CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 19 NOVEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR TLP CHIEF RIZVI RELEASED FROM JAIL SLOTH IN THE QUANGO P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky.Temperature likely to be in the range of 30-18 degrees Celsius. Max.94% TEMPERATURE P9 ‘Skin-to-skin touch not essential under POCSO’ ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER Min. 42% Max: 30.5 °C(1) Min: 18.2 °C(-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:51 hrs 16:52 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 14:16 hrs 4:42 hrs Full moon on 19 November THUMBNAILS An illuminated view of Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji (Patna Sahib) on the eve of the 552nd birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, in Patna on Thursday. ANI India rejects Pak law in Jadhav case: India firmly rejected the bill passed by Pak istan's Parliament to provide the right of review and reconsideration in the case of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying the law simply codifies the shortcomings of the previous ordinance. ''Nothing could have been further from the truth. As stated earlier, the ordinance did not create the mach- inery for an effective review and reconsideration of Shri Jadhav’s case as mandated by the judgement of the ICJ,'' MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. CWC orders to bring back child to Kerala in 5 days: In the controversial case in which the son of a Kerala CPI-M leader’s daughter and a former SFI activist was allegedly given for adoption without the parents’ consent, the Child Welfare Committee has directed the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare to bring back the child from foster care in Andhra Pradesh (P4) within five days. n the landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the most important ingredient of constituting sexual assault under Section 7 of POCSO is sexual intent and not skin-to-skin contact with the victim. A Bench of Justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Bela M Trivedi set aside the controversial Bombay High Court judgment that held that groping a minor's breast without "skin to skin contact" cannot be termed as sexual assault as defined under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. In its judgment, the Bench said that skin-to-skin contact is not essential for POCSO offence as held by Bombay High Court. It said that giving a narrow meaning of physical contact to confine it to A Bench headed by Justice U U Lalit set aside the HC judgment, and said the act of touching the sexual part of the body or any other act involving physical contact if done with sexual intent would amount to sexual assault within the meaning of Sec 7 of the POCSO Act. I skin-to-skin contact would defeat the purpose of the POCSO Act and it cannot be accepted. The Court's order came on petitions filed by Attorney General KK Venugopal, State of Maharashtra and the National Commission for Women against the 19 January judgment passed by the High Court, which held that pressing the breast of a 12-year-old child without removing her top will not fall within the definition of 'sexual assault'. On 27 January , the top court had stayed the operation of the 19 January verdict of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court after Attorney General had mentioned and said the NEW DELHII, 18 NOVEMBER India on Thursday logged 11,919 fresh Covid cases and 470 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Thursday morning. The recovery of 11,242 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,38,85,132. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.28 per cent, highest since March 2020. The total death toll has reached 4,64,623. The active caseload stands at 1,28,672. Active cases presently constitute 0.37 per cent of the country's total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020.Covid related 470 fresh fatalities include 388 from Kerala and 32 from Maharashtra.Of the 388 fatal- order is ‘very disturbing’ and will set a ‘dangerous precedent’. Attorney General, NCW, Maharashtra, Youth Bar Association of India while challenging the High Court order in the apex court stated that such observations would have a wide impact on the entire society and public at large. Seeking to set aside the High Court order the appeals said that the observations made by the High Court were unwarranted and concerned the modesty of a girl child. One of the pleas pointed out that while passing the impugned judgment, the Single Judge recorded the name of the victim child. As per law, the names of victims of certain offences can not be published. Attorney General of India KK Venugopal had argued that skin-to-skin contact is not expressed as an ingredient to constitute a crime of sexual assault under the POCSO Act. The High Court judge lacked the sensitivity to appreciate that POCSO Act is meant to prevent sexual offences against children who are unable to defend themselves, AG had said. “The judge said skin to skin contact is required. This would mean someone can wear a surgical glove and exploit a child and get away scot-free. The accused tried to bring down the salwar and even then bail was granted. This would be a precedent on magistrates in Maharashtra. Better appreciation would be needed for the definition of sexual assault. There are 43,000 POCSO offences in the last one year," he said. P12 Message is very clear ~ ‘return’, PM tells fugitive eco offenders SNS & AGENCIES STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHII, 18 NOVEMBER The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the counsel of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, declared a proclaimed offender by a magistrate court in an extortion case, to disclose which part of the world or the country he is in, and without these details, the court would not entertain his plea seeking protection. A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul told senior advocate Puneet Bali, representing Singh, "Where are you... within the country or outside. First, I want to know where are you." Bali replied that his Singh was recently declared as an absconder by a Mumbai Magistrate after his non-appearance in an extortion