CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 19 NOVEMBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR KARNATAKA CABINET EXPANSION SOON: YEDIYURAPPA BORIS JOHNSON UNVEILS NEW GREEN PLAN P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain or Thunderstorm likely to occur in some areas. Temperature likely to be in the range of 32-22°C RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 99 % TEMPERATURE P4 P10 Maharashtra govt’s decision comes after Bombay High Court’s nudge MUMBAI, 18 NOVEMBER Max: 31.8 °C (+2) Min: 21.5 °C (+2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:52 hrs 16:52 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 19:56 hrs 08:59 hrs Next moon quarter on 22 November THUMBNAILS People wait to board trains to their respective native places for Chhath celebrations, at Anand Vihar Railway Station , in New Delhi on Wednesday. IANS Twitter apologises for Ladakh map fiasco: Social media giant Twitter has apologised in writing to a key parliamentary panel for wrongly showing Ladakh in China and has promised to correct the error by the month-end, the committee's chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi said on Wednesday. Twitter's deposition has come in form of an affidavit signed by Damien Karien, Chief Privacy Officer of Twitter Inc, for wrong geo-tagging of India's map, Lekhi said. Lakshmi Vilas Bank: Lakshmi Vilas Bank has enough liquidity to pay back its 20-lakh depositors and will complete the proposed merger with the Singaporean lender DBS before the deadline, the Reserve Bank-appointed administrator said on Wednesday. The RBI on Tuesday superseded the Lakshmi Vilas Bank board and placed the 94-year-old Chennai based lender under a 30-day moratorium ending December 16, after its net worth turned negative. Sasikala pays fine, release expected soon: A fine of over Rs 10 crore imposed on late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's aide V K Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case was on Wednesday deposited in a Bengaluru court and her release is expected soon, her lawyer said. Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami, meanwhile, asserted that the anticipated release of Sasikala would not alter the stand of AIADMK to keep her and her kin at bay, both from the party and the government. he Maharashtra government on Wednesday agreed to shift jailed poetactivistVaravara Rao, an accused in the Elgar ParishadMaoist links case, to the Nanavati Hospital here after Bombay High Court asked how it could say no to someone on his “deathbed” seeking relief. Following the intervention of a bench of Justices S S Shinde and Madhav Jamdar, the state said it will shift Rao (81), who is lodged as an under-trial in the Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai, to the Nanavati Hospital as a “special case” for treatment for 15 days. The bench passed its orders while hearing a writ petition filed by Rao's wife Hemlata seeking that the activist be shifted from the Taloja prison hospital to the Nanavati Hospital immediately, since his continued detention was a breach of his fundamental rights. The bench noted that besides his neurological ail- T ments, Rao tested positive for coronavirus in July this year and was in need of post-Covid-19 care. “Ultimately, there is a man on death bed. He is 80 years old and has serious disease. He will come to court. Can the state say, no we will treat him in Taloja?” the court said. The court directed that the cost of Rao's treatment at the Nanavati Hospital, a private medical facility, will be borne by the state government. Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakre had initially suggested that while Rao would be shifted to the Nanavati Hospital, he would have to bear the cost of treatment. Thakre later spoke to Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and told the court that the state had no objection in shifting Rao to the Nanavati Hospital for 15 days. The court also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the prosecuting agency in the Elgar Parishad-Maoists link case, what was the current state of the case. To this, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, the probing agency's counsel, said the framing of charges was pending before a special NIA court in Mumbai. Advocate Anand Grover, who appeared along with Jaising for Rao, told the court that it would take “at least a year Committed to strengthening democracy, Biden tells Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER During a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President-elect Joe Biden said he looked forward to working with the Indian leader to strengthen democracy at home and abroad and containing the Covid19 pandemic. “The President-elect noted that he looks forward to working with the (Indian) Prime Minister on shared global challenges, including containing Covid19 and defending against future health crises, tackling the threat of climate change, launching the glob- al economic recovery, strengthening democracy at home and abroad, and maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” said a readout issued by Biden's office on late night's telephonic conversation. It said Biden thanked Modi for his congratulations on winning the presidential election in the US and expressed his desire to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership alongside Kamala Harris, the first Vice President-elect of South Asian descent. After speaking to Biden, Modi tweeted, “Spoke to US President-elect @JoeBiden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the IndoUS strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.” He said he had also conveyed to Biden congratulations on Harris's victory. Her success was a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community. SNS & PTI KOLKATA, 18 NOVEMBER Congress during the Bihar elections, Chowdhury said, “Speaking without doing anything doesn't mean introspection.” “Kapil Sibal could have raised the issues inside a party forum instead of making such embarrassing remarks in public. He is a senior leader and has access to the party's top brass. “Those who are unhappy with the functioning of the party have the freedom to form a new party or join one if they feel that the Congress is not the right place for