DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 IMPACT OF INCREASING INTERVAL BETWEEN DOSES TO BE STUDIED Centre looks to finetuning vaccine strategy: studying single-shot effect to mixing doses New vaccine tracking platform to be launched soon to track breakthrough infections, Covishield dosage PRABHA RAGHAVAN & ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MAY 30 THE GOVERNMENT plans to reviewtheimpactof itsdecisionto extend the interval between Covishield doses once it collects data from a newly proposed Covid vaccine tracker platform that it will launch shortly, The Indian Express has learnt. The data, sources said, may also help theGovernmentdecidewhether to approve a single-dose regimen for Covishield. The data from the new platform is expected to be analysed around August, sources said. Covishield,whichisthemain Covid vaccine in use in India, accounts for nearly 90 per cent of the 208.89milliondosesadministered since January 16. India has also been using Bharat Biotech's Covaxin in its vaccination drive whileRussia’s Sputnik V, which had obtained approval for emergency use, is being ad- ministered to fewer people as part of a pilot rollout. “A platform is being established where three sets of administrative data in terms of diagnostic data, vaccine data and the overall disease data are to be harmonised. Based on that, we willlookatvaccineeffectiveness, reinfections and trends as vaccine coverage increases,” Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid working group under the National Technical Advisory CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CAN SUPPLY 10 cr DOSES IN JUNE: SII SERUM INSTITUTE of India has informed the government that it will be able to manufacture and supply 9-10 crore doses of Covishield in June. This was conveyed in a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah by SII’s Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Prakash Kumar Singh, PTI reported on Sunday Tests on mixed vaccines may start in a few weeks PRABHA RAGHAVAN NEW DELHI, MAY 30 INDIA MAY soon begin testing the feasibility of a regimen that mixes two different Covid-19 vaccines to see if it helps boost immune response to the virus. Thetestingmaybecarriedout both using vaccines that are currently available in the country, andthosethatareinthepipeline, The Indian Express has learnt. Workisexpectedtobegin“in a few weeks”, according to Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid19 working group under the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI). Approximately eight vaccines may be mixed and matched as part of the process, Dr Arora said. These include the three vaccines that are currently approved for use in the country, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANN KI BAAT Marking 7 yrs at helm, PM flags Covid fight: 10-fold rise in oxygen stocks, testing surge NEW DELHI, MAY 30 WITH THE NDA Government completing seven years at the helm Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the country's fight against Covid, which he described as “the biggest pandemic in the last hundred years”, thanked “Covid warriors”, and pointed out that India is now producing over 10 times more liquid oxygen than in normal times — from 900 metric tonnes a day to 9,500 metric tonnes. Addressing the 77th episode of Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister also thanked farmers for enabling the Government to procure a record amount of crops. He listed the key initiatives of the Government, including rural electricity connections, infrastructure, financial inclusion, water availability in homes and health insurance. He pointed to a “new confidence of peace and development” from the Northeast to Jammu and Kashmir. “When the second wave came, the demand for oxygen EXPLAINED HOW TOREAD COVID-19DATA BY JOY MERWIN MONTEIRO & AJIT KEMBHAVI PAGE 11 INSIDE S.W. MONSOON TO REACH KERALA ON JUNE 3: IMD PAGE 7 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 30 INDIA HAS sent documents pertaining to the case of Mehul Choksi to Dominica for the consideration of a local court that is hearingahabeascorpuspetition filed on behalf of the fugitive diamond trader, the Prime Ministerof AntiguaandBarbuda said on Sunday. The plea on behalf of Choksi, 62, who is accused in the Rs 13,600 crore Punjab National Bank(PNB)fraud,isscheduledto beheardinopencourtonJune2. Choksi, who was reported missing after he left his home in Antigua and Barbuda on May 23, wasarrestedinDominicaonMay 25eveninglocaltime,forallegedly entering that country illegally. Dominica is an island nation to the south of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said that an aircraft has arrived in Dominica, carrying necessary BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU Employees of the Telangana Road Transport Corporation wait to receive their Covid-19 vaccine, in Hyderabad Sunday. PTI THE IDEAS PAGE GOVT’SBULLET POINTSTO MEDIA MISFIRE BY COOMI KAPOOR PAGE 9 surged all of a sudden...this was a very big challenge...delivering medicaloxygentoremotepartsof the country was indeed a huge task...Manyplantsmanufacturing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt’s Year 8 begins with dented public trust, some doubts within LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MAY 30 MARKING ITS seventh anniversary in power at the Centre, the ruling BJP enters its eighth year grappling with two unprecedented