CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ ■ kochi l Sunday l September 25, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city edition Love all, Fedal... A picture perfect ending scendo. Greatest of rivals on court were fighting tears and even holding hands — a reflection of the immense love and respect they share. Words fail to describe that beautiful moment. Perhaps, it’s sensible to absorb, relish and tuck it into the most-desirable chambers of your memory They may appear . together on court, they may sit E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e THE ‘frame’ — both poignant and moving — can be preserved for eternity Roger Federer and . Rafael Nadal sitting next to each other crying, almost inconsolable. Federer’s last match (as a professional) has just ended but the beautiful symphony of their friendship rose to a cre- next to each other too but the emotion the two evoked on Friday night will never be the same again. The frame will always remind generations of a rivalry that was fierce but it was also built on respect and love for the other’s craft. Like all sportspersons, Federer’s retirement was inevitable. It was poetic that it ended with Nadal by his side. The applause at the O2 arena in London reverberated throughout the world. Whether a fan or not, drops of tears escaped unknowingly It was not exactly a fairy. tale finish as Europe’s Federer and Nadal, 42 Grand Slams between them, lost to Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6, 9-11 (match Emotional Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after the match | AP tie-break). In these emotional matches, results are a side show. Federer, the protagonist, strode the court like a king. He hugged his teammates, World team-members and later, his family And, of course, he was . emotional. “We’ll get through this somehow,” he said emotionally during the post-match interview. “I’m happy, I’m not Hartal violence premeditated, says CM; Cong, BJP slam ‘police failure’ Pinarayi vows stern action against culprits; Satheesan terms CM’s anti-communal stand ‘fake’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e The incidents of violent attacks were unprecedented. The PFI workers carried out masked attacks. Some were arrested and the rest will be brought to book soon — Pinarayi Vijayan @ T’Puram/Thrissur/Kochi No compromise ever with PFI, Jamaate-Islami, says shaji Terming the widespread violence during Friday’s hartal called by the Popular Front of India (PFI) as “unprecedented and premeditated”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has vowed that everyone involved in the savage acts will be brought to book soon. However, the UDF and the BJP came down heavily on the government alleging police failure in preventing violence. Meanwhile, the police have so far registered 281 cases in connection with the violence and arrested 1,013 people. Addressing the Kerala Police Officers’ Association meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, Pinarayi said there was a deliberate attempt to disrupt the state’s peaceful atmosphere. “The PFI activists carried out ‘PFI plotted to terrorise people’ Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday submitted before the NIA Special Court in Kochi that the PFI leaders hatched a plot to commit murders aimed at terrorising people belonging to other religions. masked attacks. Some were arrested and the rest will be brought to book soon,” he said, rubbishing the opposition allegation. He claimed that the police were able to effectively counter violence. “Kerala is not a state that entertains communalism. Both minority and ma- Violence stats 281 cases registered in state so far 1,013 819 people arrested Most arrests were reported in Kottayam (215), Kollam city (169) arrested and Malappuram (123 persons) jority communalism should be opposed,” he said. Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan accused Pinarayi of encouraging communalism in the state. “The attack on public property, especially on KSRTC buses, is totally unacceptable. It is unfortunate that the state ma- Interview on P4 E X P RESS READ Tharoor collects nomination form T’Puram: Confirming a contest for the AICC presidential election, senior Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday got the nomination form for the polls collected from the party headquarters in New Delhi. Tharoor’s aide Aalim Javeri collected the form from the office of Madhusudan Mistry, chairman of the Central Election Committee of the party. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who has the backing of the Gandhi family to contest the election, is slated to submit papers early next week. P5 CPM intervenes to end Vizhinjam deadlock T’Puram: The CPM leadership has started talks to end the deadlock over Vizhinjam protest. The party began mediatory talks on the issue after ministerial-level talks remained inconclusive and Governor Arif Mohammed Khan started intervening in the matter. Next round of talks with the government is likely on Tuesday. P5 W I T H T H I S I SSU E Cause and Effect PLUS 12 PAGES Starry affair Joju George and Biju Menon, who shared the best actor award, with best actress award winner Revathy during the 52nd Kerala State Film Awards function in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday | Vincent Pulickal Isaac trying to stall probe into masala bonds case, ED tells HC E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has informed the Kerala High Court that former finance minister Thomas Isaac is making irrelevant and vague allegations