SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 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 ‘EVMS HAVE STOOD TEST OF TIME’ RESURGENT KERALA P8 SENSEX 38,389.82 +147.01 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 1.2 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 100% Min. 70% Max: 34.1°C (0) SUN RISES 06:03 hrs MOON RISES 05:18 hrs Min: 24.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:35 hrs MOON SETS 17:48 hrs TEMPERATURE P9 NIFTY 11,589.10 +52.20 Gives 1 week to 25 states/UTs to comply with verdict T THUMBNAILS India filled with cautious hope on Pakistan: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on Friday said the new government there under Prime Minister Imran Khan has opened a political window and India is “filled with cautious hope”. He also said that India is pushing hard on humanitarian grounds for the release of prisoners of the two countries in each other's jails. “Bilateral relations received a setback after terrorist attacks on Pathankot and Uri. But after the new government came in Pakistan, a new P5 political window opened up”. Rupee recovers: The rupee on Friday staged a turnaround to close higher by 26 paise at 71.73 against the US dollar, snapping its seven-session losing streak after heavy intervention by the Reserve Bank of India. Weighed down by trade concerns and rising crude prices, the Indian currency breached the 72 mark to trade at 72.04 to the dollar in morning trade. However, heavy intervention by the RBI predominantly resisted the rupee's sharp depreciation and helped it rebound from P11 record low levels. GOLD 29,390.00 -95.00 Lynchings: SC irked over states non-compliance c he Supreme Court today took a serious view of the point that only 9 of the 29 states and 2 of the 7 Union Territories (UTs) have so far complied with its 17 July verdict giving them a slew of directions to curb cow vigilantism and mob lynching incidents across the country. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra gave one more week to the remaining 20 states and 5 UTs to comply with its order, warning them that any default would be viewed sternly. “We direct the remaining states and UTs to file the compliance reports in a week. If the reports are not filed, the home secretaries of the defaulting states will have to appear personally,” the Bench, also comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, reportedly asserted. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, informed the Bench that in pursuance of the top court verdict, an empowered Group of Ministers (GoM) has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence and lynching. The apex court also directed the Rajasthan government to file a report within a week giving details of its action in the lynching of a 28-year-old dairy farmer Rakbar Khan by an alleged group of cow vigilantes at Lalwandi village of Ramgarh district on 20 July. Earlier, the top court had issued notice to the Rajasthan government on the plea of a Congress member Tehseen Poonawala seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against state officials, including the chief secretary and the police chief, for alleged violation of the court's 17 July verdict. The apex court today again asked the Centre and states to give wide publicity on radio, television and other official websites and media platforms that mob violence and lynching of any kind will "invite serious consequence under the law". On 17 July, the Bench, P16 P13 ` vs $ 71.73 +26 PAISE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER SERENA JUST ONE WIN AWAY FROM COURT’S RECORD MATTIS ON A VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN while asserting that "horrendous acts of mobocracy" cannot be allowed to subvert the law of the land, had urged Parliament to consider enacting a special law to effectively deal with cow vigilantism and mob lynching. The apex court made it clear that such recurrent incidents of mob violence cannot be allowed to become "the new normal". The Bench had then also issued a number of directions to the government, the Centre as well as states, to ensure “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with offences of mob violence like cow vigilantism and other lynching incidents. The Bench had asked the state governments to designate a senior police officer, not below the SP rank, as nodal officer in each district for taking measures to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching. The top court made the Centre and the state governments accountable for mob violence and lynching, asking them to take steps to curb and stop dissemination of irresponsible and explosive messages and videos on social media platforms which incite such incidents. SILVER 36,850.00 -250.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.12 -0.38 J&K govt apprises SC on new DGP appointment J&K cops disguise as stone pelters to catch real culprits SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI/JAMMU, 7 SEPTEMBER SNS & PTI SRINAGAR, 7 SEPTEMBER The Jammu and Kashmir government approached the Supreme Court on Friday to explain the reason behind appointing an interim Director General of Police in the state without consulting the Union Public Service Commission as mandated by the apex court in July this year, officials said. Standing counsel for the state Shoeb Alam mentioned about the application before Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, they said. The matter is likely to be taken up on Monday. In its application, the state informed the apex court that Jammu and Kashmir Police, which has been fighting militancy for the last three decades, cannot be left headless for a minute and therefore, the decision was taken by the administration on Thursday night. In