CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 OCTOBER 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 32,182.22 +348.23 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Max & min temp 34/27 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.6°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:33 hrs MOON RISES 23.14 hrs P12 NIFTY 10,096.40 +111.60 TITANIC TUSSLE ON THE CARDS IN T20 CLIMAX P9 ` vs $ 65.08 +6 PAISE GOLD 28,730.00 +45.00 P11 SILVER 40,100.00 00.00 Talwars to walk free 4 yrs after Aarushi conviction PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 26.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:13 hrs MOON SETS 12:47 hrs First quarter of moon on 15 October THUMBNAILS During the Mali-New Zealand FIFA U-17 match at JLN Stadium in Delhi on Thursday. In another match, India suffered 0-4 loss to Ghana. (REPORT ON PAGE 12 ) SC warns Sahara over Aamby Valley auction: The Supreme Court today took strong exception to the Sahara Group allegedly obstructing the auctioning process of Aamby Valley and warned that anybody creating impediments would be liable for contempt and may be “sent to jail”. The apex court was irked when SEBI claimed that the group had allegedly obstructed the auctioning process. Airtel to acquire Tata Tele: Bharti Airtel will acquire Tata Group's loss-making mobile telephony business, almost for free, boosting its spectrum holding and raising subscriber base while saving the Tatas from the prospect of having to shut down the unit. Airtel will from Nov 1 take over 4 crore customers of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd (TTML) in 19 telecom circles P8 or zones on “a debt-free cash-free basis”. Bengal CM rubbishes media reports on dengue situation, blames labs: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denied there was a spike in dengue deaths in the state and claimed that erroneous blood test reports issued by private laboratories were creating panic. The disease had claimed 24 lives since January, she said, rubbishing media reports that said dengue was rampant in the state. “There are reports that several people are down with dengue and several have died because of the disease. But this is incorrect.” ALLAHABAD, 12 OCTOBER llahabad High Court today acquitted Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the 2008 murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, saying that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty. The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murder that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide. The Talwars, who are both dentists, are expected to be freed tomorrow from Ghaziabad's Dasna jail after the completion of paperwork. The CBI did not immediately say if it would appeal the High Court verdict. It said it would study the order and decide the future course of action. “I am grateful to the judiciary for the verdict,” said B G Chitnis, Nupur Tal- A war's father and a former Group Captain in the Indian Air Force. “They have really suffered. They are emotionally drained. At my age it was very trying to see my daughter behind bars,” he told reporters in New Delhi. “It's been an exhausting journey for us. We are really grateful to the High Court for having aquitted and ending the injustice meted out to them,” said Vandana Talwar, an aunt of Aarushi who was 14 when she was killed. A division bench comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra upheld the Talwars' appeal against the CBI court ver- dict, holding that the circumstances of the case and the evidence on record did not established a chain showing their involvement in the murders of Aarushi and Hemraj. Pronouncing the verdict in a packed court room, the bench said that it is a fit case where benefit of doubt can be given to the appellants and set aside the judgement of the CBI court convicting the Talwars who were arrested in May 2008. The CBI court had relied on circumstantial evidence to convict the couple in the absence of any motive. In his judgement, Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal has cited judgements of the Supreme Court to say that the mere fact that the prosecution had failed to “translate that mental disposition of the accused into evidence does not mean that no such mental condition existed in the mind of the assailant.” He said “in a case of circumstantial evidence motive does not have extreme significance. In the absence of motive, the conviction based on circumstantial evidence can in principle me made.” Dadhiram Maurya, the jailor of the Dasna prison where the Talwars are lodged, said the couple felt they have got justice. “After having breakfast they were praying. Their schedule was normal. She said they got justice today and had tears of joy. “Any person after spending this amount of jail (time) will feel happy to get freedom. So they were happy after they were told about the news,” he said. Lawyer Rebecca John, who was part of Talwars' legal team, said she was relieved by the judgement. She claimed the whole case was based on “innuendos” Delhi HC sets aside JNU disciplinary action against Kanhaiya, 14 others PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, OCT 12 In a relief to former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and 14 other students, the Delhi High Court today set aside the disciplinary action taken against them by the university in connection with an event organised there in February last year. Justice V Kameswar Rao said the Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) orders imposing varying punishments on the students was issued without following the principles of natural justice, as they were given limited time to inspect the records based on which the punitive actions were taken. The court sent the matter back to the varsity's appellate authority, the Vice Chancellor, to be decided afresh after giving two days to each student to