THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MODI ENTERS 20TH YEAR AS HEAD OF AN ELECTED GOVT NUANCED APPROACHES P5 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 19 degrees Celsius respectively. SC rules against indefinite protest in public places NEW DELHI, 7 OCTOBER Min: 18.6°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:59 hrs MOON SETS 12:40 hrs THUMBNAILS P ublic spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely and demonstrations expressing dissent have to be in designated places alone, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday while concluding that occupation of public ways in the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh here was not acceptable. Observing that democracy and dissent go hand in hand, the apex court said constitutional scheme comes with the right to protest and express dissent, but with an obligation towards certain duties. A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul said erstwhile mode and manner of dissent against colonial rule cannot be equated with dissent in a self-ruled democracy. However, while appreciating the existence of the right to peaceful protest against a legislation...we have to make it unequivocally clear that public ways and public spaces cannot be occupied in such a manner and that too indefinitely, said the bench, also comprising Justices Aniruddha Centre approves revised cost for East-West Metro STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 7 OCTOBER In this file photo taken on 17 May 2015, Eddie Van Halen of hard rock group Van Halen performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Van Halen died on October 6, 2020 following a long battle with cancer, his son announced. AFP P10 Sedition charge against journalist: Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday booked four persons including Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan on sedition and other charges at Maant police station in Mathura, two days after they were held while on their way to Hathras. Charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IT Act have also been filed against the four who were held on Monday when they were on their way to Hathras, where a Dalit woman had died after P5 allegedly being gang-raped. The East-West Metro Corridor today received a funds boost after the Union cabinet approved the Railway Ministry’s revised cost estimate for construction of the Line-2 Project of Rs 8574.98 crores. The project consisting of 12 stations will when completed connect Howrah with Salt Lake. The pre-pandemic target for completion of the project was December 2021. During the Phoolbagan Metro Station virtual inauguration, held last Sunday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had expressed hopes of the entire project being completed by the end of 2021, if no further hiccups came up. According to sources in Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL), the estimated cost of the East-West Project had risen due to change in the alignment. In the initial alignment, the estimated cost of construction was about 4874 crores which shot up to over 8500 crores after it was change. The KMRCL authorities are said to have submitted a revised estimated cost in the 2015-16 fiscal which was later given a nod by the Railway Board. With 72K fresh Covid cases, India’s tally now 67.5 lakh STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 OCTOBER With the addition of 72,049 fresh coronavirus cases and 986 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday went past the 67-lakh-mark with a total of 67,57,131 cases. Out of these, 9,07,883 are currently active; 57,44,693 have been discharged, while 1,04,555 have lost the battle against the pandemic. With daily recoveries exceeding new cases by over 10,000 for the previous 24 hours, the recovery rate stands at 85.02 per cent and the fatality rate at 1.55 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 14,65,911 cases including P12 P10 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 39% TEMPERATURE Max: 36°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:18 hrs MOON RISES 22:16 hrs P6 Rhea Chakraborty gets bail, leaves jail after 28 days Occupation of public road in the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests not acceptable: Court RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max: 89% LET RAHUL MAKE RUNS GALORE, SAYS LARA NO PLACE FOR HATE IN AMERICA: BIDEN AT GETTYSBURG 38,717 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,99,857 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 8,22,71,654. Delhi cases Delhi today reported 2,871 positive cases of Covid-19, which took the cumulative count of such patients in the city to 2,98,107, according to the Delhi government's latest health bulletin. The tests conducted for identification of these fresh coronavirus cases numbered 51,505, with the positivity rate being 5.57 per cent, the health bulletin said. Bose and Krishna Murari. The bench delivered its verdict on a plea by lawyer Amit Sahni against blockade of a road in Shaheen Bagh area by those protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which aimed to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. It said protest at Shaheen Bagh was a blockage of a public way which caused grave inconvenience to commuters. We have, thus, no hesitation in concluding that such kind of occupation of public ways, whether at the site in question or anywhere else for protests is not acceptable and the administration ought to take action to keep the areas clear of encroachments or obstructions, it said. Democracy and dissent go hand in hand, but then the demonstrations expressing dissent have to be in designated places alone, it said, adding, We cannot accept the plea of the applicants that an indeterminable number of people can assemble whenever they choose to protest. It said despite a lapse of a considerable period