YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C LONG WAY TO GO FOR ACHIEVING COVID IMMUNIZATION TARGETS OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 31 AUGUST, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE—105 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE 33 KIDS, 7 ADULTS DIE OF MYSTERIOUS FEVER IN UP’S FIROZABAD LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday confirmed that 32 children and seven adults had died in Firozabad, owing to a mysterious dengue-like fever in the district. Adityanath visited the families of those who lost their members and assured them of help. The Chief Minister also visited the 100-bed district hospital at Firozabad where children showing symptoms of the disease are being treated. At least 30 children recently lost their lives in this hospital, reportedly to the mysterious fever. "The dedicated Covid-19 ward at the district hospital of Firozabad is reserved for patients suffering from this fever," the Chief Minister told reporters. Some of the districts in western Uttar Pradesh, including Mathura, Firozabad and Mainpuri, have witnessed a spike in cases of 'viral fever' which has made the government press the panic button. BJP MLA from Firozabad, Manish Asija, had claimed on Sunday that 40 children died last week from the disease. The claim was refuted by UP Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh who termed Asija's claims "wrong" and said that he received no such reports. Firozabad District Magistrate, Chandra Vijay Singh denied that this was the third wave of the pandemic. "Due to heavy rains and water logging, dengue and malaria is the cause behind high fever among children," he said. CMYK 08 GAMES & For TV, e-paper & news visit: www.live7tv.com Morning India SPORTS KOLKATA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021 Asian Youth Boxing: Bishwamitra strikes gold, silver for Vishvanath TOKYO PARALYMPICS: VINOD KUMAR LOSES HIS MEDAL NEW DELHI : Indian discus thrower Vinod Kumar on Monday lost his F52 category bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics after being found ineligible in disability classification assessment by the competition panel. "Bronze medal Mr Vinod Kumar in F52 category sitting discus has been cancelled. This has been confirmed by Chef de Mission Mr. Gursharan Singh. Though before the events the players were classified by the IPC officials themselves, but during the competition it was found faulty. A detailed report is awaited," the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) informed. The 41-year-old BSF man produced a best throw of 19.91m to finish third behind Piotr Kosewicz (20.02m) of Poland and Velimir Sandor (19.98m) of Croatia on Sunday. However, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Tokyo 2020 organising committee posted a notification on their websites on Monday morning informing that the results in men's Discus Throw - F52 are under review. The classification system for para-sport is quite controversial with a large number of categories for sportspersons with unique impairments. There are 10 impairment groups in the Paralympics: eight involve physical impairments, and the other groupings are for visual and intellectual impairments. HOCKEY INDIA'S DOMESTIC CALENDAR TO RESUME FROM OCTOBER NEW DELHI : The Hockey India domestic season is scheduled to resume in October after the pandemic halted the national calendar in March due to the second wave. Hockey India has given instructions to host state member units and participating teams to take strict precautions and enforce all the Covid protocols established by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and respective state governments, as well as Hockey India's guidelines to host domestic events. The season will recommence with the first Hockey India Sub-junior Men Academy National Championship 2021 in Bhopal from October 4-13. The first Hockey India Junior Men Academy National Championships 2021 will also be held in Bhopal from October 18-27. The first Hockey India Junior Women InterDepartment National Championship 2021 scheduled for October this year will be held in New Delhi. The 11th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2021 will be held in Simdega, Jharkhand in October, while the 11th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2021 too is being scheduled in October in Telangana. The 11th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2021 is provisionally scheduled to be held at Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh in October. Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam said, "There is a lot of euphoria following the success of Indian men and women's hockey teams at the Tokyo Olympics and we wanted to ensure this excitement translates into the playing field. With this intent, we announce the resumption of the Hockey India domestic calendar. We had to halt abruptly in March this year due to the rise in cases across the country but with things looking up on the covid front, we felt it is safe to resume under Covid guidelines. "Hockey India has instructed its state member units who are hosting these tournaments as well as participating teams to follow all the Covid protocols and ensure a safe environment for the athletes to perform. I wish all the participating teams the very best in their preparations for the upcoming Championships," Ningombam added. NEW DELHI : Living up to the favourites tag, Indias Bishwamitra Chongtham on Monday displayed some brilliant boxing -- effective defensive technique and graceful footwork -- in the mens 51kg final to clinch