BENGALURU SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 04, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 24 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 SC collegium OKs about 70 names for HC vacancies They include reiteration of recommendation to govt for elevation of 12 to five high courts K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi IN a record of its sorts, a threemember Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana recommended 68 names for appointments as judges to various high courts, 44 of whom are lawyers and 24 judicial officers. The onus is now on the Centre to clear them expeditiously . It had shown rare alacrity in approving the appointment of nine judges to the Supreme Court days after a five-member collegium made that recommendation. According to the collegium resolutions uploaded on the official SC website, four advocates were recommended each for Kerala and Madras high courts, 13 lawyers and three judicial officers to Allahabad High Court, three judicial officers and three lawyers to the Rajasthan High Court, four judicial officers and two advocates to Calcutta High Court, one lawyer and five judicial officer to the Jharkhand High Court. The collegium also reiterated its recommendations for appointing nine lawyers as judges at Rajasthan, Calcutta, J&K and Karnataka high courts, and three judicial officers to the Allahabad High Court. The collegium tried to balance the gender ratio by recommending at least 10 women as judges to various high courts. At present, in the 25 high courts, there is a vacancy of 465 judges. The highest vacancy is at the Allahabad High Court, which is functioning with just 50% judges at present. According to sources, the collegium also recommended a woman judicial officer belonging to Scheduled Tribe, Marli Vankung, as judge of the Gauhati High Court. She would be the first-ever high court judge from Mizoram if the Centre approves her candidature. However, the collegium resolution on this recommendation hasn’t been made public yet. The collegium sought further details about 16 candidates whose names were considered at its meetings. MARKET SURGE SENSEX, NIFTY HIT LIFETIME HIGHS The Equity benchmark settled 277.41 points, or 0.48 per cent, up at its lifetime closing high of 58,129.95 for the first time on Friday, driven by gains in Reliance Industries. Similarly, Nifty advanced 89.45 points, or 0.52 per cent, to its all-time closing peak of 17,323.60 | P17 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 SEPT 02 SEPT 03 Fresh cases 47,092 45,352 Recoveries Deaths 35,181 509 34,791 366 KARNATAKA SEPT 02 SEPT 03 Fresh cases 1,240 1,220 Recoveries Deaths 1,252 22 1,175 19 EXPRESS READ Man alleges missing wife has terror links Mangaluru: A man from Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada district has accused his wife of having links with a terror outfit, and filed a complaint with the police seeking an investigation. P7 Girl raped in Mysuru, accused arrested Mysuru: In another incident of sexual assault in Mysuru, a man barged into the Holy Cross Study House in RS Naidu Nagar on Friday, and allegedly raped a student. Police arrested the accused, who is known to the victim, within hours. P5 Chain-snatcher targets cop, caught Mysuru: Alert passersby caught a chain-snatcher who had targeted a police head constable on Thursday night. However, people criticised the victim for not registering a complaint so far. P5 Three more medals for India 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. 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 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 FULL REPORT: P10 last one week. 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. 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. P19 HC says dissent a democratic right 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 ac- cused 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. Mysuru Dasara to be low-key this year too E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru THE famous Mysuru Dasara will be low-key this year too because of the Covid pandemic, but all the traditions will be followed during the festivities, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai here on Friday . Like last year, this year too, the Jumboo Savari — the procession of elephants with the lead pachyderm carrying the golden howdah -- will be held inside the Mysuru Palace premis- es, decided the Mysuru Dasara High Powered Committee. After the committee meeting, the chief minister said the 10-day festivities will be inaugurated at Chamundi Temple on top of Chamundi Hills. But the decision on the dignitary to inaugurate the Dasara will be taken in the coming days, he added. The palace and the city will be lit up in the evening on all days. Rs 6 crore will be allocated for Dasara festivities in Mysuru and SrP7 irangapatna, the CM said.
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