YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 27 C MIN 23 C PRECARIOUS CONDITIONS OF THE JOBLESS WORSENING IN INDIA OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA SUNDAY, 25 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 70 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) OLYMPICS TENNIS: DJOKOVIC STARTS CAMPAIGN WITH A WIN SPORTS Morning India TOKYO OLYMPICS: MANIPUR’S WEIGHTLIFTER STRIKES SILVER ON DAY ONE Mirabai makes history on a gloomy day for India TOKYO: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu provided the silver lining on a day when some of the most talented Indian shooters, including pistol marksman Saurabh Chaudhary and rifle ace Elavenil Valarivan, flattered to deceive on the first full day of competitions at the Tokyo Olympics here. Manipur's 26-year-old Mirabai exorcised the ghost of the 2016 Rio Olympics with a total lift of 202kg -87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk - to clinch India's second medal in weightlifting after Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was a big performance by Mirabai who had failed to lift weights in three attempts in clean and jerk in 2016. With the silver at the Olympics, Mirabai has now won medals in the Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships, and World Championships. On a day when 19-yearold ace 10m air pistol shooter Chaudhary qualified for the finals at No. 1 spot, raising hopes of a gold medal, he lost touch in the finals to fin- ish seventh, while compatriot Abhishek Verma couldn't make the eight-shooter final, ending 17th. The Indian men's hockey team, after a sedate beginning in Pool A, when they conceded a goal, rallied against New Zealand to win 3-2 and prime themselves up for the upcoming clashes, especially against the world No. 1 side Australia on Sunday. The women's hockey team, however, left the fans disappointed after matching World No 1 the Netherlands for the entire first half before slumping to 1-5 defeat in AT A GLANCE CATHOLIC PRIEST HELD IN TN FOR HATE SPEECH CHENNAI: A Roman Catholic priest George Ponnaiah who made disgusting speech in Kanniyakumari district about Bharat Mata, Hinduism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the DMK government led by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin was arrested in Madurai on Saturday. He had said at a meeting attended by Christians and Muslims, that the DMK government led by Stalin coming to power is nothing but alms of Christians and Muslims. OVER 2.98 CRORE UNUTILISED VACCINE DOSES STILL AVAILABLE WITH STATES, PVT HOSPITALS: GOVT NEW DELHI: More than 2.98 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, Union Territories and private hospitals, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. MORE ON PG 5 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,297,122 TOTAL DEATHS: 419,613 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 193,603,856 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,155,011 "IN 1991, INDIA SHOWED FORESIGHT AND COURAGE IN CHANGING BOTH THE DIRECTION AND DETERMINANTS OF ITS ECONOMY. THESE REFORMS LIBERATED INDIA'S ENTREPRENEURIAL ENERGY AND INAUGURATE AN ERA OF FAST-PACED GROWTH", AMBANI SAID. We can make next 30 years the best in India's history: Mukesh NEW DELHI: "I am supremely hopeful and confident about the Rise of New India. I can see that the spirit of India is more resurgent than ever before", Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) wrote in Times of India. Ambani said India and the world changed dramatically at the beginning of the 1990s. Communist Soviet Union collapsed. The cold war ended. And India embarked on a bold new path of economic reforms. "Thirty years later, the global order is changing fundamentally yet again. The speed, scale and substance of this change are unprecedented, even unpredictable. Yet, one thing is absolutely predictable: India's time has come", Ambani said. "Destiny and Drive is making the 21st centur's favourite nation ready for a great leap forward. India stands at the doorstep of prosperity that is both significant and inclusive, and of delivering all-round human development through the democratic route. With faith in our potential, confidence in our collective capabilities, and unity in action, we can exceed the world's expectations", Ambani wrote. "My source of optimism is our recent past. In 1991, India showed foresight and courage in changing both the direction and determinants of its economy. These reforms liberated India's entrepreneurial energy and inaugurate an era of fast-paced growth", Ambani said. Ambani said the results are for all to see. India's GDP of $266 billion in 1991 has grown by over ten times. India's economy has become the fifth largest in the world. Poverty rates have halved despite population rising from 880 million to 1.38 billion. Key infrastructure has improved beyond recognition. Our expressways, airports and ports are now world-class, and so are many of our industries and services. "No young Indian today would believe that people had to wait for years to get a telephone or a gas connection, or that businesses had to seek government's permission to buy a computer", Ambani said. "India transformed from an economy of scarcity in 1991 into an economy of sufficiency in 2021. Now, India has to transform itself into an economy of sustainable abundance and equitable prosperity for all by 2051. In India, equity will be at the heart of our collective prosperity", Ambani said. "With our accomplishments over the past three decades, we have earned the right to dream big. What can be a greater dream than to be able to celebrate the centenary of our independence.” their opening Pool A match. Indian tennis ace Sumit Nagal, who was a lastminute entry to the Olympics after slots were created due to pull-outs by top players, defeated 2018 Jakarta Asian Games champion, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4 to advance, while table tennis player Manika Batra -- after losing the round-of-16 mixed doubles match partnering Achanta Sharath Kamal to Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu-Ju and Cheng I-Cheng 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 114 -- came back strongly to beat Ukraine's 20th seed Margaryta Pesotska. She is now the first Indian woman paddler to win a round at the Olympics since 1992. Indian shuttlers had a mixed day with the men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy defeating the higher-ranked Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin 2116, 16-21, 27-25 in their first Group A match, while the country's hope in men's singles, B Sai Praneeth, suffered a shock loss against Misha Zilberman of Israel in his first Group D match. MORE ON PG 12 Trinamool nominates ex-Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar to Rajya Sabha MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: In a surprise development Trinamool Congress nominated retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prasar Bharati, Jawhar Sircar to the Rajya Sabha. The by-poll for the Rajya Sabha seat from Bengal, vacated by Dinesh Trivedi earlier this year, is scheduled on August 9. "Mr Sircar spent nearly 42 years in public service and was also the former CEO of Prasar Bharati. His