India skipper Virat Kohli introduces his team to President Ram Nath Kovind and home minister Amit Shah before the Test | BCCI | P13 VILLUPURAM THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION STADIUM GETS A NEW NAME India take control of the third Test against England after a grand opening ceremony and foundation stone laying event of the Motera sports complex BIG STAGE President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest cricket stadium and renamed it Narendra Modi stadium leading to a controversy. However, the govt later clarified that it’s only the cricket arena that has been renamed; the whole complex is still named after Sardar Patel RAHUL JIBE Congress leader Rahul Gandhi got an opportunity to land a punch after the surprise renaming. “Beautiful how the truth reveals itself. Narendra Modi stadium — Adani end — Reliance end. With Jay Shah presiding,” he tweeted, with the hashtag ‘HumDoHumareDo’ PATEL SIXER Once again, Axar Patel showed his guile picking up six wickets for 38, including the scalps of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow & Ben Foakes. England were all out for 112 on a turning track. This is his second fifer in three innings. He took five wickets in the second innings of the second Test STARTING GEAR India’s approach was clear. Fight out the most challenging session and get going on Thursday. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill shelved the shots. Although they ended up losing Gill, Pujara and Kohli, Rohit got going at the first sight of opportunity to take India to 99/3 TALKING POINTS ON THE FIELD England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball. The incident took place at the end of the 12th over, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was sanitised 11 Two third-umpiring decisions went against England much to their THE NUMBER OF BLACK AND RED SOIL PITCHES IN THE CENTRE A fan ran on the the ground breaching bio-bubble protocols Australian firm Populous, which designed the MCG among others, is the architect of the stadium chagrin. To be fair to the visitors, they had a point with at least one of those appeals — the stumping of Rohit Sharma 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 Vaccination window for 60+ will open on March 1 S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the launch of Covid19 vaccination for the third priority group from March 1, which includes people above 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities, and involves the private sector. The vaccines will be administered at 10,000 government facilities free of cost and at 20,000 paid private facilities. The cost of the vaccines at private hospitals will be decided in three-four days after a meeting with manufacturers and representatives of hospitals, said Union minister Prakash Javadekar. “From March 1, people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres,” said Javadekar in a press briefing on the Cabinet’s decisions. 1 Who will get the vaccine? 2 What are the comorbidties recognised for prioritisation? 3 What is the process of taking the vaccine? 5 People above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, but final word is yet to be out You first need to register on CoWin App. It will ask you for your choice of hospital. You then need to select an available day/time slot. If you misses an assigned slot, you can register again What papers are needed before taking the shot? At the site of vaccine administration, you need to submit proof of age through a valid government ID. For those in the comorbid group, proof of comorbidity is required What will be the cost of vaccines? It is free at govt hospitals. At private hospitals, you need to pay the price fixed by manufacturers and overhead cost charged by the hospital for administering the shot. There will be more clarity soon The government is yet to make public the clinical criteria for those with underlying conditions to qualify for vaccinations against coronavirus but sources in the Union health ministry told this newspaper that these include diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi KEY QUESTIONS 4 Govt biz bar lifted for private banks The underlying conditions have been defined by a special panel of doctors appointed by the government and are likely to be released within the next few days. Officials also said that portability facilities will be offered for the vaccination, which means that the beneficiaries can get the jabs anywhere in India. THE Centre on Wednesday decided to lift the embargo on granting government-related business to private banks. Till now, government banking transactions were done only through public-sector banks and select private banks such as Axis Bank. The decision, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, will open the doors for the private sector to participate in governmentrelated banking transactions running into lakhs of or crores, such as taxes and other revenue payment facilities, pension payments, small savings schemes. In 2012, RBI had allowed private sector banks to act as agency banks but the move was not supported by the then government, which put an embargo on extending government-business to private banks. Now the government has decided to lift the embargo to push its privatisation drive. Bankers have welcomed the move. EPS, OPS pay homage to Jayalalithaa, desire to contest from present seats EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai CHIEF Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were the first to collect their poll ticket applications in Chennai, issued by the AIADMK to coincide with the 73rd birth anniversary of former Chief Mini s t e r J Jaya l a l i t h a a , o n Wednesday . A few other ministers also collected their applications from the party headquarters Earlier in the day, both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, garlanded Jayalalithaa’s statue at the party headquarters, and distributed sweets to cadre and functionaries. They also cut a 73-kg cake and fed each other a piece of cake, before distributing it to the cadre. The leaders then commenced issuing of applications for those who wished to contest the Assembly elections. The applications can be collected till March 5. The leaders also expressed their willingness to contest from their current constituencies. While Palaniswami contested from the Edappadi constituency in Salem district in 2016, Panneerselvam repre- Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami offering homage to former CM J Jayalalithaa on the occasion of her 73rd birth anniversary, in Chennai on Wednesday sented Bodinayakanur in Theni district. Ministers C Seenivasan, KA Sengottaiyan, SP Velumani and P Thangamani also expressed willingness to contest again from Dindigul, Gobichettipalayam, Thondamuthur and Komarapalayam constituencies, respectively . Palaniswami and Panneerselvam also visited the Jayalalithaa memorial at the Marina, where the CM opened the Amma Museum and Amma Knowledge Park. The duo then visited the Jayalalithaa complex within the State Higher Education Council premises and offered floral tributes to the late leader’s statue. Palaniswami planted a makilam tree in the complex, to officially launch a scheme to plant 73 lakh saplings across the State in honour of the departed leader. He also presented a State Award to one T Narmada to mark the National Girl Child Day. Girl Child Day Awards were also presented to Collectors of Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Tiruvannamalai districts. The leaders and functionaries lit lamps at their residences in the evening and pledged that they would protect the party and the people, following the path shown by Amma. Later in the day Palaniswami paid a fit, ting tribute to Jayalalithaa by addressing the public from RK P4 Nagar constituency .
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