kottayam l saturday l july 31, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l city EDITION Sindhu storms into semifinals Ace shuttler PV Sindhu is in the form of her life and did what she does best at big events. She overcame a draining challenge from Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in straight games and reached the semifinals on Friday. The 26-year-old Indian, who won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, outclassed the fourth-seeded Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. The Japanese shuttler had scripted a late comeback in the second game, grabbing two game points but Sindhu ensured there were no hiccups. One talking point was a 54-shot rally Yamaguchi won. Sindhu faces second seed Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. “I am happy but it’s Sindhu not over yet,” Sindhu said after the match Deepika exits T he ordeal Lovlina Borgohain had to face in the last one year would have torn apart any ordinary person. Mother’s kidney transplantation, her own Covid infection and eventual quarantine all alone and missing exposure trip to Italy, the list is enough to drive anyone crazy. But not Lovlina. Like in life, the 23-year-old overcame those challenges with aplomb. Thousands of miles away, her parents could not watch her fight and preferred to spend time walking outside their house in their village in Assam. As for Lovlina, she waltzed through to semifinal in 69 kg boxing event in Tokyo to assure India a medal, its second, on Friday. She comprehensively beat Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei 4-1. Lovlina now faces reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey on August 4 Lovlina secures second medal Another heartbreak for Deepika Kumari. The World No. 1 archer lost to South Korea’s An San in straight sets 6-0 in the quarters. This is her third Olympics | 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 99.89% T’Puram region tops CBSE Class 12 exams yet again Thiruvananthapuram region, comprising schools in Kerala and Lakshadweep, on Friday recorded the country’s highest success rate of 99.89% in the CBSE Class 12 examination. Last year too, the Thiruvananthapuram region had emerged on top with 97.5% Owing to the Covid pandemic, the CBSE board exams could not be held this year CBSE took into account marks scored at the school-level and of previous board exams 38,000 students from the state had registered for Class 12 exams National report card 99.13% 99.67% boys girls passed Class 12 exam No merit list or list of toppers prepared Manasa P V Stalker shoots house surgeon dead, kills self the assailant shot himself and died. A 24-YEAR-OLD house surThe crime was committed g eon was shot dead by despite the parents of Manher stalker before killing him- asa, a fourth-year student, self on Friday afternoon, in having lodged a complaint perhaps the most daring with the police in Kannur among the increasing deadly against Rakhil for troubling attacks on girls in Kerala. The their daughter. incident took place at Rakhil is a native of Nellikuzhi near Meloor near T haKothamangalam. lassery while the girl Manasa P V the den, hails from Narath --- 30 tistry student at the km away. Police said Indira Gandhi Instithey both have been tute of Dental Science, knowing each other Kothamangalam, was for the last one year, Rakhil going about her day. after befriending each But around 3.30pm, other through InstaRakhil, 34, a fellow Kannur gram. Police suspect the girl native who has been stalking rejecting his proposal may her for the last one year or so, have enraged him to commit entered the house where she the crime. has been living as a paying According to Yousuf, the guest and shot her from point landlord, Rakhil arrived at blank using a pistol. Before his house when Manasa and the roommates and her land- her three roommates were ● More on P5 lord could gather their senses, having lunch. E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ Kochi State to change Covid mgmt strategy Chief minister asks chief secy to submit a more effective containment plan before Aug 4 U N N I K R I S H N A N S @ T’Puram WITH the locking down of local bodies based on test positivity rate (TPR) failing to yield the desired result and Covid cases going up alarmingly, the state government has decided to revise the containment strategy . During a review meeting here on Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed Chief Secretary V P Joy and the expert panel for Covid management to submit a more effective containment strategy which also addresses the issue of livelihood ahead of the next meeting scheduled for August 4. The existing strategy will be in force until then. According to an official, Pinarayi expressed displeasure over the ineffectiveness of Covid containment strategy, which was proposed by senior bureaucrats and police officials. The expert panel comprising senior doctors had proposed more relaxations including opening up of all sectors with crowd control measures in force by mid-June. However, the suggestion of bureaucrats to divide local bodies into four categories based on TPR was approved by the CM back then. F r e s h c a s e s, T P R a n d caseload have increased ever since the government imposed restrictions based on infection rate on June 16. On Friday, the TPR stood at 13.61%, the highest in a week, while 20,772 contracted the virus. The number of local bodies having TPR above 15% was 271 on Friday, against 16 on June 16. The state gover nment had imposed statewide lockdown on May 8 as the pandemic was peaking in the second wave. In the last 40 days, as many as 16 persons committed suicide in the state owing to deep financial crises caused by lockdown. ● More on P5 Total washout for 2nd week in Parliament E x p ress N e w s S er v i c e @ New Delhi The ongoing monsoon session of Parliament was almost totally washed out for the second successive week amid vociferous protests by a united Opposition demanding discussion into the Pegasus snoopgate. While the government introduced four bills on Friday and passed one quickly complete pa, ralysis of Parliament could be expected next week as well, as floor leaders of the Opposition unanimously decided to stay firm on their demands. The Opposition wants a discussion on the snooping in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union home minister Amit Shah, besides a Supreme Court-monitored judi- cial probe, while the government is not ready to yield, claim as it does that new IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has already given a detailed statement on the floor of both Houses of Parliament. “Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is the place where we have to speak. The government is refusing to give us a discussion on Pegasus,” said Rahul Gandhi. NATIONWIDE july 29 july 30 Fresh cases 43,509 41,463 Recoveries Deaths 38,465 37,043 640 596 Statewide july 29 july 30 Fresh cases 22,064 20,772 Recoveries Deaths 16,649 128 14,651 116
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