It was my dream to win an Olympic medal and it came true today. The dream was same in 2016 Olympics but it was not my day in Rio. I learnt a lot from that failure. I changed my training and technique. I decided to work harder and achieve what I missed out on in Rio. I am happy we managed BHUBANESWAR l sunday l july 25, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l JEYPORE EDITION Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gives the nation much-needed solace during times of strife mira-cle lady In d r a nee l D a s @ Chennai F or common folk, leading a normal life in Manipur is a struggle. Even now. The roads have improved, so has the drainage system. But sourcing essentials — gas cylinder, drinking water — is an issue. It’s a struggle for better means of livelihood. If you come from a background as Mirabai Chanu’s — the silvermedallist at the Tokyo Games — life is never easy That her lifting . lessons started with bundles of firewoods she fetched as a child from a forest near her village in Kakching is a testimony to the hardships the family endured. Her mother, Tombi Devi, still recalls the time her daughter would volunteer on carrying the heaviest of bundles. Introduction to iron and barbells was a natural progress. When she won India’s first medal on Saturday her par, ents and the extended family were glued to the TV set. Myriad memories flashed by, struggles quietly buried in the euphoria of celebration. Her choice of pursuing weightlifting instead of archery as a child was justified. Manipur is a speck in the diverse map of India, tucked in the Northeast. It has a population of 27 lakh, fraction of New Delhi’s. Yet, on the sporting front, the state achievements surpassed the best and mighty Over the last few dec. ades, heroes born there have flown the country’s flag high. Not just the state but even for the entire Northeast, the medal means much more. It is another cry for cementing their identity and getting recognition in the national diaspora. The state fought insurgency drugs , and AIDS (at one time, it was one of the highest). It was sports that soothed the fissured psyche of the people in the region. Culturally different, ethnically diverse sports always find a way to draw everyone close. Like it did when legendary Mary Kom won the bronze in London nine summers ago. Now, as the region claws back to normalcy, Mirabai’s medal has the potential to take the region to greater heights through sports. At the height of insurgency and drugs, it was sports that gave succour when the late Dingko Singh won boxing gold at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. Numerous sportspersons emerged from the Mirabai Chanu, silver medalist 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 ■ ■ six lifts(in kgs) Snatch 84 87 89 Clean & Jerk 110 115 117 state. Their initial ambition is always to get a job to ensure security in life. Ex-worlds medallist Kunjarani Devi, who finished fourth at 2004 Olympics, Dingko and hundred others kindled hope. Mirabai too is a product of this. Sport is a way of life there. “We don’t have too many avenues of employment. Sports helps find job,” said Kunjarani, who inspired Mirabai. The power of sports is unique. It has the ability to transcend endless vicissitudes of life, race colour and creed. Mirabai’s medal in times of Covid has brought the entire country together in celebration. And for Manipur, it is getting used to such extraordinary tales. Mirabai is the latest in a long line of greats to have emerged from there and stories like hers will P11 inspire. More coverage: Starting tonight, back page will be the second Sport page till the Olympics is on. Xplore will be back after the Games. - Editor Gangster Hyder attempts Med devices price down 90% as govt fixes cap escape again, dies in encounter E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Gangster Sk Hyder lived by the bullet (there was one even lodged in his abdomen), he died by one too. And in familiar circumstances of trying to escape from police custody . Two months after he slipped out of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, right under the nose of police, Hyder again allegedly tried another attempt to flee during an inter-prison transfer on Saturday Police said, he snatched . a gun from an escort which forced the cops to fire at him. Later, he was declared dead at a hospital. After his daring escape from Cuttack in April, he was arrested from Telangana and lodged at Choudwar Circle Jail. Before that he was lodged at Sambalpur jail. Twin City Police Commissioner SK Priyadarshi said, the gangster was indulging in subversive activities which necessitated the transfer to Baripada. Such transfers are routine and mostly based on assessment of situations, he pointed out. An escort team of Cuttack police led by an inspector, a sub-inspector and one section armed police force