VOL. 3 | NO. 336 | THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Increasing cloudiness. Temp: Max.37°C. Min.29°C. Humidity: 27% Sunrise: 06:12 Sunset: 06:07 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS I am doing well, says Venkaiah Naidu from home quarantine New Delhi (PTI): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who has tested positive for Covid-19, on Wednesday thanked the vice president of Maldives for his message wishing him speedy recovery, and said he appreciates his spontaneous response and sincere concern. Responding to a message from Vice President Faisal Naseem of Maldives, Naidu said, "I am doing well and there is no cause for concern." "I am taking all necessary steps to combat the virus as per medical advice. I am indeed touched by your warm good wishes," the Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu. The vice president also thanked ministers, chief ministers and legislators for their messages wishing him a speedy recovery. "I am indeed touched by your warm, good wishes," he responded on Twitter. Naidu had on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19. He is asymptomatic and in good health. Naidu, 71, has been advised home quarantine. His wife Usha Naidu has tested negative for Covid-19 and is in self-isolation. India successfully test-fires BrahMos missile Bhubaneswar (IANS): India on Wednesday successfully test-ﬁred an extended- range supersonic cruise missile BrahMos with an indigenous booster from a test facility oﬀ the Odisha coast. The missile was launched around 10.30 am from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore district, sources said. An Indo-Russian joint venture, BrahMos missile has a strike range of about 400 km. "Congratulate @DRDO_India on the successful test-ﬁring of an extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The missile with an indigenous booster will further strengthen India's defence capability," tweeted Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It is the second time that the extended-range version of BrahMos has been testﬁred. BrahMos missile was originally built with a range of 290 km. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H ALL BABRI DEMOLITION ACCUSED ACQUITTED Demolition was not a planned incident but a spontaneous act: Special CBI judge SK Yadav Lucknow (IANS): A Special CBI court hearing the Babri mosque demolition case of December 6, 1992, acquitted all the 32 accused on Wednesday saying it was spontaneous and not a planned move. Those acquitted in the case that lasted 28 years include former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, former Union Ministers MM Joshi, Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, among others. Former BJP MP Vinay Katiyar and Hindu leader Sadhvi Rithambhara, who were among the accused present in court, said: "Sab Ramji ki kripa hai". As soon as the court announced the acquittal of the accused, jubilation broke out outside the court, in Ayodhya and Lucknow where supporters of the leaders were present to celebrate the occasion. Special CBI judge SK Yadav, in his verdict, said that the demotion was not a planned incident but a spontaneous act. He said that Ashok Singhal and other Sangh Parivar leaders wanted to save the structure as Ram Lalla statues were inside. The court observed that leaders who were present on the dais repeatedly tried to persuade the 'kar sewaks' against taking any action on that day. The court further said the CBI has failed to substantiate the charges levelled against the 32 accused persons. The court also said that the video recordings submitted to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das Uma Bharti the court were 'tampered with'. The judge pointed out that the prosecution could not produce enough evidence against the accused. He said that the authenticity of audio, video provided by CBI could not be proven and the audio of the speeches were not clear. The court also said that those who climbed on the dome, were anti-social elements.The 26 accused persons who were present in court on Wednesday, said that they had always maintained that the demotion was a conspiracy by the then Congress government. Babri plaintiff, Iqbal Ansari, said in Ayodhya that after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Ram temple last year, the demolition case had lost its relevance. "I welcome acquittal of the 32 persons by the court. There should be no further dispute on the matter," he said. Union Minister Gadkari recovers from Covid-19 New Delhi (PTI): Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said he has recovered from coronavirus. The Road Transport, Highways and MSME minister was tested positive on September 16. Thanking people for their prayers and wishes, the minister in a tweet said: "I am happy to say that I have recovered from coronavirus with the blessings and good wishes of all". The former BJP president also thanked wellwishers for their affection to him. On September 16 a f t e r contracting the virus, Gadkari had isol a t e d himself. The minister had also requested all who had come in his contact to follow the protocol. The monsoon session of Parliament concluded on September 23, eight days ahead of the schedule, due to concerns over