BHUBANESWAR l friday l november 20, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION Oxford Study confirms covid shot’s response in elderly The results of Oxford’s Phase-2 trial, published in the Lancet, show the vaccine is better tolerated in people above 56 years Findings Good news for India ‘Vaccine causes few side effects’ The Oxford University on Thursday confirmed that the Covid vaccine it is developing with AstraZeneca produced strong immune responses in older people, who are at highest risk. The Oxford shot is the best bet for India as it is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute and does not need the cold chain facility for storing unlike Pfizer’s vaccine candidate ■ ■ ■ The study involved 560 adults, 240 of them over 70 years It showed that the vaccine provokes a response in T-cells that target the virus within 14 days of the first dose and a protective antibody response within 28 days of the booster dose The Lancet report claims the vaccine causes few side effects P12 Phase-3 Results of the Oxford vaccine are likely to be released by Christmas 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-time retooling of development models China to ride on domestic demand India to use tech solutions to grow J aya n ta R o y C h o w d h u r y @ New Delhi B i s m a h M a l i k @ Bengaluru Starting next year, China will rely more on domestic consumption to drive future growth for its $14.34-trillion economy which has used , an export-led model to accelerate its way out of poverty in the past four decades. “From next year on, China will embark on new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country We will foster a new develop. ment paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other,” Chinese president Xi Jinping on Thursday told a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation chief executives. The ratio of foreign trade to GDP has already dropped from 67% in 2006 to less than 32% in 2019, according to Chinese government data. In comparison, India’s foreign trade as a percentage of GDP stood at 40% in 2019. Last month, a conclave of the ruling Communist Party of China had adopted Xi’s formulations for the country’s 14th five-year plan, which will see China adopt a development model where domestic and foreign markets can boost each other, with the domestic market as the mainstay . The new development model comes amid a trade war with the US and a global pandemic, both of which impacted China’s status as the world’s factory with many transnational firms rethinking global supply chains and countries adopting a more protectionist stance to save businesses and jobs at home. Analysts feel China can afford to depend on its domestic demand to boost markets as its per-capita income has rapidly risen to $10,261, nearly five times that of India’s, with a sophisticated economy which was now exporting its surplus capital to set up a Belt and Road Initiative to connect markets across the globe to Beijing. However, this will not be a disruptive change as China had started relying more on domestic demand since the 2008 financial crisis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India’s regulatory framework is being simplified to promote innovation in the technology sector and the government is actively engaging with key stakeholders for this. “You must be aware of the recent decisions taken by the government to ease compliance burden for the tech industry We are actively . engaging with the stakeholders in the IT industry to chalk out a future policy framework for liberalising the sector and removing the compliance burden,” Modi said while inaugurating the 23rd edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 virtually . He was referring to the recent announcement by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) on removing ITeS/BPO firms from the OSP (Other Service Providers) compliance burden. Hailing MEITY’s recent approval to IT firms allowing their employees to work from their homes or anywhere in India, Modi said the policy decisions are aimed at liberalising the burgeoning tech industry . “India is currently at a sweet spot. Our tech solutions have the potential to go global and, thanks to technology our schemes have gone , beyond files and changed the lives of people on a large scale,” the Prime Minister added. While admitting that the Covid-19 pandemic had caused disruptions in the economy Modi , said that it is not the end of the road and has proven to be a silver lining for the tech industry due to large-scale adoption of digital technology . “We have been able to help millions of poor people in this country including farmers and , other marginalised sections, with the click of a mouse and cater to their needs within a short period of time. The IT industry showed resilience during the pandemic. Our fintech industry performed well and millions of transactions were carried out digitally due to people’s trust in technology Modi said. P10 ,” Through technology we have enhanced human dignity. Millions of farmers receive monetary support in one click. At the peak of Covid lockdown it was technology that ensured India’s poor received proper and quick assistance. The scale of this relief has few parallels Narendra Modi Prime Minister The new development paradigm is a strategic decision we have made based on the current stage and conditions of development in China and with full consideration given to globalisation and changes in the external environment Xi Jinping President, China express read Signs of community protection against Covid Biggest arms haul after 4 terrorists shot in Jammu New Delh: A first scientific analysis has presented the first signs of communitylevel protection against Covid-19 emerging in India. The scientists attached with various government institutions tracked new cases in Pune from areas with different — high and low — seroprevalence after 45 days of the serosurvey and found significantly fewer cases emerging in areas with high seroprevalence | P7 Srinagar: Security forces on Thursday averted a major tragedy, possibly a fidayeen attack, in Kashmir by eliminating four suspected Jaish-eMohammad terrorists from whom they recovered the biggest arms haul in the recent times. The four