Fast and furious: Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah equalled the second-fastest time in history | AP BHUBANESWAR l sunday l august 01, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l JEYPORE 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 Nagaland and Assam set to withdraw cops from border STATES WITH HIGHEST ACTIVE CASES 5,966 Meghalaya 13,832 10,540 Assam Manipur Jab-o-meter Take your shot P r a s anta M a z umda r July 30 44,38,901 doses July 31 53,72,302 doses @ Guwahati Days after the deadly border clash between Assam and Mizoram policemen, Assam on Saturday reached an agreement to de-escalate tensions with Nagaland, another neighbouring state with which the northeastern state has an ongoing territorial dispute. In a development hailed as ‘historic’ by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, both the states on Saturday decided to withdraw their security personnel from two disputed sites on the interstate border within 24 hours. The decision was reached during a meeting between the chief secretaries of the two states in N a g a l a n d ’s Dimapur. A s s a m cl a i m s t h e two disputed areas — where there was a stand-off between the forces — fall under its Dessoi Valley Reserve Forest in Jorhat district, while Nagaland views them as parts of its Tsurangkong valley in Mokokchung district. According to the agreement, Nagaland and Assam will monitor the area using UAVs and satellite images. The superintendents Mokokchung and Jorhat police shall ensure orderly withdrawal of their respective forces and shall be responsible for it, the statement further said. Assam and Nagaland share a 512.1 km-long border and a case pertaining to their boundary disputes is pending in the Supreme Court. Sarma for neutral probe into Mizo border clash Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said he would be happy to join any probe, but wondered why the case had not been handed over to a “neutral agency”. He was reacting to an FIR lodged against him, four police officers and two administrative officers of Assam by the Mizoram Police | P8 express read Ex-minister MP Babul Supriyo to quit BJP, politics New Delhi: Days after he was dropped in the central Cabinet reshuffle, former Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo said on Saturday that he has decided to quit politics and will be resigning as a Member of Parliament. He hinted that the decision was partly due to losing the ministerial berth and also differences with the state BJP leadership. “Leaving, Goodbye. I spoke to my parents, wife, friends, and after listening to the advice, I am saying that I am leaving. I am not going to any other party - TMC, Congress, CPIM, nowhere. I am confirming that nobody has called me,” he tweeted | P7 Congress blames govt for Parliament deadlock New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday alleged that the government was trying to find an “excuse” to curtail the Monsoon session of Parliament after “obstructing” its functioning by not agreeing to a discussion on the Pegasus issue and refusing to answer whether it has bought the Israeli spyware to snoop on people. Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi alleged the government was trying to avoid answering pertinent questions | P7 14,927 11,787 Odisha 21,198 Mizoram 23,502 Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Total doses 46,72,59,775 NATIONWIDE july 30 july 31 Fresh cases 44,230 41,649 Recoveries 42,360 37,291 Deaths 555 593 odisha 20,934 1,61,332 TAMIL NADU Kerala 80,871 Maharashtra july 30 july 31 Fresh cases 1,558 1,578 Recoveries Deaths 1,841 66 1,899 68 Centre for tight curbs in 46 dists Directions come after a review meeting of 10 states, which account for 80% of the active cases; state govts warned against complacency and told to impose curbs on intermingling E x p r e ss N e ws Se r 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, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur — are in home isolation, the government also asked them to strictly monitor the pa- tients at home to ensure they do not spread the infection in the community In the meeting, un. ion health secretary Rajesh Bhushan 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 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% in order to protect these districts by focusing on saturation of vaccination. In addition, states have been advised to conduct their own state level serosurveys for district-wise disease prevalence data with the help of the ICMR as the national level sero-prevalence survey was heterogeneous in nature. A recently-concluded serosurvey, based on samples collected from 70 districts in 22 states by the ICMR had shown that nearly 68% of the population of India may have antibodies against SARS CoV 2, confirming past exposure to the virus. ICMR director general Balram Bhargava advised the states to ramp up vaccination in the 60+ and 45-60 age categories as evidence shows that nearly 80% of the mortality was from these vulnerable age-groups. Regarding enforcement measures, he advised the states to avoid all non-essential travel and to discourage all large gatherings of crowds. The government also highlighted the need for the states to push for PSA oxygen plants in private hospitals. “Provisions under the Clinical Establishment Act enable states to issue such directions to the private hospitals,” said the Union health ministry, adding that in government hospitals, the Centre and states have already been trying to install oxygen generators. Malls, cinema halls, bars, restaurants to reopen as Odisha unlocks further E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar IN further relaxation of the lockdown, the State government on Saturday announced opening up of almost all economic activities with some restrictions. Announcing fresh guidelines, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena said all activities across the State will be allowed from 6 am to 8pm everyday. Night curfew would continue from 8 pm to 6 am in all districts while the weekend curfew would continue to be imposed in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri in view of their persistently high caseload. The new guidelines which will be in force from August 