visakhapatnam l saturday l august 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Bhavinaben creates history at paralympics impaired from the waist down Gujarat paddler first Indian to be assured of a medal in the sport, faces China’s Zhang for a place in the final on Saturday Tragedy struck Bhavinaben Patel early on in her life. While learning to walk as a one-year-old, she fell down. During treatment, an injection impaired her from the waist down, according to father Hasmukhbhai Patel. She picked up the sport at the age of 12. In the Tokyo Paralympics, she is also competing in the doubles event. The 34-year-old is confident of reaching the final | P11 ■ 2.8 lakh trained with robot during lockdown ■ She trained with a second-hand machine worth `50,000 during lockdown before the Class 4 paddler was given a new robot after she was included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme She beat World No 5 Borislava Rankovic 11-5, 11-6, 11-7. ITTF removed bronze medal playoffs after the last Paralympics worth of the new equipment top scheme had given bhavinaben 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 Toll 182, Biden vows to avenge There was 1 suicide bomber, not 2: Pentagon inputs suggesting more attacks. US Central Command chief At least 182 people were report- General Frank McKenzie said edly killed in Thursday’s Kabul there could be rockets or car terror attack and the tally could bombs targeting the airport. go up as many dismembered Earlier in the day, US Presibodies are yet to be accounted dent Joe Biden vowed to avenge for. Local health officials, quot- the deaths of Americans. Blamed by news agency AP said 169 ing the lesser known ISIS-K for , Afghans were killed. the attack, Biden said, This is over and above Indians in Af “We will not forgive. the 13 US military perWe will not forget. We Most Indians sonnel died in the atwill hunt you down who wanted to tack. The Wazir Akbar and make you pay .” Khan Hospital in cen- return have been Despite the attack, evacuated, MEA the US continued its tral Kabul alone resaid on Friday. ceived 145 bodies. At evacuation operation least 200 people were There could be a at the Kabul airport on reportedly injured in few stll stranded Friday. In an earlyin the war-torn the attack. morning update, the Meanwhile, the Pen- country, but the White House said tagon on Friday clari- exact number is 12,500 people were unknown, it fied that the Kabul airevacuated in the previadded | P7 port explosion was by ous 24 hours, taking a single suicide bombthe total number of er and that there was no blast people airlifted abroad since near the Baron hotel. “We do August 14 rose to 105,000. not believe there was a second The UN Security Council, explosion. We felt it was impor- currently being presided over tant to correct the record,” said by India, on Friday condemned US Army Major General Wil- the Kabul terror strike, adding liam Taylor. that the world needs to unite US forces on the ground are against those who provide sacP9 on alert with fresh intelligence turies to terrorists. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Baghel gets a Priyanka lifeline till UP elections RIC H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will retain his seat for now though the power tussle in the state is far from over. After a three-hour long meeting with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Baghel said: “I have told Rahul Gandhi my dil ki baat (heart’s desire). He is coming to Chhattisgarh next week and will visit Bastar to see the work done by the government.” Sources said the decision Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel greets Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Friday | Special Arrangement came after Priyanka backed Baghel, an OBC leader, while Rahul insisted that he abide by the promise made to T S Singh Deo. A senior party leader said Priyanka was of the view that changing Baghel just ahead of the crucial Assembly elections, especially Uttar Pradesh, will not go down well with the backward class vote bank. Flanked by party incharge for the state P L Punia, Baghel did not give a direct response to the claim of rotational CM by his cabinet colleague Deo. “The problem is not over yet and the party would have to ad- dress Deo’s concerns. Rahul ji’s proposed visit needs to be also looked at from that perspective,” said a state party leader. In a show of strength, Baghel came to Delhi along with over 50 MLAs and met Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Punia. The MLAs from the Baghel camp were at the AICC headquarters during the day and the CM met them after his meeting with Rahul. “Rahul ji has accepted an invitation to visit Bastar given by the CM. There are no differences between the two leaders,” Punia told this newspaper. Post-Covid complications found in 30% of recovered patients in all age groups E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam/Vijayawada About 30% of people who recovered from coronavirus are facing postCovid complications and most of them are those who were