sambalpur l monday l august 02, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l 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 ■ 9.63s 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 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 am 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 sinew 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 medal-bereft country. Winning two? Well, nothing short of a miracle. 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, 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 will 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. The southpaw was expected to trouble her but Sindhu used her height and reach to her advantage. Just before the end, the sight of Bingjiao on her knees and looking at the floor wondering what hit her rammed home Sindhu’s performance. A generational Olympian from a country that doesn’t produce generational athletes. Proactive approach pays dividends 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 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. Joyous Naveen lauds team, urges players to go for glory It is coming home! chant begins as India sniff history E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Dilpreet Singh celebrates his goal against Great Britain in the quarterfinal of the men’s hockey on Sunday. India win 3-1 | AP Express news service 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 substi- NATIONWIDE july 31 Fresh cases 41,649 41,831 Recoveries Deaths 37,291 39,258 593 541 tute for 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 PR Sreejesh, the team’s warhorse, is an indication of team unity. Putting collective over the individual. They will need to do the same thing against Belgium on P 11, 12 Tuesday morning. aug 1 Jab-o-meter Take your shot July 30 44,38,901 doses July 31 53,72,302 doses Total doses 46,72,59,775 odisha july 31 aug 01 Fresh cases 1,578 1,437 Recoveries Deaths 1,899 68 1,773 64 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) As the final whistle of the India-Great Britain Olympics match announced the nation’s march into the semi-final of Olympics men’s hockey after 41 years, the jubilation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik could not be missed. Glued to the television screen for the entire match at Naveen Nivas, the Chief Minister rose to his feet, clapping in joy and accompanying Indi, ans in congratulating the team for the stupendous feat. Expressing happiness over the Indian team’s victory, the Chief Minister said that the national team has come out with flying colours in the quarter final. He expressed hope that the team will keep up the momentum to win both the semi and the final matches. The national hockey teams’ success - both men and women - holds immense significance for Odisha as the State has been on the forefront of promoting the game in the country Odisha government is the . sponsor of both men and women national hockey teams since 2018. The government has pledged `150 crore for sponsoring the teams for five years. Naveen has taken personal interest in development and promotion of the game and under his leadership, the State government is putting a premium on hockey to help India regain its dominance in global hockey, official sources said. Since 2014, when it organised the Champions Trophy, the State has come a long way organising the Hockey World Cup in 2018 and becoming the hosts again in 2023, when the tournament will be played in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. The J&K administration has now decided to deny stone pelters security clearance for passports or gover nment schemes or jobs. The instruction was issued through a circular issued by the SSP Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Special Branch-Kashmir (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. E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e place DSR for assessment in each district and map demand-supply trend by the ODISHA government is set to competent authority. Invenintroduce a sand policy that tory of river bed material and will look to use technology for other sand resources and pescientific mining and curb the riodic audit of rivers will be menace of illegal excavation carried out. through extensive source-toSimilarly, identification of destination movement track- go and no-go zones and mining, replenishment strategy ing basing on environmental and penalising violators. and social factors will also be With the National Green made. Mining lease areas are Tribunal (NGT) stipulating proposed to be selected in a that states put a check on il- way that they do not overlap legal sand mining through safety zones. Quarrying will enforcement and compensa- not be allowed through mechtion basing on pollutanised suction and goals er-pays principle, a blasting. Besides, spate of stringent Identification, movement and transmeasure awaits min- quantification portation routes will ers as well as the orbe clearly stipulated of sand ganised mafia in the so that villages and sources midst of an alarming habitations are not Following NGT smuggling trend. impacted. The policy looks at The Revenue and orders, heavy penalty for identification and Disaster Management violators are quantification of all Department is workon the anvil sand sources, e-aucing on the Odisha tion for transparency S a n d Po l i cy 2 0 2 1 Use scientific and scientific and rewhich will not only in- methods and sponsible sand minstitutionalise scienIT ing where safety of tific mining and manriver beds and enviagement of sand but at the same time, use IT-ena- r o n m e n t w i l l c a r r y bled services for monitoring weightage. Remote sensing technology movement from source to end-users. Though the Sus- and field agencies will identify tainable Sand Mining Man- sand sources suitable for minagement Guidelines (SSM- ing while river systems, sand MG) 2016 and Enforcement bed patterns, morphology and and Monitoring Guidelines local topography will be studfor Sand Mining (EMGSM) ied so that sustainability can 2020 call for District Survey be ensured. Auction will be made as per the Odisha Minor Report (DSR) for mining of sand, there has so far been lit- Mineral Rules 2016 while clustle or no adherence to the ter mining will be given priority over individual mines when same in the State. The State has a minor min- sources exist in clusters, the eral policy but the first such Revenue Department sources CONTINUED ON: P5 sand policy looks to put in said. @ Bhubaneswar In sign of thaw, Sarma may be out of riot FIR P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a r @ Guwahati /New Delhi 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 ground situation.” The sources said any resolution to the issue lay in meaningful diaContinued on: P8 logue between the neighbours. express read Stone pelters in J&K can’t get passport or job 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 The State has also hosted the World League, Pro-League and Olympic qualifiers, etc. The State is constructing a new world class hockey stadium at Rourkela. This will be largest hockey stadium in India with a seating capacity for 20,000 people. The State government has made a provision of `90 crore for the stadium. “The continuous support has ensured stability in perfor mance of the Indian teams. Both the men and women’s team have been excelling and the performance has been brilliant in the Olympics so far,” official sourcCONTINUED ON: P5 es said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik claps after the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain to storm into the Olympics semi finals on Sunday | Express new fiat F aya z Wa n i @ Srinagar On Saturday, Sindhu was subdued, as she let the Chinese Taipei to dictate the pace. But on Sunday, she dictated proceedings. He Bingjiao wasn’t allowed time to breathe. Sindhu also used her height to maximum advantage as she used the smash to create winners Odisha govt working on new sand policy to curb mafia menace 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 Jamaat-e-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 Salahu-Din, for their alleged involvement in anti-national activities. Babul Supriyo hints at joining another party Kolkata: Hours after posting a cryptic post on Facebook hinting at his exit from politics, former Union minister Babul Supriyo on Sunday edited the post for a second time, triggering speculation about what his next move might be. Supriyo was axed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet in the recent reshuffle | P8 Sero survey in all dists soon Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is planning to go for sero-prevalence study across districts and cities to generate ground-level data that will formulate localised public health response measures. The decision has been taken after Centre advised all states to conduct sero-surveys | P2 GST mop-up crosses `1L-crore in July New Delhi: In signs of acceleration in economic activity, India’s GST collections returned to over `1 lakh crore in July after the second wave of Covid-19 caused a blip in the previous month. GST mop-up grew 33% year-on-year in July to over `1.16 lakh crore. In July 2020, the collection was `87,422 crore. This is the second highest collection so far this fiscal after a record `1.41 lakh crore mop-up in April. GST collections had topped `1 lakh crore for eight straight months before the onset of the second wave. Fighting brings death & destruction to Afghan cities Families abandoned their homes in droves, air strikes rained down on neighbourhoods and bodies filled the streets as the Taliban took their fight to Afghanistan’s cities over the weekend, starting a new bloody chapter in the country’s long war | P9
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