of time, there was neither any negotiations nor any action by administration, warranting the court's intervention in the matter. In what manner the administration should act is their responsibility and they should not hide behind the court orders or seek support therefrom for carrying out their administrative functions. The courts adjudicate the legality of the actions and are not meant to give shoulder to the administration to fire their guns from, it said. What must be kept in mind, however, is that the erstwhile mode and manner of dissent against colonial rule cannot be equated with dissent in a self-ruled democracy, it said. Former CBI director found hanging at Shimla residence STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SHIMLA, 7 OCTOBER Former Governor of Nagaland, former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and former Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, Ashwani Kumar, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. Sources said he was found hanging and dead in the attic of his house near Brockhurst in Shimla in the evening by his son. Sources said Ashwani Kumar (70) was suffering from depression and was taking treatment in Mumbai for some time. A suicide note has been recovered in which he referred to some ailment. “I don’t want to be a burden on anyone. Embarking on journey after life”, the note said. Sources said the Director General of Police, Him- achal Pradesh, Sanjay Kundu, reached his house after the news broke about his suicide. Sources said the former Governor had returned from Mumbai recently and his son and daughter-inlaw were also in Shimla, who were working from home. Ashwani Kumar was the Governor of Nagaland from 21, March 2013 to 27 June, 2014. Earlier, he served as director of the CBI from August 2, 2008 to November 30, 2010 and as Himachal Pradesh DGP from August 2006 to 2008. He is survived by his wife Chanda and son Abhishek. 9,07,883 72,049 82,203 1,04,555 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. WEDNESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2020 MUMBAI, 7 OCTOBER Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted bail to actor Rhea Chakraborty in a drugs case related to her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput's death. The court rejected the argument that celebrities deserve specially harsh treatment in such cases so as to 'send out a message'. After spending 28 days in jail, Rhea stepped out of the Byculla women's prison here around 5.30 pm amid a scrum of mediapersons. While granting her bail on a personal bond of Rs one lakh, the court asked the actor to appear before Mumbai police for 10 days and before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB, which had arrested her) once a month for the next six months. Justice Sarang Kotwal of the HC also granted bail to Rajput's domestic aides Dipesh Sawant and Samuel Miranda, but rejected the bail plea of Rhea' brother Showik Chakraborty, saying he was “clearly involved in illicit trafficking or illegal trade of drugs”. The court also rejected the bail plea of alleged drug peddler Abdel Basit Parihar. The HC observed in its order that Rhea did not have any criminal antecedents, AIADMK decides to go with EPS as chief ministerial candidate STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 7 OCTOBER 67,57,131 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA For the first time in the history of the AIADMK, two clear power centres emerged with the announcement of Edappadi K. Palaniswami as the chief ministerial candidate of the party for the upcoming 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. The party also decided to set up a 11-member steering committee to run party affairs, which was the demand of O Panneerselvam camp for a truce. The committee will have five members from the OPS faction, while the EPS faction bags the rest. Also, it is for the first time that the party is facing an election with a previously announced CM candidate, which was unheard of in a party led by only two stalwarts, M G Ramachandran (MGR) and J Jayalalithaa aka Amma. The party’s CM face for the polls was announed in a joint press conference by AIADMK coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator and chief minister Palaniswami at the party headquarters. “I am happy to announce that our dear brother Palaniswami will be the victorious Chief Ministerial candidate of the AIADMK for the 2021 Assembly elections,” Mr. Panneerselvam said. The decision has been taken unanimously, he said. Palaniswami announced the composition of a steering committee, the main bone of contention between the two factions. The decisions brought an end to the protracted intra-party tussle on the issue that began on Independence Day. Forest minister Dindigul C. Sreenivasan, power minister P Thangamani, Local administration minister S P Velumani, food minister R Kamaraj, law minister C Ve Shanmugam, fisheries minister D Jayakumar, former minister P Mohan, former MPs P H Manoj Pandian and R Gopalakrishnan, former MLA J.C.D. Prabhakar, and Sholavandan legislator Manickam are the members of the panel, which will guide the party in all matters. Fissures had developed within the party with both Paneerselvam, who had been CM thrice, and Palaniswami aspiring for the CM post. The two leaders openly sparred at the executive committee meeting of the party held on September 28, in which senior ministers backed Palaniswami. Later, after hectic parleys the issue was settled with the EPS group conceding the demand to set up a steering committee. All-women team get Chemistry Nobel prize for ‘gene scissors’ ASSOCIATED PRESS STOCKHOLM, 7 OCTOBER Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for developing a method of genome editing likened to molecular scissors that offer the promise of one day curing inherited diseases and even cancer. Working on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Charpentier