CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JULY 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 P10 SENSEX 36,858.23 +33.13 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain/thundershower. Max-min temp likely to be 31-26 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 1.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% Min. 79% Max: 31.4°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:06 hrs MOON RISES 17.17 hrs Min: 28.3°C (+1.7) SUN SETS 18:20 hrs MOON SETS 03:37 hrs TEMPERATURE Full moon on 27 July THUMBNAILS Governor K N Tripathi and Justice (Retd.) Shyamal Kumar Sen during the inauguration of 18th International Children’s Film Festival at Nandan, Kolkata on Wednesday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL 2 Kerala cops get death for custodial death: A CBI court on Wednesday sentenced to death two police officers in connection with the custodial death of a 26-year-old man in 2005. K Jithakumar and S V Sreekumar, ASI and civil police officer, respectively, were awarded the death penalty, along with a fine of Rs 2 lakh. Patel gets jail and bail: A Gujarat court sentenced Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and two others to two years imprisonment in a case of rioting and arson in Visnagar town in July 2015. Later, Patel and aides - Lalji Patel and A K Patel - were granted bail. AMRI fire report : The members of the board of directors of AMRI Hospitals at Dhakuria are ‘responsible’ for the fire that had claimed 92 lives. This was revealed in the probe report of the Justice Tapan Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday. NEW DELHI, 25 JULY The principal Opposition Congress party today in the Lok Sabha raised the issue of its notices for privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for “misleading” the House on Rafale fighter jets deal with France. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the Congress members' notices for privilege motion against PM Modi and Sitharaman were under her consideration. The notices submitted by the Congress members accused the PM and the Defence Minister of allegedly misleading the P10 NIFTY 11,132.00 -2.30 ` vs $ 68.79 +15 PAISE GOLD 28,880.00 -10.00 House on the Rafale deal issue during the debate on the no-confidence motion on 20 July. Mahajan said five Congress members have separately submitted notices for privilege motion against the PM and the Defence Minister. “It (notices) is under my consideration,” she said. The Speaker's comment came after the Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and its senior member Jyotiraditya Scindia raised the issue of their privilege motion notices during Zero Hour. “The PM has along with the Defence Minister deliberately misled the House. It is, therefore, requested that this notice of breach of privileges be accepted’’, SILVER 38,550.00 +100.00 NEW DELHI, 25 JULY The nearly 23.25 lakh EVMs and 16.15 lakh paper trail machines needed for conducting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be delivered by the end of this year, the Election Commission said today. Though at the same time, the EC said there have been delays in the delivery of paper trail machines as the Technical Experts Committee appointed by it analyses the technology stabilisation issues in the initial batches and incorporates essential design improvements. While all required EVMs - 13.95 lakh ballot units and 9.3 lakh control units -- will be delivered by September 30, VVPATs will also be delivered well before the end of November. The Commission's statement came in response to a news report based on an RTI reply which said that “as on June 19 this year, almost 14 months after the EC placed orders for 16.15 lakh VVPATs with BEL and ECIL, the poll panel had received 3.48 lakh units - in other words, meeting only 22 per cent of the target three months before the deadline.” The report had suggested that if the 2019 polls are advanced, then there would not be enough paper trail machines to cover all polling stations. The EC said it had placed an order of 16.15 lakh VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail machines) to be produced by the PSU manufacturers -- Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, Hyderabad in May 2017 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.85 +0.41 Elections marred by suicide attack; Army manipulations alleged AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 25 JULY ricketer-turnedpolitician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was leading in 73 parliamentary seats today while its main rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was ahead in 49 seats in the initial round of counting in an election marred by a deadly suicide attack and allegations of manipulations by the powerful military. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of former president Asif Ali Zardari was leading on 26 seats, a sign indicating that he could play a 'kingmaker' in case of a hung parliament, according to media reports. Independents were leading on 23 seats according to trends available for 209 seats out of 272 seats. The Muttahida Majlise-Amal (MMA) - an alliance of traditional religious parties such as Jamaat-e-Islami led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan led by Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani and Tehreek-e-Jafaria led by Allama Sajid Naqvi - was leading on 11 seats. Pakistan's National Assembly comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected whereas the rest - 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities - are selected later through proportional representation C Members of the Maratha community in Maharashtra stand in front of a bus as they try to block traffic during a protest in Mumbai on Wednesday. AFP Morcha, told reporters here. Another leader of the Morcha said a bandh may be called again on August 9 but a final call in this regard will be taken after consulting all senior members of all maratha morchas. Marathas, a politicallyinfluential community constituting around 30 per cent of the state's population, have been demanding reservation in jobs and education. The community members have earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai. On Sunday last, a 27year-old protester, Kakasaheb Shinde, jumped off a bridge over Godavari River in Aurangabad and died. This led to intensification of the agitation. Yesterday, a man, identified as Jagannath Sonawane, consumed a poi- sonous substance during the protest in Aurangabad. He died today at a local government hospital. The Maratha Kranti Morcha had given the call for the bandh, demanding an apology from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur town in Solapur district. Two MLAs offer to quit: Two MLAs belonging to the Shiv Sena and the NCP from Maharashtra's Aurangabad district offered to resign today in support of the Maratha quota demand. Aurangabad district in Marathwada region has emerged as the epicentre of the Maratha quota agitation. The MLAs who offered to quit today are Harshavardhan Jadhav (Shiv Sena) and Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar (NCP) who represent Kannad and Vaijapur assembly constituencies, respectively. A Pakistani relative reacts (C) as he pushes an injured blast victim on a stretcher at a hospital after a suicide attack near a polling station in Quetta on Wednesday. AFP among parties with more than five per cent of the vote. A party can only form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats in total. PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif, who is hoping to become the next prime minister, was leading with 4,230 votes in NA-249 (Karachi West-II), according to trends. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was leading with 5,218 votes in NA-200 (Larkana I). According to the Election Commission, 3,459 candidates are in the race for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies - Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KhyberPakhtunkhwa. More than 30 political parties have fielded their candidates for the elections. In Punjab Assembly, PML-N and PTI were in a neck-and-neck fight with both leading on 45 and 32 seats respectively accord- PM-led panel to consider selection of eminent persons in Lokpal search panel PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Upon the recommendations of the selection committee, President Kovind has nominated Mukul Rohatgi as 'Eminent Jurist' member of the panel against the vacancy due to the passing away of P P Rao NEW DELHI, 25 JULY The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel may consider appointment of eminent persons as members of the Lokpal search committee, the government said today. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, which envisages establishment of anti-graft body Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013. Three meetings of the selection committee, headed by the prime minister, were held on March 1, April 10 and July 19 this year, Union Minister Jitendra Singh minister said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Upon the recommendations of the selection committee in its meeting held on April 10, President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated Mukul Rohatgi, former Attorney General of India as 'Eminent Jurist' member of the panel against the vacancy due to the passing away of senior advocate P P Rao, he said. “The selection committee has proposed to consider names of eminent persons who qualify as per the statutory provisions to be appointed as members of the search committee in its next meeting,” the Minister of State for Personnel said. An eight-member search committee is mandated to recommend a panel of names for the appointment of the Lokpal and its members. While hearing a case on delay in appointing a Lokpal, the Supreme Court had yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre's response on appointment of search committee members. EVMs and VVPAT to be used in LS polls: EC PRESS TRUST OF INDIA P12 Pak polls: Imran’s party leading in 73 parl seats PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 25 JULY The day-long bandh in Mumbai, called by proquota Maratha groups, was called off midway today after violence marred the protests even as one more protester died, a day after consuming poison. Protesters attacked buses, indulged in arson and pelted stones at local trains in several parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and the adjoining Thane city, during the bandh called by Maratha outfits to press their demand for reservation in jobs and education. Three policemen, including a Superintendent of Police, suffered injuries in stone pelting. The Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Goa highways were blocked for hours by the protesters. Police used force, including teargas shelling and baton charge, to disperse the violent protesters at several places. The agitation, organised in the form of a bandh in various places of Maharashtra since Monday, today reached Mumbai where a shutdown was attempted to be imposed. However, the bandh in the financial capital of India, which began this morning, was called off just before 3 pm after various parts saw violence. “We only wanted to prove that we are together and proved it. We never wanted protests to get violent and therefore, we are calling off our bandh in Mumbai for today,” Virendra Pawar, leader of the WHEN HE GETS GOING, INDIA GET THE JITTERS P2 Maratha quota bandh called off midway in Mumbai after violence Rafale: Cong raises privilege notices against PM, Def Min STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ‘TIME FOR NITISH TO STEP DOWN’ HAFIZ SAEED CASTS HIS VOTE IN LAHORE IMRAN MAY FACE ECP ACTION FOR VIOLATING CODE to ensure that all polling stations have these machines in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “Till date, 5.88 lakh units have been produced by the PSUs (4.36 lakh by BEL and 1.52 lakh by ECIL), which is 36 per cent of the total quantity to be supplied ... Both the PSUs have assured the Commission that the remaining VVPAT units (10.27 lakh) will be man- ufactured and supplied to the various States/UTs before end of November, 2018,” the EC said. AAP demands use of ballot papers says BJP can tamper with EVMs The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today demanded the use of ballot papers instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections alleging that machines without Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) can be rigged to benefit the BJP. The Election Commission of India (ECI) should give up its insistence on using EVMs because only 22 per cent of the over 16 lakh VVPAT machines ordered by the poll panel have been received so far, senior party leader and MP Sanjay Singh said quoting a news report. “If elections are held in say December or January, the Election Commission will not be able to equip all EVMs withVVPATs. In such a scenario, use of EVMs will mean that every vote goes in favour of the BJP,” Singh alleged in a press conference here. There are many political parties including the Congress, CPI(M), SP and BSP, among others, that have CMYK opposed the use of EVMs, he said. “I will write to the leaders of all like-minded parties and meet them for forming an all-party delegation that could meet the Election Commission to press the demand for use of ballot in the 2019 elections,” he said. AAP spokesman Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged the Modi government is “conspiring” to win the elections with deployment of EVMs without VVPAT units. “It's a very big conspiracy of the Modi government to ensure majority for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections,” he said. In April last year, the Centre had approved the purchase of 16.15 lakh VVPAT machines which print a slip for every vote cast, ensuring the vote goes to the intended candidate. ing to trends available for 99 seats out of 297 seats. In Sindh Assembly, PPP was emerging as the single largest party in its traditional bastion. The party was leading on 31 seats according to trends available for 45 seats out of 131 seats. PTI was leading on five seats while PML-N was ahead on one. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, PTI was leading on seven of 99 assembly seats. Earlier, the voting ended at its scheduled time despite calls by several major parties, including PML-N, PPP and PTI, to extend the polling time by an hour. They had complained of “a slow voting process” and thus sought more time to facilitate voters - a request that was rejected by the Election Commission. Hours after polling began for the general elections, an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up outside a polling station in Bhosa Mandi area of Balochistan's provincial capital, Quetta, killing 31 people, including policemen. In separate incidents, four persons were killed in poll-related violence. Clashes erupted between rival parties outside several polling stations, reports said. Nearly 10.6 crore people are registered to vote for members of the lower house of parliament and four provincial assemblies. The election marks the second democratic transition of power in the nation's 70year history. While polling stations officially opened for voting at 8 AM, enthusiastic citizens queued up outside their respective stations as early as 7 AM. For a smooth polling process, the ECP had deployed around 1.6 million staff at polling stations across the country. About 4,49,465 policemen and over 3,70,000 military personnel were deployed for security. A public holiday was declared across the country today in order to facilitate the voting process. The run up to the elections has seen a massive crackdown on the media and allegations that the military has secretly backed the campaign of Khan while targeting his political opponents. The military has ruled Pakistan through various coups for nearly half of the country's history since independence in 1947. See P10 & P16 Fugitive economic offenders Bill passed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JULY The Rajya Sabha passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, on Wednesday after Finance Minister Piyush Goyal assured members that it would not curtail citizens’ fundamental rights, and was meant only to bring back offenders who had run away to other countries, and to deter future offenders from doing so. Several members said the law was being enacted when the major offenders like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi had escaped to safe havens and were defying any attempts to bring them to book. The members said the Bill, already passed by the Lok Sabha, denied offenders an opportunity to pursue civil cases on properties sought to be confiscated, and this could be held violative of a citizen’s rights to property and life. As such, the law could be struck down by court. The Finance Minister said the law left it up to the court’s wisdom to decide whether the accused person should have freedom to pursue the civil cases for the properties sought to be confiscated. “We are not disentitling anybody of his rights,” Goyal said. Replying to Vivek K Tankha (Congress), who initiated the debate, and others, the minister said the Rs 100 crore threshold limit for launching cases was provided so that the authorities and the exclusive courts set up for the cases, could concentrate on the big offenders. Otherwise the courts could be clogged with small cases. Goyal said the law drew upon the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for its various provisions. He said it was settled law that property could be confiscated without conviction. The Supreme Court had ruled that a person could be deprived of enjoying property acquired through illegal means. He said the fear of confiscation could force many offenders to return to their country. He said the normal search, seizure and detention procedures could be followed. If a person returned within the time limit, he could avoid his property being seized. The Director of Enforcement Directorate would investigate crimes under the law and declare an offender a fugitive offender. Members said confiscated properties declared distressed properties often found no buyers and their sale could hardly meet the losses suffered by banks whose money the offenders had run away with. Tankha said the law was “too little and too late.” There were plenty of laws already to deal with the crime, he said, and it would only add to existing “parallel” laws.
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