WARANGAL TUESDAY OCTOBER 06, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE FOR HEPATITIS C VIRUS DISCOVERY Harvey Alter, Charles Rice from the US and Michael Houghton from the UK won the Prize, the Nobel jury said on Monday MICHAEL HOUGHTON HARVEY J ALTER CHARLES M RICE HELPED SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES WORLDWIDE HOW THE TRIO DISCOVERED THE VIRUS The three virologists made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis. Their discovery of the Hepatitis C virus—a major cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis—made possible blood tests and new drugs that have saved millions of lives, the Nobel jury said. Their discovery also revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis ■ ■ Alter studied hepatitis in patients who had received blood transfusions, determining their illness was neither Hepatitis A or B Houghton built on Alter's work to isolate the genetic sequence of the new virus. Rice then used genetic engineering to prove it was the new strain—Hepatitis C—that was causing the disease | P12 71 mn FACE CHRONIC HEPATITIS C INFECTION WORLDWIDE, ACCORDING TO W.H.O. 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 Big compensation fight at UP police see global plot, file 19 FIRs GST Council, deal put off N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow 10 non-BJP ruled states reject the borrowing options mooted by the Centre; apex panel to meet again on October 12 to resolve the issue EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EVEN after eight hours of marathon talks, the GST Council meeting on Monday could not break the stalemate over compensation as 10 Oppositionruled states rejected the Centre’s borrowing options to meet revenue shortfall. The Council will meet again on October 12 to resolve the issue. However, states will get some immediate relief the total compensation cess collected so far this year, `20,000 crore, will be disbursed by Monday night itself. The pending IGST dues of `24,000 crore will also be transferred to states by the middle of next week. Sitharaman said the compensation cess will be extended beyond the original deadline of June 2022 in view of the economic distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last GST meeting, states were given two options to meet GST revenue shortfall — a special window arranged by the finance ministry to provide `97,000 crore at a nominal interest rate or borrow the entire gap in revenue shortfall of `2.35 lakh crore. Sitharaman said 21 states have opted for the first option, while 10 states including Kerala, Telangana, and West Bengal, said the Centre should borrow and give the money to states. In the meeting, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said the entire revenue shortfall of states needs to be compensated by the Centre. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 42nd GST Council meeting via video conferencing in New Delhi on Monday | PTI Later, he said in a Facebook post, “The Central government is just a member of the Council. Hence, the Council’s decision on the issue should be made through a voting.” Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said his state will not borrow money to meet revenue shortfall. If the Centre doesn’t release full compensation, Punjab will adopt “all legal options”, he warned. KEY DECISIONS This year’s compensation cess of `20,000 crore to be disbursed to states on Monday night Pending IGST of `24,000 crore to be transferred to states by the next week Compensation cess to be extended beyond the original deadline of June 2022 CURIOUS TIMING CBI recovers `57 lakh in raids on K’taka Cong chief B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru THE CBI on Monday said it recovered `57 lakh during simultaneous raids at 14 locations linked to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar, over alleged dispropor tionate assets worth around `75 crore. Coming as the raids did ahead of crucial by-elections, the Congress saw political motive in the whole exercise. The agency also raided properties of Shivakumar’s brother and Congress MP D K Suresh, and Sachin Narayan an excise baron and a close associate of Shivakumar. “The raids were conducted at nine locations in Karnataka, four in Delhi and one in Mumbai after a case was registered against Shivakumar and others under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988,” a CBI source said. The agency also seized incriminating documents including property documents and bank-related information, the source said. CONTINUED ON P5 CBI conducts a raid at the residence of D K Shivakumar | SHRIRAM BN Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao, too, rejected the Centre’s borrowing options. The Tamil Nadu government reiterated its demand for immediate release of dues in one instalment while agreeing to Option 1. “Our stance has consistently been that the Centre has a moral and legal obligation to pay compensation for the shortfall in GST collections,” said Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative reforms minister D Jayakumar. Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Bugg ana Rajendranath demanded the borrowing limit be increased by 2% . He also urged the Centre to clear the dues with interest. