chennai l friday l july 02, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION wall of steel awaits those who bully China: Xi Jinping Hails beijing’s rise as irreversible Xi hailed China’s irreversible rise in his keynote address at a ceremony in Tiananmen Square, and said those who bully Beijing “will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people”. His comments have come amid a growing strain in China’s relations with a number of countries including India and the US P9 The warning comes as the Communist Party celebrated its birth centenary with a massive show of force on Thursday ■ 1949 71-aircraft show of force ■ Xi reiterated China’s commitment to reunite Taiwan with the mainland and hit back at criticism on crackdown and internment Seventy-one aircraft participated in the ceremony, including China’s most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jets. Xi said China will continue to modernise its armed forces to take on its enemies was when the Communist party seized power in China 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 9 EU nations OK Covishield jabs to permit entry WHO to share status of Covaxin’s request for emergency use approval by mid-August E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Nine of the European Union’s 27 member states have so far recognised India’s Covishield vaccine for allowing entry of travellers into their respective countries. In other words, those who already have double shots of Covishield can fly in and out of those nine countries for business or pleasure without hassle but not into the rest of the EU member states. The nations that green-lighted Serum Institute of India’s Covishield are Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Estonia and Switzerland. The approvals came after intense diplomacy with India playing the reciprocal policy card on exemption from quarantine. It meant that travellers from EU member states that do not recognise Covishield as well as Covaxin produced by Bharat Biotech will face mandatory quarantine upon arrival in India. While the nine countries have accepted Covishield, they are uneasy about Covaxin because it is yet to get the World Health Organization’s approval. New Delhi is learnt to be okay with it and may not press the Covaxin matter till the WHO takes its call. The first hint of a WHO timeline on Covaxin came on Thursday when it said clarity on its emergency use approval should EUA sought for Zydus Cadila jab Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Thursday said it has applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the Drug Controller General of India for its three-dose Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D, and plans to make 10-12 crore doses annually | P7 Pay `25 MORE FOR cooking gas E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Chennai After a three-month lull, oil marketing companies (OMCs) on Thursday raised the price of domestic LPG by `25.50 a cylinder, taking prices for both subsidised and unsubsidised consumers to `834.50 (Delhi). In Chennai, Mumbai, and Kolkata, unsubsidised prices rose to `850.50, `834.50, and `861, respectively . The OMCs have not officially released the price notification but industry sources confirmed the price hike. LPG prices have soared a sharp 40% from `594 per cylinder in November 2020 to `834.50 at present. Compared to the steep rise in petrol and diesel prices in the past year, where prices Covovax trial on kids has to wait India’s apex drug regulator on Thursday turned down a proposal by the Serum Institute to test Covovax vaccine on children saying it first needs to evaluate safety and immunogenicity data from the ongoing bridging trial in adults | P7 be available by mid-August. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU’s top regulatory body, has approved only four vaccines — Comirn a t y ( P f i z e r- B i o N Te c h ) , Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzervria (AstraZeneca) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Vaxzervria and Covishield are different only in their brand names and their manufacturing address. The EMA, however, allowed member states to amend the rules to let people enter after taking any other WHO-approved vaccine. have touched the `100/litremark in many places, LPG rates have been increased seven times between December 2020 and now, but revised downward just once. Prices were cut by `10 on April 1, ahead of the Assembly polls in five states. The latest price rise in domestic cooking gas has been primarily driven by the recovery in global crude oil prices, which have reached Manufacturing sector contracts in June India’s manufacturing sector activities contracted for the first time in 11 months in June as rise in coronavirus cases and strict containment measures adversely impacted demand Novak Djokovic Assam’s jailed activist and sitting MLA Akhil Gogoi on Thursday walked out after over a year of incarceration. Observing that blockades without incitement to violence is not a terrorist act, a special NIA court in Guwahati cleared Gogoi and three others of all criminal charges including those under the stringent UAPA. The cour t said Go goi’s speeches “did not incite violence and rather appealed to the people to maintain peace and not indulge in violence”. The activist, who won the Assembly poll from jail, was charged under several UAPA and IPC sections for his alleged role in violent CAA protests in December 2019. “I spent more than a year and a half in jail. A case was filed against me for my links with the CPI (Maoist). In another, I was charged with inciting violence during the anti-CAA agitation. The