TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 MAY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 SENSEX 35,208.14 +292.76 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky in the morning hours becoming generally cloudy sky towards evening or night with possibility of rain or thundershowers accompanied with squall. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 40 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY PUTIN SWORN IN FOR 4TH TERM AS RUSSIA PRESIDENT SOUTH INDIA MAY LOSE ITS VOICE, WARNS NAIDU AMARINDER SETS UP PANEL TO REVIEW SIKH HISTORY BOOKS P10 NIFTY 10,715.50 +97.25 ` vs $ 67.13 -26.00 PAISE GOLD 30,105.00 +115.00 Pathankot court directed to hold in camera, daily trial in rape-murder Min. 27% STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 MAY Max: 39.6°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:36 hrs MOON RISES 01.05 hrs Min: 24°C (-1) SUN SETS 19:00 hrs MOON SETS 11:18 hrs I TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan (P7) and Afghanistan in India. In Guwahati. AFP Nitish, Rabri sworn in as Bihar Legislative Council members: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and seven others were sworn in as members of the state Legislative Council on Monday. All the ten candidates were elected unopposed last month. It is third term for Nitish Kumar, also the president of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and his deputy Sushil Modi, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader in the upper house of the state legislature. Kashmir shutdown: Normal life came to a standstill in Kashmir on Monday on a call for shutdown by separatists to protest the deaths of five civilians near an encounter site in Shopian district on Sunday. Joint Resistance Leadership, an amalgam of separatist groups, spearheaded by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, called for a complete strike to protest against deaths of the civilians. P7 n a significant decision, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated the stay on trial of the horrific Kathua gangrape-and-murder case and transferred it outside Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab. A Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, ordered that the trial be held in camera and be fast-tracked and that it be conducted on a day-today basis. The apex court also directed that the trial should be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Ranbir Penal Code, which is applicable in Jammu and Kashmir. The Bench asserted that the trial must be fair to the victim's family as well as the accused. It also ordered continuation of security for members of the victim's family, their friends and lawyer, while adding that the security provided to the juvenile accused ~ one of the eight accused, who include a retired government official Sanjhi Ram, the prime accused, and a few police officials ~ will also continue. The Bench, also comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra, directed the J & K government to provide transport to Pathankot and other facilities for witnesses and the accused Mehbooba welcomes decision JAMMU, 7 MAY Deepika Singh Rajawat, the lawyer of Kathua rape case SNS victims, at the SC lawn in New Delhi on Monday. besides ensuring translation of statements and records from Urdu to English. The Bench ordered that the Pathankot District and Sessions judge will hold the trial, allowing the J & K government to appoint public prosecutor for it. The J & K government would also provide security to the victim's family, their lawyer, witnesses and others. The top court said it would monitor the case, directing that no court will entertain any petition regarding it. It posted the matter for next hearing on 9 July. The victim, an eightyear-old girl, was allegedly abducted, drugged and gangraped inside a temple before being brutally killed by several accused in Kathua in Jammu region in January, according to the charge sheet filed by the J & K police's Crime Branch, which also stated that the conspiracy for the chilling crime was hatched to terrorise and drive out her nomadic Muslim community from the area. The Kathua incident sparked massive outrage across the country and even abroad. The victim's father had moved the apex Apex court nullifies law on ex-CMs’ bungalows SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 7 MAY Former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh cannot retain government accommodation after demitting office, the Supreme Court held today, saying a Chief Minister was at par with a common man once his or her term ends. Observing that a Chief Minister cannot continue to occupy public property like government bungalows which belong to people of the country, a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi struck down an amendment in a state legislation allowing them to retain government accommodation even after demitting office. The bench said the provision, which was struck down, has the effect of creating a separate The Supreme Court held that former CMs of UP can’t retain govt bungalows after demitting office class of citizens for conferment of benefits by way of distribution of public property on the basis of the previous public office held by them. “Natural resources, public lands and the public goods like government bungalows/ official residence are public property that belongs to the people of the country. The Doctrine of Equality' which emerges from the concepts of justice, fairness must guide the State in the distribution/allocation of the same,” the bench, which also comprised Justice R Banumathi said. “The CM, once he/she demits the office, is at par with the common citizen, though by virtue of the