HUBBALLI SUNDAY MAY 30, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION DOMESTIC AIR TRAVEL TO GET COSTLIER AS BASE FARE HIKED Starting June 1, airfare would be 13-16% costlier, while carriers can operate at 50% of ﬂeet capacity from the existing 80% DURATION-BASED HIKE, LOWEST FARE AT `2,300 SLUMP IN TRAFFIC AMID SECOND WAVE Fare for less than 40 minute travel will be hiked from C2,300 to C2,600. Flights between 40- and 60-minute duration will have fares at a lower limit of C3,300. For flights of 60-90 minute duration, fare will be charged at C4,000; 90-120 minutes at C4,700; 150-180 minutes at C6,100; and 180-210 minutes will cost C7,400, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced ■ ■ ■ The ministry said the revision was made after a surge in Covid cases resulted in a marked decrease in passenger traffic The new fare price limit will not include taxes and the airport development fees, which will be added to the passenger fare New fares will see a rise of C300 to C1,000 depending on duration 2nd hike IN THREE MONTHS. IN FEBRUARY, THE FARE WAS HIKED BY 10-13% 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 Real efficacy of Covaxin, Covishield under ICMR lens Lockdown in state may not be extended beyond June 7, says Yediyurappa E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru WITH a slight decline in Covid cases and positivity rate over the last few days in the State, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday expressed confidence that the situation would come under control in the next four to five days. After his three-hour meeting with elected representatives and officers from districts that are reporting a high number of cases, he said, “The lockdown will continue till June 7 and it will be implemented strictly The decision . on its extension will be taken KARNATAKA MAY 28 MAY 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 22,823 52,253 401 depending on the situation. If people cooperate with us, probably the question of extending it may not arise.” Revenue Minister R Ashoka and other elected representatives from Bengaluru suggested that the restriction in Bengaluru should be lifted in a phased manner. The lockdown has helped Bengaluru as the number of cases has gone down from a peak of 22,000 to around 5,000 now, Ashoka said. “We suggested to the chief minister that export-oriented industries should be reopened first, and other sectors later. He will take the final decision,” he added. Earlier in the day, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the chief minister will decide on the lockdown extension after discussing it with ministers. As the Centre has directed that Covid guidelines be followed till June 30, the CM will discuss this too with ministers before taking the decision, he added. During the meeting, the CM instructed MPs, MLAs and officers from Mysuru, Hassan, Belagavi, Kalaburagi and Vijayapura districts to bring down the positivity rate to less P3 than 10 per cent. NATIONWIDE 20,628 Fresh cases 42,444 Recoveries 492 Deaths MAY 28 MAY 29 1,86,364 1,73,790 2,59,459 2,84,601 3,660 3,617 EXPRESS READ Bar Council extends D1.06 cr Covid aid to lawyers Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) has extended financial aid of D1.06 crore to 733 lawyers infected with Covid-19. The KSBC has sanctioned D10,000 each for lawyers in home quarantine, and D25,000 each for advocates admitted in hospitals | P4 Mandya cops seize pregnant doc’s daily commute Mangya: A pregnant doctor working at Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences had to go through a difficult ordeal after the autorickshaw she uses regualarly to commute to hospital was allegedly confiscated by the police, amidst the total lockdown in the district | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE SHOWING THE GATES PLUS 12 PAGES Congress alleges hand of BJP leaders in vax drive E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru KPCC president DK Shivakumar and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah on Saturday alleged that some BJP leaders were promoting paid vaccination at private hospitals and demanded action against them. “Allegations against BJP MLA Ravi Subramanya of taking commission for vaccines is a serious one. MP Tejasvi Surya has been promoting paid vaccination in private hospitals. A suo-motu FIR should be filed, HC must monitor the probe and they should be disqualified by the speaker,” Shivakumar tweeted on Saturday . “Karnataka HC made observations that there are more chances of getting the vaccine from private hospitals than in government facilities. It is now evident that there is a scam in vaccine allocation and BJP leaders are involved in diverting govt stock to private hospitals,” he alleged in his tweet. “A section of the media has reported that vaccines from the government are sent to a private corporate hospital, where it is sold for `900 to `1,200,” Shivakumar said. P3 4,000 vaccinated people across 10 cities in India being tracked S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi An aircraft which will spray organic disinfectant over highly-populated areas of Bengaluru, as part of a three-day pilot project launched by BBMP, takes flight from Jakkur Aerodrome on Saturday. The DGCA, however, has clarified that no permission has been granted for the exercise, since it the plane will be flying at a precariously low altitude of about 500 feet | SHRIRAM BN THE Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has started a crucial project to measure the real-world effectiveness of Covishield and Covaxin, authorities told TNIE. The exercise, which started earlier this week, assumes significance amid concerns that the vaccines may not be offering complete protection from hospitalisations, severe disease, and deaths, contrary to the clinical trial results. Many people with both doses of Covishield and Covaxin have landed in hospitals after contracting the virus, and few have even died as per anecdotal reports but there is no concrete official data on such people so far. There have also been con- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Saturday decided that children who have lost both parents due to Covid-19 will be supported under PMCARES for Children scheme, which will take care of their educational needs, including higher education. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to discuss steps needed for children who have lost their parents to Covid-19. The PM announced a number of benefits for children impacted by the current pandemic. PM CARES will contribute through a specially de- signed scheme to create a corpus of `10 lakh for each child when he or she reaches 18 years of age, which will be used to give a monthly financial support from 18 years of age, for the next five years to take care of his or her personal requirements during the period of higher education. On reaching the age of 23, he or she will get the amount in a lumpsum for personal and professional use. Also, the scheme will take responsibility for the educational needs of such children, as they will be given admission in the nearest Kendriya Vidyalaya or in a private school as a day scholar. Besides, if the child is admitted in a private school, the fees as per Right to Education norms will be given from PM-CARESIn a bid to ensure access to higher education, the scheme will assist in obtaining education loan. Interest on this loan will be paid by PM-CARES. The scheme will also ensure enrollment of such children under Ayushman Bharat Scheme with a health insurance cover of `5 lakh. Premium for these children till the age of 18 years will be paid by PM-CARES. Second Covid wave blew all preparations away: Nirmala I F FAT H FAT H I M A @ Bengaluru THE intensity and scale of Covid second wave shook off the preparations in the country said Union Finance , Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, who along with other experts from various fields, discussed the scenario after the second wave in the country on Saturday . A virtual edition of IIMBueX, a leadership conclave organised by the alumni of IIM-Bangalore, had Dr Devi Shetty cardiac surgeon and chairperson of IIM-B , Board of Governors, Dr Gagandeep Kang, clinical scientist, Hrish Mittal, president of IIMBAA, Prof Chinmay Tumbe, author of Age of Pandemics and faculty , IIM-Ahmedabad and others. Sitharaman said, “The second wave hit us so hard that there was no preparation. The amount of medicines and other infrastructure was not adequate and this resulted in a severe period of stress. However, the peak is coming down. We hope to maintain the downward trend.” Dr Shetty pointed out, “We need to ramp up the healthcare system, by not building more hospitals, but by focusing on setting up nursing colleges, doubling medical seats and starting a micro-health insurance which can be accessed through phone... there should be a panel of experts to address the third wave.” ‘We’ll see 6b jabs this yr’ Dr Gagandeep Kang, a top clinical scientist, said, “The vaccine rollout was slow because supply chains are set up to handle only so much. An estimation done last year anticipated that around 2.5 billion doses could be made in 2021. But with a lot of effort by multilateral agencies and governments, we think we will have 6 billion or more doses this year.” INTERVIEW ‘PREPARE NOW TO PROTECT KIDS IN THIRD WAVE’ Children are especially expected to be at risk during the third wave, and one needs to understand what symptoms to watch out for. This particular population needs attention and it should start now, says Dr Asha Benakappa, HoD (Paediatrics) at Chandramma Dayananda Sagar Institute of Medical Education and Research. P4 Pulwama martyr’s wife quits cushy job, joins Army “I love you Vibhu!” said Lt Nitika Kaul, wife of martyr Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhaundiyal, after a ceremony at the Officers Training Academy Chennai, on Saturday , . Chief of the Army’s Northern Command Lieutenant General Y K Joshi placed stars on Nitika Kaul’s shoulders. determine whether the effect of vaccines is influenced by other factors such as age, prior Covid, number of doses and variants among others,” he said. Besides the study the vac, cination status of nearly 1,300 severe Covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals will be compared with the vaccination status of around 2,600 persons who are found Covid-19 negative in tests. “If the vaccines are effective, the proportion of the unvaccinated should be much higher among the 1,300 than among the 2,600,” said an ICMR official. “The study is expected to yield an actual number for effectiveness in percentage terms and the results are expected within the next 2-3 months.” PM-CARES to support Covid-orphaned children BEFITTING TRIBUTE V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun cerns that these vaccines may be less effective against the 1.6.17 variant of SARS-CoV-2, the strain that has been driving the second wave of the pandemic in India. The exercise led by the Chennai-based National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), under the ICMR, is using a case-control protocol of tracking about 4,000 people at 11 sites across 10 cities in India. Tarun Bhatnagar, a scientist with the NIE and also the principal investigator for the study said while clinical , trials give the efficacy data on whether vaccines will work, effectiveness study will gauge whether vaccines are working in real-world settings in preventing serious Covid. “This study is also crucial to Nitika was married to Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal for 9 months when he was killed in action fighting terrorists in Pulwama, Kashmir in February 2019. “He will always be a part of my life. I feel he is around looking at me, wishing me luck for having made it to the Army,” Ni- tika said. An engineer by training, Nitikia holds a master’s degree in business administration. She has worked with a corporate house as a business analyst for three years but left the job to join the Army She cleared written and in. terview of the Services Selection Board in February 2020 and re- ceived her letter in March 2020. “The day I stepped inside the academy, I imagined he too must have traversed the same path,” said Kaul. Vaishnavi, Nitika’s sister-in-law said, “We are happy but we miss Vibhuti. Nitika has been more than brave. She picked herself quickly and decided to follow in Vibhuti’s footsteps.” K’TAKA ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL SCHEME TO HELP COVID ORPHANS E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE Karnataka Government on Saturday announced the Bala Seva scheme to provide financial assistance to children who have lost their parents to Covid. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that `3,500 per month will be given to guardians/caretakers of such children. Children below 10 years old, who do not have guardians, will be put under registered childcare institutions and admitted to model residential schools. “For children who have completed 10th standard, a free laptop or a tablet will be provided. For girls who have completed 21 years, `1 lakh will be provided for their marriage expenses, higher education or self-employment,” Yediyurappa said, and added that mentorship will be provided for the overall development of such children. CONTINUED ON: P3
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