THRISSUR l monday l September 06, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION team india head coach shastri tests covid +ve The BCCI announced on Sunday that Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test for Covid returned positive. The next course of action will be decided following the result of his RT-PCR test 3 other support staffers in isolation kohli & co set england a big target Bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel remained at the team hotel as a precautionary measure with results of their RT-PCR tests awaited. All the other members underwent two lateral flow tests on Saturday night and Sunday morning before being cleared to travel to the stadium ahead of the fourth day of the 4th Test ■ ■ The Indians set England an imposing target of 368 on Sunday after scoring 466 in their second innings The likes of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur built on the good work of the top-order. Thakur (60) made his 2nd half-century of the match while Pant found his groove with 50 368 if england chase down 368, it will be their highest successful chase 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 Nipah strikes again; boy dead, two others develop symptoms Kozhikode put on alert 188 people on contact list Efforts on to trace source of infection E x p r e s s N ew s Se r v i c e @Kozhikode Call by farmers’ unions to defeat BJP in UP elections N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow Tying votes to fair price for farm produce “This UP government should be given vote ki chhot (electoral defeat). The slogan of fasalon ke daam nahi, to vote nahi (no fair price for crops, no votes) will have to be raised,” Tikait said, asking why the Adityanath government has not raised the sugarcane procurement price 8K security personnel Around 8,000 security personnel were deployed. Security was tightened at the residences of local BJP lawmakers, including Union minister Sanjiv Balyan and BJP MLA Umesh Malik Hindutva icons in ethics course of MP medicos E x p r e s s N ew s Se r v i c e @ Bhopal A mandatory foundation course for first-year MBBS students in Madhya Pradesh will include lectures on Hindutva icons like RSS founder Dr K B Hedgewar and Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, pioneers of ancient Indian medicine and Dr B R Ambedkar from the new academic year. The syllabus drew sharp reactions from the Congress, which slammed the government for tinkering with a professional course. Announcing the new module on Sunday state medical educa, tion minister Vishvas Sarang said: “It has been decided to impart lectures on personalities like Dr KB Hedgewar, Deendayal Upadhyaya, Dr B R Ambedkar, Maharshi Charaka and Sushrut in the course across all medical colleges in the state.” The month-long course, under the Professionalism and Ethics module, aims at sensitising students on proper handling of patients, particularly the specially-abled ones. “Ethics and value education is part of the National Medical C o m m i s s i o n Fo u n d a t i o n Course for MBBS nationally. We’ve decided to inculcate in the course lectures on our icons,” Sarang said. But Congress’ state unit vice president Bhupendra Gupta sarcastically said, “The BJP-ruled MP has set a record for producing doctors who did not even appear in the admission tests themselves through the Vyapam scam.” WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Farmer unions on Sunday gave a call to uproot BJP governments from UP and Uttarakhand in the upcoming state elections early next year, at a massive mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha. The morcha, which is an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions, also decided to hold Bharat Bandh on September 27 in support of their primary demand to repeal three contentious farm laws passed by Parliament last year. National spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, said, “We have to stop the country from getting sold. Farmers should be saved; the country should be saved; businesses, employees and youth should be saved. This is the mahapanchayat’s aim.” Prominent among those on the dais were Yogendra Ya- dav, activist Medha Patkar and CPM leader Atul Anjan. The humongous turnout could be a wake-up call for the ruling BJP as the mahapanchayat not only had the support of Jat khaps (clans) but also of some Muslim khaps of western UP. In the last three elections, the BJP did extremely well in western UP because of the Jat-Muslim polarisation following the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, with the saffron party mopping up the Jat votes. The Jat-Muslim animosity seems to be dissolving now in the wake of the farmers’ unrest. Perhaps with that in mind, Tikait raised slogans of both Allahu Akbar and Har Har Mahadev from the dais. Western UP is important as it has around 130 of the 403 Assembly seats in the state. Tikait said the