BHUBANESWAR l SATURDAY l SEPTEMBER 05, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION RUSSIAN COVID VACCINE SAFE, SAYS LANCET STUDY T-CELL RESPONSE WITHIN 28 DAYS Sputnik V has been shown to elicit antibody response with no serious adverse effects in Phase I and II human trials In an early-phase non-randomised vaccine trial involving 76 people, the two formulations of the vaccine demonstrated a good safety profile over 42 days, and induced antibody responses in all participants within 21 days. The vaccine also produced a T-cell response in participants within 28 days. The T-cells support immune function by killing the infected host cells ■ Sputnik-5 PHASE III TRIAL MAY INVOLVE INDIA ■ Reports suggest that Russia is planning the Phase III trial of the vaccine involving 40,000 people in October Moscow is currently in talks with New Delhi to conduct the Phase III trial of the vaccine here. Moscow is also trying to get Indian manufacturers to mass-produce the vaccine IS A TWO-DOSE VACCINE. THE SECOND DOSE IS GIVEN 21 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST 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 Peace tied to trust, non-aggression: Rajnath Holds talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei in Moscow; Army Chief says soldiers ready for any contingency on LAC P U S H K A R B A N A K A R A N D M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Defence Minister Rajnath Singh making his opening remarks at a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe, in Moscow on Friday | PTI DIALOGUE IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD: SHRINGLA Addressing a webnair in Delhi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “There has been amassing of troops. Both sides have been engaged through diplomatic and military channels. Dialogue is the only way forward and we are open to communication.” IN the first high-level face-to-face meeting since the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh became volatile in early May, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow on Friday to resolve the stand-off. Earlier political interactions were over telephone, with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval speaking to their counterparts separately . At the time of going to press, there was no clarity on the outcome of Friday’s talks. But hours earlier, Singh set the tone for the bilateral dialogue by emphasising that peace in the region de- RBI puts start-ups in priority sector basket, expands lending categories E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Start-ups, small and marginal farmers and weaker sections will now get the priority sector tag. To ensure better credit penetration, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday revised its Priority Sector Lending (PSL) rules to include credit to start-ups (up to `50 crore), loans to farmers for installation of solar power plants and loans for setting up compressed biogas plants. That apart, the targets prescribed for small and marginal farmers and weaker sections will be increased in a phased manner. Also, loan limits for renewable energy have been doubled under the revised norms. To address the regional skew, the central bank has put in place an incentive framework for banks under which higher weightage will be assigned for incremental priority sector credit in specified districts. So far, the RBI has identified 184 districts with low PSL credit flow and 205 districts with high PSL credit. Experts hailed the decision, calling it a policy enabler. “We believe that this is an ideal example of policy federalism adopted by the RBI in promoting financial and social inclusion in line with the Central government’s agenda of providing financial inclusion to backward districts in the country. Finally, there could be some more policy options to further improve lending under PSL, in areas of education, housing, Baripada MLA held for ‘assaulting’ engineer, granted bail E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Baripada MAYURBHANJ Police on Friday arrested local BJP MLA Prakash Soren for allegedly manhandling an engineer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) the evening before during a review meeting. According to the complaint, assistant executive engineer Ganapati Jena was called to a meeting by Soren at the Circuit House on Thursday evening. However, the engineer alleged that he was beaten up by the BJP legislator. Jena, who reportedly suffered injuries, was immediately admitted to Baripada district headquarters hospital. Basing on the complaint of the officer, a case was registered under Section 294, 341, 323, 324, 506 and 34 of IPC against the MLA and his three colleagues who were present at the meeting, Baripada Sub Divisional Police Officer KK Hariprasad said. They were later produced in Baripada SDJM Court on Friday evening. Soren was granted bail by the court. Tension ran high on Grand Road in front of Baripada town police station as hundreds of BJP activists demonstrated against the police and BJD Government and blocked the road paralysing vehicular movement from 11 am to 7.30 pm on the day following arrest of the lawmaker. The party demanded immediate release of Soren on the grounds that