SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 NOVEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR INEPT STUDENTS DOMINIC CUMMINGS TO EXIT IN DECEMBER ‘NGOS’ WORTH MUST BE RECOGNISED’ P6 P7 LANGER LIFTS KOHLI TO TOP PERCH P12 P10 10 killed in Pak firing along LoC CAPITAL MADNESS India retaliates, causing damage to Pak Army’s infrastructure SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 13 NOVEMBER F WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist/shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 12 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 95% Min: 39% TEMPERATURE Max: 29.7°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:44 hrs MOON RISES 06:34 hrs Min: 12.3°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:28 hrs MOON SETS 17:00 hrs THUMBNAILS A view of a crowded marketplace as people flout social distancing for shopping for Diwali, at Sadar Bazar in the AMARJEET SINGH Capital on Friday. Bihar NDA legislators to meet Sunday PATNA, 13 NOVEMBER An idol of Goddess Kali being taken to a puja pandal from Kumartuli. In Kolkata on Friday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL WHO to set up centre for traditional medicine: The World Health Organisation announced on Friday that it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India, with PM Narendra Modi expressing confidence that just like the country has emerged as the ‘pharmacy of the world', the WHO institution will become the centre for global wellness. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement in a video message at an event in which PM Modi inaugurated two future-ready Ayurveda institutions in Jaipur & Jamnagar. P5 Decks were cleared on Friday for the formation of a new government in Bihar with Nitish Kumar, who is set to return as the chief minister, handing over to Governor Phagu Chauhan the resignation of his Ministry and the recommendation to dissolve the state Assembly, officials said. The governor accepted the resignation and asked Kumar to continue as the caretaker chief minister till the new NDA government is sworn in. Earlier, leaders all the four constituents of the NDA ~ JD(U), BJP, HAM and Vikassheel Insaan Party had met at the CM’s official residence, where it was decided that all the newly elected NDA MLAs will elect Kumar as their leader on Sunday. PTI Details on P4 Pak bans online payments for Indian electronic media PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KARACHI, 13 NOVEMBER Pakistan goverment has asked Pakistani banks to immediately ban online payments from this country for the subscription of electronic media content from India, according to a media report on Friday. The decision was taken by the Cabinet on 9 November, Dawn reported, adding that the banking authorities have also been asked to submit a compliance report to the State Bank of Pakistan, the central bank of the country, by 13 November. We are in receipt of a letter from the cabinet division, Government of Pakistan, whereby they have instructed us to stop different modes of payments, including credit cards, for subscribing (to) Indian Content in Pakistan, including Zee5 video-on-demand service, according to the circular. It is advised to ensure meticulous compliance of aforementioned instructions of the Government of Pakistan and submit compliance status to the State Bank of Pakistan by 13 November, 2020, the circular added. When contacted, former chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam said that Indian content has already been banned in Pakistan, so the new circular could hit online payments for Direct to Home (DTH) service. He said those who have DTH facilities are mostly using Indian content and they make online payments. Now the subscriber cannot pay directly from Pakistan, but the Indian provider can get payments from other countries like the United Arab Emirates. our security forces personnel were among 10 people killed in multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) from Gurez to Uri sectors of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said. Srinagar-based defence spokesman colonel Rajesh Kalia said Pakistan used mortars and other weapons and deliberately targeted civilian areas. The troops retaliated strongly causing causalities and substantial damage to Pakistan Army’s infrastructure across the LoC, he said. “Several ammunition dumps, FOL dumps and multiple terrorist launch pads have been damaged,” the defence spokesman said. Three Army personnel, a BSF sub-inspector and six civilians were killed in Pakistani action while four security forces personnel and eight civilians were injured. “Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC spread across multiple sectors to include Dawar, Keran, Uri and Naugam. Three Indian Army soldiers have been killed in action and three soldiers injured,” Col Kalia said, adding the nation salutes their supreme sacrifice. A BSF sub-inspector was killed in Haji Peer sector while a jawan was injured, officials said. Two civilians were killed in Kamalkote sector, also in Uri, while a woman was killed in Balkote area in Haji Peer sector, they added. They said apart from various places in Uri, the Several Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and a dozen injured after Indian Army retaliated to Pakistan’s ceasefire IANS violation along Line of Control in J&K, officials said. ceasefire