The publishers permit sharing of the e-paper’s pdf on WhatsApp and other social media platforms www.freepressjournal.in | twitter.com/fpjindia REG. NO. MCS/048/2018-20; RNI NO. 1541/1957 I M.P.C.S office Mumbai-400001 WEATHER 340C. 270C. Sunrise: 06:26 am Sunset: 06:45 pm Vol. 64 No. 114 | FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 | 15 Pages | EDITIONS : Mumbai*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper ZOMATO RAISES FUNDS, PLANS IPO IN H1 OF NEXT YEAR Pg 13 EDIT PAUSE IN VACCINE TESTING NO CAUSE FOR WORRY Pg 10 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY If you want to master a subject, you must teach it. SALMAN KHAN’S ‘STAY SAFE’ POST BACKFIRES Pg 20 Master ChoaKok Sui China won’t commit, India won’t submit FPJ NEWS SERVICE Moscow Even the most optimistic experts did not expect a dramatic outcome to trickle out of the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow. The two-and-a-half hour long meeting discussed ways to de-escalate and disengage completely at the LAC. However, the talks got bogged down in the trust deficit with China not inclined to squander its territorial gains. India, in turn, was not ready to give China any latitude in the matter. Even as Jaishankar was meeting his counterpart, reports surfaced that the Indian Army is Fast News EARLY MAY: 6.4 MILLION INFECTIONS The Indian Council of Medical Research has published findings of part two of the nationwide serosurvey to check the transmission of Covid-19. The findings indicate that 0.73 per cent of the adults were exposed to SARS-CoV-2 infection, amounting to 6.4 million infections by early May 2020. The seroprevalence ranged between 0.62 and 1.03 per cent across the four strata of districts from which data was collected. SERUM HALTS VACCINEofTRIAL The Serum Institute India on Thursday paused clinical trials of AstraZeneca-Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country until the British drug maker restarts them. “We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials,” Serum Institute, the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer by volume, said in a brief statement. AstraZeneca said on Tuesday it had paused trials following an unexplained illness in a study participant. Unconfirmed reports said the participant developed neurological problems consistent with a serious and rare inflammatory spinal disorder. 20,000 TESTS DURING IPL More than 20,000 coronavirus tests will be carried out during the virushit Indian Premier League, the Twenty20 tournament's medical partner said on Thursday. The world's richest cricket league, starting on September 19, is being held in United Arab Emirates this year because of the pandemic, and probably with no spectators. Most of the 200 players from the eight teams arrived last month and spent six days in isolation in their hotel rooms. RHEA’S BAIL ORDER TODAY A Sessions Court heard on Thursday Rhea Chakraborty and brother Showik’s bail pleas but will pronounce the orders on Friday. This means that Rhea has to remain in Byculla jail overnight. The actress was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday for allegedly arranging drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput. If found guilty, she faces up to ten years in jail. now also dominating the heights overlooking the Chinese Army positions in the strategic Finger 4 area. The Indian government was hoping to use its dominant position in the heights as a leverage to extract ‘concessions’ from the Chinese. However, the PLA is not ready to fritter away on the negotiation table what it has secured on the ground. The meeting was the last chance the two sides had for resolution of the conflict. But now they face the prospect of skirmishes spiralling out of control and escalating into a military standoff. ‘‘If the meeting fails to reach a positive result, or if the two sides cannot execute the agreement on the ground, this could be a dangerous signal,’’ a report had said in a China-controlled newspaper prior to the meeting. However, defence experts do not expect a full-blown war to break out anytime soon. “It is difficult to predict the trajectory of the face-off, it could be localised or across the region, but we haven't reached the threshold of war. Things can build up into a full-blown conflict, but so far there have been only pinpricks. The Chinese deployment right now is non-tactical,” a top government source told a TV channel on Wednesday . India, of course, has succeeded in calling out the Chinese bluff and sent out an emphatic message that it is prepared for a long-drawn occupation of the heights even after the onset of a Siberian winter in eastern Ladakh. More important, it will not waver from the red lines it has drawn. According to sources, during the meeting, Jaishankar stressed the need to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region, and reiterated that Indian forces had never tried to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control. He also made it clear that it won’t be business as usual unless China makes amends. Earlier, the ministers met at a Russia-India-China lunch. "The Ministers noted that common development and cooperation of the three countries is conducive to promoting global growth, peace and stability Russia said ," after the meet. Silver lining in a dark cloud SWAPNIL MISHRA Mumbai There is some negativity which should positively ease the minds of Mumbaikars consumed with anxiety about being in the midst of a 'second wave', given the increasing number of corona cases each day The silver lining