KOLLAM l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 09, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION CENTRE CONFIRMS PHASE-3 TRIAL OF SPUTNIK V IN INDIA Govt is planning to hold the phase-3 trial as well as large-scale manufacturing of Russia’s Covid vaccine, a top official said ‘RUSSIAN PARTNERSHIP VERY IMPORTANT’ “Government attaches great importance to this offer of partnership from a very special friend,” said Dr V K Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog and head of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19. Last month, Russia had registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, after completing early-stage human trials ■ US 3 FIRMS KEEN ON MASS PRODUCTION ■ LAC FIRING The results of phase 1 and 2 trials published in The Lancet last week said the vaccine was well tolerated by all volunteers it was tested on and also triggered good antibody response Paul said three Indian firms have so far shown interest in mass production of the Russian vaccine and talks are on with others VACCINE WILL BE READY BY OCTOBER, U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAID 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 China violates another red line of not using firearms along LAC; India repulses PLA’s attempt to grab strategic heights in Chushul region Rhea Chakraborty taken for medical test after her arrest in Mumbai | PTI M AYA N K S I N G H A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi IN a major threshold shift in tension along the Line of Actual Control, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fired bullets during its movement in the Chushul area in eastern Ladakh on Monday evening. This was the first time in 45 years that bullets were fired along the LAC. While China sought to turn the narrative into an act of aggression and crossing of the LAC by the Indian Army, the defence ministry here rebutted it, saying it was the PLA that had tried to aggressively close in to an Indian position on Monday evening. When India tried to dissuade them, the PLA fired few rounds in air to provoke and i n t i m i d at e, t h e m i n i s t r y asserted. India and China have loads of confidence building measures and agreements, which bar both sides from the use of firearms within 2 km radius of the LAC. Setting the record straight, Indian Ar my spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said it was the PLA that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, though engagements at the military, diplomatic and political levels are in progress. At no stage has Indian Army transgressed across LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing, he emphasised. “In the instant case on 7 September 2020, it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops,” the ministry stated. “Despite the grave provo- NOW, RHEA ARRESTED IN DRUGS CASE E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Mumbai China’s soldiers approaching the Indian post near Mukhpari peak on Monday 1 2 Around 50 Chinese PLA soldiers approached aggressively towards Indian post near Mukhpari peak about 6 pm on Monday The intention of the PLA men was to dislodge Indian troops from strategic heights in Mukhpari peak and Rezang La areas in east Ladakh cation, (our) own troops exercised great restraint and beh ave d i n a m a t u r e a n d responsible manner,” it added. The last recorded incident of firing was in 1975, when the PLA had crossed the LAC in Tulung La in Arunachal Pradesh and ambushed a patrol of Assam Rifles jawans, killing four of them. China, however, stuck to its script of blaming India for Mon- 3 4 Carrying rods, spears, sharp weapons and rifles, the PLA men approached the Indian post. The Indian side caught it on camera When the Indian Army dissuaded the PLA, they fired 10-15 rounds in the air to intimidate our troops. The aggression was repulsed day’s flare up, saying it was the Indian side that resorted to firing first. “It was the Indian side that fired first in the Monday incident in which Indian troops again illegally crossed the LAC and outrageously fired warning shots at Chinese border defence patrol personnel who were attempting to negotiate,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed. Zhao said China has made representa- ARMED TO THE TEETH The rods with machetes fixed to them on one end carried by all the Chinese soldiers (above); and the guns (top) they carryied as well tions to India through military and diplomatic channels. “Differences should be resolved through peaceful talks. Confrontation benefits neither side,” he added. Monday’s incident comes days ahead of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on the sidelines of the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting. ACTOR Rhea Chakraborty, girlfriend of deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was on Tuesday arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with drug-related allegations. After three days of questioning, the NCB sought her custody during an online court hearing. Her brother Showik is already under arrest. The NCB claimed it has a piece of evidence that needs to be probed further against Rhea. The court remanded her in 14 days of judicial custory Her bail . application was rejected. NCB sources said Rhea admitted she used to organise drugs for Sushant. If charges are proved, she could face up to 10 years in jail. Her lawyer Satish Maneshinde called it a travesty of justice. Meanwhile, under fire actor Kangana Ranaut landed in further trouble, as Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh said the police will probe allegations that she did drugs. Also, the Mumbai civic body stepped up the heat by opening a probe into the alterations made at her bungalow. STATE CROSSES 3K-MARK FOR THE SECOND TIME 3,026 test positive on Tuesday 2,723 infected through local contact Govt plans to limit the services of BevQ app to liquor outlets owned by Bevco and Consumerfed for retail sale. FASHION GOLD @ Kasaragod MANJESHWAR MLA M C Kamaruddin — facing charges of cheating from investors in his gold business — is under pressure