Irene Frachon, a lung specialist whose study was instrumental in highlighting the risks of the Servier pill Mediator | AP WARANGAL TUESDAY MARCH 30, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION FRENCH PHARMA MAJOR GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER Court convicts Servier for deaths caused by Mediator, a drug used for diabetes, weightloss treatment between 1976-2009 DAMAGED HEART VALVES, KILLED AT LEAST 500 BANNED BY U.S, SPAIN & ITALY BEFORE 2009 In 1999, a study linked the pill with damage of heart valves but Servier continued to push the product till 2009 before pulling it out. A French court said the firm misled consumers on the pill for decades, despite being aware of its side-effects. Experts testified that about 500 people have died due to the drug and the number may exceed 2,100 deaths eventually ■ ■ ■ France’s medicines agency ANSM was fined 303,000 euros for delay in action, despite repeated warnings over its side effects Servier’s former deputy boss sentenced to a suspended jail sentence of four years and fined several million euros in damages Mediator was used by 50 lakh people across the world till 2009 $350 mn SETTLED OUT OF COURT BETWEEN PATIENTS, INSURANCE FIRMS AND THE PHARMA 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 WHO’s report in sync with China Says Covid’s lab leak extremely unlikely, does not want further probe into the hypothesis EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A joint World Health Organization-China study on the origins of Covid-19 went with Beijing’s position on the chances of its leak from a Wuhan lab being extremely unlikely and concluded that the most plausible scenario was its transmission from bats to humans through another animal. The report put together by an international team of experts and seen by the Associated Press proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis. But WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said all hypotheses on the origins remained open and needed further study . The report is expected to be made public on Tuesday “We’ve . got real concerns about the methodology and the process that went into that report, including the fact that the government in Beijing apparently helped to write it,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a recent CNN interview. China hit back accusing the US of trying to pressure the WHO experts’ group. The report listed scenarios in the order of likelihood, starting with transmission from bats to another animal, which it said was likely to very likely . On direct spread from bats to humans, experts saw it as likely; while spreading to humans from the packaging of coldchain food products was seen as possible but not likely . Youth celebrating Holi, completely ignoring Covid protocols, in UP’s Prayagraj on Monday. It is this age-group that is most vulnurable to the second Covid wave | PTI THE VERTICAL CLIMB 68,020 NEW CASES ACROSS INDIA ON MONDAY 403 CASES DETECTED IN TS AFTER CONDUCTING 33,930 TESTS 40,414 OF CASE LOAD FROM MAHARASHTRA ALONE 4,583 THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES IN TELANGANA International banks lose billions after fire sale of stocks by US fund EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WALL Street was in turmoil on Monday after two top global banks — Nomura of Japan and Switzerland’s Credit Suisse — warned they could face significant losses following their exposure to an unnamed US hedge fund. The fund had defaulted last week on certain margin positions held by them and other banks, they said. “Following the failure of the fund to meet these margin commitments, Credit Suisse and other banks are in the process of exiting these positions,” Credit Suisse said. While the banks did not name the fund, media houses identified it as Archegos Capital Management, which had liquidated billions in stocks just last week.Arche gos dumped its holdings in top Chinese companies like Baidu Inc, Tencent Music Entertainment Group and Vipshop Holding plus US giants such as ViacomCBS and Discovery after their share value fell last week. This hurt Archegos’ bottom line, forcing it to seek fresh funding. Nomura shares plunged by 16% in Tokyo after it warned of a potential $2 billion loss while Credit Suisse shed 14%. Investor concerns drove down prices of other European banks, too. Nomura, however, said ‘there will be no issues related to the operations or financial soundness’. SWISS BANK SILENT ON QUANTUM Already hit by the collapse of British short-term corporate loan specialist Greensill earlier this year, Credit Suisse warned its losses could be “highly significant,” without giving a figure.The bank referred to links to a US fund which had defaulted on margin calls last week The head of the Suez Canal Authority announced the resumption of shipping traffic in the canal, bringing relief to a tailback of over 425 vessels, which will take 4-5 days to clear No sooner had the news of Ever Given refloating trickled out than the oil prices started easing. The 190-odd-km canal channels 10% of world trade SLITHERY GUEST Patients panic as cobra pays RIMS a visit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Adilabad THE Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Adilabad has been exposed as a hospital with lax safety though it is a major medical facility in north Telangana. Patients in the maternity ward had the shock of their lives when a huge black cobra slithered along the wall late on Sunday and finally disappeared into the washroom attached to the ward which has not been in use for quite some time now. As the cobra moved alongside the wall, the patients, who are lactating mothers and their attendants, panicked and tried to move away from the reptile by sitting tight on the bed and sending up prayers. As soon as the reptilian visitor went inside, staff locked the washroom door. A huge stock of unused material has been kept in the washroom and it is suspected that the cobra might have gone inside the stockpile. The hospital staff who arrived immediately shifted the patients to another ward. When contacted, RIMS RMO Thodasam Chandu said he would look into the safety aspect of the wards. Despite repeated attempts, RIMS Director B Balram Naik could not be contacted. A black cobra tries to hide under a cot in the maternity ward of RIMS in Adilabad on Sunday night GLIDING OVER KONDAPOCHAMMA An adventure sports enthusiast paramotors over the picturesque Kondapochamma sagar reservoir on Monday. The day also saw farmers perform puja at Srigadha bridge in Ghambhiraopet as water from the project reached Upper Manair Dam | P2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai NCP founder Sharad Pawar will soon undergo surgery at a Mumbai hospital here after it was diagnosed that he has some gall