CHENNAI TUESDAY AUGUST 04, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION GLOBAL REMITTANCES TO FALL $108 BN IN 2020: ADB EXPATS’ JOB LOSSES ADD TO THE PAIN Total remittances to South Asia may fall by as much as $28 billion as the pandemic sends economies on a tailspin The report by the Asian Development Bank noted that economic shutdowns due to the pandemic has led to widespread job losses and pay cuts, forcing migrants workers to trim remittance payments. South Asia will be the worst-hit as a large number of migrants from the region work in West Asia where the slump in oil prices due to shutdowns has damaged economies ■ 27% REMITTANCES TO INDIA MAY DIP BY 25% ■ 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 $55-60 bn in FY21 from $76 bn 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 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 o 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 TN not for 3-language policy: EPS Govt planning to constitute panel to study implications of the policy and submit report EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai IN a politically astute move that is likely to have widespread social implications, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday expressed the State government’s disagreement with the Centre’s three-language formula, as laid out in the National Education Policy and clarified that , Tamil Nadu would continue with its current twolanguage system. “Considering the view of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Centre must reconsider its stand,” the Chief Minister said, while appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow States implement their own language policy as per the local needs and requirement. “It’s sad that the NEP has stressed on the three-language formula,” he said, after an hour-long meeting, with senior ministers and officials, on the subject. All parties in the State, except the BJP, have welcomed Palaniswami’s statement. The new education policy has rekindled the debate over Hindi “imposition” in the State after a long gap of five decades. While reasoning out why a three-language formula was unacceptable for Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami recalled the antiHindi agitation of 1965. Former Chief Minister CN Annadurai, in January 1968, introduced a landmark resolution, by which the three-language system was replaced in the State with just English and Tamil. “The AIADMK has been consistently following the policy ushered in by Annadurai. Later, in 1986, a resolution reasserting the two-language policy was adopted by the State Assembly under former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran,” he pointed out. Subsequently, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, too, was firmly against the imposition of Hindi on non-native speakers, he said. The Palaniswami-government has been opposing the three-language formula since its inception. In June 2019, the Chief Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami chairing a meeting with Ministers and officials on the NEP, at the Secretariat in Chennai on Monday FOCUS ONLY ON PROMOTING HINDI? Unlike NEP 1968 which mandated teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking States, the latest NEP did not explicitly mention the ‘third’ language as Hindi. But, educationists say Centre has allotted `50 cr for development of Hindi, and nothing for other languages. This will lead to lack of faculties for other languages | P3 Minister had written to Modi expressing his concerns over the policy. He reiterated his stance during the Independence Day address last year. Academics and intellectuals have welcomed the decision, claiming that a three-language policy was neither politically important nor academically effective. With regards to the other aspects of the education policy, official sources have said that the government is planning to constitute a committee comprising educationists and senior officials to study the implications and submit a report. The State’s feedback to the Centre would be based on that. Welcoming the government’s decision, DMK president MK Stalin said, “The DMK and other alliance parties have written a letter to the Chief Minister. Apart from opposing the threelanguage formula, the government should also object to various other aspects of the NEP found in our letter.” The Left parties have also welcomed the move. Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday barred federal agencies from hiring foreign workers to replace US citizens or green-card holders. The order will increase scrutiny of federal agencies’ use of H-1B visas to hire contract workers | P9 Karti’s call to all his contacts Karti tweeted,” My symptoms are mild, and, I am under home quarantine. I urge all those who have been in contact with me to follow medical protocol.” SII gets nod for Oxford vaccine phase-2, 3 trial sign, each subject will be administered two doses of the vaccine four weeks apart (first THE Drugs Controller General dose on Day 1 and the second of India has allowed the Serum dose on 28th day) following Institute of India (SII) to which the safety and imconduct Phase-2 and munogenicity will be asPhase-3 human clinical sessed at predefined trials of a potential intervals. Covid-19 vaccine, deSII has to submit veloped by the Oxford safety data of Phase-2, University . evaluated by the Data The SII has a manuSafety Monitoring Advantage facturing partnership Board, to the regulator India with