KOCHI 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 P V 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 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 M a 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. Silver medallist Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten actually thought she had won gold and didn’t realise Kiesenhofer raced clear to take the tape | P12 57kg 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 An 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 wait, ing 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 congregated in a show of strength in support of the Lingayat strongman. BANK FRAUD 4 key accused in custody, papers seized after raids E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E 30 more killed in Maha, 9 dead in HP landslide E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai, Chandigarh & Bengaluru Six in successor race, BJP brass to take call M A N ISH 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. INL splits as prez, gen secy expel each other, workers fight in street @ Thrissur E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi THE crime branch team probing the `300-crore Karuvannur Cooperative Bank loan fraud case took four key accused persons into custody on Sunday . The officials also raided their houses and seized documents revealing the fraudulent transactions. The bank’s former branch manager Biju Kareem, former secretary T S Sunilkumar, commission agent Bijoy A K and former accountant Jils were taken into custody from a flat at Ayyanthole. In the raids that lasted several hours, the probe team is also learnt to have recovered documents revealing that the four accused had diverted `14.5 crore from the bank in collusion with staffer Reji Anilkumar using 29 fake loan ac● More on P4 counts. A meeting of the leaders of the Indian National League (INL), an LDF ally, to avoid an imminent split in the party took an ugly turn here on Sunday when two sections of the workers entered into a street fight. Later, making the split a reality, the warring factions ousted party state president and general secretary after holding two separate meetings. INL state president A P Abdul Wahab removed general secretary Kassim Irikkur from the post while Kassim expelled Wahab and seven others alleging they violated party discipline. Party insiders said the tug of war for power between the president and the general secretary culminated in the split. Ports Minister Ahmed Devarkovil is Kas- sim’s nominee and all key decisions were taken unilaterally by the general secretary. Devarkovil was fielded in Kozhikode South seat this assembly polls replacing Wahab who contested unsuccessfully last time. The Kassim faction also enjoys the support of the INL national leadership. The scuffle began at the state committee meeting when a section of leaders objected to Kassim’s action of suspending two members of the party secretariat. There were allegations that the party leadership had sold the PSC member post allotted to INL. Besides, the appointment of three CPM members in the personal staff of Devarkovil also created resentment. That culminated in the party leadership initiating disciplinary action against some of its ● More on P4 functionaries. 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 people evacuated across the state People in six relief camps 43 NDRF 5 Indian Navy ONE Army 2 IndianGuard 1 Indian Air Force Coast Slots up for grabs as Cong tries to resolve Raj mess R a j e s h A s n a n i @ Jaipur 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 Ashok Gehlot 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 Sachin Pilot was on. As they grew more vociferous, Pilot had to send some leaders from his own group to persuade them to pipe down. Earlier in the day Venugopal and Mak, en 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. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) proactive step State govt to ask staff to submit no-dowry affidavit E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram TIGHTENING its screws on dowry seekers, the state government has decided to strictly implement the rule insisting all its employees to submit an affidavit counter-signed by their spouses and fathers-in-law stating that they have not taken or given dowry. The department heads should compile the reports and hand them over to the district dowry prohibition of- ficer every six months. In case of filing fake affidavits, legal and departmental action will be initiated against the erring officers. The order issued by the department of women and child development said that even the government employees are not free from the regressive practice and the Dowry Prohibition Act should be implemented strictly to put an end to this. Though there are rules that mandate the government employees to present such an affidavit at the time of joining, it has been noticed that they are not being followed in full spirit. The involvement of some government officials in the recent dowry-related suicides also prompted the government to ● More on P4 take such a step. 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 private sector The government is planning to make the affidavit mandatory for privatesector employees as well 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 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 Rad, haanagari 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 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 rain in Belagavi and neighbouring Maharashtra have resulted in huge inflow into Krishna, Vedaganga, Dudhaganga, Hiranyakeshi, Ghataprabha, Markandey rivers, leaving several villages inundated. express read NATIONWIDE july 24 july 25 5 new friction points emerge along LAC Fresh cases 39,097 36,603 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 33,272 546 368 stateWIDE july 24 july 25 Fresh cases 18,531 17,466 Recoveries Deaths 15,507 98 15,247 66
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