ASHWIN PRASATH TIRUCHY WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION JEE (MAINS) HELD AMID STRINGENT PRECAUTIONS VIGIL TO KEEP THE DEADLY VIRUS AWAY National-level entrance exam for admission to engg colleges began on Tuesday with strict social distancing measures Staggered entry and exit for candidates, sanitisers at the gate, distribution of masks and maintaining social distancing as candidates queued up, were among the scenes witnessed at the exam centres across the country. The exam, which has been postponed twice in view of the Covi-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6 ■ 9 lakh FLOOD-HIT STUDENTS TO GET 2ND CHANCE ■ Flood-hit Maharashtra and West Bengal said many students could not take the exam. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC said those who could not reach exam centres can seek re-test The exam was amid protests from Opposition parties and a section of students against holding it in the midst of a pandemic THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES WHO HAVE REGISTERED FOR JEE-MAINS 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 A fifth of Chennai’s population exposed to SARS-CoV-2: Study E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai Amid tensions along the LAC with China, an Army convoy moves on the SrinagarLadakh highway at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday | PTI Amid talks, China made fresh bid to alter status quo Indian Army foiled the second aggression; brigade commander meeting inconclusive P U S H K A R B A N A K A R & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi INDIA on Tuesday said the Chinese side resorted to aggression on Monday at the south bank of the Pangong Tso along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) even as commander-level talks were on to resolve the fresh face-off. “On August 31, even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to deescalate the situation, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action. Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Amid fresh tensions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Army top brass. The meeting chaired by Singh went for about two hours. Jaishankar, Doval, Chief of Defence Staff Genral Bipin Rawat and Army Chief M M Naravane participated. The Director General Military Operations, the operations head of the Army too, attended , the meeting, according to an officer. “The meeting was held to analyse the current situation and discuss the future course of all military and diplomatic options,” he said. India has consolidated its position by occupying the heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso. “It was a preemptive move after we observed Chi- FRESH CASES DEATHS nese movement towards the area accompanied with the heavy machinery to create infrastructure,” sources said. The second brigade commander-level meeting in as many days on Tuesday was inconclusive with China accusing India of entering Chinese territory, an allegation the Indian side rejected. Meanwhile, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong accused India of flagrant provocations on August 31. “India’s move has grossly violated China’s territo- Appropriate defensive measures taken: MEA In response to provocative military maneuvers by China in the late night of August 29 and 30, “the Indian side took appropriate defensive measures along the LAC in order to safeguard our interests and defend the territorial integrity,” MEA spokesperson Srivastava said rial sovereignty, seriously violated relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and severely damaged peace and tranquillity along the China-India border areas. Similar accusations of trespassing the LAC were made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on a trip to Europe, said that the problem has arisen as the two countries do not have a clearly demarcated border. TOLL Proportion of individuals with IgG antibodies in Chennai in July Manali 245 59 24.1 Tiruvottiyur 654 207 31.6 Tondiarpet 866 383 44.2 Royapuram 945 325 34.4 Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar 1,085 240 22.1 Teynampet 1,236 363 29.4 Kodambakkam 990 148 14.9 Adyar 1,855 320 17.3 Sholinganallur 281 29 10.3 ONE-FIFTH of the city’s population has been exposed to SARSCoV-2, the virus that causes Covid 19, according to preliminary findings of population-based sero survey in Greater Chennai Corporation. Of the 12,405 individuals, across 51 wards, tested for antibody against the virus, a total of 2,673 had evidence of exposure with a seroprevalence of 21.5 %. Of the tested persons, only 173 had history of contact with a Covid patient. Seroprevalence is the percentage of individuals to have antibodies against the virus. The survey was carried out by the National Institute of Epidemiology and field data collection took place between July 18 and 28. The test