MADURAI l wednesday l august 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION india lose semis 2-5, to face germany for bronze medal Norway’s Karsten Warholm wins 400m hurdles record on Tuesday | AP women seek history against argentina 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 Men’s hockey team lead world champions Belgium for 10 minutes before penalty corner goals come back to haunt them 400m hurdles final: One for the ages ■ ■ 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 online gaming TN’s blanket ban quashed; legislature erred, says HC E X P RE S S N E W S S ERVICE @ Chennai In a relief to online gaming companies, the Madras High Court on Tuesday struck down the amendment brought in the TN Gaming & Police Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021, that banned betting or wagering in cyberspace on poker. The All India Gaming Federation has welcomed the move and urged the State to devise a regulatory framework to provide clarity to the online gaming industry . The court observed, “....by imposing a wide-ranging blanket ban, the State has completely failed to meet the “least intrusive” measure test, and therefore, the impugned amendment falls foul of Article 19(1) (g) of the Constitution.” The issue pertains to a batch of pleas moved by online gaming companies challenging the ordinance by TN banning online gaming in November 2020. Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy in a detailed or, der, said, “The legislature erred in expanding its field of legislation by widening the scope of gambling and ascribing a connotation to betting that the relevant Entry in the State List does not envisage.” The bench said that the Entry “Betting and gambling” appears to cover the possible distinct fields of betting and gambling; but the law, as declared, defines gambling as a game of chance which skill cannot control. “Thus, the authority conferred on a State legislature by the relevant Entry appears to be confined to the arena of betting in games of chance,” the bench stressed. Armies OK with disengagement at Gogra point Political clearance awaited from China to defuse tension there, create a buffer zone MAYA N K S I N GH @ 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. TPR goes below 2%, but situation in 8 states grim SUMI SUKANYA DUTTA @ 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 (reproduction rate). R factor denotes the number of people getting infected by one person. If the R factor value is above 1, it means one person can spread the infection to more than one person which suggests that the infection is spreading. For India, the highest R values are in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, and Karnataka where this figure is 1.2 or higher. “We are concerned that some states have the R factor in the wrong direction. It is above 1 and rising, it is truly a cause of concern. The virus wishes to expand. We must curb it,” said V K Paul, member (Niti Aayog) and head of the national Covid19 task force. Authorities in the press briefing by the Union health ministry also shared that there are 44 districts in the country where the Covid-19 case positivity rate is over 10%. These districts are in Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, among others. According to Chennai-based Institute of Mathematical Sciences, R value of SARS-CoV-2 in India crossed 1 on July 27. The R value needs to be brought down to less than 1 for the virus to eventually stop spreading because it cannot infect enough people to sustain the outbreak. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a breakfast meeting of MPs from 15 Opposition parties, at Constitution Club in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI Rahul steps up to fill Oppn leadership vacuum R i c h a S h a r m a @ 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 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 . Stable Decreasing Increasing Himachal Pradesh 1.4 Nagaland 1 Meghalaya 1 Haryana 1 Delhi 1 Mizoram 1.2 West Bengal 1 Goa 1 Jharkhand 1 Andhra Pradesh 1 Maharashtra 1 Karnataka 1.2 Puducherry 1.1 Tamil Nadu 1.2 Kerala 1.1 Lakshadweep 1.3 NATIONWIDE Aug 2 Aug 3 Fresh cases 45,892 30,549 Recoveries 44,291 38,887 Deaths 817 422 tamil nadu Aug 2 Aug 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,957 2,068 28 1,908 2,047 29 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 2 53,67,190 doses August 3 51,51,891 doses Total doses 48,41,81,676 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. ,” better late than never Lovlina’s Olympic glory GETS her village A ROAD States with high Reproductive factor J&K 1.4 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 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 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 village in Nagaon district if Lovlina wins a medal. The medal is now assured, thanks to her entry into the semifinal. T h e a re a f a l l s u n d e r Sarupathar Assembly, which has often been represented by the Congress. Local MLA Biswajit Phukan of the BJP said the kutcha road was being made concrete. A bumpy ride to the village made him decide on building the road. “I was travelling to Lovlina’s house the other day after she had stormed into the semis. The condition of the road was very bad a f t e r ove r n i g h t downpour. So, I took a decision to build it and complete it before Lovlina’s return,” Phukan told TNIE. The state’s Public Works Department is executing the road. “We are making it motorable. If money is not sanctioned by the government, I will spend from my pocket,” Phukan added. The MLA admitted the region has a lot of problems in terms of infrastructure. Lovlina’s father Tiken Borgohain said the villagers were happy that the boxer’s glory fetched them a road. “People are very happy to see a concrete road coming up on a kutcha road. I thank the state government and the MLA,” he said. He added, “Lovlina has secured a medal and for that, the government is giving us a road. I will consider it as a gift for my daughter.” Horen Gogoi, a villager, said the government needs to put in place other infrastructure. “We need facilities such as a hospital with beds, drinking water, a playground, a gym, a boxing ring etc. Lovlina is winning the world and our constituency doesn’t have even a boxing ring,” he said. 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 once-in-a-month ritual Meet the post master who climbs a hill to deliver pension to a supercentenarian S r e e m at h i M @ Tirunelveli One Sunday every month, a 55-year-old post master embarks on a day-long trek deep into the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve forest to fulfil an assurance made to a 1 1 0 - ye a r- o l d wo m a n f ive months ago. S Christuraja, of the Papanasam Upper Dam Branch, received this special mission after Collector V Vishnu visited the Injikuzhi tribal hamlet at the Tiger Reserve and met 110year-old Kuttiyammal. The Collector assured the elderly woman of a monthly Old Age Pension of `1,000, and directed the authorities to deliver her the money through the India Post office. As Christuraja single-handedly manages the Branch post office, it came down to him to ensure Kuttiyammal received her pension. The Injikuzhi tribal hamlet is located uphill of Chinnamay- ilar Kaani near the Papanasam dam. “I take a four kilometre boat ride across the dam’s banks, organised by forest officials, and then trek nearly 10 kilometres after that,” Christuraja says. When the level of water in the dam is too low for a boat ride, he treks 25 kilometres via the Chinnamayilar Kaani, braving leech bites. Since the journey takes a day, the post master makes the delivery on Sundays only. “I Post master Christuraja travels about 15 km to deliver the pension | V KARTHIKALAGU start at 7 am and trek to a stream in the forest. After having breakfast by the stream, I reach the temple next to the hamlet and bathe in the river before reaching Kuttiyammal’s house,” he explains. After a chat with Kuttiyammal, he returns to catch the boat back by 5 pm. Christuraja, who joined service on May 19, 1997 as an Extra Departmental Delivery Agent, is a native of the Agasthiyar Kaani settlement in the forest. This gives him an edge, according to Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Tirunelveli Division, Sivaji Ganesh. “Christuraja is able to work with the people and reach the hamlet. Earlier, postal staff used to arm themselves before visiting such remote areas,” said Ganesh. As for Kuttiyammal, her relative Iyyappan (40) says that access to the pension has given the supercentenarian priceless peace of mind.
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