FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 DECEMBER 2016 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |Rs 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR OUTDOORS FOR NOW AT LEAST, THE ALEPPO ROOM IS SAFE Forecast: Clear sky, fog in morning Rainfall: Nil TEMPERATURE Min: 8.7 (0) Max: 28.9 (0); RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 51% Max: 97% SUNRISE 07:03 hrs BRIGHT START JENNINGS HITS DEBUT CENTURY P16 P9 SUNSET 17:25 hrs THUMBNAILS Rs 90 crore cash and 100 kg gold seized in Chennai: In a major crackdown, Income-Tax officials raided eight locations in Chennai and seized Rs 90 crore cash and 100 kg gold. Three persons are being questioned. ‘Terrorists’ loot bank in J&K: Suspected terrorists at gunpoint looted Rs13.38 lakhs (Rs 11 lakhs in new currency& Rs 2 lakh in old currency) from a branch of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank at Aarihal in Pulwama dist. P6 India’s tough message to Pak: Even as it observed that “the ball is in Pakistan’s court” on hosting SAARC Summit, India made it clear that the meet would not take place as long as Islamabad did not stop terror. P6 Advani meets Speaker: Upset over the happenings in the House with almost the entire winter session being stalled by the Opposition spearheaded by Congress over demonetisation, L K Advani met Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. P5 US deal: The US has finalised India’s designation as its “Major Defence Partner”. This designation institutionalises the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India. P6 LS demands approved: Undeterred by uproarious scenes in the House with the Opposition protesting against demonetisation, LS Speaker got the 2nd batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants approved by voice vote. EC directive: The Election Commission has asked all poll-bound states not to fix dates for Board examinations without consulting it so that there is no clash between poll arrangements and exams. The ECI said it was in an advanced stage of finalising a suitable poll schedule. School students on a visit to Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. Subrata Dutta INDICATOR Sensex 26,694 +457 Nifty 8,246 +144 Gold 27,190 -45 Silver 41,200 +500 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JUDICIAL CONSCIENCE IS DISTURBED, OBSERVES COURT New Delhi, 8 December PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Allahabad, 8 December Arun Jaitley addressing a press conference in Delhi on Thursday. sns FREEBIES TO MOVE DIGITAL No service tax will be charged on digital transaction charges/MDR for transactions upto Rs 2,000 per transaction. Discount of 0.75% of the sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel Discount upto 0.5% to customers for monthly or seasonal railway tickets from January 1, 2017 All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs 10 lakh Railway paid services like catering, accommodation, retiring rooms to get 5% discount Buying insurance policy from companies web portal, discount on premiums to be upto 10% in General Insurance Policy and 8% in LIC Toll Plazas on National Highways using RFID card/Fast Tags, a discount of 10% leum companies will give 0.75 per cent discount on sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel if payment is made through digital means. A total of Rs 1,800 crore worth of petrol and diesel is sold in the country in a day of which 20 per cent , was being paid through digital means. In November, digital payment for petrol and diesel has increased to 40 per cent and the cash transaction of Rs 360 crore per day has got shifted to cashless transaction methods, he added. “The incentive scheme has the potential of shifting at least 30 per cent more customers to digital means which will further reduce the cash requirement of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore per year at the petrol pumps,” Mr Jaitley said. To expand digital payment infrastructure in rural areas, the Centre will extend financial support to eligible banks for deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 lakh villages with population of less than 10,000. These POS machines will be deployed at primary coop- erative societies,milk societies and agricultural input dealers, benefitting nearly 75 crore people in these villages, he said. Suburban railway network will give discount up to 0.5 per cent to customers for monthly or seasonal tickets from 1 January on payments made through digital means. Mr Jaitley said it was difficult to quantify the shift in cash payments towards digital payments. The government has decided that all railway passengers buying online tickets shall be given free accidental insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh. Railways will provide discount of 5 per cent for digital payments for catering services, accommodation and retiring rooms. Public sector insurance companies will provide incentives by way of discount or credit, up to 10 per cent of the premium in general insurance policies and 8 per cent in new life policies of LIC sold through the customer portals, in case payment is made through digital means, the minister said. Observing that the judicial conscience is “disturbed”, Allahabad High Court has held that triple talaq is “cruel” and raised a question whether the Muslim Personal law could be amended to alleviate the sufferings of Muslim women. Coming down heavily on the practice, the court has held that this form of “instant divorce” is “most demeaning” which “impedes and drags India from becoming a nation”. “The question which disturbs the court is should Muslim wives suffer this tyranny for all times? Should their personal law remain so cruel towards these unfortunate wives? Whether the personal law can be amended suitably to alleviate their sufferings? The judicial conscience is disturbed at this monstrosity”, a single judge Bench of Justice Suneet MISSIONS GET SOME RELIEF New Delhi, 8 December: Here’s good news for foreign missions in India which have raised the plethora of problems