HYDERABAD THURSDAY JUNE 10, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION VAX DATA SENSITIVE, DON’T SHARE IT: CENTRE TO STATES WE OWN ALL VACCINE DATA: HEALTH MINISTRY States are supposed to update the Centre on stock and transactions of all vaccines. The health ministry claimed it owns all vaccine-related data and that it cannot be shared with any third party, including the media. The letter evoked sharp reactions on social media with people wondering how data on stock and storage of Covid vaccine doses could be sensitive In a strange order, the Union health ministry on Wednesday asked states not to share vaccine availability status on public forums ■ eVIN CURIOUS TIMING RAISES EYEBROWS ■ The letter, written by Pradeep Haldar, Advisor, Reproductive and Child Health, did not specify why the information is deemed sensitive or how sharing it will undermine the jab programme Curiously, the directive comes amid rising criticism against the Centre for its inability to support states with ample doses | P7 ELECTRONIC VACCINE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK TRACKS VAX STOCK STATUS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 2nd wave shock limited to Q1, recovery tied to vax, says FinMin EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE DISTRESSED SECTORS SEND SOS MESSAGES @ New Delhi THE second Covid wave has somewhat dented the economy but its impact will be confined to the first quarter of this financial year, claimed the monthly economic report released by the Union finance ministry on Wednesday. However, this prognosis will hold true only if the vaccination drive becomes aggressive and all Budget announcements are implemented efficiently the re, port added. In other words, if the inoculation programme drags, it will drastically impact future economic recovery . “The onset of the second wave of Covid-19 since midFebruary 2021 and localised or state-wide restrictions adopted to combat its spread, have posed a probable downside risk to the momentum in India’s economic recovery in the first quarter of 2021-22,” it noted. The report added that with state-level lockdown restrictions, manufacturing and construction activities could experience a softer economic shock in Q1. “To avoid or lower the ferocity of subsequent waves, an accelerated vaccination drive is imperative. Vaccinating to achieve herd immunity (75-80% of population) will boost consumer and producer confidence and reinvigorate the engines of economic growth. For this purpose, challenges pertaining to vaccine supply, vaccine hesitancy, operational aspects to achieve high daily throughput, and widespread reach must be anticipated,” it said. The finance ministry has made a strong pitch to vaccinate 70 crore people with at least a single dose by September to boost confidence among Airport, hospitality firms say they can’t survive without govt help AIRPORT OPERATORS SEEK SUPPORT Drop in air traffic hit revenues 24 to 42: TS High Court judge strength to jump by 75% Aimed at reducing case pendency EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad WITH Chief Justice of India NV Ramana giving the nod for fulfilling the State’s long pending demand, the sanctioned Bench strength of Telangana High Court will go up from 24 to 42. The massive 75 per cent increase will now help in reducing the pendency of cases. The increase in sanctioned Bench strength of Telangana High Court, which is one of the biggest in a long time, will come into effect from June 8, 2021, the date on which Justice Ramana gave his approval. Out of 42 judges, 32 will be permanent judges and 10 will be ad- Aiming to reduce case pendency across the country, especially in high courts, CJI N V Ramana is now pushing to increase their sanctioned strength of judges. In a recent meeting with chief justices of all high courts, the CJI had shared his vision of creating a National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation ditional judges while elevations from Bar to be 28 and from the Judicial Services to be 14. The proposal to increase sanctioned Bench strength, in view of the proportionately higher pendency in the State High Court, has been pending for over two years. The proposal was sent to Union Minister of Law and Justice by the then Struggling to sustain operations Wait gets longer for Covaxin phase 3 data and meet debt obligations Unable to raise funds due to poor cash flows and credit ratings 80-95 million Expected domestic air passengers this year vis-a-vis 140 million in 2019 S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA HOSPITALITY SECTOR WANTS STIMULUS @ New Delhi It has sought a sector-specific stimulus package that includes: Full waiver of interest on loans Extension on moratorium on the principal amount for all loans DBT of basic pay to employees `1.82 lakh crore Hospitality sector’s revenue in FY20. 75% got wiped off in FY21 | P10 people and regain the momentum of economic recovery . “With around 120 days to 31st September 2021, around 93 lakh vaccinations are required per day to achieve the herd immunity. The peak daily vaccination rate attained till date is 42.65 lakh. This peak was achieved using one shift of 8-9 hours of vaccination. So, doubling the shifts and possibly vaccinating 24x7 for a couple of months – particularly in August and September when supply is expected to increase significantly – can enable the a m b i t i o u s, bu t p o s s i bl e, throughput of 1 crore shots a day the report recommended, ,” adding that this is ambitious, but possible. STREET OR A RIVER! Heavy rains lashed many areas under the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation limits on Wednesday morning NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 8 Several colonies were flooded, with water entering some houses, and normal life disrupted for most part of the day | P2 JUNE 9 86,498 92,596 1,82,282 1,62,664 2,123 2,219 US Senate passes $170bn tech bill to counter China Rafael Nadal advances to semis in French Open Twitter to appoint chief compliance officer soon Washington: The United States Senate passed a sweeping industrial policy bill on Tuesday with a 68-32 vote aimed at countering the surging economic threat from rival China, overcoming partisan divisions to support pumping more than $170 billion into research and development. Paris: Rafael Nadal reached a record-extending 14th French Open semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Diego Schwartzman. Nadal, bidding for a 14th Roland Garros title, dropped his first set at the tournament since 2019 — ending a run of 36 consecutive sets won in Paris by the Spanish third seed. New Delhi: Social media giant Twitter is learnt to have written to the government that it is in advanced stages of finalising a chief compliance officer as per the recently notified IT rules and that additional details will be submitted to the government within a week. Sources said the letter was sent to