VILLUPURAM WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28, 2019 `4.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION NAGAL IMPRESSES IN GRAND SLAM DEBUT AGAINST FED 22-year-old becomes first Indian to win a set against Roger Federer in a spirited four-set performance at US Open SWISS ACE’S THIRD INDIAN OPPONENT ■ 190 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 | P15 ■ ■ 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 NAGAL’S WORLD RANKING. IT STOOD AT the Nencel training academy in Peine, Germany 361 AT THE START OF 2019 The 22-year-old wants to crack the top 100 by the end of the year 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 Mid-range houses could be affordable as govt plans to tweak scheme 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 mid-range 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 sub, sidy 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 Bonanza for home buyers on the cards? Homebuyers’ issues were discussed in a GST meeting attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Pune on Tuesday. The govt may soon come up with measures for homebuyers, sources said Calculated risk as Valley high schools to reopen today, curbs further eased 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 situation. The authorities on Tuesday further eased security restrictions in 12 police station areas in the Airspace ban? Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering a complete closure of airspace to India and a ban on use of Pak land routes for Indian trade with Afghanistan, according to minister Fawad Chaudhry Valley In all, restrictions have . been eased in 81 out of 111 police stations across the Valley ,” she said adding, “curbs will be lifted in 15 more police stations tomorrow.” As a result, private vehicles, three wheelers and two wheelers were plying on the roads in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. However shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed. Private vehicles, too, were off the roads. On Wednesday the Supreme , Court is scheduled to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision on Article 370 and the communication blockade in J&K. NATION’S PRIDE PM Narendra Modi meets newly crowned world women’s badminton champion P V Sindhu in New Delhi on Tuesday. “India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1,” Modi tweeted | TWITTER Double life sentence for Kevin killers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kottayam THE Kottayam Principal Sessions Cour t on Tuesday awarded double imprisonment to all the 10 persons found guilty in the sensational Kevin murder case, Kerala’s first honour killing. Principal Sessions Court Judge C Jayachandran also imposed `40,000 fine each on all the accused. This money will be distributed to three witnesses — Kevin’s father Joseph, spouse Neenu Chacko and relative Aneesh Sebastian who was abducted along with Kevin — the court ordered. The 10 men were convicted under various sections of the IPC, including Sections 302 (murder) and 364A (kidnapping for ransom). On August 22, the court had observed that the murder of Kevin P Joseph, involving his spouse’s relatives, was a case of honour killing. The murder of the 23-yearold Dalit Christian last year had triggered widespread proP6 tests across the state. sector, which is sitting on hundreds of thousands of unsold housing units in major cities. According to a report by ANAROCK Property Consultants, there were 1.82 lakh unsold housing units in the Delhi-NCR region alone in the second quarter of this calendar year. Of this, Gurgaon accounted for 56,550 unsold houses worth `80,570 crore, which was 31% Politicking takes centre stage over RBI cash transfer Opposition parties, government hit out at each other over `1.76 lakh crore payout “Rahul Gandhi says chor. I @ Mumbai / New Delhi 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. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Officials ‘inadvertently’ release murder accused J E G A D E E S W A R I PA N D I A N @ Madurai THE Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday summoned Judicial Magistrate II of Ramanathapuram, Superintendent of the Q-Branch, Superintendent of Puzhal Prison II and Kenikkarai Police inspector, seeking an explanation for ‘inadvertently releasing’ two Sri Lankan nationals — who illegally entered India af- ter escaping punishment in various cases in Sri Lanka — while the court had directed them to repatriate the duo. As per a CBI report submitted to the court, the duo, Sanga Srantha and Mohamed Saffras, are wanted in several murder and rape cases in Lanka. In 2018, while they were out on bail, they escaped from the island country to Tamil Nadu. Here, the Kenikkarai police caught them without valid documents and booked them for illegal entry. While the duo moved a bail petition, which was dismissed, the Lankan government requested for them to be sent back, to face charges in crimes they had committed there. Subsequently the duo filed a habeas , corpus, claiming they were being illegally detained here. A bench comprising Justices M Sathyanarayanan and B Pugalendhi then ordered for the duo to be deported. The police w i t h d rew t h e c o m p l a i n t against them, and the judicial magistrate passed an order discharging them from the