FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR FRESH TROUBLE FOR VIJAYAN PUTIN’S REFERENDUM P6 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SKY. THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WOULD BE AROUND 35 AND 23 DEGREES CELSIUS RESPECTIVELY. Min: 23.3°C (0) SUN SETS 18:08 hrs MOON SETS 21:06 hrs THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at opening ceremony of 36th National Games, in Ahmedabad on Thursday. ANI Kerala HC directs PFI to deposit Rs 5 .20 crores towards hartal damages: Kerala High Court directed the Popular Front of India (PFI) to provisionally deposit Rs.5.20 crores towards the damages estimated by the state government as well as the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) as compensation for the destruction of property in the State due to the flash hartal called by the banned organisation on 23 September. (PG5) At least 6 missing after boat capsizes in Dhubri: At least six people were reported missing after a boat capsized in the Brahmaputra river, said the officials on Thursday.The boat was carrying around 30 people and was toppled in the Dhubri region of Assam. "Search and rescue operation underway Circle Officer of Dhubri is also missing in the incident," said Dhubri Deputy Commissioner, Anbamuthan MP.Further details are awaited.Earlier on August 8, two women went missing after a boat capsized in the Ghiladhari river in Assam's Biswanath district.The incident took place in the Biswanath Mukhgarh area. Six airbags mandatory in cars from Oct. 2023: Gadkari STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today announced the government's decision to implement the proposal for a minimum of six airbags in passenger cars from 1 October 2023.“Considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M1 Category) w.e.f October 01, 2023," he tweeted. “Safety of all passengers travelling in motor vehicles irrespective of their cost and variants is the foremost priority,” he said in another tweet.His ministry had earlier announced mandatory six airbags from 1 October 2022. Earlier in September, the ministry issued draft rules to make it mandatory for car makers to install an alarm system for rear seat belts. FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,45,83,360 ACTIVE CASES 40,750 NEW CASES 4,272 4,474 NEW RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS 5,28,611 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2022 P9 P12 PM launches projects Gehlot pulls out, it’s worth `29,000 cr in Guj Tharoor vs Digvijaya STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER Min. 51% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.9°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 11:36 hrs P4 There will not be any region of India whose people do not live on the land of Surat: PM RAINFALL: NIL RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 93% BUMRAH RULED OUT OF T20 WORLD CUP SUU KYI CONVICTED AGAIN, OZ ECONOMIST GETS 3 YEARS IN JAIL A head of the Assembly elections in Gujarat later this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid foundation stones and dedicated projects worth about Rs 29000 crores in the state. The projects spread across Surat, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, and Ambaji are aimed at developing world-class infrastructure, enhancing mobility, and significantly improving the ease of living in the state. In Surat, the PM inaugurated Phase-I of road infrastructure works and the main entrance of Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City. He also laid the foundation stone of Phase II of the project. Further, he laid the foundation stone of a biodiversity park, which is being built in an area of over 87 hectares from the Dr Hedgewar Bridge to the Bhimrad-Bamrolli Bridge. He also inaugurated the Khoj Museum at the Science Centre in Surat. Addressing a gathering, Mr Modi remarked that the city of Surat was a wonderful example of both people's solidarity and public participation. Highlighting the biggest feature of Surat, he said it was a city that respected labour. “There will not be any region of India whose people do not live on the land of Surat- a kind of Mini Hindustan,” he added. Recalling the time during the early decades of this Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration and foundation laying ceremony of various projects, in Bhavnagar on Thursday. ANI The projects spread across Surat, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, and Ambaji are aimed at developing world-class infrastructure, enhancing mobility, and significantly improving the ease of living in the state In Surat, the PM inaugurated Phase-I of road infrastructure works and the main entrance of Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City. He also laid the foundation stone of Phase II of the project He laid the foundation stone of a biodiversi- ty park, which is being built in an area of over 87 hectares from the Dr Hedgewar Bridge to the Bhimrad-Bamrolli Bridge He also inaugurated the Khoj Museum at the Science Centre in Surat century, when 3 Ps i.e. public-private partnership was discussed in the world, the PM remarked that Surat was an example of 4 P. “4 P means people, public, private partner- ship. This model makes Surat special,” he added. He said that today Surat figured among the fastest growing cities in the world, a far cry from the days when the city’s name was defamed for epidemics and floods. He elaborated on the benefits of a biodiversity park in the civic life of Surat. Highlighting the positive effects after the formation of the doubleengine government, the PM said the construction of houses and other facilities provided to the poor and middle-class families of Surat has gone up significantly. Underlining the benefits derived from