VILLUPURAM l SATURDAY l AUGUST 01, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION FOREIGN FLIGHT SUSPENSION EXTENDED TILL AUGUST 31 The Centre on Friday said suspension of scheduled flights to and from the country has been stretched till August end SERVICES UNDER TRAVEL BUBBLES TO GO ON MORE AGREEMENTS IN THE MAKING: GOVT Flights operating under the ‘Transport Bubble’ agreements that India has signed with the US, France, and Germany won’t be affected. The restrictions won’t apply also to international all-cargo flights. Suspension of foreign flight operations that began in late March was to end on Friday. It was extended in light of the mounting Covid-19 cases in the country ■ ■ India is in talks with the UK to set up a travel bubble under which two flights will operate between Delhi and London daily. The Centre on Friday indicated it has reached a deal with Kuwait “More such arrangements are likely to fructify and ease people’s movements from different countries,” the government said 7.5 lakh INDIANS BROUGHT HOME UNDER THE VANDE BHARAT MISSION 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 reports less than 6K fresh cases for the second day in a row ANNOUNCEMENT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Starting August 2, the Sunday Magazine brings you three new astrology columns by A Tora, Sundar Balakrishnan and Meenakshi Chawla FOR the second consecutive day, Tamil Nadu reported less than 6,000 Covid cases on Friday, with the State capital’s share, once again, remaining less than 18 per cent. A total of 5,881 fresh cases put the Statewide tally at 2,45,859 and 97 — Editor deaths put the toll at 3,935. While Chennai reported 1,013 new cases, its neighbouring districts contributed to a little over 20 per cent to the tally. Chengalpattu reported 334 cases, Kancheepuram 485 and Tiruvallur 373 cases. Among other districts, Rani- pet reported maximum cases (359), followed by Virudhunagar (357), Theni (299), Thoothukudi (284) and Tirunelveli (222). Nine other districts, including Coimbatore and Madurai, recorded over 100 cases each. A total of 5,778 people were discharged on Friday. Mean- CM to inspect relief works in Madurai Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is set to visit Madurai on August 6 to review Covid-19 relief works, Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar said in Madurai on Friday while, the government told the Madras High Court that helpdesks have been set up at all government hospitals that are treating Covid patients, and are keeping track of all admissions and discharges there. The court was hearing the case of Adikesavan (75), who has been missing for over a month. COVID BATTLE FRESH CASES DEATHS 5,881 97 2,45,859 TOTAL CASES Core output negative for 4th month in a row Eight infrastructure industries post 15% contraction in output in June against 22% in May and 37% in April, showing feeble recovery EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IMPROVING FACILITIES Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurating sub-registrar’s office buildings across the State, through video conference from Chennai on Friday DISAPPEARS... DROWNS MYSTERY SHROUDS DEATH OF TN SAILOR C S H I V A K U M A R @ Chennai MYSTERY shrouds the death of a 21-year-old Tamil sailor in Nigeria as family members have appealed to the Union and State governments to help bring back the body . According to sources, Vilfen Lobo Vilgious, who joined MV Helvetia, a cargo vessel under the flagship of Antigua eight and a half months ago, had gone missing on July 26. His body was recovered the next day, but there is mystery over his disappearance and the cause of death. His father, W Vilgious Lobo, a middle school headmaster in Punnaikayal, said, “I received a call around 10.30pm on July 26 from sub agent Vivek that my son had gone missing. Since then, there has been no response from the agent.” The family members also say Vilfen was about to return in the next 10 days. “Despite working for eight and a half months, Vilfen was paid only two months’ salary Vilgious claimed. ,” HELP TO GET BODY BACK Director General of Shipping Amitabh Kumar said that on July 27, the Indian Embassy reported that the body had been traced, the seafarer had died due to drowning and postmortem was being done. The Directorate is in touch with the family and has assured them of help to get the body back home HC acquits former DMK MLA in 2012 rape and murder case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE Madras High Court on Friday ordered the immediate release of former DMK MLA M Rajkumar and his aide K Jaishankar accused in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Perambalur in 2012. The court set aside a 2018 order of the Special Court for MP/ MLAs that sentenced the former legislator to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. Justice N Sathish Kumar acquitted both the accused of all charges levelled against them and ordered them to be set at liberty forthwith unless their custody is required in any other case. The case hit the headlines in 2012 when the girl working as a domestic help in Rajkumar’s house, died at a hospital. DESPITE relaxation in lockdown measures, output of the eight core industries contracted 15% in June. However, the latest dip has a silver lining as it is lower than that of the previous two months — 22% contraction in May and 37% in April, signalling uneven recovery in manufacturing activity . According to economists, the improvement was mainly because of relaxation in lockdown and improvement in economic activities. Industrial activity is expected to pick up pace going forward with more relaxations coming