CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 MAY 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 P9 SENSEX 35,535.79 +289.52 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain or thunder shower with gusty winds likely. Max and min temp to be 36 and 24 degree celsius, respec. 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The blast, caused by a gas cylinder, occurred on the 4th floor of the hotel near Bilal Town area. SC to HCs to check sexual harassment cases: The Supreme Court directed the heads of all high courts to set up anti-sexual harassment committees in all courts across the country within two months in accordance with a 2013 law. A bench headed by CJI asked the Registrars General of the High Courts to file a compliance report by July 15. Shah’s convoy attacked: BJP chief Mr Amit Shah’s convoy was pelted with stones and he was shown black flags, posters and slogans were raised by TDP cadres at Alipiri at the foot of Tirumala hills while he was on his way to airport after a visit to the Venkateshwara Temple at Tirupati with his family. Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu denounced the protests by TDP cadres over special category status. P4 Mamata’s Will: In an interview to a news channel on Friday, the West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo said she had already prepared her “political will” and that nobody could put her party in jeopardy. “Since I am very practical, I have already prepared my political will, incorporating everything about who will be the leader of my party in my absence and who will do what. Tripura CM draws flak for Tagore remark: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb came in for fresh criticism after he said Rabindranath Tagore had rejected his Nobel prize in protest against the British government. The Opposition was quick to react to the chief minister's folly. Tagore never returned the Nobel Prize for Literature, which was conferred on him for his work 'Gitanjali'. he Supreme Court Collegium on Friday uanimously agreed "on principle" to iterate their recommendation to the Centre for elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph as a judge of the apex court. The Collegium however deferred their meeting till 16 May while holding that their iteration for Justice Joseph's elevation should also be accompanied by recommendation for elevation of some other High Court Chief Justices as the apex court judges, which required "detailed discussion". The five-member Collegium ~ comprising of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and four seniormost judges after him, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph ~ held their meeting today to "consider reiteration of the recommendation dated 10 January 2018 for elevation of Justice K M Joseph as judge of the Supreme Court" and to "consider names of High Court judges for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court". The resolution of their meeting, uploaded on the apex court's website, said : "The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that T the recommendation for appointment of Mr Justice K M Joseph...as a judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated. However, the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required." Their meeting's resolution added that "In view of the aforesaid, the meeting stands deferred for being held at 4.15 p.m. on Wednesday,16th May, 2018." This was the top judicial panel's second meeting after the Centre's controversial bid to reject Justice Joseph's elevation. The row had erupted on 26 April when the central government returned to the Collegium its 10 January recommendation for Justice Joseph's elevation, even as the government, while segregating the Collegium's nominations, accepted its other recommendation to elevate the then advocate Indu Mal- hotra to the apex court. Malhotra was sworn in as a judge of the top court on 27 April. The Collegium had met on 2 May to "reconsider" Justice Joseph's elevation and to "consider the names of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the concept of fair representation". However, it had deferred the meeting without taking any decision. Justice Chelameswar, the seniormost judge after CJI Misra, had reportedly written a letter on 9 May to the CJI, urging him to convene the Collegium meet to urgently resend Justice Joseph's nomination to the Centre as there was no change in the circumstances since 10 January when the Collegium had first recommended his name. Another Collegium member Justice Kurian Joseph had also reportedly made it clear that Justice Joseph's name should be iterated for elevation. Justice Joseph had head- I-T files charge sheets against Chidambarams AGENCIES CHENNAI, 11 MAY The Income Tax department today filed four charge sheets against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram's wife Nalini, son Karti and daughter-inlaw Srinidhi under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets. The charge sheets or prosecution complaints have been filed by the department before a special court in Chennai under Section 50 of theBlack Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, officials said. Nalini Chidambaram, Karti and Srinidhi have been charged for allegedly not disclosing, either partly or fully, immovable assets like the one at Cambridge in the UK worth Rs 5.37 crore, property worth Rs 80 lakh in the same country and asset worth Rs 3.28 crore in the US, they said. The charge sheets claimed that the Chidambarams “did not disclose” these investments to the tax authority as also by the