chennai l Sunday l June 27, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 26 l late city EDITION PFIZER, MODERNA jabs pose risk to heart, warns f.d.a. The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned of a rare risk of heart inflammation among people taking the jabs Those affected are mostly young males Palpitation, fatigue common symptoms The US drug regulator said after taking these Covid vaccines, users run the risk of getting inflammation of heart muscles (myocarditis) and of the outer lining of the heart (pericarditis). In the US, such inflammation cases post vaccination have been recorded more among young males. In most cases, the symptoms appeared within a week of taking the second dose ■ ■ ■ The risk, however, is very low. About 1,200 cases of inflammation have been reported after 300 million people took these jabs There have been 309 cases of hospitalisations in the US due to vaccine-linked inflammation. Of this, 295 have been discharged Heart palpitation and fatigue are among the common symptoms 1.3 mn pfizer jabs to be available in India per week from September 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 TN decides on 50:20:30 formula for Class 12 results S U SH M I T HA R A M A K R ISHNAN @ Chennai Amid confusion over how class 12 State Board students will be evaluated, the State government has said that a combination of results from classes 10, 11, and 12 will be used. Announcing the evaluation formula on Saturday Chief Minister MK Stalin, , in a statement, said that the results will be announced on July 31. Stalin said that the decision was taken after consulting with various stakeholders and experts, including the School Education and Higher Education Department principal secretaries, Vice Chancellor of the Madras University Higher Secondary School , principals and other experts. The State board exams for the 2020-21 batch of class 12 students were cancelled owing to the pandemic. According to the evaluation criteria, the maximum weightage of 50 per cent is given to class 10 marks; 20 per cent weightage for class 11 results, and 30 per cent for students’ results in class 12 exams. The government has also announced how each of the three parts will be calculated. The class 12 results can be further split; 20 per cent for practicals that students completed earlier this year, and 10 per cent for internals conducted by the school. If any student did not take up practical exams owing to Covid, their class 11 practical exam marks will be taken into consideration. If they haven’t taken both the practical exams, the marks they have scored in written exams through classes 10 and 11 will be taken into consideration for awarding marks. If a particular subject does not have practical modules, the internal marks will be calibrated out of 30 marks. Soon, you may walk in to your neighbourhood clinic for jab Centre to tweak vax policy to allow single-doctor health centres to offer shots S U M I S U K AN YA D U T TA @ New Delhi How will the scores be awarded? A quick look As per the evaluation criteria, the maximum weightage of 50 per cent is given to class 10 marks; 20 per cent weightage for class 11 results, and 30 per cent for students’ results in class 12 exams For the second part, the individual subject-based score of the written exam alone will be taken into consideration. For students who haven’t cleared or written class 11 exams, the government has asked for 35 marks to be awarded for each subject since it would not be possible for those students to take up the exams again. When it comes to the component of class 10 marks, the average of the three highest subject scores secured by the student will be used. Speaking to reporters later, School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said the panel of experts came up with 12 different formulas to calculate results that will be printed on the class 12 mark-sheet. “Finally , we picked this strategy after discussing with the CM,” he said, adding that the highest weightage was given to class 10 marks as the current batch of class 12 students wrote class 10 exams before Covid, in person. P3 Drgovernor, other leaders condole S Kameswaran dies cm, Renowned ENT surgeon and Padmashri Dr S Kameswaran passed away in Chennai on Saturday. He is survived by his son, Padmashri Prof Mohan Kameswaran, MD & Chief Surgeon at Madras ENT Research Foundation, and daughter, Dr Chitra Sankaran, Prof at National University of Singapore | P4 In a bid to increase the reach of Covid vaccines and remove vaccine hesitancy especially among the rural populace, the Centre plans to tweak the vaccination policy to allow singledoctor clinics to offer the jabs. “The proposal of permitting single-doctor clinics to carry out Covid19 vaccinations has been given inprinciple approval after many states suggested this,” said a senior official with the Union health ministry . The official, who did not wish to be named, told TNIE that the move will allow people to access vaccines from their trusted doctor next