BELAGAVI WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION U.S. ADVISES CITIZENS TO AVOID INDIA TRAVEL, ISSUES GUIDELINES Placing India on ‘Level 4: Very high level’ list, the Centers for Disease Control said even fully vaccinated people are at risk EXCEPTION MADE FOR URGENT TRAVEL PM CALLS OFF PORTO VISIT FOR EU SUMMIT The advisory, suggesting travellers to reconsider their itinerary, comes a day after the UK imposed similar restrictions on flying to India. The CDC, however, made exceptions for pressing cases with certain conditions. “If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated. All travellers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands,” it advised ■ ■ Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Portugal for India-EU summit has been called off in view of the pandemic. The May 8 summit in the city of Porto would instead be virtual The change in plan for the 16th India-EU summit was decided after consultations with the EU and Portuguese leadership 80% COUNTRIES ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE BEEN DEEMED AS RISKY BY THE CDC ASSESSMENT 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 Save India from lockdown: PM Says protecting lives and keeping economy moving are vital for national fightback M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi COVID WARRIOR An ambulance driver in a PPE suit takes a much-needed respite between rounds to the Summanahalli Crematorium in Bengaluru on Tuesday | VINOD KUMAR T MAHA HEADED FOR FULL LOCKDOWN? E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai / New Delhi MAHARASHTRA, where lockdown-like restrictions are already in place since April 15, is headed for a 15-day total lockdown. The Cabinet meeting on Tuesday unanimously decided to impose strict lockdown from Wednesday night. The final announcement will be made by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday health minis, ter Rajesh Tope said. The Cabinet also decided to cancel Class 10 exam of the state board. Tope said the state is facing a severe shortage of medical oxygen and Remdesivir injection, while hospital beds are fully NATIONWIDE occupied. “If we APRIL 19 APRIL 20 Fresh cases 2,72,191 2,57,409 don’t act now, Recoveries 1,44,178 1,54,761 things will be Deaths 1,619 1,761 difficult to handle,” he added. Another minister, Jitendra Awhad, said Uddhav was initially reluctant to go for a complete lockdown but the ministers prevailed over him. Maharashtra has 6,70,388 positive cases with 2,46,119 patients admitted in hospitals. The situation in Delhi is equally bad with CM Arvind Kejriwal pleading the Centre “with folded hands” to rush medical oxygen. “Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi... Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen,” he tweeted. On Monday the Delhi government had set up , a 24-member committee to ensure “rational” use of medical oxygen for treatment of Covid-19 paP9 tients. EXPRESS READ Union Cabinet clears 2 Metro lines Bengaluru: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared two muchawaited lines of Bangalore Metro’s Phase-II. The Phase-2A and Phase 2B lines, which totally run a distance of 58.19 km, were approved for a cost of Rs 14,788 crore, with a deadline of 4.5 years. The projected ridership on both the lines in 2026 is slated at 7.7 lakh. Chad Prez killed on battlefield N’djamena (Chad): Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby Itno has died of wounds suffered during a visit to frontline troops battling rebels group, the military has announced. P11 PRIME Minister Narendra Modi was emphatic in his address to the nation on Tuesday that lockdown was not the way out to contain the exponential growth of fresh Coving cases, urging state governments to focus on micro-containment strategies instead. Stating that all efforts are being made for the wellbeing of the economy and the people, Modi said the country needs to be saved from lockdown, which should be the last resort for state governments. Modi also referred to reports of migrants thronging railway stations and bus depots to return home, and urged state governments to instill trust in the labour force that their employment would remain protected while they will be expeditiously vaccinated at their places of work. “I want to request the state administrations that they protect the trust of the labour force that they should stay where they are, and they will continue with their employment while they get vaccinated,” he said. Ensuring the labour force stays at their workplace is necessary for expeditious inoculation, as all above 18 years of age will be vaccinated from May 1, he pointed out. “Efforts of all of us are to save the lives, and also to ensure that livelihood and the economy are least affected,” he emphasised. His remarks came in the wake of a few of the state governments, including Delhi, imposing lockdown, which triggered panic among the migrant workers, wary as they are of a rerun of last year’s exodus. Reiterating his request for people’s cooperation in enforcement of the Covid-19 appropriate protocol, Modi called upon the youth, including children, to follow the good practices in their neighbourhood. “If the protocols are followed, there will be no need even for containment zones,” he said. Reassuring the people that the Covid-19 situation will be expeditiously brought under control, Modi said medical oxygen supply is being ramped up in a big way while pharmaceutical companies have already increased production of necessary medicines to treat Covid patients Appoint ad-hoc judges if vacancy is 20%: SC Allahabad, Punjab & Haryana, Madras, Bombay, and RajasEXPRESSING concern over than — are responsible for the large number of pending 54% of the pendency of over cases in high courts, the Su- 57,51,312 cases. preme Court on Tuesday set “The