tirupati l tuesday l april 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION In a First for another planet, NASA Mars copter takes flight NASA’s Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet Ingenuity logs 39.1 seconds of flight Autonomous flight demonstration The solar-powered helicopter became airborne at 12:33 Local Mean Solar Time (Mars time) – a time the Ingenuity team determined would have optimal energy and flight conditions. Ingenuity climbed to its prescribed maximum altitude of 10 feet and maintained a stable hover for 30 seconds. It, then, touched down on Mars surface after logging 39.1 seconds of flight ■ ■ Ingenuity’s initial flight demonstration was autonomous – piloted by onboard guidance, navigation, and control systems The flight was full of unknowns. The Red Planet has just one-third of Earth’s gravity and its atmosphere is extremely thin with only 1% the pressure at the surface compared to our planet | P12 $85 million Cost of the high-risk helicopter demo flight on mars surface 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 18+ part of Liberalised vax regime To be effective from May 1; states can procure directly from manufacturers, who can also sell in open market; up to states, private players to procure foreign jabs S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Heeding to calls to reduce the age cap, the Centre on Monday opened its phase 3 vaccination drive to include all above 18 years of age from May 1, after a series of meetings Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with different stakeholders. It also substantially eased its grip on vaccine manufacturers, empowering them to release up to 50% of their stock to states aa also sell the jabs in the open market at a pre-declared price. Importantly, foreign made ready-to-use vaccines will be available only in the market or procured by states but not by the Centre. States have also been permitted to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, and open up vaccination to any category of people above the age of 18 for it. Prominent among those who had pressed the Centre to expand the beneficiary basket were chief ministers Amarinder Singh (Punjab) and Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra). The decision to allow everyone above 18 years to get the vaccines also came on a day when the Centre reportedly extended a credit line of `3,000 crore to the Pune-based Serum Institute of India and `1,500 crore to Bharat Biotech. Manufacturers will make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that will be available to states and in the market, before May 1. Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals and industrial establishments among others can procure doses from the manufacturers. Private hospitals have to procure their supplies exclusively from the 50% earmarked for other than the Central government channel. “This would augment vaccine production as well as availability, incentivising vaccine manufacturers to rapidly ramp up their production as well as attract new vaccine manufacturers, domestic and international. It would also make pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines open and flexible, allowing all stakeholders the flexibility to customise to local needs and dynamics,” said the Centre. All vaccinations, however, will be part of the national vaccination programme, and mandated to follow all protocols such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to Adverse Event Following Immunisation reporting and all other prescribed norms. Also, the second dose of all existing priority groups wherever it has become due, will be given priority . kcr tests positive for covid Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday and is currently in home isolation at his farmhouse in Erravalli village. “The Chief Minister has mild symptoms. He has been advised isolation and is staying at his farmhouse. A team of doctors is monitoring his health,” Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said in a release SSC, Inter exams on but schools to be shut @ New Delhi Corona warrior scheme to be continued: Govt E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has clarified that the government is in talks with another insurance company for extension of the `50 lakh cover scheme for healthcare workers on Covid-19 duty under the Pradhan Mantri , Garib Kalyan Package. Launched last year, this scheme was discontinued according to a letter to the states from Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. The letter said the insurance coverage was coming to an end on March 24 this year. In its clarification, the health ministry has added that it has been extended till April 24. The ministry said a “new dispensation will be provided to cover the Corona warriors, for which the ministry is in talks with the insurance company (New India Assurance)”. Reacting sharply to former PM Manmohan Singh’s letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving suggestions on how to tide over the pandemic, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said even Congress-ruled states don’t seem to agree with him. “It is saddening, Dr Singh, that while you very well understand the importance of vaccination as an important method of fighting the Covid-19 battle, people in responsible positions in your party as well as in the Boris cancels trip British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancels India visit, will instead speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to launch their plans for bilateral partnership STATE WIDE RINL oxygen supply @ Vijayawada Migrant workers at Kaushambi bus stand on the Delhi-UP border to board buses for their native places on Monday | Parveen Negi Delhi, parts of UP in lockdown, HC fiat to T’gana govt on curbs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi / Lucknow / Hyderabad Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a week-long lockdown starting Monday night till April 26. Barring essential services, all other activities will be banned during the lockdown. “After reviewing the entire situation, the government feels it is pertinent to impose a lockdown in Delhi for a few days... During this, all essential services with regard to food, medicine would continue” said the Chief Minister Kejriwal. The CM added that the heathcare infrastructure in the national capital, which is reeling under an explosion of coronavirus cases, is stretched beyond capacity and the lockdown is to ensure it doesn’t collapse. The decision was announced after a high-level meeting with the lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. After the announcement, serpentine queues were seen outside liquor shops with tipplers making a beeline to stock up booze. There were large crowds at the city’s inter-state bus terminals and railway stations as thousands of migrant workers set out to go to their native places. Kejriwal appealed them not to leave Delhi as this is a short lockdown of six days. Meanwhile, the Allahabad NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 18 April 19 2,61,500 1,38,423 1,501 2,72,191 1,44,178 1,619 High Court on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose strict restrictions including closing of malls, shopping complexes and restaurants till April 26 in five cities — Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Na g ar and Gorakhpur. The HC slammed the state government for “not planning” for a second wave of the pandemic and also criticised the State Election