to evade the summons issued to him in connection with the issuance of masala bonds by KIIFB. The central agency said Isaac was attempting to stagnate the investigation at the very initial stage itself. Terming petition filed by Isaac “premature”, ED said it is well settled that there is not even any cause of action at this stage. The agency filed the counter affidavit on a petition filed by Isaac and KIIFB challenging the summons to appear before it. ED is probing the contravention of regulations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the issuance of masala bonds by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. The issuance of a summons will in no way affect the rights of the person summoned as it is only for preliminary investigation and for the production of documents before the authority ED submitted in the court. , Prez under house arrest? Social media abuzz with China coup rumours Y e s h i Se l i @ New Delhi Social media was abuzz on Saturday with rumours that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has staged a coup and President Xi Jingping has been placed under house arrest. A video claiming to show tanks moving towards Beijing went viral on Twitter. Jennifer Zeng, who posted the video, claimed that the convoy of tanks is 80 kilometres long. “PLA military vehicles heading to Beijing on September 22nd. Starting from Huanlai County near Beijing and ending in Zhangjiakou City He, bei Province, entire procession as long as 80 kms. Meanwhile, rumour has it that Xi Jingping is under arrest after CCP seniors removed him as head of PLA,” Zeng tweeted along with the video. Adding fuel to the rumour was the cancellation of about 60% of Chinese domestic flights on Saturday.The coup rumours come days after China’s former Justice Minister and a top public security official, Fu Zhenghua, who was reportedly heading a in preventive detention “political clique” against Xi was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for corruption. China expert Gordon G Chang tweeted dismissing the coup rumours. He, however, suggested that something unusual in Chinese military in the last three days. “The lack of news from China over the last few hours suggest coup rumours are untrue, but whatever happened inside the Chinese military during the last three days – evidently something unusual occurred – tells us there is turbulence inside the senior CCP leadership,” Chang tweeted. chinery couldn’t resist attacks,” he told reporters in Thrissur. Terming Pinarayi’s anti-communal stand as “fake”, Satheesan said it would be exposed soon. He said the CM was addressing a gathering in Thrissur on Friday when PFI workers attacked KSRTC buses across the state. He didn’t utter a word against the perpetrators, he said. Senior BJP leader and party’s Kerala prabhari Prakash Javadekar too blamed the Left government for the hartal violence. The government is equally responsible as it failed to combat the violence, he alleged. “Both the CPM and PFI are hand in glove, which we saw during the LSG elections. How can the lone CPM MP A M Arif claim that the violence was an isolated incident? The CPM leadership has not bothered to dismiss his statement either,” Javadekar ● More on P5 told reporters. sad. It feels great to be here and I enjoyed tying my shoes one more time. Everything was the last time. The match was great, I couldn’t be happier.” As Federer walks into sunset, Nadal’s words aptly capture the loss to sports and beyond: “When Roger leaves the tour, an important part of my life is P11 leaving too.” Jhulan walks into the sunset Playing her last international match of an illustrious career, India women’s team seamer Jhulan Goswami received a guard of honour when she walked out to bat against England in third ODI on Saturday. She will end her two-decade career as women’s highest wicket-taker CBI cracks down on child porn circulation CBI statement, the CAC received a wide array of inputs from the New Zealand police. IN a major crackdown It was alleged that Indian citagainst downloading and cir- izens were involved in circuculation of child sexual lating, downloading and abuse material (CSAM), the transmitting CSAM using CBI on Saturday carried out cloud storage. country-wide The searches searches at 59 locatook place in variPoint of tions across over 20 ous locations indiscussion states including cl u d i n g m e t ro s According to Delhi, Kerala, Delhi, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Kar- sources in the Union Hyderabad, Benhome ministry, child nataka, Andhra galuru and ChenPradesh, Mahar- pornography will be nai. In the South, a major point of ashtra and Uttar raids were condiscussing during Pradesh. ducted in MalapThe search oper- the 90th session of puram in Kerala; ation, dubbed Op- the Interpol General C u d d a l o r e a n d e r a t i o n M e g h Assembly to be held Dindigul in Tamil in Delhi between Chakra, was based N a d u ; Ko d a g u , Oct 18 & 21 on two cases the Kolar and Ram Nafederal investigatgar in Karnataka; ing agency registered under and Chittoor in Andhra. relevant provisions of the IT During the raids, mobile Act. Investigations were phones and laptops belonglaunched a few days ago fol- ing to over 50 suspects have lowing intelligence inputs been recovered. Preliminary from the Interpol’s Crime scrutiny of the devices allegAgainst Children (CAC) unit edly revealed the presence of in Singapore. According to a huge quantity of CSAM. E XPR E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi
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