CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR TRUMP ACCUSES FBI AND DOJ OF PRO-DEMOCRAT BIAS P10 SENSEX 35,066.75 -839.91 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 28 and 16 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% Min. 41% Max: 27.9°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 20.25 hrs Min: 18.9°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:26 hrs MOON SETS 08:19 hrs TEMPERATURE First moon quarter on 10 February THUMBNAILS The V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award of Mumbai International Film Festival will be P5 conferred on Shyam Benegal on Saturday. UP top cop triggers row over Ram temple: A DGP rank officer in Uttar Pradesh has openly favoured the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya “at the earliest”, days after an IAS officer triggered a controversy by blaming rightwing groups for communal clashes in Kasganj town. SK Shukla, DG, Homeguard, not only participated in an event on Ram Mandir at Lucknow University two days ago, but was captured on camera taking a pledge to build it. P2 Vatican delegation to attend Olympic session: In an Olympic first, the Vatican has been invited to attend an IOC session next week ahead of the Pyeongchang Games in an observer role. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported that Monsignor Melchor Sanchez De Toca Y Alameda of the Pontifical Council for Culture will lead the delegation to the session, a series of meetings where Olympic policies are decided. NIFTY 10,760.60 -256.30 ‘FOCUS SHOULD BE ON JOBS, NOT GDP’ CASTRO’S ELDEST SON COMMITS SUICIDE: REPORT P10 ` vs $ 64.06 -4 PAISE P07 GOLD 29,410.00 +185.00 Mirwaiz and Yasin detained for leading march to Shopian STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 2 FEBRUARY Separatists Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik were on Friday detained by the police when they staged a protest march towards Shopian where 3 persons died in a clash with Army personnel on 27 January. Mirwaiz was taken into custody when he defied his house arrest and started marching towards Shopian.Yasin was taken into custody when he managed to reach Shopian and tried to organise a procession from the mosque. The separatists, including Syed Alishah Geelani, Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik, had given the call for protest march to Shopian to express solidarity with families of the deceased. The authorities had clamped restrictions in various parts of the valley and also in Srinagar to thwart the separatists' march that was called to further escalate tension. Restrictions were strictly enforced in Shopian that has been witnessing Markets crash, Sensex down 840 points MUMBAI, 2 FEBRUARY encounters between security forces and terrorists. Despite being under house arrest, Geelani was allowed to address a gathering outside his house where he criticised the Indian government and the security forces. Earlier, he was also allowed to telephonically address the mourners who had assembled in Shopian after death of these persons. Two persons had died on the spot and the third succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The clash occured when a mob attacked with stones a convoy of the Army that was passing through the Gawanpura village. The Army resorted to firing when the mob allegedly tried to lynch a JCO of the Army unit and burn their vehicles. Leader of the Opposition in the J&K Assembly Omar Abdullah today demanded constitution of a high-level special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killings of three people in firing by security forces when a convoy was attacked by stone-pelters in Shopian district. “It will be my humble request to you to constitute high- level special investigation team (SIT) to probe both the FIRs (in Shopian incident)’’, said Omar in the House. Equity markets crashed in the second post-Budget session today as participants brutally pounded stocks to unwind their long-standing positions to minimise the impact of long-term capital gains or LTCG tax on their earnings. Indices suffered deeper cuts also on account of rising bond yields across the global money markets. The 30-share Sensitive Index of Bombay Stock Exchange cracked 2.34 per cent to end at 35,066.75 (-839.91) points. The 50-scrip Nifty of National Stock Exchange plunged below 11,000 level to close at 10,738.80 (-278.10) points down 2.52 per cent. Bank shares were among the biggest losers. Dalal Street has not seen such bloodbath in last two years, say analysts. Veterans say imposition of LTCG Tax would facilitate driving out of a large chunk of "hot" money from the market. SNS DETAILS ON PAGE 8 Tech glitches derail e-way bill STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 FEBRUARY In what could come as a major setback for the government, technical glitches derailed the anti-tax evasion electronic way bill system on the day it was launched on 1 February, Budget day. The site crashed and taxpayers could not generate the document. The Finance Ministry has asked the technical body ~ the IT backbone GSTN ~ to provide an assessment by when their systems will be ready to take on full-fledged activity. Late Thursday, the government in a tweet said the trial period for E-way bill has been extended, but did not give a date on when it would be again made mandatory for full rollout. The nationwide rollout of the e-way bill was overshadowed by the Union Budget. While the government had made E-way bill compulsory from 1 February, some traders were not happy with the move. They are demanding simplification of the process for generation of these electronic receipts and further rationalising the sys- CMYK CRICKET COLTS IN PURSUIT OF CUP & RECORD tem before making it a mandatory process. Considering that trial runs for the e-way bill have been conducted since 17 January, this has come as a major blow for the government. Confident of the results of the trial runs, the government advanced implementation of interstate eway bill to 1 February from 1 April. P12 SILVER 39,400.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.50 -0.15 Apex court refers Jallikattu matter to Const Bench SC bench frames 5 questions to be adjudicated upon SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 2 FEBRUARY he Supreme Court today referred the pleas related to 'jallikattu' to a fivejudge Constitution bench which would decide if the bull-taming sport fell under cultural rights or perpetuated cruelty to animals. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman said the petitions challenging the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Act, 2017, needed to be decided by a larger bench since they involved substantial questions relating to interpretation of the Constitution. The bench framed five questions to be adjudicated upon by the larger bench and said the papers be placed before the chief justice to constitute a bench of five judges. The petitions, including one filed by animal rights body PETA, have challenged the state law that allowed the bull- taming sport in Tamil Nadu. Framing the questions for the larger bench, the two-judge bench said it needed to be tested if the amendment Act “perpetuates cruelty to animals” and “can it, therefore, be said to be a measure of prevention of cruelty to animals”. The court asked, “Is it colourable legislation T which does not relate to any Entry in the State List or Entry 17 of the Concurrent List?” Another question framed by the bench was whether the amendment Act be stated to be part of cultural heritage of the people of Tamil Nadu, as claimed by the state, so as to receive the protection of Article 29 (protection of interests of minorities) of the Constitution. “Is the Tamil Nadu amendment Act, in pith and substance, to ensure the survival and well-being of the native breed of bulls? Is the Act, in pith and substance, relatable to Article 48 (organisation of agriculture and animal husbandry) of the Constitution of India?,” it said. The larger bench will also determine if the state law went contrary to provisions of Article 51 which deals with fundamental duty to protect and improve natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life and was violative of Articles 14 (equality before law) and 21 (protection of life and personal liberty) of the Constitution. The twojudge bench also framed a question for the larger bench as to whether the amendment Act was directly contrary to the apex court's earlier judgement in the 'jallikattu' matter and whether the defects pointed out in the two verdicts “could be said to have been overcome by the Tamil Nadu legislature by enacting the impugned Tamil Nadu Amendment Act”. Tamil Nadu had amended the central law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and allowed 'jallikattu' in the state. The state law has been challenged in the apex court. Jallikattu, also known 'eruthazhuvuthal', is a bulltaming sport played in Tamil Nadu as part of the Pongal harvest festival. On Nov 6, 2017, the apex court had sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on a plea of PETA, which challenged the state law that allowed the sport.
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