WARANGAL MONDAY MARCH 15, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION BHAVANI 1ST INDIAN FENCER TO QUALIFY FOR OLYMPICS Bhavani Devi took up the sport as a means to escape from the grind of studies. The Chennai woman qualiﬁes on her rankings IMPROVES WORLD RANKING, GOES TO TOKYO The 27-year-old sabre fencer secured a spot in the World Cup in Hungary after the hosts lost in the quarterfinals of the team event to South Korea. With South Korea qualifying as a team, two individual spots opened up for the Asia and Oceania regions based on World Rankings through which Bhavani managed to make it. She currently holds the 45th rank ■ 45th HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION ■ ■ She reached round of 16 at Fencing World Championships in 2019, her best effort so far, where she virtually sealed her spot Not pursuing a well-known sport, she struggled with her finances early on. Tamil Nadu govt, GoSport and family supported her She is trained by Italian coach Nicola Zanotti WORLD RANKING SHE OCCUPIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ASIA SLOT 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 GRADUATE MLC POLLS RECORD JAW-DROPPING TURNOUT 64.7% voter turnout registered in Warangal seat, 59.96% in Hyd A debate is raging in political circles on which party will benefit Voting peaceful barring stray incidents of clashes at poll booths BANDI ACCUSES TRS OF BUYING VOTERS BJP State president Bandi Sanjay Kumar exuded confidence that his party will win both the MLC seats. He said the ruling TRS has distributed crores to influence voters only to get the second or third place. He alleged that pink party leaders have even offered inducements to voters in front of an SP in the erstwhile Warangal district. “TRS leaders observed jagaram (sleepless night) on Saturday night as they were distributing the inducements, ranging from food, kit bags, gift packs, and money. The TRS has reserved some more money for the Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll,” the saffron party leader said, claiming that all the reports are in favour of their party Constable Kavitha from the Bibinagar police station looks after a baby while her mother casts her vote in the Graduate MLC elections, at a polling station in ZPHS Bibinagar on Sunday | P3 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad TAKING everyone by surprise, the polling percentage went up steeply in both the constituencies of the Telangana Legislative Council towards the end of voting on Sunday . Wa r a n g a l - N a l g o n d a Khammam recorded a whopping 64.7 per cent, while Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar registered 59.96 per cent polling. In the last election held in 2015, the two constituencies recorded a poll percentage of 39 and 54, respectively. This has set off a debate in political circles as to which party would benefit from this steep rise. Meanwhile, the voting was not without its usual dose of violence, though minor in nature. The TRS and BJP workers clashed at Nellikudur mandal in Mahabubabad district following reports that the pink party cadre was allegedly distributing money to voters. On learning about the alleged violation of poll rules, BJP MLC candidate G Premender Reddy rushed to the spot and in the melee, the leader and his supporters were injured. Police prevented the clash from turning into a pitched battle, while Premender Reddy and others were rushed to the Khammam Hospital. Later, the BJP leaders staged a protest on the road, demanding that action be taken against the TRS leaders. Workers of the two parties also clashed at polling station no. 145 in Narayanpet town, where the BJP accused the TRS of distributing money among voters. The saffron party alleged that the ruling party distributed `3,000-`5,000 P3 to each voter. A 69-year-old man is helped into a polling booth to cast his vote at Ameerpet in Hyderabad on Sunday | VANI BUDDHAVARAPU INSIDE LONG QUEUES AT POLLING BOOTHS IRRITATE VOTERS I P2 PAWAN KALYAN DECLARES SUPPORT FOR TRS’ VANI DEVI I P3 OPPOSITION BUOYED BY HIGH POLLING PERCENTAGE I P4 YSRC WIPES OUT TDP IN AP CIVIC BODY POLLS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada Walk in the park IT was YSRC all the way! In an encore of its 2019 general elections performance, the party swept the elections to urban local bodies from Srikakulam to Anantapur — from North Andhra to Rayalaseema — putting paid to any hopes the opposition TDP may have had of regaining some lost ground. The YSRC emerged victorious in 11 out of 11 municipal corporations and 73 out of 75 municipalities. The results of the Eluru municipal corporation have been put on hold on the directions of the high court following a petition on alleged discrepancies in voters’ list. The TDP managed to win just two municipalities — Tadipatri in Anantapur district and Mydukuru in Ka- YSRC had a walk in the park in its strongholds in Rayalaseema, Nellore and Prakasam, but consolidated its gains in TDP bastions — Guntur and Krishna SECOND WAVE OF COVID INTENSIFIES IN TS; 228 CASES REPORTED IN HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY SPIKE | P4 EXPRESS READ 18 protesters killed in turmoil-torn Myanmar At least 18 protesters were killed in Myanmar on Sunday in one of the most violent crackdowns by security forces against dissent since last month’s military coup, news agency AFP reported. In Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township, police and