YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 32 C MIN 27 C THE CHOICE IS BETWEEN NATIONAL HEALTH AND FESTIVAL BONHOMIE OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 30 AUGUST, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—104 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE ENCOUNTER AT PALAMU-CHATRA BORDER, ARMS AMMUNITION RECOVERED DALTONGANJ: In a joint operation by police and Jharkhand Jaguar on Sunday evening, a manufacturing unit of the banned Naxal outfit TSPC was busted at the border of Palamu and Chatra, said SP Palamau Chandan Kumar Sinha. He said a light machine gun has been recovered along with other weapons. He said police have recovered one rifle and katta with live ammunition count of which is being done. The police said there was a brief encounter also in which there is no report of any injury or loss of life on either side was reported. The encounter took place on the border of Chatra's Tilsalaiyya and Palamu's Nagar. The TSPC extremists who were badly out numbered scurried for escape. The encounter lasted for little than ten minutes. BAN ON INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER FLIGHTS EXTENDED TILL SEP 30 NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extended the ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India till September 30. The ban was previously extended till the end of August. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights approved by the DGCA. SPORTS CMYK 08 Indian athletes will win more medals in Paralympics : Anurag Thakur NEW DELHI : Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday expressed his delight over para table tennis player Bhavina Patel's silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, saying "Indians will win more such medals". "What could have been better today, as today is the National Sports Day and Bhavina won a silver medal in the Paralympics. I am confident that the Indian athletes will win more such medals in the Paralympics," Anurag Thakur told reporters here on Sunday. Earlier, he wrote on Twitter, "India wakes up to a Silver medal on the occasion of National Sports Day! Bhavina wins #IND 1st Medal at #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics! An amazing start to the P a r a l y m p i c s ! @Bhavina59068010 clinched the Silver becoming the first Indian woman to do so in Para TT!"Bhavina clinched the silver medal after losing the final against China's Zhou Ying in the women's singles Class 4 category. Both the contestants were evenly matched when the game started but it was Zhou Ying who marched ahead and even though Bhavina did make a comeback towards the end, it Chamoli clinches India's first gold EW DELHI : India's Rohit Chamoli on Sunday bagged a gold medal after beating Mongolias Otgonbayar Tuvshinzaya in a close-fought final encounter at the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai. According to information received here, playing in the junior boys' 48kg final, the boxer from Chandigarh continued his impressive form in the prestigious continental event and showed good tactical bril- liance. After making a cautious start, Rohit's timely and precise punches gave him edge over his Mongolian opponent as the Indian managed to secure a 3-2 win as well as the gold medal. Later, Gaurav Saini (70kg) and Bharat Joon (+81kg) will fight for gold medals in their respective categories. While, Muskan (46kg), Vishu Rathee (48kg), Tanu (52kg), Aanchal Saini (57kg), Nikita (60kg), Mahi Raghav (63kg), Rudrika (70kg), Pranjal Yadav (75kg), Sanjana (81kg) and Kirti (+81kg) are the country's 10 pugilists who will be competing in the girls' finals. India have already won six bronze medals in the junior event with Devika Ghorpade (50kg), Aarzoo (54kg) and Supriya Rawat (66kg) losing in the girls' semi-finals while Ashish (54kg), Anshul (57kg) and Ankush (66kg) claimed bronze in the boys' category. In the last Asian Junior Championships held in 2019 in Fujairah, UAE, India had fin- India tour of Australia: All matches Confident of a fruitful outing in Australia: Mithali Raj to be played in Queensland SYDNEY : The entire multi-format series in the Indian women's team tour of Australia will now be played in the state of Queensland due to the restrictions caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. The change is subject to final approval for the Indian team's quarantine in Brisbane. It is also reported that the start of the series will be delayed by two days. "After the quarantine, the Indians will play a practice match in Brisbane on September 18. It is understood that the BCCI had asked for the warm-up game and multiple training sessions ahead of it (series) following completion of quarantine, based on their takeaways from India's tour of UK earlier this year, when there were no tour games, which affected the team's preparations," said a report by ESPNCricinfo. The Indian team, consisting of 22 members along with support staff, chief selector Neetu David and panel member V Kalpana, will leave for Australia from Bengaluru later on Sunday and serve a