DHARMAPURI THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION OXFORD VACCINE HALTED IN US, UK, S. AFRICA AND BRAZIL AstraZeneca Plc said it has paused global trials of the Covid-19 vaccine due to an unexplained illness in a study participant VOLUNTEER GOT SICK AFTER VACCINE SHOT WATCHDOG STINKER TO SERUM INSTITUTE On Tuesday, a participant in the UK who was administered the vaccine had to be hospitalised after developing transverse myelitis — an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and can be caused by viral infections. However, it is not clear whether the syndrome was related to inoculation. It will be confirmed only after a detailed medical review ■ ■ Serum Institute (SII), which has partnered with AstraZeneca to make the vaccine for India, said Indian trials will continue Meanwhile, the Drugs Controller General of India has issued a show-cause notice to SII asking why the permission to conduct trials be not suspended till patient safety is established | P7 1 billion DOSES OF THE VACCINE WILL BE DEVELOPED BY SERUM INSTITUTE 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 BMC pulls down part of Kangana’s bungalow, Pawar says ‘bad timing’ its stop-work notice and why it took action when she was outPART of actress Kangana side the state. Ranaut’s bungalow in Mumbai Kangana, a three-time Nawas demolished by tional Award Winthe Shiv Sena-run ner, tweeted some of Brihanmumbai Muthe videos and phonicipal Corporation tos of the demoli(BMC) on Wednesday , tion process. “I am citing illegal alteranever wrong and my tions in the building. enemies prove again The Bombay High and again this is Court later stayed the why my Mumbai is demolition terming P O K n o w, ” s h e the BMC’s conduct tweeted soon after Kangana Ranaut “malafide” and “dethe demolition work plorable”. A division began. bench of Justices S J KathaThe actor, who returned to walla and R I Chagla asked Mumbai on Wednesday afterwhy the BMC gave only 24 noon from her home state hours to Ranaut to respond to Himachal Pradesh, alleged the S U D H I R S U RYAWA N S H I @ Mumbai Maharashtra government was targeting her because of her criticism of the Shiv Sena. Meanwhile, supporters of Ranaut and Shiv Sena hurled slogans against each other while the Sena workers waved black flags at the film actor shouting at her to go back. While the BJP in Maharashtra supported Renaut, the Nationalist Cong ress Party, which is part of the coalition government, expressed displeasure at the demolition. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said illegal constructions are not new in Mumbai. “The BMC may have taken the action as per procedure, but the timing was not right,” he said. TENKASI Unmarried mom sets baby ablaze EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tenkasi THERE was no nip in the September morning air to warrant a bonfire. And when the early risers on their constitutional saw one, it aroused their suspicion. When they neared the source, what they saw sent chills down their spines: A newborn baby had been set on fire. The perpetrator: the child’s 22-year-old unm a r r i e d m o t h e r, a n d grandma. According to the Sankarankovil police, the 22-year-old was impregnated by a youth she was in love with. Fearing societal stigma, her parents confined her to their house. Four days ago, the woman delivered a son. However, her parents decided to kill the baby as they feared that the baby born out of wedlock would ruin their reputation. On Wednesday the wom, an and her parents brought the baby to the premises of a theatre on the Railway Feeder Road and set him on fire. Around 5.15 am, people on their morning walk alerted the police. The woman and her mother were arrested. The body of the baby was sent to the Government Sankarankovil Hospital for a postmortem examination. Later, the woman was sent to the hospital. The sleuths from National Investigation Agency conducting a search at the house of goldsmith workshop owner in Pavizham Street | U RAKESH KUMAR Tainted bizman in NIA net as gold smuggling trail leads to Kovai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore A trail in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling racket led the National Investigation Agency to Coimbatore on Wednesday . A f t e r a f ive - h o u r- l o n g search, the sleuths reportedly whisked a purportedly tainted goldsmith workshop owner away to Kochi. Sources said that a fourmember team from Thriuvananthapuram -- headed by DSP Shahul Hameed -- started a search at the house of J Nandagopal (42) at Pavizham Street in Town Hall around 6 am. Nandagopal appeared on the premier agency’s radar af- ter the people arrested in the case were interrogated. Nandagopal allegedly was instrumental in converting the smuggled gold bars into ornaments before sending them over of jewellery shops in Kerala. He has had trade relations with Kerala jewellers for years. He runs a workshop, employing over 15 people. The workshop too was searched by the sleuths, resulting in the seizure of 32-sovereign ornaments, besides `3 lakh cash. “Two years ago, Nandagopal was arrested by the Maharashtra police in connection with a hawala transaction case. The case is under judicial investigation now,” said an official. Interim stay on Maratha reservation law E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi T H E S u p re