HYDERABAD FRIDAY JULY 30, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA IN DIFFERENT QUARTERS IN TOKYO Top performances in archery, badminton, hockey raise nation’s hopes at Olympics Mary Kom reacts after loss on Thursday | AP | P11, 12 26 MEN'S HOCKEY TEAM, ARCHER ATANU STUN FAVOURITES HEARTBREAK FOR MARY KOM Men's hockey team beat defending champions Argentina 3-1 to march into quarters and archer Atanu Das stunned two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek from South Korea to enter pre-quarters. Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu also advanced to the quarters after beating Mia Blichfeldt. Satish Kumar, India’s first super heavyweight (+91 kg) to compete in the Olympics, in last eight after win ■ ■ Multiple world champion and London Olympic medallist Mary Kom lost her flyweight (51 kg) prequarterfinal bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valenciaon. She said she did not realise she lost after winning last two of the three-round bouts Shooter Manu Bhaker is fifth after first stage of qualification NUMBER OF INDIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN ATHLETICS FROM FRIDAY 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 Officials inspect Pegasus office near Tel Aviv EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AMID mounting international pressure to probe the widespread abuse of the Pegasus spyware, Israeli authorities inspected the offices of NSO Group near Tel Aviv, which owns the military grade cyberwar tool. The inspection happened on Wednesday around the time Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz was in Paris to discuss the matter with his French counterpart, as the latter country’s President Emmanuel Macron’s mobile numbers figured in a leaked database of NSO’s possible surveillance targets. For its part, NSO said defence ministry officials probing the complaints had ‘visited’ and not ‘raided’ its premises. While most countries affected by Pegasus, including France and Hungary have been pressur, ing Israel to come clean, it is a mystery that the Indian government does not see the surveillance of hundreds of academics, journalists, activists, politicians and victims of sexual violence, as a matter of national security . But, pressure is mounting on the judiciary to order a probe, as over 500 individuals and groups have written to Chief Justice of India N V Ramana seeking his immediate intervention. 27% OBC quota for med AIQ seats 10% reservation also carved out for the EWS category; applicable from this admission season S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi FOLLOWING an year-old Madras High Court ruling and pressure from the Supreme Court, the Centre on Thursday announced 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% for the economically weaker section (EWS) of students for undergraduate and postgraduate medicine and dental courses under the All-India Quota (AIQ) scheme. Under the AIQ scheme, 15% UG and 50% PG seats are kept domicile-free in government medical and dental colleges, against which students from other states can be offered admission, while the rest of the seats are reserved for students from within the state. The Madras High Court had last week said there will be no admission in medical colleges this year without implementing the AIQ reservation. It had on July 27 last year directed the Un- Decision to benefit 5,550 students The decision would benefit nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in PG while it will also impact around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1,000 EWS students in PG medicine preme Court allowed reservation of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs, after which OBCs sought a level playing field. When the Central educational institutions (reservation in admission) Act became effective in 2007 providing for uniform 27% reservation to OBCs, it was implemented in all centrally run medical colleges but was not extended to AIQ seats of state medical and dental colleges. The Centre had in 2019 introduced 10% reservation for EWS. Seats in medical and dental colleges were raised over two years ago so that the seat count for other general category students does not go down. Negative feedback from MLAs may cost some Raj ministers their jobs talks with the office bearers of the state Congress unit. WITH AICC general secretary Many MLAs have reportedly Ajay Maken extending his one- complained to Maken about the on-one discussions with Con- working style and behaviour of gress MLAs in Rajasthan by one some senior ministers including more day speculation is rife that PHED Minister B D Kalla, Health , some ministers in the Gehlot Minister Raghu Sharma, Coopgover nment may be erative Minister Parshunted out owing to sadilal Meena, Educanegative feedback. tion Minister Govind Maken, Congress’ Singh Dotasra, TransRajasthan in-charge, port Minister Pratap met MLAs for the secSingh Khachariyawas, ond straight day on and UDH Minister ShanThursday to resolve ti Dhariwal. the rift in the state unit. In a veiled attack on Cabinet rejig the Sachin Pilkot camp, While a Cabinet rejig is likely to happen in Au- likely in Aug Health Minister Sharma 1st week gust, the tussle between said such reports are the Gehlot and Pilot According to pushed to the media in a factions persists. Pilot sources in the planned manner. “They loyalists say some ex- Congress