mandatory quarantine till September 13. The Australian cricketers who are not from Queensland are expected to come next week, with those arriving from Melbourne and Sydney required to quarantine. In the original schedule, North Sydney Oval and Junction Oval were to host the three ODIs on September 19, 22 and 24. It was to be followed by the one-off pinkball Test from September 30October 3 at Perth. After the Test, the three T20Is were to take place at the North Sydney Oval on October 7, 9 and 11. But the resurgence of COVID19 has forced lockdowns around Australia and venues to be rejigged. This means that the whole series will be played between two venues -- the Metricon Stadium in Carrara hosting the Test and T20Is, while Harrup Park in Mackay will stage the ODIs. The Allan Border Field in Brisbane had hosted the limited-overs series between Australia and New Zealand in SeptemberOctober last year. But the stadium is unavailable due to redevelopment. "The formal approval of plans by the BCCI is also being sought by Cricket Australia, but sources with knowledge of negotiations indicated that the Indian board had never wavered in its commitment to the tour, having announced its squad last week. Sources with knowledge of talks have indicated that one of the roadblocks to staging the series in other states has been a reluctance to allow players and staff from Sydney or Melbourne to enter for quarantine and training, even though the entire group is fully vaccinated," said a report by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday. The report also said that apart from the women's series against India, the start of the men's domestic season with the Marsh Cup will be affected too due to COVID-19. In this situation, staging a successful series against India will help Cricket Australia (CA) in building a case for the men's Ashes to be hosted later in the year. "The successful arrival of India's team and staging of the series would be a helpful outcome for CA at a time when it is in talks with the ECB about terms around the playing of the men's Ashes series this summer. England's players have raised concern about quarantine terms for themselves and their families, to the point that as many as 10 players have indicated they may not tour. However, the provision of quarantine periods with a good degree of freedom of movement at Queensland resorts on the Gold Coast - affording plenty of outdoor activity and golf courses would likely assuage many of these concerns," further said the report. Morning India Two held for sexually exploiting minors at Sonarpur Home MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Allegations of sexual harassment of minors in a residential Home at Sonarpur has surfaced again. Two people have been arrested in the incident. One of them is said to be one of the owners of the home. As the news spread, the abused minors were shifted from there homes and kept elsewhere. The sick minors have been admitted to the hospital. The incident which took place at Dhamaitala Home in Sonarpur police station area came to light on Saturday. It was alleged that incidents of sexual harassment were going on day after day in a residential home here. The families of the abused minors complained that they kept their children in that Home to study and stay. They would pay a large sum of money each month for this. A few days ago, a minor wrote a letter to his mother and told her the whole story. After reading the letter, his mother immediately approached Sonarpur police station. The police became active after receiving complaint of the guardian. A search in the Home on Saturday led to the arrest of Tarak Mandal and Sushovan Chakraborty. One of them is the head of the Home, the other a staff. After raiding the residential Home and interrogating 10 minors, the police officers got the names of the accused. The abused minors were then transferred to another Home for treatment. These incidents created a lot of flutter among the parents. They are worried about the safety of their children. The kids are terrified too. However, the Sonarpur Police authorities assured that the culprits would be brought to book at the earliest. Police are investigating whether there are any other crimes linked with this racket. There have been frequent allegations of multiple scandals in various private Homes in the State. The culprits were arrested after probing the incidents. But these kind of things put pressure on the minds of teenagers. These have become obstacles for their future. The incident in Sonarpur is the latest to ponder upon. ‘New plan of home minister is to harass Opposition’ MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien on Sunday slammed the Centre for harassing the opposition, alleging that the Union home minister has drawn up a plan for remitting all cases through the Enforcement Directorate. O'Brien's comments came a day after the ED summoned TMC's Diamond Harbour MP and national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and his TMC MP Derek O'Brien wife for questioning in a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam. "A