Tiruchy l friday l september 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Hurricane IDA triggers flooding in u.s., 14 dead State of Emergency declared in NY, NJ The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped historic rain over New York City, New Jersey and Maryland, causing massive flooding Travel ban in New York, new jersey A state of emergency was declared in New York City. A New York City police spokesperson said eight people died after they were trapped in flooded basements. Five deaths were reported from New Jersey. Initial reports suggested there could be multiple fatalities in In Philadelphia. Many flights and trains out of New York and New Jersey have been suspended ■ ■ In New York City, a travel ban was issued directing all nonemergency vehicles to stay off the roads All New Jersey rail service was suspended, New Jersey Transit said. The storm had caused 57,519 power outages statewide, said Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey 230 kmph The speed at which Hurricane Ida struck mainland U.S. on Sunday 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 Double-jab must for mass gatherings Highest single-day tally of fresh Covid-19 cases in over two months State-wise Active cases E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e (As on September 1) @ New Delhi % Contribution ■ Active cases 4.73% 4.27% As reported by States Andhra Pradesh - 14,473 ■ Greater than 1 Lakh 3.71% Tamil Nadu - 16,620 ■ 50K to 1 Lakh 14.2% Karnataka - 18,438 ■ 10K to 50K Jab-o-meter Take your shot Maharashtra - 54,606 ■ Less than 10,000 kerala - 2,30,461 59.16% Sept 01 69,42,335 doses Sept 02 64,70,901 doses Total doses 66,98,35,708 NATIONWIDE sep 01 sep 02 Fresh cases 41,965 47,092 Recoveries 33,964 35,181 Deaths 460 509 tamil nadu sep 01 sep 02 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,509 1,719 20 1,562 1,684 20 A worried health ministry on Thursday said only those fully vaccinated can attend mass gatherings, if essential, as India recorded its highest singleday tally of fresh Covid cases in more than two months, largely due to the Kerala spike. Of the Thursday morning’s count of 47,092 new cases in the country 32,803 came from Ker, ala alone, while Maharashtra was a distant second with 4,456. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said as against 279 districts that were reporting 100 new cases daily in June, the number of such districts came down to 42 as on August 30. “Kerala is one state that has more than 1 lakh active cases and this number stands at nearly 2.3 lakh as of now. Four states have 10,000 to 1 lakh active cas- es — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Rest of the states have less than 10,000 active cases,” he said. However, vaccination is peaking with an average of over 80 lakh daily jabs in the last week of August. V K Paul, member, health, Niti Aayog, said some states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar had achieved very high rate of vaccinations on a few days last week, pushing the nationwide tally to over 1 crore. In all, 18.38 crore vaccine doses were administered in August, raising the average daily vaccination to 59.29 lakh doses, up from nearly 43 lakh in July . The government is hoping to take it to nearly 70-75 lakh every day in September when nearly 20-22 crore doses are projected to be available. Figures shared by the ministry showed that 54% of the total adult population across the country has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine while 16% of the them have been fully vaccinated. Paul, however, war ned against dropping caution during the upcoming festive season, adding despite the vaccination programme accelerating in the country, precautions must continue. “The time has not yet come to remove masks,” he warned. “This year too, festivals will be celebrated in the same way as last year. We have to wait more for festivals to be celebrated traditionally Paul said. ,” He urged people to celebrate festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussehra and Eid within their families. Delhi riots probe just a Slump in Industrial loans drags overall credit growth waste of money: Court S e s a S e n @ New Delhi Even as India’s economy is limping back to normalcy in, dustrial loans that account for 29.4% of non-food credit are dragging overall credit growth. Latest RBI data show the industry segment grew just 1% in July 2021 driven by the MSME segment. MSME industries expanded 21.3% in July 2021 helped by the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme under which 2.14 lakh crore was disbursed. However, growth in credit flow to large industries saw an unpleasant dip for 11 months in a row. The share of these industries makes up for 80.5% in the total outstanding credit to industry. The segment registered a 2.9% drop in July against 1.4% growth a year ago, underscoring a trend among firms to conserve cash, deleverage as much as possible and leave loan limits sanctioned by lenders under-utilised. The investment climate in general was not encouraging either. The key sectors that are deleveraging continuously include iron and steel, construction, cement and telecom. Of the total 19 industries, six saw a drop in credit outstanding. Run-down of exposure in a few sectors led to large industry credit consolidating `28 lakh crore for the past three years. On the other hand, petroleum, rubber, plastic and nuclear fuels have been gaining credit