TIRUPATI SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 ANANTAPUR EDITION SINDHU STORMS INTO SEMIFINAL 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 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 DEEPIKA EXITS 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 TICKET SCAM TTD removes six employees from service EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tirumala THE TTD has reportedly removed six employees from service for their alleged role in a scam involving bulk booking of Arjitha Seva tickets. According to official sources, TTD Executive Officer KS Jawahar Reddy issued an order removing the six employees from service. They included superintendents K Suryanarayana Reddy and Choda Madhusudhan, senior assistants Balakrishna and Hemadhar Reddy junior assistant Naraya, na Raju and attender Srinivasulu. The EO has reportedly recommended to the State government to take action against Parvathi, special grade Deputy EO as per the Endowments Act in connection with the scam. The irregularities in booking Arjitha Seva tickets occurred between 2006 and 2008. The case was investigated by the vigilance and CB-CID. The TTD has also decided to act against three retired staff, sources said. NATIONAL REPORT CARD 99.13% 99.67% BOYS GIRLS PASSED CLASS 12 EXAM No merit list or list of toppers prepared NGT panel to probe laterite mining in Vizag EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday appointed a joint committee with a senior official from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Visakhapatnam district collector, DFO, a senior official from the mines and geology department and a senior official from the APPCB to look into al- legations of unauthorised laterite mining at Bhamidikaloodi in Sarugudu panchayat of Mathavaram mandal. The committee was asked to submit its report by August 31. The NGT also directed the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF), Andhra Pradesh, to file an independent report regarding the nature of the land, whether any permission under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 is required to carry out the mining activity in the area and whether any violation was committed at Bhamidikaloodi. Kondru Maridiyya of Visakhapatnam had filed a petition in the NGT alleging that mining activity was being carried out with the permission granted for 20 years over 121 hectares of forest land located BANK CREDIT GROWTH FALLS FURTHER TO 5.8% IN JUNE S E S A S E N @ New Delhi EVEN as the economy is yet to fully recover from the Covid shock, one financial metric continues to be a big worry – bank credit growth, which has either fallen or remained flat. Latest Reserve Bank of India data show credit growth of scheduled commercial banks declined to 5.8% in June against 6.2% a year ago. On a sequential basis, loan growth remained nil due to low demand from industries and banks’ reluctance to lend to stressed sectors and companies. RBI figures show the credit growth was largely driven by retail and agriculture sectors, while fund flow to industry has dried up. Advances to agriculture and allied sectors showed a Core sector output grows 8.9% in June The output of eight core sectors grew 8.9% in June, mainly due to a low base effect and uptick in production of natural gas, steel, coal and electricity, official data released on Friday showed. In June 2020, the core sector output contracted 12.4% due to the curbs imposed to control the spread of Covid-19 | P10 Fiscal deficit at 18% of FY22 target The Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at `2.74 lakh crore or 18.2% of the full year’s Budget estimate at the end of June, according to data released by the Controller General of Accounts on Friday. For the current financial year, the government has kept the fiscal deficit target at 6.8% of GDP or `15,06,812 crore | P10 good 11.4% growth in June against a paltry 2.4% in the same month in 2020. Personal loans, vehicle loans, gold loans, and credit cards outstanding saw a 11.9% growth, highlighting the financial stress individuals face. Within personal loans, consumer durable loans fell 19.8% while advances against shares and bonds shrank 23%. Growth in credit to big industries stood at 1.9% against 2.2% in June 2020, while loans to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) registered a robust 54.6% expansion in June against 9% fall a year ago. Going forward, full-year credit growth for the fiscal will likely remain in low double-digit, noted Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, Care Ratings. in unsurveyed hill poramboke at Bhamidikaloodi. Further, he said the road meant for transportation of provisions for STs living in the forest area was expanded without any permission from the forest authorities. Construction of the road is against the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006, he P4 stated. EXPRESS READ Govt extends partial curfew till August 14 Vijayawada: With the state recording more than 2,000 new Covid-19 infections a day, the government has extended the partial curfew till August 14. Curfew will be in force from 10 pm to 6 am in the state. Principal Secretary (Health) AK Singhal said the decision to extend the curfew till August 14 was taken after a thorough review of the Covid-19 situation in the state. GRMB coordination panel meet on August 3 Vijayawada: The Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) has proposed to hold the first coordination committee meeting on August 3 to finalise modalities to implement the clauses of the newly issued gazette notification. GRMB member secretary BP Pandey said the agenda includes finalisation of a plan of action for implementation of gazette notification dated July 15, 2021. Six migrant shrimp pond workers charred to death E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Guntur