tirupati l tuesday l december 01, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Joe Biden breaks his foot while playing with pet dog The US President-elect has hairline fractures in his mid-foot and may need a walking boot for a few weeks, his doctor said Hairline fractures show up in ct scan ‘Get well soon’, Trump tweets The Democratic leader twisted his ankle on Saturday when he slipped while playing with Major, his two-year-old German shepherd. “Initial X-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the midfoot,” Biden’s physician Dr Kevin O’Connor said ■ ■ ■ Biden’s last health record was released by Dr O’Connor in Dec ’19 The physician said Biden is “healthy, vigorous”. Biden does not use tobacco or drink alcohol and exercises five days a week President Donald Trump, a Republican, who has not yet conceded the November 3 presidential election, tweeted, “Get well soon!” 78-yr-old Biden will be the oldest prez in U.S. history when he takes oath on Jan 20 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 Ministers in huddle to set up talks table was the conduit for the call between Shah and Singh. “I made Buta Singh speak to Union Home Minister Amit Amit Shah. A formal letter Shah met Agriculture Minis- inviting farmers for talks will ter Narendra Singh Tomar be issued without any condifor the second time within 24 tions, as we met minister hours on Monday as the Narendra Singh Tomar,” he farmers’ protest entered its said. fourth day, showing no signs A host of issues were disof abating. cussed at the meeting Shah Sources said the govern- had with Tomar, sources said, ment is ready to set up a talks including the politicisation table with the farmers uncon- of the protests, which Prime ditionally but is Minister Narenagainst repealing ‘Modi must listen dra Modi critithe three new cised in Varanasi. to Mann ki Baat’ farm sector reThe sparring The All India Kisan form laws. They match between Sangharsh added that Shah Haryana Chief Coordination may hold talks Minister M L Committee criticised with the protestKhattar and his the stout defence of ing far mers in Punjab counterthe new farm laws, Delhi on Tuesday part Amarinder saying it was the turn or the day after. Singh over the of Modi to listen to Buta Singh, protests also their Mann Ki Baat president of the came up for disBharatiya Kisan cussion.The Union, claimed he received a meeting happened when the phone call from Shah to re- protesting far mers have solve the issue but the minis- threatened to block five entry ter’s office denied the conver- points — Sonipat, Rohtak, sation. “I spoke to Shah and Jaipur, Ghaziabad-Hapur and he invited the farmers organ- Mathura — into the Capital. isations for talks without preMeanwhile, Sombir Sangconditions. A formal invite is wan, an independent MLA yet to arrive. If we get it, then from Dadri se gment in we will decide accordingly,’’ Charkhi Dadri, announced said Buta Singh. support to the agitation. He Also, former Punjab minis- heads the Sangwan Khap that ter and senior BJP leader has influence in 40 villages in Surjit Kumar Jayani said he Bhiwani and Dadri districts. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi/Chandigarh (Clockwise from top) A farmer dries his paddy in East Godavari district; (inset) paddy damaged by rain; CM Jagan makes a point during the Assembly session; Oppn leader Chandrababu Naidu protests in the Well | Express Angry Naidu squats in House, suspended Unprecedented acts unfold during debate on compensation for farmers; 12 other TDP members also sent out E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu and 12 other TDP members were suspended from the Assembly session for a day after they stormed into the podium, stalling the proceedings on the first day of the Winter session on Monday . For for the first time in his long political career, Naidu stormed into the Well of the House and squatted on the floor in front of the Speaker’s Chair. This happened when the House took up a short discussion on agriculture and cooperation. TDP member Nimmala Ramanaidu raised the issue of relief for farmers over the damage caused by Cyclone Nivar. “In the last few months, due to the cyclone, heavy rains and floods, farmers have suffered. Nivar alone destroyed crops on more than 12 lakh acres. In the note that was given to us, we expected that the government would explain the measures it is taking to compensate farmers. However, it was not men- Moderna shot 100% efficacy in severe cases raises the bar E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi US-based biotech major Moderna on Monday said its Covid vaccine candidate COVE showed 100% efficacy in severe cases, while it was 94.1% effective overall, as final results of of its phase 3 study in the US came in. Of the 30,000 who participated in its phase 3 study in the US, 196 developed Covid-19. However, 185 of them had received a placebo (dummy drug) while just 11 got the real vaccine. In all, 30 participants got severely ill, including one who died. But all 30 got dummy shots, indicating the vaccine was 100% effective against the novel coronavirus. “We have already, just in the trial, have already saved lives. Just imagine the impact then multiplied to the people who can get this vaccine,” said Dr Tal Zaks, the company’s chief medical officer. Moderna is in the process of applying for emergency use authorisation for its vaccine. Meanwhile, the cost of the Oxford vaccine in the Indian open market is expected to be $4-6. tioned,” he said. Intervening, Minister for Agriculture Kurasala Kannababu said he had already stated that the enumeration of crop loss is underway and preliminary estimates pegged the extent of crop loss at 6.93 lakh hectares. At that time, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy remarked that one should have some sense while speaking. Officials have been told to enumerate the crop losses by December 15 and provide com- ‘Behaving as though injustice done to him’ Taking objection to Naidu squatting on the floor in protest, Jagan said the Opposition leader was trying to disrupt proceedings even while his own party member was speaking. “He resorts to rowdyism and he himself squats before the podium as if injustice was done to him,” the Chief Minister remarked pensation by December 31 in the form of input subsidy, he asserted. Jagan further said his government took a historic decision to provide input subsidy within a month of the crop loss and procure discoloured and germinated paddy from farmers in a graded MPS system. “Though our minister clearly explained it, they (Opposition) are not listening,” he stated, and remarked that members of the Opposition have the upper part of their heads empty . Taking objection to the Chief Minister’s comment and gesture, Naidu sought the permission of Deputy Speaker Kona Raghupathi, who was in the Chair, to speak. His request was declined as his party member Ramanaidu was speaking. All TDP MLAs stood up and demanded that Naidu be allowed to speak. As