NATIONWIDE Zydus Cadila on Friday received Emergency Use Authorization for ZyCoV-D, the world’s first DNA-based vaccine for Covid-19 Found Safe for anyone above 12 years Effective to deal with mutations: Govt The three-dose intradermal vaccine can be administered in those above 12 years using needle-free injector, according to Cadila. However, the Centre is yet to open inoculation for the 12-18 years category. The vaccine has been developed in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology and implemented by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council ■ ZyCoV-D produces the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and elicits an immune response. “The plug-and-play technology on which the plasmid DNA platform is based can be easily adapted to deal with mutations in the virus, such as those already occurring,” the Ministry of Science & Technology said in its release 36,571 36,555 540 statewide Cadila’s 3-dose Covid vaccine gets emergency use approval aug 20 36,401 39,157 530 aug 19 aug 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths thrissur l saturday l august 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION aug 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 21,116 19,296 197 20,224 17,142 99 66.6% Efficacy rate in a late-stage trial of 28,000 volunteers nationwide 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 Empires built on terror don’t last for long: PM Taliban double-speak: Two Indian consulates in Afghanistan ruined E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi FESTIVAL OF JOY A woman and her daughters arrange pookkalam at Maruthery near Perambra in Kozhikode. Malayalis across the world celebrate Thiruvonam today | T P Sooraj The New Indian Express wishes its readers on the occasion of Onam Our offices will remain closed today. There will be no issue of the paper tomorrow Indicating a hardline on the Taliban wresting power in Afghanistan at a time when the foreign office is reaching out to the militia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those who try to establish an empire on the basis of terror may dominate temporarily but their existence , is not permanent and they cannot suppress humanity forever. He said the idea of vanquishing terror was as valid hundreds of years ago when invaders demolished the Somnath temple multiple times, as it is today, when the world is apprehensive of such ideologies. Modi’s remarks came during the foundation stone laying ceremony for multiple projects in Somnath. India has always criticised terror unequivocally say, ing there is no such thing as good Taliban and bad Taliban. However, given the situation on the ground, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had recently indicated India is engaging the Taliban, adding: “It is time to take things forward.” But in further evidence of Taliban’s double-speak, while one of its leaders had urged New Delhi to not to evacuate its diplomats, two Indian consulates in were ransacked by Taliban. Taliban chief Haibatullah in Pak army custody? New Delhi: Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, who is likely to become the head of the ruling council of Afghanistan, may be in Pakistan army’s custody, according to sources. The tip-off about the whereabouts of the elusive 60-year-old Taliban leader, to Indian agencies has come from foreign intel agencies, an official said. Akhundzada, who holds final authority over the group’s political, religious, and military affairs, has not been seen in public over the past six months. Akhundzada’s last public statement came in May - to mark Eid al-Fitr, a holiday signalling the end of Ramzan. Faux pas as minister condoles death of serving soldier, offers wife job A m i t S U pa d h y e @ Hubballi IN a bizarre incident, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment A Narayanaswamy visited the house of a soldier who is serving in Jam- mu and Kashmir and conveyed his ‘condolences’ to the family . He also offered a government job to the wife of the jawan. The shocked family called up the soldier and heaved a sigh of relief when he answered the call. Narayanaswamy was supposed to go to the house of another soldier, who died last year, but the local BJP members led the minister to the wrong house. The local BJP unit had made arrangements for the minister’s visit to the residence of soldier Basavaraj Hiremath, who died last year while alighting from a train at Pune Railway Station. Hiremath was joining back his unit after visiting his home- town of Mulgund in Gadag dist r i c t wh e n t h e a c c i d e n t occurred. But, party members took the minister to the house of Ravi Kattimani, which is just two streets away . EXPRESS READ ‘No legal ground to penalise Saseendran’ Dead to be removed from welfare pension list T’Puram: Forest Minister A K Saseendran, who was under fire for making a call to the father of the Kundara harassment case victim, got a reprieve on Friday as the legal opinion received by the state police said there was no ground to take action against the minister. P4 T’Puram: The finance department has revised its guidelines to ensure that the names of deceased beneficiaries are excluded from the social security pension scheme in time. Last year, the department had entrusted the task of removing the names of the dead with civic bodies. P4 Regional assertion at Oppn unity meet called by Sonia R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi The process of Opposition consolidation gained further momentum on Friday as 19 parties participated in a meeting called by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, with regional parties dominating the narrative, saying all like-minded parties irrespective of their alliance with the Congress should be part of a united front to take on the BJP . Following an hour-and-ahalf long meeting, the Congress released a ‘joint statement’ demanded action from the Centre on 11 points. Soon thereafter, the Trinamool Congress issued a separate wishlist with just five points — vac- cine for all, repeal farm laws, fuel and LPG price hike, `7,500 per month dole to all outside the income tax bracket, and judicial probe on Pegasus. Regional parties indirectly told the Congress to drop its big brother attitude when West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and NCP chief Sharad Pawar said all parties who want to work together for saving democratic principles and ethos of our country must be allowed to come together. The leaders who took part in the meeting were from TMC, NCP, DMK, Shiv Sena, JMM, CPI, CPI(M), NC, RJD, AIUDF, VCK, Loktantrik Janata Dal, JD(S), RLD, RSP, Kerala Congress (Mani), PDP and IUML.
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