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No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI PUNE ) " (+ ( ") )$& ' )$' ( & ( ! %" $ '' * " 'Delta variant 8 times less sensitive to vaccine antibodies' The Delta variant of coronavirus is eight times less sensitive to antibodies generated by vaccines as compared to the original strain that came from The study, which was conducted on more than 100 healthcare workers (HCWs) at three centres in India including Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) here, found that the B.1.617.2 Delta variant not only dominates vaccine-breakthrough infections with higher respiratory viral loads compared to non-Delta MARY TOKYO OLY FLAG-BEARER /6/,;+=/. ,9A/; ! !+;B 97 +8. 7/8 < 29-5/B =/+7 <53::/; !+8:;//= &3812 @366 ,/ 06+1 ,/+;/;< += 9:/8381 -/;/798B 90 '95B9 #6B7:3-< #8/ 90 8.3+ < ,311/<= 29:/< @;/<=6/; +4;+81 $>83+ @366 ,/ 06+1 ,/+;/; += =2/ -69<381 8+ -/;/798B 98 >1><= 03;<= 8.3+ @366 2+?/ =@9 06+1 ,/+;/;< 98/ 7+6/ +8. 98/ 0/7+6/ =9 /8<>;/ 1/8./; :+;3=B '2/ '95B9 +7/< +;/ <-2/.>6/. =9 9:/8 98 8.3+8 +8. 9?/; >6B +=26/=/< @9>6. ,/ 1>88381 09; :9.3>7 0383<2/< PRANAB SON IN TMC; SAD? +=/ $;/<3./8= $;+8+, !>52/;4// < <98 ,2343= !>52/;4// @29 3< + 09;7/; 981;/<< !$ 0;97 */<= /81+6 4938/. =2/ ';38+7996 981;/<< 98 !98.+B '2/ 09;7/; 981;/<< !$ 0;97 +813:>; @+< 38 =+65< @3=2 =2/ '! 6/+./;<23: 09; =2/ :+<= 0/@ @//5< !97/8=< +0=/; =2/ 09;7/; 981;/<< !$ @+< 38.>-=/. 38=9 =2/ '! 23< <3<=/; &2+;73<2=2+ !>52/;4// =995 =9 '@3==/; +8. @;9=/ & PMLA CASE:SHAKTI BHOG CMD HELD 98 '2/ !98.+B <+3. 3= 2+< +;;/<=/. /@+6 ;3<2+8 >7+; ! 90 /623 ,+8./;381 -+ 6385/. =9 +8 +66/1/. 7>6=3 -;9;/ ,+85 69+8 0;+>. MYSTERY SHROUDS WOMAN'S DEATH B/+; 96. @97+8 0;97 >8+ .3<=;3-= .3/. >8./; <><:3-39>< -3;->7<=+8-/< +0=/; 1/==381 =2/ -98. .9 90 =2/ ?+--38/ 98 #) !98.+B 9003-3+6< <+3. /-/+12= =9 =2/ ?+--38+=398 -/8=/; ,B +8 +81+8@+.3 @9;5/; +8. + 8>; +.7383<=/;/. =2/ -98. .9 90 =2/ ?+--38/ +7 += DRI ARRESTS 3 WITH 5 KG GOLD '2/ % 2+< 3C/. 51 90 <7>116/. 196. ./<=38/. 09; 29:+6 0;97 + &() -97381 0;97 !>7,+3 98 8.9;/ ,B:+<< 8/+; !+8163B+ 98 &>8.+B +8. +;;/<=/. =2;// :/;<98< '2/ 196. 3< @9;=2 %< -;9;/ '2/ /<=37+=/. @9;=2 90 =2/ -; 8 3C/. 196. 3< %< &() 38 @23-2 =2/ 196. 2+. ,//8 23../8 @+< +6<9 3C/. 5•NEW CASES IN CITY < 7+8B +< 8/@ -+< @/;/ ./=/-=/. <+7:6/< 9>= 90 =/<=/. 98 !98.+B %+=/ 90 :9<3=3?/ :+=3/8=< @+< '9=+6 ;/-9;./. += 8>7,/; 90 :9<3=3?/ :+=3/8=< "9 ./+=2 ;/+-2/. @+< ;/:9;=/. =9.+B --9;.381 =9 =2/ ! # ,>66/=38 ;/:9;=< 90 =9=+6 <+7:6/< ;/-/3?/. =366 !98.+B < 7+8B +< @+< <+7:6/< @/;/ =/<=/. 8/1+=3?/ 98 !98.+B < :+=3/8=< +;/ 7+8B +< 1/==381 =;/+=7/8= 38 =2/ -3=B :+=3/8=< 2+?/ '9=+6 ,//8 .3<-2+;1/. <9 0+; 38-6>.381 =2/ .3<-2+;1/. 98 !98.+B infections (Ct value of 16.5 versus 19) but also generates greater transmission among the fully vaccinated HCWs. , The collaborative study "Sars-Cov-2 B.1.617.2 Delta Variant Emergence and Vaccine Breakthrough: Collaborative Study", from India with scientists from Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease is yet to be peer-reviewed. It revealed that in vitro, the Delta variant is approximately eightfold less sensitive to vaccine-elicited antibodies compared to Wuhan-1. "Across all scenarios considered, our results suggest the Delta variant is both more transmissible and better able to evade prior immunity elicited by the previous infection compared to previously circulating line- ages," the findings of the study read. Dr Chand Wattal, chairperson of the Institute of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, SGRH, said, "From this study, it appears that we have miles to go before we sleep in case of COVID-19 pandemics. These mutations are bound to happen if we lower our guard and allow ourselves to fall prey to this virus, ." giving it an opportunity to multiply "This is a straight eye-opener to the fully vaccinated people that you cannot lower guard in the name of vaccination. The virus is on the prowl, still looking . for its prey This mutant has come back with enhanced spike proteins for attachment to the lung epithelial cells which have