JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT September 10 56,91,552 doses September 11 64,49,552 doses TOTAL DOSES: 73,73,67,313 NATIONWIDE SEP 10 SEP 11 Fresh cases 34,973 33,376 Recoveries Deaths 37,681 32,198 260 308 TAMIL NADU SEP 10 SEP 11 Fresh cases 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 1,523 25 1,517 27 NOVAK DJOKOVIC SERB’S NOTICE FOR MORE RECORDS MEDVEDEV HOPES TO BE THIRD TIME LUCKY 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 ■ ■ 1,639 Recoveries Deaths MADURAI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY EDITION 1,631 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) 20-10 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 Ford staff seek assistance from govt; dealers in a fix Sudden move comes after the state unit flags concerns over the crucial Patidars tilting towards Aam Admi Party C S H I VA KU M A R & T M U R U G A N A N D H A M @ Chennai S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai WORKERS at Ford’s Chennai manufacturing facility approached Rural Industries Minister, TM Anbarasan, on Saturday seeking the State government’s intervention in the crisis precipitated by the US auto manufacturer’s recent announcement that it would exit India. The workers asked the State to make a statement in the Assembly on Monday, providing an assurance that their jobs would be protected. According to Senthil Kumar, general secretary of the Chennai Ford Employees’ Union, the minister said he will pass on the request to Chief Minister MK Stalin. The union said 4,000 persons, including 2,600 permanent employees, stand to lose jobs if the company closes the unit by second quarter of 2022 as announced. Meanwhile, 170 auto dealers across India are also in a fix as Ford has asked them to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Those unwilling to sign it may not be included in compensation-related talks. “This has resulted in dealers talking to their legal counsel. We are also working on it,” said Vinkesh Gulati, president of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA). “The issue is to mitigate the losses dealers have undergone. If the compensation is fair, negotiations will go on without an issue, else we will have to put pressure,” he said. Vijay Rupani resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister 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 Adami 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 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 New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the setting up of a chair at the Banaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh in the name of Tamil scholar and poet, Subramania Bharati, on his death centenary. During the event, Modi also said Tamil is the world’s oldest language | P5 Stormwater project must clear CRZ hurdle: NGT Chennai: In a huge setback for Greater Chennai Corporation, a sixmember bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) concluded that the ambitious Storm Water Drain (SWD) project proposed in the coastal areas of Kovalam basin along the East Coast Road has to be revisited. The NGT has directed the TN government and the civic body to revisit the project. “They are free to consider the views of IIT-Madras and other expert institutions like the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore. In case it is decided to go ahead with the project with suitable changes, the Corporation may proceed further only after statutory CRZ clearance is granted,” the order read. ENS Heavy rains pummel Delhi, inundate airport 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 | P7 CONTINUED ON: P8 WITH THIS ISSUE EXPRESS READ Chair in Bharathiar’s name at BHU soon: Modi 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. Karnal farmers call off stir as govt orders probe 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. The protest was called off after the farmers and the government reached an agreement during the fourth round of talks. The probe would be conducted by a retired high court judge, and the report would be submitted within a month, an official said | P8 DEADLY DILEMMAS PLUS 12 PAGES
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