protest on Delhi’s border and other sites would continue. To pacify Chandy and Chennithala, Satheesan takes diplomacy route E x p r e s s N ew s Se r v i c e To ease the tension that has been prevailing in the state Congress since the appointment of new district congress committee chiefs, senior leaders have initiated conciliatory talks. On Sunday, opposition leader V D Satheesan met former chief minister Oommen Chandy at Puthuppally and former Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala at Haripad. Satheesan had one-to-one interaction with both leaders. On Monday both Chandy and , Chennithala will have another round of discussion with Satheesan in the presence of state Congress president K S u d h a k a r a n i n Thiruvananthapuram. What has hastened up the talks is the reluctance of Congress high command to escalate the issue to New Delhi. Though senior leaders close to Chandy and Chennithala expected the Congress national president to summon both leaders for talks in Delhi, Opposition leader V D Satheesan arriving at AICC general secretary Oommen Chandy’s residence in Puthuppally on Sunday | Express AICC former president Rahul Gandhi is learnt to have told general secretary K C Venugopal that issue should be resolved in the state. AICC general secretary Tariq Anwar, who will reach here on Wednesday to address a meeting of new DCC presidents, will also join the efforts to clear all misunderstandings and initiate reorganisation of the state Congress with the suppor t of all senior leaders. Satheesan was given a warm welcome at Chandy’s ancestral home in Puthuppally and both leaders had a meeting for over 45 min● More on P4 utes. express read Vehicle carrying ISRO equipment blocked T’Puram: The movement of the hydraulic-axle trailer carrying components for the construction of the trisonic wind tunnel to ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) was obstructed near South Thumba on Sunday, demanding that the contract workers of VSSC be allowed to unload the consignment.P4 NATIONWIDE sep 04 sep 05 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 42,618 36,385 330 42,766 38,091 308 statewide Sept 4 Sept 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 29,682 26,701 25,910 28,900 142 74 What happened in 2018 Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a zoonotic disease which can be transmitted to humans from infected animals It is transmitted through viruscontaminated food or directly from person to person Case fatality rate estimated at 40% to 75%. This varies depending on local capabilities for surveillance and clinical management Nipah screening at the MCH on Monday. The three-storey pay ward block of the MCH has been set aside for Nipah care. The state has also approached the ICMR seeking supply of monoclonal antibody medicine that has to be imported from Australia. In the wake of confirmation of Nipah case, the health department has strengthened preventive measures, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “The health minister has led the formulation of an action plan to contain the spread. As many as 16 committees have been set up based on the plan The infection claimed 18 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts The deceased include nurse Lini Puthussery who attended to an infected person at EMS Memorial Cooperative Hospital at Perambra The first Nipah outbreak in the state was Around 2,000 The outbreak reported in Two of was contained Kozhikode district the infected people were isolated as part and declared in May 2018 persons of containment over on June survived Soopikada near measures 10, 2018 Perambra was In 2019, a Nipah case was detected in the epicentre of the Ernakulam, but no death was reported outbreak Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the Nipah virus 3 crucial factors led docs to suspect infection | p2 INSIDE @Kottayam/T’Puram The body of the 12-year-old boy who died of Nipah being laid to rest at Kannamparamb burial ground in Kozhikode | Express What’s Nipah A section of the massive gathering at the kisan mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday | PTI The deadly Nipah virus has struck again in Kerala, claiming the life of a 12-year-old boy in Kozhikode district and posing a serious challenge to the state health administration that is already burdened by the ongoing Covid-19 fight. The boy a native of Pazhoor , in Chathamangalam, was diagnosed with the infection on Saturday night after his samples tested positive at the National Institute of Virology Pune, and , he died at a private hospital here around 4.45am on Sunday . The official confirmation of infection came after his death. The boy who developed fever , on August 27, was taken to three hospitals, including the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital (MCH), and a private clinic before being admitted to the private hospital. By Sunday afternoon, authorities traced 188 