THRISSUR l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION QUOTA FOR TERROR VICTIMS’ KIN IN MBBS, BDS ADMISSIONS NO SEPARATE EXAM, NEET SCORE WILL SUFFICE Home Ministry has sought applications from spouse/children of victims of terrorist attacks for MBBS and BDS courses In a communication to states, the home ministry has made it clear that no separate examination will be conducted and selection will be made only on the basis of marks obtained by the aspirants in NEET and possessing necessary education qualification. Children or spouse of a person who has been killed in an act of terrorism is eligible for the scheme ■ 15 days SEATS TO BE OFFERED FROM CENTRAL POOL Among the beneficiaries are children of families where a parent or a direct family member has been killed in an act of terrorism; victim of cross-firing / firing by armed forces in J&K and Ladakh Children of families migrated from Kashmir also eligible These seats will be offered from the central pool ■ ■ APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 15 DAYS OF DECLARATION OF NEET RESULTS 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 India, China to stop sending more troops Mayhem: Court dismisses plea, 2 mins may get jail up to 5 yrs if found guilty @ T’Puram THE Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday dismissed the state government’s plea to withdraw the case pertaining to the mayhem in the assembly in 2015. If convicted, six LDF MLAs, including current ministers K T Jaleel and E P Jayarajan, who were involved in the case, could end up in jail for up to five years and may even face disqualification from contesting elections. The state government is likely to go for review. The MLAs tried to disrupt the annual budget speech of then finance minister K M Mani during the previous UDF M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Ten key bills sail through without Opposition; Upper House could be adjourned sine die R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi THE suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members for unruly behaviour appeared to have increased the index of Opposition solidarity, as all non-NDA parties in both Houses of Parliament boycotted proceedings on Tuesday, saying they will continue to abstain till the action is revoked. The government, however, insisted that the eight MPs must first express their regret before the decision can be reviewed. With no Opposition in the House, the Rajya Sabha passed seven key bills, including the amendment to the Essential Commodities Bill within just 3.5 hours. As for the Lok Sabha, it cleared three important legislations on labour codes. With most of its legislative business already transacted, the Upper House is expected to be adjour ned sine die on Wednesday However, five Oppo. sition MPs boycotted the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the Rajya Sabha called by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to discuss the truncation. Earlier during a brief discussion in the House, Ghulam Nabi EXPRESS READ Kerala records highest September rainfall Kochi: Kerala’s normal rainfall in September is 245 mm but this time the state received 568 mm rainfall till September 21 surpassing three-decade high of 562 mm in 1998. The state had received 425 mm rainfall in 2019. Jose’s KC(M) expedites steps to join Left Kottayam: Jose K Mani-led KC(M) faction has expedited steps to join the LDF. Though neither the LDF nor KC(M) has confirmed it has started formal talks, both sides began preliminary steps for the same. Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said no one was happy with what had happened on Sunday but MPs were , denied their right to seek division on two important farm bills. “In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that any government will become illegitimate if the Speaker refuses to hold voting. For God’s sake, do not move towards a ‘one nation, one party’ system,” Azad urged. He proposed that the government introduce another bill that makes it mandatory for private players not to purchase below the minimum support price (MSP). The new law should let farmers seek legal redress in case of any disputes. Also, MSPs should be announced based on the Swaminathan Committee formula, he said. Apart from Azad, other Opposition members, including K Keshava Rao (TRS), sought the revocation of suspension and announced their boycott of the House. With the entire Opposition announcing its Parliament boycott, the suspended MPs called off their indefinite dharna. However, NCP chief Sharad Pawar observed a day’s fast in solidarity . SC okays flyover razing, govt may go for partial rebuilding E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi