WARANGAL WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION JOSEPH ROBINETTE BIDEN JR TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING On Day One of his administration today, president-elect Joe Biden plans to reverse Trump’s harsh immigration policy 8-YR PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR IMMIGRANTS On Wednesday, Biden is expected to unveil a sweeping immigration bill to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. The bill offers a 5-year path to temporary legal status to those living in the US without it. Thereafter, it will be a 3-year path to naturalisation. Biden may also end the ban on arrivals from several Muslim countries ■ 20 DON TO MISS EVENT, OBAMA TO ATTEND ■ Biden’s inauguration will take place on the West Front of the US Capitol around 10.30 pm IST. There won’t be crowds as the National Mall and Washington Monument are closed due to security threat Former presidents Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton will attend the event, but Donald Trump will give it a miss INDIAN AMERICANS IN BIDEN ADMIN, 17 IN WHITE HOUSE, 13 ARE WOMEN CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI NEWCOMERS, YET SHOWSTOPPERS SHUBMAN GILL Matches 3, Runs 259 Has taken to Test cricket like duck to water. Those back-foot punches, cuts have already won him quite a few admirers. Scored two valuable fifties and it was his 91 that set the tone for India’s chase MOHAMMED SIRAJ Matches 3, Wickets 13 Find of the tour as far as bowling department goes. Led the attack in the absence of seniors and emerged as India’s highest wicket-taker NAVDEEP SAINI Matches 2, Wickets 4 A tear-away quick, who India will hear a lot in the coming years. Though he didn’t quite make an impact like Siraj, he complimented the attack with crucial breakthroughs WASHINGTON SUNDAR Mat 1, Wickets 4, Runs 84 Be it with the ball or with the bat, he didn’t show any nerves. His 62 in the first innings kept India in the Test and his final assault on Pat Cummins broke Aussie hopes T NATARAJAN Matches 1, Wickets 3 The tour that has made Natarajan a household name beyond Tamil Nadu. Picked as a net bowler, he ended up making debut in all three formats. Here to stay in limited-overs SHARDUL THAKUR Mat 1, Wickets 7, Runs 69 Didn’t make his debut, but it felt like one as his first Test lasted all of 10 deliveries. His 67 in the first innings was priceless. Also chipped in with 4 wickets in the second GABBACADABRA! Unlikely heroes defy odds, help battered and bruised India snatch a magical series victory S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N @ Chennai FOR one last time, as the clock struck 4.30am on Tuesday morning, the broadcaster opened the last day’s preview show with ‘Come See The Wonder Come See The Won, der’. As it was the theme song for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, it was a constant presence during the last month. During breaks, post match, before the toss... On Tuesday, when it filled the dimly-lit houses across the country nobody , would have had an inkling of the wonder that was about to follow. Chasing 328 at the Gabba where an opposition team (West Indies) last won in 1988, nobody gave them a sniff. Yet, in what will go down as one of the greatest fourth-innings chases of all time, India got there with about 18 balls to spare. After two months of multiple hard quarantines, suffering racial abuse, losing men like they were on a battlefield and getting bowled out for 36 among things, they pushed and pulled together as a collective unit for one final dash. It’s why India coach Ravi Shastri called this as one of India’s greatest tours. That it came down to the final day only added to the theatre, with Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant, the embodiment of new India, find- Rishabh Pant (centre) scored an unbeaten 89 to guide India to their second successive Test series win in Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane | AFP ing an unshakeable ally in Cheteshwar Pujara, the charm of old. Even if this team has spoken a lot about intent, the plan on Tuesday wasn’t to actively look for the target or defend. The dressing room message was simple: play normal cricket and see where it takes you. But the above-mentioned three guys did not play ‘normal cricket’. While Pujara copped blow after blow but stood his ground, Gill, free of baggage and fearless in appro ach, took it on. The runs flowed. By now, pretty much the whole country were living their dreams, hour by hour, session by session. One thing that this new team excel at is their tunnel vision. For example, Mohammed Siraj mourned the loss of his father while in quarantine. That he was India’s highest wicket-taker is a reflection of this ethos. They are outspoken, too. Coming from a farming background, Gill’s Instagram stories about the farmers’ protest is bold. Like that pull off Mitchell Starc. Or that drive off Pat Cummins. Siraj, FILLED TO THE BRIM Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who visited the Kaleshwaram project, including Laxmi Barrage, on Tuesday directed officials to draw inspiration from project and complete works on all other major irrigation projects at the earliest I P2 CM K Chandrasekhar Rao speaks to officials at Laxmi Barrage, which is filled to full capacity, in Medigadda on Tuesday TS explores use of drones SC panel to