office held, he/she may be entitled to security and other protocols. But allotment of government bungalow, to be occupied during his/her lifetime, would not be guided by the constitutional principle of equality,” the bench observed. SC was hearing a petition filed by an NGO Lok Prahari challenging the amendments made by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government to the 'UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981'. The court, in its 29-page order, said once such persons demit public office held by them, there is nothing to distinguish them from the common man. P15 P12 SC shifts Kathua case to Pathankot Max.58% MESSI STRIKE HELPS BARCA DRAW VS REAL The apex court also said it was a legislative exercise based on irrelevant and legally unacceptable considerations, unsupported by any constitutional sanctity. “The public office held by them becomes a matter of history and, therefore, cannot form the basis of a reasonable classification to categorise previous holders of public office as a special category of persons entitled to the benefit of special privileges. The test of reasonable classification, therefore, has to fail,” the bench said. The apex court also said in a democratic republican government, public servants, entrusted with duties of public nature, must act in a manner that reflects that the ultimate authority is vested in the citizens. CM Mehbooba Mufti on Monday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court that rejected the demand for handing over investigation of the rape-murder of a minor girl in Kathua to the CBI and ordered transfer of the case from Kathua to the Pathankot court in Punjab. Soon after the SC’s order came, Mehbooba tweeted; “I welcome today’s decision of the Hon’ble Supreme ourt in the Kathua case. This will go a long way to boost the morale of our @JmuKmrPolice force who in the face of great adversity have left no stone unturned to ensure that the deceased’s family gets justice”. SNS (P5) court, seeking the transfer of the trial from Kathua to Chandigarh since the incident had led to polarisation with rallies being held in Jammu, involving the ruling BJP's MLAs and even ministers, allegedly in support of the accused. (TURN TO P 5) SILVER 39,700.00 +100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.81 +0.94 Singh blastsModi govt for ‘economic mismanagement’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 7 MAY Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government for its “economic mismanagement” and falling growth rate and charged it with “peddling conspiracy theories” instead of adopting “prompt corrective actions”. “It pains me to see how, rather than standing up to all the challenges, the Modigovernment’s response has been to stifle dissent each time deficiencies are pointed out. Innovation needs support and an environment where ideas can be discussed and debated without apprehension or inhibitions,” Mr Singh told reporters at the Karnataka Congress headquarters in Bengaluru. “Today, neither are banks lending money nor is the private sector borrowing in order to make new investments. The growth engines of the economy are spluttering. Perhaps, it is here that the mismanagement of the Modi government is most evident,” he said. The former PM said: “The economic mismanagement of the Modi- government, I say this with great care and responsibility, is slowly eroding the trust of the general public in the banking sector. Instead of taking prompt corrective action, the government is busy providing excuses and peddling conspiracy theories.” Raising the issue of rising fuel prices, Mr Singh said the Centre was “punishing the people” by levying “excessive excise taxes”. “Petrol and diesel Siddu sends legal notice to PM, Shah Former Prime Minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh addresses a press conference at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bangalore on Monday. AFP prices are at a historic high. This, in spite of lower international crude oil prices, because the Modi-government chooses to levy excessive excise taxes. Instead of passing on the benefits of low prices to the people, the government has decided to punish the people,” he said. On the farmers’ crisis Mr Singh said : “Our farmers are facing an acute crisis and the economy is growing below its potential. Each of these crises was entirely avoidable. Mr Modi forgets to mention that the policies of UPA I & II led to lifting of 140 million people above the poverty line during 2004-2014.” Demonetisation and GST, he added, had “hurt the medium, small and micro enterprises and resulted in the loss of tens and thousands of jobs. True leadership creates opportunities, it does not destroy them”, he said. Referring to the PNB scam Mr Singh said : “It was obvious that in 2015-16 something was going around with the affairs of Nirav Modi. Yet, the Modi government didn’t do anything. The PM was in Davos in the company of Nirav ’’. BENGALURU, 7 MAY Chief Minister Siddaramiah has sent a legal notice for criminal and civil defamation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, state unit president B S Yeddyurappa, and the party itself for allegedly casting aspersions on his personal, political integrity and honesty. He has threatened to seek damages worth Rs 100 crore unless they issue a public apology. According to the notice,released here on Monday by the Karnataka PCC, Siddaramiah has sought an immediate apology from the three BJP leaders for “jointly and severally committing libel and offences punishable under Sections 499,500,501 and 502 of the IPC. He has also called upon the three leaders to desist from making “such statements forthwith and give an unconditional public