SAMBALPUR l wednesday l august 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION mRNA-based Covid vaccine cleared for phase-2/3 trials India’s first mRNA-based Covid vax by Pune-based Gennova has been granted approval for phase-2 and -3 clinical trails Vax Safe, tolerable: Subject expert panel To use Covishield for comparison Gennova Biopharmaceuticals had submitted the interim clinical data of the vaccine’s Phase 1 study to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, the Department of Biotechnology said on Tuesday. The Subject Expert Committee reviewed the interim Phase 1 data and found the vaccine to be safe, tolerable, and immunogenic in the participants ■ ■ The trials will be conducted at 10-15 sites in Phase 2 and 22-27 sites in Phase 3. During trials, this mRNA-based vaccine will likely be compared with Covishiled and not any placebo Messenger RNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response in our bodies | P7 Storage The vax can be stored between 2-80c, making its distribution easy 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 US to stay with Aug 31 evacuation deadline street fighter and Shiv sena defector Narayan Rane was a Shiv Sena leader who later defected to the BJP. A street fighter, he is known for his crass language. Before his arrest, Rane threw his weight around, claimed he was not a ‘normal’ person, and warned the media against speculating about impending police action E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e Rane gets bail after arrest for Thackeray slur Denied advance bail; BJP calls it vendetta; will fight it democratically, claims Nadda S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai Union minister Narayan Rane was on Tuesday arrested amid high drama for his incendiary comment on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray losing count of the years since India’s Independence during a speech on August 15, saying he would have given him a tight slap. He is the third Union minister in harness to have ever been arrested in the country. The other two were DMK leaders Murasoli Maran and T R Baalu, who were ministers in the Vajpayee government. They were arrested in 2001 along with DMK chief M Karunanidhi in what was called a flyover scam. All three arrests happened during BJP rule at the Centre. Multiple FIRs were filed against Rane and police teams sent from various places, including Pune and Nasik, to arrest him a day after his controversial statement. He was booked under various IPC sections, including 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of public peace), and 505 (statements conducive to public mischief). Rane was arrested by the police around 2.30 pm at Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri district, where he was as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra. His son Ritish, who is an ex-Lok Sabha member, tried in vain to block the police personnel. The police took the minister to Mahad, 160 km from Mumbai, where he granted bail by a magistrate’s court. Criticising the arrest, BJP state vice president Prasad Lad claimed it was due to political vendetta. He alleged that the police manhandled Rane and did not even allow him to have food. “Narayan Rane is Rajya Sabha MP minister, and , a senior citizen, but the police did not respect it. This is vendetta,” he said. BJP national president J P Nadda called the arrest a violation of constitutional values, adding the BJP cannot be threatened or silenced. “The Maha Vikas Aghadi was worried over the overwhelming response to the Jan Ashirwad Yatra. They felt threatened. We will fight our case in a democratic way The . yatra will continue,” Nadda said. 14-day quarantine for Afghan evacuees US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he would stick to the August 31 deadline for completing the evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies from the war-torn country An . emergency G7 meeting had urged him to continue evacuation through September in view of the ground situation. But Biden decided against keeping troops on the ground any longer. He, however, told his national security team to create contingency plans if for some reason the deadline got extended, news agency AP reported. In the 24-hour period that ended early Tuesday, the US flew out 21,600 people – the highest single-day count since the evacuation began. On Monday, the US had lifted 16,000 Union health ministry has made 14-day institutional quarantine mandatory for evacuees from Afghanistan A special Air India flight on Tuesday brought 77 stranded people, including 46 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, to Delhi P7 persons. US forces currently control the Kabul airport. Once they withdraw, it may not be possible for civilians from any country to leave. On its part, the Taliban said it would not extend the August 31 deadline, saying that’s enough time for US and others to evacuate foreign nationals. It also said it won’t allow Af- Monetisation PM destroying crown jewels, claims Rahul E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Hitting out at the Centre’s plan to monetise