CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 AUGUST 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR PARTY NOMINATES IMRAN AS PAK PM CANDIDATE STILL A ‘PRINCESS’ P6 SENSEX 37,691.89 +135.73 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with rain/thundershower. Max-min temp likely to be around 32-26 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 0.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.4°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:11 hrs MOON RISES 00.43 hrs NITISH UNDER FIRE; HC TO MONITOR HOME RAPE PROBE P9 NIFTY 11,387.10 +26.30 P2 ` vs $ 68.88 -28 PAISE GOLD 28,460 -15.00 Bill passed to grant cons status to NCBC Parliament urges govt to publish findings of caste census SNS & PTI Min. 76 Min: 26.4°C (0) SUN SETS 18:14 hrs MOON SETS 14:16 hrs Third quarter of moon today THUMBNAILS Nooyi to quit: Indra Nooyi will step down as PepsiCo's CEO on 3 Oct after heading the food and beverage giant for 12 years, the company announced. She will remain as chairperson until early 2019. Nooyi hoped that the “best P8 days are yet to come” for the firm. Chef of the century dead: Joel Robuchon, the world's most-starred Michelin chef who tore down kitchen walls to give diners new insights into the art of haute cuisine, has died at 73, a French government spokesman said. He P10 founded a string of restaurants. Trump reimposes Iran sanctions: US President Donald Trump on Monday reimposed sanctions on Iran, which were lifted as part of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, but said he remains open to forging a new “more comprehensive” P10 deal with the Islamic Republic. NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST arliament today passed a Bill to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, as several members in the Rajya Sabha urged the government to make public the findings of the caste census and implement reservation accordingly. The demand was raised during a debate on the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017 in the Upper House, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 2 superseding the amendments earlier carried out by the Rajya Sabha. Today, the Upper House adopted the legislation along with the amendments made by the Lok Sabha, by 156 votes to nil. Over two-thirds majority of those present voted in favour of the Bill, which is a necessity for amending the Constitution. The Rajya Sabha had earlier passed the measure on July 31 last year, along with an amendment and sent it to the Lower House. The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill last week with alternate amendments as well as some more changes unanimously with over two-thirds majority. Replying to the debate on the Bill, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said it would help the backward classes people fight atrocities against them and ensure quick justice to them. “This Bill LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS P The Upper House adopted the legislation along with amendments made by the Lok Sabha Over two thirds majority of those present voted in favour of the Bill, which is a necessity for amending the Constitution Social justice minister Gehlot said once the Bill is passed by Parliament, the govt will immediately form the Commission Bill to overturn an SC order over safeguards against arrest under SC,ST law passed in LS would provide justice to the OBC people, it is the need of the hour,” Gehlot said. Referring to the suggestions by the Opposition parties, he said the NCBC would have female representation. He also assured that it would not encroach upon the rights of state governments as they would have their own backward class commissions. “This commission has no relation with the state governments but is related to the Centre only.” He said the state governments had their own lists of castes of OBC people, while the Centre had its own. The NCBC would recommend only to the central government regarding inclusion or deletion of a particular caste in the list. “This is an important issue. There was demand for a constitutional status to OBC Commission from the 1980s and Parliament had held discussions several times. It has been discussed by the Standing Committee,” Gehlot said and urged the members to pass it expeditiously. He said once the Bill is passed by Parliament, the government would immediately form the commission. Participating in the discussion on the Constitutional Amendment Bill and the National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill 2017, Bhupender Yadav (BJP) urged political parties to shun “vote politics” and support these measures. He charged the Congress with sabotaging the issue earlier and said it had chance to rectify its mistake by ensuring passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. “Last time the Bill fell in Rajya Sabha...UPA in its two terms failed to bring this amendment... OBC is a religion- neutral term and the Bill failed last time because politics defeated social justice,” Yadav said. He said the Bill is long overdue and lamented that many states have not implemented 27 per cent reservation to the OBCs and added that parties should “rise above vote bank politics and work towards social justice”. Chaya Verma (Cong) sought reservation in Parliament and Assemblies for OBCs and said creamy layer should be removed. Narendra Jadhav (Nom) demanded that the findings of the socio-economic caste census be made public. A Bill to overturn a Supreme Court order concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the SC/ST law was unanimously passed by the Lok Sabha today. The Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amend Bill 2018 rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs, notwithstanding any court order. It provides that no preliminary enquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval. Art 35A: The Supreme Court said a three-judge bench would decide whether the pleas challenging Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to the natives of J&K, should be referred to a five-judge Constitution bench. Oath-taking of Justice Joseph, 2 others to be held as scheduled SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST The oath-taking ceremony of three judges elevated to the Supreme Court -- Justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran and K M Joseph -- will take place as scheduled tomorrow in the order of seniority notified by the Centre. Highly placed sources in the Supreme Court said that nothing much can be done at this stage and the concerns raised by some of the apex court judges would be discussed after the three judges are sworn in tomorrow. The sources said except Justice Ranjan Gogoi, a member of the apex court collegium who was on leave, others had “informally” deliberated on the Centre's alleged decision to lower down the seniority of Justice K M Joseph. However, it was decided that the oath-taking ceremony should take place. “Let the oath-taking take place. There is no time. The oath-taking can't be deferred. It has to be seen what can be done later,” one of the sources said about the discussion that was held among the judges in the morning at the judges' lounge before they commenced the day's working in the apex court. Judges including members of the collegium comprising Justices M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri met Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The