BHUBANESWAR l thursday l november 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l 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 the world 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 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 world but the wider community as Diego Maradona 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. That is the impact he had, from Buenos Aires to Brisbane and from Arctic to the Antartic. Walk around Asia or Europe or Africa or the Americas or Oceania and the chances of one Oct 30, 1960 Nov 25, 2020 coming across a mural of Maradona is very high. Even if he was a legend, a curly-haired freak of nature, people readily identified with him. Hailing from Villa Fiorita, one of Argentina’s poorer localities, he conquered the world in 1986. That he suffered from drug problems while shouldering the unreal expectations of a football-mad nation only embel- lished what he managed to do on a football field, his natural habitat. He will be live on in memories of videos describing his immortal abilities with a football. As he dribbled past the English side to score one of the most iconic goals ever at the 1986 World Cup, the commentator described it as: “what planet did you P13 come from”. Indeed. 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 Authorities said it would take three hours for the centre of the cyclone to cross the coast and reach land IMD says even after landfall, the system is likely to maintain its intensity for about 6 hours Chennai Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph very likely to prevail over interior districts Puducherry Cuddalore Nagapattinam The storm is expected to cross the coast, 30 km north of Puducherry at around 2 am Fire officials rescue people affected by the flood due to incessant rains at Velacherry in Chennai on Wednesday | ASHWIN PRASATH nivar-an, as chennai spared Cyclone passes through fresh path, avoiding Chennai & Delta districts E X PR E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Chennai IT was a nail-biter, as the severe cyclonic storm Nivar kept shifting its movements and patterns – keeping both public and disaster managers on tenterhooks – until it made a landfall at 10.30 pm on Wednesday . As per the update received at 11.15 pm, the slow-moving storm is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast, 30 km north of Puducherry at 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 east-northeast of Cuddalore, and 115 km away from Chennai.” Slow-moving system makes landfall at 10.30 pm “It would take three hours for the centre of the cyclone to cross the coast and reach the land,” said S Balachandran, deputy director general of meteorology at RMC. “Wind 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 6 hours and then weaken gradually.” Northern 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. IFS officer in Vigilance net, searches in 4 states E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i ce @ Bhubaneswar In a cross-country operation and one of its biggest, the Odisha Vigilance carried out searches in four states following allegations of senior IFS officer Dr Abhay Kant Pathak accumulating disproportionate assets to his known sources of income. In Bhubaneswar, searches were conducted at Pathak’s residence, office, his 3 BHK flat in Vivekananda Marg, house of a relatives and a driver, among others. There were reports of huge cash being seized from a house in Ghatikia in the Capi- tal city Similarly, the anti-cor. ruption agency’s sleuths conducted searches at a flat in Koregaon Park and farmhouse at Bhugaon area in Pune. Vigilance sources said, the searches were conducted at five places in Bhubaneswar, seven in Mumbai and Pune, at different places in Bihar and Rajasthan’s Udaipur by 150 officers and staff of various divisions of the Vigilance Directorate of Odisha. Pathak, an Additional PCCF ranked officer in charge of Plan, Programme and Afforestation, has been overseeing the department’s massive plantation activiP7 ties for last 3 years. Low-lying areas and former lakebeds 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. “Two Naval ships have been roped in from Visakhapatnam, and are stationed off the TN coast, to deal with emergencies.” The minister said that 1.89 per cent of cellphone towers in the State have been affected by rains. However, as the optic fibre cable network has not faced any dis- @ New Delhi A Supreme Court bench on Wednesday vacated a media gag order issued by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on reporting about a first information report (FIR) filed by the state’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the Amaravati land scam case. The case became a hot potato as the FIR names former advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas and two daughters of a senior apex court judge. However, the bench did not lift the high court’s stay into the ACB probe. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notice and slated the matter for final hearing in January last week. It also asked the high court not to decide on Srinivas’ writ petition till it (SC bench) adjudicates the matter. During the hearing, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for the Andhra government, argued that the interim high court order barring probe and gagging the media, couldn’t have been passed at all. The writ petition by Srinivas, Dhavan said, alleged malafide but offered nothing on record to corroborate it. “This was an entirely a political writ ruptions, communication channels are still open in all areas. The fishing community in Nagapattinam and adjoining areas – which are still recovering from the impact of Gaja and Ockhi – expressed serious concerns about the impact of yet another cyclone. “We have not seen the waves rise this high ever before,” said Lakshmanan, a fisherman. “We faced severe losses during the last two cyclones and have just started rebuilding our lives. We cannot afford to lose once again,” he said. Most fishermen along the coast have brought their boats to the land using tractors. Based on the weather bulletin, the impact is unlikely to be severe in Nagapattinam this time. For latest updates, log onto www.newindianexpress.com 30 teams of NDRF pressed into action in TN, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh Indian Navy deploys 2 ships to assist relief works 80 trees uprooted in Chennai ahead of cyclone 10 boats with 60 fishers still at sea off Karaikal coast 50,000 people moved to relief camps in Cuddalore Kalia ‘separated’ from Jaga forever E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i ce @ Bhubaneswar/Cuttack Kalia, one of the conjoined twins who had been separated in a highly acknowledged surgical feat at AIIMS-Delhi in 2017, succumbed at the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, on Wednesday evening. The twins had been under treatment at SCBMCH since their discharge from AIIMS last year. The five-year-old Kalia had been suffering from complications for the last few months. A special ICU was set up on the first floor of the casualty where he was under treatment. He had developed pneumonia and was put on ventilator support on September 28. His condition SC lifts Andhra HC’s media gag order on Amaravati land scam reportage E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i ce Public holiday today in 16 districts of Tamil Nadu and in Puducherry petition against the CM and this government,” he emphasised. Pointing to suspicious transactions involving Srinivas and others, Dhavan said, “Should such a complaint be investigated or not? This is the simplest question here.” Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the former A-G, said, “My client is targeted because he was appearing for the (former) CM. This case reeks of malafide. This is worse than Emergency CBI did not do any. thing. My reputation is being damaged.” Continued on: P9 something extraordinarily special? Media can be gagged only if there is real and substantial risk of prejudice. “Is there something extraordinarily special in the plea that such orders had to be passed?” Dhavan asked File photo: Jaga Kalia had thereafter improved and he was taken out of ventilator. “On Wednesday evening, his condition deteriorated again and had to be put on ventilator support. He had developed septicemia and succumbed to cardiac arrest at 9.10 pm,” SCBMCH Superintendent Prof Lucy Das informed. Born to Bhuyan Kanhar and Puspanjali of Kandhamal district, the twins fused at the cra- CB to probe Nayagarh minor murder case on war footing nium, had been separated after a two-stage surgery, which entered record books as the first such procedure in India, at AIIMS-Delhi in October 2017. After remaining under supervision of a big team of doctors for over two years there, the separate twins were shifted to SCBMCH on September 7 last year. Although the condition of Jaga had improved, Kalia was not keeping well. “We regret to inform that Kalia is no more. Despite best efforts, the doctors could not save him. We wanted both the siblings to be discharged from the hospital well and healthy, but the weakest among them succumbed. It is a loss to the State,” Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK MohapCONTINUED ON: P7 atra said. E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i ce @ Bhubaneswar A day after a couple from Nayagarh attempted self-immolation outside the State Assembly demanding justice for their dead daughter, the government on Wednesday admitted that the five-year-old child was kidnapped and murdered and handed over the case to the Crime Branch. The announcement of a Crime Branch probe was made by Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra in the Assembly . Making his statement in the House, the Minister said, the victim’s father had lodged a complaint after the girl went missing on July 14, 2020. A case was registered on the same day . With the help of VHF waves and sniffer dogs, the skeletal remains of the victim packed in a bag were traced to the backyard of her house on July 23. “Circumstantial evidence points out that the minor girl was kidnapped and murdered. The remains of the body were then sent to Cuttack SCB Circumstantial for postmortem which revealed that evidence points the girl was 5 to 6 year old but there out that the was no evidence to prove that she was minor girl was raped before being murdered. Later, a kidnapped and DNA test was also conducted to con- murdered. In the firm that the victim is the daughter of course of the investigation, the complainant,” the Minister said. police have so far In the course of the investigation, interrogated 34 police have so far interrogated 34 per- persons. sons. This apart, lie detector (polygraph) test was conducted on four per- Dibya Shankar sons to extract more details, he said, Mishra, Minister of adding that Nayagarh SDPO is cur- State for Home rently investigating the matter. As the issue rocked the Assembly with the Opposition demanding a statement from the Chief Minister, Speaker SN Patro directed the Minister of State for Home to give a statement in the House. However, the Opposition BJP and Congress are not happy with the CB probe as the parents of the victim have been pointing fingers at Minister Arun Sahoo. Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik said that there is every chance of the government influencing the investigation as a Cabinet Minister has been dragged into CONTINUED ON: P7 the case. express read Prefix ‘0’ to call mobile numbers New Delhi: Starting January 15, you will need to prefix ‘0’ to mobile numbers if you are calling from a landline. The move is to free up sufficient numbering resources for future use, the Department of Communications said Gold heist: Woman staffer held Cuttack: IN a new turn to the sensational broad daylight robbery at Cuttack branch of India Infoland Ltd (IIFL), police on Wednesday nabbed a woman staffer of the non-banking finance company for her alleged involvement in the November 19 gold heist | P3 Congress loses its best backroom crisis manager R i c h a S h a r m a @ New Delhi ahmed P a t e l ’s d e m i s e 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 following complications related to Covid-19, was known for his political acumen to take everyone, including the warring young and old guards, together. According to sources, he worked hard to settle the internal strife within the party till his last. When voices were raised against the party high command, Patel ensured to reach out to the dissenting leaders who wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot was candid to say that in the current situation, Congress Ahmed Patel Aug 21, 1949 Nov 25, 2020 will miss Patel even more. Senior Cong ress leader P Chidambaram said, “Whence do we find another like him?” When the Rajasthan politi- cal crisis was at peak, Patel was holding back-channel talks to manage the situation arising out of rebellion by Sachin Pilot. He was part of the three-member committee that looked into issues between Pilot and Gehlot. Patel was part of all major decision-making committees in the Congress. “The road to 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi’s official residence) passes through 23 Mother Teresa Crescent (Patel’s residence),” P9 said a senior leader.
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