CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 APRIL 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR US BRANDS SAEED’S PARTY AS TERROR OUTFIT ‘FACEBOOK NEEDS A FEW YEARS TO FIX PROBLEMS’ P10 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 34 degree celsius and 24 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% Min. 37% Max: 33.5°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 21.28 hrs Min: 22.2°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:53 hrs MOON SETS 08:08 hrs TEMPERATURE Third quarter of moon on 11 April THUMBNAILS Accreditation for Saina’s father: The Indian Olympic Association was on Tuesday forced to get an official accreditation for Saina Nehwal's (photograph) father Harvir Singh after the star shuttler in an angry missive had threatened to pull out of the Commonwealth Games if it was not granted. IISc tops: Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru has once again been adjudged the overall best institution in the country as per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for this year released on Tuesday by the HRD Ministry. IIT-Madras has been adjudged the best engineering college. H-1B visa: Indian IT companies have dramatical1 ly reduced their H-1B visa filings and foreign nationals are exhibiting reluctance to make the jump to a US company due to the Trump administration's hardline anti-immigration stance, a top Silicon Valley newspaper has said. P9 PM scraps ‘fake news’ circular I&B ministry move sparks outrage; media slams govt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL arely 15 hours after the Smriti Iraniheaded Information and Broadcasting (I & B) Ministry announced it has amended guidelines for accreditation of journalists to "regulate fake news" ~ which sparked massive outrage among mainstream print and electronic journalists and their bodies ~ Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Ministry Tuesday to scrap the move perceived widely in media circles as a bid to muzzle the press. The I & B Ministry was subsequently forced to issue another release on Tuesday afternoon declaring that "PIB press release titled 'Guidelines for accreditation of journalists amended to regulate fake news' issued on 2 April 2018 stands withdrawn". The PM intervened in the matter after media persons and journalists' bodies squarely condemned the I & B Ministry's notification as a government's move to gag the independent media and clamp down on objective journalists under the guise of curbing fake news, in an election year ahead of the 2019 general elections. Amid the outrage against the I & B Ministry's "unilateral, arbitrary" move allegedly targeting the mainstream media and professional journalists, a PMO official reportedly said, "PM has directed that the press release regarding the fake news be withdrawn and the matter should only be addressed by the Press Council of VOICE OF REASON B India (PCI)." The official added that the PM was also of the view that the government should not interfere in the matter. PM Modi's directive was seen as a stinging snub to Smriti who seemed to be clueless about it, given her continued attempts even then to make a pitch for her ministry's amended guidelines for journalists' accreditation. In its notification Monday night, the I & B Ministry stipulated amended guidelines for journalists' accreditation "noticing the increasing instances of fake news in various mediums including print and electronic media", stipulating suspension or even permanent cancellation of a journalist's accreditation if he is found to have "created and/or propagated" fake news. "Now on receiving any complaints of such instances of fake news, the same would get referred to the Press Council of India (PCI) if it pertains to print media & to News Broadcasters Association (NBA) if it relates to electronic media, for determination of the news item being fake or not," the government's release said. "Determination is expected to be completed within 15 days by these regulating agencies," the release said, adding that once the complaint is registered for determination of fake news, the accreditation of the journalist concerned will be suspended till this determination is made. "The Accreditation Committee of the PIB which consists of representative of both PCI and NBA shall be invariably be reached out to for validating any accreditation request of any news media agency," the release said, adding "the accreditation shall be suspended for a period of 6 months in the first violation and for one year in the case of 2nd violation and in the event of 3rd violation it would be cancelled permanently". The I & B Ministry also stipulated that "While examining the requests seeking accreditation, the regulatory agencies will examine whether the 'Norms of Journalistic Conduct' and 'Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards' prescribed by the PCI and NBA respectively are adhered to by the journalists...It would be obligatory for journalists to abide by these guidelines." Smriti maintained that both the PCI and NBA were not "controlled/operated" by the government, but the circular itself spelt out the punishment for journalists while leaving questions like the definition of fake news, the nature of complaints vague, openended and undefined. The Editors Guild said: "The recent reconstitution of the PCI has been done in a manner that gives rise to doubts over the independence of the institution’’. CMYK BARCA WANT MESSI AT HIS BEST FOR ROMA ENCOUNTER P6 Cauvery: SC hearing on 9 April NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the Centre's plea seeking clarification on the February 16 verdict regarding setting up of a Cauvery management scheme in the decades-old river water sharing dispute. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud kept for hearing on April 9 the Central government's plea after its counsel referred to divergent views of the concerned states on the issue of setting up of the scheme. “We will take this matter on April 9 along with the plea of Tamil Nadu,” the bench said, when the Centre's counsel Wasim Qadri sought urgent hearing of the plea. PTI adds from Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today led his party workers on a day long fast on the Cauvery issue against the Centre as he vowed to win the state its rights. While the DMK continued its stir for the third day today, farmers held SNS/PTI protests. P12 Apex court declines to stay its verdict on SC, ST Act STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL The Supreme Court on Tuesday said those agitating against its 20 March judgment on the SC / ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act might not have read it or could have been misled by "vested interests", even as the apex court declined to stay its verdict. The top court, which entertained the Centre's review petition against the verdict, reportedly said "no provisions of SC/ST Act have been diluted" while maintaining that additional safeguards had been put in place to "protect the fundamental rights of innocents". The apex court said the Centre's review petition will be considered in detail after ten days and the parties in the original case should file their written submissions in two days. A number of states were rocked by violence and clashes on Monday in the wake of a "Bharat Bandh" call given by several Dalit and tribal organisations protesting the apex court's 20 March order for diluting the SC/ST Act. At least eight people had reportedly lost their lives in this cycle of widespread violence. "Those agitating on streets may not have even read our judgment. Vested interests are also involved some time. We are only concerned about innocent people being put behind bars. We are not against the Act at all. But innocents can't be punished on unilateral version. Why does government want people to be arrested without verification," the top court observed. Referring to yesterday's violence, the apex court said it has not diluted the SC/ST Act, adding that it will consider in detail the Centre's review petition. The apex court has, however, also clarified that compensation to victims don’t have to wait for registration of FIRs. CBSE not to conduct class 10 math re-test NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL The HRD ministry today decided against conducting a re-examination of the CBSE class 10 mathematics paper following reports of paper leak, with the board saying that class 10 was just an “internal segment” of school education system. The decision has come as a relief to two lakh students from Delhi, NCR and Haryana, who would have appeared for the reexamination, if it was to be conducted. A total of 16 lakh students had registered for the exam which was held on March 28. The government, however, had decided to leave out 14 lakh students out of the scanner for the re-test, as the reported leaks were restricted to selected areas. Union HRDMoS said the Centre is working on a mechanism SNS to prevent leaks. RBI did not do proper auditing: CVC on PNB fraud PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 APRIL Apportioning blame to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) over the PNB loan fraud , Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary today said there had been “no apparent audit” by the central bank during the period of the scam. Chowdary stressed the need to put into place a more robust auditing system. “They did not do this (an audit),” the head of the probity watchdog told PTI. The CVC exercises superintendence over the CBI which is looking into the over Rs 13000-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case. The RBI had the regulatory responsibility for the banking sector but any lack of integrity would be looked at by the Central Vigilance Commission, he added. Chowdary said accord- ing to the RBI it had switched over from a periodic audit to a “risk-based” audit which is conducted when there is a financial risk involved. “To determine risk, they must have some parameters. Based on that they would have done that (auditing). (But) there was no apparent audit by the RBI during this period (of fraud),” Chowdary said.
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