BHUBANESWAR l thursday l february 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l JEYPORE EDITION stadium gets a new name India take control of the third Test against England after a grand opening ceremony and foundation stone laying event of the Motera sports complex rahul jibe big stage President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the world’s largest cricket stadium and renamed it Narendra Modi stadium leading to a controversy. However, the govt later clarified that it’s only the cricket arena that has been renamed; the whole complex is still named after Sardar Patel Congress leader Rahul Gandhi got an opportunity to land a punch after the surprise renaming. “Beautiful how the truth reveals itself. Narendra Modi stadium — Adani end — Reliance end. With Jay Shah presiding,” he tweeted, with the hashtag ‘HumDoHumareDo’ patel sixer Once again, Axar Patel showed his guile picking up six wickets for 38, including the scalps of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow & Ben Foakes. England were all out for 112 on a turning track. This is his second fifer in three innings. He took five wickets in the second innings of the second Test starting gear India’s approach was clear. Fight out the most challenging session and get going on Thursday. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill shelved the shots. Although they ended up losing Gill, Pujara and Kohli, Rohit got going at the first sight of opportunity to take India to 99/3 India skipper Virat Kohli introduces his team to President Ram Nath Kovind and home minister Amit Shah before the Test | BCCI | P13 talking points on the field n England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball. The incident took place at the end of the 12th over, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was sanitised 11 n third-umpiring decisions went against England much to their Two The number of black and red soil pitches in the Centre n fan ran on the the ground breaching bio-bubble protocols A Australian firm Populous, which designed the MCG among others, is the architect of the stadium chagrin. To be fair to the visitors, they had a point with at least one of those appeals — the stumping of Rohit Sharma 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 60+? 45+ with co-morbidities? Your jab window opens on March 1 S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the launch of Covid-19 vaccination for the third priority group from March 1, which includes people above 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities, and involves the private sector. The vaccines will be administered at 10,000 government facilities free of cost and at 20,000 paid private facilities. The cost of the vaccines at private hospitals will be decided in three-four days after a meeting with manufacturers and representatives of hospitals, said Union minister Prakash Javadekar. “From March 1, people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres,” said Javadekar in a press briefing on the Cabinet’s decisions. The government is yet to make public the clinical criteria for those with underlying conditions to qualify for vaccinations against coronavirus but sources in the Union health ministry told this newspaper that these include diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. The underlying conditions have been defined by a special panel of doctors appointed by the government and are likely to be released within the next few days. Who will get the vaccine? What papers are needed before taking the shot? What are the comorbidties recognised for prioritisation? At the site of vaccine Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, but final word is yet to be out administration, you need to submit proof of age through a valid government ID. For those in the comorbid group, proof of comorbidity is required What is the process of taking What will be the cost of the vaccine? vaccines? You first need to register on CoWin App. It will ask you for your choice of hospital. You then need to select an available day/time slot. If you misses an assigned slot, you can register again Officials also said that portability facilities will be offered for the vaccination, which means that the beneficiaries can get the jabs anywhere in India after registering on CoWin app and furnishing required documents at the time of vaccine administration. “At the time of registration on CoWin, beneficiaries will be allotted a slot and will have a bunch of hospitals to choose from. It is free at govt hospitals. At private hospitals, you need to pay the price fixed by manufacturers and overhead cost charged by the hospital for administering the shot. There will be more clarity soon For this purpose, the app is being updated,” said a senior ministry official. He added that the CoWin portal is being integrated with the Aarogya Setu app for ease of registration for beneficiaries. There are two approved Covid-19 vaccines in India, one each by the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. However, the government is yet to clarify whether the third priority group can choose its jab brand. Govt biz bar lifted for private banks: FM E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi THE Centre on Wednesday decided to lift the embargo on granting government-related business to private banks. Till now, government banking transactions were done only through public-sector banks and select private banks such as Axis Bank. The decision, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, will open the doors for the private sector to participate in government-related banking transactions running into lakhs of or crores, such as taxes and other revenue payment facilities, pension payments, small savings schemes. In 2012, RBI had allowed private sector banks to act as agency banks but the move was not supported by the Level playing field Private banks will get to handle government transactions such as: l Tax payments l Revenue receipts and payments on behalf of the Centre as well as State governments l Pension payments in respect of Central and State governments l Work related to Small Savings Schemes, the commission for which is borne by the Centre l Defence transactions then government, which put an embargo on extending government-business to private banks. Now the govern- ment has decided to lift the embargo to push its privatisation drive. Bankers have welcomed the move. Uday Kotak, chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said, “It will enable the banking sector to serve customers better.” Meanwhile, bank unions opposed the government’s decision saying it is unfair and to