TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR GERMANY ON TRICKY PATH TO FORM GOVERNMENT HAITI AND THE ENVOY P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Possibility of thundery development . The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 93% Min: 26.0°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:11 hrs MOON SETS 13:30 hrs Artists make an Idol of Goddess Durga at Kolkata’s Chorbagan on Monday. IANS India and Oman navy chiefs sign MoU: India's Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Karambir Singh and Commander of Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) Rear Admiral Saif bin Nasser bin Mohsen Al-Rahbi on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for exchange of White Shipping Information. The MoU between India's CNS and CRNO was signed at the Maritime Security Center (MSC) in Muscat. CNS Admiral Karambir Singh is currently on a visit to Oman. Ministerial panels set up to review GST list: The Finance Ministry has set up two committees of state finance ministers which would rework rate slabs, review GST exempt items and identify potential evasion sources. Four years after the roll out of the national GST, which replaced the complex indirect tax structure, the centre and states have started work on moving towards a "simpler rate structure in GST" by reviewing the current rate slabs, including special rates and merger of rate slabs. (P8) Sunrisers back to winning ways: Sunrisers Hyderabad were back to winning ways riding a blistering 60 from Jason Roy. Kane Willamson scored an unbeaten 51 to guide his team to victory. Earlier skipper Sanju Samson produced a well-calculated 82-run knock on a sluggish track to help Rajasthan Royals reach 164 for five in their Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, on Monday. (P12) WHO approves monoclonal antibodies for ‘high risk’ Covid patients These high-risk patients include those with nonsevere Covid-19 at high risk of hospitalisation and also seronegative patients with severe or critical Covid-19 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended treatment with the combination of two monoclonal antibodies (Casirivimab and imdevimab) for two groups of high-risk patients with Covid19 in its latest living guidelines, sources said here. These high-risk patients include those with non-severe Covid-19 at high risk of hospitalization and also seronegative patients with severe or critical Covid-19. Experts have also cautioned that new variants may diminish the effect of casirivimab and imdevimab. Reduction in mortality and need for mechanical ventilation in seronegative patients was observed in the recovery trial with this combination, sources added. These new recommendations have been made by the WHO Guideline Development Group (GDG), a panel of international experts and patients. Meanwhile, the WHO strongly recommended against the use of ivermectin, HCQ on patients with Covid-19. NATIONAL SHUTDOWN Every citizen to get a digital health ID under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission HEALTH MODEL Health solutions of hospitals across the country will be connected with each other digitally Health records of every citizen will be digitally protected P THUMBNAILS P12 P5 PM launches national digital health mission NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE Max: 34.3°C 0) SUN RISES 06:13 hrs MOON RISES 22:58 hrs P6 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 61% MOEEN ALI ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM TEST CRICKET NITISH IN A BIND OVER BIHAR CASTE POLITICS rime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission under which every citizen will get a digital health ID, and health solutions of hospitals across the country will be connected with each other digitally. In a video conference ceremony, he said the campaign of strengthening health facilities, going on for the last seven years, was entering a new phase. “Today we are launching a mission that has the potential of bringing a revolutionary change in India’s health facilities,” the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister said that India is working on a health model that is holistic and inclusive ~ a model which stresses preventive healthcare and, in case of disease, easy, affordable and accessible treatment. Today we are launching a mission that has the potential of bringing a revolutionary change in India's health facilities PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI Along with unprecedented reforms in health education, he said, a much larger number of doctors and para-medical manpower was being raised in India, as compared to seven-eight years ago. A comprehensive network of AIIMS and other modern health institutions is being established in the country and work on establishing one medical college for every three Lok Sabha constituencies is going on. Modi said health facilities in villages are being strengthened with prima- ry health centre-networks and wellness centres. More than 80,000 such centres have already been operationalized, the PM said . He said with 130 crore Aadhaar numbers, 118 crore mobile subscribers, 80 crore internet users, about 43 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts, there was no such connected infrastructure anywhere in the world. This digital infrastructure was bringing everything from ration to administration to the common Indian in a fast and trans- parent manner, he said. “The way technology is being deployed in governance reforms today is unprecedented”, the PM said. The Prime Minister remarked that the Arogya Setu app helped a lot in preventing the spread of Corona infection. He lauded Co-WIN for its role in making India achieve a record administration of about 90 crore vaccine doses today, under the free vaccine campaign. Currently, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is being implemented in a pilot phase in six UTs. Health records of every citizen will be digitally protected, he said, adding that the poor and the middle class will benefit the most from this mission. The health ID of every citizen will also work as their health account, to which personal health records can be linked and viewed with the help of a mobile application. China installs new