is that . the positivity rate has dipped by almost four per cent from August 25 to September 9. Civic officials have attributed this reduction to increased testing and have scotched speculation of a second wave being responsible for the surge in cases. Positivity rate stands for the percentage of people who test positive for the virus, as against the overall tally of those tested. According to data analysed by The Free Press Journal, based on information from the BMC dashboard, of the total 77,667 tests conducted during August 10-24, 14,529 individuals were diagnosed Covid-positive, while in the last 15 days, 20,580 of the total 1,40,911 people tested positive. “The positivity rate was 18.70 per cent from Even as number of cases rise, 4% decline in Mumbai's positivity rate; no chance of second wave, say civic officials August 10 to August 24 Total testing Positivity rate 77,667 14,529 18.7% August 25 to September 8 Total testing Total cases 1,40,911 August 10 to 24, which has come down to 14.60 per cent in the following fortnight. It means there is no chance of a second wave,” said a health official. Currently Mumbai’s positivity , rate stands at 18.76 per cent. Till September 9, 1,60,744 of the 8,56,454 people who underwent testing were found positive. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said that testing had been ramped up in accordance with a decision taken Family suicide is new Nirav ruse? ADITI KHANNA / London A UK court hearing arguments in the extradition case of Nirav Modi on Thursday heard expert views on the fugitive diamond merchant's personal family history of suicide and his deteriorating mental health in prison, which would only further deteriorate in solitary confinement. Justice Samuel Goozee, presiding over the case at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London, was presented with three defence witnesses on day four of the fiveday hearing, with each giving expert evidence on the 49-year-old jeweller's severe depression, risk from COVID-19 and the lack of adequate facilities at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai where he is to be held on being extradited. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), appearing on behalf of the Indian authorities, argued that the conditions at Barrack 12 in Arthur Road Jail would be better Total cases than those the jeweller is currently faced with in a COVID-19 locked-down Wandsworth Prison cell in London. "Coupled with a severe condition of depression, in my view, he presents a high risk of suicide, though not immediately said Dr Andrew ," Forrester, a forensic psychiatrist who has examined Modi on four occasions between September last year and August this year. Referring to the "suicide of his mother", Dr Forrester stressed that it was a "significant feature" as Modi's mental health condition was on a deterioration trajectory and meets the criteria for hospital treatment in the absence of a multi-professional plan involving CONTD. ON P6 20,580 in the last week of August, resulting in more cases being detected. There are around 9,00010,000 tests being conducted every day since September 1, he informed. “We have increased Covid-19 testing by 50 per cent. Until August 24, we were averaging around 5,500 tests in the city But . now, this number is almost 9,500. On September 8, it touched 12,763, excluding rapid tests,” he said. CONTD. ON P6 Learn to live with the virus: Court HC pushes for advocates to travel on local trains NARSI BENWAL Mumbai Observing that coronavirus was here to live with us, the Bombay High Court on Thursday insisted the Maharashtra government to throw open local trains, at least to those advocates who had to appear before it. The HC said the state must consider allowing advocates (who appear before HC's physical courts) in local trains on a pilot basis. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni said since there are no trains for advocates, the four benches of the HC, which are hearing criminal matters physically, are finding it difficult to cope. CONTD. ON P6 Positivity rate 14.6% 'state control' over TV news NARSI BENWAL Mumbai In what could spell trouble for electronic media, the Bombay High Court on Thursday pushed for "state control over TV news." The court also reiterated that news channels must exercise self-restraint and avoid airing news that could hamper the probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. The court has also ordered the News Broadcasters Standard Authority to initiate action on the complaints filed by "aggrieved viewers" against these news channels for their coverage on Sushant's death. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girlish Kulkarni was surprised to note that there was no control over news media. "We are surprised that there is no state control over the electronic media. The NBSA is a toothless body Thus, we are of . the opinion that there should be a control (on media coverage)," Chief Justice Datta remarked, while issuing notice to the Union Government to respond to a plea highlighting the manner in which the news channels have been reporting various crimes. The bench was dealing with a plea filed by advocate Asim Sarode, who argued that there are many channels that are not enrolled with any news body associations and thus, continue to air or broadcast anything in the garb of free speech. He cited the ongoing media reportage of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The judges were also dealing with similar petitions, including one filed by eight former IPS officers, highlighting