TIRUCHY TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 07, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION ALLOW 2ND COVISHIELD DOSE AFTER 28 DAYS: KERALA HC A single-judge bench said the Centre-prescribed 84-day gap between doses was not binding on those seeking to advance it ORDER PASSED ON KITEX GROUP’s PETITION ‘CENTRE-PRESCRIBED GAP ONLY ADVISORY’ Ordering the Centre to make arrangements through its CoWIN portal, the judge said if it could allow people travelling abroad to take the jab before schedule, the same benefit should be extended to others. The court passed the order on a petition by Kitex Garments Ltd, which sought to vaccinate over 10,000 workers before the prescribed 84-day gap ■ ■ Prefacing its order on the Centre’s stand that vaccination was a voluntary exercise, the HC said by that logic, “time interval between two doses can only be considered as advisory” The gap between doses was extended based on the advise of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 4 weeks THE EARLIER RECOMMENDED GAP, WHICH WAS LATER EXTENDED TO 12-16 WEEKS 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 Panjshir Valley taken, claim Taliban E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E THE Taliban on Monday claimed that they have captured the elusive Panjshir Valley. “With this victory our country is complete, ly taken out of the quagmire of war,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in Kabul. Panjshir was the last of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to resist the Taliban. “We tried our best to solve the problem through negotiations, and they (anti-Taliban forces) rejected talks and then we had to send our forces to fight,” Mujahid told reporters. He, however, assured Panjshir natives, who are ethnically dis- tinct from the Pashtun-dominated Taliban, that they would not be discriminated against. Multiple reports said Pakistani drones showered bombs on the battle-hardened resistance forces through Sunday night. That the Taliban upped the Panjshir onslaught soon after ISI chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed’s trip to Kabul on Saturday also lent credence to this theory though the Taliban denied it. , Earlier this year, Pakistan had received five combat drones from China, each capable of staying airborne for over 30 hours. Meanwhile the resisting forces, known as National Resistance Students attend class in Kabul on Monday after private universities reopened | AFP PM holds high-level meet Prime Minister Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting with Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, S Jaishankar and Nirmala Sitharaman, and NSA Ajit Doval | P7 Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), claimed their fighters are still present in all strategic positions across valley The NRFA is led by . the former Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh and anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud. In an audio message to Afghans, he called for a ‘national uprising’ against the Taliban. After taking Afghanistan’s last bastion, the challenge before the militia is to form a broad-based government which will be acceptable to the international community especially the Amer, icans. The Taliban have not been able to firm up their administrative structure due to infighting Cooum sand mined illegally off Marina TRIBUNAL HIRES Govt testing SC patience, warns CJI N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi CHIEF Justice of India N V Ramana on Monday expressed exasperation over the way the government was testing the patience of the Supreme Court by not just delaying appointments to various understaffed tribunals but also flouting the top court’s judgments. A special bench that included justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, warned Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that it could initiate contempt proceedings if appointments to fill vacancies in tribunals were not made within a week. The bench sharply criticised the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021, notified on August 13, saying it contradicted two of its judgments. “The law is replica of the provisions struck down by this court. Parliament can take away the basis of a judgment through a new law, but cannot enact a law that is directly contrary to the SC judgment and is not a validating legislation,” the court said. “There are four provisions... a person below the age of 50 years is ineligible for appointment as chairperson or member. Directly contrary to the judgment! Second, the selection committee shall recommend a panel of two names for appointment and the Central government shall take a decision preferably within three months. Directly contradictory. Third, the term of office of chairperson and members will be fixed as four years. Directly contrary . And fourth, allowances made to the chairperson will be the same as a Central government officer carrying the same pay as the chairperson. Again, directly contrary Justice Chan,” drachud said. The bench adjourned the case to September 13 while issuing notices to the government on a petition filed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. It also sought the Centre’s response on multiple petitions to constitute the GST Tribunal, appointment of members in the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and the SEBI Appellate Tribunal (SAT). JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT September 5 25,23,089 doses September 6 1,10,40,809 doses TOTAL DOSES: 69,78,22,901 NATIONWIDE SEP 05 SEP 06 Fresh cases 