KOCHI l TUESDAY l AUGUST 04, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION GLOBAL REMITTANCES TO FALL $108 BN IN 2020: ADB Total remittances to south Asia may fall by as much as $28 billion as the pandemic sends economies on a tailspin EXPATS’ JOB LOSSES ADD TO THE PAIN REMITTANCES TO INDIA MAY DIP BY 25% The report by the Asian Development Bank noted that economic shutdowns due to the pandemic have led to widespread job losses and pay cuts, forcing migrant workers to trim remittance payments. South Asia will be the worst-hit as a large number of people from the region work in West Asia where the slump in oil prices due to shutdowns has damaged economies ■ ■ Swiss banking giant UBS predicted that remittances to India will decline by 25% due to fall in oil prices. Private transfers to India will slow to $55-60bn in FY21 from $76bn in FY20, the firm said The UBS report also said 10% fall in the price of oil leads to a 7% decline in remittances to India in the long run 27% MIGRANTS FROM ASIA WORK IN WEST ASIAN COUNTRIES 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 IPL rumble begins, not with cheers but boos, from an RSS affiliate EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CONDEMNING the BCCI for its decision to continue with the Chinese sponsors for the IPL, the RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) on Monday urged people to consider boycotting the T20 league to be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19. The BCCI on Sunday decided not to cut off its links with Chinese companies, which are the tour nament’s major sponsors. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council have shown utter disrespect to the Indian soldiers killed by Chi- nese troops with its decision to hold the cricket league with its Chinese sponsors,” said S J M ’ s c o - c o nv e n e r Ashwani Mahajan in a statement. “At a time when the country is striving hard to make our economy free from Chinese dominance in the markets, the government is making all efforts to Covid-19 tests for players every 5 days Players have to carry a Covid negative test before leaving and tested on arrival. There would be one on third day and another on sixth before entering bio-bubble and then tests every five days | P11 keep China out of our markets, this act of the IPL Governing Council is an aberration to the nation’s mood,” Mahajan said. He added that people should consider boycotting the cricket league. Mahajan also urged the IPL organisers and the BCCI to have a rethink on their decision to allow Chinese companies to sponsor the cricket league while asserting that nothing is above the country’s security and dignity . It is learnt that the BCCI has not given it a thought as of now. The IPL from its official handle had tweeted that it would review the sponsorship deal during its Gover ning Council meeting that was held on Sunday. The GC decided that Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will remain the title sponsor. The sponsorship deal was secured for five years in 2018 for a whopping sum of `2,199 crore. There is a severance clause in the agreement that mandates the board to pay a hefty amount in case they opt out of the agreement. The board had also said that this benifits India and its economy . The final is on November 10. WITH CAVEAT Negligence led to spike, says CM; police at centre of new strategy PMO ASKS FINANCE MINISTRY TO EXPLAIN THE GST PAYOUT MESS Pak HC allows India to fix lawyer for Kulbhushan Govt to control Covid spread by tightening existing regulations, Sakhare new nodal officer A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Islamabad High Court on Monday directed the Pakistan government to allow India to appoint a lawyer for former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, imprisoned in Pakistan on espionage charges. The court was hearing a plea filed by Pakistan’s Law and Justice Ministry seeking , an appointment of a lawyer for Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. “The court asked that India once again be approached to engage a lawyer who is entitled to practise in Pakistan,” That country’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan said. He, however, said no option has been given to allow Indian lawyers to assist the Pakistani legal team. The court specified that the appointed legal representative must be a Pakistani national and that the ministry of foreign affairs would make the offer of the lawyer. AUTOPSY RULES OUT SWALLOWING OF COIN LED TO 3-YR-OLD BOY’S DEATH Only chemical examination would help find the cause of death. The child’s tissue & cell samples have been sent to regional chemical laboratory at Kakkanad. P5 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS CONTAINMENT ZONES TO BE HIGHLY LOCALISED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram OBSERVING that negligence from some sections of people has led to the huge spike in Covid-19 cases in the state of late, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced a new strategy to prevent and control the pandemic by tightening the existing regulations. As part of this, the police have been entrusted with the task of Covid control measures, including contact tracing of positive cases and fixing the containment zone limits. Kochi City Police Commissioner Vijay Sakhare has been appointed the state-level nodal officer for coordinating these activities and giving necessary directives to respective district police chiefs. Earlier in the day the chief , minister blamed the recent m a s s ive s p i ke i n c a s e s on the negligence in the prevention and control activities. Kerala revises norms for demarcating containment zones. They will be marked after tracing a pastient’s primary and secondary contacts. The zones will be localised. P2 962 test positive on Monday 801 contract the virus through local transmission @ New Delhi THE Drugs Controller General of India has allowed the Serum Institute of India (SII) to conduct Phase-2 and Phase-3 human clinical trials of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the Oxford University . The SII has a manufacturing partnership with AstraZeneca, which has got the licence for the vaccine. The experimental vaccine, AZD1222, produced promising immune response in earlystage clinical trials, the Lancet said two weeks ago, raising hopes it would be available for public use by the year-end. Sources said the subject ex- The chief minister inaugurates 102 family health centres The Kerala High Court extends the ban on all protests in public places until August 31, in view of Covid-19 pandemic and the guidelines issued by the Union government.P5 Some created the impression that there’s no need to follow restrictions. A section of the society followed the same. Some others didn’t even take the pain to follow the Covid protocol and instructed others to follow it. The result was a spurt in cases — Pinarayi Vijayan, CM “But these persons