TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 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 P7 SENSEX 36,718.60 +222.23 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light rain likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 95% Min. 57% Max: 35.6°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:39 hrs MOON RISES 16:36 hrs Min: 26.2°C (-1) SUN SETS 19:17 hrs MOON SETS 03:24 hrs TEMPERATURE A protest at Jantar Mantar NIFTY 11,084.75 +74.55 ` vs $ 68.86 -2 PAISE FILE PHOTO SC lifts absolute ban on Jantar Mantar protests: The Supreme Court on Monday lifted a blanket ban on rallies, dharnas or sit-ins at the Jantar Mantar and Boat Club areas in Delhi, saying there could not be an “absolute” ban on protests in such localities. The top court also asked the Centre to frame guidelines within two months for according sanctions to such events. A bench of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said, “There is a need to strike a balance between conflicting rights such as the right to protest and the right of P2 citizens to live peacefully.” Kolkata building collapse kills 2: A dilapidated building collapsed in central part of Kolkata following heavy showers in the early hours on Monday, killing two people and critically injuring two others, a disaster management official said. The incident happened around 2.30am when the two-storey building came crumbling down at the Baithakkhana Road in Muchipara Police station area of the city, he said. The deceased were identified as Gopal Naskar (60) and Manik Jana (48), both residents of the residential-cum-commercial building, a senior official said. Agreement to speed up NPA resolution: Banks and FIs, including SBI and LIC, on Monday entered into an overarching inter-creditor agreement to fast-track the resolution of stressed assets, with finance minister Piyush Goyal describing the move as a "huge step forward" in addressing the banking industry's problems. The ICA is being signed by 22 public sector banks, 19 private sector banks and 32 foreign banks. Besides, 12 major financial institutions and intermediaries, like LIC, Hudco, PFC and REC, are also signatories to the pact, it was P11 learnt. Gunman kills 2 in Toronto shooting: A 29-yearold gunman opened fire on pedestrians in a bustling Toronto neighborhood, killing two and wounding a dozen others, police in Canada's largest city said Monday, adding the suspect was found dead in an alley after an exchange of gunfire with police. A video clip posted by Canadian media appeared to show a dark-clad man walking on the sidewalk in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood Sunday night and then turnP12 ing to fire a handgun. GOLD 28,900.00 +10.00 Girls ‘raped’ in Bihar home, CBI probe demanded MUZAFFARPUR (BIHAR), 23 JULY A girl of a governmentfunded shelter home here has alleged that one of her fellow inmates was beaten to death and buried at the premises of the facility, and several were raped. Sexual exploitation of girls lodged at the shelter home in Bihar had come to light in a social audit by a Mumbai-based institute, following which the state social welfare department lodged an FIR in this connection last month and 10 people were arrested. Following the shelter home inmate's claim that a girl was killed, the Bihar Police dug up the grounds of the facility, but are yet to find the body. The opposition RJD raised the issue in both the Legislative Assembly and the Council demanding a CBI inquiry into the allegations and claimed that the scandal involved many “well connected people” whom the Nitish Kumar government was trying to shield. Muzaffarpur SSP Harpreet Kaur told reporters, “We are carrying out the excavation based on the statement given by one of the girls. The spot has been identified by her.” “Nothing has so far been found from the site during the excavation. However, the area of excavation might be enlarged after further examination of the girl who had alleged in her testimony that one of the inmates had been beaten to death,” the officer said. More than 40 girls had been lodged at the shelter home and medical reports suggest that over half of them may have had sexual intercourse at some point of time, she said, adding, “Altogether 10 people, including the district child protection officer, women staff members of the shelter home have been arrested so far.” The NGO running the shelter home has been blacklisted, she said adding, all the girls have been shifted to shelter homes in other districts while the premises here have been sealed. The incident drew sharp criticism from political parties in the state with the opposition RJD demanding a CBI inquiry into the allegations of sexual exploitation of girls at the shelter home. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav alleged that the scandal involved many“well connected people” whom the Nitish Kumar government was trying to shield. Opposition leader in the Legislative Council Rabri Devi too raised the issue in the P15 SILVER 38,450.00 00.00 Rahul says this is Modi’s brutal New India, BJP calls him merchant of hate STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 23 JULY Upper House. Speaking to reporters outside the House, both Tejashwi Yadav and Rabri Devi alleged, “Many safedposh (white-collared) people are involved in the Muzaffarpur scandal and they enjoy proximity to the ruling dispensation. A CBI inquiry should be ordered so that the accused are not able to influence the investigation.” Yadav said the Muzaffarpur incident will be highlighted by his party as one of the many failures of the Nitish Kumar government, during the state-wide “cycle yatra” scheduled to commence later this week. “This regime has failed on all fronts -- be it law and order or relief to droughtaffected farmers,” he said. Suspended RJD member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of Bihar's Madhepura on Monday demanded in the Lok Sabha a CBI probe into the issue of rape of minors in a government-run shelter home. Raising it during Zero Hour, he said, "The issue of rape with the daughters of Bihar in the shelter home has brought shame to the state." "We demand a Central Bureau Investigation inquiry into the rapes of the girls at the shelter home,"Yadav said. The demand by the suspended RJD MP who has , since formed his own party Jan Adhikar Party (JAP),came in the wake of reports