VOL. 3 | NO. 353 | SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: High level clouds. Temp: Max.33°C. Min.22°C. Humidity: 22% Sunrise: 06:23 Sunset: 05:48 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WAR ON CORONA /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H PM MODI CAUTIONS AGAINST COMPLACENCY n Calls for keeping up efforts to check Covid n Reviews preparedness of vaccine delivery New Delhi: The access to Covid-19 vaccines should be ensured speedily, considering the geographical span and diversity of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the officials of Union Health Ministry on Saturday. Chairing a meeting to review the Covid-19 pandemic and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration, the Prime Minister noted a steady decline in the daily cases and the growth rate. At the same time, he cautioned against any compla- Low pressure over Arabian Sea intensifies into depression New Delhi: The low pressure over the Arabian Sea intensified into a depression on Saturday but is moving away from the Indian coast, and no adverse weather is likely over the west coast, the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said. Friday’s well-marked lowpressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea off north Maharashtra coast moved westnorthwestwards, concentrated into a depression, the CWD said. It is very likely to move nearly westwards during the next 48 hours and weaken gradually thereafter. As the system is very likely to move away from the Indian coast, no adverse weather associated with this system is expected over the west coast of India, it added. The IMD has, however, cautioned fishermen from venturing into the central and north Arabian Sea. It said light to moderate rainfall at a few places is very likely over coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch during next 24 hours. cency at the decline and called for keeping up the efforts to contain the pandemic. He insisted on continued social distancing and Covid-appropriate behaviour such as wearing the mask, regularly washing hands and sanitation, especially in the wake of upcoming festival season. Three vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III. Indian scientists and research tare collaborating and strength- ening the research capacities in neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka. There are further requests from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar and Bhutan for clinical trials in their countries. In an effort to help the global community, Modi said, “We should not limit our efforts to our immediate neighbourhood but also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for vaccine delivery system."Continued on Page 4 Dr Reddy’s gets DCGI nod to conduct Sputnik clinical trials New Delhi: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, on Saturday announced that they have received approval from the Drug Control General of India (DCGI) to conduct latestage clinical trials for Sputnik V vaccine in India. This will be a multicenter and randomized controlled study, which will include safety and immunogenicity study. Earlier in September 2020, Dr Reddy’s and RDIF entered into a partnership to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in India. As part of the partnership, RDIF shall supply 100 million doses of the vaccine to Dr Reddy’s upon regulatory approval in India. Dr Reddy’s and RDIF initially planned to conduct only a phase 3 trial of the vaccine, but the subject ex- pert committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) asked Dr Reddy’s to conduct a seamless Phase 2 and 3 clinical trial in India, instead of just a phase 3 study, because the safety and immunogenicity data in ‘Communal’ tweets Mumbai court orders probe against Kangana, sister Mumbai: A Mumbai court has asked the police to lodge an FIR against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create communal tension with their provocative tweets. The order was passed by the Bandra metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Y Ghule passed the order, based on a complaint ﬁled by casting director Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed. Sahil had lodged the complaint seeking the court’s direction for registration of an FIR under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity), 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings), 124A (sedition) against the actress and her sister, his lawyer Ravish Zamindar said. The com- plainant has alleged that Kangana Ranaut has been defaming Bollywood over the past two months by calling it a "hub of nepotism", "favouritism", etc, through her tweets and television interviews. In the complaint, he said that Kangana Ranaut has also tweeted "very objectionable" comments, which has not only hurt his religious sentiments, but also the feelings of many other artistes. Sahil Sayyed has further alleged that Kangana Ranaut has been trying to divide the artistes in Bollywood on communal lines. "Her sister, too, has made objectionable comments on social media to spread communal tension between two religious groups," the complainant has said. Upon perusal of the documents on record and the lawyer's submission, the court found that "cognisable offence" has been committed by accused Kangana Ranaut. The court then directed the police to initiate necessary action and investigation against the actor and her sister under relevant provisions of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). STUBBLE TROUBLE Delhi air quality remains ‘poor’ New Delhi: The national capital's air quality was recorded in the 'poor' category on Saturday morning but is likely to improve slightly due to favourable wind speed, according to government agencies. The air pollution level in Delhi had hit an eight-month high on Thursday but reduced slightly on Friday with favourable wind speed helping in dispersion of pollutants, even as the contribution of stubble burning to Delhi's PM2.5 concentration rose to 18 per cent. The city An anti-smog gun sprays water into the air to reduce airpollution, at Ring Road in New Delhi on Saturday recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 263 at 10 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 239 on Friday and 315 on Thursday, the worst since February 12 (AQI 320). An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'. A senior scientist at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the maximum wind speed was 10 kmph on Friday. Continued on Page 4 overseas phase I/II studies was small and there was no data available on Indian subjects. Following a new agreement, India will now carry out an adaptive phase II and III human clinical trial involving 1,500 participants, RDIF, which is marketing the vaccine abroad, said on Saturday. Dr Reddy’s co-chairman and MD G V Prasad said: “This is a signiﬁcant development that allows us to commence the clinical trial in India and we are committed to bringing in a safe and efficacious vaccine to combat the pandemic." Continued on Page 4 LANDSLIDE WIN FOR JACINDA IN RE-ELECTION Auckland: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern swept to an emphatic victory in New Zealand’s general election and said she would use her mandate to rebuild an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic and tackle social inequality. “Over the next three years there is much work to do,” she told supporters Saturday night in Auckland. “We will build back better from the Covid crisis. We have the mandate to accelerate our response and our recovery,” she said. With 87% of the vote counted, Ardern’s Labour Party had 49% support -heading to its biggest share of the vote since the 1930s -- after a huge swing to the left in many urban and provincial electorates. The opposition National Party slumped to 27%, its worst showing since 2002. Ardern, 40, has captured the hallowed center ground in New Zealand politics with a blend of empathetic leadership and skilled crisis management that has also won her fame abroad. Continued on Page 4 Muted Navratri festivities in Delhi CM urges people to follow Covid norms Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ﬂags oﬀ eight chariots with idols of Goddess Durga on the ﬁrst day of Navratri festival, at Jhandewalan Temple in New Delhi on Saturday PURNA SINGH New Delhi: In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the Red Fort Ground, which hosts Delhi's three biggest Ramleelas, will remain empty this time and the Navratri festival that began on Saturday is expected to fade. This time, there is no scope to celebrate this 11-day festival with pomp anywhere, many committees are just doing symbolic worship on a small scale. Although fairs are not being held anywhere, temples have started making arrangements to deal with the crowd of devotees. There are 22,814 active cases of corona in the capital, while the disease has so far claimed 5,946 lives in Delhi. In view of the beginning of Navratri, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday congratulated the people and appealed to them to follow the Covid-19 guidelines. Kejriwal said in a tweet, "Navratri is starting today. Wish you all the best of this holy festival. May the blessings of Mother Durga be with you all forever. Due to the Corona crisis, I appeal to all of you to take care of the rules in public places and always go out wearing masks.”
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