door, who can help remove vaccine hesitancy which is emerging as an issue in many towns. However, there are concerns about monitoring of adverse events following immunisation. “Detailed guidelines for it are being worked out,” the official added. Jab-o-meter Take your shot June 25 54,48,406 doses June 26 58,10,378 doses Total doses: 32,11,43,649 NATIONWIDE june 25 june 26 PM holds vax review meet Fresh cases 51,667 48,698 Recoveries 64,527 64,818 Prime Minister Narendra Modi Deaths 1,329 1,183 on Saturday tamil nadu june 25 june 26 underlined the Fresh cases 5,755 5,415 need to involve NGOs in efforts Recoveries 8,132 7,661 to expand the Deaths 150 148 vax drive The Kalpakkam shoreline where groyne fields are currently being built | special arrangement As per rules... According to Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011, the stretch where groynes are being built falls under areas where construction activity is prohibited without clearance from the State Coastal Zone Management Authority Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine could be available in private hospitals by next month for about `2,000 per dose, according to the Association of Private Healthcare Providers in India | P9 and the respective state dispensations. The saffron outfit is worried With the disappointing West Ben- as the farmers are not ready to stop gal poll results still fresh in mind, their agitation against the Central senior BJP leaders met on Saturday gover nment. Jat mobilisation to plan for elections coming up in against the BJP could hurt the prosfive states early next year. Party pects of the party in the crucial Utchief J P Nadda on Saturday hosted tar Pradesh elections. senior ministers for a brainstormThe BJP is banking on Rajnath ing session to chalk out a strategy Singh, who’s seen as a farmer leader for the upcoming elecwithin the party, to help tions, with the thrust be- Leaders lament counter farmers’ anger. ing on stepping up the Covid’s impact Besides western UP, the on brand Modi BJP is also staring at losCovid vaccination drive to showcase achievement ing its ground in Punjab There’s a feeling and managing the unre- within the party that where the party’s oldest lenting farm agitation. ally Shiromani Akali Dal the second wave of Union Ministers Rahas switched sides to ally the pandemic has jnath Singh, Amit Shah, damaged the public with the Bahujan SamaNarendra Singh Tomar jwadi Party . perception of brand and Nirmala Sitharaman “While the government Modi. According to took part in the delibera- sources in the party, is aiming to cover the elitions with Nadda. The gible people with vaccisenior leaders have BJP chief subsequently blamed the pandemic nation by December, parheld another brainstormty leaders stressed on the for the BJP’s dismal ing session with party need to advance it to Ocperformance in vice presidents and natober so that there’s West Bengal tional general secretaries enough time on hand to to chalk out the plans for build the narrative in fathe elections-bound states of Uttar vour of Brand Modi, which had takPradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Ma- en a hit due to the second wave of nipur and Punjab. the pandemic, which cost the party It has been reliably learnt that the dearly in the last phases of the polls BJP will roll out senior ministers to in Bengal. Also, the farmers need begin touring districts in the poll- something concrete from the Centre bound states soon with the aim to to calm them down ahead of the build the narratives in favour of the polls, which could be in the form of party on the basis of the achieve- additional benefits under the existments of the Central government ing schemes,” sources said. M a n i s h a n a n d @ New Delhi SV K R ISHNA C HAI TAN YA @ Chennai these structures is the Kalpakkam township and further up north comes the nuclear power plant. As per design given by the Ocean Engineering Department of IIT Madras, the northernmost groyne will be built very close to the Kalpakkam township. J&J’s single-shot vaccine could be available in July smaller towns are yet to get shots.” The government has been emphasising that it wants more private hospitals, especially those in far flung and remote areas and smaller ones, to come forward to take part in the vaccination drive. It has said that this scale up is required to remove the regional inequity in access to vaccination. Under the existing inoculation strategy, 25% of the total vaccines available in the country are to be procured by private hospitals and offered to recipients for `150 administrative cost plus the actual price of the vaccine per dose—while in government hospitals, jabs are to be administered free of cost. However, in terms of actual vaccinations carried out so far, the role of private hospitals has remained quite limited and private hospitals only in cities in some states have been able to participate in a big way . Polls in sight, BJP seeks to turn narrative in its favour groyne field: erosion threat to