Jab-o-meter Take your shot June 22 52,12,628 doses June 23 63,26,649 doses Total doses: 30,09,69,538 NATIONWIDE june 22 june 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths odisha The car bomb blast at a checkpoint near the Mumbai attack mastermind’s Lahore residence on Wednesday also injured 20 Attackers got too close to his house Six others critical, toll could go up There is no clarity yet on whether Saeed was at his residence at the time of the blast. But heavy security presence in the area led to conjecture of his possible presence. It was unclear whether the car, packed with explosives, was remotely detonated or if a suicide bomber was behind the blast. A preliminary probe found that over 30 kg of explosives were used ■ ■ The impact of the blast shattered the windows of several nearby ■ houses. At least six of the injured are in critical condition Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani claimed that hostile intelligence agencies could be behind the blast Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department will take over the probe 50,848 68,817 1,358 june 22 june 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths SAMBALPUR l thursday l june 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION powerful blast outside Hafiz Saeed’s house kills 3 42,640 81,839 1,167 2,957 4,159 38 3,456 4,052 46 17 of the 20 injured have been hopsitalised 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 Recovery PSU banks get back 40% dues from Mallya, Nirav & Choksi E x p r ess Ne w s S E r v i c e @ New Delhi After facing a lot of flak over fugitive businessmen Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallaya, the Centre on Tuesday managed to score a big political point by announcing that `9,042 crore worth of attached assets of the trio have been transferred to the PSU banks defrauded by them. According to an Enforcement Directorate statement, Mallya, Modi and Choksi defrauded PSU banks causing a total loss of `22,586 crore to the banks. So, `9,042 crore works out around 40% of the total loss suffered by the banks. So far, the ED has attached assets worth `18,170 crore of the three absconders. These include assets worth `969 crore located in foreign countries. Of the `9,042 crore, `5824 crore has been recovered by sale of shares of United Breweries to Heineken NV. Debt Recovery Tribunal on behalf of SBI-led consortium sold shares of United Breweries Limited. The Dutch liquor company acquired 3.96 crore shares, or 15% in United Breweries. According to ED, further realisation of `800 Crore by sale of shares is expected by 25 June. Public-sector banks have already recovered `1,357 crore by selling the shares. According to the annual report of United Breweries, equity shares accounting for 16.15% held by a few promoter companies promoted by Mallya constituting had been transferred to the demat account of ED, Mumbai. The ED, acting on the FIRs by the CBI, has detected a number of domestic and international transactions and assets stashed abroad. The ED has also filed prosecution complaints against all the three accused after completion of money laundering investigation. express read Housing sales fall 58% sequentially in June qtr New Delhi: The second Covid-19 wave and regional lockdowns pulled down housing sales during the April-June 2021 quarter by 58% to 24,570 units compared with 58,290 units in the previous quarter, showed data released by real estate consultancy Anarock on Wednesday. However, Q1 sales perked up 93% annually, as only 12,740 units were sold in the year-ago period, when a nationwide lockdown was on | P10 Forty Delta Plus cases in 5 states; don’t panic: Govt G in Genome sequencing shows 1st occurrence in a sample taken in Maharashtra S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi A day after the Centre issued an alert after the detection of a Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 in three states, scientists associated with the government’s genomic surveillance project said it is a matter of concern but there is no reason to panic yet. The Union health ministry while issuing a statement on INSACOG’s report on the Delta variant with K417N mutation — also being called B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1 or Delta Plus — said this was first detected in India in a sample collected on April 5 in Maharashtra. AY.1 has been found in two more states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, apart from Maharashtra, MP and Kerala. About 40 such cases have been detected so far. INSACOG is a consortium of labs for genomic and epidemiological surveillance of Covid-19. It has so far carried out whole genome sequencing in about 45,000 virus samples collected from across India. The government as well as scientists associated with the project said there is no evidence Delta plus is a potential concern: Dr Shahid Jameel Dr Shahid Jameel, senior virologist and director of Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University, says the delta plus variant is one to watch out for. He also says India needs smart sequencing, focusing on areas where this has been found and areas where there is more transmission | Interview on P7 yet to suggest that this variant is more transmissible or increases disease severity. But the K417N mutation, which has previously been seen in the South African and Brazilian variants, has been known to evade immune response, raising worries against possible reduced effectiveness of exist- ing vaccines. “The government has done a good thing by issuing an advisory,” said a scientist with CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. “But we are yet to understand whether the effects of mutations are neutral, additive, or even bigger than the sum of individuals mutations because of small number of cases,” he added. An independent virologist said that in the wake of the new finding, the government should also reveal its future strategy. “In my view, a test like the one developed in the UK which is faster and cheaper than whole genome sequencing in detecting the mutation should be urgently considered and deployed here in order to understand the characteristics and progression of this variant,” he said. Worldwide, 205 cases with AY.1 have been reported from nine countries. AY.1 was first reported by the Public Health England bulletin on June 11. A retrospective analysis of samples by INSACOG revealed the first occurrence of this lineage from a sample collected from Maharashtra in early April. Black Caps Shine Kyle Jamieson celebrates Virat Kohli’s wicket on Wednesday. He ended up scalping seven wickets in the match | Express | P11 STF arrests three in fake Covid-19 drugs case E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested the director and two other officials of Cuttackbased Medilloyd Medicament Private Limited for alleged involvement in fake Covid-19 drugs trade. Medilloyd’s managing director Shiba Prasanna Jena, however, is on the run. Jena’s wife Subhalaxmi Jena, who is the director of the company, and two key officials have been arrested in the connection, ADG Crime Branch YK Jethwa told mediapersons here. Jethwa said Medilloyd had procured the allegedly fake Favipiravir tablets under brand name Favimax from Max Relief Healthcare through a Kolkata-based distributor. Max Relief Healthc a re ’s a d d re s s w a s shown to be in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, but found to be fake. Mumbai police had first started its investigation into the dubious manufacturer and arrested its owner S u d e e p M u k h e r j e e f ro m CONTINUED ON: P5 Noida.
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