tirupati l friday l july 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION India in different quarters in Tokyo Top performances in archery, badminton, hockey raise nation’s hopes at Olympics Mary Kom reacts after loss on Thursday | AP | P11, 12 26 Men's hockey team, archer Atanu stun favourites Heartbreak for Mary Kom Men's hockey team beat defending champions Argentina 4-1 to march into quarters and archer Atanu Das stunned two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek from South Korea to enter pre-quarters. Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu also advanced to the quarters after beating Mia Blichfeldt. Satish Kumar, India’s first super heavyweight (+91 kg) to compete in the Olympics, in last eight after win ■ ■ Multiple world champion and London Olympic medallist Mary Kom lost her flyweight (51 kg) prequarterfinal bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valenciaon. She said she did not realise she lost after winning last two of the three-round bouts Shooter Manu Bhaker is fifth after first stage of qualification Number of Indians to participate in athletics from friday 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 Officials inspect Pegasus office near Tel Aviv E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e Amid mounting international pressure to probe the widespread abuse of the Pegasus spyware, Israeli authorities inspected the offices of NSO Group near Tel Aviv, which owns the military grade cyberwar tool. The inspection happened on Wednesday around the time Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz was Paris to discuss the matter his French counterpart, as the latter country’s President Emmanuel Macron’s mobile numbers figured in a leaked database of NSO’s possible surveillance targets. For its part, NSO said defence ministry officials probing the complaints had ‘visited’ and not ‘raided’ its premises. While most countries affected by Pegasus, including France and Hungary have been pressur, ing Israel to come clean, it is a mystery that the Indian government does not see the surveillance of hundreds of academics, journalists, activists, politicians and victims of sexual violence, as a matter of national security . But pressure is mounting on the judiciary to order a probe, as over 500 individuals and groups have written to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana seeking his immediate intervention. 27% OBC quota for med AIQ seats 10% reservation also carved out for the EWS category; applicable from this admission season S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Following an year-old Madras High Court ruling and pressure from the Supreme Court, the Centre on Thursday announced 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% for the economically weaker section (EWS) of students for undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and dental courses under the All-India Quota (AIQ) scheme. Under the AIQ scheme, 15% UG and 50% PG seats are kept domicile-free in government medical and dental colleges, against which students from other states can be offered admission, while the rest of the seats are reserved for students from within the state. The Madras High Court had last week said there will be no admission in medical colleges this year without implementing the AIQ reservation. It had on July 27 last year directed the Un- ion health ministry to set up a committee to workout the quota arithmetic within three months, but the process got stalled, resulting in a rap from the Supreme Court in recent weeks. The new quotas will be applicable from the current academic session. The proposal was approved at a meeting chaired by the prime minister on Monday . AIQ was introduced in 1986 under the direction of the Supreme Court to provide for domicile-free merit-based opportunities to students from any state to aspire to study in a good medical college located in another state. To begin with, there was no quota in AIQ. But in 2007, the Su- Decision to benefit 5,550 students The decision would benefit nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in PG while it will also impact around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1,000 EWS students in PG medicine KRMB writes to AP for response on TS ‘claims’ on water diversion basin) from Srisailam reservoir till the entire in-basin needs are A day after Telangana wrote to met and that too only when Srithe Krishna River Management sailam and Nagarjuna Sagar Board (KRMB) to restrain And- Project (NSP) are spilling.” hra Pradesh from diverting SriHe also asked for it to be alsailam water to ‘outside basin’ lowed to generate maximum via Pothireddypadu Head Regu- power from Srisailam Left Power lator (PHR), the KRMB House, NSP and PuThursday wrote a letlichintala power houses ter to AP seeking its to meet ‘exigencies’. The views. AP water reTelangana ENC has sources officials are yet once again requested to take a call on if Telfor 50:50 ratio in sharing angana’s letter warof Krishna water. rants a reply at all. Following this, the On Wednesday, TelKRMB has written a letAP unlikely angana Irrigation Enter to AP Engineer-into respond gineer-in-Chief C MuChief (Irrigation) C AP officials are ralidhar shot off a Narayana Reddy apletter to the KRMB yet to take a call pending Telangana’s leton if TS letter chairman stating that ter and seeking comit had no objection