THRISSUR l TUESDAY l SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION NADAL OUTLASTS MEDVEDEV IN EPIC, WINS MAJOR NO 19 Spaniard downs World No 4 in five pulsating sets to move to within one of Roger Federer’s record of 20 Slam titles A 289-MINUTE THRILLER ‘JUST WANT TO PLAY TENNIS’ The World No 2 managed to win the first two sets with minimum of fuss but Medvedev, in the middle of a purple patch, launched a stunning offensive. The third and fourth sets bucked the narrative as the Russian’s rangy ground-strokes and power-packed serves finally found their mark. But Nadal got two breaks of serves early in the fifth to pocket the win ■ ■ The Spaniard was understably asked about the GOAT debate but he maintained that he isn’t focused on overtaking Federer’s mark. “I can’t think about Slams, tennis is more than that.” The title also means that the ‘Big Three’, between them, have won the last 12 Slams on offer (after the 2016 US Open) 4 NO MEN’S PLAYER HAS WON MORE U.S. OPEN CROWNS SINCE 2010 THAN NADAL 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 Senior ISRO staff’s addl increments cut from July 1 S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai EVEN as Chandrayaan-2 mission scientists are racing against time to re-establish communication link with Vikram lander that crashed on lunar surface, thousands of senior staff members, including scientists and engineers, in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have suffered pay cuts as the Centre, in June, decided to discontinue the ‘additional’ increments provided to them. The office memorandum issued on June 12 has reportedly caused discontent across the ranks of the country’s top space research organisation. Undersigned by the Deputy Secretary to the Department of Space, two additional increments given to scientists/engineers of grade SD, SE, SF and SG were discontinued with effect from July 1. A senior scientist claimed the move resulted in monthly pay cut of `10,000. The memorandum, a copy of which is available with Express, says, “The Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance has advised the DoS to discontinue the incentive granted in the form of two additional increments to scientists/ engineers - SD, SE, SF and SG grade personnel.” Tension at Maradu South on alert over Pak terror threat as flat owners try to stop govt reps EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Chief Secy reiterates stand to raze five complexes following apex court order PAKISTAN’S failure at fomenting violence in Jammu and Kashmir has compelled it to change its tactics and perpetrate violence in other parts of the country The confir. mation of the same came on Monday after the recovery of some abandoned boats in Gujarat’s Sir Creek region. Lt Gen SK Saini, Commander in Chief of the Army’s Southern Command, said in- telligence agencies have warned of a potential terror attack in the southern coast region. Around 50 Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists are being trained to carry out a seaborne attack against India, according to sources. It has been learnt that Indian naval bases and naval ships could be targeted by the terrorists. Lt Gen Saini said, “Some abandoned boats have been recovered from Sir Creek. We’re taking precautions to ensure Residents of Holy Faith H2O apartments protest with placards on Monday | A SANESH E X P R E S S N E W S E R V I C E @ Kochi TENSION prevailed at Maradu on Monday as the state made a decisive move to demolish the five apartment complexes and the 450-odd families tried to oppose it, with the protest showing early signs of becoming a movement. The Supreme Court had ordered to demolish the apartments in the Maradu municipality for violating Coastal Regulation Zone norms. The SC has also asked the state chief secretary to submit a report on September 20 and appear in person three days later with a detailed report on the progress made to execute the order. After chairing a review meeting, Chief Secretary Tom Jose and Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas visited the area where the apartments are situated to assess the action taken so far to implement the apex court verdict. The protesters shouted “go back” and tried to block the official’s way but the , police intervened. Tom Jose, however, made it clear that the government has initiated steps to demolish the apartments. “It’s a Supreme Court order and the state government has to implement it. And we’ll implement it,” said Tom Jose. GOVT CLUELESS ON NEXT STEP Kochi: While the government has reiterated that it would implement the Supreme Court order, it has no idea how to pacify the agitating residents who are pointing fingers at politicians and the officials who gave permission to construct buildings. P5 The Maradu municipality, meanwhile, has decided to convene an immediate council meeting on Tuesday following the review meeting chaired by the chief secretary . “We can’t divulge the official decision taken on the matter during the review meeting. But we’ve decided to