sambalpur l saturday l september 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Crushed by Covid, Japan PM hangs up his boots Decision to hold Olympics proved costly After a turbulent term of less than one year, Yoshihide Suga said he will not contest his party’s forthcoming leadership election MANY contenders FOR THE TOP POST The announcement came as his approval ratings dropped to an all-time low due to his failure to control the pandemic. His decision to host the Olympics amid the pandemic was also unpopular. “Working on Covid countermeasures and election activities requires tremendous energy, so I decided I cannot work on both and should choose one of them,” Suga said ■ ■ Two ex-ministers in Shinzo Abe’s government – Fumio Kishida and Sanae Takaichi – have emerged as potential candidates. Current Vaccinations Minister Taro Kono is also in the fray Suga took over as the Prime Minister of Japan after Abe resigned due to health reasons in September 2020 Sept 29 When The ruling L.D.P. will hold an election to pick its president 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 Three more medals for India Harvinder Singh Recurve archer Harvinder Singh gave India its first Paralympic medal in archery after beating Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 in the bronze medal match. When Harvinder was just 18 months old, he had dengue. A local doctor administered him an injection that had an adverse effect on his legs. It was an excellent day for India at the Tokyo Paralympics as three of the country’s athletes won medals on Friday to take the overall tally to 13. A look at the stars of the day... Avani Lekhara Having already won gold in the 10m air rifle SH1 event, Avani Lekhara added to her glittering tally with a bronze in the women’s 50m air rifle 3 positions SH1 event. She has become the first Indian woman to win multiple medals from a Paralympic Games. Avani has been wheelchair-bound since a road accident in 2012. 2020 dELHI RIOTS Dissenting is a democratic right, says HC E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi THE Delhi High Court on Friday held that expressing dissent is one of the fundamental rights in a democracy and the sole act of protesting should not be employed as a weapon to justify the incarceration of those exercising the right. The court made the observation while granting bail to five persons who were arrested for being part of an antiCAA protest in February 2020, during which Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal allegedly sustained fatal injuries. While granting bail to accused Mohd Arif, Shadab Ahmad, Furkan, Suvaleen and Tabassum, Justice Subramonium Prasad said every member of the unlawful assembly cannot be booked under murder charges. “The applicability of Section 149 IPC, specifically read with Section 302, cannot be done on the basis of vague evidence and general allegations. When there is a crowd involved, at the juncture of grant or denial of bail, the court must hesitate before arriving at the conclusion that every member of the unlawful assembly inhabits a common intention to accomplish the unlawful common object,” the court said. Justice Prasad said there cannot be an umbrella assumption of guilt on behalf of every accused by the court and the decision must be taken based on careful consideration of the facts and circumstances. “It is the Constitutional duty of the Court to ensure that there is no arbitrary deprivation of personal liberty in the face of excess of State power. Bail is the rule and jail is the exception, and Courts must exercise their jurisdiction to uphold the tenets of personal liberty ...,” the order said. Praveen Kumar Praveen Kumar recorded a jump of 2.07m to win a silver medal in the men’s high jump T64 category. The 18-year-old, whose one leg was short since birth, has broken the Asian record with his medal-winning jump. Farmers’ body sees plot in poll campaigning Samyukt Kisan Morcha urges Punjab parties to refrain from going into election mode mission of India announces the poll dates. But this time some An umbrella body of farmers political parties have already agitating against the farm sec- got in election mode, which is tor reform laws since months, unusual. We see it as an antion Friday urged all political farmer conspiracy to distract parties in Punjab to refrain and divert attention from our from election campaigning for struggle. We are asking politinow if they truly support their cal parties to desist from their struggle. election campaigning, if they The call came after truly support the 17 leaders 32 farmers unions of farmers’ struggle.” booked Punjab that are part On Thursday farm, of the Samyukt Kisan ers had clashed with A case was Morcha (SKM), held a registered against the Punjab Police in meeting at the SingMoga, resulting in in17 farmer leaders hu border on Delhi’s and 200 others for juries on both sides, gates. The meeting a violent protest in during an election was inconclusive as Moga. “The farmers campaign tour of Shithe Punjab govern- had pelted stones romani Akali Dal ment is yet to act on at the