vijayawada l monday l august 02, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION First post-Bolt Olympic 100m gold goes to Italy Lamont Marcell Jacobs (L) wins the men’s 100 m final in Tokyo | AFP The final: A dash of unfancied stars The field was filled with a raft of relatively unknown sprinters. Even Jacobs’ main claim to fame was an European 60 metre indoor title earlier this year. The 26 yearold made a European record, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84 seconds in one of the most understated major championship 100 metre races of recent times. Canada’s Andre de Grasse got the bronze in 9.89 seconds | P11, 12 Lamont Marcell Jacobs shocks the world with gold in the Blue Riband 100 metres final in 9.80 seconds Surprise: No Jamaicans in the mix ■ ■ ■ For the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games, there was no Jamaican in the final Hot favourite Trayvon Bromell, who was the season-leader coming into the Games, went out in the semis As for China’s Su Bingtian, he set an Asian record 9.63s Usain Bolt’s Olympic record in 2012 that remains unbroken 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 Hyderabadi shuttler is first Indian woman to win back-to-back Olympic medals The Blues storm into semis, face belgium test Sindhu’s historic double S w a r o o p S w a m i n at h a n a n d I n d r a n ee l d a s @ Chennai P V Sindhu is the toast of the nation. And why not? The rigours of competing at the Olympics is immeasurable. It gnaws and growls, especially in your head. That ubiquitous word PRESSURE keeps fiddling in every cell of your brain. It’s enough to scar you for a lifetime. Winning one medal at the Games is seen as something improbable, especially in our medalbereft country Winning two? Well, . nothing short of a miracle. But somehow in Sindhu’s world, the word is a misfit. She has made the moniker ‘Big Game Hunter’ her own. She may lumber her way into a World Championships or an Olympics, but once there, garbed in an aura of invincibility, Sindhu dredges her way through everything. Sindhu’s record since the World Championships gold in Basel is perhaps the most unimpressive part of her career. She appeared in 15 tournaments and managed to win only 23 matches — 1.5 on an average. For such a prodigious talent, the figure doesn’t fit in her resume. It’s why she kind of flew under the radar going into Tokyo. Yes, new fiat Stone pelters in J&K can’t get passport or job F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar The J&K administration has now decided to deny stone pelters security clearance for passports or government schemes or jobs. The instruction was issued through a circular issued by the SSP Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Special BranchKashmir (SBK). It directed all its field units to ensure that during verification of papers, the individual’s involvement in law and order, stone pelting and other crimes prejudicial to the security of the state be specifically looked into and corroborated from the local police station’s records. It also directed the field staff to look for digital evidence like CCTV footage, photographs, videos and audio clips, quadcopter images available in the records of police, security forces and security agencies for verification. “Any person found involved in any such case must be denied the security clearance,” the circular instructed. The circular was issued over a month after J&K government amended service rules and made it mandatory for new recruits to submit details of mobile phone numbers used over last five years, information about in-laws, registration number of vehicles owned and used; details of educational qualification and details of loans within two months. The new recruits were also asked to give details of association with Jamaate-Islami; membership of club or society or association or trust or charity groups; membership of any political party and participation in any political activity; and membership of family members or close relatives with any political party . The government has so far sacked at least 18 employees, including two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salah-u-Din, for their alleged involvement in anti-national activities. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) she was a big tournament monster but the pandemic had ensured that she would be coming in with almost zero match practice. Add to that the needless controversies she had to tide over in the last year or so. Other Indian athletes would have possibly wilted. But Sindhu is made of sterner stuff, she doesn’t wave the white flag. Her strong mind on those strong shoulders have been companions on this most surreal of journeys. On Sunday, she used both to traverse past the challenge of China’s He Bingjiao to become just the third woman in the sport’s history to win back-to-back singles medals at the Olympics. The southpaw had a better head-tohead record but Sindhu isn’t one to let that affect her. Not at the Olympics anyway . She smashed, used the effective cross court smash to add to her winners count and induced errors. He was expected to trouble her but Sindhu used her height and reach to her advantage. Just before the end, the sight of He on her knees and looking at the floor wondering what hit her rammed home Sindhu’s performance. She is a generational Olympian from a country that doesn’t produce generational athletes. Guv, Jagan hail Sindhu’s feat AFP I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? P V Sindhu Vijayawada: Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu congratulated PV Sindhu for winning bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics and wished her to achieve more success in the future. Chance to end 41 years of hurt 1980 The last time the men’s hockey team played in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972. They last won a medal in 1980 (gold). Against Belgium on Tuesday, they will have to be at their best. The world champions are probably the best team in the tournament Dilpreet Singh celebrates his goal against Great Britain in the quarterfinal of the men’s hockey on Sunday. India win 3-1 | AP It is coming home! chant begins as India sniff history E x p r ess n e w s se r v i c e Well. To borrow a popular soundtrack that made the rounds three weeks ago, is it coming home? Can it really come home? On a night when PV Sindhu assumed immortality on the world stage, the men’s hockey team took a giant stride towards destiny and ending 41 years of hurt. The history is so well known it’s written once every four years — eight gold, one silver and two bronze — if nothing else to remind the nation of what their hockey players were capable of. But while living in history books, sepia-toned pictures and grainy YouTube videos has a nice earthly charm to it, history is no substitute for VSP union dharna in Delhi to attract national attention E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam The 170-day Visakha Ukku agitation against privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) is all set to reach the national capital Delhi with the