the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the PM pointed out that about 40 million poor patients have received free treatment in the country so far. Talking about Surat's textile and diamond business, Mr Modi noted that it sustained the lives of many families across the country. The PM further pointed out that when the DREAM City project was completed, Surat would develop into one of the safest and most convenient diamond trading hubs in the world. Underlining the infrastructure development in the city, the PM said the road connectivity from the city to the airport reflected the culture, prosperity, and modernity of Surat. He was quick to remark on the previous governments in Delhi which did not pay much heed to the need for an airport in the city. “See today, how many flights operate from here, how many people land here every day,” the PM said, recalling that a similar situation arose when the approval for the Surat metro was required. LAC row:Rajnath reviews defence preparedness in Arunachal Pradesh Kremlin to annex 4 regions of Ukraine STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot briefing media in the Capital on Thursday. SNS I won't contest these elections in this atmosphere, with moral responsibility Congress leader Digvijaya Singh meets party leader Shashi Tharoor, in New Delhi on Thursday. ANI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot today said he will not run for Congress president, leaving former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Sonia Gandhi loyalist Digvijaya Singh and party MP from Kerala to fight it out for the top post. Mr Gehlot's remarks came after the veteran leader met with the party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence at 10 Janpath in the national capital. The Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot further apologized for the ruckus in the Rajasthan Congress triggered by his loyalists over a possible leadership change in the state after Mr Gehlot was set to file his nomination papers for the election of the Congress party president. Mr Gehlot told mediapersons that whatever happened in the state in the past two days had shocked everyone.Further in his address to the media persons, Gehlot said that he won't contest the elections in this atmosphere. "I won't contest these elections in this atmosphere, with moral responsibility," Gehlot said. On being asked if he would remain Rajasthan CM, Gehlot said, “I won't decide that, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will decide that.” “One-line resolution is our tradition. Unfortunately, a situation arose that resolution wasn’t passed. It was my moral responsibility (to pass the resolution), but despite being a CM I couldn’t get it passed,” Mr Gehlot added.Talking to reporters, Gehlot said the party works under the Congress president and decisions will be taken in the time to come. He said Congress workers worry about the direction in which the country is heading and tackling the issue was more important. The party had issued notices to three loyalists of Ashok Gehlot over their actions in the political crisis in Rajasthan. However, the chief minister was not named for disciplinary action in the report. The show cause notices were issued to Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) Chairman Dharmendra Rathore, the party's chief whip Mahesh Joshi, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal. AICC in-charge Ajay Maken and Mallikarjun Kharge had earlier submitted a written report to Sonia Gandhi that disciplinary action should be taken against the three Gehlot loyalists. With Mr Gehlot pulling out, it is a Digvijaya Singh versus Shashi Tharoor contest in the October 17 election. Both will file their nominations tomorrow. Digvijaya Singh met with Shashi Tharoor after announcing his decision to contest. Sharing a photo of the two hugging, Mr Tharoor tweeted: “I welcome his candidacy for the Presidency of our Party. We both agreed that ours is not a battle between rivals but a friendly contest among colleagues. All we both want is that whoever prevails, Congress will win!" As per information, Mr Tharoor will visit 24 Akbar Road at 12.15 p.m. tomorrow. He will subsequently hold a press conference at 1.00 pm at his residence on 97 Lodhi Estate (opposite Airforce Bal Bharti Public School).Meanwhile, Mr Digvijaya Singh will also file his nomination tomorrow between 11 am and 3 pm. KYIV, 29 SEPTEMBER NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER Amidst the ongoing military stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh, defence minister Rajnath Singh today visited the forward areas of 3 Corps in Anini, a village in the Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh, and declared that the Indian military was fully capable of protecting the nation from all kinds of threats. He made an on-the-ground assessment of the country’s defence preparedness along the LAC, taking stock of the entire gamut of security-related aspects. Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Manoj Pande, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command Lt Gen. R P Kalita, and other senior officers of the Indian Army accompanied the minister who also interacted with the troops.After Union minister for defence, Rajnath Singh visits Anini village, in Dibang valley. ANI his visit to the forward areas, Mr Singh held an interaction with the armed forces personnel in Tezpur, Assam. In his address, he commended the dedication and sacrifice of the soldiers posted at the borders, bravely protecting the sovereignty, unity, and integrity of the country.Mr Singh termed the armed forces as the reason behind the strength and confidence of the nation. He said that strengthening India’s military prowess has been the government’s top priority ever since it came to power, with the focus on equipping the three services with state-of-the-art weapons/ equipment through an ‘Aatmanirbhar’ defence industry. He appreciated the fact that the government’s efforts have resulted in making the military strong. He lauded the armed forces for instilling a sense of national pride and patriotism among the people, especially the youth, by displaying their strength and courage from time to time. He pointed out that India’s international image has completely been transformed due to the bold decisions taken by PM as well as the gallant deeds of the armed forces. Russia confirmed on Thursday it will formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on living under Moscow’s rule that the Ukrainian government and the West denounced as illegal and rigged. Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony on Friday in the Kremlin when four regions of Ukraine will be officially folded into Russia, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Peskov said the proMoscow administrators of the regions will sign treaties to join Russia during the ceremony at the Kremlin’s St. George’s Hall. The US and its Western allies have sharply condemned the votes as “sham” and vowed never to recognize their results. SEE PG10 DIFFERENT STROKES Children use a makeshift raft at a flooded area near the Yamuna river which continued to flow above danger mark. The water level in Yamuna in Delhi has receded slightly but it is still above danger mark and the affected people will have to wait for a few more days before they can return to their houses in low-lying areas along the river, in the Capital on Thursday. SUBRATA DUTTA All women entitled to safe & legal abortion, distinction based on marital status unconstitutional : SC SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 29 SEPTEMBER In a ground-breaking judgment on women's reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, the Supreme Court on Thursday said all women are entitled to safe and legal abortion, and the distinction between married, unmarried women is unconstitutional. The top court said unmarried women are also entitled to seek abortion of pregnancy in the term of 20-24 weeks arising out of a consensual relationship. A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said the exclusion of unmarried women, who conceive out of live-in relationship, from the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Rules is unconstitutional. “All women are entitled to safe and legal abortion,” the top court said. It added that the rights of reproductive autonomy give an unmarried woman similar rights as a married woman. The Supreme Court noted that the 2021 amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, does not make a distinction between married and unmarried The Supreme Court noted that the 2021 amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, does not make a distinction between married and unmarried women women. The top court said the artificial distinction between married and unmarried women cannot be sustained. "Women must have autonomy to have free exercise of rights...," noted the bench.The Bench said, "Any pregnancy alleged to be The Bench also held that a woman need not prove the commission of rape or sexual assault to seek termination of pregnancy under the MTP Act. caused by force by a pregnant woman is rape." The Bench which also included Justices AS Bopanna and JB Pardiwala, said that marital rape has to be considered as falling within the meaning of 'rape' for the purpose of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and Rules and in order to save women from forceful pregnancy.“Married women may also form the part of the class of survivors of sexual assault or rape. The ordinary meaning of the word rape is sexual intercourse with a person without consent or against their will. Regardless of whether such forced intercourse occurs in the context of matrimony, a woman may become pregnant as a result of non-consensual sexual intercourse performed upon her by her husband,” the Bench said. Pronouncing the judgement, the Bench said, "We would be remiss in not recognising that intimate partner violence is the reality and can take the form of rape. The misconception that strangers are exclusively or almost exclusively responsible for sex and gender-based violence is a deeply regrettable one. Sex and gender-based violence in all its form in the context of the family have long formed a part of the lived experiences of women.” The Bench also held that a woman need not prove the commission of rape or sexual assault to seek termination of pregnancy under the MTP Act. ‘Adultery creates pain in family, forces should have disciplinary proceedings’ The Supreme Court on Thursday said that adultery creates pain in the family and the armed forces should have disciplinary proceedings against their officers for the offence. A five-judge bench, headed by Justice K.M. Joseph, said adultery can shake discipline, which is of paramount importance, in the armed forces, while adding that family is the unit of the society and everybody is dependent on it. “This conduct can shake up the life of the officers,” noted the bench , also comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi, Anirud- dha Bose, Hrishikesh Roy, and C.T. Ravikumar, adding that the integrity of society is based on the faithfulness of one spouse to another. The bench made these observations after Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan, representing the Centre, submitted that a plea seeking clarification of the 2018 judgment has been filed.It further added that armed forces must have some kind of mechanism for disciplinary proceedings against their officers for adultery and this issue should not be taken lightly.
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