kochi l wednesday l august 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 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 Men’s hockey team lead world champions Belgium for 10 minutes before penalty corner goals come back to haunt them 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 ■ 3.30 pm 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 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 T’Puram region tops CBSE Class 10 exam yet again Thiruvananthapuram region, comprising Kerala and Lakshadweep, recorded the country’s highest success rate of 99.99% in the CBSE Class 10 examinations Last year too, T’Puram region had emerged on top with a pass percentage of 99.28 Around 70,000 students had registered for Class 10 exams from Kerala 99.04 is the all-India pass percentage. 20,76,997 of the 20,97,128 students who appeared for the exams have become eligible for higher studies Since board exams could not be conducted due to the pandemic, CBSE had devised an ‘objective criteria’ for assessing students Marks of periodic tests, midterm exams and preboard exams were taken into account for assessing the students No merit list prepared this year. Students will be issued a combined mark sheetcum-certificate instead of separate mark list and pass certificate Candidates not satisfied with the marks allocated will be given another chance to appear for the exams when situation becomes conducive Compartment exam to be held between August 16 and September 15. P3 Political clearance awaited from China to defuse tension there, create a buffer zone was the site of deadly skirmishes leading to the death of At the recent meeting of soldiers from both sides. Corps Commanders of India As reported earlier by this and China, both sides agreed newspaper, officials on the to disengage from the Gogra ground had indicated that dis(Patrolling Point 17A) stand- engagement could take place off point along the Line of both at Gogra and HotActual Control in Laspring (Patrolling Point dakh. A political deci15), but a decision was sion by both counarrived at on one of tries is awaited. A the two during the senior official said, last meeting. The “Both the Corp ComChinese had rushed manders agreed to in soldiers after clashdisengage from es at Finger 4 in May Gogra but the final 2020 and the standHow buffer go ahead has to come zones worked off deployment was from the political hidone at both banks at Pangong erarchies of both the of Pangong Tso, HotAt Pangong Tso, governments.” spring, Gogra and There is a platoon- Chinese troops at Galwan. Besides, North Bank had level strength (35 solthere was stand-off diers) stationed in moved back north a t D e p s a n g a n d of Finger 8 and stand-off mode on Demchok. Indian soldiers both sides at Gogra. There are mirror Once the go ahead retreated close to deployments from comes, soldiers will Finger 3. The area both sides, with the in between retreat to a designatChinese moving in became a buffer ed position on the four divisions along zone with a ground and will leave the Eastern Ladakh. temporary a buffer zone as was Similarly the Indian , moratorium on done in Pangong Tso. Army has stationed patrolling from In their first step tofour divisions to both sides. wards defusing tencounter any movesion, India and China ment and also to hanhad in February had pulled dle the stand-off deployment. back troops and heavy equipOther than talks at various ment, including tanks, artil- levels, the hotline has been lery guns and mechanised ve- used extensively, with up to hicles, to create buffer zones at five calls a day . North and South banks of the “Hotline talks between May Pangong Tso. 2020 and till July have hapAlso, troops were disen- pened 1,450 times,” said an gaged from Galwan, which official. MAYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi Rahul hosts breakfast meeting, 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 strate- Kerala to scrap TPR-based strategy, ease weekend curbs; police asked to be gentle E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram A HIGH-LEVEL meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday decided to amend the Covid containment plan in the state after the TPR-based lockdown of civic bodies failed to yield the desired result. The meeting which discussed separate reports filed by the expert panel on Covid management headed by Dr B Ekbal and Chief Secretary V P Joy also decided to allow shops and private establishments to function with reasonable restrictions on six days a week till 9pm. Health Minister Veena George will formally announce the decisions of the meeting and the revised Covid management plan in the State’s contact tracing poor: Central team New Delhi: A six-member Central team which visited Kerala recently has identified several shortcomings on the part of the state in managing the pandemic such as inefficient contact tracing, perimeter control and lack of active surveillance. At a press briefing on Tuesday, Joint Secretary (Health) Lav Agarwal