YK MYK VACCINATION: PERFECT ON PAPER, DISASTROUS ON GROUND IPL’S GILT-EDGED STATUS COMES BACK TO BITE BCCI OPINION SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 24 MAY, 2021 PG-08, YEAR—8, ISSUE—9 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C Cyclone Yaas may hit Bengal-Orissa coasts on May 26 MIN 27 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE STATE MINISTER INAUGURATES COVID SAFE HOME KOLKATA: A safe home was inaugurated in Ward No. 8 on Sunday at the initiative of Debashis Kumar, MLA of Rash Behari Assembly constituency and in collaboration with Tridhara Club and Ballygunge Public Durgotsab Samiti. Urban Development Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, MLA Debashis Kumar, Ward 8 President Sourav Basu and specialist doctors were present at the inaugural function. An IVRS Covid helpline number for the Rash Behari Assembly constituency was also inaugurated. The safe home was opened in the Lake Terrace area near Vivekananda Park Corporation office. MLA Debashis Kumar said, "I am grateful to Major Anirban Banerjee for giving us his place. We are able to do things because there are such people." He added that safe homes in the Lake Market, Lake Gardens area have been opened. They will soon add more 4,500square-feet space near Spencer's Mall in Rash Behari. He said that they have planned to open a total of 6 safe homes in Rash Behari area. There are 30 beds and 15 oxygen cylinders in this safe home. All the necessary medicines are there. Urban Development Minister ChandrimaBhattachary a inaugurated the safe home. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 2,65,70,625 TOTAL DEATH: 3,00,031 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 167,122,394 TOTAL DEATH: 3,470,333 MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA/BHUBANESWAR: A depression in east central Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm with a possible wind speed of 155 km/ph to 165 km/ph and make landfall on May 26 evening between Paradip in Orissa and Sagar island in Bengal, the Met department said on Sunday. The system, which lays 670 km south-south east of Digha in Bengal and 590 km east-south east of Paradip, will cause heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal and interior districts of the two States as it progresses, said Sanjib Bandopadhyay, the deputy director of the Regional Met Centre in Kolkata. The depression will intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24 morning and move in a north- north westerly direction. "In subsequent 24 hours, it will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and reach north Bay of Bengal near Bengal-Orissa coasts on May 26 morning," Bandopadhyay said. "It will cross into land on May 26 evening between Paradip and Sagar island as a very severe cyclonic storm," he said, adding 'Yaas' will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm: IMD NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The low-pressure area which formed over the east-central Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning, has intensified into a depression on Sunday and by Monday morning, it will form a cyclone namely Yaas, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General of Meteorology Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. "It is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm. It will cross Bengal and north Orissa coasts on the evening of May 26," informed Dr Mohapatra. IMD had predicted the wind speed of the cyclone to be around 155-165 km per hour, gusting to 185 km per hour. Dr Mohapatra said, "This is a very large-scale and damaging wind speed. It is almost similar to the wind speed of cyclone Tauktae. Even cyclone Amphan, which made landfall last year, also had a similar wind speed." "Low-pressure area on the east-central Bay of Bengal has concentrated into a depression on Sunday & it is located about 700 km away from Balasore and Digha. It is expected to move north and north-westwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 24 morning," he added. Heavy rainfall is expected to start on May 25 evening. On May 26, heavy rainfall is expected at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places over north Orissa districts and Bengal, informed the IMD Director-General. "In addition to rainfall, there will be tidal waves inundating the low-lying areas, as those coastal areas are very shallow. There will be three-four metres of tidal waves when the cyclone crosses the coasts," added Dr Mohapatra. We have constantly been issuing warning States to suspend all coastal activities including fishing. No one should enter the sea during this time, alerted Dr Mohapatra. Meanwhile, on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the States and Central Ministries/Agencies who will be dealing with the disaster arising out of the predicted cyclone 'Yaas.' that the exact landfall point will be calculated after the system turns into a cyclone. In Bengal, the coastal districts of East and West Midnapore, South and North 24 Parganas, along with Howrah and Hooghly will experience light to moderate rainfall in most places with heavy to very heavy downpour at one or two places from May 25. On May 26, the spread and intensity of rain will increase with the possibility of "extremely heavy rainfall" in Jhargram, East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata, Bandopadhyay