CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 DECEMBER 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 ECLIPSE OF DEMOCRACY END OF AN ERA: ANGELA MERKEL BOWS OUT AFTER 16 YEARS P10 AMARINDER QUESTIONS CONG CHOICE MAKEN TO SCREEN PUNJAB CANDIDATES P6 Partly cloudy sky. Temperature likely to be in the range of 25-20 degrees Celsius. Farmers get reply, may end stir today RAINFALL: 0.6 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P5 P12 Centre willing to give written assurance on demands, says SKM Max.98% DJOKOVIC CELEBRATES 350TH WEEK ON TOP WEATHER TEMPERATURE Min. 81% Max: 24°C (-4) Min: 21°C (+5) SUN RISES SUN SETS 06:04 hrs 16:52 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 10:04 hrs 21:13 hrs Full moon on 14 December THUMBNAILS Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan arrives to support the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs near Gandhi statue, in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Rajiv Gandhi assassination: The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted for hearing in January and made it clear that it will not grant any more adjournments in the plea filed by Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan seeking release from the prison based on the recommendation made by the Tamil Nadu government in September 2018. 3 dead in Mumbai cylinder blast: The toll in the Worli cylinder blast incident went up to three on Tuesday morning. Nair Hospital and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday morning informed that a 25-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on Monday. A four-month-old infant and a 27-year-old man had died last week. NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER t seems to be the beginning of the end of the 15-monthlong farmers’ agitation as the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Tuesday indicated that it would take a final call on the Union home ministry’s proposal to end protest. Senior leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha said that they have received a positive proposal from the MHA and they would consider ending its protest at 2 pm on Wednesday. The farmers indicated that they are ‘OK’ with the government’s written proposal barring a few clarifications and hope the government would agree to their certain demands sympathetically. The sudden shift in their stand came after they received a written draft proposal from the Centre agreeing to most of their demands and requesting the farmers to call off the agitation. The SKM leaders had a marathon meeting at Singhu Border at 2 pm and discussed all aspects of the proposals. The meeting, however, remained inconclusive and decided to take a final decision on Wednesday. The SKM leaders claimed that the Centre I Adhir: Govt yet to give data on farmers’ toll during stir ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday alleged that the central government is yet to give any data on the exact number of farmers who had died in the year-long agitation against the three farm laws and offered to cooperate with the Centre to identify the farmers who lost their lives. Chowdhury said, “The government has been denying to produce the exact number of deaths of our farmers while protesting at the Delhi borders for 1 year. We have at our disposal a list of more than 400 farmers who died during the protest.” He said that he will cooperate with the government if it wants to identify the farmers who died during the protest. Earlier in day, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha alleged that about 700 farmers died during the farmers’ protest but the government does not have that data and demanded the Centre to give compensation to the families of the deceased farmers. has expressed its willingness to give a written assurance to accept most of their demands including dropping of all police cases against the farmers, including SKM leaders in the committee to decide on legal guarantee for MSP (minimum support price). They claimed that the Centre had offered to form a committee to decide on the MSP issue and the committee would consist of government officials, agriculture experts and representatives of the SKM. The leaders also said that the Centre has agreed to give compensation to farmers who have died during the agitation as offered by the Punjab government. MHA reportedly assured the farmers that UP and Haryana state governments have agreed in principle to offer compensation like the Punjab government. After the repeal of the contentious three farm laws, the SKM has been demanding a legal guarantee of MSP of all products, withdrawal of draft Electricity Amendment Bill, removal of penal provisions on farmers in the Commission for Air Quality Management in the NCR, withdrawal of false cases against farmers and compensation and rehabilitation to the families of the deceased farmers. SC adjourns hearing road blockade plea A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on a plea against the blockade of roads between Delhi and Noida due to farmers protests to January 2022. The decision came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre, requesting the court said he needs to take instructions in view of “recent developments” (repeal of the three farm laws). Advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing farmers’ unions, requested the matter to be heard in January. NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER New cases lowest in 558 days, 220 deaths STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/BENGALURU/MUMBAI/KOLKATA, 7 DECEMBER India recorded 6,822 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the lowest single-day spike in 558 days, taking the total active caseload to 95,014, the lowest in 554 days, the Union health ministry said. In the same span, 220 people have died, taking the overall toll to 4,73,757. The overall recovery rate currently stands at 98.36 per cent, highest since March 2020 as India logged 10,004 recoveries in the past 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 3,40,79,612. India’s Omicron