tiruchy l monday l july 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION Cold turkeys in hot Tokyo Even as the weather turned hotter, India’s performances became grim, especially in shooting and hockey. Manu Bhaker’s equipment misfired in the women’s 10m air pistol. Not a single shooter qualified for the final. In hockey, the men’s team conceded seven against Australia. The women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Ankita too crashed out Women to the fore While the losses came thick and fast, the wins came in drips. The most significant being Manika Batra advancing to the third round after taking down the higher ranked Margaryta Pesotska. Mary Kom moved to the pre-quarters beating an opponent 15 years younger than her while PV Sindhu won her opening round match. No tests for Tokyo returnees Athletes, officials and media returning to the country from Tokyo Olympics will not be required to produce RT-PCR negative test reports for Covid-19 before their departure from the Japanese capital, the Government of India said on Sunday. Firsts of their kind Japan skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins first ever skateboard gold while surfing made its debut on Sunday Ma t h e m a t i c i a n ’ s s t u n n e r Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer, who holds a doctorate in applied mathematics, claimed a stunning gold in the women’s road race. Kiesenhofer doesn’t have a coach and manages diet on her known. Her CV features more academic accolades than cycling ones: a degree from the Technical University of Vienna, studies at Cambridge and a doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She teaches at Lausanne university. She broke away from the peloton early and took the lead unnoticed. Silvermedallist Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten actually thought she had won gold and didn’t realise Kiesenhofer raced clear to take the tape | P12 57 kg 2016 Iranian bronze medallist in taekwondo, Kimia Alizadeh, now taking part as a refugee athlete, lost in a bronze medal bout | P11 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 BSY left on the hook by top party leaders A n u s h a R a v i @ Bengaluru Will he, won’t he? Even B S Yediyurappa doesn’t seem to know whether he will continue in his post or not. On the eve of his government’s second anniversary, Yediyurappa was kept waiting for the BJP’s Central leadership to decide his fate. No word had come till late Sunday night and Yediyurappa has decided to go ahead with his government’s anniversary celebrations, while being mindful of keeping the rest of Monday ‘reserved’ in case the high command gives its directive. Amid indications of an imminent change of guard in the state, the four-time chief minister made it obvious that if anybody blinks first, it would not be him. Yediyurappa, who visited rain-affected districts in the Mumbai-Karnataka region, said he would continue working as usual until he is asked to resign, repeatedly putting the onus on the BJP central leadership, while asserting that he is up for the task to continue as chief minister. “I have decided to work till the very last minute. I haven’t received any message so far. If they ask me to continue, I will. Otherwise, I will resign and work for the party I am hopeful . of getting information either today or tomorrow. I will decide on the future course of action then,” said a calm and composed Yediyurappa, speaking to reporters here. For two weeks now, Yediyurappa has been insisting that it is up to the party central leadership to decide his fate. Sources close to the CM insisted that if the party decides to replace him, then it is entirely their decision and not his. “Let me add that I will work for the next 10-15 years for the party’s welfare,” Yediyurappa said in parting as if to slay all doubts being cast on his capabilities due to age and health. In Bengaluru, hundreds of seers — mainly from the Lingayat community — congregated in a show of strength in support of the Lingayat strongman, demanding that Yediyurappa be allowed to continue as chief minister. @ Mumbai, Chandigarh & Bengaluru M A NISH A N A N D @ New Delhi Having a done a full background check on six chief ministerial aspirants, the BJP top brass is likely to initiate consultations on identifying the successor to the aging Karnataka incumbent B S Yediyurappa. With Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah and BJP chief J P Nadda returning to Delhi from their respective tours of the Northeast and Goa, consultation with the top Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leadership is likely before taking the final call. While Yediyurappa, 78, has been sharing a timeline on how the situation would unfold, the BJP leadership here is patiently watching his show of strength with the Lingayat seers. Their reading is he will not settle peacefully till a prominent position is ensured for his son B Y Vijayendra. “The BJP leadership, as part of a routine exercise, has done a thorough background check on six candidates. Five of them are B L Santhosh (national organisational secretary), C N Ashwath Narayan (deputy CM), C T Ravi (national general secretary), Murugesh Nirani and Basavaraj Bommai (both state ministers). Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosbole will decide on the successor. There can also be a surprise candidate on the lines of Uttarakhand’s Pushkar Singh Dhami,” said a senior BJP functionary . A senior leader said the BJP will not do anything to lose support among Lingayats at a time when the focus is to make inroads into the JD(S)’s Vokkaliga base. Nirani, meanwhile, reached Delhi, while Union minister Prahlad Joshi will be back from Karnataka. The BJP is keen for a leadership change to ensure sufficient time for the successor to find his feet. R a j e s h A s n a n i @ Jaipur Ashok Gehlot Express News Service Six in successor race, BJP brass to take call Cabinet slots, political positions up for grabs as Cong tries to resolve Raj mess Hoping to resolve the rift in the Rajasthan party unity after forcing a solution in Punjab, Congress general secretaries K C Venugopal and Ajay Maken on Sunday indicated a cabinet reshuffle and a clutch of political appointments would be made soon to address the demands of all factions. Both held a meeting with PCC president Govind Sigh Dotasra and several state ministers, MLAs and office bearers at the party office here. The meeting happened in the presence of rebel leader and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and his group of MLAs. A large group of Pilot’s supporters shouted slogans outside the PCC office while the meeting was on. As they grew 30 more killed in Maha; 9 dead in HP landslide Sachin Pilot more vociferous, Pilot had to send some leaders from his own group to persuade them to pipe down. Earlier in the day Venugopal , and Maken called on Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and reportedly discussed the rejig. True to the party’s culture, all leaders left the decision on the reshuffle to the high command. “We’re discussing the cabinet expansion, appointment of district and block-level chiefs of Congress and appoint- ments in boards and corporations with our leaders,” Maken later shared. Maken, the AICC general secretary in charge for Rajasthan, however, did not have a date for the cabinet expansion. He will be back in Jaipur on July 28 and 29 for one-on-one meetings with all MLAs. The state cabinet can have a maximum of 30 ministers. It currently has 21, including the CM. The Rajasthan impasse has been on ever since Pilot, along with 18 MLAs, rebelled against Gehlot last July Though . Pilot came back to the party after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s intervention, his demands have not been met. In recent days, the demand for cabinet expansion and political appointments has gained momentum. NDRF personnel evacuating an injured boy from a flood-affected village in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur on Sunday | PTI SITUATION GRIM With brimming dams adding to the flood problem, the situation in Maharashtra remains grim. A look 890 2,29,074 2,000 Villages affected by flood RESCUE TEAMs Evacuated people across the state People in six relief camps 43 NDRF 5 Indian Navy ONE Army 2 IndianGuard 1 Indian Coast Air Force Midnight crash Actor Yashika Anand injured, friend killed in accident on ECR E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Chennai Tamil actor Yashika Anand’s friend was killed, while the actor and two other friends were injured in a mishap on East Coast Road (ECR) near Mahabalipuram on Saturday night. Police said Yashika was behind the wheel at the time, and has been booked. The deceased, Bhavani, who hails from Hyderabad, died while being taken to hospital. Police sources said the four were travelling to Chennai in an SUV and , around midnight, the vehicle hit the median and toppled near Sulerikadu. Passersby rushed the four to a nearby hospital, where Bhavani was declared dead. Yashika is said to have suffered grievous injuries. The other three were later shifted to a private hospital in Chennai, while Bhavani’s body was taken to the Government Chengalpattu Hopital for a post-mortem examination. Police sources refused to comment when asked if Yashika was drunk. She was booked under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by an act that endangers the life or personal safety of others), and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Transforming touch Prisoners turn painters, use walls to spread positivity E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Coimbatore If a prison is conceived as a place of gloom and doom, its walls are testimony to the thousands of stories behind that melancholy. To give those walls a healing touch, five inmates of the Coimbatore Central Prison have turned them into a canvas of colour, bearing murals and story-telling paintings. “They turned the inner walls colourful, with paintings that spread positivity says GB Sentha,” maraikannan, superintendent of the prison. The inmates and mural enthusiasts — C Billa (31), from Namagiripettai in Namakkal district, K Jagadeesan (34), from Kondalampatti, in Salem, P Selvam (28), Thippampatty, in Salem, G Rajkumar (34), from Kuppuchipalayam, in Namakkal, and M Noorullah (23), from Erode — began painting the walls in 2019 on a trial basis. They honed their skills through the skill-development classes conducted by the prison authorities, A painting by the prisoners | Express and after seeing their work, the officials let them paint the inner walls of the jail. Prison officials say the artwork could bring about The IMD on Sunday issued orange and yellow alerts predicting heavy rainfall, thunderstorm in MP, while Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, too, received rains throughout the weekend a positive behavioural change in the inmates. The subjects they chose to paint on are nature and patriotism. They have drawn portraits of personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, T h i r u v a l l u v a r, a n d VO C Chidambaram, who was imprisoned in the facility during the British rule. Unwilling to stop with traditional paintings, the five inmates of the Coimbatore Central Prison showcased their talent with 3D paintings too. Continued on: P5 On a day 30 more deaths were reported from the rain-affected districts of Maharashtra, the government on Sunday quantified the total loss, saying 228 people have died, while 100 are missing so far. A majority of the casualties and fatalities were recorded in the Konkan and western regions. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said floodwater has not receded from areas and evacuation operations are still on. Guardian minister of Kolhapur Satej Patil said that the situation was very grim. “We can provide food to the marooned people, but arranging fodder for the animals is a major challenge. On Sunday, Radhaanagari dam’s five gates were opened after it attained full capacity, submerging more areas.” Meanwhile, nine persons died and three more were grievously injured in rain- t r i g g e re d l a n d s l i d e s i n Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district on Sunday. The deceased – part of 11-member tourist group – were passing through Batseri on SanglaChitkula road when massive boulders started raining down on their vehicle from the mountaintop. Another landslide led to a bridge collapse on Baspa river, triggering a shower of boulders, leaving several vehicles damaged. The series of landslides led to a tailback even as rescue teams rescue teams mounted operations. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa visited Sankeshwar and other villages affected by flooding in Hiranyakeshi river over the past one week. Heavy rains in Belagavi and neighbouring Maharashtra have resulted in huge inflow into Krishna, Vedaganga, Dudhaganga, Hiranyakeshi, Ghataprabha, Markandey rivers, leaving several villages inundated. e x p r e ss r e a d NATIONWIDE july 24 july 25 5 new friction points emerge along LAC Fresh cases 39,097 39,742 New Delhi: Emergence of five more friction points along the LAC and a lack of consensus on troop presence and their withdrawal from stand-off points in eastern Ladakh have stalled the draw down process. Amid India’s insistence that the PLA move back to the pre-May 5, 2020, positions, five more friction points have emerged around Kilometer 120 in Galwan, PP 15 and PP 17A at Shoksha La in the north of Pangong, and Rechin La and Rezang La in south of Pangong | P7 Recoveries Deaths 35,087 39,972 546 535 tamil nadu july 24 july 25 Fresh cases 1,819 1,808 Recoveries Deaths 2,583 27 2,447 22
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