them,” Chowdhury, a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), told reporters here. His comments came against the backdrop of Sibal criticising the Congress leadership for the party's poor performance in the Bihar elections, where it bagged only 19 of the 70 seats it contested. Sibal was part of a group of 23 senior Congress leaders who had written to party chief Sonia Gandhi in August, giving suggestions on ways to revive the grand old party. “He seems to be very concerned about the Congress and its need for introspection. Earlier also he had spoken about it in public. But he was not seen campaigning for the party in the elections in Bihar or other states that went to polls last year. “Instead of giving sermons sitting in AC rooms, he should work on the ground. Lecturing others without doing anything won't help. Only calling for introspection without doing anything on our own is of no use,” Chowdhury said. Meanwhile, Congress leaders in Bihar called for a comprehensive review onWednesday of the party's election loss STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER to frame charges” in the case as it was based primarily on computer evidence. Jaising said there existed a possibility that Rao could die while in prison and that he was susceptible to suffering from a multiple organ failure. She reiterated that Rao was in need of specialists and the Taloja prison hospital was incapable of providing him the requisite treatment. She also said that Rao was being looked after in the prison by his co-accused Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, who were not medically trained. The HC directed the state to submit Rao's medical reports from Nanavati Hospital, to the court in sealed covers. Besides the writ petition filed by Rao's wife, the HC was also hearing the activist's bail plea on medical grounds. Jaising, however, did not press for bail on Wednesday after the court suggested she restrict her arguments to the interim relief of shifting Rao to the Nanavati Hospital. The HC will hear the pleas next on December 3. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has set up 10 multi-disciplinary teams to visit more than 100 private hospitals in Delhi to assess bed utilisation and testing capacity, and to identify spare ICU beds availability. This follows directions from Home Minister Amit Shah who held a high-level meeting on the worsening Covid-19 situation in the Capital last Sunday. The visits by the teams are already underway, MHA sources said. The MHA said planning for a houseto-house survey in Delhi was in an advanced stage. The survey could begin this weekend and be completed by 25 November. An all-party meeting has been called by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday to discuss the Covid situation in the capital. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority also reverted to the earlier cap of 50 guests at marriage functions instead of 200 allowed through its October 31 order. The Indian Council of STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 18 NOVEMBER Post the Diwali weekend and Bhai Dooj celebrations, India recorded more than 30 per cent jump in new cases of Covid-19 with 38,617 new cases reported in the past 24 hours pushing the cumulative the tally to 89,12,907, data from the Union Health Ministry showed on Wednesday. The toll rose to 1,30,993 with 474 more deaths in one day. The number of active cases stood at 4,46,805. As many as 83,35,109 people have recovered from the disease so far. On Tuesday, India reported 29,164 new Covid19 cases and 449 deaths. The in the state and said they would move further on this after directions from the high command. Sources said top Congress leaders in Bihar are learnt to have offered their resignations in the wake of the party's poor show in the recently-concluded state Assembly polls. The sources said All India Congress Committee (AICC) incharge for Bihar Shaktisinh Gohil and other leaders have sent their resignations to the party high-command. It is learnt that state Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha has also offered to quit, but is awaiting further directions from the high command. figure of Wednesday is almost 32 per cent more in the single-day spike. However, the reason could be a rise in testing as a total 9,37,279 samples were tested on Tuesday after a long weekend of testing eight lakh samples on an average, testing data from the Indian Council of Medical Research showed. The situation of Covid19 in Delhi-NCR remained grim. The hospitals, both government and private, have 10 per cent ICU beds with ventilators, which are extremely crucial for patients with severity. West Bengal, meanwhile, registered 3,668 fresh cases and 54 deaths due to the infection. Kolkata recorded 874 NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER As the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh shows no signs of immediate resolution, the Indian Army has created modern habitats with all required facilities for thousands of troops deployed in the high-altitude region which is under the grip of harsh winter, government sources said on Wednesday. The habitats have been provided with proper heating facilities as the region receives up to 40 feet of snow after November every year while temperatures fall up to minus 40 degree Celsius in the win- ter months, they said. “In order to ensure operational efficiency of troops deployed in winters, the Indian Army has completed establishment of habitat facilities for all troops deployed in the sector,” said a source. Nearly 50,000 troops of the Indian Army are currently deployed in a high state of combat readiness in various mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh in sub-zero conditions as multiple rounds of talks between India and China have not yielded any concrete outcome to resolve the military standoff that erupted in early May. China has also deployed an equal number of troops, according to officials. “Apart from the smart camps with integrated facilities which have been built over the years, additional state-ofthe-art habitats with integrated arrangements for electricity, water, heating facilities, health and hygiene have been created to accommodate the troops,” the source said. The frontline troops are being accommodated in heated tents as per tactical considerations of their