VILLUPURAM 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). DOMINIC THIEM FINALLY, A NEW CHAMP SINCE 2014 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 | P11 ■ 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. 3-0 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 victims of Three TN youngsters end life fearing failure in NEET unfair criticism: Bobde, Ramana EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Madurai/Dharmapuri/Namakkal 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. 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 M Jothi Sri Durga’s mother ‘Heart-breaking’, says CM CM Edappadi K Palaniswami expressed condolences to the bereaved family on Saturday. He said, “It is heart-breaking to see students take such extreme steps. There are countless ways to succeed in life.” | P3 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.P3 DMK MP’s assets worth `89 crore seized by ED States gasp to fill up oxygen stock E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 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 he acquired foreign security in contravention of , Sec 4 of Foreign Exchange Management Act. Investigations revealed that on June 15, 2017, the MP and his son Sundeep Aanand, subscribed to 70 lakh and 20 lakh shares respectively, of Silver Park International Pvt Ltd., Singapore, without obtaining approval from the RBI. P2 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 Maha. rashtra, 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 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 in- dustrial 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 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
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