KOTTAYAM l MONDAY l JULY 29, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION 15-YEAR-OLD BRITISH SCHOOLBOY BECOMES GAMING MILLIONAIRE Jaden Ashman was placed second alongside his Dutch playing partner in the first Fortnite World Cup in New York on Saturday HIS MOTHER THOUGHT HE WAS WASTING TIME OVER 250 MILLION PLAYERS WORLDWIDE The teenager from Essex competed under the name Wolfiez at the threeday event held at the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York. He will split £1.8 million ($2.25 mn) with his 21-year-old Dutch partner Dave Jong. His mother, Lisa Dallman, told BBC that she thought her son was wasting his time and that they used to have lengthy arguments over his gaming habits ■ ■ Fortnite is an online battle royale game in which players are dropped on a virtual island where they have to stay alive, by eliminating others with weapons picked up on the way The game has grown popular since its launch two years ago. More than 250 million people have played the game 40 million PEOPLE TRIED, BUT ONLY 100 MADE IT TO THE FORTNITE WORLD CUP FINALS 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 THINKER WITH GRIT AND WIT R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad JUST a few leaders are remembered by the masses even after they depart because of the mark they leave behind. S Jaipal Reddy who , passed away due to pneumonia in the early hours of Sunday at a hospital in Hyderabad, belonged to this genre. He was 77. Intellectuals and the callow crowd alike admired him. Politicians of all hues respected Jaipal for his deep insight into a number of issues that affected society A politician . with a difference, he was a scholar, writer and an eloquent and witty speaker. President Ram Nath Kovind aptly summed up his personality in his condolence message: “Jaipal Reddy was a thinking person’s politician and an outstanding parliamentarian.” Though nature was not kind as polio struck him when he was 18 months old, he defied the challenge and grew in the political firmament to remain forever a source of inspiration to those who take public life as a career. Born in Nermetta in Nalgonda district in 1942, he actually belonged to Madugul in erstwhile Mahbubnagar district. He had an MA and also a degree in journalism from Osmania University Hy, derabad. He used to amaze his admirers as well as critics with his fluency and vehemence in both English and Telugu. He once described Manmohan Singh as a democrat not only by conviction but also by temperament. The deft play of words used to amuse listeners as much as they made them reflect on P6 his train of thought. JAIPAL REDDY Jan 16, 1942 July 28, 2019 Jaipal Reddy was allotted different portfolios in UPA I and II. Later, he became Union minister of petroleum and natural gas, but was then shifted to science and technology and earth sciences. K’taka Speaker deals the final blow 14 more rebel MLAs disqualified on the eve of CM B S Yediyurappa’s confidence motion REBELS TO MOVE SC A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru KARNATAKA Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar stopped short of creating a new record for disqualifying MLAs on Sunday . Working overtime to dispose of the pending resignations and disqualification petitions against rebel MLAs of the JDSCongress coalition, the Speaker announced the disqualifications of 14 more MLAs, taking the total to 17. Kumar’s ruling to disqualify the MLAs — 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) — came a day before newly sworn-in Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is set to seek a trust vote in the legislative Assembly. Any hopes the rebel K’taka Speaker Ramesh Kumar announcing the disqualification of rebel MLAs | PTI MLAs may have had of their petitions being buried quietly with the election of a new Speaker under the BJP government, came crashing down on Sunday . “I had 13 more resignations and 14 disqualification peti- EXPRESS READ PWD officer who leaked report on Vyttila flyover to media suspended T’Puram/Kochi: The PWD principal secretary on Saturday suspended assistant executive engineer V K Shylamol for allegedly leaking to the media a report which was submitted earlier to the Vigilance pointing out irregularities in its construction. The report, prepared by Shylamol, states the construction of the flyover was of inferior standard as it did not follow the prescribed concreting procedures. P6 Boulders hit NH near Munnar, traffic blocked TESLA ON INDIAN ROADS IN 2020? In an interaction with the students from IIT Madras, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car may run on the bumpy Indian roads in 2020. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Idukki THE Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway 85 at Lock Heart Gap area near Devikulam on Sunday was indefinitely closed to traffic after giant boulders came crashing down on to the road inflicting severe damage. A major tragedy was averted since it took place around 4 am when the stretch was practically deserted. Devikulam Sub-Collector Renu Raj, who visited the spot, told reporters movement of vehicles on the route will be blocked for at least 15 days. Incidentally, the area where the boulders came crashing down is situated on the Munnar -Bodimettu stretch where the Public Works Department is carrying out road development work at a cost of `380 crore. Lock Heart Gap is one of the most treacherous spots for motorists passing through the region. Additionally, work is on to rescue a bison trapped in between the crashed boulders. The dangerous beast, which suffered a fractured leg, was apparently grazing on the hills nearby when it was caught in a mudslide. P2 BIG PICTURE With a spurt in the number of road accidents and fatalities in Kerala over the years, Express analyses the issue in detail, backed up by statistics. EXPRESS P4 DEBATE Express readers debate the issue of moral policing in the light of the brutal attack on a Tamil woman at Ambalavayal in Wayanad last week. CHANGING PREFERENCES Gulf stutters, Muslim youths eye civil services A M I YA M E E T H A L @ Kozhikode DARUL Quran Academy at Alathiyur, in Malappuram, offers a slew of courses such as Islamic moral studies, Quran memorisation and Quran recitation training, as expected from the religious educational institution run by Mujahideen group. The odd one out is civil services examination coaching. What does civil services have to do at a Quran learning academy? Well, that speaks about the fast-changing preference of Muslim community in the state. Dwindling fortunes in the Gulf countries are prompting more and more youth in the Muslim community in the state to give importance to education, with eyes mainly on civil services and Kerala Ad- ministrative Service. Success stories like that of T Shahid from Thiruvallur, Kozhikode, who cracked civil services exam after spending 12 years as a madrasa teacher, have increased the confidence of Muslim youth. “Besides decreasing fortunes in the Gulf, the Sachar Committee has exposed the marginal presence of Muslims in government services. All Muslim organisations are now encouraging youth to pursue higher education,” said Darul Quran Academy director Mohammad Noorul ● More on P6 Ameen. LOFTY GOALS n The Sachar Committee had pointed out the marginal presence of Muslims in government services n Success stories like that of T Shahid have increased the confidence of Muslim youth n Samastha has launched a special wing for education Arguing the Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify them was “against the law”, the rebel MLAs said they would approach the apex court on Monday for redressal. “The disqualification is against the law... just under a whip served on them, you cannot force the legislators to come to the House,” said JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath. tions pending, and I have considered all of them. I had asked the members who resigned, to appear before me to convince me their resignations were voluntary and genuine. They failed to do so,” said Kumar. Pratapgouda Patil, B C Patil, Anand Singh, Muniratna, S T Somashekar, Byrati Basavaraj, Shivaram Hebbar, Shrimanth Patil, M T B Nagaraj, K Sudhakar and Roshan Baig of the Congress, and H Vishwanath, Gopalaiah and Narayanagowda of JD(S) were disqualified under 2(1)(a) of the anti defection law, as prescribed under Schedule X of the Constitution. With last week’s disqualification of three MLAs — Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli and R Shankar — the Assembly’s strength now stands at 208. Monday’s special sitting of the Assembly for Yediyurappa to seek a vote of confidence and passage of the Finance Bill is likely to be Ramesh Kumar’s last sitting as Speaker. Woman Lt-Col poses as bride, swindles `15L E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi A WOMAN LieutenantColonel of the Army was arrested by the Kochi City police for allegedly defrauding a man of `15 lakh after posing as a prospective bride on a matrimonial website. The suspect has been identified as Smitha, 43, Soundarya House, Vettamukku, Thiruvananthapuram. She has been working as a nurse in the rank of Lt-Colonel at Pangode Military Camp. Based on a complaint lodged by the man, a team led by Central Assistant Commissioner K Lalji tracked down the accused to ThiruvananP5 thapuram.
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