WARANGAL SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY 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 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 CBSE 12TH RESULTS 99.77% secure pass marks, girls outshine boys EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad AFTER a long wait, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced Class 12 results on Friday. Chennai region, which includes Telangana, is among the top performing regions with a pass percentage of 99.77. Last year, 98.99 per cent students secured pass marks. As in the past, girls outshone boys by a margin of 0.54 per cent and over 70,000 students scored above 95 per cent marks. In Hyderabad, while several students rejoiced after getting good scores, many expressed disappointment over low marks, saying that now the only option before them is to sit for a physical exam to improve their performance. Meanwhile, city’s Ar my School and several other schools recorded 100% pass percentage with many of their students taking to social media to express their happiness. NATIONAL REPORT CARD 99.13% 99.67% BOYS GIRLS PASSED CLASS 12 EXAM No merit list or list of toppers prepared 2 Delta+ cases found in TS: Centre informs LS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad SEVENTY cases of Covid Delta Plus variant were found so far in the country and two of them were detected in Telangana, the Ministry of Science and Technology informed the Lok Sabha on Friday . The Variant of Interest (VOI) was found in genome sequencing by INSACOG, genomic consortium comprising a group of 28 labs. This is the first time Delta Plus variant, also called AY.1 which is a sub-lineage of Delta variant, was detected in Telangana. While there was a worry in the beginning about the Delta Dominant strain The Delta variant, from which the new Delta Plus mutation has come up, led to Covid second wave in India and was also the dominant strain seen in Telangana Plus variant as it is also categorised as variant of concern, its transmissibility and infectivity or seriousness is still not fully known. However, the Delta variant, from which this new mutation has come up, had caused India’s second wave and was also the dominant strain seen in Telangana. Responding to a query, the Ministry of Science further said that details of these mutations were as on July 23 and LAND PRICES SKYROCKET AS TELANGANA TURNS FERTILE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad DESPITE Covid-19 playing spoilsport with the economy, the prices of both agriculture and non-agriculture lands have been rising steadily not just in Hyderabad and its surrounding areas, but also in districts. One of the major factors in lands becoming expensive is that the possession of land itself is enough to get the subsidy of `10,000 per acre for khariff and rabi, regardless of whether one raises crops in one’s lands or not, under the State government’s Rythu Bandhu scheme. The other factor that is pushing up the land prices is that the people want to convert cash into another land asset as they seem to have realised that land would get better returns than banks or other asset classes. With the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) slowly turning the rural landscape green and industrial sector all set to register growth, lands have now become gold in northern Telangana. For instance, in the nearby district of erstwhile Medak, the prices have skyrocketed mainly due to its proximity to Hyderabad and the location of NIMZ in Zaheerabad. Investors are also preferring Sangareddy as it is close to Hyderabad. Lands close to the Hyderabad-Mumbai National highway have become expensive, with the realtors quoting `50 lakh and more per acre. The same lands, not very long ago, did not have takers even for `8 lakh per acre. In Siddipet, land has turned into gold after the KLIS began delivering water for irrigation. Another factor contributing to rise in prices is the mushrooming industries, which made Siddipet a hub of economic activity. Now, the land prices are anywhere between `20 lakh to `1 crore depending on their location in CONTINUED P3 the district. KLIS, growing industrial sector main contributors With the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) slowly turning the rural landscape green and industrial sector all set to register growth, lands are now akin to gold in northern Telangana have been randomly sequenced by genome sequencing labs present in 13 states. In Telangana, CCMB sequenced the Covid samples and found these two cases. Meanwhile, the State health officials note that irrespective of the variant, strict masking etiquette, physical distance and hand hygiene are the only solutions available to combat the virus in any for m of mutation. EXPRESS READ 157 medical colleges set up but none in TS Hyderabad: The Central government established as many 157 new medical colleges attached at various District Hospitals across the country, but none has been set up in Telangana, as per the data provided vt the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya in the Lok Sabha on Friday | P4 India-China military level talks today New Delhi: After a gap of threeand-a-half months, India and China will hold the next round of high-level military talks on Saturday at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The focus of the Corps Commander-level talks is on making some forward movement in the disengagement process in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh | P7 Bank credit growth falls further in June S E S A S E N @ New Delhi POWERING AHEAD The onsite lights illuminate the under-construction Yadadri Thermal Power Station near Damarcherla of Nalgonda district on Friday. The construction works on 5x800 MW project picked up pace with the installation of heavy machinery NATIONWIDE JULY 29 JULY 30 Fresh cases 43,509 44,230 Recoveries Deaths 38,465 42,360 640 555 TELANGANA JULY 29 JULY 30 Fresh cases 623 614 Recoveries Deaths 746 3 657 4 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 29 46,52,914 doses July 30 44,38,901 doses TOTAL DOSES 46,06,56,534 No threat to Ramappa from new mine: SCCL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Khammam ALLAYING fears that the proposed open cast mine at Venkatapuram might damage Ramappa temple in Mulugu district, which has now got world heritage site status, the Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) on Friday said that there was no need for any one to have such apprehensions as the the project was only in a proposal stage now. The SCCL management said that a comprehensive survey would be conducted on the likely impact the mine would have on the temple and the project would be taken up only if it is safe, that too after obtaining the government’s clearance. Legal protection Meanwhile, Minister for Tourism and Culture V Srinivasa Goud instructed the Heritage Department officials to prepare plans to develop other smaller temples and heritage structures near Ramappa temple site under the proposed Kakatiya Heritage Circuit. He reminded the officials of the need to provide legal protection to Ramappa temple, Ramappa Cheruvu and its Kakatiyan irrigation system, along with smaller temples in the area. 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 RBI 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 Core sector sectors and companies. output grows RBI figures show the 8.9% in June credit growth was largeThe output of ly driven by retail and eight core sectors ag riculture sectors, grew 8.9% in while fund flow to inJune, mainly due dustry has dried up. Adto a low base vances to agriculture effect and uptick and allied sectors in production of showed a good 11.4% natural gas, steel, growth in June against coal and a paltry 2.4% in the electricity, official same month in 2020. data released Personal loans, vehicle on Friday loans, gold loans, and showed | P10 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 MSMEs registered a robust 54.6% expansion in June against 9% fall a year ago. Going forward, full-year credit growth will likely remain in low double-digit, noted Madan Sabnavis, chief economist, Care Ratings. 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 | P10 Total washout for second week in Parliament 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, claiming that new IT Insurance Business (NationaliMinister 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.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi
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