THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR LEADERSHIP CONFUSION HANGS HEAVY AHEAD OF HP ASSEMBLY POLLS P4 SENSEX 32,186.41 +27.75 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 86% Min. 48 % P6 NIFTY 10,079.30 -13.75 Min: 27.2°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:27 hrs MOON SETS 13:56 hrs ` vs $ 64.00 +4 PAISE THUMBNAILS Devotees perform prayers outside a temple in AFP Amritsar on Wednesday Paris, LA confirmed as Olympic hosts: The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday named Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics respectively, thus crowning two cities simultaneously in a historic first. Loud applause erupted at a convention centre in Lima after the IOC membership voted to approve a deal hammered out in July which ensured Paris as Olympic host in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. Taxi driver rapes passenger, held: A 28-year old private taxi driver was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping his passenger in Yamuna Khadar area in the Capital on Tuesday. According to police, the incident took place on Tuesday around 8 p.m. when the 25year-old woman booked a cab from New Delhi P2 Railway Station.” India submits written pleadings in Jadhav case: India on Wednesday submitted its written pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is hearing the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a retired Indian navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court allegedly for espionage and subversive activities." The ICJ has suspended the death sentence of Jadhav pending final judgment P6 by it after India moved the court in May. Suicide bomber kills 3 near Kabul cricket stadium: A suicide bomber killed three people including a policeman and wounded five others after blowing himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul today, police said. The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint as he walked towards the stadium where a P16 match was under way. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER T Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and his wife pay their respects to Mahatma Gandhi along with the Indian PM during their visit to Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. AFP of the Nation lived for about 12 years. “Love and Thanks”, Abe wrote in a short message in Japanese on the visitors' register which was also signed by his wife. The three later sat for some time by the serene Sabarmati Riverfront, developed by Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, chatting and laughing. The two leaders will get down to business tomorrow when they would jointly lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 54.62 +0.35 Aadhaar: SC hearing is on as Jaitley claims success AHMEDABAD, 13 SEPTEMBER The road show, designed to showcase India's cultural diversity, saw artistes from several states performing on 28 stages erected by the roadside. They performed folk dances in traditional attires, while at several places along the way people in customary Japanese ensemble carrying parasols were also seen breaking into a jig to welcome the visiting dignitaries. The road show, which began from Ahmedabad airport ended at the Sabarmati Ashram after traversing nearly eight kilometres. The visiting dignitaries and Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the ashram where the Father P15 SILVER 41,100.00 +300.00 SNS & PTI 500 km in around two hours. Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi. The two leaders will hold the 12th Indo-Japan annual Summit meeting at Gandhinagar after which agreements will be exchanged. Later, an IndiaJapan business plenary meeting will be held. Fifteen agreements will be signed for investments in Gujarat during the visit of the Japanese prime minister, Gujarat chief secretary J N Singh had said yesterday. Abe's spouse will be visiting a number of places including an NGO -- Blind People's Association. As the Supreme Court continues to hear petition challenging the Central government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for almost everything, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday expressed his confidence on the success of the Aadhaar scheme, adding that it will ‘stand the test of constitutionality.’ "Aadhaar was an important leap forward.When the concept of Aadhaar was introduced under the UPA regime, it was still evolving. Technologically, the concept was good. However, the full potential had not been realised. While there was a draft law related to management, the use of it was not clear," Jaitley said while delivering the keynote address at the Conclave on Financial Inclusion organised by the United Nations in India. The confidentiality of the account holder’s data, Jaitley stated, was crucial, as was the idea of privacy as a constitutional guarantee. "There are important questions which arise and therefore a legislation was necessary and because of evolving detail the confidentiality of the data and to build some iron wall around the data itself was also equally important. The legislation has been passed and I'm sure it will stand the test of constitutionality for the reason that even while upholding rightly so the idea of privacy as an important constitutional guarantee the restraints under the article 21 which Supreme Court said that is the question raised just now which could be imposed they have to be by law they have to be