bhubaneswar l sunday l may 30, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late 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 `2,300 to `2,600. Flights between 40- and 60-minute duration will have fares at a lower limit of `3,300. For flights of 60-90 minute duration, fare will be charged at `4,000; 90-120 minutes at `4,700; 150-180 minutes at `6,100; and 180-210 minutes will cost `7,400, 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 `300 to `1,000 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 PM-CARES to support Covid-orphaned children 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 their parents due to Covid-19 will be supported under ‘PM-CARES for Children’ scheme, which will ensure educational their needs, including higher education. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliberate on the steps needed to h e l p s u ch C ov i d - o rphaned children. The PM announced a number of benefits to 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. The corpus will then be used to give monthly financial support for the next five years to take care of his or her personal requirements including higher education. Upon reaching the age of 23 years, he or she will get the corpus amount as a lump-sum payment. The scheme will also take full 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. PM-CARES will pay for expenditure on uniform, text books and notebooks of such children. Children in the 11-18 age group will be given admission in any Central government residential school such as Sainik School, Navodaya Vidyalaya etc. 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 P7 PM-CARES. A Yodha in every home: Naveen govt mantra for disaster-ready Odisha E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar As Odisha fights disasters in one form or the other at an alarming frequency, the Council of Ministers on Friday resolved to create a massive knowledge infrastructure in the State to empower every citizen with capabilities to strengthen disaster management mechanisms from the community-level. With the clarion call of moulding a ‘Yodha in every home of Odisha’, the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to in- Showing the Gates S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi PLUS 12 PAGES E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Cyclone Yaas has left little impact on progress of southwest monsoon which is expected in the State on time. The monsoon is likely to onset over Kerala on May 31, a day ahead of its normal arrival, according to India Meteorological Department. This means Odisha could see the monsoon onset around June 11. The normal monsoon onset date over Kerala is June 1. However, it is expected to set in over Kerala a day in advance which is why Odisha is anticipating the rains on time, or may be a little early, Umasankar Das, Scientist, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said. The updated forecast of the monsoon will be issued by IMD soon. Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) Director Sarat Sahu said pre-monsoon activities have already commenced in Odisha under influence of local heating and moisture availability in the State. “The cross equatorial wind flow seems favourable for advancement of south-west monsoon over Arabian Sea as of now and if the flow continues, it is expected the monsoon will May 28 28,07,411 doses May 29 28,09,436doses Total doses: 21,18,39,768 Take your shot South-west monsoon ‘just in time’ for Odisha Every government employee will be trained on the fundamental nature of different kinds of disasters and pandemic management. Besides, government jobs and recruitment will have a mandatory syllabus on disaster and pandemic management. Similarly, high school and college students will learn about disaster and pandemic management as part of the curriculum. The meeting also resolved that Mission Shakti groups, Vana Surakshya Samitis and NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths reach Odisha by June 11. However, the forecast of onset over the State can be predicted after it hits Kerala,” he added. Private weather forecaster Skymet said, monsoon’s first stop at south Andaman Sea and Car Nicobar was a day ahead of schedule on May 21 and progress has been uniform thereafter. “Monsoon has reached the doorsteps and is at a short distance from Indian mainland Kerala,” it added. South-west monsoon has already reached Maldives, Comorin Sea, Sri Lanka, and large parts of south and east Bay of Bengal. There have been two back-to-back cyclones in the north Indian Ocean, one on either side of the coastline. Cyclone Tauktae over the Arabian Sea and Yaas over the Bay of Bengal formed ‘just on time’ to expedite the advancement of the monsoon stream, it added. “The onset phase of the monsoon over the south peninsula and along the west coast for the first 10 days of June looks promising. Monsoon may also find simultaneous timely advancement over north-east India,” Skymet further said. Meanwhile, the regional met office has forecast thunderstorm with lightning at few places in the State till June 2. MAY 28 MAY 29 1,86,364 1,73,790 2,59,459 2,84,601 3,660 3,617 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 ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 28 7,216 11,954 33 MAY 29 7,188 11,513 35 IN a bid to address concerns that Covid vaccines may not be offering full protection from serious infection, the Indian Council of Medical Research 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, is to peruse post-vaccination effects to understand if they run contrary to clinical trial results. Anecdotal reports suggest that a number of people who have taken two doses of both Covishield as well as Covaxin have landed in hospitals after contracting the virus and a few have died. However, there is no Sulking BJP playing dirty games: Didi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kolkata Relief aid disbursal The West Bengal government will distribute Yaas cyclone relief through special task forces, which will bypass the local civic bodies. The decision follows allegations that people with close ties to the ruling party had wrongfully claimed relief in districts in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan | P10 The Prime Minister should not play ‘dirty games’ and instead withdraw the letter directing West Bengal’s top bureaucrat to report to Delhi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 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. West Bengal 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. Earlier, I wrote seeking Bandopadhyay’s three-month extension as he is assigned to oversee the fight against Covid and the government’s relief operation for cyclone victims. He was scheduled to retire on May 31 and the request was approved. Now you are asking him to report to the DoPT on the same day. Why? Is it because he is a Bengali bureaucrat?’’ asked Mamata. Many saw her statement as an extension of her election ploy of appealing to the Bengali sentiment of the masses. Continuing the same narrative, Mamata said she was ready touch Modi’s feet if needed for the sake of Bengal’s growth and development. B e f i t t i n g t r ib u t e Pulwama martyr’s wife quits cushy job, joins Army V i nee t 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. other community-based organisations will be trained and equipped with the knowledge required to manage disasters and pandemics, it added. To achieve the futuristic goals, the Council of Ministers has resolved to undertake systematic and detailed training programmes to equip all citizens with adequate knowledge and skills in disaster and pandemic management to make Odisha a leading State in disaster preparedness. The Council also discussed completion of two years in the fifth term of BJD government in the State. Even before the start of the fifth term of the government, the State had to face the challenge of cyclone Fani in May 2019, the Chief Minister said, adding, since then over the last two years the government has been continuously dealing with the devastating impact of the cycl o n e s a n d t h e C ov i d - 1 9 pandemic. “It is a period of unprecedented crisis and we are trying our best to protect our people,” he said. CONTINUED ON: P5 Real efficacy of Covaxin, Covishield under ICMR lens Jab-o-meter WITH THIS ISSUE clude disaster management in school and college syllabus with proper training of students at early age. The Council resolved to form a task force to carry forward the mission of building a disaster and pandemic-resilient Odisha. “From ward members to the Chief Minister, all elected representatives and Panchayati Raj Institution members will be trained on disaster and pandemic management. Due to this, the role of our elected representatives changes significantly during times of distress,” the resolution stated. 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.” concrete official data on such people so far. There have also been concerns that these vaccines may be less effective against the B.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 pre- venting 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 added. Besides, the vaccination status of nearly 1,300 severe Covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals will be compared with that of 2,600 persons who are found Covid -ve 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.”
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