police. They president Sukhbir the morcha’s demand were booked under Singh Badal. BKU to withdraw cases IPC and Prevention (Rajewal) leader Omregistered against kar Singh said the of Damage to farmers. A final decimeeting war ned Public Property sion on their stand on Act,’’ said a police Badal not use derogathe forthcoming electory words against official tions will be taken at farmers and suspend a morcha meeting on his rallies. September 8 (Wednesday) after As if on cue, the Shiromani a mahapanchayat at Muzaffar- Aklai Dal announced a six-day nagar in Uttar Pradesh on Sep- pause for Badal’s 100-day tour tember 5 (Monday). of 100 Assembly constituenA farmer leader who attend- cies, so as to facilitate a diaed Friday’s meeting, said: “Gen- logue with farmer organisaerally election campaigns start tions. The poll campaign will a couple of months before the resume on September 11 from polls after the Election Com- Amloh, Badal announced. H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh NATIONWIDE sept 2 sept 3 Fresh cases 47,092 45,352 Recoveries Deaths 35,181 34,791 509 366 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Sept 2 64,70,901 doses Sept 3 51,88,894 doses Total doses: 67,65,00,301 After losing cotton crop, debt-hit farmer ends life E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Balangir A `25,000 debt and poor rain destroying his cotton crop allegedly drove a landless farmer to end his life in a Balangir village even as spectre of d ro u g h t l o o m s l a r g e i n Odisha. A native of Kadobeda village under Turekela block, Recheck Banchhor (65) consumed pesticide on Thursday evening. He was taken to Kantabanji community health centre where doctors referred him to Balangir but he could not be saved. The matter echoed in the State Assembly on Friday and Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro directed the State government UP toll crosses 100, outbreak of scrub typhus suspected N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow With the toll of the mystery fever stalking Uttar Pradesh crossing 100 and its geographical footprint e x p a n d i n g , wh a t w a s thought to be viral fever and/or dengue, got a new nomenclature: scrub typhus. While a visiting ICMR team did not find any trace of Covid, experts suspect the outbreak of the vector borne scrub typhus bacterial disease. During the last 24 hours, hundreds of patients with dengue and vir a l fever-like s y m p toms have thronged hospitals a c ro s s L u c know. The symptoms for the current outbreak include fever with cold, congestion and drop in platelet count. Firozabad district continues to be its epicentre with around 75 deaths, many of them children. Also, 17 deaths have been reported in Mathura, three in Mainpuri and two in Kasganj. In Kanpur district, the disease killed about 10 people in the last one week. Full report: P8 odisha to inquire into the alleged suicide. Preliminary reports said, Banchhor did not own any land and tilled about five acres belonging to others in his village. He had apparently taken a loan of `25,000 in shape of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides for his cotton crop from a lender of Jharni village. Sources said, farmers resort to such commodity loans with a buy-back arrangement by the money-lenders and Banchhor apparently was in such a deal. With deficit rain leading to crop loss, family members said, he was under immense mental agony and took to the extreme step. “He took loans for cultivation but he suffered crop loss which forced him to take to the extreme step,” said his son Pabitra. Balangir has reported over 46 per cent rainfall deficit this year with farmers in most blocks reeling under dry conditions. Banchhor’s village is located close to Nuapada and has little irrigation support. Meanwhile, Speaker directed the government to submit a report to the House. The Speaker’s ruling came after persistent demand by Congress’ Kantabanji MLA Santosh Singh Saluja during the postlunch session in the House. “I ask State the government to look into the matter and submit a report to the House,” the Speaker said. Targeting the government over the issue, Saluja alleged that faulty policy has led to a situation when a farmer decided to take his life. Slamming the administration for not fulfilling its announcement to create at least 25 per cent irrigation facilities in the blocks, he said that in Tureikela, which is in his constituency only one per cent crop land , has been irrigated. After getting information, Titilag arh Sub Collector Manoj Satyaban Mahajan, Kantabanji tehsildar Ashok Kumar Majhi and BDO Manoranjan Panigrahi visited Kadobeda village to take stock of the matter. BJP alleges BJD, Cong deal as House disrupted for 3rd day E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The BJP on Friday lashed out at the BJD and Congress, alleging a tacit understanding between the two parties to stonewall any discussion on the Mahanga double murder case and deteriorating law and order situation in the State. The pre-lunch session of the Assembly was washed out on Friday again for the