Fast and furious: Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah equalled the second-fastest time in history | AP kollam l Sunday l august 01, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition Jamaican run: women reign supreme again Sprinting powerhouse, led by a new Olympic record set by Elaine Thompson-Herah, finish 1-2-3 in the women’s 100m Double for Elaine, shelly ann gets silver sindhu has no answers to tai tzu-ying The 2016 winner zoomed past pre-race favourite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to set a new Olympic mark of 10.61 seconds. The previous best (10.62) was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. Just to underline Jamaica’s depth, they swept the event with both Fraser-Pryce (second, 10.74) and Shericka Jackson (10.76) finishing on the podium | p11, 12 India’s badminton ace, chasing a second successive semifinal, fell to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying. In what ultimately became a one-sided semifinal, the World No 2, widely recognised as one of the best in the sport, unveiled her full box of tricks and Sindhu had no answer. She will now face He Bingjiao for the bronze medal on Sunday 64m discus throw put India’s kamalpreet Kaur in final 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 Hit hard by lockdown money crunch, 17 end lives in state in last 6 weeks Experts call for Covid disaster relief commission as current economic crisis much-prolonged B S R E E J A N @ T’Puram TUNNEL TRAVEL Vehicles pass through the Kuthiran tunnel, which was partially opened to traffic on Saturday | Express Centre for tight curbs in 46 dists E x p ress Ne ws S er v i c e @ New Delhi With 46 districts in India still reporting Covid-19 test positivity rate of over 10%, the Centre on Saturday asked them to impose strict restrictions on intermingling of people. The directions came after a review meeting of 10 states that are registering a surge in cases, or positivity rate, or both. As 80% of the active cases in these states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Kar nataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Me ghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur — are in home isolation, the government also asked them to strictly monitor the patients at home to ensure they do not spread the infection in the community . In the meeting, union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan STATES WITH HIGHEST ACTIVE CASES 5,966 13,832 Manipur 10,540 Assam Meghalaya Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 30 44,38,901 doses July 31 53,72,302 doses Total doses 46,72,59,775 NATIONWIDE july 30 july 31 14,927 Odisha 21,198 Andhra Pradesh 11,787 Mizoram 23,502 Karnataka 20,934 1,61,332 TAMIL NADU Kerala warned against any complacency with around 40,000 Covid-19 new cases being reported daily since the preceding weeks and urged the states to ramp up their testing. There are also 53 districts reporting 5-10% of 80,871 Maharashtra Fresh cases 44,230 41,649 Recoveries 42,360 37,291 Deaths 555 593 statewide july 30 july 31 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 20,772 20,624 14,651 16,865 116 80 positivity, which suggests that the pandemic may not be fully under control. The Union government said the states should focus on the districts with a positivity rate of less than 10%. AS MANY as 17 people died by suicide in the state in the last six weeks after they ran out of all means to sustain their lives. The 17 deaths, picked from over 50 reported cases from June 20 to July 31, have a common thread as reason: Covid and lockdown-induced financial constraints. In two incidents, more than one person died. The string of suicides began with that of Manoj Kumar of Nanthancode, here. The 45-yearold goldsmith consumed poison on June 20 as he had no work for several weeks and could not repay his loans. As he was taken to hospital, his wife Ranju and daughter Amritha, 16, too consumed poison and died. The case of Sreekanth, 36, of Vilappilsala was more tragic. He was a small-time dairy farmer. Apart from rearing cows, he milked cows in his neighbourhood. But as lock- SEEING RED 73state were of the 1.27-crore lakh workforcebyinthe the affected national lockdown in 2020 for A7,300ofcr neededeach a giving them cash transfer C10,000 Debt relief and financial assistance need to be given to all who are hit. We remember how the farmers’ debt-relief commission formed by the VS government in 2006 had helped put a brake on farmer suicides — C P John, CMP down hit hard, most of his neighbours sold their cows and Sreekanth lost a major portion of his wages. On June 27, he hanged himself in his underconstruction house, leaving behind wife and sons, aged eight and four. Three of the deceased – P C Rajamani (Wayanad), Mohanan Pillai (Kollam) and V Mohanan (Kottayam) – were entrepreneurs in the transport industry . Rajamani owned a bus while Pillai ran Seena Travels at Kottiyam. Mohanan, who died on Friday, had a van, which he used to rent out to