bhubaneswar l Saturday l july 31, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l jeypore 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 | P13, 14 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 Total washout for 2nd week in Parliament E x p r e s s N e w s Se r 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 judicial probe, while the government is not ready to yield, claim as it does that new IT minister Ash- CBSE Class 12 Rahul hits out at govt Since it is refusing discussion on snoopgate, obviously the government has done something wrong, alleged Rahul Gandhi wini 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. Obviously, the government has done something wrong. Obviously, the government has done something that is dangerous for the country, otherwise they would say please have a dis, cussion,” said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, after the meeting of Opposition floor leaders. A short duration discussion on Covid lined up in the Lok Sabha could not happen as the House was adjourned for the day Voic. ing strong concern over the conduct of some MPs during protests in the Upper House, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said such conduct lowered the dignity and prestige of the House. Amid the din in the LS, two bills — The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 and the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill — were introduced. The Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in the RS. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “We want a discussion but the government does not intend to.” Covid death undercounting Bhubaneswar records 99.55 pass percentage High Court rejects 3 para govt affidavit E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Cuttack E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar A record 99.55 per cent (pc) students from Bhubaneswar region cleared the annual Class XII board examination 2021, results of which were published by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday The region stood at seventh . place among the 16 regions in terms of the pass percentage. The overall pass percentage recorded by Bhubaneswar region comprising Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal this year is 0.18 pc more than the national average of 99.37 pc. It is also 8.09 pc more compared to the previous year’s pass percentage of 91.46 pc, said CBSE officials. Around 1.79 lakh students from Bhubaneswar region had appeared in the exams, said Regional Director T Mate. The board has also not announced any merit list this year as the evaluation has been done under exceptional circumstances without examinations due to of the Covid-19 pandemic. National report card 99.13% 99.67% boys girls passed Class 12 exam No merit list or list of toppers prepared Taking serious exception to the manner in which the State government has divulged data on deaths due to Covid-19, the Orissa High Court has refused to accept its affidavit on the issue and directed for submission of comprehensive and up to date figures before the next hearing on September 7. The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice BP Routray observed that the affidavit, which is a short one of just three paragraphs, enclosed a chart showing the district-wise audited deaths due to Covid till July 15. The chart indicated that the total number of positive cases in all 30 districts was 9,49,929 and the number of deaths was 4,925. The bench said the issue arose on account of figures placed in the public domain by the CDM&PHO, Nayagarh which was indicative of the fact that in a short span of just two months, there had been 117 cases of Covid deaths in one district whereas the official statistics at that stage had indicated a far less figure. But the affidavit does not indicate whether the figure put out by the CDM&PHO was correct and what was the reason for the discrepancy when compared with the official statistics, the bench observed. On July 5, the court had issued specific directions over undercounting of Covid deaths in the State. Additional Chief Secretary of Health PK Mohapatra had filed the affidavit on July 19. The affidavit was taken up on Wednesday . “Likewise, it is not known what was the extent of underreported deaths in each of the other districts. The modality of conducting the audit of quality of care and death review has also not been explained”, the bench further observed. Expressing reluctance to accept the affidavit, the bench in its order said, “The court directs that a far more detailed affidavit be filed by the Additional Chief Secretary on this aspect before the next date (September 7) indicating whether in fact the figures now disclosed can be accepted as reliable figures of the actual number of Covid deaths in the district”. The bench also directed that the affidavit should indicate updated statistics as on August 31. express read 6 Odisha minors charred in Guntur Guntur/Berhampur : In a shocking incident, six minors of Odisha were charred to death at a prawn farm in Lankavani Dibba of Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district on Thursday midnight. While five of the deceased are from Rayagada, one belongs to Gajapati district. The children were reportedly engaged as security guards at a prawn breeding and processing unit | 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 Commanderlevel talks is on making some forward movement in the disengagement process in the remaining friction points in eastern Ladakh | P9 Partial lockdown likely to continue in Twin City, Puri Bhubaneswar: Partial lockdown restrictions are likely to continue for at least a fortnight more in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri as Odisha government plans for a complete unlock in rest of the districts with certain conditions from August 1. The government is also considering to lift weekend shutdown and night curfew from other urban areas barring the three places, which have been constantly reporting maximum Covid cases, sources said | P2 Bank credit growth falls further in June 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 | P12 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 | P12 Se s a Sen @ 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 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 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 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 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. NATIONWIDE july 29 july 30 Fresh cases 43,509 44,230 Recoveries Deaths 38,465 42,360 640 555 Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 29 46,52,914 doses July 30 44,38,901 doses Total doses 46,06,56,534 odisha july 29 july 30 Fresh cases 1,615 1,558 Recoveries Deaths 2,039 65 1,841 65 ‘E-Upasthan’ to track attendance of students, teachers E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The State government on Friday launched a digital application-based system called ‘e-Upasthan’ to track attendance of students and teachers in both online and offline mode. The app will help map digital learning status in the State and take corrective measures to check drop-out rates, said officials of School and Mass Education department. The move comes after difficulties were encountered in registering class attendance of students and teachers in a transparent manner amid the pandemic. Besides, there was around 38 per cent drop in YouTube classes while the offline attendance of Class X students remains at around 60 per cent. Launching the app, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash said it is meant to capture the attendance of students and teachers for both online and offline classes and maintain a record of digital accessibility of students across Odisha. The digital attendance system will help in improving the reporting mechanism at the field level and also ascertain the exact number of students having access to e-learning through digital devices. “Through the app we will also find out the number of students attending classes in offline and online mode. It will also help us Rajendra Univ gets State University status E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The University Grant Commission (UGC) on Friday approved the Odisha government’s proposal for recognising Rajendra University in Balangir as a State university . “The name of the university has been included in the list of universities established as per section 2(f) of UGC Act-1956. The university shall operate only within the territorial jurisdiction allotted to it under its Act and in no case beyond the territory of the State of its location,” said the UGC order issued to the State Higher Education department. Established on September 1, 2020 by the government under Odisha Universities Act1989, Rajendra University is now empowered to award degrees as specified by the UGC under section 22 of the UGC Act-1956 by conducting courses through its own departments, constituent colleges and/or affiliated colleges in regular mode with the approval of statutory bodies concerned and statutory councils, the order said. The university is not allowed to start any off-campus centre beyond the territorial jurisdiction as provided in the Act as per the Supreme Court judgment. The university will also not offer any programmes through franchise arrangement with private institutions. “In case, the university has already started any off-campus/study centre and the centre operating through franchises outside the State, it must be closed immediately the UGC said. ,” The university is barred from offering open learning, distance learning and on-line programmes without prior recognition of UGC. MPhil and PhD programmes can be conducted as per the provisions of UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Awards of MPhil/PhD Degree) Regulations, 2016. “The Rajendra University will fulfill the aspiration of the students of western Odisha and will benefit from the New Education Policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted. Through the app we will also find out the number of students attending classes in offline and online mode. It will also help us know what kind of devices students are using for e-learning Samir Ranjan Dash, School and Mass Education Minister know what kind of devices students are using for e-learning. We can ascertain the number of students who are unable to attend classes in any of these two modes and take corrective measures to ensure that they don’t drop out of schools,” the Minister said. He said school headmasters will ensure uploading of attendance of students and teachers during online and offline classes on the system everyday The . app will also provide information on number of classes conducted on a day The attendance . will be analysed over a period and necessary measures taken if it is low, officials said. Three teachers from each district will be trained as master trainers who will later train the teachers at the district-level on the use of the application. The entire training programme will be completed within a month. The app is meant for Class I to X. However, initially it will be used for Class X students whose classes are continuing in both online and offline mode.
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