TIRUCHY THURSDAY AUGUST 05, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE CITY EDITION 23-year-old wrestler from Nahri village near Sonepat looks to better Sushil’s silver at Tokyo WRESTLING RAVI-LUTION CONTINUES cincts of the Chhatrasal Stadium will have more than just one medallist — the shy and recluse Ravi. If his teammate Deepak Punia manages a medal in the bronze medal playoff on Thursday it would be the third. Ravi , is no fluke, either. He is seeded fourth in Tokyo and has been knocking on the doors of greatness. Those who know him speaks highly about his technique and his steely resolve to not give up under any situation. Take the semifinals against Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan for example. Five-nine down, Ravi used one of the tricks that he learned at Chhatrasal to make a stupendous comeback. Locally it’s called lakkad baggha (hyena) and in technical par- lance it’s spladle, a move considered difficult. As Ravi entered the final to secure India their fourth medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, thousands of miles away in Nahri, , Haryana, his father watched his son grapple and rejoice in every victory as if he were there. Ravi’s father Rakesh is so fond of his sons — Pankaj, the brother — that he has been travelling 35km from Nahri village near Sonepat to deliver milk, ghee and curd everyday for the past 14 years. The boy has grown and now he will be part of India’s sporting folklore. On Thursday his final will be against sec, ond-seeded Zavur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee, who has beaten Ravi earlier. NEERAJ TOPS QUALIFICATION DEEPAK, ANSHU IN MEDAL HUNT LOVLINA ENDS WITH BRONZE Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to enter the finals of the Olympic Games with a stunning throw of 86.65m in his opening attempt that put him on top on Wednesday Deepak Punia (86kg) made it to the semifinals but lost the bout to the formidable American David Morris Taylor. He will now fight for bronze on Thursday. Anshu Malik will compete in the repechage round on Thursday and if she wins, she will also fight for bronze Boxing sensation Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) signed off with a bronze medal in her debut Olympic Games after a comprehensive 0-5 loss to the reigning world champion, Busenaz Surmeneli, on Wednesday F I R O Z M I R Z A @ Chennai ALL that Ravi Dahiya knows is wrestling. His devotion towards the sport is like a hermit — unwavering. Soft-spoken, he hardly ventures outside the Chhatrasal Stadium. Practice and practice. All he had been yearning since the World Championships in 2019 is an Olympic medal. On Wednesday he lived , that dream and ensured a fourth successive medal in wrestling for India at the Games. The dingy subterranean parking area converted into a training hall in the basement of Chhatrasal Stadium is his sacred space. Same space where double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar used to train until his arrest recently. From now on the hallowed pre- I have beaten Sanayev twice before, so I knew I can pull it off despite trailing by a huge margin. I was assured inside, but I should not have conceded lead and made it a close fight. That was pretty bad of me Ravi Dahiya, India wrestler VINESH HANDED TOUGH DRAW Medal favourite Vinesh Phogat (53kg) was handed a tough draw on Wednesday. The No. 1 seed wrestler in 53kg weight category will open her campaign against Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Magdalena Mattsson of Sweden on Thursday morning HOCKEY SEMIS Indian men's team would need an error-free performance against Germany to secure an Olympic medal | P11,13 Live: Sony networks @ 7am 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 When vax door for kids opens, teens with comorbidities would get first entry S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi WHENEVER the Centre rolls out Covid-19 vaccination for children, adolescents with comorbidities will be the first to receive the jabs, officials told this newspaper. The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended that children aged 12-17 years with serious underlying conditions should be the first to get the vaccines, once the inoculation programme is open for children. However, the Union health ministry is yet to take a final call on the matter. “Just like the Covid-19 vaccination for adults was opened for those above 45 years with specified comorbidities, the expert group has suggested inoculation first for adolescents above 12 with serious ailments as the risk of serious disease and death is higher in them compared with normal kids,” a health ministry official said. In a press briefing on Tuesday, NEGVAC cochairman V K Paul had echoed the same sentiments: “Prioritising children with comorbidities would be scientifically appropriate and valid,” he said in response to a query, adding that the deciJAB-O-METER sion on whether to prioriTAKE YOUR SHOT tise certain children would be taken only after Aug 3 51,51,891 doses vaccines become availaAug 4 33,50,612 doses ble for children. TOTAL DOSES During a BJP parlia48,89,36,423 mentary party last month, NATIONWIDE AUG 3 AUG 4 Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya had Fresh cases 30,549 42,625 claimed vaccination for Recoveries 38,887 36,668 children would begin in Deaths 422 562 August. As of now, no vacTAMIL NADU AUG 3 AUG 4 cine in India has regulatory approval for immuFresh cases 1,908 1,949 nising children. Covaxin’s Recoveries 2,047 2,011 clinical trial for children Deaths 29 38 is still underway to assess its safety and immunogenicity. And Zydus Cadila’s DNA-based vaccine, which had included kids between 12-17 years in its late-stage trials, is awaiting approval for restricted use authorisation. Meanwhile, experts say the risk of severe disease and mortality is far lower among children compared with adults. Therefore, their