tiruchy l tuesday l june 29, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION map on Twitter site shows J&K, Ladakh outside India The map row comes amid the microblogging site’s ongoing standoff with the Centre over compliance with new IT rules Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO taken down later amid massive backlash It’s a repeat offender The global map that appeared on the career section of Twitter’s website under the header “Tweep Life” showed Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh as a separate country. It was taken down late on Monday, but not before it triggered a heavy backlash from sections of netizens who demanded strict action against the social media biggie ■ ■ This is not the first time Twitter has misrepresented India’s map. Last year, it put out a geotag showing Leh as part of China, prompting the Centre to issue a strong warning The latest faux pas comes as Twitter has lost its legal shield as an intermediary in India, becoming liable for users’ posts Twitter is yet to comply with India’s new IT rules 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 Emergency cash Loan guarantee Electricity Food grains Insurance Public health Broadband Tourism An additional `1.5L cr allocated for Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme; `7,500 cr for micro finance institutions `1.1 lakh crore loan guarantee scheme for Covid-hit sectors, of which `50,000 cr is for the health sector to scale up medical infra Of `3,03,058 crore allocated for reformbased result-linked power distribution scheme, the Centre will spend `97,631 crore during FY22-26 Centre to spend `93,869 cr during May-Nov 2021 for free food grains under PMGKY, bringing total cost to `2,27,841 crore `88K cr to be spent during FY22-26 to boost export insurance cover, plus `33K cr for projects through natl export insurance account A total of `23,000 cr to be spent under new scheme for public health in FY22, of which Center will spend `15,000 crore Centre to spend `19,041 crore during FY22-23 under ‘Broadband to each village through BharatNet PPP model’ Working capital / personal loans for those working in tourism sector with 100% guarantee; Govt’s financial implication: `100 cr Targeted support Another stimulus shot to lift economy FM announces fresh credit for Covid-hit small biz, tourism, healthcare sectors; loan guarantee scheme for borrowers An u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi THE finance ministry on Monday announced a slew of measures to help the Covid-battered economy, including fresh credit for MSMEs, and targeted support to the healthcare and tourism sectors. The package includes `1.10 lakh crore of credit guarantee scheme, of which `50,000 crore will be for the healthcare sector, with a three-year single loan of up to `100 crore carrying an interest of 7.95%. Loans to other sectors such as tourism and hospitality would come at 8.25% per annum interest rate. Special support was given to the hospitality sector in the form of retail loan worth `10 lakh to travel agencies and `1 lakh loan for registered tourist guides. “They can use the loan to pay old loan or to buy a vehicle or start a new business,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while announcing the relief package for the tourism sector. A `7,500 crore credit guarantee scheme was extended to banks for existing NBFC-MFIs or MFIs for on lending up to `1.25 lakh to about 25 lakh small borrowers. Experts claimed while the intent is good, this will hardly help the sector which have about six crore borrowers. Apart from that, the government increased the cap for availing guarantee under the existing Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme from `3 lakh crore to `4.5 lakh crore and extended the timeline of many existing scheme under Atmanirbhar package for one more year, like Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yo- Loans will be given to the smallest borrowers by MFIs. A maximum of `1.25 lakh will be lent. The focus is on new lending and not on repayment of old loans - Nirmala Sitharaman Child sale racket busted, T’malai cops nab seven Tiruvannamalai: The district police busted a child-selling racket by nabbing seven persons, and have rescued a seven-monthold baby. The baby, sold to a Mumbai man for `5 lakh, was brought back on a flight F aya z W a ni @ Srinagar T20 World Cup moved out of India; UAE host no stopping shoppers With more relaxations kicking in from Monday, crowds returned to shopping streets, this time with masks on most faces. A scene from T Nagar in Chennai | p jawahar New TN DGP: 7 names in the race, announcement likely today C P B a l a s u br a m a n ya m @ Chennai A meeting for finalising probables for the post of Director General of Police (DGP) of Tamil Nadu was held at the Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) office in New Delhi on Monday Top officials . from TN and the UPSC took part in the meet that spanned over an hour-and-a-half. The State delegation included Chief Secretary Irai Anbu, DGP JK Tripathy, and Home Secretary S K Prabhakar. A list of three names was finalised by the commission in accordance with the Supreme Court’s nouncements were part of the credit guarantee scheme, the fiscal impact for the government will be limited, said Siddharth Sanyal, chief economist and head, Research, Bandhan Bank. Aditi Nayar, chief economist at ICRA, estimates the step-up in the fiscal outgo within FY22 based on fresh announcements at `60,000 crore. That said, Monday’s package packed more wallop due to the much-needed attention on health, whose FY22 budget allocation was deemed grossly inadequate. An additional `23,220 crore was directed towards health expenditure, with special emphasis on paedetric care. P10 Army repulses possible drone attack in Jammu express read Chennai: Citing second Covid-19 wave, the BCCI Monday decided to move T20 World Cup from India to the UAE. The BCCI was looking to host the event in nine venues across India in October-November. Oman will also be a co-host | P11 jana and Production linked scheme for one more year. The Centre has also extended the timeline for previously announced scheme free foodgrains scheme for the poor from May to