CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 27 APRIL 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR KIM VOWS TO BOLSTER NUKE CAPABILITY DURING PARADE CHINA’S COAL P6 WEATHER Humid wheather with high discomfort level. Temperature likely to be in the range of 38-26 degrees Celsius. TEMPERATURE Max: 38.1 °C(+2) SUN RISES 05:08 hrs MOON RISES 02:24 hrs New moon on 01 P9 Min. 66% Min: 27.7 °C(+2) SUN SETS 18:01 hrs MOON SETS 14:03 hrs May THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 APRIL o strengthen the country's fight against Covid-19, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) today gave its green signal to three Covid vaccines for restricted emergency use authorisation (EUA) for children of different age groups. The DCGI gave the restricted emergency use authorisation to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children between the age of 6-12 years.In another T NEW DELHI, 26 APRIL Boys cooling off themselves in a pond on a hot summer afternoon at a village near Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of Bengal, on Tuesday. ANI LIC IPO to open on 4 May: The much-awaited initial public offering (IPO) of the Life Insurance Corporation of India is likely to open on May 4, sources privy to the development told ANI. The government, which wholly owns the insurance behemoth, plans to sell a 3.5 per cent instead of 5 per cent as mentioned in the previous Draft Red Herring Prospectus, said sources. LIC has cut the size of IPO from 5 per cent to 3.5 per cent due to the market condiPg8 tion. development, the drug regulator approved restricteduse in emergency situation for Biological E's Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax for children of 5 to 12 years age group.Besides Corbevax and Covaxin, the DCGI also approved restricted use iA emergency situation to ZycovD (Zydus Cadila vaccine) for children above the age of 12 years for a twodose regimen. In a tweet in Hindi, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, "India's fight against Covid more stronger! @CDSCO_INDIA_INF has approved Covaxin for 6 to 12 years of age group, Corbevax for 5 to 12 years age group of children and two doses ZyCoV-D for above 12 years of age group for Restricted Use in Emergency Situations." This development comes after the Subject Expert Committee discussed recommendations for the restricted emergency use of Covaxin in children aged between 212 years. However, the SEC, after a meeting on Thursday, has recommended restricted The Supreme Court expressed concern at state governments for not doing enough to prevent hate speeches, as it grilled the Uttarakhand government on a proposed Dharam Sansad in Roorkee.The top court noted that governments say they are taking preventive measures, but something different happens on the ground as incidents of hate speeches keep occurring, despite the apex court's guidelines on preventive measures. It directed the chief secretary of Uttarakhand to bring on record corrective measures taken in view of religious meet scheduled in the state.IANS Our position on Russia-Ukraine conflict very clear: S Jaishankar STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 APRIL cerned but also because of the consequences worldwide". Asked about India's stand on the war, he said: "When rules-based order was under challenge in Asia, the advice we got from Europe was; do more trade. At least we are not giving you that advice.” On wider consequences of the war, the minister said “there will be no winners out of this conflict”, adding that the immediate issue was its impact on oil and food prices. He also asserted that Ukraine was not a precedent for China. Such events have been under way in Asia for the past decade without Europe's attention, he added. “So, this is a wake-up call for Europe to start looking at Asia. This is a part of the world with unsettled boundaries, terrorism, and continuous challenges to the rulesbased order. The rest of the world has to recognise that problems are not going to happen, but that they are happening." ‘Show without substance is falling flat’ PULAKESH MUKHOPADHYAY KOLKATA, 26 APRIL If you have known it for some time now that the Indian Premier League has this time around fallen face down in terms of television ratings, that is not all that you can be told. Word is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is worrled not a little that the IPL finds itself crawling and unable to get up and be going great guns, though a BCCI insider told The Statesman today that the game's supreme governing authorities in the country were not really convinced that the people were beginning to show the signs of drifting away from the franchisee tournament of Twenty20 cricket with a pot of gold for those playing in it and Arabian Nights riches for the big boys organising it. "The board does know of the sharp fall in the television audience reception of this year's IPL matches so far and how the ratings refuse to indicate any upward movement but the competition is not over yet and the excitement of the last few weeks, featuring do--or-die matches, could turn things around spectacularly and force altered assessments," the source claimed, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the P10 Covid:DCGI nod to 3 vaccines for kids of different age grps SC pulls up U’khand, HP govts over hate speech row In a loud and clear message to the West which has been critical of India's stand on the crisis in Europe, external affairs minister S Jaishankar today asserted that New Delhi has a very clear position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict which calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a return to diplomacy and dialogue. