Jab-o-meter Take your shot April 20 13,69,541 doses April 21 16,12,163 doses Total doses 1,87,24,33,529 NATIONWIDE APR 20 APR 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 2,067 1,547 40 2,380 1,231 56 tamil nadu APR 20 APR 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths chennai l friday l april 22, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION ‘Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12 behind Delhi Covid surge’ The Omicron sublineage has been detected in a majority of the samples sequenced from Delhi in April, sources said Mutant behind u.s. spike in Delhi samples Another rare mutant detected in B’luru According to Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) sources, Omicron variant derivative BA.2.12.1 has also been found in a few samples in Delhi. This sub-variant is said to be contributing to the recent rise in cases in the US. BA.2.12 (52% samples) and BA.2.10 (11%) are showing high transmission rates, official sources said ■ ■ Official said the same sub-variants have been found in samples sequenced in neighbouring districts in UP and Haryana, too Meanwhile, INSACOG-attached labs have found the new mutant BA.2.10 in Bengaluru, which recently saw an uptick in Covid cases. Efforts are on to trace BA2.12.1 in samples, sources said 31 23 0 39 26 0 300 Samples were genome sequenced in Delhi in the first fortnight of April CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI TN to get 234 stadia, host ATP tennis event E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Chennai Plan to establish small sports stadiums at a cost of `3 crore each in all 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, an exclusive mega arena for conducting jallikattu in Alanganallur, steps to restart Chennai Open ATP Tennis tournament and bring international sports events like Beach Olympics to the State were among the slew of announcements made by Chief Minister MK Stalin in SC extends Stay on demolition drive in Jahangirpuri The Supreme Court on Thursday extended its order directing maintenance of the status quo on the razing of buildings in the violence-hit Jahangirpuri area of the national capital. It also said it would take a “serious view” of the demolition that was carried out even after the apex court’s order was communicated to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor | P7 express read Kodanad case: Sasikala quizzed for six hours Chennai: Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was questioned for six hours by police in Kodand case on Thursday. The team is trying to find out who was in charge of the bungalow after the ex-CM’s death and details of valuables and documents missing from the bungalow | P4 Mariupol in Russian control, claims Putin Kyiv: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Mariupol has been ‘liberated’. He asked his forces not to storm the Azovstal steel plant, where hundreds of Ukrainian fighters are holed up. Instead, he asked them to seal the plant ‘so that not even a fly comes through’ P9 CBI files first chargesheet in NSE scam the Assembly on Thursday . Making a suo motu statement under Rule 110, the CM said the boxing complex to be built in north Chennai at a cost of `10 crore will also have facilities for practising volleyball, badminton, basketball, kabaddi and other indoor games, and a `25-crore Olympic Gold Quest scheme will be launched to help TN sportspersons win laurels in international events such as Olympics. The State has been taking steps to promote silambam, a traditional Tamil mar- tial art form, a mega sports city is getting ready near Chennai, and arrangements are on for establishing four Olympic academies in four zones of the State, the CM said. Stalin said by conducting national and international sports events, the State can attract new investments, promote industrial growth, and attract more tourists. Tamil Nadu remains the ‘chess capital’ of India by producing several grandmasters including Viswanathan Anand, he said. Continued on: p5 D i l i p S i n g h K s h at r i ya a n d Y e s h i S e l i @ Ahmedabad / New Delhi By conducting national and international sports events, we can attract investments, promote tourism M K Stalin, CM PK moots non-Gandhi as Congress president Showing a mirror to the party S h a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi Election strategist Prashant Kishor has asked the Congress leadership to elect a non-Gandhi as party president while leaving the three important posts of UPA Chairman, parliamentary board chief and general secretary coordination for Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, respectively . In his presentation to the Congress leadership, Kishor suggested forming of a shadow Cabinet with 20-25 experienced and new politicians and a brain trust of 10-12 SMEs and global authorities “to effectively represent the voice of the people both in Parliament and outside”. This, he said, would go a long way in countering “elected autocracy” with “collective credibility”. The strategist said the “traditional media is heavily biased towards the ruling party” and the “current dispensation’s vast network combines the resources of government and party to maintain news stranglehold”. He also said that “timing and choice of propagation for INC is lopsided and not driven by data or science.” He suggested creating “a network of ideologically inclined digital supporters divided into 543 digital zones, each with an ecosystem of approximately five lakh digitally connected people”. Under the title of “winning arithmetic,” he said to win the general elections 45% of votes Prashant Kishor cast or 30 crore votes are needed. He focused on eight key groups of population to win these votes from “core supporters”: women, farmers, youth, SC, ST, landless