IN a major relief to the commuters, the Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the Kerala government’s plea to demolish and reconstruct the Palarivattom flyover. The bench led by Justice R F Nariman also quashed the Kerala High Court order to conduct a load test before demolishing the structure. The TNIE has learnt that the state government will go by the report submitted by Metroman E Sreedharan rec- ommending partial reconstruction rather than total demolition and rebuilding. State agency Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (KITCO), which was the consultant for the flyover, opposed the state government’s plea alleging malicious intent, but the SC g ave g o ve r n m e n t t h e go-ahead. CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the government would try to ensure the participation of Sreedharan in the reconstruc● More on P5 tion project. At the time of submitting the report, E Sreedharan had agreed to oversee the restoration. He has recommended a few names to us for supervisory work G Sudhakaran, PWD min Shapoorji says it is ready to say TATA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HOURS after the Tatas offered to buy Shapoorji Pallonji group’s entire stake in Tata Sons, the Mistry family-led group said it was ready to exit the Tata group. The salt-to-Jaguar cars conglomerate told the Supreme Court on Tuesday it was open to buying out the 18.37% stake held by Shapoorji Pallonji in its holding firm Tata Sons. The Tatas made the offer verbally during the hearing on whether the SP group can pledge Tata Sons shares to raise funds. The SP Group issued a statement saying it had “stated before the Supreme Court that a separation from the Tata Group is necessary due to the potential impact this continuing litigation could have on livelihoods and the economy.” The statement said “The Mistry family believes that a separation of interests would best serve all stakeholders.” It added the Mistry family was “in the midst of raising funds against the security of their personal assets to meet the crisis arising from the global pandemic” but the Tatas were blocking this. The statement also alleged “several issues identified years earlier, continue to plague the group... Be it the operations of Tata Steel UK, where over the last three years alone the operational losses have increased by an additional `11,000 cr.” Appearing for the Tatas, senior lawyer Harish Salve said if SP Group wishes to sell the shares, Tata is willing to buy but the shares need to be protected. He urged the SC to stop CONTINUED ON P10 the sale. Temporary bar on share pledging SC has restrained Shapoorji Pallonji and Cyrus Mistry from pledging or transferring their shares in Tata Sons till Oct 28. The court also directed Tata Sons and SP Group not to take any action on the shares already pledged State 3rd in cases against legislators Kerala has 333 cases registered against former and sitting MPs and MLAs and, among these, 310 cases are against sitting lawmakers. More than 100 cases were registered in 2012 and 2013. P2 Most issues are settled then and there. Nobody holds any personal grudge. We respect the court’s verdict and will act accordingly Pinarayi Vijayan, CM 4,125 7-day quarantine for returnees from other states RECOVERIES Quarantine period for thoseDD MM YYYY 23 09 CROSS 1-LAKH coming 2020 02 MARK from other states has been made 2,910 1,38,631 39,285 98,724 The state crossed a seven days, instead of 14 553 major milestone in the All government offices, including battle against Covid as 101 cops infected, oppn’s mass protests PSUs, will function withhasattendance T’Puram full the number of recoveries a perfect setting for virus spread: CM 18% +ve be allowed in crossed the one-lakh In-house dining will cases, mark on Tuesday hotels and deaths 32% restaurants. 19 deaths confirmed, taking toll to 572 District-wise figures Kasaragod $$DAY$$ WEDNESDAY l l l NEW CASES ON MONDAY POSITIVE CASES SO FAR PEOPLE UNDER TREATMENT PEOPLE DISCHARGED DEATHS TOTAL IN HOSPITAL ISOLATION 5,10,013 1,803 3,62,456 82,581 3,89,193 514 3,54,015 80,727 34,547 1,101 8,288 1,815 3,351 6 153 138 Ernakulam 3,648 Kottayam Alappuzha l7,817l2,750l156l8 l10,011l2,612l112 l19 Ernakulam district becomes hotspot THE Covid-19 spread continues to worsen in Thiruvananthapuram as it is way ahead of other districts in new cases being reported and deaths. According to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, of the total active cases reported till Monday in the state, 18 per cent were from T hir uvananthapuram. The district also reported 32 per cent of the Covid deaths in the state. Worryingly, the health department data shows that the cases per million population and test