severely affected and on oxygen support, said Dr PV Sudhakar, Principal of Andhra Medical College and Covid-19 Nodal Officer. Speaking to TNIE, Dr Sud- hakar said those who are coming with post-Covid complications are from all age groups and the problems they are facing are related to head to toe, including hair fall, occasional nausea, reflux, diarrhoea and irregular heartbeat. Most important are psychological problems due to hospitalisation for a long period. Depression and anxiety are also seen among post-Covid cases, he said. Dr Aruna, pulmonologist in GGH, Vijayawada, told TNIE that most of the post-Covid symptoms are related to residual lung disorders like pulmonary fibrosis. Sometimes they may not be curable leading to chronic lung diseases. These problems are mostly related to severe Covid cases and those who were put on oxygen support, she said. According to Dr Aruna, lung infections normally lead to right heart failure P4 symptoms. 1 crore jabs in a day New Delhi: India on Friday administered 1,00,64,032 Covid-19 vaccine doses, the highest ever done in a single day, the Union health ministry’s Cowin dashboard showed at 10:30 pm. With this, India’s vaccination coverage has crossed 62 crore, the data showed. “Crossing 1 crore is a momentous feat. Kudos to those getting vaccinated and those making the vaccination drive a success,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted i-t raids `40 cr from Vizag-based firm unearthed New Delhi: The Income Tax Department has detected ‘undisclosed’ financial transactions of `40 crore after it raided a Visakhapatnam-based group engaged in extraction of vegetable oils and manufacturing ferro alloys, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said on Friday . The searches were carried out on Wednesday at 17 premises located in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Nagpur and Kolkata. The group in question is also into mining of manganese ore. “In total, the searches have resulted in detecting incriminating evidence relating to undisclosed financial transactions of about `40 crore,” the CBDT said, in a statement. It added that unaccounted cash of `3 crore was also seized during the operation. The CBDT frames policy for the Income Tax Department. “Handwritten diaries, documents and loose sheets depicting undisclosed cash transactions were seized. The group is inflating expenditure and indulging in cash sales of oil and under invoicing of slag,” the CBDT said. PTI NGT expresses displeasure against TS over PRLIS report, KRMB made nodal agency E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Alleging that the Telangana government has ‘systemically evaded’ compliances by ‘evasive and non-transparent’ strategies in the implementation of Palamuru-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS), the Andhra Pradesh government impleaded in a petition filed by a resident of Telangana’s Mahbubnagar district in the National Green Tribunal against the project alleging environmental violations. The NGT also expressed displeasure over Telangana’s Mining and Geology Department, which was appointed as a nodal agency for coordinating the visit of a committee constituted earlier to submit a factual report, for not furnishing the report. Following AP’s suggestion, the NGT has appointed the Krishna River Management Board as the nodal agency . The Southern Zone bench of the tribunal heard the petition express read State likely to get heavy rains due to low pressure Harish Rawat seeks to log out of Punjab Vijayawada: A low pressure area is likely to form in the northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal on Saturday and under its influence heavy rains are expected in one or two places in almost all the districts of the State. Moderate to heavy rains lashed Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts, parts of Krishna, Guntur and Visakhapatnam on Friday. Gara in Srikakulam received the highest rainfall of 12 cm, followed by Addanki in Prakasam with 6 cm, the Met Department said. Chandigarh/New Delhi: AICC general secretary Harish Rawat, the troubleshooter deployed to quell the factional feud in its Punjab unit, on Friday urged the high command to relieve him of the Punjab duties. The request came a day after Navjot Singh Sidhu gave an ultimatum to the high command, demanding full autonomy in decision making. Sidhu said, “I cannot be a dummy PPCC chief. If allowed to work according to my policy of hope and faith, I can ensure Congress rule in the State for 20 years.” P8 Jab-o-meter Take your shot August 26 67,87,305 doses August 27 1,00,64,032 doses Total doses: 62,17,06,882 NATIONWIDE Aug 26 Aug 27 Fresh cases 46,164 44,658 Recoveries Deaths 34,159 32,988 607 496 statewide aug 26 aug 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,539 1,515 1,140 903 12 10 67,590 68,865 filed by the AP government on Friday requesting to implead in the original petition filed by Kosgi Venkataiah from Mahbubnagar district alleging that the Telangana (TS) government was taking up illegal mining in the guise of P R LI S