chennai seems to have stabilised, the situation in several districts remains grim. On Sunday Chennai added 1,155 cases , to the State’s kitty which is just , 16.5 per cent of the total cases reported on the day The city’s . three neighbouring districts Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur together accounted for 19.3 per cent of the total cases reported. Infections have shot up in other districts too. Virudhunagar recorded 385 cases, Ranipet 367, Thoothukudi 248, Coimbatore 220, Theni 217, Kanniya- kumari 215, Madurai 209 and Villupuram 208 cases. In a cause for concern, a new cluster may have emerged at the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai with at least 29 doctors and nurses, who were posted on Covid duty , having tested positive since Friday, said hospital sources. Of the infected GRH staff, around 16 are nurses while the rest are doctors,added sources. However, the health department is yet to confirm this. EPS to launch statewide distribution of free masks CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday will launch a massive drive to distribute free face masks across the State. According to a press release from the government, a total of 4.44 crore free face masks would be distributed to 69.09 lakh families living in town panchayats, municipalities and corporations, except Greater Chennai Corporation, on behalf of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. The first phase of distribution will be inaugurated by the chief minister at the Secretariat. ENS FARM AMID WASTE Sanitation worker sows seeds of a ‘green revolution’ ANTONY FERNANDO @ Nagapattinam A wind of change is blowing across the garbage yard in Vaitheeswarankoil. When sanitation worker S Parameswari sowed a few seeds of maize and vegetables in one corner of the waste-strewn land, little did she know that she was also sowing the seeds of change. Her 1,000-square-foot ‘farmland’, with all its greenery, stands in stark contrast to the stench-emanating landfill that surrounds it. Farming was the last thing on her mind when Parameswari and her husband Subramaniam had left their native Kulasekaranallur in Thanjavur district in search of a livelihood. Their struggle to make the ends meet, forced the couple to leave their three children with their grandparents. It was around two months a g o, t h e c o u p l e re a ch e d Vaitheeswarankoil, where the town panchayat officials were looking for somebody to take care of the dump yard. “I segre- Parameswari working in her farmland at Vaitheeswarankoil gate the waste while my husband works as the watchman of the yard. We earn around `600 each day,” says the 40-year-old woman. The couple, married for 18 years, is employed by Pasumai Kavalargal, a self-help group which handles the yard. It was at the dump yard, Parameswari suddenly had the idea to make use of her experience as a farm labourer. “We used to work in fields earlier. Over the time, farming activity in our village came down due to water scarcity she says. When ,” she approached the panchayat to get permission for her small ‘green revolution’, the officials P5 readily agreed.
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