from a section of IUML leaders to step down from the position, sources in the party said. He may also step down as the chairman of the UDF Kasaragod committee and from the IUML’s state working committee, they said. Kamaruddin met party supremo Sayyid Hyderali Shihab Thangal at Panakkad on Tuesday “A decision has been taken . by the party leadership,” said a source. Around 18 investors in Fashion Gold, a chain of jewellery stores, have pressed charges of cheating against its chairman Kamaruddin and managing director T K Pookoya Thangal, an influential Sunni leader. Cumulatively, Fashion Gold SDPI ACTIVIST HACKED TO DEATH n Manjeshwar MLA M C Kamaruddin meets party supremo at Panakkad n His business partner Pookoya Thangal reportedly goes into hiding owes `2.64 crore to the 18 investors. The LDF and BJP have alleged that Fashion Gold has raised around `136 crore from 800 investors. Fashion Gold with four stores folded up six months ago, but sources said the business accepted `1 crore from a depositor even after that. Police investigators searched the houses of the MLA at Padna and Pookoya Thangal at Chandera. Both were not in ● More on P4 their houses. Syed Muhammad Salahuddin of Kannavam is the 7th accused in the case pertaining to the ABVP worker’s murder in 2018. SDPI alleged BJP is behind the murder. P4 UDF TO FIELD JACOB ABRAHAM @ T’Puram FIVE days after the Election Commission of India announced its plans to hold the byelections to the Kuttanad and Chavara assembly seats in November, the Left government has sought the support of the Opposition to jointly approach the poll panel and seek to cancel the bypolls. The UDF has said that it would support the move, provided the government agrees to postponing the local body elections too. The BJP had made its stance clear that bypolls to the two seats are not needed at all. While the elected members will get only a fourmonth term to work in their respective constituencies, the government is of the view that holding the bypolls at a time when the Covid-19 cases are spiking will stretch the health department further. It will nKC(M) P J Joseph faction will field Jacob Abraham as the UDF candidate from Kuttanad Assembly in the bypoll nJoseph on Tuesday approached the HC challenging the ECI order granting the official ‘two leaves’ symbol to the Jose faction. also bring an additional financial burden of Rs 12 crore on the state government as the polling process will have to be carried out by adhering to Covid protocol. “The Left is prepared to face any polls. But the elected legislators will get only 4-5 months. Usually byelections are not held for such a short period. Already there’s an impression among the people that there won’t be bypolls. SCHOOL VISIT BY STUDENTS OF CLASS 9TH TO 12TH WILL BE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS ● More on P4 This will be subject to written consent of the parents or guardians of the students Unlock 4.0 issued allowed students of Class 9-12 to ONLY SCHOOLS OUTSIDE CONTAINMENT ZONES visit schools to WILL BE ALLOWED TO OPEN clear doubts with Students/teachers living in containment teachers, with zones won’t be allowed to enter school effect from Sep 21. Physical For ensuring queue On Tuesday, the distancing management, inside and Centre released outside the premises, specific of at least a detailed SOP. markings on the floor with a gap 6 feet to be Here’s a look followed of 6 feet may be made FEELING THE HEAT n The LDF and BJP have alleged that Fashion Gold has raised around I136 crore from 800 investors EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE S.O.P. FOR SCHOOL RE-OPENING Kamaruddin may step down from party posts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Govt seeks support of Oppn to get two bypolls cancelled ED to question Bineesh Kodiyeri DIGNITY OF LABOUR T K Shaji, a home guard with the Tripunithura traffic police station, fills the potholes on the National Highway 66 near the Kundannoor junction in a gesture to help an exhausted migrant worker. The outstation labourer, out of gratitude, decided to control the traffic | A SANESH T’Puram: The Enforcement Directorate has served a notice on Bineesh Kodiyeri to appear before it on Wednesday. ED will check whether the Bengaluru drug case has any links with gold smuggling. Mohammed Anoop, held in Bengaluru, reportedly has links with some of the accused in the gold smuggling case. P4 IT’S A DUD Plasma therapy doesn’t help Covid patients: ICMR study S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IN what may dash the hopes of policymakers, doctors as well as patients and their families, the world’s largest randomised control trial to assess plasma therapy for Covid-19 has shown that it does not benefit either in reducing mortality or arresting progression of the disease. The trial, called PLACID, was carried out under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Re- search in 39 hospitals across 14 states and Union Territories. The study involved 464 moderately ill patients with breathing difficulties and oxygen saturation level below 93%. Of them, 235 were given convalescent plasma (CP) with antibodies against the disease, collected from those who recovered. The remaining 229 received only standard care. Those in the intervention group were transfused with two doses of 200 ml plasma 24 hours apart. Both the intervention and control groups were compared after 28 days. The findings have shown that 34 patients or 13.6% who received plasma therapy died while 31 patients or 14.6 % who did not receive it, succumbed to the infection. Also, 17 patients in each group progressed to have severe disease. “Although the use of CP (convalescent plasma) seemed to improve resolution of shortness of breath and fatigue, this did not translate into reduction in 28-day mortality or progression to severe disease in moderate Covid19 patients,” noted the study, led by ICMR scientist Dr Apar na Mukherjee. The findings assume significance in the ongoing pandemic as several state governments are actively promoting plasma therapy .
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