WEDNESDAY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE FORCES SIMONE BILES TO WITHDRAW 28 The 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion pulls out during the team final to protect the US team and self on Tuesday JULY, 2021 WANTS TO FOCUS ON WELLBEING epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard AGRI CRISIS In three states, rain deficit in areas where kharif crops are grown affects sowing A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 SIMONE BILES KHARIF SOWING SCHEDULE HIT PAGES 12 BJP goes for legacy, Lingayat, BSY loyalist Basavaraj Bommai will take oath at 11 am today; his elevation shows Yediyurappa grip on state unit remains intact A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru THE tears he shed as he announced his resignation as Karnataka chief minister on Monday ensured that B S Yediyurappa got his man — Basavaraj Bommai — the top job on Tuesday Bommai, who joined . the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2008, was unanimously elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party on Tuesday . None other than Yediyurappa proposed Bommai’s name, which was backed by Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol. Bommai left behind other contenders like Murugesh Nirani, Arvind Bellad and C T Ravi to grab the top post. Union minis- IMF slashes GDP growth forecast for India by 3% A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s economic growth forecast by three percentage points to 9.5% for the current fiscal from its earlier projection of 12.5%, citing “lack of access to vaccines” and chances of a third Covid wave. “Growth prospects in India have been downgraded following the severe second Covid wave during March–May and expected slow recovery in confidence from that setback,” IMF said in the latest edition of its World Economic Outlook report, released on Tuesday . For the next fiscal, however, the IMF has forecast an 8.5% growth for India, 160 basis points higher than its April forecast. The upward revision is mainly due to the low base of the previous year’s growth forecast. “Steady recovery is not assured anywhere so long as segments of the population remain susceptible to the virus and its mutations,” the IMF said. It added “similar dynamics are at work in the ASEAN-5 group, consisting of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, where recent infection waves are causing a drag on activity”. The US is expected to register a 7% growth this year, a sharp reversal from last year’s 3.5% drop and an upgrade from the 6.4% growth the IMF had forecast for 2021 back in April. “Faster-than-expected vaccination rates and return to normalcy have led to upgrades, while lack of access to vaccines and renewed waves of Covid-19 cases in some countries, notably India, have led to downgrades,” said Gita Gopinath, chief economist, IMF. ter Dharmendra Pradhan, who was sent as an observer to the legislature party meet by the BJP Parliamentary Board, announced Bommai as the next chief minister. “This is a big responsibility . Under the guidance of chief minister (sic) B S Yediyurappa, I will give a pro-people government. I will strive hard for the welfare of farmers, poor, downtrodden, labourers and backward classes. Management of Covid and floods will be my priority I will make an honest ef. fort to implement all the schemes announced in our budget,” said Bommai soon after his election. He along with senior leaders, Outgoing chief minister B S Yediyurappa (R) congratulating his successor Basavaraj Bommai after his election in Bengaluru | VINOD KUMAR T including Yediyurappa, met Gover nor T haawarchand Gehlot late on Tuesday evening. Bommai will take oath as chief minister at 11 am on Wednesday A complete revamp of the . cabinet is on the cards and Bommai is expected to have a new team of deputy CMs and ministers. Party sources said that R Ashoka, Sriramulu and Govind Karjol could become deputy chief ministers, while the fate of other two other Deputy CMs — Dr CN Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi — hangs in balance as new combinations for regional and caste equations are Country will lead Oppn, we’ll follow, says Mamata TOTAL: 44,58,39,699 CHAI PE CHARCHA NATIONWIDE JULY 26 JULY 27 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday exuded confidence that a united Opposition will take shape in the run up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. On her first trip to the national capital after winning the West Bengal Assembly elections, so as to catalyse early unity among Opposition parties and project herself as its natural leader, she, however, said: “Opposition unity will take shape on its own.” Fobbing off media’s questions on her leading the Opposition coalition, she said, “The country will lead the Opposition, we are the followers.” Mamata’s first big-ticket meeting on Tuesday was with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which she met a few Congress leaders. She has already lined up meetings with NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar and a ‘chai pe charcha’ with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, apart from meeting her party’s members of Parliament. “Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has called me for a chai pe charcha,” Mamata said. Her schedule for Wednesday includes a meeting with party MPs followed by high tea with media. The