42,766 38,948 Recoveries Deaths 38,091 43,903 308 219 TAMIL NADU SEP 05 SEP 06 Fresh cases 1,592 1,556 Recoveries Deaths 1,607 18 1,564 18 among various Taliban factions, especially between the Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar camp and the ISI-sponsored Haqqani network. Meanwhile, there is speculation that Baradar, who is tipped to be the face of the government with Haibatullah Akhundzada being the titular head, sustained serious injuries during a clash with the Haqqanis. After declaring victory over NRFA in Panjshir on Monday the , Taliban spokesperson claimed the government would be formed soon. “Final decisions have been taken, we are now working on the technical issues,” Mujahid told P9 reporters. THE FINAL PICTURE Jasprit Bumrah. Shardul Thakur. Rohit Sharma. Umesh Yadav... there were too many heroes as India upstaged England on Monday THAKUR’S HEROICS The Mumbai all-rounder smashed the pacers to score the fastest Test 50 in England. In the second innings, he again scored a half-century. He also did his bit with the ball on the last day, removing Joe Root BUMRAH’S RAPID PACE Jasprit Bumrah swung the match by taking the pitch out of the equation. He removed both Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope with searing deliveries that hooped back in. He also went short to test the batsmen ROHIT, MVP NONE OF THIS MAY HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE OPENER’S STUPENDOUS CENTURY TO SET UP A 3RD INNINGS OF PROMISE FOR THE VISITORS 24 Number of Tests taken by Bumrah to reach 100 wickets. He is the fastest Indian pacer to the mark UMESH’S RETURN It’s easy to forget this in the immediate aftermath of the win but it was Umesh who broke England in the first innings as he reduced them from 2/52 to 5/62. On Monday, he removed the English tail to kickstart the celebrations 6/136 UMESH’S MATCH FIGURES, BEST BY AN INDIAN IN THIS MATCH The Indian team celebrate after removing last man James Anderson | AFP At Oval, reverse swings India’s way There was turn on offer, but their best spinner RavichanALL out for 191 on Day 1. Con- dran Ashwin was warming ceding a lead of 99 runs. Stag- the bench. While he has been ing a recovery act on a flat left-out in search of a few exdeck. Setting a target of 368, tra runs and balance in the XI, which didn’t seem enough at the visitors have been confithe end of Day 4 when the dent of picking 20 England England openers had put 77 wickets without him. This on board. Three of their sup- was another test for this atport staffers including tack which had failed head coach Ravi Shasto make inroads with tri down with Covidthe new ball on the 19. Yet, Virat Kohli & evening of Day 4. And Co found a way to beat failure to close out the the hosts on Monday game with the series Last time the to take an unassailaon the line could have Indian team ble 2-1 in the fiveled to few uncomfortwon two Tests match Pataudi Trophy able questions. in a single with one more Test to To put things into conseries in go in Manchester. text, through the Test, England. That Since the restart, both teams have strugteam won the this Indian team has gled to get wickets three-match carved out unexpectwith the old ball, series 2-0 ed, come-from-behind which hasn’t found wins at Melbourne, any reverse-swing. Brisbane and at Lord’s. So But then, not all teams have this victory at the Oval wasn’t this freak called Jasprit Bumcertainly beyond them. Yet, rah, who has tricks up his there was so much to admire sleeve, that make him a threat and celebrate, particularly irrespective of the condition. how this Indian attack, with- Just like that he castled Ollie out any assistance from the Pope and Jonny Bairstow deck, orchestrated a collapse with a 64-overs old ball to open that few bowling units can the floodgates, which washed only think of. England lost away England. Two hours lattheir last eight wickets for 69 er, they lost the Test by 157 runs. runs. V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai 1986 SAND from the Cooum river mouth near Napier bridge in Chennai has been illegally mined for over a year, right under the noses of the Public Works Department (PWD) and police. Between midnight and 2 am on Sunday, Express witnessed tipper lorries carrying out sand from the beach area, just over a kilometre from the State secretariat. About five lorries, parked ahead of the bridge, entered the narrow lane adjacent to the Anna Square bus stand one at a time, and carried out sand. Two men appeared to be on guard, one at the lane’s entrance and E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai TANGEDCO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Renewable Energ y Development Agency (IREDA), a Government of India enterprise, for its advisory services in the renewable energy sector. The pact was inked in presence of Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday . As per the agreement, IREDA will provide necessary advisory assistance to TANGEDCO for five years, said a statement from @ Chennai THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has cleared a $150-million loan (approximately `1,095 crore) for building housing units in Karaikudi, Thanjavur, Namakkal, Tir unelveli, Dindigul, Salem, Tenkasi, Madurai and Theni, according to officials of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. The project will be implemented to relocate about 6,000 households vulnerable to natural hazards in the towns to safer locations. An official release from the ADB said the loan was approved on September 3, and will provide access to inclusive, resilient, and sustainable housing