VILLUPURAM SUNDAY OCTOBER 04, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION FEVERISH TRUMP FLOWN TO HOSPITAL FOR COVID CARE The US president developed a low-grade fever, nasal congestion and cough following Covid diagnosis, reports said JUST A PRECAUTIONARY MOVE: WHITE HOUSE President Donald Trump is being administered the anti-viral drug remdesivir at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Besides, the 74-year-old received a single dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail—a treatment not yet approved by regulators. The White House said the hospitalisation, expected to last for a few days, was only precautionary ■ 20% HE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK FROM HOSPITAL ■ Trump will continue to work from the hospital’s presidential suite. The White House said he remains fully in-charge, and is not planning to transfer authority to Vice President Mike Pence A source close to the president said his vital signs were “very concerning”, but have improved since hospitalisation | P9 CHANCE OF TRUMP DEVELOPING SEVERE DISEASE, HEALTH EXPERTS SAY 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 Rahul, Priyanka meet victim’s family TEJASHWI TO BE FACE OF BIHAR GRAND ALLIANCE Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav will be the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan Miffed ally walks out Soon after Tejashwi announced the seatsharing formula, an angry Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahani stormed out of the presser as no seat was allocated to his party. There were dramatic scenes as VIP cardre turned violent and shouted slogans against Tejashwi, who was immediately escorted out by security guards | P8 SEAT-SHARING Allows political parties to visit the girl’s village, recommends CBI investigation A possible high decibel level elections in Bihar later this month and key byelections in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh around the same time appear to have nudged the UP government to climb down from its apparent belligerence in the Hathras rapeand-murder case. With the incident grabbing headlines and protests threatening to go out of hand, the UP government changed tack on Saturday, ordering a CBI probe, allowing Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi to visit Hathras and top state officials meeting the victim’s family . Just two days back, Rahul and Priyanka were stopped from visiting the victim’s family while on Friday a Tri, namool Congress delegation AFTER two days of siege, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday allowed politicians and media persons to enter Hathras to visit the family of the Dalit girl who died on Tuesday in a Delhi hospital. After the state government Party Seats RJD 144 Congress 70 CPI(ML) 19 CPI 6 CPI(M) 4 TOTAL SEATS 243 Poll pressure? UP govt climbs down on Hathras stance M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi N A M I TA BA J PA I @ Lucknow was given rough treatment with member of parliament Derek O’Brien even apparently pushed to the ground when he and his team tried to force their way to Hathras. The BJP also seems to have been unnerved by uneasy voices within. What had been spoken with much circumspection among a section of leaders was put forth bluntly by Uma Bharti, that Hathras “dented the image of the party and the UP government”. Lok Sabha MPs Manoj Tiwary and Parvesh Verma also came out against the “police high-handedness.” The Hathras victim belonged to the Dalit community and the BJP lacking a cred, ible Dalit face in its ranks, has been trying to build bridges with the community on the appeal of PM Narendra Modi. CONTINUED ON: P7 A policeman tries to pull back Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, who was on her way to Hathras, at the Delhi-Noida border on Saturday | SHEKHAR YADAV allowed five-member delegations of political parties to meet the family Congress lead, er Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi and three senior party leaders met visited Hathras on Saturday evening. The Congress leaders, including K C Venugopal, P L Punia and Mukul Vasnik, held a closed-door meeting with the family for around 30 minutes. According to sources, they assured the family of full support in their fight for justice. Earlier in the day Additional , Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi and DGP H C Awasthy visited Hathras and assured the family of quick and stern action against the culprits. During the visit, first by high-ranking officials of the state government, both officials squatted on the ground and listened to the family patiently for about an hour. The family informed the officials of multiple lapses on the part of the police and the district administration. They also questioned the police’s hurried cremation. “We want to know whose body was burnt that day . All of us requested the police and the administration to allow us to see her one last time,” the victim’s brother told the officers. They also accused district officials of locking the family up in their home and taking away their phones. Later, addressing a press conference, Awasthi said the family would be given 24X7 security and measures will be taken to check any possible caste conflict in the village in future. AIIMS panel rules out murder, says Dr KV Thiruvengadam, Sushant’s death clear case of suicide noted physician, dies at 94 E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi A panel of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Saturday ruled out murder in the sensational Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The panel concluded, on the basis of forensic evidence, that the actor’s death was a “clear case of suicide”. In its report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the six-member panel noted that there were no marks on the actor’s body, other than a liga- ture mark on the neck caused by hanging. His body and the clothes he wore at the time of his death do not bear any signs of struggle, the doctors observed. The panel did not find any trace of poison or sedative drugs in Sushant’s body . “In the toxicological examination of the viscera which had been examined here, no presence of any sedative material could be established,” said an AIIMS source. IPL MATCH TODAY MUMBAI HYDERABAD Hyderabad has found form to win two matches in a row. On Sunday, they face Mumbai in Sharjah. ODDS: MI 8/11 SRH 13/10 PUNJAB CHENNAI Two teams at the bottom, who are desperate for wins, lock horns in Dubai in the second game of the day. ODDS: KXIP 1/1 CSK 5/6 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 3.30pm “It is a case of hanging and death by suicide,” Dr Gupta, the forensic expert who led the team of doctors said. Sources in the CBI said the agency will now probe the abetment of the suicide angle. The AIIMS panel’s report is consistent with the autopsy report prepared by Cooper Hospital in Mumbai soon after the actor’s death, sources said. Cooper Hospital’s report ascertained asphyxia due to hanging as the cause of Sushant’s death. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai EMINENT physician, doctor Padma Shri KV Thiruvengadam, passed away in Chennai on Saturday due to health issues. He was 94. Fondly known as the ‘walking encyclopedia of medicine’ and the ‘perfect gentleman’ among his students and colleagues, Thiruvengadam has served as WITH THIS ISSUE the Director of Medicine at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) in Chennai. “He was a great professor and academician,” said doctor Therani Rajan, the current dean of RGGGH speaking to Express. “He was one of those doctors who would make grand rounds in the hospital, checking each and every ward.” A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: P4 DRAGON’S DILEMMA PLUS 12 PAGES
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