CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 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 P7 SENSEX 38,285.75 +7.00 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with 1/2 spells of rain/thundershower. Max-min temp likely to be around 33-27 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: 0.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.1°C (0) SUN RISES 05:17 hrs MOON RISES 15.14 hrs P10 NIFTY 11,570.90 +19.15 THUMBNAILS Shooting gold: Saurabh Chaudhary, all of 16, on Tuesday became the youngest Indian shooter to win an Asian Games gold medal as he trumped a field comprising multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals in Palembang. The seasoned Sanjeev Rajput then made the country proud, winning the silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions. Another Indian making his international debut, 29-yearold Abhishek Verma, shot 219.3 to secure bronze in 10m air pistol event. Chaudhary aggregated 240.7 to finish top of the podium. Concerned over growing misuse of social media and the increasing number of cases of mob lynching, the government on Tuesday told the social media platformWhatsApp to abide by Indian law since lynchings have been linked to the spread of misinformation on its platform. Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad instructed visiting CEO Chris Daniels to comply with the law of the land and take "suitable" steps to prevent misuse of the instant messaging platform. Prasad, in a brief interaction with the media after meeting Daniels here, said he also directed the WhatsApp boss to appoint a grievance officer and establish a separate corporate entity in the country. "WhatsApp has biggest footprint in India and has done a great job, be it in the field of education or helping people in Kerala floods. But I'm more concerned about the platform being misused for mob lynching and revenge porn. It has to find a technical way to deal with these issues," the minister said. "I have told WhatsApp to comply with the Indian laws, open a corporate entity and appoint a grievance officer here who can be reached to address such issues," Prasad added. Daniels, according to Prasad, assured him that the Facebook-owned platform will soon take steps on all these counts. The minister also asked the WhatsApp CEO to work closely with law enforcement agencies and create public awareness to prevent misuse of the platform. About WhatsApp's impending roll out of payments services, Prasad said the company has assured the government that it would comply with the stipulated rules. “We said we have (drawn) attention of the RBI, namely (on) financial data being (stored) in India. The RBI is working on the guidelines and he (Daniels) has assured me, whatever guidelines RBI comes out with, he will comply with that,” the minister said. WhatsApp, however, did not issue any statement on the outcome of the meeting. The meeting came against the backdrop of over 30 incidents of mob lynching in the recent past that were linked to the circulation of fake messages Video over school violating child labour laws goes viral STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BIRBHUM, 21 AUGUST A video clip purportedly showing children aged between four and nine working as slaves and child labourers and being beaten with sticks in a private residential school at Mirzapur village in Bolpur went viral triggering protests today. About 180 Scheduled Tribe students, mostly from the surrounding area, have been staying in this residential school ~ Vivekananda Education Cultural Social Institute ~ in the Raipur- Supur gram panchayat area for the past four years. Various NGOs, Child Line, political parties have demanded high level probe and punishment of the guilty today. The video clip taken from a cell phone by an unknown GOLD 28,485.00 +145.00 P11 SILVER 37,250.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 72.60 +0.39 Govt tells WhatsApp to Imran says India and comply with Indian law Pakistan must talk Min. 76% Full moon on 26 August A 32-YEAR-OLD IN A RACE AGAINST TIME P9 ` vs $ 69.81 +1 PAISA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 AUGUST Min: 27.0°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:03 hrs MOON SETS 01:34 hrs SHARIFS TO OBSERVE ID IN JAIL TURNBULL SURVIVES LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE VAJPAYEE IN THE PANTHEON OF GREATS The video purportedly shows children being beaten with sticks in a private residential school in Bolpur person inside the school has been forwarded to social media and it purportedly showed the children being beaten with sticks on the back and forced to clean cow dung in the cattle sheds, overseeing ducks swimming in the ponds and working as construction labourers. The “disclosure” sparked off public outrage as it came in the wake of the controversy surrounding a Bihar shelter home where women were sexually exploited. The students are from Mirzapur, Kankutia, Supur, Muluk etc villages. The video apparently shows child labour laws have been grossly violated by the school authorities. No outsider is being allowed to enter the private institute, locals alleged. The state fisheries minister and MLA from the district Chandra Nath Sinha is a member of the school managing committee. When contacted, he said he wasn’t aware of the institute’s state of affairs, but would definitely look into the allegation. Parents of the children were seen distributing a video clip purportedly showing an elderly flogging children, children crying in pain and in a state of trauma. The DM, Moumita Godara Basu, was not available for comments, while the school authority remained tight-lipped. and misinformation on WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned platform has over 200 million monthly active users in India. WhatsApp was hauled up in July by the government on its failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platform amid growing lynching episodes. In a notice, the Ministry of Electronics and IT asked WhatsApp to come out with more effective solutions that can bring in accountability and facilitate enforcement of law in addition to their efforts towards labelling forwards and identifying fake news. To tackle the spread of false information, WhatsApp has limited forward messaging