they have been facing for the past one month in the wake of demonetisation of high value notes. The External Affairs Ministry has asked the Finance Ministry to issue directives to banks to allow mission officials with identity cards to withdraw money on a priority basis so as to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to them. According to MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today met the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps to discuss the issues raised by foreign missions in the wake of demonetisation and how best the government could address them. "We have also agreed to see what more could be done to resolve the issues raised by them," MEA said. SNS Kumar said in a judgment passed last month. “Muslim law, as applied in India, has taken a course contrary to the spirit of what the Prophet or the Holy Quran laid down and the same misconception vitiates the law dealing with the wife's right to divorce”, he said. “The purpose of law in a modern, secular state.... is to bring about social change. The Muslim community comprise a large percentage of Indian population, therefore, a large section of citizens, in particular women, cannot be left to be governed by archaic customs and social practice under the garb of personal law purportedly having divine sanction”, the court PRASHANT MUKHERJEE firstname.lastname@example.org New Delhi, 8 December The woes of the people standing in serpentine queues outside banks and ATM machines to withdraw cash is likely to continue for around eight to ten months as the Reserve Bank of India is unable to print more currency in its press due to lack of enough resources. Prof Arun Kumar, noted economist and author ‘The Black Economy in India’, said the central bank floated a tender last week to order ink and paper for printing the currency This will . take time since bids will be placed and the agency will be notified for supply , he added. Kumar said, “My sense is that, they may have to print not just 14 lakh crores but ~ because of hoarding ~ they may have to print 20 lakh crores. President attacks Opp for Parl logjam SNS & PTI People send representatives to Parliament to speak and not to sit on dharna and not to create any trouble on the floor of the House New Delhi, 8 December PRANAB MUKHERJEE President Pranab Mukherjee speaking on ‘Electoral Reforms for a Stronger Democracy’, on the occasion of Defence Estates Day Lecture 2016. sns liamentarian before he became the President, Mukherjee said, “Disruption means you are hurt, you are gagging majority Majority . never participates in this disruption. Only minority comes to the well, shouts slogans, stops the proceedings and creates a situation in which the Chair has no option but to adjourn the House. This is totally unacceptable”. Mukherjee's sharp attack on Parliamentary disruption comes in the midst of paralysis of Parliament for over a fortnight over the issue of demonetisation. The President noted that Parliament is in session for only a few weeks in a year. “For demonstration, you can choose any other places. But for God's sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business. You are meant to devote your time for exercising the authority of members, particularly Lok Sabha members over money and finance,” he said. Maintaining that he is not targeting any single party or individuals, he said the responsibility is of everyone. “Fact remains that this (disruption) has become a practice which should not be acceptable at all. Whatever be the differences, we have the opportunity, to speak our mind, to speak freely and no court can interfere in what I say on the floor of the House,” he said. Mukherjee said that even if a member is levelling an allegation against someone, no court can prosecute him because he has said so on the floor of the House. “This type of freedom should not be misused by causing disruption,” he said. Mukherjee said that three D's are essential in a democracy and these are debate, dissension and decision. “But there was no fourth D. At least my teacher did not tell me that there is a fourth D which is disruption,” he said. The President pointed out that when India's budget was paltry and when out- observed. “India is a nation in the making, geographical boundaries alone do not define a nation. It is to be adjudged, amongst others, on the parameter of overall human development and how the society treats its women; leaving such a large population to the whims and fancies of a personal law which perpetuates gender inequality and is regressive, is not in the interest of the society and the country. It impedes and drags India from becoming a nation”, the court remarked. The court observed that “divorce is permissible in Islam only in case of extreme emergency. When all efforts for effecting a reconciliation have failed, the parties may proceed to a dissolution of marriage by Talaq or by Khola”. “The view that the Muslim husband enjoys an arbitrary, unilateral power to inflict instant divorce does not accord with Islamic injunctions.It is a popular fallacy that a Muslim husband enjoys, under the Quranic Law, unbridled authority to liquidate the marriage. “The whole Quran expressly forbids a man to seek pretexts for divorcing his wife, so long as she remains faithful and obedient to him”, the court said in an order dated November 5. “The Islamic law gives to the man primarily the faculty of dissolving the marriage, if the wife, by her indocility or her bad character, renders the married life unhappy; but in the absence of serious reasons, no man can justify a divorce, either in the eye of religion or the law”, the court said. The court made the observations while dismissing the petition of Hina, a 23-year-old woman, and her husband who was 30 years her senior and had married her “after effecting triple talaq to his wife”. Cash crunch likely to continue for 8 months PARLIAMENTARIANS ARE MEANT TO TRANSACT AND NOT DISRUPT BUSINESS: MUKHERJEE In a stinging attack on the Opposition over Parliamentary paralysis, President Pranab Mukherjee today