case. However, instead of deportation, the duo were released from Puzhal Prison II on August 16, and are now absconding. The case has been adjourned to Thursday . share of the whole region. Last week, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the government was working on a solution to get the stalled housing projects completed. On their part, realty developers wanted the government to relax norms by extending the subsidy benefit to housing units costing up to `60 lakh. The builders had also asked the government to address the liquidity problem and create a ‘stress fund’ for completion of stalled projects. The announcement changing the definition of affordable housing is subject to Cabinet approval. A senior finance ministry official told The New Indian Express that the notification is expected this month or early September. RIFLEMAN SHOOTS SUPERIOR, KILLS SELF S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai IN a shocking case, an army rifleman allegedly shot his senior officer dead before committing suicide at the army camp in Chennai in the early hours of Tuesday. Rifleman Jagseer Singh (22) killed his superior Parveen Kumar Joshi (39), hours after being punished for being ‘lethargic’ while on duty Ex-servicemen told Express . that incidents such as these are culmination of systematic mistreatment by senior-level officers. Both Parveen and Jagseer belong to the Jammu and Kashmir rifles battalion. The trouble seems to have started after Parveen went on night inspections on Monday “When he entered the barracks, . he found Jagseer Singh sitting down, unaware of his superior’s entry,” said assistant commissioner KPS Devaraj, quoting soldiers from the camp. “The Havildar then punished Jagseer for 10 minutes.” It’s not clear what was the nature of the punishment. “Later, around 3.45 am, when Jagseer’s duty was about to end, he entered the tent and opened fire on the Havildar who was sleeping,” said the police officer. “He shot him with an INSAS 5.56 mm rifle, which fires three rounds per second, killing him instantly Hearing the sound of the auto.” matic gun, others ran to the tent and found Jagseer coming out with his gun. When they cornered Jagseer, who was trying to escape, he shot himself in the stomach and died on the spot. (Assistance for those having suicidal thoughts is available on Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050) Battalion was on its way to J&K The bodies were sent for post mortem to the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital. Police said the battalion had come to city for a brief period before going on duty to J&K When Jagseer’s duty was about to end, he entered the tent and opened fire on the Havildar who was sleeping, with his INSAS 5.56 mm rifle, killing him instantly Police official EXPRESS READ Man gets life term for killing 4 women, necrophilia A Mahila Court on Tuesday sentenced a 33year-old man to undergo life imprisonment for killing four women, including a minor, and having sexual intercourse with their bodies for at least three days. The incident happened three years ago, in Chennai Tejas train fares 50% below that of flights, no quotas for VIPs The fares of two Tejas Express trains, set to be run by railway subsidiary IRCTC, will be 50% less than that of flights on the same routes. But sources told PTI that there would be no concessions or even VIP quotas. FIR lodged against ex-BJP Union minister after girl goes missing The police in UP’s Shahjahanpur on Tuesday lodged an FIR against former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand after a student went missing after her allegation that he had been harassing her. Top court to hear ED in INX Media case today The apex court on Tuesday extended protection from ED arrest to ex-Union minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case till Wednesday. The top court is set to hear the ED’s arguments today | P9 BAGGAGE LIFTER Desi hotelier, a Trump biz partner, steals for the ‘thrill’ of it EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KEEZHADI HAD AN IRONMAKING UNIT? State archeologists on Monday unearthed a structure resembling a water tank from Keezhadi excavation site | P5 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 con- fessed 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 hotels 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 of luggage in his SUV that was stolen from the airport on July 16. Chawla was arrested last Thursday after flying back to Memphis. The hotelier, who confessed to stealing the items worth $3,900, has now been released on a $5,000 bail. The recurrent urge to steal, even in the absence of any need, has been labelled kleptomania and many celebrities have been caught in the act. For instance, US actor Winona Ryder was convicted for shoplifting clothes in 2001. Chawla, whose court hearing is set for Friday and his brother are , constructing a hotel in Cleveland, a joint venture with the Trump Organisation. The Trumps withdrew in February blaming Democrats, but had praised the Chawlas. Dream sours Chawla’s dad grew up in a Punjab refugee camp after losing his family to Partition, earned a PhD and moved to the US. “Amazing people. They achieved the American dream,” Trump’s son Eric had told NYT about the Chawlas earlier
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