MADURAI THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION CONSTRUCTIVE SUMMIT, SAYS PUTIN AFTER TALKS WITH BIDEN The high-stakes meet in Switzerland came as ties between the two countries had hit a new low over a range of issues ENVOYS TO RETURN TO THEIR POSTINGS STARTS OFF WITH AN AWKWARD PHOTO OP Describing the talks as constructive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said both countries would return their expelled envoys to their respective postings. They also agreed that cybersecurity was vital for both nations and decided to open a consulatation process. The summit was wrapped up in under three hours, though it was expected to go on for 4-5 hours ■ ■ It began with an awkward photo op, during which the two leaders appeared to avoid facing each other, indicating strain in bilateral ties, since Russia is accused of manipulating the US poll process There was no hostility in the talks, Putin said. Biden brought up the issue of human rights and dissident Navalny’s arrest | P10 N-arms TREATY TO BE BILATERALLY RENEGOTIATED, SAYS PUTIN 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 Drugs used to treat Covid in adults not fit for kids: Govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Wednesday issued detailed guidelines for treating children with Covid, emphasising that most of the drugs used for adults are not recommended for kids. Medicines like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipirav i r, d o x y c y c l i n e a n d azithromycin prescribed to adult patients have not been tested on children, it said. However, it allowed the restricted use of remdesivir. Once vaccines are approved for children, those with comorbidities and those having severe symptoms would be prioritised for inoculation, the guidelines said. “Children have less severe disease than adults. In the majority, the infection is asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. It is uncommon to have moderate to severe Covid among healthy children,” it said. The government called for a combined effort from the public and private sectors to increase facilities to treat children. “A combined effort from the private and public sector is needed to handle any surge (in cases) in the future after the withdrawal of the lockdown over the next three to four months. The basic principles of equity and dignity of care should be followed.” It suggested designating specific areas in Covid facilities for pediatric care, adding parents should be allowed to accompany the child. “For children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome who test negative for acute Covid, care has to be provided by the existing pediatric facilities,” it said. Deliberate defiance by Twitter, says govt Platform loses safe harbour shield; first FIR filed against it in Ghaziabad for failing to remove misleading content EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE ongoing sniping between the Centre and Twitter drew fresh blood on Wednesday with Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashing out the microblogging site for failing to comply with new IT rules despite being given multiple opportunities. The minister’s attack came after Twitter appeared to have lost its safe harbour immunity , exposing it to being liable for platforming third-party content, as it failed to appoint the mandatory statutory officers in time. The first such case in which Twitter can face charges was filed in Ghaziabad on Tuesday , on the alleged assault on an elderly Muslim man on June 5. Twitter has been accused in the FIR of not proactively removing misleading content linked to the incident. For its part, Twitter claimed it has already hired an interim Chief Compliance Officer (COO). The new rules mandate the appointment of a CCO, a nodal officer and a resident grievance officer. “We are keeping the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) apprised of the progress at every step of the process. An interim Chief Compliance Officer has been retained and details will be shared with the ministry directly soon. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines,” a Twitter spokesperson said. The COO will be responsible for liaising between the company and government agencies on all kinds of legal requests received from various law enforcement organisations and government agencies relating to the platform. Prasad said, “There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbour provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May .” Twitter, he said, was given multiple opportunities to comply with the rules, but has “deliberately chosen the path of non compliance. The culture of India varies like its large geography. In certain scenarios, with the amplification of social media, even a small spark can cause a fire, especially with the menace of fake news. This was one of the objectives of bringing the Intermediary Guidelines.” “It is astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines,” he remarked. The minister also charged that the microblogging major was selective in applying its internal policy of flagging tweets as ‘manipulated media’ only when it suits its own likes and P7 dislikes. What happened in UP was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. While Twitter has been over-enthusiastic about its fact checking mechanism, its failure to act in multiple cases like UP is perplexing & indicates its inconsistency in fighting misinformation Ravi Shankar Prasad Following local laws Indian firms that go to do business abroad follow local laws. Why is Twitter reluctant in following Indian laws designed to give voice to the victims of abuse and misuse, Prasad asked RIGHT COVID CARE FOR CHILDREN: P12 NATIONWIDE JUNE 15 JUNE 16 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 60,471 62,224 1,17,525 1,07,628 2,726 2,542 June 15 25,68,858 doses June 16 32,62,233 doses TOTAL DOSES: 26,53,17,472 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT EXPRESS READ Shiva Shankar Baba arrested in New Delhi Chennai: Siva Sankar Baba, who allegedly went absconding after