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 WARANGAL SUNDAY JULY 25, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gives the nation much-needed solace during times of strife MIRA-CLE LADY I N D R A N E E 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 HARD DIPLOMACY Blinken to flag human rights issue during New Delhi visit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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 IndoPacific 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, adding that the discussions would also look to expand ties in the fields of security, defence, cyber and counter ter rorism 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 war-torn nation. Both sides have continued to engage following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Last week, Jaishankar met the US deputy NSA, Elizabeth SherwoodRandall, 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. Tax evasion of `900 cr in two media houses: I-T dept E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 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 referring 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 CONTINUED ON: P10 owned by DB Corp, a listed company . Med devices price down 90% as govt fixes cap EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 order 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 against `270 earlier. Prices, however, won’t change Raging Godavari calms down, rains recede The forecast was another piece of good news for people in the State, especially those in the EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad Water flows through the gates of Lower Manair dam after they were opened, near Karimnagar city on Saturday north Telangana districts which faced flooding of rivers due to heavy rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that there would only be light (2.5 mm to 15.5 mm) to moderate (15.6 mm to 64.4 mm) rain or thundershowers on Sunday and over the next couple of days, at isolated places in a few districts. There is no forecast of heavy rains anywhere in the State for the next four days. On Saturday, a few of places received just light rains. Parts of B’chalam inundated However, the situation was grim in Bhadrachalam of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district on Saturday. The water level in Godavari river, which has been receiving huge inflows over the past two days, breached the second warning 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 35,342 39,097 38,740 35,087 483 546 TELANGANA JULY 23 JULY 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 643 767 4 647 749 2 M’bad MP gets 6-month jail for bribing voters in 2019 @ Khammam/Hyderabad No heavy rain for 4 days: IMD 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. BIG FISH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IN what will be much-needed relief for the people of Bhadrachalam and other areas downstream of Godavari river, inflow into the river at Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) in Nizamabad has drastically decreased, and so has the outflow from the project, thus decreasing the chances of severe flooding downstream. The rate of inflow at SRSP around 3 pm on Friday afternoon was as much as 2,15,667 cusecs, which decreased to 50,980 cusecs by 7 pm on Saturday. Similarly, rate of outflow from the project was 2 lakh cusecs through 33 RC gates and 6,000 cusecs at the GENCO power station. The outflow on Saturday was nil through the gates and 8,000 cusecs through the GENCO power station. 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 level of 48 feet by 6 pm. Due to leakage at a sluice of the flood bank and drainage of backwater, Vista Complex, Annadana Satram, Subashnagar, Kothapet and Ashoknagar areas of the Bhadrachalam town were inundated. The water reached till the steps of the Ramalayam. The district officials deployed high-capacity motors to pump the water back P3, P4 to the river. MAHABUBABAD MP from TRS Maloth Kavitha and her associate Shaukath Ali Khan, accused of bribing voters before the general elections in 2019, were found guilty by the court and sentenced to imprisonment for six months. The court also imposed a fine of `10,000 each, special public prosecutor G Narayana of the special court for cases against MPs & MLAs at Hyderabad said. Since the sentence is of less than three years, they were granted bail and were also allowed to appeal the judgement. The court relied on the testimony of Revenue officials, WITH THIS ISSUE who were a part of the flying squad that seized the cash being distributed to the voters. During the trial, the court examined eight witnesses and six exhibits. During campaigning for the general elections in 2019, a flying squad in Burgampahad mandal of BhadradriKothagudem district seized `9,400 from Shaukath Ali Khan while he was distributing it to voters. During the subsequent inquiry, Khan admitted that he was distributing money to the voters, seeking their votes for Maloth Kavitha in the upcoming election, following which a case was registered at Burgampahad police station, followed by a trial in court. THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT PLUS 12 PAGES OPEN SESAME Central Waqf Council slams TRS govt, says sealed record room cost TS Board prime lands M D N I Z A M U D D I N @ Hyderabad BLAMING the TRS government for the loss of prime Waqf lands in Telangana, the Central Waqf Council (CWC) has found fault with the Telangana government for keeping the Telangana State Waqf Board’s record room sealed for nearly four years, without giving access to the room to anyone but the Revenue department officials. Not even Waqf Board’s staff were given access to the record room, which continues to remain sealed. As the land records remained inaccessible to the Waqf Board, it kept losing legal cases of encroachment of its lands as it was unable to produce relevant records for proving their claim over a disputed land. Speaking to Express, one of the CWC members said the Telangana government did not have the right to keep the record room sealed for so many years (since November 2017). The member said, “Action must be initiated against the existing Board. It is ironical that the Board continues to function, but the record room remains sealed. The State government does not have the power to keep the record room sealed and it can only affect administration-related matters, like appointment of the CEO, as per provisions of the Waqf Act.” CWC delegation to visit TS The member will be a part of a CWC delegation that will visit Telangana on a four-day visit from July 28, following a nod for the same from Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The CWC member further told Express that even though this was a regular annual visit, it would be significant in the wake of a large number of complaints being received at CWC against the functioning of the Telangana Waqf Board. “Telangana now has 33 districts, but the Board was not revamped like the other departments and remains understaffed and without proper infrastructure. This is one of the reasons that the existing staff is unable to keep tabs on encroachment of Waqf lands everywhere. By the time one complaint is addressed, the Waqf Inspector will have 2-3 more on his plate,” the member pointed out. Apart from holding a series of meetings with the Telangana Waqf Board, the CWC delegation will also meet the State’s Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretaries of Minority We l f a r e a n d Re v e n u e Departments. “Land grabbing has only increased under the current ruling dispensation in Telangana. If this (sealing of the record room) continues, then no one can safeguard Waqf properties” the member added. CWC delegation’s visit to take stock of complaints The visit by the CWC delegation would be significant this time in the wake of a large number of complaints being received at CWC against the functioning of the Telangana Waqf Board
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