vijayawada l wednesday l july 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late 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 | 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 to take oath of office and secrecy at 11 am today; his elevation shows Yediyurappa’s 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 An 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 | P8 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 | P7 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. 100% weightage for marks in Eapcet to award ranks this year as no exams held E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada 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 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 had set up a probe panel led by retired SC judge Madan Lokur into it. The Congress leaders she met were Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Singhvi. Nath claimed he had called on her to congratulate her for her poll victory . The Higher Education Department has decided to give 100 per cent weightage for marks in the Engineering, Agriculture and Pharmacy Common Entrance Test 2021 in awarding ranks in EAPCET in view of cancellation of Intermediate examinations due to Covid-19. The norm, however, is followed only for this academic year. As per the general practice, 25 per cent weightage used to be given to marks obtained by 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 statewide july 26 july 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,627 1,540 2,017 2,304 17 19 57,672 61,298 memos to officials who miss targets Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday said memos will be issued to officials who have failed to meet the target set for them in visiting village and ward secretariats. The officials should be more accountable, he said | P4 pilgrimage packages students in relevant group subjects to award ranks in the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test earlier, which is now EAPCET. APSCHE Special Officer M Sudheer Reddy on Tuesday said with admissions into the medical stream being done through NEET, EAMCET has now been changed as EAPCET. As per the schedule, EAPCET will be held from August 19 to 25. Referring to 100 per cent weightage for EAPCET marks in awarding ranks, he said 75 per cent weightage used to be given for marks in EAMCET earlier and 25 per cent for marks obtained by students in Intermediate examinations. EAMCET ranks used to be declared considering the total marks in EAMCET and Intermediate examinations. The norm will not be followed this year due to cancellation of Intermediate exams, he explained. IMF CUTS INDIA’s GDP GROWTH FORECAST A N URADHA SHUKLA @ 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 MarchMay 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. Ashok’s plea TTD plans to increase footfalls in local temples MANSAS affairs’ audit a must: HC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirupati The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is all set to take a slew of measures to increase pilgrim footfalls in local temples. As part of the initiative, the TTD will come up with specific packages for pilgrims covering local temples in coordination with the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department and APSRTC. It has been decided to give wide publicity to local temples highlighting their significance to attract pilgrims. There are several ancient temples in Chit- toor district, which are little known to pilgrims. The new initiative is aimed at making local temples major pilgrimage destinations. TTD Executive Officer KS Ja- wahar Reddy who reviewed the , functioning of local temples here on Tuesday, said the TTD website and Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel should highlight the significance of local temples. “The publicity should be taken up by means of pictorial depiction of local temples at Padmavathi Nilayam, Srinivasam, Vishnu Nivasam, RTC bus stand, railway station and other public places to attract pilgrims,’’ he said. Directing officials to come up with specific tour packages after holding talks with the Tourism Department and RTC, the EO said emphasis should be laid on conduct of special sevas in local temples to attract pilgrims. Booklets on local temples should also be published for the benefit of visiting pilgrims, he said. Kalyana Kattas (tonsuring halls) should be set up at Srinivasa Mangapuram and Appalayagunta temple for the convenience of devotees. The temples should be categorised on the basis of income and footfalls of devotees. All the sanctioned works for temple development should be completed as per schedule, the EO said. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday made it clear that the affairs of Maharaja Alak Narayan Society of Arts and Science (MANSAS) Trust should be audited. It sought to know the objections of petitioner and MANSAS Trust chairman P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, if auditing is done. Justice M Venkataramana heard the petition field by Raju seeking suspension of the GO 75 through which members of the trust board were appointed. Raju also sought the HC directions to suspend the proceedings of the trust executive officer to convene a meeting of the trust board. He also urged the High Court to issue directions to the EO to follow his instructions. Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, senior advocate DV Sitarama Murthy said the High Court had earlier struck down the GO issued by the State government appointing Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju as chairperson of MANSAS Trust. With the High Court or- der, the trust board appointed then is no more existent, he said. Sitarama Murthy further informed the court that the EO was not acting according to the instructions of the MANSAS chair man and had frozen the b a n k a c c o u n t s by which the trust was not in a position to pay salaries to the staff of educational institutions run by it. Justice Venkataramana asked as to whether the EO was working to serve the interests of the trust or otherwise. P4
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