TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 16 APRIL 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR TECH EDGE WITH INDIA IN BALAKOT STRIKE: IAF CHIEF CONG-AAP TIE-UP: RAHUL, KEJRIWAL PLAY BLAME GAME P3 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Dust storm/thunderstorm accompanied with lightening/squall and hail (wind speed 60-70 KMPH). The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 28 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.46% Min. 23% Max: 38.1°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:54 hrs MOON RISES 15:33 hrs Min: 21.8°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:47 hrs MOON SETS 04:36 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in AFP Paris on Monday. Fire ravages Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris: A D colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris Monday, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks. The fire, which began early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. Some were in tears, others offered prayers from the banks of the river Seine as the much-loved attraction at the heart of the City of Light was consumed by the inferno. P15 Campaign bar on Adityanath, Mayawati Poll panel censures pair for communal speeches; UP CM banned from campaigning for 72 hours, BSP chief for 48 hours STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 15 APRIL T he Election Commission (EC) today "strongly condemned" and "censured” Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati for their "communal" remarks during their recent campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, barring them from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively from 6 am tomorrow. The EC issued two separate orders against Adityanath and Mayawati in this regard. These orders came close on the heels of the Supreme Court expressing displeasure over the EC not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaign. The apex court also decided to examine the ambit of the EC's powers following the poll body's submission that it was “toothless”.Taking note of the communal remarks made by Adityanath and Mayawati during their respective poll campaigns, the top court asked the EC about the action it has initiated against them. A Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, also summoned an EC's representative tomorrow while deciding to examine the poll body's contention that it has limited legal powers to deal with hate speeches In another development tonight, the Election Commission also barred SP leader Azam Khan and Union minister Maneka Gandhi for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively for their controversial remarks. Khan was under the poll panel's lens for making derogatory remarks against BJP candidate from Rampur, Jaya Prada, while Gandhi had told Muslims to vote for her as they will need her once the Lok Sabha elections are over. of politicians during electioneering. The EC swung into action soon after the court's observations and using its constitutional powers under Article 324 of the Constitution barred Adityanath and Mayawati for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively from “holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (print, electronic and social media) in connection with the ongoing elections". The EC had issued a show-cause notice on 11 April to Adityanath for his“ Ali” versus “Bajrang Bali” and "green virus" remarks during his speech at a rally in STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 15 APRIL address delivered at an election rally in Amethi. "We make it clear that this court never made such an observation. We only decided on the admissibility of documents," the three-judge bench maintained. While hearing the petitioner, BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi, the bench observed, “We also make it clear that this court had no occasion to make such observation in as much as it was deciding legal admissibility of certain documents which were objected to by the Attorney General.” The petitioner has claimed that "the words Jet crisis: Banks meet, no word on funding, board to meet today PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 15 APRIL Jet Airways' survival remained under serious threat after its lenders Monday deferred a much-anticipated decision to provide emergency funds to the carrier following a marathon meeting, even as its pilots' union appealed to the lenders and the prime minister to save the airline. Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube in an internal communication said the lenders could not decide on the emergency funding and that the board of the airline will meet Tuesday to take a call on the future. Jet Airways has only seven planes, including six turbo propelled ones used for shorter hauls, flying at present, way below its peak of 123 planes in December. P9 P6 Meerut. Mayawati was issued a show-cause notice on the same day for her speech in Deoband in which she had appealed to Muslims not to vote for the Congress in order to avoid a split in their votes.The EC found that both the UP leaders had violated its Model Code of Conduct (MCC). This was however the second time the EC had issued a show-cause notice to Adityanath. The poll body had recently let him off the hook with a light rap for his "Modiji ki sena" remark, just asking him to be "more careful" in future. In today's order on Adityanath, the EC noted that being the CM he has an Rafale: SC asks Rahul for explanation The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking his explanation