shelters for troops near LAC in E. Ladakh Violence mars last leg of bypoll campaign in WB PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER China has put in place new modular container-based accommodations for its troops in several highaltitude forward areas on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in response to Indian deployment in the region, people familiar with the developments said on Monday. The shelters were installed in locations near Tashigong, Manza, Hot Springs and Churup among others, in reflection of simmering ten- The shelters were installed in locations near Tashigong, Manza, Hot Springs and Churup among others, in reflection of simmering tensions between the two sides sions between the two sides in the region. The people cited above said China has been feeling the heat of the Indian response to its “misadventure” in the region last year and that the Chinese military has been forced to go for long deployments and boost infrastructure in the region. They said the Indian response to the Chinese actions last year, particularly after the Galwan Valley clashes, surprised the neighbouring country and that it deployed troops in areas where it never used to earlier. “Our strategy is hurting them. They are reacting to our response. We have forced PLA to go for forward deployment and boost infrastructure,” said one of the people. The new accommodations were built in addition to the additional military camps that the Chinese military had set up last year. KOLKATA, 27 SEPTEMBER The BJP had stitched an elaborate plan for the last day of campaigning in Bhawanipore. But when the saffron party’s national vice-president Dilip Ghosh entered a vaccination camp in Jadubabur Bazar area, the campaign disintegrated into ruckus and chaos among BJP and TMC supporters, who asked him to leave, alleging he was canvassing inside a state-run vaccination centre. Several BJP supporters and workers were injured in the skirmish. Farmers during the Bharat bandh against Central government’s three farm reform laws, SNS at the Ghazipur border, in the Capital on Monday. Highway blockades, train rokos: Bharat bandh hits life in pockets STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER The dawn to dusk 10-hour long nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by 40-member farmers’ front- Samyukt Kisan Morcha to mark the completion of one year of their protest against the Central government’s three farm laws on Monday passed off peacefully with no major untoward incident being reported from any part of the country. However, the bandh disrupted normal life as several trains were cancelled, highways and key roads blocked and many thousands stranded for hours on Monday. Though large parts of India were untouched by the shutdown, north India felt the pinch with about 25 trains being affected and massive jams that prevented the cross border movement of commuters as well as trucks carrying essentials. The day marks one year since President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the three controversial laws and 10 months since thousands of farmers set up camp at Delhi’s border North India felt the pinch with about 25 trains being affected and massive jams that prevented the cross border movement of commuters A view of a massive traffic jam during Bharat Bandh at IANS Delhi Gurgaon Expressway on Monday. points to voice their protest. The Congress, BSP AAP , , RJD and all the anti-BJP parties rallied behind the agitating farmers and slammed the ruling BJP-led government at the Centre for allegedly being indifferent to the farmers’ plight. Today’s bandh came following the failure of 10 rounds of talks between the farmers unions and the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The farmers' movement which had suffered a setback after a tractor rally organised by them turned violent on 26 January this year gained momentum as BKU leader Rakesh Tikait, sought to rally support for the farmers agitation from across the country. The impact of the Bandh was felt in mostly the nonBJP ruled states of Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, Kerala, 3D vaccine patch offers greater protection 26K: Daily new Covid cases on decline PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BOSTON, 27 SEPTEMBER Scientists have developed a three-dimensional (3D) printed vaccine patch that provides greater protection than a typical immunisation shot. The team at Stanford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in the US applied the vaccine patch directly to the skin of animals, which is full of immune cells that vaccines target. The resulting immune response from the patch was 10 times greater than vaccine delivered into an arm muscle with a needle jab, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sci- The ease and effectiveness of the new vaccine may lead to a new way to deliver vaccines that is painless, less invasive than a shot with 18.4% needle and can be selfadministered. ences.The technique uses 3D-printed microneedles lined up on a polymer patch and barely long enough to reach the skin to deliver vaccine. “In developing this technology, we hope to set the foundation for even more rapid global development of vaccines, at lower doses, in a pain- and anxiety-free manner,” said lead study ‘Covid caused biggest decrease in life expectancy since WW II’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LONDON, 27 SEPTEMBER The Covid-19 pandemic led to biggest decrease in life expectancy since the World War II, and wiped out years of progress on mortality, according to a study published on Monday by the University of Oxford. The research team assembled an unprecedented dataset on mortality from 29 countries, spanning most of Europe, the US and Chile ~ countries for which official death registrations for 2020 had been published. The study, published in the author Joseph M DeSimone, professor at Stanford University. The ease and effectiveness of the new vaccine may lead to a new way to deliver vaccines that is painless, less invasive than a shot with a needle and can be selfadministered. Study results show the vaccine patch generated a significant T-cell and antigenspecific antibody response that was far greater than an injection delivered under the