DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM CADILA’S3-DOSESHOTBASEDONDNAPLATFORM A letter from... I congratulate you for voting to keep India a free democracy First Covid-19 vaccine for children above 12 yrs gets emergency use nod 66% efficacy recorded; needle-free, 2nd dose at 28 days, 3rd at 56 days KAUNAIN SHERIFF M RATAN TATA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 I F I HAD the opportunity of writing to the young Indian citizens in 2047, the year in which India would attain a 100 years of independence, I would say the following: To the young Indian citizens of 2047, I would like to congratulate you as members who have voted to keep India as a freely voting democracy which has peacefully settled border disputes and AN EXPRESS religious controversies. During these years, I would hope that India will have SERIES achieved a meaningful position in the global economic arena with its stable economic policies with the vision of the government in power. Above all, I would hope that you would continue to take your place as part of a nation that will uphold and support a government that will stand for continuing peace and economic stability in the future years. GUJARAT-BASED Zydus Cadila's three-doseCovid-19vaccinewas onFridaygrantedemergencyuse authorisation for use in adults and children above 12 years, makingitpotentiallythefirstvaccine to be administered to the adolescent population in India. With the central drug regulator clearing the vaccine, Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D is set to becomethefirstCovidvaccinecandidate developed on a plasmid DNA platform to be commercially introduced anywhere in the world. The vaccine, jointly developed in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology, had demonstrated a primary efficacy of 66.66 per cent in phase 3 clinical trials. It was the first Covid-19 vaccine in India to be tested in the adolescent population — those in the 12-18-year age group. On Friday, the Indian drug regulator said in a tweet that after evaluating the “interim” phase III clinical trials results in consultationwiththesubjectexpert committee, it has approved ZyCoV-D “for restricted use in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D DEAR INDIA, 2047 Low-cost, no cold ● storage ZyCoV-D is the world's first Covid-19 vaccine built on a DNA platform to be granted emergency use authorisation. Unlike mRNA vaccines, DNAbased vaccines do not require ultra-cold storage systems and are said to be more cost-effective. Zydus also claims that its technology is ideal for tackling Covid-19 as it can be easily adapted to deal with mutations in the virus. THE WRITER IS CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, TATA SONS; CHAIRMAN, TATA TRUSTS Somnath proof that terror ideology does not last: PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAJKOT, AUGUST 20 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Parliament House on Friday. PTI No alternative, need to come together for 2024: Sonia to Opp EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 SPEAKING FOR the first time on the need for Opposition parties to come together ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Sonia GandhitoldtopOppositionleaders Friday that there is “simply no alternative” before them but to work “cohesively together”. At a meeting of 19 Opposition parties, including Congress, Gandhi said all parties have some “compulsions” but it was time to rise above them. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the parties should not focus on identifying a “leader”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K ex-Deputy CM who slammed govt WFI chief slams pvt bodies: land transfer was also illegal occupant THE FALL OF KABUL TO won’t pick their wrestlers ARUN SHARMA TALIBAN TROUBLE FOR DAHIYA, PUNIA WORLD IN AFGHANISTAN, REPORTS OF KILLINGS FUEL FEARS BIDEN PLEDGES TO AMERICANS: WE WILL GET YOU HOME PAGE 12 WHAT IT MEANS FOR INDIA A SERIES THESINSOFEMPIRE By Pratap Bhanu Mehta PAGE8 THETALIBAN WARCHEST By Krishn Kaushik PAGE 11 MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 IN WHAT could turn out to be a tricky scenario for Tokyo Olympics medal-winning wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia as well as other topwrestlerslikeVineshPhogat, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is a BJP MP from UP Sharan Singh has warned players who are associated with private, not-for-profit companies CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAMMU, AUGUST 20 FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and senior BJP leader Kavinder Gupta, who described the transfer of state land under the controversial Roshni Act (now annulled) to private individuals as “land jihad” in the run-up to the District Development Council (DDC) elections last November, Don’t know how, when name was entered: Kavinder Gupta was himself an illegal occupant of state land from 2010 till the beginning of 2017. AccordingtoinformationobtainedfromtheBhalwalTehsildar under an RTI application filed by Advocate Sheikh Shakeel, Kavinder Gupta along with two others—SubashSharmaandShiv Rattan Gupta — jointly occupied Khasra No. 1789 measuring 23 kanaal, 9 marla (8 kanaal = 1 acre or4,047sqm,1marla=270sqft) atvillageGhainkinBhalwaltehsil in Jammu district between 2010 and2016.Khasranumberisaplot number given to a piece of land by the revenue department. Sharma is an independent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CITINGTHEnumberof timesthe Somnathtemplewasraided,and thefactthatithademergedfrom each such event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that “those destructive forces, andtheideologythatestablishes an empire on the foundation of terror”, could not last long. Suchforcesandempires“can becomedominantforsometime in a given era, but can never become permanent. They cannot keep humanity suppressed for long,”Modisaidwhilelayingvirtually the foundation stone of the Parvati temple in Somnath, and inaugurating several projects on the premisesandaround the Somnath temple complex. “This”, he said, “was as true when some tyrannical forces were razing Somnath (temple) as it is today, when the world is apprehensive of such ideologies”. India should seek “to learn from history to correct the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY
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