SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘NO LANGUAGE WILL BE IMPOSED’ ‘UP COMMITTED TO WOMEN’S SAFETY’ P5 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 89% P7 India’s Covid death toll crosses 1 lakh P11 THUMBNAILS A tiger swims in a pond as the Alipore Zoo in Kolkata reopened for visitors on Friday. SNS Pentagon approval for India sale: The Pentagon has approved India's request to buy USD 90 million worth of equipment, spare parts and logistical support for its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft. In its notification to the Congress, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-India strategic relationship and improve the security of a major defence partner. Kashyap rape charge: Vehemently denying actor Payal Ghosh's allegations of rape against him, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Friday described them as false and reckless and said he was out of the country during the period she has mentioned in her FIR. A statement issued by his lawyer a day after he was questioned in the case said Kashyap provided documentary proof to the police to establish the fact that he was in Sri Lanka shooting for a film in August 2013, the period during which Ghosh had alleged in a police FIR that he had raped her. Massive protest in Delhi over Hathras outrage Hundreds gather at Jantar Mantar to demand justice for 19-year-old ‘rape-murder’ victim India's Covid-19 death toll crossed one lakh on Friday night, while the caseload climbed to over 64 lakh and recoveries surged to 54,15,197, according to data from states and Union territories. Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday 8 a.m. showed a single-day spike of 81,484 infections, taking the country's tally of Covid19 cases to 63,94,068,while the death toll stood at 99,773, with the virus claiming 1,095 lives in a span of 24 hours. However, by evening, a PTI tally showed India's Covid caseload at 64,64,012, death toll at 1,00,768 and recoveries at 54,15,197. The tally has been compiled on the basis of information provided by the states and union territories. India is in the number one position in terms of the number of recovered coronavirus cases followed by Brazil and the US, according to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling Covid-19 data from all over the world. India is the second worst hit nation in terms of Covid-19 cases after the US, while it is in the third spot in terms of fatalities globally after the US and Brazil, according to JHU data.The Union Health Ministry said a total of 53,52,078 people have recuperated from the coronavirus infection taking the national recovery rate to 83.70 per cent, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.56 per cent.There are 9,42,217 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which TMC team ‘roughed up’ by UP police 63,94,068 9,42,217 81,484 78,877 99,773 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2020 comprises 14.74 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated. Delhi reports 2,920 fresh virus cases, 37 fatalities: There was a slight dip in the number of fresh Covid-19 patients in Delhi as 2,920 coronavirus positive cases were detected In the city today that took its caseload to 2,85,672, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. The total tests conducted in this regard were 56,258, with a positivity rate of 5.19 per cent, the health bulletin said. The national capital today recorded 37 deaths due to coronavirus infection, which pushed its Covid toll to 5,438 so far. The city had reported 40 coronavirus fatalities yesterday. It had taken into account 41 such fatalities on 30 September. SEE PAGE 3 Members of various organisations during a protest against the Hathras incident, at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Friday. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (photo, left) also participated. AMARJEET SINGH/SNS SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 2 OCTOBER H undreds of civil society members, students, women and political leaders, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, gathered at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi on Friday in a massive protest to demand justice to the young woman who died a fortnight after being allegedly gang raped in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh. Wearing masks and raising slogans against the UP government, they demanded that chief minister Yogi Adityanath resign, alleging his administration was “shielding” the accused. The protesters said they were outraged over the way the UP police cremated the body of the victim in the dead of night. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had tried to march to Hathras with her brother Rahul Gandhi, and were briefly detained by UP police in Greater Noida Thurs- day, attended a separate prayer meeting for the 19year-old Dalit woman. She said every woman needs to raise her voice and question the government to seek justice for the “daughter of Hathras”. She added the Congress party will continue to exert pressure on the Adityanath government till justice is delivered in the case. The woman succumbed at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital to the injuries she suffered in the assault by four upper-caste men in her village in Hathras district on September 14. The four have been arrested. The incident triggered outrage across the country after TV footage showed that the local police cremated the body in the middle of the Trump, wife test positive for coronavirus ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, 2 OCTOBER and his wife, have tested negative, his doctor said on Friday. Trump’s diagnosis was sure to have a destabilising effect in Washington and around the world, raising questions about how far the virus had spread through the highest levels of the US government. Hours before Trump announced he had contracted the virus, theWhite House said Hope Hicks, a top aide who had traveled with him during the week, had tested positive. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” Trump tweeted just before 1 a.m. “We will get through this TOGETHER!” Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus Dr Reddy's seeks DCGI nod for phase-3 trial of Russian vaccine 3 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 OCTOBER The Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories has applied to the Drugs Controller General of India for permission to conduct phase-3 human clinical trials of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V against Covid-19 in India, sources said. The Indian pharma giant has collaborated with The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik V as well as its distribution. Upon regulatory approval in India, RDIF will supply to P12 NEW DELHI, 2 OCTOBER Min: 20.6°C (-2) SUN SETS 18:05 hrs MOON SETS 08:08 hrs President Donald Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” of Covid-19 after revealing Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunged the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining. The White House physician said the president was expected to continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” while recovering. The Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump for more than 90 minutes earlier in the week, KNIGHTS LET A LOT RIDE ON RUSSELL SNS & PTI Min: 41% TEMPERATURE Max: 36.4°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:16 hrs MOON RISES 19:09 hrs PAK ARMY IS KEEPING COUNTRY UNITED: IMRAN on Friday morning and “remains in good health,” his spokesman said. Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and did not appear ill. He is 74 years old and clinically obese, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has infected more than 7 million people nationwide. The president’s physician said in a memo that Trump and the first lady, who is 50, “are both well at this time” and “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” Their son Barron, who lives at the White House, tested negative. Trump has been trying all year to convince the American public that the worst of the pandemic is behind. In the best of cases, if he develops no symptoms, which can include fever, cough and breathing trouble, it will like- ly force him off the campaign trail just weeks before the election and puts his participation in the second presidential debate, scheduled for 15 October in Miami, into doubt. Trump’s handling of the pandemic has already been a major flashpoint in his race against Democrat Joe Biden, who spent much of the summer off the campaign trail and at his home in Delaware citing concern about the virus. Biden has since resumed a more active campaign schedule, but with small, socially distanced crowds. He also regularly wears a mask in public, something Trump mocked him for at Tuesday night’s debate. “I don’t wear masks like him,” Trump said of Biden. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” 40,000 subjects. Sputnik V has been developed by Gamaleya National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology and RDIF. Currently, two vaccine candidates, one indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and another developed by Zydus Cadila Ltd, are in phase 2 of human clinical trials. The Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which has partnered with AstraZeneca for manufacturing the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine candidate, is also conducting phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials in India. A delegation of Trinamul MPs was stopped by UP Police from entering Hathras on Friday, with the party alleging that its MP Pratima Mandal was manhandled and pushed by a senior official. The party’s Rajya Sabha leader, Derek O’Brien, was also alleged pushed to the ground by a police personnel in the melee. The Trinamul MPs were on their way to the village in Hathras, travelling separately, to express solidarity with the family of the 19-year-old woman who died after she was allegedly gang-raped and assaulted. The delegation included MPs O'Brien, Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Pratima Mondal and former MP Mamatabala Thakur. One of the MPs who was stopped said, 'We are peacefully proceeding to Hathras to meet the family and pay our condo- lences. We are travelling individually and maintaining all protocols.We are not armed. Why are we stopped?... What kind of jungle raj is this that elected MPs are prevented from meeting a grieving family? At this moment, we are just 1.5 km from the