visakhapatnam l wednesday l august 25, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late 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 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 ■ Storage To use Covishield for comparison ■ 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 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 e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Rane gets bail after arrest for Thackeray slur 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 emer. gency 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 per, sons. 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 there is enough time for the US and others to evacuate their nationals. It also said it would not allow Afghans to leave the country. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah 14-day quarantine for Afghan evacuees 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 Mujahid said the huge crowds of Afghans gathered at the airport must return home, promising they would not face any Now, it’s time for Paralympics Was denied anticipatory bail by Ratnagiri court & Bombay HC; BJP calls it vendetta S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai Hours after his arrest over an incendiary comment against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Union minister Narayan Rane was granted bail late on Tuesday night. The police took him to Mahad in Ratnagiri district, 160 km from Mumbai, where a local court granted bail on health grounds after remanding him in judicial custody. Earlier in the day, he was denied anticipatory bail by a Ratnagiri court and also the Bombay High Court. Rane had sharply criticised Thackeray for losing count of the years since India got Independence during a speech on August 15, saying he would have given him a tight slap. 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 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. 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 min, ister, 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. “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,” he said. Rane 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 a what was called a flyover scam. express read Power tussle in Punjab 30 students test Congress intensifies positive for Covid-19 Chandigarh: The power tussle within the 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 CM Amarinder Singh. P8 Vizianagaram: Since schools reopened on August 16, at least 30 students have tested positive for Covid-19 in the district. “We are strictly implementing Covid-19 protocol in all the schools. There is no need to panic,” said District Education Officer G Nagamani. 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 7 lakh AgriGold victims get `666.84 cr 3.8l left out victims receive `207.6 cr About 3.86 lakh scam-hit AgriGold depositors, who were left out in the first tranche, also got `207.61 crore on Tuesday. A total sum of `905.57 crore was credited into bank accounts of 10.4 lakh AgriGold affected families in the State in two phases, the Chief Minister said. Govt to auction attached properties Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy promised that steps would be taken to auction the attached properties of the scam-hit AgriGold to compensate all the victims. The State government is committed to ensuring justice to all the affected AgriGold depositors, Jagan asserted. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The State government on Tuesday credited `666.84 crore into bank accounts of over 7 lakh AgriGold victims, who deposited up to `20,000 in the scamhit company . Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said he met the AgriGold victims during his Praja Sankalpa Yatra as an Opposition leader, who urged him to help get back their hard-earned money The victims include dai. ly labourers to middle-class families. Keeping up the promise made to the AgriGold victims, Jagan said his government had credited `905.57 crore into the bank accounts of 10.4 lakh affected families in two phases. CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy credits funds into bank accounts of AgriGold victims at his camp office in Tadepalli | Express As identified by the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs), the government released `238.73 crore to 3.4 lakh AgriGold victims who deposited less than `10,000 in the scamhit company in November, 2019. , “The entire process of payment Mild tremors felt in parts of Vizag city G Janardhana Rao @Visakhapatnam The sea which went back about 100 metres at Uppada village in East Godavari district on Tuesday| Express Mild tremors were felt in parts of Vizag following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in the Bay of Bengal about 250 km southsouth east off Razole and 330 km east off Ongole. The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said it was a rare occurrence in the east coast, particularly Andhra Pradesh. However, there was no need to panic as the quake was only a deep sea activity and not a land-related activity . The earthquake occurred at 12.35 pm at a depth of 10 km in the Bay of Bengal, said the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). According to the Cyclone Warning Centre in Visakhapatnam, there was no impact of the earthquake as it only measured 5.1 on the Richter scale. Cyclone Centre officials said they received phone calls from people in Seethammadhara in the city saying that they felt mild tremors for a few seconds. The tremors were also felt in Gurudwara and MVP Colony in the city . “I was sleeping on the sofa when I felt mild tremors. It was just for a few seconds. I realised that it was an earthquake only after seeing the news on TV ,” said N Sriram of MVP Colony . There were no reports of any tremors from East and West Godavari districts. Speaking to TNIE, NIO regional head and chief scientist GPS Murthy said Tuesday’s earthquake off the Ongole coast has opened a new chapter for study in tectonics of the P4 east coast. fact-finding NCSC commends AP govt for swift action in Ramya case E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada/Guntur The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has commended the State government, particularly the Guntur district police, for swiftly arresting the accused in the murder of Ramya and registering a case under the SC/ST (Preven- tion of Atrocities) Act. An NCSC team, comprising Vice-Chairman Arun Haldar and members Anju Bala and Subhash Ramnath Pardhi, visited the State on Tuesday to inquire the murder of Ramya, a Dalit engineering student, in Guntur city recently . After interacting with the parents of the victim, Director 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 P9 scenario post August 31. General of Police Gautam Sawang, Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das and others, Arun Haldar said, “This commendable work of the AP government should be a message to the entire country. This case was solved in such a quick manner that this should serve as an example to the entire country. The State government can be even awarded 200 marks for its swift reaction.” Speaking to the media at the Secretariat in Velagapudi, the NCSC Vice-Chairman said his team was satisfied with the steps taken by the State government by responding positively and providing compensation to the family of the victim in a P4 very short time. is being done in a transparent manner. There is no instance of any State government in the country taking up the cause of those, who were betrayed by a private company he said. ,” Alleging that the entire AgriGold scam had taken place with the involvement of TDP leaders, he flayed the previous government for trying to loot AgriGold properties ignoring the interests of victims. Though the previous TDP regime promised to help the AgriGold victims in the 2014 polls, it did nothing for them. The previous government issued a GO to compensate the affected families just two months before the 2019 elections. Even after sanctioning `785 crore to compensate the AgriGold victims, it did not bother to pay even a single rupee to them, he said. Monetisation PM destroying crown jewels, claims Rahul E x p r e s s N e w s Se 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 the 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 gover nment, 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 gover nment headed by his mother was audacious enough to sell the country said Union ,” minister Smriti Irani. 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 statewide aug 23 aug 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,002 1,248 1,508 1,715 12 15 47,972 58,890 Govt fixes fee for private schools, junior colleges E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Fee structure For the first time, the State government has fixed fee structure from nursery to class X in private unaided schools and for Intermediate courses in private unaided junior colleges from 2021-22 to 2023-24. Issuing an order to this effect, Principal Secretary (School Education) B Rajasekhar on Tuesday said the Andhra Pradesh School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission (APSERMC) held meetings in March and determined the fee structure for the block period of 2021- 2022 to 2023-2024. It held discussions with managements of private unaided educational institutions and parents of 13 districts, covering panchayats and civic bodies. “While fixing the fee, the commission has taken the plight of poor and middle class sections into consideration. It has recommended the fee structure keeping various judgements of the Supreme Court,’’ he said. In 2020-21, the managements of private unaided schools and junior colleges in the State were asked to reduce the tuition fee by 30% due to Covid-19. `10,000 for primary education (nursery to class V) and `12,000 for high school education (class VI to X) in panchayats `11,000 for primary education and `15,000 for high school education in municipalities `12,000 for primary education and `18,000 for high school education in municipal corporations `15,000 for MPC and BiPC and `12,000 for other groups in panchayats `17,500 for MPC and BiPC and `15,000 for other groups in municipalities `20,000 for MPC and BiPC and `18,000 for other groups in municipal corporations
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.
25-08-2021 of The New Indian Express-Vishakapatnam