JOB RUSH Unemployed youth throng a hotel in Visakhapatnam on Friday in violation of Covid-19 protocol for job interviews in a private organisation | G SATYANARAYANA NATIONWIDE JULY 29 JULY 30 Fresh cases 43,509 44,230 Recoveries Deaths STATEWIDE 38,465 42,360 640 555 JULY 29 JULY 30 Fresh cases 2,107 2,068 Recoveries 1,807 2,127 Deaths 20 22 Samples tested 78,784 80,641 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 29 46,52,914 doses July 30 44,38,901 doses TOTAL DOSES 46,06,56,534 SIX migrant workers from Odisha were charred to death in a fire mishap at Lankavani Dibba in Repalle mandal on Thursday midnight. According to police, a group of migrant workers was working in shrimp ponds in the village. Six of them slept in a room last night. The workers who slept outside, found the six dead in the room on Friday morning. The deceased were identified as Rammurthi, Kiran, Manoj, Panda, Mahendra and Naveen, who were working as security guards. The bodies were sent to Repalle government hospital for postmortem. Guntur Rural SP Vishal Gunni, who inspected the room, said in the preliminary inquiry it was revealed that the six were electrocuted when overhead power lines fell on the roof. “The exact cause of death is yet to be ascertained,’’ the SP said. The samples of bleaching powder packets found in the room were also collected for analysis. Initially with , Guntur Rural SP Vishal Gunni inspects the fire mishap scene at Lankavani Dibba village in Repalle mandal on Friday | EXPRESS the electricity department officials ruling out the possibility of electrocution as the cause of death, the police suspected that mosquito coils lit up by the workers might have fallen on bleaching powder bags leading to the fire. Gover nor Biswabhusan Harichandan expressed grief over the death of six migrant workers and offered condolences to the bereaved families. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of `2 lakh each for the deceased from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). CRUEL ACT 100 stray dogs poisoned to death in WG village K V S A I L E N D R A @ Rajamahendravaram IN a shocking incident, at least 100 stray dogs were allegedly poisoned to death and later their carcasses were buried in a pit near Peramtam tank at Lingapalem village in West Godavari district. According to information reaching here, some pig rearers residing near Perantam tank saw a few people burying carcasses of dogs after digging a pit. The dogs were reportedly caught from the village and its fringe areas. Having learnt about the cruel act, West Godavari District Collector Karthikeya Misra on Friday ordered an inquiry into the brutal killing of stray dogs. Lingapalem panchayat secretary Suganraj told TNIE that some local people informed him about burying of stray dog carcasses in a pit late in the night and he immediately went to Dharmajigudem police station to lodge a complaint. “This is a cruel act. Some people of the village might have hired dog catchers to eliminate the stray dogs. Some puppies were also killed in the process,” he said. Fight for Animals activist Challapalli Srilatha, however, disputed the claim of the panchayat secretary and said around 300 stray dogs were killed by hired catchers. “We suspect the involvement of the panchayat sarpanch and his followers in the cruel act,’’ she said, and lodged a complaint with the police against the panchayat secretary and sarpanch. The police were initially reluctant to take the complaint, but they registered a case after perP4 suasion, she said. Total washout for second week in Parliament EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE on Pegasus. Obviously the gov, ernment has done something wrong. Obviously, the governTHE ongoing monsoon session ment has done something that of Parliament was almost to- is dangerous for the country, tally washed out for the second otherwise they would say, successive week amid vocifer- please have a discussion,” said ous protests by a united Oppo- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, sition demanding discussion after the meeting of Opposition into the Pegasus snoopgate. floor leaders. While the government introA short duration discussion duced four bills on Friday and on Covid lined up in the Lok passed one quickly, complete Sabha could not happen as the paralysis of Parliament could House was adjourned for the be expected next day. Voicing strong week as well, as floor concern over the conleaders of the Oppoduct of some MPs dursition unanimously ing protests in the Updecided to stay firm per House, Rajya Sabha Rahul hits on their demands. Chairman M Venkaiah out at govt T he Opposition Naidu said such conwants a discussion Since it is refusing duct lowered the digdiscussion on on the snooping in nity and prestige of the snoopgate, the presence of Prime House. obviously the Minister Narendra Amid the din in the Modi or Union home government has LS, two bills — The minister Amit Shah, done something Commission for Air wrong, alleged besides a Supreme Quality Management Rahul Gandhi Court-monitored juin National Capital Redicial probe, while gion and Adjoining Arthe government is not ready to eas Bill, 2021 and the General yield, claim as it does that new Insurance Business (NationaliIT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw sation) Amendment Bill — has already given a detailed were introduced. The Coconut statement on the floor of both Development Board (AmendHouses of Parliament. ment) Bill, 2021 was passed in “Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha the RS. Congress leader Adhir is the place where we have to Ranjan Chowdhury said: “We speak. The government is re- want a discussion but the govfusing to give us a discussion ernment does not intend to.” @ New Delhi
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