chennai l wednesday l july 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l late city EDITION Messages of pride & love left on Rashford mural An artist repaired the mural of England striker which was vandalised after he missed a penalty in the Euro final You are our Role model, brother, son... Hundreds of hand-written messages of support and respect have been left on Rashford’s mural. The mural was drawn after he helped feed Britain’s most vulnerable children during the pandemic. The artist girl, who covered up the graffiti on Rashford’s mural wrote: hero, conquerer, role model, adored, brother, son. Soon, others joined in with their messages ■ 46 ‘i will Never apologise for who I am’ ■ “After receiving racial abuse, Rashford tweeted, “Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone different.” “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from,” he said number of england caps for Marcus Rashford 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 Re-emphasises use of micro containment protocol during his interaction with CMs in Northeast; Uttarakhand govt cancels Kanwar Yatra Stop creation of third wave: PM E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi Residents of Coimbatore brave rains on Tuesday morning to queue up for the Covid vaccine. The inoculation drive which resumed in the district on Monday after a week, has been suspended again from Wednesday as the district ran out of the stock | Express Fix vax allocation disparity, CM tells PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Urging the Union government to set right the disproportionate and low allocation of vaccine doses to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday renewed his request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a special allocation of one crore vaccine doses for the State. In his letter, the Chief Minister said that till July 8, Tamil N a d u h a d re c e ive d o n ly 29,18,110 doses from the Central government, for those aged between 18 and 44 years, and 1,30,08,440 doses for those aged above 45 years. “As the vaccine allocation to the State has been very inadequate, we are finding it extremely difficult to meet the huge demand for inoculation throughout Tamil Nadu. The State government’s efforts to express read India’s first Covid patient tests +ve again Thrissur: India’s first Covid patient, a medical student and a native of Kerala’s Thrissur district, again tested positive for the virus after a gap of one-and-a-halfyears on Tuesday. The girl had first tested positive for Covid on January 30, 2020, after she returned from Wuhan in China Jaishankar may meet Wang Yi at SCO meet Dushanbe: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is likely to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation foreign ministers’ meeting. Jaishankar and Wang are likely to discuss disengagement in Eastern Ladakh | P10 Deuba takes oath as Nepal P.M. for THE 5th time Sher Bahadur Deuba, 75, on Tuesday formally became Nepal’s Prime Minister for a record fifth time after the Supreme Court’s intervention and last-minute hiccups over his appointment letter | P12 eliminate vaccine hesitancy and make the inoculation drive a mass movement, now squarely rests on the number of doses made available to us,” underscored Stalin. The Chief Minister also pointed out that Tamil Nadu had not received vaccine supply proportionate to its population size, and that this had led to the current acute shor ta g e of vials across the State. “Tamil Nadu has been provided only 302 doses per 1,000 eligible population. This is very low when compared to the vac- cine supplied to States such as Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan, which are at 533, 493, and 446 doses per 1,000 eligible population, respectively,” Stalin said in his letter. In this connection, the Chief Minister also recalled that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in its affidavit before the Supreme Court recently, had specifically submitted that the States had been allocated vaccines in proportion to the eligible population so as to ensure equitable distribution of vaccine. waive taxes on sma drug: stalin to centre Taking up the issue of children, who require one-time gene therapy worth `16 crore for treating rare Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), CM MK Stalin on Tuesday urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to take a decision to exempt customs duty, integrated GST or any other such taxes on the import of life-saving drugs used for treating it | P2 centre speaks ‘TN, K’taka must sort dam issue together’ A day after Stalin held an all-party meeting that passed As pressure is mounting on a resolution urging the Cenleaders of Karnataka and tre not to accord clearances Tamil Nadu over the Meke- to the project, Yediyurappa datu dam project across the on Tuesday asserted that Cauvery river on the Karna- Karnataka has every right taka side of the border, the to go ahead with it. KarnaCentre wants both States to taka has clarified that the sit together and re`9,000-crore project solve issues — a step is a drinking water that Kar nataka and power generaChief Minister BS tion scheme that Yediyurappa had will not have any initiated on July 3 impact on releasing through a letter to TN’s share of 192 his Tamil Nadu tmcft of water in a counter par t MK nor mal