THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 JULY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 SENSEX 36,858.23 +33.13 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 32 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 88% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.2°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:40 hrs MOON RISES 18:14 hrs IMRAN MAY FACE ECP ACTION FOR VIOLATING CODE ‘TIME FOR NITISH TO STEP DOWN’ UP CM: COMMITTED TO SAVE HUMANS, COWS P13 P10 NIFTY 11,132.00 -2.30 ` vs $ 68.79 +15 PAISE GOLD 28,880.00 -10.00 Min: 28.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 19:16 hrs MOON SETS 05:11 hrs THUMBNAILS Governor K N Tripathi and Justice (Retd.) Shyamal Kumar Sen during the inauguration of 18th International Children’s Film Festival at NanBISWAJIT GHOSHAL dan, Kolkata on Wednesday. 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 P5 Patel and A K Patel - were granted bail. Foetus found in AirAsia plane's lavatory: A foetus, believed to be around six months old, was recovered from a lavatory of an AirAsia plane after it landed in New Delhi from Guwahati on Wednesday. When an alarm was raised by the cabin crew, a 19-year-old taekwondo player admitted that she lost the foetus, police said. P10 SILVER 38,550.00 +100.00 AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 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 P Members of the Maratha community in Maharashtra stand in front of a bus as they try to block traffic during AFP a protest in Mumbai on Wednesday. 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 27-year-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. akistan's flamboyant cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was leading in 105 seats late tonight while its main rival Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) of the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was way behind with 71 seats in an election marred by a deadly suicide attack and allegations of manipulations by the powerful military. The trends indicated a possible hung parliament. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of former president Asif Ali Zardari was leading in 39 seats. He might be a 'kingmaker' in case of a hung parliament. According to the latest trends available for 268 of the National Assembly's 272 seats, independents were leading in 23 seats. Polling was postponed in two constituencies following the death of candidates in terror attacks. Meanwhile, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb raised objections over the counting process and alleged that her party's agents were being forced out from the polling stations in several constituencies. “The counting process is being carried out behind closed doors and changes are being made to Form-45,” she charged. PPP's Maula Bux Chandio alleged that his party's agents were not allowed inside polling stations in 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 Badin. Opposition Leader in Senate, Sherry Rehman also raised objections over the counting process. The provincial election commissioner in Punjab said political leaders should refrain from levelling "baseless" allegations without any substantial proof. The Muttahida Majlise-Amal (MMA) ~ an alliance of traditional religious parties such as Jamaat-e-Islami led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman among others ~ and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were leading in 9 and 5 seats respectively. Pakistan's National Assembly comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected whereas the remaining seats ~ 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities - are selected later through proportional representation among parties with PM-led panel to consider selection of eminent persons in Lokpal search panel PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Three sisters were found dead in east Delhi's Mandawali area with initial postmortem report hinting that it was a case of starvation, prompting the city government to order a magisterial probe into the matter, even as the BJP and Congress attacked the AAP over the incident. The girls, aged eight, four and two years, were brought to a hospital by their mother and a friend at around 1 pm yesterday, and the hospital authorities informed police about their deaths. A board of doctors con- ducted a re-examination at the GTB hospital, Pankaj Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (east), said. According to the initial postmortem report, the girls died due to “malnourishment/starvation and its complications”. However, police said that the second autopsy will establish the cause of death with finality. They added that there were no traces of food found in the stomach of the girls. A forensic team inspected the place where the family was staying and found some medicine bottles and pills for treating loose motion, police said. MORE ON PAGE 3 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 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 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.85 +0.41 Trends indicate hung parliament, elections marred by suicide attack Three sisters die of ‘starvation’ in Delhi NEW DELHI, 25 JULY P16 Pak polls: Imran’s party leads, PML-N far behind N Maratha quota bandh called off midway in Mumbai after violence PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 25 JULY Min. 56% SERENA CLAIMS ‘DISCRIMINATION’ OVER DRUG TESTS 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 VVPAT units (10.27 lakh) will be manufactured and supplied to the various States/UTs before end of November, 2018,” the EC said. Limited, Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, Hyderabad in May 2017 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 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 with VVPATs. 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 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. more than five per cent of the vote. A party can only form the government if it manages to garner 172 seats. A single party will need at least 137 of the directly elected seats to be able to form the government on its own. 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. In Punjab Assembly, the PML-N was close to a simple majority, with the party leading in 133 seats. The PTI was leading in 118 seats, going by the late night trends available for 285 of 297 seats. In Sindh Assembly, the PPP was emerging as the single largest party in its traditional bastion. The party was leading in 60 seats, according to trends available for 92 seats out of 131 seats. The PTI was leading in only 11 seats. In KhyberPakhtunkhwa, the PTI was leading in 18 of 99 assembly seats while Awami National Party was leading in six seats. Earlier in the evening, the voting ended at its scheduled time despite calls by several parties, including the PML-N, PPP and PTI, to extend the polling time by an hour. They had complained of “a slow voting process” and sought more time to facilitate voters. The Election Commission rejected the request. Hours after polling began for the general elections this morning , 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. The run-up to the elections witnessed a massive crackdown on the media and allegations that the military has secretly backed Khan's campaign 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 ALSO PAGE 13 Fugitive economic offenders Bill passed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 JULY The Rajya Sabha passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, onWednesday 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 likeVijay 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 toVivek 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 nobuyers 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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