DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 6 WKS AFTER PM MEETINGS SPUTNIK V 100 days and GDP shrink: Govt works on a fresh stimulus Russia shares data on vaccine with India, one option is Phase 3 trials here NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 6 EVEN AS Lancet published the results of Phase-1 and Phase-2 clinical trial data of the Sputnik V vaccine — cleared by Moscow regulators for public use — the Russian research institute has nowsubmitted“comprehensive data” on the vaccine’s safety and efficacytoIndianauthorities,The Indian Express has learnt. Senior officials saidIndiahad sought this from the Moscowbased Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. The vaccine candidate triggered a “strong” immune response in Phases 1 & 2 of the clinical trials on76people. “Wearenowdeeplyengaged withRussiaonthevaccinefront,” asourcesaid.Thisengagementis being coordinated here by Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, and, in Russia, by Indian Ambassador D B Venkatesh Varma. Asthis“comprehensivedata” is evaluated by experts in India, one option, sources said, is to have a separate Phase 3 clinical trial after necessary approvals from regulators here. In fact, according to the official Sputnik V website,runbysovereignwealth fund Russian Direct Investment Fund, Russia plans to conduct Phase 3 clinical trials in many countries,includingSaudiArabia, UAE, Brazil, and the Philippines. Theproductionof thevaccine CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 COVID COUNT: INDIA OVERTAKES BRAZIL PAGE 8 Non-salaried middle class, small trade target; talks on timing, quantum AANCHAL MAGAZINE & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 6 THE TVIRUS Rhea Chakraborty at the office of the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai on Sunday. She was questioned in the drugs case linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Her brother was arrested in the case September 4. Express REPORT,PAGE3 Monsoon Session from today: Two MLAs, 37 govt staffers test positive VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 6 Coaches being sanitised a day ahead of the stage-wise resumption of services of the Delhi Metro, at Khyber Pass yard in New Delhi Sunday. Praveen Khanna AT LEAST two MLAs and 37 governmentstafferswhoweretoattendtheMonsoonSessionof the Maharashtra legislature from Monday have tested positive for Covid-19. Sources said that while around 2,200 people, including legislators and government officials, have been tested since Saturday,thereportsof someare yet to come in. Maharashtra’s legislators are set to converge at the Vidhan Preparations being made for the session. File BhavaninMumbaiforatwo-day MonsoonSession–thefirstsince the pandemic – amid strict safety measures place by the Legislative Secretariat. At crucial time for foreign policy, Jaishankar is guest at e-Adda today ` 90 per kilo ` 118 per kilo S Jaishankar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 6 AT A time when the Covid-19 pandemic has spotlighted increasing uncertainties in international relations, and many parts of the world have begun to ` 145 per kilo ` 62 per Dozen look inward rather than out, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be the guest at the Express E-Adda on Monday. India faces a range of complex foreign policy challenges right now, and the Minister is at the centre of efforts to resolve CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MAHARASHTRA AAMBY VALLEY IN SAHARA PROBE ‘DAWOOD’S MAN’ THREATENS TO BLOW UP MATOSHREE PAGE 4 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Under scanner: Over Rs 62,000 cr depositors’ cash in loss-making firm KHUSHBOO NARAYAN & SUSHANT KULKARNI MUMBAI, PUNE, SEPTEMBER 6 AAMBY VALLEY Ltd, the company whichisunder the scanner of thegovernmentforgettinginvestments of Rs 62,643 crore from deposits collected by four Sahara cooperative societies allegedlyinviolationof norms,has been making losses for at least the past five years, its consolidated accounts show. In 2018-19, the last year for which financial numbers are available, Aamby Valley Ltd made a consolidated loss of Rs 994 crore compared to a loss of Rs 1,133 crore a year earlier. Its total income came down to Rs 958 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 1,530 crore a year ago. The firm not only operates theAambyValleyhillcitylocated amidst the lush Sahyadri mountain ranges near Lonavala in Maharashtra but also owns properties in India and abroad through 12 Indian subsidiaries CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPERT EXPLAINS Neelkanth Mishra From The Indian Express panel of specialists, exclusive insight HOW TO READ GDP DATA The contraction seen in first-quarter GDP data is severe, but not unexpected. What should be done – or not done – at the level of government policy so that the economy gets a chance to rebound? EXPLAINED PAGE 9 In Maharashtra, homegrown apps thrive as education moves online LOCKDOWN LESSONS CHANGING CLASSROOMS AN EXPRESS SERIES ABHA GORADIA & MAYURA JANWALKAR MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 6 WITH EDUCATION across schools, colleges and coaching classes moving to virtual plat- Suvajit Dey formsamidthecoronaviruspandemic, homegrown mobile apps, many created by young tech entrepreneurs in Maharashtra, have found an opportunity in adversity. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March, founders of Pune-based NGO Vowels of the People Association decided to create a free website (ssc.vopa.in)forClassXstudents, especially those studying in Marathi and semi-English medium schools. Teachers of Beed Zilla Parishad were trained to create qualitativecontent,subject-wise andchapter-wise,inasimple-touse format that could be viewed CONTINUEDONPAGE2 “The number of those infected may increase further as some MLAs have tested themselves at their district headquarters and the reports are yet to be compiled,” said an official, adding that the final figure of how many have been infected would be known on Monday. Assembly Speaker Nana Patole had tested positive on Friday. Sources said that in Patole's absence, Deputy Speaker Narhari Zhirwal is expected to chair the proceedings in the Vidhan Sabha. The Business Advisory CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ‘I have not got GST since March... If Centre doesn’t have money, how are we to get it?’ AMARINDER SINGH CHIEF MINISTER, PUNJAB PAGE 11 AFTER MORE THAN 100 days since Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an economicpackage,sixweeksaftera series of meetings at the highest level underlined the need for a stimulus and official estimates indicating the worst-ever first quarter GDP contraction of 23.9 per cent, the government has finallyidentifiedthe“non-salaried middle class and small businesses”asthetargetaudiencefor a second round of stimulus. In mid-May, Sitharaman had announced five tranches of the AtmaNirbhar package, adding up to an economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore. Much of it was liquidity support, with extra fiscal outgo by the Central government just a little over 1 per cent of GDP. While April-June GDP wasexpectedtoshrink,thereare clear signals the second quarter, too, will contract, with July and August not showing any promise of big recovery. With a more clearer picture now available, the government seems to have zeroed in on who needsfinancialsupportthemost E E X P L A I NE D KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Will itbe late and ● little? IN ELABORATE presentations to the PM six weeks ago, NITI Aayog, the PM’s Economic Advisory Council and the Chief Economic Advisor’s office in the Ministry of Finance, made two important points: one, the economy needs a fiscal boost, and two, the financial system needs support. The government has zeroed in on the target audience but is still working out the timing and the quantum. butisstilldebatingitstimingand mode of delivery. “This round of fiscal stimulus will be more for the group which is not completelypoorandnotrich.Thisinbetween, the non-salaried middle class, it is the most affected. The timing of the rollout is crucial in getting the maximum benefit,”aseniorgovernmentofficial told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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