vijayawada l friday l july 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 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 | P13, 14 26 Men's hockey team, archer Atanu stun favourites Heartbreak for Mary Kom Men's hockey team beat defending champions Argentina 3-1 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 Express News Service 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 in Paris to discuss the matter with 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 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- S u m i S u k a n ya D u tta @ 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 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 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 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 daylight. The HC accepted DGP Neeraj Sinha’s proposal to get the case investigated by a Special Investigation Team. It asked the DGP to keep the court apprised of the P10 progress of the probe. M u k e s h R a n j a n @ Ranchi Centre’s firm stand on VSP sparks protests Express News Service @ 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 reaffir ming its stand on VSP disinvestment. Tense situation once again prevailed at the VSP administrative block on Thursday morning when 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 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 instant protests at the steel plant. The employees gathered at the entrance and stopped buses carrying the first shift staff and did not allow them to go inside. A huge police force was deployed at the steel plant to thwart any untoward incident in view of dharna at the administrative office. The Porata Committee demanded withdrawal of the notification issued to privatise RINL, the corporate entity of VSP P7 . 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. KRMB writes to AP for response on TS ‘claims’ HC to monitor judge death probe 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 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- CCTV footage showing judge Uttam Anand (inset) being hit by an auto-rickshaw road on Wednesday. The shocking incident was also brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Thursday by SC Bar Association President Vikas Singh, who sought a CBI inquiry. However, the SC did not entertain it saying the Jharkhand HC has already A day after Telangana wrote to the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to restrain Andhra Pradesh from diverting Srisailam water to ‘outside basin’ via Pothireddypadu Head Regulator (PHR), the KRMB Thursday wrote a letter to AP seeking its views. AP water resources officials are yet to take a call on if Telangana’s letter warrants a reply at all. On Wednesday, Telangana Irrigation Engineerin-Chief C Muralidhar shot off a letter to the KRMB stating that it had no objection to AP’s proposal to generate power at Srisailam Right Power House, but noted that it did not receive any requisition from the board for releases from PHR. Hence, the ENC stated that “Telangana emphasises that the KRMB shall not permit any water to be diverted (to outside of basin) from Srisailam reservoir till the entire in-basin needs are met and that too only when Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar Project are spilling.” He also asked for it to be allowed to generate maximum power from Srisailam Left Power House, NSP and Pulichintala power houses to meet ‘exigencies’. The Telangana ENC has once again requested for 50:50 ratio in sharing of Krishna water. Following this, the KRMB has written a letter to AP Engineerin-Chief (Irrigation) C Narayana Reddy appending Telangana’s letter and seeking comments on the same. However, sources said that it is unlikely that the state officials would respond to the P7 ‘meaningless’ claims. `25 crore for Garuda Varadhi The TTD has sanctioned `25 crore as the second installment for Garuda Varadhi flyover project in Tirupati India to get back 14 stolen artworks from Australia E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi 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. It 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 Letter of invitation to Jain monks Child-saint Sambandar, 12th century Dancing child-saint Sambandar 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 ready for int’l debut A promising differently abled cricketer 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 a 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 real- ise his dream of playing for the country. In fact, Shiva has been playing cricket for the past 16 years with the help of sponsors. He has won man of the match and man of the series awards several times. He received accolades for his talent from Ajit Wadekar, Anil Kumble and other top cricketers. Shiva, a graduate, works as a village volunteer now. He 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. Later, he got selected for an RDT tournament, which changed his cricketing career. For the first time, he represented Kadapa district differently abled cricket team as P4 its captain and played well. 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 2,107 Recoveries 1,956 1,807 Deaths 20 20 Samples tested 70,695 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
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