WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RSS IN A NEW AVATAR SC SLAMS TIWARI FOR VIOLATING SEALING ORDER ‘BAD DEBTS ON A DECLINE, LOAN RECOVERY BETTER’ P3 SENSEX 36,652.06 +347.04 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of light to moderate rain/thundershowers. One and two spells may be intense. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 0.2mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY NIFTY 11,067.45 +100.05 ` vs $ 72.69 -6 PAISE Min. 80% Max: 27.3°C (-7) SUN RISES 06:12 hrs MOON RISES 19:16 hrs Min: 22.0°C (-2) SUN SETS 18:13 hrs MOON SETS 07:59 hrs THUMBNAILS Ravindra Jadeja bowls during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup match between Afghanistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday. The (P16 ) match ended in a tie. AFP Swedish PM ousted in vote of no-confidence: c Sweden's centre-right Opposition and the far right ousted PM Stefan Lofven in a vote of noconfidence on Tuesday, as the left and right blocs wrangle over who can form a new government after neither won a majority in September 9 elections. The head of the opposition alliance, Ulf Kristersson, has since election night insisted that he intends to try to form a P13 government. Air Force rescues German couple caught in blizzard: The Air Force on Tuesday said its personnel have rescued a German couple who were trapped in a blizzard for at least three days while trekking from Ringdum to Dibling near Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. According to a statement by the Air Force, the German couple---Michael and his wife Annettee--were trekking when they were caught in a blizzard. Jolt to NC: Causing a jolt to the National Conference (NC), Junaid Azim Mattu, party’s spokesman, on Tuesday resigned from the NC citing disagreement with the party chief Farooq Abdullah’s decision to boycott the upcoming local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Mattu has been a confidant of Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah. He announced his resignation and decision to contest the civic P10 polls from Srinagar in a series of tweets. CBI asks Nigeria for info on Gujarat bizman: The CBI has asked the Interpol wing of Nigeria to confirm if absconding promoter of Gujaratbased Sterling Biotech, Nitin Sandesara, being probed in a Rs 5300 crore banking fraud case, has moved in that country, officials said. The move came after reports that Sandesara and his family have fled from the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria with which India does not have any extradition treaty. P11 GOLD 29,650.00 +30.00 SC asks Parl to ban criminals from polls THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. 25 SEPTEMBER Faced with huge protests from believers, the authorities of St Mary’s Church at Karakkamala in Kerala’s Wayanad district on Monday withdrew the disciplinary action taken against Sister Lucy Kalapura, who joined the agitation demanding the arrest of rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal Believers barged into the parish council meeting of St Mary’s Church on Monday. They did not allow parish priest, Father Stephen Kottakkal, to leave the church until he withdrew the action against the nun. In the wake of the believers outcry, the church soon revoked the ban imposed on Sister Lucy. Church vicar Father Stephen Kottakkal said there was SILVER 37,350.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 82.07 +0.87 KHEL RATNA Lawyers elected MP, MLA can practise in courts: SC C oming down heavily on growing criminalisation of the Indian political system, the Supreme Court today issued a slew of directions to curb this menace, even as it put the onus on Parliament to make legislation to bar criminals from entering legislatures. Expressing anguish over the rising criminalisation of the country's polity, the top court asserted that this is an "extremely disastrous and lamentable situation" and that the "polluted stream of politics" must be cleansed. A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its judgment said this "unsettlingly increasing trend" has the propensity to "send shivers down the spine of a constitutional democracy". The Bench declined to bar those facing serious criminal cases from contesting elections, asking Parliament to enact a strong law in this regard before the "malignancy" of criminalisation of politics becomes "fatal" for the country's democracy. Under the existing law, the Representation of Peoples Act, lawmakers and candidates are barred from entering the election arena only after their conviction in a criminal case. "A time has come that Parliament must make law to ensure that persons facing serious criminal cases NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER Aadhaar order today NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce on Wednesday a number of significant judgements, including the validity of Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme, live streaming of court proceedings and granting quota benefits in promotions to SC/ST. SNS do not enter into the political stream," said the Bench ~ also comprising Justice R F Nariman, Justice A M Khanwilkar, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra ~ in its unanimous 100-page verdict written by Chief Justice Misra. "We are sure, the law-making wing of the democracy of this country will take it upon itself to cure the malignancy," the Bench stated. The apex court said the nation was "eagerly" waiting for this legislation as the society has legitimate expectation to be governed by proper constitutional governance and citizens could not be com- Dismissing a petition seeking to ban legislators from practising as advocates, the Supreme Court said the Bar Council of India rules do not prohibit these lawyers-turned lawmakers from practising before the courts during their term as MPs, MLAs or MLCs. "To sum up, we hold that the provisions of the Advocates Act