FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 JULY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR POLL TEMPERS RISE IN BANGLADESH MERKEL SURVIVES P8 SENSEX 35,574.55 -71.00 RAINFALL: 34.2 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 JULY Min: 28.6°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 12:23 hrs The Justice Lodha panel had recommended a slew of structural reforms in the BCCI which were approved by the apex court. T THUMBNAILS Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu celebrated her 23rd birthday with a straight-game win over Japan's Aya Ohori to enter the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open on Thursday. P15 Rupee slides by 21 paise: The Indian rupee tumbled for the second straight session to hit a fresh closing low of 68.95, sliding by 21 paise following a panic demand for the US dollar coupled with savage capital flight worries. Fears over a slowdown in the country's economy in the midst of surging international crude oil prices along with unambiguously hawkish Federal Reserve policies and widening current account deficits predominantly kept the forex sentiment highly nerP11 vous. JNU panel upholds Khalid, Kanhiaya punishment: The JNU's high-level inquiry committee has upheld Umar Khalid's rustication and a fine of Rs 10,000 imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar in connection with the February 9, 2016 incident. The JNU panel had in 2016 recommended rustication of Khalid and two other students and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kumar, the then students' union president, in connection with the campus event against P3 Afzal Guru's hanging. Mukesh announces broadband, Jio2 phone at AGM: Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani unveiled Reliance JioGigaFiber ~ the company's fiber-to-home or wired broadband service ~ and a new Jio2 phone at the 41st AGM of the company in Mumbai on Thursday. Ambani told shareholders: "RJio enabled RIL to strategically reinvent itself as a technology platform company. Digital platforms have become new age factories and P11 services providers." he Supreme Court on Thursday restrained all state cricket bodies from holding elections till it pronounced the verdict on finalisation of the draft constitution of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), as it reserved the judgement on the issue. Issuing a clarification that it will not recall its earlier order dealing with 'one state-one vote', cooling-off period for the office bearers of cricket bodies, the criteria for national selectors, the apex court said it may consider modifying it. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it will consider the suggestions given by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, appointed amicus curiae in the case by the top court to assist it in the matter. The bench said it will pass an order on the finalisation of the BCCI consti- tution and also consider the feasible suggestions of amicus and other cricket bodies. The top court restrained all the state cricket bodies from holding any fresh elections till the court pronounced its verdict and asked the High Courts not to entertain any fresh pleas with regard to appointment of administrators. During the hearing, and said that every state should have full membership and a voting right in the BCCI. Agreeing to several suggestions of Subramaniam, the bench said, "Every state shall have a voting right in BCCI and no one shall be deprived. Contribution of railways and services cannot also be ignored". The counsel for Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has opposed the cooling-off period for the office bearers as suggested by Justice (Retd) R M Lodha-led panel, and said that there should be continuity of experience. He also objected to the age cap of 70 years for the office bearers as suggested by the panel. Justice Chandrachud said, "Lodha panel suggested a cooling off period for the office bearers if they are contesting for the same post. After a tenure in a particular BCCI post, the office bearer may contest elections for another post and then there is no need for a cooling off period in between. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Haryana and Maharashtra, also objected to Lodha panel recommendation for ban on ministers UK court allows consortium to search Mallya property PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LONDON, 5 JULY A UK High Court judge has issued an order in favour of a consortium of 13 Indian banks, granting permission to the British Enforcement Officer to enter the properties of Vijay Mallya in Hertfordshire, near London, in a setback to the beleaguered liquor baron who is fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore. The order permits the UK High Court Enforcement Officer and his agents entry to Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge in Tewin, Welwyn, where 62-year-old Mallya is currently based. However, it is not an instruction to enter, which means the banks have the option to use the order as one of the means to recover estimated funds of around 1.145 billion pounds. “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any enforcement agents acting under his authority, may enter Ladywalk, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin, Welwyn and Bramble Lodge, Queen Hoo Lane, Tewin,Welwyn, including all outbuildings of Ladywalk and Bramble Lodge to search for and take control of goods belonging to the First Defendant (Mallya),” notes the order by Justice Byran, dated June 26. “The High Court Enforcement Officer, including any Enforcement Agent acting under his authority, may use reasonable force to enter the Property if necessary,” it states. According to legal experts with knowledge of the case, the latest order by the High Court's Queen's Bench Division is the granting of permission, should it be required. Neymar, Mbappe raise hopes as WC quarter-finals begin today f Brazil's forward Neymar in action. (File photo) France's forward Kylian