SATURDAY Sputnik-V has been shown to elicit antibody response with no serious adverse effects in Phase I and II human trials 05 RUSSIAN COVID VACCINE SAFE, SAYS LANCET STUDY SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in T-CELL RESPONSE WITHIN 28 DAYS In an early phase nonrandomised trial, the two formulations of the vaccine was found safe with no serious adverse events in over 42 days. It induced antibody responses within 21 days. It also produced a T-cell response within 28 days. The T-cells support immunity by killing infected host cells | P7 facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard RAJASTHAN GEHLOT OPEN TO 100% JOB QUOTA CM is said to have discussed it with officials A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l SPUTNIK-V PAGES 12 IS A TWO-DOSE VACCINE. THE SECOND DOSE IS GIVEN 21 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST Peace tied to trust, non-aggression: Rajnath Holds talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei in Moscow; Army Chief says soldiers ready for any contingency on LAC PUSHKAR BANAKAR & M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi Defence Minister Rajnath Singh making his opening remarks at a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe in Moscow on Friday | PTI DIALOGUE IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD: SHRINGLA Addressing a webnair in Delhi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “There has been amassing of troops. Both sides have been engaged through diplomatic and military channels. Dialogue is the only way forward and we are open to communication.” IN the first high-level face-to-face meeting since the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh became volatile in early May, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe in Moscow on Friday to resolve the stand-off. Earlier political interactions were over telephone, with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval speaking to their counterparts separately . At the time of going to press, there was no clarity on the outcome of Friday’s talks. But hours earlier, Singh set the tone for the bilateral dialogue by emphasising that peace in the region de- RBI puts start-ups in priority sector basket, expands lending categories E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi START-UPS, small and marginal farmers and weaker sections will now get the priority sector tag. To ensure better credit penetration, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday revised its Priority Sector Lending (PSL) rules to include credit to start-ups (up to `50 crore), loans to farmers for installation of solar power plants and loans for setting up compressed biogas plants. That apart, the targets prescribed for small and marginal farmers and weaker sections will be increased in a phased manner. Also, loan limits for renewable energy have been doubled under the revised norms. To address the regional skew, the central bank has put in place an incentive framework for banks under which higher weightage will be assigned for incremental priority sector credit in specified districts. So far, the RBI has identified 184 districts with low PSL credit flow and 205 districts with high PSL credit. Experts hailed the decision, calling it a policy enabler. “We believe that this is an ideal example of policy federalism adopted by the RBI in promoting financial and social inclusion in line with the Central government’s agenda of providing financial inclusion to backward districts in the country. Finally, there could be some more policy options to further improve lending under PSL, in areas of education, housing, Govt job eludes MP’s feted Kho Kho player A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal DAUGHTER of a sanitation worker, Juhi Jha conquered all odds to win laurels for the country and her state, Madhya Pradesh, but has been struggling to get a job. Part of the Indian team that won the Asian Kho Kho Championship 2016, Juhi was recently removed as a sports teacher in a private school even as she is still waiting to get a government job, which she is entitled to being a recipient of MP’s highest sports honour Vikram Award in 2018. Juhi, who lives with her parents and siblings at a rented shanty in Indore, is a commerce graduate. For 12 years, the family stayed in a small room attached to a Sulabh toilet as her father worked there. They shifted to the shanty after her father lost his job. The family’s life took a turn for the better when Juhi was selected to be part of the Indian team in 2016. “I was selected D E L H I Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Today Cumulative 1751 161865 13 4513 -- 18842 2914 185220 (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital 14159 4730 9429 Covid care centre 10143 984 6354* Covid health centre 601 392 209 HOME ISOLATION : 9822 *2805 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights EC DECIDES Bypolls to be bunched with Bihar elections E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi MP govt assures job Additional Director, sports department, said his office will ensure that the process for job selection is accelerated for all Vikram awardees among top ten promising sportspersons for the Vikram Award. I got a