terrorists were hiding in a Srinagar-bound truck which was intercepted on Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Ban Toll Plaza, Nagrota at about 5 am | P8 Two ‘custodial’ deaths in 24hrs, Odisha police in dock E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rourkela A day before the State Assembly meets for the Winter session, two alleged custodial deaths in last 24 hours came as a huge embarrassment for Odisha Police on Thursday . In Puri, an anti-social died within hours of police allegedly arresting him whereas the second incident was reported from Birmitrapur where a youth detained over abduction of a businessman died during early hours of the day. While locals laid siege to Birmitrapur police station after the incident, Puri saw tension necessitating a mild baton charge by police. Puri SP Akhileshwar Singh told mediapersons that the deceased, K Ramesh was arrested by Baselisahi police after a tussle while he was attempting a crime in Mangalaghat area. During the scuffle, three police personnel suffered injuries. He was brought to the police station and shifted to district headquarters hospital later in the night when his health condition deteriorated. He died during treatment, the SP said. Singh said Ramesh was involved in five criminal cases across districts and was released on bail from a Talcher jail recently . However, uncle of the victim, K Ariya alleged that Ramesh was taken away by police from his house late in the night three days ago. He died of torture in custody, Ariya alleged. He said the family was not allowed to see the dead body of their dead son. Instead of handing over the body to the family after postmortem, police conducted the cremation under security. “By the time, we reached Swargadwar, the body was almost burnt,” said Ariya. The SP said, a case of custodial death has been registered and all norms laid down by NHRC were being followed. An additional superintendent of police and a DSP have been entrusted with the investigation. The incident has sparked a political storm with both BJP and Congress staging dharna in front of Puri Collec- tor, SP office as well as the district headquarters hospital on Thursday. Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik, local MLA Jayant Kumar Sarangi along with party MLAs met parents of victim and assured them justice. Naik said the party demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Orissa High Court, transfer of SP, registration of murder case against the IIC of Baselisahi police station besides ` 1 crore compensation to the victim’s family Members of Puri Bar Associa. tion also took out a procession and put forth similar demands. In Birmitrapur, the victim, Md Tariq Salim was detained in connection with the kidnapping of a businessman, Pradeep Kundu. Tariq, a resident of Karbala Road area in Birmitrapur town, was reportedly taken into custody by police from Simdega district of Jharkhand on Wednesday . continued on: p5 BJP has demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Orissa High Court, transfer of Puri SP, registration of murder case against the IIC of Baselisahi police station besides ` 1 crore compensation to the victim’s family - Pradipta Naik, Leader of Opposition SC restores dismissed PIL on farm laws E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Matter of jurisdiction Can Parliament enact a law on a subject that belongs to state list, is the constitutional question raised by the PIL The Supreme Court on Thursday restored a dismissed public interest litigation (PIL), which challenged the constitutional validity of the Centre’s three farm sector reform laws on the grounds that Parliament did not have powers to legislate on agriculture, as it is a state subject. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde had last month issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions against the farm laws. However, it had dismissed the PIL filed by lawyer M L Sharma against the same laws and asked him to approach the high court instead. During a brief hearing on Thursday the bench said, “We , will restore and keep your matter for admission after two weeks.” Sharma pointed out that he could not argue it on the day it was dismissed. “If I could not appear before the court and argue myself, then it amounts to non-appearance,” he reasoned. “The point on which we had dismissed it was that there was no cause of action,” the bench said. Earlier, the court had decided to hear pleas of RJD lawmaker Manoj Jha and DMK MP from Tamil Nadu Tiruchi Siva, and one by Rakesh Vaishnav of the Chhattisgarh Kisan Congress against the three farm laws. Sharma, in his PIL, has said that these laws ran counter to Article 246 of the Constitution as agriculture falls in the state list instead of the Union List. Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 10 more years in two terror financing cases E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi It’s LeT’s front outfit JuD is the front of Lashkar-eToiba, which was responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to over 10 years in prison by a Pakistan court in connection with two terror financing cases. Saeed, who is in the Kot Lakhpoat jail since February, was earlier sentenced to 11 years in jail in two other cases of terror financing. All sentences, including the previous ones, shall run concurrently, the court said. “The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Lahore on Thursday sentenced four leaders of Jamat-ud-Dawa, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, in two more cases,” a court official was quoted as saying. While Saeed’s two associates — Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal — have been sentenced to 10.5 years each, his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki was sentenced to six months imprisonment. Of the 41 cases that have been registered by the Counter Terrorism Department, 24 have been decided. Robbers make away with cash, gold worth `10 crore Four armed miscreants struck at a private finance company located on the busy Nayasarak market here on Thursday morning and decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth `10 crore without breaking a sweat | P3
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