Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.78.26 Gold (24k) Rs.5150/gm Petrol/l Rs 84.85 Silver Rs.70.00/gm CHENNAI Saturday 12-9-2020 VOL. 26 No.61 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE Y New South Asian equation emerges Y Broader Indo-Pacific relations Regd. No.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 TN PMG(CCR)/WPP no 676/18-20 CM, Dy CM test negative for coronavirus India-US plan 2+2 talks Chennai, Sept 12: Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam underwent tests for Coronavirus to take part in the Tamil Nadu Assembly session. The result was ‘negative’ As per the announcement of Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly, Legislators underwent Covid-19 test to take part in the Tamil Nadu Assembly session that is set to commence on September 14. Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Edappadi Palaniswami O. Panneerselvam Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam were tested negative for COVID-19. As part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it was announced that “all MLAs should undergo a test” compulsorily in about 72 hours before the start of the session to determine if they are infected with the pathogen or not. Arrangements had been made to test the legislators in their respective Bhopal, Sept 12: Cautioning people against lowering their guard till an effective anti-coronavirus medicine is developed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday came up with a slogan in Hindi to drive home his point. districts from September 11 onwards. The Assembly personnel, marshals, officials and journalists should possess a “coronavirus negative certificate” for entry into the Assembly hall. Arrangements for testing were made in the MLAs residential quarters in Chennai and for others in the Assembly Secretariat premises. Barring the MLAs, “only those who have the specific authorisation card issued by the Assembly Secretariat would be allowed in the Assembly hall.” Don’t lower guard till vaccine arrives: PM He said, ‘Jab tak dawai nahi, tab tak dhilai nahi’ (No carelessness till a medicine is found). Modi gave this slo- 97,570 new cases, India’s tally cross 46 lakh mark New Delhi, Sept 12: India on Saturday once again recorded an unprecedented spike in a single day as 97,570 fresh Covid cases were recorded taking the total tally to 46,59,984, the Union Health Ministry data revealed. It is more than double the single day spike in the US, which is the only country ahead of India. There were 1,201 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, with the toll reaching 77,472 so far. Out of the total cases, 9,58,316 are active, 36,24,196 have recovered so far. The first case was reported in the US on January 21, while in India it was on January 30. The US accounts for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 64,43,048 and 1,92,968 respectively, according to the CSSE. Chennai Metro offers 20% for QR code tickets Chennai, Sept 12: Chennai Metro is offering a 20 percent discount for those who use QR codes to encourage a contactless ticket system to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This is applicable for single journey tickets, return journey tickets, group tickets and trip passes, a Chennai Metro Rail release stated. This initiative is a measure to encourage passengers to avoid queuing at Metro stations. Passengers can download the CMRL Mobile app to use the QR code ticketing system. Travel card readers have been installed at all Metro stations for passengers to avoid queuing in front of customer counters and ticket vending machines. Meanwhile, a total of 24,354 passengers have travelled on the Metro since the services resumed on September 7. Till September 9, a total of 18,769 passengers travelled on the Metro using the smart card ticketing system and 637 passengers utilised the QR code ticketing system. On September 9 alone, a total of 13,980 passengers travelled on the Metro. A total of 11,091 passengers travelled on the Metro using the smart card ticketing system while 325 passengers utilised the QR code ticketing system, the release added. Brazil to get 50 mn doses of vaccine from Russia Moscow, Sept 12: Brazil, which has suffered the world’s second highest Covid-19 death toll, is planning to receive up to 50 million doses of the Russian made Sputnik V, the planet’s first registered coronavirus vaccine. “Deliveries are expected to start in November,” according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which bankrolled the formula’s development. The matter is still awaiting final approval by Brazilian regulators. After some Western criticism, the Russian agency stressed that Sputnik V was approved largely due to its proven foundation. It has been developed using human adenoviral vectors, a long-trusted vaccine platform. The reliability of this method has been proven via extensive research. Latest data from WHO reveals that in United States the number of affected are 6438739 and fatalities are 192886 in India 4562414 and fatalities are 76271 and in Brazil the COVID affected are 4238446 and the fatalities are 129522. TNPSC chairman Ka Balachandran called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit and presented him a book on Tamil Studies on the occasion. Secretary to Governor Anandrao Patil is also present. gan while addressing the virtual housewarming ceremony of 1.75 lakh houses built in rural parts of Madhya Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). “Jab tak dawai nahi, tab tak dhilai nahi. Do gaj ki doori, mask hai jaroori (Face mask and maintainting distance of two yards is necessary),” he said. Till Friday night, 83,619 people have tested coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh, while 1,691 have succumbed to the infection. with Australia, Japan Washington, Sept. 12: India and the US on Friday agreed to further strengthen the quadrilateral consultations with Australia and Japan, as officials of the two countries met virtually and discussed a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, including combating COVID-19, counterterrorism and efforts to counteract recent destabilizing actions in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region. During the virtual intersessional meeting of the US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, the