BELAGAVI SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA SLIPS BELOW BANGLADESH, PAK IN GLOBAL HUNGER INDEX In the 2020 Global Hunger Index that has ranked 107 countries, India is at 94th position, worse than many of its neighbours INDIA’S HUNGER LEVEL IS ‘SERIOUS’: REPORT With a score of 27.2, India has a hunger level that is ‘serious’, said the report released on Friday. Pakistan is at 88th spot while Nepal and Bangladesh have been ranked 73 and 75, respectively. The report assessed the condition for 132 countries but released the data for only 107 countries. The report is not reflective of the impact of Covid-19 on hunger and malnutrition | P7 102 14% OF POPULATION UNDERNOURISHED ■ Among 11 countries where child wasting rate was considered ‘high’ or ‘very high’, India was in the very high category at 17.3% ■ The report says 14% of India’s population is undernourished ■ Activists working on food security said the report reflects the ground realities and the government has failed to address hunger INDIA’S RANKING IN THE 2019 INDEX THAT RANKED 117 COUNTRIES 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 Remdesivir, HCQ among duds in Covid-19 treatment: WHO Randomised control trial in 30 nations shows they don’t save serious patients Central teams rush to K’taka, 4 other states S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi IN a finding that will have farreaching implications for pandemic-hit countries, a new study says none of the major drugs used in the treatment of Covid-19 has any significant benefit for severe patients. Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine, Lopinavir and Interferon are the four major drugs being used to treat hospitalised coronavirus patients. Interim results from a 30-country trial coordinated by the WHO show that these drugs do not cut hospitalisation period or mortality rate of Covid-19 patients. The analysis of the world’s largest randomised control trial on Covid-19 conducted in 405 hospitals across 30 countries, has been uploaded on medical server MedRxiv for review before it will be published in a medical journal. The findings are also a reminder that no medicine, except steroids like Dexamethasone and Methylprednisolone, has so far been found to help serious Covid-19 patients. The results also put a question mark on the utility of the E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru/New Delhi ‘Data inconsistent’ US-based Gilead Sciences, which holds proprietary rights over Remdesivir questioned the results saying the data is “inconsistent with more robust evidence” repurposed drug Remdesivir which has been a much soughtafter medicine. Remdesivir is permitted for emergency use authorisation in moderate to severe Covid-19 patients as part of the national clinical management protocol in India. “Since the main objective of treatments of the hospitalised patients is to reduce the risk of death, the search for effective t re at m e n t w i l l c o n t i nu e through rigorous evaluation of evidence gathered from large randomised clinical trials,” said Dr K Srinath Reddy mem, ber executive of the steering P7 group of the WHO trial. TAKING note of the spiralling number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has sent a team of experts to review the State Government’s management of the pandemic. A team comprising a Joint Secretary a public health expert and one , clinician was rushed to Karnataka by the Central Government. The team has so far visited Kalaburgi and Dharwad for field review and is expected to meet officials of the State The central teams shall also guide in Health Department on Saturday. In a statement released effectively on Friday morning, the Union managing the challenges Health Ministry said that related to timely high-level teams have been dediagnosis and puted to Kerala, Karnataka, follow-up Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, which are reUnion Health porting a surge in the number Ministry statement of new Covid-19 cases of late. “Teams will support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the posiP3 tive cases,” the statement said. TODAY’S IPL MATCH RCB VS RR @ 3.30 PM ODDS : RCB 8/11 | RR 6/5 CSK VS DC @ 7.30 PM ODDS : CSK 11/10 | DC 4/5 L IV E : S TA R SP O R T S 1/ H O T S TA R B’luru cops probing underworld links in bar owner murder E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru A CITY IN CELEBRATION The Statue Square in Mysuru is illuminated as the cultural hub of Karnataka gets ready for the start of the Dasara festivities from Saturday | UDAYSHANKAR S PUB owner Manish Shetty’s murder by bikeborne assailants late on Thursday evening was reportedly a “contract (supari) killing” by a rival gang or one of his former accomplices with whom he had fallen out, highly placed sources told The New Indian Express. “Prima facie, the crime footprint and the sequence of events leading to Manish’s murder points to the involvement of notorious fugitive gangster Vishwanatha Koraga (VK) Shetty,” said an official. The police are also not ruling out the involvement of Shetty’s former associate and another fugitive underworld gangster, Kali Yogesh alias Yogesh