TUESDAY WHOLESALE INFLATION SOARS TO 8-MONTH HIGH IN OCTOBER 17 Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation rose to 1.48% last month, as manufactured products turned costlier NOVEMBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard WPI GUPKAR ALLIANCE ‘CLEAR STAND ON ARTICLE 370’ BJP asks Congress whether it favours revocation of statehood in Kashmir A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 Nitish sworn in, Bihar gets first woman Dy CM @ Patna WHILE Nitish Kumar was on Monday sworn-in as Bihar chief minister for the fourth consecutive term, the bigger talking point was around his two deputies from the BJP, one of whom is a woman. Renu Devi, five-time MLA from Bettiah, also became the first-ever deputy chief minister of the state. Her appointment was perhaps meant to acknowledge the role of women as the silent voters in this Assembly elections. And Tarkishore Prasad, who retained his Katihar seat for four consecutive terms and considers Sushil Kumar Modi as his mentor, is the other deputy chief minister. Sushil Modi was Nitish’s deputy in the previous cabinet. Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Nitish and his cabinet colleagues in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and others. After the ceremony, Nitish chose to deflect persistent media questions as to why BJP’s Sushil Modi was dropped. “It CBI books 16 for ‘defaming’ judiciary EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Vijayawada THE CBI has filed a first investigation report (FIR) against more than 16 people, allegedly supporters of the YSRC party , for posting derogatory social media messages against the higher judiciary . Taking strong exception to the “attack” on the judiciary, the registrar general of the AP High Court had in May filed a complaint with the Crime Investigation Department (CID). The HC, not satisfied with the CID probe, had handed the case to the CBI on October 12. The CBI, on November 11, filed its FIR at Vishakapatnam, clubbing the 12 FIRs filed by the CID into one. According to the CBI’s FIR, the accused had intentionally targeted judges through interviews/posts/speeches and attributed motives to some of the orders/judgments delivered by certain Supreme Court and High Court judges. Meanwhile, SC judge U U Lalit on Monday recused himself from hearing pleas seeking action against Andhra Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for levelling allegations against the judiciary . ABUSE MANY SHELTER HOMES ARE UNABLE TO CHECK IT: SURVEY As many as 2,764 childcare institutions, accounting for nearly 40% of such homes, don’t have adequate measures to prevent any form of physical, emotional abuse of kids | P7 is the BJP’s discretion… better ask them,” he said. He also avoided questions on the two d e p u t y ch i e f m i n i s t e r s who were seated to his left during the swearing-in as per protocol. The 12 other ministers sworn in include Santosh Kumar Suman, an MLC and son of former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha founder Jitan Ram Manjhi, and Mukesh Sahani, the founder of the Vikassheel Insaan Party . Analysts saw in the choice of the two deputy chief ministers the BJP’s attempt to consolidate its extremely backward caste and trading community vote banks as Renu Devi belongs to the Extremely Backward Classes and Tarkishore Prasad hails from the vaishya community, which Sushil Modi represented in the previous Bihar Cabinet. “Renu Devi started her career as district convenor of Durga Vahini of the BJP in 1998 in West Champaran. Her appointment indicated the empowerment of women in the party,” a BJP leader said, explaining the elevation of P8 the Bettiah MLA. TESTING STATUS 11,810 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 54,79,391 Total tests done so far 2,88,389 DELHI COVID WATCH At 62, Renu Devi represents Bettiah in the Assembly. She entered public life through the Durga Vahini, a VHP wing for women. She served as minister for sports and culture in 2005-09 Mentored by Sushil Modi Nitish Kumar is congratulated by Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan after he took oath as the Chief Minister for a seventh term in Patna on Monday | PTI Congratulations to @NitishKumar Ji on taking oath as Bihar’s CM. I also congratulate all those who took oath as Ministers in the Bihar Government —Narendra Modi, Prime Minister E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Congress’ dismal performance in Bihar appears to have further widened the rift within the party with senior leader Kapil Sibal openly criticising the party leadership and Rajasathan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot slamming the ex-Union minister for raising internal issues in public and “hurting the sentiments” of party workers. On Monday Sibal tweeted a media interview in , which he hits out at Congress’s central leaders for their “business as usual” attitude despite the party’s poor show in elections. Sibal’s views were backed by Congress Working Committee member Tariq Anwar, who said the party needs to introspect and act “before it is too late”. Berating Sibal’s comments, Gehlot said he shouldn’t have mentioned the party’s internal matters in media. “Congress has seen various cri- STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative RECOVERED 3,560 4,41,361 DEATH 99 7,713 ACTIVE CASES -40,128 TOTAL +VE CASES 3,797 4,89,202 26,533 HOME ISOLATION *451 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights Source: Delhi health bulletin | November 16 The Delhi government is discussing on revising the Covid containment strategy, a plan of which is likely to be announced in a day or two Senior city govt official Outsiders form nearly 24% of Delhi’s Covid toll; UP tops list S O M R I TA G H O S H @ New Delhi NEARLY 24 per cent of Delhi’s total Covid-19 deaths are actually from other states, reply to an RTI query by this newspaper has revealed. The document, which showed figures till November 10, revealed that 1,759 patients