meeting with Sonia is at 4.30 pm after which she will meet Delhi CM Kejriwal ADVANCE PLANNING On the need to expedite an Opposition coalition, she said, planning has to be done in advance. “Like there is election in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Tripura. Like how it happened in Tripura with our boys and the issue of Dainik Bhaskar,” Mamata Banerjee said During the 45-minute meeting with PM Modi, Mamata claimed she discussed the Covid situation in West Bengal and demanded more vaccines and medicines for the state. “I had asked for an appointment from the PM... This was a courtesy visit. Post election, following the protocol we have FOUR days before his retirement as director general of Border Security Force, senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was on Tuesday appointed as Commissioner of Delhi Police with immediate effect. S S Deswal, director general of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, will hold additional charge of BSF DG’s post for now, said an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Special CP (Vigilance) Balaji Shrivastava, an IPS officer of 1985 batch, has been holding the to meet the PM once. But I also spoke about the Covid situation. I asked him to ensure that West Bengal gets enough vaccine doses. I am not against giving vaccines to other states, but considering the population of Bengal, we need more doses,” she later told the media. She also raised the pending issue of change of name of the state, to which the prime minister said ‘he will see’, Mamata later informed. While Mamata par ried questions on raising the Pegasus snoopgate with Modi, she demanded that the prime minister convene an all-party meet to discuss the issue, which has paralysed Parliament. She also sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the spyware, though a day earlier she set up a probe panel led by retired SC judge Madan Lokur into it. T h e C o n g re s s l e a d e r s Mamata met were Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Nath claimed he had called on her to congratulate her for her poll victory . Prime Minister Narendra Modi with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during their meeting in New Delhi | PTI Rakesh Asthana appointed Delhi Police Commissioner RESPECT SEEKING TO HONOUR E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi still being worked out. “It will be my priority to implement all schemes announced by our senior-most leader Yediyurappa,” Bommai told reporters outside Raj Bhavan as Yediyurappa put his arm around Bommai’s shoulders. Bommai’s elevation is being seen as Yediyurappa having a concrete say in party affairs. Bommai and Ashoka have been the outgoing CM’s go-to ministers in the cabinet over the last two years. Yediyurappa’s preference for Bommai has been noticed time and again with the latter’s appointment to important posts. additional charge of Delhi Police chief since the retirement of SN Shrivastav on June 30. While clearing Asthana’s appointment, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi, approved inter-cadre deputation and extended his service for a period of one year from the date of his superannuation on July 31 or until further order. Usually, an officer belonging to the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre is made Delhi Police chief. CONTINUED ON P5 DOCS FOR SELFLESS SERVICE IN PANDEMIC The Delhi government will recommend names of doctors and health workers who fought against Covid-19 for Padma awards this year, CM Kejriwal said | P5 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 26 57,48,692 doses July 27 36,87,239 doses Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 39,361 26,689 35,968 42,363 416 415 DELHI JULY 26 JULY 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 39 80 01 77 42 02 Biles, widely expected to star in the Games, was in tears when she addressed the media after Russian Olympic Committee won the final. "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardise my health and my wellbeing," she said. She went backstage with a trainer but came out later to support the team 30 schools to be under Delhi board, 20 special institutes by August 15 five schools each in Humanities and High-end 21st Century THIRTY Delhi government Skills, and two schools in Perschools will be affiliated with forming and Visual Arts. newly formed Delhi School of In the first year, admissions Board Education (DBSE) from in SoSEs will be offered in Class the academic session 2021-22, IX in Humanities, Performing Deputy Chief Minister Manish and Visual Arts, and High-end Sisodia announced on Tuesday 21st Century Skills. In the . Of these, 20 will be Schools of STEM schools, admissions will Specialised Excellence (SoSEs) be offered in 9th and 11th and will be launched g rades. Students by August 15. seeking admission in Key tie-up The DBSE, an amSoSEs will have to To create a progbitious project of the take an aptitude test. ressive curriculum AAP gover nment, The schedule of adand assessment was launched in mission will be anstructure for Delhi March this year. nounced later. schools, DBSE will The decision to In the second year, collaborate with launch 20 SoSEs was 100 SOSEs will be set Australian Council approved in the secup in every educafor Educational ond general body tional zone, “so that Research, which meeting of DBSE and children of all parts designed the