officer filed a false case against the MLA to tarnish his image. Soren refuted the charges of assault and said he had called the officer to discuss pending issues of MLA LAD Fund implementation. “I have respect for officers and common people but the officer filed a case against me influenced by some persons,” he said. Sources said, Soren had asked Jena to come to Circuit House around 7.30 pm for the meeting where he along with his three colleagues discussed about development activities of the MLA’s constituency During the . meeting, Jena was asked about contracts awarded under the LAD funds as well as pending bills being not processed, hampering the works. TIRTOL FLOOD VICTIMS CRY NEGLECT BY BJD LEADERS No BJD leaders including MLAs and MP of Jagatsinghpur have visited flood affected villages in Kujang and Tirtol block P6 export credit and financial inclusion,” said Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Group Chief Economic Adviser of State Bank of India. The inclusion of start-ups will reduce their cost of capital by allowing them better access to bank credit and lower startups’ reliance on equity funding for growth. Bank loans up to `30 crore to borrowers for purposes like solar-based power generators, biomass-based power generators, wind mills, micro-hydel plants and for non-conventional energy based public utilities, will be eligible for priority sector classification. For individual households, the loan limit will be `10 lakh per borrower, the RBI said. By-polls to be bunched with Bihar elections EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WHILE the forthcoming Bihar Assembly elections will be held on schedule, by-elections to one Parliamentary and 64 Assembly constituencies spread across 15 states will be bunched along with it, the Election Commission of India said on Friday . “One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of central forces and related logistics issues,” a Commission statement said. Several bypolls were deferred recently due to excessive rains and the Covid-19 pandemic. The term of the Bihar Assembly ends on November 29 and elections are likely sometime in October-November. Of the 64 vacant Assembly seats, 27 are in MORE: P9 Madhya Pradesh. mands a climate of trust, cooperation and non-aggression. He was addressing the combined meeting of Defence Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Collective Security Treaty Organisation and Commonwealth of Independent States. “Peaceful, stable and secure region of SCO member states — which is home to over 40% of global population, demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other’s interest and peaceful resolution of differences,” he said. Wei was present during the address. In Delhi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said it will not be business as usual with China until the LAC situa- FRESH CASES DEATHS tion is peaceful, adding the situation is “unprecedented”. “We have lost for the first time lives of soldiers which has not happened in the last 40 years....The linkage between what happens at the border and relations are large. It cannot be business as usual with China unless there is peace at the border. The present India-China situation is the most serious challenge and India remains committed to its territorial integrity Shringla said dur,” ing his address in a webinar. In Ladakh, Army Chief General M M Naravane described the situation as tense. “The situation along the LAC is tense. We have undertaken precautionary deployment in some areas. The troops are prepared for all contingencies.” CONTINUED ON: P9 RECOVERED TOTAL CASES 3,267 584 90,331 1,16,678 ONLY 5 % HAS DEAD BODIES ANTI-BODIES: LEFT FOR DAYS SERO SURVEY AT SCB WARD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AT a time when the daily average Covid-19 tally in Bhubaneswar has crossed 500, 95 per cent of the population is still susceptible to the virus. Only a meagre 5.15 per cent of the sampled population in the city has developed anti-bodies against coronavirus, the latest sero-survey conducted by the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) has revealed. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials who assisted RMRC in the survey said the prevalence of anti-bodies among a low percentage of people indicates that there has been no significant community transmisP2 sion in the city yet. IN what raises questions on management of bodies of Covid-19 victims at the SCB Medical College and Hospital (MCH), bodies of patients are being left unattended at the Isolation Ward for more than two days leading to resentment among the b e r e av e d f a m i l y members. The civic body officials have been accused of accumulating at least two to three bodies at the ward before shifting them to the crematorium. In an untoward incident that occurred on Thursday, family members of a deceased patient insisted on taking the body after it lay in the Isolation Ward for more than 45 P2 hours. @ Bhubaneswar @ Cuttack Rhea’s bro, Sushant aide held for links to Mumbai drug mafia S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik Chakraborty and Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda, in connection with a drug probe linked to Sushant’s death. Showik