vaccination should be considered only when vaccines effective in preventing transmission are availCONTINUED ON: P8 able. Govt students to get quota in more courses B I N I TA J A I S W A L @ Chennai IN line with the 7.5 per cent reservation in admission to medical courses for government school students implemented by the previous AIADMK government, the DMK government on Wednesday announced the same quota for admissions to professional courses such as engineering, agriculture, fisheries, veterinary, and law. Educationists have welcomed the move, but they feel the State should also take measures to create awareness about professional courses and create necessary infrastructure at the government schools. The Cabinet, led by Chief Minister MK Stalin, decided that legislation providing for the quota would be introduced during the ensuing Budget session of the State Assembly scheduled on August 13. , The decision was taken on the basis of the report submitted by the Justice D Murugesan Commission, constituted by the State government on June 15, to examine, assess and analyse the reasons for poor representation of government school students in professional courses and recommend remedial measures to address the issue. “It has been decided to intro- SHOCKING CASE DR SUBBIAH MURDER: DEATH SENTENCE FOR 7 H A R I S H M U R A L I @ Chennai SEVEN years after the brutal murder of Dr SD Subbiah, a Chennai-based neurologist, outside Billroth Hospital, a city civil and sessions court on Wednesday found nine of the accused guilty and sentenced seven of them, including two lawyers, to death. The court also imposed life terms on two others while a tenth accused, who turned approver and was a prosecution witness, was released without punishment. Subbiah was murdered on September 14, 2013, due to a property dispute over a 2.4acre plot in his native village of Anjugramam in Kanniyakumari district. He was brutally attacked in broad daylight by three persons outside the hospital, and died nine days later. The footage of the attack, captured on CCTV cameras, had sent shock waves across the country Subsequently, po. lice arrested Dr James Satish Kumar and his henchmen Murugan, Selva Prakash, P Iyyappan, school teacher Ponnusamy, his wife P Mary Pushpam, and sons, P Basil, a lawyer, P Boris and Yesurajan. The prime accused, advocate B Williams, who was absconding for months, surrendered in August 2018. Iyyappan, formerly accused in the murder, turned a prosecution witness in December 2018 and since then, as per the High Court’s directions, the case was heard daily for a speedy trial. Special Public Prosecutor N Vijayaraj, in his final arguments, said that all the accused were directly involved and plotted the murder. He further stressed that capital punishment should be awarded to all the accused in the case. Additional Judge-I S Alli pronounced all the nine accused as guilty as charged. EXPRESS READ Birla steps down as chairman of Vodafone-Idea New Delhi: Kumar Mangalam Birla, who had in June offered to hand over his stake in the cash-strapped Vodafone Idea to the government, on Wednesday stepped down as the chairman of the firm. No reason was given for Birla’s decision. He will be replaced by Himanshu Kapania, former MD and CEO of the erstwhile Idea Cellular | P10 ‘PUBLIC INTEREST PARAMOUNT’ New law soon to ban online gaming: Min E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A day after the Madras High Court struck down the State government’s amendment to the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930, that banned online gaming with stakes, Law Minister S Reghupathy has announced that a new legislation would be enacted soon. The new law will incorporate adequate safeguards by listing out appropriate reasons for banning online gaming with stakes, said the minister, adding that Chief Minister MK Stalin had directed that a new legislation be brought in without any de- l ay, s i n c e p u b l i c i n t e r e s t i s paramount. Reghupathy in a statement here on , Wednesday said that the previous AI, ADMK government had, on November 21, 2020, enacted a legislation in haste when Stalin, the then Leader of Opposition, demanded that online gaming, including rummy, be banned. The High Court, in its order on Tuesday, had held that the State government had failed to list out sufficient reasons for banning online gaming, while holding the amendment invalid. However, the court clarified that there was no bar on bringing in a new legislation to ban online games. The earlier law, passed by the previous AIADMK government, headed by former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, had banned people from betting in cyberspace using computers or any other communication device or resources. People found gaming online were to be fined `5,000 and jailed for a period of six months. Those who open or keep a common gaming house were to be fined `10,000 and awarded two-year imprisonment. duce a bill to implement the recommendation of the commission in the upcoming session itself,” said an official release. The formation of the commission was one of the first things that the DMK government did after assuming charge, as they realised there was a low representation of government school students in professional courses in the State. Subsequently, the commission submitted its report on July 21 and recommended giving preferential treatment to government school students in admission to such CONTINUED ON: P4 courses. THE 7.5 MATH The decision was taken after Justice D Murugesan Commission filed its report on the reasons for poor representation of these students in professional courses. The quota will be introduced in the upcoming Budget session BUDGET COUNTDOWN BEGINS IN TN The first Budget of the Stalin government will be tabled on August 13, and white paper on TN’s finances will be released on August 9 | P4
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