THRISSUR l WEDNESDAY l AUGUST 28, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION NAGAL IMPRESSES IN GRAND SLAM DEBUT AGAINST GOAT SWISS ACE’S THIRD INDIAN OPPONENT 22-year-old becomes first Indian to win a set against Roger Federer in a spirited four-set performance at US Open FEDERER PREDICTS ‘SOLID CAREER’ The Swiss ace has also faced Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna. In fact, he had faced the former at the 2013 French Open, beating him 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. After the match, which finished 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, Nagal rued a drop in energy levels from the second set. The 20-time Slam winner also upped his level after a rusty opening stanza that had 19 unforced errors ■ ■ ■ In the post-match press conference, Federer praised Nagal and said that he will go on to have a ‘very solid career’ Nagal zoomed up the rankings this year after shifting his base to the Nencel training academy in Peine, Germany The 22-year-old wants to crack the top 100 by the end of the year 190 NAGAL’S WORLD RANKING. IT STOOD AT 361 AT THE START OF 2019 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 Politicking takes centre stage over RBI cash transfer Opposition parties, government hit out at each other over C1.76 lakh crore payout “Rahul Gandhi says chor. I won’t say the same word. The Congress is stuck with the chor A day after the Reserve Bank of tag. They are experts at using India decided to hand over this word. I would have wanted `1.76 lakh crore surplus to the the Congress to not sully RBI’s government, the issue became reputation,” she said. a political football on Tuesday Sitharaman added the govwith the Congress accusing the ernment is yet to decide what to government of ‘stealing’ mon- do with the surplus money . ey from RBI and Finance MinCongress leader Randeep ister Nirmala Sitharaman re- Singh Surjewala warned dipsponding that stealing is the ping into RBI’s contingency Congress’ forte. fund could spell doom for the Targeting the government, country in financial emergenCongress leader Rahul cies and war-like situaGandhi alleged that the tions. He also wondered economic crisis was whether it was just cothe current dispensaincidence the exact Stealing from tion’s own creation and amount of `1.76 lakh RBI won’t work that it was clueless it’s like stealing crore, which is missing about solving it. That’s a Band-Aid from from the 2018-19 Budgwhy the government so the dispensary & et, was borrowed from badly needed a cash RBI by the Centre. sticking it on a transfer from RBI, he gunshot wound CPI(M) general secclaimed. retary Sitaram Rahul Gandhi, Echoing similar Yechury alleged the Congress leader views, party leader government had approAnand Sharma said priated 99% of RBI’s the Centre was pushing the profits since 2014. “Since 2014, country into a crisis, “The state the Modi government has apof the economy today is the re- propriated 99% of RBI’s profits sult of the wrong policies of every year to fund its propaganthe Modi government, which da campaigns,” he said. does not want to discuss the criHe added that the health of sis... The trouble cannot hide the Navratnas has been damfor too long.” aged by the financial burden Rejecting the notion that RBI imposed on them by the Centre. was forced to transfer the sur- “The economy and people’s plus, Sitharaman said ques- livelihoods have never been astioning the banking regulator’s saulted so mercilessly as under credibility was ‘outlandish’. this government,” he said. Witnesses turn hostile, CBI thinks of carrying Bible to court Mysterious death case of Sr Abhaya The CBI case pertains to the mysterious death of a nun in a Christian convent 27 years ago. CBI chargesheet says she was murdered after she accidently came to see two priests and a nun in a compromising position in the convent kitchen. Fr Thomas Kottoor and Sr Sephy killed Sr Abhaya, according to the chargesheet EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai / New Delhi S H A N A S @ T’Puram OUTLANDISH it might sound, but for the CBI counsel appearing in the sensational Sister Abhaya case, the Bible seems to be the immediate panache for the ills they are facing. Perturbed by the witnesses turning hostile one after another, the prosecution will take a Bible to the court room from Thursday when the CBI Special Court resumes witness ex- We can’t call people who voted Modi to power stupid: Tharoor Harsh approach State Congress leaders are leaving no stone unturned while coming down on Shashi Tharoor. I urge my fellow Congressmen to respect my approach even when they don’t agree with it Shashi Tharoor Now, mid-range houses could be affordable EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram AS fellow Congress leaders in the state mounted criticism on him for his praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shashi Tharoor told Express on Tuesday that Congress need to revamp its strategy to become a winning party again. “If we act as if Modi has done nothing, then we’re saying that the people who voted him to power are stupid, which is not a position that wins Congress votes,” Tharoor said during an exclusive chat. State president Mullappally Ramachandran on Tuesday sought an explanation from three-term MP. Meanwhile, it is learnt that Tharoor could be in serious trouble as the Congress high command is unhappy with his praise for Modi. Mullappally confirmed that former party chief Rahul Gandhi was not at all happy with the remark. P6 EXPRESS READ Rahul begins tour of flood-hit Wayanad Kalpetta: Rahul Gandhi on began his four-day tour of his constituency, Wayanad, ravaged by floods and landslides. He interacted with people, heard their woes and received memorandums. P6 A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi IN a move that will benefit those looking to buy midrange houses in metros, the government has decided to expand the