sources said that the judges were of the view that there was a need to sit togeth- er and ponder over the issue. They said that the CJI, who heads the collegium, assured the judges that he would consult Justice Gogoi who is the senior most after him and take up the issue with the Centre. The Centre on Friday last came out with the notification on the appointment of the three judges to the apex court by putting at number three the seniority of Justice K M Joseph. Providing one square meal a day WHO: Maqbool Ahmed Mansoori Where: Bhopal Maqbool Ahmed Mansoori and Ramesh Singh serving food to the needy in Bhopal. GAURAV CHANDRA BHOPAL Every night at 8, a large group of beggars, destitute, homeless and the generally hopeless is seen outside the Nadra bus stand in Bhopal with hope shining bright in their otherwise dull eyes that they would sleep on a full stomach. The source of their only happiness of the day, every day, is Maqbool Ahmed Mansoori. The 55-year-old Mansoori has been providing free food, of good quality, with his own hands to the needy every day for the five years or more at his ‘Langar-e-Aam’. Mansoori owns a small eatery called the ‘Naaz Hotel’ outside the bus stand and it is here that he turns into a Good Samaritan every night. “I am not a very rich person myself, but I am sure God has chosen me as his instrument to feed the needy every day, as all our religions teach us to do,” Mansoori says modestly. More than 200 hungry and helpless people get free food at the ‘Langar-e-Aam’ each night. “I started this service on ‘Labour Day’, 1 May 2013, and since then, by God’s grace, there has not been even a single day when food has not been served here,” Mansoori told The Statesman. The free food service is called a langar, because it serves as a community kitchen to feed everyone, irrespective of religion or caste. “We usually serve rice, vegetables and rotis and many times we are also able to add some sweet too,” said Mansoori. He says he started alone and faced several difficulties in the beginning to sustain the selfless service. “Initially all my earning from the hotel went into the langar, but with the support of God and my family, I kept on going,” he says with a smile What he does: Feeds 200 poor people every day on his face. After some time, some other good people also started coming to him from time to time and helped by providing rice, wheat or vegetables in bulk for the service. At present, Mansoori gets the assistance of Ramesh Singh, a septuagenarian Sikh, who brings rotis almost every night for the langar, making it a blissful example of communal harmony and brotherhood. Mansoori’s long-time aide, Sameer Bhai, is the man who cooks the food for the langar daily. “I have been working at Maqbool Bhai’s hotel since it opened in 1990 and for the past five years I cook fresh food daily for the langar,” Sameer said. Those who get food at the langar are all praise for Maqbool Mansoori. Even though they address him as ‘Bhai’, they regard him no less than a Messiah. “I am too old to work, homeless and penniless but each night I know I do not need to worry about my food,” says Ramesh, a beggar who is said to be about 70 years old but looks a lot older, as he holds his food with trembling hands. “I lost both legs after falling off a train some years ago. Since then I have been begging near the bus stand and the only bright thing during my entire day is coming to the langar,” said Ghanshyam, trying to hold his food packet while balancing himself on crutches. Mansoori points out he is not yet satisfied. “I aim to start the langar at five-six more points across the city, particularly near hospitals, so that I can serve more needy persons,” he says. “I am also planning to start a ‘roti bank’, from where the hungry and famished can get rotis 24 hours a day,” he says. CMYK POMS HIT UPON A PLOY TO NETTLE KOHLI P12 SILVER 37,950.00 -100.00 Karunanidhi’s condition worsens BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.91 +0.70 Indonesia quake kills 98, leaves hundreds wounded CHENNAI, 6 AUGUST The condition of ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has “declined” and keeping his vital organs functioning remains a “challenge”, Kauvery Hospital said today, indicating the next 24 hours could be crucial. The 94-year-old fivetime Tamil Nadu chief minister was being continuously monitored and treated with active medical support, a press release issued by the hospital said. “There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments,” it said. “His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis,” Executive Director of the Hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in the terse two-paragraph release. Soon after the news of a decline in Karunanidhi's condition spread, hundreds of his supporters gathered outside the hospital, including a large number of women, some failing to control their tears, others waving at the TV cameras, preparing for an overnight vigil at the facility in downtown Alwarpet. Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in blood pressure, which stabilised following medical intervention. The hospital had, however, said on July 31 that an extended stay could be necessary due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver PTI function etc. AGENCIES MATARAM, 6 AUGUST A powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said today that rescuers still hadn't reached some devastated areas and the death toll would climb. It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok. A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in yesterday evening's magnitude 7.0 temblor, killing those inside. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference that damage was “massive” in northern Lombok. In several districts, more than half the homes were destroyed or severely damaged. The ruins of a mosque that collapsed in LadingLading village while people prayed inside were being pulled apart by a backhoe in search of victims. Some areas still hadn't been reached as of midafternoon, with rescuers battling collapsed bridges, electricity and communication blackouts and damaged roads blocked with debris. Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 98, after warning earlier that it would “definitely increase”. More than 230 people were seriously injured. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and 20,000 people were in temporary shelters. The quake, measured at magnitude 7.0 by Indonesian authorities and 6.9 by the US Geological Survey, struck at a shallow depth of 10.5 kilometres (6 miles) in the northern part of Lombok. Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones. “We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 o'clock last night, we just felt a really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran,” Australian tourist Kim Liebelt said as he waited with other travellers for a flight out at Lombok's international airport. “And then the roof started falling down on us, rocks and rubble and then just everyone running to get away,” he said. Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighbourhood in Bali where parked vehicles swayed. On Lombok, soldiers and other rescuers carried injured people on stretchers and carpets to evacuation centres. Many victims were treated outdoors because hospitals were damaged. (See also P10)
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