SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 38,090.64 +372.68 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 78% Min. 51% Max: 34.5°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 12:23 hrs Min: 25.7°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:26 hrs MOON SETS 22:32 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS BJP chief Amit Shah (C) and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis (2R) at Lalbaugcha Raja IANS Ganesh pandal in Mumbai on Friday Case against Missionaries: Kerala police on Friday registered a complaint against the Missionaries of Jesus hours after the congregation released a photograph of the nun, who has accused a bishop of the religious order of rape, seated with her alleged tormentor in violation of the law. Minibus plunges into Chenab river; 17 killed: Seventeen passengers were killed and 16 critically injured when an overloaded minibus plunged into the turbulent Chenab river near P7 Kishtwar on Friday. NIFTY CHANDIGARH, 14 SEPTEMBER Three men accused of allegedly gang raping a 19-year-old board examination topper in Haryana's Mahendragarh district continued to evade arrest on Friday, more than 52 hours after the incident. The Haryana Police on Friday launched a manhunt after the girl alleged that she was raped by them on Wednesday near Kanina village. The victim, who has identified her attackers, and her parents have said that the police were not taking action in the matter and were initially dealing with it casually. The victim, a second year student in a college, topped the CBSE board examination in 2017 and was felicitated by the President earlier this year. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) A.S. Chawla told the media here on Friday that all efforts were being made to arrest the accused. The three accused, P10 11,515.20 +145.30 ` vs $ 71.69 GOLD 30,487 +9.00 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER T who belong to the same village as the victim, allegedly kidnapped the student in their vehicle from Kanina bus stand onWednesday while she was on her way for coaching classes. She said that they gave her water to drink which was laced with sedative. They then took turns raping her near the Kanina village till she fell unconscious, she said. They later dumped her at a bus stop near the village. The victim's family said that the women police station in Rewari initially refused to entertain their complaint citing issues of jurisdiction. The police later registered a 'Zero FIR' (in which the case is later transferred to the concerned police station). Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the accused would be arrested soon and would face action as per law. Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the incident showed the poor law and order situation in Haryana where women were not safe at all. Briefing media after the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government has decided on “five steps” to contain CAD, which widened to 2.4 per cent of the GDP in the first quarter of 2018-19 damentals”. However,“there are some issues on which immediate action is needed,” the minister said while announcing steps to increase inflow of foreign funds and check CAD. One of the important decisions is that mandatory hedging condition for infrastructure loans will be reviewed. This relates to external commercial borrowing (ECB). It has also been decided to permit manufacturing entities to avail ECB facility with minimum maturity of one year, instead of the earlier limit of three years, Jaitley said. Further, restrictions will be removed with respect to FPI exposure limit of 20 per cent in corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate group or company or entity and 50 per cent of any issue of corporate bond. In April, the Reserve Bank had imposed these restrictions on FPIs. With regards to rupee denominated bonds, popularly known as Masala bonds, Jaitley said it has been decided to do away with the withholding tax on bonds issued till March 2019. The current withholding tax is 5 per cent. No Masala bond has been issued so far in the current fiscal. Jaitley also informed that restrictions on Indian banks on marketing and under writing of Masala bonds would be removed. The Finance Minister further said that the government would restrict import of non-essential items and encourage exports. However, he did not disclose the list of nonessential items which would be subject to import restrictions. “To address the issue of NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER In a bid to remove centuries old stigma attached to leprosy patients, the Supreme Court Friday directed the Centre to consider framing separate rules for issuing them disability certificates so that they can avail of reservation and various other welfare benefits. The apex court said that acceptability of leprosy patients in the society would go a long way in reducing the stigma 36,568 NEW DELHI, 14 SEP expanding CAD, the government will take necessary steps to cut down nonessential imports and increase exports. The commodities of which imports will be cut down will be decided after consultations with concerned ministries and will be WTO-compliant,” he said. The restriction would also be imposed on private imports of such items, sources said adding that the items have been identified. To a question on whether NRI bonds would be issued to stem the rupee fall, Jaitley refused to comment. Large trade deficit and rupee decline against the US dollar are putting pressure on the CAD, and these steps are likely to have a positive impact on the external sector. Jaitley said the government gives importance to fiscal deficit and expressed hope it would be contained. Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg said the five measures would definitely have a meaningful impact. “It is difficult to give a specific number. I think it should have an impact of USD 8-10 billion,” he said. The rupee touched an all-time low of 72.91 against the US dollar on September 12 and it closed at 71.84. The domestic currency has declined around 6 per cent since August and touched an all-time low of 72 level this week. Petrol and diesel prices have also touched record highs. BRENT OIL (IN $) 78.22 +0.04 `50-L relief L for scientist SNS & PTI NEW DELHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 14 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court Friday removed the buffer against immediate arrest in dowry harassment cases by modifying its earlier order to set up a committee to examine the complaints of married women before taking coercive action against the husband and the in-laws. The top court said the direction to create family welfare committees in every district and the power conferred in them was “not in accord with the statutory framework”. