MANGALURU SUNDAY OCTOBER 04, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 26 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 HE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK FROM HOSPITAL 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 ■ ■ 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 20% 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 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 seat-sharing 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 | P10 Trust goes to NGT for nixing power project Party Seats RJD 144 Congress 70 CPI(ML) 19 CPI 6 CPI(M) 4 TOTAL SEATS 243 Poll pressure? UP climbs down on Hathras stance Allows parties to visit village, recommends CBI probe B O S K Y K H A N N A @ Bengaluru M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi A day after a blast occurred at the Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd’s (KPCL) gas-based power plant in Yelahanka, which left 15 employees with burns, members of the Yelahanka Puttenahalli Lake and Bird Conservation Trust filed an interlocutory application before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday, requesting it to stop power company from constructing and commissioning the 370 MW power plant. They have also appealed to the tribunal that the environmental clearance for the project be cancelled. 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 rape-and-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 was giv- CONTINUED ON: P7 SEAT-SHARING en 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 credible Dalit face in its ranks, has been trying to build bridges with the community on the appeal of PM NarCONTINUED ON: P9 endra Modi. 2 jumbos electrocuted in lake on BNP fringes B O S K Y K H A N N A @ Bengaluru IN perhaps the first case of death due to electrocution at the Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) in recent times, the carcasses of two cow elephants were found floating in the Tikkakondanahalli Lake under Kodihalli range on Saturday . “Preliminary investigation re- veals that the death is due to electrocution, but the exact cause will be know when the carcasses are fished out and an autopsy is conducted. This is the first time I have seen such a case and it is the first case of electrocution in BNP in the last two years,” Park Deputy Conservator of Forests S Prashanth told The New Sunday Express. The swollen lake is on the fringes of the BNP and also abuts Ramadevarabetta and Manjunatha forest patches. Some electricity poles are near the water body and some are inside it, posing a danger. Due to the heavy downpour this monsoon season, the Tikkakondanahalli lake water is overflowing, making matters worse. CONTINUED ON: P7 Rahul, Priyanka meet victim’s family N A M I TA BA J PA I @ Lucknow 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 allowed five-member delegations of political parties to meet the family, Congress leader 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 IPL MATCH TODAY MUMBAI BANGALORE HYDERABAD RAJASTHAN Hyderabad has found form to win two Virat Kohli’saRCB will take on Steve matches in row. On Sunday, they Smith’sface in a promising clash in Abu RR Mumbai in Sharjah. Dhabi on Saturday. ODDS: MI 8/11 SRH 13/10 ODDS: RCB 5/6 RR 21/20 PUNJAB CHENNAI BANGALORE RAJASTHAN Two teams at the bottom, who are desperate for wins, lock horns in Dubai in the second game of the day. ODDS: RCB 5/6 1/1 21/20 ODDS: KXIP RR CSK 5/6 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 3.30pm LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 3.30pm DRAGON’S DILEMMA PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE Police try to pull back Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at the Delhi-Noida border on Saturday | SHEKHAR YADAV 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. Later, at 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. SSR death case of suicide: AIIMS panel 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. “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.
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