a gold medal at the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth Championships in Dubai. According to information received here, the 2021 World Youth Championships medallist Bishwamitra defeated Uzbekist'n's Kuziboev Ahmadjon by split 4-1 in the summit clash to hand India its first gold in the youth event at the ongoing championships. Bishwamitra kept his cool throughout the match and hit some precise punches before winning it. Meanwhile, Vishvanath Suresh went down fighting against the reigning youth world champion Sanzar Tashkenbay of Kazakhstan and finished his campaign with a silver medal in the 48kg category after a defeat by a unanimous decision. Later on Monday, Vanshaj (64kg), Jaydeep Rawat (71kg), and Vishal (80kg) will be seen in action in'the men's finals while Nivedita Karki (48kg), Tamanna (50kg), Simran Verma (52kg), Neha (54kg), Preeti (57kg), Preeti Dahiya (60kg), Khushi (63kg), Sneha Kumari (66kg), Khushi (75kg) and Tanishbir Kaur Sandhu (81kg) will fight for gold in t'e women's category. In the last Asian Youth Men & Women Championships, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2019, India had claimed 12 medals, including five gold. Five Indian boxers, including one woman, have claimed bronze medals in the youth event after finishing in the semi-finals. Among men, Daksh (67kg), Deepak (75kg), Abhimanyu (92kg), and Aman Singh Bisht (92+kg) bagged bronze medals while Lashu Yadav (70kg) ended with a bronze in'the women's category. In the last Asian Youth Men & Women Championships, held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2019, India had claimed 12 medals, including five gold. The gold medallists in the youth category will be awarded USD 6,000 while USD 3,000 and USD 1,500 will be given to the silver and bronze medal winners respectively. The championships witnessed the presence of pugilists from strong boxing nations like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan to name a few. It is also the first time that both the age groups-junior and youth-were played together. Earlier 'n Sunday, India's junior boxers concluded their campaign on a high note at the prestigious England won as they played the new ball better than India: Boycott Changes likely in India's bowling as pacers face heavy season LONDON : The Indian playing XI that lost to England by an innings and 76 runs in the third Test at Headingley last week is likely to ring in changes to the bowling attack due to the short turnaround in the last three Test matches. The last three Test matches, including the one that concluded at Headingley are being played inside three weeks and with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the T20 World Cup coming up over the next two-and-a-half months, the pace bowlers may require some rest. "That (rotation) is bound to happen. That is a very logical and sensible thing to do. You obviously don't want to push individuals to a place where they break, so that conversation is very important and a very sensible and logical," India skipper Virat Kohli had said after the end of the the third Test. On the basis of performance, R Ashwin or Shardul Thakur coming in for off-colour Ishant Sharma looks the most obvious change. Both Ashwin and Thakur could also come in if the team management decides to also rest one of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami or Mohammed Siraj besides Ishant. Ishant, although part of Delhi Capitals in IPL, won't be in India's scheme for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will, therefore, not have as long a season as Jasprit Bumrah, who will definitely be part of India's T20 squad. Mohammed Shami could also be. Apart from being key to India's T20 World Cup campaign, Bumrah will also be key to Mumbai Indians during the remainder of IPL, that begins on September 19. Shami too is Punjab Kings' lead bowler in the IPL. Fellow pacer Mohammed Siraj also looked to have a slight worry during a phase of play in the third Test. The rightarmer is a key cog in the wheels of Royal Challengers Bangalore, a franchise that Kohli leads. "We will assess who is placed where physically and who needs to have a game off. You can't expect with a short turnaround like this to play four Tests in a row. So we have to assess who are the guys given that many days to recover and then we will see," Kohli had added. The pitch at The Oval is the flattest and most batting-friendly surface in England, according to former India captain and opener Sunil Gavaskar. It may require long spells of bowling continental event, claiming 19 medals, including eight gold, five silver, and six bronze medals. India claimed the third position in the overall junior championships team rankings, after Uzbekistan (22 medals) and Kazakhstan (25 medals). Among boys, Rohit Chamoli (48kg) and Bharat Joon (+81kg) emerged as the champions in their respective categories while Vishu Rathee (48kg), Tanu (52kg), Nikita Chand (60kg), Mahi Raghav (63kg), Pranjal Yadav (75kg) and Kirti (+81kg) clinched gold m'dals in the women's section. Mahi Raghav was adjudged the best boxer. On the other hand, Gaurav Saini (70kg), Muskan (46kg), Aanchal Saini (57kg), Rudrika (70kg), and Sanjana (81kg) claimed silver medals after their losses in the finals. Devika Ghorpade (50kg), Ashish (54kg), Aarzoo (54kg), Anshul (57kg), Ankush (66kg), and Supriya Rawat (66kg) were the Indians who finished with bronze medals. which may test or exhaust Ishant, who will turn 33 on the day the Test starts. He looked quite off-colour in the third Test and didn't show the burst of energy in his bowling that he