MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P2 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Dense fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 24 and 7 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.100% Max: 22.6°C (0) SUN RISES 07:11 hrs MOON RISES 15:42 hrs Min: 6.4°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:58 hrs MOON SETS 05:47 hrs TEMPERATURE P12 P5 Govt firm on triple talaq Bill STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 JANUARY T THUMBNAILS Girls wrestling during the Khelo India School Games Carnival in New Delhi on Sunday. RITIK JAIN Kasganj violence: More then 80 persons were arrested while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel intensified vigil in strife-torn Kasganj which continued to be tense. Explosives were found during house to house searches following which the state police chief said that the stringent National Security Act (NSA) would be invoked against the P6 culprits. IKEA founder dead: Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91, the company said Sunday. IKEA Sverige, the chain’s Swedish unit, said on Twitter that Kamprad died Saturday at his home in Smaland, southern Sweden. Later it said he died peacefully folP13 lowing a short illness. PM trips: The names of delegation members accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his foreign visits should be disclosed, chief information commissioner R K Mathur has directed the PMO. Mathur rejected the PMO’s objection in disclosing the information on grounds of “national security”. Deciding two separate cases, Mathur, however, exempted the PMO from disclosing the names of security personnel and people linked to security details of the Prime MinisP10 ter. Cybercrime coordination centre: To deal with cyber crimes such as financial frauds, circulation of communal andpornographic contents, the Union Home Ministry is planning to set up an apex coordination centre and has asked states to establish a similar mechanism in every district. It has also released Rs 83 crore for setting up of a cyber forensic training laboratory-cum-training centre for police officials in each state under the Cyber Crime Prevention against P7 Women and Children Scheme. aking a firm stand on the triple talaq Bill, the government on Sunday said that it would try to have consensus on this legislation, while asserting that it would “leave no stone unturned” to ensure its passage in Parliament’s Budget session beginning Monday. The government put forth its stand on the Bill at an all-party meeting convened by it to seek cooperation from the opposition on various issues including this bill which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha and needs to be passed in the Rajya Sabha where the government does not have a majority. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, as well as leaders of opposition and other parties. Talking to the media after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kumar described it as “fruitful”, and said the prime minister urged the leaders of the parties to make the session successful. “We will leave no stone unturned for the passage of the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha... We will approach various politi- Like GST was passed by consensus, this bill seeking to ban the practice of instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) among Muslims will be passed ANANTH KUMAR PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS MINISTER cal parties to evolve a consensus for its passage. Like GST was passed by consensus, this Bill seeking to ban the practice of instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) among Muslims will be passed,” he told reporters after the meeting. To a question about the demands of various parties during the last session that the Bill be referred to a select committee, he said it was now the property of the Rajya Sabha. “Let the House decide,” Kumar said. While the government wants to push the passage of the triple talaq Bill during the session, it will present the Economic Survey on Monday after a joint address by the President. The General Budget will be presented by the Finance P16 Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally: Some things only get better with age To leave no stone unturned for Budget session passage Min. 37% THE SECRET BEHIND JOHANNESBURG VICTORY ISRAEL, POLAND IN ROW OVER HOLOCAUST BILL ‘CONSTITUTION, UPADHYAY CANNOT GO TOGETHER’ CONGRESS TO GAIN IN DELHI BYPOLLS: SHEILA Minister on 1 February. The opposition, however, said it planned to counter the government on issues such as incidents of rape and other atrocities on women, alleged attacks on the Constitution and constitutional institutions and the plight of traders, besides the recent incident of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh. The opposition has also asked the government to allow a discussion on these issues during the Budget session. Leaders of the opposition parties are likely to meet on Monday to push for unity and to discuss ways to corner the government.