KARNATAKA 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 ■ ■ KALABURAGI SATURDAY JULY 24, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION Karnataka reels under rain havoc MAHARASHTRA Roads inundated, houses and standing crops damaged due to flooding; three dead, two missing tara Kananda, and a 60-year-old farmer died after his house collapsed due to incessant rains in Chikkamagaluru. In Uttara Kannada, two people were washed away after a rescue boat capsized in Gangavali river. The search operation was called off on Friday evening. Landslides, triggered by heavy rain in the ghats, resulted in the derailment of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Express Special Train from Mangaluru to Mumbai between Dudhsagar and Sonaulim stations. However, all passengers were safe and sent back to Madgaon. Train services on the route were hampered. Thousands of people were evacuated as the government sounded a flood alert in many districts. After incessant rainfall in catchment areas in Maharashtra, many rivers are CONTINUED ON: P2 in spate. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru HEAVY rain and flooding, which wreaked havoc in many districts of the state on Friday , claimed three lives, while two people are missing and are feared dead. The heavy rain also triggered landslides in several places. Normal life was affected in Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Haveri, Chikkamagalur, Hassan, Dharwad, Davangere, Kodagu and several other districts due to incessant rain and flooding. A Navy chopper and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel assisted the local authorities in rescue operations near Ankola. In Uttara Kananda, which was among the worst-hit districts, the Coast Guard personnel rescued 161 people stranded in islands. Two people died in separate incidents in Ut- Country's tennis ace, Naomi Osaka, lit the cauldron. The 23-year-old, of mixed race, became the first tennis player in history to light the Olympic cauldron in the ceremony that lasted more than three hours. In a touching tribute, she was handed the torch by children from the region around Fukushima, which was devastated by a tsunami and a nuclear disaster in 2011 Games begin The 32nd Summer Games is officially open. Here’s a look at what happened at the Opening Ceremony and possibility of Indian medals on the opening day... EMPEROR OPENS GAMES 10000+ In all, more than 10,000 were present at the stadium. They included athletes, officials & media. AP | FULL COVERAGE: P13 Music from iconic Japanese video games were used during the opening ceremony. INDIA MEDAL WATCH Japan’s Emperor Naruhito officially opened the Tokyo Olympics in a nearly empty stadium after the Games were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I declare open the Games of Tokyo," he said. The monarch, keeping with the times, wore a surgical mask while doing so. The likes of Mirabai Chanu and shooters, led by Saurabh Chaudhary, could win a medal on the opening day. The mixed archery team is in the prequarterfinals but their draw isn’t straightforward. BHARAT BIOTECH SCRAPS MoU WITH BRAZILIAN FIRM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi tory approval process for Covaxin,” it stated. Whistleblowers in Brazil’s health ministry had said though Pfizer-BioNtech was offering its Covid vaccine, with higher efficacy at a low, er price, President Jair Bolsonaro’s government had chosen to partner with Bharat Biotech, and alleged corruption in the deal. Precisa Medicamentos is Bharat Biotech’s partner in Brazil, providing assistance, guidance and support with regulatory submissions, licensure, distribution, insurance and conduct of phase III clinical trials, among others. As the row escalated, Brazil on June 30 announced the suspension of the contract to procure 20 million doses of Covaxin. Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech is pursuing approvals in various countries as per legal requirements applicable in each country it added. , Bharat Biotech signed a MoU with Precisa Medicamentos and Envixia Pharmaceuticals LL.C on November 20 for the purpose of introducing Covaxin in the territory of Brazil. (With agency inputs) EXPRESS READ TMC’s Santanu Sen suspended from RS New Delhi: TMC MP Santanu Sen was on Friday suspended from Rajya Sabha for the remaining period of the Monsoon session for snatching and tearing the statement of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on the Pegasus row, as Upper House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu dubbed Sen’s action an “assault on the country’s parliamentary democracy.” NATIONWIDE JULY 22 JULY 23 41,383 38,652 507 35,342 38,740 483 KARNATAKA JULY 22 JULY 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,653 2,572 31 1,705 2,243 30 CONTINUED ON: P2 Mamata chosen Parliamentary party leader Let the Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Mumbai: Thirty-six people were reportedly killed in a landslide near Talai village at Mahad tehsil in coastal Raigad district of Maharashtra, local police said on Friday. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru WITH heavy rains lashing different parts of the state, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has directed district in-charge ministers to rush to their respective districts and supervise rescue and relief measures. The CM also held a video conference with district deputy commissioners and officials of the rain-affected districts like Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Haveri, Chikkamagalur and Dharwad on Friday afternoon to review the situation. JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 22 48,86,103 doses July 23 38,87,028 doses TOTAL DOSES 42,75,00,272 Sidhu takes over as Punjab Congress chief Chandigarh: Navjot Singh Sidhu here on Friday took over as the new chief of the Punjab Congress at an event attended by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Chinese President makes maiden visit to Tibet Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Nyingchi, a strategically located border town close to Arunachal Pradesh, during his first visit to Tibet where he underlined the need for “lasting stability”. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was unanimously chosen chairperson of the Trinamool Parliamentary party, possibly to build her national profile before her high voltage Delhi trip. A seven-term MP, she is not a member of Parliament at present Trinamool raps suspension “We consider Sen’s suspension as malicious and arbitrary. We condemn it. The order was without any justification and has no provision in law,” Trinamool chief whip Sukhendu Shekhar Ray said (Top) An aerial view of River Aghanashini in spate, near Kumta in Uttara Kannada district on Friday | GOPI JOLLY ; Above: A bird’s-eye view of flood-hit areas in Raigarh district, Maharashtra | PTI MORE RAINS, RED ALERT FOR 6 MAHA DISTS ■ ■ India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall One person died and around 1,000 homes were damaged in Goa, which is facing one of the worst floods in 40 years EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the Pegasus snoopgate pushing the government to the back foot, the Opposition raised the heat further as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah of committing ‘treason’ by deploying the military grade cyber weapon against citizens and institutions. In the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool member Santanu Sen was suspended for rest of the session as he snatched and tore up a copy of a statement on Pegasus from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw the previous day. V Muraleedharan (BJP) moved a motion for suspension of Sen, which was accepted by voice vote. Sen’s refusal to leave the House resulted in one of the day’s multiple adjournment. Leader of the Opposition in Over 60 pc of state’s population has antibodies, shows serosurvey R A N J A N I M A D H A V A N @ Bengaluru THE fourth national sero-survey conducted by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), has revealed that in some cities in Karnataka, the Covid-19 sero-prevalence is over 80 per cent among certain sections of the population. In the general population, the ser-prevalence in Bengaluru is 70 per cent, in Kalaburagi 67.3 per cent and in Chitradurga 64.8 per cent. Among health care workers, it is 86.1 per cent in Bengaluru, 89.5 per cent in Kalaburagi and 82.8 per cent in Chitradurga. These figures were communicated by Dr Balram Bhargava, director general, ICMR, in a letter to the state Additional Chief secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Jawaid Akhtar on July 23. To determine the districtwise sero-prevalence, antibody tests were conducted. As per the findings, more than 80 per cent of the health care workers and more than 60 per cent of the general population have developed protection against Covid-19. “Whether this is by natural immunity as a result of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, or immunity derived from Covid-19 vaccination, we cannot say,” explained Dr Pradeep Banandur, member of the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Additional Professor, Department of Epidemiology National Institute of Mental Health and , Neuro Sciences. “Epidemiologically we consider both Cov, id-19 infection and vaccination as the cause for high sero-prevalence rate, leading to protection amongst a significant section of the population. We have been able to give effective protection to our health workers. As for the general public, the high sero-prevalence might be why we are seeing fewer Covid-19 cases now,” Dr Banandur reasoned. CONTINUED ON: P3 HOUSEHOLDS COVERED BY THE SURVEY CONDUCTED DURING JAN 36 reported dead in M’rashtra landslide Oppn demands debate; Rahul raises the heat OSAKA LIGHTS CAULDRON BATTLING allegations of kickbacks, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has terminated its deal with Brazil’s Precisa Medicamentos to supply its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed in cooperation with India’s health research agency ICMR. In a statement issued on Thursday to Brazilian media, the firm said it is suspending its memorandum of understanding with the Brazilian company to sell Covaxin. It, however, did not specify any reason. “The company has terminated the said MoU with immediate effect. Notwithstanding such termination, Bharat Biotech will continue to work diligently with ANVISA, the Brazilian drug regulatory body to complete the regula- CM tells in-charge ministers to monitor rescue efforts in dists 1,38,799 Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told the chair that he has given notice for suspension of business to discuss the surveillance. But the Centre said the minister had already made a statement on it. “The Trinamool wants the Parliament to function. But we w a n t d i s c u s s i o n o n Pegasus and scrapping of three farm laws immediately ,” said Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O’Brien. No substantial business could be transacted in the Lok Sabha, as ruckus continued over various issues, including Pegasus. Outside Parliament, Rahul Gandhi demanded a Supreme Court monitored probe on snooping and the resignation of Shah. But BJP’s Rajyavardhan Rathore rebutted the charges, saying no one’s phone had been illegally tapped, adding Rahul should submit his cell phone to a probe agency for a thorough probe. 1,000 homes damaged in Goa Panaji: One person died, around 1,000 houses were damaged and hundreds of people evacuated from low-lying parts inundated due to overflowing of rivers in Goa on Friday. Relief for Twitter MD as K’taka HC junks UP police notice E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru IN major relief to Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari, the Karnataka High Court on Friday quashed the notice issued to him under Section 41-A of CrPC by Loni Border Police in Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh. The UP police had issued notice to him to appear before them in connection with a doctored video uploaded on Twitter, allegedly to disturb communal harmony . Disposing of the petition filed by Manish Maheshwari, Justice G Narendar said that provisions of the statute cannot be allowed to become tools of harassment. The UP police had not placed any material to prima facie demonstrate the involvement of the petitioner. The petitioner made out a case that he is not an accused and the notice issued to him is malafide. Hence, the notice is quashed, the judge said. However, the court said that the statement of the petitioner, as a witness, can be recorded virtually or UP police can meet the petitioner in Bengaluru if the investigators desire to do so, treating the notice under question as issued P5 under Sec 160 of CrPC. CCI PROBE: AMAZON-FLIPKART PLEA QUASHED The Karnataka High Court on Friday dismissed a plea by Amazon and Flipkart challenging an order permitting the CCI to carry out a preliminary probe into alleged violation of the competition law. P10
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