positivity rate in Thiruvananthapuram have increased in the third week of this month. Meanwhile, Ernakulam is also emerging as a Covid-19 hotspot as projections show that it could expect 10 to 20 per cent increase in the daily case tally The CM said, “A serious . situation is at hand in Thiruvananthapuram. Of the 39,258 people who had been infected till Monday, 7,047 were from the district. That means 18 per cent. Of the 553 deaths, 175 were from the district. That means 32 per cent.” According to the CM, the protests that were being organised without following the Covid-protocol in the district should be read along with the worsening situation. At the same time, the data released by the health department shows cases per million and test positivity rate in Thiruvananthapuram are increasing. “The test positivity rate, which was 13.7 per cent in the second week of September (5 to 11) in the district, i n creased to 14.1 per cent in the third week (12 to 18). The cases per million also increased from 1,036 to 1,378 in the same period,” said a health department officer. Regarding the case scenario prevailing in various districts, the CM said, “In Ernakulam, it seems Onam celebrations might have triggered local transmission cases. Also, a majority of the infected were asymptomatic. In Kollam, a direction has been given to the police to monitor the guest workers. It seems funerals resulted in formation of clusters in Pathanamthitta.” VARIYATH PATHU (110) Randathani, Malappuram Variyath Pathu — the oldest person to have recovered from Covid-19 in the state — was admitted to Manjeri Medical College Hospital on August 18 and after her daughter contracted the virus through local transmission. Her RT-PCR test result came positive on August 21. Though Pathu had mild fever and cold, she was free from other comorbid conditions. She was discharged on August 29. Doctors informed Pathu she was Covid positive only after she recovered from the disease. GANESHA PILLAI (91) Aryashala, T’Puram Ganesha Pillai tested positive on September 1. Though asymptomatic, his samples were tested after his son contracted the infection. He was admitted to a hospital in Thriuvananthapuram. He was dicharged after his test results came negative on September 14. AS the state witnesses a huge spike in daily Covid-19 cases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has blamed it on the mass demonstrations. Briefing the media here on Tuesday, the CM said despite re peated war nings that crowds could cause a surge in cases, the Opposition parties ignored the same and organised protests, sometimes resulting in altercation with the police. As a result, 101 police personnel have got infected so far after handling the protesters, he said. “Crowding is one of the major factors that cause transmission of the virus. This has been highlighted by agencies like the World Health Organisation, but the Opposition parties in the state didn’t take it at face value and were organising protests. They were indeed creating a perfect setting for the virus to spread,” said the CM. The police personnel infected in the line of duty include one deputy superintendent of police, one inspector, 12 subinspectors, eight assistant sub-inspectors, eight senior civil police officers and 71 civil police officers. In addition, 164 primary contacts of these personnel have been identified and 171 others put under surveillance. “The police force is in the forefront of the Covid-19 battle. The political parties that carry on with this reckless act 8,24,449 45,751 should think whether this is how they should treat the force for their selfless service. They are also humans and every human life is precious,” Pinarayi said. Asked whether the government will go for stringent measures to control the protests, the CM said it rests with the political parties to behave responsibly “It is usually con. sidered that political parties operate with their social obligation in mind. I am optimistic that the Opposition parties will take a stand that they will protect the society from falling into the grip of this pandemic,” he added. Meanwhile, health officials seem to be divided on whether protests have resulted in the sudden increase in the new cases. According to one section, gatherings could become su- l12,011l3,982 l 376l47 Asma Beevi contracted the infection from one of her grandsons, who is a fish vendor at Anchal market. She tested positive on July 20 and was under treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital at Parippally. Other than age-related ailments, Beevi has been healthy. He was discharged on July 29. Besides Asma Beevi, 13 more patients above 90 years of age have recovered in Kollam. Malappuram l2,635l 616l 18l 