KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l JULY 22, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION IPL READY TO FLY OFF TO UAE, MINISTRY APPROVAL SOUGHT Though not ruled out, uncertainty over Covid-19 situation casts shadow over T20 extravaganza taking place in India SITUATION BETTER IN GULF COUNTRY IPL 2014 ADDED ADVANTAGE FOR UAE Return of normalcy and resumption of flight operations from UAE to UK, Australia, US factors favouring Gulf nation. Request to stage IPL has been sent to ministries of home, external affairs and sports. IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel says state-of-the-art infrastructure is also a reason why the BCCI wants to stage the event in UAE ■ ■ ■ UAE is not a new destination for IPL. Part of the 2014 edition was held there due to the Lok Sabha elections in India Franchises and team owners to be informed about details and logistics after IPL Governing Council meeting Emirates Cricket Board to be approached after ministry approval 3 IF IN UAE, IPL MATCHES WILL TAKE PLACE IN SHARJAH, ABU DHABI, DUBAI 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 Part of Phase III trial of Oxford vaccine in India POPULATION DENSITY, SENIOR CITIZENS WORRY 720 cases reported on Tuesday 528 The Covid shot will be priced under C1,000, says Adar Poonawalla S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA & S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ New Delhi/Mumbai THE Phase III clinical trial of a potential vaccine candidate against Covid-19, developed by Oxford University will also in, volve more than 1,500 volunteers across many hospitals in India and could begin as early as the first week of August. Its experimental vaccine AZD1222, which has been licensed to AstraZeneca, showed promising immune response in early-stage clinical trials, raising hopes that it could be available for public use by the end of the year. Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of the Serum Institute of India, which has entered into a manufacturing partnership with AstraZeneca, told this newspaper that based on the success of the trials, his company was expecting to launch the vaccine by the year-end. “We will start making one billion doses for India and other low-and-middle-income INSIDE Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute Warning on valve masks The Centre on Monday warned against inappropriate use of N95 masks with respiratory valves. “The use of valved respirator N95 masks ... does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask,” it said. P2 countries. I believe by the first quarter of next year it will start reaching the masses,” he said. Poonawalla claimed it was too early to comment on the vaccine’s price but “we will keep it under `1,000.” The Indian leg of the trial is important because of the normally higher pre-existing immunity levels in our population. If Indians happen to be 23.5% OF DELHI HAS PAST HISTORY OF COVID INFECTION, FINDS SURVEY I P7 AMARNATH YATRA CANCELLED AMID COVID WORRY, AARTI TO BE TELECAST LIVE: SHRINE BOARD I P7 NIA: Smugglers planned to bring in maximum gold during lockdown T O B Y A N T O N Y @ Kochi THE NIA probe into the smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel has found that the accused were attempting to sneak in maximum quantity during the lockdown. This was stated in a report filed at the NIA court here on Tuesday . As per the report, Sandeep Nair confessed that K T Rameez of Malappuram asked him to make the most of the pandemic situation. “Sandeep Nair stated that Rameez insisted on smuggling gold in large quantities during lockdown as the financial position of the country is weak. Rameez commands, always moves with a group of persons and has contacts abroad,” the report stated. NIA will arraign Rameez, who masterminded the smuggling of gold through diplomatic baggage, as an accused soon. Customs, which arrested Rameez last week, received his custody for five days. It immune to the common cold virus or adenovirus that infects chimpanzees — which has been genetically modified to become the building block of the Oxford vaccine candidate — volunteers taking the shot in India could possibly not develop a strong immunological response. “Pre-existing immunity may vary across the world. Some studies indicate that it could be 80% in India, 60% in South Africa and under 30% in the US, so it’s important to assess how the vaccine works among Indians,” an official explained. The Serum Institute will seek approvals from the Drug Controller General of India next week for the Phase III trials. “India has a very heterogeneous population and while the effect of the vaccine in Indian population may not be very different from the Western population, we will not know unless we test it here,” Dr Rajeev Dhere, the executive director told this newspaper. Swapna invested money in banks, other channels Swapna disclosed that the proceeds of the crime have been invested with various banking and non-banking channels NIA officials take Sarith P S to Thiruvananthapuram for evidence collection UDF leaders allege Swapna reached the house of industrialist Kiran Marshal near Cherthala while on the run which he refuted was revealed that the gang smuggled 27kg of gold on June 24 and 26 through the same channel. NIA in its report said a Digital Video Record (DVR) was recovered from one of the houses taken on rent by Sandeep. The DVR contains details of meetings of the accused as part of hatching a conspiracy to smuggle gold. The DVR was seized and submitted before ● More on P4 the court. of the new patients contracted the virus through local transmission 34 cases with unknown sources of infection R A J E S H A S N A N I & R I C H A S H A R M A @ Jaipur / New Delhi THE Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday