tirupati l sunday l October 18, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION Trump says he may leave U.S. if he loses to biden Don trails him in most election surveys The US president said on Friday night he cannot imagine the prospect of losing the Nov 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden Addressing his supporters at a campaign rally in Georgia, he said, “Can you imagine if I lose, my whole life, what am I going to do? I am going to say I lost to the worst candidate in history?” Donald Trump has so far refused to guarantee that he will accept a defeat in the election. At present, he is trailing behind Biden in most surveys, even in states that he won in 2016 40-yr-old Landslide victory for NZ’s popular PM ■ ■ ■ Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s party won a landslide victory in Saturday’s general election The centre-left Labour Party won 64 seats in the 120-strong House It’s for the first time any political party is winning an absolute majority in New Zealand parliament since 1996 | P9 Ardern’s handling of the pandemic had won her widespread praise 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 I n t e r vi e w Sputnik V gets nod for clinical trials Dr Reddy’s to conduct phase 2, 3 trials; Modi calls for effective vaccine delivery system ‘Nitish to be Bihar CM if NDA wins’ Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi tells TNIE that party ally and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar will continue to be the chief minister of Bihar even if the BJP wins more seats than the JD(U) in the upcoming Assembly elections Sushil Kumar Modi Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi Russia’s Sputnik V has become the fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate in India to receive regulatory permission for human trials. The vaccine’s promoter Russian Direct Investment Fund and Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Saturday said they have been granted approval from the Drug Control General of India to conduct phase 2 and 3 human clinical Undavalli for live telecast of cases against politicians E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rajamahendravaram Former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar has sent a letter to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde seeking live telecast of court proceedings in cases involving prominent politicians in the State so that people can know the facts. Addressing a press conference here Saturday Arun Ku, mar opined live telecast of proceedings is necessary in view of the fact that the media is completely polarised in the State. “Cases are pending against important politicians of the State -- one who ruled the State for 15 years (former CM Naidu) and another who won with a massive mandate (Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy) -- involving charges of corruption. Such cases should be telecast live. I urged the CJI for the same through my mail forwarded four days P4 back,’’ he revealed. trials in the country . It will be a multi-centre and randomised controlled study, though details of the number of volunteers and sites involved in the trial are not known. Earlier this month, the Covid-19 subject expert committee of the Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation had rejected the two firms’ proposal to conduct phase 3 trial saying the sample size was “small”. The regulator had then directed Dr Reddy’s to submit a revised proposal for phase-2 and -3 trial in the country . Sputnik V is currently undergoing phase 3 clinical trials in Russia and the proposed number of subjects is 40,000. Additionally a phase 3 clinical , trial of the vaccine commenced in the UAE last week. In India, three vaccine candidates, one each by Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila and Oxford University (for which Serum Institute of India is a production and distribution partner) are already under advanced stages of human trials. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday suggested developing a vaccine delivery system on the lines of conduct of polls and disaster management while involving all levels of government and citizen groups. Chairing a meeting to review the pandemic situation and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, the PM also cautioned against any complacency in the fight against the virus and called for ramping up efforts to P7 contain the pandemic. I n t e r vi e w CM writes to HM for `1K-cr flood relief E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday sought an immediate flood relief of `1,000 crore to the State. In a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Jagan said the torrential rains and floods caused a huge loss and urged him to send a Central team to Andhra Pradesh to enumerate the loss. “The rains and floods added more woes to the State, which is already financially burdened due to Covid-19. The State needs the support and hand-holding of the Centre to provide much-needed relief to the rain-affected people,’’ Jagan said. Stating that the State experienced heavy rains from October 9 to 13 under the influence of deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, the Chief Minister said that the rains and floods paralysed normal life. Standing crops and roads were damP4 aged and the transportation system was hit, he said. express read Grounded Jet Airways finally gets a buyer New Delhi: Nearly one-and-a-half years after it shut shop and was admitted under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, Jet Airways has finally found a buyer. Kalrock Capital and Murari Lal Jalan are the new owners of the airline. Murari Lal Jalan is a businessman with interests in diverse sectors. Besides India, his investments are in the UAE, Russia and Uzbekistan. Kalrock Capital, founded by European entrepreneur Florian Fritsch, is a global firm operating in financial advisory and alternative asset management. Experts feel joblessness in the aviation sector due to Covid and poor financial health of aircraft lessors will help the new owners cut cost. P10 ‘CJI must look into Jagan’s charges’ Chief Justice of India S A Bobde should set up a mechanism to deal with questions raised against the personal conduct of judges, says senior Supreme Court advocate Dushyant Dave Dushyant Dave Senior advocate, Supreme Court Q&A: p7 WITH THIS ISSUE CELESTIAL GLOW The nine-day Dasara Mahotsavam begins on a traditional note at Srisailam temple on Saturday | Express Now Streaming in India PLUS 12 PAGES
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