the "false" campaign being run by a section of media to malign the image of Mumbai Police. While hearing all the petitions, the bench noted that most news channels had not filed their replies, despite orders from another bench of the HC. CONTD. ON P6 Four Juhu cops held for youth's lockdown death PRIYANKA NAVALKAR / Mumbai A Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested four constables attached to Juhu police station on Wednesday for allegedly as, saulting a Nehru Nagar youth to death in March. The SIT probe found the four policemen guilty of causing the death of 22-year-old Raju Velu Devendra. These Juhu constables had been earlier suspended from duty after they were identified in the Bombay High Court. The SIT team, formed under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police Milind Khetle, found the involvement of four policemen -- Police Naiks Santosh Desai and Anand Gaikwad; Police Constables Digambar Chavan and Ankush Palve -- in assaulting Devendra to death on the intervening night of March 29 and 30. Last month, these four constables were suspended for allegedly beating Devendra to death, apparently after he was caught running on rooftops and roaming around in Nehru Nagar during the lockdown and was suspected to be attempting a robbery While the . previous Deputy Commissioner of Police of the zone had said at the time that Devendra was lynched by the public, the ACP had admitted in the Bombay High Court last month that he had died due to assault in police custody . CONTD. ON P6 TAILPIECE Wildfires wildly sweep across US West coast Dramatic aerial footage shows massive destruction wreaked by wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington which have killed at least seven people including a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother, online media reports said. Ninety major fires across 13 western states have already burned more than 3.4 million acres - the size of Connecticut and are still spreading in high winds amid fears that the T he Bombay High Court has ordered status quo on the demolition of Kangana Ranaut’s office and will hold the next hearing on September 22. After the hearing, the actor visited her Pali Hill office to assess the damage wreaked by the demolition squad. Unfazed, she said since she cannot afford to undertake repairs, she will continue to work from her ravaged office, keeping it intact as a symbol of a woman’s will. Among those Kangana met on Thursday were Union Minister Ramdas Athawale. Reaching out to the actress, he said: "Kangana Ranaut said she is not interested in politics but in ensuring unity in society Nonetheless, if she joins the BJP or the RPI, . we'll welcome her." Meanwhile, commenting on Kangana's claim that her office is in a building owned by him, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, "Even I would love to have a building in my name. (But the person who is saying this) You can't expect that person to speak with responsibility In another development, two complaints have been filed ..." against the actor for allegedly using foul language against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray . HC presses for LAST WORD ANDREW SELSKY & GILLIAN FLACCUS Grants Pass (US) WILL WORK FROM RUINS number of casualties will rise. Photos of the eerie scene, particularly of a San Francisco skyline fit for a dystopian science fiction film, spread quickly on social media. Numerous wildfires burned in Oregon's forested valleys and along the coast. Entire communities have been razed with five towns 'substantially destroyed' and widespread evacuations are taking place under apocalyptic orange skies. Only 'smouldering ruins' remained of large parts of the town of Talent; smoke obscured the sun and ash fell from the sky . ‘‘This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state's history ,’’ Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a press conference. Farther north, flames devoured buildings and huge tracts of land in Washington State, including more than 480,000 acres of forest. Climate scientists blame global warming for extreme wet and dry seasons in the West that have caused grasses and scrub to flourish and then dry out, leaving abundant fuel for fires. Highvelocity winds had added to the blaze. If literal fire skies don't CONTD. ON P6 China nod to nasal spray for Covid-19 K J M VARMA / Beijing: China has approved for trials its first nasal spray vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus that has claimed over 904,000 lives and infected more than 27 million people globally, official media reported on Thursday. The phase I clinical trials are expected to start in November and will be tried out on 100 volunteers. It is the only vaccine of its type approved by China's National Medical Products Administration, the state-run Global Times reported. The vaccine is a collaborative mission between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. Microbiologist from the University of Hong Kong, Yuen Kwok-yung, said the vaccine stimulates the natural infection pathway of respiratory viruses to activate the immune response. Scientists do not expect side effects, except for minor nasal obstruction. It is not yet clear whether immunity generated from nasal spray vaccinations will last longer than from injected vaccines. The nasal spray vaccine uses live attenuated influenza vaccine; the other four technical routes China is using to develop the coronavirus vaccines are inactivated vaccines, adenoviral vector-based vaccines, and DNA and mRNA vaccines.