“We want to raise these issues as they are important. The government should adopt a cooperative attitude and allow the opposition to raise these issues,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said. The BJP Parliamentary Party executive will also hold a meeting on Monday, which will be followed by one of NDA constituents to deliberate on their strategy for the session. SOUMYADIP MULLICK & BEDBYAS DUTTA KOLKATA, 28 JANUARY The 49 edition of the Statesman Vintage Car Rally took place on Sunday involving 203 cars and two wheelers. The 49th edition of the rally that was organised on Sunday saw vehicles participating which once were a prominent sight on the roads of the then Calcutta. The vintage models, including four and two wheelers gathered in the Eastern Command Sports Stadium, Fort William by 8:30 am. The owners along with other family members of the vintage models wore costumes which were in fashion in the 1990s to complement the mood of the event. The rally was flagged off at 10:35 am after a grand parade followed by a wiggle-woggle test. Starting from a 1906 Renault Freres to a 1972 Morris Marina, all of the models exhibited a classic grandeur and rekindled memories. Some of the models featured gas lights which were a prominent sight on the city roads in the 1990s. As the cars, motorbikes and scooters drove past the city roads, it drew attention of gawkers who queued up on both sides of the roads, especially in North Kolkata to have a glimpse of the beauties driving past. The owners of the vehicles waved to the bystanders who in turn welcomed them with applause and at Glimpses of the Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2018 in Kolkata on DILIP DUTTA Sunday. times took the role of traffic police to clear the way for the vintage beauties, ensuring they drive past smoothly without any hindrance posed by normal traffic. Some of the vintage vehicles that were seen garnering a lot of attention were a red 1934 Austin of Mr C.R Addy, a green 1929 Ford-A driven by Mr Gautam Sureka, a black Skoda Berlina driven by Mr Rishab Gupta, a 1922 Austin driven by Mr Ajoy Basu, a 1934 Austin Ten driven by Mr Gadai Chand Dey and a 1961 white MG-Midget driven by Debashish Chaudhuri. Along with the four wheelers, the motorbikes and scooters such as - a 1941 Matchless driven by Md. Nooruddin, a 1956 Lambretta LD 150 by Lt Colonel Nitin Shrestha and 1938 B.S.A Sidecak by Aftab Khan drew a lot of curiosity from the crowd. A 1928 Studebaker car, however, faced an issue and was stuck at Shakespeare Sarani for a while. Ravindra Kumar, Editor- In-Chief, The Statesman, in his concluding speech said “The rally is going to take a bigger form next year as it will be the golden jubilee, celebrating the 50th year of this prestigious event. The awards were distributed by Mrs Antara Kumar. The Statesman Trophy for best overall performance of the day for Classic cars (maintenance and road section) went to the 1961 MG-Midget owned by Samir Chaudhuri while The Statesman Trophy for best overall performance of the day (maintenance and road section) went to 1932 Ford V-8 owned by Mr Sanjay Ghosh. The C.R Irani Trophy for runner-up for the best restored classic car went to 1947 Chevrolet owned by Pallab Roy. IPL auction: Unadkat goes for `11.5 crore BECAUSE AGE IS JUST A NUMBER Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, aged all of 36 years, won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne on Sunday, beating Marin Cilic in five riveting sets 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Federer, the Australian Open defending champion and playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men's titles. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 28 JANUARY Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat was the costliest Indian buy fetching a mind boggling Rs 11.5 crore deal from the usually thrifty Rajasthan Royals while Australia pacer Andrew Tye pocketed a Rs 7.2 crore contract from Kings XI Punjab on the final day of the IPL auction here. While Unadkat and Tye enjoyed big pay day, 17year-old Sandeep Lamichhane made history by becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to be bought in the auction with Delhi Daredevils picking him up for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. After leggie Rashid Khan took home Rs 9 crore on the opening day, anoth- Federer is the oldest man to win the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall, in 1972. After going nearly five years without a major, he has now won three of the last five Grand Slam tournaments. Federer is the first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles. Only three others, all women, have reached that mark - Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22), while his nearest male challenger is Rafael Nadal (16). er Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran, all of 16 years, was richer by Rs 4 crore when KXIP made the winning bid for the teen sensation. Nepal's Lamichanne had first hogged the limelight by becoming the second-highest wicket-taker during the 2016 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh with 14 scalps in six innings at an average of 17 and his effort included a hat-trick. Much to the relief of Chris Gayle fans, the West Indian opener finally found a buyer towards the end of the day when KXIP bought him for his Rs 2 crore base price. Gayle was brought into the auction pool for the third time after going unsold twice. DETAILS ON PAGE 16 Padma award selection process