m e C o u r t o n Wednesday passed an interim stay on reservation for the Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions in Maharashtra. A three-judge bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao referred the matter to a larger bench, to be set up by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, for final adjudication. However, the bench said those who have availed the reservation shall not be affected. The SC is seized of a batch of petitions challenging the SEBC Act, which provides for reservation to Marathas. The court heard detailed argu- ments of senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Mukul Rohatgi and Gopal Sankaranarayanan for various parties. The Maharashtra Assembly had passed the SEBC Act, 2018 granting 16% reservation to Marathas beyond the 50% ceiling imposed in the SC’s 1992 verdict in the Indra Shawney case. Luncheon meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, India and China today in Moscow before Sino-Indian talks in the evening; analysts downbeat on outcome of the interactions Trilateral before bilateral P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi in Moscow. Russia being a close ally of both India and China, HOURS before the India-China certainly would like to see a bilateral meeting amid the on- peaceful resolution of the isgoing tension along the Line of sue, therefore Putin urging Actual Control (LAC) in both sides to disengage and deLadakh, the foreign ministers escalate in private cannot be of the two countries — S Jais- ruled out. If the situation aghankar and Wang Yi — will gravates, participating counhold a trilateral luncheon meet tries may opt out the forum,” B with their Russian counterpart R Deepak, Sinologist and Sergey Lavrov on Thursday . Chairperson of the Centre for The announcement of the Chinese and South Asian Studtrilateral was made by the Chi- ies at JNU said. nese foreign ministry on Moscow-based political anaWednesday. Both Jaishankar lyst Andrew Korybko echoed and Wang are already in Mos- Deepak’s view, adding there is cow to attend the SCO foreign nothing Russia can do to bring ministers’ meeting. China and India closer. “In the While the India-Chievent that the Chinese na bilateral is schedand Indian foreign uled to take place at ministers meet on the 5.30 pm IST, given the sidelines of the SCO Pleasure to meet fresh stand-off on the in Moscow, it would be FM Sergey southern bank of the because India did so Pangong Tso and the Lavrov... Excellent out of respect for its talks that reflect shocking firing by the Russian hosts, just our Special and PLA on Monday, the like when their DePrivileged p e rc e p t i o n i s t h e fense Ministers met Strategic meeting could end in a Partnership. Value last week. IN and PRC stalemate. Just last our exchanges on have irreconcilable week, Defence Minis- the international stances on the LAC,” situation ter Rajnath Singh and he said, adding all his Chinese counterMoscow can do is to ofS Jaishankar part Wei Fenghe’s fer a venue. meeting was Korybko was also of inconclusive. the opinion that the meeting Though Moscow had said up- would be overshadowed by the front it would not intervene be- recent gunfire on the LAC. “Intween Beijing and New Delhi, it dia and China have different had urged the two countries to interpretations of what hapuse the SCO to resolve their dif- pened and who is responsible ferences. However, experts are for violating the bilateral not optimistic of any positive agreement that hitherto preoutcome from the bilateral vented any firearm escalation. meeting. “The SCO is a multi- That escalation placed them on lateral forum where no bilat- an irreversible trajectory of soeral issues are brought for dis- called decoupling, with the cussion. However, these are ‘best case’ scenario being that discussed at the sidelines, as it it’s ‘manageable’ whereas the happened between Rajnath Sin- worst case one is a repeat of the gh and his Chinese counterpart 1962 conflict,” he said. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov (left) before their bilateral meeting, in Moscow on Wednesday | TWITTER India on dominating heights in Finger 4 too M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi The Indian Army has positioned its soldiers on higher peaks in the Finger 4 area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso lake and fortified its positions using barbed wire in both the north and south banks of the lake in eastern Ladakh. “We have now repositioned our troops at dominating heights within our area around Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso,” a senior officer confirmed. The Indian side is now able to observe all Chinese movements in and around Finger 4, which was where the flareup first began in May . “We have placed barbed wires ahead of our positions all along these areas. PLA troops in the south bank tried to remove them on Monday so as to reach our positions. But we warned them sternly of strong ac- Centre’s revised guidelines to be blamed for PM-Kisan scam: EPS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tiruvannamalai IN the wake of the financial irregularities committed in PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday blamed the Centre’s revised guidelines on beneficiary registration, released last year, for giving room to commit such irregularities. This