villupuram l Sunday l July 18, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city EDITION first positive case at the Olympic games village Organisers confirmed that a resident tested positive for Covid on Friday. The person has been isolated and situation under control Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu leaving for Tokyo from the New Delhi international airport on Saturday | SAI Support the athletes: Bach urges locals indian contingent leaves for tokyo IOC president Thomas Bach, who is already in Japan, urged the locals to “welcome these athletes here for the competition of their life. I would like once more to ask and to invite the Japanese people, humbly, to welcome and support the athletes from around the world.” The German also said fans could yet attend a few of the competitions if the situation improves ■ ■ The first batch of Indian athletes left for Tokyo from New Delhi late on Saturday. It included both hockey teams. Shooters who reached Saturday from Croatia, will begin training from Monday Rowers, sailors and weightlifter are already in Tokyo and have already started training as they have no quarantine protocols | P11 119 number of indian athletes who will be in action at the games 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 Hints at transition of power after completing 2 yrs; Big announcement likely at legislators’ meet on July 26 No change in leadership ‘for now’: BSY A n u s h a R a v i @ Bengaluru PUTTING on a brave face after his Delhi trip amid reports of his resignation as Karnataka CM, veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa on Saturday said the party asked him to continue ‘for now’. “I have been given the responsibility and I will work unitedly with everybody National leaders have asked . me to continue as CM and strengthen the party For now, there is no confu. sion,” Yediyurappa told reporters. The past 48 hours were actionpacked, keeping the 78-year-old CM, his supporters as well as his baiters on their toes. Even as he denied reports of his quitting, Yediyurappa seems to have resigned his fate to the party’s decision reiterating he was asked to continue as CM “for now”. “Not at all. Not at all. Not at all,” he had said on Saturday morning when reports of his resignation started surfacing. But by evening, his pushback had lost its steam. Earlier in the day , he made back-to-back trips to meet BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Home Minister Amit Shah. “All leaders expressed their desire for BJP to return to power in the State. I assured them we will work together to build the party he said. ,” His stance is in line with the party’s “amicable exit” strategy In May this . year, TNIE had reported on how BJP’s top leadership was looking for a smooth transition of power in Karna- Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa meets Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Saturday taka and Yediyurappa seems to have finally come on board. Sources say Yediyurappa’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the last round of talks before making the shift in leadership official. They suggest Yediyurappa will Stormy Monsoon Session likely amid Oppn bid to corner govt on pandemic, inflation E x p re s s Ne w s Ser v i c e @ New Delhi The Monsoon Session of Parliament, starting Monday, is likely to be a stormy affair with the Opposition seeking to corner the Treasury benches on a host of issues, including inflation, fuel price rise, Covid-19 management, farmer agitation, constitution of the ministry of co-operatives among others. The agenda would be set during Sunday’s all-party meeting called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi to discuss key issues. The Opposition is expected to demand discussions on the handling of Covid-19 situation, rise in price, Urban local body polls in TN likely by Dec: Minister E XP R E SS N E WS S E R VIC E @ Chennai After a decade’s gap, elections to urban local bodies are likely to be held by the year-end, said Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru on Saturday The minister added that . his department has expedited works to conduct the polls, as per directions given by Chief Minister MK Stalin. Speaking after a departmental meeting in Chennai, Nehru said the CM would make an announcement about it in the ensuing Assembly session. He added that there were complaints regarding reservation for women in certain places, and that these would be sorted soon. During the ensuing Budget session of the State Assembly the DMK gov, ernment is expected to make many popular announcements, fulfilling its key electoral promises, and with that strength and the goodwill earned through Covid-related measures, the DMK is likely to face the elections to urban local bodies, too. P4 death of tribal activist Stan Swamy , controversial population control legislation by Uttar Pradesh government and Chief Justice of India’s comment on the sedition law. After the meeting, the leaders of the Opposition parties would get into a huddle to discuss coordination over key issues to be raised on the floor of the House. Rajya Sabha Chair man Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday held a meeting of floor leaders of various parties for coordination and seamless functioning of the Upper House. The floor leaders flagged issues needing detailed discussion during the session ending on August 13. “During the all-party meet on Sunday, we will demand discussion on various issues concerning people. The Opposition leaders will also meet informally for better coordination,” said Communist party of India general secretary D Raja. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has already asked senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, to reach out to other Opposition parties to garner support on common issues. The Congress will push for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal, besides fuel price hike and Covid-19 vaccination delay . geopolitics US pilots new quad with Pak, Afghan & Uzbeks on board P u s h k ar B a n a k ar @ New Delhi Amid escalating tension between Kabul and the Taliban, the US on Friday said it would be part of a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform, comprising Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan, working towards interregional trade and long-term peace in the wartorn nation. However, analysts say the new quad may have far-reaching ramifications for China, Russia and India, forcing them to tailor their diplomacy to suit the emerging geopolitical situations. Russia-based American analyst Andrew Korybko said the bloc gives the view that Pakistan’s version of multi-alignment is more successful than India’s. “It makes the US a stakeholder in Pakistan’s stability which , could lead to the US putting pressure on India not to destabilise it through proxy Islamabad accuses India of do. ing so despite New Delhi’s consistent denial,” he said. Washington could also have kept the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan railway line in mind while agreeing to form the quad to push its interests Manage china relations With the formation of the new block, Russia-based US analyst Andrew Korybko said it was imperative for India to manage its relations with China. “That doesn’t mean that India should move away from the US. It must improve its strategic negotiating leverage to avoid exploitation by the US and be its proxy against China,” he said in the central Asian Republics. A former diplomat said the formation of the ‘new quad’ was done keeping in mind China’s intentions to extend the Belt Road Initiative to Afghanistan. “If China manages to extend the BRI to Afghanistan, it can use Kabul as a strategic point to spread its influence across the world,” he said and added that it could help Russia in attaining its long-cherished goal of spreading its wings in the Indian Ocean region. landmark for tn Rivaldo to be released into the wild soon SV K R ISHN A CH A ITA N YA @ Chennai In a landmark decision, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department has ordered the release of wild tusker, Rivaldo, back into the jungle. For the first time in the State, a wild elephant captured and put inside the kraal for over two months, will be released back into the wild. Chief Wildlife Warden Shekhar Kumar Niraj issued the release order giving Rivaldo his freedom back. Environment Secretary Supriya Sahu confirmed to Express that the decision was taken after weighing all pros and cons. “It was done in the best interest of the elephant and ecology The department is planning for a . Rivaldo, the captive elephant, put inside a kraal for over two months | Express soft release, which means an intermediate location deep inside the jungle, far off from Vazhaithottam village, would be identified where he will be made to acclimatise with local environs. The process may take several days or even months,” she said. Sahu and Niraj are already in Mudumalai drawing a foolproof plan. Both the officials will be visiting the intermediate location on Monday, which sources said is somewhere near Abhayaranyam. The decision was taken after veterinarians and ecologists, tasked to examine the elephant, found that the trunk injury which Rivaldo has been , carrying for nearly a decade now, became a permanent disability and he has learnt to live with it. They concluded that no possible treatment can be given in such cases. P5 step down after completing two years in office citing health reasons and will also help find his replacement. Yediyurappa is also said to have assured of his support in the upcoming elections so the party’s vote share does not take a beating. Party sources also say that Yedyurappa has been assured of his son’s safe future and a Governor’s post if he is willing to take it. Yediyurappa has called for a luncheon meeting of BJP legislators on July 26 when he completes two years in office. Big announcements are expected in the meeting. “There is no dearth of leadership in BJP he said, ,” hinting that while he will continue as chief minister for now, an alternative leader is in the making. Pawar calls on modi NCP chief Sharad Pawar met with PM Narendra Modi at the latter’s residence on Saturday. Pawar raised concerns about the newly-formed Ministry of Cooperation during the meeting on “issues of national interest” . The meeting came ahead of the monsoon session amid reports of strains in Shiv Sena-led alliance in Maharashtra, of which NCP is a constituent | P8 Capt climbs down on Sidhu issue, gets his say in state Cong R i c h a S h ar m a & Har p ree t B a j w a @ New Delhi/Chandigarh Much to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s displeasure, arch rival Navjot Singh Sidhu is expected to be named the new state Congress chief with AICC general secretary and trouble shooter Harish Rawat, after meeting Amarinder on Saturday saying the , chief minister would accept any decision taken by the party high command. However, Amarinder’s ostensible climbdown from Friday, when he wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi and strongly opposed Sidhu’s likely appointment, came only after the chief minister extracted his pound of flesh, according to those privy to the developments. Sources said the party will have two or three working presidents under Sidhu but the CM will have a say in their appointments, given a free hand in a cabinet reshuffle and the government’s running and he will also play a key role in the campaign committees for the assembly elections. The working presidents are likely to be from Malwa, Magha and Doaba regions of the state. Amarinder is also understood to have insisted that he would not meet Sidhu until the Congress MLA publicly apologises for his uncharitable comments on social media against the chief minister and criticism of the state government. Continued on: P8 express read Rains in Chennai, to last till July 20 Chennai: Heavy rains lashed Chennai and its suburbs on Saturday. A whopping 7 cm of rainfall was recorded at the weather station in Nungambakkam, the highest in TN. The regional meteorological centre has forecast more rainfall in the region till July 20. ENS Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 16 38,79,917 doses July 17 46,38,106 doses Total doses 40,44,67,526 NATIONWIDE july 16 july 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths tamil nadu Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 38,949 38,079 40,026 43,916 542 560 july 16 july 17 2,312 2,986 46 2,205 2,802 43 W I T H T HIS ISSUE Guts and Glory PLUS 12 PAGES
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