said the House is not a place for dharna and disruption which amounts to “gagging of majority” by the minority . He told Parliamentarians that they are meant to discuss and transact business and not to disrupt. “Disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliamentary system. People send representatives to speak and not to sit on dharna and not to create any trouble on the floor,” he said speaking on “Electoral refor ms for a stronger democracy” on the occasion of Defence Estates Day Lecture here. Himself a veteran Par- P15 TRIPLE TALAQ CRUEL, SAYS ALLAHABAD HC Govt changes gear: From demonetisation to digital push with incentives With the gover nment changing the narrative of its demonetisation scheme from ‘black money’ to ‘cashless or digital’ payment, it today announced a series of measures to push cashless transactions in the economy . It is trying to woo people by doling out incentives for using digital modes towards purchasing petrol and diesel from stateowned companies, railway tickets, insurance policies from PSU insurers and paying for toll at national highways plazas. However, the government has kept making political funding digital as the last option. Announcing these measures, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said political parties in India also would have to inevitably accept funding through digital means in the future course. When asked if the government has any plans to push digital payments for funding of political parties, Mr Jaitley said, “Can I tell you this would inevitably be the future course. Well I think when it becomes digital, if it becomes smaller donations, if it becomes lesser donations from a larger body of donors, it will be a great day for Indian democracy . “When I was repeatedly saying the cost of dealing in cash, are both to the economy and the political system,this was one of the factors I had in my mind. After all, internationally if you see the larger democracies, you have literally lakhs and millions of people donating small amounts online to political parties,” he added. Exactly a month after the government abolished old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes,the Centre said it will provide 2 lakh point of sales (POS) terminals to villages free of cost, while it capped the monthly rental for such devices at Rs 100 per machine. Farmers holding nearly 4.32 Kisan Credit Cards will be provided Rupay Kisan Cards to enable them to make digital transactions. Mr Jaitley said the Central government petro- DORTMUND DEFY SPANISH STARS lay of Five Year Plan was very meagre, two-thirds of time of Parliament was devoted to discussing money and finance. He said this was because elected representatives in Lok Sabha have singular right under which no tax can be imposed without their approval and neither can any money be withdrawn from the consolidated fund without their approval. “No amount can be spend from the consolidated fund of India without the approval of Parliament. But if these issues are not debated, when you are spending Rs 16 lakh to Rs 18 lakh crore per year, if these things are not properly scrutinised on the floor of the House, not debated, not discussed, I do not see that our parliamentary system can be very effective and can proceed successfully,” he said. Another point is that when you want to print currency that had been released in 15 years over a space of four, five months, you need a lot of paper, lot of ink, and both are in short supply You . don’t hoard that kind of stock and suddenly you are going to print 15 times more in a short span of time. So, they have to tender for it, and the tender for ink was only floated about 7 days back, so it’ll take a while for it to come back. Therefore, my own judgment is that it’ll not be before 8 to 12 months before the currency shortage is overcome.” The majority of banks continue to grapple with currency shortage and are even forced to cut customers' demand much below the withdrawal limit. Most ATMs, even those that have been recalibrated, are also running dry People are unable to . withdraw even their salaries to pay their monthly requirements as bankers say the salary rush would continue more than we expected. Despite recalibration of over 90 per cent of 2.2 lakh ATMs across the country, cash vending machines are still running out of cash. On Wednesday while announcing the monetary policy, RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi said about Rs 11.55 lakh crore have been received by banks as deposits from the old notes. This flow into bank vaults has created a severe currency shortage. Gandhi said RBI and Central government-run note presses are working to their full capacity . Labour minister for mobile ATMs STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 9 December Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya has met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and discussed issues relating to demonetisation, while giving suggestions for workers’ welfare. The Labour Minister requested Mr Jaitley to initiate steps to deploy mobile ATMs in all workers and industrial clusters, specially in remote and rural areas where there is predominance of workers. Mr Dattatreya discussed wage payment related issues, issues of plantation workers and construction workers also. While appreciating the efforts of the Finance Minister in reviving old lower denomination notes, he highlighted the importance of issuing more and more lower denomination notes (Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50 & Rs 100) in large numbers for the benefit of workers. Mr Dattatreya requested Mr Jaitley to expedite and print more Rs 500 notes for circulation and to ensure their availability to industrial and other institutions which employ large number of workers. The Labour Minister apprised Mr Jaitley about the campaign undertaken by his Ministry to open workers’ bank accounts and stated that so far 52,852 camps have been held all over India wherein 13,76,243 accounts were opened.
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