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 vijayawada l sunday l july 25, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gives the nation much-needed solace during times of strife 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 mira-cle lady 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 Se 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 eXPR E SS n E WS s eRVIC 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 Agency villages in twin Godavari districts cut off E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Rajamahendravaram/Vijayawada With heavy inflows into Godavari, Agency areas in East and West Godavari districts have been completely cut off from the rest of the world. Flood level in the river at Polavaram cofferdam is steadily increasing. The second flood warning was issued at Bhadrachalam in Telangana, upstream of Polavaram, with the water level crossing 48 feet. There is a likelihood of water level increasing further by Sunday morning. The water level at the cofferdam crossed 33 metres on Saturday Flood discharge from Pola. varam spillway was at 5,82,089 cusecs at 6 pm. The first flood warning is likely to be issued at Dowleswaram barrage in the early hours of Sunday as the flood discharge is increasing rapidly . According to Godavari Headworks Executive Engineer G Srinivasa Rao, the first warning at Dowleswaram barrage is issued when the water level rises The completely submerged Gandi Pochamma temple in Devipatnam mandal of East Godavari district in Godavari floods on Saturday | Express 137 rehabilitation centres set up in EG for flood victims As many as 137 rehabilitation centres have been set up in East Godavari district for flood victims. A high alert has been sounded in 373 villages located along the course of the river in East Godavari district. NDRF and SDRF teams are on standby for rescue and relief operations to 10.75 feet and the flood discharge is at 10 lakh cusecs. “We are expecting the flood discharge to touch 12 lakh cusecs by midnight,” he said. People of several villages in Devipatnam, Polavaram, Velerupadu and Kukunoor mandals are being shifted to relief camps as their habitations have been submerged. Water resources officials attributed the increasing flood level in Devipatnam and other mandals located upstream to construction of the cofferdam at Polavaram. The flood water is being released downstream through the spillway. A high alert has been sounded in 373 villages located along the course of the river in East Godavari district. Rampachodavaram Sub-Collector Katta Simhachalam said steps were taken to shift people of 32 villages to relief camps. About 650 boats were deployed to evacuate people from flood-hit areas. People of 22 submergence villages have already been shifted to relief camps, he said. P4 `32-crore project TTD to gold plate Govindaraja Swamy temple gopuram E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirupati The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) will take up gold plating of Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple gopuram. About 100 kg of gold worth `32 crore from the TTD treasury will be Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple in Tirupati is set to glitter as the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams takes up gold plating of its gopuram at a cost of `32 crore | Madhav K used for the purpose. The works will begin on September 14 and they are expected to be completed by May 2022. , TTD Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy held a meeting with officials at Govindaraja Swamy temple on Saturday to discuss the gold plating project. Pontiffs of Tirumala, advisors on Vaikhanasa Agama Shastra and archakas also participated in the meeting. In September, 2019, the TTD de- cided to gold plate gopurams of Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy temple at Tirumala and Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple in Tirupati. Earlier, it was decided to close the temple for a few days to facilitate the gold plating of gopuram. Now, Balalayam will be constructed to perform daily rituals to the presiding deity during gold plating of gopuram without closing the temple. Devotees, however, will be allowed to have Darshan of Lord Govindaraja Swamy in the sanctum sanctorum during the works, the EO said. The TTD had awarded the gold plating work to an agency It has . made replicas of gopuram with Plaster of Paris using 3-dimensional technology Copper moulds . will be made as per the replicas of gopuram and later the gold plating work will be taken up, the EO said. Later, he inspected subtemples on the premises of Govindaraja temple complex. 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 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 35,342 39,097 38,740 35,087 483 546 statewide july 23 july 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,747 2,174 2,365 2,737 14 18 65,920 74,820 Dismissal of AP govt plea People well aware of fact that Amaravati is a big scam: Sajjala E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Days after the Supreme Court dismissed the Special Leave Petition of the Andhra Pradesh government against quashing of criminal cases related to insider trading in land transactions at Amaravati, Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said the courts might have rejected the charge on technical grounds, but people of the State are very well aware of the fact that it is a big scam. “The truth will, however, come out in one form or the other,’’ he asserted. Speaking to the media on Saturday, he termed Amaravati a biggest real estate scam. “The court might have rejected the insider trading charge, but there are several other aspects involved in it,’’ Amaravati is a he said, adding that truth will biggest real estate come out in any one of such ir- scam. Other than insider trading, regularity committed in the land there are several scam. He asserted that those who other aspects were involved in the scam, would involved in it. not be spared. Truth will come On TDP MPs’ willingness to re- out in one form sign protesting against privatisa- or the other tion of Visakhapatnam Steel Sajjala Ramakrishna Plant, Sajjala said except for mere- Reddy, Government ly saying that they will quit the Advisor (Public posts, they are doing nothing to Affairs) protect the steel plant. He demanded that Opposition Leader and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu ask his MPs to resign on the lines of YSRC, which made its MPs resign for the cause of Special Category Status (SCS) earlier. “Unlike the TDP MPs, our MPs are fighting for the cause of Vizag steel plant in Parliament and we are hopeful that the Centre will look into our demand in a positive manner,” he said. W IT H T H IS ISS U E The Other Side of Midnight PLUS 12 PAGES
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