belonging to other states and countries have succumbed to SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals in the city . Till November 10, the cumulative fatality count in Delhi was 7,143, according to the Delhi government’s daily Covid-19 bulletin. The RTI was filed with the State Surveillance Unit, Delhi Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme and National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Government of NCT of Delhi. The reply further revealed that among the neighbouring states, Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of patients who breathed their last in Delhi. Of the total 1,759 ‘outstation’ patients, 1,038 were from UP followed by 383 from Haryana. While 80 of the deceased in Delhi had come for treatment from Madhya Pradesh, 32 were from Rajasthan. The Tarkishore Prasad, 64, is not a graduate, but he has held a string of positions in the BJP. Elected from Katihar for 4th time. Sushil Modi proposed his name as leader of the legislature party Rift wide open in the Congress as Sibal, Gehlot spar over soul-less performance PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant HOSPITAL 16,677 8,949 7,728 CARE CENTRE 8,217 628 7,138* HEALTH CENTRE 562 221 341 Tests per million PAGES 12 Five-time legislator Two deputy chief ministers Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad in 14-member ministry RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR MEASURES CHANGES IN PRICES OF GOODS SOLD AND TRADED IN BULK remaining 236 deceased were from other states and countries which were not specified in the RTI reply . The Delhi government had earlier stated that around 33% patient load and bed occupancy in city hospitals were from the neighbouring states. Health Minister Satyendar Jain had stated that the data on deaths of non-resident patients was being gathered separately . In June, the government had decided that state-run hospitals designated for Covid treatment would admit only Delhi residents but the order was later withdrawn. The RTI also stated that among Delhi government hospitals, maximum 1,449 deaths took place at LNJP Hospital, the largest Covid-19 designated facility with 2,000bed capacity. The 1,500-bed Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital registered 556 deaths, followed by Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. There are 10 state government-run hospitals designated for Covid treatment including Deep Chand Bandhul, Ambedkar Nagar and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospitals. Haryana at second spot Of the total 1,759 outstation patients, 1,038 were from UP followed by 383 from Haryana. While 80 of the victims were from MP, 32 from Rajasthan. The remaining 236 deceased were from states and countries not specified Max deaths at LNJP The maximum 1,449 deaths took place at LNJP Hospital. GTB Hospital registered 556 deaths, followed by Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, according to an RTI info ses including 1969, 1977, 1989 and later in the 1996. But every time we came out stronger due to our ideology programmes, policies and firm , belief in party leadership... We shall overcome this time too,” said Gehlot. The Rajasthan CM, who himself is engaged in a political fight with junior leader Sachin Pilot over power sharing, said there could be various reasons for electoral losses but the rank and file of the Congress support the party leadership. CONTINUED ON P7 Manufactured goods drive the index This is the highest level of WPI inflation since February’s 2.26%, govt data showed on Monday. What fuelled the inflation rate was manufactured items such as pharmaceutical products and metals, which witnessed higher demand in the aftermath of lifting of lockdown restrictions. Experts say WPI data makes the case for RBI to maintain status quo in policy rates | P10 More relief as Moderna finds its shot is 94.5% effective in early trials EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Vaccine alone cannot stop pandemic: WHO THE race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine picked up pace on Monday with US biotech firm Moderna announcing its candidate was 94.5% effective in interim analysis of its phase 3 trials, which involved more than 30,000 volunteers. Two aspects stood out. One, the shot was also found to save severe cases; and two, the vaccine can be stored at -200C in a normal refrigerator for six months as against competitor Pfizer’s -700C to -800C, which is not easy to manage. Pfizer had recently claimed its vaccine candidate was over 90% effective in early results. Soon after, the Russian government said its Sputnik V, which has also entered into a distribution and phase 3 trial partnership with an Indian company, was 92% effective as per early results. Moderna now plans to seek emergency use authorization with the US Food and Drug Administration and regulators in other countries. By this year-end, the company plans to have 20 million doses of the vaccine ready for The WHO said a vaccine would not by itself stop the coronavirus pandemic. “A vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them,” WHO chief Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “A vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic.” @ New Delhi the US. It will manufacture 500 million to 1 billion doses for global use next year. Called the COVE study, the first interim analysis was based on 95 cases, of which 90 were observed in the placebo group and five in the vaccinated group who were given two doses, 28 days apart. Like Pfizer, Moderna’s candidate uses a technology called messenger RNA that has never been used before to build an approved vaccine. In all, there were 11 severe cases in the first interim analysis, all of which were in the placebo group, which means they were given dummy shots, not the real thing. Meanwhile, Hyderabadbased Bharat Biotech announced commencement of phase 3 trials of its Covaxin.
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