two sides welcomed the opportunity to discuss the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partner- ship, noting the increased closeness and cooperation across multiple areas of the relationship. The US underscored the importance of India’s status as a Major Defence Partner’, growing military-to-military cooperation and other defense priorities, according to a statement issued by the State Department. During the meeting, the two sides discussed a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, including combating COVID-19, counterterrorism, India’s membership on the UN Security Council, support for good governance and sustainable development in the IndoPacific region, and efforts to counteract recent desta- bilizing actions in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region. The US maintains that the world will not allow China to treat the strategically important South China Sea as its “maritime empire”. Beijing claims almost all of the 1.3 million square mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been building military bases on artificial islands in the region also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. According to the State Department statement, Both sides (India and the US) agreed to further strengthen consultation through US-India-Aus- tralia-Japan Quadrilateral consultations” as they prepared for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year. The American delegation was led by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs David Helvey. Thompson and Helvey pledged to continue working with their Indian counterparts to advance the US-India partnership for the benefit of both the countries, the region and the world, the State Department added. BSF find abandoned arms in Ferozepur Chandigarh, Sept 12: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including three AK-47 and two M-16 rifles, from a field along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Ferozepur district. During search operation, the BSF troops recovered the arms and ammunition from a bag which was found lying on a field near the border around 7:00 am, a BSF official said. Six magazines of AK47 and 91 rounds, four magazines of M-16 rifles and 57 rounds, two pistols with four magazines and 20 rounds were also recovered, he said. Empower poor to end poverty: PM Bhopal, Sept 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for strengthening the poor in order to remove poverty. He said the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is aimed at empowering the poor. Modi was speaking at the virtual housewarming ceremony of 1.75 houses built in rural parts of Madhya Pradesh under the PMAY. “To remove poverty, we have to strengthen the poor and this scheme is aimed at empowering them only,” he said. Modi also interacted with some of the beneficiaries of the project. COVID-19 cases on the decline, recovery rate highest in TN: CM Kancheepuram, Sept 12: Unlike many other states in the country; the spread of the disease had come down in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said accusing the opposition parties of blaming the government of failing to control the spread purely for political gains. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reviewed the progress of development projects and the measures taken on control and prevention spread of covid 19 by the districts of Kancheepuram and Chengleput districts. Rural industris Minister Benjamin, officials, MLAs, Kancheepuram Collector P. Ponnaiya, Chengleput collector John Lewis were also present at the meeting. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said, Interstate public transport will be resumed after further decline in COVID-19 cases. CM also said, the coronavirus pandemic in the state was gradually waning. “The coronavirus cases have started to gradually decline in the state. We can resume inter-state public transport service only after further decrease in the cases,” he told reporters here. Although Tamil Nadu, one of the high prevalence states vis-a-vis coronavirus, has been reporting in excess of 5,000 daily cases for the past few days, active cases have been on the decline, thanks to recoveries outnumbering fresh infections, mostly, during this period. As of Friday, Tamil Nadu’’s total positive COVID-19 cases clocked 4,91,517 but the active cases were 47,918, lesser than the 48,482 such infections on Thursday. At present, a healthy trend is that about 88 per cent of those who contracted the infection have recovered and returned home, the chief minister said. He informed the state government has sent a proposal to the Centre to start a medical college here and this was in addition to the 11 such projects already sanctioned for Tamil Nadu. Blaming for political gains Unlike many other states in the country; the spread of the disease had come down in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said accusing the opposition parties of blaming the government of failing to control the spread purely for political gains. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami reviewed the progress of development projects in the Kancheepuram district and the measures taken by the Kancheepuram and Chengleput districts on control and prevention spread of covid 19 at the Kancheepuram collectorate. Palaniswami said Tamil Nadu had the highest recovery rate of Covid-19 patients, which was at 88 per cent. Though the infections that were at the rate of 7,000 to 8,000 a day had been reduced to around 5,500 daily and the fatalities had come down from 118 to 120 every day, the opposition without acknowledging the successes, was blaming the government, he said. While the corona virus pandemic was a global problem affecting every country and every state in India, the opposition was talking as though it was a problem of Tamil Nadu, he said, adding that it should be stopped because officials of various department were working hard to prevent the spread of the disease by risking their own lives. The hard work of officials of health, local administration, revenue, police, cooperative, food and many other departments should not be belittled by the opposition, the Chief Minister said. Doctors, nurses and people from other departments had died in the line of duty because they had dedicated themselves to serve the people, he pointed out.