provided it with a much higher capacity to infect many more people than the Wuhan strain," he said. These combined epidemiological and in vitro data indicate that the dominance of the Delta variant in India has been most likely driven by a combination of evasion of neutralising antibodies in previously infected individuals and increased virus infectivity resulting in the second wave, the study said. ‘Misbehaviour’ with presiding officer India to make CoWIN available to all countries as 'digital public good': Modi ! " " Pandemonium marked the two-day monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legisla. ture on Monday Twelve legislators of BJP were suspended for a year for abusing and manhandling Presiding Officer Bhaskar Jadhav and also for their irresponsible behaviour in the Speaker’s chamber. The 12 suspended members are: Sanjay Kute, Ashish Shelar, Abhimanyu Pawar, Girish Atul Mahajan, Bhatkhalkar, Parag Alavani, Harish Pimpale, Yogesh Sagar, Jay Kumar Rawat, Narayan Kuche, Ram Satpute and Bunty Bhangdia. '2/ <><:/8./. ! < 7/= 9?/;89; 2+1+= &3812 9<2B+;3 += %+4 2+?+8 38 =2/ /?/8381 +8. <9>12= 23< 38=/;?/8=398 +8. -97:6+38/. +1+38<= =2/ !) 19?/;87/8= 09; D=;+7:6381 >:98 ./79-;+-BE &/839; 6/13<6+=9; <23<2 &2/6+; <>,73==/. + 7/79;+8.>7 <+B381 =2/ +66/1+=398< 90 73<,/2+?39>; @3=2 =2/ :;/<3.381 9003-/; @/;/ D@;981E Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday offered CoWIN, India's technological platform spearheading its COVID-19 vaccination drive, as a "digital public good" to the world, asserting that it has been committed to sharing its expertise and resources with the global community in combating the pandemic. Addressing the CoWIN Global Conclave via video conference, he said the platform is being made open source so that it is available to all countries. He said vaccination is the best hope for humanity to emerge from the pandemic successfully and noted that India decided to adopt a completely digital approach for the exercise. FINALLY, FREE; Twitter losing immunity BAIL PENDING for non-compliance with ! Father Stan Swamy, the 84-year-old Jesuit priest and arguably the oldest Indian to be booked on terror charges for his alleged role in the Bhima-Koregaon violence at Pune, died at around 1.30 pm on Monday at the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra. Dr Ian D’Souza from Holy Family appeared before the bench of Justices SS Shinde and N J Jamadar and informed that the ailing priest had died. "Swamy was a known case of COVID-19, with lung complication, also a case of Parkinson's, and a possible combination of the two led to septicemia," Dr D'Souza ! said, adding, "He was shifted to the ICU on Saturday after a cardiac arrest." The bench exshock pressed while it was scheduled to hear his bail plea and has asked the authorities to place on record the papers. medical The bench said, "We are shocked to hear this. We have no words to express our condolences." Swamy was admitted in Holy Family in May this year after he complained of deteriorating "steadily health." The rights' activist had pressed for interim bail and said he might die anytime soon and had accordingly expressed his desire to die among "his people" in Ranchi. IT Rules: Centre to HC The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that Twitter has failed to comply with the IT Rules, 2021 as on July 1, on four counts: Chief compliance officer not being appointed; the position of the resident grievance officer is vacant; the position of the nodal contact person (even on an interim basis) is vacant; and the physical contact address, which was shown to be there on May 29, is not available on Twitter's website. In a short affidavit, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said: "IT Rules, 2021 are the law of the land and Respondent No. 2 (Twitter) is mandatorily required to comply with the same. Any non-compliance amounts to breach of the provisions of the IT Rules, thereby leading to Respondent No. 2 losing its immunity conferred under Section 79(1) of the IT Act, 2000." The affidavit filed through N. Samaya Balan, a