DHARMAPURI THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION RUSSIA INKS DEAL ON VACCINE DOSES WITH DR REDDY’S LABS Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF, which is leading the vaccine project, will supply 10 crore doses to Dr Reddy’s REGULATORY APPROVAL AWAITED ALL AMERICANS TO GET FREE VACCINE SHOT Deliveries could begin in late 2020 subject to completion of successful trials and registration of the vaccine by regulatory authorities, according to a joint statement by RDIF and Dr Reddy’s. “Phase I and II clinical trials have shown promising results. We will be conducting Phase III trials in India,” said G V Prasad, co-chairman and MD, Dr Reddy’s Labs | P7 ■ ■ ■ Meanwhile, the US outlined a sweeping plan on Wednesday to make vaccines for Covid-19 available for free to all Americans The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots Vaccines to be shipped within 24 hrs of FDA’s emergency nod | P9 40,000 NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS UNDERGOING PHASE III TRIALS IN RUSSIA 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 15 figure in Delhi communal riots plot chargesheet EXPRESS READ Strong presence of ISIS in southern states: MHA New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency has found strong presence of the Islamic State in the southern states, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Union Minister of Home Affairs for State G Kishan Reddy said all five Southern states feature in the list. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for Covid-19 Police claim the accused used a WhatsApp group to instigate violence in Jafrabad New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19. Gadkari tweeted that he consulted doctor on Tuesday as he was feeling weak. During the medical checkup, he tested positive. G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW Even as Unlock 4.0 is to persist till the month’s end, the road traffic is back. A still from Maraimalai Adigal bridge in Chennai on Wednesday | ASHWIN PRASATH Andhra govt to move SC against HC’s media gag YSRC PARTY MEMBER RAISES ISSUE IN LOK SABHA The high court’s order to gag media was raised in Parliament, too. Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party MP Mithun Reddy urged the Centre to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the Amaravati land scam. Referring to the high court’s gag order, Mithun Reddy said all this is just because the former advocate general is there and the kith and kin of a judge are there. Law must be the same for all — from the Prime Minister to the common man — he added EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to move the Supreme Court against the High Court’s interim orders staying further probe in a case registered against former advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas and 12 others in the Amaravati land scam and gagging the media from reporting on contents of the FIR against the accused. ON THE FLOOR ‘GOVT FIRM ON TWO-LANGUAGE POLICY’ Chennai: The government is firm on a two-language policy, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan said in the Assembly on Wednesday. During a discussion on National Education Policy, Sengottaiyan said, in the views conveyed to the Centre in August 2019, TN had opposed the formula | P4 VILLUPURAM TO GET A NEW UNIVERSITY SOON: EPS Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced that a new university with headquarters in Villupuram, will soon be set up, fulfilling a long-pending public demand. He said, Thiruvalluvar University will be bifurcated and the new one will start operations from the current year. Stricter punishment for crimes against women E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai CRIMES against women would soon attract stricter punishment in the State, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced in the Assembly on Wednesday. In concurrence with the Centre, the State plans to make a few amendments to the Crimes against Women section under the IPC. Thereby, jail time for dowry deaths would be increased from seven to 10 years; using criminal force to “disrobe” women (354B) would attract five to seven years’ jail-term instead of three; repeated offenses such as stalking (354D) would attract a maximum punishment of seven years instead of five. Trafficking of minors for sex trade by selling them (Sec 372) or buying them (Sec 373) would attract punishment ranging between seven years and life term. That apart, the announcement said, many other initiatives have been taken by the government, including formation of a Women and Children unit in March 2019. Special patrol vehicles to deter crimes against women and children and create awareness on drug abuse and child marriage are in place, the announcement said. SOON, ANNA UNIVERSITY TO BE DIVIDED INTO TWO E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai ANNA University, established on September 4, 1978, as a unitary type university will now be bifurcated to , help ease its administration. The State government passed a Bill that will enable the 42-year-old University to have a separate set of institutions for technology and research education, and another one involving its affiliated colleges. With Anna University Act of 1978, amended in the Assembly on Wednesday, the subsequent new Acts will be called Anna University (Amendment) Act, 2020, and Anna Technological and Research University Act, 1978. The new Act will come into force after government issues