WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 22 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 VAJPAYEE IN THE PANTHEON OF GREATS TRADE DEFICIT OF GREATER WORRY THAN RUPEE: NITI CHIEF TURNBULL SURVIVES LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE P9 P11 P12 SENSEX 38,285.75 +7.00 NIFTY 11,570.90 +19.15 ` vs $ 69.81 +1 PAISA GOLD 28,485.00 +145.00 Generally cloudy sky with possibility of light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. Govt tells WhatsApp to comply with Indian law RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 21 AUGUST WEATHER Max. 90% TEMPERATURE Min. 58% Max: 36.8°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:55 hrs MOON RISES 16:57 hrs Min: 26.6°C (0) SUN SETS 18:54 hrs MOON SETS 02:07 hrs 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-year-old Abhishek Verma, shot 219.3 to secure bronze in 10m air pistol event. Chaudhary aggregated P 15 240.7 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 InformationTechnology 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 Satya Pal Malik to replace N N Vohra as J&K Governor STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/JAMMU, 21 AUGUST Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik has been appointed as the new Governor of Jammu & Kashmir to replace N N Vohra, who has been Governor of the border state for the last 10 years. Former UP BJP leader Lal Ji Tandon will take over as the new Governor of Bihar. The appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué said. With the appointment of Malik, Jammu and Kashmir has got its first politician as Governor. Karan Singh, son of the last ruler of the state Satya Pal Malik Maharaja Hari Singh, was the first to be appointed as Governor of J&K and thereafter the office was occupied either by retired Army officers or bureaucrats. A BJP activist, Malik was a member of the 9th Lok Sabha and represented Aligarh constituency from 1989 to 1991. He was member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh for two terms from 1980 to 1992. He was also member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 197477. Before joining the BJP, Malik was in the Bhartiya Kranti Dal, Indian National Congress, Janata Dal, Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party. In other gubernatorial appointments, Satyadev Narayan Arya has been made Governor of Haryana, while Baby Rani Maurya is the new Governor of Uttarakhand. Ganga Prasad, Governor of Meghalaya has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Sikkim. Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura is transferred and appointed as Governor of Meghalaya. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana is transferred and appointed as Governor of Tripura. 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. BUMRAH WREAKS HAVOC, INDIA SMELL VICTORY IN 3RD TEST P16 SILVER 37,250.00 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 72.60 +0.39 Imran says India and Pakistan must talk Bats for friend Navjot Singh; Sidhu justifies hugging Pakistan army chief STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH, 21 AUGUST P 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 sub-continent. “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 subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading,’’ he tweeted onWednesday 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 Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaaf (PTI) won the gen- eral 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 oath-taking ceremony of the new Pakistan Prime Minister at the Aiwane-Sadr (President House) in Islamabad. Even Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ticked off Sidhu for hugging the Pakistan Army chief. Facing flak for hugging the Pakistan Army chief during his visit to Islamabad, Sidhu on Tuesday accused the BJP of adopting double standards in the matter. "When Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India, he invited heads of SAARC nations including former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the swearing-in ceremony. Sharif was accorded a warm welcome. Not only this, Modi, with hope in mind, had suddenly gone to Lahore to attend a family function of former PM Sharif and greet him without even any official formalities. No one is questioning PM Modi," Sidhu told reporters in Chandigarh. Asserting that his visit was not about pol- 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. itics but to accept a warm invite from an old friend (Imran), the Punjab minister pointed out that the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had also travelled on the bus to Lahore.The cricketer-turnedpolitician said such things (meetings with Pakistan leaders) have happened before and also at times when there was tension between the two countries and also when Indian jawans were martyred. "But now I hope that maybe the new political change in Pakistan is capable of bringing constructive change in the region," he said. On his meeting with the Pakistan Army chief, Sidhu said General Bajwa told him that they were making efforts to open the corridor from India's Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur Sahib to facilitate pilgrims to pay obeisance on the occasion of the 550th ‘Parkash Diwas’ of Guru Nanak Dev. The Congress leader said crores of pilgrims have been waiting to pay obeisance at holy Kartarpur Sahib, the place where Guru Nanak Devi ji spent nearly 18 years of his life.“Without a thought, this thing said by Gen Bajwa was an emotional moment for me and the result (the hug) was for everyone to see. After that brief meeting in the gathering, I had no meeting with Gen Bajwa,” Sidhu said. Two MP rape accused get death sentences BHOPAL, 21 AUGUST Two men accused of raping and attempting to murder a sevenyear-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 (DETAILS ON P 5) 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 humanitarian tragedy unfolded in Residents wade through flood waters at Pandanad in Alappuzha district of Kerala on Tuesday. the picturesque state, relief poured in. Governments of other states, corporate entities and individuals, including small children, have loosened their purse strings. AFP Vijayan said the United Arab Emirates has promised an assistance of USD 100 million (About Rs 700 crore) for the state's reconstruction. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Kerala House employees packing flood relief material contributed by Delhi residents for sending to the state. 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 bankers committee has also SNS 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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