Madras High Court the ball rolling for appoint- has among the highest arrears ment of ad-hoc judges in HCs in the country of 5.8 lakh casto clear pendency . es despite having fewer vacanA bench headed by Chief cies than most other high Justice S A Bobde said, courts (7%). This does “We have a docket exnot take away from the plosion in our country requirement of apand that it is difficult pointing ad-hoc Judgfor adjudication to es but supports the take place within a reaview that even if the sonable period of existing vacancies are time. This crisis situ- Timeline for few, a situation may ation must be tackled. appointing arise requiring the Some innovation is alexpertise of experiHC judges ways the rule of the enced Judges to be apThe Supreme game.” pointed as ad hoc Court also The bench said the Judges,” the court specified a process to appoint adheld. timeline of 3-4 hoc judges can be iniThe court also laid weeks for tiated if vacancies are down timelines for appointing HC more than 20% of the the government take judges if its sanctioned strength a call on appointment Collegium of the high court and of judges. The bench reiterates a cases in a particular said that once the name category are pending Centre receives infor over five years. puts of state governThe court clarified that ad- ment and the Intelligence Buhoc appointments cannot be a reau (IB), it would be desirable substitute for regular ones. that the file be forwarded to The number of ad-hoc judges the Supreme Court Collegium should be between two and within 8 to 12 weeks. Once the five in a high court, it added. Collegium reiterates a proposCiting data from the Nation- al, the government should noal Judicial Data Grid, the tify the appointment within court said five high courts — 3-4 weeks. K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi No exams for Std 1-9; Summer break from May 1 P E A R L M A R I A D ’ S O U Z A @ Bengaluru AFTER almost a full year of attending classes from home, students of Classes 1 to 9 will now not have to physically write the exams. And they can even look forward to the summer break, come May 1. The Primay and Secondary Education Department has decided that children will not be asked to physically attend examinations for Classes 1-9. Instead, the Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) programme will be the deciding factor for promoting these students, Minister S Suresh Kumar announced on Tuesday . Schools are expected to complete the process of declaring results by April 30, and the summer vacations will begin from May 1. For schools with primary level up to Standard 7 or 8, the summer vacation will be from May 1 to June 14, and the next academic year will begin from June 15. Summer holidays for high school students of Classes 8 and/or 9 will be Unachieved learning outcomes will be addressed as part of a bridge course during the commencement of next academic year Anbu Kumar, Commissioner of Public Instruction from May 1 to July 15. The academic year 2021-22 for high schools will commence from July 16. A department official told TNIE that a majority of private schools have completed their examinations, but for those which have not, a summative assessment (at the end of the academic year) done so far can be considered. “At government schools, a formative assessment (done when they’re taught in class) will be held,” he explained. In a communiqué, Commissioner for Public Instruction, Anbu Kumar, said the evaluation and the results must be a tool only for assessing the learning capabilities of P4 the children. K’TAKA’S COVID FIGHT: NEW GUIDELINES Statewide Night Curfew: 9 pm to 6 am, April 21 to May 4 WHAT IS ALLOWED Movement for essential activities, medical emergencies Industries that work night shifts Telecom and ISP staff, essential staff of IT & ITeS firms Pharmacies, fuel stations Home delivery of goods, e-commerce Long-distance buses, trains, air travel Public transport, cabs plying from airports, railway stations and bus stops WHAT’S NOT Commercial establishments and businesses Movement of people All nonessential, nonemergency goods and services Longer night curfew, weekend curbs A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru Rahul tests Covid +ve Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he has tested positive for Covid-19. “After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive,” he tweeted THE Karnataka Government on Tuesday announced weekend and night curfews across the State which will be in effect from Wednesday till May 4. These measures, to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state, come with more stringent protocols and restrictions coupled with a near-total clampdown on weekends. The night curfew, which was enforced in seven district headquarters between 10 pm and 5 am has been extended to the entire state and will now be in force from 9 pm to 6 am. The weekend curfew will be in force from 9 pm on Friday till 6 am on Monday during which even grocery stores, vegetable, meat, milk shops will function only between 6 am and 10 am. The stringent measures came hours after Governor VajubSTATEWIDE Fresh cases Active cases Deaths Recoveries Fresh cases in B’luru Urban APRIL 19 APRIL 20 15,785 1,42,084 146 7,098 9,618 21,794 1,59,158 149 4,571 13,782 hai Vala chaired an all-party meeting and green-signalled a full lockdown, if necessary . Following PM Narendra Modi’s appeal to state governments that lockdowns should be the last resort, Karnataka has refrained from total clampdown, but chose to implement weekend curfews and extend night curfews. “The Covid situation in Karnataka has reached severe proportions, forcing the government to take stringent actions. We have no option but to enforce strict restrictions,” said Home Minister Basavaraj P4 Bommai.
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