of 1961 and the Bar Council of India Rules framed thereunder do not place any restrictions on the legislators to practise as advo- pelled to stand as "silent, deaf and mute spectators". Issuing multiple directions for keeping those with criminal antecedents at bay, giving citizens an "informed choice" and infusing a culture of purity in politics, the Bench said that increasing criminalisation of politics disrupted constitutional ethos and struck at the very root of our democratic form of government. It also reportedly recommended that Parliament should make a "strong law" whereby it would be mandatory for the political parties to revoke membership of persons Trump lauds India for efforts to lift millions out of poverty PRESS TRUST OF INDIA UNHQ, 25 SEPTEMBER US President DonaldTrump onTuesdaycalledIndiaa“free society” and lauded its efforts to lift millions of its citizens out of poverty as he addressed world leaders at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. In his second address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly that opened here on Tuesday, Trump said, “There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class.” In his about 35-minute address, he said over the years, history has transpired in the halls of the UN General Assembly. “We think of the many before us who have come here to address the challenges of their nations and of their times and our thoughts turn to the same question that ran through all their speeches, resolutions and through every word and every hope.” “It is the question of what kind of world will we leave for our children and what kind of nations they will inherit,” Trump said. He said the dreams that fill the UNGA hall today are as diverse as the people who have stood at this podium and as varied as the countries represented in the United Nations. “It really is something. It really is great great history.” Trump also cited Saudi Arabia's bold new reforms and Israel “proudly celebrating” its 70th anniversary as a thriving democracy in the Holy Land. Trump blasted Iran and its“corrupt dictatorship”, alleging that its leaders are sowing “chaos, death and destruction as he urged the international community to isolate the Iranian regime as long as its “aggression” continues. Trump evoked laughter as he boasted about his administration's accomplishments in his speech. cates during the relevant period," said a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud in their judgment. The bench had on 9 July reserved the order on the plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay seeking to bar lawyer-lawmakers from practising in courts during their tenure in legislature. The SC had earlier taken note of the Centre's submission that an MP or an MLA is an elected representative and not a full-time employee of the govSNS ernment. against whom charges were framed in heinous and grievous offences and not to field such persons in elections for state Assemblies as well as Parliament. The Bench directed that each contesting candidate will have to fill up the form provided by the Election Commission (EC) and the candidate will have to state "in bold letters" about the criminal cases pending against him or her. “If a candidate is contesting an election on the ticket of a particular party, he/she is required to inform the party about the criminal cases pending against him/her," the top court said, TURN TO PAGE 5 Petition in SC challenging talaq Ordinance NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER A plea challenging the constitutional validity of the provisions of an Ordinance that makes the practice of instant 'triple talaq' a punishable offence, was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance was notified on Sept 19, hours after the Union Cabinet had cleared it. Instant triple talaq, also known as talaq-e-biddat, is an instant divorce whereby a Muslim man can divorce his wife by pronouncing 'talaq' three PTI times in one go. Church revokes ban on nun after protests STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P15 Constitution Bench issues directions to decriminalise Indian polity STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 SEPTEMBER Max. 98% TEMPERATURE P8 MODRIC, MARTA WIN BEST FIFA PLAYER AWARDS no restriction on Sister Lucy and she was free to continue with her catechism classes and various activities of the church. Sister Lucy Kalapura, one of the nuns who joined the dharna outside the Kerala High Court in Kochi, demanding the arrest of Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, was restricted by the church on Sunday from teaching Bible and performing holy mass at the church. The lifting of the ban comes just a day after the church had banned the Sister from performing her religious duties. Ironically, the reason attributed for taking action against Sister Lucy was that the people of the parish were not happy with the Sister taking part in the protests and that they did not want her to train their children about the Bible and faith. “Devotees are dissatisfied with Sister Lucy for participating in the protest. They have demanded to take action against Sister Lucy.We just informed this to Sister Lucy through Mother superior. This is being interpreted as the church has taken an action against sister,” says a press release issued by the vicar of parish on Sunday. On Monday evening, around 100 people belonging to the parish barged inside the parish hall demanding to know the rea- son for taking action against Sister Lucy, from the parish priest. They also demanded to inform them the names of the devotees, who had asked for action to be taken against Sister Lucy. Following the protests by the believers, Father Stephen called a meeting with the parish members and church officials at the Parish hall and at the meeting it has been decided to lift the ban imposed on Sister Lucy. PTI adds from Kottayam: Expanding its probe in the case of alleged rape of a