firm co-owned by Karti- Chess Global Advisory, in violation of the black money law. The law was brought by the Modi government in 2015 as part of its drive against black money and to prosecute those Indians who have secretly stashed illicit wealth abroad. The department had recently issued notices to Karti and his family members in the case which he had challenged before the Madras High Court. Karti had refused to join the probe stating that he had already submitted the details of the asset and related transactions undertaken last year to another tax authority, and that “parallel proceedings” cannot take place against an individual under the same law. ed the Uttarakhand High Court Bench that had quashed the Narendra Modi government's decision to impose President's Rule in the then Congress-ruled state in 2016. While returning to the Collegium its recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in his letter to CJI Misra, had claimed that his nomination was not in accordance with the top court's parameters, questioning his seniority and that the parent high court of Justice Joseph, the Kerala High Court, has already adequate representation in the higher judiciary. Justice Joseph has reportedly been Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice since July 2014. He was appointed a permanent judge of the Kerala High Court on 14 October 2004. While recommending Justice Joseph's elevation, the Collegium had on 10 January said that he is "more deserving and suitable in all respects than other chief justices and senior puisne judges of high courts for being appointed as judge of the Supreme Court of India". According to an SC official, Justice Chelameswar, in his letter sent to the CJI, had conveyed that he was iterating his decision favouring elevation of Justice Joseph as there was no change in the circumstances that had led the Collegium to recommend his name to the government. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli wave to onlookers during a visit to a temple in Janakpur on Friday. AFP AGENCIES JANAKPUR, 11 MAY Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured Nepal that it is at the top of India's Neighbourhood First policy as he announced a Rs 100 crore package to develop Janakpur - the sacred city for Hindus - while invoking mythological links between the countries. Speaking at a civic reception by the Janakpur SubMetropolitan City at Barhabigha ground here, Modi briefly spoke in Nepali and Maithili. He began his address by chanting “Jay Siya Ram” three times. In a speech that invoked mythological references and symbolism, Modi said he has come to Janakpur not as the prime minister but as the chief pilgrim, amid applause.Modi, who is on his third visit to Nepal since assuming office in 2014, read out a verse from Ramcharitmanas which says 'one cannot remain isolated from the suffering of a friend and a true friend always helps his friend in the time of suffering.' “Whenever there has been a problem, India and Nepal have stood together. We have been there for each other in the most difficult of times,” said Modi, whose voice appeared hoarse apparently due to his hectic campaign in Karnataka assembly elections. The amount of Rs 100 crore will be spent on different development projects forging collaboration between the central government and the local government of Province No. 2. Janakpur is known as the birth place of Sita, the wife Conviction upheld in riots Mid-air collision averted AHMEDABAD, 11 MAY MUMBAI, 11 MAY Gujarat High Court today acquitted four people, but upheld the convictions of 19 others for the Ode massacre of 2002 during which 23 persons of minority community were killed in the riots following the Sabarmati Express inferno at Godhra. Rioting mobs out to avenge the killing of 57 people in the Godhra train fire had burnt to death 23 people at Pirwali Bhagol locality in Ode village of Anand district on 1 March 2002. The High Court confirmed the life imprisonment for 14 people and upheld the seven years’ jail term for other five SNS convicts. A mid-air mishap was averted in the Dhaka airspace after an automatically generated warning alerted the pilots of IndiGo and Air Deccan planes, which came dangerously close to each other, allegedly breaching the mandatory separation limit, sources said. The incident, which took place on May 2 in the Bangladesh airspace, happened when IndiGo's Agartala-bound flight 6E892 from Kolkata and Air Deccan's flight DN 602, which was on its way to Kolkata from Agartala, they said. The incident has been treated as “serious” as IndiGo Airbus A320 plane and Air Deccan's Beechcraft 1900D were AGENCIES just about 700 meters away from each other and is being probed by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), they added. “The Air Deccan flight DN 602 was on the descend to Agartala from 9,000 feet flight level, while the IndiGo flight 6E 892 was on the climb after taking off from Kolkata for Agartala. It was, however, told to maintain 8,300 feet flight level, which triggered TCAS and forced the two pilots to steer their planes to a safer distance,” the sources said. TCAS is onboard equipment that alerts pilots about the traffic in the proximity of the aircraft and also instructs them about the avoidance action (resolution advisory) to maintain the desired separation between two aircraft. Karnataka votes today to elect a new Assembly SNS & PTI BENGALURU, 11 MAY After a rancorous campaign over three months, Karnataka will vote to elect a new Assembly in a three-cornered contest tomorrow. The ruling Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power, while