people on his contact list, of whom two healthcare workers showed symptoms of the virus infection. As many as 20 persons on the contact list — including the boy’s parents — are in the highrisk category and they along with the health workers have been shifted to the medical college. Attempts are on to trace the source of infection. Health Minister Veena George said the next week will be crucial in preventing the spread of the virus. “Right now, nine ICU beds have been set up at Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. One more will be operational soon. Seven days is the incubation period of Nipah virus and hence, the next week is crucial. There is no need to be panic, but we must be on high alert,” she said after a toplevel meeting in Kozhikode on Sunday . She said a team from NIVPune will set up a lab for initial for contact tracing, community surveillance and data analysis,” he said. “We have held discussions with private hospitals. They have been asked to report unnatural deaths and fever cases,” he said. Meanwhile, the district administration and the health department have declared a high health alert in Kozhikode district. A complete shutdown has been imposed in ward 9 (Pazhoor) of Chathamangalam panchayat, where the boy lived. Also, partial restrictions are in place in the neighbouring areas. The authorities have also released the route map of the ‘Nipah re-emergence can’t be ruled out in coming years’ Para shuttlers help India sign off on a high India finished the Tokyo Paralympics with their best medal tally ever — 19 medals (5 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze). The final day saw India win two more medals courtesy of the shuttlers to finish 24th in the overall standings. Shuttler Krishna Nagar won gold in the men’s singles SH6 category after beating Hong Kong’s Man Kai Chu 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in the final on Sunday. Fellow shuttler Suhas Yathiraj claimed a silver medal in the men’s singles SL4 category. He lost to top seed Lucas Mazur of France 21-15, 17-21, 15-21 in the final. boy His body was buried at the . burial ground of Kannamparamb mosque at Kozhikode Beach, abiding by the protocol. A team from the National Centre for Disease Control has reached the district to provide support and technical aid to the health department in containing the virus spread. According to sources, the central team assessed that virus infection is not a major outbreak and only a local occurrence. During the first outbreak in the state in 2018, Nipah had claimed the lives of 18 people in Kozhikode. ‘A Sweet boy roaming around with his goats’ | p2 Two shooters, Singhraj Adhana and Avani Lekhara, bagged two medals each. While Adhana won silver in the 50m pistol (SH1) event and bronze in the men's 10m air pistol (SH1) event, Avani won gold in the women's 10m air rifle (SH1) event and bronze in the 50m rifle 3 positions (SH1) event. In the process, Avani became the first Indian woman to claim two medals in a single Paralympics. P11 Silver-medallist T Mariyappan gets a grand welcome in Chennai on Sunday | Express twitter fame for kochi man ‘Alchemist’ auto grabs Coelho’s attention Sh i b u B S @Kochi Twitterati on Sunday were a bit surprised to see the picture of an autorickshaw tweeted by renowned Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. The photo of the back of the auto has the name of Paulo Coelho written on it and below the name is ‘Alchemist’ in Malayalam. He shared the picture and tweeted: “Kerala, India (thank you very much for the photo).” The number plate of the auto reveals that the vehicle is registered in Ernakulam. The owner-cum-driver of the autorick- The photo posted by Paulo Coelho in his Twitter account shaw, K A Pradeep, is not active on Twitter. However, when friends alerted him about the tweet, he was thrilled. Being an ardent fan of Coelho, Pra- deep was on cloud nine. “It was almost 13 years back that I had read Paulo Coelho’s ‘ lchemist’. Though I have only A completed matriculation, reading is my favourite hobby. I have read the Malayalam translation of the book, which instantly made me a great fan of the author. I changed the name of my auto to Alchemist. Santiago, Fatima, the Alchemist and all other characters soon become a part of my life as I don’t even know how many times I have revisited the book af- ter my initial reading. Now with the author noticing my love for his writing and the book, it is a dream-come-true moment for me. As it is said in the book itself, ‘It is Maktub’,” a delighted Pradee p told TNIE. Pradeep, along with his wife and son, is residing at Cherayi. However, he plies his auto in Ernakulam. “I operate from the auto stand near Ernakulam Siva temple. I do not know who has taken the picture and posted or shared it with Coelho. Whoever did that, I am grateful to him/her,” he said. ● More on P5
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