chennai l saturday l june 12, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l late city EDITION `2,790-cr dodgy transactions put heat on Crypto biggie The ED is probing if Mumbai-headquartered WazirX, India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has violated FEMA norms Chinese nationals laundered money: e.d. In compliance with all laws: WazirX The showcause notice issued by the central probe agency under various sections of FEMA names the exchange and directors Nischal Shetty and Sameer Hanuman Mhatre. The ED issued a statement saying that it stumbled upon the transactions of the exchange during an ongoing money laundering probe into “Chinese-owned” illegal online betting applications ■ ■ ED said Chinese nationals laundered crime proceeds worth `57 cr by converting INR deposits into cryptocurrency and transferring them to Cayman Islands-registered Binance, WazirX’s parent firm However, WazirX’s promoters flatly denied any wrongdoing and claimed they are “in compliance with all applicable laws” | P12 Binance The global cryptocurrency exchange acquired wazirx in 2019 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 Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 21 Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday extended the ongoing Statewide lockdown by another week, till June 21. Fewer relaxations have been given for 11 districts where cases are still high in number. On the other hand, additional relaxations, including opening of TASMAC shops, have been allowed in the remaining 27 districts from June 14, where the infection is on a declining trend ADDITIONAL RELAXATIONS FOR 27 DISTRICTS Ariyalur Chengalpattu Chennai Cuddalore Dharmapuri Dindigul Kallakurichi Krishnagiri Kancheepuram Madurai Kanniyakumari Ranipet Perambalur Pudukkottai Virudhunagar Vellore Sivaganga Tenkasi Theni Tiruvallur Thoothukudi Tirunelveli Tiruvannamalai Tiruchy Villupuram Tirupattur Ramanathapuram TASMAC outlets can function between 10 am and 5 pm Beauty parlours, salons, spas can function with 50 per cent customers between 6 am and 5 pm Govt parks and those under control of local bodies will be open between 6 am and 9 am, for morning walk Shops repairing agricultural equipment, and pump sets can function between 9 am and 5 pm Shops selling and repairing spectacles can function between 9 am and 2 pm Pottery and handicraft units can function between 6 am and 5 pm Shops repairing mixie, grinder, TV sets and other household items, can function between 9 am and 2 pm Shops selling and servicing mobile phones and accessories can function between 9 am and 2 pm Shops selling construction materials can open between 9 am and 2 pm Administrative works relating to admission of students will be allowed in schools, colleges, and university From June 14, factory employees can reach their work place in two-wheelers with e-registration. They must carry identity cards given by factories Export companies which have already been allowed, will be permitted to function with 50% workforce Other industries will be allowed to function with 33% workforce IT and IT-enabled service companies can work with 20% workforce or a minimum of 10 persons Housing Finance Corporations (HFCs), Non Banking Financial Corporations (NBFCs), and all insurance companies are allowed to function with 33 per cent workforce IN THE REMAINING 11 DISTRICTS Coimbatore Tiruppur Namakkal Thanjavur Thiruvarur Salem Erode Nilgiris Nagappattinam Karur Mayiladuthurai Housekeeping services allowed with e-registration in private security service organisations and offices, houses and multi-storey residential quarters Electricians, plumbers, motor technicians, computer technicians, carpenters and other self-employed persons can work between 9 am to 5 pm with e-registration Call taxis, auto rickshaws allowed to operate Shops repairing agricultural equipment, pump sets, can function between 9 am and 2 pm Shops selling and servicing spectacles can function between 9 am and 2 pm Pottery and handicraft units can sell their products between 6 am and 5 pm Export companies and units that provide input materials can function with 25 per cent workforce Shops repairing bicycles and two-wheelers can function between 9 am and 2 pm emergency Mukul Roy ghar wapsi Covaxin’sin US fails nod push Jolt to Bengal BJP as he rejoins Trinamool; was soft on Didi during poll P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata the BJP, which is still smarting from the poor show in the recently held Assembly election in West Bengal, on Friday received another jolt as its national vice-president Mukul Roy and his son Subhrangshu deserted the saffron party to rejoin the Trinamool Congress. Roy met West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek, the party’s national general secretary, at the party’s headquarters Trinamool Bhavan. “Mukul is an old member of the TMC family and old is gold. The BJP had threatened and tortured him using central agencies. After coming back to