KOLLAM l MONDAY l JUNE 11, 2018 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION THIEM DECIMATED: KING OF CLAY NADAL BAGS MAJOR NO 17 Spaniard was largely untroubled as he picked up his 11th French Open crown on Sunday thanks to a flawless 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over the Austrian WORLD NO 1 EQUALS COURT’S MARK ■ 3 IT’S BETWEEN THE BIG TWO AGAIN Nadal, who won his first title on the dirt in 2005, emulated Margaret Court’s mark of most number of Slams at any one Major. Australian Court had won 11 women’s singles titles at her home Slam. The World No 1 has a total of 17, three behind Roger Federer, who has the most among men’s singles players. ■ The 32-year-old struggled with what looked a wrist niggle in the third set but he did not let it bother as he coasted to victory This, more significantly, means that Nadal and Federer, who had suffered with injuries in 2016, have between them, picked up the last six Majors. Have they made men’s tennis a big two again? NADAL 3RD AFTER FEDERER, DJOKOVIC TO BREACH $100MN PRIZE MONEY LIST 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 ■ KALABURAGI UNREST IN CONGRESS Sparks are bound to fly at political affairs committee ‘No democratic norms followed’ Kochi: Thrikkakara MLA P T Thomas came out in the open against Oommen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala and M M Hassan, alleging no democratic norms were followed in granting the Rajya Sabha seat to Kerala Congress (M). ‘Opposition by workers natural’ K V Thomas MP termed the opposition raised by the party workers were natural. “The issue should be sorted out and I have communicated with High Command. In an alliance system, all constituents should be treated equally,” he said. DRENCHED, DEVASTATED At least five die as rain and winds wreak havoc in state; Met predicts downpour till Thursday; control rooms set up E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram SPARKS are bound to fly at the meeting of the Congress party’s political affairs committee scheduled to be held here on Monday with senior leaders prepared to cross swords with the top brass over the decision to ‘gift’ the Rajya Sabha seat to alliance partner Kerala Congress (M). In a taste of things to come, senior leaders such as P J Kurien and K V Thomas fired fresh salvos on Sunday . “I will be speaking on the manner in which the RS seat was finalised without consulting anyone,” said Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Kurien. “The threesome of Oommen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala and M M Hassan have taken a unilateral decision. These leaders have to explain in the committee as to how such an important decision was taken without proper consultation.” “Chandy has told the press that he had done some favours to me, and I have asked as to what he has done to me personally. I demand him to respond to that,” he added. Ernakulam MP Thomas said, “The protest by the party rank and file on the Rajya Sabha seat issue is natural. The rightful seat of the Congress was gifted to the Kerala Congress on a platter.” The leader added that he has communicated his unhappiness ● More on P4 to the high command. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram/Kochi Workers cutting a tree that fell on the Nellimala-Eraviperoor road in Pathanamthitta on Sunday | EXPRESS Sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough over east-central, westcentral and south-west Arabian Sea. Fishermen are advised not to venture in to these areas — IMD 60 kmph is the speed of winds expected to blow on the shores of KeralaLakshadweep over the next 2-3 days SOUTH-WEST monsoon turned intense on Sunday as heavy rains lashed the state and powerful winds caused widespread devastation. At least five persons died in the downpour and wind-related incidents. Severe damages to property and human lives were reported from Idukki, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode districts. Sea erosion at Chellanam, Ernakulam, brought misery to the residents who were yet to recover from last year’s Ockhi cyclone disaster. There will not be any respite in coming days either as high winds and heavy rains are expected to continue. The Met has predicted downpour till Thursday while the winds are expected to blow at a speed of 60 kmph on the shores of Kerala-Lakshadweep for the next 2-3 days. India Meteorological Department has warned fishermen from venturing into the sea as the sea will be stormy . Modi rules out joining Belt and Road Initiative R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA Narendra Modi shakes hands with Pak President Mamnoon Hussain, next to Chinese President Xi Jinping | PTI INDIA on Sunday kept up its opposition to China’s mega Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying such connectivity projects must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity. He was addressing the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao. India became the only member of the SCO that did not endorse the BRI in the declaration issued after the summit. Amal Mathew state 1st in IIT JEE advanced exam E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kochi AMAL MATHEW became the topper in the state in the IIT JEE advanced exams. He bagged the 85 the rank in the national level. Amal was a student of KE School Mannanam. In the JEE mains exam he had the 160th position. “I was studying in Oman. Only after finishing Class X did I realise that IIT is a viable dream. I got to