said. "Heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur in Nadia, East and West Bardhaman, Bankura, Purulia and Birbhum," he said. Heavy rain will also occur in Murshidabad, Malda and Dakshin Dinajpur districts of the State, he said. Bandopadhyay said that heavy rain is likely in the sub-Himalayan and western districts of the State on May 27. Squally wind speed reaching 40 to 50 km per hour gusting to 60 km/ph is very likely to prevail over north Bay of Bengal, Bengal and Bangladesh coasts from May 24 evening, he said. The wind speed will gradually increase thereafter, reaching 90 to 100 km/ph gusting to 110 km/ph in the afternoon of May 26, Bandyopadhyay said. "It will increase to 155 to 165 km/ph when it crosses the coast on May 26 evening," the deputy director said. Light to moderate rainfall will be experienced in most parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 24, the IMD said. Tidal waves of 1-2 metre height are very likely to inundate low-lying areas of Andaman and Nicobar islands on May 24, it said. Sea conditions will be high to very high in the north Bay of Bengal along and off Bengal-Orissa-Bangladesh coasts from May 24 to May 26 and fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea. Covaxin trials on kids likely from next month HYDERABAD: Bharat Biotech may commence paediatric trials of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin from June, a senior company official said. The vaccine maker has already received permission to carry out trials on children aged 2-18 years. Bharat Biotech's Business Development & International Advocacy Head, Dr Raches Ella, exuded confidence that vaccine for kids may get the license in the third quarter of this year. Holding a virtual conversation with members of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) Hyderabad on "All About Vaccines, he said that the company expected approval from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Covaxin by the end of third or fourth quarter. Ella also said Bharat Biotech will be ramping up manufacturing capacity of Covaxin to 700 million doses by the end of this year. "We are happy to have the full support of the government because of which we are able to stand where we are today in this journey. The vaccine is co-developed by us and ICMR. The Government placed an advanced purchase order of Rs 1,500 crore. This will help us to increase our risk appetite. That is why we are expanding to Bangalore and Gujarat," he said. Also seeking to dispel various myths about vaccines, he said that they are safe and everyone should take vaccines. Replying to a query by Consultant, Breast Oncology & Oncoplastic Surgeon, Dr Pragnya Chigurupati, who moderated the talk, Ella said the success probability of a vaccine is just 6 per cent from discovery to development. ""In normal circumstances, the development of a vaccine takes anywhere between 7 to 10 years, which we have done in the least possible time. This was never taught in books. This is something I learned practically. The journey was challenging, promising, and fulfilling," he said. Asked about dosing intervals he said ideally the gap should be between two weeks and can go up to six weeks. "If for some reason you miss that schedule, you need not get panicked. You can go and take the second dose anytime possible but at the earliest possible time." Three months after the second dose, a good antibody response can be developed. Talking about a booster dosage he said the current vaccines are doing good enough but it will depend on future variants of the virus if any booster doses needs to be taken or not. No decision on Class 12 board exams yet NEW DELHI: Any decision on conduct of Class 12 exams and entrance examinations for professional courses remained inconclusive in a high-level meeting here on Sunday with further direction to states and UTs to examine the matter and send their feedback to Centre in writing by May 25. Following the consultative meeting with the states and UTs, it was decided that the Centre will examine the suggestions received from the various state governments this week and convey further information in this regard to the students by or before June 1, the Education FOLLOWING THE CONMinistry said. SULTATIVE MEETING "While a WITH THE STATES AND broad consensus UTS, IT WAS DECIDED was there, howTHAT THE CENTRE ever, it was WILL EXAMINE THE decided that SUGGESTIONS states and the RECEIVED FROM THE Union Territories VARIOUS STATE GOVmay like to furERNMENTS THIS WEEK ther examine the AND CONVEY FURmatter and send THER INFORMATION IN their feedback in THIS REGARD TO THE writing by May STUDENTS BY OR 25, 2021," the BEFORE JUNE 1. Education Ministry said in a statement. Charing the meeting, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh requested states and UTs to submit other suggestions, if any, to the Education Ministry by May 25. The Ministry will consider all those suggestions and take a final decision soon, he said, reiterating "the priority of the government is to conduct all the examinations in a safe and secure environment". Union Education Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' also expressed commitment towards the safety and security of children as the first priority of the Central government. CRYPTOCURRENCY GOOD OR BAD PAGE 8 Cyclone 'Yaas' Army deploys columns and engineer task forces in Bengal NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: With Bengal bracing up for cyclonic storm 'Yaas', the Indian Army on Saturday informed that it has arranged columns and engineer task forces are on standby for rescue and relief operations. According to the Indian Army, it has arranged eight columns and one engineer task force in Bengal. "Eight Columns and One Engineer Task Force in Bengal are ready and on standby for rescue and relief operations," said Indian Army. Ahead of Cyclone Yaas, which is likely to make landfall along the Bengal-Orissa coast between May 24 and May 26, the Northern Railway cancelled over a dozen trains from the national capital to and from Bhubaneswar and Puri in Orissa. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has also geared up to meet the likely challenges from the developing cyclonic storm 'Yaas' on the east coast. Besides this, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reviewed the preparedness for the cyclonic storm. WITHDRAW STATEMENT ON ALLOPATHIC MEDICINES: HARSH TO RAMDEV Workers arrange beds at a state-run school which was converted into a quarantine centre in Kolkata on Sunday. Prabir Bhattacharya Murder case: Sushil Kumar sent to 6 days police custody NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Sunday sent wrestler and Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, arrested in connection with his alleged involvement in the death of a 23year-old old wrestler at the city's Chhatrasal Stadium, to six days police custody. The police questioned Sushil Kumar inside the court and then sought his custody for 12 days for further interrogation in the matter. Duty Metropolitan Magistrate Divya Malhotra, however, granted six-day custody of him, along with co-accused Ajay. Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava, representing Delhi Police, submitted that some CCTV footage, the alleged weapon used for committing the offences and also the mobile phones are yet to be recovered by the police as he sought 12 days custody. Sushil Kumar was evading Police arrested wrestler Sushil Kumar along with his associate Ajay Kumar in connection with the Chhatrasal Stadium murder case in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI arrest and he has been on the run for close to three weeks. According to the police, he and his associates allegedly assaulted fellow wrestler Sagar Dhankar and his two friends Sonu and Amit Kumar at the stadium on May 4 night. Dhankar succumbed to his injuries later. Shrivastava added the accused would have to taken to various states for the purpose of interrogation and 12 days remand was justified against the backdrop of Covid-19 guidelines. Sushil Kumar's counsel contested this argument and submitted that non-bailable warrants were issued against the accused persons which shows police have already identified all of them. Police cannot seek Sushil Kumar's custody for the purpose of identification of other persons when his client had already stated he was falsely implicated in the case, he said. Shrivastava, however, insisted that Kumar's custodial interrogation was required to unearth the conspiracy and the motive for the offence. The police in the status report challenging Sushil Kumar's anticipatory bail plea cited the autopsy SUSHIL KUMAR WAS EVADING ARREST AND HE HAS BEEN ON THE RUN FOR CLOSE TO THREE WEEKS. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE, HE AND HIS ASSOCIATES ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED FELLOW WRESTLER SAGAR DHANKAR AND HIS TWO FRIENDS SONU AND AMIT KUMAR AT THE STADIUM ON MAY 4 NIGHT. DHANKAR SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES LATER. report, which claimed that cause of death to be "cerebral damage due to dande ki pitaayi (beating with wooden staves)". In the anticipatory bail plea, Sushil Kumar said: "The victims are falsely implicating the applicant because he had asked Sagar to leave his property as the same was being misused by him. It is also known to everyone associated with the Chhatrasal stadium that the purported victims were trying to defame and fix the Applicant for a long time and are trying to falsely implicate the applicant in the present matter." Kumar's anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. The Delhi Police have filed an FIR under Sections 302 (murder), 308 (culpable homicide), 365 (kidnapping), 325 (causing grievous hurt), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. They have also included Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of IPC and various sections under the Arms Act. NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday called yoga guru Ramdev''s statement on allopathic medicines "extremely unfortunate" and asked him to withdraw it. Citing a video circulating on social media, the Indian Medical Association on Saturday had said Ramdev has claimed that allopathy is a "stupid science" and medicines such as remdesivir, faviflu, and other drugs approved by the Drugs Controller General of India have failed to treat COVID19 patients. The doctors'' body also quoted Ramdev as saying that "lakhs of patients have died after taking allopathic medicines". In a letter to Ramdev, Vardhan asked him to withdraw his statement on allopathy. "The statement disrespects the corona warriors and hurt the sentiments of the country. Your statement on allopathy can break the morale of healthcare workers and weaken our fight against COVID-19," he said.