apology immediately through electronic ,print and social media. SNS 5-judge Const Bench to hear j CJI impeachment plea today SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 7 MAY A five-judge Constitution Bench was Monday constituted in the Supreme Court to hear on Tuesday the petition moved by two Congress party MPs challenging the rejection of the Opposition MPs' impeachment motion notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by Rajya Sabha Chairman MVenkaiah Naidu. The apex court's list of business showed that the plea by two Rajya Sabha MPs from the Congress, which was mentioned on Monday, will be heard onTuesday by a Constitution Bench comprising Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana, Arun Mishra and A K Goel. While Justice Sikri, who will head the Bench, is number six in the seniority list, the other four judges in this Bench follow him in the sequence of seniority. Significantly, the petition has not been listed before CJI Misra and other senior-most judges after him, who are number two to five in the seniority list. These four judges ~ Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Jospeh ~ had held the unprecedented 12 January press conference in which they had virtually revolted against the CJI by highlighting a range of allegations against his functioning. Earlier today, two Congress MPs ~ Partap Singh Bajwa from Punjab and AmeeYajnik from Gujarat ~ moved the top court, challenging the rejection of the impeachment notice against CJI Misra, charging that the reasons given by the Rajya Sabha Chairman while rejecting their notice on 23 April were "wholly extraneous", "legally untenable" and unconstitutional. (TURN TO P5) Dust storm hits Delhi, evening schools closed today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 MAY A high-velocity dust storm hit the national capital late on Monday night. The storm, with a wind speed of 70 kilometres per hour, hit Delhi at around 11.15 pm, an official at the Safdarjung observatory reportedly said. The MeT department had issued a warning at 8.53 pm, saying a spell of rain/thunderstorm accompanied with squall is likely to occur over Delhi and NCR over the next three-four hours. It has forecast rains and gusty winds for Tuesday as well. It was a hot day in the national capital with the maximum temperature settling at 39.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. Earlier in the day, the Delhi government decided to close all evening schools in the national capital on Tuesday following the weather department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. The government has also put search and rescue teams on standby in every district, while the traffic police have alerted their field formations to be ready for removal of any obstacles. The decision to close all evening schools in Delhi was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to review preparedness in the wake of the weather warning. The officials of the fire department, revenue, traf- fic police, home, PWD and others were present in the meeting. The Delhi government said all evening schools, which starts from the afternoon, will be shut on Tuesday.There are around 400 evening schools running in the national capital. The government has also reprtedly asked other schools to not hold outdoor and extra-curricular activities between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. during which wind speed is expected to remain high. The government also issued a list of "dos and don'ts" for citizens to deal with any possible situation. The revenue department of the Delhi government has issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready. The traffic police has also reportedly asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling while the Delhi Metro too has decided to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the weather warning. The India Meteorological Department Monday issued an alert forecasting that several parts of northern and eastern India, including Delhi, could witness thunderstorm and squall on Tuesday with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour. (REPRESENTATIVE PICTURE) IMD issues thunderstorm warning, states on alert AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 7 MAY The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail in large parts of northern and eastern India on Tuesday, prompting authorities to put in place various emergency measures such as part-closure of schools and cancelling leave of civic officials. The IMD said, thunderstorm, accompanied by squall and hail, was very likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Tuesday. Thunderstorm, accompanied with squall, is also very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh and sub-HimalayanWest Bengal and Sikkim. At some places, the wind speed may go up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, it said. At least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning last week. The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD issuing an alert forecasting thunderstorm and squall tomorrow across north India. Fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert. According to the IMD, thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty winds, is very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram andTripura, Bihar, western Madhya Pradesh, east Uttar Pradesh and east Rajasthan, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Heavy rains were very likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala. The IMD issued an ambercoloured alert, indicating severe weather, for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, the alert said.
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