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue Townhall, he said the conflict in Ukraine was one of the most dominating issues at present “not only because of interests or values con- SHASTRI NOT INTERESTED IN COACHING ENGLAND Covaxin gets DCGI nod for 6-12 age group, Corbevax for 5-12 yr olds & 2 doses ZycovD for above 12 yrs RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.33.8% ‘HOPE SC STAYS REVOCATION OF ARTICLE 370’ Press. The optimism, though, seemed difficult to square with reality given that most analyses of the decline in the television ratings have referred to a certain "IPL fatigue" in the audience previously deemed captive. Even weekend matches, which usually made up a double bill, no longer find people scheduling their activities or spells of leisure around them. People do not crowd around showrooms with television sets ringed by privileged local notables watching the action. It has been said that, after so many years of organised, high-decibel revelries at the ground, everything seems monotonous, with even the merriment appearing routine rather than spontaneous. The show without substance is on all fours, sniffing the ground to find out what felled it. Says an advertising executive associated with the tournament: "The IPL wasn't ever all about cricket. It was an entertainment package which delighted some people for some time but the formulaic approach was fated to fall flat at some point and it happened in due course. We'd been told some of the cheergirls were students back home of such subjects as paleontology and nuclear physics but when the action out there in the middle ceased to hold popular attention, the dancing ceased to matter." Wimbledon or a Lord's Test will never be ignored by the cognoscenti because it is all about a sport divested of all distractions. The IPL is temperamentally different and therefore, it only had merry-makers around it. When the fun quotient ebbed, the fizz went out of it. Curiously, no one seemed inclined to be drawn out on the corruption that had been said to have marred all editions of the IPL generally and a few ones, rather egregeously. The BCCI insider went to the extent of saying that fixed, or spot-fixed matches seldom mattered much for Indians, high or low, educated or unlettered. "We have newspapers with screaming headlines trying to make the most of the IPL. Does the IPL's history, such as it is, mean anything to them? The honest answer is no," he said. According to him, what the IPL concocts suited us until the moment it began to bore us. Research could reveal.later when the cookie crumbled. By now, of course, with the debris strewn all around us, there is very little that looks likely to work but you can take it for granted the busybodies will be loath to give up on it very easily. CMYK emergency use of Biological E's Covid-19 vaccine, Corbevax, in children aged 5-12 years. India logged 2483 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, slightly lower than the previous day’s 2541 cases, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today. As per the data, Covid vaccination for the age group 12-14 years was started on 16 March, 2022. So far, more than 2.70 Cr (2,70,96,975) adolescents have been administered with the first dose of Covid vaccine. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,30,62,569 ACTIVE CASES 15,636 NEW CASES 2,483 NEW RECOVERIES 1,970 TOTAL DEATHS 5,23,622 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 26 APRIL 2022 Bengal recorded 36 cases and zero deaths P12 PK spurns Sonia’s offer to join Cong STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 APRIL Election strategist Prashant Kishor has declined to join the Congress, ending days of speculation on whether he would become part of the grand old party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. “Following a presentation & discussions with Sh. prashant Kishor, Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) has constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 & invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility. He declined. We appreciate his efforts & suggestion given to the party,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.Shortly after Surjewala's tweet, Kishor also took to Twitter to say; “I declined the generous offer of #congress to join the party as part of the EAG & take responsibility for the elections. In my humble opinion, more than me the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms.” The formal announcement came a day after the Congress chief had announced the constitution of the group. The group was formed after a report was submitted by an eight-member committee on 21 April."Congress President Sonia Gandhi received a report from the eight-member group on 21 April. Today she discussed the report with the group.
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