inspect the records and one week to file an appeal against the penalties imposed on each of them. Thereafter, the appellate authority shall hear each of the students and subsequently, after considering the appeals filed by them, “pass a reasoned order as expeditiously as possible”, preferably within six weeks from the date of hearing, the court said in its judgement. It also clarified that the students would abide by their undertakings given earlier to the court that “they shall not indulge in any strike or 'dharna' or agitation or coercive action in future in connection with the issue, till such time the proceedings between the parties attain finality”. The verdict came on the pleas of the students, also including Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya who had claimed that JNU did not give them due opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline, as all of them were only given a few hours to inspect the records containing the allegations against them. Apart from the charge of indiscipline against them, the students in their pleas had also challenged their punishment, which ranged from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities and fines. The appellate authori- BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 56.47 -0.47 GST on real estate to be discussed PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 12 OCTOBER Allahabad High Court says neither circumstances nor evidence enough to hold them guilty Min. 58% SUBRATA DUTTA PAK SC SEEKS IMRAN’S ARREST OVER CONTEMPT QATAR FIGHTS BACK IN CUP DEBATE RICH FLOURISHES DESPITE CAMPAIGN AGAINST GRAFT The issue of bringing real estate under the GST's ambit will be discussed next month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today, as he acknowledged that it is the one sector where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes place. The matter will be discussed in the next meeting of the GST Council to be held on November 9 in Guwahati, Jaitley said while delivering the 'Annual Mahindra Lecture' on India's tax reforms at the prestigious Harvard University. “The one sector in India where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes place and which is still outside the GST is real estate. Some of the states have been pressing for it. I personally believe that there is a strong case to bring real estate into the GST,” Jaitley said. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented from July 1 this year. It brings the economy under a uniform tax regime. “In the next meeting itself, we are addressing one of the problem areas or at least (having) discussion and would “not have carried through”. John hoped that the Talwars, who have been in media spotlight for over nine years, will be allowed privacy after their release from the jail. Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars' Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The suspicion initially fell on 45-year-old Hemraj, who at the time was missing. But his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later. As the Uttar Pradesh Police drew flak over shoddy investigation into the case which was making national headlines, the then chief minister Mayawati recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The night of May 14, 2008 changed the fate of L32 Jalvayu Vihar, Noida, forever, bringing the twobedroom flat under an oppressive media glare. Nine years later, on a day the couple who owned the flat was cleared of the ignominy of being their daughter's murderers, Aarushi remains a forbidden topic for residents. ‘Anti-Israel stance’: US to pull out of Unesco ty had rusticated Umar from JNU for one semester, while Bhattacharya was rusticated till July 15, 2016 and then declared out of bounds from the entire varsity campus from July 25, 2016 for a period of five years. Kanhaiya was slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for being part of the February 9, 2016 event on the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which antinational slogans were allegedly raised. After the event, the varsity had set up a High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) which had recommended disciplinary action against the 15 students. The students had contended that the HLEC gave its findings without hearing them and later based on its recommendations, the university had imposed the punishments. THE INDEPENDENT AND AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 12 OCTOBER The United States today announced it will withdraw from the UNESCO, accusing the UN's cultural body of “anti-Israel” stance. The withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018. The US will remain a full member of UNESCO until that time. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti- Israel bias at UNESCO,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said. She said the Department of State today notified United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation Director-General Irina Bokova of the US Kovind stresses need to trust citizens more NEW DELHI, 12 OCTOBER President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that Governors, being part of the legislative system in their States, could provide a new dimension to their development by communicating with legislators, and inviting them to Raj Bhavan to deliberate on subjects related to public well-being. Addressing the 48th Governors Conference, the President said by establishing communication with university Chancellors and ViceChancellors, academicians, social workers and other thoughtful and enlightened citizens in the States, the Governors could help raise the quality of discussion and debate, and provide an impetus to society and the State government. Kovind said the nation had set critical milestones and goals in the context of the completion of 75 years of Independence in 2022. The NEW DELHI, 12 OCTOBER President Kovind today stressed the