WARANGAL THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION CONSTRUCTIVE SUMMIT, SAYS PUTIN AFTER TALKS WITH BIDEN The high-stakes meet in Switzerland came as ties between the two countries had hit a new low over a range of issues ENVOYS TO RETURN TO THEIR POSTINGS STARTS OFF WITH AN AWKWARD PHOTO OP Describing the talks as constructive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said both countries would return their expelled envoys to their respective postings. They also agreed that cybersecurity was vital for both nations and decided to open a consulatation process. The summit was wrapped up in under three hours, though it was expected to go on for 4-5 hours ■ ■ It began with an awkward photo op, during which the two leaders appeared to avoid facing each other, indicating strain in bilateral ties, since Russia is accused of manipulating the US poll process There was no hostility in the talks, Putin said. Biden brought up the issue of human rights and dissident Navalny’s arrest | P9 N-arms TREATY TO BE BILATERALLY RENEGOTIATED, SAYS PUTIN 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 DELIBERATE DEFIANCE BY TWITTER, THUNDERS GOVT 6 Maoists, 1 from Peddapalli, shot dead in AP shootout Soon after the incident, additional police forces were rushed to the KoyyuSIX Maoists, including three ru forest area to track down women, were killed after those who had escaped into they exchanged fire with the the forests. According to police in the dense jungles of sources, suspecting that Teegalametta area under top Maoist leaders were Mampa police station in among those who had esKoyyuru mandal of the discaped, the police were cont r i c t o n We d n e s d ay tinuing to comb the forest morning. area and had also launched One of the slain Maoists, aerial combing by deploySande Gangaiah Sande Gangaiah, belonged to ing helicopters. This is the Gumpula village of Kalwa second major encounter in Srirampur mandal in Telangana’s the region after the 2016 Ramuguda Peddapalli district. encounter, when over 30 Maoists The police said the Greyhounds were killed. and Special Police teams, acting on Among the deceased, one woman is reliable information about the move- yet to be identified. The others were m e n t o f t o p M a o i s t s i n t h e identified as Ranadev alias Arjun Teegalametta forest area, launched a (DCM), Sande Gangiah alias Ashok combing operation in the area. (DCM), Santu Nachika (ACM), LaThe two sides came face-to-face litha (PM) and Paike (PM). around 10 am, leading to exchange of After news of Sande Gangaiah’s fire. After the firing subsided from death trickled down to his native vilthe other side, the police found the lage, a pall of gloom descended on his bodies of six slain Maoists. A huge residence in Gumpula village of Kacache of weapons, including an AK- lwa Srirampur mandal in Telanga47 rifle, a carbine, a .303, a Tapancha na’s Peddapalli district on Wednes(country-made pistol) and other day His mother Amruthamma, who . weapons along with Maoist litera- came to know about her son’s tragic ture, kit bags and explosive materials end through news channels, broke P5 were recovered from the site. down and collapsed. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Visakhapatnam/Karimnagar MOM BREAKS DOWN OVER SON’S DEATH IN P’PALLI After news of Sande Gangaiah’s death trickled down to his native village, a pall of gloom descended on his residence in Gumpula village of Kalwa Srirampur mandal in Telangana’s Peddapalli district on Wednesday. His mother Amruthamma, after becoming aware of her son’s tragic end, broke down and collapsed Drugs used to treat Covid in adults not fit for children: Govt E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Centre on Wednesday issued detailed guidelines for treating children with Covid, emphasising that most of the drugs used for adults are not recommended for kids. Medicines like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir, doxycycline and azithromycin prescribed to adult patients have not been tested on children, it said. However, it allowed the restricted use of remdesivir. Once vaccines are approved for children, those with co-morbidities and those having severe symptoms would be prioritised for inoculation, the guidelines said. “Children have less severe disease than adults. In the majority, the infection is asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. It is uncommon to have moderate to severe Covid among healthy children,” it said. The government called for a combined effort from the public and private sectors to increase facilities to treat children. “A combined effort from the private and public sector is needed to handle any surge (in cases) in the future after the withdrawal of the lockdown over the next three to four months. The basic principles of equity and dignity of care should be followed.” It suggested designating specific areas in Covid facilities for pediatric care, adding parents should be allowed to accompany the child. “For children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome who test negative for acute Covid, care has to be provided by the existing pediatric facilities,” it said. RIGHT COVID CARE FOR CHILDREN: P12 NEELE NEELE AMBAR Residents of Old City were treated to beautiful blue skies in Hyderabad on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU Sputnik V market launch soon E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad Dr Reddy’s Laboratories announced on Wednesday that the limited pilot soft launch of the Russian vaccine for Covid-19, Sputnik V that was ini, tiated in Hyderabad on May 14 has now been scaled up to other cities such as Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Baddi, Chennai, Miryalaguda and Kolhapur. More cities will be added in the next few days. Dr Reddy’s in a press release, said that being a limited pilot phase presently, registration on CoWIN is not open yet for Sputnik. It will be thrown open at the time of the commercial launch, which will take place soon as the pilot is in its last leg. It said, “This pilot phase has allowed us to