party, a have nothing to do with isting ministers must Cabinet rejig is reality he added. ,” be dropped based on likely in the first While Sharma soundtheir performance and week of August ed confident, several the feedback from ministers in the Gehlot MLAs. But the Gehlot camp is in cabinet are nervous. no mood to accommodate the Most MLAs confirm that Makdemand. en has taken detailed notes of Maken has completed interac- their feedback on his I-Pad and is tion with 53 MLAs from 20 dis- likely to share the same with tricts. On Friday, he will hold party chief Sonia Gandhi. R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur IT’S A LONG SHOT Many line up at Amberpet Municipal Grounds to get vaccinated, on Thursday | P4 HC to monitor judge hit-and-run M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi TAKING suo motu cognizance of a CCTV footage that showed an autorickshaw intentionally running over Dhandbad Additional District and Session Judge Uttam Anand, killing him on the spot, the Jharkhand High Court on Thursday called it a direct attack on judiciary . The HC asked state police to probe the incident thoroughly and get to the bottom of the case, while keeping the court updated on the progress. The footage showed the auto hitting the judge, who was on his morning walk, from behind on a deserted ion health ministry to set up a committee to workout the quota arithmetic within three months, but the process got stalled, resulting in a rap from the Supreme Court in recent weeks. The new quotas will be applicable from the current academic session. The proposal was approved at a meeting chaired by the prime minister on Monday . AIQ was introduced in 1986 under the direction of the Supreme Court to provide for domicile-free merit-based opportunities to students from any state to aspire to study in a good medical college located in another state. To begin with, there was no quota in AIQ. But in 2007, the Su- CCTV footage showing judge Uttam Anand (inset) being hit by an autorickshaw road. The shocking incident was also brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Thursday by SC Bar Association President Vikas Singh, who demanded CBI inquiry into the matter. However, the SC did not entertain it saying the Jharkhand HC has already taken up the matter. Police have arrested two persons and the vehicle has also been recovered. During the hearing, the court observed such incidents have never taken place even when Maoist activity was at its peak in the state. It noted the incident is a reflection of the poor law and order situation, which has emboldened criminals to execute such a crime in broad day light. The HC accepted DGP Neeraj Sinha’s proposal to get the case probed by a Special Investigation Team. It asked the DGP to keep court apprised of the progress P8 of the probe. Maldives now a quarantine Millets keep diabetes at bay, finds study hub for Gulf-bound expats V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad said Advocate Ishaq Azhar, a resident of Upparpally in THE Maldives has become a Rajendranagar. top quarantine ‘country of Many of those who are retransit’ for Indian expats, espe- turning to the Gulf are leaving cially those who failed to get their families behind, owing to two doses of the vaccine, now the huge expenditure involved, that the island nation as each individual has eased its restricwould have to spend tions for travellers from between `2 lakh to India. Many of them `2.5 lakh for the jourare rushing back to ney. Under normal After Gulf countries, particcircumstances, the encountering ularly Saudi Arabia several ordeals in travel cost is about and UAE, to get their their journey, my `25,000. visas renewed and safe- brother and their With Qatar also easfamily are now guard their jobs. ing restrictions for InBoth white-collar and quarantining at a dians, some travellers remote island in blue-collar workers, are choosing it for the Maldives who have waited for far quarantine. But due Advocate Ishaq too long in Hyderabad, to technical issues are now trying to leave Azhar, Hyd resident pertaining to visa and for Gulf countries eiimmigration rules, ther by hook or crook. “My the travel is learnt to be tricky brother, a software engineer in and risky Another quarantine . Dubai had to leave with his destination is Armenia, which family via Kochi Airport after is now in conflict with Azerbaidays of anxiety After encoun- jan and has no restrictions for . tering several ordeals at differ- travellers from India. But given ent points in their journey they the changing scenario, it may , are now quarantining at a re- be listed as unsafe anytime by P4 mote island in the Maldives,” Saudi Arabia. M D N I Z A M U D D I N @ Hyderabad `500 CRORE The Telangana government on Thursday released TO BE SPENT ON DALIT funds to the Scheduled BANDHU SCHEME IN Caste Development POLL-BOUND HUZURABAD Department | P2 A study conducted by Hyderabad-based ICRISAT and National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has found that a millet diet reduces the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and helps manage blood glucose levels in diabetic people. The study opens the door for designing appropriate millet meals for diabetic, prediabetic and even nondiabetic persons. The researchers observed that diabetic people, who consumed millet as part of their daily diet, saw their blood glucose levels drop by 12-15 per