WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 MARCH 2017 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 FOREST RIGHTS STILL A DISTANT DREAM Forecast: Mainly clear sky Rainfall: Nil TEMPERATURE Min: 16.2 (0) Max: 33.7 (3); RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 31% Max: 81% SUNRISE 06:22 hrs DEATH THREATS ROUGH TACKLES ON V ARD Y P9 SUNSET 18:33 hrs P15 SC CALLS FOR TALKS ON AYODHYA DISPUTE THUMBNAILS CJI OFFERS HIMSELF OR OTHER JUDGES TO ACT AS MEDIATORS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 21 March French President Francois Hollande stands beside a robot on stage as part of the launch of French strategy in artificial intelligence, on Tuesday at the Cite des Sciences in Paris. AFP E-boarding: The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has approved the e-boarding facility that will help domestic fliers at airports reduce waiting time for baggage check-in and security clearance, the government said. Suspected Khalistani terrorist arrested: A suspected member of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) ~ allegedly involved in over 50 cases of terror activities, murder and dacoity ~ was arrested in the national capital, Delhi Police said today . P2 Cauvery dispute: The Supreme Court will commence on 11 July the final hearing of the appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the 2007 water-sharing award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal. FIR against poet: A Hindutva group has lodged a police complaint against poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay for allegedly hurting “Hindu sentiments and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath” in a Facebook post. World’s richest: India is home to the world's fourth highest number of billionaires with Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani leading the club of more than 100 super rich Indians, according to Forbes magazine. P11 Brexit strategy: The European Union will take Britain to the International Court of Justice if it tries to walk away without paying an estimated £50bn ‘divorce bill’, a leak of its negotiating strategy says. P12 INDICATOR Sensex 29,485 -33 Nifty 9,121 -5 Gold 27,460 -75 Silver 41,050 -150 The Supreme Court today said the long-pending Ayodhya Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid dispute should be resolved outside court amongallpartiesconcerned. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement in the "sensitive" and "sentimental matter". "These are issues of religion and sentiments.These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting," the bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said. "You must make fresh attempts to arrive at a consensual decision. If required,you must choose a moderator to end the dispute.If the parties want me to sit with mediators chosen by both the sides for negotiations, am ready to take up the task. Even the services of my brother judges can be availed for the purpose," the CJI said.The top court said it may also appoint a principal negotiator if the parties want. The observations came after BJP leader Subra- OUT OF COURT The Supreme Court has suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of “religion and sentiments” can be best resolved through talks bench headed SC said 1 TheCJI J S Khehar 2 The appoint that it 3 The Lucknow by can the bench of Allasuggested that the parties to the dispute “give a bit and take a bit” for a meaningful negotiations to resolve the issue. manian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing of the issue. The bench then asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on 31 March. The BJP leader had earlier moved the plea for a direction to allow construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya at the disputed site and had mentioned it before a bench headed by the then Chief Justice T S Thakur for an urgent hearing.The apex court had, on 26 February last year, allowed Swamy to intervene in pending matters relating to the Ayodhya title dispute with his plea seeking construction of Ram temple at the site of the demolished principal negotiator if the parties want. It asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about their decision on 31 March habad High Court, in 2010, had ruled for a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the site in Uttar Pradesh. disputed structure. In his petition, Swamy had claimed that under the practices prevalent in Islamic countries,a mosque could be shifted to any other place for public purposes like constructing road, whereas a temple once constructed cannot be touched. He had also sought directions to expedite the disposal of several petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict of three-way division of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on 30 September, 2010. Allahabad High Court had in a 2-1 majority delivered a verdict stating that one third of the land be given to Ram Lalla – infant Lord Ram,represented by Hindu Maha Sabha; one third entrusted to Nirmohi Akhara and one third be given to Islamic Sunni Waqf Board. The Bench agreed thattheportionthatwasallotted to Ram Lalla would be the one falling under the erstwhilecentraldomestructure, where a makeshift temple has been built. The verdict givenonbasisof abenchcomprising Justice D V Sharma, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice S U Khan had proposed a 3-way division of the 2.77 acre area. The award was given “as per faith and belief of Hindus” given the huge sentimentality attached with the land considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. P13 