HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 09, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 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 intimidate, the ministry 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 Army 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 diplomat, ic 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 provocation, (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. Rhea Chakraborty taken for medical test after her arrest in Mumbai | PTI 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 Around 50 Chinese PLA soldiers approached aggressively towards Indian post near Mukhpari peak about 6 pm on Monday 2 The intention of the PLA men was to dislodge Indian troops from strategic heights in Mukhpari peak and Rezang La areas in east Ladakh 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 Monday’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 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 to negotiate,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed. Zhao said China has made re presentations to India through military and diplomatic channels. “Dif ferences 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. Just a few days ago, Defence Minister Ra- TS police on high alert as Maoists intensify cadre recruitment M O U L I M A R E E D U @ Hyderabad TELANGANA police are in a state of high alert after receiving inputs that the banned CPI (Maoist) party has intensified recruitment of cadre. According to sources, this was one of the reasons why DGP M Mahender Reddy recently camped in Kumrambheem Asifabad district for five days where he is understood to have discussed a strategy with local police to wean away the youths from coming under the influence of the Maoists. Though Telangana police have attained a fair measure of success in driving Maoists out of the State, their presence in some pockets and efforts to recruit youth have had a jarring effect. As per the intelligence reports, the Maoists are trying to trick the youth into joining them, particularly in the jungles of Asifabad. Having learnt of their ac- tivities, the police are now trying to put in place a strate g y t o fo i l t h e u l t r a s ’ attempts. The police have a reason to believe that the recruitment has begun after the Maoist Telangana State Committee constituted area committees and appeared to have become aggressive to retrieve the lost ground on Telangana soil. Source said that after Haribhushan alias Jagan has been reappointed as Maoist party state secretary during a recent meeting, activity has increased. Another leader Bade Chokkarao has been entrusted with the responsibility of directing TS action committee teams. Andelu alias Bhasker is looking after recruitment in Kumrambheem Asifabad district. Meanwhile, the Cherla Committee is also said to be active in scouting for youths to take them into its fold. They are reportedly operating from Chhattisgarh. 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 carried as well jnath Singh had met his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe, where he categorically put down India’s position. Zhao’s comments came after the Western Theatre Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili late on Monday claimed that Indian troops had crossed the LAC into the Shenpao region on the southern bank of the Pangong Tso. Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat held a meeting in South Block with the Defence Secretary and the three services chiefs to analyse the current situation in Eastern Ladakh. 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. 2,392 COVID CASES AND 11 DEATHS RECORDED IN TELANGANA PAGE 4 TS-EAMCET starts today with strict Covid-19 protocols M AYA N K T I W A R I @ Hyderabad THE Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University - Hyderabad (JNTU-H) will conduct the TS-EAMCET 2020 for ‘engineering’ candidates from Wednesday Over two lakh . candidates, including 1.42 lakh from the engineering stream, have applied for the Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture & Medical (Pharmacy Veterinary) Com, mon Entrance Test. All Covid-19 protocols, including social distancing, would be followed during the exams to prevent the spread of infection. All candidates have been asked to bring a signed selfdeclaration stating that they are not Covid-positive or not identified as a potential carrier of the virus. They have also been asked to bring along with them face masks, gloves, a 50 ml personal hand sanitiser bottle and a transparent water bottle. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, TS EAMCET convenor Govardhan Reddy said: “Thermal screening is a must at all the test centres in the State. If any candidate shows Covid symptoms, he or she will not be allowed to take the exam until they prove that they are not the carriers of the virus.” Meanwhile, Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) chairman T Papi Reddy said: “The fate of candidates who cannot write the exam if they are infected by the virus will be decided in consultation with the government.” According to Govardhan Reddy, of the 1.45 lakh candidates who applied from engineering stream, over 1.35 lakh candidates have already downloaded their hall CONTINUED ON P3 tickets. EXPRESS READ TS Legislature passes resolution seeking Bharat Ratna for PV POPULAR ACTOR JP PASSES AWAY PAGE 5 Hyderabad: The Telangana Assembly and Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted resolutions urging the Centre to confer the Bharat Ratna — the country’s highest civilian award — on former Prime Minister late PV Narasimha Rao. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao moved a motion in this regard in the Assembly, which later debated on the ongoing birth centenary celebrations of the late leader. | P4 NEW SEC MEETS CM Newly-appointed State Election Commissioner C Partha Sarathi called on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan on Tuesday. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar is also seen | 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 Research 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 interven- tion 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 , Aparna Mukherjee. The findings assume significance in the ongoing pandemic as several state governments are actively promoting plasma therapy Some have even set up . plasma banks after the national Covid19 clinical management protocol allowed it as an investigational therapy .
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