obviously reasonable," Jaitley added. The minister further added while these are in the larger national interest, detection of crime and dissemination of social benefit can also be achieved through the interplay of Aadhaar accounts. Earlier last month, a nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had declared the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right saying it is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and as a part of the freedom guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution. Speaking on the occasion, Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman Niti Aayog said, privacy is all about trust between government and people, while maintaining that there is hardly any privacy left the minute one uses a credit card. Kumar said that in today's world even telecallers know what a person buys and what he needs. "You got to focus on mistrust between the government and people. This is core of all debates that are going on about privacy. I have got no privacy left ever since I got master- card. I get calls from telecallers who know what I buy. If we have any illusions about privacy, stop doing now" Kumar added. Speaking about financial inclusion, Jaitley said as many as 30 crore families have got bank accounts since the launch of India’s biggest ever bank account opening drive, Jan Dhan Yojana three years back. Jaitley added that the number of zero-balance accounts has reduced from 77 percent to 20 percent and even these would become operational once the direct benefit transfer is expanded. Aadhaar should be made mandatory for the registration of NRI marriages in India to tackle desertion and other marital issues, an inter-ministerial committee has recommended to the Ministry of External Affairs. The proposal by the special committee on Indian passport holders getting married in India is aimed at protecting the rights of women who are deserted by their NRI husbands or become victims of domestic violence and dowry harassment abroad. “It has been proposed that Aadhaar be a must-have for registration of NRI marriages (in India),” said a source. NSUI reclaims DUSU from ABVP, boosts Congress SC moved for transfer of Ryan boy murder case STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER Bouncing back in the national capital's students politics, the Congress party's students wing NSUI onWednesday won two top posts in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls, dealing a blow to the incumbent RSS-affiliated ABVP which had been at the helm of DUSU affairs for the past four years. The NSUI bagged the positions of the DUSU president and vice president while the ABVP could manage to secure the posts of the secretary and joint secretary only. The NSUI's triumph came barely three days Newly-elected DUSU president Rocky Tuseed (R) with vice president Kunal Sehrawat after winning the polls. SNS In the Capital on Wednesday. after the United Left alliance candidates swept the Jawa- Chakmas to get citizenship PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER The Centre will grant citizenship to all Chakma and Hajong refugees living in the Northeast but ensure that the rights of indigenous people arenot diluted, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday. TheChakma-Hajongrefugee issue was discussed threadbare at a high level meeting convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Rijiju and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval among others. Addressing reporters after the hour-long meeting, Rijiju said a“middleground”wouldbechosen so the 2015 Supreme Court order to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugees could be honoured and the rights of GOLD 28,970.00 +110.00 Modi, Abe hold 8-km k roadshow in Gujarat he streets of Ahmedabad on Wednesday came alive with song and dance performances as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an 8-km road show with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and his wife, the first such event by the Indian premier with a visiting head of government. Modi held Abe in his characteristic bear hug as he, accompanied by wife Akie, landed at the Ahmedabad airport, reflecting the close bonding the two leaders have forged over several meetings. In a gesture symbolising the growing ties between the two large Asiatic economies, Abe wore kurta-pyjama and a royal blue Nehru jacket while his wife donned a red salwarkameez ensemble as they accompanied Modi on the road show from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram. Sabarmati Ashram was set up by apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi who spent considerable time of his life there. Song and dance performances were held by the roadside as the cavalcade rolled on, guarded by gun toting security personnel. Crowds lining up the streets cheered as Modi and Abe waved at them. Akie, meanwhile, happily clicked photos with her mobile phone. People were seen waving Indian and Japanese national flags at several places. MESSI’S TWIN GOALS GIVE A PERFECT START TO BARCA P13 Leaders of India and Japan to address summit meeting in Gandhinagar TEMPERATURE Max: 36.