DHARMAPURI THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION AIIMS, HEALTH MINISTRY RELEASE FAQs FOR DOCTORS AIIMS and Union health ministry on Wednesday released guidelines to help doctors better manage Covid-19 patients UNNECESSARY DRUGS TO BE AVOIDED ‘USE PLASMA THERAPY WITH CAUTION’ According to the guidelines, there is no evidence to support the use of antifibrotic agents such as pirfenidone (to prevent lung fibrosis) and methylene blue, an oxidation reduction agent. Doctors have also been asked not to use favipiravir, an antiviral that has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India for use in mild to moderate cases | P7 ■ ■ The FAQs said convalescent plasma collected from ABO matched donors can be given to patients at risk of developing severe Covid in early stages of the disease “However, it should also be considered an experimental therapy and should be used with caution,” the document said 8,01,282 ACTIVE COVID-19 PATIENTS IN INDIA, ACCORDING TO UNION HEALTH MINISTRY 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 WHERE INDIA STANDS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY SLUMP Of the 60 countries that have released GDP growth/ contraction figures for the AprilJune 2020 quarter, India is the third-worst affected China Vietnam Taiwan South Korea Norway Indonesia Australia Israel Sweden US Japan Germany Canada Singapore Austria Colombia Philippines Malaysia Italy France Mexico UK Spain India Peru Macau +3.2 +0.3 -0.6 -3 -5.3 -5.4 -6.3 -7.8 -8.3 -9.1 -9.9 -11.3 -13.0 -13.2 -13.3 -15.7 -16.5 -17.1 -17.7 -18.9 -19.0 -21.7 -22.1 -23.9 -30.2 -67.8 Figures are year-on-year growth of GDP in % Source: Eurostat, Bloomberg Army gets better tactical position in Finger 4 area Some readjustments in deployment of troops also carried out on the northern bank of the Pangong lake; talks inconclusive M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi IN a significant initiative, the Indian Army consolidated its tactical positions around Finger 4 on Sunday while they thwarted Chinese attempts to position themselves in new locations on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake. “To consolidate tactical positions, India has picked up ridges which are at heights around the Finger 4 as militarily things would not have been tenable if the situation turned hot,” a senior officer explained. The Indian Army has its administrative camp on the foothills of the Finger. Explaining the significance of the initiative, the officer said, “Heights are important in mountains for movement and reactions. The Chinese till now had an upper hand as they sat on the high ridges. Now we are around them at places where they were not there.” However, the Army sought to deny reports of Indian troops occupying heights at Finger 4, saying what happened on the ground were ‘readjustments’. “As part of the precautionary deployment carried out on 30 August 2020, some readjustments of our positions on north bank of Pangong Tso Lake on our side of LAC had also been carried out,” it said. Chinese troops entered up to Finger 4 and had not agreed to move back to their previous position of Finger 8. The mountain spurs jutting towards the 118 more apps tied to China banned India on Wednesday increased its squeeze by banning 118 more mobile apps, including PUBG, citing data privacy concerns and threat to national security PUBG, WeChat among the barred list PUBG Mobile PUBG Mobile Lite Baidu Exp. Edition Baidu APUS Security Alipay FaceU Cut Cut CamCard Hi Meitu WeChat reading Government WeChat Tencent Weiyun APUS Launcher Pro ShareSave by Xiaomi Learn Chinese AI VPN for TikTok Beauty Camera Plus Tencent Watchlist lake are termed as the fingers in military parlance. The Army not only thwarted Chinese attempts but also consolidated Indian military deployments on the higher features overlooking the important Spanggur Gap and also on Rechin La. On Monday Army spokesper, son Colonel Aman Anand had said, “Indian troops pre-empted PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.” India had blocked Chinese attempts to occupy heights and positioned its soldiers at Rechin La, which is about 2.5-3 km from Rezang La along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indian 224 Total Chineselinked mobile apps banned by India so far 59 Apps were part of the first lot that were banned in June 29. It included TikTok and UC Browser 47 More clones and variants of those banned in June were barred later side. On Tuesday China accused , India of crossing the LAC, which was promptly rebutted. Since then, three Brigade Commander-level flag meetings have taken place but without any consensus on resolving the new tension. In the military movement of Sunday a person, nel of the Special Frontier Force (SFF) lost his life in a mine blast close to the area of operations. The SFF comprises personnel of Tibetan origin. In Washington, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out China, saying it is engaged in a “clear and intensive intensifying pattern of bullying” its neighbours from Taiwan to the Himalayas. He hoped for a peaceful resolution of the LAC P7 situation. Oppn fumes as Question hour scrapped in Parl session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OPPOSITION parties on Wednesday hit out at the Centre for its decision to have do away with the Question Hour in the monsoon session of Parliament starting September 