KOZHIKODE l friday l july 02, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION wall of steel awaits those who bully China: Xi Jinping The warning comes as the Communist Party celebrated its birth centenary with a massive show of force on Thursday Hails beijing’s rise as irreversible 71-aircraft show of force Xi hailed China’s irreversible rise in his keynote address at a ceremony in Tiananmen Square, and said those who bully Beijing “will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people”. His comments have come amid a growing strain in China’s relations with a number of countries including India and the US ■ ■ Xi reiterated China’s commitment to reunite Taiwan with the mainland and hit back at criticism on crackdown and internment Seventy-one aircraft participated in the ceremony, including China’s most advanced J-20 stealth fighter jets. Xi said China will continue to modernise its armed forces to take on its enemies 1949 was when the Communist party seized power in China 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 9 EU nations OK Covishield jabs to permit entry WHO to share status of Covaxin’s request for emergency use approval by mid-August E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi EUA sought for Zydus Cadila jab Nine of the European Union’s 27 member states have so far recognised India’s Covishield vaccine for allowing entry of travellers into their respective countries. In other words, those who already have double shots of Covishield can fly in and out of those nine countries for business or pleasure without hassle but not into the rest of the EU member states. The nations that green-lighted Serum Institute of India’s Covishield are Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Iceland, Estonia and Switzerland. The approvals came after intense diplomacy with India playing the reciprocal policy card on exemption from quarantine. It meant that travellers from EU member states that do not recognise Covishield as well as Covaxin produced by Bharat Biotech will face mandatory quarantine upon arrival in India. While the nine countries have accepted Covishield, they are uneasy about Covaxin because it is yet to get the World Health Organisation’s approval. New Delhi is learnt to be okay with it and may not press the Covaxin matter till the WHO takes its call. The first hint of a WHO timeline on Covaxin came on Thursday when it said clarity on its emergency use approval should Drug firm Zydus Cadila on Thursday said it has applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the Indian drug regulator for its three-dose Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D, and plans to manufacture 10-12 crore doses annually P7 IB pressured to arrest Nambi: Probe officer Pay `25 more for P R a m d a s @ Kochi In a new twist to the 1994 ISRO espionage case, Siby Mathews, who headed the special investigation team that probed the case, has claimed that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials pressured the probe team and the senior police officials in Kerala to arrest scientist Nambi Narayanan and IPS officer Raman Srivastava, stating that the matter was related to the security of the nation. In his anticipatory bail petition filed before the Sessions Court in Thiruvananthapuram on June 24, Siby Mathews said there were media reports stating that Raman Srivastava had connections with Mariam Rasheeda Covovax trial on kids has to wait India’s apex drug regulator on Thursday turned down a proposal by the Serum Institute to test Covovax vaccine on children saying it first needs to evaluate safety and immunogenicity data from the ongoing bridging trial in adults P7 be available by mid-August. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU’s top regulatory body, has approved only four vaccines — Comirn a t y ( P f i z e r- B i o N Te c h ) , Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzervria (AstraZeneca) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Vaxzervria and Covishield are different only in their brand names and their manufacturing address. The EMA, however, allowed member states to amend the rules to let people enter after taking any other WHO-approved vaccine. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e In view of Delta Plus variant reported in a few districts of Kerala, the Karnataka government has sounded a high alert on bordering districts of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Mysuru and Chamarajanagar. Hence, RT-PCR negative certificates not older than 72 hours should be compulsorily produced by passengers coming from Kerala by flight, bus, train, taxi, personal transport etc. This will also be applicable to all flights originating from Kerala to the state. A consortium of laboratories for whole genome sequencing in the context of Covid pan- Focus back on Covid death data The Supreme Court’s directive to frame guidelines for paying compensation to the kin of those who have died of Covid has brought the focus back on allegations of under-reporting of deaths