for the urban poor in the State. Representational image CATERING TO RAPID URBANISATION According to ADB, economic opportunities have increased migration in the State. Thus, the rapid urbanisation and growth in population will require adequate infrastructure and services, including housing another in a car parked a few yards away The car trailed this . reporter following attempts to photograph the lorries. Some of the lorries had no visible number plates. According to private directories, the registration numbers of a few TANGEDCO. High power purchase costs account for almost half of the company’s annual expenditure. The move aims to bring this down and to become self-sufficient, by focussing more on solar power plants. Half of TANGEDCO’s thermal plants are over 25 years old and need to be replaced. In such a situation, it needs to augment its own generation capacity to 25,000 MW in the next 10 years, the statement added. The MoU can be extended after five years upon mutual consent. TANGEDCO signed a pact with the IREDA, in presence of Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday, for new projects and technologies to enhance its power generation capacity EXPRESS READ ADB to help build houses for TN’s urban poor The fund will also help the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) develop regional plans to map the State’s economic and infrastructure development, including affordable housing, environmental protection, disaster risk management, and gender. A portion of the ADB’s assistance will be invested by the State government as equity into the TN Shelter Fund to catalyse private sector financing and support investments, mainly in industrial housing and working women’s hostels for low-in- PRESS CLUSIVE TN’s renewable energy sector to get IREDA boost $150 MN LOAN EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Illegal sand mining at the river mouth has left visible pits | ASHWIN PRASATH come and migrant workers. The ADB will provide $1.5 million (nearly `10.95 crore) technical assistance grant to support the capacity building of government agencies responsible for delivering affordable housing and regional planning in TN. “Tamil Nadu’s housing shortfall accounts for 6.66 per cent of the national deficit, and when mapped against income levels, low-income households bear most of the shortage,” said Ricardo Carlos Barba, ADB Principal Safeguards Specialist for South Asia, in a statement. The aim is to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged households access to inclusive, safe, and affordable housing infrastructure and services, added Barba. Staff in TN shops may soon be allowed to sit Chennai: A Bill has been tabled in the State Assembly which, if passed, would make it mandatory for shops and showrooms to provide seating facilities to employees. Minister CV Ganesan said many staff in shops are made to stand through their duty time, causing them health issues | P4 Brazil-Argentina WC qualifier abandoned Sao Paulo: Brazil’s WC qualifier against Argentina was abandoned on Sunday over violation of Covid19 protocols. Brazil health officials ran onto the pitch to stop the game, when it was in the 7th minute, as they said four Argentina players, who play in England, should be placed in immediate quarantine. others were those of motorbikes. The loaded lorries then passed through well-manned police checkpoints near the Labour statue on Kamaraj Salai. Local sources said the activity has been on for over a year. Officials from the PWD, the river’s custodian, said they were unaware of the activity. They confirmed no permission has been granted to any agency to take sand from the Cooum river mouth. The only way to take sand from here was through the issue of a GO. Yet, a 2013 order allowing 11,000 cubic metres to be transported to Vallur thermal plant, was cancelled in 2014, citing reports that sea sand was used for adulP5 teration of river sand. Karnal turns fortress a day before farmers’ mahapanchayat H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh THE Haryana government on Monday turned Karnal into a fortress with police personnel swarming and barricading the city’s entrances ahead of a farmers’ mahapanchayat and a call to gherao the Karnal Mini Secretariat slated for Tuesday . Hundreds of armed police personnel have been deployed and traffic diversions enforced along the Delhi-Amritsar National Highway-44. Prohibitory orders banning assembly of four or more people have also been invoked. The state government decided to suspend mobile internet services in Karnal from Monday midnight till Tuesday to “stop the spread of misinformation and rumours” through social media platforms on mobile phones and SMS. State Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said the primary objective is to maintain peace and order, prevent violence, facilitate traffic and public transport and to safeguard public property across the state in general and Karnal in particular. Karnal SP Ganga Ram Punia said 40 companies of armed police, including 10 of CAPF (CRPF, BSF and RAF) have been deployed in the district. Water cannons and riot control vehicles have been deployed and drones kept ready “The activi. ty at the farmers’ rally will be videographed,’’ he said. Deputy Commissioner of Karnal Nishant Kumar Yadav said talks were held with the farmer union leaders, “but their demands are not justified”. “No compensation will be given those who break the law. We will not allow the farmers to block the national highway and the surround the mini secretariat,’’ he warned.
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