kalpakkam nuclear plant? There is an imminent threat of erosion to nuclear power plants in Kalpakkam. The State Fisheries Department is building a groyne field (a row of stone structures laid vertically into the sea from the coast) at Pudupattinam village in Chengalpattu district without obtaining the mandatory Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) clearance. Pudupattinam is located on the southern end of the township at Kalpakkam, and is only a few kilometres from the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) and Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), which are critical installations undertaking projects of national importance. Totally a row of seven groynes of , varying measurements are planned. When Express visited the site recently, the work on four of the groynes was nearing completion and preparation was underway to commence work on the fifth one. These are hydraulic structures constructed to tackle coastal erosion, but in most cases groynes only transferred the problem of erosion towards the north of these structures — much like the breakwaters. Here, north of Another source in the ministry said in some states, state aggregators have already started asking doctors practising independently to raise the demands, which will then be conveyed to vaccine makers via the Centre. Welcoming the move, Girdhar J Gyani, director-general, Association of Healthcare Providers of India (a body of private hospitals), said: “It’s a muchneeded step as vaccination has now reached almost a saturation level in big cities while a large population in When contacted, senior officials at IGCAR also expressed fear that erosion may aggravate and affect the coastline after construction of these groynes. “During the 2004 tsunami, 46 people died in Kalpakkam township. Our school, staff quarters, CISF barrack etc., are all located very close to the beach.” To a query, an official said the fisheries department did not inform IGCAR about the project. Environmental activist Saravanan Kasi said the project was totally illegal. The Comprehensive Shoreline Protection Management Plan was yet to get the nod from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC). P7 e x p r e ss r e a d Petrol crosses ` 100 in TN after steep hike in fuel rates Agitating farmers march to Raj Bhavan in many states Cop behind George Floyd’s death gets 22.5 yrs in jail New Delhi: Petrol price soared past `100-a-litre mark in Tamil Nadu after fuel prices were hiked again on Saturday. Petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 35 paise per litre each. The increase took rates across the country to fresh highs New Delhi: Farmers tried to march to governors’ residence in many states on Saturday to mark the completion of seven months of their protest against the new agri laws, even as Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed for an end to their stir Minnesota: A former policeman who knelt on African American George Floyd’s neck, causing him to die, was on Friday sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. It’s one of the longest prison terms imposed on a US police officer over the killing of a Black person | P11 ISRO case Nambi arrested without proof, says D K Jain panel report P R a m d a s @ Kochi Former Isro scientist Nambi Narayanan was arrested by Kerala police in 1994 without any material or record to show his involvement in the ‘espionage’, according to the Justice D K Jain Committee report. Like Narayanan’s, the committee found the arrests of Isro scientists B Sasikumaran and K Chandrasekharan, and labour contractor S K Sharma were also without any proof. The panel, which delved into the conspiracy angle in the espionage case, suggested a detailed investigation into the physical and mental torture of Nambi and Chandrasekharan by interrogators. The portion of the report, accessed by TNIE, is part of the FIR filed by the CBI before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Thiruvananthapuram, on June 17. T he case, which had made headlines in 1994, pertained to allegations of transfer of certain confidential documents Nambi Narayanan on India’s space programme to foreign countries by two scientists and four others, including two Maldivians. Citing the report, the seventh paragraph of the FIR stated the undocumented interrogation of Maldivian Mariyam Rashida was illegal. The report also cited “deliberate leaking of information to the press by the investigating agency to create a narrative implicating the scientists”. The panel also mentioned the representation by Narayanan before it alleging that during the course of his arrest and interrogation he was pressured by the interrogators to falsely implicate his immediate bosses Muthunayagam and U R Rao of ISRO in the matter. Narayanan had also informed the panel “there was deliberate attempt to remove him from the development of Cryogenic technology and there was a design to harm the ISRO cryogenic technology project”. 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