permission was not given, a visibly angry Naidu rushed to the podium and squatted on the floor in protest. Continued on P5 Crop insurance claims to be settled in 1-2 months: Jagan 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 Monday said that for the first time in India, crop insurance claims will be settled within 1-2 months of harvesting, and announced that such claims will be settled by the government, which also pays the crop insurance premium for farmers. Addressing the House on the first day of the Winter Session, he said insurance companies were not settling claims in time. He pointed out that even claims from 2012 were not settled until the YSRC government came to power. “Farmers are not in a position to pay the premium, unsure of when it will be settled,” he said, and added that considering this, the government took up the responsibility to pay the premium and settle crop-insurance claims. Elaborating on how the government proposes to settle the claims, Jagan said Kharif 20-20 crop-cutting experiments will conclude in January 2020. Insurance claims are determined based on the yield after crop-cutting experiments, and once the planning department gives the report of the yield and damages in February, crop insurance claims will be settled in March-April. CONTINUED ON P5 (In the three years till 2019) 20 lakh farmers had crop insurance. But once we took over payment of the insurance premium, 58.77 lakh farmers were covered — YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister Kerala govt bans PwC from its IT projects for two years E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi The Kerala government has barred consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from projects promoted by the Electronics and IT Department for the next two years. The government said it found lapses by the consultancy firm in appointing Swapna Suresh, a key accused in the sensational gold smuggling case, as operations manager in the Space Park project under the Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd. “PwC didn’t perform a comprehensive background check in the case of appointing an individual in the Space Park. This is a serious breach of contractual obligations on the part of PwC,” the order said. The government also decided not to extend the contract with PwC for the Kerala Fibre Optic Network project. The contract had expired on Monday . Swapna’s appointment at the Space Park was allegedly on the recommendation of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar, also an accused in the gold smuggling case. PwC has a chequered history in India. It was the auditor of the infamous Satyam Computers, which committed one of the largest corproate frauds in Indian history in 2009 by manipulating account books. PwC was accused of colluding with the Satyam management. After a nine-year probe in 2018, Sebi banned PwC from auditing listed companies for two years. Last year, PwC was fined `230 crore by the Enforcement Directorate for violating FEMA. Bharatiya Kisan Union members protest after the police imposed Section 144 at the Ghazipur border during their protest, in New Delhi on Monday | PTI PM soft on agitators, harsh on Oppn spreading canards N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Let there be light Kanchi Kamakoti Peetadhipathi Vijayendra Saraswathi participates in Karthika mahadeepotsavam programme in Tirupati on Monday evening | Madhav K express read Priests question temple chairman, get thrashed Kurnool: Two priests were allegedly thrashed by a temple chairman in Bandi Atmakur mandal on Monday. Sources said they were beaten with a cane after the priests questioned the chairman for issuing darshan tickets even after 5 pm, in violation of Covid-19 norms. Temple executive officer Mohan intervened and brought the situation under control and the priests were rushed to hospital | P2 Amid a battle of perception on the three new farm reform bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tore into the Opposition for allegedly misguiding the farmers by spreading canards in the name of baseless fut u r i s t i c l u rk i n g t h re at s t o t h e i r interests. The PM, however, reached out to the agitating farmers, saying they cannot be blamed for the protests as they were misled by vested interests. Modi was addressing a gathering in Varanasi during a visit to his Parliamentary constituency to take part in the Dev Deepavali celebrations on 84 ghats of the Ganga illuminated with around 15 lakh earthen lamps. “New laws have been brought to realise the promises we made to the farmers of our country. Policies are being framed not to deceive the farmers but with honesty and transparency,” Modi said. Criticising the previous gover nments for allegedly deceiving farmers through subsidies, whose benefits never reached them, the PM said: “I feel the farmers should not be blamed for the agitation. It is natural for them to be suspicious as they have suffered deception for decades in the past.” Helping hand S’kulam collector & dy DM&HO help feed HIV +ve kids every month E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Srikakulam Believing that even children who are infected with HIV can have prolonged lives if they are given proper nutrition, Srikakulam Collector J Nivas has been providing nutritious food to a HIV-positive boy every month for the last six years. Inspired by his efforts, depu- ty DM&HO Dr Leela Rani also adopted a child from Nandigam mandal who is infected with HIV, and has been supplying nutritious food for the past year. She even promised to bear the cost of educating the child. Nivas said he got the idea from former East Godavari district collector Muddada Ravi Chandra. “I was inspired by him and decided to adopt a HIV- What’s in the ‘nutrition kit’? “I provide a nutrition kit with eggs, Horlicks, atta, jaggery, oil, rice and a few other nutritious items every month,” said Srikakulam Collector J Nivas. Such foods help boost the immune system positive boy from Adilabad district in Telangana. I provide a nutrition kit with eggs, Horlicks, atta, jaggery, oil, rice and a few other nutritious items every month,” he added. The money for the nutrition kit is given to the child’s caretaker. “By God’s grace the child is fine and healthy. HIV-infected children suffer for no fault of theirs. Our help can prolong their lives,” the collector said. On her part, Dr Leela Rani said though she has been providing nutrition kits, she could not get the child admitted in school due to the Covid-19-induced disruptions. “Officers of various departments, particularly at the district level, have come forward to contribute towards providing nutrition kits to HIVpositive children. Plans are on to supply them via the Indian Red Cross Society she added. ,” Srikakulam district has 210 children who suffer from HIV/ AIDS. As HIV affects the immune system, infectees can boost their immunity by consuming a nutritious diet.
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