to five chats in India. WhatsApp informed the government that it is building a local team, including having an India head, and has introduced new features to let its users identify forwarded messages. WhatsApp has also restricted the number of forwards that can be done at a time. Besides, the company is also running advocacy and education programme to help people spot fake news. Last month, WhatsApp top executives, including COO Matthew Idema, met IT Secretary and other Indian government officials to outline various steps being taken by the company to tackle fake news in India. Bats for friend Navjot Singh; Sidhu justifies hugging Pakistan army chief STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 AUGUST akistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said India and Pakistan must talk and resolve bilateral issues, including Kashmir, to move forward even as he came to the defence of beleaguered Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, saying those targeting him were doing a great disservice to the people of the subcontinent. “To move forward, Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts, including Kashmir. The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the sub-continent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading,’’ he tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. Khan’s tweet is being seen as a response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s congratulatory message to him on Saturday on his assumption of office in which the Indian leader expressed New Delhi’s commitment to a meaningful and constructive engagement with the neighbouring country and emphasised the need to work for a terror-free South Asia. This is the second time that Khan has raised the Kashmir issue since his P Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) won the general elections in Pakistan last month. In his victory speech on 26 July, Khan, the World Cup winning captain of the Pakistani cricket team, had said his government desired to resolve all disputes, including the ‘core issue’ of Kashmir, with India. ‘’If India takes one step, Pakistan will take two,’’ he had stated. In another tweet, Khan thanked Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer, for attending his swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, describing him as an ambassador of peace who was given amazing love and affection by the people of Pakistan. ‘’Those in India who targeted Sidhu are doing a great disservice to peace in the sub-continent - without peace our people cannot progress,’ he said. His defence of Sidhu came after the latter faced a backlash in India for hugging Pakistan Army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and occupying the seat next to the one on which the ‘President’ of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) was seated at the oathtaking ceremony of the new Pakistan Prime Minister at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House) in Islamabad. Even Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ticked off Sidhu for hugging the Pakistan Army chief. PTI adds from Chandigarh: Under flak for hugging Pakistan's army chief during his Islamabad visit, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today hit back at the BJP reminding it of , trips to that country by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi as prime ministers. He defended hugging Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as an emotional response on learning that Sikh pilgrims may now be allowed to visit the Kartarpur shrine across the bor- NOTA in RS polls: SC quashes order SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 21 AUGUST The Supreme Court today quashed an Election Commission notification introducing the 'None of the Above' (NOTA) option in the Rajya Sabha elections, saying it would encourage the “Satan” of defection and graft. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the NOTA option was meant only for direct elections and not polls held by the system of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote. “When one analyses the exercise of choice of NOTA in the voting process of the Council of States, where open ballot is permissible and secrecy of voting has no room, and further where the discipline of the political party/parties matters, it is clear that such choice will have a negative impact. “An elector, though a single voter, has a quantified value of his vote and the surplus votes are transferable. There is existence of a formula for determining the value of the vote. The concept of vote being transferable has a different connotation. It further needs to be stated that a candidate, after being elected, becomes a representative of the State and does not represent a particular constituency,” the bench, which also comprised justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said. The apex court said if NOTA was allowed in the election of the members to the Council of States, the aspect of defection would “indirectly usher in with immense vigour”. “We may immediately add that the option of NOTA may serve as an elixir in direct elections, but in respect of the election to the Council of States, which is a different one as discussed above, it would not only undermine the purity of democracy but also serve the Satan of defection and corruption,” the bench said. The judgement came on a plea of Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, who was the Congress chief whip in the Gujarat assembly during the last Rajya Sabha polls, in which the party had fielded sitting MP Ahmed Patel. Parmar had challenged the poll panel's notification allowing the NOTA option in ballot papers. The Gujarat Congress leader had alleged that if the NOTA provision was allowed in the Rajya Sabha polls, it would encourage “horse-trading and corruption”. The bench today said the provision for introduction of NOTA, as conceived by the Election Commission, was absolutely erroneous. “We are disposed to think that the decision could not have also said so, having regard to the constitutional provisions contained in Article 80 and the stipulations provided under the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution. “The introduction of NOTA in such an election will not only run