transformed: Modi Acid attack victims to get quota in central govt jobs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 28 JANUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his government had transformed the process for selecting Padma award winners and common people were now being honoured because the emphasis was no longer on the name of a nominee, but on the work done. In the year's first 'Mann ki Baat' address, Modi said the awards are being bestowed on people “who do not live in big cities and are not visible in newspapers and TV”. “Making the (nomination) process online has led to transparency. The selection process for these awards has undergone a transformation,” he said. People were being honoured without a recommendation, he stressed in his monthly radio programme. “If you look at these winners, you will feel proud that such kind of people live in society and will Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour, SNS during the NCC rally in the Capital on Sunday. also naturally feel proud that they are getting this recognition without any 'sifarish' (recommendation),” he said. “Now the identity of the awardee is not the deciding factor of the award, rather the importance of his work is increasing,” he said. The prime minister also highlighted the works of some of this year's winners, whose names were announced on the eve of Republic Day, and said they should be invited to schools and colleges so that they could share their experiences and inspire others. He mentioned that this year's Padma awardees include Lakshmikutty, a tribal woman from Kerala who prepares herbal medicines, and Arvind Gupta, an IIT Kanpur alumnus who inspired generations of students to learn science from trash. Society should also go beyond these awards and make efforts to recognise people working selflessly, he said. Modi began his address by noting that for the first time heads of 10 countries were present as guests during the Republic Day parade in the national capital on January 26. Lauding woman power and highlighting a letter posted on his app by a citizen, he pointed out that astronaut Kalpana Chawla's death anniversary falls on February 1 and her life had inspired lakhs of young people. She gave the message that there is no limit to woman power, he said, adding that women in India were moving forward in every field and making the country proud. Modi said women's achievements and place in society in ancient India had surprised the world and quoted a 'shloka' which said one daughter was equal to 10 sons. Quoting the letter, which also mentioned Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's sortie in fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30, the Prime Minister said women were not only moving ahead in every field but leading there as well. In this context, the prime minister also referred to President Ram Nath Kovind's initiative to meet a group of “extraordinary” women, who were all path-breakers, and said women had broken through orthodoxy to achieve “extraordinary success”. Kovind had recently met India's first woman merchant navy captain, the first woman passenger train driver and fire fighter, among others, he said, calling them the “first ladies” in their respective fields. A book on these woman achievers was available on his website, he said. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 JANUARY People with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks will now get quota in central government jobs, an official order said. In case of direct recruitment, four per cent of the total number of vacancies, up from the existing three per cent, in groups A, B and C shall be reserved for people with benchmark disabilities, it said. Benchmark disability means a person with not less than forty per cent of a specified disability. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recently wrote to all central government departments to ensure that one per cent of each posts be reserved for people with blindness and low vision; deaf and hard of hearing; locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy. One per cent posts each shall be also reserved for people suffering from autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, it said. Intellectual disability is a condition characterised by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning such as reasoning, learning and problem solving, and in adaptive behaviour that covers a range of everyday skills. The move to enhance reservation quota for those with learning disability and acid attack victims comes after passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and the notification of relevant rules in this regard. As per an earlier DoPT order, issued in 2005, three per cent of the total posts were to be reserved for people with disabilities. Of these one per cent each was for those with blindness or low vision; hearing impairment and locomotor disability or cerebral palsy. Under the new rules, all government organisations have been asked to appoint 'grievance redressal officers' to look into complaints. Provision has also been made to ensure that reservation for people with disabilities is not adjusted against the posts meant for those from Scheduled Caste and Other Backward Classes.
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