tourists. Earlier in June, tourist bus driver Abhjith, a native of Kozhikode, had ended his life inside the bus which got stranded in Assam for more than two months due to lockdown. Nirmal Chandran of Thiruvananthapuram and Ponnumani of Palakkad had owned light-and-sound business, which saw red following the pandemic. As the gover nment announced its decision to revise the lockdown strategy on Friday, traders and small-scale business owners see a glimmer ● More on P4 of hope. (If you are having suicidal thoughts or are worried about a friend or need emotional support, someone is always there to listen. Call: 1056, 0471-2552056 or Sneha Foundation – 04424640050). RT-PCR papers must for Kerala passengers: K’taka Karnataka government on Saturday announced a special surveillance measure making mandatory a negative RT-PCR certificate for people arriving to the state from Kerala and Maharashtra. The negative certificate should not be older than 72 hours irrespective of the vaccination status, said the government in a circular. P5 Centre for tougher steps: More curbs likely in state Stricter curbs are imminent in the state as the Centre has suggested tough measures. The Centre has directed states including Kerala to step up vaccination for people above 45 as 80% of the Covid deaths are reported from people in this age group. Since 80% of cases in these states are under home isolation, strict monitoring is a must. P4 Pandemic not law & order issue! Police get the stick A j ay K a n t h @ Kochi July 26 | Gauri Nanda, 18, from Chadayamangalam, Kollam, protested against the police for taking action against an elderly man who violated Covid norms while standing in the queue in front of a bank. She was booked for obstructing the official from discharging his duty. July 28 | Mary, an old woman from Parippally, was at the re- ceiving end when a police team came to the spot where she was selling fish and snatched a vessel of fish and dumped it in a wasteland citing protocol violation. July 28 | Narayanan V, 46, a farmer from Parakkal in Kasaragod, was slapped with a fine of `2,000 by the police for coming out of his house and cutting grass for his cow in a vacant field. Judge death: Jharkhand govt orders CBI inquiry M U K E S H R A NJ A N @ Ranchi The Jharkhand government on Saturday recommended a CBI inquiry into the alleged murder of Dhanbad district and additional judge Uttam Anand. The judge was killed after an auto-rickshaw mowed him down on Wednesday morning. Allegations of foul play were raised after CCTV footage from the area showed the vehicle intentionally hitting him. “The case related to the death of Dhanbad District and Additional Judge Uttam Anand has been handed over to the CBI on the recommendations of Chief Minister Hemant Soren,” stated an official communiqué from the Chief Minister’s Office. The decision was taken a day after Soren met the family members of the deceased. Earlier on Thursday , the Jharkhand High Court took suo motu cognisance of the matter, calling it a direct attack on judiciary The . court had said: “If the court feels that the investigations are not being done properly, the case may be handed over to CBI at any point of time.” On Friday , the Supreme Court also took suo motu cognizance, seeking a detailed report from the chief secretary and the director general of police. express read Now, P’Thitta diocese sop for larger families Pathanamthitta: The Pathanamthitta diocese of the SyroMalankara Catholic Church on Saturday announced welfare measures, including monthly financial assistance of C2,000, for families having four or more children. The announcement comes days after the Pala diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church brought in welfare schemes for larger families. P2 Nellikkuzhi: Cops suspect murder planned Kochi: The police probing the Nellikuzhi murder, in which a house surgeon was shot dead by her stalker, suspect that the accused had planned the murder. Officers said that not only did Rakhil stay near the Indira Gandhi Institute, Kothamangalam, where the deceased Manasa studied, he had also kept a close watch on her movements. P5 WI T H T HIS ISS U E Motorcycle Diaries PLUS 12 PAGES The above incidents, to name but a few, of police high-handedness in the name of enforcing Covid restrictions have led to massive public outcry in the state. The officers are criticised for their rudeness, often forgetting that the people get to the streets for their livelihood during the pandemic, which is a health issue and not a law-and-order one. The official Facebook page of the Kerala Police is flooded with messages condemning its officers for “imposing fines and destroying the livelihood of people who are struggling to eke out a living amid the pandemic.” “Why is the government allowing the police to have a free run in the name of Covid protocol? The government is denying a person’s right to life and work by imposing unnecessary ● More on P4 restrictions.
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