the TMC, mental peace has returned to him. No one in Bengal can survive in the BJP. Mukul’s return is a reflection of the BJP’s intra-party oppression,’’ said Mamata. Roy was TMC’s national secretary and the second-in-com- Two doses of the Covid vaccine offer higher protection against infection, hospitalisation, requirement for oxygen treatment, and ICU admission, finds a study by the Christian Medical College, Vellore. The study , yet to be peer-reviewed, is authored by medical specialists Peter John Victor, K Prasad Mathew, Hema Paul, Malathi Murugesan, and Joy J Mammen. The CMC, a 2,600-bed tertiary care hospital with 10,600 employees, vaccinated as many as 8,991 healthcare workers (84.8 per cent of the total workforce) between January 21 and April 30 this year while 1,609 workers were not vaccinated. Among those vaccinated, 93.4 per cent received the Covishield vaccine of Oxford- actor Aisha Sulthana SUMMONED on June 20 The Kavaratti police summoned filmmaker Aisha Sulthana next week for stating that the Centre has used a bio-weapon against Lakshadweep residents | P7 NATIONWIDE june 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 11 94,052 91,702 1,51,367 1,34,580 6,148 3,403 June 10 30,32,675 doses June 11 31,50,368 doses Total doses: 24,93,16,572 Jab-o-meter Take your shot tamil nadu june 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 16,813 32,049 358 june 11 15,759 29,243 378 AstraZeneca, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and the remaining got Covaxin, a killed virus vaccine by Bharat Biotech. The results showed that of the 7,080 healthcare staff who took both doses, infection was prevented in as much as 65 per cent people, hospitalisation prevented in 77 per cent, the need for oxygen prevented in 92 per cent, and ICU admission prevented in 94 per cent people. continued on: p4 rea l - l i f e h eroe s PHC doctor’s dedication saves tribal villages of Pechiparai from virus M A b d u l R a b i @ Nagercoil It is in these dark times that people reveal their true spirits, shower others with love and affection, and rise over humanity . One such is the story of A Karthick, a 37-year-old doctor from a Primary Health Centre at Pechiparai, in the southern district of Kanniyakumari. Since May, over 100 positive cases were reported from the tribal villages in the district, mainly Kuttiyar, Kodayar, Thot- tamalai, Thatchamalai, Maramalai, Mudavanpothai, Puravilai, Valiyamalai, Anbunagar, and Modiramalai. It was Karthick and his team who stood in the forefront of relief work and primary healthcare. Regions that are not easily accessible were frequented by roads, boats and even foot, just so that the people in these villages participated in the fever and vaccination camps, to curb the spread of the infection. There were times when the doc- mand when he switched over to the BJP in 2017 after he was interrogated by the CBI and the ED in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam and the Narada sting operation case. Roy’s return to the TMC was not entirely unexpected. Mamata’s soft stance on Roy during the election campaign had triggered speculation. While addressing a rally in Nandigram, from where Mamata contested and lost to Suvendu Adhikari, she said Roy was much better than Suvendu. Roy, too, re- S u mi S u k a n ya D u tta @ New Delhi C ova x in m a n u f a c t u r e r Bharat Biotech, which is already drawing flak in India for the unusual delay in releasing its final phase 3 clinical trial results, got a fresh jolt as the US drug regulator declined emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the vaccine in that country . Indian authorities, however, claimed the US decision will have no bearing on the nation’s Covid vaccination drive, of which Covaxin — apart from Covishield — is a key element. The USFDA advised Bharat Biotech’s US partner Ocugen to take the biological license applications — or full approval — route instead for the approval. Putting it in context, Bharat Biotech said the USFDA has already stopped issuing EUAs, since the country now has good herd immunity and a significant percentage of its population is vaccinated. “Our US partner, Ocugen, has received a recommendation from the FDA to pursue a Biologics License Applications path for Covaxin,” the firm said. It added that for standard approval, data from an additional clinical trial will be required, extending the company’s timelines. No vaccine manufactured or developed from India has ever received EUA or full licensure from USFDA. “Thus, it will be a great leap forward for vaccine innovation and manufacturing from India when approved,” claimed Bharat Biotech. Covaxin has restricted use permission from 14 countries while its applications are under evaluation in more than 50 other countries. The WHO is yet to issue its EUA due to lack of data. Continued on: P10 10,000 deaths added to Maha tally | P9 Sedition Now, buzz on Cabinet expansion at Centre too two doses of Vaccine helps fight Covid better: cmc Study O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai Mukul Roy with TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata on Friday | PTI frained from launching a frontal attack against the TMC. Endorsing the speculations, Mamata said, “Many others attacked the TMC and showed their cheap mentality, but Mukul was not like them.’’ After he was welcomed back to the TMC fold, Roy said, “I am happy to be in my old place. I could not continue in the BJP, so I decided to join the TMC.” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, however, sought to downplay Roy’s departure, saying, “With his presence, we did not get any dividend. What damage will be caused because of his defection?’’ TMC sources told this newspaper Roy’s old rivalry with Mamata’s nephew could dent his position in the party. “He was the second-in-command in the party But later, he became . unhappy with the rise of the CM’s nephew Abhishek. Now Abhishek is much more powerful as the national general secretary which indicates the par, ty’s line of succession.” P9 tor and his team had to take a 30-minute ferry ride through the Pechiparai dam, to reach Thatchamalai and Thottamalai. Sometimes, they even trekked along the hills for a few kilometres to reach people. Thiruvattar Block Medical Supervisor, L Charlin, only has good things to speak about Karthick. He says, “Karthick was very active and kind towards the poor to help them. He has taken extra efforts to curb the spread in villages.” P4 M AN I S H ANAND @ New Delhi The BJP’s attempts to energise its organisation and governments at the Centre and Lucknow gained pace on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding extensive discussions with Union home minister Amit Shah and party chief J P Nadda. They got into a huddle after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Modi and Nadda separately, amid indications that the party brass will take full command of the poll prepara- tions in the battleground state. The much delayed Cabinet expansion at the Centre, filling of vacancies in the BJP Parliam e n t a r y Board and organisational issues in the specific cont e x t o f U P, were learnt to be on the meeting a g enda. The BJP’s attempt to make course corrections by wooing smaller parties that were previously allies but drifted away Flipkart footprint K’taka HC allows competition panel probe into e-tailers Bism a h M a l i k @ Bengaluru IN a major win for small retailers, who have been alleging that foreign firms are violating the Competition Act and Foreign Direct Investment Act, the Karnataka High Court on Friday allowed the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to probe the anticompetitive practices by e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart. The HC dismissed the e-tailers’ petitions seeking quashing of a probe ordered by the CCI last January based on a complaint by the Delhi ED lens on Vyapar Mahasangh. The Amazon e-comm giants are acEnforcement cused of making special Directorate is agreements with select investigating sellers, having stakes in allegations of Indian companies selling FEMA violations on their platforms, and by Amazon deep discounting. after the Union Earlier, the CCI had apcommerce proached the Supreme ministry asked Court, which told the Karthe agency to nataka HC to decide on take necessary the matter in six weeks. action Amazon told TNIE that it will review the judgment and decide on the next step. Flipkart didn’t respond to queries. Senior lawyer Abir Roy who appeared for , the Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh, said the CCI can continue the ongoing probe against the companies. However, the e-comm giants may appeal before a larger bench. The CCI’s lawyers informed the court that it was in possession of emails exchanged between Amazon, Flipkart and sellers offering to incur a part of the discounts during big sale events as well as allegations of common directors at Amazon, Flipkart and seller firms like Cloudtail, Omnichannel Retail, Appario which merits investigation. due to differences with Adityanath, could be reflected in the Cabinet expansions both at the Centre and UP sources said. , While the Prime Minist e r ’s O f f i c e completed its perfor mance appraisal of the Union ministers early last year, the expected shake-up in the team was put off primarily because of the Covid challenge, said sources. They added that the BJP is now keen to give visibility to NDA allies. The list of the Union Cabinet hopefuls has grown, with former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal joining the likes of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushil Kumar Modi, besides NDA ally JD (U). And the Parliamentary Board has four vacancies. A common theme emerging out of consultations between RSS and BJP leaders recently is the need for an image makeover of the government at the Centre with the induction of new faces.
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