WARANGAL SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION BLOCKBUSTER SUNDAY AFTER SWIATEK SATURDAY IN PARIS French Open ruler Rafael Nadal meets World No 1 Novak Djokovic in ﬁnal as Polish teen Iga Swiatek wins women’s title LOUD AND CLEAR RECORD PLAYERS Djokovic is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title and a second French Open which would make him the first man in half a century to win all four Slams twice. Defending champion Nadal, the World No 2, can win a 13th Roland Garros and 20th Major which would tie the all-time men’s record held by Roger Federer. Djokovic, 33, has a 29-26 edge over Nadal. 9-6 CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF ANOTHER KIND ■ ■ ■ Djokovic beat Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 in a close contest late on Friday after Nadal’s straight set win over Diego Schwartzman Djokovic is one of two men to have beaten Nadal here in 15 years Nadal has a 6-1 career edge over Djokovic at Roland Garros. Odds are in favour of Nadal at 7/10. Djokovic is at 13/10 NADAL LEADS DJOKOVIC IN GRAND SLAM MEETINGS 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 High Court employee found dead in flooded cellar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad A day after heavy rains battered Hyderabad, a 55-yearold employee of the Telangana High Court was found dead in the flooded cellar of his apartment at Musheerabad early on Saturday . The intensity of Friday’s downpour — 15 cm in a matter of three hours — was such that Raj Kumar got trapped in the cellar and is believed to have drowned, the police suspect. A preliminary post-mortem examination has even shown water in his lungs and the police have re gistered a case of suspicious death. Late on F r i d a y evening, Raj Ku m a r i n G Raj Kumar for med his family that he was stepping out to buy some household items from a nearby store. As he did not return for long, they started to search for him in the area but could not find him. They finally approached the authorities, following which a team of the GHMC’s Disaster Response Force reached the apartment. Using a motor, the team pumped out the water from the cellar and found Raj Kumar dead. The police shifted the body to a mortuary and handed it over to the family after an autopsy Samples have been . collected from the cellar for forensic examination and the police will take action based on the final report. Jagan takes Amaravati land scam fight to SC Writes to CJI Bobde on the contours of the benami deals; requests his intervention to ensure neutrality of judiciary in Andhra is restored EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada IT is official. The confrontation between the Andhra Pradesh government and the High Court has now snowballed into an open war. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde apprising him of the recent happenings in the High Court in particular reference to the alleged intervention of sitting Supreme Court judge Justice NV Ramana to protect the interests of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu. He urged the CJI to look into the material placed before him and consider initiating steps as may be considered fit to ensure the State judiciary’s neutrality is maintained. Revealing this at a press meet late Saturday evening, Principal Advisor to the CM Ajeya Kallam said the government placed material before the Chief Justice of India pinpointing instances of Justice Ramana’s proximity to Naidu, his interventions to help TDP, and his acts of judicial impropriety when he served as judge of the High Court in Hyderabad. This is perhaps the first time that a Chief Minister has written to the CJI against a Supreme Court judge and the Chief Justice and judges of a High Court. Clarifying that the government’s effort is only to sensitise the SC about the acts of a few judges of the High Court, Kallam said the chief minis- ter’s letter itself indicates the enormous respect he and his government have towards the judiciary. However, the letter itself is nothing less than explosive. The Chief Minister explained at length to the CJI that there were various complaints about the “acts of malfeasance” of Naidu and his close associates and as such, his government, elected with a massive mandate, was well within its constitutional rights to scrutinise the erstwhile TDP government’s misdeeds. Narrating the sequence of events, he said a Cabinet Subcommittee, formed to examine the TDP regime’s decisions, found that Naidu and others had amassed huge wealth through illegal means, including illegal transactions of purchase of approximately 4,000 acres. The report was endorsed by the Assembly and the government urged the Centre to order a CBI probe, he recalled, adding it was done so to avoid allegations of political vendetta by the TDP From hereon, in . his letter, Jagan underscored the role of Justice Ramana and said it was his painful duty to place on record that during the course of enquiries by the Cab- China moved 60K