construction. Alleging that there were more violations than the ones raised by the original petitioner, the AP government sought to intervene in the matter being the ‘Parens Patriae’ of legitimate rights of its citizens, who would be affected by the construction of PRLIS without any social impact assessment, including environmental hazP4 ards within Telangana. Violations galore in PRLIS: AP The Andhra Pradesh government impleaded in a petition filed by a resident of Telangana in the NGT against PRLIS, alleging that the TS government had ‘systemically evaded’ compliances by ‘evasive and non-transparent’ strategies in the execution of the irrigation project nod to 90 ml liquor bottle sale E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada To curb the flow of liquor from neighbouring States, the general body meeting of the AP State Beverages Corporation on Friday approved the sale of 90 ml liquor bottles and canned beer in government liquor shops located in border areas of the State. The meeting held under the chairmanship of Special Chief Secretary (Commercial Taxes, Excise, Registration and Stamps) Rajat Bhargava, also gave its nod for modernisation of chemical laboratories under the Excise Department. Besides sanctioning `5 lakh each for the chemical labs, the board gave 10 days time for completing modernisation works. an uphill task, literally Workers fix anchor rods to install chain-link mesh to prevent landslides at Durga temple in Vijayawada on Friday | Prasant Madugula Kurnool to get Lokayukta, SHRC offices Search on for suitable buildings District authorities are scouting for buildings to house the offices of Lokayukta, Upa Lokayukta and SHRC. “We are ready to provide suitable buildings to the institutions as directed by the government,” said District Revenue Officer Pullaiah E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada/Kurnool Kurnool is set to become the new headquarters of the Lokayukta and the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) with the State government issuing GOs on Thursday for shifting their offices from Hyderabad and Vijayawada to the proposed judicial capital of Andhra Pradesh. The Lokayukta and the SHRC are the first institutions officially announced for relocation to Kurnool after the government proposed to make it the judicial capital of AP . After the State bifurcation, orders were issued on October 24, 2017 relocating the SHRC headquarters from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Now, another order was issued shifting the SHRC headquarters to Kurnool from Vijayawada. Advocates welcomed the gazette notification relocating the Lokayukta and the SHRC offices to the proposed judicial capital. Kurnool Mayor B Y Ramaiah said it showed the sincerity of the YSRC government to keep its promise to develop Rayalaseema. “More permanent buildings will come up with shifting of offices, which will promote development of the region,” he said. About 2,000 acres of land has been earmarked at Jagannatha Gattu for the High Court. “We are waiting for the day when the city will become seat of the High Court,” he said. healing touch Five ‘invisible’ Covid orphan siblings spotted after months E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhopal Three months after Madhya Pradesh became the first state in the country to announce a slew of welfare measures for Covid orphans, five little Scheduled Caste siblings — three girls and two boys — in Amaha village of Bhind district are still awaiting assistance for want of paperwork. They were completely invisible to the administration till the local MLA spotted them recently . Their rickshaw driver father Raghvendra Valmiki succumbed to Covid in January while moth, er Girija died two months later. Panchayat officials claim both possibly died due to Covid, but there is no documentation yet. At seven, the eldest is a girl who is now shouldering the responsibility of a parent because the granddad they live with doesn’t care. Her youngest sibling is an eight-month-old boy. They live in a partially damaged hut near the village’s cremation ground and are surviving on food and milk of fered by villagers. “Our parents died during the Corona wave. We request the government to provide us a house, food, a safe drinking water connection and education,” said the eldest. It was local Congress MLA Dr Govind Singh who spotted them during a recent visit to the village. He immediately offered `2,000 to the orphans and asked the village sarpanch and secretary to pool in `10,000 each. Singh also granted them `20,000 from his Local Area Development Fund, but since they do not have a bank account, the money is yet to reach them. Continued on P8 Welfare assistance in Madhya Pradesh In May this year, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced `5,000 monthly pension to each Covid orphan, besides free education and free monthly ration supply. The action came after The New Indian Express ran a nationwide series on Covid orphans, starting with that of twin sisters in Bhopal
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