BHUBANESWAR l wednesday l july 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l JEYPORE EDITION mental health issue forces Simone Biles to withdraw The 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion pulls out during the team final to protect the US team and self on Tuesday Simone Biles Wants to focus on wellbeing Biles, widely expected to star in the Games, was in tears when she addressed the media after Russian Olympic Committee won the final. "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardise my health and my wellbeing," she said. She went backstage with a trainer but came out later to support the team ■ 1992 Undecided for Thursday's event ■ The athlete, who said she was inspired by the likes of Naomi Osaka, is yet to make a decision on taking part in Thursday's allaround individual final Japan Olympics face Noami Osaka crashes out of tennis event; Carissa Moore and Italo Ferreira win gold in debut sport of surfing First gold won by Russia in this event | P11, 12 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 e x p r e ss r e a d Inter-state tension Assam says commandos will man the Mizo border A day after the bloody clash along the Assam-Mizoram border killed five Assam policemen and one civilian, the Assam government on Tuesday announced its plan to deploy 4,000 commandos to man the sensitive border. “We are raising three commando battalions to protect our land in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. They will have a combined strength of 4,000 personnel. We don’t want others to encroach upon our land,” Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma told journalists at Silchar in Assam’s Cachar district. The CM added that the state government would move the SC for status quo on the border areas. Meanwhile, the Congress decided to send a fact-finding team to the troubled spot | P10 Not this year Framing of contentious CAA rules deferred again The Citizenship Amendment Act won’t be implemented at least till January next year as the Union home ministry has sought yet another extension to frame rules for the law, which was notified on December 12, 2019. Junior home minister Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that the Centre has sought extension till January 9. He was replying to a question from Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on whether the government had missed the deadline to frame and notify CAA rules and the steps taken in this context. While Constitutional experts say the rules need to be framed within six months of getting President’s nod, it is for the fifth time that the government has sought extension for the framing of the rules | P10 Virus concern Covid cases rising: 54 dists have TPR above 10% Over the past week, the number of districts with Covid19 test positivity rate (TPR) above 10% has shot up from 46 to 54 while over 20 districts have reported a notable spike in daily cases, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday, terming it “an area of concern” Addressing media persons, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Union health ministry, said seven districts in Kerala, five in Manipur, three in Meghalaya and two in Maharashtra have been showing a rising trend in Covid-19 cases over the past one month. There are 62 districts where over 100 cases are reported every day. ““Overall if we look from a global perspective, the pandemic is far from over. There is a noticeable increase in the number of cases across the world,” said Agarwal | P10 Former CBI special director BJP goes for legacy, Lingayat, BSY loyalist Basavaraj Bommai will take oath of office and secrecy at 11 am today; his elevation shows Yediyurappa grip on state unit affairs father-son duo in the high office Basavaraj Bommai will be the second father-son duo to occupy the chief minister’s post in Karnataka. His dad S R Bommai was chief minister for eight months during 1988-1989. The other fatherson duo from the state to occupy the chair are H D Deve Gowda and his son Kumaraswamy A nu s ha Ra v i @ Bengaluru The tears he shed as he announced his resignation on Monday ensured B S Yediyurappa got his man — Basavaraj Bommai — the top job on Tuesday. Bommai, who joined BJP in 2008, was unanimously elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party . None other than Yediyurappa proposed Bommai’s name, which was backed by Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol. Bommai left behind other contenders like Murugesh Nirani, Arvind Bellad and C T Ravi to grab the top post. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was sent as an observer to the legislature party meet by the BJP Parliamentary Board, announced Bommai as the next chief minister. “This is a big responsibility . Under the guidance of chief minister (sic) B S Yediyurappa, I will give a pro-people government. I will strive hard for the welfare of farmers, poor, downtrodden, labourers and backward classes. Management of Covid and floods will be my priority I will make an honest ef. fort to implement all the schemes announced in our budget,” said Bommai soon after his election. He along with senior leaders, Outgoing chief minister B S Yediyurappa (R) congratulating successor Basavaraj Bommai, after his election, in Bengaluru on Tuesday | Vinod Kumar T tions are being worked out. “It will be my priority to implement all schemes announced by our senior-most leader Yediyurappa,” Bommai told reporters outside Raj Bhavan as Yediyurappa put his arm around Bommai’s shoulders. Bommai’s elevation is being seen as Yediyurappa having a concrete say in party affairs. Bommai and Ashoka have been his go-to ministers in the cabinet over the last two years. Yediyurappa’s preference for Bommai has been noticed time and again with the latter’s appointment to important posts. Country will lead Oppn, we’ll follow, claims Didi IMF CUTS INDIA’s GDP GROWTH FORECAST Chai pe Charcha “Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has called me for a chai pe charcha,” Mamata said. He schedule for Wednesday had a meeting with party MPs followed by high tea with media. The meeting with Sonia is at 4.30 pm after which she will meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Prime Minister Narendra Modi with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during their meeting in New Delhi | pti E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi West Bengal Chief Minister Advance Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday explanning uded confidence that a united Op- On the need to expedite an Opposition coalition, she said, planning has to be done in advance. “Like there is election in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tripura. Like how it happened in Tripura with our boys and the issue of Dainik Bhaskar,” she said position will take shape in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. On her first trip to the national capital after winning the West Bengal Assembly elections, so as to catalyse early unity among Opposition parties and project herself as its natural leader, she, however, said: “Opposition unity will take shape on its own.” Fobbing off media’s questions on her leading the Opposi- tion coalition, she said, “The country will lead the Opposition, we are the followers.” Mamata’s first big-ticket meeting on Tuesday was with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which she met a few Congress leaders. She has already lined up meetings with NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar and a ‘chai pe charcha’ with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, apart from meeting her party’s members of Parliament. During the 45-minute meeting with Modi, Mamata claimed she discussed the Covid situation in West Bengal and demanded more vaccines and medicines for the state. “I had asked for an appointment from the PM... This was a courtesy visit. Post election, following the protocol we have to meet the PM once. But I also spoke about the Covid situation. I asked him to ensure that West Bengal gets enough vaccine doses. I am not against giving vaccines to other states, but considering the population of Bengal, we need more doses,” she later told the media. She also raised the pending issue of change of name of the state, to which the prime minister said ‘he will see’, Mamata later informed. While Mamata parried questions on raising the Pegasus snoopgate with Modi, she demanded that the prime minister convene an all-party meet to discuss the issue, which has paralysed Parliament. She also sought a Supreme Courtmonitored probe into the spyware, though a day earlier she set up a probe panel led by retired SC judge Madan Lokur into it. The Congress leader she met were Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Singhvi. Nath claimed he had called on her to congratulate her for her poll victory . Mercurial monsoon leaves Odisha farmers high and dry, kharif crops hit Rakesh Asthana is new Delhi Police commissioner E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Former CBI official Rakesh Asthana has been appointed Delhi Police Commissioner. Asthana, who was special director in the CBI in 2017, was removed in 2018 and was made the chief of the Border Security Force. He courted controversy with his public feud with the then CBI chief Alok Verma and was subject to investigation in a bribery case. He got a clean chit in February 2020. The 1984-batch IPS officer from Gujarat cadre was to retire as director-general of BSF on July 3. He will now get a one-year tenure as Delhi police chief Even as extreme rainfall activity is wreaking havoc in many parts of the country, Odisha, a usual suspect, is facing a situation to the contrary, so much so that deficient rainfall has begun to cast a shadow on agriculture activities. Kharif operations have been considerably delayed in many districts owing to scanty rainfall. The State has recorded a deficient rainfall of 29 pc till July 24. It received an average 89.5 mm rainfall against the @ Bhubaneswar normal of 252.2 mm in July, resulting in less area coverage under kharif crop. The State had planned to cover 61.96 lakh hectare (ha) under different crops during this kharif season. However, as of now, only around 29.41 lakh ha has been covered as against 35.47 lakh ha during the corresponding period last year. Of the 35 lakh ha programmed under paddy cultivation during Kharif 202122, around 15.39 lakh ha