WARANGAL SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION US OPEN FINAL: HERE-&-NOW MOMENT FOR ZVEREV, THIEM DOMINIC THIEM FINALLY, A NEW CHAMP SINCE 2014 Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev of Germany will face-off in the men’s US Open final on Monday (1.30 AM). ■ 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 States gasp to fill up O2 stock as pandemic rages on 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 P r a d e s h a n d 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 remove 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 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 sup- Judges victims of unfair criticism: Bobde, Ramana TS close to securing green nod for Sectt 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. V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad THE Telangana government is very close to bagging the environmental clearance (EC) for rebuilding its seat of administration even as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) hears a petition which has flagged violations during the demolition of the old Secretariat and in the construction plans of a new one. In fact, the State government, which had applied to authorities for an EC, has cleared the first hurdle towards achieving it. According to documents accessed by Express, it had applied for EC on August 27, soon after which the Telangana State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) discussed the proposal in its 76th meeting on August 31. The SEAC recommended it for issue of EC. Following this, the proposal was listed for discussion at 66,479.92 sqm Stage-1 cleared TS had applied for EC on Aug 27. While SEAC recommended it for clearance, SEIAA nod is pending Built-up area of the new Secretariat complex the 77th meeting of the Telangana State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) held on September 1. The SEIAA is the final authority to grant EC. Minutes of the SEIAA meeting are yet to be made public. When Express asked a senior official of the SEIAA about the outcome of the discussion, he said the information is “confidential”. The proposal is likely to sail through the SEIAA scrutiny as well. The built-up area of the new Secretariat complex is 66,479.92 sqm. According to the Environment Impact Assessment, 2006 notification, any construction project with a built-up area of less than 1.5 lakh sqm has to seek EC from State-level bodies SEAC and SEIAA. Secretariat located outside Hussainsagar FTL: TS The Telangana government, in its proposal for EC, mentioned that the Secretariat complex falls outside the full tank level (FTL) of the Hussainsagar and a buffer of 30 m would be maintained between the new buildings and the lake’s FTL. “FTL of Hussainsagar passes adjacent to the site boundary . A buffer zone of 30m is left for the FTL of the lake,” it stated. The government submitted a letter by the Irrigation De- partment, which mentions the geo-coordinates of the FTL and that the proposed new Secretariat complex falls outside it. The primary allegation raised in the NGT by petitioner and TPCC working president A Revanth Reddy is that the area where the old Secretariat complex once stood falls inside Hussainsagar. To back his argument, he had submitted a map from 1920, made by the Britishers, to the NGT-appointed joint committee looking into the matter. The committee had also visited Hyderabad on Thursday. According to the Wetlands Rules, 2017, no construction is allowed inside a lake. 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. WITH THIS ISSUE THE SHOW MUST GO ON PLUS 12 PAGES 2 GST officials booked for demanding `5 cr bribe @ Hyderabad THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against two Hyderabad Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) officials for demanding a bribe of `5 crore from a private company . The two accused officers have been identified as Deputy Commissioner (Anti-Evasion) Sudha Rani Chilaka and Superintendent Bollineni Sreenivas Gandhi. The accused CGST officers were investigating the wrongful availment of input tax credit by Infiniti Metal Products India Limited and its group of companies. In exchange for favours, Chilaka @ New Delhi The Centre must unleash financial sector reforms as soon as the pandemic ebbs, former Niti Aayog vicechairman Arvind Panagariya said on Saturday Making . a strong case for radical changes in the way stateowned banks are run, he said, “I think financial sector reforms are very critical, within which, I would go and privatise most of the public sector banks.” In a video chat with TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla and economist Shankkar Aiyar, Panagariya expressed deep concerns about the state of India’s financial sector, saying the country entered the pandemic with weaknesses in its financial market. P10 and Gandhi demanded `5 crore as bribe from the company The . officers had received `10 lakh of the bribe amount as advance and demanded the remaining in the form of open plots or land. T he CBI has also booked JS Sridhar Reddy, the director of Bharani Commodities Private Limited and Hindustan Ispat Private Limited, based on a complaint by GST officials. He was arrested last year too, by the CGST officials for paying the bribe of `10 lakh, according to the CBI. He had paid the amount to stop the arrest of his wife J Raghavi Reddy, but failed to report the matter to the investigating agency Sridhar Reddy was lat. er released from jail. 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 Full R&R benefits for unmarried adults displaced by reservoir: HC R R A J A S H E K A R R A O @ Hyderabad DEEP-ROOTED CORRUPTION EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes in UK after green light SMART DETOX 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. They were handed over to the Indian Army after completing necessary formalities, Tezpurbased defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Warrdahan Pande said | P8 Privatise PSU banks, says Panagariya EXPRESS READ Water blows out of aerators, installed by the GHMC to improve oxygen levels in the polluted Khajaguda lake, in Hyderabad | VINAY MADAPU | P3 China hands over 5 Indians abducted by PLA ply in hospitals, even though authorities refused to confirm 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 at a Jogeshari hospital and the families of the deceased alleged non-availability of oxygen. CONTINUED ON P7 IN a significant judgment, the Telangana High Court (HC) has held that unmarried adults of families displaced by the Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir are entitled to the rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) benefits under the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, on par with the married ones. While setting aside the impugned GO, a division bench of the HC directed the State government to pay the benefits within six weeks to the petitioners. It also imposed costs on the government of `5,000, payable to each of the petition- ers within the stipulated time period. The bench, comprising Justices MS Ramachandra Rao and K Lakshman, passed this order recently in a petition filed by Y Babulu and 24 other unmarried adults of families whose houses at Mamidyala village of Mulugu mandal in Siddipet district were ac- quired for the Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir. The project is part of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme. According to the petitioners’ counsel, Ch Ravi Kumar, there are no livelihood opportunities for them in the village after their farmlands were acquired. They hope that the government gives them proper R&R benefits as per the provisions of the Act 30 of 2013 so that they can relocate to a new place and begin a new life. Prior to the acquisition, the petitioners used to work on their parents or others’ land and contribute to their families’ CONTINUED ON P2 income.
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