www.thestatesman.com WEDNESDAY FIND US ONLINE 08 AUGUST 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 P5 SENSEX 37,665.80 -26.09 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light rain/thundershowers likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 3.6 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 92% Min. 69% Max: 33.3°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:47 hrs MOON RISES 03:11 hrs Min: 26.4°C (-1) SUN SETS 19:07 hrs MOON SETS 16:18 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS NIFTY 11,389.45 +2.35 ` vs $ 68.83 GOLD CAG rips into Boeing deal during UPA regime: National auditor CAG today raised questions over a USD 2.1 billion Indian Navy contract awarded to Boeing during the previous UPA regime, suggesting the American defence major was favoured over rival bidder EADS CASA of Spain for procuring a fleet of P-8I P7 maritime reconnaissance aircraft. NIA custody for blast accused: The NIA has arrested a top leader of the Jamaat-ulMujahideen Bangladesh, Mohammed Jahidul Islam, from Bengaluru, who was wanted in the Burdwan blast case and in several terror cases in Bangladesh, officials said. Md Jahidul Islam alias Kausar alias Munna alias Mizan alias Boma Miyan was arrested on Monday. RS deputy chairman poll: NCP's Vandana Chavan is likely to be the Opposition candidate in the election for the post of Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha but a final decision would be made after another round of meeting of the parties. The BJP has reached out to the Opposition for a consensus on the name P7 of NDA's nominee Harivansh for the post. 29,515 +24.00 SILVER 37,814 +169.00 BRENT OIL (IN $) 74.72 SNS & PTI CHENNAI, 7 AUGUST DMK chief M Karunanidhi, one of the foremost Dravidian politicians in modern times, died here today, after waging a grim battle for life aged 94, the hospital where he was admitted for the last 11 days said. Amid high drama that continued well past midnight, the DMK moved Madras High Court after the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government rejected its demand for allotting space on the Marina beach for the burial of Karunanidhi and instead offered space near the memorials of former chief ministers C Rajagopalachari and K Kamraj. Acting Chief Justice of the High Court allowed a special hearing late tonight on the DMK's plea for Karunanidhi's burial at Marina. After hearing the matter for some time, the high court deferred the hearing till 8 am tomorrow. DMK working president M K Stalin, recalling the long publiclifeofKarunanidhi,had written to Chief Minister K Palaniswami seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader's mentor C N Annadurai at the Marina. Stalin had also met the CM hours before his father's death. A government statement said it was “unable to allot space at Marina beach owing to several pending cases in Madras High Court and legal complications.” Hence, the government is prepared to allott a two-acre site on Sardar Patel Road near the memorials to Rajaji and Kamaraj, it said. Some reports said the government was reluctant about allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina as he was not a sitting CM. The Centre has decided to accord state funeral to Karunanidhi,accordingtothe Ministry of Home Affairs. Thenationalflagwillflyathalfmast tomorrow in Delhi, all state capitals and across Tamil Nadu as a mark of respect to Karunanidhi. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST P ulling up officials in charge of the Assam citizens' list for speaking to media, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela to focus on an error-free final NRC. NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela and Registrar General Sailesh had been summoned by the top court which said it was "appalled" and "disturbed" by the actions of the two officers. "Both of you have apparently committed contempt of the court. Should we send you to the jail? You should both be punished," said a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton F Nariman. While Hajela and Sailesh furnished apology, the bench asked the duo: "You are a court appointed officer and you tell the press that during claims and objections any new document may be considered. Who are you to tell that? Who has given you the authority?" "Your job is not to go to the press, holding a brief for anyone.You are officer of the court and have been given the job to prepare the NRC. We would have taken a stern- er view but for the fact you still have a lot of work to do,” the court pointed out. The apex court said, "The Attorney General is still to give us the SoP but you go to the press making all sorts of statements. You forgot that you are an officer of the court and that whatever you say reflects on us too.” The bench warned Hajela and Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India (RGCC) Shailesh, to be "cautious in future". Taking suo motu cognizance of Hajela's interview to a national daily, Justice Gogoi said: "Where is the necessity, scope and authority in you to make such a statement? Your job is to carry on with the draft and prepare the final NRC." Rebuking Hajela, the apex court told him that he was first an officer of the court and should not have spoken to media about the NRC. "It is most unfortunate on your part as well as the RGCC. Your job is to prepare the final NRC. Your job is not to go to press holding brief for somebody," the bench said. In an interview to media, Hajela had said those left out of the list can submit fresh documents during claims and objections. He had also said that the NRC exercise was "too premature" and all 40 lakh people cannot be termed "ghuspethiye". Hajela had also said that any valid document would be accepted as proof of citizenship during the hearing on complaints by those left out in the draft NRC. The court also warned officials against speaking to the media in the future and said they would need its permission to do so. Vociferous protests by Trinamool Congress members over NRC and other issues today disrupted BJP President Amit Shah's speech on farmers' issues, forcing the premature adjournment of the Rajya Sabha. The House, which had functioned smoothly during the first half of the day, saw its proceedings disrupted soon after Shah initiated a short duration discussion on increase in MSP of kharif crops and challenges facing in the agriculture sector. One of the most charismatic figures of Tamil Nadu politics whose public life spanned over seven decades, is survived by two wives and six children, including his heir apparent Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP The most enduring mas. cot of the Dravidian movement breathed his last at 6.10 p.m.