on a contempt plea filed against him over misquoting court orders on the Rafale verdict. In its notice issued to Rahul, the top court has asked him to file a reply in the court by 22 April, the date for next hearing. "We make it clear that views, observations, findings attributed to this court in the alleged speeches and remarks made by Gandhi to media and public have been incorrectly attributed to this court," a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. Earlier in the day, the top court had said that Rahul misquoted it in an TIGER OUT OF THE WOODS AND ROARING CHINA’S CHANGING SOUTH ASIA STRATEGY “As you are aware, we have been working with the lenders to secure interim funding for our operations. The interim funding has not been forthcoming thus far, and as a result we have extended cancellation of international operations until April 18... The current status of ourengagementwiththelenders and other related matters shall be placed before the board tomorrow morning, where the management will seek guidance from the board on the next steps forward,” Dube said in a mail. Jet Airways pilots' union, the National Aviators Guild had Sunday deferred a decision to strike from today, saying that it wanted to give more time to the airline. On March 25, the airline's board had approved 'the debt resolution plan', under which SBI-led consortium would provide an emergency loan of Rs 1,500 crore and in turn acquire majority stake, following which founder chairman Naresh Goyal and wife Anita would leave the airline and pare his stake to around 25 pe cent. Butbankshavedisbursedonly under Rs 300 crore in small tranches, citing procedural delays. This left the airline cancelling hundreds of flights as it failed to pay the lease rentals. “We were expecting some cash support at Monday's meeting but the lenders have told the airline that they are not going to provide any funds for now...We are disappointed,” said a source in the pilots' union. used and attributed by Rahul to SC in the Rafale case has been made to appear something else. He is replacing his personal statement as Supreme Court's order and trying to create prejudice”. BJP MP Lekhi had filed the petition against Rahul last week for his "chowkidar chor hai" comment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rafale verdict. His remark came after the apex court dismissed the preliminary objection raised by the Centre over review plea of the earlier judgment in the Rafale case. Rahul's comments in Amethi came after the Supreme Court ruled last week that classified documents accessed by the media can be used as evidence to consider requests to review a verdict clearing the Rafale fighter jet deal. Take informed decision on biopic bar, SC tells poll panel “added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets, including Secularism, of the Constitution of India, but also todisplaythesameinhispublic appearances/meetings/speeches”. The EC's order said that the poll body was convinced that Adityanath made a “highly provocative” speech which had the “tone and tenor” to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between religious communities. The Commission also wrote to chief electoral officers (CEOs) of all states and UnionTerritories, informing them about its orders against Adityanath and Mayawati to ensure that they are complied with. Meanwhile, in another development tonight, the Election Commission reportedly barred senior SP leader Azam Khan and Union minister Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively for their recent controversial remarks. Khan was under the poll panel's lens for making derogatory remarks against BJP candidate from Rampur, Jaya Prada, while Maneka had told Muslims to vote for her as they will need her once the Lok Sabha elections are over. The all-India campaign bar on all the above four leaders ~ two from the ruling BJP and two from Opposition parties ~ will come into force from 6.00 am on Tuesday. Top court to examine ambit of ‘toothless’ EC’s powers PRESS TRUST OF INDIA So what about Mayawati. She was supposed to reply to you (poll panel) by April 12. She has not replied till today. What does the law permit you to do in such cases. Answer us. NEW DELHI, 15 APRIL The Supreme Court Monday expressed displeasure over the Election Commission not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during election campaigning and decided to examine the ambit of its power following a submission that it was “toothless”. The top court, which got irked after not getting specific answers to its queries on the powers of the poll panel to deal with errant leaders spewing venom, even threatened to ensure the presence of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) before it within halfan-hour. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took up the cases of alleged communal speeches of BSP leader Mayawati and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and asked about the actions taken so far against them while deciding to examine the statutory powers of the poll panel to deal with the violations of the model code of conduct (MCC). “So what about Mayawati. She was supposed to reply to you (poll panel) by April 12. She has not replied SUPREME COURT BENCH till today. What does the law permit you to do in such cases. Answer us,” said the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The EC counsel said: “The power of the EC in this behalf is very limited. We can issue notice and seek reply but we cannot de-recognise a party or disqualify a candidate...we can only issue advisories and in case of a repeat