violations were reported from Izmarg in Gurez sector of Bandipora district and Keran sector of Kupwara district. A defence official in Jammu said Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in Poonch district. “Around 1345 and 1445 hours today, Pakistani army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in Sawjian in Poonch,” he said, adding Indian troops retaliated in a befitting manner. Earlier, Col Kalia said the Army foiled an infiltration bid, which was aided by the ceasefire violation, along the LoC in the Keran sector. “Suspicious movement was observed by our troops at the forward posts along the LoC in Keran sector (in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district) today. The suspected infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops,” he said. This was the second infiltration attempt within a week. The earlier unsuccessful bid in Machil sector during the intervening night of 7- 8 November was foiled in which three militants were killed. Three Army soldiers, including a Captain, and a BSF jawan also lost their lives during the operation. In New Delhi, BSF officials said SI Rakesh Doval, 39, deployed at the force’s artillery battery at the LoC in Baramulla was killed after he sustained head injury in the firing around 1315 hours. Constable Vasu Raja sustained splinter injuries on his arms and cheeks. He is nowstable. Almost all BSF units along the LoC are facing heaving firing since morning and an effective retaliation by the troops, artillery regiment and support weapons has been mounted, a senior officer said. US election security officials India’s Covid tally crosses 87 lakh 7,802 new cases, 91 deaths in Delhi reject Trump’s fraud claims India to receive 100m shots of AstraZeneca by December PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LONDON, 13 NOVEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 NOVEMBER WASHINGTON, 13 NOVEMBER There is “no evidence” that the 2020 presidential election, the “most secure in American history,” was compromised, US election security officials have said, rejecting President Donald Trump’s fraud claims. Republican President Donald Trump has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud and has not yet conceded. He has also launched a flurry of legal challenges to projected results in key states won by his Democratic rival Joe Biden. “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” two committees within the Department of Home- There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. All of the states with close results have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS land Security that worked on protecting US voting systems affirmed on Thursday. “When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary,” members of committees, which include officials from the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee (GCC)and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said. “This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the statement said. The statement comes as Trump has refused to concede the presidential election to President-elect Biden, baselessly alleging widespread voter fraud, despite presenting no evidence to support such a claim. With 44,879 new coronavirus infections and 547 deaths in the past 24 hours, India’s coronavirus count stood at 87,28,795 on Friday, while the toll touched 1,28,688, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The active caseload has been steadily falling for the last few weeks. Currently, there are 4,84,547 active cases, whereas 81,15,580 patients have been cured and discharged so far. As of now, the recovery rate stands at 92.97 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.47 per cent, the Ministry said. Daily recoveries have been outnumbering new cases for the 41st day today. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 NOVEMBER Delhi today recorded 7,802 fresh cases of coronavirus infection (Covid-19), which took its caseload to 4,74,830, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. These cases were detected out of 56,553 tests, with the positivity rate being 13.80 per cent. The city logged 91 fresh conducted 11,39,230 sample tests on Thursday, taking the total tested samples to 12,31,01,739. Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit state with 1,736,329 cases till date. There are 85,583 active cases and 45,682 Covid-19 deaths. Delhi is grappling with a coronavirus deaths, which pushed its Covid toll to 7,423. The Covid patients who recovered during the past 24 hours numbered 6,498. Earlier in the day, CM Arvind Kejriwal said the Covid situation in Delhi should come under control in 7-10 days, maintaining that pollution is the "biggest reason" behind it. 87,28,795 4,84,547 44,879 (SEE ALSO P2) renewed surge as it confirmed the highest singleday fatalities on Thursday since the pandemic struck. The city recorded as many as 104 deaths and 7,053 new infections. The other badly hit states are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. 