BHUBANESWAR l SUNDAY l SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE 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 title decider on Monday (1.30 AM) ■ 3-0 A BRAVE YOUNG WORLD The 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 ALEXANDER 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 | P11 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 named in Delhi riots supplementary chargesheet 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 accusing them of “provoking and mobi, lising” anti-CAA protesters. According police officials, the names were mentioned in a statement narrated by one of the accused and a member of Pinjra Tod, a women’s collective. However, the police clarified that a person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of a 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. Yechury tweeted, “They (Centre) are scared of peaceful protests & are misusing state power to target the Opposition.” 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-chair man 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 critical, with- 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 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- 37K to take NEET in Odisha, Covid positive can’t appear EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar 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- Pradhan urges Naveen to implement Ayushman Bharat and NDHM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar CANDIDATES who have tested positive for Covid-19 will be not be allowed to appear the National Eligibility and Ent r a n c e Te s t ( N E E T ) o n Sunday . A decision to this effect has been taken after the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducting the exam revised its SOP in view of the safety of all. “In view of the interest of the Covid-19 positive candidates and the safety of other candidates and exam personnel, it has been decided that they would be allowed to take NEET 2020 at a later date, which will be finalised after the exam,” stated NTA DG Vineet Joshi in a letter. A total of 37,459 students from Odisha have enrolled for the test to be conducted at 84 centres across the State. While Bhubaneswar has the highest number of 31 centres, Cuttack and Sambalpur have 14 centres each, Balasore 11, Berhampur seven, Rourkela five and Angul two. Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare de- Students arriving at Bhubaneswar railway station to appear for NEET exam | IRFANA partment, PK Mohapatra said all arrangements have been made in the seven cities as per the guidelines of the NTA. “Students have been advised to appear for the exam without any fear,” Mohapatra said. The State Government has facilitated free transportation and accommodation to candidates in need. Although there will be no frisking in wake of the Covid-19 infection, students and those on exam duty would have to undergo thermal screening before entering the examination hall. With around 15,600 students appearing the exam in the State Capital alone, Khurda Collector Sanat Kumar Mo- hanty chaired a meeting to review preparedness. Mohanty said following the decision they have decided to allow candidates with high temperature or other symptoms to appear the test in isolation on September 13. A team of doctors will be deployed to attend the students in case of any emergency he added. , Masks and hand sanitisers will be distributed among the candidates free of cost and adequate provisions will be made to maintain social distancing at the examination centres. Special security arrangements would also be put in place by police for smooth conduct of the examination. UNION Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has once again requested Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to implement two flagship welfare schemes, National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) and Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), in the State. Writing to the Chief Minister on Friday Prad, han said, “I once again request you to roll out Ayushman Bharat in Odisha and extend wholehearted support to implementation of NDHM which will provide timely and efficient access to inclusive, affordable, and safe health care to the people of the State,” he said. The NDHM leverages the transformative power of e-governance by introducing the concept of a Unique Healthcare ID (UHID) for every citizen in India and it will be a repository of all health-related information of a person, Pradhan stressed. The UHID will liberate citi- TOTAL CASES 1,46,894 3,777 669 DEATHS RECOVERED 1,12,062 in 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 concerns about the state of India’s financial sector, saying the country ent e re d t h e p an d e mic w it h weaknesses in its financial market. P10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THROWN TO WINDS People crowd the Unit-1 market building violating all Covid-19 norms as it will remain closed on Sunday | IRFANA EXPRESS READ Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial resumes in UK after green light Crucial intra-Afghan talks to forge peace begins in Qatar capital 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 | P9 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 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, Tezpur-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Warrdhan Pande said | P8 zens from the challenges of finding doctors in different locations, seeking appointment, payment of consultation fee, making several visits for prescription and will empower them to make informed decisions for availing the best possible health care services, he added. The Union Minister further said NDHM will bring about a revolution it the country’s healthcare sector where technology will play a leading role in minimising the challenges citizens face while seeking health care. It will greatly benefit the migrant workers and people living in rural areas. “As the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shown us, among the most vulnerable sections of our society are migrant workers who suffer due to the geographic redundancy of social welfare schemes. The nation-wide portability of UHID will greatly benefit migrant workers who will be able to digitally access all their health records anywhere in the country while seeking medical treatment,” Pradhan P5 said in the letter. Low pressure to trigger rainfall in south Odisha ODISHA COVID TALLY FRESH CASES 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 of oxygen. CONTINUED ON: P7 Home isolation blues for Covid patients Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 patients in home isolation are fighting a twin battle - one with the virus and the other with the system that is supposed to absorb their stress, fears and concerns by facilitating support if they develop complications related to the disease during the period and post-Covid | P2 WITH THIS ISSUE THE SHOW MUST GO ON PLUS 12 PAGES A low pressure area likely to form over west-central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast by Sunday will trigger rainfall activity in south Odisha. India Meteorological Department issued an orange warning and predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts and at some places in Rayagada, Kalahandi, Gajapati and Nuapada districts on Sunday . “Light to moderate rainfall or thundershower activity will likely occur at many places in south Odisha districts and at few places in northern region of the State on Sunday said Scientist Umasankar ,” Das. Met office has predicted heavy rainfall at a few districts on Monday . So far, four districts in the State have received deficit rainfall since the monsoon season started. Khurda recorded 29 per cent deficit rainfall, followed by Gajapati 22 per cent, Puri 21 per cent and Balasore 20 per cent during the period. The average rainfall Odisha receives between June 1 and September 12 is 1046.2 mm and has received an additional one per cent rainfall during the period.
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