skin. That increased immune response could save vaccines doses as a microneedle vaccine patch uses a smaller dose to generate a similar immune response as a vaccine delivered with a needle, the researchers said. NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER India’s daily Covid cases and active caseload continued to slide as 26,041 new infections and 276 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and FamilyWelfare data updated on Monday. The active cases have seen a decline of total 3,856 cases in the last 24 hours, taking India’s active caseload to 2,99,620, the lowest in 191 days. The five states which registered the most number of cases on Monday are Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. India administered a total of 38,18,362 Covid vaccine doses in the last 24 hours while the China defends visa curbs China on Monday defended its visa curbs which have prevented thousands of stranded Indians from returning to Beijing, saying they are “appropriate” to control the spread of Covid and do not target India alone, but are also applied to even Chinese citizens coming back from over(See P9) seas. cumulative number of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 86 crore on Monday. Delhi cases: The national capital on Monday registered 32 Covid cases out of PRESS TRUST OF INDIA “Don’t treat young doctors as football in the game of power,” the Supreme Court said on Monday, warning the Centre that it may pass strictures if it is not satisfied with justification for last minute changes to the NEET Super Speciality Examination 2021 syllabus. The apex court said it “will not allow these young doctors to be placed in the hands of some insensitive bureaucrats”, and asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), National Medical Commission (NMC) and National Board of Examination (NBE) to “put their house Supreme Court warns Centre that it may pass strictures if it is not satisfied with justification for last minute changes to the NEET Super Speciality Examination 2021 syllabus The apex court said it “will not allow these young doctors to be placed in the hands of some insensitive bureaucrats.” in order”. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna asked Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, to hold a meeting with other two authorities within a week. “Better come with some strong reasons as if we are not satisfied, we will pass structures,” it said. “Don’t treat these young doctors as footballs in the game of power. Hold the meeting and put your house in order. We will not allow the lives of these young doctors to be placed in the hands of some insensitive bureaucrats,” it added. The top court was hearing a plea of 41 Post Graduate doctors who have challenged the last minute changes made to the syllabus after the notification for examination was issued. Gujarat Assembly gets its first woman Speaker 3,36,78,786 2,99,620 26,041 29,621 4,47,194 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2021 50,367 tests conducted for the purpose, according to the daily health bulletin issued by the Delhi government. Don’t treat young doctors as football: SC to Centre NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER International Journal of Epidemiology, found that 27 of the 29 countries saw reductions in life expectancy in 2020, and at a scale which wiped out years of progress on mortality. Women in 15 countries and men in 10 countries were found to have a lower expectancy at birth in 2020 than in 2015. “For Western European countries the last time such large magnitudes of declines in life expe-ctancy at birth were observed in a single year was during WW-II,” said study’s co author Jose Manuel Aburto. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Punjab, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh who extended their une-quivocal support to the bandh. In Andhra Pradesh, Left parties protested in front of the Vijayawada bus station as part of the Bharat Bandh. In Chennai police detained agitators after they rammed into police barricades in in the Anna Salai area of Tamil Nadu’s Chenna. In Kerala, both the trade unions affiliated to the LDF and UDF came out in support of the bandh. The streets in Thiruvananthapuram wore a deserted look as shops were closed. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended his party’ s support to what he called farmers’ ‘non-violent satyagraha’. “Farmers’ non-violent satyagraha is intact even today. But the exploitative government does not like thi,” he tweetS ed. (See pages 2,4) At the outset, senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the young doctors, said that there is urgency in the matter and they have filed a written submission in the matter. Advocate Gaurav Sharma, appearing for NMC, said that they would like to file reply in the matter and sought adjournment of one week. The bench said, “What is the NMC doing? We are dealing with the lives of young doctors who will pursue super speciality courses. You have issued the notification for examination on 23 July and then changed the syllabus on 31 August. What is this? They are to sit for examinations on 13 and 14 November”. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, 27 SEPTEMBER A brief two-day monsoon session of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly began here today with BJP MLA Nimaben Acharya becoming the first woman Speaker of the House. This is the first session of the Gujarat Assembly after the change of guard in which first time legislator Bhupendra Patel replaced chief minister Vijay Rupani. As the earlier Speaker Rajendra Trivedi is now a senior minister in the newly formed Bhupendra Patel cabinet, a new Speaker for the Assembly was required to be elected. Kutch legislator Nimaben Acharya’s name was proposed by the chief minister Bhupendra Patel and supported by Opposition Congress leader Paresh Dhanani. She was thus elected unopposed as Speaker of the legislative assembly whose term expires in December next year. The Congress has demanded that the two-day session of the Assembly should be extended by few days during which it intends to raise issues regarding the compensation package for families of Covid-19 victims.
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