the spread of the corona virus among members. Continued on Page 5 Vinay Katiyar Sadhvi Rithambhara ‘Sab ko sanmatti de bhagwan’ HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: The veterans, who were among those acquitted in the 28-year-old Babri masjid demolition case, said that the judgement had vindicated the BJP's "commitment towards Ram Janmabhoomi movement.” Minutes after the judgement, the former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, who appeared in the court through video conference said, "I am grateful to my party workers, leaders, saints, and all those through selfless involvement and sacrifices gave me strength and support during the Ayodhya movement." Former Union Minister Murali Manohar Joshi and BJP veteran, who also appeared in the court through video conference, termed “historic” the ver- The judgment has made it clear that then Congress Government had wrongly framed and defamed respected saints, BJP leaders, and office-bearers of Vishwa Hindu Parishad out of its politically prejudice and over its politics of vote bank. The public of this country would not leave those responsible for this controversy – Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh dict by a special CBI court acquitting all the 32 accused, including him. “I will say only one thing 'Jai Jai Shri Ram, Sab ko sanmatti de bhagwan (May Lord, bestow wisdom on all),” he said. VHP international working president Alok Kumar said it took 28 years for courts to deliver justice. "This judgment now hopefully draws the final curtains on an issue that had been agitating the Hindu psyche for some 472 years," he said. The CPI(M) described the acquittal of all the accused in the Babri masjid demolition case by a special CBI court in Lucknow on Wednesday as a "travesty of justice". Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said every Indian who has innate faith in the Constitution and in the spirit of communal amity and brotherhood expects and urges the central and state governments to file an appeal against the decision of the special court. UNLOCK 5.0 Cinemas to reopen with 50% seating from Oct 15 New Delhi (IANS): In its latest guidelines for further reopening, the Union Home Ministry has allowed certain activities such as functioning of cinemas, theatres and multiplexes with 50% seating capacity from October 15. However, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will have to strictly adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Meanwhile, Business to Business exhibitions will also be permitted to open from October 15, for which SOP will be issued by the Department of Commerce. In what can be a breather for professional swimmers, swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons have been permitted to open from October 15. However, they must adhere to certain SOP to be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. In news that is certain to bring cheer to many, entertainment parks will also be permitted to open from October 15, said the MHA. These too will have to follow SOP which will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. However, the MHA has asserted that these activities will only be allowed in areas outside Containment Zones. "The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments," said the MHA in a statement. Meanwhile, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in Containment Zones till October 31. Obnoxious, says Asaduddin Owaisi Asks CBI to appeal against verdict HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Expressing outrage over the verdict of a special CBI court that acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP veteran L K Advani, in the Babri mosque case, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday called it "obnoxious" and said the Central agency should appeal against it. Speaking to reporters, Owaisi in his reaction to the judgement said, "This judgement satisﬁes the collective consciousness of Hindutva and its followers and ideology". He wondered how the court could state that there was no conspiracy in the matter. The Hyderabad MP said that since 1950, the largest minority of the nation has been denied justice and Babri Masjid demolition case was the most visible instance. “On the day the mosque was demolished I felt helpless and humiliated. This verdict gives the same feeling, as justice was denied,” he said. Continued on Page 5 Common cold in past may give protection from Covid-19 New York (IANS): In a big breakthrough, researchers have found that people who have had a bout of seasonal or common cold in the past may get protection from Covid-19. The study, published in the journal mBio, also suggests that immunity to Covid-19 is likely to last a long time -- maybe even a lifetime. The study showed that the Covid-19-causing virus, SARS-CoV-2, induces memory B cells, long-lived immune cells that detect pathogens, create antibodies to destroy them and remember them for the future. The next time that pathogen tries to enter the body, those memory B cells can hop into action even faster to clear the infection before it starts. Because memory B cells can survive for decades, they could protect Covid-19 survivors from subsequent infections for a long time, but further