comes even as the State BJP members have raised a clamour to probe the alleged irregularities. “The reason is the Centre’s (revised) guidelines on beneficiary registration. It said that farmers can enrol themselves using Aadhaar or ration card, and this paved way for the problem,” the CM said, while speaking to reporters after chairing a review meeting here. The CM pointed out that it was the State government that detected the irregularities and came forward to order a CB- Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami visiting an exhibition put up at the Tiruvannamalai collectorate on Wednesday CID probe. “The beneficiary registration rose to 46 lakh from 41 lakh in just four months. This led to doubts in the minds of officials, and they decided to probe it,” he said. Echoing the Agriculture Secretary’s statement on Tuesday , the CM said that over five lakh ineligible farmers were found to have enrolled under the scheme. He added, 18 persons were arrested, 81 contract staff sacked, and departmental action taken against 34 officers. BJP leaders in the State had recently submitted a memorandum to the Chief Secretary and District Collectors, demanding an impartial probe into the matter, besides raising questions on the way the scheme was implemented in the State. On Wednesday, CPI as well demanded a thorough inquiry into the scam. SKYROCKETING CASES 47 new cases at ISRO, Andhra government ramps-up testing S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai THE Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (SDSC-Shar) finds no respite from Covid-19, as another 47 fresh cases were reported on Wednesday taking , the tally to over 100. Considering the gravity of the situation, the Nellore district administration has deployed Sanjeevani buses to beef-up the testing there. Additionally the Andhra , Pradesh government has also converted the APSRTC Garuda buses into testing facilities. Even as the Shar administration conducts the regular RTPCR tests, the district administration has also ramped up Rapid Antigen tests. A total of 33 cases were detected through RT-PCR tests, and 14 through antigen tests on Wednesday . TN COVID COUNT FRESH CASES DEATHS 5,584 78 The Health Dept invited volunteers from Chennai to enrol for Oxford University Covishield vaccine for phase II human clinical trials The district administration assured that there was nothing to panic about. “Through Sanjeevini, we screened over 600 people at Shar in the last three days, of which 61 tested positive. A majority of them are asymptomatic. The tests are still in progress,” Collector KVN Chakradhar Babu told TNIE. The Collector added, “They are kept in isolation and are being monitored within the rocket launch station. We are ready to provide them with any support they need.” Over concerns of bed shortage in Nellore voiced by Shar authorities, Babu said, “Previously only two Covid hospitals were operational, but as on date, we have 14 such hospitals with sufficient ICU, and non-ICU beds.” Despite the surge in cases, Shar authorities have chosen to keep the operations going. According to sources, ISRO is planning at least two launches by the end of this year, and for that, it was critical to carry out operation and maintenance works at Sriharikota. The collector, whom TNIE spoke to, also confirmed that the spaceport was indeed looking at a couple of launches. tion,” a source said. When the PLA fired bullets into the air for intimidation, “we used megaphones to convey in Mandarin that it will be dealt with sternly . After some time the Chinese went back. At present, they are about 300 metres away from Indian positions on at least three heights in south Pangong,” the source said. The Chinese have now deployed battle tanks in the Spanggur Gap. “They have around 15-20 tanks near Spangur Gap and are trying to intimidate us,” the source said. Also, the Chinese have amassed 5,000-7,000 troops in Moldo, opposite Chushul Sector. According to sources, the top leadership in China is directly in contact with its military and is coordination all action along the LAC. Meanwhile, the Brigade commanders of both sides met in the Chushul-Moldo area. EXPRESS READ HC refuses to ban online classes Chennai: The Madras High Court refused to ban online classes and said that guidelines mandated by both State and Central governments should be strictly adhered to. A small group of students requiring special attendance may be permitted to attend classes physically, it added. The bench comprising Justices MM Sundresh and R Hemalatha passed orders on a batch of pleas raising various concerns regarding the conduct of online classes for students. Harbhajan Singh files plaint against bizman Chennai: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh has filed a complaint with the Chennai police against a businessman G Mahesh from Uthandi, for cheating him of `4 crore. Singh reportedly loaned the money, which was not returned despite multiple appeals. It came to light after Mahesh approached Madras HC seeking anticipatory bail. NEET ASPIRANT KILLS SELF IN ARIYALUR A 19-year-old youth from a village in Ariyalur died by suicide by jumping into a well in the wee hours of Wednesday, allegedly gripped by fear of failing in the test. His kin protested demanding that NEET be scrapped
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.