BHUBANESWAR l SUNDAY l OCTOBER 04, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE 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 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 Speaker directs inspection of Covid hospitals 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar SPEAKER Surjya Narayan Patro on Saturday directed Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das to form a special squad for inspection of all Government and private Covid-19 hospitals in the State in view of the large number of complaints received from different quarters about mismanagement in the facilities. The Speaker’s ruling came in response to the issue raised by leader of the Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik again on the day. Naik has been raising the issue for the last couple of days. While giving his ruling on the issue, the Speaker said that the Government has also been receiving similar complaints about mismanagement in Cov- 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 AIIMS panel rules out murder, says Sushant’s death 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 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 id-19 hospitals. He directed the Minister to set up a special team to visit all Covid hospitals in the State and make on the spot review of their functioning. On Saturday, the leader of the Opposition alleged that the manner in which these Covid hospitals are being managed are not at all suitable for the patients to stay in them. Giving example of a dedicated Covid hospital in Bhawanipatna, Naik said that it has not been cleaned for the last three days. Left over of food items and other things are lying scattered on the floor of the hospital in which several patients are admitted and being treated. Alleging that latrines of the hospitals are not being cleared properly, Naik said that even drinking water is not provided P5 to the patients. Even drinking water is not provided to the patients. Doctors are not visiting the patients regularly and medicines are thrown at them, he said and demanded immediate corrective action by the Government Pradipta Kumar Naik, Oppn leader India test fires new nuke capable Shaurya H E M A N T K U M A R R O U T @ Bhubaneswar ADDING more teeth to its arsenal, India on Saturday successfully conducted the first test of the advanced version of nuclear capable hypersonic missile Shaurya from a defence facility off Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface medium range new hybrid missile blasted off from a hermetically canister in ground launch mode from the Abdul Kalam Island test range at about 12.10 pm. Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the project code-named B-05, the newer version of the missile has a strike range of 750 km to 1800 km depending on the payload. Defence sources said the missile equipped with multiple advanced computing technology very high ac, curacy navigation, efficient propulsion, sophisticated control and guidance systems followed the trajectory as expected before zeroing in on the target accurately in the Bay of Bengal. 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 , “The mission was a copy book success,” said a Ministry of Defence official. The indigenously developed missile was tracked and monitored through an integrated system of sophisticated radars, electro-optical tracking instruments and a chain of telemetry stations positioned at different points along the east coast. Ships located near the target also tracked and witnessed the final event. “This was maiden test of the land version of the missile, which will supplement the earlier version Shaurya. Having several new features, the missile is faster, lighter and stealthier. It will have a new name and will be inducted in the armed forces after a few more tests in coming years,” the official informed. The missile capable of deceiving enemy radar is aimed at giving India more options to hit back, in case it is attacked with nuclear weapons. Capable of performing various roles, it can be used by both the Navy and the Army Both the earlier ver. sions of the missile are now under serial production. The two-staged solid propelled missile is about 10 metre long and its diameter is 0.7 meter. Its launch weight is around six tonne and can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads up to 1000 kg. It was latest in the ongoing series of weapon tests by the DRDO amidst the heightened tension along the border following confrontation with China. The launch came three days after the successful flight testing of the extended range BrahMos missile and last month’s test of hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle. “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. 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. Pradhan donates plasma at SCBMCH Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday donated plasma at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after recovering from Covid-19. He said it gave him a sense of selfsatisfaction and urged people who have recovered from the infection to donate their plasma to save others’ lives. “Donated plasma at SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack today. It is immensely satisfying to do my bit towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he tweeted. Pradhan was tested positive for coronavirus in July and recovered from the disease a month ago. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan praised Pradhan for donating plasma for the benefit of Covid patients. DRAGON’S DILEMMA PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE
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