BENGALURU THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 20 LATE 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 | P9 ■ ■ ■ 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 | P12 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 No plan to amend Official Languages Act: Centre di, English and Regional Language) as per Point No. 3 of OfTHERE is no proposal to ficial Language Resolution, amend the Official Languages 1968, which has been prepared Act to include Scheduled lan- in consultation with state guages other than Enggovernments. lish and Hindi as its of“The order of usage ficial languages, the of languages in the Centre told the Rajya name-boards/noticeSabha on Wednesday . boards to be displayed Union Minister of for the information of State for Home Affairs the public by Central Nityanand Rai stated Government Offices this while replying to a which are located in The Official question posed by non-Hindi speaking arMarumalarchi Dravi- Languages Act eas is to be in the order da Munnetra Kazhag- should also be of (1) Regional Lanamended to am (MDMK) founder guage, (2) Hindi, (3) Vaiko. The Rajya Sab- include regional English,” the minister language. This ha member wanted to Act was framed said in a written reply . know whether there While hearing an aplong ago. A was a proposal to am- situation has peal against the Delhi end the Act to include High Court order in now arisen Scheduled languages, where regional the matter of Draft Enother than Hindi and language should vironment Impact AsEnglish, as its official be given priority sessment Notification, languages, as suggest- and preference 2020, Chief Justice of ed by the apex court. India S A Bobde had Manu Baligar, When asked how the orally remarked that president, people in the South and Kannada Sahitya the Central GovernParishat the Northeast, especialment should consider ly villagers, could unamending the Official derstand the official communi- Languages Act to include cations, rules and regulations Scheduled languages, other published by government, Rai than Hindi and English, as ofsaid that there is provision of ficial language of the Governthree-language formula (Hin- ment of India. AP GOVT PLANS TO MOVE SC SANA SHAKIL @ New Delhi MAKE IN INDIA Chennai may house Apple’s 2nd largest 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. AGAINST HC’s STAY The issue relates to probe in a case against former A-G Dammalapati Srinivas and 12 others in the Amaravati land scam, and gag on the media. P9 ‘Recast panel to include people from South’ EXPRESS READ ‘Institution builder’ Kapila Vatsyayan dies New Delhi: Arts connoisseur and scholar Kapila Vatsyayan died on Wednesday, aged 92. She was founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts | P10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru FORMER Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday urged the Union Government to reconstitute the 16-member expert committee, formed to study Indian culture over the past 12,000 years. “It is very unfortunate that the expert committee does not have any Kannadigas or South Indians who know Dravidian culture. The committee does not even have a woman member,” the former chief minister pointed out. P7 Babri demolition case verdict on Sept 30 Lucknow: A special court will deliver judgment on September 30 in the Babri Masjid case, ruling if L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were involved in razing the mosque in 1992 | P10 Down with Covid, four of BSY’s ministers likely to miss session ASHWINI M SRIPAD @Bengaluru WITH just about five days to go for the start of the legislature session, four ministers in CM B S Yediyurappa’s cabinet, including Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, may skip the sessions, at least for the first few days, as they are undergoing treatment for Covid-19. Bommai, who tested positive on Wednesday tweeted that one of the staff, ers at his residence had tested positive on Tuesday “I too got tested and was found . out to be positive. I have no symptoms. I BANNED DRUG STILL IN USE KILLS VULTURES A new study finds that drugs used to treat cattle is decimating vulture populations | THARANGINI BALA will be under home quarantine,” he stated. Bommai will not be available in the initial days to respond to the Opposition parties which are planning to take on the government on issues such as the DJ Halli violence and the drug racket. Bommai is the fourth minister to catch the virus in the last one week. On Monday, Urban Development Minister Byrathi Basavaraj had tested positive and the next day Food and Civil Supplies Min, ister K Gopalaiah too was diagnosed with Covid. Animal Husbandry minister Prabhu Chavan tested positive last week. P4 MEERA BHARDWAJ @Bengaluru EVEN as India celebrated the International Vulture Awareness Day on September 5, the news comes that vulture populations are still declining and there are no significant signs of their recovery in India. A new study released this week says the drug diclofenac, which was banned for causing mass kill-offs of three vulture species, is still being prescribed and is available across medical stores. The catastrophic decline of critically endangered White rumped, long and slender billed vultures in South Asia was caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac which was finally banned in 2006. Apart from diclofenac still being used, there are also other unsafe drugs like Aceclofenac, Ketoprofen and Nimesulide becoming more widely used by vets to treat cattle. Tamil Nadu has already taken steps to restrict the usage of such P7 drugs by vets. CYBER CRIME ‘Your data is kidnapped, pay ransom!’