year. The Stalin, seeking coopState has tried to aleration and propos- The decision has lay concer ns exing a bilateral meet- to be taken with p r e s s e d by T N, ing. But the former’s the consensus of which is opposing initiative failed to all the States. We the project on the will make evoke the expected g rounds that it everyone sit results as Stalin would af fect its together, discuss urged Kar nataka farmers. A delegaand get it done not to go ahead with tion from Tamil Gajendra Singh the project. Nadu had met ShekShekhawat Union Jal Shakti hawat recently, exMinister Gajendra pressing these Singh Shekhawat on Tues- concerns. day told Express, “All such Shekhawat, who was in issues have to be ultimately Bengaluru on the day to reresolved by holding discus- view the implementation of sions. Now, we can do it with Jal Jeevan Mission, termed conviction, otherwise the the Mekedatu project a longnext generation has to do it pending issue between TN under compulsion.” and Karnataka. P5 R a m u Pat i l @ Bengaluru Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 12 37,03,423 doses July 13 34,10,974 doses Total doses: 38,50,19,469 NATIONWIDE july 12 july 13 Fresh cases 37,154 32,906 Recoveries Deaths 39,649 49,007 724 2,020 tamil nadu july 12 july 13 Fresh cases 2,652 2,505 Recoveries Deaths 3,104 36 3,058 48 Sharing concern over the rise in Covid infections in the Northeast and elsewhere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday emphasised the need for strict monitoring and tracking of the mutation and its variants to avert the third wave of the pandemic. Interacting with chief ministers of North-eastern states, he urged them to understand and catch the warning signals early and taking strict action at the micro level, while reemphasising the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. Taking note of the big rush of tourists at popular hill stations, the prime minister strongly cautioned against crowding while ignoring precautions. “The third wave (of the pandemic) will not come on its own. The main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases,” he pointed out. Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development. In his first shot at the ministry With the government revamp- during the reshuffle, he straight ing its Cabinet committees by away got Cabinet rank bringing in younger faces after and is now handling the big-ticket Cabinet reshuffle, two sensitive portfolione name stood out from the os of Environment, crowd for his meteoric rise. It Forest Climate Change was of the powerful BJP nation- a n d L a b o u r a n d al general secretary Bhupender Employment. Yadav, a key aide of Union home Others who have minister Amit Shah. been included in the Though a first-timer in the committees are Smriti ministry Yadav has been made Irani, Sarbananda Sonowal, An, a member of two important urag Thakur and Mansukh panels — Cabinet Committee on Manadaviya. Political Affairs (CCPA) and Curiously the panels have no , E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi Observing that cinema actors should not behave like “reel heroes”, the Madras High Court came down heavily on actor Vijay’s plea, seeking exemption of Entry Tax for his Rolls Royce Ghost car, imported from England in 2012. The court, dismissing the plea, also imposed a cost of `1 lakh to be paid by the actor to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund. Justice SM Subramaniam, in habit, attitude, mindset, and unconstitutional,” the judge said in the July 8 order, released on Tuesday . “Filing a writ petition, avoiding payment of Entry Tax and keeping the writ petition pending for about nine years, can never be appreciated and it is not made clear even now, whether the Entry Tax as applicable has been paid by the petitioner or not. On account of efflux of time, the E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi A day after postponing the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses from August 1 to September 12, the Centre on Tuesday said NEET for postgraduate courses will be held on September 11. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya’s announcement on the NEET-PG schedule came a day after the Supreme Court had made caustic remarks on the delay in holding counselling for NEET-PG admissions in dental surgery for exams that were held way back in December 2020. NEET-PG is usually conducted in January each year to fill up about 30,000 seats in various medical colleges across the country. Earlier, 1.74 lakh students had applied to appear for joining PG courses. Meanwhile, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that NEET-UG will be conducted in 13 languages for the first time, with Punjabi and Malayalam being the new additions. Besides, a new exam centre has been opened in Kuwait to facilitate the Indian student community in West Asia, the minister added. representatives from allies. The CCPA handles issues related to Centre-state relations and examines economic and political issues that require a wider perspect ive b u t h ave n o internal or external security implications. With the exit of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harsh Vardhan, the only old-timers left in the CCPA were Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh. The reconstituted CCPA comprises Prime Minister narengra Modi and Union ministers