offence, register a complaint.” Reacting sharply, the bench said, “So you are basically saying you are toothless and powerless against hate speeches.” It then said that besides sending a notice, an advisory and a criminal case can be filed only against such leader. The court then decided to summon a representative of the EC at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday to examine the contention that the poll panel has limited legal A NEW YEAR powers to deal with hate speeches of politicians during electioneering. The bench said: “It would like to examine whether the power of the EC was circumscribed to deal with the violations of the MCC by leaders through alleged hate speeches.” The EC swung into action after the court's observations and barred the two leaders from campaigning. While Adityanath was barred for 72 hours, Mayawati has been barred for 48 hours. The two have also also been “censured” by the poll panel. The court was hearing a PIL filed by an NRIYoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, seeking a direction to the EC to take“strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run up to the general elections. Cup squad: Experienced Karthik trumps young Pant MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, APR 15 Students at a function to mark Poila Baisakh,the first day of the Bengali New Year, at SantinikeRAJA BHAKAT tan in Birbhum on Monday. Sex on marriage pretext is rape, rules top court STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 15 APRIL NEW DELHI, 15 APRIL The Supreme Court Monday directed the Election Commission to re-examine its earlier order and take an informed decision on banning panIndia release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after watching the full movie. The court directed the poll panel to take a decision by 19 April and submit its report in a sealed cover to the court. The court order came after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the film producers who have challenged the EC's ban on the biopic's release till the current general elections are over, said the poll panel has taken the decision based just on watching the promo, not the entire PTI movie. The Supreme Court has ruled that sex on the pretext of marriage is rape and a blow to the honour of a woman. The judgment came on a case registered by a woman accusing a Chhattisgarh-based doctor of raping her in 2013. In a recent judgment, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah observed that rape offends a woman's dignity and esteem, and the fact that the victim and her rapist have already settled in their lives and taking care of their families, could not be considered a ground to have the crime be null and void. Observing that such incidents were on the rise in modern society, the apex court said, "It tantamounts to a serious blow to the supreme honour of a woman and offends both her esteem and dignity." The woman, a resident of Koni, Bilaspur, was familiar with the accused since 2009 and had a love affair. The accused had promised to marry her and their families were in the know of this. The accused was, however, engaged to another woman while he had the affair with the victim. He later broke his promise to the victim and married the other woman with whom he was engaged. An FIR was lodged against the accused and he was convicted of rape. The High Court upheld his conviction and sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. The accused moved the apex court chal- lenging this decision. The court in its judgement said: "Rape is the most morally and physically reprehensible crime in a society, an assault on the body, mind and privacy of the victim. While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless female. Rape reduces a woman to an animal, as it shakes the very core of her life." The court observed that the evidence presented during the trial establishes that the accused never intended to marry the victim and established sexual relations on the pretext of marriage with the woman. This was rape, said the court. It noted that the rapist must face the consequences of the crime. Dinesh Karthik Monday returned to India's World Cup squad after 12 years, trumping Mahendra Singh Dhoni's heir apparent Rishabh Pant in a selection move that will be debated for a long time. The second wicketkeeper was the sole bone of contention for the marquee event starting in England and Wales on 30 May and the 33year-old Karthik's experience of 91 ODIs gave him the edge over the 21-year-old Pant, according to the fivemember selection panel headed by MSK Prasad. Karthik, the oldest Indian player in terms of international debut (three months before Mahendra Singh Dhoni in September 2004), was also part of the Indian squad during its disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign. He, however, missed the bus in the 2011 and the 2015 editions. In the squad that was announced Monday, Dhoni will be playing his fourth 50-over World Cup. Kohli will play his third edition while Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were all a part of the 2015 edition. It was a more or less predictable 15-member squad picked by the national selection committee with another notable inclusion beingTamil Nadu's seam bowling allrounderVijay Shankar, who is expected to be used as a floater in the batting order, especially at number 4. Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya,Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav,Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja.PTI (SEE P16)
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