bhubaneswar l sunday l OCTOBER 11, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l 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 close encounter of another kind 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. ■ ■ ■ 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 | P11 9-6 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 RBI against extension of loan moratorium e x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ 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. 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 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. 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 E x p r e s s ne w s Se r v i c e @ 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 gover nment 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. Dalit victims face double trouble R a j e s h A s n a n i & R a j e s h 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 brother-in-law. The Dausa family’s troubles only underline CBI takes over probe what many Dalit victims into Hathras case of atrocities face. Like New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday the Hathras rape victim’s issued a notification for the CBI to family which has alleged take over probe into the alleged , that Thakurs, the com- gang-rape and death of a 19-yearmunity to which the ac- old woman in Hathras, officials said cused belong, are threat- on Saturday. The notification has ening them to leave the been marked to a suitable branch village, the travails of of the agency, and probe teams will many Dalit families who be dispatched to the crime scene face atrocities do not end along with forensic experts with the crime commit- immediately after the registration of an FIR. Sources said that the ted against them. The upper castes hound agency will register an FIR anytime the Dalits to such an ex- soon and start the investigation. tent 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 p7 runs a small tea stall,” the victim’s brother said. Rise of the Street Beat PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE 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 minister’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 gover nment’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 Cabinet 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 Court Chief Justice Maheswari had stayed further probe on an FIR filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau 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. China has moved 60,000 troops to border with India, says Pompeo E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ 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- Interview 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 BMC seals office, Sarangi terms it a vindictive act E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar 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 Q&A: p9 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. A day after the Odisha Government wrote to Centre alleging violation of Covid-19 norms by Bhubaneswar MP and BJP national spokesperson Aparajita Sarangi, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday sealed her office at Palaspalli here for 15 days. A team led by BMC Zonal Deputy Commissioner (SouthWest) Rabinarayan Jethy went to the office and sealed the premises. “ Action has been taken in view of the violation of Covid norms. The office will be sanitised before reopening after 15 days,” Jethy said. On Friday Minister of State (Home) , Dibya Shankar Mishra wrote a letter to Union Minister of State (Home) Nityanand Rai alleging violation of Covid-19 guidelines by the Bhubaneswar MP during her birthday celebrations on October 8. A video of the event showed Sarangi surrounded by a large number of women, who were neither wearing face masks nor maintaining social distance. The BMC has also sought name and address of the people present in the function for their Covid test. “In case, any of the participants is found to be positive, appropriate medical intervention like home isolation or admission to Covid Care Centre or hospital will be followed,” P5 Jethy said.
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