MADURAI SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 LATE 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 FUND INFLOW Report: TN, second-most favoured by investors EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE pandemic has taken its toll on the economy but Tamil Nadu has managed to continuously attract investments, shows new data. The State came second in the list of most-favoured destinations among private investors in the country, said a report by Projects Today an , online databank of new and ongoing projects in India. As per the report, the State attracted `23,332 crore worth investments in 132 projects in the second quarter of this financial year. Chhattisgarh topped the list with `35,771 crore worth projects. TN stood at the top of the list in the first quarter, cornering 18.6 per cent of the total fresh investments in India. Experts say that TN continuing to be among top performers for the second time indicates the investor confidence, even during the pandemic. However, the report points out that investments are much lesser compared to the same period in the last two financial years. Among the major sectors, drugs and pharma, healthcare, roadways, e-commerce and social infrastructure will see increased investment in coming months, said the report, adding that automobiles, steel, cement and capital goods will wait for revival in overall demand before chalking out fresh investment plans. Currently, hard-hit sectors like construction, tourism and aviation will need some handholding to post recovery in the second half of FY21. 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 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) SA Bobde apprising him of the recent happenings in the High Court in particular reference to the intervention of sitting Supreme Court judge Justice NV Ramana to protect the interests of TDP and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu. Revealing this at a press meet late Saturday evening, Principal Advisor to the CM Ajeya Kallam said the government placed material before the CJI pinpointing instances of Justice N V Ramana’s proximity to Naidu, his interventions to help TDP, his acts of judicial impropriety when he served as judge of the HC. This is perhaps the first time that a State government has written to the CJI against 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 CM’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 said, adding it was done so to avoid allegations and propaganda of political vendetta by the TDP . From hereon, in his letter, Jagan underscored the role of Justice NV Ramana. “It is my painful duty to place on record that in the course of enquiry by the cabinet sub-committee and also during the course of preliminary investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)... it came to light that two daughters of Sri Justice N V Ramana and some of his close associates and relatives are beneficiaries of various questionable transactions of land within the area which eventually came to be notified as location of the new capital proposed by Chandrababu Naidu.” The transactions, Jagan pointed out, took place in the interrugnum period between Extending loan moratorium will impact borrowers’ credit behaviour: RBI to SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OPPOSING any further extension of loan moratorium, the Reserve Bank of India has told the Supreme Court such a move will adversely impact the credit behaviour of borrowers. In a fresh affidavit filed in the apex court, RBI said a moratorium for six months was permitted to offer a temporary reprieve to borrowers hit by the pandemic. It said a longer moratorium may vitiate the overall credit discipline and small borrowers with limited access to formal lending channels will end up bearing the brunt. ‘Lift stay on NPA classification’ RBI sought immediate lifting of the SC’s stay on NPA classification of accounts as it undermines its regulatory mandate. The top court had on September 4 ordered a stay on the classification of NPAs till further orders RBI filed the affidavit in response to the SC’s October 5 order asking it and the Centre to place on record the K V Kamath panel recommendations on debt restructuring on various sectors as well as the notifications CAG NOT TO COMPILE ACCOUNTS OF LADAKH NEW DELHI: The Centre has relieved the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) from compiling the accounts of the Union Territory of Ladakh. In a Gazette notification issued on October 9, the Union finance ministry said the CAG will not compile accounts of Ladakh with effect from April 1, 2020. “The President, after consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General, hereby relieves the Comptroller and AuditorGeneral from the responsibility for compiling the accounts of the Administration of the Union territory of Ladakh (without Legislature), with effect from the financial year 2020-2021,” the finance ministry said in the notification. While no reason was given for the change, sources said the accounts will be compiled by the Comptroller General of Accounts (CGA) but it will still be open to audit by the CAG. Officials said there is nothing unexpected in the move. Rise of the Street Beat PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE issued on loan moratorium. Citing the committee’s suggestions, RBI stated it has agreed to treat a few sectors differently as certain ratios are not relevant for sectors such as aviation, automobile, manufacturing, roads and wholesale trading because of their nature. “The Expert Committee has recommended sector-specific thresholds to the mandatory financial parameters, which are more liberal than normal lending financial benchmarks”, it argued. Separate thresholds have been prescribed to at least 26 sectors including power and real estate to arrive at resolution plans. Naidu’s swearing-in as CM and public announcement of the capital location in Amaravati. “From the records, it appears that a few transactions were routed through the then additional advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas. It is a notorious fact that