Apex court backs HC order on Narada probe STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 21 March In a setback to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the CBI investigation will continue into the Narada sting operation case in which several Trinamul Congress leaders were allegedly caught on camera taking money as the Supreme Court today refused to interfere with the Calcutta High Court order in the matter. In the video footage, a number of senior Trinamul Congress (TMC) leaders were seen accepting money on the promise of granting favours. A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justices D Y Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul found no infirmity with the High Court order directing inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Narada scandal. The court, however, said the "inferences and conclusions" recorded by the high court in its order would not weigh with the investigating agency. The top court also said the CBI would complete the inquiry within one month from the date when the high court had passed the order. Upset with the West Bengal government appeal ~ which said the High Court had transgressed "all constitutional limits" ~ the Supreme Court said it was "unfor- CM welcomes SC order Kolkata, 21 March: “We welcome the Supreme Court judgment. It is a positive judgment,” said chief minister Mamata Banerjee while leaving Nabanna this evening. Meanwhile, officials of Nabanna are of the opinion that the judgment has opened new avenues for the state government. “Some aspects that were in the high court's judgment have been ignored by the Supreme Court. The state government has got a breather of one month. Moreover, the government's road to move the court has also opened up,” a top official said. The officials are further of the opinion that CBI will also look into the aspect of whether money was given at all or not and that is the positive aspect of SNS the judgment, said a top source. tunate" and deserved "outright rejection". It also asked the government's advocate to apologise. The news website Narada News had alleged a huge corruption scandal before last year's assembly election in the state. It reported that Trinamul leaders ~ most of them elected lawmakers ~ were caught on camera taking wads of cash from a reporter posing as the owner of a company, apparently seeking favours from the Mamata Banerjee government. Yesterday, a group of Trinamul leaders, including Saugata Roy, moved the apex court to stop the CBI probe which had been ordered over the weekend by the Calcutta high court. The court had asked the investigating agency to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 72 hours and file a case. Today, the Supreme Court expanded the time limit to one month. Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP of masterminding the episode to discredit her government and party. "One lakh, two lakh at election time is not a factor. No one asked for money, it was a donation," the Chief Minister had said, stressing it was not illegal. Govt proposes to lower cash transaction cap to Rs 2 lakh PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, 21 March The government today proposed to lower the cash transaction limit to Rs 2 lakh, from Rs 3 lakh announced in the Budget, as it introduced 40 amendments to the Finance Bill in an unprecedented move. As the Finance Bill was taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha, the Opposition parties including TMC, BJD and RSP protested against the introduction of so many amendments, saying it was being done as a “backdoor entry”. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, overruled the objections, saying the 'incidental pro- Aadhaar may be made must for filing I-T return New Delhi, 21 March: In a move that will have a deep-reach- ing impact, the government on Tuesday proposed to make Aadhar card mandatory for filing income tax return and applying for permanent account number (PAN), which will come into effect from 1 July The government has pro. posed this rule through an amendment today to the Finance Bill, which is being discussed in the Parliament. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to reply on the Finance Bill on Wednesday Meanwhile, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) . had earlier said that all devices that use Aadhaar authentication will have to follow its new encryption standards from 1 June onwards. This decision is purely aimed at adding another layer of security to the hardware, especially at a time when these devices are poised to take the centre stage in biometricAGENCIES based digital payments. visions' involved in the amendments constitute a 'Money Bill' and therefore can be considered as part of the Finance Bill. The proposed amendments to the Finance Bill include a provision to cap legal cash transactions at Rs 2 lakh. While presenting the Budget on 1 February, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to make any cash transaction beyond Rs 3 lakh illegal with effect from April this year. A penalty of equal amount would be levied in case of any violation of the provision, Revenue Sec- retary Hasmukh Adhia tweeted after the amendment was moved. Another senior revenue department official said the move was intended to make the law more stringent to clamp down on cash dealings, which was giving rise to black money . The move to cap legal cash transactions followed recommendations made by the Special Investigation Team on Black Money , which was set by by the government on directions of the Supreme Court. Amendments to laws like