job in a private school and was hopeful of getting a government job,” Juhi said Unfortunately, she lost the private job. “School officials told me that since I’m eligible to get a government job, I might leave them. With lockdown limiting job opportunities, all my efforts to get a private job have gone in vain,” Juhi said. C O V I D STATUS OF CASES export credit and financial inclusion,” said Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Group Chief Economic Adviser of State Bank of India. The inclusion of start-ups will reduce their cost of capital by allowing them better access to bank credit and lower startups’ reliance on equity funding for growth. Bank loans up to `30 crore to borrowers for purposes like solar-based power generators, biomass-based power generators, wind mills, micro-hydel plants and for non-conventional energy based public utilities, will be eligible for priority sector classification. For individual households, the loan limit will be `10 lakh per borrower, the RBI said. WHILE the forthcoming Bihar Assembly elections will be held on schedule, by-elections to one Parliamentary and 64 Assembly constituencies spread across 15 states will be bunched along with it, the Election Commission of India said on Friday . “One of the major factors in clubbing them together is the relative ease of movement of central forces and related logistics issues,” a Commission statement said. Several bypolls were deferred recently due to excessive rains and the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been demands by some political parties to postpone the poll due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The term of the Bihar Assembly ends on November 29 and elections are likely sometime in October-November. Of the 64 vacant Assembly seats, 27 are in Madhya Pradesh. mands a climate of trust, cooperation and non-aggression. He was addressing the combined meeting of Defence Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Collective Security Treaty Organisation and Commonwealth of Independent States. “Peaceful, stable and secure region of SCO member states — which is home to over 40% of global population, demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other’s interest and peaceful resolution of differences,” he said. Wei was present during the address. In Delhi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said it will not be business as usual with China until the LAC situa- Camps outside govt buildings Testing camps will be held outside central government offices in Lutyens’ Delhi from next week as part of the city’s effort to increase COVID-19 tests to 40,000 per day | P4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Delhi government is worried over a resurge in coronavirus cases, even though it has dismissed the idea of this being a second wave of the infection. Government sources said though 70% of the total beds available are vacant, the cases are shooting up at a fast pace: 2,914 cases were registered in a single day with 13 fatalities. Such a high number of positive cases were last reported in July . The latest health bulletin said of the 14,159 beds available in all the 131 Covid hospitals, 4,730 are occupied. Similarly, of the 10,143 beds arranged at Covid Care Centres (CCCs), 984 are occupied while 392 beds out of 601 are occupied in different Covid health centres. 8,488 27,731 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 17,05,571 89,767 Total tests done so far Tests per million 949: Containment zones as on date 167: Calls 1437: Total received number of in calls control dispatched to room ambulances Total number of calls refused: Nil Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Sept 04 Rhea’s bro, Sushant aide held for links to Mumbai drug mafia S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai HOSPITAL OCCUPANCY A WORRY AS COVID SURGES According to officials, 70% of the ICU beds in top private hospitals are occupied. What has caused worry is the fact that ICU beds are not as easy to create as in the case with CCCs and other such facilities. The case spiral began last week, and since then the Kejriwal government has pointed out the occupancy of beds by ‘outsiders’. Health Minister Satyendar Jain had earlier claimed around 30% of beds available are occupied by nonDelhiites. Kejriwal had earlier sealed the Delhi borders for a week and ordered reservation of beds only for Delhi residents, which was later overturned by L-G Anil Baijal. Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday held a review meeting with medical superintendents and took stock of the status of testing. THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik Chakraborty and Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda, in connection with a drug probe linked to Sushant’s death. Showik was arrested in the evening after interrogation at the NCB office. The agency conducted a raid at Rhea’s house on Friday, a day after alleged drug peddler Zaid Vilatra admitted dealings with Showik. It seized laptops, hard drives and a few other digital pieces of evidence. Sushant’s aide Samuel Miranda was detained, and subsequently, arrested by NCB on Friday The agency had . raided his office earlier in the day. “Now there will be interrogation