www.freepressjournal.in | twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 I M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 EXPORTS RISE 5.27%, TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS TO $2.91BN Pg 13 GREEN SHOOTS NEED NURTURE FOR REVIVAL ANUBHAV SINHA TAKES A DIG AT AAMIR KHAN Pg 14 Vol. 64 No. 133 | SATURDAY | OCTOBER 3, 2020 | 13 Pages | EDITIONS : Mumbai*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper EDIT Pg 8 320c. 260c. Sunrise: 06:29 am Sunset: 06:25 pm Meditation too can promote a healthy heart, as it helps in controlling negative thoughts Brahma Kumaris Victim’s family virtual VIRUS MEETS ITS MATCH captives in own house President Trump, who is showing mild symptoms, may be a tough nut to crack LALIT K JHA Washington After incessantly mocking the mask and belittling social distancing norms, US President Donald Trump has paid a price for his bravado, scepticism and egotism. Both he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus just 32 days before the November 3 presidential election, throwing his campaign and the world into a whirlpool of uncertainty . Trump's "diagnosis’’ amounts to the most potent health threat to a sitting American president in decades; the obese 74-years-old president falls in the highest risk category and the disease could prove destabilizing in an already fraught political climate, and stock market futures tumbled on news of the infection. Trump persisted with the bravado. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately We will . get through this TOGETHER!" he tweeted. In a statement, Trump's physician said the president and the first lady "are both well at this point of time", and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. "Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering," the physician added. Media reports said Trump is considering addressing the nation to reassure Americans he is well and still leading the country . The New York Times reported that the president has 'minor symptoms' and that he fell asleep on Air Force One on Wednesday night, which is highly unusual for him. The President’s White House aide Hope Hicks had tested positive on Thursday morning, hours after traveling with Trump back from a rally in Minnesota. Joe Biden, Trump's 77-year-old opponent who he debated on Tuesday night, is being tested on Friday morning. He wished Trump and Melania a speedy recovery in a tweet on Friday morning. Vice President Mike Pence - who would take over from Trump in the event he becomes incapacitated - has tested negative as has Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin. CONTD. ON P6 Men in khaki keep them cordoned off with media persons swarming all over the village for sound bites; but section 144 does not prevent a dharna being staged in solidarity with the four accused; a panchayat also speaks up in their favour. What will be the line of treatment? He has thus far mild, cold-like symptom; but Trump is 74, obese and not in the pink of health JOYMALA BAGCHI Hathras FDA has authorised emergency use of only Remdesivir and convalescent plasma for Covid treatment Remdesivir is antiviral and thought to reduce death risk by 30% and works best in mild to moderate cases A cheap steroid not yet approved in the US lowers death risk by nearly 50% but may be harmful for mildly-ill patients Keeping the president's blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation levels may be key to his survival VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, WHO WOULD TAKE OVER FROM TRUMP IF HE IS INCAPACITATED, HAS TESTED NEGATIVE Despite borrowed heart, a 56-yr-old beats back Covid Doctors plan to document it as rarest of rare case study in medical journal SWAPNIL MISHRA / Mumbai The Covid-19 microbe has exacted a macroscopic toll over the last nine months and continues its grim march, but there are also the awe-inspiring 'warriors' who grappled with it despite the odds heavily weighed against them and lived to tell the tale. The latest such story is that of a 56-year-old Kandivli resident, who made a miraculous recovery in just 10 days of hospitalisation, despite suffering from multi-organ failure and having undergone a heart transplant in 2018. Doctors at Global Hospital are calling it a miracle and saying the patient was indeed lucky to have made it. They are planning to document this as a rare case study in a medical journal. Dr Prashant Borade, head of the critical care unit, Global Hospital, said the patient, Mahadev Hari Patel, was diagnosed with chronic heart ailment and had undergone a heart transplant two years ago. Last month, he suddenly became breathless and his son attributed it to post-transplant complications. His family then took him to the nearest nursing home, where he tested Covid19 positive and was found to have developed acute pneumonia. “Hari was brought to the hospital on September 17 and we decided to do a CT scan, which revealed fluid in his lungs, due to which his transplanted heart was affected. His oxygen saturation levels dropped below 60 per cent and we had to put him on ventilator,” Dr Borade said. Hari’s complications did not end there. While being admitted to the hospital, his condition started to deteriorate, as he suffered a stroke and kidney failure. CONTD. ON P6 ONE-LAKH COVID DEATH TALLY, NOW FPJ NEWS SERVICE New Delhi For the record, India now has the dubious distinction of having crossed the threshold of one lakh Covid-19 deaths. As on Friday morning, when the Union Health Ministry put out the figures, the death toll stood at 99,773; during the day the toll was expected to cross the 1-lakh mark as states updated their tally with fresh daily numbers. Maharashtra, the worst-hit state due to coronavirus, alone recorded 15,591 fresh cases of Covid-19 along with 424 new virus-related deaths on Friday . The fresh cases took the state’s caseload to 14,16,513. The death toll has crossed the 1-lakh mark nearly seven months after the country had confirmed its first fatality . The silver lining is that India still continues to maintain its CONTD. ON P6 Police officials are suspended hours after Uma Bharti says party image is dented FPJ NEWS SERVICE Hathras Unnerved by the national outrage over the murderous assault on a 19-year-old Dalit girl, UP government has suspended Hathras superintendent of police, the deputy superintendent of police, a station inspector and two other officials. The action came even as none other than BJP’s firebrand leader Uma Bharti raised questions over the police action in the case, saying it has "dented" the UP government and the party's image. Clearly embarrassed, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath put out a tweet in Hindi, pledging "total destruction" of those who even think of harming the self-respect of women. Anurag claims he was in Sri Lanka A day after filmmaker Anurag Kashyap appeared before Mumbai Police for questioning in connection with the rape and sexual misconduct allegations against him by television actor Payal Ghosh, his lawyer released a statement dubbing the allegations an 'outright lie'. Further, the statement mentions that Kashyap was in Sri Lanka in August 2013, when the complainant claims the alleged incident occurred. Meanwhile, Ghosh's lawyer, Nitin Satpute, has said he will seek a narco test, calling it a strategy by Kashyap. On Friday Kashyap's lawyer Priyanka Khi, mani released a statement saying Ghosh was misusing the criminal justice system and hijacking the #MeToo movement for her ulterior motives. Excerpts from the statement read, "Mr. Kashyap has denied all wrongdoing in the matter and has provided his state- cused who are in police custody , insisting that they were being made scapegoats by political parties; the panchayat also demanded a CBI inquiry into the case. The Hathras victim's father had said in a video earlier on Thursday that his family was pressurised to hold a video conference with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. While seeking a CBI inquiry into the events that led to his daughter's death, the father had also claimed that three of his family members were intimidated by the local administration into signing a statement saying they are satisfied with the probe being conducted Yogi is back on duty as local SP is suspended IN 2013, WHEN PAYAL GHOSH CLAIMS ALLEGED ASSAULT HAPPENED PRIYANKA NAVALKAR Mumbai The village of the 19-year-old Hathras assault victim has been virtually cordoned off with her family members being held ‘hostage’ all day by men in khaki. To add to the Kafkaesque situation, media persons have swooped down on the village like locusts; however, section 144 of the CrPC is sitting on their heads like an incubus, keeping them at bay . On Friday morning, a minor member of the flustered family managed to sneak out, in a desperate bid to connect with the media. Meandering through the fields, he reached the outer limits of the village but while he was closeted with a media person, a policeman appeared from nowhere and the minor fled from the spot. But even as the local administration was trying its best to keep the family cooped in, the incident has stirred caste politics and the Savarn Samaj, unmindful of section 144, staged a dharna not too far from the Boolgarhi village demanding justice for the men accused of brutalising the 19-yearold Dalit girl. A panchayat was also held and ruled in favour of the four ac- ment to the police. The material provided by Mr. Kashyap, in support of his statement, demonstrates that the complaint of Ms. Ghosh is an outright lie. Mr. Kashyap has provided documentary proof of the fact that throughout August, 2013 he was away in Sri Lanka in connection with the shooting of one of his films. Mr. Kashyap has categorically denied that any such alleged incident ever took place and has also denied all allegations levelled against him." Reacting to the statement by Kashyap, Satpute said that the filmmaker was lying and had no substantial proof. "If he had simply given the statement and the 'proofs' that he CONTD. ON P6 But even as the police officials were suspended, the district magistrate, who was caught on camera issuing a veiled threat to family members of the victim, remains unscathed. The SIT, which is probing the incident, had called for suspension of the policemen over allegations of mismanagement. The investi- gators have also asked for a narcoanalysis of all those involved, including the arrested suspects and the family of the victim. OUR KOLKATA CORREPONDENT ADDS: A day after Rahul Gandhi was forced to retreat at Delhi-Noida border, hundreds of miles from Hathras, Trinamool Congress MPs managed to come within shouting distance of the victim’s house. The TMC delegation, which included Rajya Sabha MP Derek Obrien, had travelled in the cover of darkness from Delhi, which is 200 km away . However, they were stopped in their tracks on the periphery of the village. One of the TMC MPs who was stopped said, 'We are peacefully proceeding to Hathras to meet the family and pay our condolences. We were traveling individually and maintaining all protocols. We were not armed either. Why were then we stopped? CONTD. ON P6 Priyam Garg smashed 51 runs in just 26 balls to rescue Sunrisers Hyderabad from a disastrous start against the Chennai Super Kings. by a special investigation team (SIT). Adityanath, whose administration has been criticised over its ham-handed handling of the incident, finally spoke up on Friday and claimed the government was "committed to the safety, security and development of all mothers and sisters". "Those who even think of harming mothers and daughters in UP, their destruction is assured. They will get such punishment that it will set an example for the future. This is our commitment and promise," the Chief Minister tweeted in Hindi. CONTD. ON P6 Pawar: Got an immunity shot, not a vaccine SANJAY JOG / Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, who has been travelling extensively in the state during the pandemic, revealed on Friday that he had visited the Serum Institute of India in Pune twice and received an R triple BCG booster vaccine for increasing his immunity as did , his security personnel and staff. He was at pains to clarify that it was not a corona vaccine, as had been reported in a section of the press. ‘’It is true that my staff and I were vaccinated. It was not a corona vaccine but the R triple BCG booster shot, mainly used to increase immunity said ,’’ Pawar. "I was vaccinated not once but twice. But not what you (the press and media) and people think, it was not the corona vaccine,’’ he explained. Justifying the inoculation, Pawar said, as he travelled frequently and met people, he took the booster shot. The NCP boss and the founder of the Serum Institute of India (SII), Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, are good friends and Pawar is a frequent visitor to the institute, tracking the research and innovation in the manufacture of various vaccines. Pawar’s explanation comes one week after the SII's CEO Adar Poonawalla had tweeted asking if the Centre had Rs 80,000 crore available over the next one year to buy and distribute the Covid vaccine in the country Thereafter, the . Union Health Ministry had said it strongly disagreed with Poonawalla’s statement and that the figure he had calculated was incorrect.