NATIONWIDE oct 18 oct 19 Fresh cases 13,596 13,058 Recoveries 19,582 19,470 Deaths 166 164 Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 18 79,74,435 doses October 19 37,92,737 doses Total doses: 99,08,97,514 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths SAMBALPUR l wednesday l October 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION Centre flags slow uptake of 2nd Covid vaccine dose The Centre has urged states to focus on increasing the coverage of the second dose as total vaccination is nearing 100 crore Reviews progress of inoculation project ■ ■ At the virtual conference, the Centre pointed out that many states have adequate doses for the second jab. If needed, additional doses can be sent to states, it added During the meeting, states and Union territories were advised to identify and prioritise districts having low coverage | P7 oct 19 340 530 05 556 618 04 10.2 crore There is no supply problem: Centre Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday reviewed the progress of vaccination with health secretaries and mission directors of national health missions in states and Union territories. During the meeting via videoconference, it was highlighted that a sizeable number of beneficiaries have not received their second dose of the Covid vaccine oct 18 Vaccine doses are available with the states, according to the centre 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 Washed away Hundreds of landslides block roads across the state Roads, bridges, railway tracks washed away at some locations IMD predicts ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in the state in the next 24 hours Udham Singh Nagar district records highest of 403.9 mm of rain, followed by Nainital district with 401 mm and Pithoragarh with 212.1 mm Nainital’s Mukteshwar recorded 340.8 mm rainfall, its highest since 1914 Army called in for search and rescue operations, three choppers deployed Torrential rains take Uttarakhand toll to 28 Nainital bears brunt with 18 deaths; fatalities could go up as many missing V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun AT least 22 people were killed in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as incessant rains, exacerbated by cloudbursts and landslides, pounded the hilly state, taking the number of people died due to rain-related incidents over the past three days to 28. According to officials, the toll may go up many are still missing and some of the rescued have been critically injured. Nainital bore the brunt as the district reported as many as 18 deaths on Tuesday. Three deaths were reported from Almora while one died in Champawat. According to the India Meteorological Department data, Uttarakhand received ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in the past 24 hours with the Kumaon division receiving as high as 500 mm of rainfall, followed by Udham Singh Nagar recording at 403.9 mm, Nainital 401 mm, and Pithoragarh recording 212.1 mm. The weather station in Mukteshwar of Nainital district recorded 340.8 mm rainfall, the highest since 1914. “This is the highest even rainfall in history. Such rainfall has never been recorded before. There will be respite from Wednesday as the western disturbance has started weakening,” said Bikram Singh, director of A swollen Ganga lashes at the statue of Lord Shiva in Rishikesh on Tuesday | AFP the India Meteorological Department, Uttarakhand. Indian Army has been called in for search and rescue operations. Three choppers have also been pressed into service. “Rescue efforts are in full swing. Hundreds of people have been trapped at various places, hotels and resorts. They are also being ferried to safer locations,” said Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar. Nainital, the worst-affected district, witnessed the overflowing of the Naini lake leading to flooding of the Mall Road as well as several other low-lying localities. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami offering Centre’s help. While Kumaon division remains battered by incessant rains, Garhwal remains mostly unaffected. The hill state has 13 districts in two divisions – Kumaon and Garhwal. Kerala braces for more rains Kerala is bracing for very heavy showers for three consecutive days starting Wednesday, which can go up to 204.4 mm in 24-hour span. The Met dept has scaled up the ‘yellow’ alert for 11 districts on Wednesday to ‘orange’. All districts, except Kollam, Alappuzha and Kasaragod, are likely to receive copious rains. Shutters of two largest dams, Idukki and Idamalayar, were opened on Tuesday morning in a controlled manner to avoid flooding in downstream areas 40% Congress ticket quota for women in UP N a m ita B a j pai @ Lucknow Exhorting women to join active politics and fight for their rights, Congress general secretary and UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said 40% of the party’s tickets for the state polls due early next year would go to women. She, however, dodged questions on her own electoral debut, saying she has not taken a call yet. Asked whether she would contest from Rae Bareli or Amethi Assembly seat, she said: “I will have to fight (elections) one day or the other. But for now I haven’t given it a thought.” Priyanka said 40% was a figure to start off with and the reservation for women could be increased to 50% in future. Urging women to participate in politics, she said, “No one is here to protect you. Only those who talk about protecting you are protected, but not you.” Accusing the UP government of relegating women power to pension and kitchen, Priyanka said: “Together we will change the politics of the land. The government thinks `2,000 and gas cylinder makes everything OK. We will get strong women candidates and support them. If not now, they will become stronger by the | P7 next election.” Mamita missing case Plot thickens as charred body found, Gobinda held E x p r e s s N e w s Se r vi c e @ Bhubaneswar/Bhawanipatna/Balangir DISCOVERY of charred remains of a body, suspected to be that of the lady teacher missing for last 11 days from an under-construction stadium at Mahaling in Kalahandi district, followed by arrest of the fugitive president of the private school where she worked mounted troubles for Minister of State for Home Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra and discomfort for Odisha government on Tuesday . In a day of twists and turns that left ruling BJD on the backfoot, Gobinda Sahu, key suspect in the mysterious disappearance of teacher Mamita Meher, was arrested from a sugarcane field in Budhipadar village area of Sindhekela under Balangir police station. He had escaped from the barracks of Titlagarh police station on Sunday night leaving the police and government redfaced. Mamita’s disappearance snowballed into a huge controversy with Minister Mishra finding himself at the centre of the storm. Opposition political parties charged the Minister of shielding the accused. The fact that he was seen many times with Gobinda at various events did not help the matters. With pressure mounting, Balangir police went after Gobinda and Kalahandi police dug up parts of an under-construction stadium near Government High School at Mahaling where charred remains of a human body were found. Hundreds of people witnessing the digging operation raised slogans against Minister Mishra and Govinda. While the remains have been sent for DNA testing, police recovered a chain, one anklet and a bag from the spot. Mamita’s family members confirmed that the seized articles belonged to her. “We have sufficient evidence against Gobinda and he is being interrogated. The sequence of events will be ascertained during his questioning,” DIG Northern Range, Deepak Kumar told The New Indian Express. An excavator driver has been detained besides two to three other persons in the connection. Police said they strongly suspect Gobinda’s involvement behind disappearance of the 24-year-old teacher after examining CCTV footage and the call detail records of both the accused and CONTINUED ON: P5 the victim.
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