invaluable contribution to public service shall help us serve our country even better," the Trinamool Congress in a tweet said. The nomination of Sircar is considered to be a masterstroke by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee because this public intellectual based out of Kolkata was strongly vocal against the BJP for a long time and Trinamool Congress will try to use his intellect and his 41 years of bureaucratic experience on the floor of the Upper House. Presently Sircar utilises his experience to stand up for citizens' rights and for multiculturalism, "both of which are under severe strain in India at present", the party said. Sircar studied at the universities of Calcutta, Presidency, Cambridge and Sussex and has two Masters Degrees in History and Sociology. His main field work TMC MLA’s wife robbed in Delhi MI NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI: Kanika Gupta, wife of Trinamool Congress MLA Vivek Gupta, was robbed of Rs 1.86 lakh and a gold coin in the national capital on Friday, the police said. According to senior Delhi Police officials, they received a complaint from Kanika Gupta at around 2.30 pm. As per the complaint, Kanika Gupta and her husband are presently staying at the Oberoi Hotel in Delhi's Lodhi Colony. "At about 2.15 pm, she reached the Defence Colony flyover where a motor cyclist pointed towards the tyre of her car," a police officer said. Accordingly, the driver stopped the car and got down to check the tyre. "As she was feeling a little suffocated, she also got off the car for a few seconds before realising that her bag containing cash worth Rs 1.86 lakh, an i-Phone, one gold coin and other documents was missing," he said. Vivek Gupta is a Trinamool MLA from the Jorasanko Assembly constituency in Kolkata. He was previously a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2012-2018. WHATSAPP CEO SAYS Govt officials world over among 1.4K users targeted in 2019 WASHINGTON: Senior government officials from across the world, including individuals in high national security positions who are "allies of the US", were targeted by governments using the NSO Group spyware in a 2019 attack against 1,400 WhatsApp users, according to the messaging apps Chief Executive Officer, The Guardian reported. WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart disclosed the new details about individuals who were targeted in the attack after revelations this week by the Pegasus Project, a collaboration of 17 media organisations which investigated NSO, the Israeli company that sells its powerful surveillance software to government clients around the world. Unsuccessful Higher Secondary students hold protests in Bengal MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Several Class 12 students who have been declared failed by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) blocked roads and ransacked furniture of a school during protests across the State on Saturday. Of the 8,19,202 candidates, 97.69 per cent have passed this year. The agitating students said with no exams having taken place this year due to the COVID-19 situation, they were baffled by the evaluation process. They wondered how some examinees were declared as having passed while some others were declared unsuccessful. An evaluation method had been worked out this year based on marks obtained by an examinee in the Madhyamik (class 10 examination) and class 11 annual test. Some of the agitators even proceeded to the residence of Education Minister Bratya Basu but were dissuaded by the police, an officer said. An official of the WBCHSE said its president Mahua Das was holding talks with the heads of several schools on the issue. Officials said, irate students of Inda Krishnalal Sikshaniketan in Paschim Medinipur district barged into the classrooms of their educational institute and damaged furniture demanding they be declared as passed. Protests were held at Hariharpara in Murshidabad district where the unsuccessful candidates of nearby Saratpur Bidyalaya burnt tyres in the middle of a road during a blockade. Unsuccessful candidates also has been on social history, popular religion and the cult of Dharma Thakur in western Bengal. He covered numerous field sites in five districts of the State of Bengal, but could not submit his thesis, as the government did not permit even a short sabbatical. Sircar has, however, published parts of his findings through several articles. Sircar has published numerous articles on cultural, historical and anthropological subjects for several years in books, as also in noted national and international journals and newspapers. He has also delivered several lectures on the subjects of history, religion, contemporary affairs and the intersection between religion and anthropology. The Asiatic Society of Kolkata (established in 1774) has conferred its Biman Behari Memorial Award on him for his contribution to popularising the study of history and politics. Sircar also has a glorious career in public administration. He has headed India's Culture Ministry from November 2008 to February 2012, the longest for any Secretary. He was the CEO of India's public broadcaster, (2012-2016) and had stood up for transparency and objectivity, which finally led him to resign prematurely. He is now on its four-member statutory national-level selfregulatory mechanism, which is chaired by the former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B Lokur. blocked roads at Habibpur in Malda district, and at Madhyamgram Chowmatha in North 24 Parganas district on similar grounds. "Since there was no examination this year, we should be declared as passed. Or everyone must be declared as failed," a protesting girl student was heard screaming in Madhyamgram. The students, with their guardians, also demonstrated in the Barisha area of the city and near the office of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education in Salt Lake area. An official of the WBCHSE said its president Mahua Das was holding talks with the heads of several schools on the issue. Giving a twist to the tale, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh told reporters "It appears the result this year was aimed to placate members of one community. Otherwise, why should grades be announced when there were no exams due to the pandemic." Earlier this week, the West Bengal Board class 10 exam result was declared with a record 100 per cent pass percentage. BIDEN REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR AFGHANISTAN WASHINGTON: During a phone call with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed Washington's support for Kabul as fighting has escalated in the war-torn country since the withdrawal of American forces began in May. According to the White, the two leaders on Friday discussed the present situation in Afghanistan and reaffirmed their commitment to an enduring bilateral partnership. "President Biden emphasized continued US support, including development and humanitarian aid, for the Afghan people, including women, girls, and minorities," it said. Biden and Ghani also agreed that the "Taliban's current offensive is in direct contradiction to the movement's claim to support a negotiated settlement of the conflict", according to the White House.