should remember with guilt that their negligence is the root cause for the spike in positive cases,” Pinarayi said during the state-level inauguration of 102 family health centres. SII gets nod for Oxford vaccine Phase 2, 3 trial EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 2 deaths reported on Monday, taking the official death toll to 84. P2 pert committee of the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation gave its nod for the trial on Sunday evening after evaluating it thoroughly . According to the study design, each subject will be administered two doses of the vaccine four weeks apart (first dose on Day 1 and the second dose on 28th day) following which the safety and immunogenicity will be assessed at predefined intervals. SII has to submit safety data of Phase-2, evaluated by the Data Safety Monitoring Board, to the regulator before it can proceed to Phase-3. Currently Phase 2, 3 clinical , trials of the Oxford vaccine are in the UK, while Phase-3 clinical trial has started in Brazil. In his evening briefing, Pinarayi said of the 7.03 lakh people who came to the state from outside, only 3,672 tested positive for Covid-19. The government was able to provide them treatment and measures were taken to prevent the disease spread. Though the measures were effective, there was some kind of negligence after a certain phase. “Precaution to prevent spread is equally important. Due to some reasons, there have been certain lapses. That’s why we are moving to more stringent restrictions. The government is planning to impose more curbs on those who come to the state for short visits,” he said, adding that strict action would be initiated against those who flout quarantine/social-distancing norms. In another significant decision, the government also brought in changes in fixing containment zones. Instead of declaring the whole ward as a containment zone, the immediate locality of primary and secondary contacts will now be marked separately and restrictions ● More on P4 imposed there. Mentally-ill man fatally hacks 4 kin, mother runs away E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kasaragod A MAN hacked three maternal uncles and an aunt to death at Paivalike panchayat on Monday. His mother managed to escape. All six persons lived in a house at Sudambala near Bayar. Police said the accused, Udaya, 45, was caught by the neighbours. Udaya is a mentally ill patient and was undergoing treatment in Shivamogga, said Kasaragod division DySP P Balakrishnan Nair, who is heading the investigation. “Udaya had recently returned home from Shivamogga,” he said. He lived with his mother Lakshmi, a divorcee, three maternal uncles Babu, 78, Vittala, 75, Sadashiva, 50, and aunt Revathi, 60. “His mother managed to run away said the officer. The ,” other four were hacked to death with an axe. 28 LONG YEARS Husband left for kar seva, wait of Ponnamma, 82, on B I J U E PA U L @ Alappuzha Ponnamma with son Raveendranatha THE Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992, and the reaction of Ponnamma, 82, to it has been one filled with shock and grief ever since. It has nothing to do with faith though. It was on a fine November morning that year that her husband Sivarama Karanavar — without telling her — had left for Ayodhya from Karuvatta near Haripad in Alappuzha as a kar sevak (volunteer). He has not returned yet and Pon- namma has been waiting for pulled out at the last minute. I the past 28 years. As news of realised later that my husband Ayodhya getting ready for found the money for travel by Wednesday’s Bhoomi selling his sewing machine and taking the Pooja comes in more sum we had saved for frequently, Ponnamma far ming that year,” has mixed feelings. said Ponnamma. “My husband’s “I’m expecting his refriends searched for turn though I know him for a few days and chances are getting told me that he had left Sivarama Karanavar thinner with each passfor Ayodhya along with ing year. When he left a group of kar sevaks from Kottayam in a train. A us he was around 60 years. So few of his friends from our I’m not sure whether I will see place had also planned to go him again in this life,” she ● More on P4 along with him, but they said. I’m expecting his return though I know chances are getting thinner with each passing year. I’m not sure whether I’ll see him again in this life Ponnamma TAKING a grim view of the GST compensation issue snowballing into a major controversy with even BJP-ruled states expressing concerns over non-payment by the Centre, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sought explanation from the finance ministry sources said. , Confirming the development, a senior finance ministry official told TNIE, “There is a lot of confusion and misinformation going on.” According to sources, the PMO sought to know from the finance ministry the current financial situation in terms of revenue collection and what the ministry is doing to boost GST collection. It also wanted to know in the event of a shortfall, what options the government is going to propose in the GST Council. The confusion began last month when the revenue secretary told a Parliamentary panel meeting that the Centre may not be able to pay states in the near future. Sources said the PMO was not very happy with this response. More recently, Attorney General K K Venugopal’s reportedly gave his legal opinion that the Centre has no obligation to pay the GST compensation shortfall to states and that it is up to the GST Council to find ways to make good the shortfall in compensation fund. The AG’s comments triggered outrage among not only Opposition-ruled states such as Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal but also BJP-ruled Gujarat, Haryana and Bihar. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac threatened to move the Supreme Court if the Centre goes back on disbursing GST compensation. Sources said the PMO decided to step in after Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi requested PM Naredra Modi to intervene. Under the GST law, states are guaranteed to be compensated bimonthly for any loss of revenue in the first five years of the GST implementation from July 1, 2017. EXPRESS READ Two forest officials suspended over custodial death of Mathai Vanchiyoor treasury staffer to be dismissed for E2-cr swindle Pathanamthitta: The Forest Department suspended deputy range forest officer P Rajesh Kumar and section forest officer A P Pradeep Kumar over the alleged custodial death of P P Mathai in Chittar. However, the family members questioned limiting the action to the duo. P4 T’Puram: Senior accountant of Vanchiyoor additional sub-treasury M R Bijulal, who is accused of siphoning off C2 crore from the district collector’s account, will be dismissed. All officers of the sub-treasury, except the sub-treasury officer who detected the fraud, will be temporarily transferred. P5
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