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said “the courts have ample power to grant pre-arrest bail, popularly called anticipatory bail, and even quash the criminal proceedings totally to stabilize the lawful balance, because no court of law remotely conceives of a war between the two sexes.” The bench also modified a direction of its earlier verdict by which it was directed that if a settlement was reached between parties embroiled in a matrimonial dispute, the trial judge could close the criminal case. The court had in July last year directed the creation of Family Welfare Committees in every district, which would verify the allegations of dowry harassment received by the police or magistrate. The arrest of a person could only be made after the report of the committee is received, it had PTI then said. Twenty-four years after he was wrongfully arrested in the ISRO espionage case, space scientist Nambi Narayanan was Friday awarded Rs 50 lakh as compensation by the Supreme Court for suffering “immense humiliation” at the hands of the Kerala police whose action was dubbed by the court as “psycho-pathological treatment”. The apex court while directing the Kerala government to pay the compensation amount within eight weeks also ordered a high-level probe into the role of the erring cops in arresting and causing “tremendous harassment” and “immeasurable anguish” to the 76-year old former scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The three-member probe panel will be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice D K Jain. The Centre and the Kerala government were also asked by the court to nominate one officer each to the panel. The seat of the committee would be at New Delhi. Pulling up the Kerala police, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Narayanan was “arrested unnecessarily, harassed and subjected to mental cruelty”, adding his “liberty and dignity”, basic to his human rights, were jeopardised as he was taken into custody and, eventually, despite all the glory of the past, was compelled to face “cynical abhorrence”. I am happy that a (three-member) committee, and not a commission, has been formed to conduct an inquiry. The fight is over. I want to live for myself now. Enough is enough NAMBI NARAYANAN EX-ISRO SCIENTIST The espionage case, which hit the headlines in 1994, pertained to allegations of transfer of certain confidential documents on India's space programme to foreign countries by two scientists including Narayanan and four others, including two Maldivian women. Narayanan had to spend close to two months in jail before the CBI concluded the allegations against him were false. Narayanan approached the apex court against the judgement of the Kerala High Court, which said no action was required to be taken against former DGP Siby Mathews and two retired superintendents of police K K Joshua and S Vijayan, who were later held responsible by the CBI for the scientist's illegal arrest. Welcoming the court order, Narayanan said the espionage case was fabricated and insisted that the technology he was accused to have stolen and sold did not even exist at that time. Cop's son held in rape, assault cases after video goes viral Court orders framing of charges against Pachauri SNS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MEERUT, 14 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER After remaining in jail for more than an year, Bheem Army chief Chandrashekher Raavan was released on Friday morning from Saharanpur district jail. Emerging from jail, Chandrasekhar said the government was forced to take the decision as he was about to be released by the court due to lack of evidence. He said he would work to strengthen the alliance of Opposition parties from outside to ensure defeat of the BJP in the 2019 parliamentary election. As soon as Chandrasekhar stepped out of the jail, hundreds of Bheem Army supporters raised slogans of "Bheem Army Zindabad" and "Chandrashekher Zindabad". He was welcomed with flowers and garlands. A Delhi policeman's son, who is seen brutally thrashing a woman in a video that has gone viral, was arrested Friday after being charged with rape and criminal intimidation in two separate cases, police said here. The arrest of Rohit Tomar, 21, took place hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that the video has come to his notice and he has directed Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take necessary action in the matter. The cases against the accused ~ one of criminal intimidation and molestation and the other of rape ~ were registered based on the version of two women. The first case was registered on Thursday at the Tilak Nagar police station in West Delhi following a complaint by the accused Rohit Tomar's woman friend alleging that he showed her a video in which MORE ON PAGE 7 he could be seen thrashing a woman, Deputy Commission of Police (DCP West) Monika Bhardwaj said. Tomar allegedly threatened her with the same kind of treatment if she did not follow her instructions. Tomar is the son of Ashok Kumar Tomar, an assistant sub-inspector with the Delhi Police. The accused was employed with a call centre till last month and is currently unemployed. He is a second year student of Delhi University where he is pursuing BA (programme) through correspondence. The second case was registered at the Uttam Nagar Police station after another woman, who was seen in the video, approached the police on Friday alleging that on September 2, Rohit Tomar had called her to his friend's office in Uttam Nagar and raped her. In the video, Tomar is seen thrashing the woman when she threatened to file a police complaint against him. Apart from Tomar, one person is seen roaming around while another one filmed the incident. The woman, seen in the video shared widely on social media and shown on TV channels, told the police that Rohit Tomar called her to his friend's office in Uttam Nagar and raped her, Anto Alphonse, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka), said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana of “failing to handle law and order”, following this incident in Delhi and a gang-rape of a 19-year-old girl in Mahendargarh district in the neighbouring state. their right to food.The top court said: “The Union and the State Governments must proactively plan and formulate a comprehensive community based rehabilitation scheme which shall cater to