to warrants a reply. ments on the same. AP’s proposal to gener- They are unlikely However, sources said ate power at Srisailam to respond to the that it is unlikely that ‘meaningless’ Right Power House, but the state officials would claims of TS noted that it did not rerespond to the ‘meanceive any requisition ingless’ claims. They from the board for releases from were referring to the ‘concerns’ PHR. Hence, the ENC requested, raised by the Telangana ENC “Telangana emphasises that the over allocation of water by the KRMB shall not permit any wa- Krishna Water Disputes TribuP5 ter to be diverted (to outside of nal (KWDT). J aya n t h P @ Vijayawada booSt to education Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy releases the second tranche of `693.81 crore under Jagananna Vidya Deevena, at his camp office at Tadepalli on Thursday | express HC to monitor judge hit-and-run M u k e s h R a n j a n @ Ranchi taking suo motu cognizance of a CCTV footage that showed an auto-rickshaw intentionally running over Dhandbad Additional District and Session Judge Uttam Anand, killing him on the spot, the Jharkhand High Court on Thursday called it a direct attack on judiciary . The HC asked state police to probe the incident thoroughly and get to the bottom of the case, while keeping the court updated on the progress. The footage showed the auto hitting the judge, who was on his morning walk, from behind on a deserted CCTV footage showing judge Uttam Anand (inset) being hit by an auto-rickshaw road. The shocking incident was also brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Thursday by SC Bar Association President Vikas Singh, who demanded CBI inquiry into the matter. However, the SC did not entertain it saying the Jharkhand HC has already Centre’s affidavit sparks protests at steel plant taken up the matter. Police have arrested two persons and the vehicle has also been recovered. During the hearing, the court observed such incidents have never taken place even when Maoist activity was at its peak in the state. It noted the incident is a reflection of the poor law and order situation, which has emboldened criminals to execute such a crime in broad day light. The HC accepted DGP Neeraj Sinha’s proposal to get the case probed by a Special Investigation Team. It asked the DGP to keep court apprised of the progress P8 of the probe. India to get back 14 stolen artworks E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam The agitation against privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is inching towards a flashpoint as employees’ unions have intensified their protests against the Central government filing an affidavit in the High Court reaffirming its stand on VSP disinvestment. Tense situation once again prevailed at the VSP administrative block on Thursday morning as a large number of employees gathered to take part in a dharna organised by the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which has been spearheading the agitation against privatisation for the past 168 days. Even as employees are gearing up for the Chalo Parliament agitation on August 2 and 3, the latest move of the Centre sparked preme Court allowed reservation of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs, after which OBCs sought a level playing field. When the Central educational institutions (reservation in admission) Act became effective in 2007 providing for uniform 27% reservation to OBCs, it was implemented in all centrally run medical colleges but was not extended to AIQ seats of state medical and dental colleges. The Centre had in 2019 introduced 10% reservation for EWS. Seats in medical and dental colleges were raised over two years ago so that the seat count for other general category students does not go down. instant protests at the steel plant. The employees gathered in large numbers at the entrance and stopped buses carrying the first shift staff and did not allow them to go inside. A huge police and CISF force was deployed at the steel plant to prevent any untoward incident in view of dharna and rally at the administrative office. The last time when a similar protest was undertaken, it led to tense moments with the agitating employees gheraoing senior officials for hours together. Finding fault with the ‘adamant attitude’ of the Centre in going ahead with the privatisation plan in spite of stiff opposition from the employees and various political parties of the State, the Porata Committee had demanded withdrawal of the notification issued to privatise the P5 plant. TTD sanctions I25 crore for Garuda Varadhi project Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy has sanctioned `25 crore as the second installment for Garuda Varadhi project. The TTD has made a total contribution of `50 crore for the prestigious flyover project in the temple town | P2 The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) on Thursday announced its decision to return 14 artworks worth around $3 million from its Asian collection to India, as 13 were sourced from jailed smuggler Subhash Kapoor and one from New York-based art dealer William Wolff. NGA director Nick Mitzevich said that returning the artworks is the right and culturally responsible thing to do. “We are grateful to the Indian government for their support and are pleased we can now return these culturally significant objects,” he said. The handover will