nun by a Roman Catholic bishop, Kerala police Tuesday issued a notice to the PRO of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation asking her to appear before it over a complaint about releasing a photograph of the alleged victim. The congregation, to which both the alleged victim and accused Franco Mulakkal belong, had openly come out in support of the bishop. The congregation had released a photo of the nun seated with her alleged tormentor in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines, which prohibit revealing the identity of a victim of sexual assault. Mulakkal was arrested last Friday. A day after the bishop was sent to judicial custody, the Kuravilangadu police sent the notice to the congregations public relations officer sister Amala asking her to appear before the probe team in seven days. The congregation had put out the photograph in a release issued to the media for publishing the findings of its internal enquiry commission, which went into the nun's allegations. The congregation, however, had cautioned against publishing the photograph. (Top) Cricketer Virat Kohli and (below) world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award-2018 from President Ramnath SUBRATA DUTTA Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the Capital on Tuesday. Congress indulging in mud-slinging, says PM on Rafale deal allegations SNS & PTI BHOPAL, 25 SEPTEMBER The Congress is indulging in mud-slinging against the government because it finds it easier than debating issues like development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday, in an apparent reference to allegations on the Rafale fighter deal. Addressing a rally here in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, he also said that the Congress was looking for support outside the country after failing to firm up a formidable coalition within India. He was apparently referring to a tweet by former Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik who had said that Rahul Gandhi will be next PM of India if he follows 'Jet Gate' (Rafale deal) properly”. Modi said “arrogance” has reduced the Congress party from 440 seats in the Lok Sabha to 44 seats, despite which it was not ready to introspect or correct itself. “What a condition the 125-year-old Congress been reduced to! Nothing remains in the Congress... You need to look for the Congress party with a microscope now,” he said at the rally which was also addressed by BJP chief Amit Shah and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Mocking the Congress, Modi said the party has been reduced to such a condition that it is “begging” with small parties for alliances. He went on to add, “Even if they get allies, the coalition will not be successful. So, they (Congress) are looking for support from outside India...Now, will people sitting outside the country decide who will become prime minister in India?” He said the Congress has “lost its balance after losing power”. Apparently referring to the charges of corruption being levelled by the Congress in the Rafale fighter deal, the prime minister said, “They (Congress) are indulging in mud-slinging because they find it easier.” He said the Congress had indulged in “mud-slinging” earlier too. “But I want to tell them, the more you throw mud at us, the more the lotus (BJP's symbol) will bloom,” he added. Modi said the Congress' attempts to defame him in the last two decades haven't worked. “Ever since I came into politics in 2001, you (Congress) have used all your strength to hurl abuses at me. There would not be a single abuse left in the dictionary now. However, the more mud you threw, the more the lotus bloomed,” he said. “I urge you (Congress) to come and oppose, debate and discuss on topics of development. However, they will not do this, as they find it easier to indulge in mud-slinging. But the more mud you throw, the more the lotus will bloom,” Modi said. He said the “Congress has become a burden on the country today” and “it is the responsibility of BJP workers in a democracy to save the country from it.” At the rally seen as launch of poll campaign, the prime minister said vote-bank politics has destroyed the society like “termites” and “it is our special responsibility to rid the country of vote-bank politics.” Targeting the Congress, Modi said, “these are the people who used a section of society to win elections, never caring to work for the welfare of others but only trying to save their chair. This sin of dividing the country is one major reason of its destruction.” Referring to the practice of triple talaq, he said it is not acceptable even in Islamic countries. “Even the party headed by a woman is not concerned about our Muslim sisters. This is the deformed face of vote-bank politics,” Modi said attacking the Congress. “It is the responsibility of BJP workers to protect the country from the votebank politics which has destroyed the country in the past 70 years,” he said. Modi said his government believes in social justice for all and that its 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas' (cooperation of all, development of all) campaign is not just a slogan. He said the opposition parties had formed the “Maha- gathbandhan” (grand alliance) out of fear of losing the polls. “Due to fear of defeat, Congress is begging for the alliance with small parties, he said. He said the Congress “arrogance” makes its leaders believe that ruling the country is their right. The Congress is “unable to accept that a 'chai wala' (tea vendor) or the son of a poor mother like Shivraj and (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi (Adityanath) could attain the chair of power.” Modi said when the UPA was in power at the Centre, it held grudges against not only the BJPruled governments in other states, but also with its people. “They created obstacles in every works of BJP governments. ‘’
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