WARANGAL WEDNESDAY AUGUST 04, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 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 PROMPT ACTION SI suspended for rape bid on trainee cop ENS @ Mahabubabad/Warangal IN a heinous act, the Sub-Inspector (SI) of Maripeda police station in Mahabubabad district allegedly tried to rape a trainee woman SI attached to the same station late on Monday . The incident came to light on Tuesday, when the victim, belonging to the SC community, approached Warangal Police Commissioner Dr Tarun Joshi with a complaint. Maripeda SI Polireddy Srinivas Reddy has been under suspension since. According to sources, Srinivas Reddy forced the trainee into accompanying him to a secluded place on the pretext of conducting a r aid on the makers of black jaggery, which is used for making illicitly distilled liquor (arP Srinivas Reddy rack). As they were travelling in a vehicle, he made advances and she fought back, sustaining injuries. The trainee SI managed to escape from Srinivas Reddy and rushed to her temporary residence in the mandal headquarters. On Tuesday, she told her parents what had happened. They then lodged a complaint of rape attempt with the Commissioner, who set up an inquiry committee. The committee reported that the SI did, in fact, try to rape the trainee. Interestingly the SI received , an award of appreciation from the Mahabubabad SP on Tuesday morning for seizing 120 quintals of black jaggery . Meanwhile, in Hyderabad, a group of Mahila Congress workers staged a dharna when they were denied permission to make a representation to the DGP at his office, seeking action against the Srinivas Reddy . 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. 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. 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 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 TELANGANA AUG 2 AUG 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 591 643 2 609 647 4 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT August 2 53,67,190 doses August 3 51,51,891 doses TOTAL DOSES 48,41,81,676 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 . EXPRESS READ 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 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. ,” DELIMITATION DELAY CCS home guard gets 30-year RI in rape case NO HIKE IN ASSEMBLY SEATS TILL ’26 Hyderabad: A home guard, who raped a physically challenged ST girl several times and caused her pregnancy, has been sentenced to 30 years of Rigorous Imprisonment under the POCSO Act and was slapped a fine of `50,000. Botla Mallikarjun was attached to the Central Crime Station of Hyderabad police | P3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CBSE CLASS X PASS % IN TS RECORD-HIGH|P3 @ Hyderabad TELANGANA and Andhra Pradesh must wait for seven more years for the delimitation of their Assembly seats. The number of seats in both the State Assemblies will be increased only after 2026, in time for the 2028-elections. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, in response to a question raised by Congress MP A Revanth Reddy in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, said that the delimitation of seats in the Telugu States would not be taken up alongside Jammu and Kashmir. “The total number of seats in the Assembly of each State will be readjusted after the first Census is published after 2026,” the MoS told Revanth. The Congress MP wanted to know whether the Centre was planning to undertake simultaneous delimitation of constituencies in Telangana alongside Jammu and Kashmir or not. Nityanand Rai said, “Sec- tion 26(1) of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, inter-alia states that subject to the provisions contained in Article 170 of the Constitution and without prejudice to Section 15 of this Act, the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of the successor States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana shall be increased from 175 and 119 to 225 and 153, respectively As per Article 170(3) of . the Constitution, the total number of seats in the Assembly of each State will be readjusted after the first Census is published post 2026”. TS-AP water war may spill over into Godavari VV BALAKRISHNA @ Hyderabad EVEN as the battle over Krishna river water sharing continues to rage, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are suiting up for another showdown, this time over Godavari water. There is a general perception that both the States have issues only with regard to Krishna water sharing and that they are on the same page over Godavari, as there is plenty of water in the river. Proving that this is nothing but a misconception, Andhra Pradesh Engineer-in-Chief C Narayana Reddy, on Tuesday, said that Telangana planned to utilise 1,350 tmcft water in the Godavari, of the 1,430 tmcft allocated to the combined Andhra Pradesh State. “If Telangana utilises the entire volume of water, then what is left for Polavaram and Godavari delta,” he asked. He contended that Telangana planned to draw Godavari water through Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), Tupakula Gudem, Devadula, Sitarama and other projects. Telangana is also diverting Godavari water to Krishna basin, he pointed out. The volume of surplus water that ended up in the sea from the Godavari from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021, was 3,481.88 tmcft. Godavari water that was emptied into sea from June 1, 2021, till date was 414.146 tmcft. Andhra Pradesh officials pointed out that the water was going waste due to non-utilisation of the same by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. “If those States utilised their share, then not much water would be left in the Godavari,” he said. However, officials of the Telangana Irrigation Department said that the State’s utilisation was confined only to 967.9 tmcft of the total allocation of 1,430 tmcft. “Andhra Pradesh’s claims are untrue. Let the officials substantiate their argument by providing statistics,” a Telangana official said. He recalled that the State arrived at the 967.9-tmcft share as per the note circulated by the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, during a discussion in the Assembly on the draft AP Reorganisation Bill. AP’s claims are untrue. We have confined ourselves to TS’ share of water in the Godavari. Let the AP officials substantiate their argument with statistics — TS Irrigation Department official PERFECT GIFT Lovlina’s Olympic glory gets her village a road PRASANTA MAZUMDAR @ Guwahati 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 TAKING note 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. The area falls under 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. “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 after overnight 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 mak- ing 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. 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