case. client's whereabouts would be known to the counsel-on-record. Justice Kaul sought a response from the counsel-on record, who replied that he is not aware about Singh's current location. Bali submitted, "If I am allowed to breathe. I may come out of the hole..."Dissatisfied with the answer, the bench said such actions lead to lack of confidence in the system, ities in Kerala, 61 were reported over the last few days and the remaining 327 were designated as Covid deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and Supreme Court directions, according to a release issued by the state government. A total of 4,64,623 deaths due to the viral disease have so far been reported in the country, including 1,40,668 from Maharashtra, 38,161 from Karnataka, 36,475 from Kerala, 36,324 from Tamil Nadu, 25,095 from Delhi, 22,909 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,341 from West Bengal. Also in the same period, a total of 12,32,505 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 62.82 crore cumulative tests. "you have not joined the investigation, no one knows where are you". The bench gave an example that if it were to assume that Singh is outside the country and waiting for a favourable court order as a condition to return. Justice Kaul said: "Only court orders in your favour, you will come...no protection and no hearing. First, answer where he is. Which part of the world or country?" The top court was hearing Singh's petition seeking protection orders in an alleged extortion case. The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing on Monday and asked Singh's coun- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government is using all channels including diplomatic to bring back highprofile economic offenders. Speaking at a symposium on credit flow and economic growth, the Prime Minister also said India's banking sector is currently in a major milestone phase that can give a great push to the country's economy and asked them to support wealth and job creators with proactive lending. “In our attempt to bring back fugitive (economic offenders), we relied on policies and law and also used diplomatic channels. The message is very clear ~ return to your country. We are continuing these efforts,” he said. He did not name or refer to any particular offender. The Centre has in recent times stepped up efforts to extradite high-profile eco- sel to disclose his current location. Earlier this week, a magistrate's court in Mumbai declared Singh a "proclaimed offender" in an extortion case registered against him and other police officers in the city. The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police had sought the proclamation, saying he could not be traced even after the issuance of a nonbailable warrant against him. In the previous matter, while hearing former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh plea against the CBI, Justice Kaul noted that Singh's absence is not a good situation and such things cause lack of faith in the judicial system. KEEPING FAITH 3,44,78,517 1,28,762 11,919 11,242 4,64,623 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2021 Bengal: Bengal on Thursday registered 860 fresh Covid cases and 14 deaths. Kolkata recorded 233 cases and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours. of banks is now in a muchimproved condition. We brought reforms like IBC, reformed many laws, empowered Debt recovery tribunal.” He said a dedicated Stressed Asset Management Vertical was also formed in the country during the Covid period. “We have found ways to solve problems and challenges that were there before 2014. We addressed the problem of Non-Performing Assets (NPA). We recapitalized the banks and increased their strength. Today the capacity of the banks of India has increased so much that they can play a great role in giving new energy and a great push to the economy of the country and making it self-reliant. I consider this phase as a major milestone in the banking sector of India,”he added. He further said banks should adopt the model of partnership leaving the traditional approver-applicant system. NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER SC seeks Param Bir’s whereabouts in extortion case India logs 11,919 cases, 470 deaths STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P10 Most important ingredient constituting sexual assault is sexual intent: SC RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY INDIA LOOK TO SEAL T20I SERIES RAPPER YOUNG DOLPH FATALLY SHOT IN TENNESSEE A girl walks by graffiti on a wall creating awareness against Covid, in Mumbai on Thursday. ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a symposium to ‘Build Synergy for Seamless Credit Flow and Economic Growth’, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI nomic offenders such as Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, wanted in connection with bank frauds and money laundering cases. Addressing the concluding session of the conference on "Creating Synergies for Seamless Credit Flow and Economic Growth", Modi said, "The reforms made by the government in the banking sector in the last 6-7 years led the banking sector of the country towards a very strong position today. “The financial health PAGD, PDP reject magisterial inquiry in Hyderpora encounter STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 18 NOVEMBER Following widespread criticism in Kashmir on the issue of ‘civilian killings’ in the recent Hyderpora encounter, the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday ordered a time-bound magisterial enquiry into the incident. However, the Farooq Abdullah led People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and other Valley-based political parties have rejected this and have demanded judicial enquiry to bring out the truth. Although the LG said there will be no injustice with the people, but the PDP also rejected the magisterial probe which it described as an “eyewash” and demanded independent judicial enquiry or by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). PAGD spokesman and CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, said it has been decided to seek intervention of the President of India whom Dr. Farooq Abdullah will write a letter seeking judicial probe into the “civilian killings”. He further stated that we can’t have a situation in a democracy where grieving is a luxury, where the freedom to touch and feel the lifeless body of a husband or a father becomes a distant dream. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah staged a sit-in protest(in pic) in Srinagar in support of the demand of kin of the two “civilians” killed during the encounter for returning their bodies for proper burial. He called off the protest after the family member of the slain informed him that the authorities have assured the return of bodies, Omar tweeted. Meanwhile, the J&K administration on Thursday exhumed bodies of Mohammad Altaf Bhat and Mudasir Gul, for handing them over to their kin for burial with Islamic rituals, sources said.The bodies were exhumed in Handwara and are likely to be handed over to their families later in the night. ‘Rezang La reflects indomitable courage of troops’ India, China resume talks to end LAC row STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 18 NOVEMBER Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday inaugurated the revamped war memorial in eastern Ladakh’s Rezang La, the site of the epic battle where Indian troops bravely fought the Chinese soldiers in 1962. Singh described the monument as an example of the determination and indomitable courage displayed by the Indian Army that he said is not “only immortal in the pages of history, but also beats in our hearts”. “The historic battle of Rezang La, fought at an altitude of 18,000 feet, is difficult to imagine even today. Major Shaitan Singh and his fellow soldiers fought till ‘last bullet and last breath’ and wrote a new chapter of bravery and Defence minister Rajnath Singh with Army officers and soldiers during his visit at the renovated Rezang La War Memorial. sacrifice,” he said. The defence minister in a series of tweets said that he paid tributes to the Indian soldiers who made their supreme sacrifice while reaching Rezang La, located amid the inaccessible hills of Ladakh, in the 1962 war. He personally escorted Brigadier RV Jatar (Retd) of 13 Kumaon, who bravely fought in the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict. The defence minister described himself as ‘fortunate’ after he met Briagdier RV Jatar (Retd) of the Indian Army, one of the very few men who survived the epic battle of Rezang La, fought between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh on Nov 18, 1962, he tweeted. “The Battle of Rezang La is considered one of the ten greatest and most challenging military conflicts in the world,” he said. The revamped war memo- rial has been thrown open at a time India and China have been locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh for nearly one and half years. The Indian Army had occupied a number of mountain peaks in Rezang La region in August last year following China’s aggressive posturing and failed attempt to intimidate Indian troops. "The renovation of the memorial is not only a tribute to our valiant Armed Forces but also a symbol of the fact that we are fully prepared to protect the integrity of the nation. This monument symbolises the Government's stand of giving a befitting reply to anyone who threatens our sovereignty and integrity,” said Rajnath Singh as per an official statement released by the Ministry of Defence. NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER India and China today returned to the negotiating table to resolve the military standoff in Eastern Ladakh, after their failure to make headway at the 13th round of militarylevel talks in October to proceed further with the disengagement process. The 23rd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs was held this afternoon. The Indian delegation was led by Naveen Srivastava, Additional Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs while the Director General of the Boundary & Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Chinese delegation, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. CMYK China constructs new villages in Bhutan territory near Doklam: China has constructed new villages in Bhutan territory near Doklam in the last one year, new satellite images have revealed. The images show that four villages were built by China's People's Liberation Army in about 100 sq.km. area between May 2020 and November 2021. It seems that construction started at the same time when the PLA had ingressed into Indian territory at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh and the Sikkim sector. The Doklam plateau was in the limelight in 2017 when the Indian Army and the China's PLA were locked in the stand-off for over 70 days. The Chinese had to retreat from the area after the Indian troops contested the plateau.The Doklam plateau was in the limelight in 2017 when the Indian Army and the China's PLA were locked in the stand-off for over 70 days. The Chinese had to retreat from the area after the Indian troops contested the plateau. The two sides recalled the agreement between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and foreign minister of China Wang Yi during their meeting in September in Dushanbe that military and diplomatic officials of the two sides should continue their discussions to resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. Accordingly, the two sides had candid and in-depth discussions on the situation along the LAC in Western Sector of India-China Border Areas and also reviewed the developments since the last meeting of the Senior Commanders of both sides which was held on 10 October. In this regard, they agreed on the need to find an early resolution to the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols so as to restore peace and tranquility. The two sides also agreed that both sides should in the interim also continue to ensure a stable ground situation and avoid any untoward incident. It was agreed that both sides should hold the next (14th) round of the Senior Commanders' meeting at an early date to achieve the objective of complete disengagement from all the friction points along the LAC in the Western Sector in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements and protocols.
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