that over 40 inmates of the shelter home were raped. T he Alwar lynching case today triggered a war of words between the principal Opposition Congress and the ruling BJP with , Congress president Rahul Gandhi, while training his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing it as a manifestation of "Modi’s brutal 'New India'...". The BJP hit back, with Union ministers, Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani, firing salvos at Gandhi and accusing him of being a "merchant of hate" indulging in "vulture politics". Gandhi sought to highlight media reports which revealed shocking details about the lynching of a 28-year-old Muslim man Rakbar Khan in Alwar's Ramgarh in the BJP-ruled Rajasthan on 20 July night by a group of men who accused him of "smuggling" cows. The reports disclosed how the local policemen had allegedly taken more than three hours to take the wounded victim to the nearest health centre, barely a few kilometres away, as they allegedly made arrangements for transporting his cows to the cow shelter first, then took him to the police station, took a tea-break, and also thrashed the dying Rakbar themselves. Rakbar was declared dead upon arrival at the local health centre. Flagging a media report on the matter, Gandhi tweeted: "Policemen in SC to hear contempt pleas NEW DELHI, 23 JULY The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on August 28 the pleas seeking contempt action against the Rajasthan government in the recent mob lynching case in Alwar. In the contempt pleas filed by Tushar Gandhi and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, they alleged that incidents of mob lynching and vigilantism were taking place despite an apex court verdict in this regard. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would hear the petitions on August 28. Presenting their case in front of the #Alwar took 3 hrs to get a dying Rakbar Khan, the victim of a lynch mob, to a hospital just 6 km away. Why? They took a teabreak enroute. This is Modi’s brutal 'New India' where humanity is replaced with hatred and people are crushed and left to die." Union minister Goyal mounted a counter-assault on Gandhi. "Stop jumping with joy every time a crime happens, Mr Rahul Gandhi. The state has already assured strict & prompt action. You divide the society in every manner possible for electoral gains & then shed crocodile tears. Enough is enough. You are a merchant of hate," he charged, flagging the Congress chief's tweet. SINGRAULI (MP), 23 JULY rumours on WhatsApp that child-lifters were on the prowl in rural areas of the district, the officer said. The rumours were circulating for the last one month, Dwivedi said. Twelve people were arrested yesterday in connection with the lynching incident and produced today in a local court, which sent them to jail, Dwivedi said. The SDOP said some people spotted the woman roaming in the village at around 9.30 pm on July 19. They stopped her, suspecting her to be a childlifter and hit her with lathis and axes, Dwivedi said. After killing the woman, the mob dumped her body in a drain in a forested area of Bhosh, some 90km from the district headquarters, he said. Some villagers spotted the body on July 20 and informed the police, he added. The police arrested 12 people and booked them for rioting and murder, among other charges under the IPC, the SDOP said. bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, Gandhi and Poonawala sought contempt action against the Rajasthan government. The petitioners urged that directions be issued to follow the apex court verdict in letter and spirit. The bench said it would take up the matter along with the main case on August SNS 28. Goyal's "merchant of hate" remark seemed to echo the attack on Modi by the then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi during the 2007 Gujarat Assembly poll campaign when the latter had used the phrase 'maut ka saudagar' ('merchant of death') to target Modi, the then Gujarat chief minister, over his alleged complicity in the 2002 postGodhra riots in the state. Union minister Irani joined her colleague in taking on Gandhi. "Rahul Gandhi’s family presided over the worst form of hate in 1984, Bhagalpur & Nellie & many other instances. It is shameful that he is doing the same through vulture politics. Not a single instance goes by where he IANS He said efforts are on to identify the deceased. The Singrauli episode is the latest in a spate of incidents of lynching and mob violence reported from across the country in the recent past. A few weeks back, five nomads were lynched in Dhule village of Maharashtra on suspicion that they were child- lifters. Last Friday, a man was beaten to death in Rajasthan on suspicion of cow smuggling. The Supreme Court recently took a strong view of such incidents and asked the Centre to frame a separate law to tackle this menace. A bill that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. It seeks to replace an ordinance brought by the government in April. The bill provides that the minimum punishment for rape of woman under 16 years will be rigorous imprisonment for at least 20 years which can extend to life. The punishment for gang-rape of a girl below 16 years will be imprisonment for the rest of life of the convict. The punishment for rape of a woman aged under 12 years will be rigorous imprisonment of at least 20 years but may extend to imprisonment for life or death. Gang-rape of a girl under 12 years of age will lead to punishment of jail term for the rest of life or death. The minimum punishment in case of rape of woman has been increased from seven years to 10 years, extendable to imprisonment for life. Under the new law, there will a two-month time limit for completion of investigation of rape cases. The Bill says that inquiry or trial shall be completed in two months and appeals in rape cases should be disposed of in six months. BJP MPs’ notice for privilege motion against Rahul SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 23 JULY A notice for a privilege motion has been moved against Congress president Rahul Gandhi by some BJP members in the Lok Sabha, which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she will examine. Four BJP members -- Nishikant Dubey, Anurag Thakur, Dushyant Singh and Prahlad Joshi-- have submitted the privilege notice against Gandhi accusing him of “misleading” Parliament by making “false” allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. As soon as the Question Hour got over, Dubey said a privilege motion has been moved by his party. “Whenever Rahul Gandhi speaks, it only helps in increasing the votes of BJP he said. Amid protests ,” by Congress members, Mahajan said “I will look into it and then let you know”. The allegations relate to Gandhi's speech during the debate on the no-confidence motion on Friday in which he had raised the issue of a secrecy clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. The Congress chief had also accused the Prime Minister of benefiting “one industralist” in the deal. The BJP has also objected to Gandhi's comments regarding “betrayal” the Indian Army in Doklam, and dubbed them as “unsubstantiated charges”. The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of misleading Parliament and the country on the Rafale pricing issue, saying there is no clause in the 2008 pact between India and France that prevents the government from divulging price details of the aircraft. The Congress fielded its senior leaders, former defence minister A K Antony, Anand Sharma and Randeep Surjewala, who issued a joint statement claiming the prime minister and the defence minister had sought to “lie” on the floor of Parliament. The three leaders, who Amid protests by Congress MPs, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that she would look into the issue and then let the House know addressed a press conference, also accused Modi and Sitharaman of “deluding and misleading” the people of India. Former defence minister Antony said the government's claim that a secrecy clause in the pact was forcing it to not reveal price details of the deal was “totally wrong”. They have to reveal price details of each aircraft, said Antony, adding that the more they are trying to hide, the more suspicion there is about the deal. He also said the government cannot hide the price details of the Rafale jets as the deal has to be scrutinised by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as well as Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). “They must reveal the price details of the doesn't attempt to rupture social bonds for electoral gains," she alleged, retweeting the Congress president's comment on the Alwar lynching episode. GoM, panel set up on lynching incidents: Maintaining that ‘Police’ and 'Public Order' are state subjects, and state governments are responsible for controlling crime, the Centre on Monday responded to concerns expressed by the Supreme Court and Parliament over incidents of mob lynching, and constituted a high level committee of Secretaries, headed by the Home Secretary, to “deliberate in the matter and make recommendations”. The government announced that it had also decided to constitute a Group of Ministers, headed by the Union Home Minister, to consider the recommendations of the high-level committee. Home Minister Rajnath Singh made an announcement on the committee in the Lok Sabha just before the House was adjourned for the day. According to a Home Ministry statement, the committee will submit its recommendations to the government within four weeks. Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seized of the 'serious' issue. The Group of Ministers chaired by him would also submit a report "as early as possible" over the incidents of mob lynching across the country. The Group would submit its recommendations to the Prime Minister. Trump Bill in LS for stringent warns punishment in rape cases Rouhani NEW DELHI, 23 JULY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.54 +0.47 Alwar lynching: Rahul slams PM , BJP hits back Woman lynched in MP on suspicion of being child lifter A woman was allegedly lynched by a mob near here in Madhya Pradesh on suspicion that she was a child-lifter, police said today. The woman, who appeared to be “mentally unstable”, was killed by the mob in Bhosh village under the Morwa police station on July 19, Morwa Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) K S Dwivedi told PTI over the phone. Believed to be aged between 25 to 30 years, the woman is yet to be identified, he said. The lynching took place amid OZIL QUITS GERMANY SQUAD IN SPAT OVER TURKEY PRESIDENT P10 P9 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THUMBNAILS KERALA CM BACKS WRITER OVER NOVEL ROW PUTIN OUTPLAYS TRUMP AT SUMMIT CHIDAMBARAM GETS ANTICIPATORY BAIL aircraft and they must also tell us why a company was selected as offset partner who has no experience manufacturing aircraft,” said Antony, alleging the private player has benefited by crores. Addressing the joint press conference, his colleague Anand Sharma said the government owes Parliament an explanation on why Modi and Sitharaman “misled” the nation on the price issue. “The French government had no objection in revealing the price of the Rafale aircraft. This was conveyed by the French president to Rahul Gandhi during a meeting in which I was present along with the former prime minister,” he said. Sur- jewala echoed him said the prime minister and the defence minister misled Parliament on the issue and it is clearly a matter of breach of privilege. Asked if the Congress would give a notice of privilege motion against the prime minister and defence minister, he said, “The issue pertains to the Lok Sabha and the leader of the Congress parliamentary party will take a decision on the issue soon.” In their statement, the three leaders said revealing the “commercial cost” of Rafale aircrafts will neither violate any “secrecy agreement” with the French government, nor disclose any “classified or protected information”. WASHINGTON, 23 JULY President Donald Trump today warned his Iranian counterpart that Tehran risked consequences the likes of which few throughout history have suffered before if he threatens the US again, hours after Hassan Rouhani cautioned that America's hostile threats against his country may trigger“the mother of all wars.” In the nearly all-caps tweet, Trump mentioned about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said,“America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump tweeted, adding that “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards suggested it was partofWashington'sbroadPTI er strategy. SEE PAGE 12
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