95 l11,852 l3,824 l 299l54 The police force is in the forefront of Covid battle. The parties that carry on with this reckless act should think whether this is how they should treat the force for their selfless service — Pinarayi Vijayam, Chief Minister Idukki l2,846 l619l82l 3 Palakkad Thrissur l 15,877 l 3,386 l349 l 56 l8,153 l2,201 l 167 l 25 l8,863 l2,852 l 183 l 38 T’Puram l26,949 l7,147 l533 l175 Pathanamthitta l5,848 l1315l 16l 3 The first Covid-19 case in India was reported in Kerala when a medical student who had returned from Wuhan in China tested positive for the disease on January 30, 2020. She was tested negative on February 10, the first to recover. Now, with the total number of recoveries in the state crossing the onelakh mark, Express takes a look at the data of recovered Covid patients in the state. lakh RECOVERIES No. of recoveries Date 100 (124)* April 10 363 237 34% 2 1,000 (1,045) June 13 2,407 1,343 43% 19 5,000 (5,199) July 18 Total cases 11,659 Active cases 6,420 Recovery Rate 45% Deaths 40 10,000 (10,045) July 27 19,727 9,619 51% 63 20,000 (20,862) Aug 8 33,120 12,152 63% 106 30,000 (30,025) Aug 17 46,140 15,946 65% 169 40,000 (40,339) Aug 25 61,879 21,296 65% 244 50,000 (51,538) Aug 31 75,385 23,553 68% 294 60,000 (60,444) Sep 04 82,104 21,334 74% 326 70,000 (70,917) Sep 09 95,917 24,616 74% 384 80,000 (82,341) Sep 14 1,14,033 31,226 72% 466 90,000 (90,085) Sep 18 1,26,381 35,795 71% 501 1,00,000 (1,01,731) Sep 22 1,42,756 40,382 71% 572 * Exact number of recoveries on that particular day in given in the bracket District-wise data on recoveries as on Sept 22 Total cases Active cases Recovery rate Thiruvananthapuram 20,164 27,630 7,344 74% 186 Malappuram District Recovery 12,703 16,321 3,343 78% Death 4,125 FRESH CASES, 3,007 RECOVERIES 58 T’Puram: For the fifth time in the month, the daily Covid positive cases crossed 4,000-mark, while the cumulative tally of recovered cases went past the 1 lakh-mark on Tuesday. The state recorded 4,125 new cases and 3,007 recovered cases on the day. Of the reported cases, 3,463 were contact transmission cases. This includes 412 cases whose source of infection remains unknown. The infected on the day includes 155 returnees, 87 health workers and eight staffs of INHS, Ernakulam. Taking the tally of Covid deaths in the state to 572, 19 deaths were confirmed as due to the virus on the day. Kozhikode 8,481 12,405 4,267 68% 47 Ernakulam 8,420 12,258 3,982 69% 55 Alappuzha 7,546 10,414 2,783 72% 19 8,709 1,872 75% 41 Kollam 6,418 9,476 3,043 68% 42 Thrissur 6,158 9,232 2,981 67% 39 Palakkad Kasaragod 6,073 6,507 8,395 2,208 72% 26 THOMAS ABRAHAM (93) & MARIAMMA (89) Ranni, Pathanamthitta Thomas Abraham alias Kunjavarachan and his wife Mariamma were the first aged couple in India to recover from Covid-19. They were confirmed with the infection on March 9. Taking in account their age, the couple was shifted to Government Medical College Hospital, Kottayam, on March 10 for better treatment and they recovered from the disease after 25 days of hospitalisation. Their recovery got international attention and also won acclaim for the state health department. Kannur 5,275 8,271 3,098 64% 40 Kottayam 5,126 7986 2,802 64% 8 Pathanamthitta 4,652 6055 1,405 77% 3 Idukki 2,173 2888 619 75% 3 Wayanad 2,035 2716 635 75% 5 Total T H E Y D E F I E D AG E A N D WO N BAT T L E AGA I N ST COV I D -1 9 ASMA BEEVI (105) Thazhamel, Kollam l9,129 l2,909 l 195l40 Wayanad per-spreader events. They say that crowded gatherings can contribute to the spread of the virus, especially when those involved shout or chant slogans. “The infection could happen through various means. It ranges from using water cannons to disperse the crowd to lathicharge or while shifting the protesters to police vans,” said an officer. At the same time, citing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in the United States and reports that these didn’t result in a spurt in cases, another section said as the protests are staged in open-air settings, the risk of virus transmission is less than in enclosed settings. However, they say that proper wearing of facemasks is decisive in reducing the risk of spread and severity of illness. CONFIRMED deaths 3,463 contact transmission cases INSTITUTION QUARANTINED 9,57,533 POSITIVE cases on Monday Kollam HOME QUARANTINED E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram Kozhikode TOTAL PASSENGERS By air By sea By road By rail PATIENTS under treatment Knewindianexpress C K E R E R A L A C O V I D T R A com l TRAVEL MODE CONFIRMED cases Kerala has been witnessing a surge in the number of positive cases. Here’s a look at the statistics l8,512 l1,901 l110 l 41 Kannur l8128 l3171l 314l39 THRISSUR KOTTAYAM Cases