SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 DECEMBER 2016 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |Rs 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR OUTDOORS Forecast: Clear sky, fog in morning Rainfall: Nil TEMPERATURE Max: 24.4 (+2); Min: 7.9 (-1) RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 33% Max: 94% SUNRISE 07:08 hrs PLAYING FOR PRIDE TECH CREW ON BACKFOOT OVER MUSLIM LOG ALI SCORES CENTURY ON FIRST DAY SUNSET 17:28 hrs Bank strike threat Bengaluru, 16 December: THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 16 December Activists hold a dharna for Nirbhaya’s justice in New Delhi on Friday. Prakash Sharma New Army & IAF chiefs soon: With the Army Chief and the Air Chief slated to retire this month end, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that he will soon name their successors. P10 Petrol and diesel prices hiked: Petrol price was hiked by Rs 2.21 a litre and diesel by Rs 1.79 per litre,excluding local levies. The revised rates will come into effect from Friday midnight. Cash haul: Mumbai police seized Rs 1.40 crore from three persons riding in a car on Juhu-Versova Link Road in suburban Andheri. The money was in new Rs 2,000 notes. Police had seized Rs 10.10 crore in old currency suburban Chembur on Thursday . Disabilities Bill: Reservation for disabled is set to increase by 2 per cent in colleges and one per cent in government jobs, with the passage of the Disabilities Bill in both Houses of Parliament on Friday . P4 INDICATOR Sensex 26,489 -29 Nifty 8,139 -14 Gold 26,415 -45 Silver 39,450 -950 In a huge relief to the government, the Supreme Court today referred all petitions challenging the 8 November notification on demonetisation to a five-judge Constitution bench by framing 9 questions for adjudication. The top court also stayed proceedings on petitions against the demonetisation notification in all high courts saying only apex court will hear them. The Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline for use of demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for essential services at government utility centres like hospitals, railway tickets, etc., even as it asked the government to fulfill the commitment of Rs 24,000 withdrawal per week to the extent possible. The apex court also accepted the assurance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that Rs 8,000 crore collected by district cooperative banks between 11 to 14 November will be allowed to be exchanged. Observing that the gov- Five lakh central bank officers and related staff have threatened to strike work in protest against the alleged “mismanagement of cash supply by RBI” to public sector banks and their ATMs.The bankmen who want an immediate probe into the controversial movement of unaccounted fresh notes across the country have also urged the , apexbank toprovidedetails of the notes that it has been supplying to banks. SNS DETAILS ON PAGE 5 ernment was “responsive and sensitive enough” to the situation, a bench of Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said the government will consider and take appropriate decision from time to time to ease the hardships being faced by the people. Referring to the statement by the Attorney General that things would get streamlined in the next 15 days SC said the time has not yet been exhausted and the government is trying its best. Asking the government to periodically review its decisions, the court noted that 40 per cent of the demonetised currency has been replaced by new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes as Rohatgi put it. P9 P16 P12 SC refers all note ban cases to Const Bench ‘TERRORISM IS TERRORISM, NOT GOOD OR BAD’ MODI SLAMS CONG, LEFT FOR LOGJAM Earlier UPA would , commit scams and Opp would fight and now Opp is opposing govt on black money NARENDRA MODI CRACKS IN OPP UNITY AFTER PM-CONG MEET AFTER PARLIAMENT CHAOS, PARTIES SWING INTO POLL MODE SHAHID PERVEZ firstname.lastname@example.org New Delhi, 16 December A day after senior BJP parliamentarian L K Advani voiced his consternation over the continuing logjam in Parliament over demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today blamed it all on a section of Opposition including the Congress and Left parties charging them with taking sides of ‘beimaan’ or fraudsters. Seeking to make a distinction between the disruption of proceedings in Parliament now and during the time of the Congress-led UPA government, the Prime Minister told a gathering of BJP parliamentary party leaders including Advani today that it was an unfortunate situation wherein the treasury benches are fighting against corruption and black money but the Opposition has closed ranks against the government. “Earlier the ruling side, especially Cong ress, would commit scams like 2G, coal-gate, Bofors and the Opposition would unite and fight against it…But now the ruling NDA has started a campaign against black money and corruption and Opposition parties are standing against it,” Modi pointed out. SNS New Delhi, 16 December: The raging political storm over demonetisation that swept through the monthlong winter session of Parliament, which concluded today in the throes of sustained paralysis, is now set to spiral out onto the streets and gather momentum in the run-up to the