coimbatore l friday l october 22, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l late city EDITION India, others lobby to soften U.N. report on climate change? Saudi, Japan and Australia are also putting pressure on the UN to play down the need to move away from fossil fuels, BBC reports ‘Coal to remain India’s energy mainstay’ Draft paper downplays n-power India wants to keep coal as the mainstay of energy production for many decades to come due to the huge challenge in affordability of producing electricity through other means, the BBC report said. New Delhi is also batting for more focus on nuclear energy saying “almost all chapters” in the draft COP26 report contain a bias against the clean energy source ■ ■ According to India, nuclear energy is “established technology” with “good political backing except in a few countries” Many European countries have also said the draft report should be more positive about the role nuclear power can play in meeting the UN’s climate targets, the BBC report added | P12 450 GW The renewable energy capacity that India plans to have by 2030 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 6,68,91,331 The illuminated Red Fort to mark the occasion | PTI peak weeks in race to 1 bn SRK visits jail, NCB lands up at his home 2,34,46,468 4,12,02,974 2,47,46,875 S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai Total doses Dose one Dose two 16-22 23-29 30-05 06-12 13-19 20-26 27-05 06-12 13-19 20-26 27-02 03-09 10-16 17-23 24-30 01-07 08-14 15-21 22-28 29-04 05-11 12-18 19-25 26-02 03-09 10-16 17-23 24-30 31-06 07-13 14-20 21-27 28-03 04-10 11-17 18-24 25-01 02-08 09-15 16-22 Mt 100 cr scaled January February March S u m i S u k a n ya D u tta @ New Delhi Two hundred and seventynine days after a massive nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive, the country on Thursday pulled off a remarkable feat by administering 100 crore jabs, largely supported by Covishield, which has remained the lynchpin of the exercise. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a triumph of Indian science and that of the collective spirit of the people. “India scripts history he tweeted. ,” “We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and the collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.” Of the total doses administered, over 88% were that of the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin remained a minor player. Russia’s Sputnik V also avail, April May June July able in India since May, had a very limited footprint. India started the vaccination campaign on January 16 last, beginning with shots for healthcare workers. It was later extended to frontline workers, before being opened up for the 60-plus population and those in the 45-60 age group with specified co-morbidities. From May Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 20 62,46,931 doses October 21 56,11,985 doses Total doses: 1,00,53,63,691 NATIONWIDE oct 20 oct 21 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 14,623 18,454 19,446 17,561 197 160 tamil nadu oct 20 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,170 1,418 20 oct 21 1,164 1,412 20 August September October 1, the vaccination programme was opened to all adults. It picked up speed from June 21 when the Centre revised its inoculation strategy . However, the target to fully vaccinate all 93 crore adult population by this year-end might still be a long shot as only 31% in the 18-plus group have been double-jabbed. Experts said India would need nearly 1.2 crore doses everyday from now if it has to completely vaccinate all the adults by this year-end. Besides, nearly 25% have not received even one dose of the vaccine while 44% are partially vaccinated. The Centre itself recently flagged concerns that a large number of people with one dose of Covid vaccine are missing out on their scheduled second dose. Team india responds to adversity with achievement, writes modi Page 8 Shah Rukh Khan leaves Arthur Road Jail after meeting his son on Thursday | PTI Hours after Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan visited Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail to meet his son Aryan, some officials of the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) landed up at the actor’s home ‘Mannat’ in suburban Bandra. NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede later clarified that it was not a raid and that the officials visited SRK’s residence to collect some documents related to the cruise ship drugs case. On Thursday morning, the 55-year-old superstar had a 20minute meeting with his son at the high-security prison, where the latter is lodged after he was arrested in connection with the drugs case. This is the first time the Bollywood actor is meeting his son since his arrest by the NCB on October 3 connection with the alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship. Earlier, Shah Rukh Khan had spoken to Aryan via video call when he was in NCB custody . Apart from Aryan Khan, his friends Arbaaz Merchant and Six lawyers from TN barred from practice as they face criminal charges R SIVAKUMAR @ Chennai Six lawyers, allegedly involved in different criminal activities, were barred from practice in courts and tribunals until disciplinary proceedings pending against them are disposed of. Two of them face murder charges while one is booked in a child sexual abuse case. The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry took the decision after it received reports of the cases filed against them. “They are prohibited from practising as advocates in all courts, tribunals, and other authorities in India either in their name or in any assumed name till the disposal of the disciplinary proceedings pending against them,” the Bar Council said on Thursday . Y Vigneshwarraj of Kadapakkam, Cheyyur, was barred for his involvement in a murder of a person in connection with money transaction. He was booked by the Chunambedu police in Kancheepuram under IPC Section 302 (murder), and SC/ST Act was also invoked. Another lawyer, G Krishna- kumar of T Nagar in Chennai, is also booked for murder by the Krishnagiri town police. He was involved in the kidnap and murder of an auditor, Janaranjan Pradhan, sources said. Similarly, a Tiruppur-based advocate, K Rajendran of Tiruchy Main Road, Vellakovil, was caught for filing fake court fee stamp papers for motor vehicle accident cases. MG Ashok of Coimbatore, was prohibited from practice after a case of child sexual assault was registered against him at the AWPS in Madipakkam, Chennai. Munmun Dhamecha are also accused in the drugs case. In a related development, the NCB on Thursday recorded the statement of Bollywood actor Ananya Panday. Earlier NCB officials had visited her residence to issue summons after her name was found in the WhatsApp chats during its probe against Aryan Khan in the drugs case. Ananya’s actorfather Chunky Pandey accompanied her to the NCB office to record her statement. She was called again on Friday for further questioning. FATF Adds Turkey to grey list, keeps Pak The global money laundering watchdog placed Turkey under surveillance over the country’s shady financial operations. Pakistan will continue to be on the grey list as it needs to prove action against UN-designated terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed | P11
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