www.thestatesman.com THURSDAY FIND US ONLINE 09 AUGUST 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BJP SEEKS NOD FOR DRONES AT SHAH’S RALLY NAVEEN SCOUTING FOR INVESTMENT P10 P7 SENSEX 37,887.56 +221.76 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light rain/drizzle likely to occur. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 0.6 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 97% Min. 71% Max: 33.5°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:48 hrs MOON RISES 04:16 hrs Min: 26.5°C (0) SUN SETS 19:06 hrs MOON SETS 17:20 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Congress leader Sonia Gandhi pays tributes to mortal remains of party veteran R K Dhawan at the party headquarters in the Capital on SNS Wednesday. ATM fraud arrests: Close on the heels of arrests of two Romanians from Delhi, Kolkata Police on Wednesday made another breakthrough by arresting three persons, all hailing from Mumbai in connection with an alleged attempt to collect data through skimmer device at four ATMs in the city. The arrested trio are Syad Saeed(35) alias Sahil Khan, Rohit Nayar ( 35) and Sudhir Rajan (31), all from Mumbai. They were arrested during a joint operation and used to live in close proximity on Meera Road. Pak SC relief to Imran: In a major relief to Imran Khan, the Supreme Court suspended a recount in a National Assembly constituency in Lahore where the cricketer-turned-politician had narrowly defeated his rival in the July 25 general elections. Khan, 65, set to become Pakistan's new prime minister next week, faced a piquant situation after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday only gave him conditional approval to take oath as a Member of the National Assembly. RSS ideologue Gurumurthy RBI director: The government has appointed Chartered Accountant Swaminathan Gurumurthy, also considered as an RSS ideologue, on the board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Gurumurthy, who had referred demonetisation decision as the equivalent of Financial Pokhran, is said to be associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as non-official director on the central board of the RBI for a period of four years, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said. NIFTY 11,450.00 +60.55 CLAMOUR GROWS FOR PUJARA'S INCLUSION IN LORD'S TEST EX-MALAYSIAN PM CHARGED WITH MONEY LAUNDERING P16 P13 ` vs $ 68.63 +5 PAISE GOLD 28,425.00 -90.00 SILVER 38,000.00 00.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 74.07 -0.58 Karunanidhi laid to rest at Marina DMK patriarch buried near Annadurai Memorial after Madras High Court order; 2 killed, 50 hurt in stampede and lathi charge STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 8 AUGUST A sea of humanity today bade a tearful farewell to DMK patriarch Muthuvel Karunanidhi who was laid to rest on the Marina beachfront adjacent to his mentor and party founder C N Annadurai, as he had wished, after a legal battle the party won against the state government over his final resting place. The mortal remains of Karunanidhi was taken in a gun carriage from the Rajaji Hall to the final resting place at Anna Memorial in Marina Beach and interred in the specially dug chamber with full military and State honours. In poignant scenes, Stalin was seen crying inconsolably after touching his father's feet before the casket containing Karunanidhi's body was lowered into the grave. The leader's youngest daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi fondly caressed his head and cheek one last time. Karunanidhi being a selfproclaimed atheist and rationalist, no Hindu rituals were performed. The 94-year-old leader had breathed his last at a hospital here after fighting for life for 11 days. Though the AIADMK government refused permission to perform the last rites of the nonagenarian leader in Marina beach citing legal hurdles, an early morning order of Madras High Court put all anxiety to rest by allowing Karunanidhi's cremation in Marina. Two people died and 50 were injured in a stampede and lathi charge as crowds of people crashed through the barricades and rushed towards the coffin to catch a glimpse of their departed leader. Later, police and Parliament adjourned NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST In a break from tradition, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day today as a mark of respect to DMK chief M Karunanidhi who died last evening. The 94-year-old DMK patriarch served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five times but was never a member of Parliament. Glowing tributes were paid to the departed leader. SNS paramilitary forces cordoned off the steps leading to the veranda where Karunanidhi's mortal remains were kept. Emotional scenes were witnessed in Rajaji Hall when the Madras High Court Bihar minister quits over husband’s ‘link’ to home rape accused STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PATNA, 8 AUGUST Under fire from the Opposition for the past one month, Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma finally resigned from her post today soon after the name of her husband surfaced in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal where more than 30 girls were repeatedly gang raped. The resignation has come as a huge embarrassment to chief minister Nitish Kumar who barely a couple of days back had ruled out the resignation of his Cabinet colleague. The minister put in her papers shortly after a CBI investigation into the sex scandal revealed her husband Chandra Shekhar Verma was closely in touch with the sex scandal’s main accused Brajesh Thakur, the head of the NGO running the shelter home at Muzaffrapur. Thakur