in the Kerala. Meanwhile, Health Minister Veena George reiterated that reporting of deaths was done as per the guidelines of WHO and ICMR. P4 demic has intimated that Delta Plus variant of Covid virus, which is currently a variant of concern has been reported in certain districts in Kerala. Keeping this in mind, the state government has directed dis- A day after video of a pet dog being tortured to death shocked the state, the police arrested three persons, including a minor boy for the grue, some act. Sunil, 22, Sylvester, 20, and a 17-yearold boy, who fatally bludgeoned the dog that had strayed into the Adimalathura beach on Monday, were charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Indian Penal Code section pertaining to maiming of animals. Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court has also initiated suo motu proceedings in connection with the incident and will consider the case on Friday . The dog named ‘Bruno’ of Labrador breed was tortured reportedly after it was found resting under the boat owned by Sunil. The video shows the trio beating up the dog using a stick after hanging it on the boat with a fishing hook pierced to its chest. The episode discreetly shot by the boy somehow got leaked on social media and the barbarity triggered a huge public outcry, following which the police registered a case. Andy Murray Sloane Stephens Nick Kyrgios Adrian Mannarino As Wimbledon entered its fourth day, all talk is centred around the grass. Over the past three days, several players including Novak Djokovic have tumbled on court with many questioning if the grass is extra-slippery this year than before Many theories, no answers Wimbledon said persistent rains early in the week haven’t helped. Centre Court and Court No. 1, the two largest courts, have retractable roofs. But when the roofs are deployed, the moisture doesn’t evaporate as it does on courts open to the air, wind & sun European war heats up Quarterfinals of the Euros will begin today with Spain taking on Switzerland at 9.30 pm followed by Belgium vs Italy (12.30 am) tricts bordering Kerala, including Dakshina Kannada, to take special surveillance measures for those arriving from Kerala with immediate effect for implementation. Airlines have been directed to issue boarding passes only to passengers carrying RT-PCR negative certificates not older than 72 hours. Railway authorities will be responsible for ensuring that all passengers travelling by trains carry negative RT-PCR certificates. Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner has been directed to make arrangements to deploy necessary staff at checkposts to ensure that all vehicles (driver, passengers, helpers) entering the district are checked f o r RT - P C R n e g a t i v e certificates. 3 held for torturing dog to death E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e -- a Maldivian involved in the case -- and she had met him on several occasions. Siby Mathews is the fourth tral Intelligence Wing(IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), who have been given powers of Superintendent of Police, passed on information to the Special Branch of Kerala Police about the suspects and their suspicious activities which led to the registration of the crimes. In fact, the then Thiruvananthapuram city police commissioner has made it clear in his report that the case was registered and Mariam Rasheeda was arrested based on the instructions of R B Sreekumar, then Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Wing. It was also stated that Mariam Rasheeda and Fousiya Hassan -- another Maldivian -- have connection with a senior scientist in ● More on P5 ISRO. low on grass! B ea c h barbar i t y @T’Puram/Kochi T’Puram: Once again, ISRO former scientist Nambi Narayanan has opened a case file against the cops in the espionage case, as he challenged the bail plea of officials who falsely implicated him in case. P5 Novak Djokovic K’taka makes RT-PCR -ve certificate mandatory for people from Kerala @Mangaluru Nambi not ready to spare officers accused in the latest case registered by the CBI probing the conspiracy behind wrongful arrest, custodial torture, and unjustified incarceration of Nambi Narayanan and others in connection with the ISRO espionage case. In the bail petition, Siby Mathews said, “if there was any conspiracy or bad faith on the part of the petitioner, he would not have recommended that the investigation be transferred to another agency — CBI.” The crime was registered following the arrest of Mariam Rasheeda, a Maldivian citizen for overstay and on the apprehension that she has some suspicious and undesirable connections with some scientists in ISRO. The Cen- The dog’s corpse was thrown into sea by the accused despite objections from the local residents, the police said. Christurajan, the owner of the dog, resides close to the beach, and he along with his brother Sony used to take care of the dog. According to the police, Sunil had some personal enmity with Christurajan. Recently, the dog was