cent (fasting as well as post-meal), from diabetic to pre-diabetic levels. The HbA1c levels in pre-diabetic persons were lowered by an average of 17 per cent. The authors reviewed 80 published studies, of which 65 were eligible for a meta-analysis involving about 1,000 human subjects across 11 countries. The study has been published in the journal, Frontiers in Nutrition. Millets have a low average glycemic index (GI) of 52.7, about 30 per cent lower GI than milled rice and refined wheat. Even after boiling, baking and steaming, they had a lower GI than rice, wheat and maize. GI is an indicator of how much and how soon a food increases a person’s blood P4 sugar level. EXPRESS READ ALARM BELLS Centre rushes team to Kerala as state reports 50% of country’s case load A rapidly deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Kerala has prompted the Centre to depute a six-member team to assist the state government, but it has also led to a flurry of theories on why the southern state is in a mess when the rest of the country looks far better. Over the past two days, Kerala has reported over 50% of the total Covid19 cases in India, registering 22,056 new cases on Wednesday and 22,129 on Tuesday when overall the country detected less than 44,000 cases on each of the two days. On Thursday, the Union health ministry announced that a six-member central team, led by National Centre for Disease Control Director S K Singh, is being rushed to the state and it will visit a few districts NATIONWIDE JULY 28 JULY 29 Fresh cases 43,654 43,509 Recoveries Deaths 41,678 38,465 640 640 JAB-O-METER TELANGANA JULY 28 JULY 29 Fresh cases 657 623 Recoveries Deaths 578 2 746 3 TAKE YOUR SHOT July 28 39,42,457 doses July 29 46,52,914 doses TOTAL DOSES 45,55,02,438 LEVY RATIONALISATION GST structure to be revamped into a three-rate slab: CEA Subramanian The Centre is seriously planning to simplify GST into a three-rate slab regime, Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian said on Thursday, adding that it is going to happen “very soon”. “The threerate structure is something... definitely important and even the inverted duty structure (is) also equally important to actually fix. I think the government is definitely seized of the matter. So, we should hopefully see traction on that soon,” Subramanian said. He was speaking at a virtual event organised by industry body Assocham. At present, GST has five rates — 0.25%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. There was a long pending proposal to merge 12% and 18% slabs and finally bringing down to three, as suggested by former finance minister Arun Jaitley | P10 WATER WARS Don’t let AP draw water for R’seema: TS to KRMB Hyderabad: Raising objections to the unauthorised diversion of Krishna river waters to Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh, which is located outside the Krishna river basin, Telangana Irrigation Engineer-in-Chief C Muralidhar on Thursday requested the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) not to allow the AP government to draw water without the consent of the Board | P4 GENDER BENDER Woman commandos on Maoist hunt along TS-C’garh border B S AT YA N A R AYA N A R E D D Y @ Khammam WOMEN have broken the glass ceiling and risen to what is essentially a man’s domain — hunting down Maoists in the thick jungles along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border. In a first in the country, the Chhattisgarh police have deployed 500 woman commandos in areas with Maoist presence, after training them to survive tough terrains and handle powerful and sophisticated weapons. According to the State’s police officials, these women have an edge over men in get- A group of woman commandos deployed in a Chhattisgarh village ting an additional and important work done — gathering valuable, accurate and specific intel about the movements of Maoists from tribal women, by earning their trust. Trained in combing for the ultras in inhospitable terrain and unforgiving vagaries of the weather — like during the recent heavy rains, when they had to trudge through the slush and mud carrying heavy weapons — the woman commandos are proving to be second to none. The idea of deploying them germinated in the minds of the top brass when they real- ised that tribal women never trusted male commandos when they were asked for information about the ultras. Usually, as soon as the commandos descend on a village, tribal men flee, scared they would be attacked on the suspicion that they are harbouring Maoists. They leave the women behind as the risk of an attack on them is relatively low. Intensive training Be it men or women, there has not been any compromise on the rigid standards of training. The commandos said they had to undergo several tests like their male counterparts. For one month, they were trained in shooting, crossing rivers and lakes, handling advanced weapons and so on. The 500 woman commandos have now been deployed in the districts of Dantewada, Bjijapur, Bastar, Kondegam, Jagadalpur, Kanker and Sukuma in Chhattisgarh, where Maoist activity is pronounced. Speaking to Express, Sukuma Superintendent of Police Sunil Sharma said, “The woman commandos are proving that they are in no way inferior to men while dealing with Maoists. They are swift during combing operations and we have complete faith in them.”
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