two-day Maha Dharna of employees’ union starting at Jantar Mantar Monday . The Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which has been spearheading the agitation against privatisation of RINL, the corporate entity of VSP, has decided to intensify its stir with the dharna. Over 1,000 steel plant workers left for Delhi by different trains on Friday All the workers will . gather at Jantar Mantar at 10 am to stage Maha Dharna. The union leaders have already met leaders of various national and regional political parties, which are not part of the NDA, to garner support for their stir against privatisation. Leaders of several parties have promised to join the dharna against the Centre’s move. Ukku Porata Committee chairman Ch Narasinga Rao said the two-day dharna in Delhi will highlight their resolve to resist privatisation of the steel plant. “It will be remembered for long in history Lead. ers of almost all opposition parties will be joining the pro- Protest at Jantar Mantar, AP Bhavan Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee has got permission to hold Maha Dharna at Jantar Mantar only on Monday. Steel plant workers will stage a protest at AP Bhavan on Tuesday against privatisation test in Delhi,’’ he said. Narasinga Rao said despite stiff opposition from people and workers, the Centre has filed a counter affidavit in the High Court reaffirming its stand for 100 per cent strategic sale of RINL. Vizag Mayor and corporators of the GVMC will observe a day’s fast on Monday to express their solidarity with the workers’ dharna in Delhi. A rally was taken out by Visakha all party workers and praja sanghala JAC in the city on Sunday as part of the stir against VSP privatisation. Addressing the rally AITUC , State president R Ravindranadh and JAC chairman M Jaggu Naidu said the Narendra Modi government should be taught a lesson for trying to sell the steel plant, which is the pride of people of Andhra. The steel plant was set up after farmers of 64 villages gave 22,000 acres of land for it and 32 people sacrificed their lives during the famous ‘Visakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku’ agitation in the late 1960s. People of AP are not ready to accept the proposal to sell a golden goose like the VSP, they said. Compared to sugar, jaggery has more nutritional and medicinal values. But sugar has an advantage as it is in granular form, making it easy for packaging and convenient for use. Thanks to an innovative technology developed as part of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (AICRP on PHET) at the Regional Agricultural Research Station of ANGRAU at Anakapalle, jaggery is also available in granular form now. The RARS got a patent for the innovative tech- nology developed by it on March 12, 2021. The patented technology ‘Machinery and Process of Manufacturing of Cane Jaggery in Crystal Form’ has been transferred to five companies on non-exclusive basis. They include Vowel Technologies in Maharashtra, Chakravarthy Agro Foods Private Limited in Tirupati, KVL Bio Products Private Limited in Secunderabad, Jayalakshmi Agro Industries and Shubham Foods India Private Limited in Visakhapatnam. The companies are getting ready for commercial production of jaggery P3 in granular form. @ Srikakulam/Guntur Children, especially girls, have started evincing interest in learning martial arts for self-defence as well as for their physical fitness and mental health. After the relaxation of partial curfew in the state, the number of children enrolling Fresh cases 41,649 41,831 Recoveries Deaths 37,291 39,258 593 541 statewide july 31 aug 1 Fresh cases 2,287 2,058 Recoveries 2,053 2,430 Deaths 23 18 Samples tested 78,992 85,856 @ Guwahati /New Delhi flow & glow Water gushing out from Nagarjunasagar project with lifting of 14 crest gates on Sunday. gives a magnificent view | Express More and more girls evince interest in learning martial arts themselves in martial arts coaching institutes is on the rise in Srikakulam and Guntur districts. Taekwondo has become the most sought after martial art as it is included for sports quota in education and employment, besides figuring in Olympics. “After the Disha incident, several girls have started learning taekwondo for self-de- aug 1 P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r self-defence S r ee n u B a b u Pat i v a d a / Ba n d h av i A n n a m NATIONWIDE july 31 In sign of thaw, Sarma may be out of riot FIR Granular jaggery set to vie with sugar for shelf space S G u r u S r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada the present. That’s why the current iteration’s 3-1 quarterfinal win over Great Britain is possibly their biggest win since the 1980 final. Dwelling on old memories is fine but at some point they fade away into obscurity. This is now a chance for a young team under a capable manager who has been allowed time and space to create new ones. That the likes of Dilpreet Singh and Simranjeet Singh — young turks whose places in the team were questioned — impressed along with P R Sreejesh, the team’s warhorse, is an indication of team unity Putting col. lective over the individual. They will need to do the same thing against Belgium on TuesP11, 12 day morning. fence,’’ said AP Taekwondo Association vice-president BSS Prasad Kumar, popularly known as Taekwondo Srinu. He has been conducting taekwondo classes in schools and colleges in Srikakulam district free of cost. At present, 2,500 children are learning taekwondo in the district. About 350 children, including 170 girls, are undergoing training in taekwondo at the Town Hall in Srikakulam. Speaking to TNIE, Srinu said, “Taekwondo is a good social activity and it gives physical fitness and mental health, besides being a martial art.” “Taekwondo boosted my selfconfidence to protect myself as well as others. In the present scenario, every girl should learn martial arts for self-defence,” said V Jashmini, who is learning the martial art. P3 In the first sign of thaw in the ongoing turf war between Assam and Mizoram, the Mizoram government on Sunday indicated its intention to drop the name of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma from a first information report (FIR) filed in the case. The FIR was registered in connection with the July 26 interstate border clash that left six Assam policemen dead and several others injured. The decision to relook the FIR came after a conference call between Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sarma and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, stressing peaceful resolution through dialogue. Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo later said Sarma’s name would be removed from the FIR if there were no legal hitches and added that Zoramthanga did not approve of Sarma being named in it. Meanwhile, highly-placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi dismissed reports of a CBI probe into the dispute, saying, “The Centre does not want to take any decision that may further escalate the situation between two states.” Continued on P8
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