KOTTAYAM l SUNDAY l OCTOBER 04, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l 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 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 N A M I TA BA J PA I @ Lucknow SEAT-SHARING 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 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 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 Poll pressure? UP govt climbs down Demand to increase tests as TPR crosses 14% on Hathras stance LAST 5 DAYS’ TEST POSITIVITY RATE E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ T’Puram Allows political parties to visit the girl’s village, recommends CBI investigation M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi 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, t h e U P gover nment changed tack on Saturday or, dering 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 Trinamool , Congress delegation 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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi. CONTINUED ON: P7 EXPRESS READ Compound interest on loans to be waived CBI asks Life Mission to produce six crucial files New Delhi: In a relief to individual borrowers and MSMEs, the Centre has agreed to waive compound interest on loans of up to H2 crore for a sixmonth period on account of Covid-19. The Centre told SC that the relief will be admissible to the categories specified irrespective of whether the moratorium had been availed. Kochi: The CBI probing violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act in the LIFE Mission housing project funded by UAE Red Crescent at Wadakkanchery has sought six crucial files from the Mission. They should be produced on Monday. The notice to the LIFE Mission CEO in this regard was accessed by TNIE. P5 WITH test positivity rate (TPR) in Kerala crossing the 14%mark, there is growing demand to increase the number of daily tests of samples. Public health experts say that if the number is increased to one lakh and beyond, it will greatly help the state system. Till date, the highest number of samples processed on a day was 63,682, last Wednesday when the fresh cas, es crossed the 8,000-mark for the first time. Experts also want the government to set up more facilities and identify DRAGON’S DILEMMA PLUS 12 PAGES Samples tested 52,755 7,354 13.93 Sept 30 63,682 8,830 13.86 Oct 1 59,157 8,135 13.75 Oct 2 63,175 9,258 14.65 Oct 3 54,563 7,834 14.35 manpower before increasing the tests as the sudden surge of patients could put pressure on the existing system and make it collapse eventually . E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE Enforcement Directorate (ED), Bengaluru, has summoned Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, to appear at its office here on Tuesday . The ED is expected to question Bineesh over his association with suspected drug peddler Mohammed Anoop, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Bengaluru on August 24. Kochi native Anoop is said to be a close friend of Bineesh. Anoop, now in Bengaluru Central Prison, had reportedly told the officials that Bineesh had funded his restaurant business in Bengaluru. The ED will look into whether the financial deals between the two are linked to the drugs case. Bineesh has acknowledged his friendship with Anoop, but denied any links with the drug business. The ED Kochi, probing the money trail in the gold smuggling case, had interrogated Bineesh last month for 12 hours. 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. WITH THIS ISSUE ODDS: KXIP 1/1 CSK 5/6 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 3.30pm AIIMS forensic team rules out murder, says actor Sushant’s death a clear case of suicide 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 ligature 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. Positive Test Positivity cases Rate (%) Sept 29 ED Bengaluru to quiz Bineesh Kodiyeri over links with drugs dealer M M Hassan takes charge as UDF convener T’Puram: M M Hassan assumed charge as UDF convener on Saturday. He replaced another Oommen Chandy loyalist and Chalakudy MP Benny Behanan, who stepped down last week. Hassan, who exuded confidence about leading the UDF to victory in the local body and assembly polls, said the front would not hold talks with the Jose K Mani faction of KC(M). P5 Date “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. Kerala is third in the country in terms of active cases, behind Maharashtra and Karnataka. The WHO says it is ideal to keep the TPR below five per cent. “It’s ideal to increase the number of tests. Kerala could increase it to one lakh and more. Considering the prevalence of the virus in the society increas, ing the testing will be good as it’ll help identify more new patients, thereby reducing the spread including to the vulnerable ones like the elderly This . will have a positive effect on bringing down the mortality rate as well,” said IMA state president Dr Abraham Varghese. Cases crossed the 9,000mark for the first time last Friday when 63,175 samples were ● More on P4 tested. 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. Stern action, fine for violators: CM T’Puram: There has been a lowering of guard on the part of the people in the state against Covid, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has said. He warned of stern action against offenders and increasing the fines for violation of Covid protocol. He said people should maintain social distancing while visiting shops and should wear masks. If items are to be touched by hand, gloves should be worn before entering the shop. “It’s the responsibility of the shop owner to ensure that the guidelines are followed. If necessary arrangements are not made, such shops will be closed down,” the CM said.
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