HYDERABAD SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 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 14% OF POPULATION UNDERNOURISHED 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 ■ 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 102 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 and Lopinavir among Covid duds, says WHO Randomised control trial in 30 nations shows Interferon too doesn’t save serious patients S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi LET’S PLAY BATHUKAMMA Women and children make floral arrangements to play Bathukamma on Day One of the nine-day festival at the Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanamkonda on Friday Trapped and ignored, residents of Kompally colony begin to migrate S BACHAN JEET SINGH @ Hyderabad WORDS fail to describe the agony of the flood-hit residents of Uma Maheshwar Colony in Kompally Even though . the rain has stopped, the flood situation remains grim. People are at their wits’ end as they do not know when the water will recede. Fox Sagar, which overflowed on account of the recent rains, has sent waters into the colony in a deluge. As many as 600 houses have remained marooned as there is no way for anyone to reach them, except by undertaking a perilous walk in waist-high water. As there are no signs of anyone arriving to help them, residents started leaving the colony with whatever belongings they could lay their hands on. They are taking with them household articles like uten- sils, cots, clothes, TV, fans, cooking stoves and gas cylinders in transport vehicles. In the absence of boats, residents are using inflated tyre tubes to shift old people as well as household articles. A few hundred residents, who are reluctant to move out of their colony are taking shelter , in the nearby under construction buildings, which unfortunately are in the FTL of Fox CONTINUED ON P3 Sagar. 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 patients. 3 TS STUDENTS AMONG TOP 15 NEET RANKERS While Snikitha secured All India Rank 3 and Anantha Parakrama B Nookala 11th rank, Sai Trisha Reddy took the 14th rank. In total, seven students from Telangana have secured ranks under 50 this year Tummala Snikitha Anantha Parakrama 3RD RANK 11TH RANK The results also put a question mark on the utility of the repurposed drug Remdesivir which has been a much soughtafter medicine. Remdesivir is permitted for emergency use M AYA N K T I W A R I @ Hyderabad THREE Telangana students are among the top 15 all India rankers in the NEET undergraduate exams. When the National Testing Agency (NTA) announced the NEET results on Friday evening, Tummala Snikitha secured All India Rank 3. Snikitha, who scored 715 out of 720 marks, also achieved all India second rank among girls. The other State students to be among the top 15 are Anantha 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 group of the WHO trial. CONTINUED ON P7 Parakrama B Nookala, 11th rank, and Sai Trisha Reddy, 14th rank. In total, seven students from Telangana have secured ranks under 50 this year. A total of 54,872 candidates from the State registered for NEET this year and 49.15 per cent of them qualified. Soyeb Aftab of Odisha and Akanksha Singh of Delhi, who obtained 720 marks each, clinched AIR 1 and 2 respectively . CONTINUED ON P4
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