FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 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 P6 SENSEX 38,690.10 -32.83 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with possibility of light to moderate rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 0.4 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 98% Min. 63% Max: 35.1°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:59 hrs MOON RISES 21:52 hrs Min: 26.3°C (0) SUN SETS 18:44 hrs MOON SETS 11:02 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS India's captain Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with teammates the wicket of England's Jos Buttler for 21 during the first day of the fourth Test match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, southwest Eng(P15) land on Thursday. AFP China issues Brahmaputra flood alert: China has alerted India about the rising water in river Tsangpo, called Siang in Arunachal Pradesh and Brahmaputra in Assam, leading to possibility of floods in downstream areas, Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering said. A senior official of the Union Water Resources Ministry said it was an unprecedented situation on the Chinese side where Tsangpo broke a 150-year record with swollen waters and hence China has shared the info with India. LeT terrorists killed: Two Pakistani Lashkar-eToiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said. Acting on credible inputs about the presence of terrorists at Par Mohalla in Hajin area of Bandipora, security forces launched a cordon and search operation, a police spokesman said. During the searches, the terrorists fired upon the forces' personnel, he said. Militants abduct kin of 5 policemen in Kashmir: Militants struck Thursday night at various places in south Kashmir and abducted kin of policemen. The militants' action came on a day when the NIA arrested the second son of globally-wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin. Police did not immediately make any statement. However, officials said at least five people, whose family members were working with the Jammu and Kashmir Police, have been picked up by militants from Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora. TRIBUTES TO MCCAIN AAP EYEING WESTERN UP , LAUNCHES YATRA BJP ‘CLIPS’ NITISH WINGS P12 P7 NIFTY 11,676.80 -15.10 ` vs $ 70.74 -15 PAISE NADAL EASES PAST POSPISIL TO REACH THIRD ROUND GOLD 29,055.00 +70.00 P15 SILVER 37,250.00 00.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 77.65 +0.51 Rahul tears into Modi No quota benefit to over DeMo, Rafale SC/ST in another STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST Unleashing a blistering attack on the BJP-led government over the alleged "twin scams" of demonetisation and Rafale fighter jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding the PM's accountability on his demonetisation decision and the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the multi-billion Indo-French Rafale deal along with its offset contract involving Anil Ambani-led Reliance's defence company. Addressing a press conference here a day after the RBI's latest annual report pointed out that almost all the Rs 500 and Rs1,000 notes that were made illegal by PM Modi's stunning 8 November 2016 move have returned to the banking system, Gandhi said PM Modi owed the people explanation on why he inflicted such a "deep wound" on them by his move which, he maintained, completely failed in curbing black money or terrorism while devastating common people and small businesses besides destroying millions of jobs and shaving 2 per cent off India's GDP. Terming the PM's note ban move as a "huge scam", the Congress chief state: Supreme Court Apex court seeks details of the status of cases against tainted politicians STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST alleged that cash was taken out from common people through it and funnelled to “PM Modi's 15-20 capitalist friends". "Note ban is nothing less than a huge scam and slowly the evidence is coming out and more will come out," Gandhi said, charging that its "intention was to help the richest people, the most corrupt people in the country to change their money from black to white". Citing the example of Gujarat, he alleged that Rs 700 crore was converted in the Ahmedabad co-operative bank in which BJP chief Amit Shah was a director. "Prime Minister Modi should tell the people of the country why he inflicted a deep wound like demonetisation on them," Gandhi said while referring to the RBI's report stating that Rs 15.31 lakh crore or 99.3 per cent of the Rs 15.41 lakh crore demonetised high currency returned to the country's banks in the wake of the demonetisation exercise. Days after making positive noises about bilateral ties, India and Pakistan clashed at the United Nations with New Delhi taking exception to Islamabad raising the Kashmir issue and asking the new government in Pakistan to work constructively to build a safe and terror-free South Asia rather than indulging in polemics. ‘’...I take this opportunity to remind Pakistan, the one isolated delegation that made unwarranted references to an integral part of India ( J & K), that pacific settlement requires pacific intent in thinking and pacific content in action,’’ India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said while participating at the TURN TO PAGE 10 T he Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a person belonging to a Scheduled Caste listed in a particular state would not be entitled to reservation benefits if he migrates to another state for employment or education. The apex court ruling came in the course of examining the question "whether a person belonging to a Scheduled Caste in relation to a particular state is entitled or not to the benefits or concessions allowed to Scheduled Caste candidates in employment in any other state". In a majority judgement, a Constitution Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, "A person notified as a Scheduled Caste in State 'A' cannot claim the same status in another state on the basis that he is declared a Scheduled Caste in State 'A'." The enabling provision under Article 16(4) of the Constitution is to "provide for reservation to classes or categories of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes enumerated in the Presidential orders for a particular state or territory within the geographical area of that state and not beyond.” However, it said, "... so far as the National Capital Territory of Delhi is concerned, the panIndia reservation rule in force is in accord with the constitutional scheme relating to services under the Union and the states/union territories." The bench also addressed the question whether the states on their own could add to the Presidential list of SCs/STs for particular states. Speaking for the majority, including Justices N V Ramana, Mohan M Shantanagoudar and S Abdul Nazeer, Justice Gogoi said: ... that the expression "in relation to that state or Union Territory" and "for the purpose of this Constitution" used in Articles 341 and 342 would mean that the benefits of reservation provided for by the Constitution would stand confined to geographical territories of a state/UT in respect of which the list of SC/ST have been notified by Presidential orders issued from time to time." SC pulls up Centre: Upset at the Centre's failure to provide details about the criminal cases pending against politicians in various courts across the country, the Supreme Court on Thursday once again sought the information. It had also sought the status of trial in 1,581 cases involving elected representatives and the outcomes where the trials have been concluded. A bench of Justices Ran- GOLD FOR INDIA Kashmir: India, Pak clash at UN STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST “Demonetisation was not a mistake but a deliberate attack mounted on people by PM Modi. The intention was to help his1520 industrialist friends by taking money from the common people and filling the crony capitalists' pockets who had been reeling under their nonperforming assets (NPAs),” Gandhi alleged. Hitting out at the PM, Gandhi said sarcastically that the former had rightly claimed that he had achieved something which could never be achieved in 70 years, adding that demonetisation seemed to prove his claim. Responding to questions on the Rafale jet deal, Gandhi repeated his allegations that it had sought to benefit Anil Ambani's company in the form of offset contract despite the point that the private company had never built any aircraft and was set up only days before PM Modi's surprise announcement of the deal during his visit to France in April 2015. The ruling came while examining the question ‘whether a person belonging to SC in relation to a particular state is entitled to the benefits in employment in any other state’ jan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph said the "Union of India is unprepared. We express anguish as it had not given the information sought by the court". "The government is compelling us to pass certain orders which we do not want to at this stage," the bench said, posting the matter for further hearing after one week. The affidavit filed by the government did not have any specific details regarding the number of cases pending in each fasttrack court already set up. The apex court is hearing a PIL by an advocate and BJP leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay seeking lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers and setting up of special courts for trying lawmakers accused of criminal offences. The apex court has sought details on how many criminal cases have ended in acquittal or conviction of MPs and MLAs, as the case may be, while also calling for details of the fresh criminal cases filed against politicians and sitting lawmakers since 2014, their stage of trial and the outcome if the trial has concluded. Fuel prices hit record high NEW DELHI, 30 AUGUST Security Council open debate on ‘Mediation and the Settlement of Disputes’. He said,’’ Regurgitating a failed approach, which has long been rejected, is neither reflective of pacific intent nor a display of pacific content.’’ Akbaruddin’s hard-hitting remarks came shortly after Pakistan’s Ambassador the UN Maleeha Lodhi called for the implementation of UNSC resolution on Kashmir. Rejecting the idea of mediation between India and Pakistan for resolving Kashmir issue, the Indian representative said it was important not to charge the UN with responsibilities that it might be ill-suited to perform. ‘’Mediation, in every circumstance, is one such task, it (UN) is not geared to fulfill,’’ he added. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 With the dollar appreciating and crude oil prices rising, petrol and diesel prices hit a record high on Thursday. It touched Rs 69.93 per litre in Delhi for diesel and Rs 78.30 per litre for petrol in Delhi.The surge in petrol prices is due to recent rupee depreciation and rise in crude oil costs for oil marketing companies. The prices of petrol are Rs 85.72, Rs 81.23 and Rs 81.35 per litre in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai respectively. Diesel costs Rs 74.24, Rs 72.78 and Rs 78.30 per litre in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai respectively. According to senior officers of oil marketing companies, the trend in crude oil in the international market is not very encouraging and fuel prices might hit a new high in SNS coming days. India's Jinson Johnson celebrates after winning the final of the men's 1500-m athletics event during the 2018 Asian (ASIAN GAMES PHOTOGRAPHS AND REPORTS ON PAGE 16 ) Games in Jakarta on Thursday. AFP Rao, 2 other activists brought back to their homes SNS & PTI HYDERABAD/MUMBAI, 30 AUGUST Three of the five noted rights activists held for their alleged links with the Maoists were today brought back to their homes in Mumbai and Hyderabad from Pune after the Supreme Court ordered the Maharashtra police they be kept under house arrest and not in their custody. Alleging that the activists were being framed, Leftist poet and writer Varavara Rao, who was brought to Hyderabad by air, hit out out at the Centre and the Maharashtra government, saying there cannot be a bigger conspiracy than calling those fighting against “fascist policies” conspirators. Describing dissent as the “safety valve of democracy”, the apex court yesterday directed the Maharashtra police that the five activists be kept under house arrest at their homes until the next day of hearing on September 6. Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, were sent to Mumbai by road, said a police official in Pune. Gonsalves reached his home in Mumbai's Andheri suburb around 7.30 am. His wife, advocate Susan Abraham, said, “Vernon reached home safely and we welcomed him.” Gonsalves claimed he was being framed with fabricated letters to save those who were really responsible for the clashes between the Dalits and upper caste Marathas at an annual event near Pune. Ferreira was taken to his home in Charai area of Mum- bai's neighbouring Thane district, an official said.While trade unionist and lawyer Bharadwaj is confined to her home in Faridabad and civil liberties activist Navalakha to his Delhi residence, Rao, Gonsalves and Ferreira were brought to Pune on Tuesday night. Maharashtra police on Tuesday raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states on Tuesday and made the five arrests, sparking a chorus of outraged protests from human rights defenders. The raids were carried out as part of a probe into the violence at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year. “We have our own police officers and personnel along with the local police from the Varavara Rao Vernon Gonsalves Arun Ferreira respective cities, who will be deployed at their residences,” said Pune's Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar, who is the investigation officer in the case. As the three activists returned to their homes, leading intellectuals and civil society members demanded action against the Maharashtra police for launching a “vicious and malafide attack” against human rights activists and called for an immediate end to “such political acts of vendetta”. The arrests of the five activists, in a nationwide crackdown on Tuesday, highlights the violation of all due procedures and is a mockery of the legal system, said a joint statement signed by author Arundhati Roy, lawyer Prashant Bhushan as well as activists Aruna Roy and Jignesh Mevani among others. The statement released at a joint news conference in Delhi also demanded that police return the laptops and mobiles seized during the “illegal arrest” of the activists. “Till elections, it will be divert and rule,” Roy said while targeting the Modi government. Lok Sabha elections are due before May next year. Mevani accused the government of wanting to divert attention from real issue and discredit the dalit movement. Varavara Rao said the case in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima clashes should have been filed against the central and Maharashtra governments and not human rights activists. “This is a false case. If the fight against fascist policies is called a conspiracy, then there cannot be a bigger conspiracy than this (calling the fight a conspiracy),” Rao told reporters at the airport in Hyderabad. Calling the raids on prominent activists and intellectuals as an attempt by the government to strike terror among those fighting for the marginalised, Jharkhand's civil society members, including economist Jean Dreze, demanded the immediate release of the five arrested people. Social activist Stan Swami, whose residence was also raided on Tuesday, alleged that the government was silencing those who were working for the marginalised and voiceless sections of the society. The recent arrests of human rights and civil liberties activists and Left intellectuals in cities across five states by Pune Police “is an ominous pointer to how swiftly the country is coming under an authoritarian regime,” the CPI-M said today.
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