labourers, middle class and urban poor. The party he suggested, should use , the theme of “Gandhi, Truth, Bharosa versus Godse, Jhooth, Jhansa”. To take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said the Congress could expose “the true character and failures of Modi” and use slogans like “hanikarak Modi” and “Modi jaane wale hain”. Kishor said the party should not give ticket or organisational posts to those facing charges of heinous crimes, and strictly implement the principle of one-man-one-post. Critiquing the “jaded and aged leadership,” he said it had “complete disconnect with the grassroots” and the party had “ceased working as a democratic organization” under them. He highlighted the sense of entitlement and sycophancy in the party and said only 23 out of 118 central leaders of the party are elected. Continued on: P7 blames £1 bn deals done as Ministershortage 750MW UK PM comes calling for TN power cuts Kishor said between 1885 and 1998, the party had 61 presidents, whereas between 1998 and 2022, the party has had only two presidents (Sonia 21 years and Rahul 2 years). He pointed out that more than 65% district presidents and 90% block presidents have not ever had a meeting with the Congress president or even the AICC secretary KEY DEALS S GURUVANMI K ANATHAN @ Chennai UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had business on mind when he began his two-day trip to India on Thursday His first stop at Ahemdabad after . a roadshow from the airport to his hotel saw him meeting industrialist Gautam Adani and inaugurating JCB India’s sixth manufacturing plant in Vadodara. He is expected to announce commercial deals worth £1 billion in new investments and export deals in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs in the UK. Both sides will confirm major new science and tech collaborations, including a digital health partnership and a joint investment fund for Indian deep-tech and AI start-ups. Hoping to deepen security and defence ties as well, Johnson said: “India & UK share anxieties about autocracies around the world, we’re both democracies and we want to stick together.” On Russia, Johnson agreed India and Russia have historically a very different a relationship. “We have to reflect on that reality, but clearly, I’ll be talking about it to Narendra Modi.” During his visit to the Gandhi ashram in Sabarmati, Johnson was amazed to learn about the Salt Satyagraha — the protest launched by the Mahatma against the tax imposed on salt by the British Raj. “Did we impose a tax on salt?” he asked the accompaning British High Commissioner Alex Ellis. When he replied in the affirmative, Johnson said, “Quite astonishing.” Following the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership launched by both prime ministers last year, new measures will now be announced to make it easier to export UK-made medical devices to India, the British High Commission said in a statement. British online food delivery company Deliveroo to set up its largest technology hub outside of the UK in Hyderabad POWER minister V Senthil Balaji on Wednesday blamed a sudden drop in power supply from the central grid for the unscheduled outage in many parts of the State. The minister tweeted that about 750 megawatt (MW) of power from the central grid to southern states dropped abruptly on Wednesday night. “Problems were rectified immediately in urban areas and steps would be taken over the next 15 minutes in rural areas,” he said in his tweet at 11.27pm on Wednesday. The minister’s statement came amid complaints of unscheduled power cuts for nearly two to three hours from 8pm on Wednesday in several districts including Cuddalore, Coimbatore, Karur, Virudhunagar and Dindigul. A senior official told TNIE that the State’s average power demand is nearly 15,500MW and TN gets around , 5,000MW from the central grid. “As we lost 750MW suddenly, we could not manage it. The power grid officials are the only people who could give the reason for the sudden drop. The issue might have occurred because of overload problems or errors by other state distribution companies,” the official said. British climate tech firm Carbon Masters to implement a waste management project in Bengaluru Ashok Leyland group company Switch Mobility to invest £300 in UK and India Chennai-based TVS Motor Company to invest £100 million in iconic British brand Norton Motorcycle Byjus’s to invest £15 million in the UK Microlabs to invest £10 million in the UK Bengaluru-based IT solutions provider Mphasis to invest £5 million in UK TVS Supply Chain Solutions to invest £4 million to expand UK operations Last big campaign The last mass public outreach campaign by the Congress was Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Yatra in 1990. The party has not undertaken any “pan-India protest or agitational campaign that has lasted for more than 24 hours since 2014,” he added Rajesh Kumar Thakur @ New Delhi THE Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday filed its first chargesheet against former NSE MD & CEO Chitra Ramakrishna and ex-group operating officer Anand Subramanian in connection with the co-location scam case. Ramkrishna and Subramanian are currently in judicial custody. Sources said the CBI has Chitra Ramakrishna grilled the duo multiple times along with experts from related fields to ferret out technical information on the co-location scam. Subramanian’s role has been ascertained, a source claimed. In the co-location facility offered by NSE, brokers could place their servers within the exchange premises for faster access to the markets. It is alleged that some brokers in connivance with insiders abused the algorithm and the co-location facility to make windfall profits. 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