know about the training and pursued it. My position has improved from the mains, which again is a positive thing. I like research and has always been curious about new things and would like to pursue engineering physics,” ● More on P7 said Amal, speaking about the result. CONVENIENT CONVEYANCE New licence holders: Women fast overtaking men A N U J A S U S A N V A R G H E S E @ Kochi DRIVEN by various reasons, more and more girls/women are getting behind the wheels of cars or start riding twowheelers in the state. The sight does not arouse one’s curiosity any more. Unlike in the past, when women shied away from driving, the present-day folk — be it students, professionals or homemakers — find it convenient. The gearless vehicles have only spurred the growth in the trend. The number of women getting driving licence in the state has grown five times in 2017 from the number in 2005. That is, if the number of women getting a driving license stood at 38,636 in 2005, the figure is as high as 1,91,443 in 2017, almost five times the figure 12 years back. In the case of men, the number is still high but they are growing at a slower pace — 249,890 new licence holders in 2005 while it stands at 348,443 in 2017, a growth of nearly 40 per cent. According to the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD), the total number of women drivers in Kerala stood at 15,63,783, up 47.30 per cent since 2005 while for men it is at 68,49,583, growing at a slower 24.46 per cent in the same period. More on P6 “Connectivity with the neighbouring countries is India’s priority. We welcome the connectivity projects which are sustainable and efficient and which respect territorial integrity and sovereignty of the countries,” Modi said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the heads of state council meeting. He also held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit,” Ruchi Ghanashyam, secretary (West), in the ministry of external affairs, told reporters after two meetings of the summit. “PM Modi’s priority is terror and connectivity she said. ,” “Prime Minister Narendra Modi also invited Kazakhstan to join the International Solar Alliance and the President of Kazakhstan responded positively she added. ,” Besides a joint communique, 12 others documents were signed between the member countries. In his speech, Modi noted that “Only 6 per cent of foreign tourists in India are from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation countries; this can easily be doubled.” Lauds Afghan Prez for week-long truce Qingdao: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s bold initiatives towards peace. He was referring to his surprise announcement of a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Id. In response, the Taliban announced the suspension of fighting for the first three days of Id - its first ceasefire since the 2001 US invasion EXPRESS READ Trump, Kim reach Singapore for meet Singapore: American President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday to join North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a summit which could lay the groundwork to end the nations’ nuclear stand-off. Gadkari dismisses assassination bid talk New Delhi: After former JNU students’ union president Shehla Rashid accused Union Minister Nitin Gadkari of being involved in an assassination threat to Prime Minister Modi, Gadkari said he would take legal action against “anti-social elements who have made bizzare comments.” WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Control rooms have been set up in various districts following the warning issued by the State Disaster Management Authority . While two students drowned in swollen river in Wayanad, another two persons --- one each from Thiruvananthapuram and Adimali in Idukki --- were electrocuted after they came into contact with a power wire snapped in the gusty winds. At Mallappally, Pathanamthitta, eight-year-old boy Akshay, who was in intensive care unit after a coconut tree fell on him, died on Sunday Wind felled numerous . t re e s a l l ove r T h i r u va n a n thapuram district, and power supply was hit in many places. Heavy rain lashed Central Travancore. Power supply to various places was disrupted from Saturday afternoon. Sources said agriculture in not less than 30 hectors destroyed in the heavy rain. Landslips were reported from the high ranges of Idukki, forcing District Collector G R Gokul to declare a holiday for all educational institutions, except professional ● More on P6 colleges, on Monday . NORMAL LIFE DISRUPTED ■Rain and winds claimed one life and injured two persons in Idukki district ■The rivers in Idukki overflowed and Periyar’s banks got fully submerged ■In Thrissur, heavy damage reported in coastal areas following high tide ■In Kozhikode district, at least 86 houses and crops on 2.2 hectares were damaged, as per the Revenue Department report ‘Nipah outbreak under control, curbs lifted’ Incubation period for the spread of the infection is over. But we will remain vigilant till June 30. All the restrictions have been lifted K K Shylaja, Health Minister Kozhikode: After the threeweek long grim battle against the deadly Nipah virus, the Health Department has managed to rein in the outbreak and the restrictions imposed here in its wake have been lifted, Health Minister K K Shylaja told reporters on Sunday. She was speaking after taking stock at the all-party meeting convened here. P5
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