scope of ‘affordable housing’ so that more buyers in metros can avail of the subsidy being offered for such houses. According to sources, the government is considering tweaking the definition of affordable housing by including housing projects costing up to `50-55 lakh in metros. Currently, to avail credit subsidy benefits for affordable housing, a home must be priced at less than `45 lakh and not exceed 60 sq metre carpet area or about 850 sq ft built-up area. The proposed move is also expected to revive the real estate sector, which is sitting on hundreds of thousands of unsold housing units in major cities. Last week, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the government was working on a solution to get the stalled housing projects completed. Isolated heavy rain forecast in state PRIME MOMENT Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitates newly-crowned world badminton champion P V Sindhu in New Delhi | PTI T’Puram: The state is likely to witness another bout of heavy rain in the coming days as a result of a low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal near Odisha coast. Valley high schools to reopen today F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar WITH the government deciding to take a calculated risk, high schools will resume functioning in Kashmir from Wednesday for the first time after J&K was put under lockdown ever since the lifting of special provisions under Article 370 three weeks ago. Last week, primary and middle schools had reopened. Though attendance was thin, it didn’t give the administration any anxiety as there was little risk of a law and order problem from junior schools. But high school students have in the past hit the streets and at times indulged in stone throwing, which could be challenging for security forces. Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, Director Information and Public Relations, attributed the decision to reopen high schools in the Valley to the improvement in law and order. BAGGAGE LIFTER Desi hotelier, a Trump biz partner, steals for thrill EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A prominent Indian-American hotelier, who has been a business partner of US President Donald Trump’s firm, has admitted to stealing for the “thrill” of it after being caught taking someone else’s luggage at an American airport. Dinesh Chawla told a police officer “that he knows stealing luggage is wrong, but does it for the excitement”. The police statement also said that Chawla had confessed to stealing other luggage “over a long period of time”, the New York Times reported. The CEO of Chawla Hotels, a firm that owns 17 ho- tels in Mississippi, was seen on August 18 on Memphis airport’s CCTV cameras taking the suitcase from a baggage claim conveyor belt, putting it in his car and then returning to board a flight. While Chawla was away police found a , second piece in his SUV . Kevin case sentence Kottayam Principal Sessions Court fines all 10 convicts D40,000 The prosecution had sought death for all of them The court observed that the case was the rarest of rare amination. The prosecution will seek the court’s permission to introduce Bible in the court, and if allowed, will dare the witnesses to take oath by it before commencing the procedures, sources told Express. The prosecution has listed 177 witnesses in the case that has reached the trial phase after a long wait of 27 years. Two witnesses turned hos- tile in the first two days, the second being Sanju Mathew, who had earlier given statement that he saw the scooter of one of the accused clergy parked n e a r t h e c o nve n t wh e re S r A b h aya stayed. With several witnesses lined up for examination in the coming days, the prosecution fears many of them might take a U-turn vis- a-vis their statements. Introducing the Bible could dissuade them from doing so. The old practice of taking oath by scriptures has been largely done away with in the country and the accepted norm is to swear by a universal God without mentioning the religious affiliation. However, the law does not bar the prosecution from asking the witnesses to take oath by the ● More on P5 scriptures. Age to convicts’ rescue; all 10 spared death, handed double life terms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kottayam COMPLETING the trial proceedings in three months, the Kottayam Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday awarded double life imprisonment to all 10 convicted persons and fined `40,000 in the sensational Kevin murder case, recorded as the first honour killing in the state. Sessions judge C Jayachandran pronounced the quantum of punishment for Syanu Chacko --- brother of Kevin’s fiancee Neenu --- and the nine other convicts. The prosecution had sought death for all of them, but the court limited the punishment to life imprisonment and term sentences. The court observed that though the case was the rarest of rare as per the Supreme Court guidelines and entailed maximum punishment, considering the age of the convicts (all of them being below 30) and the fact that there are no criminal antecedents against any of them, the court decided to give them a chance to reform. The court also considered the post-mortem report and found it was not a diabolic murder. While the life imprisonment and fine of `25,000 each im- posed was for murder, the second life sentence and remaining `15,000 each was for abduction. If fine is not remitted, then the guilty will have to serve an additional one-year simple imprisonment. All convicts will have to serve rigorous imprisonment for three years for criminal intimidation. Apart from this, the court awarded term sentences (three months to five years) to Niyasmon, Riyas Ibrahimkutty, Manu Muraleedharan, Shifin Sajjad, N Nishad, Tittu Jerome, Fazil S h e r i f a l i a s Ap p u s a n d Shanu Shajahan on various ● More on P4 charges.
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