tadepalligudem l wednesday l august 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION india lose semis 2-5, to face germany for bronze medal Men’s hockey team lead world champions Belgium for 10 minutes before penalty corner goals come back to haunt them Norway’s Karsten Warholm wins 400m hurdles record on Tuesday | AP women seek history against argentina 400m hurdles final: One for the ages Now, all eyes will be on Rani Rampal & Co as they face Las Leonas for a place in the final. If they do manage to beat them, it will be their first ever final. The Indian team have been on a roll, winning their last three games including a 1-0 win over Australia in quarters. The Argentina test will be a physical examination. The Dutch face Great Britain in the other semifinal ■ ■ In one of the greatest athletics finals of all time, Norway’s Karsten Warholm broke his own previous 400mH world record of 46.70 seconds with a time of 45.94 US’s Rai Benjamin finished second for a time of 46.12. Brazil’s Alison Dos Santos wins bronze, with a time of 46.72 3.30 pm india vs argentina is at 3.30 pm today | P11,12 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 Relocation Amara Raja Batteries not targeted, says Forest Secy E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Vijayawada As there was an alleged irreparable damage done to Karakambadi and its surroundings on the outskirts of temple town of Tirupati due to lead pollution caused by Amara Raja Batteries unit located at Karakambadi, the state government had filed a plea in the Andhra Pradesh High Court for its relocation from the place, besides even partial restoration of the alleged damage done to the area environmentally . Disclosing this to mediapersons on Tuesday evening, GSRKR Vijay Kumar, Secretary , Forest Department, and Secretary, Planning, dismissed reports that the government was intentionally targeting Amara Raja Batteries and maintained that what he is divulging has been reported to the High Court. “No industry was singled out, but closure and stop production notices were served as per norms,” he said. “Amara Raja Batteries units near Tirupati and Chittoor were inspected as part of the random inspection carried out by the AP Pollution Control Board from time to time. It was one among the 54 industries that were inspected. In some of those industries, high-level of pollution was found and Amara Raja Batteries was one among them. Two months time was given to those industries for correcting the lapses in pollution control. However, Amara Raja did not comply with the norms and notices were served on it. When there was no response, after following due procedure, show cause notice for closure of units was issued,” he P5 explained. Armies OK with disengagement at Gogra point Political clearance awaited from China to defuse tension there, create a buffer zone M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi At the recent meeting of Corps Commanders of India and China, both sides agreed to disengage from the Gogra (Patrolling Point 17A) stand-off point along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. A political decision by both countries is awaited. A senior official said, “Both the Corp Commanders agreed to disengage from Gogra but the final go ahead has to come from the political hierarchies of both the government.” There is a platoon-level strength (35 soldiers) stationed in stand-off mode on both sides at Gogra. Once the go ahead comes, soldiers will retreat to a designated position on the ground and will leave a buffer zone as was done in Pangong Tso. In their first step towards defusing tension, India and China had in February had pulled back troops and heavy equipment, including tanks, artillery guns and mechanised vehicles, to create buffer zones at North and How buffer South banks of the Pangong Tso. zones worked Also, troops were disengaged from Galwan, at Pangong which was the site of deadly skirmishes leadAt Pangong Tso, ing to the death of soldiers from both sides. Chinese troops at As reported earlier by this newspaper, ofNorth Bank had ficials on the ground had indicated that dismoved back north engagement could take place both at Gogra of Finger 8 and and Hotspring (Patrolling Point 15), but a deIndian soldiers cision was arrived at on one of the two during retreated close to the last meeting. The Chinese had rushed in Finger 3. The area soldiers after clashes at Finger 4 in May 2020 in between became and the stand-off deployment was done at a buffer zone with both banks of Pangong Tso, Hotspring, Gogra a temporary and Galwan. Besides, there was stand-off at moratorium on Depsang and Demchok. patrolling from There are mirror deployments from both both sides. A sides, with the Chinese moving in four divisimilar accord is sions along the Eastern Ladakh. Similarly, expected at Gogra the Indian Army has stationed four divisions to counter any movement and also to handle the stand-off deployment. Other than talks at various levels, the hotline has been used extensively with up to five calls a day “Hotline talks between May , . 