troops: Pompeo EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has accused China of trying to take control of the LAC by force, even as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing has amassed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border. O’Brien said the time has come to realise that talks will not help change China’s aggressive stance. “There’s nothing to be gained from looking the other way or turning the other cheek. We’ve been doing that for far too long,” he said. Pompeo, after a meeting with the foreign ministers of the other three Quad countries in Tokyo, lashed out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour”. “The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border,” he said during an interview upon his return from Tokyo. He added that India will “absolutely need” US help to fight China, which poses great danger to regional stability . “I was with my foreign minister counterparts from India, Australia and Japan a format that we call the ‘Quad’, four big democracies, four powerful economies, four nations, each of whom has real risk associated with the threats imposed, attempting to be imposed by the Communist Party ,” Pompeo said. He said people of the Quad nations are now beginning to realize that “We slept off the China threat for too long”. Pompeo also lashed out at the previous US administrations for its China policy. “For decades, the West allowed the Chinese Communist Party to walk all over us. The previous administration bent a knee, too often allowed China to steal our intellectual properties and the millions of jobs that came along with it,” he said. Pompeo met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on the sidelines of the Quad meet. The two agreed to work to improve peace and security in the Indo-Pacific. inet Sub-Committee and later, various questionable transactions in Amaravati have come to light. The transactions, Jagan pointed out, took place in the interregnum period between Naidu’s swearing-in as CM and public announcement of the capital location in Amaravati. After giving a detailed account of the transactions, the Chief Minister explained how the High Court has stayed through an interim order “further proceedings arising from the Cabinet Sub-Committee report, even after being apprised that the matter is before the Union of India.” Besides, he also brought to the CJI’s notice how the High Cour t Chief Justice Maheswari had stayed further probe on an FIR filed by the A n t i - C o r r u p t i o n B u re a u against former Advocate General Dammalapati Srinivas and 12 others in the Amaravati scam and even gagged the media from reporting on the contents of the FIR. Alleging that Justice Ramana’s proximity to Naidu is too well-known, he cited former Supreme Court judge Justice Chelameswar who “placed this fact on record with Evidence.” Elaborating on the alleged manipulation of the High Court, Jagan said sittings of the high court including the roster of a few judges were being influenced on important matters relating to the TDP. The Chief Minister enclosed a detailed annexure to the letter explaining the same citing specific instances. Register non-agri property by October 20 The Cabinet approved other amendments to the GHMC Act, 1955 to improve the functioning of division committees and provide reservation to divisions in the ensuing elections. It also extended the deadline by ten days for enrolling non-agriculture properties online, i.e. till October 20 The Central government’s decisions on agriculture are a serious setback to farmers. Maize farmers will not even get minimum support price Telangana Cabinet CAG not to compile accounts of Ladakh NEW DELHI: In an unexpected move, the government has relieved the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) from compiling the accounts of the Union Terrotory of Ladakh. In a Gazette notification issued on October 9, the finance ministry said the CAG will not compile accounts of Laddakh with effect from this fiscal. “The President, after consultation with the CAG, hereby relieves the CAG from the responsibility for compiling the accounts of the Administration of the Union territory of Ladakh (without Legislature), with effect from 2020-2021,” the finance ministry said in the notification. While no immediate reason could be given for the change, finance ministry sources said, the accounts will be compiled by the Comptroller General of Accounts and it will still be open to audit by the CAG. Dalit victims of atrocities face double trouble A Dalit woman in Bhopar village of Rajasthan’s Dausa district was allegedly raped by two boys, Mahendra and Jeetram, belonging to the Gujjar community in July 2019. When her family lodged an FIR, the dominant caste was so enraged that they burnt her house, thrashed her family members and even threatened to kill them. Petrified by the repeated threats, the victim and her family fled to Mahua town, about 10 km from their village, where they eke out a living as labourers