research will have to bear that out, the researchers said. The study is also the ﬁrst to report cross-reactivity of memory B cells -- meaning B cells that once attacked coldcausing corona viruses appeared to also recognise SARS-CoV-2. Study authors believe this could mean that anyone who has been infected by a common coronavirus -- which is nearly everyone -- may have some degree of pre-existing immunity to Covid-19. "When we looked at blood samples from people who were recovering from Covid19, it looked like many of them had a pre-existing pool of memory B cells that could recognise SARS-CoV-2 and rapidly produce antibodies that could attack it," said lead study author Mark Sangster from the University of Rochester in the US. The ﬁndings are based on a comparison of blood samples from 26 people who were recovering from mild to moderate Covid-19 and 21 healthy donors whose samples were collected six to 10 years ago -- long before they could have been exposed to Covid-19. From those samples, study authors measured levels of memory B cells and antibodies that target speciﬁc parts of the Spike protein, which exists in all corona viruses and is crucial for helping the viruses infect cells. The Spike protein looks and acts a little different in each corona virus, but one of its components, the S2 subunit, stays pretty much the same across all of the viruses. Memory B cells can't tell the difference between the Spike S2 subunits of the different corona viruses, and attack indiscriminately. The study found that was true for beta corona viruses, a subclass that includes two cold-causing viruses as well as SARS, MERS and SARSCoV-2. "Now we need to see if having this pool of pre-existing memory B cells correlates with milder symptoms and shorter disease course - or if it helps boost the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines," the authors wrote. Will you shut up, man: Personal attacks rule ﬁrst Trump-Biden debate New York (IANS): "Clown", "Liar", "just shush for a minute" and "keep yapping" were the insults that will forever be the highlight of the ﬁrst Trump-Biden US presidential debate 2020 with Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace coming in for serious ﬂak based on how he allowed American President Donald Trump to aggressively interrupt his Democratic challenger Joe Biden throughout the ﬁrst US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Trump snarled, grimaced and wagged his ﬁngers at Biden repeatedly throughout the 90-minute debate. At one point, he said: "I'll tell you Joe, you could never have done the job that we did. You don't have it in your blood." "Everything he says here is a lie", Biden snapped. "The wrong guy, wrong night, wrong time. This man doesn't know what he's talking about," Biden said several times during the evening. The US election is 35 days away and it is increasingly likely that in the current Covid-19 situation, the results may not be known for days or weeks after November 3 -- the election date. "I'm 80 per cent sad, and 20 per cent mad as hell", is how Claire McCaskill, former Senator from Missouri, described her takeaways from the debate. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson thinks "much of the nation must have been appalled." "I don't know what the hell we watched." Donald Trump chased the "television audience away" according to veteran Democratic strategist James Carville. "It was unwatchable, 25 minutes in." In less than 10 minutes, the debate descended into personal attacks when the moderator failed to keep Trump quiet during Biden's two minute talk time. Biden shot back at Trump, "Will you shut up, man?" Reacting to the ﬁrst debate performance, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said "America was given a very clear choice". She cast Trump as a man out of his depth and playing defence. "What we saw was a dog whistle through a bullhorn," she said on late night television."That performance tonight is going to convince people Donald Trump is not worthy of another term" David Plouffe, former Barack Obama campaign manager, said in post debate comments. India not giving accurate Covid death count: Trump New York (IANS): US President Donald Trump has said that India does not give a "straight count" on the Covid-19 deaths and is dirtying the environment. During the presidential debate on Tuesday night with Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden, they both sparred over the extent of the deaths caused by the pandemic. Biden said that the 200,000 people who died of the corona virus in America were 20 per cent of the ROUND ONE global death toll of 1 million while the US population is only 4 per cent of the world. Trump shot back, "When you talk about numbers you know how many people dies in China? You know how many people dies in Russia? You don't know how many people died in India. They don't give you a straight count." Trump said that the pandemic was China's fault, but Biden tried to deﬂect China's role wanting to pin the blame for its ravages on Trump. When climate change and the Paris Climate Agreement, from which Trump withdrew the US came up, he said, "China sends up real dirt into the air. Russia does. India does."
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