all basic facilities and needs of the leprosy affected persons and their families.The scheme shall be aimed at eliminating the stigma that is associated with persons afflicted with leprosy. “The Union Government may consider framing separate rules for assessing the disability quotient of the leprosy affected persons for the purpose of issuing disability certificate in exercise of the power granted under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.” It further said that awareness campaigns must inform that a person affected by leprosy is not required to be sent to any spe- cial clinic, hospital or sanatorium and should not be isolated from family members or the community. It said that awareness campaigns should also inform that a person affected with leprosy can lead a “normal married life, can have children, can take part in social events and go to work or school as normal”.The court asked the Centre and states to consider the possibility of including leprosy education in school curriculum to give correct information about leprosy. NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER A Delhi court Friday ordered framing of molestation charges against former TERI chief R K Pachauri in a case of alleged sexual harassment lodged by his former colleague. Metropolitan Magistrate Charu Gupta ordered framing of charges under sections 354 (outraging modesty), 354 A (making physical contact, unwelcome and sexually coloured remarks) and section 509 (teasing and using vulgar gesture and actions) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “I order framing of charges under these sections. Let the charges formally be framed on Oct 20,” the judge said. The court discharged him of certain other sections including criminal intimidation (506 of IPC) and wrongfully restraining a person (341 of IPC), saying “prima facie” these charges were not made out. The complainant said she was relieved after hearing the order.“Chuffed to bits.This has not been easy. This is a big big leap towards the truth. I am relieved, and exhausted fighting Pachauri,” she said. Advocate Ashish Dixit, who represented Pachauri, said however that there was no case against his client and he will fight the charges during the trial. On February 13, 2015, an FIR was registered against Pachauri and he was granted anticipatory bail in the case on March 21. Pachauri earlier secured an interim order from Additional District Judge making it mandatory for media houses to publish or telecast the coverage of the case with a title which says -- “In any court, the allegations have not been proved and they may not be correct.” This order also said that “when such info is published in any page of a magazine or report, then it should be in middle of the page in bold letters and it should be five times larger than the font in which the article is being published”. Rahul guns for PM over Mallya flight STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 14 SEPTEMBER attached to the disease and passed a slew of directions to the Centre and the state governments for launching massive awareness programmes. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said due attention must be paid to ensure that leprosy affected persons are issued Below Poverty Line cards so they can avail of benefits under Antyodaya Anna Yojana and other similar schemes which would enable them to secure +21.00 Bheem Army chief freed SC order to govt to end leprosy stigma PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SILVER P15 Dowry cases: SC removes immediate arrest buffer PM Modi begins two-day review of economy; FM, RBI Guv brief him he government Friday announced an array of steps, including removal of withholding tax on Masala bonds, relaxation for FPIs, and curbs on non-essential imports, to contain the widening CAD and check the rupee fall. The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the prevailing economic issues. Modi was briefed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel, and top officials of the finance ministry on the health of the economy. These measures are likely to have a positive impact to the tune of USD 8-10 billion, a top finance ministry official said. Briefing media after the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government has decided on “five steps” to contain CAD, which widened to 2.4 per cent of the GDP in the first quarter of 2018-19. He said several issues were discussed during the meeting and decision on those are likely in the next few days. According to Jaitley, more issues would be discussed in the meeting with the Prime Minister tomorrow. The minister said that external factors like policies adopted by the US, trade war and crude oil prices are impacting economies like India, despite “strong fun- SARDAR SINGH A TRUE AMBASSADOR OF THE GAME: HI P12 Govt unveils steps to check CAD, ` fall Board topper alleges gang rape in Haryana, accused on the run IANS STILL COMMITTED TO MAKING PEACE WITH ISRAEL: PALESTINE PREZ ARREST WARRANT AGAINST NAIDU ‘OVERCAME CHALLENGES IN TRIBAL AREAS’ Training his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya's flight from India under controversial circumstances, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today again asked how could the CBI's "detain" Lookout Circular (LOC) dated 16 October 2015 against Mallya was diluted to a mere "inform" LOC dated 23 November 2015 that facilitated his fleeing away from the country on 2 March 2016. "Mallya’s Great Escape was aided by the CBI quietly changing the 'Detain' notice for him, to 'Inform'," Gandhi tweeted before gunning for PM Modi over the episode."The CBI reports directly to the PM. It is inconceivable that the CBI, in such a high profile, controversial case, would change a lookout notice without the approval of the PM," he charged. The Congress has been highlighting that Mallya was allowed to leave from an airport in the country on 2 March despite the point that he had been facing charges of defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore and a CBI FIR in this regard. Rejecting the CBI's reported claim that it changed its LOC notice against Mallya because the latter was subsequently not considered to be a "flight risk", the Congress's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala asked how could the CBI "dilute" its own notice after registering an FIR against Mallya on 29 July 2015 for massive loan default and diversion of funds and after conducting raids on the premises of Mallya and his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines on 10 October TURN TO PAGE 4 2015.
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