a notification. According to the Bill, the varsity’s four Chennai campuses will be constituted as unitary type and called “Anna Technological and Research University”, while a new affiliated-type institution called “Anna University” will be constituted to manage the affairs of constituent and affiliated colleges. The High Court had on Tuesday issued the interim orders on an application filed by Dammalapati Srinivas, hours after the State AntiCorruption Bureau (ACB) filed a case against him and 12 others for alleged insider trading in Amaravati under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections of the IPC. Terming the High Court orders unfortunate, unusual, unprecedented and surprising, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, advisor to the State government (public affairs), said it gives the impression that the law is one for the influential and another for the common man. “We will definitely go to the Supreme Court. If we have to go by the High Court orders, none will be able to speak on Amaravati scam. Gagging the media, executive, legislature and investigation agencies... this is a serious issue. People, intellectuals and legal experts must speak up,” he said. “It is understandable if the high court questions in a case where a person’s liberty is suppressed or innocent people are deprived of their rights or if the vulnerable are oppressed. How could the media be gagged? It seems like an over-reaction. It appears Dammalapati’s advocate Mukul Rohatgi argued that his client and daughters of a Supreme Court judge are named... If they had done something, shouldn’t such deeds be questioned?” Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy asked. Chennai likely to be home to Apple’s 2nd largest contract manufacturer BINITA JAISWAL @ Chennai AFTER Foxconn, Tamil Nadu is all set to attract Apple’s second largest contract manufacturer for iPhone, Pegatron. According to industry sources, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company is in talks with the state government to set up a manufacturing facility here. “We want to attract all major electronics manufacturing companies. Talks are on with different companies, including Pegatron. However, it is too early to say anything on it right now,” N Muruganandam, Industry Secretary, Tamil Nadu, told TNIE. Experts pointed out that it will be a win-win deal for Pegatron. Apart from benefits such as subsidy on land lease and capital, the company will have a support ecosystem and apt infrastructure as Foxconn already has a factory at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The state government’s incentives will be in addition to the ones offered by the Centre, sources said. Pegatron could not be reached for comments. es were examined and approximately 75 electronic devices THE Delhi Police on Wednes- seized as part of the investigad ay f i l e d a vo l u m i n o u s tion,” the police said. chargesheet in a local court This is the first chargesheet against 15 accused for their al- on the larger conspiracy beleged role in the larger conspir- hind the riots. The case was acy in the North East Delhi ri- handled by the Special Cell of ots in February last that left the police. over 50 people dead. Bunched According to sources, Tahir in 11 volumes, the chargesheet Hussain has been named the runs into 17,000 pages. key conspirator. All 15, the The 15 accused named chargesheet alleges, were in the chargesheet are guiding their foot solformer Aam Aadmi diers on the violence in Party MLA Tahir Husthe area. It accused sain, Abdul Khalid them of using a WhatSaifi, Isharat Jahan, sApp group on the antiMeeran Haider, GulliCAA protests to instisha, Safoora Zargar, HC: Go to trial gate violence in the Shifa Ur Rehman, court for bail Jafrabad-Seelampur Asif Iqbal Tanha, area. The Delhi High Shadab Ahmed, TaslIn all, 751 first inforCourt asked eem Ahmed, Saleem mation reports (FIRs) arrested Jamia Malik, Mohamaad Salwere filed in connecMillia Islamia eem Khan, Athar tion with the riots. student Asif Khan and Pinjra Tod “Of the total FIRs, 59 fo u n d e r m e m b e r s Iqbal Tanha, who were assigned to the Natasha Narwal and is among the 15 SIT constituted in the people Devangana Kalita. Crime Branch, 691 chargesheeted They are part of the were investigated by on Wednesday in 21 who are already unthe district police, and the Delhi riots der arrest under the one case registered on case, to Unlawful Activities March 6 to investigate approach the (Preventions) Act the larger conspiracy trial court (UAPA) and various behind the riots was for bail sections of Indian Peassigned to the Special nal Code such as crimCell,” the police said. inal conspiracy, attempt to As part of the probe, 12 pismurder, sedition, promoting tols, 121 empty cartridges, 92 enmity, rioting and causing live cartridges, 61 glass bottles damage to public property . filled with noxious chemicals The six others, including and an assortment of sharpUmar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, edged weapons have been Parvez Ahmad and Faizan, are seized so far by the police. expected to figure in a suppleIn the clash that broke out in mentary chargesheet in the the last week of February, at coming days. least 53 people died and 583 oth“It took 195 days to complete ers were injured. Also, properthe first phase of investigation. ties were widely damaged in During this period, 747 witness- arson attacks during the riots.
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