and American Jennifer A. Doudna developed a method known as CRISPR/Cas9 that can be used to change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all, said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. “It has not only revolutionised basic science, but also resulted in innovative crops and will lead to groundbreaking new medical treatments.” Gustafsson said that, as a result, any genome can now be edited “to fix genetic damage, adding that the tool will provide human- kind with great opportunities. But he cautioned that the “enormous power of this technology means we have to use it with great care.” It has already raised serious ethical questions in the scientific community. Most of the world became more aware of CRISPR in 2018, when Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui revealed he had helped make the world's first gene-edited babies, to try to engineer resistance to future infection with the AIDS virus. His work was denounced worldwide as unsafe human experimentation because of the risk of causing unintended changes that can pass to future generations, and he's currently in prison. In September, an international panel of experts issued a report saying it's still too soon to try to make genetically edited babies because the science isn't advanced enough to ensure safety, but they mapped a pathway for any countries that want to consider it. I was very emotional, I have to say, Charpentier (51) told reporters by phone from Berlin after hearing of the award, announced Wednesday in Stockholm by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Asked about the fact that it was the first time that two women have won the chemistry Nobel together, Charpentier said that while she considers herself first and foremost a scientist, she hoped it would encourage others. Doudna told The Associated Press about her surprise at receiving the early morning call. “I literally just found out, I'm in shock,” she said. “I was sound asleep. My greatest hope is that it's used for good, to uncover new mysteries in biology and to benefit humankind,” Doudna said. The Broad Institute at Harvard and MIT have been in a long court fight over patents on CRISPR technology, and many other scientists did important work on it, but Doudna and Charpentier have been most consistently honoured for turning it into an easily usable tool. The award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million kronor (more than USD 1.1 million), courtesy of a bequest left more than a century ago by the prize's creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation. On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine to Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus. Tuesday's prize for physics went to Roger Penrose of Britain, Reinhard Genzel of Germany, and Andrea Ghez of the USA for their breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes. and it was unlikely that she would tamper with evidence or affect the probe while out on bail. Rhea, however, can't leave Mumbai without the NCB’s permission and for traveling outside the country, she will need permission from the special NDPS court here, the HC said. The NCB has charged Rhea under Section 27-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that pertains to “financing and harbouring illegal drug trafficking”. It entails imprisonment up to 10 years in prison and a bar on the grant of bail. The HC said simply paying for a particular drug transaction does not qualify as financing drug traffic.“The allegations against the applicant of spending money in procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput will not, therefore, mean that she had financed illicit traffic,” the court said. Rajput, for whom Rhea allegedly procured drugs, had no apprehension of arrest and therefore, the charge of harbouring too could not be applied, it said. Forensic report leak Sushant Singh Rajput's family wrote to the CBI on Wednesday alleging “unprofessional conduct” by AIIMS director Sudhir Gupta in leaking a forensic report of the late actor and sought a new panel for fair and proper assessment of his death. The letter claimed that the leaked report, if correct, amounts to drawing a biased and boastful conclusion from insufficient evidence. FILE PHOTOGRAPH India, Japan finalise key cybersecurity accord NEW DELHI, 7 OCTOBER India and Japan have finalised a cybersecurity agreement and Tokyo also agreed to be the lead partner in the connectivity pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI), which was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year for safe, secure and stable maritime domain in the wake of China's aggressive posturing on maritime issues. These announcements were made after the 13th India-Japan foreign ministers' strategic dialogue held in Tokyo this morning. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar led the Indian side at the dialogue while his Japanese counterpart Motegi Toshimitsu headed his country's team. The meeting took place a day after the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” between the foreign ministers of India, Japan, Australia and the USA. The External Affairs Ministry said the foreign ministers of India and Japan concurred that the Indo-Pacific region has acquired greater salience in recent times and underscored the need for their two countries to work together for the benefit of the region. They reaffirmed the similarities in their respective Indo-Pacific visions that are based on the rule of law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two ministers hoped the IPOI would take both countries’ respective visions for the Indo-Pacific forward. The focus areas of the IPOI include creating partnerships among interested states in enhancing maritime security; sustainably using marine resources and disaster prevention and management. SNS
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