coimbatore l tuesday l july 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION Retail sales dip 50% in June despite unlock measures Retail sales continued to be weak last month after the drastic fall in May, according to the Retailers Association of India (RAI) Sports goods, Jewellery, apparel sales hit Food, Grocery among least impacted In its latest business survey, the RAI said the highest drop was witnessed in the sports goods category at 66%, followed by jewellery (64%) and footwear (61%). Similarly, apparel and clothing sales dipped by 52% in June this year. In May 2021, the segment had reported a negative growth of 77%, according to RAI’s monthly update released on Monday ■ ■ Consumer durables and electronics sales dropped 46% in June as compared to the same month in 2019. This shows a feeble improvement as the segment had posted a dip of 71% in May Foods and grocery had the least impact with a decline of just 7% in June 2021 compared to June 2019 figures | P10 80% The decline in retail sales in may 2021 amid the second covid wave 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 president to chair TN assembly’s centenary fete E X P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday said President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted his invitation to preside over the centenary celebrations of the TN Assembly, one of the oldest Assemblies in the country, and unveil the portrait of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the Assembly complex. The President will announce his dates for these events within a few days, Stalin added. Addressing the media after meeting the President in New Delhi, Stalin said the President would also lay the foundation stone for a library to be built in memory of former DMK patriarch, Karunanidhi, in Madurai, a multi-super specialty hospital at Guindy, and a memorial pillar on the Marina to mark the platinum jubilee of India’s independence. Stalin was accompanied by DMK parliamentary party leader TR Baalu during his meeting with the President. continued on: p4 Ex-EC Ashok Lavasa’s phone, too, a potential target; Oppn to hold strategy session today Rahul, Kishor, 2 ministers part of Pegasus snoop list Exp r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Hack not established, says govt “The consortium has accessed a leaked database of 40,000 numbers. The presence of a number does not indicate whether there was an attempted hack, or a successful one,” Vaishnaw said ADR founder on list courtesy call Chief Minister MK Stalin calls on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) founder Jagdeep Chhokar, associates of Union minister Smriti Irani and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia, and around 11 mobile phones belonging to a Supreme Court officer who leveled sexual harassment allegations former CJI Ranjan Gogoi were also on the list of potential targets An international collaborative of journalists on Monday continued to reveal more names, including those of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, election strategist Prashant Kishor and two ministers in the Modi government, whose phones were potentially targeted for hacking using Israeli malware Pegasus. The names, which included new IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Prahlad Singh Patel, were revealed hours after the former defended the government in Parliament. Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha, Vaishnaw said the report on the government using Pegasus was nothing but an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions. “It is not a coincidence that the reports have been published a day before the monsoon session of Parliament. In the past, similar allegations were made on WhatsApp but there is no factual basis to these and have been categorically denied,” he said. While Union home minister Class 12 board exam results: no centums awarded E X P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai All the 8.16 lakh registered students were declared pass in the Tamil Nadu class 12 examination results that were announced on Monday. Additionally 33,557 students, who had ar, rears in their class 11 examinations, have also been declared pass, said School Education Minister Anbil Ma- Jadhav’s village will win if archers hit bullseye S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai When Pravin Jadhav, a member of the Indian men’s archery team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, used to join his parents as a farm labourer during his boyhood, he was not doing anything very unusual. Hundreds of other children in Sarde, a hamlet of around 1,100 in the droughtprone Satara district of Maharashtra, did the same. Vikas Bhujbal, a school teacher who taught the archer, said while the elders are paid `300 a day to work in the bajra and jowar farms, the children who join their parents get P a r t - 2 half the sum. “Jadhav’s parents work in the farms of others as daily wage workers. But poverty did not stop Pravin from chasing his dream,” he said. Jadhav’s village lacks basic facilities. It depends on wells and bore wells for water, the potholed roads have puddles of water, there is no primary health centre and the single local school is up to Class VII only . Bhujbal thinks if Jadhav does well at the Olympics, the village will draw attention and things will take a turn for the better. P7 hesh Poyyamozhi. Score-sheets will be made available on www.dge.tn.gov.in and www.dge. tn.nic.in, from 11 am on July 22, for students to download. A total of 8,18,129 students had registered for class 12 this year, and of them, about 1,656 were marked absent. Among those who attended the classes and were present, all have passed. As many as 39,679 students scored marks between 551 and 600, 1,63,133 students scored between 501 and 550, and 2,22,522 students scored between 451 and 500 marks. Girls outperformed boys yet again. However, not a single student scored 100 per cent. (Read full story on www.newindianexpress.com) Amit Shah called it a ‘report by disrupters for obstructers’, the Congress sought his resignation and a probe into the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. The Opposition will hold a strategy session on Tuesday on how to corner the government in Parliament on Pegasus. West Bengal Chief Minister ‘Report by disrupters’ Union home minister Amit Shah called it a ‘report by disrupters for obstructers’ and said they have been amplified by a few whose only aim is to do whatever is possible to humiliate India on world stage | P7 Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, renowned virologist Gagandeep Kang, India head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Hari Menon and former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s names also featured on the potential list of targets. Over 1,000 Indian phone num- bers were on the list of potential targets of which 300 were verified by the collaborative following which technical forensic analysis was performed on 22 smartphones. The portal claimed that traces of the malware were found in Kishor’s smartphone. According to the portal, the list of around 50,000 phone numbers across the world was obtained through leaked data by Amnesty International and Parisbased Forbidden Stories. The use of the malware could be confirmed on the smartphones only after forensic analysis. Some smartphones do not leave its traces and hence the potential hack could not established. Israeli company, the NSO group, which owns Pegasus, claims only ‘vetted governments’ are part of its clientele. Monday’s list came a day after it was revealed that the malware was used to hack into the phones of around 40 journalists and activists critical of the government. While Lavasa’s phone was added to the list after he faulted prime Minister Modi for poll code violations, Kang’s was added in 2018 and Menon’s around 2019. express read SC hearing on Kerala’s lockdown relief today New Delhi: The SC on Monday sought the Kerala government’s response to a plea challenging relaxation in lockdown rules in view of Bakrid. The plea alleged political considerations, and not medical advice, was behind the decision. The SC will hear the matter on Tuesday SC orders release of Manipur activist New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the release of Manipur-based political activist Leichombam Erendro, booked under the stringent National Security Act for his criticism of BJP leaders, by 5 pm Monday, saying he cannot be put in jail for even a night Jab-o-meter July 18 Take 51,01,567 doses your July 19 shot 47,77,697 doses Total doses: 41,13,55,665 NATIONWIDE july 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths july 19 41,157 38,164 42,004 38,660 518 499 tamil nadu july 18 july 19 Fresh cases 2,079 1,971 Recoveries Deaths 2,743 29 2,558 28
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