Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu leaving for Tokyo from the New Delhi international airport on Saturday | SAI Kollam 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 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 An 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 Union 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 State govt’s number game divides UDF on minority scholarship issue E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram As confusion prevailed within the Opposition UDF over the minority scholarship issue, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday clarified that there wouldn’t be any decrease in the number and amount of scholarship entitled for minority communities as per the existing pattern. Replying to queries on the new formula to provide scholarships based on the High Court order, Pinarayi said there was no room for any anxiety regarding the availability of WITH THIS ISSUE Guts and Glory PLUS 12 PAGES scholarships. “The HC ordered to view all minorities alike and directed to fix the ratio of distribution as per the population. We have done that based on the 2011 census and ensured that existing scholarships will not be affected in number and amount,” he said. While revising the formula to include all Christian denominations, Buddhists and Jains along with Muslim, Latin Catholic and converted Christian communities under the scheme, the government approved an additional allocation of `6.2 crore to the scheme so that the existing number of Muslim scholar- Pandemic, inflation may heat up Monsoon Session E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi tree felling row Dept recommends suspension of forest conservator E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram The forest department has recommended to the Chief Secretary to suspend IFS officer N T Sajan, conservator of forests (Social Forestry), Northern Range, in connection with the Muttil tree felling controversy . The report from forest secretary says the official had tried to mislead the investigation. It also states that there were attempts within the forest department to frame Meppadi forest range officer M K Sameer who unearthed the irregularities behind the illegal felling of trees at Muttil in Wayanad. Chief Secretary V P Joy is learnt to have handed over the recommendation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. However, the chief minister, in the media briefing on Saturday, said he was not aware of the ● More on P4 development. ships could be continued. The new formula prompted Opposition leader V D Satheesan to welcome the government’s move initially. However, he had to clarify his stand later in the day, after Muslim League leader E T Muhammed Basheer criticised his stand. “This formula is acceptable to all and that is why the Opposition leader welcomed it,” said Pinarayi. Though the Muslim League is upset with the new formula, the Kerala Congress faction led by PJ Joseph is happy with the decision and the Congress is now caught in the middle of two major UDF constit● More on P4 uents. 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, death of tribal activist Stan Swamy controversial population con, trol 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 Chairman 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 gar ner 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 . Pawar calls on modi NCP chief Sharad Pawar met with PM Narendra Modi at the latter’s residence on Saturday. Pawar raised concerns about new Ministry of Cooperation during the meeting on “issues of national interest”. The meeting came amid reports of strains in Shiv Sena-led alliance in Maharashtra | P8 US pilots new quad with Pak, Afghan & Uzbeks P u s h k a r B a n a k a r @ 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. 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 Russia-based American analyst Andrew Korybko said the bloc gives the view that Pakistan’s version of multialignment 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 doing so despite New Delhi’s denial,” he said. US could also have kept the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan railway line in mind while agreeing to form the quad to push its interests in the central Asian Republics. 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. EXPRESS READ HC concern over rising dowry torture cases Kochi: Expressing concern over the rise in the number of dowry torture cases, the Kerala High Court has observed that the attack towards married women demanding dowry is making their matrimonial homes the most ‘dangerous’ places to live. Though so many cases are being registered against husbands and in-laws there is no change in the attitude of society towards married women and family members, the court stated. P5 Shops in triple lockdown areas to open tomorrow E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram Even as the Covid test positivity rate (TPR) continues to remain above 10% in the state, the government has decided to allow shops in areas under triple lockdown to open under certain restrictions on Monday, on account of Bakrid. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take stock of the state’s Covid situation. The meeting also decided to provide more relaxations in the restrictions imposed in local bodies under ‘A’ and ‘B’ categories (with TPR less than 5% and 10%, respectively). Shops selling and repairing electronic and household appliances will be allowed to function from 7am to 8pm in such areas from Mondays to Fridays. On special days, up to 40 people will be allowed in places of worship. “Beauty parlours and barber shops will also be allowed to function in A and B category local bodies, with staff who have taken at least one dose of Covid vaccine. On the lines of permission given earlier for serial shooting, film shooting will also be permitted under strict curbs in such areas,” the CM said. Hostels of engineering and polytechnic college students will be reopened on account ● More on P4 of semester exams. NATIONWIDE july 16 july 17 Fresh cases 38,949 38,079 Recoveries 40,026 43,916 Deaths 542 560 stateWIDE july 16 july 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 13,750 16,148 10,697 13,197 130 114 More relaxations in A, B category local bodies (TPR below 5 and 10% respectively) Shops selling and repairing electronic and household appliances to function from 7am to 8pm from Mondays to Fridays Maximum of 40 people allowed in places of worship on special days Beauty parlours and barber shops allowed to function, with staff who have taken at least one dose of vaccine Film shootings permitted under strict restrictions 10,000 devotees allowed in Sabarimala The ceiling on the number of pilgrims allowed to visit Sabarimala temple using the virtual queue system has been raised to 10,000 a day. Earlier, 5,000 piligrims were allowed entry into the hill shrine on a single day. Jab-o-meter Take July 16 38,79,917 doses your July 17 46,38,106 doses shot Total doses: 40,44,67,526
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