saturday www.thestatesman.com 09 march 2019 fINd uS ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR fORMER TRuMP CAMPAIGN ChIEf jAILEd fOR fRAud P10 SENSEx 36,671.43 -53.99 NIfTy 11,035.40 -22.80 ‘LITERATuRE CAN’T BE hELd hOSTAGE TO TIME’ GOVERNOR MALIk BLAMES PARTIES fOR MILITANCy P3 ` vs $ 70.14 -14 PAISE P7 GOLd 31,000.00 +145.00 MESSI TO GIVE IT A GO, ALL OVER AGAIN P11 SILVER 38,150.00 +50.00 BRENT CRudE (IN $) 65.03 -1.27 SC orders mediation in Ayodhya case WeAtheR Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 30-20 degree celsius, respectively. RAiNFAll: nil RelAtive humidity Max.89% Min. 31% Max: 30.1°C (-3) SUn RISeS 05:51 hrs MOOn RISeS 07.32 hrs Min: 18.6°C (-3) SUn SeTS 17:44 hrs MOOn SeTS 20:01 hrs tempeRAtuRe next moon quarter on 16 March thumbNAils FM Arun Jaitley during the launch of the compilation of Prime Minister narendra Modi's Speech in the Capital on Friday. sns INS slams govt threat to use Official Secrets Act: The Indian Newspaper Society, in a press release, has expressed its shock and outrage at the reported threat of action under the draconian Official Secrets Act against ‘The Hindu’. The threat made in the Supreme Court by the Attorney General, who had appeared on behalf of the Government in the Rafale case hearing, is unconscionable and utterly unacceptable in a democracy. lF-Cong alliance runs into trouble: The move to forge an alliance between Congress and CPM-led Left Front ran into trouble after Left Front chairman Biman Bose announced the names of Md Selim and Badarudozza Khan as the respective CPI-M nominees for the Raiganj and Murshidabad parliamentary contituencies for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The announcement dashes the hopes of an electoral understanding with the Congress. Contempt case: Meghalaya High Court sentenced The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shoba Chaudhuri to sit in the corner of the court room till the rising of the court besides imposing a fine of Rs 2 lakh each in a contempt case. Case relates to an article on perks and facilities for retired judges and families. HC warned if they failed to deposit the amount they will be jailed for 6 P5 months and the paper will be banned. Former apex court judge Justice (retd) FM Kallifulla to head panel of mediators, SC directs in-camera proceedings of mediation STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE neW DelHI, 8 MARCH highlights T he Supreme Court on Friday ordered mediation by a three-member panel to settle the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid Ayodhya title dispute case but prohibited media reporting of the proceedings till final outcome... The apex court ordered mediation despite objections from petitioners including the UP government as it said the case was not merely a title suit but involved “mind, heart and healing if possible.“. Ordering the mediation, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer said the panel will be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla with Art of Living founder, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and a senior advocate Shriram Panchu as its members. The apex The of Sri Sri 1 Ravi3-member panel will also consistPanchu Shankar and advocate Shriram held 2 The in-camera proceedings, to beFriday at Faizabad, will commence from next panel has to submit a progress 3 The proceedings within four weeks report of the “The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babari Masjid case is not merely a title suit but involved mind, heart and healing, if possible.’’ SC CONSTITUTION BENCH court, however barred both the print and visual media from reporting on the mediation proceedings and also barred those participating in the proceedings from speaking to the media.The step, it said, was being taken to maintain “utmost confidentiality” of the matter. The in-camera mediation proceedings, to be held at Faizabad, would commence from next Friday. The panel has to submit a progress report of the proceedings within four weeks and complete the process within eight weeks The Constitution Bench refrained from laying down any specific guidelines, leaving it to the mediators to take a call, and said that mediators could take any legal assistance that may be necessary. The panel of mediators can co-opt more members in the team, it said. In case of any difficulty, the chairman will inform the apex court registry about it, the bench added. The court has ordered the mediation to use the time available before the regular hearing of the matter during which all the parties to the dispute have been asked to complete the paperwork relating to the dispute. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. ‘Will take every step to resolve issue amicably’ Justice (rtd) F M I Kallifulla Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Shriram Panchu pRESS TRuST of INdIA advocate Shriram Panchu as its other members. “For the present, I can only say that if the committee has been constituted, we will take every step to resolve the dispute amicably,” Kallifulla said. A native of Tamil Nadu, Kallifulla had earlier served as a judge of Madras High Court. While Sri Sri said everybody must move together to end longstanding conflicts, Panchu said the court has given a “serious” responsibility and he will do his best. A five-judge Constitu- tion bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, referred the politically sensitive case for mediation on Friday and appointed the three-member panel for the purpose, asking it to complete the process within eight weeks. Sri Sri, founder of The Art of Living foundation based in Bengaluru, said, “We must all move together towards ending longstanding conflicts happily by maintaining harmony in society. CHennAI/BenGAlURU, 8 MARCH The Supreme Courtappointed mediation team on the Ram JanmabhoomiBabari Masjid land dispute case on Friday said it has been given a serious responsibility and will take all steps to resolve the issue “amicably”. Retired Supreme Court judge F M I Kallifulla will head the mediation team which also has spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior Rahul poll pledge, slew of announcements for Odisha STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KORAPUT, 8 MARCH AICC president Rahul Gandhi made a slew of announcements - • free education for technical colleges, medical and engineering to girl students in Odisha, financial assistance for marriage, enhancement of widow pension to Rs 2000 per month and a special officer in each panchayat to oversee women safety. The AICC president accompanied by All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Deb interacted with girls and women, took questions before addressing a mammoth public meeting at Jeypore today. While the Rafale deal related allegations were emphasised by Mr Rahul Gandhi as the district is home to HAL factory, the International Women’s Day called for women related promises . Besides the above mentioned assurances, the AICC president said the Congress will try to get the Women Reservation Bill passed in parliament and establish women centric corporations to promote entrepreneurship. He came down heavily on the Modi government as well as the Naveen Patnaik government in the state equating both as corrupt. They are run by a handful of bureaucrats who help the rich friends and corporates, the Con- gress is , on the other hand, committed to form a people’s government. It is not “my Maan Ki Baat , I am hear to listen to your Maan Ki Baat” , quipped Rahul Gandhi in an obvious dig at the Prime Minister. Never before has this country seen a PM who resorts to such falsehood on a daily basis – did you get Rs 15 lakh in your account, did you get a job of the 2 crore per year that Modi had said, did you stand in the line during demonetisation and did you see a rich person in the line, he asked as he interacted with girl students and women . Have you heard of Vijay Mallaya, Nirva Modi, Anil Ambani – they take loan and are not caught even after default in repayment – what happens when your father fails to repay a loan , he asked. The HAL factory here , of which all of you know, makes engines for our fighter aircrafts, Anil Ambani has never made any aircraft and yet he gets the contract instead of HAL, he remarked. Your money, your jobs have been stolen, he charged. Both Ms Deb and Rahul Gandhi referred to the rape of a girl by a BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh and said the PM remained silent , FIR was not registered till there was a uproad and the CBI took up the case. When the PM remains silent on such matters and does not take action on his own party MLA what message does he send to women across the country – Beti Bachao, chided Ms Deb. In Odisha 8 girls/women are raped every day and the conviction rate is one per year, charged Rahul Gandhi. Mr Gandhi was seen mingling with the students and women folk and encouraging them to ask questions – he even sought their suggestions on the problems faced by them. A section of the tribal women wanted prohibition and he said it will be up to the elected Congress government in the state to take a call on it. Unemployment leads to alcoholism and hatred which breed crime, he observed. Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing a public meeting in Koraput district on Friday. sns
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