MONDAY First post-Bolt Olympic 100m gold goes to Italy 02 AUGUST, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in Lamont Marcell Jacobs shocks the world with gold in Blue Riband final in 9.80 seconds facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard THE FINAL: A DASH OF UNFANCIED STARS The field was filled with a raft of relatively unknown sprinters. Even Jacobs’ main claim to fame was an European 60 metre indoor title earlier this year. The 26 year-old made a European record, with American Fred Kerley taking silver in 9.84 seconds. Canada’s Andre de Grasse got the bronze in 9.89 seconds | P11, 12 LAC GRID NEW HOTLINE IN SIKKIM The new line connects Indian Army in Kongra La with PLA at Khamba Dzong PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Lamont Marcell Jacobs (L) wins men’s 100 m final in Tokyo | AFP SURPRISE: NO JAMAICANS IN THE MIX For the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games, there was no Jamaican in the final. Hot favourite Trayvon Bromell, who was the season-leader coming into the Games, went out in the semis. As for China’s Su Bingtian, he set an Asian record and finished sixth HYDERABADI SHUTTLER FIRST INDIAN WOMAN TO WIN BACK-TO-BACK OLYMPIC MEDALS HOCKEY TEAM IN SEMIFINALS, FACES BELGIUM TEST Sindhu’s historic double S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N A N D I N D R A N E E L D A S @ Chennai P V SINDHU is the toast of the nation. And why not? The rigours of competing at the Olympics is immeasurable. It gnaws and growls, especially in your head. That ubiquitous word PRESSURE keeps fiddling in every cell of your brain. It’s enough to scar you for a lifetime. Winning one medal at the Games is seen as something improbable, especially in our medalbereft country Winning two? Well, . nothing short of a miracle. But somehow in Sindhu’s world, the word is a misfit. She has made the moniker ‘Big Game Hunter’ her own. She may lumber her way into a World Championships or an Olympics, but once there, garbed in an aura of invincibility, Sindhu dredges her way through everything. Sindhu’s record since the World Championships gold in Basel is perhaps the most unimpressive part of her career. She appeared in 15 tournaments and managed to win only 23 matches — 1.5 on an average. For such a prodigious talent, the figure doesn’t fit in her resume. It’s why she kind of flew under the radar going into Tokyo. Yes, she was a big tournament monster but the pandemic had ensured that she would be coming in with almost zero match practice. Add to that the needless controversies she had to tide over in the last year or so. Other Indian athletes would have possibly wilted. But Sindhu is made of sterner stuff, she doesn’t wave the white flag. Her strong mind on those strong shoulders have been companions on this most surreal of journeys. On Sunday, she used both to traverse past the challenge of China’s He Bingjiao to become just the third woman in the sport’s history to win back-to-back singles medals at the Olympics. The southpaw had a better head-tohead record but Sindhu isn’t one to let that affect her. Not at the Olympics anyway . She smashed, used the effective cross court smash to add to her winners count and induced errors. He was expected to trouble her but Sindhu used her height and reach to her advantage. Just before the end, the sight of He on her knees and looking at the floor wondering what hit her rammed home Sindhu’s performance. She is a generational Olympian from a country that doesn’t produce generational athletes. Omar Abdullah condemns order The NC leader said an adverse police report cannot be a substitute for being found guilty in a court. Police had created an adverse report to justify his PSA detention that would never have stood up to legal challenge, he tweeted BJP MP hoists white flag at Ambagarh Fort, detained E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Jaipur BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena was detained on Sunday after he hoisted a tribal flag despite prohibitory orders at the Ambagarh Fort in Jaipur. Dodging heavy deployment of police around the fort, the Rajya Sabha MP managed to sneak inside the fort with his supporters in the morning. In a video shot by his supporters, Meena is heard saying that “along with dozens of brave Meena youth, we have overcome several challenges to enter the Amagarh Fort and h o i s t e d t h e fl a g o f o u r community .” The tribal Meenas claim that a Meena ruler predating Rajput rule had built the fort. Tension between the Meenas and Hindutva outfits is simmering for over a week after some right-wing groups allegedly hoisted a saffron flag atop the fort which was later removed. The Hindutva groups had claimed that Independent MLA Ramkesh Meena allegedly tor off the flag when it was being removed from the fort. On his part, Kirodi Lal Meena had accused Ramkesh Meena of misleading the community and creating disharmony . The prohibitory order was then issued after Sudarshan TV’s Suresh Chavhanke announced to visit the fort on August 1 for hoisting a saffron flag. Chavhanke was booked for hurting religious sentiments under relevant provisions of the IPC, IT and SC/ST Act. Meanwhile, BJP state president Satish Poonia and former chief minister Vasundhra Raje condemned the police action against Kirori Meena. STONE-PELTERS IN J&K CAN’T GET PASSPORT OR JOB F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE Jammu and Kashmir administration has now decided to deny stone-pelters security clearance for passpor ts or gover nment schemes or jobs. The instruction on Sunday was issued through a circular issued by the Senior Superintendent of Police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Special Branch-Kashmir (SBK). It directed all its field units to ensure that during verification of papers, the individual’s involvement in law and order, stone pelting and other crimes prejudicial to the security of the state be specifically looked into and corroborated from the local police station’s records. It also directed the field staff to look for digital evidence like CCTV footage, photographs, videos and audio clips, quadcopter images available in the records of police, security forces and security agencies for verification. “Any person found involved in any such case must be denied the se- Proactive approach pays dividends AFP curity clearance,” the circular instructed. The order was issued over a month after the Jammu and Kashmir government amended service rules and made it mandatory for new recruits to submit details of mobile phone numbers used over last five years, information about in-laws, registration number of vehicles owned and used; details of educational qualification and details of loans within two months. The new recruits were also asked to give details of association with Jamaat-eIslami; membership of club or society or association or trust or charity groups; membership of any political party and participation in any political activity; and membership of family members or close relatives with any political party . The Jammu and Kashmir gover nment has so far sacked at least 18 employees, including two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salah-u-Din, for their alleged involvement in antinational activities. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? P V Sindhu On Saturday, Sindhu was subdued, as she let the Chinese Taipei to dictate the pace. But on Sunday, she dictated the proceedings. He Bingjiao wasn’t allowed time to breathe. Sindhu also used her height to maximum advantage as she used the smash to create winners Chance to end 41 years of hurt 1980 The last time the men’s hockey team played in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972. They last won a medal in 1980 (gold). Against Belgium on Tuesday, they will have to be at their best. The world champions are probably the best team in the tournament Dilpreet Singh celebrates his goal against Great Britain in the men’s hockey quarterfinal match in Tokyo on Sunday. India won 3-1 | AP It is coming home! Chant begins as India sniff history EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WELL. To borrow a popular soundtrack that made the rounds three weeks ago, is it coming home? Can it really come home? On a night when PV Sindhu assumed immortality on the world stage, the men’s hockey team took a giant stride towards destiny and ending 41 years of hurt. The history is so well known it’s written once every four years — eight gold, one silver and two bronze — if nothing else to remind the nation of what their hockey players were capable of. But while living in history books, sepia-toned pictures and grainy YouTube videos has a nice earthly charm to it, history is no substitute for the present. That’s why the current iteration’s 3-1 quarterfinal win over Great Britain is possibly their biggest win since the 1980 final. Dwelling on old memories is fine but at some point they fade away into obscurity. This is now a chance for a young team under a capable manager who has been allowed time and space to create new ones. That the likes of Dilpreet Singh and Simranjeet Singh — young turks whose places in the team were questioned — impressed along with P R Sreejesh, the team’s warhorse, is an indication of team unity Putting col. lective over the individual. They will need to do the same thing against Belgium on TuesP13, 14 day morning. Mizoram may drop Himanta from FIR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Guwahati & New Delhi IN the first sign of thaw in the ongoing turf war between Assam and Mizoram, the Mizoram government on Sunday indicated its intention to drop the name of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma from a first information report (FIR) filed in the case. The FIR was registered in connection with the July 26 interstate border clash that left six Assam policemen dead and several others injured. The decision to relook the FIR came after a conference call between Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sarma and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, stressing peaceful resolution through dialogue. Mizoram chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo later said Sarma’s name would be removed from the FIR if there were no legal hitches and added that Zoramthanga did not approve of Sarma being named in it. Meanwhile, highly-placed sources in the Union Home Ministry dismissed reports of a CBI probe into the dispute, saying, “The Centre does not want to take any decision that may further escalate the ground situation.” Any resolution to the issue lay in meaningful dialogue between the neighbours, they said. Apart from Sarma, four police officers and two administrative officers from Assam were named in the FIR. The officers were asked to depose at Mizoram’s Vairengte police station on Sunday. However, the Assam government refused to accept the notice, with Sarma reiterating his demand for a neutral agency probe into the clash. Later, addressing journalists, Sarma said he was ready to court arrest if that solved the border problem. “I have to protect my officers. I will not allow my officers to be arrested or taken away We will not accept . that notice (summons to six officers by Mizoram Police). But if a notice is issued to me, I will go to Vairengte and join the investigation,” Sarma said. CONTINUED ON P8 NATIONWIDE JULY 31 AUG 01 Fresh cases 41,649 41,831 Recoveries Deaths DELHI 37,291 39,258 593 541 JULY 31 AUG 01 Fresh cases 58 85 Recoveries Deaths 56 01 83 01 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT July 31 53,72,302 doses August 1 60, 15,842 doses TOTAL DOSES 47,02,98,596 Minister ‘jabs’ Rahul JUMBO’S DAY OUT People visit the National Zoological Park in New Delhi on the first day of its reopening after lockdown on Sunday | PARVEEN NEGI After the Congress leader’s tweet on vaccine shortage, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya quips he heard Rahul was among those who got doses in July | P7 BANKING ON SCIENCE Cauliflower blooms prosperity, self-sufficiency in Bihar village R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna CHAKAWARA, home to about 1,000 people in Bihar‘s Vaishali district, is an example of how a village can prosper through self-sufficiency . About 20 years ago, Chakawara was a poor place. Its youth had no jobs. But fast forward to 2021, residents of the village have most modern comforts at their disposal and a handsome amount in the savings bank. So, what’s behind the Chakawara success story? The path to prosperity was laid after the villagers took up cauliflower seed cultivation. The activity is generating a good enough income for youths to stop trying for government jobs. “In Chakawara, real ChakDe India prevails through self- reliance,” said a youngster. Sanjeev Kumar, the first recipient of the ‘Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Award” from Bihar, said that more than 50 seed farms have been set up at this village for marketing cauliflower seeds. Despite the Covid-19 lockdown, nearly a tonne of cauliflower seeds prepared by the village youths, including Ku- mar, was sent to many parts of the country since March 2020. The new variety of cauliflower seed, developed by Sanjeev Kumar and named as ‘Sanjeev Selection’, is among the different varieties of seed developed by the village. The Bihar Agriculture University at Sabour in Bhagalpur has developed a new variety of cauliflower seed called ‘Sabour- Agrim” from the germ plasma of ‘Sanjeev Selection” developed at this village. Impressed by the economic success, figures such as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Planing Commission advisor BV Sadamate, have visited Chakawara to get a first hand experience of the green revolution taking place in the hinterland of their state
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