infrastructure assets, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of selling everything past governments have created. The move is designed to benefit two or three businessmen and it will only create a monopoly that will cut down employment opportunities and destroy the informal sector, he alleged. The ex-Congress chief clarified that his party is not against privatisation. The UPA government had a privatisation policy but strategic assets such as defence and railways were never privatised, he reasoned. “The whole idea behind this exercise is to create monopoly for three or four people. Youngsters can’t find jobs today as the entire small and medium industries has been destroyed... The reason is that the Prime Minister insists on building two or three monopolies that own everything in this country he said, ,” adding that the PM is destroying the crown jewels of the country . Reacting to the allegations, the BJP pointed out that the UPA government, too, had sought to monetise assets. “In 2008, an RFP (request for proposal) with reference to the New Delhi railway station was announced when the Congress government was at the Centre. Is Rahul Gandhi alleging the government headed by his mother was audacious enough to sell the country said Union minister Smriti Irani. ,” Now, it’s time for Paralympics The Paralympic Games was declared open with a colourful opening ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday india’s medal hopes India has sent its biggest contingent — 54 athletes — to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics. High jumper T Mariyappan, javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia are the brightest medal prospects 1 1. Javelin thrower Tek Chand enters the National Stadium with the Indian flag during the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday 2. Fireworks illuminate the stadium | AP 2 HC directs State govt to provide social audit details on all schemes under NFSA E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Cuttack The Orissa High Court has set November 1 deadline for the State government to give details of social audit for all schemes being implemented under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Odisha. The Court issued the direction on perusal of an affidavit submitted by the Additional Secretary State Food Supplies , and Consumer Welfare department, on Monday. The Court was hearing the PIL that the Odisha State Legal Services Authority (OSLSA) had filed for proper implementation of the NFSA in the State in 2019. It took note that the social audits - according to the affidavit - have been conducted only in relation to the functioning of the fair price shops and targeted public distribution system (TPDS). In an order released on Tuesday, the Court clarified ghans to leave the country Tal. iban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the huge crowds of Afghans gathered at the airport must return home, promising that they would not face any reprisals. He added that women should stay home for the time being for their own safety . There were also reports of the Taliban making key appointments ahead of government formation. According to Afghan media reports, the militia has appointed Gul Agha as finance minister, Sadr Ibrahim as acting interior minister, Najibullah as intelligence chief. Meanwhile, CIA Director William Burns reportdly had a covert one-on-one meeting with Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar on Monday. They reportedly reviewed the scenario post August 31. P9 that the scope of power of the District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) includes looking into implementation of all the schemes. Also, the DGRO looks into violations of entitlement, not only limited to the TPDS, but also the other schemes including mid-day meal scheme, the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), Maintainability Benefit Programme (MBP) as well as any other scheme for implementation of the NFSA, the Court said. The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice B P Routray directed the State government to place before the Court by way of an af- fidavit to be filed at least one week prior to the next date, details of the social audit conducted for implementation of all the schemes not limited to TPDS. The affidavit should include the statistics regarding the functioning of the DGROs for the period June 1 to October 31, 2021. The meetings held as part of the social audit should be recorded on video and uploaded to the State Food Commission website as this will ensure greater transparency in conduct of such exercise and serve the public interest in ensuring effective implementation of NFSA, the bench specified in the order. Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 23 56,10,116 doses August 24 54,67,551 doses Total doses: 59,47,65,751 NATIONWIDE Aug 23 Aug 24 Fresh cases 25,072 25,467 Recoveries Deaths 44,157 39,486 389 354 odisha Aug 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Aug 24 761 625 1,032 68 1,035 67 Eco Red Flag Bhitarkanika may starve for freshwater in 3 decades S i b a M o h a n t y @ Bhubaneswar The report used a modelling system to compute fresh water Bhitarkanika Wildlife availability for the year 2051. Sanctuary, a key mangrove It calculated that water availecosystem of India, could face ability at Brahmani basin will serious freshwater supply in decrease to 31 pc in 2051 from future since water discharge 79 pc in 2001. In Baitarani baat Brahmani as well as sin, the water outflow will reBaitarani river basins is pro- duce to 35 pc in next three decjected to dwindle due to exces- ades as against 61 pc in 2001. sive demand of development Overall, water availability for projects and population the mangrove ecosystem will growth in the region, says a fall from 74.64 pc in 2001 to 46 latest report. pc after consumption of water The report titled “Hydro- in both the basins. Ecological Assessment for InUsing land use and land covtegrated Management of Bhi- er (LLUC), industrial as well tarkanika Ramsar Site” as development activities, the computes freshwater supply future demand was calculated. at the sanctuary to drop to 46 Industrialisation, urbanisaper cent (pc) of the water re- tion and growing population source availability in the next would raise water demand by 30 years. 306 pc from cur“The biggest rent demand in press threat seems to clusive both the basins be coming from which the remining and inport said would dustrial activities of Talcher, reduce availability of freshAngul area but reduced fresh- water to Bhitarkanika Wildwater flow due to irrigation life Sanctuary . projects and diversions such The report combined field as the proposed mega drink- survey with secondary data ing water project in which wa- to make the projections. It ter diversion is proposed from said demand of water for maKharasotra river to other are- jor and medium irrigation iras may further amplify the rigation will grow past 10,000 threat many fold,” the report million cubic metre (MCM) in 2051 from the 2001 level of stated. The Ramsar site is home to 2,000 MCM. The overall demand would the largest population of salt water crocodiles, rookery for have jumped from 5,332 MCM Olive Ridley turtles as well as to 16,347 MCM during the pea cushion against natural ca- riod, said the report submitlamities. Currently, the mega ted to Ministry of Environdrinking water supply project ment, Forest and Climate on Kharasrota river in Kend- Change which is funded by rapara district by Odisha Gov- GIZ with support from Chiliernment has already triggered ka Development Authority CONTINUED : P5 (CDA). a massive controversy . Punjab CM battles fresh fires in party H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh The power tussle within the ruling Congress in Punjab intensified on Tuesday with four cabinet ministers and over twodozen MLAs loyal to state party unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu demanding the immediate ouster of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. By late evening, the CM appeared to have won over six MLAs and a former MLA, as they distanced themselves from the revolt. Those on the warpath include Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Charanjit Singh Channi (all four cabinet ministers) and Punjab Congress general secretary (organisation) Pargat Singh. They met at Bajwa’s house before announcing the revolt. After the meeting, Randhawa and Channi said the party cannot win the state polls under Amarinder’s leadership and re- quested the high command to name his successor. Sidhu later tweeted, “Got a call from Tripat Bajwa ji asking for an emergency meeting... Met him along with other colleagues at the PPCC office. Will appraise the high command of the situation.’’ The Congress has 80 MLAs in the Assembly Punjab will go to . polls in about six months. The rebels said they will meet AICC general secretary Harish Rawat when he arrives on Wednesday and seek Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s appointment. Outbreaks force US schools to halt in-person learning 80 districts in dozen states stop classes after a careless approach to Covid-19 protocols, which holds lessons for policymakers elsewhere | P12 express read BJD reiterates demand for caste-based census Bhubaneswar: A day after an all-party delegation from Bihar led by Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for caste-based census, the BJD reiterated the demand on Tuesday stating that the number of people belonging to backward class communities has to be determined for formulating welfare programmes for them | P3 CSR spends up 3%; PM-CARES loses appeal Chennai: While India Inc has battled headwinds on the business front due to Covidinduced lockdowns, the CSR spends of companies have grown by 3.62% to `22,000 crore in FY21. The PM-CARES Fund, however, has witnessed a colossal fall in contributions. A Crisil report on Tuesday said, assuming that the spending was around the mandated mark of 2% of average profit of the preceding three fiscals, firms would have spent `22,000 crore on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in FY21 as against `21,231 crore in FY20 | P10
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