November 2021. The outgo from this scheme in FY22 is estimated at `93,869 crore. This, along with an additional allocation of `14,775 crore towards fertiliser subsidy, takes the size of the relief package to `6.29 lakh crore. However, as most of the an- C Sylendra Babu Karan Singha Sanjay Arora directions. C Sylendra Babu and Karan Singha of 1987 batch IPS, and Sanjay Arora of the 1988 batch, are reportedly the three probables. The State government is bound to choose one among the three, a decision which is likely to be announced on Tuesday as the delegation stayed put in New Delhi till Monday evening. Sources in the police headquarters said that the decision would be taken only after the delegation communicated the same with Chief Minister MK Stalin. The entire exercise was necessitated by the scheduled retirement of incumbent DGP , JK Tripathy on June 30. , The State had suggested a list of seven officers, including C Sylendra Babu, Karan Singha, Sanjay Arora, Sunil Kumar Singh (1988 batch), and Mohammad Shakeel Akhter (1989 batch). Later, the commission had reportedly asked for a revised list with inclusion of more names. Less than 24 hours after the first-ever drone bombing on an Indian Air Force base, troops thwarted two possible drone attacks on the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military station in Jammu. Defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said on midnight of June 27-28, troops spotted two separate drone activities. “One was detected at 11.45 pm and second at 2.40 am. Quick reaction teams engaged them with firing, upon which they flew away he said. ,” An Army officer said alert jawans foiled probable drone attacks. Asked whether there was any clarity as to where the drones had come from and where they went, the officer said, “It was night time, so it was difficult to determine it.” However, Army launched search operations outside Kaluchak military station. It went on for a few hours. When asked whether there is a possibility of the drones coming from across the International Border (IB), the officer said, “We don’t know which type of drone was involved. Every drone has a range; some of them have just a few km. Since the type of the drone is not known, it cannot be said whether it had come from across the IB,” he added. A security official said troops have been placed on the highest mode of alert to foil any drone attacks on security installations. The Kaluchak military station had witnessed a massacre on May 14, 2002, when terrorists gunned down 31 people, including 18 Army family members, three Army personnel and 10 civilians. Ten children were part of the fatalities. Fliers hit as Covishield not on EU’s approved list E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the regulatory body for the European Union (EU), has excluded Serum Institute of India (SII)-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield from the bloc’s ‘Green Pass’, putting fliers from India under stress. The Green Pass, which will come into effect on July 1, will enable people to travel to EU member states for business and tourism if they have taken either of the four approved jabs. They are Vaxzevria (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s jab manufactured in Europe), Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Spikevax (Moder na) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). SII missed the bus because it had not applied for its emergency use with the regulatory agency But there . is no difference AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria and Covishield. “In my view, this decision is clearly discriminatory and with- out any plausible explanation on why the same vaccine produced in two different countries is being treated differently,” said Chandrakant Lahariya, health systems and vaccine expert. India has taken up the matter with Brussels and also the French government. June 27 64.25 lakh doses June 28 48,01,465 doses Total doses: 32,85,54,011 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Meanwhile, Adar Poonawalla, sounding more like India’s foreign minister than SII’s CEO, tweeted: “I realise that a lot of Indians who have taken COVISHIELD are facing issues with travel to the EU, I assure everyone, I have taken this up at the highest levels and hope to resolve this matter soon, both with regulators and at a diplomatic level with countries.” The EMA has given a free hand to member states to allow entry for travellers vaccinated with jabs not on the EMA list. P7 NATIONWIDE june 27 june 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 50,040 46,148 57,944 58,578 1,258 979 tamil nadu june 27 june 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 5,127 7,159 91 4,804 6,553 98 Increase vax allocation for govt sector: Stalin E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai Stating that the current allocation ratio between government and private hospitals undermines the goal of vaccinating people at the maximum possible speed, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday urged Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to adopt a more rational distribution of available doses among the hospitals. “I request you to revise the inter-se allocation between the government and private institutions to 90:10, as against the current allocation of 75:25,” Stalin wrote to the Union Minister. He also renewed his request to the Union government to allocate one crore doses to make good on the inadequate vaccine allotment to Tamil Nadu, in the past. The Chief Minister further requested Harsh Vardhan to evaluate the doses of vaccines allotted to various States so far, in terms of the number allotted per thousand population. He also urged the latter to ensure that necessary compensatory allocations are made to States that have been allotted fewer doses per capita. Incidentally Health Minister Ma Subramanian, speak, ing in Chennai, noted that there is a shortage of vaccines at several places. “Though people are turning up in large numbers for vaccination, the State has no stock,” he said. As on Monday, only 2.7 lakh doses were left and that would get over by the end of the day . p4
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