VOL. 3 | NO. 349 | WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 9% Sunrise: 06:21 Sunset: 05:52 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS Advance and Basic Mountaineering Courses held at Mountaineering and Skiing Institute at Auli, in Chamoli district, Tuesday. Over 100 ITBP personnel were trained in basic and advanced mountaineering courses by the World-renowned Mountaineering and Skiing Institute, IndoTibetan Border Police Force, M&SI, Auli, Uttarakhand for adventure sports and training Man gets corona twice with more severe symptoms second time New York (IANS): A 25-year-old man in the US has caught Covid twice, a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal showed, indicating exposure to the virus may not translate to total immunity. According to the Lancet, it is the first confirmed case of a US patient becoming reinfected with Covid-19, and the fifth known case reported worldwide. In a case study, the patient from Washoe County in Nevada, had two positive tests for SARS-CoV-2, the first on April 18, 2020, and the second on June 5, 2020, separated by two negative tests done during follow-up in May 2020. "Genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 showed genetically significant differences between each variant associated with each instance of infection. The second infection was symptomatically more severe than the first," the study authors from the University of Nevada, wrote. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H DELHI RECORDS SEASON’S WORST AIR DAY SO FAR New Delhi (IANS): The air quality index of the national capital turned foul and mounted to 'very poor' category at 304 on Tuesday morning, with northwest district recording the most polluted air, according to the Central pollution Board's data. Tuesday was the season's worst air day so far. The air pollution reaches a crescendo in Delhi-NCR every winter, when pollution from stubble burning combines with the suspended water droplets in the lower atmosphere to form a thick blanket of noxious smog, thus creating health hazards for the residents. As per the pollution control board, out of the 36 Delhi AQI 304 A farmer burns paddy stubble in a ﬁeld, in Amritsar district on Tuesday. Farmers continue the practice, a contributor to air pollution in winter season, despite several steps taken by the government UK unveils 3-tier Covid alert system London (IANS): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a new three-level Covid-19 alert system that will be implemented across England, with the levels being decided according to the infection rates. "We must act to save lives," Xinhua news agency quoted Johnson as saying while addressing while the House of Commons, or the Lower House of Parliament, on Monday evening. "We cannot let the virus rip." The current set of rules are "complex to understand and enforce", he said, so the new system is designed to "simplify and standardize" the curbs. The alert system comprises three levels: "Medium", "High" and "Very High". "Medium" includes the current restrictions already in place, including the Rule of Six and the 10 hospitality curfew, Johnson said. Most areas currently under local restrictions will "automatically" enter this level, he said. "High" level reflects the local lockdown rules that are in place in parts of England currently, which primarily prevents people from socializing with other households indoors, but the so-called "support bubbles" will still be permitted. "Very High" level is for places where "transmission rates are rising most rapidly" and the National Health Service (NHS) "could soon be under unbearable pressure". This level will see venues such as bars and pubs closed unless they can operate as restaurants, while people are also banned from socializing with other households both indoors and in private gardens, with local residents being advised against travelling in and out of these areas. pollution monitoring stations, the air quality index in as many as 19 stations is in the 'very poor' category, 14 stations recorded the index in the 'poor' category, one recorded it in the 'moderate' category and two were non-functional. The area near northwest Delhi's Wazirpur recorded the highest AQI at 379, followed by 364 in Dwarka Sector 8 and Mundka. Lodhi road logged the cleanest air in the capital city at 193. Delhi's neighbouring areas -- Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida -have also recorded 'very poor' quality of air. Greater Noida's air is currently the most polluted amongst all. Continued on Page 5 Tirumala Brahmotsavam sans devotees Covid SOPs force TTD to conduct celebrations in ‘Ekantham’ HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: In a major development, Tirumala-Tirupati Devastanams went back on its earlier decision and decided to conduct Navaratri Brahmotsavam in ‘Ekantham’ without the participation of devotees. A meeting of TTD Executive Officer, district collec- tor and police officials held on Monday evening decided to conduct the 9-day Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara which would begin from October 16 without processions. As a result, the Brahmotsavam would now be performed inside the hill temple with only the high priests and top officials taking part following co- rona virus protocols. The TTD, which governs the ancient hill shrine, had earlier this month decided to organise the annual festivities by conducting daily processions around the sprawling temple complex with the participation of a few thousand devotees those who obtained the worship tickets online. EO Dr KS Jawa- har Reddy citing the recent centre and state governments Covid guidelines stipulating the conduct of religious and cultural events with a gathering of not more than 200 participants, decided to revoke the earlier decision of the board to permit limited pilgrims for Navaratri Brahmotsavam. Continued on Page 5 GDP will shrink 10.3% in 2020: IMF P6 Foreign Secretary of India Harsh V Shringla and diplomat Vani Rao with US Ambassador to India Ken Juster and US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun, during a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday India, US too cautious with ‘Elephant in Room’ China New Delhi (ANI): While referring to China as the "elephant in the room", visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said here on Monday that India and the United States have been "too cautious" towards China's reaction to the strategic ties between New Delhi and Washington. Speaking at the Ananta Centre India-US Forum event, Biegun said: "Of course, as we advance in this direction, there is an elephant in the room: China. Last week, in advance of Secretary Pompeo's meeting with Minister Jaishankar and their Japanese and Australian counterparts in Tokyo, I read remarks by the esteemed, retired Indian diplomat Ashok Kantha. I was particularly struck by a comment he made." "I could not agree more with Ambassador Kantha. We have been too cautious. Last week's important and successful Quad ministerial leaves the United States conﬁdent that perhaps, just maybe, we can say that we are present at the creation of those strategic linkages to which Ambassador Kantha refers," he added. External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had last week met for the Quad (Australia, India, Japan, US) ministerial dialogue in Tokyo last week. Biegun further said that Washington appreciates New Delhi's strategic autonomy adding that there is "enormous opportunity" in the United States' security relationship with India. "In thinking about the future, it is no secret that I see enormous opportunity in the United States' security relationship with India. India has a strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy, and we respect that," the US Deputy Secretary of State said. He added that the Trump administration does not "seek to change" India's traditions. "Rather we want to explore how to empower them and India's ability to defend its own sovereignty and democracy and to advance Indian interests, across the Indo-Paciﬁc region. As the United States assesses our own interests and how they intersect with India's, we have seen the conditions emerge for an organic and deeper partnership--not an alliance on the post-war model, but a fundamental alignment along shared security and geopolitical goals, shared interests, and shared values," Biegun added. India expects 500 mn doses of Covid vaccine by July 2021 New Delhi (Agencies): A vaccine against Covid-19 will likely be available in India by early next year and there is a possibility that the shots may come from more than one source, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday. "We're expecting that early next year we should have vaccine in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccine in the country," the Union Health Minister said during a meeting of the Group of Ministers. Currently, four Covid-19 vaccines are in advanced stages of pre-clinical trials in India. The 21st GoM meeting was held on Tuesday after over a month's gap, as the last meeting had taken place on August 30. It was stated that hopefully by July 2021, some 400 to 500 million doses of the vaccine will be made available for 20-25 crore people in India. "Keeping a close pace with the potential availability of vaccine, a plan of action on which sections are to be given priority has been discussed. Importantly, it would be monitored through a scientiﬁc approach," Dr Harsh Vardhan revealed about the strategy being discussed on vaccine distribution. "For this, strategies that have been adopted by the world be it CDC, US, are being studied con- tinuously. Digital platforms are also being prepared for the same," the health minister added. The GoM was informed about the stage by stage preparation of the vaccine (from cold chain equipment to nonvaccine equipment). "Approximately 200 vaccine candidates are being tried out globally. Around 151 candidates are at the pre-clinical trial phase and around 42 are at the clinical trial phase. Globally there are nine vaccine candidates who are at clinical trial phase II & III (slightly advanced stages), among who three are from India," said the minister. It is expected that the vaccine may be available in the country from more than one source. Expert groups are formulating strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccine in the country. Currently the Covid-19 recovery rate in India is near 87 percent while the fatality rate is at 1.53 percent. More than one million samples are being tested daily for detecting the infection in the country in the 1,927 laboratories, including private and government. Keeping the upcoming festive and winter season in mind, Vardhan further advised people by saying, "As winter and festive seasons are approaching the entire coun- try should strictly follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour such as wearing mask, observing social distancing and maintaining respiratory hygiene." Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (MoS) Home Nityanand Rai, MoS Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul, and expert teams for strategy formulation were among others were present in the meeting on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formed the GoM in February keeping the rising Covid-19 pandemic threat in mind. ‘Covid-free’ Trump offers to ‘kiss everyone’ at election rally Washington (ANI&PTI): Less than two weeks after he tested positive for corona virus, an exuberant United States President Donald Trump made a comeback to the campaign trail with a rally in Sanford, Florida stating that he felt "so powerful" that he wanted to "kiss everyone" in the audience. Walking off Air Force One at the Orlando Sanford International Airport onto a stage, Trump played down the corona virus and said: "22 days from now we're going to win this state, we're going to win four more years at the White House." "I feel so powerful," said Trump. "I'll walk into that audience. I'll walk in there, I'll kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women ... everybody," he said. Prior to his speech Trump tossed masks into the crowd. In a memorandum issued on Monday night, White House Physician Dr Sean Conley said that Trump "has tested negative, on consecutive days" using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card. "Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral cultural data, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication," he said. "This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC's guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team's assessment that the President is not infectious to others," Conley said. At the rally, the President said that he was in great shape and that he was not an "old person", labelling the people who criticise this statement as "sickest of them all". "I am not an old person. I am very young and I am in such perfect shape. I am in such great shape that and they said, Donald Trump misrepresented today again. He said he was in great shape, but he was young. These people are the sickest of them all," he added. In his address he said that United States has been teaching China as "they have never been taught before". "We have been beating China, we have been beating everybody. Until the plague came, we were teaching China like they never have been taught before--they know it and they have told me that. They thought it could never happen We have been beating China and we have been beating everybody," Trump said. Trump also slammed his counterpart, Joe Biden, for calling him a xenophobic for "locking down" China, "which was a terrible thing he called me." "When I locked down China, which was in January, ultimately admitted that I am right. Nobody acted as fast as I did. We saved millions of lives. We are at 210,000 deaths -- we shouldn't be at one. It is China's fault; they allowed this to happen, they allowed this to escape," he added. Trump again reiterated the fact that his administration would be delivering a vaccine for COVID-19 adding that 'no country' has recovered the way the US has. "Under my administration, we are delivering a safe vaccine and a rapid recovery like nobody can. No country in the world has recovered the way we have recovered -- economically or otherwise," he said. Resuming his re-election campaign from the battle ground State of Florida on Monday, Trump who is trailing behind his Democratic rival Biden in the run up to the November 3 elections, said that this is the most important election in the history of the United States.
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