NATIONWIDE july 17 july 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 38,079 41,157 43,916 42,004 560 518 tamil nadu Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths july 17 july 18 2,205 2,802 43 2,079 2,743 29 chennai l Monday l july 19, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l LATE CITY EDITION At least 30 killed as heavy rains pummel Mumbai Landslides triggered by downpour claimed the lives of 30, besides hammering the civic infra in Mumbai on Sunday Cloud top twice the height of mt. everest whopping 200 mm rainfall in six hours Seventeen died when a wall overlooking an illegal tenement collapsed in suburban Mahul. Images from a doppler radar showed a cloud top height of 18 km, twice the size of Mt Everest and comparable to the one that wreaked havoc in the city in 2005. All major reservoirs were spilling over, while waterlogged streets raised health concerns amid the pandemic ■ ■ 200 mm rainfall was recorded over a six-hour window, prodding the IMD to issue a red alert. The rain fury reminded Mumbaikars of the the 24-hour rainfall figure of 944 mm on July 26, 2005 43 pumps were operating continuously to discharge rainwater into the sea and have so far pumped out 442 crore litre water 137.6 mm Rainfall in 48 hrs in chennai; this is the wettest july in 200 years 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 PM’s jt address plan to LS, RS on Covid opposed Oppn against it, wants debate on the floor of the House; slew of issues to be taken up E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With the Opposition flagging a slew of issues it wants to discuss during the monsoon session of Parliament that will begin on Monday, including the farm laws and price rise, especially those of petrol and diesel, at an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured that the Centre is ready for a healthy discussion on all matters. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told the Opposition that Modi will jointly address members of both Houses on Tuesday on the pandemic situation at Parliament annexe. Health experts will be present during the address, Joshi said, but the Opposition demanded a full discussion on the floor of the House, adding the current proposal was another way of bypassing parliamentary norms. Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien was caustic: “MPs do not want fancy PowerPoint presentations on Covid-19 from the PM or this government in some conference Sidhu elevation is now official E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit despite stiff opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sonia also appointed four working presidents. However, contrary to the assurance given to Amarinder o n S a t u r d ay that he will have a say in the selection, none of the four — S S Gilzian, S S Danny, Pawan Goel and K S Nagra — was from his camp. Amarinder had also said Sidhu must publicly apologise for foulmouthing his government before an in-person meeting with him. There is no word yet on if and when Sidhu would issue the apology . P7 WI T H T HI S I S S UE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) 4 OF CITY EXPRESS room.” He also said the regular presence of the PM in the House was important. “What is the need to go outside Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House,” he added. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say it can do so on , the floor of the House. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded a discussion on the security situation with China while NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Afghan situation after withdrawal of US troops must be discussed. Many members demanded that the MPLAD funds be restored. More than 40 members from 33 parties attended all-party meeting and suggested subjects that ought to be discussed. Addressing the meet, Modi said the suggestions of all are valuable and the government will make note of them, Joshi said. The monsoon session will begin on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. Elderly couple killed, bodies dumped in underground sump Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (centre) with her parents E X P R E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Chennai Prasanta Maz u mdar @ Guwahati An elderly couple were found dead in an underground water sump in their house with their throats slit, in Chengalpattu district around midnight on Saturday. The police were surprised to find that the room they were killed in was washed with turmeric to remove the odour of the blood. The motive behind the crime is not yet known, and no suspects have been caught. The deceased were identified as Samson Dinakaran (63), a retired staff of CMWSSB, and his ‘Turmeric second wife, Janet (52). Dinaka- cover-up ran’s first wife Alia (53), son Im- attempted’ manuel (28) and daughter Benita (30) live in Guduvanchery, The police said the police said. Samson and the suspects Janet had been married for sprinkled more than a decade, and lived turmeric and in Kolapakkam, near Vandalur, washed the the police said, adding that they floor of the room in which didn’t have any children. “Benita tried to call her fa- the couple were ther on Friday night as it was murdered, to pouring in and around the city remove the . But her calls went unanswered odour of blood that day and the next. She then alerted Dinakaran’s neighbour, who checked and told her there was no one in the house but the backdoor was open,” said a senior police officer. Benita then rushed to the house with her mother and brother and found the front door locked from the inside and the back door open. The Vandalur and Otteri police were alerted to search for the missing couple after a complaint was lodged. While a police team visited the house, another team found Dinakaran’s phone near a petrol bunk at Alapakkam near Nedungundram. Continued on: P3 hen boxer and a hot medal prospect, Lovlina Borgohain, steps into the ring at Tokyo’s Kokugikan Arena, the boxing venue for Olympics 2020, the hopes of a billion Indians will ride on her as a medal will bring them joy and pride. But for the 2,000-odd dwellers of Baro Mukhia, Lovlina’s village in Assam’s Golaghat district about 320 kms east of Guwahati, a medal at the world’s showpiece sporting event could mean much more than that. It could shake off years of