tally is steadily rising with fresh cases of the variant in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi. Seven in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur and a man in Delhi were found positive with the variant. A total of 128.76 crore vaccine doses have been administered till now in India under nationwide vaccination drive. More than 79 lakh doses were administered in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. Bengal:West Bengal today registered 507 fresh cases and 9 deaths. Kolkata recorded 137 cases and 2 deaths while North 24 Parganas recorded 121 cases and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. Omicron-positive SA national flees, FIR lodged:The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has filed a case under the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020 against a South African national for fleeing the country while under quarantine in Bengaluru, police said GOLDEN HUE on Tuesday. The South African national was among the first two persons to be detected with the Omicron variant in the country. The 66-year-old man’s exit before the results came in caused a major embarrassment to authorities who managed to produce a negative report before his genome sequencing results arrived. Sources said that he is the head of a pharmaceutical company in Johannesburg. 12 foreign returnees untraceable in Maha: At least 12 people are untraceable out of 318 people who have returned from foreign countries to the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation area of Thane. This comes amid rising concerns over Omicron. “12 people are untraceable. A search operation is on to locate them. Some of the passengers who returned cannot be reached as their mobile phones are switched off whereas the addresses that the others gave are under locks,” said KDMC chief Vijay Sooryavanshi. Six Omicron-positive in Pune: A total of six people, including three Nigerian nationals, have tested positive for the Omicron variant in Pimpri Chinchwad of Pune district, informed Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil on Monday. “Around six people have been confirmed with Omicron variant of Covid-19 after we conducted genome sequencing. These are three Nigerian nationals who came from outside and the other three are the ones which came in their contact,” said Patil. “One of them have mild symptoms 3,46,48,383 95,014 6,822 10,004 4,73,757 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. TUESDAY 07 DECEMBER 2021 while the rest of them are stable,” he added. A boat in Hooghly river during sunset, in Kolkata on Tuesday. IANS Change your behaviour: PM Modi warns BJP MPs RS adjourned for day amid Opp ruckus SNS/IANS Amid Opposition ruckus in the Rajya Sabha, no business could be conducted on Tuesday as the House was adjourned for the day. After the proceedings began at 11 am, the House was first adjourned till 2 pm and then till 3 pm. It was finally adjourned for the day as the discussion on the surrogacy Bill started. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of the suspension of 12 MPs from the House and RJD MP Manoj Jha too raised a point of order, but was rejected by the Chair. Environment minister Bhupinder Yadav also raised a point of order that Congress leader Jairam Ramesh was speaking from other seat, and following sloganeering the deputy chairman adjourned the House for the day. The face-off continued with the Treasury Bench demanding an apology from the suspended protesting MPs which is bring denied as the opposition insist that they are not at fault. “The suspension of the MPs is against Constitution as the incident is of previous session as the house was adjourned its wrong to suspend them in Winter session,” Kharge said. Earlier, the opposition leaders, including Sharad Pawar, joined the protesting MPs and Kharge said that the opposition will join the MPs and observe fast for a day. Kharge, floor leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and other Opposition MPs protested in support of the suspended MPs in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament House. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party member Jaya Bachchan also joined the protest. “Today, I met my 12 suspended fellow colleagues from Rajya Sabha who are protesting in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament and expressed my un-stinted support to them. We are standing in solidarity with them for the revocation of their suspension,” tweeted NCP chief later. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was also with them. tary Party meeting, Union minister for parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi said that the Prime Minister has told all the MPs to organise sports competitions, children fitness competitions and Surya Namaskar competitions. Joshi added that Modi also directed them to remain in touch with the Padma awardees residing in their respective areas and to interact with them frequently. NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER In a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all the party MPs to regularly attend the Parliament sessions and actively participate in the legislative work. As per sources, the Prime Minister cautioned the MPs to “bring a change in their behaviour as otherwise changes will happen”. According to sources, while directing all the MPs to ensure their presence in the Parliament, he said, “It is not right to repeatedly tell the same thing to you like children...you bring a change in your behaviour, otherwise change will happen.” At the meeting, BJP chief J P Nadda asked all MPs to visit their respective constituencies after the Winter Session and communicate with the district chiefs and mandal chiefs and call them for discussion over tea. Prime Minister Modi was quick to add that he will also invite the district presidents and divisional presidents for tea on 14 December when he will be visiting in Varanasi. Talking about the discussions held at the Parliamen- India ‘disturbed’ over Not ‘safe’ to use only co-accused’s 1984 riots: Sajjan