need to trust citizens more and cited the example of self-attestation of documents required in government works like issuance of passports. He was addressing a twoday conference of governors and lt governors. “He...stressed trusting citiPresident Ram Nath Kovind along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu during the inauguration of the Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Capital on Thursday. SNS Government had resolved to build “a society that is safe and secure, prosperous, ensures opportunity for all, and is a leader in science and technology.” It was essential to link youth with the process of nation building, he said. “The future of the country depends on the capacities, moral values and compassion of the younger generation,” he said. Special attention needs to be paid to higher edu- cation and skill development at the level of States. This was particularly true, given the challenges of automation and artificial intelligence. Sixtynine per cent of Indian universities fall under the purview of State Governments, and 94 per cent of all college and university students study in these institutions, he said. Focusing on the role of Governors in development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, asked them to be catalytic agents for change in society, while upholding the sanctity of the Constitution. CMYK zens more and gave the examples of self-attestation of documents by individuals and the easier mechanism for obtaining a passport,” a statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan quoted the President as saying. Kovind urged the replication of these ideas in states, since much of a citizen's interaction with government agenPTI cies is at this level. Addressing the Governors, Modi said the target of New India by 2022 could be achieved only by making it a people's movement. The Governors can interact at length with students and teachers in this regard. Universities can become centres of innovation, he said, giving the example of the HP election on 9 Nov, Guj poll before 18 Dec NEW DELHI, 12 OCTOBER decision to withdraw from the organisation and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. “The US indicated to the Director General its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise on some of the important issues undertaken by the organisation, including the protection of world heritage, advocating for press freedoms, and promoting scientific collaboration and education,” Nauert said. SEE ALSO PAGE 10 Connect with legislators, President tells Governors STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE (on) it. Some states want, some do not. There are two views. Therefore, by discussion, we would try to reach one view,” he said. The move would benefit the consumers who will only have to pay one “final tax” on the whole product, Jaitley said. “As a result, the final tax paid on the whole product in the GST would almost be negligible,” the minister said. Jaitley said the reduction in eventual expenditure coupled with incentivising people to enter the tax net may also help reduce the size of “shadow economy”. A 12 per cent GST is levied on construction of a complex, building, civil structure or intended for sale to a buyer, wholly or partly. However, land and other immovable property have been exempted from the GST. recent hackathon conducted by the Union Government, where students made technology-based solutions to several problems. He said the Governors could lead by example on the cause of Swachhata, or cleanliness. The Prime Minister said festivals and anniversaries can be great motivators and energisers in the quest for change. The Governors can also motivate banks to give loans under Mudra to tribals, Dalits and women, especially in the period between Constitution Day on 26 November, and Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Diwas on 6 December. The Prime Minister asked Lt. Governors to share the best practices being adopted by them in areas such as solar energy, DBT, and making Union Territories kerosene free. He said these achievements must be extended across all Union Territories speedily. The meet is being attended by 27 Governors and three Lt. Governors. Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held in a single phase on 9 November with the hill state set to witness an intense battle between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP . Making the announcement here today, the Election Commission said the results will be declared on 18 December. The dates for Assembly elections in Gujarat were not announced but Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti said the polls will be held before 18 December. “This is being done to ensure that the voting pattern of one state does not affect the other state...polling in Gujarat will be held before December 18 (when HP results are announced),” Joti told a press conference. The tenures of Himachal and Gujarat assemblies end on January 7, 2018 and January 22 respectively. “The Model Code of Conduct comes into force immediately,” Joti said while announcing the poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh. The model code of conduct will be applicable for Himachal Pradesh as well as for the Union government in matters related to the state. For the first time ever, the Election Commission will set up 136 all-woman managed polling booths in Himachal Pradesh, with each constituency having two of them. In the 68-member Assembly, the ruling Congress has 35 members while the strength of opposition BJP is 28. There are four independents while one seat is vacant. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will fight for a seventh term. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi last week declared Virbhadra Singh as the party’s next chief ministerial face, saying he will be CM for PTI the seventh time.
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