test our cold storage arrangements of -18°C temperature in these cities, CoWIN integration, track-and-trace and other logistical arrangements.” It further said, “Adequate numbers of cold chain units are being deployed, and the last mile cold chain arrangement is being validated at every partner hospital to ensure seamless storage and handling of the vaccine. All necessary supply arrangements are being executed to ensure availability of both dose components in the right quantity and at the right time at partner hospitals. Once the pilot phase is completed, Dr Reddy’s will announce the commercial launch of Sputnik V .” NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 15 60,471 1,17,525 2,726 JUNE 16 62,224 1,07,628 2,542 June 15 25,68,858 doses June 16 32,62,233 doses TOTAL DOSES: 26,53,17,472 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT TELANGANA JUNE 15 JUNE 16 Fresh cases 1,556 1,489 Recoveries Deaths 2,070 14 1,436 11 EXPRESS READ ED summons TRS MP Nama Hyderabad: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday served notices to TRS’ Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao, asking him to appear before it on June 25, in connection with the alleged fund diversion by Ranchi Expressway Ltd | P4 Centre debunks calf serum in Covaxin claim E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad AFTER Congress leader Gaurav Pandhi, on Wednesday morning, cited an RTI reply and claimed on Twitter that Covaxin contains the blood of a newborn calf of a cow, both the vaccine’s maker Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) went on damage-control mode and by afternoon, came out with a fact-check report denying the claim. The vaccine maker as well as the Union Ministry pointed out that while serum from a newborn calf is used in the process prior to manufacturing the vaccine — like it has been for many years — the final product, the vaccine, does not contain serum/blood of a newborn calf. The MoHFW said, “Newborn Calf Serum is used only for preparation/growth of vero cells. Different kinds of bovine and other animal serum are standard enrichment ingredient used globally for vero cell growth. Vero cells are used to establish cell lines which help in production of vaccines. This technique has been used for decades in Polio, Rabies, and Influenza vaccines.” [sic] It further said, “These vero cells, after the growth, are washed with water, with chemicals (also technically known as buffer), many times to make it free from the newborn calf serum. Thereafter, these vero cells are infected with corona virus for viral growth. The vero cells are completely destroyed in the process of viral growth. Thereafter this grown virus is also killed (inactivated) and purified. This killed virus is then used to make the final vaccine, and in the final vaccine formulation no P7 calf serum is used.” [sic] Platform loses safe harbour shield; first FIR was filed against it in Ghaziabad E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE ongoing sniping between the Centre and Twitter drew fresh blood on Wednesday with Union information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashing out the microblogging site for failing to comply with new IT rules despite being given multiple opportunities. The minister’s attack came after Twitter appeared to have lost its safe harbour immunity exposing it to be, ing liable for platforming third-party content, as it failed to appoint the mandatory statutory officers in time. The first such case in which Twitter can face charges was filed in Ghaziabad on Tuesday, on the alleged assault on an elderly Muslim man on June 5. Twitter has been accused in the FIR of not proactively removing misleading content linked to the incident. For its part, Twitter claimed it has already hired an interim Chief Compliance Officer (COO). The new rules mandate the appointment of a CCO, a nodal officer and a resident grievance officer. “We are keeping the MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) apprised of the progress at every step of the process. An interim Chief Compliance FOLLOWING LOCAL LAWS Indian firms that go to do business abroad follow local laws. Why is Twitter reluctant in following Indian laws designed to give voice to the victims of abuse and misuse, Prasad asked Officer has been retained and details will be shared with the ministry directly soon. Twitter continues to make every effort to comply with the new guidelines,” a Twitter spokesperson said. The COO will be responsible for liaising between the company and government agencies on all kinds of legal requests received from various law enforcement organisations and government agencies relating to the platform. Prasad said, “There are numerous queries arising as to whether Twitter is entitled to safe harbour provision. However, the simple fact of the matter is that Twitter has failed to comply with the Intermediary Guidelines that came into effect from the 26th of May .” Twitter, he said, was given multi- What happened in UP was illustrative of Twitter’s arbitrariness in fighting fake news. While Twitter has been overenthusiastic about its fact checking mechanism, its failure to act in multiple cases like UP is perplexing & indicates its inconsistency in fighting misinformation – Ravi Shankar Prasad ple opportunities to comply with the rules, but has “deliberately chosen the path of non compliance. The culture of India varies like its large geography In certain scenarios, with . the amplification of social media, even a small spark can cause a fire, especially with the menace of fake news. This was one of the objectives of bringing the Inter mediary Guidelines.” “It is astounding that Twitter which portrays itself as the flag bearer of free speech, chooses the path of deliberate defiance when it comes to the Intermediary Guidelines,” he remarked. The minister also charged that the microblogging major was selective in applying its internal policy of flagging tweets as ‘manipulated media’ only when it suits its own P7 likes and dislikes.
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