sambalpur l sunday l septeMBeR 12, 2021 l `12.00 l paGes 24 l CIty edItIOn Djokovic eyes historic 21, meDveDev stanDs in way Novak Djokovic looks to win record 21st Grand Slam title, faces Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s US Open final danIIl medvedev novak dJokovIc SERb’S nOTICE FOR MORE RECORDS MEDvEDEv HOpES TO bE THIRD TIME LUCkY After beating Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Alexander Zverev in semis, the World No 1 is seeking his fourth US Open title and 21st Slam that will take him above all-time record he shares with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He could be the oldest US Open champ since Ken Rosewall at 35 in 1970 and can complete calendar Grand Slam, first male player to do so since 1969 | P11 ■ ■ Medvedev, the 2019 US Open runner-up, beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach his third career Slam final The final is a rematch of February’s Australian Open final won by Djokovic in straight sets. In head-to-head, Medvedev trails Djokovic 3-5. LIVE ON STAR SPORTS NETWORK: 1.30am (Monday) 20-10 djokovic’s wiN-loss rEcord iN major fiNals 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 Booster dose may get ICMR nod as over 20 pc jabbed have no antibodies ExprEss NEws sErvicE @ Bhubaneswar Vaccinated people having low antibody levels may soon be given a booster dose of covid-19 vaccine. the move is being contemplated as over 20 per cent (pc) of the inoculated population have failed to develop antibodies against SaRS-coV2, director of Bhubaneswar-based institute of Life Sciences (iLS) dr ajay Parida said. around 23 pc of the faculty members of a research unit here were found to be antibody negative during a recent study after two doses of vaccine. “though the antibody level is 30,000 to 40,000 in some covid infected people, it is below 50 in significant number of vaccinated individuals. if the antibody level is 60 to 100, then we can say the person is antibody positive,” he said. iLS is a part of indian SaRScoV-2 Genome consortium (inSacOG), a network of 28 labs across the country equipped to sequence genomes of the coronavirus for emerging variants. Further, the antibody level is seen to come down after four to six months in many people, who have been vaccinated with two doses. the booster dose is essential for the people having low or negative antibodies despite full vaccination, Parida said. Stating that the efficacy of covishield and covaxin is about 70 pc to 80 pc which means around 20 to 30 pc of the vaccinated population may not develop antibodies, dr Parida said the clinical study is at its final stage for approval of a booster dose. “Based on the outcome of the clinical trial, the icMR may approve the booster dose. trial is on whether the booster dose will be covaxin for people vaccinated with covishield and vice-versa or Sputnik V for people vaccinated with either covaxin or covishield. the study is expected to be over in a week,” he stated. although the WHO had put a hold on booster dose till more countries catch up with vaccination as there is an alarming vaccine gap between high-income and low-income countries, recommendation for boosters is expected anytime soon. Sudden move comes after the state unit flags concerns over the crucial Patidars tilting towards Aam Aadmi Party vijay rupani resigns as Gujarat chief minister s u d h i r s u r ya w a N s h i @ Mumbai in an unexpected move, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani resigned on Saturday While Rupani said his deci. sion was in tune with the BJP’s tradition of regularly changing workers’ responsibilities, sources claimed his exit came as the state unit did not want to contest the 2022 polls under him. Sources said BJP state chief c R Patil had recently told the central leadership the party should not fight the 2022 polls under Rupani as the crucial Patidar base was eroding due to the entry of the aam adami Party . also, Rupani had been criticised for his handling of the covid-19 second wave. there were reports of him not being in sync with state unit chief c R Patil, who tightened his grip on the party following creditable show at the block panchayat and local body elections in March this year. His exit is seen as both an attempt at course correction and tackling anti-incumbency ahead of polls. the BJP legislature party is expected to meet on Sunday to elect a new leader. Prominent names doing the rounds are Patil, deputy cM and Patidar leader nitin Patel and Union minister Parshottam Rupala. a BJP leader said, “Rupani is not popular with the cadre and is perceived to be a meek cM. His Gujarati is also not good. Rupani’s speeches have become the laughing stock among the youth,” a senior leader said. Besides the shift of the Patidars to aaP, the prospect of a large percentage of other voters, too, tilting towards the aaP and the congress had become real, the leader added. express read karnal farmers call off stir as govt orders probe Chandigarh: Farmers agitating outside the mini Secretariat in Karnal called off their protest on its fifth day after the state on Saturday ordered a probe into last month’s police-protester clash. Besides, the government sent the IAS officer in the eye of the storm, Ayush Sinha, on forced leave. Action against Sinha, who was the SDM at the time of the clash, was one of the prominent demands of the farmers. The protest was called off after the farmers and the government reached an agreement during the fourth round of talks. The probe would be conducted by a retired high court judge, and the report would be submitted within a month, an official said | P8 scindia assures kcr of rgiA expansion, new airports