14. Reacting sharply to the news, several Opposition MPs said it reflects the autocratic mindset of the BJPled government. The MPs said the government cannot run away from key questions on important issues ranging from Covid-19, lockdown, state of the economy, job crisis and trouble with China on the LAC. According to notifications issued by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats, there will be no Question Hour in the upcoming session. Besides, private members’ bills will not be taken up, while Zero Hour will be restricted. “If this is true, it is not just a violation of a member’s right, but it also means that the government is uncomfortable answering questions on their gove r n a n c e. G ove r n m e n t i s answerable to people and any move to cancel Question Hour reflects the autocratic mindset of Government,” said senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mallikarjun Kharge. The Congress said questioning the government is the lifeblood of parliamentary democ- Covid survivor dies days after getting discharged from Coimbatore hospital EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ‘Presence of infection lasts only for 10 days’ DAYS after a 37-year-old disabled man was discharged from the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) after successfully undergoing Covid-19 treatment, his body was found at his sister’s house at Podanur on Tuesday. While the Health Department maintained that it was not a Covid-19 death, the relatives claimed that the deceased’s, Arulraj, body was taken for safe burial in accordance with the Covid-19 protocol. The relatives said that Arulraj’s body was packed in a double layer wrapper by the municipal corporation staff in the presence of police officials. However, they were not informed about where the officials had taken the body While Poda. nur police officials were present at the spot, they did not register Deputy Director of Health Services said that the presence of Covid-19 infection lasts for only ten days. “The patient was treated for 13 days. It is not a Covid-19 death.” @ Coimbatore any case, suspecting it to be a Covid-19 related death. Arulraj from Bengaluru was a differently-abled person. He had been staying at his sister’s house at Podanur since February. He tested positive for Covid-19 on August 12, and was hospitalised at the CMCH till August 25. He was discharged after his exit test yielded negative results. On Tuesday, Arulraj was found dead in the house. When the relatives approached the officials of a local church, the authorities refused to accord a burial for Arulraj as his medical history indicated Covid-19 infec- tion. The relatives then alerted the CCMC, which despatched officials to the spot in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). A neighbour told TNIE that after the church denied nod for the burial, Arulraj’s body was kept in his sister’s rented house, which is flanked by 15 similar units, for over ten hours. Meanwhile, attempting to clear the air, Deputy Director of Health Services G Ramesh Kumar told TNIE: “The presence of Covid-19 infection lasts for only ten days. The patient was treated for 13 days and discharged from the CMCH. It is not a Covid-19 death.” CMCH’s Dean (in-charge) P Kalidas seconded Ramesh Kumar’s statement, adding that Arulraj was discharged only after he tested negative for the viral infection during the exit test. Efforts to reach City Health Officer S Raja went in vain. racy. By doing away with this tool of accountability, the BJP government seeks to pass laws without any discussion, the party alleged. “Parliament overall working hours remain the same so why cancel Question Hour? Pandemic excuse to murder democracy ,” tweeted TMC MP Derek O’Brien. Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “This Govt seeks to reduce Parliament to a notice-board.” The eatery opened by the transwomen in RS Puram in Coimbatore WHEN the Covid-19 lockdown robbed this group of 10 transwomen in Coimbatore of their livelihood, they decided it was time to start their own business and become self-reliant. The dum biriyani specialists used the lockdown period to expand their skillset, and on Wednesday , with support from NABARD and others, launched the Covai Trans Kitchen in RS Puram. “We made a living from cook- AFTER almost six months, public bus services in all districts will resume from September 7. The State Express Transport Corporation (SETC), which caters to long distance commuters, has decided to introduce non-AC buses from Chennai to various districts. The Southern Railway’s seven special trains, which were being operated till June 29, will also resume services on the same day . “Initially 400 non-AC sleeper , and semi-sleeper buses would begin services from the midnight of September 6,” said K Elangovan, Managing Director of SETC. “The vehicles will leave from the CMBT as usual. For now, no services are being offered to travel to other States.” As the demand is likely to be low due to the pandemic, the focus is only on high-demand routes, added officials. As per the government guidelines, buses will operate with only 60 per cent capacity Online ticket . bookings will begin soon. Private buses, on the other hand, are unlikely to resume operations immediately, as it would be financially unviable. “Right now we do not have the permission to resume services. Even if permission is granted, we cannot do business