coming round of crucial, high-stakes assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. The impact of these elections seemed to be evident even on the unity of the Opposition which developed cracks today ~ the last day of the washed-out session ~ as various parties among them, especially the major players of these elections, swung into poll mode and started working out their separate, conflicting electoral calculations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial demonetisation move had united virtually the entire Opposition which collectively took on the BJP-led government in both the Houses of Parliament through the session. Despite having been on the same page on this issue, a section of them today chose to break ranks as they started preparing to cross swords with each Congress leaders meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament House on Friday. pib other in the upcoming polls. The principal Opposition party Congress was off the blocks first on this score as its vice president Rahul Gandhi today led a high-level delegation of only his party to meet PM Modi at his Parliament House office in order to apprise him of the "abysmal plight" of the country's farmers and to demand waiver of their loans running into tens of thousands of crores. This meeting came two days after Rahul, flanked by a slew of Opposition leaders, had alleged that he had "detailed information" about PM Modi's "personal corruption" because of which, he charg- ed, a "terrified PM" had not allowed him to speak on the demonetisation issue in Parliament. Both the government and the BJP had rubbished these allegations, calling them "farcical and a joke". But, this morning the Rahul-led delegation of Congress leaders submitted a memorandum to the PM, pressing for waiver of farmers' loans, reduction of their power bills to half, and adequate remunerative MSP for their produce. "We met the Prime Minister on the issue of plight of farmers....Farmers are committing suicide all over the country The . government has also removed the import duty on IDS 2nd round from today till 31 March 2017:Govt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 16 December In order to give another chance to black money hoarders to come clean, the government on Friday introduced the second round of Income Declaration Scheme that will commence from tomorrow and run till 31 March. Under the scheme, individuals can declare their undisclosed amount subject to paying 50 per cent tax and penalty . “Declarations under new black money disclosure scheme will be kept confidential and information won't be used for prosecution,” revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia (photo) said in a briefing to reporters today , adding that the government wants people to contribute to the welfare of the poor through Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. When The Statesman asked whether political parties accounts will also be scrutinised by IT department for depositing old currency in bank accounts, Adhia said old currency deposited by political parties treasurers in their accounts is not subject to tax. He added that a new email address has also been created for people to give information directly on black money to tax authorities. “People can directly contact the department with information about possible conversion of black money at email address: email@example.com v.in,” Adhia said. “Beginning tomorrow most of the banks will have challans to be filled for depositing tax for availing the PMGKY scheme. Only after payment of 50 per cent tax and setting aside 25 per cent of the remaining undisclosed amount for 4 years on a non-earning instrument, a person can avail the PMGKY scheme,” he said. Adhia also said those who fail to declare untaxed income, will have to pay minimum 77 per cent and up to 100 per cent in tax and fines. Adhia said the government has plugged existing loopholes of the I-T Act via amendments. However, there will be no immunity in criminal laws and the information will not be shared for any tax purpose. “We do not want tax officials to bother anyone. We have information and I-T will use it. Financial Intelligence Unit is providing us with all tax-related information," said Adhia, warning that those who have deposited money in bank accounts should not think that they have escaped by depositing Rs 2 lakh in 10 different banks. The secretary added, “we are getting data on suspicious deposits on a daily basis from banks. IT department will probe money deposited in bank accounts and clearance will be given only after deducting taxes from any such account.” He warned that the government is planning more steps and that it will investigate multiple accounts of individuals where huge deposits have been made. He said farmers having income more than Rs 2.5 lakh will have to provide PAN card. Adhia emphasised that mere depositing of cash in banks will not convert black money into white. Taxes have to be paid. According to the scheme, taxes will have to be paid first unlike the previous Income Disclosure Scheme. CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra spoke of the cash seizures and various actions being taken by the department. ‘INMATES ARE HOUSED IN SMALL ROOMS AND THERE ARE NO BEDS FOR THEM’ Mentally-disabled women look for