BHUBANESWAR l sunday l August 07, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l JEYPORE EDITION Record players Saturday was a memorable day for India at the Commonwealth Games. As Avinash Sable and Priyanka Goswami made history in their respective events. Some talking points... Priyanka walks to fame Athletics was not her first love. The athlete from UP wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Instead, here she was scripting history, becoming the 1st Indian woman to win a medal in walk with silver in 10k event gold for ravi, vinesh Sable’s silver lining in birmingham As was expected, Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Vinesh Phogat (53kg) won a gold each to add to India’s tally. Vinesh also became the first woman wrestler from the country to win three consecutive gold in CWG ashtra’s Beed district, is with the Indian Army and had served in the Siachen Glacier before turning his attention towards running ■ Meanwhile, the women’s cricket team reached the final of the T20 event, beating England in the semifinals | P11 ■ Avinash Sable, a farmer’s son from Mandwa village in Mahar 8:11.20s Sable broke his own nr to win silver in men’s 3000m steeplechase CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI States told to ramp up Jagdeep Dhankhar is India’s next V-P Covid testing, vax drive 725 E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi Amid a surge in Covid cases, the Centre on Friday wrote to the Delhi government and six other states — Maharashtra, Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana — asking them to speed up the vaccination drive and ensure adequate testing. During the past month, Kerala reported 2,347 cases a day on an average while Maharashtra had 2,135, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in his letter to these states. Highlighting the situation in Delhi, Bhushan noted 8.2% of all new cases reported in India in the past week were from Delhi where the test positivity rate is up from 5.9% last week to 9.86% on Friday . “It is critical for the states to ensure adequate testing is undertaken while maintaining the recommended share of RT-PCR and antigen tests. The state must also closely monitor districts reporting higher cases, positivity rates, and clusters,” Bhushan said. He warned that upcoming festivals could lead to mass gatherings and potentially facilitate the transmission of Covid-19. He urged the states to ensure Covid norms are followed in crowded places like markets, inter-state bus stands, schools etc. He also emphasised the need to follow the five-fold strategy of test, track, treat, vaccinate, and adherence to Covid protocols. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Aug 5 27,42,685 doses Aug 6 24,78,648 doses Total: 2,06,18,53,774 NATIONWIDE aug 5 aug 6 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 20,551 19,406 21,595 19,928 70 49 Odisha accounts for 5 pc of new cases nationally Bhubaneswar: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in his letter to the Odisha Health and Family Welfare Secretary said, Odisha has been reporting high average daily new cases for the past one month. The State has also contributed to 5 pc of India’s weekly new cases with a high positivity of 4.85 pc in the week ending August 5 | P3 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths aug 5 aug 6 836 1011 1 836 882 1 N DA c a n d i d a t e J a g d e e p Dhankhar was on Saturday elected India’s 14th Vice-President, defeating joint Opposition candidate Margaret Alva by 346 votes. Dhankhar, former West Bengal governor, got an overwhelming 528 votes against Alva’s182. Lok Sabha general secretary Utpal K Singh said 725, or 92.4%, of the total 780 MPs cast their ballots. Fifteen votes were found to be invalid. The term of outgoing VicePresident Venkaiah Naidu will end on August 10. The vice-president is elected indirectly by an electoral col- Total votes polled 528 Jagdeep Dhankhar 182 Margaret Alva 15 Invalid lege comprising Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, including nominated members. Voting is via secret ballot and the proc- ess involves the proportional representation system using a single transferable vote. Dhankar, the first Jat to occupy the second highest constitutional position, was born at Kithana in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district. He graduated in physics and later law, and practised as a lawyer in the Rajasthan High Court and later in the Supreme Court. In 1989, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Jhunjhunu constituency. A year later, he became a minister in the Chandra Shekhar cabinet. After the By directly or indirectly supporting BJP, some parties and their leaders damaged own credibility — Margaret Alva fall of the Chandra Shekhar government, Dhankar moved back to his home state Rajasthan. He contested Assembly polls on Congress ticket and became an MLA in 1993. He joined the BJP in 2008. Dhankhar’s tenure as West Bengal governor was marked by frequent run-ins with the Mamata Banerjee government. While Dhankar’s victory was a foregone conclusion, Mamataled TMC abstained from the poll process claiming it was not consulted on Alva’s name. However, two TMC MPs — Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari — broke the party line and cast their ballots. CM to press SCS for Odisha at NITI meet Taiwan accuses Beijing E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The demand for special category state (SCS) status for Odisha seems to be back in the agenda of the ruling BJD. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told mediapersons in New Delhi that he will raise the issue again at the meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog on Sunday. “I will raise the long-standing demand for SCS status to Odisha which faces frequent calamities like cyclones and floods. Other demands of the State will also be raised,” he said. The governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog to be held at the national capital on August 7, will be presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Minister had raised the demand on July 28 during a meeting with chairman of the NITI Aayog Suman Bery and member VK Paul at the Naveen Nivas here. He had said that the SCS status is very important for Odisha which faces natural disasters like cyclones and floods every year resulting in massive damage to infrastructure. Naveen attended the meeting on Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav convened by Modi for 75th Independence Day celebrations. The Chief Minister told mediapersons after the meeting that Odisha’s contribution to freedom struggle is considerable. “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was also born in Odisha and we all know his contribution to the movement,” he said. of simulating invasion Taiwan said on Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the selfruled island | P9 W I T H T H I S I SSU E A Cut Above the Rest PLUS 12 PAGES
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