positivity rate at the end of July was around 10%. “Around 80% of the population is still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 ingestion in Chennai,” the sero survey report, released by the Chennai Corporation on Tuesday, said. However, seroprevalence varied across various zones of Chennai Corporation. For instance, 44.2% of the samples tested in Tondiarpet was found positive for IgG antibodies against SARS-Cov-2, which means that they have had previous exposure to the virus. On the other hand, only 7.1% of those tested for antibodies in the Mad- AGR dues can be cleared in 10 years, says SC HC sets Kafeel Khan free, quashes charges E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE Supreme Court on Tuesday gave telecom firms 10 years to clear their adjusted gross revenue dues, estimated to be around `1.6 lakh crore. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said the firms will have to pay 10% of the dues by March 31, 2021. Thereafter, they will have to pay an instalment by February 7 every successive year. The bench said non-payment of instalments will not just accrue interest but also invite contempt of court proceedings and added it had extended the timeframe of repayment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Telcos’ MDs and chairmen were also ordered to furnish personal affidavits, undertaking compliance of the SC’s order. The bench agreed with telcos’ submission that the National Company Law Tribunal and not the Supreme Court should decide whether spectrum can be a subject matter of dispute resolution under IBC. TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR VODA | P10 Madhavaram 368 26 7.1 Ambattur 984 133 13.5 Anna Nagar 974 245 25.2 Valasarvakkam 522 73 14.0 Alandur 510 57 11.1 Perungudi 890 65 7.3 No. of samples tested No. of samples positive % (95% CI) Q1 (April-Jun) Q2 (Jul-Sep) Q3 (Oct-Dec) Q4 (Jan-Mar) havaram had them. Addressing reporters, Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said such surveys will continue. “Wherever seroprevalence is high, reflection of Covid cases is lower. We can see that they are now stabilising in these areas. Transmission speed will come down where seroprevalence is P4 high,” he said. Khan was granted bail on January 29 but was not released. InTHE Allahabad High Court on stead, the NSA was invoked Tuesday dropped all charges un- against him in February by the der the National Security Act Aligarh district magistrate. (NSA) against Dr Kafeel Khan, The bench observed: “The state who was detained for his speech authorities have failed to disduring the anti-CAA protests on charge their bounden burden to the Aligarh Muslim University establish that the lecture delivcampus in December last year. ered by Khan on December 12, “A complete reading of 2019, has such a deleterithe speech also nowhere ous effect on the public orthreatens peace and trander in Aligarh as had conquility of the city of Alitinued to exist up to garh. The address gives a February 13, 2020 necessicall for national integrity tating preventive detenDr Kafeel Khan and unity among the citition of the detenue on that zens,” the division bench later date.” Kalita comprising Chief Justice It said the appellant was gets bail also denied the opportuGovind Marhur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Sin- The Delhi HC nity to seek the court’s ingh, said while allowing a ordered bail tervention against his deto activist habeas corpus writ petitention under the NSA as Devangana tion filed by his mother “the orders of the extenKalita, saying sion of detention were Nuzhat Perween. she was While the speech was never served upon the depresent in a delivered on December 12, tenue. Only radiograms peaceful Dr Khan was arrested at relating to the decision of agitation, the Mumbai airport by the state government for which is a the UP Special Task Force the extension of the term fundamental of detention were supon January 29. right | P8 The petition said Dr plied to the him.” FREE FALL 5.2 4.4 4.1 3.1 2018 Figures in % 2019 Overall 2018-19 India’s GDP growth has been steadily declining over the past many quarters. Here’s a look: Overall 2019-20 6.1 Q1(April-Jun) 4.2 -23.9 2020 GST mop-up down, auto, mfg sectors up E X P R ESS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THREE sets of data released on Tuesday offered a glimpse into the state of the country’s economy . GST collection for August fell both on a year-on-year basis as well as sequentially On an annual basis, the . August mop-up at `86,449 crore was 12% lower compared to `98,202 crore recorded in the same month last year. Experts, however, say the drop in indirect tax collection is due to reduced imports and that the latest revenue figure is actually impressive as it shows domestic economic activity is on the mend. GST collections have faltered since the beginning of the current fiscal as Covid-19-induced