challenges within:one,a dent in public trust in the government during the second Covid wave and, two, the first chipping of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Teflon coat. ThesharplyfallingCovidcurve Slum dwellers waiting for ration at an event organised by BJP in Bhopal Sunday. PTI and the safety net announced for children and a section of the next of kin may have brought some respite but many senior party leaders The Indian Express spoke with underlined the enormity of the challenges ahead. “This is the lowest period for ussincewetookchargein2014,” said a senior leader in charge of key states. The lingering grief of those who lost their loved ones, the ongoing vaccine crisis, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 National Museum not moving out yet, being dressed up for 2023 G20 DIVYA A NEW DELHI, MAY 30 THE NATIONAL Museum, which is supposed to move to a new locationaspartof theCentralVista redevelopment project, is currently undergoing expansion and an extensive makeover, and is likely to remain at its present Mehul Choksi in police custody in Dominica. ANI E What ● next? ANTIGUA HAS urged Dominica to hand Choksi over to India, but Dominica said he may be repatriated to Antigua once his Antigua citizenship is established. January 2 court hearing could offer some clarity. Govt credit scheme for O2 plants, banks to give Covid loans premises on Janpath for at least another “five or six years”, sources told The Indian Express. The upgradation and makeoverprojectisaimedatthe G20 meeting scheduled to take place in New Delhi in 2023, when many heads of state and government, and other dignitaries will visit the capital, officials said. The aim is to turn the museum into the country’s cultural showpiece, the officials added. A new Kashi Gallery is being created as part of the museum's makeover.Theauditoriumwillbe upgraded, and the gallery dedicatedtoCentralAsianAntiquities will be expanded and digitised with the help of IIT-Bombay. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Bust in private equity space imminent… valuation is inflated, even ours. Correction will happen’ NIKHILKAMATH CO-FOUNDER, ZERODHA,AND TRUEBEACON PAGE10 Indian javelin throwers’ hunt for Germany’s success recipe ends, China firm lends a hand PAGE 1 ANCHOR NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, MAY 30 THIS WEEK, Indian javelin throwers’ hunt for a secret sauce of German success finally ended after nearly two-and-a-half years -- thanks to the Chinese. After knocking on several doors across the world, the AthleticsFederationofIndia(AFI) hasfinallymanagedtoimportthe KraftTrainingGerat(KTG),aspecialised strength-training equipment, which is believed to have played a big role in Germany's India going ‘all out’ for June 2 hearing, says Browne; Choksi bruised in photo CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Hails farmers, says ‘new confidence of peace’ from Northeast to Kashmir EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Jet in Dominica with Choksi case papers from India, says Antigua PM E X P L A I NE D MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES The KTG machines at National Institute of Sports, Patiala. AFI domination of javelin throw. Recently, it helped their Tokyo Olympic gold medal favourite Johannes Vetter come up with a series of 90m-plus throws. The German veterans in India's set-up, coach Uwe Hohn and biomechanics expert Dr Klaus Bartonietz, were keen on Olympic-bound javelin throwers Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singhgettingthesamefacilityas the likes of Vetters for the Olympics this summer. Hohn,whoistheonlymanto throw the javelin over 100 metres, trained with the KTG in the early 1980s. And Bartonietz was part of the team that developed the simple but effective device. However, the hunt for “German technology and machines” hit a wall as the KTG manufacturer in Germany, an Allmannsweier-basedconstructioncompany,conveyedtheirinability to send the equipment. “They informed us that they are not producing it commercially and hence are unable to supply it to us. The German company produces this machine only for theirathletes,”theAFI’schief nationalcoachRadhakrishnanNair told The Indian Express. The AFI began a worldwide hunt in early 2019 to locate anothermanufacturer.Finally,acall toChina’sathleticsfederationresulted in a breakthrough. After a series of calls and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE CASES DOWN, BAN ON OXYGEN SUPPLY TO INDUSTRY MAY GO PAGE 6 MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, MAY 30 AS A part of its push to bolster the economy amid the second Covid wave, the Government Sunday expanded the scope of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to providemorerelief tosmallbusinesses, bring the aviation sector under its ambit, and provide a concessional credit facility of up to Rs 2 crore in loans for health facilities to set up oxygen generation plants. The overall size of ECLGS, however, has been kept at Rs 3 lakh crore, out of which about Rs 45,000 crore is left to be sanctioned. Those who have already availed loans under the scheme can get additional assistance of up to 10 per cent of outstanding dues as of February 29, 2020. Simultaneously, public sector banks have announced that they are joining hands to offer CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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