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai welcomed the decision to to extend the cess collection beyond 2022. With inputs from our bureaux in New Delhi, Thiruvananthpuram, Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Bengaluru TODAY’S IPL MATCH MUMBAI VS RAJASTHAN Rohit Sharma & Co are the inform side with their middle-order firing on all cylinders. Facing them in Abu Dhabi this evening is RR, who are are showing some cracks after a confident start. ODDS : MUMBAI 4/6 | RAJASTHAN 25/19 L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M AMID continuing outrage over the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras, the state police on Monday sought to turn the narrative by claiming to have unraveled an international conspiracy to foment caste conflict to defame the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. The police registered as many as 19 first information reports (FIRs) — some including sedition charges — and at least six persons, including two in Lucknow, have been arrested in the alleged plot. Police sources said intelligence agencies indicated the involvement of organisations like Amnesty International, Popular Front of India, Social Democratic Party of India and workers and leaders of many mainstream political parties in the conspiracy The police . also claimed it had evidence of international funding to fuel the anger. Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order), claimed that a “conspiracy was hatched to push the state into caste tur- ACTION AGAINST FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS In Lucknow, six FIRs were lodged against people who posted fake messages or morphed images of the chief minister on social media platforms to allegedly incite violence TRUMP’S RECKLESS DRIVE-BY SETS A BAD PRECEDENT Covid-positive US President Donald Trump did the unthinkable on Sunday, disregarding all disease management and quarantine protocols by briefly stepping out of the Walter Reed Medical Center where he is admitted He drove by well-wishers, waving to them from behind the glass pane of his sealed car. Inside the car were at least two Secret Service agents wearing protective gear in the front seats, while Trump sat in the back “This is insanity,” tweeted Dr James P Phillips, a physician at Walter Reed. “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential drive-by has to be quarantined for 14 days,” he tweeted moil”. “Some specific groups used social media platforms to spread hatred and incite people for creating a conflict on caste lines by organising unlawful gatherings in times of Covid pandemic.” Kumar claimed the police had audio and video clips suggesting some of these groups even offered `50 lakh to the victim’s family to speak against the government. He confirmed that the police had lodged 19 FIRs and said it would be too early to reveal names or details without proper investigation. Of them, six were lodged in Bijnor, Bulandshahr, Lucknow, Prayagraj, Mathura, Shamli and Saharanpur for unlawful protest over Hathras case, breaching Section 144 of CrPC and inciting hatred on social media. A website that offered information on how to protest safely and avoid the police has been linked to the conspiracy. The site has now been taken down. It also listed dos and don’ts on how to stay safe during riots and in situations when the police use teargas shells. KHAMMAM HORROR 13-YEAR-OLD DALIT GIRL SET ABLAZE FOR RESISTING RAPE President Donald Trump drives past supporters gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda on Sunday | AP | P11 FOR A PATIENT WHOSE OXYGENATION LEVELS DIPPED BELOW SAFE LEVELS TWICE IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, WAS ADMINISTERED SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND ADMINISTERED A STEROID, ATTEMPTING THEATRICS, TRUMP STYLE, WAS NOTHING SHORT OF MADNESS But such is his insecurity ahead of the November 3 presidential elections that he is resorting to knee-jerk reactions and hurting his cause in the process. He is now itching to get back to the White House A WSJ report said his rapid antigen test was positive on Thursday itself but he did not disclose it and went ahead with a Fox interview. Later when his RT-PCR test, too, was positive, he could no longer put a lid on it under IPC Sec 376 r/w 511, 307, 354, 506 and Sec 10 POCSO and launched an investigation. A 13-year-old Dalit girl, who is The girl, who belongs to working as a domestic help at Pallegudem village in Khama house in Khammam, was set mam district, started working ablaze by her employer’s son and living at Allam Subbarao’s after she resisted his house in May sexual advances. this year. The girl, who sufA few days ago, fered 70 per cent Subbarao called up burns, is now batthe girl’s father and When I was in the room, he came tling for life at a pritold him that his vate hospital. As per inside and asked me daughter got injured to sleep with him. the preliminary inin a fire accident. formation provided When I refused, he W h e n t h e l a t t e r forced himself on by police, the incirushed to the hospime. He tore my dent occurred on Sep- clothes and later set tal, he saw that the t e m b e r 1 8 , a f t e r me ablaze, and ran girl had received sewhich the girl’s em- away from the place vere burns and was ployers got her adin an unconscious Victim mitted to a private state. hospital but hid facts On Monday the girl , of the incident from the vic- gained consciousness and told tim’s parents. her parents how Subbarao’s The incident came to light son Maraiah tried to rape her. on Monday when the girl manShe said, “When I was in the aged to inform her parents as room, he came inside and to what exactly happened at asked me to sleep with him. the house, following which her When I refused, he forced himfather lodged a complaint with self on me. I struggled a lot. He the One Town police in tore my clothes and later set Khammam. me ablaze, and ran away from The police registered a case the place.