KOCHI l wednesday l july 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE city EDITION mental health issue forces Simone Biles to withdraw 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 The 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion pulls out during the team final to protect the US team and self on Tuesday 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 1992 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 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 | P8 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 Anu 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 | P8 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 Covid 2nd wave impact imf cuts india’s GDP growth forecast to 9.5% 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 | P10 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express UDF pins govt down over 7,316 missing Covid deaths E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram 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 NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar and a ‘chai pe charcha’ with West Bengal Chief Minister Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday apart from meeting her party’s exuded confidence that a unit- members of Parliament. ed Opposition will take shape During the 45-minute meetin the run up to the 2024 Lok ing with Modi, Mamata claimed Sabha polls. she discussed the Chai pe On her first trip to Covid situation in Charcha the national capital West Bengal and deafter winning the manded more vac“Congress West Bengal Assem- Chairperson Sonia cines and medicines bly elections, so as to Gandhi has called for the state. catalyse early unity “I had asked for an me for a chai pe among Opposition charcha,” Mamata appointment from the parties and project said. Her schedule PM... This was a courherself as its natural tesy visit. Post elecfor Wednesday leader, she, however, tion, following the had a meeting said: “Opposition uniprotocol we have to with party MPs ty will take shape on meet the PM once. followed by high its own.” But I also spoke about tea with media. Fobbing off media’s The meeting with the Covid situation. I questions on her leadasked him to ensure Sonia is at 4.30 ing the Opposition that West Bengal gets pm after which coalition, she said, she will meet Delhi enough vaccine dos“The country will CM Arvind Kejriwal es. I am not against lead the Opposition, giving vaccines to we are the followers.” other states, but considering Mamata’s first big-ticket the population of Bengal, we meeting on Tuesday was with need more doses,” she later told Prime Minister Narendra the media. The Congress leadModi, after which she met a few ers she met were Kamal Nath, Congress leaders. She has al- Anand Sharma and Abhishek ready lined up meetings with Singhvi. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @New Delhi Plus-Two results to be out today Results available from 4 pm on www. results.kite.kerala.gov.in, results.kerala. nic.in, www.dhsekerala.gov.in, www.prd. kerala.gov.in and www.kerala.gov.in refreshing idea How about an outing for jumbos for a change? S a j i m o n P S @Pathanamthitta Captive elephants, too, need an outing. And that’s what the authorities of the Konni Elephant Camp are planning. They have put forth a proposal to take the jumbos at the camp for occasional trips in the forest area to make them feel refreshed. The Konni Elephant Camp — an eco tourism centre — was abuzz with visitors until the Covid struck and the restrictions that followed. Now, it has remained shut for months in the wake of the second wave. According to mahouts and veterinary doctor at the camp, taking the jumbos for outings in forest ar- 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- An elephant at the camp at Konni in Pathanamthitta | SHAJI VETTIPURAM eas will be good for their physical and mental well-being. “All elephants enjoy mud baths. It is good for their health and provides them relief from insect bites. Elephants also like rubbing their body against trees. At the camp, the jumbos stand on the concrete floor of the shelters most of the time. They don’t have facilities for mud baths or other recreational activities. There is not enough facility for even getting proper exercise. So, occasional outings will ensure that the animals are in good health. The trips will also help in reducing the excess fat in their bodies,” said a mahout. Konni Divisional Forest Officer Syam Mohan Lal said though it is not possible to take elephants for an outing frequently it can be done oc, casionally “We are actively consid. ering it,” he said, adding that the proposal will be executed once the government gives nod. ● More on P4 Putting the state government on the back foot, the Opposition UDF on Tuesday released the actual list of Covid deaths compiled by the Information Kerala Mission. As per the list, the state has lost 23,486 people to Covid from January 2020, while the official list released by the chief minister’s office as on Monday maintains that there have only been 16,170 deaths so far. The list provided by the Information Kerala Mission in response to an RTI query has around 7,316 more deaths than the official list. The state has been maintaining that the Covid death certification system is very transparent and it works as per the guidelines of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). Revealing the Covid death data till July 23 this year in the assembly during the discussion on the notice for an adjournment motion to discuss the impact of lockdown on livelihood, Opposition leader V D Satheesan said, “The list has vindicated the Opposition stand that the government had undercounted Covid deaths right from the beginning.” He also said the death stats are compiled by a state agency and not the Opposition which underlines the gravity of the issue. If the deaths of current week are also accounted for, the actual toll would be higher than ● More on P4 the list released today he said. , death stats as per the list of Information Kerala Mission Month 2020 2021 Jan 0 693 Feb 0 655 March 1 404 April 0 1,650 May 3 11,255 June 3 5,870 July 30 613 Aug 105 — Sep 271 — Oct 683 — Nov 630 — Dec 620 — Statewide The list has vindicated the Opposition stand that government had undercounted Covid deaths V D Satheesan, Oppn leader july 26 july 27 Fresh cases 11,586 22,129 Recoveries Deaths 14,912 135 13,415 156 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. P5 HC order to cancel KTU BTech exams E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Kochi The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered the cancellation of the BTech first and third semester examinations, being conducted in offline mode by the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University , Thiruvananthapuram, since July 9. It also restrained the university from conducting the remaining exams scheduled in the coming days. Justice Amit Rawal issued the order on the petition filed by Sagar A R, a fourth semester BTech student and seven others challenging the varsity’s decision to conduct offline exams violating UGC’s regulations. The counsel for Varsity submitted that those students, who are unable to take the offline exams due to Covid-related issues will be permitted to appear for the next exams conducted by the university for the same semester. This will be treated as their first chance, ● More on P4 counsel said.
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