Companies Act, Employees Provident Fund, Smuggling and Foreign Exchange Act, TRAI Act and Information Tech- USA BARS LARGE ELECTRONIC DEVICES AS CABIN BAGGAGE FROM 10 AIRPORTS New curbs on flights from Muslim world nology Act, were also moved to make the functioning of tribunals more efficient by merging the smaller ones and reducing their numbers from 40 to 12. While defending the amendments, Jaitley invoked the first Lok Sabha Speaker G V Mavalankar. He said if a substantial portion of a bill deals with imposition or abolition of tax, it can be introduced as a Money Bill even even if it has other incidental provisions. “You cannot have a bill which says government will spend Rs 100,000 crore without detailing how it would be spent. You cannot have a bill where you say there will be 5 per cent without specifying Washington, 21 March including major global hubs like Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior administration officials. The 10 international airports covered by the ban are in Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE; Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The nine airlines are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. The nine airlines affected by the ban were notified of the procedures by the Transportation Security Administration today and must comply within 96 hours. Senior US administration officials said the rules were prompted by “evaluated intelligence” that terrorists continue to target commercial aviation by “smuggling explosives in portable electronic devices.” “Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration acting administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last-point-ofdeparture airports to the United States,” The Washington Post quoted an official as saying. The officials said American carriers are not affected because none of them fly from the airports in question to the US. The ban involves some of the widest reaching aviation security measures taken since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. It means all laptops, cameras, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, electronic gaming devices and travel printers or scanners will have to be kept in the cargo hold for the duration of the flight. Royal Jordanian Airlines told passengers yesterday that medical devices were still allowed. If the airlines don't comply with the order within the 96 hour time frame, “we will work with the FAA to pull their certificate and they will not be allowed to fly to the United States,” CNN quoted one senior US official as saying. He said the move is partly based on intelligence that they believe indicates Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is close to being able to hide explosives with little or no metal content in electronic devices in order to target commercial aircraft. what will be the deduction, what will be the power of assessing officer, appeal provision... No tax can be imposed without reference to courts or tribunals.. These are incidental provisions...,” Jaitley said. As Jaitley moved the Finance Bill for discussion, N K Premanchandran (RSP) said the government is pushing the amendments to the House and not following the rules. “It is being bulldozed... If you conduct the House like this, then there is no need for the Monsoon and the Winter sessions... Standing Committee can be curtailed. The supreme right of Parliament is being taken away Prema,” chandran said. Will work for all, Yogi reassures LS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE New Delhi, 21 March PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslimmajority countries, including from global hubs like Dubai, cannot carry large electronic devices like cameras and laptops as cabin baggage under a new Trump administration order today, citing terrorism concerns. According to the tough security restrictions, passengers will have to check in any devices bigger than a smartphone ~ including iPads, Kindles and laptops ~ before clearing security or boarding, US officials said. The open-ended ban will affect more than 50 flights from 10 airports, TILLERSON TO GIVE NATO MEET A MISS, GO TO RUSSIA On a visit to the national capital, his first after being sworn in as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath today reiterated his commitment to work for the development of the state and live up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of turning Uttar Pradesh into Uttam Pradesh ~ the best governed state of the country . The UP CM’s comments came after he made a sudden appearance in the Lok Sabha donning his signature saffron robe around 4.30 p m when the members were discussing the Finance Bill. He spoke in the House being an MP from Gorakhpur. As a special gesture, Adityanath’s name was included at the last minute as one of the participants in the discussion. As the chief minister entered the House amid chanting of "Jai Sri Ram" and thumping of desks by members, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan welcomed him to speak by virtue of being a member of the House as well as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. "You are welcome. You are the Chief Minister of UP and along with that you are a member of this House," the Speaker said. Yogi Adityanath, 44, waxed eloquent about Narendra Modi and his developmental initiatives. He said his government in Uttar Pradesh is committed to taking everybody along for the development of the state in accordance with PM’s ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ principle. TURN TO PAGE 4
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