take a couple of months. Once done, NGA’s collections will no longer have the Kapoor taint. Indian High Commissioner to Australia Manpreet Vohra said NGA’s decision was a gesture of friendship. Some of the artworks that are being returned include bronze and stone sculptures, a painted scroll and photographs. The museum had acquired them between 1989 and 2009. The Australian media had termed the collection a source of embarrassment for the NGA. Coming home Divine couple Lakshmi and Vishnu, 10th-11th century Letter of invitation to Jain monks; picture scroll, 1835 Child-saint Sambandar, 12th century Dancing child-saint Sambandar, 12th century (pic) Portrait of donor and priests before ShriNathji, Udaipur, unknown date Guru Das Studio A Gandhi memorial portrait, 1941 Processional standard, 1851 Portrait of a man, 1954 Goddess Durga slaying the buffalo demon, 12th-13th century Arch for a Jain shrine, 11th-12th century Seated Jina, 1163 Maharaja Kishen Pershad Yamin, 1903 Portrait of a woman, unknown date express read alarm bells Centre rushes team to Kerala as state reports 50% of country’s caseload A rapidly deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Kerala has prompted the Centre to depute a six-member team to assist the state government, but it has also led to a flurry of theories on why the southern state is in a mess when the rest of the country looks far better. Over the past two days, Kerala has reported over 50% of the total Covid19 cases in India, registering 22,056 new cases on Wednesday and 22,129 on Tuesday when overall the country detected less than 44,000 cases on each of the two days. On Thursday, the Union health ministry announced that a six-member central team, led by National Centre for Disease Control Director S K Singh, is being rushed to the state and it will visit a few districts NATIONWIDE july 28 july 29 Fresh cases 43,654 43,509 Recoveries Deaths statewide 41,678 38,465 640 640 july 28 july 29 Fresh cases 2,010 Recoveries 1,956 Deaths 20 Samples tested 70,695 2,107 1,807 20 78,784 Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 28 39,42,457 doses July 29 46,52,914 doses Total doses 45,55,02,438 levy RATIONALISATION GST structure to be revamped into a three-rate slab: CEA Subramanian The Centre is seriously planning to simplify GST into a three-rate slab regime, Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian said on Thursday, adding that it is going to happen “very soon”. “The threerate structure is something... definitely important and even the inverted duty structure (is) also equally important to actually fix. I think the government is definitely seized of the matter. So, we should hopefully see traction on that soon,” Subramanian said. He was speaking at a virtual event organised by industry body Assocham. At present, GST has five rates — 0.25%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. There was a long pending proposal to merge 12% and 18% slabs and finally bringing down to three, as suggested by former finance minister Arun Jaitley | P10 cabinet rejig Negative feedback from MLAs may cost some Raj ministers their jobs Jaipur: WITH AICC general secretary Ajay Maken extending his one-on-one discussions with Congress MLAs in Rajasthan by one more day, speculation is rife that some ministers in the Gehlot government may be shunted out owing to negative feedback. Maken, Congress’ Rajasthan in-charge, met MLAs for the second straight day Thursday to resolve the rift in the state unit. While a Cabinet rejig is likely to happen in August, the tussle between the Gehlot and Pilot factions persists. Pilot loyalists say some existing ministers must be dropped based on their performance and the feedback from MLAs. But the Gehlot camp is in no mood to accommodate the demand new prospect Differently abled cricketer looks for sponsors for int’l debut S N a g a r a j a R a o @ Kadapa His love for cricket saw him overcome his disability and poverty. Alusuri Shiva Koti (34) from Thotapalem village in Nandalur mandal has been selected as one of the probables for an international cricket match of the disabled between India and Bangladesh to be held soon. He is scheduled to join a coaching camp for probables to be held in Hyderabad from August 4 to 8. With poverty binding his hands, he is looking for sponsors to realise his dream of playing for the country In fact, . Shiva has been playing cricket for the past 16 years with help of sponsors. He has won man of the match and man of the series awards several times. His cricketing skills are lauded A Shiva Koti, a probable for IndiaBangladesh cricket match | express by Ajit Wadekar, Anil Kumble and several other top cricketers. Shiva who did his graduation, serves as a village volunteer now. Shiva has some congenital anomaly in his right hand. His parents are poor and they wash clothes to eke out a living. He is a left hand bowler and batsman. He started practising cricket professionally from 2002. In 2005, he was trained by District Sports Authority officer Basha Mohiddin. His other mentor is Jawahar Basha. Later, he got selected for an RDT tour nament, which changed his cricketing career. For the first time, he represented Kadapa district differently-abled cricket team as its captain. Representing South Zone, he took 8 wickets and scored 90 runs in three matchP4 es, which was lauded.
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