DOMINIC THIEM TADEPALLIGUDEM l SUNDAY l SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l CITY EDITION US OPEN FINAL: HERE-&-NOW MOMENT FOR ZVEREV, THIEM Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev of Germany will face-off in the men’s US Open final on Monday (1.30 AM). FINALLY, A NEW CHAMP SINCE 2014 ■ 3-0 A BRAVE YOUNG WORLD Sunday’s final will see a first-time Grand Slam champion for the first time since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014. It also means there will be a Grand Slam champion other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer for the first time since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka won the third of his tennis majors at the US Open in 2016. LEXANDER ZVEREV ■ If Thiem knocked out Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, Zverev had to dig deep to defeat Carreno Busta. This will be Thiem’s fourth Major final appearance, while Zverev’s first. Laura Siegemund (GER) and Vera Zvonareva (RUS) won the women’s doubles, defeating China’s Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar. THIEM’S HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD OVER ZVEREV IN GRAND SLAMS. 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 Judges’ freedom of speech is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, against judiciary Judges themselves restrain from speaking in their own defence and they are now being construed as a soft target for criticism Chief Justice S A Bobde Justice N V Ramana Judges victims of unfair criticism: Bobde, Ramana States gasp to fill up oxygen stock as Covid cases rise EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH India’s single-day Covid-19 tally set to hit the 1-lakh mark, availability of oxygen for medical use has become the latest worry for the Centre and states, particularly those where the cases are still surging. Struggling to meet the rising demand from hospitals for Covid-19 patients, some states are resorting to measures like capping the use of oxygen for industrial purposes and restricting inter-state supply. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab are among the states facing oxygen shortage while almost the states have seen a big increase in demand. The Centre, on its part, has put the onus on the states to ensure the availability of oxygen and has directed them to re- EXPRESS READ Two senior-most SC judges flag social media slander and ‘juicy gossips’ against judiciary EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi JUDGES have become soft targets of slanderous social media posts and “juicy gossips” in the garb of criticism, Supreme Court judge N V Ramana said on Saturday . “As judges are self-restrained from speaking out in their own defence, they are now being construed as soft targets for criticism,” said Justice Ramana, who is next in line to become the Chief Justice of India April 2021 after incumbent S A Bobde retires. Concurring with Justice Ramana, CJI Bobde said the freedom of speech of judges “is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, adverse to the independence of the judiciary”. They were speaking at the launch of a book authored by Justice R Banumathi, former Supreme Court judge. Bobde said the importance of an independent judiciary is not limited to independence from executive powers, but from other pressures and prejudices as well. “Judicial independence is not for the personal benefit of judges, but for the nature of power vested with the judiciary he noted. ,” Justice Ramana said there seems to be a misconception that judges lead a luxurious life. “From my own experience, I can state that the life of a judge is not a bed of roses,” he said, adding the reality is quite different from what people comprehend. He highlighted the self-imposed restrictions judges follow in their social life to remain independent. “I believe judgeship in the present day requires sacrifices unparalleled in any other profession, and the same is required to be made as the country’s future is dependent on strong independent judges,” he remarked. Yechury, Yogendra named as co-conspirators in Delhi riots E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHI Police has filed a supplementary chargesheet in the Delhi riots case, naming CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, DU professor Apoorvanand, and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy as co-conspirators. Some of those named have also been charged with asking the protesters to go to ‘any extreme’, spreading ‘discontent’ in the community by calling CAA/NRC anti-Muslim, and organising demonstrations to malign the image of the government. The police said the names are part of the disclosure statement of one of the accused in connection with organising and addressing the Anti-CAA protests. “A person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of disclosure statement... it is only on the existence of sufficient corroborative evidence does further legal action is taken. The matter is currently subjudice,” said the police in a statement. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Privatise PSU banks, says Panagariya The Centre must unleash financial sector reforms as soon as the pandemic ebbs, former Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya said on Saturday. Making a strong case for radical changes in the way state-owned banks are run, he said, “I think financial sector reforms are very criti- move the restrictions on its supply to other states. A Union health ministry directive to this regard came on Friday in the wake of the Maharashtra government ordering restrictions on use of oxygen so that patients do not suffer. The Uddhav Thackeray government recently put a cap on use of oxygen for industrial purpose under the Epidemic AP VIRAL WATCH 10,292 Total samples tested New cases Itanagar: Five Indian youths, who were allegedly kidnapped by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China from near the McMahon line in Arunachal Pradesh were released on Saturday. The youths were handed over to the Indian Army by the PLA after completing necessary formalities, Tezpurbased defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Warrdhan Pande said Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes in UK after green light London: Biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford on Saturday said the clinical trials for their Covid vaccine have resumed in the UK after the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority confirmed that the trials were safe. The human trials were suspended in the UK on September 6 after an adverse reaction in one of the participants RTC likely to run city bus services in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, which sought permission from the State government to run bus services in Vijayawada and Vizag for the convenience of candidates appearing for ward/village secretariat examinations from September 20 to 26, is likely to run the bus services regularly in the two cities. New recoveries 67 New deaths 75,465 New samples tested 45,27,593 Total deaths 5,57,587 4,57,008 Total cases Total recoveries 95,733 84,786 Tests per million Active cases 81.96% Recovery rate 4,846 Positivity rate 12.32% 