was shifting the 60-year old Hyder when he apparently requested the cops to halt near Simulia on the pretext of attending nature’s call. However, after alighting from the police vehicle, he snatched the gun from a policeman and attempted to run away from the spot at around 3.20 pm, Priyadarsi told mediapersons. “Police were forced to open ‘controlled fire’ to prevent him from escaping. The gangster sustained bullet injuries and was immediately shifted to Balasore District Hospital,” he added. However, he succumbed in the evening. Known to run his empire from behind the bars, police sources said, Hyder was keeping the prison staf f and inmates on tenterhooks Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh said that discussions were earlier held with the Directorate of Prisons to shift Hyder to Baripada Circle Jail. Based on the court order, he was being shifted. Hospital sources informed that the gangster sustained bullet injuries in his abdomen but more details about his injuries could only be ascertained after the postmortem. CONTINUED ON: P5 @ New Delhi Following a decision by the Centre to fix trade margins of five categories of medical devices — digital thermometers, glucometers, blood pressure measurement devices, oximeters and nebulizers — 91% brands of these devices have reduced prices by up to 88%. The trade margins, set by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority under the Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers, have come into effect from July 20. The government on Saturday said downward revision of MRP has been reported by imported and domestic brands across categories. There are 684 brands of these five categories of medical devices. Of these, 620 have reduced prices. The Centre also said that the revised MRP effective from July 20 on all the brands and specifications has been shared with the state drug controllers for strict monitoring. Importantly in or, der to monitor availability, manufacturers and importers of these medical devices have been directed to submit quarterly stock details. A look at the price revision suggests that an oximeter with an earlier MRP of `3,999, for instance, will have a new MRP of `1,545. Another oximeter priced `2,600 will have to be priced at `1,950. A blood pressure monitoring device earlier priced at `3,500 will have a price tag of `1,375, while a glucometer available earlier at `1,590 will now be priced at `675. A digital thermometer will be priced `249 a g ainst `270 earlier. Blinken to flag human rights issue during New Delhi visit @ New Delhi The US on Saturday said issues facing democracy and human rights would be raised during wide-ranging discussions its Secretary of State Antony Blinken would have with Indian leaders during his scheduled New Delhi visit on July 27. Blinken is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and later hold discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on various issues, including the pandemic, Quad, situations in Indo-Pacific region and Afghanistan. “With respect to the human rights and democracy question, yes, you are right; I will tell you that we will raise it, and we will continue that conversation,” acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson said, add- ing that the discussions would also look to expand ties in the fields of security defence, cyber , and counterterrorism cooperation. Stressing that India is a critical US partner in the region, with shared interest in a stable and secure Afghanistan, Thompson said the US welcomed India’s shared commitment to peace and support to economic development in the wartorn nation. Both sides have continued to engage following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Last week, Jaishankar met the US deputy NSA, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, and the US Special Representative on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, on the sidelines of a connectivity summit in Tashkent. On the India-Pakistan issue, Thompson said that both countries needed to work with each other to resolve their issues. express read Cong officials to meet Gehlot ahead of rejig Jaipur: High-ranking Congress officials – general secretary (organization) K C Venugopal and AICC Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken – are likely to meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur on Saturday night ahead of a Cabinet and an organisational rejig | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE 82 bodies recovered, 60 missing in Maha flood Mumbai: The death toll from the torrential rains that battered Maharashtra over the last three days and triggered landslides rose to 82 on Saturday, including 47 in the coastal Raigad district, while at least 59 persons are missing, officials said | P8 The Other Side of Midnight PLUS 12 PAGES Prices, however, won’t change for devices whose makers had already applied the formula enforced by NPPA. The formula specifies that MRP should be computed by adding three components — the price to the distributor, 70% of price to the distributor and the goods and services tax. Some health and patient rights activists. however, have said that a 70% cap was still too high and urged the government to cap the trade margin at an earlier point in the supply chain — the landed cost or ex-factory cost — and not from the price to the distributor. Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 23 38,87,028 doses July 24 45,74,298 doses Total doses 43,26,05,567 NATIONWIDE july 23 july 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths odisha 35,342 39,097 38,740 35,087 483 546 july 23 july 24 Fresh cases 1,917 1,864 Recoveries Deaths 2,044 69 2,865 68 Tax evasion of `900 cr in two media houses: I-T dept hARD diplomacy E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e how the rates have been slashed Brand Old price New price PO 35 Pulse oximeter by Beurer `3,580 `2,190 Coronation BP monitoring device `1,999 `1,295 Amneb 01 nebulizer `4,200 `1,450 Free style glucometer by Abbot t `2,499 `1,958 Hicks 416 thermometer `270 `249 eXPR E SS n E WS s eRVIC E @ New Delhi STINKING REALITY A man covers his nose with a cloth while crossing a road with water stagnating on it near Unit-1 market in Bhubaneswar | Express TWO days after the controversial raids at the offices of Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar, the income tax department on Saturday said it has detected tax evasion to the tune of `900 crore during the search operations at the two media houses. “The quantum of income escapement using this modus operandi, detected so far, amounts to `700 crore spread over a period of six years. The quantum may be more as the group has used multiple layers and investigations are being carried out to unravel the entire money trail,” the department said, obliquely re- ferring to the Dainik Bhaskar group. The statement mentioned searches at 20 residential and 12 business premises spread over nine cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal, Indore, Noida and Ahmedabad. “The listed media company does barter deals for advertisement revenues, whereby immovable properties are received in lieu of actual payments. Evidences have been found indicating cash receipts in respect of subsequent sale of such properties. This is under further examination,” the I-T department said, without taking names. It is to be noted that Dainik Bhaskar is ow n e d by D B C o r p, a listed company . Continued on: P10 2 in 3 persons have Covid antibodies in Odisha: Sero-survey E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Two in every three persons and one in every two children in three districts of Odisha have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV2, finds the latest national sero-survey conducted by the ICMR. The fourth round sero-survey conducted in Ganjam, Koraput and Rayagada districts found the overall sero-prevalence of 65.12 per cent (pc) in the community and 85.53 pc in healthcare workers, most of whom have been fully vaccinated. While the sero-prevalence in Ganjam was 70.9 pc, it was 63 pc in Rayagada and 61.3 pc in Koraput. The three districts were part of 70 districts from 21 states where the first three rounds were conducted. The sero-prevalence was highest 82 pc among the population of 60 years and above, 79 pc in the 45 to 60 age group, 62 pc in 18-44 age group, 55 pc in 10-17 age group and around 52 pc in six-nine age group. “The sero-prevalence was 70 pc among adults and 54 pc among persons aged below 18 years. It was higher in men than women as antibodies were found among 381 men (67.4 pc) of the 565 surveyed as compared to 420 (63.2 pc) among 665 women,” said a scientist at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC). Although the difference in sero-prevalence in rural and urban areas was very negligible, the survey indicated that the virus has covered twothird population in a year despite the lockdowns and shutdowns by the State government. With nearly 35 pc population in the State is still susceptible to the infection, health experts have warned of a third wave by end of next month. Additional Chief Secretary of Health PK Mohapatra said the sero-survey report gives a fair idea of the antibody level and it is better among many other states. But people should not be complacent. As the ICMR has suggested for reopening of primary schools, the government is likely to take a call soon, he added. In the third round survey conducted between December 22 and 24 last year, the seroprevalence was 49.9 pc, 53.9 pc and 61.9 pc in Koraput, Ganjam and Rayagada respectively. A total 1,230 samples were collected from the community and 311 samples from the healthcare workers.
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