Bangera. Shetty and Yogesh are from coastal Karnataka and are believed to be operating from the Middle East. Manish, V K Shetty and Yogesh are former associates of underworld don Ravi Pujari, who was extradited from Senegal in February this year. CONTINUED ON: P3 19-yr-old Ramanagara girl killed by family B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru A gruesome case of alleged ‘honour killing’ of a 19-year-old girl has come to light in Ramanagara district, about 50 km from Bengaluru. “Hemalatha (19), a BCom student belonging to the Vokkaliga community from Bettehalli village in Ramanagara district, was allegedly bludgeoned to death by her father Krishnappa (48), cousin and prime accused Yogesh (21) and another minor, who is the victim’s distant relative. The trio were opposed to her relationship with Puneeth, who hails from the Scheduled Caste community,” Inspector General of Police (Central The father Krishnappa (left) and cousin Yogesh in police custody on Friday. Range) Seemant Kumar Singh told The New Indian Express. Puneeth is a college dropout. The IGP added that the alleged killers had buried the body of Hemalatha in a farm near their house, which was ex- humed by the police on October 10. “The body bore head injuries and was partially decomposed,” he added. Krishnappa and some of his family members had filed a missing person’s complaint on October 9 at Kudur police station, stating that his daughter Hemalatha was missing since October 8. “The complainants stated that they suspected Puneeth as the main culprit. Following the complaint, the police detained Puneeth for questioning. Preliminary investigation and the youth’s questioning revealed that he was not in that area that day,” said Singh. CONTINUED ON: P5 Case cracked in 21 days IGP (Central Range) Seemant Kumar Singh said that a 21-member police team cracked the case within a week’s time. A minor involved in the case, who is 10 days short of his 18th birthday, has been detained Spoke to CM BS Yediyurappa on the rainfall & flood situation in various parts of Karnataka. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of Karnataka affected by the floods. Assured all possible support from the Centre in rescue and relief works that are under way — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter Govt releases `85 crore for relief measures in rain-hit dists EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru/Mysuru CHIEF Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday digitally released `36.57 crore towards input subsidy for 51,810 farmers who lost their crop in floods earlier this year. The funds, which will be credited to the bank accounts of the farmers through direct benefit transfer, was released during the CM’s meeting with district officials while reviewing the impact of excessive rain in 14 districts on Friday . The State Government also released `85.49 crore as emergency funds to take up rescue, rehabilitation and relief measures in the affected districts. “Twelve NDRF teams, including those from Pune and Mumbai, have been deployed to assist in relief work. Relief centres should be Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa interacts with DCs and ZP CEOs in Bengaluru on Friday. set up keeping in mind mandatory social distancing norms. Masks and medical assistance, testing, etc., should be facilitated at relief camps,” the CM told the district Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Panchayat CEOs P4 and Superintendents of Police. EXPRESS READ PM to address 12 rallies in poll-bound Bihar Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 12 rallies in Bihar where the assembly polls begin on October 28. Senior leader Devendra Fadnavis said the PM will address the first set of rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur. P8 Bidar boy is state topper in NEET, ranked ninth Bengaluru: Bidar’s Karthik Reddy is the state topper in the NEET exam, scoring 99.99 percentile. He stood ninth in the prestigious medical entrance test, which saw Odisha’s Soyeb Aftab bag the top rank, attaining a perfect score. P5, 8 Stubble burning: Centre sore as SC sets up panel EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BRUSHING aside objections by the Centre, the Supreme Court on Friday appointed its retired judge Madan B Lokur as the one-man committee to curb crop stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and west UP, which chokes Delhi-NCR. Describing it as an emergency measure, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde Justice Madan said it wanted to B Lokur step in before the problem of bad air and smog gets unmanageable. Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati sought to stop the appointment, saying the bench should rather hear the matter along with a batch of similar pleas in the 1985 MC Mehta PIL. But the CJI rejected it. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made a last-ditch attempt to spike the appointment, but the bench stayed firm. Justice Lokur was among the four top SC judges who held an unprecedented press meet in 2018 criticising the then CJI Dipak Misra.
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