momentum. Within the infrastructure segment, airports and roads registered a robust growth of 58.4% and 29.7%, respectively . Analysts believe industry growth will have to emerge as a key driver to boost credit growth in the coming years. “While it may happen with some lag, revival in consumer demand and rise in government spending can be po- 1.4% Growth in credit flow 1.5 to large industries 1.0 0.5 0.0 Jul 20 Sep Nov 20 20 Jan 21 -0.5 -1.0 -3.0 -1.7% -1.8% -2.5 Source: RBI Jul 21 -0.8% -0.6% -1.5 -2.0 Mar May 21 21 -2.5% -2.9% t e n t i a l t r i g g e r s, ” s a i d analysts at ICICI Securities. Growth in new loans was seen mainly in agriculture and retail segments. With easing of restrictions, retail credit was up 2.6% sequentially – the highest in the past 18 months. Lastly, bank credit to the services sector grew 2.7% on a year-on-year basis, slower than previous month. Within services, NBFCs segment grew by only 0.5% hurting the overall credit growth. @ New Delhi DELHI Police’s probe into the 2020 communal riots case was ‘colossal wastage of the hardearned money of taxpayers’, a court here observed on Thursday while discharging former AAP councillor Tahil Hussain’s brother Shah Alam. “I am not able to restrain myself from observing that when history will look back at the worst communal riots since partition in Delhi, the failure of investigating agency to conduct proper investigation by using latest scientific methods will surely torment the sentinels of democracy,” said Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav. The court noted that there was no CCTV footage of the incident to confirm the presence of the accused at the spot, no independent eye witness, and no evidence regarding the criminal conspiracy . “This court cannot permit such cases to meander mindlessly in the corridors of judicial system, sweeping away precious judicial time of this court when the same is open and shut case,” the judge said. The court noted that after investigating the matter for so long, the police presented only five witnesses – the victim, duty officer, formal witness, investigating officer, and a constable. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has held that police cannot lodge five FIRs for the same incident and quashed four of them registered for the alleged offences of looting and setting on fire a compound during the north-east Delhi riots last year. While maintaining one FIR, the HC quashed the other four lodged against the same accused in March last year at Jaffrabad Police Station and all the proceedings emanating therefrom. EXPRE S S NEW S S ERVICE @ Chennai Key nh stretches to be monetised Expressing serious concern over the Union government’s decision to privatise Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) through the National Monetisation Pipeline, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday said he would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and convey TN’s opposition to the move. “The PSUs are the assets of the people of this country and they serve as the taproots for small and marginal industries. Privatising or leasing out PSUs, which have been functioning to serve the people, will not augur well for the welfare of the country I will convey the State gov. ernment’s opposition to privatising PSUs, through a letter to PM Modi,” Stalin said during a discussion on a special mention raised in the Assembly . With federalism being one of the central tenets of the party’s ideology the DMK government , has raised concerns about multiple moves of the Union government since coming to power in May including on the skewed , sharing of revenue from the sale of fuel. About 500 km of national highways, four airports, port facilities, and a heritage train service in Tamil Nadu are among the infrastructure assets identified under the scheme. Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan l Tiruchy–Karaikudi including Tiruchy bypass (2 sections) 117km l Ulundurpet–Padalur (pkg VI B) 94km l Ulundurpet–Tindivanam (pkg VI A) 73km set to announce its new govt in Af E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Chennai to share and care Since Covid forced schools to close, many kids had been deprived of mid-day meal. Here, a child shares her food with another in Chennai on Thursday | pti The Madras High Court observed that artificial insemination deprives bulls and cows the pleasure of mating which they are entitled to naturally, and that it amounts to cruelty under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. “It is appropriate to use bulls for the purpose of cattle breeding in a natural way which would protect their rights, otherwise cows would be used as manufacturing machines,” the court observed, in an order dated August 19. The division bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan made the observations while disposing of a writ petition filed against engaging non-native breeds of bulls in jallikattu events. “Artificial insemination deprives bulls and cows of the pleasure of mating which they are entitled to naturally Reproduc. tion by natural process is a basic biological need which cannot be interfered with,” EVEN as the whole team was enjoying a deserved break away from the bio-bubbles in June-July, Ravichandran Ashwin had taken to The Oval, to turn up for Surrey in a county match. He warmed up for the Test series against England with a seven-wicket haul. You couldn’t have asked more