allegedly attacked by Sunil using a fishing hook for sleeping under his boat berthed on the beach. Following this, Sunil had an altercation with Christurajan and had warned him to not allow the dog into the beach again. against all odds, they are here Is it actually coming home? Czech Republic. Ukraine. Denmark. Switzerland... these aren’t countries that usually play in the last eight. But thanks to a few reasons — goalscorers, attacking flair, lot of grit and a kind group — they have reached this stage. Take for example Czech and Denmark. One of them will be in the semifinals, something that’s happened only once previously this century (in 2004). Even if a few of the big boys complete the top eight, the journey that England have been on make them favourites. Tournament football is usually won by sides that don’t concede and England are yet to concede. That the semifinals and final is also in Wembley is also a big advantage (if they do beat Ukraine in Rome on Saturday). So, yes, it could well come home. Seven tourists face sexual harassment at Varkala in a week E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram Seven women, including six foreigners, have complained of being at the receiving end of sexual harassment in two separate incidents at Varkala, a tourist destination known for its captivating beaches and backwaters, in the last one week. The Varkala police said two incidents of misconduct were reported within a week and they have arrested a person, Mahesh, in connection with a case registered on Wednesday The harassment . of tourists, at a time when the state government is planning to reopen tourist c e n t r e s , c o u l d h ave s e r i o u s implications. Varkala police Station House Officer S Dwijesh said the 28-year-old person from Edava was arrested for misbehaving with the tourists. The complaint was filed by five women, who said the accused used expletives and sexual innuendos against them and when they questioned his behaviour, he raced on his two-wheeler to them in an aggressive manner. “There were five women in that group. Four of them are from the United Kingdom and France, while the remaining one is from Mumbai. They lodged a complaint and the accused was booked,” he said. The other disgraceful incident occurred near Thiruvambadi beach on Monday. Two foreigners, one from the UK and the other from France, were walking through a pocket road at night when an unidentified man flashed his private parts at them. The terrified women managed to flee the place and later reported the matter to the cops. The police said they have launched a hunt for the suspect. Meanwhile, the incidents have sent a chill down the spine of those engaged in tourism. cooking gas E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Chennai After a three-month lull, oil marketing companies (OMCs) on Thursday raised the price of domestic LPG by `25.5 per cylinder, sending prices for both subsidised and unsubsidised consumers in Delhi to `834.50. In Chennai, Mumbai, and Kolkata, unsubsidised prices rose to `850.50, `834.50, and `861, respectively . The OMCs have not officially released the price notification but industry sources confirmed the price hike. LPG prices have soared a sharp 40% from `594 per cylinder in November 2020 to the current `834.50. Compared with the rise in petrol and diesel prices in the past year, where prices have touched the `100/litre-mark in many places, LPG prices have been increased seven times between December 2020 and now, but revised downward just once. Prices were cut by `10 on April 1, ahead of the Assembly polls in five states. The latest price rise in domestic cooking gas has been primarily driven by the recovery in global crude oil prices, which have reached pre-pandemic levels after sinking to multi-decade lows in April last year. Unsubsidised LPG prices are now higher by `28 compared to pre-pandemic levels. It works out to be costlier by `231 for subsidised consumers as the government eliminated most DBT LPG subsidies when crude prices tanked last May, but did not restore them when oil prices rose. EXPRESS READ Kerala hurdler Jabir qualifies for Olympics Activist Akhil Gogoi walks free after court strikes down charges Kochi: Ace athlete and Malappuram native MP Jabir has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 400m hurdles after the final list of Road to Tokyo standings were announced on Thursday. He finished 32nd in the list and it was his gold at the inter-state athletics championship which all but helped him consolidate his position in the rankings. New Delhi: Assam’s jailed activist and sitting MLA Akhil Gogoi on Thursday walked out after over a year of incarceration. Observing that blockades without incitement to violence is not a terrorist act, a special NIA court in Guwahati cleared Gogoi and three others of all criminal charges. The court said Gogoi’s speeches “did not incite violence and rather appealed to the people to maintain peace and not indulge in violence”.
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