chennai l monday l june 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l late city EDITION archer deepika warms up for tokyo olympics in style Star archer Deepika Kumari led the show with supreme authority to grab a hat-trick of gold medals as India made a clean sweep at the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Sunday deepika-atanu pair wins 1st gold together india tops medal tally with 4 gold Eyeing their first-ever gold medal together, Deepika and husband Atanu Das, who are India’s best medal hope in archery in the Olympics, bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to down the Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser 5-3. That was the only time India faced some challenge as they displayed fine composure to reign supreme ■ ■ India’s gold rush began with the women’s recurve team of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari notching up a comfortable win over Mexico The women’s recurve team shrugged off the disappointment of missing the Olympics qualification last week FOUR number of individual wc gold medals won by deepika 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 In a first, terror attack by drone on Jammu IAF base Covaxin laggard in vax pool, shows affidavit S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Two bombs dropped on airbase in the wee hours of Sunday; security establishment sees it as major escalation; high alert sounded in J&K F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar In a first terror attack of its kind, two low-intensity improvised explosive devices dropped by drones went off in a highly secure Indian Air Force base in Jammu, about 14 km off the International Border, in the early hours on Sunday . Both blasts in the technical area of the airbase took place within five minutes of each other. While the first explosion around 1.37 am on an administrative building close to a helicopter hangar left a gaping hole on its roof, the second blast took place around 1.42 am in an open area. Two IAF personnel sustained splinter injuries, but no equipment was damaged. The security establishment saw in it as a major escalation of the situation. A high alert has been sounded across the state and security cover at airports and government installations have been strengthened. Shortly after the attack, teams from the IAF, National Bomb Data Centre, forensic experts, J&K police, NIA, NSG and intelligence agencies reached the spot. The NIA is likely to take over the probe. J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh confirmed it was a terror attack. Sources said investigation agencies are trying to ascertain whether the drones had come from across the Interna- tional Border or were they remotely controlled from within Jammu by terrorists. How they managed to fly into the IAF station, where IAF personnel have observation posts, without being detected is a mystery . Sources said security agencies are ascertaining whether the Jaish-e-Mohammad — which carried out the Pathankote airbase attack — was behind the pre-dawn bombing or was Lashkar-e-Toiba involved in it. It is also being ascertained whether the target was an aircraft hangar or were the bombs intentionally dropped away from aircraft to send a message that there is no such thing as a safe installation any longer. Special forces arrive at Jammu Air Force Station on Sunday after the twin blasts | PTI drone delivery of arms by pak troops Since last year, Pakistani troops have been using drones to airdrop arms and ammunition for the militants along the International Border and Line of Control in J&K. In June last year, BSF jawans shot down a drone in Kathua district and recovered a US-made M-4 carbine rifle, two magazines, 60 rounds and seven Chinese grenades from the damaged drone. The weapons were meant for Jaish commander Ali Bhai Whatever the reason, the safety of the IAF station has been breached for the first time in over three decades of militancy in J&K. “The drone at- Grievance officer quits, Twitter names replacement | P7 On a mission to help village girls graduate OMJA S VIN M D @ Chennai Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan with Chief Minister N Rangasamy and other ministers who were sworn in on Sunday | Express One-and-a-half months on, Puducherry gets a Cabinet D e b j a n i D u t ta @ Puducherry For the first time in history, the BJP on Sunday entered the citadels of power in Puducherry, with the swearing in of five ministers — two from the BJP and three from the AINRC — of the NDA government led by N Rangasamy. They were sworn in after a delay of oneand-a-half months due to parleys between the parties. A Namassivayam (BJP), K Lakshminarayanan (AINRC), C Djeacoumar (AINRC), Chandira Priyanga (AINRC) and AK Saravanan Kumar (BJP) were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Lt Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan at a simple function outside the gates of the Raj Nivas. Chief Minister Rangasamy, Speaker Embalam R Selvam, Chief Secretary Ashwani Kumar and DGP Ranveer Singh were among those present. MLAs of the AINRC, BJP, Independent MLAs, and opposition Congress MLA Ramesh Parambath from Mahe were also present, as were TN BJP chief L Murugan and Puducherry BJP chief V Sami- nathan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted conveying his wishes to the ministers. While this is Namassivayam’s fourth stint, Lakshminararayanan has become a minister for the second time, and Djeacoumar for the third time. Chandira Priyanga, elected from Nedungadu (SC) constituency in Karaikal region, and AK Saravanan Kumar, elected from Ossudu (SC), are ministers for the first time. Namassivayam, the former PWD minister in the Congress government led by V Narayanasamy shifted to the BJP just be, fore the elections. He also switched from Villianur constituency and won the election from Mannadipet constituency . He is likely to be the home minister. Lakshminarayanan, a fivetime MLA and former education, revenue and tourism minister (2001 -2005), also switched over from the Congress just before the elections. An advocate, he had been the parliamentary secretary to the CM in the previous Congress-DMK government. Continued on: P4 “In this village, girls aren’t allowed to pursue