from a veteran of 413 Test wickets to his name. Preparation? ruled the roost. Given England have three left-handers — batsmen Ashwin have for breakfast — in their top-order, it wasn’t rocket science. Or so one thought. Playing Ashwin in place of Jadeja, who has just two wickets so far in the series, would have been an ideal move. But, Ashwin continues to warm the bench and Jadeja continues to play, because India’s middle-order is weak and playing the latter gives the team some depth in the middleorder. It might sound strange, but that is how desperate India are — in search of some extra runs, they are willing to sacrifice a spinner, who is known to be attacking and is at the peak how ashwin stacks up against england In his career so far, Ashwin has played 19 Tests against England and picked up 88 wickets. In England, he has played only six Tests across three tours (2014, 2018 and 2021) and taken 14 wickets. Tendering out of port projects l VO Chidambaranar Port - 2 projects in FY22, 1 in FY23 in a recent interview had mentioned that these assets were listed by the Union government without proper consultation with the State. Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu reiterated this, while responding to a query raised by K Selvaperunthagai (Congress) and T Ramachandran (CPI) during the zero hour. “On such issues, the Union government should consult States since the latter has granted the lands required for creating these public assets. For example, TN has given large extent of lands to establish the Salem Steel Plant,” he said. “If the Union government attempts to privatise even profit-making PSUs, the DMK government will oppose it,” the minister stressed. Coonoor: Now, produce a vaccination certificate or the message received after taking the first dose of Covid vaccine to buy liquor in Nilgiris. Collector Innocent Divya on Thursday said that people were shying away from the vaccine citing drinking habits, and that the move would get more people inoculated. Nearly 97 per cent of the eligible population in the district have received their first dose, she said. ENS Top TN panel suggests new Bill to scrap NEET Chennai: The committee of secretaries to the State government has recommended passing of a new Bill in the Assembly to scrap the NEETbased admissions to medical colleges. This was revealed in the policy note tabled in the Assembly on Thursday. The committee chaired by Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu was formed to suggest ways to implement recommendations of the Justice AK Rajan panel | P4 the court said. Hence, denying and depriving the right to copulate amounts to “cruelty” to animals under the Act. On the original plea, the court ruled that permitting imported bulls in jallikattu is against the spirit of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, which is enacted to preserve and to ensure the survival and continuance of native breeds of bulls. continued on: p5 Spin in India selection as Ashwin gets omitted from Oval office Check. Fitness? Check. To say he was looking forward to this series, after masterminding a sensational series win i n Au s t r a l i a , w a s a n understatement. Forty seven days have gone and as India came back to The Oval, all eyes were on whether Ashwin, who had been benched for the previous three Tests, would make a comeback. More so because the venue was The Oval, one where spinners have l Tiruchy airport in FY22 l Coimbatore, Madurai in FY23 l Chennai airport in FY24 First shot of Covid vax must to buy liquor in Nilgiris england vs india v e n k ata k r i s h n a b @ Chennai Airports identified for phase out of capex express read Artificially breeding cattle is cruel: HC TAliban The Taliban are all set to announce the formation of a new government in Kabul on the lines of the Iranian leadership, with the group’s top leader Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada as supreme authority | P9 E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e TN opposes Centre’s plan to monetise assets, Stalin to write to Modi of his career. The criticism on social media was hard to miss. In fact, earlier this year in Australia, he outbowled Nathan Lyon and troubled their batsmen with new and the old ball to enhance his reputation of being an all-conditions bowler. A good performance here would have been further proof to his status as one of India’s spin bowling greats. But Team India have made him wait. `2.08-cr pilot RFID tech to keep blood safe in TN EXPRE S S NEW S S ERVICE @ Chennai In order to better monitor and strengthen the supply chain management of blood and blood products, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) will be introduced in the blood banks of two major hospitals in the State on a pilot basis. Speaking at the State Assembly while passing a demand for , grants to the health department on Thursday Minister Ma , Subramanian said that the system will be set up at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai and at Rajaji Medical College Hospital in Madurai, at a cost of `2.08 crore. According to doctors, the system will mainly help monitor the temperature maintained in the refrigerator, where blood and blood components are stored. “Any deviation in temperature will be alerted by the RFID system,” said Dr S Subash, Nodal Officer for RFID technology implementation, and Head of Department, Blood Bank at RGGGH. P4
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