scientist in the Cyber Law Group with the Ministry of Electronics , and Information Technology said that the immunity conferred on intermediaries under Section 79(1) is a conditional immunity subject to the intermediary satisfying the conditions under Sections 79(2) and 79(3). "As provided in Rule 7, failure to observe the IT Rules, 2021 results in provisions of Section 79(1) of the IT Act, 2000 not being applicable to such an intermedi," ary added the affidavit. SC refuses to entertain PIL against Cong Toolkit The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a plea seeking a NIA probe into the alleged Congress "Toolkit", and also suspension of registration of the Congress party if charges against the party of indulging in anti-national acts and playing with the lives of people were found true. A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah queried the petitioner, advocate Shashank Disappointed at outcome of all-party meet on J-K: PAGD Shekhar Jha, how could a petition under Article 32 be entertained by the court against political propaganda? Justice Chandrachud said: "If you don't like the toolkit, ignore it". Jha submitted before the bench that there was a propaganda to use the term "Indian variant" for the coronavirus mutant and cited that Singapore had taken objection to use of terms like "Singapore variant". Singapore had banned everything, said Jha. The bench replied, "But, India is , a democracy you know", and queried Jha how could courts control the forms of political propaganda. Justice Shah said that the court cannot is- sue directions under Article 32. Justice Chandrachud said: "Mr Jha, please withdraw this. You may pursue your remedies under appropriate law". The bench noted that precious time of the Supreme Court was being taken up by 'frivolous petitions'. "All of these petitions take precious time of the Supreme Court", said the bench. Justice Shah added that a criminal investigation is already pending in the 'Toolkit' matter. The bench noted that directions could not be issued under Article 32 as a general, umbrella petition could not be maintained under the same. CISCE reduces X, XII syllabus NEW DELHI: The CBSE on Monday announced a special assessment scheme for class 10 and 12 board exams for next year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, splitting the academic session into two terms. The board has also announced plans to rationalise the syllabus for 202122 academic session and to make the internal assessment and project work more "credible" and "valid". As per an official order by Joseph Emmanuel, Director (Academic), CBSE, the term one exams will be held in No2021 vember-December, while the second term exams will be conducted in March-April, 2022. "The syllabus for the academic session 2021-22 will be divided '2/ 9>8-36 09; =2/ 8.3+8 &-2996 /;=303-+=/ 2+< A+738+=398< & ;/.>-/. =2/ < 90 6+<< +8. 6+<< 09; =2/ /A+7< 98<3./;381 =2/ <=;>116/ =9 -9:/ @3=2 =2/ .3<;>:=398 38 /.>-+=398+6 +-=3?3=3/< ,;9>12= +,9>= .>/ =9 /A=/8./. 69-5.9@8< 38 =2/ =2/ ,9+;. -9>8=;B & @23-2 -98.>-=< =2/ & 6+<< =2 6+<< =2 +8. & +88>+6 /A+7< 2+< ;/.>-/. =2/ +1/< 09; & /A+7< +8. & into two terms by following a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of concepts and topics by the Subject Experts," he said. "The Board will conduct examinations at the end of each term on the basis of the bifurcated syllabus. CM says no to school fee hike ! After a verbal spat between parents and the school education minister Inder Singh Parmar on overcharging of fees by private schools, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said that school fee will not be raised in the state. The government has decided that only tuition fees will be charged by the schools and no other fee will be taken from the parents, said the CM during a meeting of crisis man. agement committees on Monday Chouhan further said that the schools will not be opened till corona 'third wave' concludes or the possibilities of the 'third wave' are nullified. Chouhan also instructed collectors that they should ensure that no school