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Khammam JEE Advanced results announced, just one student from TS among top 25 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad JUST one student from Telangana found a place among the top 25 rankers when the IITDelhi announced the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced results on Monday. Hardik Rajpal of Narayana Junior College, Madhapur in Hyderabad, secured the sixth rank in the Common Rank List (CRL). Chirag Falor of IIT Bombay zone is the top ranker in CRL. He scored 352 out of 396 marks. Kanishka Mittal is the topper among the girls and she also bagged AIR-17 in the CRL after scoring 315 out of 396. The IIT-Delhi, however, has not yet released the list top-100 rankers. This year, a total of 1,60,838 students registered for JEE Advanced, including 15,000 students from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. While HC notice to TS over naming of Women’s Commission head E N S @ Hyderabad EXPRESSING displeasure over the State government’s failure to fill up posts of various statutory bodies, a division bench of Telangana High Court on Monday directed the State Advocate General BS Prasad to inform within a week about the exercise carried out by the government and the time required to appoint a chairperson for the State Women’s Commission. Statutory bodies cannot be made to function without a head and it is a matter of serious concern. Despite constituting the committees for selecting appropriate persons to head the statutory bodies, the appointments are yet to be made and due to this they continue to be headless, the bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy observed. The bench also appointed advocate Vasudha Nagaraj as amicus curiae to assist the court in the present PIL and posted the matter to October 13 for further hearing. Hardik Rajpal Abdullah Mohammed 1,50,838 of them appeared for the exam, 43,204 of them cleared the exam. Hardik Rajpal, who had earlier secured 100 percentile in the JEE Mains, said: “The strategy prepared by our college management helped me get this rank which I could not have done otherwise. I worked hard for the last three months and improved myself while trying to overcome my weaknesses.” Meanwhile, Abdullah Mohammed, another Hyderabadi from MS Junior College, secured 92nd rank in the OBC CONTINUED ON P5 category . 2 AP BOYS AMONG TOP 25 | P5 EAMCET engineering results to be declared today Hyderabad: The TS-EAMCET 2020 engineering results will be announced on Tuesday, according to Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) Chairman Papi Reddy. “The EAMCET engineering results are ready. Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy will be releasing the results at 3.30 pm on Tuesday,” he said. The TSCHE also conducted agriculture exams on September 28 and 29, the results of which are likely to be declared in the third week of October. “The results for the TS-EAMCET ‘Agriculture, veterinary and pharmacy,’ streams this year, will be released separately in the third week of October,” he informed. Meanwhile, the Covid-19 positive candidates who could not appear for the TS-EAMCET will get another opportunity to write a special exam. A PIECE OF HISTORY Sotheby’s to auction Nizam’s bejwelled wine flask A I H I K S U R @Hyderabad A Mughal era gem set and enamelled gold decanter that once belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad is set to go under the hammer in United Kingdom on October 27. Sotheby’s, which is conducting the auction, estimates that the elegant piece will sell for approximately `4.74 crore to `7.58 crore. The decanter which may have been used by the Mughals and — maybe even by the Nizams — to pour wine, is set with over 600 hexa gonal emeralds. The white enamel neck of the flask is decorated with green leafy stems and with flowers that are slightly protruding. The detachable lid has a diamond encrusted on it. The international auction house says the flask is in good condition, although the gems have not been tested as it is set in the flask. “Some of the gems (are) with m i n o r ab r a sions (which is) consistent with age; very few gems appear to have been replaced with a paste... (sic),” the Sotheby’s condition report says. Gifted by the Nizams in 1930s to current owners The auction catalogue for the flask says that it was a part of the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad and it was gifted by the Nizams in 1930s to its current owners. Although it is unclear how the flask left the Mughal treasury and reached the courts of the Nizams in Hyderabad, Sotheby’s provides a few theories. It may have been a gift from a Mughal emperor, the auction house says. “Another likely option however is that it was among the pieces taken by (Iranian ruler) Nader Shah from the Mughal treasury in 1739 which never made it all the way back to the Iran,” the catalogue states. Heritage experts opine that the first theory is much more likely as the Nizams, since 1724, have received priceless gifts of jewels from Mughal emperors and other neighbouring rulers as gifts for the Nizam’s loyalty .
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