THRISSUR l MONDAY l JANUARY 29, 2018 l `6.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION JACKPOT FOR UNADKAT ON FINAL DAY OF IPL AUCTIONS Rajasthan Royals dish out D11.5 crore for Saurashtra leftarm pacer, who becomes costliest Indian buy of 2018 SMALLER NATIONS IN LIMELIGHT ■ A12.5 cr GAYLE GETS BUYER, CSK SAVE MOST Bought by Delhi for H20 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 H2 cr. KKR only team to empty its purse of H80 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 ‘Equal stress on infrastructure & social security’ Thomas Isaac says ahead of the budget drastic measures are needed to reduce gap between revenue and expenditure 4 SLAM TITLES Since we’re being compensated by the Centre for the revenue losses, I can’t say GST hurt the coffers. Revenue growth rate under VAT was 8 pc and it’s 14 pc now. But we were eyeing a 25 pc growth. The implementation of the mandatory GST e-way bill system will help us reach that target Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister Talking points Compared to the previous year, this year’s revenue growth is just 7.6 pc Expenditure has gone up by 22 pc Widening revenueexpenditure gap is putting strain on the government Fiscal deficit will be kept at 3 pc and revenue deficit will be brought down 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 Finance Minister Thomas Isaac during the interview at the inspection bungalow at Vizhinjam | MANU R MAVELIL M S V I D YA N A N D A N @ T’Puram STATE budget 2018-19, the second full-fledged one of the Pinarayi Vijayan government, will lay equal stress on infrastructure development and social security Priority will be . given to bring down the revenue and fiscal deficits in a time-bound manner. Speaking to Express, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said drastic measures were needed to reduce the gap between revenue and expenditure. “The gap has been widening for the past five years. This year it aggravated to a situation where drastic measures have to be adopted,” said Isaac. “Compared to the previous year, this year’s revenue growth is just 7.6 pc while the expenditure went up by 22 pc. The Central Government’s certain restrictions on borrowing worsened the situation. Now it has been resolved. All the pending bills have been cleared,” he said. The widening revenue-expenditure gap is putting strain on the government and fiscal consolidation is its priority . Fiscal deficit will be kept at 3 pc and revenue deficit will be brought down. Since the GST has not raised the revenue as expected, restrictions will be put on expenditure. Zero revenue deficit is a goal to be achieved in this government’s tenure. Isaac said fiscal consolidation was important for the KIIFB’s success as well. Bills of KIIFB projects have started coming in and huge borrowing is a necessity . “Global rating agency CRISIL has accorded ‘ + Rating’ to the KIIFB, thanks to its wellA designed administration system. If the government finances are in a mess, KIIFB’s credibility and rating will go down. It shouldn’t happen,” he said. The minister expressed hope the existing issues related to the GST would be resolved soon. FILLING KERALA’S COFFERS WITH A BUDGET SANS FROTH, P8 EXPRESS READ 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 No of Slams Federer has since turning 30. An Open Era record with Rod Laver 4-4 His record in five-set matches at Major finals SWISS MASTER KEEPS RAISING THE BAR AT 36, SLAMS MAJOR NO 2O AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN 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 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, “Feder,” er 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 look- E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada 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 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 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. 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.” THULLAL ARTIST Geethanandan passes away E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thrissur Archdiocese land deal row: Rival groups clash Kochi: Tension prevailed at the Subodhana Regional Pastoral Centre under the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese for a few hours on Sunday after a section of the believers supporting Cardinal Mar George Alencherry disrupted the meeting held by those opposed to the controversial sale of prime real estate belonging to the Archdiocese. P4 ‘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 died at the age of 91. P10 2008 The last year when he successfully defended a Grand Slam (US Open) FANTASTIC FEDERER ‘No political leaning, left it as I became judge’ Justice Jasti Chelameswar 6 The Swiss is the 6th player in the Open Era to win at least 30 5-set matches OTTANTHULAL artist Kalamandalam Geethanandan (58) collapsed and died during a performance at Avittathur Mahavishnu Temple in Irinjalakuda near here at 8 pm on Sunday . He was given first aid and taken to a hospital, but could not be saved. Geethanandan had been a faculty member for more than 25 years at the Kalamandalam’s Ottanthulal department. He also acted in many movies including Kamaladalam, Manasinakkare, Thoovalkottaram and Irattakuttikalude Achan. ● More on P6 BUSY AT WORK Storks busy catch prey even as rural employment guarantee workers till the paddy land at Velliyur in Kozhikode | T P SOORAJ ing for high-grade crutches to even stand. Coming into the tournament, 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 Hospital visit turns fatal as MRI machine sucks man in E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai THREE persons, including a doctor, were arrested for negligence after a man died on getting sucked into the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at a civicrun hospital here on Saturday . The victim, Rajesh Maru (32), had gone to Nair Hospital 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 were no security guards 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 administration,” 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. IPL AUCTION NCP all set to push for Saseendran’s re-entry T’Puram: The NCP state unit is all set to formally push for A K Saseendran’s re-entry into the Pinarayi Vijayan Cabinet after its meeting with the party central leadership on Monday. State leaders, including president T P Peethambaran, have reached Delhi for the meeting and it is learnt the NCP will formally request the CPM and LDF for Saseendran’s induction after it. Not out! The blue-eyed boy is back! WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) P5 Sanju, five other Kerala cricketers, laugh all the way to bank S H A N A S @ Kochi A DAY after Sanju Samson struck it rich in the player auction, four more Kerala cricketers made it to the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, thus taking the total number to six. K M Asif, Sachin Baby, M D Nidheesh and Midhun S were the latest additions. Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad had bought wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju and pacer Basil Thambi re- in Malappuram, has been trainspectively on Saturday . ing under Aussie great Glenn Sanju made a rich haul of McGrath at the MRF Pace `8 crore while Basil had to Foundation, Chennai, for contend with `95 lakh. the past one year. Unheralded pacer Asif, Kerala medium pacer who was impressive in Nidheesh, who has been the Mushtaq Ali T20 impressive throughout South Zone qualifiers relast season in the longer cently, was bought by Sanju Samson format, was snatched by Chennai Super Kings for the Mumbai Indians for `40 lakh. Known for his pace, the `20 lakh while skipper Sachin 24-year-old from Edavannappara Baby made it to the Hyderabad roster also for the same amount. Leg-spinner Midhun got a call-up from Rajasthan for `20 lakh. Asif said he was happy to be part of CSK as it would give him a chance to share the dressing room with India great M S Dhoni. “It’s the biggest advantage,” Asif told Express. For Asif, Nidheesh and Midhun, this will be their IPL debut. A native of Harippad, Midhun was impressive in the BCCI U-23 one-day league, where he won a hat-trick against Andhra. It seems to have caught the scouts’ attention. “This is a great occasion for me. I’m thankful to Kerala cricket for helping me come thus far,” said Midhun, who plays for SBI. Nidheesh felt the IPL would help him improve his game. “I can learn a lot with Mumbai Indians,” he said.
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