with just 60 per cent occupancy,” said A Afzal, president of Tamil Nadu Omni Bus Owners’ Association. “The only way to do it would be to double the fare.” On Day 1 of the Unlock 4.0, about 6,090 buses —which accounts for 27 per cent of the fleet of eight transport corporations — resumed services. The TN COVID BATTLE FRESH CASES DEATHS 5,990 98 Chennai reported 1,025 fresh cases on Wednesday, while Coimbatore reported an increase with 579 testing positive. It was followed by Cuddalore (405), Salem (403), Chengalpattu (390) and Tiruvallur (285). The State now has 52,380 active cases, while Chennai city has 12,537. Pvt buses unlikely to resume services Initially, 400 non-AC sleeper and semi-sleeper SETC buses will begin services from the midnight of September 6. Private buses, on the other hand, are unlikely to resume operations immediately, as it would be financially unviable. transport corporation reportedly incurs a loss of over `9 crore per day on account of suspension of bus services. “Now that inter-district services are allowed, all six divisions of TNSTC will resume operations, gradually,” an official said. I-T Sleuths initiate Benami proceedings Chennai: Sleuths from the Income Tax Department (Benami Prohibition) on Wednesday stuck notices at an under construction bungalow allegedly belonging to ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala who is currently lodged at Parapahana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru. The sleuths had recently attached 65 properties of Sasikala worth `300 crore under the Benami Act | P4 Controversy at Justice Mishra’s farewell New Delhi: Controversy continued to surround Justice Arun Mishra even on his retirement day with Supreme Court Bar Association president Dushyant Dave alleging his mike was muted on purpose during the virtual meeting. | P7 AND, QUIET FLOWS THE JOY Water carries with it happiness and hopes of prosperity. Farmers apart, children are also upbeat over the sight of a free-flowing Cauvery. Ecstatic, a child taking the plunge into the river near Oyyamari Guard in Tiruchy | M K ASHOK KUMAR Woman, grandson in hosp despite testing -ve for Coronavirus infection L A L I T H A R A N J A N I @ Madurai When self-reliance smells like dum biriyani ing biriyani at weddings. The pandemic claimed our work,” said Sangeetha, president of the Coimbatore District Transgenders Welfare Association. “During the lockdown, we survived on the assistance and rations provided by the State government,” she said. With NABARD, a few nonprofits and religious groups willing to financially support their plan, they decided it was time to expand their range as well. There won’t be enough time for questions as the two Houses will convene only for four hours daily, BJP leader Anil Baluni said, adding that unstarred questions will be allowed. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had spoken to all parties and they all supported this move, he claimed. “But now they have changed their stand,” he alleged B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai EXPRESS READ TRANS KITCHEN D E E PA K S AT H I S H @ Coimbatore No time, says BJP SETC to resume inter-district bus services from Sept 7 According to 50-year-old Lakshmi, a 20-day training programme, offered for free by a city college earlier this year, h e l p e d t h e m t a ck l e n ew recipes. “We know the pulse of Coimbatoreans: they love our biriyani. But now we can also offer cookies, pastries, North Indian and Chinese dishes alongside our signature biriyani,” Lakshmi said. The restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, the group working in shifts. DESPITE testing negative, a woman and her grandson were shifted to Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) on Tuesday after noon for ‘Covid-19 treatment’. Both were the primary contacts of a 34-year-old techie, who tested positive for Coronavirus infection on August 29, from Palanganatham. Speaking to TNIE, the IT professional, who was working in Mangaluru until mid-June, said that a day after he was tested positive at a private hospital in KK Nagar, his close contacts -- 68-year-old mother, 75-year-old father and 13-year-old nephew -- underwent a test at the Urban Primary Health Centre in Palanganatham. Their samples were sent to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) at t h e M a d u r a i M e d i c a l College. “Around 12.30 pm on Tuesday the staff of Ma, durai corporation shifted all the three to GRH in an ambulance, claiming that they had tested positive for Covid-19. They were admitted to the Covid-19 isolation ward at the superspecialty block at the hospital, and upon request, all of them were accommodated in a room later,” he said. The techie said that 6.30 pm, when he received an SMS from the Madurai Medical College saying that the test results of his mother and nephew were negative. “Until Wednesday evening, we did not get any SMS regarding my father’s test result,” he said. The techie said that when alerted the corporation staff on Tuesday night about the discrepancy they told him that the , three persons were listed as Covid-19 patients in the line list they received in the morning. Upon verification of the Covid-19 test status of the three by TNIE, it was found that the techie’s septuagenarian father had tested positive while his wife and g randson were P5 negative.
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