NATIONWIDE JULY 31 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths TELANGANA FIRST POST-BOLT OLYMPIC 100M GOLD GOES TO ITALY 41,831 39,258 541 AUG 1 621 691 2 455 648 3 Lamont Marcell Jacobs (L) wins the men’s 100 m final in Tokyo | AFP THE FINAL: A DASH OF UNFANCIED STARS SURPRISE: NO JAMAICANS IN THE MIX 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 JULY 31 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths HYDERABAD MONDAY AUGUST 02, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION AUG 1 41,649 37,291 593 ■ ■ ■ 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 E E 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 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 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. 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 On Saturday, Sindhu was subdued, as she let the Chinese Taipei player to dictate the pace. But on Sunday, she dictated the 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 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 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 substitute for Launch of Dalit Bandhu pilot in Huzurabad on Aug 16 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE State Cabinet which met here on Sunday fixed August 16 as the date for the launch of the Dalit Bandhu’s pilot project in Huzurabad, which will be going for a byelection in the near future. The Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, asked the administration to be ready for launch of the pilot scheme. It was decided that Dalit Bandhu should have statutory backing by bringing in a legislation like the one that ensures that unspent funds meant for SCs’ welfare are carried forward to the following year’s budget. Rao, speaking on Dalit Bandhu, said that SCs, who constituted 20 per cent of the population, owned only 13 lakh acres of Cabinet nominates Kaushik Reddy for MLC post The Cabinet nominated Padi Kaushik Reddy of Huzurabad, who recently defected from Congress to the TRS, to the Legislative Council under the Governor’s quota. This puts an end to the speculation that the TRS might field Reddy in Huzurabad bypoll land. “There can be no better indication of their poverty,” he said. The Cabinet approved his decision that if SCs form a group, they should get funding for a bigger unit under Dalit Bandhu. A proposal for creation of a Centre for Dalit Enterprises in all district headquarters to help Dalit entrepreneurs was also approved. By another decision, the Cabinet cleared a proposal to set up super-speciality hospitals at five locations in the State. The proposed locations are: Warangal, Chest Hospital premises at Sanath Nagar, Gaddi Annarama at LB Nagar, Telangana Institue of Medical Sciences (TIMS) at Gachibowli and Alwal in Secunderabad. All the super-speciality institutions in Hyderabad would be known as TIMS, followed by the name of their location, like TIMS Gachibowli, TIMS P4 Sanath Nagar, etc. TS’ unemployment rate keeps falling, second lowest in South EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TELANGANA’S unemployment rate for July was four per cent, the second-lowest among southern States. Only Karnataka, with a two per cent unemployment rate, recorded lower figures. After the State government announced relaxations in the Covid-induced lockdown, Telangana, over the last few months, has been witnessing a steady decline in its unemployment rate, points out a report on monthly unemployment rate by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). The data, released on Sun- day, showed that the unemployment rate for the month of July was four per cent -- a 16.6 per cent decrease from June. The national unemployment rate for the month is seven per cent. Both the waves of Covid19 resulted in major job losses in the State. According to CMIE, the unemployment rate had skyrocketed in May , 2020, touching 14.7 per cent. By August, 2020, it had declined to 5.8 per cent and by January 2021, it , had plummeted to 4.3 per cent. Following a similar trend during the second wave, joblessness in the State was at its peak in May 2021, when it was , 7.4 per cent, before gradually in the last few months. POETRY IN FLOW The Nagarjunasagar dam is a sight to behold after project officials lifted 14 gates and released water downstream on Sunday | P4 UNEXPECTED WINDFALL Post UNESCO tag, land values near Ramappa skyrocket U M A H E S H @ Mulugu IT is raining mega bucks for those who happen to possess lands near Ramappa temple. After the UNESCO accorded a ‘World Heritage Site’ status to the temple, which has come to be known by its sculptor Ramappa’s name, overnight, the lands nearby have become very precious. The prices of land parcels at Palampet in Venkatapuram mandal of Mulugu district, where the temple is located, have nearly doubled, which is a stroke of luck for those who own lands there. It is expected that the temple would soon become a buzzing tourism hotspot, even for visitors from abroad. Agriculture land per acre in the region now costs `40-50 lakh. By comparison, just a few days ago, the price was `20-25 lakh per acre. Even in Palampet village, the price has shot up to `18-25 lakh per acre. For a distance of 6 km on either side of the road from Ramappa temple to Venkatapuram village, the land prices have skyrocketed. Syed Pasha, a resident of Palampet village, said that the prices of agricultural lands had doubled within a week of the temple securing the UNESCO tag. Now, retired government employees, including non-locals, are evincing an interest to invest in lands, particularly along the road from Palampet to Venkatapuram mandal headquarters. Palampet gram panchayat (GP) Sarpanch Doli Rajitha said local farmers were showing an interest in selling their lands. Visitors to the temple are also approaching the farm- ers, expressing an interest in purchasing their land. “Those who want to buy our land appear to be interested in setting up their own businesses, like restaurants and hotels. This would help the local youths get jobs. For our gram panchayat too, the revenue would increase. The money we earn would be ploughed back into creating facilities for tourists and for the development of the village,” Rajitha said. 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. 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 dialogue between the neighbours. CONTINUED ON P8 ONE MAOIST KILLED IN EXCHANGE OF FIRE I P2 EXPRESS READ 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.
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