government neglect and bring to the village facilities as basic as a road and water supply . The village has no concrete road worth the name, it is connected with the rest of the world by a mud and stone track. The last time an effort was made to build a road was in 2016, when the then chief minister Sarabanda Maya bets on Brahmin-Dalit combo for encore of ’07 show E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Lucknow Fourteen years after BSP’s Dalit-Brahmin social engineering earned it a majority on its own for the first and the only time in Uttar Pradesh, the party on Sunday brushed dust off the formula to tap into the community’s disgruntlement over its perceived sidelining by a pro-Thakur Yogi Adityanath dispensation ahead of the crucial 2022 polls. Announcing the revival of the formula, party chief Mayawati said the Brahmin outreach would be spearheaded by her second-in-command and party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra from Ayodhya, a key rallying point for BJP and allies. “I am confident that Brahmins will not vote for BJP in the next Assembly polls. A campaign under the leadership of our party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra will be launched from Ayodhya on July 23 to connect with the Brahmins and assure them that their interests are safe only under the BSP’s rule,” Mayawati said. According to BSP sources, at least six Brahmin meetings would be convened across the state to attract the crucial Brahmin vote bank, which not only played a pivotal role in bringing BSP to power in 2007, but also ended the 16-year-old era of coalition politics in UP. Before 2007, the last majority government was headed by BJP’s Kalyan Singh in 1991. Sources said the spadework for the revival of the connect began six months ago, when Mishra sent out feelers to prominent Brahmin caste bodies in 70 out of 75 districts. The Bhaichara Committees (brotherhood) that played a key role in BSP’s social engineering by bringing under a common banner the SC, MBC, EBC and Brahmin votes, too, are being revived to win back the non-Jatav votes, which have moved to the BJP after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. P8 Joins call for oppn unity Mayawati said Opposition parties should come together to hold the Centre accountable on its apathy towards farmers, among other issues. “BSP will raise fuel and LPG price, inflation and vaccination in the monsoon session of Parliament,” she said Toilets look ‘Swachh’ on paper, but dirty deals keep open defecation rampant near Chennai O M JASVIN M D @ Chennai “Two years ago, an old lady was bitten by a snake when she went to the open fields to relieve herself. We have lived here for 40 years but there are still no toilets,” says Chenchemma, an Irular tribal in her mid-30s living in a remote village named Venkatapuram, 15 km from the heart of Tiruvallur. The situation is no different in other hamlets of Tiruvallur, as well as in Chennai’s neighbouring districts Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram. Yet, these three districts are marked as having 100 per cent toilet cover- Kanni Kovil Medu | Ashwin Prasath age under the Union government’s Swacch Bharat Grameen scheme, which aims to build toilets and end open defecation. In fact, on paper, toilet coverage Boxer dreams, village hopes Chengalpattu shocker in Tamil Nadu is 100 per cent, with 48.67 lakh toilets having been built under the scheme since 2014. However, a visit to at least 10 villages across the three districts near the capital showed open defecation remains common. Venkatapuram, for instance, has 28 families, but no functioning toilets. Building structures have been erected for toilets, but there are no basins, water supply, or underground sewer pipelines. The structures built are used by the tribals as store rooms, and a note on them says they were set up under the Swachh Bharat scheme. P2 Where’d the money go? Activists say block- and panchayat-level officers keep the subsidy amount from beneficiaries. The Panchayat Level Federation doesn’t call for tenders, but outsources the work and pockets a sum, they allege W Lovlina’s performance could fetch water & road connectivity to Baro Mukhia village Sonowal promised to connect Baro Mukhia with Kargil war martyr Padum Bahadur Shrestha’s villa g e in Hatighuli. But after only 100 metres of the 12-kms stretch was constructed, the government seemed to give up and the broken road remains to this day. Villagers claimed seriously ill patients have died because they could not reach the hospital quickly enough. The champion pugilist’s village also has Par no piped water supply . From washing, irrigating and drinking, it depends on tubewells and ponds for water. Healthcare facilities at Baro Mukhia are also non-existent. The nearest primary health centre is 3 kms away at Barpathar, but it has no bed and doctors seldom turn up. If anyone at the village falls seriously ill, they have to t r av e l 4 5 kms to the district headquarters in Golaghat. But all this could change if Lovlina rewrites the history books. Her co-villagers are aware of the transformation to the village of Hima Das after she scorched the 400 metre track to win a gold at the World under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland, in 2018. The Assam government built a 1.5 km road, a village gate, a namghar (a Vaishnavite prayer centre), a youth club and a mini stadit - 1 um in Kandhulimari, Hima’s village. “We pray that Lovlina wins a gold medal at the Olympics as her success could change the fate of our village. It has happened with Mary Kom’s village in Manipur. Her village has developed on all fronts after she shot into the limelight,” said Horen Gogoi, a family friend of Lovlina. Hemanta Mahanta, another villager, agreed. “We hope Lovlina excels at the Olympics. We have waited for long to see some infrastructure development. P7 Two SA athletes positive in Village Tokyo: Two members of the South African football squad, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Games Village. In all, four members of the South African contingent — including football team’s video analyst and rugby sevens coach — have tested positive. Also, eight members of the British contingent have been put in isolation after they came in contact with a positive case
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