kozhikode l Sunday l september 12, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition Djokovic eyes historic 21, medvedev stands in way Novak Djokovic looks to win record 21st Grand Slam title, faces Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s US Open final Daniil Medvedev Novak Djokovic serb’s notice for more records After beating Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Alexander Zverev in semis, the World No 1 is seeking his fourth US Open title and 21st Slam that will take him above all-time record he shares with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He could be the oldest US Open champ since Ken Rosewall at 35 in 1970 and can complete calendar Grand Slam, first male player to do so since 1969 | p11 ■ 20-10 Medvedev hopes to be third time lucky ■ Medvedev, the 2019 US Open runner-up, beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach his third career Slam final The final is a rematch of February’s Australian Open final won by Djokovic in straight sets. In head-to-head, Medvedev trails Djokovic 3-5. LIVE ON STAR SPORTS NETWORK: 1.30am (Monday) Djokovic’s win-loss record in major finals 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 Church, BJP endorse Pala bishop, Congress tones down criticism E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi/T’Puram WITH the ‘narcotic jihad’ allegation triggering heated debates in the state and beyond, the Catholic Church has thrown its weight behind the Pala bishop saying his remarks “should not be made controversial” as “it is a fact that Kerala is facing some serious social crisis”. However, with more Christian organisations coming out in support of Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, Congress decided to tone down its criticism. BJP which had called for , a probe into the allegation, rallied behind the bishop, with Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan alleging that the chief minister and Opposition leader have become spokespersons of jihadis. In a statement issued on Saturday Kerala Catholic Bishops , Council said: “In the wake of international agencies cautioning about the presence of terrorist groups, including ISIS, in the state and seizure of crores worth narcotics, the remarks of the bishop raising concern and cautioning the youth should not be made controversial.” “It is a fact that Kerala is facing some serious social crisis. Presence of terrorist organisations and steep rise in the narcotic drug use are the important ones. Though the mainstream media is not giv- The rally organised by various Christian organisations in Pala on Saturday to express solidarity with the Pala bishop in the narcotic jihad issue | Express ing required importance to these issues, the various news and daily events reported clarify these facts,” said KCBC deputy secretary and spokesperson Fr Jacob Palackappilly in the statement. “These serious challenges Kerala’s society is facing are not accusatory to any community. The apprehension that discussions on these have a communal tinge is also misplaced. Community leaders should, instead, take on the mantle of responsibility to solve the problem, maintaining communal harmony. The Catholic Church believes in social unity and peaceful coexistence. All of us should unite in one voice against these threats to our society, aiming for the larger goal of communal harmony,” said KCBC. ● More on P4 Sudden move comes after the state unit flags concerns over the crucial Patidars tilting towards Aam Aadmi Party Vijay Rupani resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai In an unexpected move, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani resigned on Saturday While Rupani said his deci. sion was in tune with the BJP’s tradition of regularly changing workers’ responsibilities, sources claimed his exit came as the state unit did not want to contest the 2022 polls under him. Sources said BJP state chief C R Patil had recently told the central leadership the party should not fight the 2022 polls under Rupani as the crucial Patidar base was eroding due to the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party . Also, Rupani had been criticised for his handling of the Covid-19 second wave. There were reports of him not being in sync with state unit chief C R Patil, who tightened his grip on the party following creditable show at the block panchayat and local body elections in March this year. His exit is seen as both an attempt at course correction and tackling anti-incumbency ahead of polls. The BJP legislature party is expected to meet on Sunday to elect a new leader. Prominent names doing the rounds are Patil, deputy CM and Patidar leader Nitin Patel and Union minister Parshottam Rupala. A BJP leader said, “Rupani is not popular with the cadre and is perceived to be a meek CM. His Gujarati is also not good. Rupani’s speeches have become the laughing stock among the youth,” a senior leader said. Besides the shift of the Patidars to AAP, the prospect of a large percentage of other voters, too, tilting towards the AAP and the Congress had become real, the leader added. in the race Sources said Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya, a Patidar, is a frontrunner for the CM’s post. Lakshadweep Governor Praful Khoda Patel is also said to be in the race 3rd CM to lose job Rupani’s exit is the third change the BJP has effected in state leaderships in as many months. Before him, the CMs of Karnataka and election-bound Uttarakhand were changed express read Guj Cong in a state of disarray Ri cha S harma @ New Delhi THE sudden resignation of Vijay Rupani has deepened the worries of the Congress ahead of next year’s state polls. While Congress leaders termed