visakhapatnam l tuesday l august 31, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Tomato prices slump to three-yr seasonal low Steepest fall in Maharashtra, where rate fell 80% to `4/kg, forcing farmers to dump produce on roads amid supply glut Favourable weather added to yield Need more food processing units In 23 of the 31 centres across the country monitored by the government, the average price slump was 50% compared to year-ago Kharif rate. Acting director of National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation P K Gupta said, “Favourable weather helped boost yield, but tendency to grow crops with higher price at the time of sowing added to the situation.” ■ ■ ■ India’s production rose 2.20% to 21 million tonnes in 2020-21 crop year as against 20.55 million tonnes in the year-ago period Gupta said farmers can be cushioned from the impact of falling prices if food processing companies absorb the excess output India, as per industry estimates, consumes 99% tomatoes fresh 1.5L Tonnes of tomatoes are processed annually in India 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 nellore loses out Tirupati new home for ‘Classical Telugu’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Nellore The Andhra Pradesh Telugu and Sanskrit Akademi is planning to shift the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Studies in Classical Telugu to Tirupati from its current location in Nellore. The establishment was initially part of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in Mysuru, but was shifted to Nellore after the intervention of Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. It has been housed in a rented space since January 21, 2020. Announcing the decision to shift the CoE on Monday Akademi Chair, person Nandamuri Lakshmi Parvathi said Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy will soon lay the foundation stone for a permanent building for the Centre. She, however, did not mention any specific date. “There are better chances for research, seminars, debates and various activities for the development of the rich classic a l Te l u g u i n Tirupati as there are several academies functioning there,” Lakshmi Parvathi, who visited the CoE on Monday said. , The State government has informed the Telugu and Sanskrit Academi that land would be allocated to both the Academi and the Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu at Tirupati. A letter was also sent to the district Collectors concerned on shifting the centres and the construction of permanent buildings for them, she said. Assuring that a Telugu University would be developed in the State, Lakshmi Parvathi, urged parents to encourage their children to speak Telugu at their respective residences to protect the language. “Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has been very keen on protecting the Telugu language and has initiated measures for the development of the language,’’ she said. Sumit Antil in action during Tokyo Paralympics. He set new world records thrice in his throws. Avani Lekhara (R) set a new paralympic mark during shooting final | PTI/Afp india’s gold reserve Neeraj’s mate, Sumit, sets new world record Sumit finished seventh then with Chopra shattering his IT turned out to be a manic own national record with a Monday for India at the Tokyo throw of 88.07m. As soon as Paralympics. Five medals in- the news of Sumit’s gold cluding two gold, as many sil- flashed across social media, ver and one bronze in one day Neeraj tweeted, “Khatarnak is the best by the country The perfor mance bhai Sumit, . five protagonists had five dif- proud of you (Deadly performferent stories but the two that ance brother Sumit, proud of definitely hogged the limelight you).” were javelin thrower “This is my first Sumit Antil and Jhajharia adds Paralympics and I shooter Avani Le- to legacy with was a little nervous. a silver khara, and both enI was hoping for a twined by similar Devendra Jhajharia, 70m+ throw, maybe I tales of agony can do 75m. It was a two-time —accidents. not my best, I am Paralympic gold When Sumit lost very happy to break medallist, won a his leg in a motorthe world record,” silver this time, bike accident in 2015, said Sumit. while discus his first love, wres“We have a commuthrower Yogesh tling, had to be nity of javelin throwKathuniya also shelved. He turned ers in the country. finished second. his attention to jave- Sundar Singh Gurjar Sumit loves competlin. With prosthetics also chipped in with ing against Neeraj. on, Sumit managed They practise toa bronze to show glimpses of g ether and they his prowess and on Monday he share a special bond,” Naval won gold with a world record. Singh, Sumit’s coach, told this He had met Tokyo Olympics daily “Back in 2018, they even . gold medallist Neeraj Chopra had a one-month long training three years ago and even had a stint in Finland. They share training stint together in 2018. knowledge and give suggesSumit doesn’t limit himself to tions to each other,” he added. competing in Para sporting Andhra Pradesh Governor events. He even competed Biswa Bhusan Harichandan against Neeraj and co at the In- and CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddian Grand Prix 3 in March. dy congratulated the winners. f i r oz m i r z a @ Chennai Shooting paralysis, depression with sport sport but also found a purpose in life. Close to a decade’s ON that fateful day in 2012, worth of hard work and dediPraveen Lekhara and his fam- cation paid rich dividends on ily were travelling from Monday as Avani became InDholpur, where the former was dia’s first woman gold medalposted as an ADM, to Jaipur. list at the Tokyo Paralympics The car skidded near Agra and when she shot a total of 249.6 flipped two-three times injur- in the 10m Air Rifle Standing ing all the passengers. It in- SH1. By doing so, the 19-yearcluded Praveen, wife Shweta, old shooter also equalled the children Avani and world record. Vinod loses Ar nav and their The father said bronze over cousin. They susthis is just the begincriteria tained injuries but ning. “She will comrecovered in the next pete in three more Indian discus few months. Avani, events and is hopethrower Vinod though, wasn’t so Kumar lost his F52 ful of winning more fortunate. The accimedals.” Avani is set category bronze dent rendered her to compete in mixed medal after being immobile, paralys10m air rifle prone, found ineligible in ing her from the women’s 50m rifle 3 disability waist down. positions and mixed classification “It made her an in- assessment by the 50m rifle prone. trovert. She went competition panel. Given the equipi n t o d e p re s s i o n . He had won bronze ment she has to carThen we suggested ry, she is accompaon Sunday her to pursue sports. nied either by her She tried her hand at archery father or mother for every but balancing turned out to be event. Her mother is with her an issue,” Praveen, who is now in Tokyo. “I feel happy and posted as Revenue Appellate grateful right now. I feel right Authority in Rajasthan’s Sri on top of the world. I dedicate Ganganagar, told this daily . my medal to all Indians. I have The father then took her to a lot of competition days ahead the JDA shooting range in Jag- and more medals to come. I atpura, Jaipur. The decision have three more events and am worked wonders as she not focusing on them,” Avani was P11 only developed interest in the quoted as saying. f i r oz m i r z a @ Chennai Jab-o-meter express read Fever grips Kurnool, girl dies of dengue Interview Interview Competitors in action at the Beach Wrestling Nationals in Mamallapuram, a beach resort town, on Monday | sathish babu ‘Not satisfied with 2 medals’ Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president, Brij Bhushan Singh, opined that country’s wrestlers can do much more at the international level, in an exclusive interview with this daily | P11 TTD drops its plan for Sampradaya Bhojanam E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Tirumala The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to scrap the proposed serving of Sampradaya Bhojanam (traditional food) following criticism that the administration was trying to commercialise the food served to devotees. Announcing the dropping of the scheme on Monday, TTD Trust Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy said the “decision to introduce Sampradaya Bhojanam was taken by the offi- cials alone. Reddy however, did , not blame the officials, but said their aim was to promote desicow products, and organic and natural farming. “However, any prasadam that is served to devotees should be free of cost and it should not be even on a cost-to-cost basis,’’ he said. The TTD, on August 26, started the trial run of Sampradaya Bhojanam, sparking criticism that it was trying to “sell” the ‘ a n n ap r a s a d a m ’ o f L o rd Venkateswara, prompting the TTD to shelve the project with P4 immediate effect. Kurnool: A nine-year-old girl died of dengue in the district, and at least 10 others of Singanapalle village in Owk mandal showed the symptoms of the vectorborne viral infection during the past 24 hours. Besides dengue, viral fever, too, has been spreading in the district, especially in rural areas, after heavy rains dipped the temperature. According to official statistics, six dengue cases were reported over the past week. Take your shot VSP Ukku agitation enters 200th day August 29 31,14,696 doses August 30 53,37,042 doses Total doses: 63,99,01,822 Visakhapatnam: The Ukku