regarding the WhatsApp chats of Showik, indicating drug procurement, that has gone viral. It was revealed that on March 17, Showik had shared Vilatra’s contact number with Samuel Miranda and asked to pay him `10,000 for 5g,” sources said. The NCB registered a case last Wednesday after the Enforcement Directorate wrote to it. Soon afterwards, on the intervening night of August 27-28, the NCB carried out searches in Mumbai and two persons—Abbas Lakhani and Karan Arora—were arrested, and the ‘bud’ was recovered from them. A detailed network analysis uncovered Lakhani’s links to Vilatra. As the arrests of Showik and Miranda shook Bollywood, in the south, the Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru, probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry arrested actress Ragini Dwivedi on Friday , . MESSI TO STAY Ending days of speculations, Lionel Messi said on Friday that he will stay with Barcelona. He said he would never “get into a legal dispute with the club of his life.” | P11 Rajdhani Exp travels with lone passenger M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi THE New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express, which remained stranded at the Daltonganj station for several hours on Thursday due to an agitation at Tori Junction, reached Ranchi with a lone girl passenger, Ananya, covering around 535 km, Friday morning. The remaining 930 passengers were ferried from Daltonganj station to Ranchi by a bus. However, railway officials could not persuade the young law student to take the bus or taxi arranged by the district administration. The train was diverted to Gomoh and Bokaro, covering more than 225 km extra. “I was being forced to take a bus W A T C H TESTING STATUS tion is peaceful, adding the situation is “unprecedented”. “We have lost for the first time lives of soldiers which has not happened in the last 40 years....The linkage between what happens at the border and relations are large. It cannot be business as usual with China unless there is peace at the border. The present India-China situation is the most serious challenge and India remains committed to its territorial integrity Shringla said dur,” ing his address in a webinar. In Ladakh, Army Chief General M M Naravane described the situation as tense. “The situation along the LAC is tense. We have undertaken precautionary deployment in some areas. The troops are prepared for all contingencies.” CONTINUED ON P7 Ananya says she was not ready for other options as she had paid for rail travel or taxi, but I was not ready as I had already paid for the train journey. When I informed the railways through Twitter, they sent me to Ranchi by train,” Ananya was quoted as saying. She is currently pursuing her LLB from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), she said. Daughter of a retired official of the Heavy Engineering Cor poration (HEC), Ananya lives at Dhurwa in Ranchi. The railway authorities said the district administration had arranged for the road transport in view of the uncertainty over the ongoing agitation at Tori junction. The train’s destination had to be the Ranchi as it had to undergo several formalities before departing, said a railway official. “It is the responsibility of Indian Railways that every passenger on board reaches one’s destination on time. So, buses were arranged to ferry the passengers to Ranchi. Due to some reasons, the girl was reluctant to board a bus or taxi arranged by the district administration,” said Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Avnish. Finally, the train departed from Daltonganj in the evening with a diverted route and reached Ranchi at 1:45 am on Friday — late by more than 15 hours, he added. ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT Homegrown FAU-G coming soon to replace PUBG A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi TWO days after the Centre banned the highly popular mobile gaming app PUBG, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Friday announced a made-inIndia action game, set to be launched next month. The game, titled FAU-G, is being developed by Bengalurubased nCore Games. “Supporting PM @naren- dramodi’s AtmaNirbhar movement, proud to present an action g ame, Fearless And United-Guards FAU-G. Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers,” Kumar, whose tilt towards the ruling dispensation is well known, tweeted. The game is reportedly based on real-life scenarios encountered by the Indian security forces as they deal with domestic and foreign threats. Its first level will be set against the backdrop of the Galwan Valley—the site of India-China clashes in June. It will be followed by third-person shooting gameplay . The banishing of PUBG has created a huge void in the Indian mobile gaming arena, which every gaming developer is scrambling to fill. But, experts say many Indi- an developers lack the digital capabilities of Chinese giants like Tencent. Dayanidhi MG, co-founder and CEO of nCore Games is nonetheless confident that his team can pull it off. “We managed genre-defining MOBA games like Vainglory of SuperEvil Megacorp for the worldwide audience. We have also worked with global studios like Rovio,” he said.
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