referred to the observations as a cause for concern. “Nearly 91% of the cases are under home isolation there, but the contact tracing ratio is only 1:1.5 instead of the recommended 1:20 for every positive case,” said Lav, adding the state has been advised to intensify contact tracing and perimeter control. assembly on Wednesday. Sources told TNIE that the meeting decided to restrict weekend lockdown to Sundays only “There will be re. laxations on August 15 and 22 (both Sunday) in view of Independence Day and Onam,” said an official. The government may announce relaxations on next Sunday too as Karkkidaka TPR goes below 2%, but situation in 8 states grim SUMI SUKANYA DUTTA @ New Delhi INDIA’s TPR 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 f actor denotes the number of people getting infected by one person. If the R factor value is above 1, it means one person can spread Aug 2 Fresh cases 45,892 42,510 Fresh cases 13,984 23,676 Recoveries Deaths 44,291 36,546 817 561 Recoveries Deaths 15,923 15,626 118 148 Only Kerala youth has such obsession with govt jobs: HC 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 gy meetings during Parliament session. In his absence, they were attended by the then Leader of Opposition in the 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 Oppo- sition in Parliament on issues concerning the people,” said a senior Congress MP . 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. THE High Court on Tuesday flayed the Kerala youth for their obsession with government jobs, observing that such a practice exists only in the state. “Will the prestige and status of an MSc holder go down the drain if he rears two goats and obtains income from it? This attitude is only found among Keralites. But they are ready to do any work outside the state,” the court said. “About 75% of the state government’s revenue is spent on disbursing salary and other benefits,” a divis i o n bench headed by Justice Alexander Thomas observed orally . The court made the observation after dismissing a petition by a candidate who lost his job after failing to submit an experience certificate before public service commission (PSC) in time. ● More on P4 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express better late than never Lovlina’s Olympic glory gets her village a road PRASANTA MAZUMDAR @ Guwahati 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. 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 after overnight downpour. So, I took a decision to build it and complete it before Lovlina’s return,” Phukan told TNIE. T he 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 got them a road. “People are very happy to see a concrete road,” he said. Aug 3 the infection to more than one person which suggests that the infection is spreading.For India, the highest R values are in Himachal Pradesh, J& K, 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,” said V K Paul, member of Niti Aayog. nationwide E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a breakfast meeting of MPs from 15 Opposition parties, at Constitution Club in New Delhi on Tuesday | PTI Vavu ritual falls on that day . A major change in the strategy will be to dump the TPR-based classification of local bodies to four categories. Instead, the number of patients in proportion to the population of civic bodies will be the new criterion. If more than one per cent of population in a local body turns positive, strict restrictions will be enforced there. That means 300 positive cases will lead to locking down of a civic body having 30,000 population. In other scenarios, microcontainment zones will be assigned to a particular locality where chances of spread are high. District collectors will be empowered to declare new micro-containment zones every day after monitoring ● More on P2 the test rates. stateWIDE Aug 2 Aug 3 TN ups Covid vigil at Walayar The Coimbatore district administration and Tamil Nadu police set up barricades just beyond the Walayar border where passengers coming on two and four wheelers from Kerala were stopped. P5 UAE to ease travel curbs The UAE has decided to ease travel curbs from six countries, including India, on its flight ban list. The UAE said all vaccinated individuals and the unvaccinated in certain job categories, can seek nod to return from August 5. P2 ‘Govts need to step in’ Both the state and Central governments need to intervene and help traders, entrepreneurs and labourers who are facing economic crisis, say experts. P4 States with high Reproductive factor Stable Decreasing Increasing Himachal Pradesh 1.4 Nagaland 1 Meghalaya 1 J&K 1.4 Haryana 1 Delhi 1 Lakshadweep 1.3 Armies OK with disengagement 99.99% at Gogra point Goa 1 Maharashtra 1 Karnataka 1.2 Kerala 1.1 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Mizoram 1.2 West Bengal 1 Jharkhand 1 Andhra Pradesh 1 Puducherry 1.1 Tamil Nadu 1.2 August 2 53,67,190 doses August 3 51,51,891 doses Total doses: 48,41,81,676
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