convene a special council meeting to discuss the decision taken in the review meeting. The municipality will comply with the legal proceedings,” said Maradu municipality vice-chairperson Boban Nedumparambil. The municipality also convened a steering committee meeting on Monday to discuss the order served by the deputy secretary to evict residents from the apartments. “The council has to go by the Supreme Court order. We’re awaiting the outcome of the curative petition filed by the residents,” he added. Meeting fails, Muthoot to close down 43 branches Another Bitcoin scam surfaces in Malappuram Mobile game addiction: Boy held for killing dad UP student’s rape plaint against ex-BJP minister Kasaragod: The police have booked a non-resident Indian (NRI) under the stringent Triple Talaq Act for ‘divorcing’ his wife via a voice message. According to the complaint, B M Ashraf, 34, of Kudlu sent a voice clip pronouncing triple talaq to his wife, 29, on WhatsApp on March 15. “Based on the complaint, we booked him,” said SHO Madhusoodanan Nair T. Malappuram: Close on the heels of the R485 crore Bitcoin scam in which the founder of the company, Abdul Shukoor, 24, a resident of Pulamanthol, Perinthalmanna, was killed by his partners, another multi-crore Bitcoin scam has surfaced in the same area. The owners of a company named Spaar Trading Agency reportedly collected more than R100 crore. P4 Belagavi: A 21-year-old polytechnic student allegedly beheaded his father and then cut off his leg after the latter stopped him from playing the PUBG mobile game on Monday in Karnataka’s Belagavi district. When police came to arrest Raghuveer Kumbhar (21), he is said to have asked them to wait as he was not done cutting up his father’s body | P6 The toddler, Rohitha, falls to the middle of the road but survives the impact. Though suffering minor injuries on the face, she quickly gets up on her knees and starts crawling to one side of the road. Forest officials notice the movements on CCTV Seeing something crawling on the road through CCTV, forest officials rush to the spot and find the child crawling towards the nearby checkpost, which is a few metres away. They take the baby to their office and inform the local police The couple travel further around 50 km and reach home around 12.30 am, when they realise with a shock that their daughter is missing. They report it to the nearby Vellathooval police, who in turn get in touch with the Munnar police Lucknow: The postgraduate student, who had earlier levelled harassment charges against ex-Union minister Chinmayanand, on Monday alleged she was raped and exploited by the former BJP MP for one year. The woman, a student in a college run by Chinmayanand, said she had approached the Delhi police with a complaint | P7 Anti-Sikh riots case linked to Kamal Nath on frontburner EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) has decided to reopen investigation in seven 1984 antiSikh riot cases, including one linked to Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath. The MHA has given clearance to the proposal. Nath is alleged to have given shelter to five accused at his official residence. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee head Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Monday said, “Nath was not even named in the FIR registered in New Delhi. All the five accused were discharged due to lack of evidence,” but added that he has spoken to journalist Sanjay Suri and another witness, and they were both ready to depose in the matter and talk about Nath’s role. The case is related to a mob of rioters storming Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Delhi. Witnesses have also alleged that Nath had led a mob outside the gurdwara. But he was given the benefit of doubt by the Nanavati Commission. Intelligence agencies have given specific inputs of ISI, Pakistan’s armed forces and terror groups joining hands to use sea routes to conduct attacks on Indian military targets including naval bases on the southern coast, sources told TNIE Idukki residents Satheesh and Sathyabhama are on the way back from Palani on Sunday 10 pm. Tired, they fall asleep in the jeep. As the driver negotiates a sharp turn at Rajamala, a forest area, their 10-month-old toddler slips out of her mother’s hands THE meeting convened by Labour Minister T P Ramakrishnan on Monday to find an amicable solution to the 20-day-long strike at Muthoot Finance failed after the company and trade union refused to budge. A section of employees at Muthoot Finance has been on an indefinite strike demanding wage hike and better incentives. While the Muthoot management announced its decision to shut down 43 branches in the state, the CITU leadership decided to continue with the strike. Representatives of CITU, Muthoot Finance Employees’ Union and Muthoot officials participated in the meeting. Though company MD George Muthoot was present at the venue, he stayed away from the meeting citing personal reasons. He left the place after a closed-door meeting with the