“With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite the best Setback for BJP in MP civic polls NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST In a setback to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh just four months before the scheduled Assembly polls in the state, the Opposition Congress has registered big wins in nine out of 14 local body by-elections, the results of which were announced today. The most significant Congress victory was in the ward election of Dabra Municipality in Gwalior district, which is the stronghold of one of the state government’s most powerful ministers, Narottam Mishra. Other than that, Congresscandidateswereable to win the bypolls held for the posts of corporators in Guna, Chhindwara, Satna, Singrauli, Burhanpur and Neemuch districts. The BJP candidates were able to win only four wards while an independent candidate won SNS one bypoll. AHMEDABAD She looks like the girl next door. Hailing from a prosperous village in Mehsana district of north Gujarat, she had never seen poverty at close range. But her empathy for deprived people created a rare determination that effectively changed the lives of at least 100,000 people in Gujarat. And, she is continuing with her efforts to bring more nomadic people into the mainstream of society and give them a dignified life. Ms Mittal Patel, 37, has been instrumental in giving the nomadic tribes of Gujarat an identity of their own and a semblance of dignity. It is due to her ceaseless efforts that the nomadic tribes of Gujarat are now officially recognised as citizens of India - their prized possession being the voter card so important to prove one’s identity. “More than 90 per cent of the nomadic people have now been included in the voters’ list in Gujarat”, says Mittal, encapsulating the result of her decade-long fight for their rights. The mother of a schoolgoing girl adds that the voter card by itself is no passport to a dignified life, and thus, the next phase of struggle is currently on to get these nomadic tribes ration cards - albeit in the BPL category - followed by admission in school for their children. Though Mittal’s tireless efforts has nearly solved the identity crisis of nomadic tribes, they are now facing new trouble with the emergence of lynch mobs which target homeless people merely on suspicion. In June this year, a ‘Maadaari’ woman was lynched to death and three others were injured by a mob in Ahmedabad on rumours that they were child-lifters. Despite gaining identity as citizens, lynch mobs on the prowl have robbed the nomadic tribes of their liveli- hood as they are now too scared to venture out to display their traditional skills, said Mittal. She quickly organised a state-level convention of the nomadic people followed by a three-kilometre-long human chain in the upmarket area of western Ahmedabad. Mittal also led a delegation of the nomadic people to the authorities, asking them to provide protection from lynch mobs and arrange alternate livelihoods. It was not easy for the lone young woman to combat official apathy towards nomadic citizens who do not have an address of their own as they are always on the move around the countryside. After post-graduation in journalism, young Mittal came to know the plight of these nomadic tribes during her project work in south Gujarat among sugar cane workers who lived in inhuman conditions and were subjected to exploitation of various types. “I had no idea about these nomadic tribes earlier”, said Mittal. She found it astounding that the nomadic tribes had no proof that they were citizens of the country. These nomadic people eke out a living as street entertainers and traditional service providers, known variously as Maadaaris, Bajaniya, Dafers, Saperiya (snake charmers) or simply by their trades such as sharpening kitchen knives or making hand tools or straw brooms and palm leaf fans. Very useful to society as service providers and street acrobats, Gujarat’s 28 nomadic tribes have never had a permanent home in the state. They are constantly on the move, displaying their traditional skills and selling their hand made wares. Mittal was shocked by the discovery that these nomads, without roofs over their heads, had no identity cards, ration cards, voter OBITUARY ON PAGE 10 SC concern over spate of rapes SNS & PTI BHOPAL, 7 AUGUST lences to his family and millions of well-wishers,” Kovind tweeted. Modi said Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. Shopsandbusinessestablishments downed shutters as the news of Karunanidhi's demise spread and streets got deserted quickly. A general alert has been sounded across the state and security tightened at vital installations to tackle any law and order situation, officials said. Karunanidhi's death comes barely 20 months after that of J Jayalalithaa, his long-time political foe. possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond. “We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide,” a statement issued by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said. President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned his death. “Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Thiru M Karunanidhi. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers. Our country is poorer today. My condo- An anguished Supreme Court today said that women and girls are getting raped“left, right and centre” across the country as it cited the National Crime Records Bureau data on four such incidents being reported per day, and stressed that action has to be taken to stop such crimes. The court directed that minor victims of such crimes should not be interviewed, except by the State child rights bodies, as it would have serious impact on their welfare and mental wellbeing, and also asked the print, electronic and social media not to publish or display photos of victims of sexual abuses, even in Court rejects Vanzara, Amin discharge pleas The court said that women and girls are getting raped left, right and centre across country AHMEDABAD, 7 AUGUST A special CBI court here today rejected the discharge applications of former Gujarat Police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others. While rejecting their discharge applications, special judge J K Pandya directed the CBI to clarify whether the Gujarat government had given sanction for prosecution of the two accused, as required under CrPC section 197. Under section 197 of the CrPC, the permission of government is required to prosecute a government servant. The court said it wants the prosecution sanction status of the two to be brought on record, and kept the matter for hearing on September 7. SNS a blurred or morphed form, in any case across the country. The apex court termed as “horrific” the case of alleged sexual abuse of girls in an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar and pulled up the state government for funding such institution without verifying its credentials. A bench headed by Justice MB Lokur asked the Ministry of Women and Child Development to apprise it of the steps to be taken to prevent sexual abuse. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 Apex court notifies rules for sr lawyers STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 AUGUST The Supreme Court on Tuesday notified its guidelines for according 'senior' designation to lawyers and constituted a five-member permanent committee headed by Chief Justice of India to shortlist the candidates. The finalised guidelines are titled "Supreme Court Guidelines to regulate Conferment of Designation of Senior Advocates, 2018". The committee will send the names to the Full Court, comprising all the apex court judges, for a decision. The apex court has notified the norms in pursuant to its judgement on 12 October, last year. The committee will meet twice a year in January and July, and will have a permanent secretariat which would facilitate collating the details of the probable candidates. Besides the Chief Justice of India as Chairperson, the permanent committee will have two senior-most judges of the apex court, the Attorney General as members and a member of the Bar as nominated by the Chairperson and other members. The committee can suo motu recommend a lawyer's name for designation as senior as well as interested advocates can Giving nomads an identity RATHIN DAS +0.97 Karunanidhi no more; HC defers burial row hearing ‘Your job is to prepare NRC, not hold brief for anybody’ UK turns down India’s request to ban proKhalistan event: The United Kingdom has politely turned down India’s request to prevent a ‘pro-Khalistan’ rally from taking place in London on 12 August. The event has been organised by the US-based separatist group, Sikhs for Justice, to call for a “referendum” on P7 creation of ‘Khalistan’. P16 P13 SC hauls up NRC officials for talking to media A group of tribal people from Telangana visits SNS the Parliament House on Tuesday KOHLI ALREADY CLOSE TO BEING A LEGEND: DHONI IMRAN QUESTIONED BY ANTI-GRAFT BODY JAITLEY LIKELY TO JOIN WORK THIS MONTH UP SHELTER HOME ABUSE: MINISTER ADMITS LAXITY also submit their application for the designation.The guidelines said that all the names cleared by the permanent committee will be forwarded to the full court and the full court will not resort to voting by secret ballot unless it is unavoidable. PTI adds: Justice K M Joseph (photo) took oath as the judge of the Supreme Court today along with Justices Indira Banerjee andVineet Saran amid a row with the Centre over his seniority being lowered. WHO: Mittal Patel WHERE: Gujarat cards or proof of residence. In the absence of identity proof, their children were denied admission to schools and thus remained illiterate, she realised. Confronted with their plight six decades after independence, Mittal took up the challenge to help them get at least identity proof. “No politicians were interested to take up the issues of nomadic tribes as they didn’t exist even in the voters’ list”, Mittal said. So, she started the process of getting them enrolled on voters’ lists. That was easier said than done as official apathy towards homeless people came in the way, Mittal said narrating how she had to convince the then State Chief Election Officer Vinod Babbar to take up the matter with the Election Commission at Delhi. As these nomadic tribes WHAT SHE DID: Worked to get at least 100,000 nomads into the mainstream. normally settle down at one place during the monsoon, the Election Commission agreed to enlist them as homeless residents of that very spot. Mittal and her Vicharta Samudya Samarthan Manch (VSSM) immediately faced a hurdle. Though such spots are generally on the outskirts of villages, the panchayats objected to their listing “fearing” that the nomadic people may later become claimants to nearby land. This was just one of the hurdles Mittal faced as she took up the cause of Gujarat’s four million nomadic people. “By 2007-2008, about 20,000 of these nomadic people were included in the voters’ list with the VSSM volunteers filling up the forms on their behalf”, said Mittal. As the movement picked up, more and more nomadic people got themselves registered. Consequently, many of these nomads exercised their franchise for the first time in 2009. Now that they were armed with voter cards, Mittal and her team worked on getting them ration cards which helped their children to get admitted to schools from 2013 onwards. With a few lakh nomadic people having voter cards as well as ration cards by the time of the 2012 assembly election, Mittal was able to convince the two major political parties in Gujarat to include their issues in their election manifestos too. As a result, nomadic tribes are now entitled to subsidies of Rs 70,000/- for housing schemes under ‘Awas Yojana’, issue of caste certificates and LPG connection under the ‘Ujjwala Yojana’. The next frontier Mittal seeks to conquer is to get the government to start rehabilitation schemes for those, like snake charmers and animal entertainers, who have lost their traditional livelihoods. Many battles have been won, but the war still rages.
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