kochi l Sunday l august 07, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late 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 3 gold for India Sable’s silver lining in birmingham 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 Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Naveen (74kg) won a gold each to add to India’s tally. Vinesh also became the first woman wrestler from the country to win three consecutive golds in CWG ■ Avinash Sable, a farmer’s son from Mandwa village in Mahar 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 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 Dams filling fast, Idukki Jagdeep Dhankhar is India’s next V-P to release water today 725 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi M a n o j V i s w a n at h a n @ Kochi Major dams across the state are brimming after a week of torrential rain, but the government has vowed that there will not be a repeat of 2018 even if the rain continues. Idukki and Banasura Sagar dams will start controlled release of water from Sunday while Idamalayar and Kakki dams will open the floodgates in a couple of days. A shutter of the Cheruthoni dam will be raised by 70cm at 10am on Sunday, releasing 50 cumecs of water from Idukki reservoir. The level in Banasura Sagar in Wayanad crossed red alert level on Saturday night. The dam’s floodgates will also be opened on Sunday . Though the situation draws a parallel to the 2018 flood, there is no confusion among authorities as the introduction of rule curve has ensured space to store water and regulate release considering the flood level downstream. Rule Guv khan defends decision to form search panel for KU v-c storage in dams Dam storage percentage (MCM) Idukki (as on Aug 6) 1,130.8 77.48 Idamalayar 810.35 79.62 Sholayar 138.4 92.86 Kakki 446.5 77.24 201 84.95 Banasura curve is the parameter set by the central water commission to ensure enough storage in dams. “Water level in major dams has reached the rule curve level. But there is no need to panic as we have enough storage space. Water will be released with restraint from Idukki and Banasura Sagar dams on Sunday ensuring that there is no flooding in downstream areas. The release will be regulated according to the inflow. The situation is under control,” said Electricity Minister K ● More on P2 Krishnankutty . He also sought an explanation from Kannur VC on posting of Priya Varghese, wife of CM’s pvt secy, as asst prof | P5 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. Dhankhar, 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 ED should do its homework before questioning me: Isaac F ormer finance minister Thomas Isaac has said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) should do its homework before questioning him. The ED has summoned Isaac for interrogation on August 11. “I have heard that they (ED) asked some officers during interrogation whether ‘all IAS officers have accounts in the KIIFB’. They think the KIIFB is something like an NBFC (NonBanking Financial Company). They should treat us with a little more respect. They should do their homework before roving around,’’ Isaac said while interacting with TNIE as part of the ‘Express Dialogues’ series. Asked whether he will appear before the ED, Isaac said he will not shy away. “Of course, I will go if I have no other engagements,” he said. According to him, the ED has asked him to appear with his book of accounts and other documents. Regarding the logic behind interrogating him, Isaac said the Union gover nment wants to put a stop to KIIFB as it will strengthen the Left position in Kerala. Full interview on P4 fall of the Chandra Shekhar government, Dhankhar moved back to his home state Rajasthan. He, then, 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 Dhankhar’s victory was a foregone conclusion, Mamata-led 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. P7 e x p r ess r e a d Pothole on nat’l highway claims another life Kochi: A two-wheeler rider met with a tragic end after he was thrown off his scooter as it fell into a pothole and run over by a truck coming from behind at Nedumbassery on the national highway on Friday night. P3 W I T H T H I S I SSU E A Cut Above the Rest PLUS 12 PAGES
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