BENGALURU SATURDAY JULY 31, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION SINDHU STORMS INTO SEMIFINAL Ace shuttler P V 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 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 | P17, 18 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 GOOD WORK 99.83% clear CBSE Class 12 in B’luru region P E A R L M A R I A D S O U Z A @Bengaluru BENGALURU region, which covers Karnataka, registered a 99.83 pass percentage in CBSE Class 12 Board examinations, whose results were announced on Friday . The national pass percentage stood at 99.37 with 13,04,561 students clearing the exam. While the examinations were scheduled in May, students did not write them due to rising number of Covid cases and the lockdown. A marking scheme based on past evaluations was decided upon to announce the results. Echoing the sentiment of CBSE schools across the State, General Secretary of Management of Independent CBSE Schools Association (MICSA) Mansoor Ali Khan said that considering the constraints, the board has done a fair job in modulation and tabulation of marks, keeping the wellness and academic progress of students in mind. CONTINUED ON: P7 NATIONAL REPORT CARD 99.13% 99.67% BOYS GIRLS PASSED CLASS 12 EXAM No merit list or list of toppers prepared Will form cabinet in a week, says Bommai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru THE cabinet will be formed in a week, said Basavaraj Bommai on Friday during his maiden visit to , New Delhi after taking charge as chief minister. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of senior BJP leaders. While he told the media that the visit was purely to thank party leaders for choosing him as BS Yediyurappa’s successor and there was no talk of cabinet expansion, sources in the party suggested that Bommai is returning to Karnataka with the first list of cabinet probables. Former ministers Umesh Katti and R Ashoka, who are 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 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru CONCERNED over an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the State and a spike Kerala, the Karnataka Government has directed officials to strictly monitor the situation and impose additional containment measures if necessary . “We have taken a serious note of the increase in Covid cases in Kerala and we are taking all measures to contain the spread in the State,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Delhi on Friday He is in Delhi to meet . Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers. On Friday, Karnataka reported 1,890 new cases and 34 deaths. While Bengaluru reported 426 new cases, Dakshina Kannada had 345 cases, Udupi 155 and Hassan 135. The State had 2,052 new cases on Thursday . Bommai spoke to Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar and deputy commissioners from bordering districts to get information on the situation, and directed them to monitor those coming in from Kerala by road or train. He will hold a video-conference with DCs, SPs and health department officials on Saturday while the chief secretary conducted , a virtual meet with deputy commissioners on Friday . Health Commissioner Dr KV Trilok Chandra said they have been consistently conducting around 1.5 lakh tests per day Testing will be increased in places where a high . number of cases are being reported, he added. In districts bordering Kerala, officials are insisting that those entering the State should have RTPCR negative reports regardless of their vaccination status, an official CONTINUED ON: P7 said. NATIONWIDE JULY 29 JULY 30 Fresh cases 43,509 44,230 38,465 42,360 640 555 KARNATAKA JULY 29 JULY 30 Fresh cases 2,052 1,890 Recoveries Deaths 1,332 35 1,631 34 now deputy chief minister aspirants, accompanied Bommai to Delhi. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, who was also in the run for the top post, played a perfect host and accompanied Bommai to all his meetings with Union ministers and party leaders. From Modi to BJP national president JP Nadda, all leaders assured Bommai of full coop- Bank credit growth falls further in June As cases spike, govt tells officials to take steps to contain spread Recoveries Deaths Basavaraj Bommai with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his maiden visit to New Delhi after assuming charge as Karnataka Chief Minister JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 29 46,52,914 doses July 30 44,38,901 doses TOTAL DOSES 46,06,56,534 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 | P15 FISCAL DEFICIT AT 18% OF FY22 TARGET The Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at B2.74 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 | P15 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. eration for his government. “Met CM of Karnataka Shri @BSBommai Ji today. Conveyed best wishes as he begins a new journey for Karnataka’s progress. Assured full support for the development of Karnataka,” Modi tweeted after the meeting. Bommai requested Modi to approve an AIIMS in Hubballi-Dharwad and an AIIMS-like institute for Raichur, which is identified as an aspirational district by NITI Aayog. He also appealed to the Prime Minister to upgrade ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Kalaburagi to Regional AIIMS-like Institute, a statement issued by the PMO said. CONTINUED ON: P4 EXPRESS READ High-level Sino-Indian military talks today New Delhi: After a gap of over three-and-a-half months, India and China will hold high-level military talks on Saturday with the focus on making some forward movement in the disengagement process at friction points in East Ladakh.P9 Intl flights to stay suspended till Aug 31 New Delhi: The suspension of international passenger flights has been extended till August 31. However, international flights may be allowed on select routes by a competent authority on a case-to-case basis, the DGCA said. Total washout in Parliament for second week 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.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi
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