is now in jail. A close scrutiny of the call details records (CDR) of the main accused by the investigating agency found that the minister’s husband talked to Thakur as many as 17 times in the past five months between January and May this year, as per reports. The investigation also found that both HC to monitor probe into Deoria case ALLAHABAD, 8 AUGUST The resignation has come as a huge emabarrassment to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who barely a couple of days back had ruled out the resignation of them even travelled together to Delhi many times in the past. The final nail in the coffin was struck by key accused Thakur himself who while talking to newsmen on the Muzaffarpur court premises today admitted he indeed talked to the minister’s husband although they discussed only “politics”. The development though has come as a major setback for the ruling NDA in Bihar which had come out in strong support of the minister barely two days back. Both the chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi of the BJP had ruled out the resignation of the minister saying she doesn’t need to resign. “She (the minister) has denied her involvement in the case. A CBI probe is underway. Anyone found guilty, even the ministers, will be sent to jail. None will be spared,” was how Kumar had told the media on Division Bench of Acting chief Justice H G Ramesh and S S Sundar ordered Karunanidhi's cremation in Marina near Annadurai memorial. “There is no legal impediment for not allotting the place... Provide a place Monday. The BJP too expressed its full solidarity with the minister and instead questioned the Opposition for seeking the resignation of the minister in question. “BJP is fully in support of Manju Verma. No charges against her. Those who have been charge sheeted and summoned by the CBI court in the railway tender scam, whose two dozens benami property attached by the RD, Income Tax are lecturing us on morality,” tweeted deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi. The minister’s resignation has come as a major victory for the Opposition demanding that she must go. “This minister resigned only after sustained pressure from the Opposition. She should have resigned long back,” RJD spokesperson Shakti Singh Yadav said. Another RJD leader Ramanuj Prasad sought the resignation of the CM. Allahabad High Court today decided to monitor the investigation into the alleged sex racket at the Deoria shelter home and said it appeared that its owners enjoyed the patronage of some politician. The bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Varma passed the order while taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on the suspected sexual abuse of the inmates at the Ma Vindhyavasini shelter by an NGO. The Uttar Pradesh government had announced yesterday that it will recommend a CBI inquiry in the case. It seems the owners had got patronage of some politician or a VIP , the court said while referring to the operation of the shelter even though it was blacklisted. The court said girls continued to be shifted to the shelter home and no action was being taken against its managers even though the district administration had received complaints. UP's Additional Advocate General Neeraj Tripathi told the court that the Uttar Pradesh government will transfer the case to the CBI as soon as it receives approval PTI from the Centre. for a decent burial forthwith in terms of the rough sketch given by the petitioner,” the division bench ruled.A glum-faced M K Stalin who stood pensively beside the casket, sobbed uncontrollably, before regaining com- posure and wiping off tears of joy. A galaxy of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, and his Kerala, Telangana and HYDERABAD The idea germinated during an evening walk by two neighbours and it really changed the world for parents and families of individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). When Prachi Deo, a software professional went to volunteer in the school once attended by her elder brother who has Down syndrome, she found parents of special children struggling with the same problem that had plagued her parents years ago – a lack of information. Ironically in this information age, hapless parents still depend upon word of mouth or on social media platforms where the veracity of information is not always established. Yet, accurate information about a speech therapist or trained yoga or music teacher could make a difference in the quality of life of these special children. Leaving behind the bright lights of the corporate world Prachi relied upon her technological expertise to set up an online information resource platform for the families of individuals with IDD. The portal aimed at providing verified information, that too city wise, about schools, doctors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, special educators, phys- iotherapists and so on in an easily accessible manner for those with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). “I realised that parents of children with IDD were still struggling for information as my parents had years ago. There is a dearth of qualified speech therapists and hence it is necessary to link parents with those available,” said Ms Deo. One year and several surveys later, Prachi founded Nayi Disha Resource Centre, an online information resource platform. Sudarshana Kundu, her neighbour and Reema Gupta, mother of a special child became co-founders. Launched in October 2015, the directory now includes 800 service providers across six cities and has touched more than 2,500 families. Her project management skills came handy while conducting surveys by roping