tiruchy l saturday l september 04, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late 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... Praveen Kumar Avani Lekhara 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 | P11 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 anti-CAA 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. Farmers’ body sees plot in poll campaigning Students testing positive raises concerns EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Ariyalur/Namakkal/Cuddalore Within two days of reopening schools, three students – two in Ariyalur and one in Namakkal – and three teachers in Cuddalore have tested positive for Covid-19. Though these figures are not alarming yet, this highlights the need for more vigilance in observance of social distancing norms and use of face masks and sanitisers. Further, two students of a government school at Paramathi Velur in Namakkal (in Class 11 and 12) are suspected to have been infected by the virus; health officials have decided to conduct a retest for the students. It was on September 1 that physical classes for students of classes 9 to 12 began. As part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), body temperature and oxygen saturation level of both students and teachers are being checked at school entrances and the health department is alerted about those with symptoms. The new cases were identified when sympto- It may be recalled that a government-aided girl’s higher secondary school in Ammapettai in Thanjavur became a Covid-19 cluster after 57 students and one staff tested positive in March matic staff and students were tested by health department. Two positive students study in Class 9 and Class 12 at separate government-aided higher secondary schools in Ariyalur and Varadarajanpettai. The positive student at Namakkal is in Class 10 at a government higher secondary school in Manickampalayam. Of the three teachers testing positive in Cuddalore, one is from a government girls higher H arpreet B a j wa @ Chandigarh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Purpose of chanting mantras destroyed: Plea In his PIL, the petitioner said that it has been an age-old practice to chant mantras in Sanskrit. Hence, the very purpose of chanting mantras will be destroyed if it is not in Sanskrit. The petitioner also claimed that mantras from Sanskrit had not been translated properly into Tamil. The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking the withdrawal of the Annai Tamil Archanai scheme introduced by the State government recently . The scheme promotes chanting of mantras in Tamil instead of in Sanskrit while performing poojas in the temples managed by the Hindu Reli- gious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department. Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu refused to entertain the PIL filed by one Rangarajan Narasimhan since the issue was not an unsettled question of law any more. The judges said a Division Bench had, in March 2008, dismissed a batch of cases filed in 1998 and held that the Agama Sastras don’t prohibit chanting of mantras in Tamil. Chennai: To commemorate the 175th birth anniversary of Dalit icon Pandit C Iyothee Dasa, a memorial would be established at North Chennai, Chief Minister MK Stalin said in Assembly on Friday. out of gear Commuters carefully drive through waterlogged roads in Vijayawada following heavy rain on Friday | Prasant Madugula helping hand India’s first Dugong conservation reserve to come up in Palk Bay S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai A diver swimming with a dugong in the Palk Bay | Express The State government in Assembly on Friday declared 500 sq.km of the biodiversity-rich waters in the Palk Bay, on the southeast coast of Tamil Nadu, as India’s first Dugong Conservation Reserve. The reserve will span the northern part of the Palk Bay from Adiramapattinam to Amapattinam. Marine biologists and conservationists have long demanded a reserve as the popu- 57 Students tested positive at a Thanjai school in March this year Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 2 64,70,901 doses September 3 51,88,894 doses Total doses: 67,65,00,301 NATIONWIDE sep 02 sep 03 Fresh cases 47,092 45,352 Recoveries Deaths 35,181 34,791 509 366 tamil nadu sep 02 seP 03 Fresh cases 1,512 1,568 Recoveries Deaths 1,725 22 1,657 19 Referring to the judgment that held the choice of recitation of mantras in Tamil or Sanskrit is vested with devotees, the Bench headed by the Chief Justice said: “Nothing that the petitioner cites would permit the court to take a contrary view on an issue that has already been decided.” Narasimhan had stated that the HR&CE department’s attempt to translate verses and hymns from Sanskrit to Tamil was nothing but blasphemy . N a m ita B a j pai @ Lucknow Taliban get al-Qaida help for Panjshir: Report Al-Qaeda has joined the Taliban in the Panjshir valley offensive, Saudi channel Al Arabiya reported. The Taliban have been locked in a protracted fight with the resistance force in the Valley It’s important to vaccinate all those who would be associated with students. Specific classrooms or batches where there is an index case could be sent home, said Dr K Kolandasamy UP toll at 100, scrub typhus suspected e x p r e ss r e a d Memorial for Dalit icon Iyothee Dasa High priority vaccinations ARCHANAI IN TAMIL TO CONTINUE AS madras hc DISMISSES PLEA 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. hOW THANJAI SCHOOL BECAME A CLUSTER secondary school in Manjakuppam and two are from a private school. Of the two students suspected to have contracted the infection in Namakkal, Deputy Director of Health Services J Prabhakaran said: “We have taken their samples and told them to be in self-isolation.” Meanwhile, after meeting Union Health Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya in New Delhi, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the cases were identified early because of effective monitoring by district officials. “Among the teachers, there were a few vaccine-breakthrough cases reported. The schools were reopened as past experience showed that children won’t get infected by Covid-19 easily he said. The need ,” to vaccinate the 17+ age groups who are entering the first year of college was also discussed, he added. Former Director of Public Health Dr K Kolandasamy said if students test positive at a specific school, it must be addressed as a localised issue and must be contained. lation of Dugongs, as known as sea cows, in Indian waters has been dropping to dangerous levels. According to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) estimates, only 200-250 Dugongs are left in the wild, of which 150 are found numbers dwindle Only 200-250 Dugongs are left in the wild, of which 150 are found in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, among the last surviving natural habitats for Dugongs in the world. in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu, among the last surviving natural habitats for Dugongs in the world. According to Environment Secretary Supriya Sahu, 500 sq.km is only an indicative number. “We will conduct a detailed study and a stakeholder meeting after which the actual size of the conservation reserve will be notified,” she said. Explaining the importance of conserving Dugongs, Sahu said they play a play a crucial role in maintaining healthy fish stock. “Dugong is the only herbivorous marine mammal on earth that feeds exclusively on seagrass. It consumes 40kg of seagrass daily and helps in the growth of fresh vegetation. In the absence of Dugongs, seagrass will grow densely and fish will not come to lay eggs,” she said. In India, Dugongs are found in Palk Bay Gulf of Mannar in , Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Dugongs generally inhabit shallow waters. With the toll of the mystery fever stalking Uttar Pradesh crossing 100 and its geographical footprint expanding, what was 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 viral fever-like symptoms have thronged hospitals across Lucknow. 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 E-COM ALLEGED NONCOMPLIANCE Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal moved the Madras High Court challenging the `10,600 cr Foreign Exchange Management Act violation notice issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED)
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