into play . “The slightly positive factor is that the decline in growth has improved,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, CARE Ratings. Performance of the core sectors — power, steel, refinery products, crude oil, coal, cement, natural gas and fertilisers — is crucial as they account for 40.27% in the IIP . Sectorwise data showed all sectors, barring fertilizers, showed negative growth, with steel showing the steepest contraction at 33%. Coal contracted by 15.5%, natural gas by 12%, electricity 11% and crude oil 6%, while refinery products, which weigh India’s low deaths due to location? S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi INDIA’S Covid-19 mortality rate of 2.2% and its comparatively low number of deaths per million people have puzzled scientists and researchers the world over. Now, some of the country’s top cancer doctors say they have found a biological explanation for it. Doctors at the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) in Mumbai proposed that the lower incidence of deep vein blood clots in warmer areas and those closer to the equator may help understand India’s relatively low mortality rate. Their study, published in the ICMR’s Indian Journal for Medical Research, points out that death per million in India, which stands at 25 as of Friday is considerably lower than most other , countries. For instance, it is 849 in Belgium, 679 in the UK and 470 in the United States. Also, India’s mortality rate of 2.2% (2.2 deaths per hundred positive cases) stands in contrast to the UK’s 15.2%, Italy’s 14.2% and Spain’s 10%. The global fatality rate is around 3.8%. Multiple studies from China, Europe and the US have linked blood clots in deep veins to Covid-19 deaths. Researches from other countries have also identified venous thromboembolism —a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins—as an important cause of poor gaseous exchange and death in Covid-19 patients. Studies have found D-dimer—a small protein fragment present in the blood after a blood clot is an important predictor of death. The doctors at TMC, however, have shown indirect evidence for a lower incidence of VTE from India. Less than 5 in more than 20,000 women who receive tamoxifen—an anti-breast cancer drug—at the TMC annually develop clots—a , known complication of this drug. The doctors say there’s no need for widespread anxiety over the disease and suggested that strict lockdowns are not necessary . P7 FIRST IN INDIA It’s official! Andhra to have three capitals E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada ANDHRA Pradesh is set to have three capitals—a first for any state in the country—after the state’s Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Friday gave his assent to The Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Bill, 2020 and APCRDA (Repeal) Bill, 2020, paving the way for the Legislative Capital in Amaravati, Executive in Visakhapatnam and, Judicial in Kurnool. The Governor’s consent came seven months after Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s dramatic announcement in the Assembly . The Decentralisation Act, as the name suggests, is for decentralised and balanced development of all regions. Under it, the Raj Bhawan, Secretariat and offices of the heads of government departments will be located in Vizag and the seat of the legislature in Amaravati. All State judicial institutions will be “as far as practicable” in Kurnool. The development evoked expected reactions. Municipal Administration Minister Botcha Satyanarayana welcomed it and announced that the chief minist e r w i l l s o o n l ay t h e foundation for the executive capital in Vizag. “Today is a historic day for AP. Despite TDP’s conspiracies, eventually, Dharma has prevailed. The govt will stand by Amaravati farmers and ensure justice to them,” he said. P5 28.02% of the IIP witnessed an , 8.9% contraction. However, cement production showed sharp improvement from 85.3% contraction recorded in May to a negative growth of 6.9% in June. This shows improvement in construction activities, a key indicator of improving infra activities. But not all are as optimistic. “With virus cases still rising, many restrictions will remain for an extended period. The upshot is that the recovery in Indian industry is likely to be slow and bumpy,” said Darren Aw, Asia economist at Capital Economics. Fiscal deficit at 83% of BE A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi WITH lockdown measures badly hitting the government’s revenue collection and expenditure shooting through the roof, India’s fiscal deficit widened to `6.62 lakh crore in the AprilJune quarter, accounting for 83.2% of the target for the whole financial year. The deficit is unusually high for a quarter, say experts. “Our baseline estimate is that the fiscal deficit will surge to `13 lakh crore in FY21 from the budgeted level of `8.0 lakh crore. This anticipated fiscal slippage, even in our base case scenario, exceeds the extent by which the Centre’s market bor- rowings have already been increased,” said Aditi Nayar, principal economist at ICRA. Data released by the Controller General of Accounts on Friday revealed the net tax receipts were `1.35 lakh crore, compared to `2.51 lakh crore in the same period last year. For the quarter, tax revenues were at 8% of the full year target of `16.35 lakh crore, while non-tax revenues were at only 4% of the full year target of `3.85 lakh crore. ICRA has predicted the net tax revenues of the Centre, non-tax revenues and disinvestment proceeds to together trail the budgeted level by more than `6 lakh crore.
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