BENGALURU THURSDAY JULY 29, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA WOMEN BRING SOME SMILES IN TOKYO GLOOM Shuttler PV Sindhu, archer Deepika Kumar and boxer Pooja Rani into next round as India endured another mixed day KENTO MOMOTA CHEERS... AND JEERS AS MORE INDIANS EXIT MOMOTA SHOCKED, BILES PULLS OUT AGAIN Sindhu outwitted Hong Kong’s NY Cheung 21-9 21-16 to top her group and make the last-16. Debutant boxer Pooja out-punched Algeria's Ichrak Chaib 5-0 to progress into the last-eight. Deepika stayed afloat to make the last-16 but archers — Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav — suffered loss. Even B Sai Praneeth exited after losing to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands Japan’s No 1 shuttler Kento Momota shocked by Heo Kwang Hee in last Group match, exits Olympics Gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of a second event to protect her mental health India’s women’s hockey team lost 1-4 to Great Britain, quarterfinal prospects dented 12th ARJUN, ARVIND PRODUCED BEST EVER OLYMPIC PERFORMANCE | P11, 12 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 No deputies, Bommai takes charge alone New Chief Minister says word on cabinet expansion will come from the party’s central leadership Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge (fourth from left), chairs a meeting with representatives of 14 Opposition parties’ at his chamber in Parliament on Wednesday. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also attended the meeting | PTI Snoopgate strengthens Opposition unity index their approach. On Wednesday, floor leaders of 14 AMID West Bengal Chief Minister Opposition parties met in the office Mamata Banerjee chanting the coali- of Leader of Opposition in Rajya tion mantra during her ongoing visit Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliato Delhi, the index of Opposition uni- ment. “Sitting with the entire opposity in Parliament is getting stronger tion is extremely humbling. Amazwith daily joint strategy meetings ing experience, wisdom and insight and back channel talks to corner the in everyone present,” Rahul tweeted Centre over the Pegasus snoopgate. after the meeting. Given the scale of its footprint, it’s The 14 parties are the Congress, Pegasus that has catalysed unity DMK, Samajwadi Party, CPM, CPI, within the Opposition, with National Conference, NaMamata leaders across the spectrum tionalist Congress Party, ambiguous resolving to fight together Shiv Sena, Rashtriya JaChoosing to be against the government in nata Dal, AAP IUML, RSP , , Parliament. They are not cagey about being KCM and VCK. The Trinastalling debate; instead they the face of a united mool Congress had to skip Opposition, are pressing for a discussion it because it happened at Mamata told on the matter in the presthe same time Mamata had ence of the prime minister reporters: “You are scheduled her meeting or the home minister. They asking me the name with party MPs. also want a judicial probe by of the child even Mamata had a busy seca Supreme Court-monitored before it is born.” ond day in the Capital, Modi government meeting Congress presicommittee. Congress leader Rahul can be defeated. “If dent Sonia Gandhi and Gandhi, who generally skips Bengal could do it, AAP founder Arvind Kejriso can the other Opposition meetings, has wal to drum up support for states.” been present at joint strateOpposition unity. For the gy sessions in Parliament record, she told reporters, this time around. Also, the Aam Aad- “I don’t want to be the face of the Opmi Party (AAP), which has otherwise position... not everyone has to be... I not been part of the strategy meet- am a simple worker, want to continue ings, is on the same Opposition page as a worker. we all need to work toon Pegasus. gether.” Who would eventually lead Another element of the strategy is the coalition would depend on the all like-minded parties giving ad- situation, she added. journment motions on the issue in “Regional parties will lead the naboth Houses. The floor leaders of the tion, we will not bow down before Opposition parties have been meet- anyone anymore... the time has ing almost every day to synchronise come,” she said. R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Democracy is work in progress, says US in soft line on rights P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi IN what appears to be a softening of the US’ stand on human rights issues in India, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday said every democracy is a work in progress. “Both our democracies are works in progress... sometimes that process is painful. Sometimes it’s ugly. But, the strength of democracy is to embrace it. One of the elements Americans admire the most is fundamental freedom and human rights. That’s how we define India. InUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken with dia’s democracy is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi powered by freeon Wednesday thinking citizens,” Blinken said after his meeting with External Affairs Minister. In his response, Jaishankar said the quest for a perfect democracy applies to the US as much as it does to India. “There is a moral obligation to right historical wrongs and our policies fall in that category Don’t equate freedoms . with non-governance or lack of governance,” he added. CONTINUED ON: P9 NATIONWIDE JULY 27 JULY 28 Fresh cases 26,689 43,654 