Hyderabad: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia assured Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that the Central government would extend full support for the expansion and development of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad, as passenger traffic from other countries had increased | P5 naveen releases `742 crore kALiA aid for 37L farmers CLOUDY AFFAIR An overcast sky brings in hopes of showers in Bhubaneswar on Saturday | Irfana Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday released `742.58 crore under Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to over 37.12 lakh small and marginal farmers on the occasion of Nuakhai for rabi crops. According to the Chief Minister Office (CMO), `2,000 was directly deposited in the accounts of each of the farmers | P3 Between adequate supply and aRtIfICIal sCaRCIty, faRMeRs pay B i j o y p r a d h a N @Bhubaneswar eVen as the blame game between BJd and BJP over alleged short supply of fertilisers to Odisha continues, the current stock of the soil nutrients lends credence to allegation of ‘artificial scarcity’ in the State. the opening stock of different kinds of fertilisers was 1.8 lakh tonne as on September 10, 2021. Stock of urea, fertilizer most required by farmers during august and September, stands at 77,530 tonne against a requirement of 81,180 tonne by the end of this month. the total seasonal requirement of urea in the State was 4 lakh tonne while the actual requirement projected by the State to centre from april 1 to September 10 was 3.4 lakh tonnes. the centre made a supply of over 3.99 lakh tonne till Friday out of which the State agencies have sold over 3.18 lakh tonne, reveals the dashboard of department of Fertilisers under the Ministry . in Ganjam, for example, neem coated urea is being sold at around ` 500 per 45 kg bag against the subsidised price of `266.50 per bag. this is despite the district having a live stock of 6,410 tonne. Farmers say with monsoon gaining strength due to back to back low pressure and large parts of the State experiencing good rainfall, demand for fertilisers has picked up. this has allowed agencies and dealers selling fertilisers to rake in the moolah, said Ganesh nayak, a far mer from Ganjam. Urea apart, the State government had placed order for 2 lakh tonne of di-ammonium Phosphate (daP) for the curret kharif. against the requirement of 1.9 lakh tonne till September 10, it received 1.79 lakh tonne and sold 1.56 lakh tonne to the farmers. as on date, the stock is 24,600 tonne. in case of complex fertiliser (nPKS) and Muriate of Potash (MOP), the State had projected its total requirement for the season at 2 lakh tonne and 1 lakh tonne respectively the centre supplied more than . the requirement of the two soil nutrients during april 1, to September 10. the nPKS supply during this period was 2.19 lakh tonne against agreed supply plan of 1.88 lakh tonne. With the sale of 1.74 lakh tonne, the state has an adequate stock of 45,590 tonne. as per the agreed plan between the State and centre, the MOP requirement till date is 90,000 tonne but the State has already received 99,390 tonne. after sale of 77,810 tonne, the available stock is 21,520 tonnes. agriculture Minister arun Sahoo, however, begged to differ. the centre has been slashing the Odisha quota of fertilisers year and after year on the plea that the State’s consumption is not up to mark in comparison to other CONTINUED ON: P5 states, he said. nationwide sept 10 sept 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Jab-o-meter Take your shoT 34,973 37,681 260 33,376 32,198 308 September 10 56,91,552 doses September 11 64,49,552 doses total doses: 73,73,67,313 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths sept 10 sept 11 745 689 06 630 706 08 In THE RACE Sources said Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya, a Patidar, is a frontrunner for the CM’s post. Lakshadweep Governor Praful Khoda Patel is also said to be in the race 3RD CM TO LOSE jOb Rupani’s exit is the third change the BJP has effected in state leaderships in as many months. Before him, the CMs of Karnataka and election-bound Uttarakhand were changed Guj Cong in a state of disarray ri cha sharma @ New Delhi tHe sudden resignation of Vijay Rupani has deepened the worries of the congress ahead of next year’s state polls. While congress leaders termed Rupani’s exit as a reflection of the BJP-led gover nment’s failure in tackling the pandemic and other pressing matters, there’s concern within the grand old party about its own state of affairs. Several congress leaders expressed concern that a delay in decision-making by the high command on several issues, including key appointments in the state In shadOw Of unit, could dent the party’s poll prospects. Gujarat congress leaders said a change of face in the BJP ahead of elections could be a game changer for the ruling party. “the BJP will bring someone who will revive the party’s electoral fortunes not only in 2022 assembly elections but also for 2024 Lok Sabha polls. it should worry leaders in delhi as our state unit is in complete disarray and we still don’t have a full-time party chief, Leader of Opposition and aicc in-charge of the state,” said a senior Gujarat congress leader. CONTINUED ON: P8 WITH THIS ISSUE dEadly dilEmmas AfghAn wAr’s end, Us mArks 20 yeArs since 9/11 NEW YORK: Americans solemnly marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, remembering the dead, invoking the heroes and taking stock of the aftermath of the deadliest terror attack on US soil less than two weeks after the fraught end of the war in Afghanistan | P9 PLUS 12 PaGeS
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