NATIONWIDE sep 19 sep 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 30,773 30,256 38,945 43,938 309 295 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Sep 19 37,78,296 doses Sep 20 85,68,026 doses Total doses 81,73,95,763 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths bhubaneswar l tuesday l september 21, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION bcci readies compensation package, match fees hiked Board announces that cricketers who played in Covid-hit season will get 50% extra match fees during 2021-22 season ranji remuneration up, women’s too Indian board ratifies posh policy Board brings three-wage slabs based on seniority (0-20 matches played, 21-40 and above 40) in Ranji Trophy matches. A senior player like Dinesh Karthik will now earn `60,000 per day. Earlier, it was `35,000, irrespective of experience, a jump of 41.6%. Senior women’s domestic players, too, to get a hike — from `12,500 to `20,000. In other words, a jump of 37.5% ■ ■ The BCCI, which did not have a uniform policy to deal with sexual harassment so far, puts in place detailed document covering everybody from office-bearers to senior cricketers A four-member Internal Committee will be formed to investigate matters pertaining to sexual harassment complaints | P11 sep 19 sep 20 623 746 07 510 600 06 four 4 teams, NZ, Sri Lanka, wI & RSA, will tour india before july ’22 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 UK decision to treat all double-vaxxed Indian fliers as unvaccinated triggers anger & worry India to resume vax export from October Sumi Sukanya Dutta & Dhinesh Kallungal @ New Delhi/T’Puram INDIA will resume exporting Covid-19 vaccines in October, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday The Cen. tre had halted export of life-saving jabs when the devastating second wave of the pandemic struck the country in April. The minister said “surplus supply” of vaccines will be shared with other countries under the Vaccine Maitri programme, adding that inoculating the Indian population remains the government’s top priority . The Centre is expecting a supply of 30 crore from different vaccine makers in October, which will go further up in later months. The announcement about resumption of vaccine exports comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US this week to attend a meeting of the Quad countries, where vaccines are likely to be discussed. Meanwhile, the UK government’s updated Covid protocol mandating all travellers from India – including those who have taken both the vaccine doses – to undergo three Covid tests and go into quarantine for 10 days, has upset the plans of thousands of students getting ready to enroll in various British universities. The new rules, which were unveiled on Friday, will become effective from October 4. Indian travellers must take a Covid test three days before departure and undergo two more tests upon arrival in England. The passengers must also self-isolate in a pre-disclosed place for 10 days Under the new policy, the UK will consider only those who have got both doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or Janssen vaccines in the UK, Europe, US as fully vaccinated. Those vaccinated in Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea and some other countries will also be considered as fully vaccinated. Reacting sharply former Union , ministers Jairam Ramesh said it “smacks of racism”. Congress MP and writer Shashi Tharoor said he has pulled out of a debate at The Cambridge Union debating society and from the launch events for the UK edition of his book The Battle of Belonging. Channi, Sidhu to be faces for polls, says Cong amidst fresh firefighting H a r p r e e t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Even before new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi could take his oath of office and secrecy, AICC’s Punjab incharge Harish Rawat let the cat out of the bag, saying the forthcoming Assembly elections would be fought under the leadership of state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. In other words, Channi was only a stopgap chief minister, which undermined his office, taking the sheen off elevating a member of the SC community . It triggered a furious backlash with former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar leading the charge. Jakhar’s name was in circulation for the CM’s post till Sunday morning. He was later offered the deputy CM’s post but he rejected it. “On the swearing-in day of Sh @Charnjit_channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawats’s statement that “elections will be fought under Sidhu”, is baffling. It’s likely to undermine CM’s authority but also negate the very ‘raison d’être’ of his selection for this position,” Jakhar tweeted. Opposition parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP and BSP pounced on the opportunity, saying Channi’s appointment was indeed a Congress Jyoti’s body traced after 12-hrs; Opposition blames govt for mishap E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Congress leader Rahul Gandhi greets new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi after the oath taking ceremony, in Chandigarh on Monday | PTI Promises free water, power tariff cut Calling himself an aam aadmi, Channi claimed his government was of the poor, for the poor and with the poor. In an apparent attack on AAP, he said, “I am the aam aadmi, while other parties keep talking about aam aadmi.’’ He recalled he had pedalled a rickshaw and his father ran a tent house. He promised free water supply to small dwellings, reduction in electricity tariff and transparent governance | P7 poll gimmick. Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had to step in to do damage control. “Our faces will be Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu as also ordinary Congress workers and leaders who will be supporting them,” he told reporters. If Channi was a surprise choice for CM on Sunday, there was enough drama to identify his two deputies. Till the last moment, the name of Brahm Mohindra, a senior minister in the previous cabinet, was doing the rounds, but Sidhu penciled him out. Instead, Sidhu’s loyalist O P Soni (64) was sworn in as deputy CM along with Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (62). Mohindra’s poor health and an earlier announcement of not contesting the elections apparently went against him. AFTER a 12-hour long arduous search operation, the body of Jyoti Prakash Behera who was swept away by storm water in an open drain in Capital city’s Satabdi Nagar was recovered by Odisha Fire Service personnel on Monday. The 15-year-old’s body was found at Panchasakha Nagar, about six km away from the spot where the incident took place. Jyoti fell into the drainage channel number 8(A) while trying to cross a culvert on his cycle. He was on his way to tuition class. After receiving an SOS call at 2.12 pm, a team of seven fire fighters reached the spot by 2.30 pm. They inspected the spot and sought reinforcement as the drain water had also flooded the road. As the downpour continued, fire fighters equipped with life jackets, life buoys and breathing apparatus sets began identifying all vulnerable points in the area to trace the boy But the search operation . had to be called off at 10 pm due to darkness. The drain between Satabdi Nagar and Soubhagya Nagar is mostly covered as it is a residential area and the difference from the ground is about four feet. They had to crawl through the drain stretch with search lights. In some areas, the drain’s height from the ground is over eight feet. The drain is covered with slabs and passes nearby commercial establishments in Soubhagya Nagar and New Airport Road. A crane was deployed to pull out the slabs and ensure that the fire personnel received adequate ventilation. Drainage channel 8(A) connects channel 8 near Mallick Complex in Jagamara and then passes through the rear side of Gandamunda and Panchasakha Nagar area near ITER College. Both the channels have turnings and are lopsided at many points. “It was difficult to move forward even though we were wearing gumboots. Walking through garbage was difficult and there was also fear of snakes and sharp objects,” s a i d a f i re p e r s o n n e l wh o w a s p a r t o f t h e operation. CONTINUED ON: P5
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