deployment, sources said. The armies of India and China have held eight rounds of Corps Commander-level talks so far but no breakthrough has been achieved yet to resolve the standoff. The last round of military talks was held on November 6 during which both sides broadly discussed disengagement of troops from specific friction points. A joint statement issued after the talks said both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through CMYK Medical Research (ICMR) will help Delhi in augmenting its daily testing capacity by 2,000 tests in the existing city labs by deploying more manpower, increasing the number of shifts and by placing more equipment, and through engagement with private labs. The aim is to reach a testing level of 60,000 RT-PCR tests per day by November end. The ICMR will help the Delhi government in deploying 10 mobile testing labs for Covid with a total capacity of 20,000 tests in a phased manner, beginning next week. The Defence Ministry’s DRDO will add 250 ICU beds to its already existing 250 ICU beds and create 35 BIPAP beds (with breathing support) in the next three to four days at its Covid hospital near Delhi airport. Forty-five doctors and 160 para-medics from Central Armed Police Forces have reached Delhi for deployment at the DRDO hospital and at the Covid care centre at Chhatarpur. Bharat Electronics Limited has dispatched 250 ventilators from Bengaluru while the Indian Railways is making available train coaches with 800 beds at Shakur Basti railway station. fresh cases and 11 deaths and North 24-Parganas recorded 805 cases and 19 deaths. Currently, the total Covid case count for the state is 4,41,885, while the death toll is 7,820 till now. There are 26,296 active cases. In the last 24 hours, 4,429 patients were discharged from hospitals taking the number of recovered patients to 4,07,769. The discharge rate is 92.28 per cent. A total of 44,519 people were tested for Covid in a single day. The positivity rate is 8.27 per cent. Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.55 crore people and killed 13,36,892, according to Johns Hopkins University. 89,12,907 4,46,805 38,617 44,739 1,30,993 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 18 NOV 2020 Pfizer concludes phase 3 study of Covid vaccine, says 95 pc effective PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW YORK, 18 NOVEMBER Global drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech said on Wednesday their Covid-19 vaccine candidate is 95 per cent effective, including in adults over 65 years of age, a major announcement coming just two days after Moderna said its virus vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.5 per cent. American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said they have concluded phase 3 study of their mRNA-based Covid- Troops in eastern Ladakh get upgraded facilities PRESS TRUST OF INDIA A health worker takes samples from a commuter as part of random Covid-19 testing of people coming from the national capital in Noida on Wednesday DEEPAK 30 pc rise in new Covid cases since Diwali Unhappy leaders free to leave: Adhir on Sibal’s remarks Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday slammed party colleague Kapil Sibal over his remarks calling for introspection in the party following the Bihar poll debacle, saying those unhappy with the party's functioning are free to leave instead of embarrassing it in public. Chowdhury criticised Sibal for “giving sermons from AC rooms” and said disgruntled members may join other parties or float their own outfits. Wondering why Sibal was not seen campaigning for the P12 Central govt ramps up Varavara Rao to be shifted to pvt hospital Delhi anti-Covid fight PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min. 45 % GERMANY GIVEN SIX OF THE BEST BY SPANIARDS TRUMP FIRES AGENCY HEAD WHO VOUCHED FOR VOTE SECURITY military and diplomatic channels, and take forward the discussions for the settlement of outstanding issues. India has all along been maintaining that the onus is on China to carry forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region. Following the sixth round of military talks, the two sides had announced a slew of decisions including not to send more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate matters. 19 vaccine candidate BNT162b2, meeting all primary efficacy endpoints. Based on current projections, the companies expect to produce globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. On Monday, biotechnology company Moderna said its Covid-19 vaccine had shown to be 94.5 per cent effective. Earlier this month, Pfizer and Biontech had said their Covid19 vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 in participants. Analysis of the data indicates a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 per cent in participants without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (first primary objective) and also in participants with and without prior SARSCoV-2 infection (second primary objective), in each case measured from seven days after the second dose. Vaccine efficacy was consistent across age, gender, race and ethnicity demographics. The observed efficacy in adults over 65 years of age was over 94 per cent. Madhya Pradesh chief minister sets up ‘cow cabinet’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 18 NOVEMBER Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced setting up a ‘cow cabinet’ in the state to work for the protection and betterment of cows and increasing the avenues of profitable agriculture and business opportunities for those who rear cows. According to an official press release, the chief minister has announced that the first meeting of the ‘cow cabinet’ would be held on the occasion of ‘Gopashtami’ on 22 November at the Salaria cow park in Agar Malwa district of the state. The Salaria cow park was the first cow park to be developed in India, the press release said. Six departments of the state government would work together in the activities of cow protection and betterment, according to the release. These include the Animal husbandry department, Forest department, Panchayat and Rural development department, Revenue department, Home department and Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare department.
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