sparrow in Delhi tells me that new CBI chief may have directed a few top officials not to act too brazenly. Harassing the opposition only benefits one party. So HeMan (HM) has a new plan. He is now remitting all cases through the Extremely Dedicated (ED) director who obeys HM, the TMC national spokesman said on Twitter. Reacting to his remarks, BJP West Bengal spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said O'Brien was casting aspersions on the CBI in an unfair manner. He also said the ED is a highly credible independent organisation. "The TMC sees the invisible hand of the BJP in everything," Bhattacharya said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday also accused the Centre of letting loose its agencies on her nephew Abhishek in the coal scam case. MASSIVE EXPLOSION HITS KABUL AGAIN KABUL: Merely two days after twin blasts rocked Kabul, another massive explosion hit the Afghanistan capital on Sunday, Arab News reported. According to reports, the explosion took place near the Kabul Airport. This comes days after devastating twin blasts killed nearly 200 people, including 13 US servicemen, outside the Kabul airport. This comes as the US is on the verge of completing its exit from Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden had on Saturday (local time) said that another terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport is "highly likely in the next 24-36 hours." Moreover, US Embassy in Kabul had also issued a security alert for the same. "Our commanders informed me that an attack is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours," Biden said in his statement. "I directed them to take every possible measure to prioritize force protection, and ensured that they have all the authorities, resources and plans to protect our men and women on the ground," Biden said. SPORTS Asian Junior Boxing: Rohit N SPORTS GAMES & For TV, e-paper & news visit: www.live7tv.com Morning India KOLKATA, MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021 Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur during the launch of the FIT INDIA app on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the FIT India Movement, at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo) ASIAN JUNIOR BOXING: ROHIT CLINCHES INDIA'S FIRST GOLD BENGALURU : Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj believes her side's tour of England in June this year and further preparations at home bode well for a fruitful outing in Australia and the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand. Playing in their first-ever daynight Test match, the Indian side will also take on Australia in three ODIs and three T20Is. While Mithali admitted on Sunday that there will be a number of firsts on the tour of Australia, the skipper praised the flexibility of her playing group, and believes her team will adapt to conditions. "We know we are playing against the best side in the world. But we are confident in the sort of preparation we managed to have here in India," said Mithali. A win in the one-off Test against Australia will secure four points in the series, with wins in the ODIs and T20Is worth two each. "It (series) is going to be big because most of the questions are revolving around the pink ball, then the one day cricket and the T20 cricket. We don't go in with a set mindset, it's all about how we apply ourselves according to the situation present at that moment. "The Test match in Australia will be slightly different because we are playing with a pink ball and under lights. That's a very different experience for all of us." ished third in the overall standings with 21 medals (six gold, nine silver and six bronze), 13 of those medals came in girls' category (four gold, six silver and three bronze) while eight medals were claimed in the boys' section (two gold, three silver and three bronze). The gold medallists in the junior category will be awarded with USD 4,000 while USD 2,000 and 1,000 will be given to the silver and bronze medal winners respec- tively. India's 15 boxers will fight for gold as the finals of the youth event will take place on Monday. Nivedita (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran (52kg), Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha (66kg), Khushi (75kg), Tanishbir (81kg) will be in action in the women's category while, among men, Vishvanath Suresh (48kg), Bishwamitra Chongtham (51kg), Jaydeep Rawat (71kg), Vanshaj (64kg) and Vishal (80kg) will play their finals. USTA gets strict with Covid protocol; Murray says players too should get vaccinated NEW YORK : The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has put in place a stringent Covid-19 protocol whereby a proof of vaccination would be necessary to enter the Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open, beginning on Monday (August 30). USTA said late on Saturday that the New York City Mayor's office had issued the guidelines on vaccination in the wake of the "continuing evolution of the Delta variant" in the country. "USTA was informed that