YK MYK VACCINATION: PERFECT ON PAPER, DISASTROUS ON GROUND IPL’S GILT-EDGED STATUS COMES BACK TO BITE BCCI OPINION SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 24 MAY, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—11, ISSUE—20 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 23 C CM bats for postponement of Class XII board exams SANJAY SAHAY Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE BARGE TOLL CLIMBS TO 70, SEARCH ON MUMBAI: The Indian Navy recovered four more bodies from the Arabian Sea as divers from a specialised vessel continued to search for the remaining missing persons after the tragedy that befell Barge Papaa-305 last Monday in the Bombay High Fields, officials said here on Sunday. With this, the toll has shot up to 70 and around six are still reported missing, while 188 have been rescued safely so far. The specialised vessel, INS Makar, which located the wreckage of the Barge Papaa-305 late on Saturday is now continuing to search for the sunken anchor-handling tugboat 'Varaprada'. 2 KHALISTAN TIGER FORCE ACTIVISTS NABBED CHANDIGARH: Punjab Police on Saturday arrested two activists of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), allegedly involved in the murder of a Dera Premi and firing on a priest. 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 EX-BBC CHIEF RESIGNS FROM NATIONAL GALLERY OVER DIANA INTERVIEW WORLD RANCHI: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Sunday urged the Centre to postpone the examinations of CBSE 12th board, professional courses and other entrance exercises while stating many children have become Covid positive and are recuperating. In a discussion with the union ministers on the issue through video conferencing, the CM said that he has come to the conclusion after seeking the opinion of people of the state on the issue. The CM said, “The chances of spread of Covid cannot be ruled out if the examinations are held in the current situation. People have said that it would be difficult to ensure social distancing among students if the examinations are held today.” The CM pointed out that several children have also lost their parents, adding that students are undergoing acute mental stress at present. He said that all examination dates must be fixed after the impact of Covid lessens or is brought under control. The CM stated that Covid is now spreading in the villages as well and various states have imposed lockdown. He said that he would send a detailed suggestion to the CBSE in two days. The CM appreciated that a discussion was held on such an important issue. He said that several important suggestions have been forwarded including reduc- ing the timing, change in subjects and home centre have been forwarded. It may be stated here that earlier the CM had sought the opinion of the people of the state through Twitter and other social media platforms. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Jawdekar, Goa CM Pramod Sawant, deputy CMs of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and education ministers of different states were present. Apart from the CM, minister Banna Gupta, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, Development Commissioner Arun Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary KK Khandelwal and other senior officers were present from Jharkhand in the meeting. Covaxin trials on kids likely from next month Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has mobilized its assets in view of Cyclone Yaas which is expected to hit the Eastern Coast soon. ANI ‘Yass’ will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm on May 24: IMD NEW DELHI: 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 West Bengal and north Odisha 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. Speaking to ANI, 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 today & it is located about 700 km away from Balasore and Digha. It is expected to move north and northwestwards 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 Odisha districts and West 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 are 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. 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 WITHDRAW STATEMENT ON ALLOPATHIC MEDICINES: HARSH TO RAMDEV PM MODI REVIEWS PREPAREDNESS TO TACKLE CYCLONE YAAS PAGE 5 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.