agitation launched by the Visakha Ukku Parirarakshana Porata Committee against the Central government’s decision to privatise the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant entered its 200th day on Monday. Addressing a human chain, Joint Action Council chairman Jaggu Naidu said, under the monetisation asset pipeline plan, the Centre wants to privatise all public sector undertakings. NATIONWIDE Aug 29 Aug 30 Fresh cases 45,083 42,909 Recoveries Deaths statewide 35,840 34,763 460 380 aug 29 aug 30 Fresh cases 1,557 878 Recoveries 1,213 1,182 Deaths 18 13 Samples tested 64,550 41,173 Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training in Panjshir province on Monday | afp IS rocket attack on airport foiled, evac ends today E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e A day before the evacuation operation in Afghanistan is set to wind up, the US on Monday thwarted five rockets fired at the Kabul airport. While the ISIS reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, US officials said there were no casualties. US Major General William Hank Taylor said three rockets landed off the airfield with no effect, one was intercepted by an anti-missile system, while the other landed “with no effect to the mission or any danger to our personnel”. Meanwhile, the US drone strike targeting a suspected ISIS-K suicide bomber in Kabul on Sunday ended up killing 10 members of a family including seven children, the CNN reported quoting locals. The US had specifically warned of a string of attacks targeting the Kabul airport where evacuations have entered the final stage. US troops are slated to pull out of Afghanistan by Tuesday ending their 20-year stay in the , country The ongoing evacuation will also stop, leaving . behind thousands of people frantically trying to get away from the brutal Taliban as far away as possible. However, a joint statement signed by over 90 countries said Afghan nationals who helped the US-led coalition over the past two decades will still be able to travel to a safe destination outside Afghanistan. The statement, signed by the US, Australia, Canada and major European nations, claimed the Taliban have agreed to this arrangement. Notably key players in the region such as Iran, Rus, sia, China, Pakistan and India were not among the signatories according to a list put out by the US Department of P9 State late on Sunday night. ‘Af raises new security questions’ New Delhi: The developments in Afghanistan have raised new security questions, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, adding the Centre is capable of dealing with any situation. Meanwhile, top Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai said the militia wants to have good ties with India | P7 business lingo Kulluru codes get ‘pacha poga’-like glitter during lockdown Decoding Kulluru D S u r end r a K u m a r @ Nellore Pacha poga Gold Geetu `1 A ‘yedamai’ and his ‘irusu’ shopping for ‘pacha poga’ may not make sense to many in Andhra Pradesh, unless one among the 5,500-strong population of the small Nellore village, Kulluru, decoded the terms. The words would have gone into oblivion but for the pandemic, which forced several youngsters stay home with their elders. Now, many of them could translate ‘yedamani’ as ‘man’, ‘irusu’ as wife, and ‘pacha poga’ as gold. The village speak a different dialect, which has more than three dozen words that are not part of Pattu `10 Kadiri `100 Gavadagadu Elderly person Yedamai Man Yedumu Woman Irusu Wife Chikku Girl Korusugadu Thief Telugu, or any other language. The words have been used by local traders for over seven to eight decades to carry out their business. The words gradually become part of the village’s spoken language. Located upon the River Penna between Venkatagiri and Atmakur Assembly constituencies, Kulluru traded in gems in the 1940s. The villagers used to visit Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta (Kolkata), Mysore (Mysuru), Surat and different parts of Tamil Nadu on business. The code — or ‘padikattu’ words — was developed for clandestine communication during business deals in the presence of others. “To ensure secrecy during such visits, the village ancestors coined new words to communicate among themselves. The practice continued late into 1980s. But, the later generation showed no interest in those words. Only a few families continued using them,” said TS Ramachandra, a trader based in Kulluru. The new generation of Kulluru, however, seems to be interested in ‘padikattu’, which had been an integral part of their village’s economy . Though proficient in Telugu and other languages, they have evinced interest in learning and using the P5 codes.
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