TIRUNELVELI SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 2022 `12.00 PAGES 24 CITY 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 ■ Avinash Sable, a farmer’s son from Mandwa village in Maharashtra’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 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 X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C 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 ‘7.7% new weekly cases are in TN’ Chennai: A top health official of Tamil Nadu said Covid-19 cases are on the decline in TN and testing has been reduced. He was replying to the Union health ministry’s letter stating that TN accounted for 7.7% of lndia’s new weekly cases and reported a TPR of 4.97% in the week ending August 5. The official added the communique is a routine exercise ahead of festivals. NATIONWIDE AUG 5 AUG 6 TAMIL NADU AUG 5 AUG 6 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 20,551 19,406 21,595 19,928 70 49 1,141 1,530 0 1,094 1,431 0 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 I-T unearths `200 cr in Kollywood search E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai UNDISCLOSED income of more than `200 crore was detected during income tax searches carried out against producers, distributors and financiers associated with Tamil film industry on August 2. The search operations were conducted in at least 40 places in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Vellore. Undeclared cash of `26 crore and gold jewellery worth more than `3 crore were seized during the opera- tion, the I-T department said. Evidences also indicated collection of unaccounted cash from theatres and formation of syndicates by distributors to systematically underreport collections to suppress actual income, sources said. In the case of production The unaccounted income was then used for undisclosed investments and making undeclared payments I-T department spokesperson houses, the actual amount realized from the sale of films was much more than the amount shown in the books of accounts, hinting at possible tax evasion, sources said. The unaccounted income was used for undisclosed investments and making undeclared payments, an I-T spokesperson said. Top film producers, financiers and distributors, including Anbu Chezhiyan, Kalaipuli Thanu, SR Prabhu and Gnanavel Raja, had come under the P4 department’s scanner. 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. EXPRESS READ CM on Dravidian model Chennai: “Dravidian is a historical word that symbolises the social liberation of Tamils,” said Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday, clarifying on why he said his government was based on Dravidian model | P4 W I T H T H I S I SSU E A CUT ABOVE THE REST PLUS 12 PAGES
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