usually does. Kohli though refused to accept that there was anything wrong with Ishant. It is clear though that there will be changes in bowling, whether due to rest and rotation, or because of performance. The team management has a task at hand in balancing the long season with current form of bowlers. LONDON : Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that England won the Headingley Test against India as they played the new ball better. He also felt that negating the new ball has a big impact on who wins a Test match. England won the third Test at Headingley against India by an innings and 76 runs. The win also got the hosts to level the fivematch series 1-1. "England won the Headingley Test because they played the new ball better than India. Negating the new ball is so crucial in Test matches and has a big impact on who wins the game. It gives the whole team a platform to go forward with confidence," wrote Boycott in his column for The Telegraph on Monday. "England's top three scored 199 runs. It was priceless. Look at India. Virat Kohli won the toss and lost the Test by batting first on a damp pitch with overcast skies. They were four down at lunch because his batsman failed against the new ball," explained Boycott. The 80-year-old pointed towards the meltdown of the Indian batting from 215/2 to 278 all out. "In the second innings, they failed again but that time against the second new ball at the start of Day 4. Eight wickets went down for only 63 runs in 19 overs."Boycott feels that the hosts can repeat Headingley result at The Oval if they remain consistent with the batting. "England have been crying out for consistent starts, so do it again at the Oval and they will be halfway to going 2-1 up." Boycott praised Haseeb ASIAN YOUTH BOXING: BISHWAMITRA STRIKES GOLD, SILVER FOR VISHVANATH SPORTS Morning India Modi condoles Buddhadeb Guha’s demise MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences on the demise of popular Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha and said his writings were multifaceted and displayed great sensitivity to the environment. The Prime Minister noted that his works were enjoyed across generations. "Shri Buddhadeb Guha's writings were multifaceted and displayed great sensitivity to the environment. His works were enjoyed across generations, particularly among youngsters. His passing away is a big loss to the literary world. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," tweeted PM Modi. Eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday night after a cardiac arrest. Guha, 85 left behind two daughters. Some of his notable works include 'Madhukari', 'Koeler Kachhe', 'Sobinoy Nibedon' and 'Baba Howa'. Guha was also popular among children as he was the creator of the fictional character Rijuda and his side-kick Rudra. Most of the works of Guha were dominated by the theme of nature and forest. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed condolences on Paralympics: Antil wins gold with World Record, Sandeep ends fourth TOKYO: Sumit Antil set a new world record on his way to a gold medal in the Men's Javelin throw - F64 final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Monday. Antil hurled the spear to 68.55 metres, improving on his old mark of 62.88 set in November 2019. Australia's Michael Burian won the silver medal with 66.29 metres while Sri Lanka's Dulan Kodithuwakku took the bronze medal with 65.61 metres. Both Antil and Burian went past the old world record while the Sri Lankan came up with his personal best. Antil's gold in the second of the day for India, making it the most successful day in the Paralympic Games. Avani Lekhara won the gold medal in women's 10mair rifle SH1 while Devendra Jhajharia and Yogesh Kathuniya won silver medals in the javelin (F46) and discus throw (T56) final. Sundar Singh Gurjar claimed a bronze medal in javelin throw F46, finishing behind Jhajharia. India's Sandeep Choudhary - an F44 category athlete -- finished fourth with a throw of 62.20m, his season's best effort just not good enough against athletes who were in great form. Sandeep has a best throw of 66.18 and he would have been in medals if he had managed to repeat that. But the day belonged to Sumit Antil, who reserved his best for the big day. The 23year-old from Sonipat, who lost his left leg below the knee after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2005, participated in able-bodied javelin throw till 2015 before taking a break. On comeback in 2018, he started participating in para-sports and immediately made an impact, winning silver in the 2019 World Championships in Dubai. He opened his campaign at Tokyo 2020 with the first throw of 66.95 and followed it up with 68.08 in his season throw, which virtually sealed the issue in his favour as nobody else could manage to come closer to 68. Sumit hurled the spear to 68.55 on his fifth throw. Hameed's knock of 68 but mentioned that he went into a shell in the third day as Indian bowlers bowled tight lines to him. "I liked Haseeb Hameed's footwork. It was lovely but it was interesting that when he batted on the first day and the Indian bowlers were striving for wickets, they bowled a few balls off line and Hameed picked them off nicely, scoring boundaries." "Next morning India were much smarter. They bowled tight, squeezed the pressure on him and he hardly made a run which contributed to him getting out. India were smart and now he has to learn from that because it will be a definite plan India try again. When they bottle him up and dry up his runs he has to work out a method to combat