Swimmer Joseph Schooling, flanked by parents Colin and
May, with the garland made by Mr R. Jayaselvam.
being able to
on his return from the Rio de
Janeiro Games in 2016. I included
the gold ribbon in the orchid
garland to signify his
achievement and that was a
– Little India based garland maker R. Jayaselvam
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
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Farmers continue protest after
Thousands of farmers gathered at a
grain market outside New Delhi on
Tuesday in protest against new
agricultural laws they say threaten
After initial talks with government
officials failed, the farmers marched
from the market to the main
government office in Haryana’s
Karnal district to press their demand.
Some farm union leaders have
been arrested by the Haryana police,
but the farmers said they are going to
continue their agitation.
One dead, at least 35 missing
after boat capsizes on
One woman died, while at least 35
people went missing after a boat with
more than 120 people on board sank
in the Brahmaputra river following a
collision with another vessel near
Neamati Ghat in Assam’s Jorhat
district on Wednesday.
The collision occurred when the
private boat Ma Kamala was headed
to Majuli from Nimati Ghat and the
government-owned ferry Tripkai was
coming in from Majuli.
Clips from the accident showed Ma
Kamala capsizing after the collision,
as some passengers tried to hold on to
it while others jumped into the water
to save themselves.
Disaster management personnel
located the capsized boat about 350
metres from the riverbank.
Court backs shorter dose gap for
for AstraZeneca vaccine payers
The Kerala High Court on Monday
ordered the government to offer a
choice of a shorter four-week gap
between doses of the AstraZeneca
vaccine to those ready to pay – down
from 12 to 16 weeks now.
India doubled the gap between
doses of the locally-produced
Covishield vaccine in May to help
stretch scarce supplies and give at
least one dose to 57 per cent of its
944 million adults. But just 17 per
cent have been fully immunised.
Bihar MLA caught in underwear
Janata Dal-United leader and Bihar
MLA Gopal Mandal grabbed eyeballs
after he was spotted roaming in his
undergarments while travelling on a
train on Sept 2.
When co-passengers objected to his
behaviour, Mr Mandal allegedly
created a ruckus, abused them and
threatened to shoot them.
He later said: “I was only wearing
the undergarments as my stomach
was upset during the journey.”
India’s first ballistic missile
tracking ship ready for launch
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval
is expected to commission India’s first
satellite and ballistic missile tracking
ship Dhruv in Visakhapatnam today.
Built by Hindustan Shipyard in
collaboration with Defence Research
and Development Organisation and
National Technical Research
Organisation, INS Dhruv also has the
capability to map ocean beds for
research and detection of enemy
Eleven properties linked to
The Income Tax Department has
seized 11 properties belonging to
expelled All India Anna Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam leader V.K.
Sasikala and her close relatives
T.T.V. Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi.
The properties, spread across 24
acres of land in Payanoor village and
worth around Rs100 crore ($18.2
million), was allegedly purchased by
Ms Sasikala in 1991 and 1996 when
the late J. Jayalalithaa was the Chief
Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Bombs hurled outside BJP MP
Arjun Singh’s house
Three bombs were hurled outside the
house of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
MP Arjun Singh at Jagaddal in West
Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on
Wednesday despite security presence.
The bombs hit a gate but noone
was injured. The BJP leader was in
Delhi at the time of the incident.
Police later detained two persons.
UP cop resigns after being trolled
for Instagram video
Agra police constable Priyanka
Mishra, who was suspended after she
posted a video on Instagram flashing
a revolver in uniform, resigned from
her job last Friday.
She said that she was heavily
trolled after her video went viral and
she was extremely upset with it.
Jharkhand cops suspended for
beating up soldier
Five policemen in Jharkhand were
suspended after they beat up a soldier
for allegedly not wearing a mask in
Chatra district on Wednesday.
According to reports, soldier
Pawan Kumar Yadav was riding a bike
when he was stopped by a team of
police personnel who questioned him
as he was not wearing a mask.
A heated argument followed and
the policemen then rained blows on
Mother of three elopes 25 times in
10 years, husband still loves her
A middle-aged Muslim woman in
Dhing Lahkar village, Assam’s
Nagaon district, eloped with different
25 times but her husband and in-laws
accepted her back each time, reported
“My wife fled with others around
25 times after we married in 2011,”
said Mr Mafizuddin.
“Sometimes she claimed that she
went to her relatives’ houses and
sometimes she said she went to see
her ailing relatives. We have three
children. Considering that the kids
had to be taken care of, we accepted
her back every time.”
Modi to lay foundation stone of
varsity in Aligarh
Minister Narendra Modi will lay the
foundation stone for a university in
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, named after
freedom fighter and Jat icon Raja
Mahendra Pratap Singh on Sept 14.
The university, to be built over 115
acres, is expected to be ready by
Woman’s half-naked, trampled
body found on Coimbatore road
Police in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,
have set up two special teams to
probe the death of a woman, whose
body was found half-naked on a city
road and rendered unidentifiable after
it was run over by several vehicles.
A passerby on Monday morning
informed the police about the
woman’s body lying on the road.
It was taken to the Coimbatore
Government Medical college and a
post-mortem was conducted. Police
suspect it to be a case of murder.
Murder convict escapes from
In a serious security lapse, a murder
convict escaped from the high profile
Thiruvananthapuram Central Jail in
Kerala on Tuesday.
The police have launched a hunt to
nab Jaffar Hussain, a resident of
Tuticorin, who was jailed there for
a murder he committed in
Thiruvananthapuram in 2005.
He was convicted in 2017.
Mr Boobalan, a school
teacher in Chennai, has
turned into a bookseller to
sustain his livelihood,
which was affected by the
He arranges books on
the top of his car and sells
them on the roadside in the
south Indian city.
