KOCHI l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE 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 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 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 Fenghe in Moscow. Russia being a close ally of both India HOURS before the India-China and China, certainly would like bilateral meeting amid the on- to see a peaceful resolution of going tension along the Line of the issue, therefore Putin urgActual Control (LAC) in ing both sides to disengage and Ladakh, the foreign ministers de-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 of the forum,” with their Russian counterpart B 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 Shanghai Co- nothing Russia can do to bring operation Organisation (SCO) China and India closer. “In the foreign ministers’ event that the Chinese meeting. and Indian foreign While the India-Chiministers meet on the na bilateral is schedsidelines of the SCO Pleasure to meet uled to take place at in Moscow, it would be FM Sergey 5.30pm IST, given the because India did so fresh stand-off on the Lavrov... Excellent out of respect for its talks that reflect southern bank of the Russian hosts, just our Special and Pangong Tso lake and like when their DePrivileged the shocking firing by fence Ministers met Strategic the PLA on Monday, Partnership. Value last week. IN and PRC the perception is that our exchanges on have irreconcilable the meeting could end the international stances on the LAC,” situation in a stalemate. Just he said, adding all last week, Defence Moscow can do is to ofS Jaishankar Minister Rajnath Sinfer a venue. gh and his Chinese Korybko was also of counterpart Wei Fenghe’s the opinion that the meeting meeting was inconclusive. would be overshadowed by the Though Moscow had said up- recent gunfire on the LAC. “Infront it would not mediate be- dia and China have different tween Beijing and New Delhi, it interpretations of what haphad urged the two countries to pened and who is responsible use the SCO to resolve their dif- for violating the bilateral ferences. However, experts are agreement that hitherto prenot optimistic of any positive vented any firearm escalation. outcome from the bilateral That escalation placed them on meeting. “The SCO is a multi- an irreversible trajectory of solateral forum where no bilat- called decoupling, with the eral issues are brought for dis- ‘best case’ scenario being that cussion. However, these are it’s ‘manageable’ whereas the discussed on the sidelines, as it worst case one is a repeat of the happened between Rajnath and 1962 conflict,” he said. P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi 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- 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 coordinating all action along the LAC. Meanwhile, the Brigade commanders of both sides met in the Chushul-Moldo area. Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Copenhagen: A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work ‘for a peace agreement between the UAE and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.’ 3 fishers die as boat capsizes off T’Puram Crime Branch to probe Fashion Gold scam T’Puram: The Fashion Gold jewellery deposit scam involving Manjeshwar MLA M C Kamaruddin will be probed by the Crime Branch, said an order by state police chief Loknath Behera. Chandera police are currently probing the case. ISRO SRIHARIKOTA REPORTS 47 NEW COVID-19 CASES The tally crossed 100 in the last four days. The Nellore dist admn has deployed Sanjeevani buses for testing. P5 16 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS ADIEU GIANT Adivasis perform special poojas to honour ‘Bulldozer’, the wild elephant which died at Marappalam in Sholayur on Wednesday. The jumbo was severely injured after chewing on an explosive-laden fruit in the Tamil Nadu forests nearly a month ago. Though the locals called it the ‘Bulldozer’ for its violent ways, it was revered by the tribal people | EXPRESS Apex court stay on Maha Maratha reservation law E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Cour t on 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 reserva- E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi BINEESH, son of CPM state s e c r e t a r y Ko d i ye r i B a l akrishnan, was interrogated for a marathon 12 hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money trail in the gold smuggling case. The agency has not given a clean chit to him, said an official. “He hasn’t revealed all the details which we sought from him. We collected some preliminary information about the details shared by the Narcotics Control Bureau (in connection with the Bengaluru drug case) and gold smuggling case. After conducting more probe, we’ll summon him again. The details revealed by him to us will Bineesh Kodiyeri comes out of the Enforcement Directorate office after interrogation on Wednesday | A SANESH be shared with NCB Bengaluru as well,” an official said. Wearing a peach shirt and white mundu with red border, tion shall not be affected. The SC is seized of a batch of pleas challenging the SEBC Act, which provides for reservation to Marathas. The court heard detailed arguments 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 Sawney case. Bineesh arrived in a chauffeurdriven white Innova Crysta car at the ED office around 9.30am, a good 30 minutes ahead of his scheduled time. He did not answer the waiting mediapersons’ queries as he quickly climbed the stairs of the ED office and disappeared inside. The interrogation ended around 10pm and, once again, without responding to the waiting reporters’ queries, he got into the waiting car and sped away . ED officials told TNIE that the interrogation was carried out after the agency received information that some persons arrested by the NCB with drugs in Bengaluru were linked to accused persons in the gold smug● More on P4 gling case. MAOIST CASE Alan, Thwaha granted bail, ‘chance for reformation’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi BMC officers demolish ‘illegal alterations’ at Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow in Bandra, Mumbai on Wednesday | PTI BMC pulls down part of Kangana’s bungalow, Pawar says ‘bad timing’ Meanwhile, supporters of Ranaut and Shiv Sena hurled PA RT o f a c t o r K a n g a n a slogans against each other Ranaut’s bungalow in Mumbai while the Sena workers waved was demolished by the Shiv black flags at the actor shoutSena-run Brihanmumbai Mu- ing at her to go back. While the nicipal Corporation (BMC) on BJP in Maharashtra supported Wednesday citing illegal alter- Ranaut, the Nationalist Con, ations in the building. gress Party (NCP), which is The Bombay High part of the state’s coaliCourt later stayed the tion, expressed displeasdemolition ter ming ure at the demolition. the BMC’s conduct “The BMC may have “malafide” and “detaken the action as per plorable”. A division procedure, but the timbench of Justices S J ing was not right,” said Kathawalla and R I NCP chief Sharad Chagla asked why the Kangana Ranaut Pawar. BMC g ave only 24 Maharashtra BJP hours to Ranaut to respond to president Chandrakant Patil its notice and took action when said the Sena is unnecessarily she was not in the state. targeting the actor. “Sena is Kangana, a three-time na- chasing Kangana like a fox. tional award-winner, tweeted They should stop petty politics some of the videos and photos and concentrate on real issues of the demolition. “I am never like Covid-19,” Patil said. wrong and my enemies prove Leader of the Opposition in again and again this is why my the Maharashtra Assembly DeMumbai is POK now,” she vendra Fadnavis said the state tweeted. The actor alleged the of Chhatrapati Shivaji MahaMaharashtra government was raj has not seen such a “timid targeting her because of her and anti-democracy” governcriticism of the Shiv Sena. ment till now. S U D H I R S U RYAWA N S H I @ Mumbai EXPRESS READ T’Puram: Three fishermen died after their boat capsized off the Anchuthengu coast on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased Alex, 45, Augustin, 32, and Thankachan, 54, were returning from a fishing trip when the mishap occurred. P5 ED grills Bineesh for 12 hrs, refuses to give clean chit, to quiz him again AFTER spending 10 months in jail, youths Alan Shuhaib and Thwaha Fasal who were arrested from Kozhikode in November last year for alleged Maoist links were granted bail by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Wednesday . NIA judge Anil K Bhaskar said the bail was granted to the youths as an opportunity for reformation and considering their young a g e. A l a n was 19 while Thwaha was 23 when the Alan Shuhaib Pantheerankavu police in Ko zhikode arrested them for their alleged links with Thwaha Fasal CPI (Maoist). The duo had been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). NIA took over the probe later. The court said the duo was proactive in contentious social and political issues and such people are prone to extremist ideologies which may be the reason behind coming in contact with the banned organisation. “The petitioners (Alan a n d T h w a h a ) h ave n o criminal history,” the court said. ● More on P4 81,000-SQ-FT FACILITY Tata gifts `60-cr Covid hosp to Ksgd in 5 months E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kasaragod THE Tata Group handed over the keys of the 551-bed Covid hospital — built at a cost of `60 crore in Thekkil village in Kasaragod — to the state on Wednesday . The 81,000-sq-ft hospital, spread over 5.5 acres, was built in five months using prefabricated shipping containers. It could be India’s first hospital built from scratch to exclusively treat Covid patients. Tata Projects Ltd Deputy General Manager Gopinath Reddy handed over the keys to District Collector D Sajith Babu. The 551-bed Covid hospital built at Thekkil village in Kasaragod | EXPRESS CM Pinarayi Vijayan attended the function via a video call. On March 28, Tata Trusts chair man Ratan Tata had tweeted pledging `500 crore to buy personal protective equipment, respiratory systems, and testing kits, and set up modular treatment facilities for infected patients. Soon after, the Tata Group and Tata Trusts Executive got in touch with the Kerala government. “We proposed that a hospital should come up in Kasaragod and they accepted it,” said the chief minister. On April 9, the chief minister announced that the Tata Group would build a Covid hospital in Kasaragod. In five months, the group handed over the hospital to the government. Appreciating the group for its ‘business ethics’ and its social commitment, Pinarayi said the hospital would be an asset to Kerala’s healthcare sector and to Kasaragod, where there is no tertiary healthcare facility . The hospital, built using 128 customised shipping containers, has a canteen and rooms for doctors and nurses. The exhaust air from each room is treated before being let out. The earthwork on the rocky terrain started on April 9, just three days after the project was announced, said the collector. The Earth-moving Equipment Owners’ Association did the work free of cost. A 700-metrelong road was built to connect the hospital to the national highway he said. ,
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