Recoveries 42,363 41,678 Deaths 415 640 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 27 36,87,239 doses July 28 39,42,457 doses TOTAL DOSES 45,02,55,460 KARNATAKA JULY 27 JULY 28 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,501 2,039 32 1,531 1,430 19 `106.08 cr KARNATAKA BANK Q1 NET PROFIT The lender posted a net profit of D106.08 crore for Q1 of FY 2022, as against D31.36 crore logged during the sequential previous quarter. The net has grown 238.26 pc over Q4 of 2020-21. However, on Y-o-Y basis, the net dipped 45.98 pc, mainly on lower treasury income. P13 CM TO VISIT FLOOD-HIT AREAS IN UTTARA KANNADA TODAY Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will be visiting flood-hit areas in Uttara Kannada district on Thursday. Speaking to reporters after holding his first Cabinet meeting, after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday, Bommai said that the State Government will come to the aid of people affected by floods and the Covid-19 pandemic. A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru BEFORE he stepped on to the dais at Raj Bhavan to take oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai touched BS Yediyurappa’s feet seeking blessings, signifying the important role the former CM played in getting him anointed as chief minister. Bommai, the 23rd person to hold the post, was sworn in as chief minister by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Wednesday, amid slogans hailing Yediyurappa and him. The 61-year-old Bommai took oath in the name of God, even as Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Kishan Reddy, who were sent as observers by the BJP’s central leadership, looked pleased. Much like his mentor Yediyurappa in 2019, Bommai took oath alone, with no deputies or Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at his oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Former CM BS Yediyurappa is also seen | VINOD KUMAR T ministers taking charge with him. On Wednesday morning, he visited a temple and headed straight to Yediyurappa’s residence before arriving at the Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in. Acknowledging that he would take Yediyurappa’s guidance for administration, Bommai categorically denied that he would be a ‘rubberstamp CM’. “I will, however, ensure that I get the people’s stamp of approval for my government’s administration and programmes,” he said with a smile when asked if he will continue to remain in the shadow of Yediyurappa. “I will head to New Delhi to meet party senior leaders in the next couple of days and thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda. Discussions on cabinet expansion will be held after that. Senior central leaders will take a decision after deliberation,” Bommai told reporters after the swearing-in. No formula or names have been decided for the posts of deputy chief ministers or ministers, he said. In his first cabinet meeting with no council of ministers, Bommai announced a scholarship scheme exclusively for P4 children of farmers. BJP BLOCKS PARL PANEL Bengaluru may see new top MEET ON PEGASUS ROW cop, Pant likely to be moved M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE ongoing stand-off in Parliament cast its shadow on the Standing Committee on Information and Technology on Wednesday, with BJP MPs executing a well-scripted strategy to deny any opportunity to the Shashi Tharoor-led panel to take up discussion on the raging Pegasus issue. They also shielded absentee officials from being hauled up for contempt by ensuring the meeting could not be convened because of lack of quorum. While the meeting’s details are stated to be confidential, two panel members, BJP’s Nishikant Dubey and Trinamool’s Mahua Maitra, fought it out on Twitter over verbal abuse. Dubey accused Moitra of abusing him at the venue of the meeting. “By hurling the Bihari gunda (goon) abuse, Mahua Moitra has abused the people from North India and the Hindi speaking belt,” tweeted Dubey. Moitra wondered what the fuss about was all about, when the meeting didn’t take place due to lack of quorum. According to Parliament staffers, perhaps for the first time in the history of Standing Committee meetings, none of the summoned officials from the ministries of home and electronics and information technology turned up for the meeting. If an official is busy he/she is represented by the next in , CONTINUED ON: P9 hierarchy . B A L A C H A U H A N @ Bengaluru THE Bengaluru City Police is likely to be overhauled next month. With the incumbent Police Commissioner and Director General of Police (DGP) Kamal Pant completing his one-year tenure on August 1, there are chances of him passing on the baton of the city top cop, said informed sources. The post of the Bengaluru police commissioner is of ADGP rank and Pant is the second DGP-rank officer to head the city police after retired DG&IGP Ajay Singh, who was the city police commissioner in 2005 after his elevation to the DGP post. Pant, an IPS officer of 1990 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), was promoted as DGP in April this year following the superannuation of then DGP Training, PK , Garg on April 30. Names of Additional Directors General of Police (ADGP), Law & Order, Pratap Reddy B Dayanand (In, telligence) and Amrit Paul (Training) are in contention for the city commissioner’s post. CONTINUED ON: P5
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