KOTTAYAM l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l 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 State to continue employee pay communal riots deferment, control expenditure plot chargesheet Tightening purse strings Six days’ salary of employees will be deferred for another five months starting September Police claim the accused used a WhatsApp group to incite violence in Jafrabad founder members Natasha N a r w a l a n d D ev a n g a n a THE Delhi Police on Wednes- Kalita. d ay f i l e d a vo l u m i n o u s They are part of the 21 who chargesheet in a local court are already under arrest under against 15 accused for the Unlawful Activities their alleged role in the (Preventions) Act larger conspiracy in (UAPA) and various the North East Delhi sections of Indian Penal Code such as crimiriots in February last nal conspiracy attempt , that left over 50 people to murder, sedition, dead. The chargesheet promoting enmity, riruns into 17,000 HC: Go to trial oting and causing pages. T he 15 accused court for bail damage to public property . named in the The Delhi High The six others, inchargesheet are forCourt asked mer Aam Aadmi Parcluding Umar Khalid, arrested Jamia ty MLA Tahir HusSharjeel Imam, Millia Islamia sain, Abdul Khalid Parvez Ahmad and student Asif Saifi, Isharat Jahan, Iqbal Tanha, who Faizan, are expected Meeran Haider, Gulli- is among the 15 to figure in a supplesha, Safoora Zargar, mentary chargesheet people Shifa Ur Rehman, in the coming days. chargesheeted Asif Iqbal Tanha, on Wednesday in “It took 195 days to Shadab Ahmed, Taslcomplete the first the Delhi riots eem Ahmed, Saleem phase of investigacase, to tion. As many as 747 Malik, Mohamaad approach the witnesses were examSaleem Khan, Athar trial court ined,” the police said. Khan and Pinjra Tod for bail G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi Upper ceiling of unpaid leave for govt employees to be reduced from 20 years to 5 years Weekly teaching hours of at least 16 hrs to be necessary for sanctioning new college teacher posts Promotions will not be given to a junior officer when the senior takes a leave for 90 days E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram THE state government, which has found itself under severe financial stress due to Covid-19 and is staring at a grim situation with cases spiking daily has announced , a set of tough measures to control its expenditure. The continuation of salary deferment of government employees for another five months, ban on vehicle/furniture purchase and modification of public Chennai may house Apple’s 2nd largest contract manufacturer B I N I TA J A I S W A L @ 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 Pega- tron. 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’s incentives will be in addition to the ones offered by the Centre, sources said. buildings for next one year are some of the key decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday . Six days’ salary of government employees will be deferred for another five months starting September. The deferred amount will be merged with the employees’ provident fund (EPF) on April 1, 2021. Nine per cent interest will be given for the amount till the merger and PF’s rate of interest ● More on P6 afterwards. EXPRESS READ Order allows asymptomatic migrants to work T’Puram: An order issued by the General Administration Department allowing migrant workers who test positive for Covid-19 but are asymptomatic to work has kicked up a row in the state. Health department officials were quick to oppose it, saying the decision could jeopardise the ongoing Covid fight.P2 Seal all branches of Popular Finance: HC Jawan from Kollam martyred in J&K Kochi: The High Court has asked the district collectors to issue orders directing closure of all branches of Popular Finance across the state and to effect attachment of all assets. P6 Kollam: The mortal remains of Army Jawan Aneesh Thomas from Kollam, who was martyred in an attack by Pakistan Army in Jammu and Kashmir, will be laid to rest here on Thursday. P7 STRONG PRESENCE OF ISIS IN SOUTHERN STATES: MHA New Delhi: The NIA has found strong presence of the Islamic State in the southern states, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Ministry of Home Affairs said all five southern states feature in the list.
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