the disadvantage of public sector banks, which have to meet social banking obligations. “If the government will distribute their business to private banks, the ability of public sector banks to lend to weaker and priority sectors on concessional rates of interest will become difficult because the government’s business helps these banks to balance the cost,” said C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA. express read Biden not in favour of Taliban rule in Afghanistan Rahul The Fisherman Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi joins fishermen as they toil for the morning catch on the high-sea off the Kollam coast in Kerala on Wednesday | PTI Washington: US President Joe Biden would not be okay if the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, the White House has said. The US and the Taliban had reached an agreement in February 2020 calling for a permanent ceasefire, peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, and a withdrawal of all foreign forces by May 1. There are about 2,500 US troops in the war-torn country | P13 Pullback win-win, China’s creeping forward playbook won’t work: Gen MAYANK S IN G H @ New Delhi Army Chief General M M Naravane on Wednesday said China’s known strategy of nibbling into neighbouring territory slowly like it did in the , South China Sea, will not work with India. “I think more than anything else what we have achieved is to show that this strategy will not work with us,” the General said referring to the recent reciprocal disengagement at Pangong lake in Ladakh after a standoff that lasted more than nine months. He was giving a talk on the “Role of the Indian Army in dealing with the contemporary national security challenges” at a Delhi-based think tank, Vi v e k a n a n d a I n t e r n a t i o n a l Foundation. “China has been in the habit of creeping forward making very small incremental changes where in each change by itself was not very big or worthy of a very strong reaction.” And because of the very small incremental moves that were never contested, it has been able to achieve its aims without firing a shot or any loss of life, he pointed out. Gen Naravane described the Pangong disengage- Odisha starts screening and RT-PCR testing at BPIA E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e An estimated 26 lakh people in the State will be covered in third phase Covid-19 vaccination that is set to begin from next month. The State Government has issued an ‘operational strategy’ for Covid-19 vaccination of the elderly population and people with co-morbidities in the new phase. Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said, eligible beneficiaries will have to register their names through the Co-WIN app for vaccination. The vaccines will be administered at all health facilities from PHC level to medical college and hospitals five days a week. Six to seven mobile vaccine units will also be deployed in each block or urban unit for carrying out vaccination in a planned manner. Alternate vaccinators and verifiers will be engaged for conducting the drive. The ANMs have been relieved of vaccination duty so as to not burden and inconvenience routine healthcare services in the public health facilities. The State has also requested the Centre to allow the 108 private hospitals empanelled under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) to conduct vaccination drive. The State government on Wednesday announced intensified screening and testing of people arriving at the Biju Patnaik International Airport even as the sample of a Maharashtra returnee, who was found infected, has been sent for genome sequencing at Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) here. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up a camp at the airport for screening every passenger arriving from outside. Those with symptoms will have to undergo RT-PCR test mandatorily, Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said. Two teams have been formed to work in two shifts, from 7 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 9 pm, for screening and testing at the airport. Focus will be on states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh which are witnessing a resurgence of the virus. Officials said that the passengers without symptoms will also be advised to undergo voluntary testing. “Those undergoing RT-PCR test will be asked to stay in strict isolation till their reports come,” said an official. As institutional quaran- @ Bhubaneswar Key questions People above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities 26 lakh in State to be covered in Phase-III ment as a win-win for both sides, adding it was achieved as all the organs of the gover nment worked in tandem. “As a result of this whole approach, disengagement has taken place. I think it is a very good end result. It is a win-win situation, and I think for any agreement to last both sides should feel that they have achieved something,” he said, adding it’s the outcome of 10 rounds of military-level talks. Strategies in place to deal with pending issues Army Chief Gen Naravane spoke about the existing trust deficit, which makes India wary of China’s intentions. “Going forward there are... pending issues in the areas of Eastern Ladakh (like Depsang, Gogra, Hotspring, Demchok); also pending issues in other areas along the Line of Control. But we have our strategies in place for that,” he said @ Bhubaneswar tine facilities have been shut down, the passengers will stay in homeisolation, the official said. Meanwhile, a 34-year-old man of Soro in Balasore district tested positive for Covid-19, a day after returning from Maharashtra on February 20. As two new variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in Maharashtra, the government has taken no chances and immediately sent his sample for genome sequencing. Director of Public Health Dr Niranjan Mishra said the report and other epidemiological and clinical information are expected in the next couple of days. Health officials have also started contact tracing of the youth and contacting his co-passengers of the bus after it was learnt that he had returned from Maharashtra. The Health department sources said no new strain of the virus has been detected in Odisha so far. As many as 190 samples collected during November and December last year were sequenced in the second phase and 20A and 20B clades were found in most of the samples. “No mutants have been found in the State so far. The ILS is now sequencing 104 samples collected during January. The sequencing report is awaited,” the sources added.
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