49,079 1,28,668 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2020 Covid threatening hard-won gains against pneumonia, diarrhoea PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 NOVEMBER Although India has made significant progress in ensuring that children under five years of age are protected against pneumonia and diarrhea through immunisation, the Covid-19 pandemic threatens these hard-won gains, according to the latest annual Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report. The report by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health also stated that although overall the world’s health systems are falling short of ensuring that children have access to prevention and treatment services, India made significant progress in ensuring children receive immunisations to protect against diarrhoea and pneumonia. The report tracks progress by analysing 10 indicators from the latest available data on how countries are delivering key interventions, including breastfeeding, immunisation, care-seeking and antibiotics, oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc supplementation, shown to prevent pneumonia and diarrhea deaths. Due to a large part of its population, India bears a greater burden of under-five pneumonia and diarrhea deaths than any other coun- DERAILMENT An estimated 2,33,240 Indian children under five die due to pneumonia and diarrhoea each year, 640 children per day, according to a report by the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins School The report stated that although there was progress in India in 2019, the pandemic threatens these hardwon gains due to disruption of routine health services like immunisation and access to medical oxygen, which is used to treat both pneumonia and Covid-19 patients try, based on global child mortality data. An estimated 2,33,240 Indian children under five die due to pneumonia and diarrhea each year, 640 children per day, according to the report. India’s coverage of rotavirus vaccine increased by 18 percentage points (35 per cent rotavirus coverage in 2018 expanded to 53 per cent in 2019), it stated. This coincides with India’s rapid scale-up of the rotavirus vaccine across the country that will help protect 26 million children born each year against life-threatening cases of rotavirus diarrhoea, according to a statement by IVAC. India’s immunisation coverage against pneumococcal pneumonia also increased by nine percentage points (six per cent PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccines) coverage in 2018 expanded to 15 per cent in 2019), it said. Of the 15 focus countries included in the report, India is one of just four countries that exceeded targets for exclusive breastfeeding (58 per cent exclusive breastfeeding rate), IVAC said. Treatment for diarrhea had the lowest coverage in India, only 51 per cent of children received oral rehydration solution and only 20 per cent of children received zinc, the statement said. ORS and zinc, especially when co-packaged together, are highly effective treatments that are proven to reduce deaths from diarrhea in children, it said. The report stated that although there was progress in India in 2019, the pandemic threatens these hard-won gains due to disruption of routine health services like immunisation and access to medical oxygen, which is used to treat both pneumonia and Covid-19 patients. “While the world focuses on new innovations in vaccines to respond to the Covid19 epidemic, we cannot afford to lose sight of the millions of children who die from preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea,” IVAC senior advisor and professor in the department of international health, Mathuram Santosham, said. “These deaths are almost all preventable with vaccines and simple proven treatments that we already have available. India's hardwork to expand the rotavirus vaccine highlights the power of committed stakeholders and the success which can be achieved,” Santosham said. Serum Institute of India Ltd, the world’s largest vaccine maker, is ramping up production of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, aiming to have 100 million doses ready by December for an inoculation drive that could begin across India that same month. Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine candidate jointly developed by the University of Oxford and British firm AstraZeneca has entered phase 3 trials. If final-stage trial data show AstraZeneca’s candidate gives effective protection from the virus, the Serum Institute of India (SII) ~ which is partnered to produce at least one billion doses ~ may get emergency authorization from New Delhi by December, said Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer of the Pune-based firm. That initial amount will go to India, Poonawalla said on Thursday. Full approval early next year will allow distribution on a 50-50 basis with the South Asian nation and Covax, the WHO-backed body that’s purchasing shots for poor nations. Serum, which has tied up with five developers, has so far made 40 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in the past two months and aims to start manufacturing Novavax Inc.’s contender soon. Both AstraZeneca and Novavax’s shots “are looking pretty good,” said Poonawalla. AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot has said he is preparing for the possibility of large-scale vaccinations as early as December and once the U.K. grants its own emergency license, Serum will submit that same data to Indian counterparts. Poonawalla said that it will take until 2024 to vaccinate the entire world and two years to see a real reduction in AGENCIES infections.
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