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 00:55 hrs S’PORE GETS FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT WITHOUT A VOTE ‘FUEL PRICES CAN’T BE CHANGED ON KNEE-JERK BASIS’ the local population not diluted. “The Supreme Court order has to be honoured. Chakmas are settled in Arunachal Pradesh since 1964. But ST status and indigenous people's rights won't be diluted,” he said. The initiative on the Chakma and Hajong refugees comes amid the ongoing row over the Central government's plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, who came to India due to alleged persecutioninMyanmar.Rijiju,who belongs to Arunachal Pradesh, has said Rohingyas are illegal immigrants. Several organisations and civil society in Arunachal Pradesh have been opposing citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees saying it would change the demography of the state. The central government is trying to find a workable solution by proposing that the refugees will not be given rights, including land ownership, enjoyed by ScheduledTribes in Arunachal Pradesh, an official said. However, they may be given Inner Line permits required for non-locals in Arunachal Pradesh to travel and work. Rijiju blamed the Congress for the current situation, saying that the then government had settled the refugees in Arunachal Pradesh without taking the local people into confidence. harlal Nehru University Students' Union elections, defeating the ABVP to win all four top posts ~ including those of the president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary ~ there. Last year, the ABVP had won three top DUSU posts, with the NSUI managing to win only the joint secretary position. About 43 per cent polling was recorded in the DUSU elections held on Tuesday, with the counting of votes taking place onWednesday. The elections were marked bydebatesonissueslikefreedom, free speech and violence. The NSUI candidate RockyTuseed won the president's post, beating the ABVP's Rajat Choudhary by about 1600 votes.Tuseed garnered 16,299 votes as against Choudhary's 14,709 votes. For the vice president's post, the NSUI candidate Kunal Sehrawat defeated the ABVP's Paarth Rana by only 175 votes. The ABVP's Mahamedha Nagar bagged the post of secretary by defeating the NSUI candidate Minakshi Meena by over 2600 votes. The ABVP candidate Uma Shankar registered victory over the NSUI's AvinashYadav for the joint secretary's post by 342 votes.The NSUI alleged that the counting for this post had not been carried out in a "fair manner" and that they would challenge its result in the court. TURN TO PAGE 2 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court was on Wednesday moved by Ryan officials for transfer of case from Sohna Court as the bar bodies at Sohna and Gurgaon allegedly asked their member lawyers not to represent any person or accused in the brutal murder of sevenyear-old Pradyuman. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar considered the submission of senior advocate KTS Tulsi that the fundamental right of a person to be represented by a lawyer of his choice is getting infringed. The bench assured counsel of Francis Thomas, northern zone head of Ryan Group, that it will hear the petition on 18 September 18. Francis Thomas has been arrested in connection with the murder of the boy in school premises on Friday last. "The fundamental right under Article 21 (Right to Life and Personal Liberty) is being infringed," senior advocate KTS Tulsi claimed, adding that the Supreme Court may consider transferring the case outside Sohna in Haryana. Police allege that 42year-old bus conductor Ashok Kumar killed him with a knife after the boy resisted an attempt to sodomise him. Suu Kyi cancels UN trip amid Rohingya crisis More than 3,70,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh in less than three weeks AGENCIES NAY PYI TAW, 13 SEPTEMBER Myanmar’s de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. A spokesman for the Presidential office said on Wednesday she had called off her trip for two reasons.“One is the current situation in Rakhine State. We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works,” spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement. “And the second reason is we have received reports that there are possibilities of terrorist People hold placards during a protest against the Myanmar government over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims, in the AMARJEET SINGH Capital on Wednesday attacks in our country.” Suu Kyi had been expected to participate in discussions at the General Assembly session, which will run from 19-25 September, BBC reported. More than 3,70,000 minority Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since 25 August, according to the United Nations, an average of almost 20,000 a day. A clearance operation by Myanmar’s military targeting the Rohingya intensified after 12 security officers were killed by militants in coordinated attacks on border posts. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’adAlHusseinonMondaysaid that the actions of Myanmar’s armed forces had been a “text- book example of ethnic cleansing”, which was denounced by the Myanmar government. Suu Kyi has been repeatedly criticised over her response to the crisis, particularly given her previous work as a defender of human rights which won her the Nobel Peace Prize. FellowNobellaureates,including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, had called on Suu Kyi to stop the violence. Myanmar’s envoy to the UN had blamed Rohingya insurgents for the violence in Rakhine state and said that his country would never tolerate such atrocities. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back.
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