court has proved these were fake charges,” Gogoi told reporters. Dismissing charges of sedition against Gogoi and three others – Dharya Konwar, Bitu Sonowal and Manas Konwar – the court noted that “though the law of sedition continues in our statute book, its colony legacy cannot be overlooked.” @ New Delhi/Dehradun Amid loads of speculation, clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s status, since he has to get elected to the state Assembly by September 10 to stay in the saddle, but there are technical difficulties in holding byelections to make that happen. While the BJP brass continued to brainstorm over the leadership question, the faction ridden state unit of the BJP indulged in wild speculation, ranging from leadership change to calling early elections. A few of the BJP unit’s heavyweights have also become active, fancy- ing their chances in the event the leadership deciding to opt for a new face in the state. Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act mandates that bypolls for a constituency can be held only if the incumbent has at least a year’s tenure to serve as a lawmaker. With the state elections likely in February-March, as the term of the Assembly will expire on March 23, 2022, there is no technical scope for holding the by-election. Rawat, a Lok Sabha MP, assumed office of the chief minister on March 10. The state also does not have a legislative council to accommodate him. Having burnt its fingers in the West Bengal elections when Banks’ gross non-performing assets could rise to 9.8% by March 2022 from 7.48% in March 2021, according to RBI’s Financial Stability Report released on Thursday | P10 Andy Murray low on grass! SV KRISH N A CHAITA N YA @ Chennai The ugly face of caste-based discrimination has raised its head in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Madras , after an assistant professor allegedly resigned over the issue. In an e-mail sent to the members of faculty, which was leaked to the media on Thursday Assistant Professor Vipin P , Veetil from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has claimed that the discrimination came from individuals in position of power, irrespective of their claimed political affiliations and gender. “There were multiple specific instances of discrimination and I shall be pursuing appropriate action Sloane Stephens Wimbledon blamed it on persistent rains early in the week. Centre Court and Court No. 1, the two largest courts, do have retractable roofs. But when the roofs are deployed, the moisture doesn’t evaporate as it does on courts open to the air, wind and sun European war heats up Quarterfinals of the Euros will begin today with Spain taking on Switzerland at 9.30 pm followed by Belgium vs Italy (12.30 am) The court said that for enforcing the law on sedition, it is desirable for the investigating authorities to be continually trained to conform to the parameters of the law of sedition in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines. The order said Gogoi’s statements asking for a “blockade and closure” cannot be said to have been made with the intention ‘to threaten the economic security of India so as to constitute an offence of advocating commission of a terrorist act’. The court, while emphasising that nobody can take law into their own hands, observed free speech is the very “soul of our cherished democracy”. People have a right to protest provided they do not resort to violence, it added. Bypoll mandatory Section 150 of the RPA, in case of a vacancy in an Assembly, makes it mandatory for the EC to call upon the Assembly seat to elect a person for filling the vacancy, said lawyer Kartikey Hari Gupta Supreme court Review plea on Maratha quota by Centre nixed E x p r e ss ne ws s e r v i c e @ New Delhi As Wimbledon entered its fourth day, all talk is centred around the grass. Over the past three days, several players, including Novak Djokovic, have tumbled on court with many wondering if playing on grass is not safe any longer Many theories, no answers to address it,” Vipin said in the letter. He added, “One of the curious phenomena I have observed here is that the Bayesian prior among many is that caste discrimination is a rare occurrence. My own experience, and conservation with members of SC and OBC communities, suggests that the prior is far from true.” Vipin suggested the IIT-M to set up a committee to study experiences of SC and OBC faculty members, and that such a committee have members of the SC/ST commission, OBC commission and psychologists. He also encouraged the people who have faced discrimination to file complaints with the grievance committee at the institute and with courts. P5 Adrian Mannarino against all odds, they are here Is it actually coming home? Czech Republic. Ukraine. Denmark. Switzerland... these aren’t countries that usually play in the last eight. But thanks to a few reasons — goalscorers, attacking flair, lot of grit and a kind group — they have reached this stage. Take for example Czech and Denmark. One of them will be in the semifinals, something that’s happened only once previously this century (in 2004). Even if a few of the big boys complete the top eight, the journey that England have been on make them favourites. Tournament football is usually won by sides that don’t concede and England are yet to concede. That the semifinals and final is also in Wembley is also a big advantage (if they do beat Ukraine in Rome on Saturday). So, yes, it could well come home | P11 AIIMS: State to submit report on enrollment soon Jab-o-meter June 30 Take 25,14,153 doses your July 1 shot 38,17,661 doses Total doses: 33,96,28,356 