Rupani’s exit as a reflection of the BJP-led gover nment’s failure in tackling the pandemic and other pressing matters, there’s concern within the grand old party about its own state of affairs. Several Congress leaders expressed concern that a delay in decision-making by the high command on several issues, including key appointments in the state NATIONWIDE Karnal farmers call off stir as probe ordered into police-protester clash Heavy rains pummel Delhi, inundate airport, many flights diverted Chandigarh: Farmers agitating outside the mini Secretariat in Karnal called off their protest on its fifth day after the state on Saturday ordered a probe into last month’s police-protester clash. Besides, the government sent the IAS officer in the eye of the storm, Ayush Sinha, on forced leave. Action against Sinha, who was the SDM at the time of the clash, was one of the prominent demands of the farmers. New Delhi: Heavy rains pummeled Delhi on Saturday, inundating the Indira Gandhi International airport. Videos posted by travelers on social media showed people wading through Terminal 3. Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the area was cleared in 30 minutes. Sources said five flights, including Emirates flight from Dubai to Delhi, were diverted from the airport this morning due to the bad weather conditions. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal against Newcastle during their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Portuguese scored twice on his first match after return to Old Trafford from Juventus as the Red Devils won 4-1 | AFP sep 11 34,973 37,681 260 33,376 32,198 308 statewide sep 10 25,010 23,535 177 20,487 26,155 181 Jab-o-meter E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram A DAY after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took strong exception to the inclusion of Hindutva ideologues’ writings in the revised syllabus of MA Governance and Politics offered by the Kannur University Governor , Arif Mohammed Khan said students should be exposed to all kinds of thinking. “People should be ready to study new ideas even if they are repugnant to them,” said the governor, who is also the chancellor of the university . The university appointed a two- KSU sends khaki trousers to varsity chairman The KSU Palakkad unit has sent khaki trousers to the Kannur university chairman and the SFI unit committee against the new syllabus. The parcels were sent from the Palakkad head post office. member committee to study the syllabus and submit its report within five days. The chairman of the expert committee which prepared the syllabus for the course ruled out “saffronisa- tion” even as KSU continued its protest. The governor said only exposure to all kinds of thinking will help the students develop the capacity to think and come up with new innovative ideas. “Only those who have the capacity to come up with innovative ideas can progress in this world. People who feel uncomfortable with the study of diverse views are causing a loss to themselves,” Khan told reporters here on Saturday. He, however, added he could not respond to the specific issue as he was away for the past few days. ● More on P5 Deadly Dilemmas Takeyourshot September 10: 56,91,552 doses September 11: 64,49,552 doses PLUS 12 PAGES Total doses: 73,73,67,313 '' The CPI has been witnessing an unusual fight between its state and central leaderships over national leader Annie Raja’s criticism of the Kerala Police. It reached a flashpoint on Saturday with the party’s state secretary Kanam Rajendran openly criticising general secretary D Raja, saying even his position is not beyond reproach. Kanam asked the general secretary to follow party norms. Raja drew flak at the CPI state executive and state council meetings for justifying Annie’s allegation that an RSS gang is functioning within the state police. The national executive too observed that Annie’s remarks were not in line with party norms. How- e v e r, while speaking to mediapersons after the national executive, Raja said police inaction would be criticised, whether it’s in Kerala or in UP . “Raja’s statement doesn’t reflect the stance of the national executive. He was wrong in comparing Kerala with Uttar Pradesh. Raja made the statement in obvious ignorance. While the UP police registered a case against a doctor who had complained of oxygen shortage, the Kerala police continue to discharge Covid duties. There’s a sea of difference between the two forces,” said Kanam. Briefing the media, Kanam sent out a clear message to the national leadership that the state unit is unhappy over the development. He reminded his party chief that party norms ● More on P4 should not be violated. Guv backs Kannur varsity MA syllabus, says exposure to all kinds of thinking vital Continued on: P8 sep 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Follow party norms: Kanam tells Raja as CPI tussle escalates ‘ n o s a ff r o n i s a t i o n ’ W ITH THIS ISSUE sep 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram DOUBLE DELIGHT unit, could dent the party’s poll prospects. Gujarat Congress leaders said a change of face in the BJP ahead of elections could be a game changer for the ruling party “The BJP will . bring someone who will revive the party’s electoral fortunes not only in 2022 assembly elections but also for 2024 Lok Sabha polls. It should worry leaders in Delhi as our state unit is in complete disarray and we still don’t have a full-time party chief, Leader of Opposition and AICC in-charge of the state,” said a senior Gujarat Congress leader. '' To get blemish free skin use NO SCARS. It helps to reduce and remove, scars and marks. 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