spike in capital district new cases reported on Tuesday The state government has brought in more changes in the restrictions related to Covid-19, as part of Unlock 4.0. BREAK-UP OF RETURNEES Oppn boycotts both Houses over eight MPs’ suspension V Sivankutty throws an emergency lantern from the speaker’s dais in the assembly during the mayhem | FILE PIC KERALA CASE DIARY Members of various farmer organisations in Punjab return home after protesting against the passage of farm sector reform bills, in Patiala, on Tuesday | PTI IN a significant move aimed at easing tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China have agreed to stop sending additional troops to their respective sides of the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The major decision was taken while the Corps Commanders of the two countries met for the sixth round of talks on Monday . A joint India-China official statement issued on Tuesday read, “Corps Commanders agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, Demand refrain from unilaterally for early, changing the situation on the complete ground, and avoid taking any pullout actions that may complicate The Indian the situation.” delegation There are around 40,000 headed by Lt troops each from the Indian Gen Harinder and Chinese side with tanks, Singh pressed artillery and missiles posifor an early tioned against each other. and complete The Indian Ar my depullout of scribed the talk as “candid” Chinese in which the Indian and Chitroops from nese senior commanders had all the friction in-depth exchanges of views points. The on stabilising the situation two sides also along the LAC in the Indiamentioned China border areas. about the Both sides said the talks harsh winter will continue. “The two sides in the Ladakh also agreed to hold the 7th region round of Military Commandbeginning er-Level Meeting as soon as October when possible, take practical meastemperatures ures to properly solve probfall up to -25 lems on the ground, and degree C and jointly safeguard peace and oxygen tranquility in the border becomes area,” the joint statement scarce added. In a bid to resolve the issue with better inputs from all quarters, the Indian team comprised Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East) in the MEA and a senior representative of the The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, in addition to the military commanders of the 14 Corps, which has entire LAC in Ladakh as its area of responsibility The marathon talks were held on Mon. day for about 14 hours in Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC across India’s Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh. government’s tenure on March 13, 2015, which led to noisy and violent scenes in the assembly . The court considered the case based on a petition filed by social activists M T Thomas and Peter Mayiliparambil. The Crime Branch, which had investigated the case, found that the accused had destroyed public properties including the speaker’s chair. Former director general of prosecutions T Asaf Ali said as per the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, the legislators could end up in jail. “The convicts may get up to five years of imprisonment and a fine. If they are awarded a sentence less than six months, there should be a specific rea● More on P5 son,” he said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 1,01,731 1,42,756 40,382 71% 572 AMINUMMA (96) Thayyil, Kannur PAREED (103) Marambally, Aluva Aminumma tested positive for Covid-19 on July 25 and was admitted to Covid treatment Centre at Ancharakkandi. She got infected from her daughter, who had tested positive after attending a marriage near her house. Aminumma’s relatives were a bit concerned as she was suffering from age-related ailments too. But she she recovered after 45 days’ treatment and was discharged on September 8. Her son Akbar Ali credited the hospital staff for helping her recover from the viral disease. Pareed underwent Covid test on July 28 after suffering from high fever and body pain. After being confirmed Covid positive, he was transferred to Kalamassery MCH. Though he had no serious symptoms, Pareed was treated by a special medical team considering his old age. He was discharged from the MCH on August 19 -- 20 days after he was diagnosed with the disease. His wife and son also recovered and were discharged on the day. PAGE 2 LAC JOINT STATEMENT T’Puram: Covid-19 spread continues to worsen in the capital district. According to the CM, of the total active cases reported till Monday, 18% were reported from Thiruvananthapuram. The district also had 32% of Covid deaths in state.
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