bladder issue, a minister of his party in the state government said here on Monday. He is 80. “Our party president Sharad Pawar saheb was feeling a little uneasy due to a pain in his abdomen last evening and was therefore taken to Breach Candy Hospital for a check-up. Upon diagnosis it came to light that he has a problem in his Gall Bladder,” Nawab Malik tweeted. “He is on Blood Thinning Medication which is now being stopped due to this issue. He will be admitted to the hospital on the 31st of March 2021 and an Endoscopy and Surgery will be conducted. Hence all his programmes stand cancelled until further notice,” the minister added. NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said Pawar had a medical check-up at a private hospital after complaining of abdominal pain on Sunday while he was in Ahmedabad. RABI PADDY SUEZ FREE Tugboat crews sounded foghorns in celebration on Monday after dislodging a ship stuck in Suez Canal for a week Pawar to go under the knife soon TS TO PROCURE ALL THE PADDY PRODUCED BY ITS FARMERS, ASSURES CM K CHANDRASEKHAR RAO PAGE 4 POLL FEVER N’SAGAR BATTLELINES DRAWN: JANA VS THE GREENHORNS V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad IN the battle for Nagarjunasagar Assembly seat, the fight is between the TRS and K Jana Reddy This is because, . in case of TRS, the party is bigger than the candidate — political novice Nomula Bhagath, son of incumbent Nomula Narasimhaiah, whose death necessitated the by-election. The bypoll will be held on April 17. The BJP sprang a surprise by fielding a tribal Dr Panubothu Ravi Kumar Naik since there is a significant population of tribals in the constituency Dr Naik joined . the BJP only two months ago and is a local doctor. In case of Jana Reddy, Congress which is fielding him, pales into insignificance as he stands tall in the wake of the party having lost most of its sheen over the last few years. TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced Bhagath’s candidature on Monday Vot. ers are not quite acquainted with 37-year-old Bhagath but he will have to take on seasoned politician 75-year-old Jana Reddy who is a popular , leader. His candidature having been cleared some time back, Jana has been vigorously campaigning for over 20 days now. A seven-time MLA and former Home Minister, Jana was defeated twice, in 1994 by TDP’s Gundeboina Rammurthy Yadav and in 2018 by Nomula Narasimhaiah of TRS. Incidentally both , the candidates who defeated Jana belong to the Yadava caste. Tribal doctor is BJP’s surprise pick While the TRS picked political novice Nomula Bhagath, son of incumbent late Narasimhaiah, the BJP sprang a surprise by fielding a tribal, Dr P Ravi Kumar Naik since there is a significant tribal population in the constituency Jana, with his personal image has outgrown his party — Congress. Now, he will have to f ace a political novice Bhagath, who entirely banks on the charm of KCR and the appeal TRS has among people. The advantages for Bhagath are that the sympathy factor might work in his favour as well as goodwill generated for TRS on account of implementation of several welfare and development works in the last six years. Besides, the State government also announced 13 lift irrigation projects ahead of the notification for the byelection. The TRS is also pinning its hopes on 1.53 lakh beneficiaries of the government schemes. If the TRS retains its seat, it will send signals that the pink party is strong as ever and the setbacks it suffered recently are only a minor blip in its long history of electoral triumphs. If Jana wrests the seat from the TRS, his popularity graph in the Congress will rise and he may occupy key position in the party His . elevation might check MP A Revanth Reddy’s ascent. This will be music to the ears of senior leaders of the TRS who wear their hatred for him on their sleeves. Also in the fray is TDP’s Muvva Arun Kumar, who will file his papers on Tuesday The BJP, . after announcing the candidature of Ravi Kumar Naik, is now trying to mollify the ruffled feelings of the three aspirants for the party ticket — Anjaiah Yadav, Indrasena Reddy and Nivedita Reddy. While party leaders could pacify Anjaiah and Indrasena Reddy, they are unable to reach Nivedita who has filed her nomination papers. Drunk driver goes free as cops build shoddy case P I N T O D E E PA K @ Hyderabad IT is not as though one would be convicted to a jail term, even if one attacks a policemen on duty. It might come as a surprise, but even while filing a chargesheet in a case in which they themselves are the victims, investigation officers do not seem to be very serious. A city court, while delivering its verdict on March 2 this year, in a case where a drunken car driver hit a constable at a checkpoint under KPHB police station limits in 2016, acquitted the accused. The court pointed out that the injured constable made inconsistent statements. “In this case, all the witnesses have given inconsistent versions regarding their duty tim- ings at the drunken drive checkpoint and also on the material particulars,” the court observed. It also pointed to the sixmonth delay in filing the chargesheet in the case, from the date of completion of recording of the statements of the witnesses. The Investigating officer (IO) also did not give any reason for the delay. During the trial, the victim told the court that immediately after the inci- dent on November 11, 2016 he was shifted to a private hospital, where he was under treatment for two days and that he had lodged a complaint after he was discharged from hospital. But the complaint copy produced before the court was dated November 11. “Thus lodging of the report has itself become doubtful. It appears that it was brought into existence as an afterthought,” the court observed. Further, the victim INJURED ASI MAHIPAL ON LIFE SUPPORT Hyderabad: The condition of Mahipal Reddy, the Assistant SubInspector of KPHB police station who was injured after a drunk driver knocked him down at a checkpoint late on Sunday evening, remains critical. The ASI has been put on life support | P3 stated that he suffered a back injury and took treatment in one hospital, but the medical evidence showed that the victim did not sustain an injury on his back, and also denied that he was admitted as an in-patient in the hospital. “The medical evidence conflicts with the version of constable which says he sustained injury on his back. Thus, the prosecution failed to establish that the constable sustained an injury the court said. ,” The witnesses stated that the accused’s car did not hit the barricades. “When the car did not hit the barricades, the possibility of the car hitting the victim, who was standing behind the barricades does not arise,” the court said.
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