BHUBANESWAR l monday l february 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l JEYPORE EDITION ashwin spins web R Ashwin’s five wickets helped India skittle out England for 134. With an overall lead of 249 with 9 wickets in hand, hosts are on top tail fail India’s tail could not lend support to wicketkeeperbatsman Rishabh Pant. After starting the day at 300 for 6, the hosts managed just 29 more runs. Pant ended with 58 not out sound start The England innings had a disastrous start. India pacer Ishant Sharma struck, trapping Rory Burns leg before wicket with the visitors yet to open their account root uprooted This is the first time in 2021 England skipper Joe Root could not hit a century in first innings of a Test. In his last three Tests before this match, he scored 228, 186 (vs SL) & 218 (vs India) lead role With nine wickets in hand, Kohli and Co would be hoping to take a substantial lead on the third day. With two days to play out, England players are staring at the inevitable Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin celebrate a wicket against England on the second day of the second Test in Chennai on Sunday | BCCI | P11 ashwin now second behind Kumble ■ ■ The wily off-spinner once again showed his craftsmanship when he finished with a five-wicket haul, 29th of his career With this, he becomes the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests played in India behind Anil Kumble, who has 350. He surpassed Harbhajan Singh’s 265 wickets when he got the wicket of Ben Stokes 249 india’s lead going into the third day with nine wickets in hand 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 Centre with TN, says Modi after Schools, colleges to be closed today, an L8,000-crore infra blitzkrieg BJD demands rollback of cess on fuel Odisha bandh It’s projects galore... from Metro extension to renovation of centuries-old canal The State government on Sunday announced closure of schools, colleges and other educational institutions in response to the six-hour Odisha bandh call given by the Congress on February 15 to protest fuel price hike and other issues. Public transport including OSRTC and private buses and Mo Bus service will also remain suspended. However, government offices will remain open. Even as the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) called upon the people of the State to make the T M U R U GA N A N DHA M @ Chennai THE message was clear, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation for new projects worth a massive `8,126 crore on Sunday in Chennai — the Centre has kept its word on delivering development in TN. The top projects launched by the PM are, the inauguration of the Chennai Metro extension from Washermanpet to Wimco Nagar, beginning of works on the fourth railway line from Chennai Beach to Attipattu, and laying of foundation to renovate the Grand Anicut. In his 40-minute speech, the Prime Minister touched upon several issues that have political relevance, and are likely to be debated during the elections. He pointed out that the Centre had facilitated the renaming of Devendra Kula Vellalar subsects, saying, “Their name, Devendra, rhymes with my own, Narendra.” He said the decision was more than a mere name-change. “It was about justice, dignity and opportunity .” Modi then said the Centre was doing everything for the welfare of both Sri Lankan Tamils express read Remains of ancient human settlement unearthed Bhubaneswar: A team of archaeologists of Utkal University’s Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology department has claimed to have found remains of an early human settlement at Siula village under Pipili block of Puri | P2 FASTags a must from today New Delhi: The government on Sunday said it has made FASTags mandatory from February 15 midnight and any vehicle not fitted with it will be charged double the toll at electronic toll plazas across the country. The Ministry of Road said all lanes in the plazas on National Highways shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of the fee plaza’ | P8 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Dy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at a function in Chennai on Sunday | p jawahar and Tamil Nadu fishermen. While thanking the PM for accepting his invitation, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami appealed for Central funds to renovate the Grand Anicut. He said that the Grand Anicut, built by King Karikala Chozhan, stands tall even after many centuries, showcasing the engineering skills of Tamils. Earlier, while speaking about the Anicut, Modi quoted Tamil savant Avvaiyar and said the structure was an example of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. At the end of the event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Modi held the hands of Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam, and raised them high to thunderous applause and cheers. Party sources claimed the gesture was a clear-cut message — the BJP’s alliance with the “current leadership” of the AIADMK is infallible and strong. Their name, Devendra, rhymes with my own, Narendra. It was more than a namechange. It was about justice, dignity and opportunity PM on renaming of Devendra Kula Vellalar sub-sects Greta’s B’luru buddy Disha Ravi in Delhi Police custody E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @New Delhi Climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested in Bengaluru on Saturday, was remanded in five-day police custody by a Delhi court on Sunday. She was picked up from her Bengaluru residence by a special cybercrime cell of the Delhi Police, who had filed an FIR on February 4 against unknown persons for sharing a toolkit on farmer protests in Delhi on social media sites, aimed at spreading ‘disaffection against the government of India’. Disha is the first to be arrested in the case. She has been booked on the charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting hatred among groups under Sections 124A, 120A and 153 A of the IPC. Disha (22) is accused of ‘editing, sharing and spreading’ the toolkit — a Google document that was shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg — on farmers protest. The Delhi Police had sought seven days custody of Disha, contending that they needed to probe a larger conspiracy against the government of India and ascertain her alleged links with “pro-Khalistani” movements. Duty Magistrate Dev Saroha, however, allowed only five days of custody . During the hearing, Disha broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited just two lines of the document and her only aim was to support the farmers’ protest. The police said that Disha, along with several others, edited the toolkit on February 3. Last week, the Delhi Police had approached Google, seeking registration details and activity logs of accounts through which the toolkit was created and uploaded to social media platforms. The toolkit mentions two email IDs, one Instagram account and one URL, whose details the police have sought from respective platforms. CONTINUED ON: P5 @ Bhawanipatna/Bhubaneswar The Wildlife Wing of the Forest department has mounted a massive exercise to contain the killing spree of hemorrhagic septicemia which has claimed six elephants in two weeks in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary of Kalahandi district. Faced with the first and single-biggest elephant die-off in the wild in the State, the Wildlife Wing moved teams to segregate other herds in the neighbouring forest pockets. It employed drones in two forest beats of Karlapat range to keep a watch on the jumbos while generating visuals from camera traps for better surveillance. Acting Chief Wildlife Warden Shashi Paul too rushed to Kalahandi to monitor the situation on ground on Sunday . There are two herds of about eight to nine members in the range but their location is divided by a road. Forest staff is trying to keep the unimpacted group away from the one which is hit by the bacterial disease caused by Pasteurella Multocida. All the six dead elephants are female. “Since female elephants band together in a herd, they seem to have been hit by the bacterial disease. Our first effort is to contain the spread while keeping a close watch on water bodies which may have been infected,” Paul told TNIE. A team from Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) and another from Directorate of Veterinary Services are on their way. “We are also seeking advice from senior veterinary expert from Assam KK Sharma in this regard,” the Chief Wildlife Warden said. Efforts are also on to bury some of the small water bodies while disinfecting the bigger ones which may have hosted the bacteria. Centre for Wildlife Health (CWH) coordinator and Head of Department of Preventive Medicine at OUAT Dr Niranjan Sahu who visited the sanctuary for an on-spot review of the situation said the bacterial disease is not new and is re por ted throughout the year from different parts of the county How. ever, this is for the first time that Odisha has reported such a single event. CONTINUED ON: P5 bandh a success, the ruling BJD signalling its tacit support to the cause hit out at the Centre demanding immediate withdrawal of agriculture infrastructure development cess of `2.5 per litre of petrol and `4 per litre of diesel. The cess imposed in the 2021-22 Union budget has led to further hike in fuel prices, the party stated. “Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had assured that imposition of the new cess on petrol and diesel will not be passed on to the consumers, but fuel prices have increased seven times during the last two weeks,” BJD general secretary and deputy chairperson of State Planning Board Sanjay Dasburma told mediapersons at Jaraka in Jajpur district. Dasburma said a cess is generally imposed when there is an emergency situation in the country. He asked the Centre what emergency situation led to imposition of the cess which has resulted in aggravating misery of the common people. The unprecedented hike in fuel prices has resulted in rise in prices of all essential commodities, CONTINUED ON: P5 he added. 6 bodies found in Tapovan tunnel, 155 still missing Family explores legal option A day after Delhi Police arrested Disha Ravi, her mother said they have consulted legal experts. “We have taken our lawyer’s opinion to proceed with a legal battle, and it is too early to react to the incident,” Disha’s mother said Jumbo die-off triggers massive exercise by Forest dept to contain bacteria spread E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar All the six elephants that died are female. Since female elephants band together in a herd, they seem to have been hit by the bacterial disease. Our first effort is to contain the spread Sashi Paul, Chief Wildlife Warden V i nee t U pa d h yay @ Dehradun A week after efforts began to rescue 37 workers trapped in the Tapovan tunnel of a hydropower project following flash floods, the bodies of six of them were retrieved after clearing sludge up to 180 metres inside. The alternative parallelly pursued to bore into the floor of the tunnel to reach a silt filtration tunnel below in the hope that the workers were perhaps stuck there, has now been abandoned, as bodies are being retrieved from the main tunnel itself. Garhwal division commissioner Ravinath Raman said, “13 bodies were recovered today — seven in Raini village and six from the Tapovan tunnel.” The toll has now gone up to 51 and 155 others are missing. Meanwhile, the Central Water Commission is conducting simulation studies on a new lake in the upper reaches of the Rishiganga, 8 km upstream from Raini village, and exploring the possibility of a controlled blast to drain it. No CAA in Assam, Rahul promises The Congress has upped the ante ahead of Assam elections. Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the party will not allow the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), if it comes to power in the state | P8
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