TIRUNELVELI MONDAY JANUARY 29, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION JACKPOT FOR UNADKAT ON FINAL DAY OF IPL AUCTIONS Rajasthan Royals dish out `11.5 crore for Saurashtra leftarm pacer, who becomes costliest Indian buy of 2018 SMALLER NATIONS IN LIMELIGHT ■ `12.5 cr GAYLE GETS BUYER, CSK SAVE MOST Bought by Delhi for `20 lakh, teenage leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane became the first player from Nepal to feature in the IPL. Afghanistan players were also in demand. After star leggie Rashid Khan, 16-year-old Mujeeb Zadran got a deal of `4 cr from Punjab. Another Afghan Zahir Khan went to Rajasthan ■ ■ Unsold on the firsy day of auctions, West Indies opener Chris Gayle was bought by Kings XI Punjab for the base price of `2 cr. KKR only team to empty its purse of `80 cr. CSK (officials in pic) was left with the maximum amount of money — `6.5 cr. A total of 169 players were sold, including 113 Indians. P13 BOUGHT BY ROYALS, BEN STOKES IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Relief all round as govt cuts bus fare cut by 15% Base MTC cost sliced for all categories except Volvo; insurance charge goes B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai CONCEDING the raging demand to reduce bus fares that were steeply hiked just over a week ago, the State government on Sunday cut them by nearly 15 per cent, bringing a big relief to lakhs of commuters. Broke Toll fee too State transport corporations, which have withdrawn about 80% market share, had faced stiff opposition from all sections after the fares Toll fee imposed on January 20 were jacked up on January 20. While fares had been raised by 35% to for all buses 55% across Tamil Nadu, for MTC buses operated by they went up by as much as 95%. The re- TNSTC, SETC, vised fares that will come into effect from MTC withdrawn Monday, will bring down the base ticket cost of ordinary MTC buses and town buses to `4 from `5. The fare up to 28 stages has been now capped at `23. The minimum fare in MTC Express has been reduced to `6 as against the earlier `9, while the minimum fare in Deluxe buses is down to `10 from `13. However, the base fare in Volvos will remain `51. The govern- DMK blamed ment has also scrapped the `1 additional for the mess fare collected towards insurance premium CM Palaniswami in Express and Deluxe buses in Chennai. blamed DMK’s With this, the ticket fares of MTC buses mismanagement in Chennai and town buses operated in Ma- for the debt pile durai, Tiruchy Coimbatore, Vellore, Salem, in the transport , Tirunelveli and other towns will come corporations down by 30 to 35%. For instance, commuters who are paying `25 for travelling from Parrys to West Saidapet in Deluxe buses, which have seven stages, will now have to pay `21. Till January 20, the fare was `13. The Express ticket fares will come down to `15 from `18. Similarly, from Parrys to Poonamallee, which has 17 stages, the ticket fare in Deluxe buses will come down from `37 to `33. The Express ticket fare will go down from `28 to `24. SLAM TITLES WIMBLEDON 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018 FRENCH OPEN 2009 US OPEN 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 I enjoy practice, don’t mind the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible. Then, of course, my wife who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis no more since many years. Federer on what keeps him going New Delhi: The government on Sunday said it would “leave no stone unturned” to ensure the passage of the triple talaq bill in the Budget session of Parliament starting on Monday, and asserted that it would talk to various parties for a consensus on P7 the issue. ‘We transformed way Padmas are awarded’ Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government transformed the process for selecting Padma award winners and common people were now being honoured. P7 Stockholm: Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, who built a global business empire with revolutionary flat-pack furniture and was known for his contempt for taxes, has P10 died at the age of 91. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) SAFETY LAPSE Hospital visit turns fatal as MRI machine sucks man in I have four more months to retire. I will come here and settle in this district. I am building a house. I will not go to this government or that government or anyone and never beg for any job Justice Jasti Chelameswar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai THREE persons, including a doctor, were arrested for negligence on Sunday after a man died on getting sucked into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at a civic-run hospital here on Saturday . The victim, Rajesh Maru (32), had gone to Nair Hos- S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N @ Chennai ON January 13, Roger Federer played a few games of tennis with superheroes from the Marvel universe. It was kids day at the Australian Open and the World No 2 had a hit with Spiderman and Thor. At the pre-tournament press-conference, the Swiss was asked what superpower he would choose. “The hammer, Thor’s hammer.” He should have just said, “I have the only one that matters, longevity .” He was, supposedly, done as early as 2011. The Wimbledon win in 2012 was, supposedly, a one-off. The