HARLEY-DAVIDSON TO EXIT INDIA BIZ ■ The iconic American bike maker plans to close its plant in Bawal, Haryana and lay off around 70 employees in India ■ The move is part of the firm’s overhaul strategy called Rewire, which advocates exiting markets where volumes are low and profitability is elusive MADURAI l FRIDAY l SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION 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 EXPRESS READ UK to conduct human challenge trials New Delhi: The UK has said it will conduct human challenge trials, in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with coronavirus to assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines | P9 Govt allows 5 states to borrow `9,913 cr more New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday allowed Andhra, Telangana, Goa, Karnataka and Tripura to borrow `9,913 crore more after the states implemented the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ system | P11 Chennai Tied Test hero Jones passes away CHENNAI: Dean Jones, who fought dehydration to score 210 in the Tied Test in Chennai, 1986 died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel Thursday. The 59-year-old Australian, who revolutionised ODI batting in the late 80s, was in India as a commentator for IPL. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs, winning the World Cup in 1987. IPL DELHI TODAY CHENNAI LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm Trust deficit apparent in LAC talks China wants focus on Pangong south bank alone; India for negotiations on entire Ladakh M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi MILITARY-LEVEL talks on resolving the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh will not be guided by Chinese priorities, as they cannot be fully trusted, a senior officer said on Thursday . While the Chinese side wants to discuss only the situation on the south bank of the Pangong Tso lake for now, India is emphatic that the bilateral talks need to include every stand-off location so as to arrive at a comprehensive solution. “China wants that the talks be only on south bank of the Pangong Tso. We want that the talks should be on the entire eastern Ladakh and begin from Depsang. The south bank ought to be the last point of discus- sion,” the officer said. “The De psang problem, where Chinese have blocked four patrolling points, is much older than the problem they initiated in May last in the Pangong area. Now that we are talking, we need to include every place,” the officer added. The Chinese are harping on on the south bank because the Indian Army has occupied all the important heights there, including Mukhpari, Rezang La and Reqin La, the officer shared and added that the talks need to include de-escalation of air activity too. “However, the situation doesn’t seem to get resolved soon and we cannot trust them. China also has done all the preparations to stay at the LAC through the entire winter sea- Ground communication to be strengthened India and China have decided to strengthen ground communication and stop sending more troops along the LAC to avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, the MEA said son. We cannot trust China blindly the officer said. ,” Referring to the recent joint statement issued by both sides ‘SPB’s condition is extremely critical’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai PLAYBACK singer S P Balasubrahmanyam is “extremely critical” and he remains on ECMO and other life support measures, according to a health bulletin issued by MGM Healthcare Hospital on Thursday . Balasubrahmanyam was admitted to the hospital on August 5 with Covid symptoms. “His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support and is extremely critical. The team of experts at MGM Healthcare is closely monitoring his health condition,” the health bulletin issued by Dr Anuradha Baskaran, Assistant DirectorMedical Services, MGM Healthcare hospital, said. Balasubrahmanyam was put on life support on August 14 when his condition was reported to have worsened. However, his son, SP Charan, confirmed that the singer had begun showing improvements and eventually even tested neg, ative for coronavirus. Balasubrahmanyam reportedly underwent passive physiotherapy and later “actively participated in physiotherapy” and he was fully awake and responsive during that phase. In an update two days ago, Charan had said that his father was looking forward to returning home. However, this development has come as a shock to the singer’s fans, with social media abuzz with prayers for his swift recovery . after the Corps Commanderlevel meeting, he said: “Issuing a joint statement is good. We want solutions but China should manifest whatever it says on the ground. Till the time Chinese troops don’t go back we will not slacken our positions. Our soldiers are alert and fully prepared,” the officer emphasised. Most of the Indian soldiers on the LAC have been armed with the modern Seg Sauer assault rifles. The soldiers used to have INSAS rifles till now. Clarifying why representatives from the foreign office attended the recent Corps Commanders meeting, the officer said it was to send a clear message that there is no difference in India’s stance at the military and diplomatic levels. Vijayakant tests positive, admitted to hospital DMDK founder Vijayakant tested positive for Covid and has been admitted to MIOT Hospital in Chennai. A media bulletin said, Vijayakant tested postive on September 22. “He is completely stable and expected to make a full recovery and should be ready for discharge soon,” it added COVID FRESH CASES COUNT DEATHS 5,692 66 Oppn to support bandh call EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TAKING their fight to the streets after the showdown in Parliament, Opposition parties will on Friday support a call for Bharat Bandh given by over two-dozen affiliated farmer organisations over the recent passage of three farm sector reforms bills by voice vote. While Punjab has already seen disruptions in train services due to massive protests, a clutch of organisations like the All India Farmers Union, Bharatiya Kisan Union, All India Kisan Mahasangh, and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee have announced a nationwide bandh on Friday . Farmers’ outfits in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, too, are on the same page. MLA cries foul over ‘posters’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Madurai WALL posters dotting Anuppandi, portraying Dalit leader Immanual Sekharan as a member of a particular community, prompted Thiruvadanai MLA Karunas to claim that ‘Mallar Perarasu Meetpu Kazhagam’ was attempting to appropriate the legacy of the freedom fighter. After submitting a petition to Inspector General of Police (South Zone) Dr S Murugan, Karunas said that this was an attempt to sully the caste harmony . Replying to questions related to the upcoming assembly election, he said that his political party - Mukkulathor Pulipadai could not be avoided by the gover ning party during elections. GH power outage claims 3rd? EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirupur A petition, claiming a third death during the power outage at Government Tirupur Hospital, was submitted to K Vijaya Kar thikeyan on Thursday . The relatives of the deceased D Anuradha (42), an asthma patient, said that she was on ventilator support and died on Tuesday morning. However, the collector maintained that oxygen supply was not affected as power backup had kicked in immediately after the power failure. A health department official also said that there was a power backup. “The woman’s health condition was already critical,” he added. Earlier, sources claimed that two elderly Covid patients had died during the power P2 outage.
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