MADURAI TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 understandably 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 P14 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 26 of 63 clauses of new Motor Vehicles Act to be enforced? B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai AMBIGUITY over the implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act in Tamil Nadu may soon end. As many as 26 clauses of the 63 penalty provisions in the Act, which prescribe hefty fines and punishments for various traffic offences, will be implemented in State. A notification in this regard is likely to be issued in a few days. The decision, sources say is , aimed at improving the adherence to traffic rules, and thereby reduce road accidents in the State. The Centre has set a target of reducing road accident deaths in Tamil Nadu from 7,769 by December 2019 and 3,572 by December 2020. “Provisions, which deal with speeding, racing, rash driving, and driving without helmets and seat-belts, are likely to be implemented. These are the major reasons for fatal accidents in the State,” said a senior transport department official. The official also claimed that double the fine amount would be levied on police and transport officials who, themselves, violate traffic rules. The Transport department has framed the new rules to enforce the Act. The rules were prepared in line with the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Act rules, 1989. CMO reviewing fine amounts to be levied The penalty amount for the traffic violations is being reviewed by the Chief Minister’s office. It’s learnt that the penalty prescribed in the Central Act, with respect to a few offences, may be reviewed and reduced by the State government, said sources After deciding to South on alert over Pak terror threat resign, Madras CJ abstains from HC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TN lawyers to boycott court indefinitely, plan to ask SC collegium to revoke her transfer 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 S K 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 in the south 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 Lawyers staging a protest in the Madras High Court campus | D SAMPATH KUMAR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai/Madurai IN an unprecedented move, Chief Justice of Madras High Court justice Vijaya K Tahilramani abstained from court proceedings on Monday Tahil. ramani has reportedly sent her resignation to the President and the CJI, following her transfer to the Meghalaya HC. She was scheduled to preside over the first bench of the High Court on Monday where 75 cas, es were listed for hearing. These cases were posted before the second bench, led by Justice Vineet Kothari. As per the cause list updated on the High Court website late on Monday night, there will be no sitting of the first court, headed by justice Tahilramani, on Tuesday as well. Justice M Duraiswamy, who was also in the first court, will sit single in Court 23. Sources confirmed that Law Minister CV Shanmugam met the Chief Justice at her residence on Monday afternoon. However, it’s not clear what transpired during the meeting. Further clarity is likely to emerge on the development on Tuesday, when the collegium meets in New Delhi. Meanwhile, advocates across the State decided to boycott courts and tribunals on Tuesday in protest against the deci, INDEFINITE STIR IN MADURAI In Chennai, around 150 advocates blocked the NSC Bose road and staged a protest in front of the Aavin Gate of the High Court. Meanwhile, in Madurai, over 4,000 lawyers have announced indefinite boycott of court, seeking justice for Tahilramani sion to transfer Tahilramani. Resolutions to this effect were adopted at the extraordinary general body meetings of various associations on Monday. Advocates of the Madurai Bench have decided to boycott court indefinitely . The Madurai Bench Madras High Court Advocates Association and the Madurai Bar Association (MBA) passed a resolution on Monday to request the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider the transfer, and appeal to Tahilramani to withdraw her decision to resign judgeship. Together, these associations have a membership of 4,000 advocates. In Chennai, around 150 advocates blocked the NSC Bose road and staged a protest in front of the Aavin Gate of the High Court. They have also threatened an indefinite stir. Nath in trouble as SIT decides to reopen anti-Sikh riots case probe THE Centre-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) has decided to reopen investigation in seven 1984 anti-Sikh 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. Edappadi K Palaniswami arrived in Dubai on Monday and chaired an investors meeting organised by the Business Leaders’ Forum UP student’s rape plaint against ex-BJP minister 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 Intelligence agencies have given specific inputs that ISI, Pak’s armed forces and terror groups like JeM have joined 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 child slips out of her mother’s hands @ New Delhi Mobile game addiction: Boy held for killing dad Intel on seaborne attacks against military targets A baby girl falls out of her mother’s lap from a moving jeep to the road at night, goes unnoticed, survives the impact and crawls her way to safety EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS READ that designs of inimical elements and ter rorists are stalled.” His comments are a step ahead of what Navy Chief Ad- BABY’S NIGHT OUT 1984 HORROR 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 station, who in turn get in touch with the Munnar police AMIT BANDRE IN TAMIL NADU 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 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 miral 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 EPS secures `3,750 crore investment promise in UAE Additional increments of senior ISRO staff cut from July 1 TROUBLE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai On the last leg of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s three-nation tour on Monday, six firms based out of the United Arab Emirates promised to invest `3,750 crore in Tamil Nadu. The investment will create 10,800 new job opportunities, said a DIPR statement. The MoUs were signed at the investors roundtable, hosted by the Business Leaders Forum (BLF), an initiative of the UAE’s Ministry of Economy, the Indian Embassy to the UAE, the Consulate General of India in Dubai, and the India Trade and Exhibition Centre. State Ministers, MC Sampath, RB Udhayakumar and KT Rajenthra Bhalaji and 12 senior officials were present on the occasion. Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said, “Tamil Nadu has attracted USD 29,848 million of FDI from April 2000 to March 2019, making it the fourth largest FDI destination in India. We have introduced measures to simplify and rationalise the regulatory processes, by employing technolog y and through accountability .” 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, “Consequent to implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendation, and the introduction of Performance Re- VIKRAM APPEARS TILTED, BUT IN ONE PIECE Vikram, the Chandrayaan-2 lander, is lying tilted on the surface of the moon after a hard landing but is still in one piece. But ISRO scientists, requesting anonymity, told TNIE that this makes it difficult for the rover Pragyan inside it from rolling out to conduct any on-site experiment and that the focus now should be on the orbiter | P6 lated Incentive Scheme (PRIS) for scientific and technical personnel in the Department of Space (DoS), 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.” In 1996, Centre approved two additional increments for SD to SG grade in the Department of Space in the pre-revised payscale of `10,000-15,200, `12,00016,500, `14,300-18,300 and `16,400-20,000.
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