NATIONWIDE june 30 july 1 Fresh cases 45,951 48,786 Recoveries Deaths 60,729 61,588 817 1,005 tamil nadu june 30 july 1 Fresh cases 4,506 4,481 Recoveries Deaths 5,537 113 5,044 102 W I TH TH I S I S S UE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) Uncertainty stays on Rawat as U’khand CM E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Bad loans may swell to 9.8% by Mar 2022: RBI Nick Kyrgios Activist Akhil Gogoi walks free after court strikes down terror charges P r a sa n ta M a z u m da r a n d Sa n a S h a k i l @ Guwahati / New Delhi pre-pandemic levels after sinking to multi-decade lows in April last year. Unsubsidised LPG prices are now higher by `28 compared to pre-pandemic levels. It works out to be costlier by `231 for subsidised consumers as the gover nment eliminated most DBT LPG subsidies when crude prices tanked last May, but did not restore them when oil prices rose. IIT-M Asst Professor resigns alleging caste discrimination the Covid second wave had started rising menacingly, the Central Election Commission apparently decided not to notify the bypoll. In all, by-elections to 26 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats across the country have been withheld because of the pandemic. Dr Kartikey Hari Gupta, who practises in the Uttarakhand High Court, told this newspaper: “As per Article 164 (4), a minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the legislature of the state shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a minister. For this six-month limitation, the Constitution does not differentiate between a minister and a chief minister.” E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai Tamil Nadu will soon submit a report to the Union government on enrolling 150 students in the still-to-be constructed AIIMS at Thoppur in Madurai. Either 50 students will be accommodated at the Madurai, Theni, and Sivagangai medical colleges each, or 30 students each will be taken into the three as well as Thoothukudi and Trichy medical colleges, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said in Chennai on Thursday . Speaking to reporters, he said the State received a communication from the Centre on June 4 suggesting that 150 medical students for AIIMS can be admitted either to JIPMER, Puducherry or the medical college , in Madurai, or to any other private arts or medical college. Since Madurai medical college already had 250 students, the State thought of accommodating the 150 AIIMS students across three or five government medical colleges. P3 The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the Centre’s review petition challenging the court’s interpretation of the 102nd Constitutional amendment in its May 5 judgment that declared the Maratha quota unconstitutional. A five-judge Constitution bench said, “The grounds taken in the review petition do not fall within the limited ground on which the review petition can be considered. The various grounds taken in the review petition have already been dealt with in the main judgment.” In the May 5 verdict, the court had ruled that as per the Article 342A that was inserted into the Constitution through the 102nd amendment, the Central government alone can identify Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) and include them in a list to be published under Article 342A (1), specifying the SEBCs in relation to each state and UTs. The top court had said that states can only make suggestions under Article 338B for the inclusion, exclusion or modification of castes or communities in the list. However, states’ powers to announce reservations, their quantum, the nature of benefits and all other matters falling within the ambit of Articles 15 and 16 will remain undisturbed, the court had clarified in its verdict. n o r o a d s , n o h e a l t h ce n t r e s A trek down the hill, not with backpacks but a pregnant woman E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Vellore For all Tamil Nadu’s vaunted health facilities, when a 37year-old woman from Kurumalai in Vellore went into labour, it was by a doli that she needed to be carried for 30 minutes, before she could reach a vehicle to take her to a hospital 15 kilometres away . Without a road or a Primay Health Centre (PHC) in the locality, the community says it has no other way to access healthcare near their hamlets. “We live on the top of the hill and since there is no medical set-up there, like a clinic, hospital or a PHC, we carry people needing medical attention all the way down and shift them to vehicles at the foothills,” said a local resident. Generally, it takes half an hour for two peo- The 37-year-old pregnant woman being carried downhill by tribal people at Kurumalai on Wednesday | Express ple to carry someone to the foothills. On Wednesday, the 37-yearold pregnant woman, due for her third baby, was carried down the dangerous rocky terrains on a doli. She was put in an auto rickshaw waiting at the foothills, but delivered the baby on the way to the hospital. M Annamalai, another resident, said, “It is our long-pending demand to lay a road here. We appeal to the district administration to initiate steps to resolve this issue.” A few of the locals, however, ride two-wheelers at great risk, to commute to work. Over 180 tribal families from Kurumalai, Nechimedu, Pallakollai, and Vellakalmalai will benefit if a road is laid, said Annamalai. The resident added that it would be an added advantage for them if the concerned officials set up a hospital on the hill so that medical emergenc i e s c a n b e at t e n d e d t o immediately .
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