Commission for holding the panchayat elections at this time. Similarly, the Telangana High Court on Monday directed the state government to issue within 48 hours Covid-19 guidelines to minimise footfalls in liquor shops, restaurants, marriage halls and cinemas, among other crowded places. state governments formed by your party do not seem to share your view,” Vardhan wrote in his reply to Singh. Tweeting his reply, he said, “History shall be kinder to you Dr Manmohan Singh ji if your offer of ‘constructive cooperation’ and valuable advice was followed by your leaders as well in such extraordinary times!” Meanwhile, the Congress demanded an apology from Harsh Vardhan for his uncharacteristic remarks on the former PM. The party said the remarks were meaningless as the letter was addressed to PM Modi and not to the health minister. It also pointed out that the Centre has accepted most of the suggestions in Singh’s letter to the prime minister. “It is a welcome move that Government has woken up to Congress call of vaccination for all. Hope PM considers the other suggestions given by Dr. Singh & other experts as well,” tweeted Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. adds India red list of from where India on UK The UK are banned.to itsban comes countriescases of the B.1.617 flights The amid 77 red list variant, first found in India, being detected in Britain Hong Kong suspends connecting flights All Hong Kong flights connecting it with India stand suspended from Tuesday till May 3. The suspension applies to Pakistan as well as the Philippines Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 18 6,852 2,343 21 April 19 5,963 2,569 27 RINL has come to the rescue of States facing shortage of oxygen. The ASP at RINL produces 2,600 tonnes of oxygen and 100 tonnes of liquid oxygen a day Focus on strict enforcement of CAB fine of `100 will be imposed on people who do not wear A face mask in public places as a measure to curb Covid spread here should be 6 ft distance between two seats in theatres T and function halls and seating should arranged accordingly Vardhan mocks MMS, Cong hits back E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a high-level meeting on Covid-19 situation in the State on Monday and announced a slew of measures, including suspension of classes for I to IX students from Tuesday, apart from directing the official machinery to act tough on Covid Appropriate Behaviour violators. According to an official release, the government decided not just to close schools but also hostels and coaching centres for class I to IX students in view of spike in Covid cases. While announcing that SSC and Intermediate examinations will be held as per schedule, strictly adhering to Covid protocol, Jagan instructed officials to continue college hostels till the end of exams only . Apart from imposing a fine of `100 on people who do not wear face mask in public places, it was decided to ensure physical distance in cinema halls, function halls and hotels. “At functions held in convention centres, there should be 6 feet distance between two seats and alternative seating arrangement should be made in theatres,’’ Jagan said. Officials were asked to give wide publicity to 104 call centre, which is meant to provide details pertaining to Covid-19 testing and treatment. Laying emphasis on hospital preparedness, availability of medical facilit i e s, d o c t o r s a n d proper sanitation, the Chief Minister said all the primary contacts of those tested positive should be tested. People suffering from fever or having such symptoms should also be tested with the help of village/ward volunteers. The officials should focus on oxygen generation centres and see that the State gets its due share from the oxygen generated from the plant in Visakhapatnam. “If needed, focus on setting up of more oxygen plants,’’ the Chief P5 Minister said. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e ide publicity to be given to 104 call centre, which is meant W to provide details pertaining to Covid testing and treatment Primary contacts of those tested positive should be tested eople suffering from fever or having such symptoms should P also be tested with the help of village and ward volunteers Emphasis laid on hospital preparedness and medical facilities Manmohan tests positive for Covid Former PM Manmohan Singh, 88, on Monday tested positive for Covid-19. He was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi with a mild fever on Monday afternoon. He is stable and doctors are monitoring his condition. Singh had taken both the doses of Covid vaccine. PM Narendra Modi was among those who wished him speedy recovey Maharashtra Some relief as Covid cases dip to 58,924 a day after logging the highest 68,631 positive cases on Sunday West Bengal Cases climb in poll-bound state, hitting its highest single-day spike of 8,426 45 Kurnool KGBV, 12 IIIT students test positive E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kurnool/Srikakulam The spread of Covid-19 in educational institutions in the State continues unabated. About 45 students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) in Kurnool district and 12 girls in IIIT campus in Srikakulam tested positive for Covid. As of now, more than 274 KGBV students have tested positive for the virus in Kurnool. In the 24 hours ending Monday 9 am, 45 students of various KGBVs contracted the virus. About 35 fresh cases were reported in Dornipadu, seven in Aspari, two in Banaganalapalle and one in Sanjanamala. As many as 101 students of Adoni KGBV have tested positive till now, followed by 49 in Chagalammari. With fresh cases emerging from the KGBCs, District Collector G Veerapandian directed the officials concerned to focus on strict implementation of Covid norms in schools and colleges to curb the spread of virus. P5 Vidya Deevena `671 cr released to 10L students as 1st tranche E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada CM Jagan Mohan Reddy releases `671 cr under Vidya Deevena on Monday | Express The State government on Monday released `671.45 crore towards the first installment of Jagananna Vidya Deevena (fee reimbursement) scheme for the academic year 2020-21. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy credited the amount into the bank accounts of mothers of 10,88,439 students pursuing higher education. Addressing beneficiaries of the scheme through a video conference from his camp office at Tadepalli, the Chief Minister said education is the most valuable asset he is giving to students, whom he referred to as his brothers and sisters. The scheme is envisaged to make education accessible to the poor and the needy in the State. The real wealth which can be given to the future generation is education, which alone can eradicate poverty he said. , As promised during his 3,648 km Praja Sankalpa Yatra, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government had released `4,207.85 crore for the fee reimbursement of students for the academic year 2019-20, besides clearing `1,880 crore pending dues of the previous government for 2018-19. He also point- ed out that none of the previous gover nments had reimbursed the fee arrears in such a large scale. Further, Jagan said the State government is committed to developing the education sector and launched schemes like Jagananna Goru Mudha, Amma Vodi and Vasathi Deevena to ensure that no poor family runs into debts for the sake of getting its children educated. P5
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.