gave a larger window of comfort to deposed state Congress unit chief Sachin Pilot by reserving its order on disqualification notices till July 24, upsetting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who is in a tearing hurry to stamp out rebellion. For his part, Gehlot held a string of meetings on Tuesday dropping hints that he may soon test his strength in the Assembly He also kept up his . attack on Pilot despite the party high command asking him to temper his comments. Gehlot is worried about the delay in verdict as he has to continue keeping his MLAs in Fairmont Hotel to prevent defection. “Pilot will approach the Supreme Court if the HC decides in favour of the Speaker. That is why Gehlot is pushing for a session to end the political drama,” said CONTINUED ON: P7 a senior leader. EXPRESS READ Organs airlifted, surgeries successful T’Puram: A medical team and the police joined to help airlift organs of a youth, who was declared brain dead, from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi. The heart was transplanted in a patient at Lisie Hospital. The small intestine and hands were shifted to Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences where they were implanted in a middle-aged woman and a youth. P5 NRI deposits in state’s banks cross `2tn THE NRI deposits in the banks in Kerala have crossed the `2trillion mark (`2 lakh crore) for the first time, indicating expatriates’ mentality to save more than spend in recent years. It took less than five years to touch `2 trillion from `1 trillion, despite many of the NRKs losing jobs in the Gulf economies in the last 3-4 years due to fall in oil prices. The NRI deposits in Kerala first crossed the `1-trillion mark in March 2015. This meant it took over four decades for the NRI deposits to cross that figure, consid- Dec 31, 2016 K1,48,074 cr Dec 31, 2017 K1,61,500 cr Dec 31, 2018 K1,86,376 cr Dec 31, 2019 K1,99,711.27 cr ering that the first set of emigrants from the state went to West Asia in the 1970s in search of jobs and to secure their families’ future. The NRI deposits should not be confused with remittances, which are foreign currency funds sent by the NRIs to their families and relatives for maintenance and State government decides to give special attention to market places and shopping establishments which have become sources of infection Govt to set up 742 first-line treatment centres with a bed capacity of 69,215 by Thursday Considering the population density and presence of high ratio of senior citizens and those with comorbidities, the virus could spread rapidly resulting in a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions — Pinarayi Vijayan, CM TIMES are a bit worrying for the Sisters of the Destitute (SD) at Chunangamvely in Aluva with 18 nuns of the congregation testing Covid-19 positive. Of them, 17 are from St Mary’s Province convent and the other is from the Mother House of the congregation. Seventeen nuns have been shifted to the hostel of Samaritan Hospital at Pazhanganad. One of the nuns who tested positive on July 17 is undergoing treatment at the Ernaku- Gehlot concerned as High Court reserves its order until Friday upkeep. NRI deposits, on the other hand, are foreign currency deposits made in a bank in the country by a non-resident Indian, which can be repatriated on maturity . According to the data available with State Level Bankers Conference (SLBC), the deposits touched `1,99,781.27 crore on December 31, 2019, a growth of `13,405 crore (7.19%) from December 31, 2018. This is shorter by about `219 crore to touch the magical `2 trillion-mark. Bankers said the milestone was crossed in the Jan-Mar 2020 quarter itself, going by the trend in NRI deposit growth in ● More on P4 the banks. 33 of the 39 cases reported in Kozhikode were through local spread. There are 427 active cases in the district E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS NRI DEPOSIT GROWTH Three candidates who wrote the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical entrance examination in the state capital on July 16 and a parent tested positive over two days. P2 Cluster in Aluva convent, 18 nuns infected PLAYING IT SAFE R A J E S H A B R A H A M @ Kochi 3 KEAM candidates, parent test +ve Expatriate Keralites have realised the importance of savings. Earlier, most of the money they earned abroad would go to wards buying a house, refurbishing the house or purchasing some expensive electronic items S Irudaya Rajan, migration expert lam Government Medical Hospital at Kalamassery . “The nuns belonging to the congregation had arrived from all over the state to take part in the jubilee celebrations of their fellow sisters at the convent,” said Pouly Johny ward , member, Chunangamvely West. According to her, the first person to test positive at St Mary’s Province was a nun who arrived from Ollur in Thrissur. “She arrived at the convent on June 5. On June 25, she developed fever and sought treatment at the Primary Health Centre at Keezhmadu,” said Pouly . Soon after, 15 more nuns fell ill and all of them sought treatment at the PHC, she added. “All of them recovered from the fever but, on July 15, the condition of the nun from Ollur deteriorated and her swab samples were taken which tested positive on July 17. The 69-year-old nun was shifted to the GMCH at Kalamassery and swab samples of 20 nuns were collected,” said Pouly . Swab samples of the nuns in the Mother House were also collected on July 19, she added. According to her, the results of 17 came positive on Tuesday . “St Mary’s Province that comes under the jurisdiction of Keezhmadu panchayat has 66 inmates. Of them, 60 are nuns and six others are workers employed at the convent,” ● More on P2 she said.
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