TIRUCHY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE 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). DOMINIC THIEM 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 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- States gasp to fill up oxygen 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 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 EXPRESS READ 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 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 pur- EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai/Dharmapuri/Namakkal M Jothi Sri Durga’s mother is uncontrollable as she laments over her daughter’s death on Saturday | EXPRESS ‘HEART-BREAKING’, SAYS CM Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and various political party leaders extended their condolence to the bereaved family on Saturday. Palaniswami said, “It is heart-breaking to see students take such extreme steps. There are countless ways to succeed in life. If students develop self-confidence and work hard, they are sure to succeed.” Deputy CM O Panneerselvam said he is sad that students, who are the pillars of future, are resorting to such extreme steps. He also requested parents to support children China hands over five Indian youngsters abducted by PLA 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 | P8 The Central government’s intention might be sincere. Time is needed to equip students for the examination. The State government strongly opposes NEET RB Udhayakumar, Minister THREE youngsters who were preparing to write the common medical entrance test NEET have died by suicide on the eve of exam, triggering shock and outrage across the State. The deceased have been identified as Jothi Sri Durga (19) of Madurai, M Aadithya (20) of Dharmapuri, and M Mothilal (21) of Namakkal. While Durga left behind a note attributing her death to exam fear, officials are probing if the reason is the same in the case of the other two students. Durga was found dead by her parents on Saturday morning. “She seemed normal on Friday night, when she returned to her room for studies after dinner. In the morning, we found that our bedroom door was locked from the outside. After much struggle, we came out and found our daughter dead,” says the girl’s father Murugasundaram, who works as a sub-inspector. Durga has left behind a letter and an audio clip. “I have prepared well but what if I fail? I may not fail but what if THE SHOW MUST GO ON EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai PLUS 12 PAGES Fixing stress in the financial markets will have to be the top priority as we come out of the pandemic, because finances, like water, can seep in everywhere Arvind Panagariya ‘ALL IS FISH THAT COMES...’ A fisherman casts his net, hoping for a good catch, at the Ennore Creek on the outskirts of Chennai on Saturday | DEBADATTA MALLICK KEEP DRILLING ONGC gets extended clearance for exploratory drilling in Cauvery basin S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA & N R A M E S H @ Chennai/Thanjavur AN expert appraisal committee of the Union Environment Ministry has granted an extension of the environment clearance (EC) for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to carry out exploratory drilling in the Cauvery basin. The clearance will now be valid until August 20, 2023. ONGC had obtained clearance for drilling 24 additional I do not get a seat?” the teenager is heard asking in the audio clip. “You expect a lot from me. I fear I will disappoint you,” were her final words to her parents. Mentioned multiple times in her letter was the phrase: “I am tired.” In the second case, M Adithya, a 20-year-old aspirant from Dharmapuri was found dead at his home on Saturday evening. Adithya, who was taking the test for a second time, had attended private coaching in Bengaluru. His mother claims he had performed well in the mock test conducted by his coaching centre. Late in the evening, Mothilal, a 21-year-old aspirant, appearing for NEET for the third time, was found dead in his room in Tiruchengode area of Namakkal. On Saturday night, the boy went to his room. When he did not come out for a while, the parents panicked and broke open the door to find that the boy had committed suicide. “We are yet to confirm whether the boy committed suicide due to NEET exam fear. The exact details will be known only after police investigation,” said the collector. DMK MP’s assets worth `89 cr seized WITH THIS ISSUE 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 finanP10 cial market. tals, 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 CONTINUED ON: P7 of oxygen. Three Tamil Nadu youngsters end life fearing failure in NEET Crucial intra-Afghan talks to forge peace begins in Qatar capital Doha: The Taliban and the Afghan government began their first peace talks in Qatar on Saturday. The two sides will try to tackle tough issues including the terms of a permanent cease-firen and women’s rights. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took part virtually and reaffirmed India’s long-held position that peace process must be Afghan-led, Afghan controlled | P9 pose 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 supply in hospi- wells, encompassing Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur, in June, 2013. Of the 24 wells, 17 have already been drilled. Seven locations would not be drilled due to various reasons. The company had filed for an extension in June 2020, and after a careful consideration, it has been granted by the committee on September 5. The State government, after years of protests, had issued a gazette notification in February, declaring Cauvery delta as a protected zone, prohibiting exploration, drilling and extraction of oil and natural gas, and other hydrocarbons in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and select blocks in Cuddalore and Pudukkottai. Officials from the Environment Department told TNIE that the current and ongoing oil business will not be disturbed in the notified area, and that no new hydrocarbon project will be allowed. The project in question has both petroleum exploring and mining licences. In the application, T Venu Gopal Swamy, general manager (Cauvery basin) of ONGC said: “The locations for which an extension of EC is being sought are lined up for drilling in the next three years. If successful, leads from these wells will be used to identify more locations and aid in further exploration efforts to unlock the yet-to-find potential in the block, and acP5 crete more reserves.” THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday seized properties of DMK MP S Jagathrakshakan and his family members, worth `89.19 crore, for acquiring foreign security in a Singapore-based company . Sources said the ED launched a probe after being tipped off that the MP had acquired foreign security in contravention , of Sec 4 of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Investigations revealed that on June 15, 2017, the MP and his son S u n d e e p Aanand, subscribed to 70 lakh and 20 lakh shares respectively, of Silver Park International Pvt Ltd., Singapore, without obtaining approval from the RBI. Immovable properties in the form of agricultural lands, plots, houses, etc. in TN, and movable properties in the form of balances in bank accounts and shares totalling `89.19 crore were seized by the ED. DMK’S SENTHIL BALAJI UNDER CCB SCANNER Karur: Central Crime Branch on Saturday held raids at residences belonging to two of Senthil Balaji’s personal assistants, based on a plaint filed against him during his tenure as minister, alleging that he collected `1.52 cr from 81 people promising jobs. P4
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