the city police registered a case against him for sexually abusing school children, was arrested on Wednesday by the CB-CID in New Delhi. He was produced in a court there and a transit warrant was obtained to bring him to Chennai. ENS Aspire K Swaminathan resigns from AIADMK Chennai: AIADMK’s Chennai zone IT secretary, Aspire K Swaminathan, on Wednesday tendered his resignation from the party. In a tweet, he said, “There is no value for skill or professionalism anymore at AIADMK. Even worse, is the lack of vision and absence of direction.” ENS Old discarded buses from Sri Lanka which were dumped into the sea near Delft Island | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT TN fishers object to Lanka’s disposal of vehicles into sea A N T O N Y F E R N A N D O @ Nagapattinam TAMIL Nadu fishermen have objected to Sri Lanka’s initiative of dumping discarded vehicles into Sri Lankan waters, saying that their fishing activity would also be affected. Experts from India have also ter med this move as irresponsible. On June 11, the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the island nation and its navy submerged 20 degraded and discarded buses near Delft Island (‘Neduntheevu’) in its northern waters (‘Palk Strait’). The move was termed by Sri Lanka as one ‘to help create artificial reef conducive to the marine environment’. Tamil Nadu fishers condemned it, saying that it will affect their livelihood. The submersion on June 11 was not the first. Sri Lanka has been dropping discarded vehicles for a while. The points of drop are in Sri Lankan waters. Yet, Tamil Nadu fishermen are concerned. “What is the guarantee that the vehicles will not get drifted underwater, move towards the Indian waters across International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and get deposited at the bottom?” said RMP Rajendra Nattar, a fisherman representative from Nagapattinam. He added, “We saw the tsunami washing up such objects for several miles and depositing them near our shore in December 2004. Our fishing activity will get affected. We request the State government to take efforts to stop this outrageous move.” Brawl over trawling Trawling continues to be the primary fishing practice of Tamil Nadu fishermen, whereas it is banned in Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu fishers trawl in Coramandel Waters, Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar, which Sri Lanka also shares. The trawl nets can reach midwater and even the bottom of the sea. Tamil Nadu fishermen fear that their trawl nets will get entangled in the submerged vehicles that are dumped by Sri Lanka and get damaged Vandalur Zoo loses another lion to Covid S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai CLEARLY, all is not well at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP) at Vandalur in Chennai. It has earned the dubious distinction of losing two young Asiatic lions to Covid-19 within a fortnight. On Wednesday morning, a male lion, Pathbanathan, aged 12, succumbed to the disease, with no comorbidities. Meanwhile, other infected older lions, that were critical, are now showing signs of recovery . Pathbanathan’s samples had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, along with the deceased lioness, Neela, and seven others by the National In- stitute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, on June 3. Naga Sathish Gidijala, Deputy Director of Vandalur Zoo, told Express that Pathbanathan was healthy and showed no symptoms, except for an occasional cough, until four to five days back. “We are currently in a state of grief. He started refusing food about five days back and his health deteriorated rapidly, despite our veterinarians trying all possible ways to recuperate him, in consultation with experts from TANUVAS,” said Sathish. A variety of food, ranging from ACTIVE COVID CASES IN CHENNAI DOWN TO 1% E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IN a positive development to the measures taken to control Covid cases in the State, active cases in Chennai has now come down to a mere one per cent. According to a data shared by the Chennai Corporation, 7,464 persons are undergoing treatment now. Additionally 12 , of the 15 corporation zones have one per cent active cases, while the remaining have two per cent. Officials said that with the vaccination drive continuing in hotspot localities like markets, the chances of spread, too, are being reduced. “There is still a partial lockdown and vaccination is going in a good place. So we expect to identify clusters and contain them,” said a corporation official. While Chennai only vaccinated as many as 5,905 people on June 15, compared to nearly 15,000 people on other days, the numbers are expected to go up as the State has received 6.16 lakh doses from its orders. With 22.25 lakh people being vaccinated, Tamil Nadu has approximately vaccinated 25 per cent of its population. chicken soup, mutton soup, rabbit, mutton and beef, was offered to Pathbanathan, but he refused it all. The lion developed breathing difficulties on Tuesday, which is when the zoo authorities brought in an oxygen cylinder. “With great difficulty, we put him on oxygen support and he was breathing normally. But, he breathed his last at 10.15 am on Wednesday said ,” Sathish. The lion’s carcass was incinerated following protocols, before collecting a few tissue and blood samples for further analysis. CONTINUED ON: P4 TAMIL NADU JUNE 15 JUNE 16 Fresh cases 11,805 10,448 Recoveries Deaths 23,207 267 21,058 270 KOVAI’S VRDL IDENTIFIED AS HIGH THROUGHPUT LAB Coimbatore: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has identified the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL), located inside the Coimbatore Medical College, as a high throughput laboratory, along with those in Tirunelveli Medical College and the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research. ICMR had chosen the VRDL earlier in 2020, for quality control testing of nasal and throat samples from other labs | P4
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