victim's home in Hathras, explaining to police that we will walk the 1.5 kms." Lok Sabha MP Mandal said she was manhandled and touched inappropriately by a male officer of UP police. The four MPs staged a protest (photo) after being manhandled and roughed up by UP police. Cops suspended: The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday suspended Hathras SPVikrantVir and four other police officers over their handling of the gangrape-murder case even as local authorities made clear that the Dalit victim's village was off-limits for the (SEE PAGE 5) media. GANDHIAN THOUGHT A man dressed as Mahatma Gandhi distributes face masks to people as part of an awareness campaign to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, on the occasion of the Gandhi Jayanti, at DEEPAK Connaught place, in New Delhi on Friday. Of positive Covid-19 tests in bio-secure bubbles PULAKESH MUKHOPADHYAY KOLKATA, 2 OCTOBER drugmaker Dr Reddy's 100 million doses of the vaccine, the firm said last month. “The Dr Reddy's Laboratories has applied to the DCGI seeking permission to conduct phase-3 human clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 developed by Russia. The DCGI will carry out a technical evaluation of the application before giving its approval,” a source told PTI. Sources said it would be multi-centre, observer-blind, randomised controlled study. The phase-3 trial of Sputnik V is underway in Russia since September 1 on around MORE ON PAGE 10 night. Her family members alleged they were not allowed to bring the body home one last time, but police claimed they had the family's consent for the cremation. In the evening, civil society activists, students, women and political leaders gathered at Jantar Mantar against the incident and the UP government's response to it. The protest was to be held at India Gate initially but had to shifted to Jantar Mantar owing to the prohibitory orders in place in the Rajpath area. Chief Minister Kejriwal, actor Swara Bhasker, Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad, AAP legislator Saurabh Bhardwaj, Left leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury also attended the (SEE PAGE 2) protest. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 2 OCTOBER Given positive coronavirus tests of footballers inside the second division I-League's assorted bio-secure bubbles, a very distinct pealing of the alarm bell precedes the 8 October kick-off of the competition, with a former senior scientific officer of the Sports Authority of India telling The Statesman today that complete safety was a self-delusional belief. “I think I have said this before and I shall say it again: No bio-secure bubble is beyond springing a leak. If you are familiar with the story of Behula and Lakhindar, you know it. There are two other points that had Two players were said to have tested positive on Thursday; a Mohammedan Sporting player had earlier been afflicted with the coronavirus better not be bypassed. First, facilities made available to the top tier of the playing hierarchy will inevitably elude those below that level in our kind of set-ups. It should not be like this, of course, but that is just the way it is. The official attitude towards them will be somewhat different. Secondly, if a negative result is followed by a positive one, a goof-up somewhere along the way should not be taken for granted. A positive test can manifest itself later than apprehended,” said Dr Laila Das, the erstwhile SAI specialist. Two players were said to have tested positive yesterday ~ Ansumana Kromah of Bhawanipur being one of them ~ and Mohammedan Sporting Club's Tirthankar Sarkar had earlier been afflicted with the coronavirus. That they might have come in all right before being marked “anything but” served to compel fresh attention on a tournament eagerly awaited by the whole of India since it would indicate a restarting of domestic competitions halted since March in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Das agreed that even financially strong competitions, like the Indian Premier League, could be similarly affected as the chances of a minor error playing havoc could never be ruled out. “Remember so many people testing positive when Chennai Super Kings rolled up inWest Asia this time around for the Indian Premier League. Like I said, the coronavirus is death-dealing. It is a secret adversary you never met before and, consequently, an unfathomable phenomenon,” Dr Das said. Told that Tokyo's plans for the rescheduled 2021 Olympics included no bio-secure bubbles so far, she said: “Quite understandable, that. Maybe they think the coronavirus will have played itself out of the park by then. That apart, the sheer thought of a bio-secure bubble for an entire edition of the Olympic Games serves to dissuade you.You thereby bite much more than you can chew.” Wasim Akram, Mohammedan Sporting Club secretary, said that two negative tests ushered a player into the world of putative safety. How positive tests emerge from a bubble is much more than he can understand. But he thinks that Kromah is the only player to have suffered thus. “Tirthankar tested positive before going in,” Akram said.Very little was revealed about yesterday's second victim, though.
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