justice ARCHANA PHULL firstname.lastname@example.org Shimla, 16 December The state government’s move to shift 26-year-old Anitu, a mentally disabled abandoned girl, who was rescued from an interior village in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh for housing in state run Nari Sewa Sadan at Mashobra near here last week, to an NGO run Institute for Mentally Challenged Females in Kullu district has again thrown up questions. The Umang Foundation, a Shimla based charitable trust, which had earlier highlighted Anitu’s plight, has now shot off a letter to Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, Anuradha Thakur, pointing out that the Kullu based Home, which, although, had been doing good service, lacked resources to take the responsibility of mentally disabled inmates. “The Kullu based Home is doing its best to serve the 32 mentally and physically disabled women in that Home. But I am pained to write that the department, which has given its responsibility to that NGO, has not shared resources in a reasonable proportion,” Chairman of Umang, Ajai Srivastava said in the letter. Srivastava said on Public Interest Litigations pertaining to human rights violations in state run Nari Sewa Sadan Mashobra and Old Age Home Basantpur by him earlier, the Himachal Pradesh High Court had The government has been shifting all the mentally disabled women from state run destitute homes to a NGO run Institute in Kullu, which fails to provide them standard living for lack of resources Anitu, a mentally retarded girl, who was recently rescued from a Shimla village. sns directed the state government to set up separate Homes for the mentally disabled women and old persons living in those homes. “But the government did not bother to start its separate Homes as per Court’s orders and has been giving its responsibility to the Kullu based NGO. In June, 2016, the government shifted 28 mentally/ physically disabled women from Nari Sewa Sadan, Mashobra and three mentally/ physically disabled women from Old Age Home, Basantpur to that Kullu based Home,” he said. Srivastava said the Umang Foundation had no objection on this decision of the government. “But despite the best efforts of that NGO, the human rights of severely disabled women are still violated due to lack of resources with them.” He said there were only two care takers for the 32 ailing disabled women. “It is not possible for the two care- takers to take care of 32 severely disabled women, most of whom are ailing,”he alleged. He said the Home did not have sufficient accommodation. “The inmates are housed in small rooms and there are no beds for them. They all sleep on the ground. The building of that Home is not accessible at all and the disabled women have to suffer. The NGO has no resources to call the expert doctors like Psychiatrist and Gynaecologist to visit the Home on regular intervals,” he said. Srivastava further stressed that the Home lacked in disabled friendly toilets for ailing inmates. “As the government, having given its major responsibility to that NGO, does not seem to give proper funds to them for the purpose, all the staff engaged is highly low paid.” “It is a serious matter. The government must intervene for better life standards to the mentally disabled inmates. The Court never intended that they should be shifted from state run Homes to private Homes,” he said. wheat, which is a devastating blow. So we went to the Prime Minister to request him on behalf of farmers of this country to waive their loans," Rahul told reporters. He said the PM conceded that the plight of farmers is grim but did not say anything on the demand for their loans waiver. The PM reportedly gave the delegation a patient hearing and told Rahul to "keep meeting him". Rahul had a few months ago undertaken a long road campaign ("kisan mahayatra") across UP to highlight these demands of farmers, TURN TO PAGE 7 MAN OFFERS 20-YR-OLD LIFT, RAPES HER IN MOVING CAR STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 16 December A 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped inside a car in south Delhi's Moti Bagh area after the attacker offered her a lift, police said today . The victim is a native of Uttar Pradesh. The accused is married with children, who live in the village while the accused lives in a slum cluster in Delhi. The woman from Noida had come to Delhi looking for a job. While waiting for a bus near AIIMS, the accused offered her a lift last evening, police said. The accused stopped the car in Moti Bagh and allegedly sexually assaulted her. She managed to escape from there and informed the police. According to police, in the intervening night of 14 and 15 December, at about 1.30 am, a motorcycle patrol party of South Campus police station found a woman in distress. "Within 15 minutes, the patrol party along with the woman, accompanied by a female police staff, started searching for the suspect's car at the location indicated by the complainant. However, it could not be located," police said. As the complainant had alleged rape, she was sent for medical examination while a support team kept scouting the area for possible clues. "On 15 December, as soon as the medical examination of the complainant got over, TURN TO PAGE 2
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