earning only `500-600 a day. “We were beaten up and our house was burnt down. We were told that we would be killed if we didn’t leave the village. The police took money from the accused and didn’t help us. The government also didn’t help us,” said Mahesh Chand, the victim’s brother-in-law. The Dausa family’s troubles only underline what many Dalit victims of atrocities face. Like the Hathras rape victim’s family, which has alleged that Thakurs, the community to which the accused belong, are threatening them to leave the village, the travails of many Dalit families who face atrocities do not end with the crime committed against them. The upper castes hound them to such an extent that many are forced to flee their village and struggle for a living. In Dausa’s Dhigariya Kapur village, five men allegedly raped a minor in a car in her neighbourhood in June 2017. Some of the accused belonged to the upper caste. After an FIR was registered, the victim’s family was threatened and told to settle the case. But when they did not, the threats increased and the minor’s family had to flee the village. “We had to leave the village as we couldn’t live with the culprits around us. They would stalk us on trial dates. They also forcibly took away our 4 bighas of land. My father now runs a small tea stall,” the victim’s brother said. CONTINUED ON P7 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad WOMEN will get 50 per cent reservation in divisions in the upcoming Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election, the Telangana Cabinet decided on Saturday . During a meeting at Pragathi Bhavan ahead of the civic body poll, the Cabinet also decided to amend the GHMC Act, 1955 to provide the reservation. T his means, women will get 75 divisions of the total 150. The Cabinet also approved other amendments to the Act to improve the functioning of division committees and provide reservation to divisions in the ensuing elections. It extended the deadline by 10 more days for enrolling non-agriculture properties online. Now, people can furnish their property details till October 20. The Cabinet also discussed the policy of integrated township in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) limits. The Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also discussed agriculture issues and paddy procurement. It decided to set up 6,000 purchase centres for buying Kharif paddy at villages. There is no deadline for procuring paddy and the purchases Rise of the Street Beat BANISHED RAJESH ASNANI & RAJESH KUM A R T H A K U R @ Jaipur/Patna CABINET DECIDES TO RESERVE 50% SEATS FOR WOMEN IN GHMC POLLS GOVT REMAINS A MUTE SPECTATOR, SAYS ACTIVIST Like the Hathras rape victim’s family, which has alleged that Thakurs, the community to which the accused belong, are threatening them to leave the village, the travails of many Dalit families who face atrocities do not end with the crime committed against them. The upper castes hound them to such an extent that many are forced to flee their village. The Centre for Dalit Human Rights, an NGO in Jaipur, has submitted to the Rajasthan HC a list of 17 documented cases in which Dalit families had to flee their homes following threats from powerful upper castes. ‘‘The governmental system has not changed and there is no political will to tackle such atrocities. The administration remains a mute spectator as powerful castes continue to oppress weaker sections,” said Satish Kumar, the centre’s director would continue till the last grain is procured from farmers, the Cabinet resolved. The Cabinet, however, requested the farmers to ensure that the paddy brought to the purchasing centre should not have more than 17 per cent moisture. It also discussed the lack of market for maize crop. “The Central government’s decisions on agriculture are a serious set back to farmers. Maize farmers will not even get support price,” the Cabinet lamented. Wondering why the Centre was importing maize at a time when the country has excess stock of the crop, the Cabinet decided to take a cautious approach in allowing the cultivation in Telangana. Amendments to NALA Act The Cabinet approved another Bill allowing the people to apply online for converting their agriculture land into non-agriculture land under the Non-Agricultural Lands Assessment Act (NALA). When there was a human interface for converting the land, officials were misusing their powers. Thus, the Cabinet decided to amend the Act to function the system without a human interface. It also approved minor amendments to the existing Registration Act. TODAY’S IPL MATCHES SRH VS RR Two Australian captains face off in Dubai. For RR, Ben Stokes might be available. PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE ODDS : SRH 4/5 | RR 11/10 MI VS DC It is a battle of the top two teams in the second match of the day, in Abu Dhabi. ODDS : MI 4/5 | DC 25/19 L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 3 . 3 0 P M
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