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App available on App Store & Play Store WWW.FINANCIALEXPRESS.COM SNACKTALES NEW DELHI SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020, 16 Pages, `10 (Patna `11, Raipur `10) P U B L I S H E D F R O M : A H M E D A B A D , B E N G A L U R U , S Bo acing Contact tr Emotion al distan cing Herd imm unit y ge dd o n Face naked Maskhole Personal prote ctive equipment Covidiot Self-isolation Shelter in place Infodemic Community spread Superspreading event ● After Adani won all 6 airports in previous round, new rules may be enforced before next round of privatisation Covideo ntine quara Self- ■ SPOTLIGHT, P5 Word on the street The pandemic has not only altered the way we live but also our lexicon. Body mullet, maskhole, covideo, domino distance, herd immunity, covidiot, coronageddon are just some of the neologisms that have taken over our language and lives FE BUREAU New Delhi, September 12 WITH THE ADANI Group emerging as the largest player in the airports business in terms of number of projects after it struck a deal last month to acquire controlling stake (74%) in Mumbai International Airport (Mial) from the GVK Group and other partners, the ministry of civil aviation is planning to restrict the number of airports an operator can get under the public-private partnership model. The government is likelyto invite bids for privatisation of Varanasi, Calicut, Patna, ■ WORDS WORTH, P4 And Trump still stands Another tell-all book on the US President, this one revealing his family feuds, fails to make any dents ODD & EVEN C H E N N A I , H Y D E R A B A D , K O C H I , Cap on airport ownership likely ce Social dist istan a ino d Dom hield Corona ncing d-19 Covyimullet d C H A N D I G A R H , READ TO LEAD CLIPPING WINGS WHAT'S INSIDE p bum Elbow FINANCIAL EXPRESS ON SUNDAY ROHNIT PHORE From grab-and-go yoghurts to fruit and nut bars and nutritious burgers, snacking today has gone the healthy way Page 7 K O L K A T A , L U C K N O W , Adani Group struck deal last month to acquire controlling stake in Mumbai airport In last round of privatisation in 2019, Adani Group bagged all six airports Adani Group is now second-largest airport operator after GMR Bids for Varanasi, Calicut, Patna, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Coimbatore, Trichy, Indore, Raipur airports in next round Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Coimbatore, Trichy, Indore, and Raipur airports in the next round and the cap is likely to be placed before that, sources said. In the last round of airport privatisation in 2019, the Adani Group had bagged all the six airports and recently the government completed the exercise of awarding all of them on lease to it. However, the Adani Group is yet to sign the concession agreement and take charge of them. The airports are: Jaipur, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram,Mangaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Continued on Page 11 ● Suspension of particular flight will be for 2 weeks on Saturday said a scheduled flight will be suspended for a period of two weeks if anyone is foundtakingphotographsinside the plane.This announcement comesadayaftertheDirectorate GeneralofCivilAviation(DGCA) Kangna Ranaut surrounded by security personnel asked IndiGo to take“appropriate action”after it found alleged violationofsafetyandsocialdistancing protocols by mediapersonsintheairline’sChandigarhMumbai flight that had actor TELECOM OPERATORS ARE peeved that the department of telecommunications (DoT) is delaying approvals for 5G trials despite the industry agreeing to keep Chinese vendors like Huwaei and ZTE out of the process. Industry sources said the operators are contemplating to write jointly to the DoTthat the government is free to NETWORK ISSUE ■ The government had in July barred companies based in countries sharing land border with India from any government procurement and contract ■ For spectrum auction, the telcos cannot place network procurement contracts with companies like Huawei and ZTE COVID Vaccine trials resuming, says AstraZeneca Fresh infections push India’s Covid caseload to 46,59,984 INDIA'S COVID-19 caseload raced past 46 lakh with a record 97,570 infections being reported in a day, while 36,24,196 people have recuperated so far taking the national recovery rate to 77.77% on Saturday, according to union health ministry data, reports PTI. The total number of coronavirus cases has mounted to 