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Madikeri SOMETHING was wrong with their server. They couldn’t open their folders. This was not the usual ‘System error’. Suddenly a message or rather a warning popped up on their computer screen: “Your files can be retrieved, but you have to pay ...” The personnel of ‘Sun Micro Tec IT Solutions’ company in Kushalnagar then understood that their data had been ‘kidnapped’ by cyber criminals and they were asked to pay a ‘ransom’ in the form of an expensive key to unlock their folders. A complaint in this regard, a first of its kind in Kodagu, has been raised with the district cyber cell. This is a new reality that haunts the corporate security teams the world over. Credit cards are passé, data has become a bargaining chip for cyber criminals. The company personnel detected the ‘Ransomware.ogdo’ virus, which stole all the system data through the server. And the warning message said, “Don’t worry you can return all , your files! All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important (sic) are encrypted with the strongest encryption and unique keys...The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you (sic) price of private key and decrypt software is $980.” Further, the warning message even offered the company a discount of 50% -- if the company contacted the hacker via email within 72 hours. CONTINUED ON: P7 15 FIGURE IN DELHI RIOTS CHARGESHEET Police claim the accused used WhatsApp group to stoke violence G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi THE Delhi Police on Wednesday filed a voluminous chargesheet in a local court against 15 accused for their alleged role in the larger conspiracy in the North-East Delhi riots in February last that left over 50 people dead. Bunched in 11 volumes, the chargesheet runs into 17,000 pages. The 15 accused named in the chargesheet are former Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain, Abdul Khalid Saifi, Isharat Jahan, Meeran Haider, Gullisha, Safoora Zargar, Shifa Ur Rehman, Asif Iqbal Tanha, S h a d ab A h m e d , Ta s l e e m Ahmed, Saleem Malik, Mohamaad Saleem Khan, Athar Khan and Pinjra Tod founder members Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita. They are part of the 21 who are already under arrest under the Unlawful Activities (Preventions) Act (UAPA) and various sections of Indian Penal Code such as criminal conspiracy at, tempt to murder, sedition, promoting enmity rioting and caus, ing damage to public property . The six others, including Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Parvez HC: Go to trial court for bail The Delhi High Court asked arrested Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha, who is among the 15 people chargesheeted on Wednesday in the Delhi riots case, to approach the trial court for bail Ahmad and Faizan, are expected to figure in a supplementary chargesheet in the coming days. “It took 195 days to complete the first phase of investigation. During this period, 747 witnesses were examined and approximately 75 electronic devices seized as part of the investigation,” the police said. This is the first chargesheet on the larger conspiracy behind the riots. The case was handled by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. According to sources, Tahir Hussain has been named the key c o n s p i r a t o r. A l l 1 5 , t h e chargesheet alleges, were guiding their foot soldiers on the violence in the area. It accused them of using a WhatsApp group on the anti-CAA protests to instigate violence in the Jafarabad-Seelampur area. In all, 751 first information reports (FIRs) were filed in connection with the riots. “Of the total FIRs, 59 were assigned to the SIT constituted in the Crime Branch, 691 were investigated by the district police, and one case registered on March 6 to investigate the larger conspiracy behind the riots was assigned to the Special Cell,” the police said. As part of the probe, 12 pistols, 121 empty cartridges, 92 live cartridges, 61 glass bottles filled with noxious chemicals and an assortment of sharp-edged weapons have been seized so far by the police. In the clash that broke out in the last week of February at least 53 people died , and 583 others were injured. Also, properties were widely damaged in arson attacks during the riots.
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