the Ministry of Electronics and IT on June 7 RICH STATE, POOR PEOPLE 80% TS citizens have white ration cards V V B A L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad Currently, 2,79,24,300 people are eligible to get subsidised rice at `1 per kg in the State, which has a population of around 3.5 crore. The government has been giving a subsidy of `28.24 per kg of rice. The total subsidy on PDS rice is `2,088 crore per year. However, sources in the Civil Supplies Department said there could be discrepancies in the system. They said when the newly married members of a family start living separately, they apply for new cards but their names THE wait for published data on the final phase 3 clinical trials of Covaxin is getting longer despite a growing clamour to release it, amid new information that compared to Covishield, it may be triggering lower antibody response to Covid-19. On Wednesday, Bharat Biotech, which has developed Covaxin, with support from ICMR, said the final analysis of its efficacy t rials between NovemberJanuary will be made public , only in July, after it is submitted to the drug regulator and peer reviewed journals with a timeline of about three months for publication. While announcing the JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT June 8 25,58,652 doses June 9 31,31,759 doses TOTAL DOSES: 24,24,79,167 EXPRESS READ IT appears that there is no ration on sanctioning food security cards in the State. Despite Telangana standing in sixth place in the Sustainable Development Goals India Index 2020-21 and performing well in several key sectors, nearly 80 per cent of the State’s people are currently availing white ration card benefits. This indicates that 80 per cent of the population in the rich State of Telangana is poor. The State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to sanction 4,46,169 new ration cards in the next 15 days. So far, 53,55,797 cards have been issued under National Food Security benefitting 1,91,69,619 people , in the State. The State also issued 33,85,779 additional cards benefitting another 87,54,681 people. Chief Justice of Telangana High Court in February, 2019. The same was endorsed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Ministry examined it in detail but kept it in abeyance. The proposal was revived and acted upon at the behest of CJI NV Ramana. On a reference received from the PMO based on a letter from the Chief Minister to Prime Minister, the matter was revisited by the Ministry of Law and Justice. After re-examination, the Ministry in November, 2019 conveyed to the then CJ of Telangana High Court that the preference be given to fillingup vacancies first but the matter remained dormant till Justice Ramana assumed charge as CJI. The CJI, in his letter to the Union Law Ministry, underscored the need for clearance for an increase in sanctioned Bench strength from 24 to 42. The pendency of cases has gone up alarmingly to 2.37 lakh cases, including 2.03 lakh civil and 34,000 criminal cases. are not deleted from the old ones. An official said not all people were taking the rice. “There was an uproar when the government stopped supply of PDS rice to those who did not take for three consecutive months. As a result, and also considering the pandemic situation, the government removed that clause,” he said. The eligibility for a person to get a white ration card is that his or her family’s annual income should be below `2 lakh per year in urban areas and below `1.5 lakh in rural areas. “But most people are inclined to take white ration cards to get health and other benefits, and not just for rice,” a source said, adding that the food security cards in the State are actually being used as health security cards. Cong erosion on as BJP snaps up Jitin Prasada M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE BJP set off alarm bells within the Congress on Wednesday by engineering the crossover of another young leader, former Union minister Jitin Prasada. With this, the party appears to have made it intentions clear of mopping up the remaining young talent within the Congress, a ploy that began with the induction of Jyotiraditya Scindia. A similar exercise in Rajasthan is a work in progress. Union minister for railways Piyush Goyal did the honours for inducting Prasada. Giving a perspective to the latest acquisition, BJP’s meJitin Prasada dia in-charge Anil Baluni recalled that Jitin’s father Jitendra Prasada had once contested against Sonia Gandhi for the Congress’ chief post, suggesting the door was open for leaders of substance who were otherwise rotting in opposition parties. While Prasada lost a couple of Lok Sabha elections ever since the rise of the BJP in UP he had served , as a minister during the UPA tenure. He was a signatory to the letter by 23 Congress leaders who had demanded a full-time Congress president earlier. CONTINUED ON: P8 second interim analysis of its phase 3 trial on April 20, the company had said that “safety and efficacy results from the final analysis will be available in June, and the final report will be submitted to a peer-reviewed publication.” In the April statement, the company had claimed that the vaccine has shown a 78% efficacy against preventing infection while efficacy against severe Covid-19 disease was 100%, with an impact on reduction in hospitalisations — after accruing 127 symptomatic cases. This efficacy was lower by 3% from the one claimed in another statement to the press, issued in early March, based on 87 symptomatic cases. CONTINUED ON P8 HUGE RELIEF State cancels Inter second year exams EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE second year Intermediate examinations in Telangana stand cancelled. The State government took a decision to this effect on Wednesday in the wake of prevailing Covid-19 situation. Revealing the news, Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy said: “The students will now be assessed based on their performance in Inter first year exams. A committee is being constituted to work out the modalities of the marks to be given to the students.” There are about 4.8 lakh students who were scheduled to take the second year exams. The decision received mixed reactions from the students. While most of them have heaved a sigh of relief, some were disheartened as they had burnt midnight oil preparing for the exams. While advising the students to keep checking the official website, tsbie.cgg.gov.in for the latest updates, the TSBIE officials said that the result will be out in the next few weeks. Madhusudan Reddy, president of Telangana State Junior Lecturers Forum, said that considering the current Covid situation, this is the best decision that the government could take, which is welcomed by students and parents as well as teachers. TELANGANA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 8 1,897 2,982 15 JUNE 9 1,813 1,801 17
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