overcharge fees. If a school is found violating these instructions, action should be taken against the school. Parents across the state had been turning vocal against fee hike by the private schools. Even the MP High Court had given a ruling that the schools can charge only tuition fee and no other charges should be added in it till the pandemic ends. Despite that complaints against private schools were increasing as the schools started overcharging fees despite the institutes remaining closed. Classes are being held only through online mode. Never mind Covid, anything for cooler climes Fleeing from the pre-monsoon dry heat, the denizens of the land of five rivers and adjacent states can only take refuge in the hills, to mop up the sweat on their brow, as the adage goes. What had held them back thus far – at least until the first Covid wave lasted -were fears of being struck by the lethal virus. But feeling charged up with vac- cines and smug in the belief that they carry antibodies, the loosening of the curbs has seen floodgates open into Himachal Pradesh. So far so good, but what began as a trickle has turned into a swarm with bumper to bumper traffic on roads leading to Shimla And Manali. With hotels running out of beds – almost a replay of the distress witnessed in Delhi’s Covid designated hospitals – tourists prefer tossing and turning all night in their large SUVs. Most hotels are operating at nearly 90 per cent occupancy at weekend and tourists are perforce scouring for ‘spots’ in the countryside. More worrisome is the stampede in postage-stamp sized hill stations like Man- ali, where shops and eateries are chock-a-block. Tourists have few places to hang around and jostle for a toehold on the Mall as they eat and shop for trinkets on the trot. The scramble for cooler climes in apparent breach of Covid-19 protocols has The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Monday expressed disappointment over the outcome of the recent all-party meeting on J-K chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying there was lack of substantial confidence building measures like release of political and other prisoners. Alliance spokesperson and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami said the confidence building measures (CBMs) would have initiated the muchneeded process of reaching out to the people of J-K “who are the biggest stakeholders and sufferers of the J-K problem”. All the members of the PAGD expressed their disappointed at the outcome of the Delhi meeting especially at the absence of any CBMs such as releasing political and other prisoners from jails and lack of concrete steps to end the alleged "atmosphere of suppression" that has "choked" J-K since 2019, the spokesperson said in a statement. come on the heels of alarming predictions of a third phase of the coronavirus outbreak. A report by SBI Research says that the third wave may hit India next month in August. "Going by the current data, India could experience cases around 10,000 in the second week of July . However, the cases could start rising by the second fortnight of August," the SBI report adds. Shimla hotel and restau- rant association president Sanjay Sood sais withdrawal of condition of negative RTPCR report and e-Covid pass to enter the state had given a boost to footfall. Shimla, of course, has its own peculiar problems: Water demand is at an all-time high and some localities are going without any water. An added attraction in the Manali circuit is Rohtang Tunnel which can now be negotiated in record time to land on the ‘other side’. 3-yr-old girl raped; accused arrested GUNA: A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 20year-old man in a village in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district, a police official said on . Monday The accused was arrested by the police a few hours after the crime, they said. The incident occurred on the intervening night of Sun, day and Monday said Guna SP Rajiv Kumar Mishra. He said the three-year-old victim was sleeping with her grandparents in the verandah of her house.