Mbappe in action. (File photo) AGENCIES drilled Brazil side increasingly dancing to the tune of star forward Neymar. PTI adds from Nizhniy Novgorod: The build-up to tomorrow's quarter-final clash between France and Uruguay has been dominated by individuals, but it may be the South Americans' almost unbreachable four-man defence which decides the result. While Uruguay sweat on the fitness of striker Edinson Cavani, it should be remem- KAZAN, 5 JULY Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has admitted he has no secrets as he plots to end Brazil's bid for a recordextending sixth World Cup ahead of their “dream” quarter-final in Kazan tomorrow. “It's a dream match for our players,” Martinez told Belgian press after sealing qualification for the last eight with a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Japan in the first phase of the GOLD 29,410.00 -40.00 Court says it will consider modifying the verdict on one state, one vote Min. 54% Max: 37°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:30 hrs MOON RISES 00:38 hrs ` vs $ 68.95 -21 PAISE TODAY’S MATCHES France vs Uruguay 7.30 p.m. Brazil vs Belgium 11.30 p.m. knockout rounds. Despite scoring nine times in wins over Panama (3-0), Tunisia (5-2) and England (1-0) before the Japan game, Belgium will have to lift their game significantly to beat a well- bered that La Celeste's progress in Russia has been built upon their defence as much as their A-list attack. And while France pin their hopes on Kylian Mbappe, it is unlikely that the teenage superstar has encountered a defence quite like Uruguay's. The mouth-watering lasteight tie in Nizhny Novgorod is likely to be decided by a battle between Uruguay's stifling backline and the speed of Mbappe, 19. SEE ALSO PAGE 16 INDIANS ALL SET TO WIN SERIES IN ENGLAND P15 P10 SC puts on hold polls in state crick bodies Partly cloudy sky. Light rain or drizzle likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. TEMPERATURE P9 NIFTY 10,749.75 -20.00 WEATHER Max. 90% KARNATAKA WAIVES FARM LOANS WORTH `34,000 CRORE in BCCI office bearers. The top court had earlier asked the state cricket associations and BCCI office-bearers to give suggestions on the draft constitution for the apex cricket body to the amicus, saying these have to be in tune with the Lodha panel recommendations and its verdict. The draft, to be finalised by the court, would be binding on the BCCI. However, the bench had clarified that its order on the petitions seeking recall of the 2016 verdict would deal with the validity of the draft constitution. The Justice Lodha panel had recommended a slew of structural reforms in BCCI which were approved by the apex court. The court had approved these recommendations such as 'one state, one vote', 'one member, one post' and fixing an agecap of 70 years on those occupying BCCI posts. The Lodha panel was formed in January 2015 in the wake of the Justice Mudgal Committee report that called for reforms. SILVER 39,500.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.28 +0.04 Kejriwal govt, Centre get locked in fresh power tussle STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 JULY Barely a day after the Supreme Court Constitution Bench gave its ruling on allocation of powers between the elected state government and the central government along with its representative, Lieutenant Governor (LG), in Delhi, the long-standing power struggle between the two sides flared up, with the AAPruled Delhi government again joining issue with the BJP-ruled Centre. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said the IAS officers were refusing to follow the state government's order ~ introducing a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, withdrawing these powers from the LG and making CM Arvind Kejriwal the approving authority on these services matters ~ thus allegedly undermining the law settled by the apex court. The AAP leader and CM Kejriwal subsequently wrote a letter to LG Anil Baijal, saying services matter lies with the state's Council of Ministers and that it would be contempt of the apex court if its verdict is not followed. "Executive power related to 'services' lies with COM (Council of Ministers),” Kejriwal said in the letter to LG Baijal, citing extracts from the Supreme Court's order. “It is clear... that Central government/LG have executive powers only on three subjects (police, public order, and land). On all other subjects, executive powers lay with the COM,” he stated. Close on the heels of the apex court's judgment on Wednesday, Sisodia had issued the order stipulating the new system of transfer and posting of Delhi bureaucrats. According to this new notification, all IAS, DANICS officers will be appointed by Delhi CM. Grade I and II DASS officers will be appointed by the Deputy CM and the remaining employees by the respective departments and ministries. However, the services department refused to comply with it, saying the apex court did not abolish the 21 May 2015 notification of Ministry of Home Affairs according to which services matters lies with the LG. In his letter to the LG, Kejriwal said the MHA's notification has become “infructuous” in light of the apex court's yesterday verdict. The CM said the LG's concurrence would now not be required on other matters except three subjects, adding all stakeholders need to work towards implementing the apex court's order in “letter and spirit”. "Chief Secretary (services) sent us a written document expressing why the services department would not be able to carry out the orders," Sisodia said. Referring to the top court's ruling, he said it has made clear that except for three matters, the real powers of governance of Delhi rested with the elected state government. Sisodia urged the Centre and the LG to comply with the apex copurt's order, and work in "cooperation" with the Delhi government. He also said the government will consult its lawyers over the objection raised by the bureaucrats. TURN TO PAGE 5
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