minister. After the meeting which lasted more than four hours, the minister told mediapersons: “The talks failed. Some of the issues raised by either side need to be sorted ● More on P5 out.” Police book NRI for WhatsApp triple talaq Specific inputs given by intelligence agencies Baby girl falls out of her mother’s lap from moving jeep to the road at night at Rajamala in Idukki, goes unnoticed, survives and crawls to safety E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi EXPRESS READ that designs of inimical elements and ter rorists are stalled.” His comments are a step ahead of what the Navy Chief BABY’S NIGHT OUT STIR TO GO ON AMIT BANDRE TROUBLE After investigation and verification of the claims, the police inform the parents that their daughter has been rescued and is safe. Upon completion of medical examination and other formalities, the police hand over Rohitha to her parents around 3 am on Monday | P6 Admiral Karambir Singh had said recently. Speaking in Pune on August 27, Admiral Singh had warned that specialised underwater training was being given to the Jaish-e-Mohammad cadres in Pakistan. Kerala has been put on high alert with state police chief Loknath Behera writing to district chiefs asking them to maintain caution at airports, bus stands and other public places. They were also told to secure places where Onam programmes are being conducted. Passenger vehicle sales shrink to new low in August A R S H A D K H A N @ New Delhi SALES of passenger vehicles shrank to a new low during August. According to data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers on Monday PV sales in the domes, tic market dropped 32% to 1.96 lakh during the month against 2.87 lakh in August last year. This is the second consecutive month that total dispatches of PVs from factories to dealershowrooms have fallen over 30%. In July PV sales had fall, en 31% to 2 lakh. Economic slowdown, liquidity crunch in the debt market and regulatory factors have led to demand dip for automobiles across segments, according to analysts. Within the PV segment, passenger car sales dropped 41% in August to 1,15,957 units, while utility vehicle sales, despite multiple launches, fell over 2% to 71,478 units. “The ability of the industry to provide large discounts is limited and this only highlights the need for the government to consider reducing the GST rates from 28% to 18%, which would significantly reduce the cost of vehicles and in turn create demand,” said SIAM President Rajan Wadhera. He pointed out that vehicle sales across categories fell 23.55% to 18,21,490 units from 23,82,436 units in August 2018. Ashok Leyland to suspend production Chennai: Five plants of Ashok Leyland — Ennore, Hosur, Alwar, Bhandara and Pantnagar — will be observing non-working days this month due to continued weak demand of its products, the company said in a regulatory filing. The move comes after Ashok Leyland reported a 28% drop in sales in July | P2 TEMPLE TUNE Christuvaya namaha! Vicar’s Onam Mass ruffles Church feathers A N U J A S U S A N V A R G H E S E @ Kochi Fr Anthony Poothavelil offering Onam Mass | EXPRESS ONAM is infectious. No wonder, it has spread to even the altar of St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Vazhakkala in Kochi. The church reverberated with Sanskrit chants of ‘Yesuvaya Namaha’ and ‘Christuvaya Namaha’ during the Sunday Mass. And the vicar, Fr Antony Poothavelil, and his assistant wore traditional ‘veshti’ over the usual Mass vestments and the laity and altar boys sported ‘chandanakkuri’ (sandalwood paste smeared on the forehead). The church choir adopted a temple tune to suit the occasion of the Onam feast. However, the vicar’s claim that the modified ‘Onam Mass’ was organised to foster the spirit of Kerala’s traditional festival among parishioners has not gone down well with the Church authorities. As Orthodox churches, including Catholics, frown upon deviations from conventional liturgy and the appearance code for laity and priests, Syro Malabar Church Media Commission chairman Bishop Mar Joseph Pamplany criticised the priest. “There is a formal way of offering the Holy Mass and changing it according to the will of a priest cannot be accepted. Though the Church is not considering any disciplinary action against those involved now, such deviant behaviour is most certainly not encouraged in any of our Such deviant behaviour is most certainly not encouraged in any of our churches. — Mar Joseph Pamplany churches,” said Mar Joseph Pamplany . According to a parishioner, it was only after the Parish Council approved the idea put forward by Fr Poothavelil that the Mass was conducted. “The idea was conceived by Fr Poothavelil and it had the approval of the Parish Council,” he said. Almost all of the laity attended the Mass on Sunday in traditional Kerala attire, donning set-sarees, silk skirts and traditional mundu. Offerings of the laity included grapes, apples, yam, bananas and coconuts in a traditional Kerala style.
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