thrissur 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 trials 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 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 @ T’Puram Rane gets bail after arrest for Thackeray slur THE CPM state leadership will have a more decisive role in the functioning of the Pinarayi 2.0 gover nment. The detailed guideline, titled ‘State government and present-day responsibilities’, approved by the CPM state committee after an elaborate discussion held on August 16 and 17, has put in place stringent checks and balances for ministers including the chief minister. This is in sharp contrast to the scenario five years ago when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was given a free GUIDELINE Dos & don’ts: CPM to direct Pinarayi govt street fighter and Shiv sena defector A detailed guideline approved by the CPM state committee puts in place stringent checks and balances for ministers including the CM hand to run the government by m i n i m i s i n g t h e p a r t y ’s intervention. In his first term, Pinarayi was guided in administration by a bunch of advisors and the party secretariat was sidelined as a mute witness in many important policy decisions. The hint from the state committee debate last week is that the party wants to clear all policy ini- This is in sharp contrast to the scenario five years ago when Pinarayi was given a free hand to run the government tiatives of the government. On his part, Pinarayi has not appointed any advisors this time. The CM has been directed to forward all policy matters to the state secretariat, which will debate the matters on the eve of cabinet meetings and on all Fridays. Along with Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and acting secretary A Vijayaraghavan, PB Now, it’s time for Paralympics Denied advance bail; BJP calls it vendetta; will fight it democratically, claims Nadda S u d h i r S u r ya w an 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 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, 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. Amarinder battles fresh fires in Punjab Congress H a r p r ee t B aj w a @ Chandigarh Amarinder Singh Polls in 6 months 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 on Wednesday The power tussle within the ruling Congress in Punjab intensified on Tuesday with four cabinet ministers and over two-dozen 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 requested the high command to name his successor. Sidhu later tweeted, “Will appraise the high command of the situation.’’ The Paralympic Games was declared open with a colourful 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 O CHANDRASEKHARAN JULY 10, 1936 AUG 24, 2021 Defender who stood firm for India at Rome E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Kochi FOOTBALLER O Chandrasekharan, 86, passed away in Kochi on Tuesday . A defender, he was a member of the Indian team at the Rome Olympics in 1960. It was the last time the country played at the quadrennial games. India held France to a 1-1 during the Games, thanks to some fine performance by Chandrasekharan and his partners in defence. Chandrasekharan has been suffering from dementia. Fondly called Olympian Chandrasekharan, he won gold at the 1962 Asian Games and silver at the 1964 Asian Cup. He also represented the country at the Merdeka tournament. Chandrasekharan played for India alongside stalwarts like P K Banerjee, Chuni Goswami, Peter Thangaraj, Simon Sunderraj and Tulsidas Balaraman. He became the first Malayali to win the Santosh Trophy, but he lifted it as Maharashtra captain. Born in Irinjalakuda, Chandrasekharan graduated from Maharaja’s College before going on to play for Caltex in Mumbai. P11 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 | P11 2 US to stay with Aug 31 evacuation deadline. Enough, says Taliban E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 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 emergen. cy 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 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 US had lifted 16,000 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 evacu- EXPRESS READ Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Omchery T’Puram: Noted writer and playwright Prof Omchery N N Pillai has been selected for the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for his memoir Akasmikam: Omcheriyude Ormmakkurippukal. The award carries a purse of D1 lakh, statute and a citation. He is a recipient of Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for his overall contribution to literature. ISRO case: Ex-police chief, SP get anticipatory bail T’Puram: Former state Director General of Police (DGP) Siby Mathews and SP K K Joshua on Tuesday were granted conditional anticipatory bail by the district principal sessions court in a conspiracy case registered by the CBI in connection with the 1994 ISRO espionage case. Seventeen police officers have been booked by the Central probe agency in this connection. P5 State, PSUs hold shares, CAG audit must for Kannur airport: Centre B SR E E J A N @ T’Puram THE Union government has reiterated that CAG needs to audit the accounts of Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) on an annual basis. Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said 64% of KIAL shares have been held by the state government and public sector enterprises. Hence, it is proper for CAG to audit the transactions of KIAL. In May, this year, the Kerala High Court stayed a proposed CAG audit in KIAL after the company challenged the plan. The case is still pending with the court. KIAL argued that it was not a government company and hence wouldn’t be bound by the CAG audit. When the CAG, through the office of the principal accountant general, sought to appoint an auditor for the 2018-19 financial year, KIAL replied to members S Ramachandran Pillai and M A Baby who are currently stationed in the capital, will aid the government in resolving contentious policy matters. Elaborating on the new guidelines, CPM PB member Kodiyeri said the party should act as a corrective force whenever any wrong notion regarding the functioning of the government comes to its notice. In an article published in party mouthpiece Deshabhimani on Tuesday Kodiyeri said the CPM , state committee will decide on all policy matters of the gov● More on P4 ernment. PAG that as per the new 2013 Act, CAG could not appoint a statutory auditor. In a written reply furnished on August 3 to a question by CPM’s Rajya Sabha member K Somaprasad, Chaudhary said the share composition of KIAL was such that 32.86% was held by the state government and 31.93% by the public sector enterprises under the state and Central governments. “In KIAL, Compliance Audit for 2009-11, 2011-15 and 2015-16 was conducted under Section 143(7) of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Section 19 of CAG’s (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Act, 1971. Financial Audit for 2009-10 to 2015-16 was conducted under Section 143(6) of the Companies Act, 2013. Compliance and Financial Audits of KIAL from 2016 have not been allowed,” Pankaj Chaudhary ● More on P4 said. 32.86% of KIAL’s shares held by the state government 31.93% by the public sector enterprises under the state and Central governments ate foreign nationals. It also said it won’t allow Afghans to leave the country Taliban 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 re. ports 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. CIA Director William Burns reportdly had a covert one-onone meeting with Taliban cofounder Abdul Ghani Baradar on Monday P9 . 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 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 Fresh cases 13,383 24,296 Aug 24 Recoveries Deaths 21,942 19,349 90 173 Why 84-day gap between vax doses, HC asks Centre E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to explain whether the 84-day interval stipulated between two doses of Covishield vaccine was based on its availability or efficacy The . court also asked to provide scientific proof if efficacy was the reason and adjourned the hearing to Thursday . Justice P B Suresh Kumar sought the clarification while hearing the petition filed by Kitex Garments seeking permission to administer the second dose of Covishield to its workers. Kitex submitted that it had given the first dose of the vaccine to over 5,000 workers. Though it had arranged the second dose, it was unable to administer it due to the restrictions, Kitex said. The court said if the time interval was prescribed based on availability, those willing to buy the vaccine could be allowed to take the second dose before 84 days. In fact, hundreds of persons ready to pay for the vaccines were waiting for the completion of the prescribed interval, it said. The state government said the interval was based on the Centre’s vaccine policy and unless the Union Government altered the same, the state could not allow shortening the interval. P2 Sunday lockdown to be back The government decided to continue the lockdown measures without changes for one more week. The Covid review meeting decided to continue with the curbs based on the weekly infection population ratio The meeting also decided to continue with the general lockdown on Sundays Shops allowed to function from 7am to 9pm six days a week The state government also decided to conduct genetic studies in Idukki, Palakkad and Kasaragod where more than 5% breakthrough infections have been reported. P4
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