TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 AUGUST 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR STILL A ‘PRINCESS’ NITISH BLAMES SYSTEM FLAW, HC TO MONITOR PROBE P8 P6 SENSEX 37,691.89 +135.73 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of moderate rain likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 2.7 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 78% Max: 33.2°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:47 hrs MOON RISES 02:12 hrs Min: 28.5°C (+2) SUN SETS 19:08 hrs MOON SETS 15:14 hrs TEMPERATURE NIFTY 11,387.10 +26.30 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 chairman until early 2019. Nooyi hoped that the “best days P11 are yet to come” for the firm. Cong veteran R K Dhawan dead: R K Dhawan, a close confidant of Indira Gandhi and part of her inner circle during the Emergency, died Monday evening at a Delhi hospital. He was 81. He reportedly breathed his last at the B L Kapur hospital around 7 pm. An ex-Union minister, Dhawan was admitted to the hospital P6 last Tuesday for age-related ailments. Indonesia quake kills 98: A powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali. The death toll would climb. The Sunday evening's magnitude 7.0 temblor was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok. P12 ` vs $ 68.88 -28 PAISE GOLD 28,460 -15.00 RS members urge govt to publish findings of caste census NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS P 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-third 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-third 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 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 also 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 Com- mission 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 amedment 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 of 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 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 SEE ALSO PAGE 10 bench. SC judges meet CJI over Justice Joseph seniority row STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 AUGUST Upset over the Centre's alleged bid to alter the seniority of Justice K M Joseph by listing his name at number three in its notification for elevation of three High Court Chief Justices as the Supreme Court judges, a number of judges of the apex court today met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to express their anguish and register their protest over the government's "interference" in the higher judiciary appointment process. In the government's notification, the name of Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee was listed at number one, followed by Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran. The three judges are all set to be sworn in as the apex court judges in CJI Misra's court tomorrow morning in the order of seniority notified by the Centre. A group of apex court judges were said to be upset with the "downgrading" of Justice Joseph's seniority despite the Supreme Court Collegium's "recommendation and reiteration" for his elevation to the top court having been made prior to the other two judges even on 16 July, which the government finally accepted after months of "stonewalling" his elevation. Several top court judges, including Justice M B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice A K Sikri, reportedly met CJI Misra at the judges' lounge this morning over their customary tea before start of the working day.They lodged their protest with the CJI over the government's alleged bid to lower down Justice Joseph's seniority. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is the senior-most judge after the CJI, was said to be on TURN TO PAGE 10 leave today. 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,” MIRABAI CHANU CAN'T COMPETE IN ASIAN GAMES P15 P13 Bill passed to grant const status to NCBC SNS & PTI Max. 98% PARTY NOMINATES IMRAN AS PAK PM CANDIDATE 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. SILVER 37,950.00 -100.00 Karunanidhi’s condition worsens PTI 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 function SEE PAGE 10 etc. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.91 +0.70 24 girls rescued from UP shelter home, 18 inmates missing PTI DEORIA/LUCKNOW, 6 AUGUST Twenty-fourgirlswererescued from a shelter home in Deoria after allegation of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light, prompting theUttarPradeshgovernment to swing into a damage control mode by removing the district magistrate and ordering a high-level probe. Police said three people, including a couple who ran the shelter, were arrested in connection with the matter. "Twenty-four girls were rescuedonSundayfromtheshelter home at station road in the name of Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, which has 42 inmates. Eighteen inmates are still missing.We have sealed it," Superintendent of Police Rohan P Kanay said in Deoria. Taking a serious note of the matter, Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath ordered immediate removal of Deoria District Magistrate Sujit Kumar, UP Minister forWomen and Child Welfare Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters in Lucknow. She said Adityanath has sent a high-level probe team to Deoria for on-the-spot inquiry.The chief minister has asked the probe team to prepare report by Monday night itself. Besides this, the then district probation officer (DPO) Abhishek Pandey has beensuspendedandadepartmental probe ordered against the two other officers. "Additional Chief Secretary Renuka Kumar and ADG (Women Cell) Anju Gupta have been rushed to Deoria and they have been asked to submittheirreportbytonight," Joshi said. UP Women and Child Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi at a press conference in Lucknow on MonIANS day The minister said that the recognition of the NGO was revoked one year back and funds were stopped. "We will probe how it was functioning till now and see who is responsible for this," she said. Joshi said that the chief minister had already issued an order on 3 August, after Muzaffarpur incident in Bihar emerged, asking DMs in UP to check all such shelter homes. The details of activities at the shelter home emerged when a 10-year-old girl managed to flee from there. She reached a woman police station and informed them abouttheplightoftheinmates. "Many times white, black andredcarsusedtocomeand take away the girls.When the returned in the morning, they used to cry," the girl alleged. The SP Deoria said the young girl told the police that around 4 pm every day some people came and took away some girls along with the manager with them.The 10-year-old girl belongs to Bihar's Bettiah city and she also told the police that she escaped because of heavy work load.
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