Ra- jnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Giriraj Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya and Bhupender Yadav. Union ministers Arjun Munda, Virendra Kumar, Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Thakur have been included in the reshuffled Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The revamped Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs comprises Modi, Singh, Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Tomar, S Jaishankar, Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan. High fuel prices force people to spend less on health, says SBI report jumped to 75% in June from 62% in March. Fuel cost hurts more now as the price rises Alarming inflation, induced come at a time when many by obscenely high petrol prices, households are already graphas drastically altered consum- pling with huge medical bills ers’ spending patterns as peo- amid the Covid pandemic and ple are now spending less on rising commodity prices upsethealth and other non-discre- ting their monthly budget. tionary items such as grocery With every 10% increase in and utilities, says a petrol prices, SBI estiFuture tense mates there is a 50 banew report by SBI. “Our analysis of sis point increase in “The future SBI card spends indi- outlook hinges on consumer price inflacates spend on nontion, the report says. the production discretionary health “Our estimate indiincreases by expenditure has been cates that during the OPEC+. The substantially reduced recently cancelled second wave period to accommodate in- meeting of OPEC+ (Jun’21 over Mar’21) creased expenditure the number of disindicates we are on fuel,” said Soumya tricts with deposits headed towards Kanti Ghosh, group elevated levels in outflows might be chief economic advis- Brent and this will double than the first er at SBI. wave,” Ghosh added. have cascading “Such spending has According to RBI’s impact on fuel more than crowded inflation in India,” p re l i m i n a r y e s t i out the spending on mates, the household the report noted other non-discretionfinancial savings rate ary items, like grocery and util- in the December 2020 quarter ity services to such an extent has come down to 8.2% of the that the demand for such prod- GDP from 21% and 10.4% in the ucts has significantly declined,” previous two quarters. Ghosh added. Going ahead, most analysts According to SBI’s estimates, expect inflation to remain elethe share of non-discretionary vated led by rising fuel prices spending on items such as fuel and firm commodity prices. E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi when going gets tough A candidate for police selection participates in rope-climbing during a training programme ahead of his physical efficiency test in Madurai on Tuesday | kk sundar Behave like ‘real hero’: HC to Vijay on plea for tax exemption his order, said real heroes are those who remit their taxes promptly directing the actor to , pay the tax due as demanded by the department within two weeks, if he has not paid yet. “Those fans see such actors as real heroes. In a state like Tamil Nadu, where such actors have become rulers of the State, they are not expected to behave like a ‘reel hero’. Tax evasion is to be construed as an anti-national NEET-PG to be held on September 11 The rise and rise of BJP’s Bhupender Yadav master schooled H A R I S H MU R AL I @ Chennai At the daily health ministry’s briefing, too, officials fretted at the casual approach of the people. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry said , people were talking about the third wave like it was a ‘weather update’, with many failing to understand that adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour or the lack of it is what will prevent or cause any wave. On July 16, Modi will interact with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Kar nataka and Maharashtra through video-conference. Along with the Northeast, these six states have been reporting high number of the Covid-19 cases. The effective management of the pandemic in these states is seen as crucial to avert the third wave. On the positive side, better sense prevailed on the Uttarakhand government, as it cancelled the forthcoming Kanwar Yatra to avoid crowding. “We decided to cancel the yatra, according topmost priority to human life in view of the threat of a possible third wave,” new Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said. SC whiplash learned counsel for the petitioner also has not stated anything regarding this,” the court said. Criticising the actor for not NEET panel PIL The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by the BJP, challenging the panel formed by the TN government to study the impact of NEET on students. This at a time when the panel is likely to submit its final report to the CM in a day or two | P4 even stating his occupation in the plea filed, the judge said, “It is surprising to note that the petitioner has not even stated his profession or occupation in his affidavit. He has imported a prestigious costly car from England but unfortunately not paid , Entry Tax as per the statutes. He has filed a writ petition to avoid payment of tax... ..The petitioner, who is a reputed cine actor, is expected to pay the tax promptly and punctually .” continued on: p3
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