THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 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 records beckon champion 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 | P11 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 China moved 60k troops to border with India: Pompeo Jagan takes Amaravati land scam fight to SC CPI, fellow Left allies oppose govt move to amend rules of business @T’Puram UDF also unhappy E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e Writes to CJI Bobde on the contours of the benami deals; requests his intervention to ensure neutrality of judiciary in Andhra is restored A move to amend the government’s ‘rules of business’ so as to ensure more power to the chief minister and department secretaries, and thereby clip ministers’ authority, has invited severe opposition from LDF allies. The CPI and other other Left parties opposed the move at the Cabinet sub-committee meet held on Wednesday They . have also conveyed their dissent to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. However, Pinarayi termed the news of amendment a mere speculation and said the draft report is currently under the consideration of the Cabinet panel. The rules of business - a set of rules that governs the gov- The Opposition UDF has voiced it protest saying the move will weaken the democratic system and said it exposed the double standards of the Left, which talks about decentralisation. @ New Delhi US National Security Adviser R o b e r t 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 on his return from Tokyo. He added India will “absolutely need” US help to fight China, which poses danger to regional stability . “I was with my foreign minister counterparts from India, Australia and Japan a for mat 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”. 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 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 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 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 Hindu bodies want Sabarimala pilgrimage season cancelled, may move High Court M a n o j V i s w a n at h a n @ Kochi THE Hindu organisations and seers from Kerala are likely to approach the High Court seeking a directive to the state government to cancel the Sabarimala pilgrimage this season in view of the prevailing Covid situation. The two-month pilgrimage will start on November 16. A virtual meeting of seers and Hindu organisations on Saturday decided to seek the opinion of Sabarimala Thantri Kandararu Rajeevaru and other stakeholders before taking a final call. However, most of the leaders were of the opinion that the restrictions imposed by the government, including a ban on Pampa snanam (bathing in River Pampa) and ghee abhishekam, will dilute the sanctity of the pilgrimage. The 41-day penance and the string of rituals that start with wearing the sacred mudramala form the essence of the pilgrimage. Pampa snanam and ghee abhishekam are integral part of the pilgrimage, the seers opined. The restrictions imposed by the government are not practical and will only create confusion. In these circumstances, the pilgrimage should be cancelled and the rituals and practices should be performed without allowing pilgrims into the temple, the leaders opined. Swami Chidanandapuri presided over the meeting. The Sabarimala Kar ma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various Hindu organisations, has already submitted a memorandum to the governor and the chief minister in ● More on P5 this regard. 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 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. 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 Q&A: p9 express read Custody death: Murder charges on jail officials Thrissur: The Thrissur police slapped murder charges on Viyyur Central Jail officials over their suspected involvement in the death of ganja case accused P P Shameer, 32, allegedly while in custody. It is believed that force was used against Shameer when he tried to flee the Covid care centre. Police said the fact that Shameer had inadvertently caused an injury to an official also prompted the violence. P5 Rise of the Street Beat E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e ernment’s routine administrative business - was last amended 15 years ago. In 2018, the then Left government had entrusted a five-member panel of secretaries with the task of proposing changes to the rules. When the draft report came up for discussion before the five-member Cabinet committee, ministers E Chandrasekharan and S Krishnankutty op- Customs invokes COFEPOSA against Swapna, Sandeep E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Sivasankar grilled for 12 hours yet again THE Customs Commissionerate (Preventive), Kerala, has invoked the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA) against prime accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair in the case related to the smuggling of gold via the diplomatic channel. The central board for COFEPOSA approved Customs’ proposal to invoke the Act on Friday . Following this, the duo will be kept in preventive detention one year. They are likely to be moved to Thiruvananthapuram Central Jail where other COFEPOSA accused are lodged. Move to impose COFEPOSA comes after the duo received bail in the case filed by the Customs. Similarly, there is a possibility that Swapna may get a statutory bail in the case registered by the Enforcement Directorate. Kochi: The Customs questioned CM’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar for 12 hours for the second straight day. The interrogation on Saturday was mostly based on digital evidence, call data record and his trips to Gulf countries. Customs will give Sivasankar two days to defend his position. P4 @ Kochi Furthermore, since Sandeep has given a confession statement to the National Investigation Agency there is possibility , that he may be released if he turns approver. “The proposal for COFEPOSA was presented before the Central Board and was approved on Friday We have . initiated steps to impose the Act against the duo. The order has been handed over to jail authorities,” an official said. The agency is likely to impose COFEPOSA against other accused persons in the case later. today’s IPL matches srh vs rr Two Australian captains face off in Dubai. For RR, Ben Stokes might be available. 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 t ar Sp o r t s 1 / H o t s t ar @ 3 . 3 0 P M posed many of the proposals. “Proposals that give more powers to secretaries cannot be accepted in a democratic system. Ministers have recorded their dissent and forwarded it to the chief minister. Since these are rules concerning the Cabinet, they can only be accepted after the Cabinet’s final approval,” said a senior CPI leader. A K Balan is the convener of the panel, and A K Saseendran and Ramachandran Kadannappally are the members. While some of the suggestions are to speed up the file movement, the proposal to provide primary responsibility to secretaries could see them taking a final call on files keeping the minister concerned in the dark. This may severely deplete the elected legislators’ ● More on P4 authority . daily count in Kerala biggest among states 11,755 positive cases reported in Kerala was the biggest single-day spike among states on Saturday, ahead of Maharashtra (11,416) & Karnataka (10,517) | P4 7,570 recoveries 66,228 samples tested 17.46% test positivity rate 95,918 active cases 13-year-old boy dies in Kannur Kannur: A 13-year-old boy died of Covid at the Kannur Medical College Hospital, Pariyaram, on Saturday. The deceased is Cherukarakkunnel Joson, son of Jimmy Jose, of Therthalli. He was a Class 8 student of the St Mary’s HSS Alakkode. Joson tested positive on October 8. His condition deteriorated and he was put on ventilator support. vayalar literary award for ezhacherry Poet Ezhacherry Ramachandran won the award for his collection ‘Oru Virginian Veyilkalam’ (A Virginian Summer). Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will present the award on October 27. P2 Forced to flee RBI: Can’t extend moratorium period New Delhi: A loan moratorium exceeding six months might result in ‘vitiating the overall credit discipline’, which will have a ‘debilitating impact’ on the process of credit creation in the economy, the RBI told the Supreme Court. In an affidavit, the RBI said a long period could impact credit behaviour of borrowers and increase risks of delinquencies post resumption of scheduled payments. PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE 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. continued on: p7 CBI takes over probe into Hathras case New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday issued a notification for the CBI to take over probe into the alleged gang-rape and death of a 19-year-old woman in Hathras, officials said on Saturday. The notification has been marked to a suitable branch of the agency, and probe teams will be dispatched to the crime scene along with forensic experts immediately after the registration of an FIR. Sources said that the agency will register an FIR anytime soon and start the investigation.
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