AstraZeneca, before it can proceed India trial is which has got the lito Phase-3. crucial as it will cence for the vaccine. Currently Phase 2, 3 , reveal how The experimental clinical trials of the pre-existing vaccine, AZD1222, proOxford vaccine are in duced promising im- immunity levels the UK, while Phase-3 will impact mune response in earclinical trial has startly-stage clinical trials, response to the ed in Brazil. In South the Lancet said two Covid-19 vaccine Africa, the vaccine is weeks ago, raising being assessed in hopes it would be available for Phase-1 and Phase-2 trials. public use by the year-end. This vaccine candidate uses Sources said the subject ex- a common cold virus, which pert committee of the Central has been weakened so that it Drugs Standards Control Or- can’t cause any disease in huganisation gave its nod for the mans, and is genetically moditrial on Sunday evening after fied to code for the spike proevaluating it thoroughly . tein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, According to the study de- which causes Covid-19. 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. Number of cured cases crosses 2 lakh in TN Trump bars H-1B workers from federal contracts New Delhi: The Centre has started an exercise to map the skills of returning migrant workers in 30 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to provide them jobs in areas near to their hometowns. Skill mapping will be extended across the country. P7 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 P.M.O. ASKS FINANCE MINISTRY TO EXPLAIN THE GST PAYOUT MESS A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ Centre starts mapping skills of migrants 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 rethink about their decision to allow Chinese companies to sponsor the cricket league, FRESH CASES 5,609 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HEALING TOUCH A woman blesses a doctor after tying a ‘rakhi’ on him on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan for helping people during Covid-19 surge in Mumbai on Sunday | PTI DISCHARGED 5,800 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai TAMIL Nadu crossed two major milestones in the battle against Covid, on Monday — one grim and the other inducing hope. It recorded the highest-ever single-day casualties of 109 deaths, while the number of people to have recovered and discharged crossed the 2 lakh-mark. The tally rose to 2,63,222 with 5,609 fresh cases and the death toll, to 4,241. A total of 5,800 people were discharged across the State taking the total number of cured patients to 2,02,283. The discharge rate in Chennai (1,222) stayed higher than the number of fresh cases (1,021). The number of active cases in the city stood at 11,983. Despite the number of fresh cases in the State capital staying under control, it continued to remain high in the neighbouring Chengalpattu (331), Kancheepuram (322) and Tiruvallur (332). Meanwhile, Sivaganga MP Karti P Chidambaram tested positive becoming the second MP to contract the virus. 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 benefits India and its economy . The final is on November 10. WITH CAVEAT Pak HC allows India to fix lawyer for Kulbhushan 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 sent e n c e d t o d e a t h by a Pakistani military court. “The court asked that India once a g ain be approached to engage a lawyer who is entitled to practice in Pakistan,” Pakistan 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. COVID CASES UP, BUT FALL IN USE OF ICU BEDS Only 1.61 % of the active Covid-19 cases in India were under ICU care on July 31. In contrast, on May 20, it was 3% | P7 TIRUKKURAL RAKHI Unbroken bond: A loving gift to brothers guarding borders A R A V I N D R A J @ Karur TYING the thread of love around a brother’s wrist is a small gesture wishing him good on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. That gesture becomes a lot more significant when the receivers are the heroes guarding our borders, reminding them that their siblings are grateful for their sacrifices. Now, a special touch has been added to the rakhis — words of wisdom imparted by poet-saint Thiruvalluvar. A private school in Karur has sent around 13,000 handmade rakhis — including ones printed with Tirukkural — to soldiers patrolling the borders in Kashmir and Ladakh. Last year, the school, Bharani Park Institutions, managed to send a whopping 1 lakh rakhis to the soldiers. However, hampered by Covid, they could not meet a similar target. “Yet, we managed to send 13,000 pieces to the borders,” says senior princi- Teachers and scout volunteers have made the rakhi for the soldiers, despite being hampered by the Covid pandemic | ARAVIND RAJ pal of the school C Ramasubramanian. The initiative was undertaken by 90 members, comprising teach- ers and scout volunteers. “We have been doing this for four years on a row,” says Ramasubramanian. “Thousands of Tamil rakhis were sent to the brave warriors, through MP Tarun Vijay’s ‘Rakhis for Soldiers’ campaign.We sent 15,000 in the first year, 25,000 the second year and a lakh the third year.” All rakhis were sent to Vijay in Delhi, who later handed them over to the Defence Minister. These rakhis sent from Tamil Nadu every year are a symbolic representation of our love, and respect to the Indian Armed Forces.” Sudhadevi, a teacher volunteer, said, “We feel proud to participate in this event.”
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