sambalpur l Saturday l august 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Cadila’s 3-dose Covid vaccine gets emergency use approval 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 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 Two Indian consulates ransacked by the militia Taliban chief Haibatullah in Pak army custody? E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Indicating a hardline on the Taliban wrestTaliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Aking power in Afghanistan at a time when the forhundzada, who is likely to become the head of eign office is reaching out to the militia, Prime the ruling council of Afghanistan, may be in Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those Pakistan army’s custody according to sources. , who try to establish an empire on the basis of The tip-off about the whereabouts of the eluterror may dominate temporarily but their ex, sive 60-year-old Taliban leader, to Indian agenistence is not permanent and cies has come from foreign intel they cannot suppress humanity twitter agencies, an official said. forever. Akhundzada, who holds final He said the idea of vanquishauthority over the group’s poing terror was as valid hundreds litical, religious, and military of years ago when invaders deaffairs, has not been seen in molished the Somnath temple public over the past six months. multiple times, as it is today, Akhundzada’s last public statewhen the world is apprehensive ment came in May - to mark Eid of such ideologies. al-Fitr, a holiday signalling the Modi’s remarks came during end of Ramzan. the foundation stone laying cerThe senior-most leader of emony for multiple projects in Taliban being in Pak army cusSomnath. India has always crititody could have serious implicised terror unequivocally say, cations for New Delhi as the ing there is no such thing as militia may be directed to targood Taliban and bad Taliban. An Afghan passes on a baby girl to a get India. However, given the situation on NATO soldier over barbed wire at Kabul Akhundzada, known as the the ground, External Affairs airport, hoping she’ll get a better life “Leader of the Faithful”, took Minister S Jaishankar had reover the reins of Taliban when cently indicated India is engaghis predecessor, Akhtar Man18K evacuated: NATO ing the Taliban, adding: “It is sour, was killed in a US drone More than 18,000 people time to take things forward.” strike near the Afghan-Pakihave been flown out since But in further evidence of Talstan border in 2016. He is bethe militants took the capital iban’s double-speak, while one lieved to have taught and Kabul, according to NATO of its leaders had urged New preached at a mosque in KuchDelhi to not to evacuate its diplak, a town in southwestern Friday prayers calm lomats, two Indian consulates in Pakistan. Afghanistan were ransacked by Meanwhile, the Taliban’s Friday prayers were peaceful the Taliban on Wednesday The . ‘moderate’ mask further slipped in Kabul, with no Taliban closed Indian consulates in Kanon Friday with reports of tarmen seen in the mosques dahar and Herat were searched geted killings of people who by the militia for documents. had worked with US-led forces Journalists targeted Taliban leader Sher Mohammed and the previous government. Abbas Stanekzai has urged InReports also said the Taliban German news organisation dia to retain its diplomats, a reis unlikely to make any deciDeutsche Welle said the quest that was overlooked as sesions or announcements about Taliban are targeting their curity assessments suggested the upcoming government until journalists and the relative of his words could not be taken on after the August 31 US witha reporter was shot dead P7, 9 face value. drawal date passes. CM launches health card at Malkangiri E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar CHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched distribution of smart health cards under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana at Malkangiri. Sukri Dhangda Majhi from the Bonda community was the first recipient of the smart health card. Using this card, beneficiaries can avail quality healthcare services in 200 hospital chains of the country including Odisha. Launching the initiative, the Chief Minister said that about 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh families in the State will be benefited from this initiative. From Malkangiri alone, 1.55 lakh families will be benefited. While families can avail treatment costs upto `5 lakh per annum, for women members of the family it is up to `10 lakh. , A person may go to a hospital only with the card and avail all the treatments without any hassle, he said. Tesla adds humanoid robots to its portfolio SAN FRANCISCO: After dominating the electric vehicle market and throwing his hat into the billionaire space race, Tesla boss Elon Musk announced the latest frontier he’s aiming to conquer: humanoid robots. The entrepreneur said he would have an initial prototype of an androgynous “Tesla Bot” by next year. The robot will be able to perform basic repetitive tasks with the aim of eliminating the need for people to handle dangerous or boring work, Musk said | P12 A Bonda woman Sukri Dhangda Majhi receiving the smart health card from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday | Express The Chief Minister said the initiative will bring a paradigm shift in the healthcare services in India, where a patient will get the best healthcare without any expense. Describing the initiative as historic, the Chief Minister said that health is important for everyone and linked with the finances of the family. “When anyone from the family is ill, there is stress and tension on how to arrange money required for treatment. Many sell their land, some others borrow or some stop educating their children,” he said, add- Regional assertion at Oppn unity meet 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 wish- list with just five points — vaccine 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. During the meeting, regional parties indirectly told the Congress to drop its big brother attitude when West Bengal Chief Minister 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, Govt moves to amend panchayat poll rules, faces Opposition flak E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Prized Possession A woman herding her goats as rain lashes the area near Salepur in Cuttack district on Friday | Express The State government on Friday issued a draft notification to change the election rules for gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zilla parishads. As per the proposed amendment, counting will be held at block offices after completion of all phases of election. Earlier, counting was held after the completion of the election for each phase at the booth itself. All ballot boxes will be transported to the office of the Election Officer and the counting of votes will take place on a later scheduled date after completion of all phases of the poll. The new notification issued on Friday said, “The presiding officer shall, after close of the poll, seal the bal- Faux pas as minister condoles death of a serving soldier A m i t S U pa d h y e @ Hubballi IN a bizarre incident, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empower ment A Narayanaswamy visited the house of a soldier who is serving in Jammu and Kashmir and conveyed his ‘condolences’ to the family He also offered a gov. ernment 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 Video proof A family member made a video call to soldier Ravi Kattimani, who answered the call, and spoke to the family members and the Union minister unit after visiting his hometown of Mulgund in Gadag district when the accident occurred. But, party members took the minister to the house of Ravi Kattimani, which is just two streets away . Narayanaswamy was accompanied by Gadag-Haveri MP Shivakumar Udasi, State PWD Minister CC Patil and some local party members. By then, other party members, who were waiting at the residence of Hiremath, rushed to the residence of Kattimani. Narayanaswamy who seemed , upset with the faux pas, returned without visiting the house of Hiremath. ing, the smart health card will now take care of the treatment without putting any burden on the family members. Stating that the State government will now spend money for the treatment, the Chief Minister said that people can save their money and spend it for education of their children or other works in the family. The Chief Minister said that health care is imparted in all government-run hospitals free of cost. He said that all facilities including dialysis, chemotherapy and different tests are now available in government hospitals. Minister for Health and Family Welfare Naba Kishore Das, Minister of State for Sports Tusharkanti Behera and Nabarangpur MP Ramesh Majhi also addressed the function. The Chief Minister had previously launched the one rupee rice scheme from Malkangiri, which is one of the remotest districts of Odisha. All ballot boxes will be transported to the office of the Election Officer and the counting of votes will take place on a later scheduled date after completion of all phases of the poll Draft notification lot box and voting machine in presence of candidates or their polling agents, prepare separate bundles of all papers and reports and forward the same to the Election Officer on the same day after which the latter shall proceed to take up counting of votes. The counting will be done in presence of candidates or their agents, if any , at the counting centre.” T h e g ove r n m e n t h a s sought objections or suggestions from political parties, public and all stakeholders on the issue. However, the BJP and the Congress came down heavily on the move to amend the rules. Describing the move as arbitrary the political par, ties alleged that it will encourage rigging. Stating that the election should be conducted as per the original rules, general secretary of the State BJP, Prithviraj Harichandan accused the BJD of hatching a conspiracy to manipulate the results. Congress whip in the Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati, alleged that the rules have been amended because the ruling BJD fears losing the elections. “It has been done to tamper with the results,” he said and demanded that counting should be held at the booths as earlier after the completion of election. NATIONWIDE aug 19 aug 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 36,401 36,571 39,157 36,555 530 540 odisha Aug 19 Aug 20 Fresh cases 1,041 986 Recoveries Deaths 1,003 68 926 69 CPI, CPI(M), NC, RJD, AIUDF, VCK, Loktantrik Janata Dal, JD(S), RLD, RSP, Kerala Congress (Mani), PDP and IUML. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also attended. AAP, BSP and SP gave it a miss. The joint statement claimed SP chief Akhilesh Yadav couldn’t participate as he was touring the interior parts of UP But Yadav posted on Twit. ter his pictures with the British High Commissioner, who was in Lucknow. Addressing the virtual meeting, Sonia said the monsoon session of Parliament saw Opposition unity but the larger political battle has to be fought outside it and the ultimate goal is the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Express read Pvt college closed down as 3 students test +ve Cuttack: The Cuttack Municipal Corporation on Friday ordered closure of Shakti Junior Residential College at Link Road here for 10 days after three students tested positive for Covid-19. While one of them from Cuttack city is symptomatic, the two others from Mahanga are asymptomatic. The three have been sent to their houses for home isolation. Some employees of the college, who had come in contact with the students, have undergone Covid test, said City Health Officer Satyabrat Mohapatra | P2 CBI sets up four teams to probe Bengal violence Kolkata: A day after the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe into the heinous crimes against women, murder and rape during the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the premier agency on Friday set up four teams and wrote to the director general of police, seeking the case diaries of all the FIRs registered across the state. Each team is headed by a joint director rank officer drawn from across the country | P8 Falling crude rates to reverse fuel price trend Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 19 48,84,440 doses August 20 54,71,282 doses Total doses: 57,22,81,488 Chennai: The steady decline in global crude oil prices over the past fortnight has begun to offer some relief to India’s battered auto fuel customers, with diesel prices being cut for the third straight day on Friday. While petrol prices have not fallen, industry sources say they are likely to follow suit soon, reflecting the fall in crude rates | P10
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