kozhikode l Sunday l may 30, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l 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 L2,300 Slump in traffic amid second wave Fare for less than 40 minute travel will be hiked from H2,300 to H2,600. Flights between 40- and 60-minute duration will have fares at a lower limit of H3,300. For flights of 60-90 minute duration, fare will be charged at H4,000; 90-120 minutes at H4,700; 150-180 minutes at H6,100; and 180210 minutes will cost H7,400, 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 H300 to H1,000 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 Lockdown extended till June 9; CM says state not yet ready to open up fully Real efficacy of Covaxin, Covishield under ICMR lens REStrictions EASED Industrial establishments can function with staff not exceeding 50% of total strength S u m i S u k a n ya D u tta @ New Delhi Banks can function on Monday, Wednesday and Friday till 5pm Shops selling students’ study materials can function from 9am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with minimum staff Textile, footwear and jewellery shops allowed to function from 9am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday & Friday with minimum staff Parcel sale of toddy allowed Triple lockdown in Malappuram district lifted statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 28 MAY 29 22,318 26,270 194 23,513 28,100 198 NATIONWIDE MAY 28 MAY 29 Fresh cases 1,86,364 1,73,790 Recoveries 2,59,459 2,84,601 Deaths 3,660 3,617 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram With more than 200 local bodies in the state still continuing to record Covid test positivity rate (TPR) of over 30%, the government has decided to extend the statewide lockdown till June 9, with relaxations in some sectors. Announcing the decision, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said the Covid spread was declining significantly but the state has not yet reached a stage to remove all the restrictions. Though the average TPR in the state for the last three days was less than 20%, the rate of spread was high in Thiruvananthapuram (20.21%) and Palakkad (23.86%). With TPR in Malappuram coming down to 17.25%, the triple lockdown in the district has been lifted. “There are 212 local bodies in the state with TPR above 30% and 17 with the rate above 50%. Special inspections will be carried out in these local bodies,” the chief minister said. As per the new lockdown guidelines, some concessions will be given to certain sectors to perform essential activities. All industrial establishments (including coir, cashew) can function with minimum employees not exceeding 50% of total strength. Shops and units supplying raw materials (including packaging) to industrial establishments can remain open till 5pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Banks will remain open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with extended ● More on P4 timings till 5pm. L’dweep restricts entry, tightens security cover E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi With political parties and human rights organisations planning to send delegations to the island to study the new reforms proposed by the administrator, the Lakshadweep administration has introduced stringent restrictions on allowing visitors. The Lakshadweep Development Corporation has also issued an order tightening the security cover citing “intelligence inputs”. Meanwhile the political parties in the island organised an all-party meeting which formed ‘Save Lakshadweep Forum’ to coordinate the protests and to explore legal options to launch a united agitation against the policy changes. In the order issued on Sat- 4,000 vaccinated people across 10 cities in India being tracked urday, Lakshadweep additional district magistrate (ADM) Shashipal Dabas said entry to the island will be restricted to ensure effective Covid management considering the rise in Covid positive cases. From Sunday, the ADM will be the singe point officer authorised for issuing entry permit to visitors. All entry permits of visitors staying in the island can be extended by one week by deputy collectors and block development officers. On completion of the permit period, the visitors will have to return to the mainland or will have to obtain permission from the ADM. The permits will be cancelled as the visitors leave the island and they will have to obtain a fresh permit from the ● More on P4 ADM. WITH THI S I S S UE Showing the Gates PLUS 12 PAGES Jab-o-meter Take your shot May 28 28,07,411 doses May 29 28,09,436doses Total doses: 21,18,39,768 A health worker administering vaccine to a beneficiary at a drive-through centre on MG Road in Gurugram on Saturday. Such facilities have been started to prevent overcrowding | PtI E X P R ESS R EAD Four killed in car-lorry collision in Haripad Alappuzha: Four people, including a five-year-old child, were killed when a lorry collided with the car in which they were travelling, collided with a lorry at Kareelakulangara near Haripad on the National Highway 66 in the wee hours of Saturday. Hawala loot: Probe team interrogates BJP leader Thrissur: An SIT led by Thrissur Range DIG A Akbar on Saturday interrogated BJP state office secretary G Gireesh in connection with the looting of hawala money at Kodakara on April 3. Sources said the BJP leader refuted all charges regarding his involvement. 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- Minority Scholarship order Govt buys time as call for appeal grows louder E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kozhikode/ T’Puram It was the Paloli Committee that converted the scholarship for backward community to the scheme for all minorities. The order that has been found invalid by HC was issued by LDF govt P K Kunhalikutty ‘Need to study in detail’ Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said:“What the High Court has said and what needs to be done in the wake of the verdict needs to be examined in detail”. Repercussions of Friday’s High Court order cancelling the 80:20 division of merit-cum-means scholarship for minority communities among Muslims and Latin Catholic/Converted Christians were felt in the state’s political sphere on Saturday with Muslim organisations demanding the government to file an appeal against the division bench’s order. While the BJP asked government to clarify its stand on the issue, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan treaded a cautious path, saying the verdict needed to be studied in detail. LDF leader Jose K Mani, whose party KC(M) represents mainly Christians, took a strategic stand by reserving his comment till the verdict is studied in detail. UDF constituent Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has accused the LDF government led by V S Achuthanandan for deciding 80:20 ratio in allocating the scholarship for minorities and creating confusion, while Muslim organisations in the state, including those support the Left, intensified the demand for going for appeal against the HC order. Addressing a news conference in Malappuram, League national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty and national secretary E T Muhammed Basheer presented the government order dated January 31, 2011, when the 80:20 ● More on P4 ratio was first introduced. Sulking BJP playing dirty games, alleges Mamata E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kolkata Change in mechanism Kolkata: The West Bengal govt will distribute Yaas cyclone relief through special task forces, bypassing local civic bodies. Move follows allegations that people with close ties to the ruling party had wrongfully claimed relief in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan The Prime Minister should not play a ‘dirty game’ and instead withdraw the letter directing Bengal’s top bureaucrat to report to Delhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted on Saturday . Not one to cower under attack, the CM added that the BJP failed to digest its defeat in the recent elections and the saffron camp is now pursuing ‘vendetta politics’. Mamata claimed that PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah were trying to create problems for her government at every step ever since her party came to power. Chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay was served the transfer notice after Mamata, whom he had accompanied, skipped a review meeting with the PM to assess Cyclone Yaas’ damages. “You (Modi and Shah) are not only disturbing me, but also my secretariat. You issued the letter without consulting the state government,” said Mamata. Befitting tribute Pulwama martyr’s wife quits cushy job, joins Army V i neet U pa d h yay @ Dehradun “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. 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.” 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 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.” Centre to support Covid-orphaned children through PM-CARES scheme E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 designed 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 sup- port 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.
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