was arrested in the evening after interrogation at the NCB office. The agency conducted a raid at Rhea’s house on Friday, a day after alleged drug peddler Zaid Vilatra admitted dealings with Showik. It seized laptops, hard drives and a few other digital pieces of evidence. Sushant’s aide Samuel Miranda was detained, and subsequently, arrested by NCB on Friday The agency had . raided his office earlier in the day. “Now there will be interrogation regarding the WhatsApp chats of Showik, indicating drug procurement, that has gone viral. It was revealed that on March 17, Showik had shared Vilatra’s contact number with Samuel Miranda and asked to pay him `10,000 for 5g,” sources said. The NCB registered a case last Wednesday after the Enforcement Directorate wrote to it. Soon afterwards, on the intervening night of August 27-28, the NCB carried out searches in Mumbai and two persons—Abbas Lakhani and Karan Arora—were arrested, and the ‘bud’ was recovered from them. A detailed network analysis uncovered Lakhani’s links to Vilatra. As the arrests of Showik and Miranda shook Bollywood, in the south, the Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru, probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry arrested actress Ragini Dwivedi on Friday , . MESSI TO STAY Ending days of speculations, Lionel Messi said on Friday that he will stay with Barcelona. He said he would never “get into a legal dispute with the club of his life.” | P13 Twin City to get new DCHs with 461 beds, 148 ICUs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar FACED with criticism over delay in expansion of health infrastructure and fast deteriorating response mechanism for people amid a rapid surge in coronavirus cases in the Twin City, the State Government on Friday approved new hospitals while devising a multi-pronged strategy to contain the spread of Covid-19. With cases in Cuttack city multiplying at an alarming rate and the sole dedicated hospital running out of beds, the Gover nment has announced establishment of a 200 bed Covid unit at SCB med- ical College and Hospital. The unit will be equipped with 39 ICUs while another dedicated Covid wing with 30 beds for maternity patients will be set up at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of the hospital. Besides, private hospitals like Sun Hospital and Srusti Hospital will be converted into dedicated Covid hospitals (DCH) with 105 general beds and 30 ICUs, and 60 beds and 15 ICUs respectively . In Bhubaneswar, KIDS hospital will be turned into a DCH with 66 general beds and 34 ICU with 10 ventilators while Capital Hospital and Aditya Ashwini Hospital will add five and 25 additional ICU beds respectively . A portion of the Surgery ward of SLN Medical College at Koraput will be converted to a 70-bed DCH having five ICU beds. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy held a review of the situation in the Twin City on Friday and directed health authorities to strengthen the information system for the people immediately. People providing samples for tests must get the results, negative or positive within 48 hours without fail, he directed. He also asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to clearly publicise the places and timing of sample collection and make sure that rapid response teams handle cases with greater sensitivity without causing panic in the neighbourhood while shifting or attending patients. Since there is a clear linelisting of comorbid and vulnerable population in the slum areas, the Chief Secretary directed to intensify door-todoor surveillance across all households in non-slum areas with the support of residential welfare associations and prepare layouts to ring fence those who are vulnerable. P7 ATMNIRBHAR BHARAT Homegrown FAU-G coming soon to replace PUBG A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi TWO days after the Centre banned the highly popular mobile gaming app PUBG, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Friday announced a made-inIndia action game, set to be launched next month. The game, titled FAU-G, is being developed by Bengalurubased nCore Games. “Supporting PM @naren- dramodi’s AtmaNirbhar movement, proud to present an action g ame, Fearless And United-Guards FAU-G. Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers,” Kumar, whose tilt towards the ruling dispensation is well known, tweeted. The game is reportedly based on real-life scenarios encountered by the Indian security forces as they deal with domestic and foreign threats. Its first level will be set against the backdrop of the Galwan Valley—the site of India-China clashes in June. It will be followed by third-person shooting gameplay . The banishing of PUBG has created a huge void in the Indian mobile gaming arena, which every gaming developer is scrambling to fill. But, experts say many Indi- an developers lack the digital capabilities of Chinese giants like Tencent. Dayanidhi MG, co-founder and CEO of nCore Games is nonetheless confident that his team can pull it off. “We managed genre-defining MOBA games like Vainglory of SuperEvil Megacorp for the worldwide audience. We have also worked with global studios like Rovio,” he said.
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