a hectic development, Jammu and Kashmir Police chief SPVaid was unceremoniously removed from the post onThursday night and DG (Prisons) Dilbag Singh was asked to look after the post of DGP , till a regular arrangement was made. The transfer order of Vaid was issued around midnight by principal secretary (Home) RK Goyal after the centre reportedly did not relish the manner in which he had swapped the father of a top Hizbul Mujahideen ter- On a day IPS Dilbag Singh took over as the new DGP of Jammu and Kashmir the state police on Friday adopted a fresh strategy of nabbing stone pelters by planting its men among them at historic Jama Masjid downtown to arrest the real culprits in action. After the Friday prayers today, a mob started pelting stones at police and CRPF personnel but there was no retaliation this time and not even a single teargas shell was lobbed or baton charge initiated by the law enforcing force. As the crowd swelled to over 100 people and two chronic stone pelters started leading the agitation, the first tear gas shell was lobbed at the mob dispersing them. However, to the surprise of the two stone pelters, who were leading the mob, they were grabbed by policemen, covertly placed in the crowd, and whisked away in waiting vehicles. The policemen, who disguised as stone pelters, brandished toy guns to scare others while the duo were taken to the police station. Perplexed by the development, the stone pelters ended the protest early today as they were caught unaware of the police strategy. This strategy was earlier executed in 2010 when scores of policemen were deployed in the mob to identify and arrest stone pelters in the area. J&K new police chief Dilbag Singh (R) with outgoing SNS DGP SP Vaid in Srinagar on Friday rorist and 3 militants with the 14 close relatives of policemen, including 3 cops, who were few days ago kidnapped by terrorists in south Kashmir. Officials say that appointment of Dilbag Singh as DGP could be regularised only after approval of the UPSC. Reports of centre's annoyance over the swapping had started coming a day after the abducted persons were got released.The centre was reportedly looking for the substitute of Vaid and his marching orders were issued on Thursday night. However, the centre had denied reports of annoyance with Vaid's style of functioning. The text ofVaid's transfer order to the insignificant post of transport commissioner indicates that he has been shunted out in a hurry. Vaid, a 1986 IPS, was appointed DGP in December 2016 when the Kashmir valley was wit- Maya: Bandh against SC/ST Act amendment a BJP conspiracy USIBC target: $500 b in bilateral trade PTI SC notice to govt on SC/ST law NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER 2 suspected ISJK terrorists arrested: Two suspected members of the Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir (IS-JK) have been arrested from near the Red Fort, the Delhi Police said Friday. The duo, from Shopian in Kashmir, were identified as Parvaiz Rashid Lone (24) and Jamsheed Zahoor Paul (19). They were arrested from the Jama Masjid bus stop near the Red Fort, said Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell). They were boarding a bus to return to Jammu and Kashmir when they were nabbed around P2 10.45 pm Thursday. EC team to visit Telangana: A day after the dissolution of the Telangana Assembly in the wake of such a recommendation by the ruling TRS government several months before the end of its term, the Election Commission of India (ECI) Friday decided to send a team of its officials to Hyderabad on 11 September for an assessment of the poll preparedness in the state. This decision was reportedly taken at a full meeting of the EC. The TRS leader and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has sought early election in P7 the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the members of the United States India Business Council in Delhi on Friday. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER The board members of the United States India Business Council (USIBC) Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which they expressed their desire to prepare a roadmap to achieve the target of USD 500 billion in bilateral trade, a statement issued by the PMO said. They also briefed the prime minister on the outcomes of the India Idea Forum held in Mumbai earlier this week, it said. “The business leaders expressed their desire to prepare a roadmap to achieve the target of USD nessing a violent agitations following killing of a local terrorist leader Burhan Wani. He is due to retire in October next year. In his tweet on Friday morning, Vaid said: "I'm thankful to God that he gave me the opportunity to serve my people and my country. I'm grateful to@JmuKmrPolice, security agencies and people of J&K for their support and their faith in me. My best wishes to the new DGP". Dilbag Singh was appointed DGP (Prisons) to cleanse the jails in the state after the infamous escape of Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) terrorist Naved Jatt from custody while he was being taken to the hospital for treatment earlier this year. Singh took steps to streamline functioning of jails by shifting certain hardened terrorists and separatists to outside prisons from the Kashmir valley. SNS 500 billion in bilateral trade and expand meaningfully their CSR activities in India,” it said. Interacting with the members, the PM mentioned various reforms undertaken by his government. BSP chief Mayawati on Friday dubbed the 'Bharat Bandh' called by some upper caste-OBC groups against the SC/ST Act as an "electoral conspiracy" of the BJP to divide people on caste lines ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. In a statement issued here, she said the Bharatiya Janata Party is supporting such agitations to divert people's attention from "burning" issues such as fuel price hike. She claimed that the law to prevent atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was never misused when the Bahujan Samaj Party was in power in Uttar Pradesh. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also claimed that people from NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER upper castes were given equal opportunities in jobs and employment when her party was in power in the state. "The BJP and the RSS are indulging in divisive politics as part of which agitations are being organised, especially in the BJP-ruled states, to oppose the amendments to the SC ST Act . It is nothing but an electoral conspiracy sponsored by the RSS and the BJP she ," said in the statement. The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre's response on a batch of pleas seeking to declare ultra vires the fresh amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act made by Parliament. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan issued notice to the Centre and sought its reply within six weeks. The petitioners have alleged Parliament had "arbitrarily" decided to amend the law and restored previous provisions in such a manner so that an innocent cannot avail the right of SNS anticipatory bail. Steep increase in fuel rates, FM mum on excise duty cut PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 SEPTEMBER Petrol and diesel price were on Friday hiked by about 50 paisa per litre each - the steepest increase in rates since daily price revision came into effect over 14 months back - to push rates to their highest ever. Petrol price was hiked by 48 paisa per litre and diesel by 47 a litre, according to price notification issued by state fuel retailers. A litre of petrol in Delhi now costs Rs 79.99 - a record high. It costs Rs 87.39 in Mumbai. Diesel is now priced at Rs 72.07 a litre in Delhi and Rs 76.51 per litre in Mumbai. Opposition parties have announced nationwide strikes and protests next week over record-high fuel prices which they blame on high taxes. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Ar un Jaitley remained non-committal on cutting excise duty to cushion spiralling petrol and diesel prices, saying international oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement. Since mid-August, petrol price has risen by Rs 2.85 a litre and diesel by Rs 3.3 per litre as rupee hit record low against the US dollar, making imports costlier. Opposition Congress has demanded that the Centre cut excise duty as was done by previous governments, which cut rates whenever international oil prices shot up. Almost half of the retail selling price of the two fuel is made up of central and state taxes. WB govt wants bandh attendance At a petrol pump on a day when petrol price crossed Rs 80 per SUBRATA DUTTA litre at Noida on Friday. Prices have been on fire since mid-August, rising almost every day due to a combination of a drop in rupee value and rise in crude oil rates. On Tuesday, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram had stated that the “Relentless rise in prices of petrol and diesel is not inevitable. Because the Kolkata, 7 Sept: The West Bengal government today directed its employees to report for work on 10 September in view of the sixhour ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Congress on the day protesting against rising fuel prices. No casual leave for either in the first or second half of the day nor any other leave shall be granted to the employees, state government said in a notification issued today. “In view of the call given by some political parties for a bandh from 9 am to 3 pm on 10 September, it has been decided that all state government offices will remain open and all employees will report for duty. Employees who are on leave on 7 September will have to report for duty and no extension of leave shall be allowed,” read the notificaSNS tion. price is built up by excessive taxes on petrol and diesel. If taxes are cut, prices will decline significantly”. The Centre currently levies a total of Rs 19.48 per litre of excise duty on petrol and Rs 15.33 per litre on diesel. On top of this, states levy Value Added Tax (VAT) - the lowest being in Andaman and Nicobar Islands where a 6 per cent sales tax is charged on both the fuel. Mumbai has the highestVAT of 39.12 per cent on petrol, while Telangana levies the highest VAT of 26 per cent on diesel. Delhi charges a VAT of 27 per cent on petrol and 17.24 per cent on diesel. The central government had raised excise duty on petrol by Rs 11.77 a litre and that on diesel by 13.47 a litre in nine installments between November 2014 and January 2016 to shore up finances as global oil prices fell, but then cut the tax just once in October last year by Rs 2 a litre. This led to its excise collections from petro goods more than doubling in last four years - from Rs 99,184 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2,29,019 crore in 2017-18. States saw theirVAT revenue from petro goods rise from Rs 1,37,157 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 1,84,091 crore in 2017-18. Prices in Delhi are the cheapest in all metros and most state capitals due to lower sales tax or VAT. Fuel price hike in the country is due to international factors and it has now become essential to bring petrol and diesel under the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Friday. The unusual surge in fuel price is due to the political and economic situations at the international level and the Centre has been vigilant about it, he told newsmen here at the sidelines of a function.
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