SoSE, chaired by of Delhi can access Sisodia, who also globally recognised specialised schools Programme for holds the education in their neighbourInternational Stupor tfolio. The 20 hoods”, said a statedent Assessment schools that will be ment issued by Sisoset up in the first dia’s office. phase will cater to students of Speaking on the vision beClasses IX-XII who have special hind setting up SoSEs, Sisodia aptitude and interest in specific said, “Students at SoSEs will redomains such as Science, Tech- ceive excellent learning oppornology Engineering and Math- tunities in their area of inter, ematics (STEM), Humanities, est, which will enable them to Performing and Visual Arts join the best institutions in the and High-end 21st Century country and abroad. It is imporSkills. tant to provide specialised eduOf these 20 SoSEs, eight cation to students who have a schools will specialise in STEM, specific aptitude.” E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ Rajnath in Dushanbe for SCO meet New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to pitch for concerted efforts to deal with terrorism and other security challenges facing the region at a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Dushanbe on Wednesday. Singh reached Tajikistan on Tuesday evening. Congress notice to Chhattisgarh MLA Raipur: The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday night issued a notice to party MLA Brihaspat Singh, who has alleged threat to his life from Health Minister TS Singh Deo, an issue which rocked the assembly and prompted the latter to walk out of the House in a huff earlier in the day. Commandos will guard border, ready to die for protecting land: Assam CM P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati ASSAM will raise three ‘commando battalions’ to man the interstate border with Mizoram even as Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said “we will die but protect our land”. “We are raising three commando battalions to protect our land in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. They will have a combined strength of 4,000 personnel. We don’t want others to encroach upon our land,” Sarma told journalists at Silchar in Cachar district. He also said that the Assam government would move the Supreme Court for status quo on the border and to ensure that the reserve forests were not destroyed by anybody . “After Monday’s incident, some civilians (in Mizoram) rejoiced as if it was a fight between two countries. The message we want to give is that we will die but we will protect our land. We are firm that we will not allow even an inch of our land to be encroached upon,” Sarma said. The CM said the state sacri- Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma pays tribute to slain policemen in Cachar | PTI ficed five precious lives but managed to secure its land. “Assam does not believe in taking revenge and will not launch a counter-attack as it is not in our DNA. I cannot ask my police to fire on the Mizo civilians. Assam is acting responsibly. Despite provocation, we told the police to give security to every Mizo living in Assam,” Sarma said. Referring to some recent bomb blasts on the border and Monday’s violence, he said, “How can you use bombs and bullets to settle a dispute? It is not between two countries.” Meanwhile, the death toll in Monday’s incident has risen to seven as a critically injured policeman of Assam succumbed on Tuesday. The state has announced three-day mourning for the slain policemen. While the inter-state border was calm, the Centre has summoned the chief secretaries and the DGPs of Assam and Mizoram to New Delhi for a meeting, to be chaired by home secP8 retary on Wednesday . Bihar to count children of babus studying in government schools R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna THE education department in Bihar, at the instance of the Patna High Court, has started collecting data on the number of wards of state-cadre officers of IAS, IPS and other classI and II services enrolled in the state-run government schools. The purpose of the exercise is apparently to ensure that the official machinery takes steps to improve the condition of government schools in the state. A single-judge bench of the high court headed by Justice Anil Upadhyaya had recently sought details on the number of officers who have enrolled their children in government schools. Sanjay Kumar, additional chief secretary, education department, has written to district magistrates and the superintendents of police of all 38 districts of Bihar to provide relevant details. The officers have to respond before August 4. Chief Secretary Tripurari Sharan is likely to review the details of the database before it is submitted to the court. Kumar has also issued guidelines to all district education officers (DEOs) to help in preparing the data. Justice Upadhyaya, while hearing a petition on the removal of guest teachers, had remarked that unless top officers’ children study in government schools, there will be no visible improvement in the state education system. The state has 209 IAS officers and 219 IPS officers, besides thousands of class-I and II officers. According to official figures, Bihar has 72,663 government schools, including 42,573 primary, 25,587 upper primary, 2,286 secondary and 2,217 senior secondary schools.
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