2020 and till July have happened 1,450 times,” said an official. There have been 12 meetings so far between the Corps Commanders, 10 between division commanders and 55 at the delegation level (sector commanders or Brigadier level) to address the matter. The last Corps Commander meeting was on Saturday between Lt Gen P G K Menon and Maj Gen Liu Lin. Lovlina’s Olympic glory wins her Assam village a motorable road Rahul steps up to fill Oppn leadership vacuum him for not meeting or listening to them on key issues. Until now, he was rarely part of joint meetings of Opposition leaders even on vital issues like the reading down of Article 370, farm legislation or strategy meetings during Parliament session. In his absence, they were attended by the then Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and his deputy Anand Sharma. “He is now regularly interacting with MPs from other like-minded parties and attending joint protests by the Opposition in Parliament on issues concerning the people,” said a senior Congress MP . R i c ha S harma @ New Delhi Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hosted a breakfast meeting for Opposition MPs to possibly stake his claim for their leadership at a later date. By doing so, he tried to end a self-created leadership vacuum, which leaders like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and NCP boss Sharad Pawar had sought to fill in recent weeks. Rahul had never in the past actively engaged with Opposition leaders inside or outside Parliament. Even within the party, many veteran Congress leaders have been critical of States with high Reproductive factor Stable Decreasing Increasing Himachal Pradesh 1.4 Nagaland 1 Meghalaya 1 J&K 1.4 Haryana 1 Delhi 1 Mizoram 1.2 West Bengal 1 Goa 1 Maharashtra 1 Karnataka 1.2 Jharkhand 1 Andhra Pradesh 1 Puducherry 1.1 Tamil Nadu 1.2 NATIONWIDE Aug 2 Aug 3 Fresh cases 45,892 30,549 Recoveries 44,291 38,887 Deaths 817 422 statewide aug 2 aug 3 Fresh cases 1,546 1,546 Recoveries 1,968 1,940 Deaths 15 18 Samples tested 59,641 69,606 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 2 53,67,190 doses August 3 51,51,891 doses Total doses 48,41,81,676 Covid situation in eight states grim lage in Nagaon district if Lovlina wins a medal. The medal is now assured, thanks to her entry into the semifinal. The area falls under Sarupathar Assembly, which has often been represented by Congress. MLA Biswajit Phukan of the BJP said the kutcha road was P5 being made concrete. 15 parties attend Apart from the Congress, MPs from Trinamool Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, DMK, CPM, CPI, RJD, SP, JMM, NC, IUML, RSP, KCM, LJD and were present. BSP and AAP gave it a miss and there are discussions to have him (Kishor) in the party or taking his services to overhaul the Congress. This change (in Rahul) could be part of the revamp or due to Mamata and Pawar taking the lead in uniting the Opposition,” said another party leader. At Tuesday’s meeting, he pushed for a united Opposition taking on the BJP-RSS. “The single most important thing in my view is that we unite (against) this force... We can have a few discussions and arguments but I think it is important for us to come up with the principles of the foundations of our unity he said. ,” Covid-19 surveillance up in 21 Chittoor mandals Lakshadweep 1.3 Work is in full swing to build a 3.5-km motorable road from Barpathar town in Upper Assam’s Golaghat district to Lovlina’s village Baro Mukhia This change in approach is seen as welcome step by many party leaders. They wonder if calls for a united Opposition to take on the Modi government by Mamata and Pawar prodded Rahul to step up the ladder to prevent encroachment in Opposition leadership. “He has held a few meetings with strategist Prashant Kishor high positivity rate Kerala 1.1 PRASANTA MAZUMDAR @ Guwahati TAKING not of the lack of basic infrastructure in Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain’s village Baro Mukhia, first reported by TNIE, the Assam government has started building a motorable road to her village. The 3.5-km road will connect Barpathar town in Upper Assam’s Golaghat district with the ace boxer’s village that has a population of around 2,000. The work started two days ago. Prior to her Olympics glory , the locals had highlighted the lack of infrastructure in the village. They were optimistic Baro Mukhia will undergo a transformation like sprinter Hima Das’s Kandhulimari vil- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a breakfast meeting of MPs from 15 Opposition parties, at Constitution Club in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI New Delhi: India’s test positivity rate has fallen below 2% for the first time in three months, but eight states still report high infection rates as shown by the R factor. According to Institute of Mathe-matical Sciences, R value of SARS-CoV-2 in India crossed 1 on July 27. E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Tirupati The Chittoor district administration has sounded an alert with an increase in the Covid-19 positivity rate