has been covered. Last year it was 20.61 lakh ha. “Agricultural operations like beushaning and transplanting are getting delayed in few blocks of 15 districts with deficit rainfall. Incidences of yellow stem borer in young paddy crop also observed in lower intensity but the overall pest situation in the State is normal,” said a report of the Directorate of Agriculture and Food Production. With the monsoon playing truant, only 18.36 lakh ha is covered under cereal crops against 40.55 lakh ha programmed for this kharif CONTINUED ON: P7 season. Heritage intact Warrior Horse to stay put, govt sees the light E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Facing flak from all quarters over its move to shift the iconic Warrior Horse sculpture from Master Canteen Square in Bhubaneswar, the State government has finally decided not to go ahead with the plan. Plans for removing the most prominent landmark in Bhubaneswar and a cultural symbol of Capital city had come to the fore with the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) pressing for relocation of the statue, which it deemed unnecessary to its Smart Janpath project. Surprisingly the , Culture department had given its including Yediyurappa, met Gover nor T haawarchand Gehlot late on Tuesday evening. Bommai will take oath as chief minister at 11 am on Wednesday A complete revamp of . the cabinet is on the cards and Bommai is expected to have a new team of deputy CMs and ministers. Party sources said that R Ashoka, Sriramulu and Govind Karjol could become deputy CMs, while the fate of other two other Deputy CMs Dr CN Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi hangs in balance as new combinations for regional and caste equa- consent to shifting of the statue that has been adopted by the State government as its official emblem. The department had asked the Bhubaneswar Development Authority to shift the sandstone sculpture to the roundabout near Raj Bhawan. However, after the New Indian Leaders of Opposition BJP and Express expose on the plan to rob Congress who had vehemently opthe Capital city of its signature posed the move and staged proleading to a widespread outcry the tests, welcomed the decision and , gover nment has demanded that utmost scrapped the move. care be given for protecpress Municipal Commisimpact tion of the statue during sioner and Bhuexecution of the Smart baneswar Smart City Janpath project. The iconic replica of the famous Limited (BSCL) CEO Sanjay Kumar Singh on Tuesday said the sculpture of the Sun Temple at statute will not be shifted, instead Konark showcasing a warrior with the Smart Janpath project will be the horse has been a landmark of modified to ensure its inclusion. Bhubaneswar for decades. The “The project will be executed with- stone work of late sculptor Raghuout shifting the statue from the lo- nath Mohapatra had been erected cation. Aligning the sculpture by the BDA at Master Canteen with the existing Smart Janpath around 1988. However, the sculpdesign will not require any major ture has been lying neglected for several years. CONTINUED ON: P7 changes”, Singh said. A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi tHE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s economic growth forecast by three percentage points to 9.5% for the current fiscal from its earlier projection of 12.5%, citing “lack of access to vaccines” and chances of a third Covid wave. “Growth prospects in India have been downgraded following the severe second Covid wave during March– May and expected slow recovery in confidence from that setback,” IMF said in the latest edition of its World Economic Outlook report, released on Tuesday . For the next fiscal, however, the IMF has forecast an 8.5% growth for India, 160 basis points higher than its April forecast. The upward revision is mainly due to the low base of the previous year’s growth forecast. “Steady recovery is not assured anywhere so long as segments of the population remain susceptible to the virus and its mutations,” the IMF said. It added “similar NATIONWIDE july 26 july 27 Fresh cases 39,361 26,689 Recoveries Deaths 35,968 42,363 416 415 Global growth at 6% IMF’s global growth forecast for 2021 calendar year remained unchanged at 6% as upgrades in the developed world were offset by downgrades in countries that experienced renewed Covid waves, notably India dynamics are at work in the ASEAN-5 group, consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, where recent infection waves are causing a drag on activity”. The US is expected to register a 7% growth this year, a sharp reversal from last year’s 3.5% drop and an upgrade from the 6.4% growth the IMF had forecast for 2021 back in April. “Faster-than-expected vaccination rates and return to normalcy have led to upgrades, while lack of access to vaccines and renewed waves of Covid-19 cases in some countries, notably India, have led to downgrades,” said Gita Gopinath, chief economist, IMF. Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 26 57,48,692 doses July 27 36,87,239 doses Total: 44,58,39,699 odisha july 26 july 27 Fresh cases 1,637 1,629 Recoveries Deaths 2,204 62 1,969 60
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