CHENNAI l SATURDAY l AUGUST 01, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l LATE 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 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 ■ 7.5 lakh MORE AGREEMENTS IN THE MAKING: GOVT ■ 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 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 Starting August 2, the Sunday Magazine brings you three new astrology columns by A Tora, Sundar Balakrishnan and Meenakshi Chawla — Editor EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai 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 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. 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 Meanwhile, 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 -ve for 4th month in a row Eight infra industries post 15% contraction 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 TN renames 3 Metro stations after former CMs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE TN government on Friday passed an order renaming three Metro stations in Chennai after three former Chief Ministers. According to the order, the Alandur station will be called Aringar Anna Alandur Metro; the Central will be called ‘Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central Metro,’ and the CMBT, ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa CMBT Metro’. Earlier, the government had renamed the Central Railway Station after MGR. Meanwhile, the 9-km metro line in north Chennai, from Old Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar, missed its July deadline owing to the pandemic. Work took a hit as equipment could not be imported. officials said the new deadline would be around early 2021. The north Chennai line will connect Old Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar. It is expected to connect north Chennai areas with major parts of the city cutting travel time. , 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. P4 ,” 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 eight core industries — electricity, steel, refinery products, crude oil, coal, cement, natural gas 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 0.7 Jun 19 Jul 19 Aug 19 Sep 19 Oct 19 Nov 19 Dec 19 Jan 20 Feb 20 Mar 20 Apr 20 May 20 Jun 20 @ 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 -15.0 MONTHLY GROWTH RATES OF EIGHT CORE INDUSTRIES (Overall) and fertilisers — is crucial as they account for 40.27% in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). So, any contraction in core sector output will also drag down the IIP numbers. Sectorwise data showed all sectors, barring fertilizers, showed negative growth, with the steel sector 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 28.02% of the IIP witnessed an , 8.9% contraction. -22.0 Fiscal deficit widens to 83% of Budget estimate For the quarter, tax revenues were at 8% of the full year tarWITH lockdown measures bad- get of `16.35 lakh crore, while ly hitting the government’s non-tax revenues were at only revenue collection and expend- 4% of the full fiscal target of iture shooting through the `3.85 lakh crore. roof, India’s fiscal deficit widICRA has predicted the net ened to `6.62 lakh crore in the tax revenues of the Centre, April-June quarter, accounting non-tax revenues and disinvestfor 83.2% of the target for the ment proceeds to together trail whole financial year. the budgeted level by more The deficit is unusually high than `6 lakh crore. for a quarter, say experts. In the same period, total ex“Our baseline estimate is penditure was `8.16 lakh crore that the fiscal deficit will as the government frontsurge to `13 lakh crore loaded spending on in FY21 from the budgmany accounts includeted level of `8.0 lakh ing the direct benefit crore. This anticipatscheme, free food Fiscal deficit in ed fiscal slippage, g r a i n s u p p ly a n d the April-June even in our base case Ujjwala programme. quarter scenario, exceeds the Expenditure rose 13% extent by which the Cenover three months to `8.16 tre’s market borrowings have lakh crore, compared to `7.22 already been increased,” said lakh crore last year. Aditi Nayar, principal econoFiscal deficit had already mist at ICRA. touched a seven-year high at As expected, revenue collec- 4.6% of the GDP for 2019-20. tion remained subdued. Data The government has already released by the Controller Gen- increased its market borroweral of Accounts (CGA) on Fri- ings target to `12 lakh crore for day revealed that the net tax the current fiscal year from receipts were `1.35 lakh crore, earlier estimates of `7.8 lakh compared to `2.51 lakh crore in crore to fund some portion of the same period last year. its budget spending. A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi -37.0 Cement production, though, showed sharp uptick from 85.3% contraction in May to a negative growth of 6.9% in June. This shows progress in construction activity, which is a key indicator of the health of the infrastructure sector. However, not all experts 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. MSMEs CAN’T BE REFUSED CREDIT UNDER EMERGENCY CREDIT FACILITY New Delhi: To encourage local manufacturing and assembling, the Centre has imposed restrictions on imports of fully-built colour television sets. The curbs, however, are unlikely to impact prices, but it is expected to benefit local contract manufacturers, attract investments in component production and better assembly lines, say industry executives. Officials also say the move would fuel the country’s dream of becoming a manufacturing hub | P12 New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said banks cannot refuse credit to MSMEs under the emergency credit facility and any refusal should be reported. “If refused, such instances must be reported,” she said, adding the govt is working with the RBI on need for restructuring of loans to help industry tide over Covid impact | P12 H6.62 L cr India’s low virus deaths due to location? 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 (and geographical) 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 deaths per million in India, which stand 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% (meaning 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 various other countries have identified venous thromboembolism (VTE) —a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep It’s official! Andhra to have three capitals 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 re- -8.6 -5.1 -5.5 FIRST IN INDIA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Figures in % 6.4 TV IMPORT CURBS TO PUSH LOCAL MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLING S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi HELP TO GET BODY BACK 1.2 2.6 -0.2 3.1 2.2 gions. 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 will be Amaravati. All State judicial institutions will be “as far as practicable” located in Kurnool. The State may also be divided into several zones for planned development of all regions. The development evoked expected reactions. Municipal Administration Minister Botcha Satyanarayana welcomed it and announced that the chief minister will soon lay the foundation for the executive capital in Vizag. “Today is a historic day for AP. Despite TDP’s conspiracies, eventually, Dharma has prevailed. The government will stand by Amaravati farmers and ensure justice to them,” he said. CONTINUED ON: P7 VIRAL STATS 5.45 lakh ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN INDIA 1,580 6.42 lakh patients on ventilator tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the Union 8,504 health ministry said on patients in Friday morning the ICU 12,255 people on oxygen support 64.54% is India’s Covid-19 recovery rate 1.88 crore tests conducted so far through 1,331 labs veins—as an important cause of poor gaseous exchange and death in Covid-19 patients. Studies have also found Ddimer—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 sideeffect of this drug. The doctors say there’s no need for widespread anxiety over the disease and suggest that strict lockdowns are not necessary . 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. P5 Mehbooba’s detention extended by three months F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday extended the detention of Peoples Democratic Party chief and former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti under the Public Safety Act (PSA) by three more months. At the same time, People’s Conference chairman and former minister Sajjad Gani Lone was set free from house detention just five days before he was to complete a year in detention. Mehbooba has been under detention since the Centre’s reading down of Article 370 in August last year. Her detention was set to expire on August 5. After it was extended till November, her daughter Iltija Mufti tweeted, “The petition challenging her unlawful detention has been pending in SC since 26th February. Where does one seek justice?” Mehbooba is the only mainstream leader still under PSA detention. P10
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