The 40-year-old, who
used to teach in a private
school for 12 years, has
been selling fiction and
non-fiction books this way
for the past six months.
Following the reopening
of schools in Tamil Nadu
this month, with the easing
of Covid-19 restrictions, he
started to teach again in a
But in the evenings he
continues to sell books to
support his family.
Teacher turns bookseller to support family
Devotees flock to catch a glimpse of an idol of Lord Ganesh as it leaves a workshop ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival
Indian authorities are restricting major religious
festivals that start this week and attract huge crowds,
warning that a new Covid-19 wave had already
begun in the financial capital Mumbai.
State governments across the country of 1.3
billion people, which saw a devastating coronavirus
surge in April-May, are clamping down on mass
“The third wave is not coming, it is already here,”
Mumbai’s mayor Kishori Pednekar said on Tuesday.
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
added: “We can celebrate festivals later. Let us first
prioritise the lives and health of our citizens.”
He was speaking ahead of the 11-day Ganesh
Chaturthi festival, which starts today.
The last Covid-19 wave earlier this year over-
whelmed India’s hospitals and reportedly killed
more than 200,000 people.
It struck after one of the world’s biggest religious
gatherings, the Kumbh Mela, was held.
The event attracted some 25 million pilgrims.
That gathering, large state election rallies and the
infectious Delta virus variant – first detected in India
– were blamed by experts for fuelling the surge.
Authorities said a recent spike in cases in Kerala
after the Onam festival last month should be cause
But festive crowds have still packed markets in
Maharashtra and other states in recent days, ignor-
ing the warnings.
The state government will limit the height of
effigies of the elephant-headed god Ganesha to
reduce the number of devotees carrying them during
the festival. Processions on the festival’s first and last
days will be banned.
Restrictions on movements and activities are
expected to be introduced this week as cases rise in
another major Maharashtra city, Nagpur.
Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said on
Monday that the third wave has reached Nagpur and
Covid-related restrictions will return to the city
He made the statement after holding a review
meeting with senior administrative officers from
various state departments including revenue, police
“The third wave has set its foot in the city as two
consecutive days have seen new cases in double
digits,” Mr Raut told The Indian Express.
“Restrictions on shops and other establishments
will be re-imposed after authorities decide the dates.
“The restrictions are necessary as it is our prime
duty to save the lives of people.”
In the neighbouring state of Karnataka, a night
curfew will remain in place and districts posting
higher positive test levels will be banned from
holding Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
Karnataka Health Minister, K. Sudhakar said
officials were also concerned that the recent resump-
tion of high school classes could increase cases.
Ms Viti Kumar, a resident of Lucknow in Uttar
Pradesh, said she feared people would let down
their guard during the festivals.
“I cannot take chances with my daughter. I am
not sending her to school,” she said.
Tamil Nadu has banned public festival celebra-
tions, while West Bengal is expected to impose curbs
on the nine-day Durga Puja next month.
“We can celebrate
festivals later. Let us first
prioritise the lives and
health of our citizens.”
– Maharashtra Chief Minister
A 60-year-old sick tribal woman died
on the shoulders of her 65-year-old
husband on a hilly path as he was
rushing her on foot to a rural hospital
22 kilometres away in Maharashtra on
In the morning, Mrs Sidhalibai
Padvi had complained of certain
health issues at their small dwelling in
Chandsaili village, up in the forested
hills of Nandurbar.
Since the local health centre was
closed for over a year, her husband,
Mr Aadlya Padvi, lugged her on his
shoulders and started a tortuous down-
hill trek along the sludgy and slippery
path to reach the Taloda rural hospital,
some 22km away.
The shocking incident came to light
when a tribal youth, Yogesh D. Patil,
who was in the vicinity, shot some
photos of the helpless elderly man
weeping over his wife’s body.
“From the information we received,
barely a kilometre on the way to
Taloda, Mr Padvi was stopped in his
tracks by some huge boulders and
stones that had fallen off an hillslide
earlier due to torrential rains in the
region,” said Lok Sangharsh Morcha
(People’s Struggle Front) president Prat-
“Somehow, he kept Sidhalibai
down to find an alternative path, and
returned to carry her on his shoulders
to resume the long journey which he
would have completed only by
Wednesday evening given the weather
conditions and the non-existent roads.
“But, barely had he crossed the
hillside area, he was shocked to dis-
cover that Sidhalibai had breathed her
last on his shoulders.”
The shaken youth stopped to help
the grieving Mr Padvi and informed
other villagers who rushed downhill to
assist in bringing her body to Chand-
saili and complete the cremation for-
“This is a monumental tragedy, the
kind that we have heard only happen-
ing in some backward states, not in
Maharashtra,” Ms Shinde said.
A Morcha (LSM) team will visit
Chandsaili village on Thursday and
prepare a report.
LSM members and other local ac-
tivists later sent messages to Maharash-
tra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray,
Health Minister Rajesh Tope and other
officials to order an inquiry into the
“We have repeatedly raised the
demand to restart the Chandsaili
health centre that caters to around
10,000 tribals in this remote corner,
rebuild the roads left dug up after a
mobile company laid cables and in-
stalled its towers and set up other
necessary facilities for this 100 per
cent tribal region,” said Ms Shinde.
She also warned that unless the
authorities immediately take remedial
measures, the LSM will file a case in
the Bombay High Court.
Indo-Asian News Service
Tribal youth Yogesh D. Patil’s photos of Mr Aadlya Padvi carrying his ill wife Sidhalibai (left)
and grieving over her death.
Woman dies on husband’s shoulder en route to hospital
Festivals restricted over third wave fears
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