lockdown disrupted economic activity. The revenue collected in April was `32,172 crore, `62,151 crore in May, `90,917 crore in June and `87,422 crore in July . Meanwhile, India’s manufacturing sector activity reentered the growth territory in August. The IHS Markit India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose from 46 in July to 52 in August, signalling an improvement after four consecutive months of contraction. With economic activity picking up pace, energy use is also gradually going up across the country Accord. ing to power consumption data released on Tuesday , 110.57 billion units were consumed in August, almost FULL COVERAGE: P10 the similar level as last year. IF EVERYONE WEARS A MASK, WE CAN ACHIEVE 90% EFFECT OF LOCKDOWN: DR D NAGESHWAR REDDY TOTAL CASES 5,928 96 7,418 4,33,969 Can you be reinfected by Covid if you’ve recovered from it once already? How long after you notice symptoms can you afford to wait before you rush to a hospital? If the virus keeps mutating over time, will the upcoming Covid vaccine still be effective? Six months of on-again, off-again lockdowns later, the average Indian still has a whole load of basic questions about the virus. To address them, TNIE Editor G S Vasu spoke to renowned gastroenterologist and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy. The Hyderabadbased Chairman of the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology sought to dial down the panic, spoke on how wearing masks can achieve 90% effect of lockdown, and why India’s numbers are likely to be 5x higher than we think. MEDICOS HIT AS DOCS JUGGLE COVID DUTY AND CLASSES Scan the QR code or watch it on: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=lUGKK4KjyLM S I N D UJA JA N E @ Chennai ONLINE classes during the pandemic have been plagued by several issues -- from students struggling to purchase a smart phone with sufficient data to connectivity issues. However, unavailability of teaching faculty is a worrisome thing, especially when it comes to teaching students of medical colleges. Even as the faculty are busy in treating Covid cases, classes for medical students, especially second and third year MBBS students, have become irregular. According to MBBS students, classes are being conducted for at least three hours every day for first year and final year students, but not for those studying second and third year. Explaining the current scenario, a second year MBBS student rues, “We rarely have any classes these days. We have WhatsApp groups for all departments and will be given some assignments. Once we complete it, we will get attendance. These classes are mostly managed by postgraduate doctors.” However, first year and final year students say that professors are conducting classes every day since last month. “We have to appear for university exams and will be retained in the same class if we don’t clear it, unlike second and third year students. Our classes are being regularly conducted from August 1,” says P4 a fourth year student. 7.1 6.2 5.6 5.7 FAREWELL, STATESMAN For transcript on TNIE site, go to https://bit.ly/3bh6fJX Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday | PIB EXPRESS READ CM hails SC verdict on quota for in-service docs CM Edappadi K Palaniswami has welcomed the SC judgment on reservation for in-service candidates for admission to postgraduate medical courses. MONSOON SESSION AT KALAIVANAR ARANGAM FROM SEPT 14 | P4 EXPANDING THE SCREEN Now, an OTT platform only for indie films DEEPAK SATHISH @ Coimbatore LENDING a hand to budding filmmakers create their own space in the tinsel town, an MBA graduate in Coimbatore has launched an Over-The-Top (OTT) application, exclusively for independent content. V Arunkanth, an independent filmmaker who developed AK Online, said many OTT platforms, TV and radio channels had rejected his movies, citing lack of star cast and brand value. “They judged my movie without even watching or listening to it fully he said. ,” It’s to surmount this hurdle that Arunkanth launched the mobile application in 2019, airing Live TV and internet radio. Now, he has incorporated the option of OTT in his applica- tion. He said that the platform, which was launched on August 15, would basically function on points system. “It is up to the filmmakers to fix the rate for their movies on my OTT platform. The users must purchase credit points to watch the content. One point costs `1. We just have playback rights, not movie rights,” Arunkanth said, adding that compared to other OTT platforms that pay only a small portion of the subscription fees to the content creator, he pays 80 per cent of the amount to the creator within 48 hours. As on Tuesday, his platform was being used by 600 patrons, and 650 individual purchases were made. It would not screen movies in the psycho-thriller, horror genres.
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