1 morning till September 1. The SRC said, malls, restaurants, bars, cinema halls, theatres and opera are allowed to open with regulated entry of maximum 50 per cent of capacity It . will be the responsibility of the mall authorities/shop owners/ market associations to ensure that Covid appropriate behaviour is followed strictly by them and the customers. However, in the case of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri towns, adult entry into such facilities will require production of final Covid vaccination certificate. In case of violation, local authorities can take strict action under relevant laws including Disaster Management Act, 2005. Such violation will Capital becomes 1st Indian city to achieve full vax target: BMC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar THE Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation on Saturday claimed that the State Capital became the first city in the country to have achieved the target of full vaccination (two doses) of its eligible population. The city has administered 18,37,586 doses of vaccine against the target of 18 lakh doses projected on the basis of the population as per 2011 Census. As many as 3.25 lakh people aged above 45 years and 5.17 lakh beneficiaries of the 18-44 years age group were targeted to be vaccinated. BMC sources said the city had a target of administering 8.42 lakh people aged 18 years and above. So far, 10,67,147 persons have been administered the first dose and 7,92,885 have received both the doses though over two lakh people from nearby d i s t r i c t s have got jabs here. Of the targeted people in the age group of 45 years and above, 4.02 lakh have taken the first dose and 3.21 WITH THIS ISSUE lakh both doses. Similarly, 5.72 lakh people have got at least a single dose and 3.93 lakh received the second dose among the targeted beneficiaries of the 18-44 years age group. However, the coverage among the healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) has been 85.6 per cent (pc) and 87.3 pc respectively. Of the enrolled 40,955 HCWs, 35,910 got one dose and 29,797 got two doses. As many as 56,164 beneficiaries have received the first dose and 47,301 got both the doses out of total enrollment of 61,401 FLWs. Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Singh said the target in terms of doses has been achieved. “While the first dose coverage is more than 100 pc, close to 94 pc have been fully vaccinated. The rest awaiting their second dose will be covered in the next few days,” he said. The Commissioner said now the beneficiaries will not be tagged to any particular vaccination centre. Since there is no rush, they can go to any nearby centre to get jab. The BMC will soon come out with a notification in this regard, he said. Motorcycle Diaries PLUS 12 PAGES UNLOCKED l Economic activities from 6 am to 8 pm across Odisha Malls, restaurants, bars, l cinema halls, jatra with regulated entry l Sea beaches, tourist places, parks, zoos, swimming pools On-spot eating at street l food centres l Intra-state and inter-state public transport Night curfew in all districts from 8 pm to 6 am Weekend shutdown in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri Temple admins, collectors to decide on reopening of places of worship entail sealing of such shops for a period as decided by the local authorities, Jena said. All religious, political, cultural gatherings, exhibitions, trade fairs, melas, however, will continue to be prohibited. On the opening up of religious places, the SRC said Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, Puri, and Lingaraj Temple Administration, Bhubaneswar will decide the opening of temples under their management for public darshan in consultation with the stakeholders concerned. CONTINUED ON: P5 95 pc students clear Plus II Science, Commerce E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar rescue mission A woman trapped on the other side of Jahmala Nala after a cloudburst being rescued in Lahaul Spiti of Himachal | PTI Jharkhand orders CBI inquiry into addl judge’s death M U K E S H R A N J 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 t h e 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 ‘Attack on judiciary’ Seeking a CBI probe, president of the SC Bar Association senior advocate Vikas Singh had told the SC that the murder of Anand was an attack on the judicial system 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. As on Saturday two persons , — Lakhan Verma and Rahul Verma — have been arrested and the auto-rickshaw has been recovered from Giridih. An FIR under section 302 of the IPC was registered in the Dhanbad police station. Meanwhile, a 22-Member Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by ADG (Operations) Sanjay Anand Latkar, was formed on Friday to expedite the investigations. According to Jharkhand Police spokesperson and IG (Operations), CID and Forensic teams have also been roped in to assist the SIT. A RECORD 95 per cent (pc) students of both Science and Commerce streams cleared the annual Plus II Examination-2021, marking a 22.5 pc rise in the overall pass percentage over the previous year. The results were based on an alternative assessment method that was adopted after cancellation of the Plus II exams due to the second w ave of Covid-19 pandemic. While the pass percentage of students was 95.15 pc in Science, it was 94.96 pc in Commerce. As per the CHSE reports, the results of Science this year is around 25 pc more than the previous year’s 70.21 per cent, while the pass percentage in Commerce is around 20 pc more than last year’s 74.95 pc. Of the total 94,532 students assessed in the Science stream, 89,951 cleared the exams. Around 55,468 students secured first division, while 16,943 got second division and 14,631 passed with third division. As many as 2,278 students got over 90 pc marks against only 137 in 2020. In Commerce, 23,292 out of 24,526 students cleared the exams. As many as 8,355 (around 36 pc) students were awarded first division, while 5,692 (24.43 pc) students secured second division. Besides, the number of students who got third division in the stream was 9,066. Only 149 students scored over 90 pc. CONTINUED ON: P5
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