in 21 mandals and directed mandal and municipal task force committees to lay emphasis on bringing it down. Chittoor recorded 284 fresh Covid cases in the 24 hours ending Tuesday 9 am, the highest among all the districts. The State reported 1,546 new infections in the 24 hours ending Tuesday 9 am with a positivity rate of 2.6 per cent. Collector M Hari Narayanan, in a virtual meeting with the medical and health department and Covid-19 task force officials, said the positivity rate is higher than the recovery rate in the district in the last few days. Considering this as a warning, appropriate measures should be taken to contain the spread of Covid, he said. “The the positivity rate has increased from 2.48 to 2.76 per cent in the last week compared to the previous week. As a result, the active caseload has increased to 3,100 from 2,400. As on Tuesday Chittoor , has a total of 3,054 active cases, which is the second high- est in the State,” he said. The Collector directed them to intensify tracing, testing and treatment along with the vaccination drive to combat Covid. “Covid curbs in containment zones of Renigunta, Thavanampalle, Sadum, Chittoor, Tirupati urban, Nagari, Chinnapanduru, Gangavaram and Baireddipalle should be strictly enforced to bring down the daily count,” he said. Also primary and secondary contacts of those tested positive should be kept under home isolation and they should be tested for Covid-19. Aggressive testing in areas where more new infections are reported will help curb the spread of Covid, the Collector said. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, one district in Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari) has reported more than 10 per cent positivity rate for the week ending August 2. AP has accounted for 5.08 per cent of the country’s active cases with a caseload of 20,582. AP has figured in the list of eight States with an active caseload ranging from 10,000 to 1 lakh. However, the Covid spread is on the decline in AP the ministry added. , A technician inspects the new TV after installing it at Tete’s home on Tuesday Hockey sensation Tete’s family now won’t miss semis Ranchi: After TNIE reported that hockey wizard Salima Tete’s family members could not watch her playing in the Olympics quarter final as not a single house in the village had a TV, the district administation on Tuesday installed a brand new 43-inch smart TV at her modest home in Jharkhand’s Simdega. Now, her family members and other villagers will be able to watch the semi-finals on Wednesday | P7 in rajya sabha Centre reiterated its stand on RINL to AP CM’s letter: Min E x press N e w s S er v i c e @ Visakhapatnam The Centre on Tuesday said it had responded to a letter written by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy requesting to reconsider the disinvestment plan of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, reiterating its stand to privatise it. It also reiterated that Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in non-strategic sector would be considered for privatisation if feasible, otherwise for closure. This comes at a time when employees of the steel plant were on a two-day dharna in Delhi against the VSP privatisation. Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, in a written reply to YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy’s query in the Rajya Sabha, said the decision for 100 per cent disinvestment of Government of India’s stake in RINL along with RINL’s stake in its subsidiaries/joint ventures was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on January 27, 2021. Vijayasai Reddy sought to know whether the finance ministry remained silent when the Cabinet took a decision to privatise RINL and would the Centre consider allotting captive iron ore mines to the VSP and take over debt and let the company function for three to four years and see its performance. He also asked whether the Cen- tre was in receipt of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter requesting not to privatise RINL. In his reply, Karad said the Centre received a communication from the Chief Minister of AP after the CCEA took a decision for strategic disinvestment of RINL requesting to reconsider the move to privatise the steel plant. “The communication has been responded to by the Government of India addressing the concerns and reit- erating the decision taken on the matter,’’ the Union minister said. Karad further said as per the New Public Sector Enterprise (PSE) Policy for Atmanirbhar Bharat approved by the Cabinet on January 27, and notified on February 4, 2021 in the nonstrategic sector such as steel, the existing PSEs shall be considered for privatisation if feasible, otherwise such enterprises shall be considered for closure. warm welcome PV Sindhu, who won a bronze medal in Olympics, being felicitated by Union Ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Nirmala Sitharaman and G Kishan Reddy at a function in New Delhi on Tuesday on her arrival from Tokyo | Express
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