former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S) is likely to play the kingmaker, according to most surveys and opinion polls. There are more than 4.96 crore voters who are eligible to exercise their franchise to choose their representatives from a field of little over 2,600 candidates. Men account for over 2.52 crore voters, women around 2.44 crore, while there are 4,552 transgender electors. Election office sources said over 55,600 polling stations have been set up, and there would be some auxiliary booths too. Over 3.5 lakh personnel will be on duty to ensure a free and fair poll. Some polling stations in tribal areas will have ethnic look, sources said, adding government employees with disabilities will do duty at select polling stations for the first time. It is for the first time that people would be able know about the queue status at polling stations with large number of voters through a mobile app, sources said. No party in Karnataka has won a second successive term in office since 1985 when the Janata Dal under Ramakrishna Hegde had retained power. The Congress is aiming at BS Yeddyuruppa Siddaramaiah retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab, while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka, which party president Amit Shah said will be its “gateway to south”, for a second time. The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013, the only time it did so, but its tenure was marred by intraparty feuds and allegations of corruption. One of its three chief ministers and its current chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was in jail over corruption charges. JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy has conceded it was a “battle for survival” for his party which has been out of power for a decade now. The Congress is, however, confident of breaking the jinx, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah saying the party will create history. “I am often told history is against me as no sitting govt in Karnataka has been reelected in a long time. But we are here to create history and not to obey it,” Siddaramaiah tweeted. The Congress' main challenger BJP has spared no effort to ensure that history is repeated. Though the BJP launched its campaign, calling it “mission 150 (seats)”, Shah told a press conference yesterday the party will win over 130 constituencies. The Congress today petitioned the Election Commission demanding that BJP candidate B Sriramulu be disqualified from contesting the Karnataka assembly election over a 2010 'sting' video allegedly showing him trying to a bribe a former chief justice of India's relative. CMYK FakeIDs: Polling put off NEW DELHI, 11 MAY The Election Commission today ordered postponement of polling to the Rajrajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat to May 28 saying the electoral process in the constituency has been “vitiated” by parties and candidates by trying to influence voters. People in the constituency will now vote on May 28 and counting will be held on May 31. The decision comes days after 10,000 voter ID cards were recovered from a flat in the constituency, leading to a slugfest between the BJP and the Congress. The order, signed by the CEC and two fellow commissioners, said “the Commission is satisfied that the current electoral process (in the constituency) has been vitiated on account of unlawful activities of candidates and political parties.” It said the parties and candidates tried to woo the electorate to vote for them and also tried to keep them away from casting their ballot. The EC directed the election authorities to provide fresh voter IDs.The EC order said the cards belonged to “voters in the vulnerable PTI community”. of Lord Rama. Modi, who earlier with his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya - the two sacred cities for Hindus, said he was happy to link Janakpur with Ramayan Circuit. “This circuit will develop religious tourism. It also will strengthen connectivity between the two nations,” Modi said.He also announced that two other circuits will also be developed for the promotion of the areas related to Buddhism and Jain religion in both Nepal and India. Modi said Nepal and India can benefit if they cooperate and work together for the promotion of five Ts: Tradition, Trade, Tourism, Technology and Transport. Ailing Maha IPS officer Himanshu Roy kills self MUMBAI, 11 MAY Senior Maharashtra IPS officer Himanshu Roy today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself at his south Mumbai residence, police said. The 1988-batch IPS officer, who was suffering from cancer, would have been 55 next month. He is survived by his mother and wife. Roy, the ADGP (Establishment), allegedly shot himself with his service revolver at his home in Nariman Point and was rushed to Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead at 1.47 pm, an official said. Roy was considered a fitness enthusiast and had been on leave since 2016, undergoing treatment for cancer. The officer had served in elite groups of the Maharashtra Police, including as chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and in the Crime Branch. Roy is credited with being involved in the solving of several cases, including the murders of journalist J Dey, Bollywood actor Laila Khan and law graduate Pallavi Purkayastha in Mumbai. He was also part of the team which pursued leads related to US-born LeT terrorist David Headley, who was involved in carrying out a recce mission ahead of the 26/11 terror strike. PTI
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