first eulogies appeared in 2013 thanks to a second-round JUSTICE Jasti Chelameswar, the second senior-most Supreme Court judge, on Sunday refuted social media rumours about his alleged association with a political party , asserting: “I strongly believe that personal beliefs and preferences must not be brought into this job... I declared my political connections the very next day after becoming a judge. I did not hide it. I thought I would not be eligible for this job if I could not tell the truth that day Today the . , people who talk about me... I don’t know how many great men have made such a declaration... please find out.” Justice Chelameswar, who held an unprecedented press conference with three other senior judges earlier this month, expressing concern over the allocation of cases by CJI Dipak Misra, also clarified that the presser was held to highlight steps the administration had failed in taking to protect the institution. He said this while delivering the Kantamaneni Ravindra Rao memorial lecture on ‘Constitutionalsm-Civil Society’ at the Siddhartha College here. Apparently anguished by the aspersions being cast on him, he recalled that his critics had earlier unleashed a similar campaign against him in the wake of his dissenting judgement on the National Judicial Appointments Commission and opined that like the mythological ‘Mohini-Brahmasura’ story, the social media narrative could lead to destruction. He also cautioned: “There is freedom but it must be used rationally... people can air their views but within the Constitutional framework.” pital to visit his sister’s mother-in-law Laxmiben Solanki (62), who was undergoing treatment there. “A ward boy told him to take an oxygen cylinder to the MRI room. There was no security guard to tell him that he should not as it is prohibited and could be fatal. It all happened because of the carelessness of the doctors and the admin- istration,” Maru’s brotherin-law, Harish Solanki, said. “The machine was on when he entered the room, and as he had the oxygen cylinder, he got sucked in and killed due to the magnetic force,” he added. A resident of Lalbaug, Maru worked as a salesman and was the only earning member of the family, according to Solanki. SELF-MADE SUCCESS NEET-MDS topper has a Pondy dentist’s address B A G A L A V A N P E R I E R B @ Puducherry FOR S Kathijathul Hidhaya, a trained dentist based in Puducherry , clearing the National Eligibilitycum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to the Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) course with a decent score was the primary goal. What she eventually got was a jaw-dropper All India Rank (AIR) One. A bright student since her Kendriya Vidyalaya days at the JIPMER campus in Puducherry, she was a school topper in Class X with 472 on 500. She also fared well in Plus Two and cleared under-graduation at Mahatma Gandhi Dental College Hospital in Puducherry in 2016 with distinction. But her academic career thus far didn’t suggest she would go anywhere near NEET-MDS AIR 1. That was perhaps why she didn’t join any coaching institute in town. “I used online tutorials to prepare and just took online model tests conducted by coaching centres here every week,” Hidhaya (25) told TNIE. His record in five-set matches at Major finals 6 The Swiss is the 6th player in the Open Era to win at least 30 5-set matches 2008 The last year when he successfully defended a Grand Slam (US Open) SWISS MASTER KEEPS RAISING THE BAR AT 36, SLAMS MAJOR NO 2O AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada Will ensure passage of Triple Talaq bill, says government as Budget session starts today 4-4 FANTABULISTIC FED No political leaning, left it as I became judge: Chelameswar EXPRESS READ 4 No of Slams Federer has since turning 30. An Open Era record with Rod Laver “After completing UG in 2016, I worked in JIPMER for a year and then took a break to prepare for NEET. When the NEET-MDS 2018 results were put out on Thursday I was , stunned to see my score card that read 702 on 960 and AIR 1.” Her father B A Sameemullah, a retried Indian Air Force personnel, had worked in a public sector bank but passed away last year. She now lives with mother S Nasreen Banu and brother Abdu Rehman, who is pursuing a UG course. exit at Wimbledon. He was, supposedly tarnishing his own legacy. Click-bait journalism was weaponised and the then 34-year-old was used to attract revenue. “Why,” one headline read, “Federer will never win another Grand Slam.” It was written on May 19, 2016. Nineteen months on, he is spitting on those hot-takes. Three Majors in one year while facing Father Time is stuff that belongs in Hogwarts, not real life. Yet, the 36-year-old — who won a 20th at Australian Open on Sunday — is running on water at a time his competitors are at the supermarket looking for high-grade crutches to even stand. Coming into the tourna- ment, most bookmakers had him as the favourite even though he was ranked a rung below Rafa Nadal. That showed the kind of 2017 he had. The now six-time Australian Open champ spoke about that after the first round. “A 36-year-old shouldn’t be a favourite.” A fortnight on, he showed why he remains one. P12 TIME HAS NOT COME FOR ANY RETHINK ON AFSPA, SAYS ARMY CHIEF P7
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