BENGALURU MONDAY JULY 19, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION UK PM, SUNAK SELF-ISOLATE POST COVID-POSITIVE CONTACT British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak (in pic right) went into self-isolation on Sunday NHS TEST AND TRACE SYSTEM NOTIFIES THEM Johnson and Sunak, who is the son-in-law of IT industry veteran and Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, were contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system about being in touch with a confirmed Covid-positive patient. The move follows UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid’s Covid-positive test on Saturday, when he tweeted that he was going into self-isolation. ■ 500,000 LEGAL OBLIGATION TO SELF-ISOLATE ■ Rules state there is a legal obligation to self-isolate if the NHS Test and Trace directly calls someone to inform about a contact with a Covid-positive person The NHS Covid contact tracing app also pings people to alert them of contact with Covid-positive people NUMBER OF PEOPLE PINGED BY THE NHS APP IN A WEEK 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 Unlock 4.0: Cinemas to open with 50% cap LS, RS ON COVID OPPOSED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW RELAXATIONS @ Bengaluru Opposition against it, wants debate on the floor of the House EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 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 Mallikar jun 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. PM CHAIRS MEETING OF NDA FLOOR LEADERS PM Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of NDA floor leaders on Sunday, a day ahead of the Monsoon session. Leaders of several NDA constituent parties were in attendance. The meeting was called to finalise the floor strategy for the session. Maya bets on Brahmin, Dalit combo for ’07 encore EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 played a pivotal role in bringing BSP to power in 2007. MONSOON MOMENT Two girls take a selfie in front of Vidhana Soudha after heavy rain lashed Bengaluru on Sunday | NAGARAJA GADEKAL 8.76 lakh SSLC students to write exams today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru OVER 8.76 lakh registered SSLC students will appear for exams that will be held on two days, starting Monday with all Covid , safety measures in place at examination centres. Exams for core subjects -- Science, Mathematics and Social Science – will be held on Monday while those , for the languages are scheduled for Thursday The question pa. pers are set in multiple-choice question (MCQ) format. The exams will be held for three hours from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm at 73,064 halls in 4,885 centres. Last year, SSLC exams were held in around 48,000 halls of 3,310 centres. Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, who visited several schools on Sunday to oversee the preparations, said arrangements have been made to allow students to appear for exams at the nearest centres from their house. “Measures have been taken to ensure all Covid-appropriate behaviour is followed. Students will be given masks, while sanitisers will be kept in the halls,” Suresh Kumar said. CONTINUED ON: P2 COLLEGES that come under the Higher Education Department will reopen on July 26, albeit with conditions. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday morning chaired a meeting where it was decided to allow more relaxations to the existing Covid-19 guidelines in the State. With cases gradually reducing, the State has decided to allow cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums etc to open with 50 per cent occupancy Night cur. few has also been relaxed by an hour. Starting Monday, night curfew will begin at 10 pm and WITH the Tokyo Olympics round the corner, Bengaluru girl Aditi Ashok is making all the right noises before she heads for the quadrennial event. The 23-year-old golfer, paired with Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukarn in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland, Michigan, in the United States, finished tied third on Saturday This is her best finish . on the Ladies Professional Golf Though she missed out on the maiden Ladies Professional Golf Association title this time Higher education institutions to reopen on July 26 Ahead of fresh relaxations, a worker tidies up a cinema in Bengaluru on Sunday | ASHISHKRISHNA HP end at 5 am. All the new relaxations will be subject to Covidappropriate behaviour. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai AS many as 25 people died in various incidents in Mumbai as torrential rains pounded the metropolis on Sunday . Early in the morning, a retaining wall at Chembur collapsed killing 17 people, and injuring four; at Vikroli, seven slum-dwellers died after the buildings caved in; and at Bhandup, a 16-year-old boy died when a wall collapsed. NDRF teams rushed to Chembur to car ry out rescue operations. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “There was more than 200 mm rainfall in Mumbai, causing damage at a few places. We have asked the local authorities to evacuate and relocate NATIONWIDE JULY 15 Fresh cases 38,079 Recoveries Deaths JULY 16 41,157 43,916 42,004 560 518 KARNATAKA JULY 17 JULY 18 Fresh cases 1,869 1,708 Recoveries Deaths 3,144 42 2,463 36 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS SIDHU APPOINTED PUNJAB CONGRESS PRESIDENT Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit, notwithstanding opposition from CM Amarinder Singh. Four working presidents will assist Sidhu towards the coming elections | P9 Aditi swings well, finishes third in US tourney Association (LPGA) so far. In fact, there were big hopes when the pair started the final round as joint leaders alongside Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura. One was looking at a possible historic moment of her becoming the first Indian to win on the LPGA tour. But things did not go according to plan in the final round and they fell short, while the eventual champions, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, came up with a superb display . Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, etc allowed to open with 50 per cent occupancy Only students, lecturers and other staff who have taken at least one dose of Covid vaccine will be allowed to attend colleges Colleges and universities that come under the Higher Education Department will 25 killed as heavy downpour brings down walls, buildings in Mumbai PAR EXCELLENCE A S H I M S U N A M @ Bengaluru Night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am around, Aditi has already bagged three titles on the Ladies European tour. The city girl, who has been carrying India’s flag in women’s golf, will be keen to deliver her best in Tokyo, her second Olympics. With Aditi featuring in the Evian Championship in France, the fourth major of the year, which consists of quality golfers, it would provide another golden opportunity for her to sharpen the skills before she flies to Tokyo. Rescue workers look for the injured in Mumbai on Sunday people who are staying at dangerous locations and the structures of these areas have been declared dilapidated and dangerous. The Mithi river water level has also increased and those staying nearby need to shift to safer places.” The Maharashtra government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh, while the Centre offered a financial grant of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased. The Maharashtra government has also announced that it will bear the treatment cost of injured people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery and Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to wall collapses in Mumbai. Rs 50,000 would be given to those injured.” reopen, but only teachers, students and non-teaching staff who have taken at least one dose of Covid vaccine will be allowed to attend. “Attendance of students will be optional,” said the official order, announcing the relaxations. “We have been liberal with lifting more restrictions. All earlier relaxations will continue along with the new ones. The Chief Minister has instructed us and officials to prepare for the third wave, whether it is oxygen, paediatric care or human resources,” Revenue Minister R Ashoka told the media. Interestingly Health Minis, ter Dr K Sudhakar was conspicuously absent at the meeting. EXPRESS READ India log 7-wicket win in first ODI against SL Colombo: India cruised to a 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening ODI on Sunday. India scored 263/3, while the hosts managed to put 262/9 on the board. P13 Nepal’s Deuba wins vote of confidence Kathmandu: Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Sunday comfortably won a vote of confidence in the nation’s House of Representatives. Registration for vintage vehicles formalised New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said his ministry has formalised the registration process of vintage motor vehicles in India for preserving the heritage of such vehicles. Boxer dreams,village hopes LOVLINA’S PERFORMANCE COULD FETCH WATER & ROAD CONNECTIVITY TO BARO MUKHIA VILLAGE PRASANTA MAZU MDAR @ Guwahati 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 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 PART-1 Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (centre) with her parents 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 has no piped water supply. From washing, irrigating and drinking, it depends on tubewells and ponds for water. Healthcare facilities at Baro Mukhia are also nonexistent. 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 travel 45 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 g ate, a namghar (a Vaishnavite prayer centre), a youth club and a mini stadium 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 deP9 velopment.
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