in volunteers and student interns for the directory. “I found that while a number of organisations were working for people with IDD there was not enough focus on empowering families. Parents need support groups where there are other parents who are in the same boat, people who truly empathise – it means a lot to them,” she said. Nayi Disha now boasts eight support groups formed on the basis of the condition of the child, age and cities where parents can discuss problems like adolescence. After Hyderabad, Nayi Disha is ready to spread its wings to Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Indore and plans include a panIndia presence. The website - www.nayidisha.org - also includes a comprehensive knowledge hub with more than 100 articles that carry easy-to-understand infographics, videos and SEE ALSO PAGE 6 What public good does adultery law serve, asks SC Tough contest between NDA, Opp for RS Dy Chairman poll STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST NEW DELHI, 8 AUGUST Reserving its verdict on a PIL seeking the scrapping of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which makes adultery a criminal offence, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre "what public good" the penal law on adultery served as it provides that no offence would be made if the husband of a woman approves the adulterous relationship. The apex court questioned the government's stand which defended the adultery law that punishes the married men while absolving the married women who are involved in relationships outside marriage. Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the Centre, submitted that adultery has been made an offence by keeping in mind the sanctity of marriage as an institution. On the government stand defending Section 497 of the IPC for preserving the "sanctity of marriage", a fivejudge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked how it preserved the "sanctity" when an extra-marital affair becomes non-punishable if it is with the consent of the woman's hus- band. What is the sanctity of marriage here. If consent of husband is taken then there is no adultery," the bench said. "What is this consent. There will be no offence if the husband consents to this relationship. What is this? What is the collective public good in section 497 to hold that this (adultery) is an offence," the bench asked. "Where is the sanctity of marriage when the husband can consent," asked Justice Rohinton Nariman, also on the bench along with Justices A M Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. The Chief Justice said, "We are not questioning the legislature`s competence to make laws but where is the 'collective good' in Section 497 of IPC." Last week while hearing a petition seeking to make men and women equally liable for adultery under Section 497 of the IPC, the CJI had observed that both parties have to be equally responsible. Bringing knowledge to the afflicted ANINDITA CHOWDHURY Andhra Pradesh counterparts Pinarayi Vijayan, K Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu were in attendance. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who visited Karunanidhi’s residence yesterday, left for Kolkata this morning. Earlier in the day, as grieving DMK supporters, leaders and celebrities filed past the golden casket containing the mortal remains of the leader draped in the national tricolour at the Rajaji Hall, a courtroom battle raged over where he should be buried. The AIADMK government yesterday rejected the DMK's demand for space at the Marina for Karunanidhi's burial, citing pending litigations. The DMK had swiftly moved the High Court which partially heard its petition around midnight and resumed the hearing at 8 this morning. The Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman’s election will on Thursday witness a tough fight between Opposition candidate B K Hariprasad of the Congress Party and ruling NDA candidate Harivansh of the Janata Dal (U). While Hariprasad, 64, is AICC General Secretary and has been elected to the Rajya Sabha four times, Journalist-writer Harivansh, 62, was elected to the Upper House in April 2014. Multiple sets of notices proposing the two candidates’ names were submitted to the Rajya Sabha Notice Office on Wednesday morning. The House is expected to witness division of votes as the Opposition is keen on contesting for the post. The House has an effective strength of 244 members as there is one vacancy. The NDA has been canvassing with several parties which are outside the ruling coalition. With its own strength of 73, including eight Nominated members, the BJP is hopeful of support from AIADMK’s 13 and Biju Janata Dal’s nine members. The Janata Dal (U) has six memTURN TO PAGE 10 bers. WHO: Prachi Deo WHERE: Hyderabad WHAT SHE DOES: Helps people with intellectual and development disabilities audio to enlighten parents about the condition of their children and associated therapies. Regular workshops are conducted with experts and doctors and support group meets are facilitated for caregivers. Speaking about major challenges faced by them, Ms Deo says people often fail to discern that challenges faced by parents of IDD children are different from those with locomotor disabilities. It is a lifelong journey for caregivers and although the aim is to make them as independent as possible with the right support. Providing a simple device or accessibility by a building ramp would not be Often mistaken as a start-up, raising funds for Nayi Disha is obviously a huge challenge. But that has seldom deterred Good Samaritans as they march on their chosen path to help others.
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