the New York City Mayor's office will be mandating proof of Covid-19 vaccination for entrance to Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open. Given the continuing evolution of the Delta variant and in keeping with our intention to put the health and safety of our fans first, the USTA will extend the Mayor's requirement to all US Open ticket holders 12-years-old and older. "Any US Open attendee with tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, The Grandstand, or the grounds of the US Open, will be required to provide proof of at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to enter the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center," said the USTA statement. As per the protocol, all ticket holders will have to bring one of the following as proof of vaccination -- CDC (Centre for Disease Control) Vaccination Card; NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunisation record from within or outside the US; NYC COVID Safe App. Social media was abuzz with fans questioning USTA on why unvaccinated players were being allowed to compete at the US Open when so many restrictions were being placed on ticket holders. A fan tweeted, "You shouldn't let djokovic or Tstispas play as they are not vacinated… keep the vacinated players safe and don't (put) people them in jeopardy," while another wrote, "Mandate should apply to players. IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals begin training after completing quarantine DUBAI : IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals began their first training session after completing the mandatory six-day quarantine in Dubai. The Indian players, support staff and management had reached Dubai from New Delhi on August 21. The franchise took to social media to share pictures of the players training at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Saturday evening after the quarantine period was over. They also posted a video of Shreyas Iyer coming down the pitch and hitting a six. Other members like Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Lukman Meriwala, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Pravin Dubey and Siddharth Manimaran were seen practicing as well. Iyer, who had missed the first leg of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury, was already in Dubai to prepare for the second leg of the tournament scheduled to begin from September 19 in UAE. Iyer had been practicing with assistant coach Pravin Amre for two weeks before the team arrived in Dubai. During the first ODI against England in March, Iyer had sustained a shoulder injury which needed surgery and missed the remainder of the series and first half of IPL 2021 in India. In his absence, Rishabh Pant led the team till the second wave of COVID-19 halted the tournament. Delhi are currently the table toppers with six wins and two losses from eight matches. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings were the first to reach UAE and began training sessions ahead of the tournament. The second leg of the IPL 2021 will begin with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19. Delhi will resume their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the same venue on September 22. CMYK CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,695,030 TOTAL DEATHS: 437,860 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 216,933,919 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,511,429 Nitish Kumar is a PM material, says KC Tyagi AGENCIES PATNA: JD(U) National General Secretary KC Tyagi on Sunday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar deserves to be the Prime Minister owing to his experience and personality. Tyagi told news persons here today that Kumar deserves to be the PM but hastily added that there was no vacancy for the post as of now. The personality and experience of Mr Kumar makes him fit to be Prime Minister, said Mr Tyagi adding that it was a universal fact. Kumar's style of working as CM which he was maintaining for the past sixteen years was widely appreciated. Apart from this, he has taken major steps as a Union Minister too, he said, adding that even after so much of eligibility, do a prime minister need to land from foreign. Lauding the efforts of Kumar, he said that the stand of Mr Kumar on caste-based census has generated nationwide support and maintained that in South Mr Kumar was dubbed as Annadurai of North India. He said that Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam and Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in south and Telangana Rashtra Samithi as well as other parties have supported Kumar on the issue of caste based census. Apart from this Akali Dal of Punjab ,people’s democratic party of Mahbooba Mufti and National Conference of Farooq Abdullah in Jammu Kashmir, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party NCP of Sharad Pawar in Maharashtra too have supported the stand of Kumar on this vexed issue. Earlier, JD (U) parliamentary board Chairman and former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha too had described Nitish Kumar as PM material. Sports Minister launchParalympics roundup: India win two silver, one bronze on National Sports Day es Fit India Mobile App TOKYO: There could not have been a better tribute for hockey wizard Dhyan Chand as on his birth anniversary, celebrated as National Sports Day, India bagged two silver and one bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Sunday. Paddler Bhavina Patel started what turned out to be a Super Sunday for India as she won a silver medal in the women's singles Class 4 competition at the table tennis venue, capping off an incredible run during which she defeated the gold and silver medallist at the Rio Paralympics five years ago. In the evening at the main Olympic Stadium, high jumper Nishad Kumar added another silver to India's tally in men's high jump T47, clearing the bar at 2.06, equalling the Asian record. BHAVINA PATEL NISHAD KUMAR VINOD KUMAR Nishad finished second behind Roderick Townsend of the United States, who set a world record by clearing 2 metres and 15 cm. Discus thrower Vinod Kumar added a bronze to the tally on the fifth day of competition at Tokyo 2020 by finishing third in the F52 event, hurling the disc to 19.91 metres for an Asian record. India, who had failed to win a single medal on the first four days, finished the day at 42nd position behind Georgia, who has three silver medals. This takes to 15 India's overall tally at the Paralympic Games -- 4 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals. NEW DELHI: Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday launched the Fit India Mobile Application at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here on National Sports Day. Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik was also present on the occasion. The two ministers also virtually interacted with Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh. Congratulating everyone on the second anniversary of Fit India Movement as well as on National Sports Day, Thakur said, "The Fit India Mobile App brings ease of checking one's fitness levels right into the palm of every Indian. It has some unique features like 'fitness score', animated videos, activity trackers and 'my plan' catering to (an) individual's specific needs." He added that, "Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched ageappropriate fitness protocols. These protocols are certified by WHO (World Health Organisation) and have been made keeping in mind international standards. Mr Narendra Modi has also given a fitness mantra for the people of the country - Fitness Ki Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz." Why Delta Covid variant spreads like wildfire Devotees visit ISKCON temple, on the eve of Janmashtami festival, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI NEW YORK: A key aminoacid mutation in the SARSCoV-2 spike protein might explain why the Delta variant of Covid-19 has spread so swiftly across the world, say researchers. SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has rapidly replaced the Alpha variant around the world. According to epidemiological studies, the Delta variant, first identified in India in late 2020, is at least 40 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha variant, first identified in the UK, last year. However, the mechanism that drives this global replacement has not been defined yet. The study, yet to be peerreviewed and posted on preprint server bioRxiv, showed how P681R mutation in the Delta spike plays a key role in the replacement of Alphato-Delta variant. "Delta SARS-CoV-2 efficiently outcompeted the Alpha variant in human lung epithelial cells and primary human airway tissues," wrote researchers from the University of Texas and others in the abstract. The P681R mutation falls within an intensely studied region of the spike protein called the furin cleavage site, Nature reported. The short string of amino acids P681R is associated with heightened infectivity in other viruses such as influenza. However, it has not previously been found in sarbecoviruses -- the family of coronaviruses to which SARS-CoV-2 belongs. "The key hallmark of Delta is that transmissibility seems to be ramping up to the next notch," Pei-Yong Shi, a virologist at the University of Texas's Medical Branch in Galveston was quoted as saying. "We thought Alpha was pretty bad, very good at spreading. This one seems to be even more," Shi added. Further, the presence of P681R mutation enabled the Delta variant to rapidly outcompete the Alpha variant, in cultured human-airway epithelial cells infected with equal numbers of Delta and Alpha viral particles. However, when the team eliminated the P681R mutation, Delta's advantage waned. The study also suggested that the mutation also speeds up the spread of SARS-CoV-2 from cell to cell, Nature report said. Researchers at the University of Tokyo found that spike proteins bearing the P681R mutation fuses with the plasma membranes of uninfected cells -- a key step in infection -- almost three times faster than the spike proteins that lack the change.