that. England will want to see him battling and coming through this new challenge," concluded Boycott. The fourth Test between England and India begins at The Oval from September 2. (REPORT ON PG 3) Akash Deep, 24, made his T20 debut in March 2019 and has bagged 21 scalps at 16.35 in the shortest format of the game. "The move reiterates the focus RCB has on grooming and nurturing young players as the team continues to develop exceptional talents and create a pathway for young talents to find their way into IPL and Indian Cricket," the statement added. Sundar has played 42 matches in the IPL, picking up 27 wickets at an impressive economy rate of a little over 6. Sundar began his IPL career with Rising Pune Supergiant before he went to RCB in IPL 2018. RCB bought the all-rounder back in IPL 2021 auction for a price of Rs 3.2 crore. RCB start their campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20. ED raids Shiv Sena minister Anil Parab, MP Bhavana Gawali MUMBAI: Building up pressure on the Shiv Sena, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday raided multiple locations belonging to senior Shiv Sena Transport Minister Anil Parab and five-time Lok Sabha MP Bhawana P. Gawali, sources said. The ED raids came a day after Parab was slapped with a notice requiring his appearance on August 31, but he said he will consult legal experts in the matter. On the other hand, Gawali said that she has not received any ED notice so far, even as the agency raided around half a dozen locations linked to her in Washim district, including some trusts, a college, and social and business organisations. While Patil is a close aide of Sena president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Gawali is the party's sole woman face in the lower house of the parliament, elected twice from Washim and thrice from the ON THE OTHER HAND, GAWALI SAID THAT SHE HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY ED NOTICE SO FAR, EVEN AS THE AGENCY RAIDED AROUND HALF A DOZEN LOCATIONS LINKED TO HER IN WASHIM DISTRICT, INCLUDING SOME TRUSTS, A COLLEGE, AND SOCIAL AND BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS. Washim-Yavatmal constituency. "It (ED notice) is a legal matter. We shall deal with it legally," Parab said on the development, which came a week after Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane was arrested, granted to magisterial custody and then given bail during his 'Jan Ashirwad Yatra'. Reacting to the issue, Sena MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that the notice issued by the ED is not "a death warrant", but "a love letter" for political work- MI NEWS SERVICE CMYK PAGE 8 CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 32,765,418 TOTAL DEATHS: 438,546 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 217,486,808 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,519,161 Youngsters dressed as Krishna and Radha on the occasion of Janmashtami in Kolkata on Monday Prabir Bhattacharya KOLKATA: As CBI made the first two arrests in the West Bengal post-poll violence case and filed 10 more FIRs, Union Minister and BJP leader Prahlad Singh Patel hit out at the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) calling it "pseudo-Naxalite." Patel said, "TMC is acting like pseudo-Naxalites. If there is an election or not, the situation after the election is destroying the values of life, and also destroying democratic values. We used to believe that the Left Wing Extremism is the cruelest, but the methodology of Trinamool Congress has left it behind. That's why I call such people pseudo-Naxalites. No one can get a free hand to loot. I think what is happening in Bengal is illegal and is undemocratic. Action should be taken against such people." "I will thank the court for this, the Pakistan seeking world’s support for Taliban NEW DELHI: Since the fall of Kabul, Pakistan has been quietly engaging with key international and regional stakeholders with a message that Afghanistan should not be left alone and the incoming government there, likely to be led by the Afghan Taliban, should be given a chance, Express Tribune reported. Officials familiar with the development told The Express Tribune that there is a considered view among the policymakers in Pakistan that the international community must not prejudge the Taliban. A kid dressed as Lord Krishna on the occasion of Janmashtami on Monday. ers. "Only the frequency of such 'love letters' has increased after many unsuccessful attempts (by the opposition BJP) to breach the wall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which remains strong and impregnable. We are not scared by it," Raut told mediapersons. Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson and Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said that such notices and raids are an outcome of "a clear political vendetta" witnessed against states ruled by non-BJP parties. "Some BJP leaders say in advance that so and so leader will face action and the central agencies start working. There's a strong doubt in the minds of the people all over India about the ED and even the Supreme Court has made certain observations recently," Malik said. He pointed out how when leaders from other parties join the BJP, all actions against them are dropped, and reiterated that the MVA will not be cowed down by such tactics. Union minister Prahlad Patel calls TMC ‘pseudo-Naxalite’ IPL 2021: Akash Deep replaces injured Washington Sundar in RCB NEW DELHI : Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday confirmed that all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, starting