46,59,984, while the death toll climbed to 77,472 with 1,201 people succumbing to the infection in a span of 24 hours, the data showed. PAGE 16 Fuel efficiency costly task for car cos ● Makers trying to find cheaper routes to meet new norms VIKRAM CHAUDHARY New Delhi, September 12 THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, which has seen a decline in demand and sales since the pandemic, is looking for cheaper alternative routes to meetcertain regulatorynorms as it is not in a position to take on any further heavy financial investment at this stage. After investing in Euro VI NEW HIGHWAY Maruti focusing on both CNG, mild hybrid Hyundai, Kia taking turbopetrol route Hyundai, Kia taking turbopetrol route engine, the next regulation that the industry needs to meet is the corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) norms, which kick in in April 2022. While BS VI emission norms focus more on reducing harmful exhaust gases from the tailpipe of new vehicles, Honda continues to offer diesel— in addition to petrol engines under CAFE norms carmakers have toimprove fuel efficiency of vehicles and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions; the ‘corporate average’ refers to sales-volume weighted average for every carmaker — underCAFE,average corporate CO2 emission must be less Kangana Ranaut as a passenger. According to a video of the incident that took place inside Wednesday'sflight,reportersand cameramen were jostling and bunching up to get a comment from Ranaut,who was sitting in oneofthefrontrowsoftheplane. The DGCA order said,“From now on, in case any violation (photography) occurs on any scheduledpassengeraircraft,the scheduleofflightforthatparticularrouteshallbesuspendedfor a period of two weeks from the nextday(oftheincident).” Continued on Page 11 Chinese out, but trials still not on FE BUREAU New Delhi, September 12 QuickPicks Five youths allegedly abducted by the PLA of China from Arunachal Pradesh after their release on Saturday, in Anjaw district. They were handed over to the Indian army P U N E 5G SPECTRUM REUTERS/FE BUREAU pendentcommittees,andinternaLondon/Pune, September 12 tional regulators,” AstraZeneca said.“The UKcommittee hasconBRITISH CLINICAL TRIALS for cluded its investigations and recthe AstraZeneca and Oxford ommendedtotheMHRAthattriUniversity coronavirus vaccine alsintheUKaresafetoresume.” have resumedfollowingconfirThe company said it mation by the Medicines could not disclose furthermedHealth Regulatory Authority ical information.“Alltrialinves(MHRA)thatitwassafetodoso, tigatorsandparticipantswillbe the company said on Saturday. updated with the relevant The late-stage trials of the information and this will be experimental vaccine,one of the disclosed on global clinical regmost advanced in development, istries,according to the clinical weresuspendedthisweekafteran trial and regulatorystandards.” illnessinastudysubjectinBritain. AdarPoonawalla,EDandCEO, “The standard review process SerumInstituteofIndia,tweeted triggeredavoluntarypausetovac- that once the DCGI gives them cination across all global trials to permission to restart trials in allowreviewofsafetydatabyinde- India,theywillresumethetrials. BACK HOME D E L H I , ‘Will suspend flight if photography inside plane’ AVIATION REGULATOR DGCA Civil aviation ministry had discussed placing caps in past, but nothing was done N E W DGCA ORDER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, September 12 SETTING LIMITS M U M B A I , than 130gm/km till 2022 and below 113gm/km thereafter. WhenCAFEregulationswere firstmootedin2017,carmakers expectedtomeetthesebyfocusingondieselfuel,becausediesel is traditionally more fuel efficientthanpetrol.Butthendueto diesel car sales falling?for many carmakers, extra investment into developing cleaner diesel enginestomeetBSVInormswas not worth it?carmakers had to find newer solutions. One of whichishybridtechnology. Som Kapoor,partner,Automotive Sector, EY India, says that going forward, to meet CAFE regulations, one of the alternatives is hybrids. Continued on Page 11 New Delhi approve or reject any of their applications as theyhave filed trial requests with several partners,but should not delay in giving them spectrum and permission for conducting the trials. Following the border tension with China, the governmenthaddecidedthatitwould approve applications only from operators that are with non-Chinese vendors. Continued on Page 11
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