soldiers faced off against protesters wielding sticks and knives as they hid behind barricades, fleeing after forces opened fire | P9 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YSRCP workers celebrate at the party’s office in Tadepalli | PRASANT MADUGULA dapa district — that too with slender margins and with bleak chances of winning the chairperson posts in both. The BJP-Jana Sena Party combine grabbed a few seats but interestingly it was actor Pawan Kalyan’s , JSP that fared better than its part- ner. The results come as a vindication of sorts for Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, particularly for his three-capital formula and his agenda of welfare schemes. He dubbed the results as the people’s P5 victory . Selling govt banks would be a colossal mistake, warns Rajan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LENDING indirect support to the two-day strike called by a section of public-sector bank employees over the Centre’s plan to privatise two PSU banks, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on Sunday said the government’s move would be utterly foolish. “I think it would be a colossal mistake to sell the banks to industrial houses,” Rajan said in an interview to news agency PTI. According to Rajan, currently a Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, it will also not be politically feasible to sell any decent-sized bank to foreign banks. He feels some Indian private banks may be in a position to ac- quire inefficient PSU banks and turn them around, too. But the question is whether they have the appetite, he said. According to bank unions, over 10 lakh employees will take part in the strike on Monday and Tuesday . The protest could cripple branch operations such as deposits and withdrawal at branches, cheque clearance and loan approvals. Most PSU banks, including SBI, have alerted customers about possible disruption in operations. ATM and internet banking services are unlikely to be hit. Some Indian pvt banks may be in a position to acquire inefficient PSU banks and turn them around. But the question is whether they have the appetite Raghuram Rajan, former RBI governor West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a rally to mark Nandigram Diwas, in Kolkata on Sunday | PTI I have faced a lot of attacks in my life but I have never surrendered before anyone. I will never bow my head. An injured tiger gets more dangerous.... My pain is not greater than the suffering of people as democracy is being trampled through dictatorship Mamata Banerjee EC rules out attack angle, suspends police officers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi REJECTING claims that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was attacked in Nandigram, the Election Commission on Sunday attributed the injury she sustained on her left foot on Wednesday to an accident. Nevertheless, the EC placed under suspension a few senior officers for lapses in the CM’s security, and appointed former DGP Intelligence Punjab Anil Kumar Sharma as a special police observer for the state. The poll panel ordered the suspension of Vivek Sahay, Director Security of the CM’s protection team. “The charges must be framed against him within a week for grossly failing in discharge of his primary duty as Director Security to protect the Z+ protectee,” the EC said. It also suspended Pravin Prakash, superintendent of police of Purba Medinipur for failing to provide adequate bandobast at Nandigram. The district magistrate and district election officer of Purba Medinipur, too, was axed. The decisions were based on the report of the chief secretary and the joint report by special general observer Ajay Nayak and special police observer Vivek Dube. BJP BAZOOKAS IN FRAY FROM SOUTH BENGAL P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata The BJP is deploying heavy artillary to wrest south Bengal from the Trinamool Congress, if one were to go by the list of candidates for 63 seats in the third and fourth phases of the eight-phase West Bengal Assembly polls. For, it has fielded four BJP members of Parliament, four defectors and an equal number of actors, trying to whip up enthusiasm and possibly create a wave for the big fight. The party has already made deep inroads in north Bengal during the Lok Sabha polls. While Union minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo will contest from Tollygunge in Kolkata, Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta will enter the fray from Tarakeshwar. Dasgupta’s name is already doing the rounds as a possible chief ministerial candidate. Tarakeshwar is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site in Hooghly district and his candidature is significant in the backdrop of the BJP’s Hindutva rhetoric. Fielding Supriyo in Tollygunge is being seen as a smart move as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while announcing her party’s candidate list, had hinted she might contest from there besides Nandigram. Former minister in Mamata’s cabinet Rajib Banerjee has been fielded from his own constituency Domjur in Howrah and Trinamool defector Rabindranath Bhattacharya from Singur. Bhattacharya joined the BJP two days after Mamata denied him a ticket. But angry BJP supporters in Singur reportedly locked up visiting Madhya Pradesh health minister Prabhuram Chaudhary in a party office, demanding Bhattacharya’s axing from the list.
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