September 19, due to a finger injury he picked up in England. In a statement, RCB also named a replacement in the form of Bengal cricketer Akash Deep. Sundar suffered an injury on the finger of his right hand when he was hit by a sharp lifter from Mohammed Siraj in the practice game between County Select XI and the Indians. He was subsequently taken for an X-ray and the result confirmed a fracture. "Royal Challengers Bangalore's all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Vivo IPL 2021 due to a finger injury. Akash Deep, a state cricketer from Bengal and net bowler with the franchise has been named as replacement," the statement read. Akash Deep, 24, made his T20 debut in March 2019 and has bagged 21 scalps at 16.35 in the shortest format of the game. the demise of Guha. "Saddened at passing of eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha, author of many notable works such as 'Madhukari' (Honey Gatherer). His works of fiction reflected his closeness to nature and forests of eastern India. Pray Almighty to bestow eternal peace on the departed soul," tweeted Rajbhavan. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her condolences. "I am deeply saddened by the demise of the eminent writer Buddhadev Guha. He passed away in Kolkata last night. He was 85 years old. Buddhadev Guha, the prominent author of Bengali literature, had written notable books including Koel, Kojagar, Madhukari, Jangalmahal, Charibeti etc. He is also the creator of two popular fictional characters in Bengali literature - Rivu and Rijuda," the Chief Minister's condolence message stated. This was the message Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi carried during his recent fournation visit that took him to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. He is likely to undertake more visits to the countries, having stakes in Afghanistan's future. Qureshi confirmed in a statement that Pakistan is in touch with the Afghan Taliban leadership for the way forward. He said the Taliban are giving positive signals. "If they [Taliban] are giv- ing positive signals, the world must encourage them," Qureshi said, as per the report. He also urged the international community to avoid any repeat of past mistakes and not leave Afghanistan alone. "If Afghanistan is left alone, that would be a disaster for everyone," he said, stressing the need for remaining engaged with a country that has been at war for the last four decades. Recently, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also sought the world's support for the Afghan Taliban. He said that the Taliban are doing exactly what the world has been asking for. Khan added that the Taliban have promised to respect human and women's rights, agreed to an inclusive government and not to let Afghan soil be used again by terrorists, the report said. Khan's key cabinet member, Asad Umar, expressed similar views, seeking international financial assistance for an imminent Taliban government. "The world must not repeat the mistake it made after the Soviet withdrawal. This is the time for the global community to engage and not isolate Afghanistan. A fraction of the money spent on the war in Afghanistan, spent honestly on development can enhance global security," he CBI has started functioning, there should be an arrest, it is true that the period of repression was very long. If the rule of law goes like this, then the confidence of those who believe in democracy will increase, which is necessary not only for any party but it is necessary for the country, it is necessary for the state of Bengal," he added. "I believe that this action of CBI should be faster and the guilty who are involved in the violence after the poll all should be in jail, the law will give its verdict, we all supporters of democracy will wait for that day," he added further. Earlier on Sunday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered seven FIRs in the West Bengal post-poll violence cases taking the total number of FIRs to 28 after the Calcutta High Court ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in the state. Several incidents of violence have been reported at various places after the announcement of the Assembly poll results on May 2, after which a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs also visited the post-poll violence-affected areas. Holy row: BJP seeks reopening of temples, Congress slams protests MUMBAI: On the day of Janmashtami, the opposition BJP in Maharashtra staged a statewide 'shankhnaad' protest demanding reopening of temples, even as the ruling ally Congress slammed it for resorting to 'religion and temple politics. Hordes BJP activists, along with some temple priests and commoners, carried out noisy demonstrations and raised slogans, accusing Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for his alleged 'anti-Hindu' stance. The agitations were held outside temples in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Solapur and Kolhapur, led by state BJP leaders who rang bells, blew conches and clanged cymbals to highlight their cause. The protesters slammed the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, raised slogans, carried black placards and posters, and accused the state government of deliberately trampling upon peoples' religious sentiments by keeping temples and other places of worship shut for nearly two years now. Hitting back at the BJP, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the party is not adhering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directives on maintaining Covid-19 protocols.