NAGAPATTINAM WEDNESDAY JULY 28, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 CITY 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 UNDECIDED FOR THURSDAY'S EVENT 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 ■ ■ 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 1992 FIRST GOLD WON BY RUSSIA IN THIS EVENT | P13, 14 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 EXPRESS READ 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 NOT THIS YEAR 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 N U S H A R A 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, 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 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 FORMER CBI SPECIAL DIRECTOR Rakesh Asthana is new Delhi Police commissioner 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 Outgoing chief minister B S Yediyurappa (R) congratulating successor Basavaraj Bommai, after his election, in Bengaluru on Tuesday | VINOD KUMAR T 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- 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. TN mulls partial reopening of schools; experts, parents in favour of the move EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Prime Minister Narendra Modi with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during their meeting in New Delhi | PTI Country will lead Oppn, we’ll follow, claims Didi 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 ADVANCE PLANNING 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday exuded confidence that a united Opposition 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 Opposition 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 de- manded 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 Court-monitored 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 . SCHOOLS in Tamil Nadu might soon reopen for students studying in classes 9, 10, 11 and 12. School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Tuesday said that discussions were on in this regard. “Parents must be confident about sending their children to school and not worry about the pandemic. We are considering opening schools at least for the high and higher secondary school students. The State is also taking JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 26 57,48,692 doses July 27 36,87,239 doses TOTAL: 44,58,39,699 NATIONWIDE JULY 26 JULY 27 Fresh cases 39,361 26,689 Recoveries Deaths 35,968 42,363 416 415 TAMIL NADU JULY 26 JULY 27 Fresh cases 1,785 1,767 Recoveries Deaths 2,361 26 2,312 29 `5.93 CR SCAM UNFOLDS IN AAVIN MANAGEMENT As many as seven officials from sales, finance and engineering departments of Aavin have been charged with irregularities in spending crores of rupees for advertisements violating the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Act | P4 steps towards improving infrastructure and the strength of t e a c h e r s i n g ove r n m e n t schools,” the minister told reporters in Chennai. Although there is a concern about health, parents and teachers are largely in favour of the move. “We have been asking the government to reopen schools since the first week of July as students are slowly losing an interest to learn. Especially after the ICMR clarified that children will not be largely affected in the possible third wave since they have good immunity, it is high time that schools are reopened,” said PK Ilamaran, president of the Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Association. Ilamaran suggested that the students may be asked to attend only five periods a day since they will not be able to wear masks for long hours. For primary school students, classes on alternate days has also been suggested. IMF CUTS INDIA’s GDP GROWTH FORECAST 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 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. PRODIGIES OF TN 7-year-old’s quick wit and courage save his life Girl schools cop on law he taught her S I N D U J A J A N E @ Chennai WHAT would have easily gone unrecognised and turned fatal for this young child was averted solely because of his bravery and ability to think on his feet. Darshith, a seven-year-old boy from Poosivakkam village in Kancheepuram, was out fishing in a pond along with his friend on July 16 when a venomous snake bit him. Rather than resorting to panic, Darshith acted quickly and killed the snake with a stick. He later carried the snake home and, with his parents, reached the Russell’s viper that bit the boy; (Inset) Darshith | EXPRESS hospital, helping the doctors identify the snake and select the anti-venom to treat him. The snake was identified as a Russell’s viper, one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. According to a WHO report, this particular variety, along with kraits and cobras, accounts for the most snake bite deaths in India. “He killed the snake with a stick, and showed it to my father-in-law who was grazing a cow nearby But he directed the . boy to show it to me and my wife, after which we rushed him to the Kancheepuram Government Hospital. There they kept him under observation for two days, and as his leg started swelling and more complications developed, they referred him to the Institute of Child’s Health, Egmore (ICH),” said R Ramu, Darshith’s father. People bitten by a Russell’s viper usually develop symptoms like neurotoxicity, bleeding and renal failure in three to four hours, but Darshith’s was an unusual case. He developed complications only after 48 hours. Considering his young age, the Kancheepuram GH referred him to the ICH for tertiary care, said Dr S Seenivasan, paediatric intensivist at the CONTINUED ON: P9 ICH. S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai IT was a lesson learnt for this police officer, when one of his old pupils, a 19-year-old criminology student, schooled him on a topic that he taught her over an year and a half ago. V Dhana Shree, a final year student of BA Criminology & Police Administration, has sent a letter to a Sub Inspector of Police, attached to the Sevvapet police station in Tiruvallur district, pointing out his violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Dhana Shree, had visited the Tiruvallur Taluk police station about 18 months ago as part of an internship programme. During that time, the same S-I had taught the batch about the CrPC, and the rights that the law provides women while being inquired. Recently, the police had to intervene to settle a civil dispute between the girl’s family and their neighbour. The S-I, along with a woman constable, arrived at the girl’s residence and held an inquiry. “After a few hours, he asked both families to board the police vehicle, saying that the inquiry will continue at the station. Dhana Shree and her mother resisted saying that there was neither a complaint filed against them nor a notice issued for inquiry,” said P Senthil Kumar, the girl’s uncle. Kumar contacted the control room informing them that the officer had taken the two women to the police station without proper notice or a written complaint in hand. Later, the officer dropped them off at their resiCONTINUED ON: P9 dence.
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