meet for hybrid rice breeding farmers tomorrow A I H I K S U R @ Hyderabad IN what can open the gates for hybrid seed production in Telangana, the State government is looking at drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as a method in aiding paddy pollination. Experts feel that this system will be necessitated in future as human or mechanical intervention might not be preferred on account of increase in labour costs and possible damage if machines are used for aiding pollination. At present, a research is underway at the AgHub, an agriculture innovation hub of the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), in pursuance of the State government’s emphasis on using technology through Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture Innovation (AI4AI). As part of the research, experts at PJATSU and a Hyderabad-based drone company are working with UAVs to facilitate pollination in paddy plants. The windfield produced by drones have a significant impact on distribution of paddy pollen, thus influencing hybrid rice breeding. What researchers are trying to determine now through their experiments is how effective drones will be in facilitating paddy seed production. As of now they have completed the research on the first crop cycle in the two-crop cycle time period they have chosen and the results have been favourable. CONTINUED ON P4 How UAVs help in pollination The windfield produced by the rotor- This research will provide a historical overview of pollination control systems and their use in hybrid crop breeding Prem Kumar Vislawath, co-founder of Marut Dronetech wing UAV has a significant impact on the distribution of rice pollen, which directly influences hybrid rice breeding The system is expected to help in saving an estimated 60 million euros E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court-appointed committee on the new farm laws held its first meeting on Tuesday and said it will meet farmer leaders and other stakeholders on Thursday , a day after talks between the farmers and the Centre. Panel member Anil Ghanwat said both physical and virtual meeting facilities would be available. “The biggest challenge is to convince the agitating farmers to come and speak with us. We will try our level best,” he said. “We will meet all stakeholders, including corporates, to understand their view points. We will reach out to everyone who is concerned about the farm laws,” said a member. The SC had on January 11 stayed the implementation of the new laws and formed a four-member panel comprising Ashok Gulati, Anil Ghanwat, Bhupinder Singh Mann and Pramod Joshi. Shortly thereafter, Mann recused himself after the panel drew flak as all four are known supporters of the three laws. In a different case in the SC, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde remarked that a person will not be disqualified from being a member of a committee merely because he/ she has previously expressed an opinion on the subject matter under consideration. P7 NARENDRA LUTHER Hyderabad’s most respected historian passed away on Tuesday at a private hospital in Hyderabad at the age of 88. Also a bureaucrat and poet, he was an authority on all things Hyderabadi | P3 for his part, called out racist abuse. Another cricketer who is bold is Pant. He is so bold, he doesn’t care what you think of him. A maverick in every sense, he wasn’t even told what to do by the team management. They prefer to leave him alone. The team only realised that he had planned to go after the target when he started looking up at the scoreboard in the final session. Plan is something, execution is another. But he has the conviction and self belief. If that 97 in Sydney was an entree, this unbeaten 89 was the dessert. The clue to his innings lay in his acceleration. Before Pujara’s dismissal, he had scored 34 off 84. After Pujara went, he scored 55 off 54. That’s what he can do. Chasing down lost causes when a draw would have sufficed to keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy . Another sign of this new attitude. Cast your mind back to 2011 when MS Dhoni shook hands and opted for a draw when they needed 86 runs from 15 overs with seven wickets in hand against West Indies. India were leading the series 1-0. This team though? None of that. More than a hour after the celebrations, the broadcaster, for one last time, said goodbye. ‘Come See The Wonder’ started playing. P11 SESSION BY SESSION STEADY START Chasing 328, India's plan for Day 5 was simple. Play the entire day was the message. Though they lost Rohit Sharma early, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship CONSOLIDATING THE POSITION When the post-lunch session began, India still had plenty to do. While Gill cut loose, Pujara did his thing. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins repeatedly tested Pujara, who took blows to his fingers, head, hip, but he stood like a rock. India lost Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in the session BREACHING THE FORTRESS Final session of the Tests are not for faint-hearted. Especially if you have the exuberance of Rishabh Pant. After Pujara’s dismissal, Pant took charge. In the company of Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, Pant handed Australia their first Test match defeat at the Gabba since 1988
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