Fast and furious: Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah equalled the second-fastest time in history | AP visakhapatnam l sunday l august 01, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late 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 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 64m sindhu has no answers to tai tzu-ying 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 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 a n ta M a z u m d a 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 14,927 11,787 Odisha 21,198 Mizoram 23,502 Andhra Pradesh Karnataka 20,934 1,61,332 TAMIL NADU 80,871 Kerala Maharashtra NATIONWIDE july 30 july 31 Fresh cases 44,230 41,649 Recoveries 42,360 37,291 Deaths 555 593 Fresh cases 2,068 2,058 Recoveries 2,127 2,053 Deaths 22 23 Samples tested 80,641 78,992 Centre for tight curbs in 10 states Directions come after a review meeting of the states, which account for 80% of the active cases in the country; state govts told to impose curbs on intermingling of people in 46 dists E x p r e ss N e ws S e 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, 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 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 agegroups. 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 add, ing that in government hospitals, the Centre and states have already been trying to install oxygen generators. you can WhatsApp covid violations to 80109 68295 now E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada The State government has decided to strictly enforce Covid rules and not to spare violators of the protocol to curb the virus spread. “Violators of Covid-19 guidelines will be punished stringently,” said Commissioner (Health) Katamaneni Bhaskar on Saturday . People can now complain about Covid protocol violations by shops or business establishments to authorities through WhatsApp No 8010968295. Photographs of violations can also be sent to the WhatsApp number to enable the authorities take immediate action. A fine of `10,000 to `25,000 will be imposed on shops if they allow customers without mask, depending on the gravity of the violation. The shops or commercial establishments will be closed for one or two days if the Covid protocol violation is serious in nature. A fine of `100 will be imposed on non-mask wearers in public places. Police officials of the rank of Sub-Inspector and above can penalise violators of Covid protocol, Bhaskar said. The Centre has not given any specific directions to the State on imposing Covid restrictions, he added. covid norms Covid violation photos can be sent through WhatsApp K100 fine for not wearing mask a direct attack on judiciary. The court had said: “If the The Jharkhand government court feels that the investigaon Saturday recommended a tions are not being done propCBI inquiry into the alleged erly, the case may be handed murder of Dhanbad district over to CBI at any point of and additional judge Uttam time.” On Friday the Supreme , Anand. Court also took suo motu cogThe judge was killed after an nizance, seeking a detailed reauto-rickshaw mowed him port from the chief secretary down on Wednesday and the director genmorning. Allegations eral of police. ‘Attack on of foul play were As on Saturday, judiciary’ raised after CCTV two persons — LaSeeking a CBI footage from the khan Verma and Raarea showed the vehi- probe, president of hul Verma — have the SC Bar cle intentionally hitbeen arrested and the Association senior auto-rickshaw has ting him. advocate Vikas “The case related been recovered from t o t h e d e a t h o f Singh had told the Giridih. An FIR unDhanbad District and SC that the murder der section 302 of the of Anand was an Additional Judge UtIPC was registered in attack on the tam Anand has been the Dhanbad police judicial system handed over to the station. CBI on the recomMeanwhile, a mendations of Chief Minister 22-Member Special InvestigaHemant Soren,” stated an of- tion Team (SIT), headed by ficial communiqué from the ADG (Operations) Sanjay Chief Minister’s Office. Anand Latkar, was formed on The decision was taken a day Friday to expedite the investiafter Soren met the family g a t i o n s . A c c o r d i n g t o members of the deceased. Ear- Jharkhand Police spokesperlier on Thursday the Jharkhand son and IG (Operations), CID , High Court took suo motu cog- and Forensic teams have also nisance of the matter, calling it been roped in to assist the SIT. MUKE S H RAN J AN @ Ranchi Total doses 46,72,59,775 statewide july 30 july 31 A traffic cop enforces mask rule at Siripuram in Visakhapatnam on Saturday | express Jharkhand govt orders CBI probe into judge’s death 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. However, the disruptions have caused a loss of over `130 crore of taxpayer money, government sources said. A statement via unnamed “government sources” said the deadlock meant that the LS functioned for about 7 hours out of a possible 54, and the RS worked for 11 hours out of a possible 53 | P7 `10,000 to `25,000 fine on shops and business establishments which allow people without mask Shops or markets can be closed for 2-3 days based on the gravity of Covid protocol violation Partial curfew from 10 pm to 6 am to be in force till August 14 165 containment zones come up in EG with rise in new Covid-19 cases S T r i m u r t h u l u @ Kakinada Spike in cyber crimes Amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown and the transition to a largely digital life, cyber criminals upped their game, with fly-by-night firms and impersonation being their favoured tropes. Punjab was among the worst-hit with a three-fold rise in cyber crimes in 2020 | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE Motorcycle Diaries PLUS 12 PAGES The East Godavari district administration has announced 165 containment zones to curb the spread of Covid-19. The district has reported the highest number of Covid cases in the State during the second wave. The total Covid tally of the district is more than 2.7 lakh, with an active caseload of 3,710. With people not strictly adhering to Covid Appropriate Behaviour at public places, the number of fresh cases is on the rise in East Godavari, DM&HO Gowreswara Rao told TNIE. The high positivity rate has prompted the district administration to declare localities which report more than five new Covid cases a day contain, ment zones. In Durgada, Tatipatri and Chebrolu of Gollaprolu mandal, 59 Covid cases have been reported, forcing the authorities to declare the villages containment zones. Gollaprolu tahsildar V Ammaji said all the infectees are in home isolation now. “Covid restrictions in the three villages will be in force till Au- gust 7,’’ she said. Eleven Covid cases have been reported at Jaggayya Cheruvu in Pithapuram, which has been declared a containment zone, said municipal commissioner M Ram Mohan. Similar situation has prevailed in some mandals of Amalapuram division. I Polavaram, T Kothapalli and Kesanakurru have also been declared containment zones as they reported a total of 19 Covid cases. The infectees are in home isolation, said I Polavaram tahsildar Murali Krishna. rescue mission A woman trapped on the other side of Jahmala Nala after a cloudburst being rescued in Lahaul Spiti of Himachal | PTI 2-wheeler ambulance, a concept of engineering students and design of Dassault C P V e n u g o pa l @ Anantapur Deeply moved on seeing a report of a man carrying the body of his mother due to nonavailability of ambulance during the Covid-19 pandemic, S Yashwant, a second year student of GATES Engineering College, Gooty hit upon an idea , of developing a cost-effective two-wheeler ambulance, which is easy to operate even on village roads. He immediately shared it with his friend Izaz Ahamed and both of them started giving a shape to the idea in Idea Lab of the college. Having learnt about it, senior students joined the project and the college managing director had approached Das- sault Systemes in France for help in designing the ambulance. Impressed by the idea and the objective behind it, Dassault had developed the prototype of ambulance using 3D design platform CATIA. The French company also sent its representative Suhas Preetipal to provide help to the students in the project. Yashwant and Izaz Ahamed, under the supervision of Suhas Preetipal and college chief administrative officer V Anand, started giving a shape to their idea based on the design provided by Dassault. After 40-50 days of effort, they developed the two-wheeler ambulance, which can be attached to any 100 CC two-wheeler and it costs around `50,000. The maximum speed of the two-wheeler ambulance is limited to 35 kmph and it can be operated on any type of roads due to its sturdy structure. It is equipped with oxygen cylinder and other emergency medical equipment. It can be used not just for Covid cases, but also for any medical emergency P5 .
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