third consecutive day as a result of which, adjournment motion on law and order situation could not be discussed in the House. Congress members created noisy scenes over corruption and irregularities in the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) as soon the House assembled for the day and demanded a special discussion on the issue. They stood up on their seats and raised slogans against the State government. The party MLAs including Tara Prasad Bahinipati and The government knows that it will get into trouble by discussing issues like Mahanga double murder and law and order situation in the State. Adjourning the House till 4 pm by the Speaker within a minute has created a record Mohan Majhi, Opposition chief whip Sura Routray rushed to the well of the House and created an uproar. They alleged that there is a huge scam involved and demanded a probe by an independent agency into the prevailing cor ruption in OSSC. The adjournment motion in the OSSC given by the BJP members was allowed for discussion by the Speaker in the House on Thursday However, . discussion on the issue could not be held due to noisy scenes created by Opposition BJP and Congress members on different issues. On Friday also, an adjournment motion given by the BJP members could not be taken up for discussion. The Speaker convened an all party meeting as noisy scenes continued in the post-lunch session. Normalcy returned to the House at 5.30 pm, allowing 30 minutes for the private members’ business to continue. Addressing a media conference, Opposition chief whip Mohan Majhi alleged that there is a deal between the BJD and Congress to prevent smooth functioning of the House. “The gover nment knows that it will get into trouble by discussing issues like Mahanga double murder and law and order situation in the State,” he said and added that adjourning the House till 4 pm by the Speaker within a minute has created a record. On the other hand, BJD MLA Snehangini Chhuria said several important Bills were scheduled to be tabled in the House, but the Opposition is not allowing any business to be transacted. sept 2 sept 3 Fresh cases 754 849 Recoveries Deaths 738 06 835 07 when bridge falls apart A barge damages a bridge that divides Lafitte, La., and Jean Lafitte in the aftermath of Hurricane in Ida | AP Tech salve German help to ‘sponge’ waterlogging at Iskcon temple by next year: Lindner D i a n a S a h u @ Bhubaneswar Finally, a German hand will end Capital city’s biggest headache - the perennial problem of flooding of NH-16 and its service road near ISKCON temple at Nayapalli. German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner expressed hope that the problem will be resolved by the next monsoon. In an interaction with The New , Indian Express on Friday the diplomat who is on a four-day visit to Odisha, said the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is working with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to address urban flooding in the area. Lindner said the BMC with technical expertise from GIZ will be implementing an innovative ‘sponge technology’ project which aims at creating permeable surfaces below the road and footpaths to absorb and retain the rainwater that can be harvested later. “Two rounds of studies for the purpose have been completed. The BMC engineers told me that before the next monsoon, the sponge plan German envoy Walter J Lindner interacting with BMC officials at ISKCON temple in Bhubaneswar I Express will be in place near the ISKCON temple. Funds will soon be placed for the purpose by the German government,” he said. Currently, Germany is helping the Indian government in developing Bhubaneswar, Kochi and Coimbatore as smart cities. Bhubaneswar, he said, was developed by the German architect Otto H Konigsberger in 1946 to accommodate 40,000 people. But today, there are over a million people in the city which has thrown up new challenges for drinking water, waste management, transportation, energy ef- ficiency and urban flooding. He, however, said that in implementing ‘smart’ projects, the planners should align them with heritage and cultural landscape of the city “I am told there are . 599 temples existing in the city now. One has to be very careful not to touch the heritage of Bhubaneswar while transforming it into a smart city he said while ,” suggesting that the sponge technology plan can also be implemented near temples in Old town which face flooding due to blockage of natural drain channels. The diplomat visited the Sun temple at Konark, Srimandir at Puri and Raghurajpur crafts villages on the day. “Odisha is a hidden gem. Post-pandemic, the government should promote responsible tourism to prevent over-exploitation of its treasures, particularly tribal and rural tourism,” he suggested. He also said he has become fan of Odia food. “I am vegetarian and I found Odia food to be excellent. I liked it because it is not spicy and very soft on the palate. In fact, every thing in this State is very soft...the people are very soft-spoken,” he said.
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