education. But I want to change that and make more people like me graduate,” says Roja (32), from Thirukandalam, a remote village in Tiruvallur district. The homemaker teaches about 50 underprivileged kids in the locality how to use computers, among other things, every day . She’s the first woman graduate from the village. “I got married young, but my husband was supportive. So I finished my MA in Tamil and B.Ed too,” she says. Roja initially conducted tuition at home, but eventually an NGO , named Anbagam invited her to use its premises and facilities, including a computer, tablets, and internet connectivity She now conducts tui. tion twice a day . Roja says more than 100 students used to come for digital classes daily before the pandemic, but now only about 50 show up. She uses YouTube to teach subjects, such as science, math, and language. “I also teach typing, and teach them to dance by watching YouTube videos,” she says, adding that she also shows the children how to browse the Internet. P3 express read Jewellery and textile shops allowed to reopen in 23 districts from today Chennai: Jewellery & textile shops in Ariyalur, Dindigul, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Kallakuruchi, Kanyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ranipet, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Tenkasi, Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Tiruppattur, Theni, Thoothukudi, Vellore, Viluppuram, Tiruchirappalli and Virudhunagar districts can open from 9 am to 7 pm with 50% of customers and without AC from Monday, the government has said WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 of city express policing FaceBook Bengal BJP workers can’t ‘like’ what they like P r a n a b m o n d a l @ Kolkata If you are a member of the West Bengal BJP and have contacts with fellow politicians across party lines, your loyalty henceforth will be suspect. For, the party’s disciplinary action committee has just decreed that no BJP worker can have a party foe in his or her Facebook friends list. Also, ‘liking’ anti-BJP social media post is a strict no-no. A showcause notice will be slapped if you dare to violate the fiat. The bizarre diktat comes as the party is at its wit’s end, try- ing to stem indiscipline in its ranks, with a section of leaders pouring out their anguish at the BJP’s poor performance in the recent Assembly elections on social media. “Not just district functionaries, some state-level leaders, too, expressed displeasure with the party’s central leadership and held it responsible for the electoral loss through their social media accounts, especially Facebook,” said a senior BJP leader in Kolkata. The disciplinary action committee’s latest fiat left party workers astounded. “The dik- tat asking functionaries to remove anti-BJP people from their friends’ list is astounding. We have many friends whose political affiliation is different,’’ said an unhappy BJP leader. “The committee warned that other than serving show-cause notice, strict action could be taken against those who defy discipline, he shared. A three-member disciplinary action committee was set up on June 8 to control growing discontent within the party. It is headed by Lok Sabha member Subhas Sarkar. IT cell to keep watch According to party sources, the job of keeping an eye on functionaries will fall on the shoulders of West Bengal BJP’s IT unit. It will pick out party workers randomly and peer through their Facebook profiles for signs of disloyalty tack is a new security challenge for the security agencies. It is a very serious issue and will need serious response,” a security official said. P7 NATIONWIDE june 26 june 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 48,698 50,040 64,818 57,944 1,183 1,258 tamil nadu june 26 june 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 5,415 7,661 148 5,127 7,159 91 Jab-o-meter Take your shot June 26 58,10,378 doses June 27 64.25 lakh doses Total doses 32,17,60,077 In sharp contrast to the claims of Bharat Biotech on ramping up Covaxin’s production, only about 2.8 crore of its doses had been made available for the ongoing vaccination drive till June 12. This information was part of the 380-page affidavit the Union health and family welfare ministry filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday . Of the over 32 crore vaccine doses administered so far, the share of Covishield, produced by Serum Institute of India, is more than 90%. The latest revelation on Covaxin’s low availability indicates the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker has been able to supply only about 50 lakh doses per month so far even though it has been claiming that it is constantly scaling up its manufacturing capacity and had reached 2 crore per month capacity in May . The Centre issued purchase orders for 8 crore Covaxin doses till July this year in three instalments but the company after supplying the initial order of 1 crore doses over 2 months, was yet to supply 18,36,840 doses of the 2-crore order placed for March-May as on June 12. , Despite the massive delays, the Centre went ahead and paid an advance amount for 5 crore Covaxin doses between May and July, the affidavit shows. Further, on June 4, the government paid the firm 30% of the total costs for 27 crore doses of Covaxin, at the rate of `150 per dose, for supplies between August and December. The ministry in April had said that Bharat Biotech will produce 2 crore doses a month by May-June and 6-7 crore in July-August, though its capacCovishield dose gap cut for students going abroad The Centre also told the SC that it has relaxed the 12-16 weeks time interval for the second dose of Covishield for athletes bound for Olympics, students undertaking foreign travel for education and persons working abroad ity that month was 1 crore. A request to Bharat Biotech seeking its response on the slow supplies of Covaxin, has remained unanswered so far. Meanwhile, the affidavit, scaled down the projected August-December availability of vaccines to 1.35 billion doses from 2.16 billion. It includes 50 crore doses of Covishield and 30 crore doses of Biological E’s candidate, which is yet to complete phase 3 trial.
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