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 MADURAI 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 inspire. P11 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 owned by DB Corp, a listed company . Continued on: P10 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 112 bodies recovered, 99 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 112 on Saturday, including 52 in the coastal Raigad district, while at least 99 persons are missing, officials said | P8 WITH THIS ISSUE The Other Side of Midnight PLUS 12 PAGES 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 for better planning Labour, employment to be spatially mapped by CMDA c SHIVAKU M AR @ Chennai The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has proposed a study on spatial mapping of labour or employment distribution and agglomeration of economies within the Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA). The study aims to make planning more realistic and to integrate spatial planning with economic and social planning, that in turn will help improve the quality of life, said Anshul Mishra, member-secretary of the CMDA. “We want to conduct a study on the employment patterns and distribution of labour force that will help us understand the concentration of firms and employment opportunities. This is connected with housing and transportation requirements. All these aspects of planning are inter-related and are important inputs for regulating spatial growth,” Mishra told Express. “The study will give us ideas that will act as critical inputs in fine-tuning our planning process,” he said, adding that there was also a proposal to map blue-green assets and preparation of a conservation plan as part of the master plan which will be a first of its kind in the country he said. ,” The blue-green concept refers to a kind of urban planning where the water bodies and land are interdependent, and grow with the help of each other, offering environmental and social benefits. The move is a result of a discussion at the CMDA for a third Master Plan for CMA, with the World Bank team. what triggered raids? Ex-min acquired wealth of `2.68 cr, 8 firms: FIR E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ Karur The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) raids that were conducted at the premises of former AIADMK minister and Karur AIADMK District Secretary MR Vijayabaskar, were on , the basis of an FIR that charged him with amassing wealth worth `2.68 crore, more than the likely savings during his tenure as the Transport Minister from 2016 to 2021, and acquiring eight proper- ties through partnership firms worth `8 crore. A case has been registered at the Karur Town Police station by the DVAC regarding the accumulation of assets by Vijayabaskar, his wife Vijayalakshmi, and his brother R Sekar. The FIR alleged that the minister had assets worth `2,51,91,378 as on May 23, 2016, which went up to `8,62,35,648 as on March 15, 2021. Vijayabaskar and his family also acquired assets to the tune of `2,68,38,487 in excess of the likely savings during the check period. The extent of the disproportion was 55 per cent of the total income during the check period, the FIR said. The FIR also alleged that the minister had acquired as many as eight assets in the name of the two partnership firms — M/s Rainbow Dyers at six different locations across Karur worth `2,90,81,500, and M/s Rainbow Blue Metals at two different location s across Kar u r wor t h `4,48,24,000 — during his tenure as the minister, considered as the check period. The drastic rise in properties owned and partnered by the former minister during his tenure has raised the suspicion, which eventually led to the raids. continued on: p4 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 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 Abbott `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 tamil nadu july 23 july 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,830 2,516 24 1,819 2,583 27
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