counter to the discipline that is expected from an elector under the 10th Schedule to the Constitution but also be counterproductive to the basic grammar of the law of disqualification of a member on the ground of defection,” it said. der. “Why are there double standards? he said at a press conference in Chandigarh The then prime minister Atal ji went there with a message of friendship. Thereafter, the Kargil War took place. Five hundred twenty-seven Indian jawans attained martyrdom. Will you blame him? he said. Then, Modi sahib went to Pakistan without even any official formalities and hugged former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Will you not call him a patriot? he said, referring to Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Lahore in 2015. The cricketer-turnedpolitician also asked the BJP why the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad gifted a cricket bat to Imran Khan after he emerged as the prime minister-designate. Navjot Sidhu was slammed by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Akali Dal, and criticised even by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, for hugging Bajwa at Imran Khan's swearing-in on August 18. Sidhu said it was an emotional moment for him when Bajwa told him about the possibility of Pakistan allowing access to pilgrims from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to Kartarpur Sahib. Two MP rape accused get death sentences BHOPAL, 21 AUGUST Two men accused of raping and attempting to murder a seven-year-old girl in Mandsaur town of Madhya Pradesh on June 26 were today pronounced guilty and awarded double death sentences. Second Additional District and Sessions Judge and Special Judge (POCSO) Nisha Gupta awarded the death penalty on two counts to the accused Irfan (20) and Asif (24) at Mandsaur today afternoon. According to information, the accused have been handed the death penalty under Section 376 DB, which is the newly added section in the IPC for death sentence to persons guilty of raping minors below 12 years The accused have also been sentenced to death under Section 376 D of the IPC. SNS Kerala fights to recover after deluge, Centre gives ` 600 cr SNS & PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 21 AUGUST Kerala today sought a Rs 2,600 crore special package from the Centre even as the state struggled to find its feet after the devastating deluge that left 223 dead in a fortnight and forced over 10 lakh people out of their homes. The Centre today released Rs 600 crore for Kerala as announced by PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a meeting of the state cabinet, which decided to seek a special package from the Centre under the centrally-sponsored schemes including the latter's flagship rural employment programme MNREGS. Vijayan said a special session of the state assembly has been convened on August 30 to discuss the situation arising from the calami- tous floods, the worst in a century. The chief minister had earlier said the state had suffered damages of about Rs 20,000 crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two other union ministers have collectively announced interim assistance of Rs 680 crore for the state so far. Vijayan said Kerala would also ask the Centre to hike the limit of loan it can secure from the open market for the massive rebuilding exercise after 13 of the state's 14 districts were savaged by floods, traumatising people and devastating its infrastructure. Under the present arrangement, Kerala can obtain three per cent of its gross state domestic product (GSDP) as loans and wants it to be raised to 4.5 per cent so the state can mobilise an additional Rs 10,500 crore from the open market, he said. As the massive humani- Residents wade through flood waters at Pandanad in Alappuzha District of Kerala on Tuesday. AFP Kerala House employees packing flood relief material contributed by Delhi residents for sending to the state. SNS tarian tragedy unfolded in the picturesque state, relief poured in. Governments of other states, corporate entities and individuals, including small children, have loos- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, called up prime minister Modi and made the offer for assistance, Vijayan said. The state-level ened their purse strings. Vijayan said the United Arab Emirates has promised an assistance of USD 100 million (About Rs 700 crore) for the state's reconstruction. CMYK bankers committee has also decided to declare a moratorium on repayment of agricultural loan for a year. Over 10.78 lakh people, including 2.12 lakh women and 1 lakh children below 12 years of age, are taking shelter in as many as 3,200 relief camps a fortnight after a murderous monsoon rampaged through the state in its second spell that began on August 8. Though rains have eased over the last two days, vast swathes of land remain under a seemingly endless sheet of water in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kollam districts. Though most of those marooned have been evacuated, the state government and defence forces said rescue efforts will continue till the last person was brought to safety. Over 1.63 lakh people were rescued in the last five days alone. As the state drowned in unprecedented misery, the Onam festival that brings together people of all religious faiths, castes and creed in celebration of a good harvest, too has been washed away, with the government and other entities cancelling the events scheduled for August 25. The money collected for the celebrations will now be spent on flood relief. Bakrid will also be low key. “Houses of many people of the community in Thrissur, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts are still under water. Many of them have not gone back to their homes,” said senior journalist C Rahim, adding people were yet to recover from the shock of the floods to be in a celebratory frame of mind. For people like Ammini, who had to rush to relief camps with only their clothes on, celebrating Onam is the last thing on their mind. “We don't have anything left, everything has been lost. There is nothing to look forward to. My son is bedridden....I don't know where to go from the camp with my son, daughter-in-law and their child.’’
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