0.87% Mortality rate WOMAN CHARGED `15 LAKH FOR HUSBAND’S 12-DAY TREATMENT A woman from Rajahmundry, who admitted her husband to Liberty Hospitals on August 10, alleged negligence on the part of the hospital, after her husband died on August 23. She complained that the hospital charged her exorbitantly and did not provide her bills for `15 lakh charged for 12-day treatment The inquiry committee constituted to look into the allegations of exorbitant fees collection by Liberty Hospitals to treat Covid cases, found the allegations to be true A Md Imtiaz, Krishna District Collector EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada CRACKING the whip on the hospitals charging exorbitant fees in the name of Covid-19 treatment, the Krishna district administration on Saturday cancelled the permission given to Liberty Hospitals in Vijayawada to treat coronavirus cases after it found that the hospital management charged more than the fees prescribed by the government. “The committee constituted to look into the allegations of exorbitant fees collection by the hospital management to treat Covid cases found the allegations to be true, violating the GO Ms 77, which prescribed rates for Covid treatment. The permission given to the hospital to treat Covid cases stands cancelled and the hospital, no longer can treat corona cases,’’ Krishna District Collector A Md Imtiaz said on Saturday . As its licence to treat coronavirus patients was cancelled, the Collector asked the District Medical and Health Officer to shift the Covid-19 patients presently undergoing treatment in Liberty Hospitals to WITH THIS ISSUE THE SHOW MUST GO ON EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada PLUS 12 PAGES cal, within which, I would go and privatise most of the public sector banks.” In a video chat with TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu C h aw l a a n d e c o n o m i s t Shankkar Aiyar, Panagariya expressed deep concer ns about the state of India’s financial sector, saying the country entered the pandemic with weaknesses in its financial market. P10 GUSHING OUTFLOW Excess inflow of water from Pulichintala project, being released from Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada on Saturday | EXPRESS Techie manufactures ID liquor with YouTube knowhow in Tirupati TO earn easy money through bootlegging as the prices of liquor in the State are skyrocketing, a BTech graduate took the help of YouTube to know the nitty-gritty of manufacturing Illicitly Distilled liquor and set up a unit in his rented house in the temple town, besides indulging in smuggling of nonduty paid liquor from neighbouring Karnataka. Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) sleuths who got wind of his illegal activity raided his house , on Saturday and took him into custody . M Vamsi Krishna Reddy (29), who worked in Malaysia, returned to his native place Thotapalli in Pakala mandal of Chittoor district. Due to the impact of lockdown, he lost his job. He pursued BTech (IT) from a reputed college in Chittoor and worked for a website as a freelance techie. When questioned, Vamsi Krishna another hospital. The move came after a woman from Rajahmundry, who admitted her husband to the hospital on August 10 after being diagnosed with Covid symptoms, alleged negligence on the part of the hospital after her husband died on August 23. In her complaint to the police and the district administration, she said her husband developed fever and a drop in oxygen levels. She also complained that the hospital did not provide her bills for `15 lakh charged for 12-day treatment. Imtiaz constituted a threemember committee headed by district coordinator of health services and district Aarogyasri coordinator and Vijayawada east tahsildar as the members to look into the matter. It took the statement of the woman and also visited the hospital and found the allegations true. The committee submitted its report on September 10 stating that the hospital has collected exorbitant fees for covid treatment than the prices fixed by the government. Following the report, the permission given to the hospital under category-A was cancelled. Natural gas to cost more as govt hikes VAT BOOTLEGGING E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupati the same. Private hospitals in Navi Mumbai, Nasik and Dhule have reportedly pressed the alarm button and reduced the flow of the oxygen to Covid-19 patients so that they do not run out of supply . Seven people died due to coronavirus at a Jogeshari hospital and the families of the deceased alleged non-availability of oxygen and staged a protest against the negligence. CONTINUED ON P7 Licence of Liberty Hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients cancelled 9,901 China hands over five Indian youngsters abducted by PLA Act. It directed all producing units in the state to supply 80% of their oxygen for medical use and remaining 20% for industrial use in Maharashtra only . The state, where the coronavirus cases have crossed the 1 million mark, hit the panic mode after a few deaths were attributed to poor oxygen supply in hospitals, even though authorities refused to confirm told the investigators that he lost nearly `20 lakh in investments in software in Malaysia. His father, who is a farmer, also lost some land in widening of the National Highway “Vamsi . Krishna is manufacturing ID liquor in an innovative manner as the entire process did not emanate any pungent or foul smell from the house,’’ SEB Assistant Excise Superintendent M Sudheer Babu said. He was selling ID liquor after filling it in one litre water bot- tles. About 70 one litre water bottles of ID liquor, 70 litres of fermented jaggery wash, 44 NDPL bottles of Karnataka and a motorbike were seized in the raid. Sudheer Babu said though the accused was claiming that he was manufacturing the ID liquor since lockdown, they suspect that the illegal activity might have been going on for the past few years. The SEB suspects the involvement of Vamsi Krishna’s brother also in manufacturing ID liquor. EYEING to net additional revenue, the State government on Saturday increased the Value Added Tax (VAT) on natural gas to 24.5 per cent from 14.5 per cent. The 10 per cent hike in VAT is expected to generate an additional revenue of `300 crore per annum. In the GO Ms No 265 issued by the Revenue Department, the government stated that after the introduction of Goods and Services Tax in 2017, all goods except for crude oil, natural gas, high speed diesel, petrol, aviation turbine fuel and liquor for human consumption, are i n cl u d e d i n the GST. Explaining the reasons that prompted the government to revise the VAT on natural gas, Special Chief Secretary Rajat Bhargava said the Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown had resulted in cessation of all the economic activities, seriously affecting the revenue of the State in April, May June, July and August. , In April this year, the total revenue realised in the State was only `1,323 crore as against `4,480 crore earned in the corresponding month in the previous year, which accounts for only 29.5 per cent of the expected revenue, the Special Chief Secretary said. P4
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