Kumar Suu Kyi’s verdict: MEA confession to convict accused: SC charged with 2 murders STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER India on Tuesday said it is disturbed over the developments in Myanmar where Aung Sang Suu Kyi was sentenced to prison for inciting dissent and breaching Covid19 pandemic rules. In response to media query about the proceedings against the 76-year-old Nobel Prize winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi and others in Myanmar, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: “We are disturbed at the recent verdicts. As a neighbouring democracy, India has been consistently supportive of the democratic transition in Myanmar.” He further said, “We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld. Any development that undermines these processes and accentuates differences is a matter of deep concern”. “It is our sincere hope that keeping their nation’s future in mind, efforts would be made by all sides to advance the path of dialogue,” the MEA spokesman said. The pro-democracy popular leader Suu Kyi was ousted in a military coup in February and is in detention since then. Reports say she has been found guilty of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules. Her sentence has been reduced of course from four years to two years. Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total. The military regime and their moves have been widely condemned. Since the coup in Myanmar, notwithstanding the Covid pandemic, a large number of people from Chin areas of Myanmar have crossed over to Mizoram and have been staying there. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the alleged confessional statements of coaccused, in the absence of corroborative evidence, is not safe to convict an accused as it acquitted an accused charged with murder of a Haryana Police head constable and conspiracy. A bench of Justices R. Subhash Reddy and Hrishikesh Roy said: “For the reasons not known, in a case of this nature, the investigating agency has not conducted TIP . Except the alleged confessional statements of coaccused, there is no other evidence on record to implicate the appellant.” It said that on close scrutiny of evidence on record, it is clear the prosecution has failed to prove the accused has conspired with other accused for the offences for which he was charged. “Except the alleged confessional statements of the co-accused and in absence of any other corroborative evidence, it is not safe to maintain the conviction and sentence imposed upon the appellant,” the bench said. SC noted that it is fairly well settled, to prove the charge of conspiracy, within the ambit of Section 120-B of the IPC, it is necessary to establish that there was an agreement between the parties for doing an unlawful act. It noted that it is difficult to establish conspiracy by direct evidence, but at the same time, in absence of any evidence to show meeting of minds between the conspirators for the intended object of committing an illegal act, it is not safe to hold a person guilty for offences under section 120-B. “Even the alleged confessional statements of the co- accused, in absence of other acceptable corroborative evidence, is not safe to convict the accused.” The SC judgment came on an appeal filed by Parveen against the Punjab and Haryana HC’s 17 March 2020 order, which dismissed his appeal challenging the conviction and order of sentence passed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Rewari. The accused was convicted for attacking police, on a train, while escorting four accused in March 2009, from Jaipur to Bhiwani. The accused and three others boarded the train and attacked the police to rescue the accused. The complaint stated that the police overpowered a person, who had thrown chilli powder in their eyes and the three other accused fled and head constable Arjun Singh was injured. Later he succumbed to firearm injuries. CMYK INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE Top court rejects NIA plea against bail to Sudha Bharadwaj STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER A Delhi court has announced charges against former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 riots case, in connection with two murders in Delhi’s Raj Nagar locality. The court charged him with rioting, murder, and dacoity under sections 147, 149, 148, 302, 308, 323, 395, 397, 427, 436, 440 of the IPC in connection with the murder of Jaswant Singh and Tarun Deep Singh. The family of the duo had alleged that Kumar instigated a mob that led to burning alive of the two men besides setting afire their house on 1 November 1984. As per the case in this regard registered at the Saraswati Vihar police station, Kumar was identified by one eyewitness from a photo. Earlier in 1994, the case was closed as untraced and the SIT had opened it again, advocate Harpreet Singh Hora apprised. The court has listed the matter is listed on 16 December for formal framing of charges. “This court is of the considered opinion that a prima facie case is made out against the accused for framing of charge against him for commission of the offences punishable under sections of 147/148/149 IPC as well as the offences punishable under 302/308/323/395/397/427/43 6/440 read with Section 149 IPC. Charges are accordingly directed to be framed against him for the said offences,” read the order of Additional Sessions judge M K Nagpal. The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) challenging bail to activist Sudha Bharadwaj in the BhimaKoregaon case. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit dismissed the appeal hearing detailed arguments from Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, representing the NIA. The bench, also comprising Justices Ravindra Bhat and Bela Trivedi said there was no reason to interfere with the Bombay High Court order. The NIA on Monday urged SC to urgently list its petition challenging the Bombay HC, which granted default bail to Bharadwaj in the BhimaKoregaon case.
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