Srinivas is too closely associated with Justice NV Ramana and N Chandrababu Naidu with whose blessings he eventually became the Advocate General,” he said, adding that while being a judge of the high court at Hyderabad, Justice Ramana had extended favours to Srinivas which constitute “acts of judicial impropriety .” Jagan also said the Justice Ramana’s proximity to Naidu is too well-known and cited former Supreme Court judge Justice Chalameshwar who “placed this fact on record with Evidence.” He futher said Justice Ramana has been influencing the sittings of the high court including the roster of a few judges and matters relating to the TDP have been allocated to a few judges only . “The above clearly demonstrates the nexus of Sri Justice Ramana, TDP and a few judges of the High Court,” he said and cited the stay orders issued by HC Chief Justice Justice Maheswari on probe against Dammalapati Srinivas and gagging media from reporting on the FIR against him. 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’s judiciary’s neutrality is maintained. Jagan enclosed documents and annexures to his letter to substantiate the allegations against Justice Ramana. INTERVIEW A CONTRARIAN VIEW ON PAKISTAN Irish journalist Declan Walsh discusses with TNIE the role of military in Pakistan and how the way it has dealt with Baloch separatists has exacerbated the country’s destabilisation DECLAN WALSH Journalist, The New York Times FULL REPORT: P9 China has moved 60,000 troops to border with India, says 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 behav- iour”. “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 Traffic cops don new roles, come to the rescue of city roads S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O SRH VS RR ODDS : SRH 4/5 | RR 11/10 Tax worry? Meet Mr. Vari from Chennai corporation @ Chennai A traffic policeman stands guard to his ‘adopted’ stretch | BALA SAI RH ed even after constant pestering,” said an officer. “Though this may look small, we have put in a lot of effort so that it helps motorists. We adopted a 500-metre stretch where we installed new signboards, flash lights on median breaks for the sake of motorists,” said Ramesh from Poonamallee Traffic Enforcement. He added, “We have also put up reflective sign boards on one-ways, alongside heavy barricades, so that people do not move it when policemen are not around. We also painted the pedestrian crossP4 ing last week.” TODAY’S IPL MATCHES Two Australian captains face off in Dubai. For RR, Ben Stokes might be available. TIME TO PAY N I R U PA M A V I S W A N AT H A N @ Chennai IT was yet another busy week for Inspector Ramesh and his team. Not only were they involved with the regular traffic regulation and checking violation, but also they were erecting reflective sign boards, flash lights to warn median breaks, extending the stone median and laying huge unmovable barricades to slow down the traffic. This is all part of the Chennai city traffic police’s new initiative – adopting a road – wherein a traffic police station would improve conditions of a small stretch of road in its limits. In the first phase, the city police are targeting as many as 65 hotspots, such as accident-prone zones, heavy traffic congestion areas, and bottlenecks. “Usually this work is shared with at least three different departments dragging the process for several days. To paint a speed breaker and a zebra crossing, the departments ask for days of paperwork, and won’t be complet- 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 together to improve peace and security in the Indo-Pacific and across the world. 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 ITS time to pay taxes and that means a bumpy ride under the scorching sun to the corporation office, lengthy queues and tons of jargon in a piece of paper. However, the times have changed and so has the technology – everything runs on your fingertips now, with the mobile applications and internet payment method. This time around, the Greater Chennai Corporation has come up with new ways to improve its tax collection. The civic body has unveiled two new modules – introduction of a new mascot “Vari” Kumar, and a performance-based reward system for the civic body’s tax collectors. “Vari” (tax) Kumar, who is now the face of all tax-related messages from the civic body on its social media platforms, is represented as a middleaged city resident, who is not worried at all, and do you know why? Because, as a dutybound taxpaying citizen of this country, “Vari” Kumar has paid his taxes on time. “Vari” Kumar is also set to be a common face to Chennaiites for a few days, now. The city corporation plans to use the mascot to persuade residents to pay up property taxes, before October 15. Those residents paying the property tax before the given deadline will get the added bonus of a five per cent rebate (up to `5,000), according to corporation offiP4 cials. FORCED TO FLEE Dalit victims of atrocities face double trouble RAJESH ASNANI & RAJESH K U M A R T H A K U R @ Jaipur/Patna 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 members lodged an FIR, the dominant caste was so enraged that they burnt her house, thrashed her family members and even threatened to kill all of 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 brotherin-law. The Dausa family’s troubles only underline what many Dalit victims of atrocities face. Like the Hathras rape victim’s fami- ly, 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. T he upper castes hound the Dalits to such an extent that many are forced to flee their village and relocate elsewhere, where they struggle for a living without government support. 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. Govt remains a mute spectator, says activist The Centre for Dalit Human Rights, an NGO in Jaipur, has submitted to the Rajasthan High Court 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. As a result, the administration remains a mute spectator as powerful castes continue to oppress weaker sections,” said Satish Kumar, the centre’s director
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