chennai l saturday l august 28, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 22 l late city EDITION Bhavinaben creates history at paralympics 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 impaired from the waist down trained with robot during lockdown 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 | P17 ■ ■ 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 `2.8 lakh 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 sacon alert with fresh intelligence turies to terrorists. P14 E x p ress N e w s S er v ice Baghel gets a Priyanka lifeline till UP elections R I C 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 Stalin announces `317 crore welfare package for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees E XP R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai In a relief to thousands of Sri Lankan refugees staying in various camps in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday announced `317.40 crore-worth welfare package for them. Stating that the Lankan Tamils were living in camps without sufficient basic amenities, Stalin said that his government would ensure a secured, honourable, and improved life for them. The measures were announced based on inspections that were recently carried out at refugee camps. Incidentally the Chief Min, ister also said that steps are being taken to dispose of the pending cases against detained Lankan Tamils in the State. Making a suo motu statement, under Rule 110, in the State As- healing touch Five ‘invisible’ Covid orphan siblings E x p ress N e w s S er v ice @ 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 mother Girija died two months later. Panchayat officials claim both possibly died due to Covid, but there is no 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 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 tamil nadu Aug 26 Aug 27 Fresh cases 1,559 1,542 Recoveries Deaths 1,816 26 1,793 21 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 eightm o n t h - o l d b o y. They live in a partially damaged hut near the village’s cremation ground and are surviving on food and milk offered 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 educa- 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- tion,” 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 sar panch 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: P12 Welfare assistance in MP 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 sembly Stalin said that an advi, sory committee, comprising Minister for Non Resident Tamils Welfare KS Masthan, an MP, an MLA, senior officials, and a representative of the Lankan Tamil refugees, would soon be formed. The committee would extend assistance to the refugees staying in the camps as well as those living outside, improving basic amenities for them, and to make arrangements for their return to homeland. continued on: p4 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. ekalavya schools record spike in enrolment Tamil Nadu has been witnessing an increase in the number of tribal children getting enrolled in the Ekalavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) since 2017, according to data shared by the Union government in the Lok Sabha in August read full story: P4 in the hc Reinvestigation into Kodanad case allowed E XP R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai/Coimbatore The Madras High Court on Friday refused to stay police investigations into the sensational Kodanad murder-cum-heist case. The court dismissed the petition by an AIADMK functionary from Coimbatore, who is also a witness in the case, against the police conducting further investigation when the case was already under trial. The verdict comes barely a week after the Opposition leader, Edappadi K Palaniswami, alleged that the DMK government was trying to frame him and other senior AIADMK leaders in the case. Palaniswami was the Chief Minister at the time of the crime, in 2017. Justice M Nirmal Kumar’s order on Friday said the law does not mandate prior permission from the magistrate to initiate further investigation. “The filing of charge sheet or pendency of the trial can by no means be a prohibition to conduct further investigation,” the judge noted. “It is always better to have a fair and impartial trial to arrive at a just decision,” the judge affirmed. P4
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