BENGALURU THURSDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION MARADONA REUNITES WITH HAND OF GOD S W A R O O P S W A M I N AT H A N @ Chennai EVERY so often, an athlete shows the world the possibilities of talent. Every so often, an athlete shows that it is possible to inspire millions among millions. Every so often, an athlete shows the world it is possible to make athiests believe. Diego Armando Maradona made the world believe that he was a superior being, sent down to inspire, spread joy and elevate the DIEGO MARADONA potential of The Beautiful Game. On Wednesday, the Argentine great passed away after a heart attack following a brain surgery earlier this month. The 60-year-old’s death shocked not only the football OCT 30, 1960 NOV 25, 2020 world but the wider community as well. In a year that has brought about unprecedented chaos to the world, Maradona’s passing away will arguably be the single most piece of news that will reverberate with the most. Hailing from Villa Fiorita, one of Argentina’s poorer localities, he conquered the world in 1986. He will be live on in memories of videos describing his immortal abilities P17 with a football. 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 Will complete term as CM, signals BSY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NIVAR-AN, AS CHENNAI SPARED Cyclone moves on fresh path, skips Chennai, Delta districts Slow-moving weather system makes landfall at 10.30 pm @ Mysuru AMID on-and-off talk of a change of guard in the state, CM B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday sought to send out a clear message that he will complete his term in office. Yediyurappa told reporters that reconstruction of the famous Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple at Mudukuthore in Mysuru district, will be completed within the next two years, during his tenure as CM. He announced `10 crore for the temple project and promised additional funds in the second phase. Yediyurappa, who is on a three-day tour of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar to launch various development works, also said the party top brass will give its nod for cabinet expansion in next two days. P4 D K SHIVAKUMAR APPEARS BEFORE CBI The KPCC chief was summoned in a disproportionate assets case. He was grilled for more than an hour at the agency office | P4 Karnataka braces for Nivar impact, alert in some parts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai IT was a nail-biter, as the severe cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ kept shifting its movement and patterns – keeping both public and disaster managers on tenterhooks – until it made landf all at 10.30 pm on Wednesday As per the weath. er update received at 11.15 pm, the slow-moving storm is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast, 30 km north of Puducherry, around 2 am Thursday . Despite the initial threats, the cyclone spared Chennai and the Delta districts by taking a new path. However, under the influence of the weather system, these districts received very heavy rainfall. As per the weather bulletin issued at 11.15 pm, “the storm was located 50 km eastnortheast of Cuddalore, and 115 km away from Chennai.” “It would take three hours for the centre of the cyclone to cross the coast and reach land,” said S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology at RMC. “Wind Public holiday today in 16 TN districts and in Puducherry E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru/Mysuru Fire officials rescue people affected by the flood due to incessant rains at Velacherry in Chennai on Wednesday | ASHWIN PRASATH speed would be around 120-130 kmph, gusting at 145 kmph. Even after landfall, the system is likely to maintain its cyclone intensity for about six hours and then weaken gradually.” Norther n Tamil Nadu and Delta districts will continue to receive heavy rainfall, as will southern parts of Andhra Pradesh. In the last three days alone, Chennai has received over 30 cm of rainfall as a result of the cyclonic impact. Several areas of Chennai witnessed waterlogging despite high-technology machinery being deployed to clear out blockages. Low-lying areas and former lake-beds that have now turned into habitations were flooded. The airport was shut for 12 hours and small aircraft were moved to safer spots. Even before the actual storm hit, the city lost 80 trees to rain and strong winds. Addressing the media earlier in the evening, minister RB Udhayakumar said that over 1.2 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps from vulnerable areas in the Delta districts. CONTINUED ON: P7 WITH Cyclone Nivar headed for the Tamil Nadu coast, most parts of south-interior and coastal Karnataka are expected to receive rainfall for the next two days and also witness a dip in temperature. Speaking about Karnataka’s preparedness, CM B S Yediyurappa said that the government has taken all precautionary measures as heavy rain is expected in Bengaluru and neighbouring districts. “I have directed the district authorities to take all necessary measures. An alert has been sounded in a few places while rescue and relief personnel have been placed on standby he said. ,” The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Mandya and Tumkuru districts on November 25 and 26. Meanwhile, the South Western Railways has cancelled two trains originating from Bengaluru to Chennai on Thursday . Congress loses its best backroom crisis manager R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi AHMED Patel’s demise couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Congress, which is struggling to deal with the revolt by a group of veteran leaders seeking radical changes in the party. His death could, however, pave the way for organisational and generational changes in the party . Patel, 71, who passed away in a Gurugram hospital on Wednesday Ahmed Patel Aug 21, 1949 Nov 25, 2020 following complications related to Covid-19, was known for his political acumen to take everyone, including the warring young CONTINUED ON: P9 and old guards, together.
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