FRIDAY 09 OCTOBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in BIG DROP IN INDIA’S SULPHUR DIOXIDE EMISSIONS IN 2019 facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard HATHRAS The country was nonetheless the world’s top SO2 emitter for the fifth consecutive year, a study by Greenpeace India found LETTER PLEADING INNOCENCE Four accused alleges the victim’s family was involved in causing fatal injuries to her A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 SO2 EMISSIONS INCREASE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASES AND LUNG CANCER Chennai, Vizag among the hotspots ■ The top emission hotspots include thermal power stations in Singrauli, Neyveli, Korba, Chennai, Ramagundam, Visakhapatnam, Talcher, Kutch, Surat, Chandrapur and Koradi ■ Report noted that most power plants lack flue desulphurisation units, which are critical in cutting So2 emissions Freedom of speech among most abused recently: CJI Chief Justice of India Bobde tears apart Centre’s affidavit on Tablighi Jamaat issue, says it’s full of unnecessary & nonsensical averments EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FREEDOM of speech is one of the most abused freedoms in recent times, the Supreme Court on Thursday said while pulling up the Central government for its affidavit in which it has denied that media reports linking the initial spurt in coronavirus cases in India to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi were fake. The court said the affidavit was full of unnecessary and SHORT-CHANGED Andhra Pradesh Tamil Nadu Delhi Telangana Kerala West Bengal `4,800 cr `4,231 cr `3,000 cr `2,638 cr `900 cr `560 cr nonsensical averments. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde was hearing a batch of petitions alleging that a section of the media was spreading communal hatred over the congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March. The petitioners wanted the court to lay down guidelines on curbing fake news. The government’s affidavit spoke about the need for press freedom and said dissemination of facts by the media, even `3,000 cr `2,900 cr `915 cr `487 cr A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi An Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet fires flares during a parade to mark the 88th Air Force Day at Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad, on Thursday | PARVEEN NEGI CRICKET SEARCH ON FOR INDIA’S KIT SPONSOR They might be the hottest cricketing property, but India may head to Australia without a kit sponsor. With no one submitting bids in August, BCCI is yet to decide whether to extend the deadline or not | P11 TODAY’S IPL MATCH RAJASTHAN VS DELHI Having lost three matches in a row, RR return to Sharjah where they have won two. DC are the team in form. Expect a run-feast between the two. ODDS : RR 5/4 | DC 8/11 LIVE: STAR SPORTS 1/HOTSTAR @ 7.30PM FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently revealed that some states got more than their fair share of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) while some others received less. While she assured the short-credited states that the entire unsettled IGST dues since 201718 totalling `24,000 crore will be disbursed in a week’s time, she said those who were given excess money will not have to return it. The finance ministry has blamed devolution error for the payout mismatch but a cursory look at the list of states that were short-changed and those that got a windfall shows a possible political bias. According to data reviewed by this newspaper, most states that got excess IGST are BJP-ruled ones, while those who lost out have other parties in power. Andhra Pradesh was short-credited `4,800 crore, Tamil Nadu `4,231 crore, Delhi `3,000 crore, Telangana `2,638 crore, Kerala `900 crore and West Bengal `560 crore. At the end of 2017-18, unsettled IGST of `1,76,688 crore was transferred to states. But some states were credited excess money while some others got less. According to the finance ministry the mix-up happened because there , was no formula for distribution of IGST between states and the Centre at that time. But was it merely a technical error? According to the latest CAG report, even after a formula for devolution was arrived at, it was not followed properly . Among the states that received excess IGST in FY18 are Bihar, where NDA is in power (`2,900 crore) and Chhattisgarh (`915 crore). “It was only for 2017-18 when there was a BJP government in Chhattisgarh that the state got `915 crore extra as IGST,” said T S Singh Deo, commercial tax minister. (With inputs from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kochi, Raipur and Kolkata) CURIOUS PAYMENT Maharashtra received `3,000 crore more in 2017-18, when the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government was in power. But after government changed, the state was not paid IGST dues. “We are yet to get `9,000 crore from the Centre,” said Rajgopal Devara, principal secretary (finance), Maharasthra “You have the secretary of this department file an affidavit without making such nonsensical averments stating the petitioners have not shown any instance of bad media report- Brazen logic “Affidavit brazenly says that the petitioners have not pointed out any instance of bad reporting. To say that you don’t agree with the petitioners is one thing but how can you say there is no incident pointed out?” the CJI fumed M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi RAM VILAS PASWAN 5 JULY 1946 8 OCTOBER 2020 HAVE LOST A VALUED COLLEAGUE, SAYS MODI “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. His interventions during Cabinet meetings were insightful, he said, adding, be it political wisdom or issues of governance and statesmanship, he was brilliant A master at sniffing out electoral swings and one of the longest serving Union ministers of India, Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday following cardiac complications, leaving his son and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan to steady the ship of the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) alone in the choppy Bihar elections. Paswan, 74, was arguably a political contrarian who comfortably settled in the company of Socialists and the BJP with ease. A fortuitous turn of events had guided him into politics in the late 1960s despite being assured of a job of sub-inspector of police. With Samyukta Socialist Party scouting for a Dalit to contest the 1969 Bihar Assembly elections, Paswan plunged into electoral politics, and took an envious trajectory , G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi THE Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) elections may be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19. According to university sources, the current office-bearers will continue in their posts in the academic year 2020-21, too. “The schedule for student elections in every central university is decided on the basis of admission schedule. This year, admissions for the undergraduate and the postgraduate courses have seen an unprecedented delay because of coronavirus. The admissions which were expected to end by October will now go on till November 18,” said an official. The delay in academic calendar has had a cascading effect, sources said. The classes for second and third years have started and by the time the classes will begin for the first semester students (fresh batch), exams will start for the second and final years’ students in December. This has brought the DUSU polls under a cloud. As per the Lyngdoh Committee set up in 2006, student union elections should be conducted within six to seven POLL EXERCISE 1971: Direct elections for DUSU started 1956-1971: Indirect elections 49+: No of colleges that participate 2 lakh (approx): No of students who participate Guns and glory amid MP Assembly bypolls in Chambal IN the land where twirling moustaches are a symbol of pride, guns are a natural choice for any battle — electoral or personal. Welcome to Madhya Pradesh’s badlands of GwaliorChambal where unforgiving ravines and their treacherous spread hide more than what meets the eye. That’s one feature of it — years after the government wiped out bandits. The figures of licensed guns deposited at police stations in seven districts of the region ahead of the Assembly bypolls speak volumes about the harsh reality Over 1.04 lakh licensed . guns have so far been deposited following the model code of conduct and district adminis- tration orders, shows data collected by this paper. Police sources say the deposited licensed weapons include 12 bore guns, 315 bore rifles, besides revolvers and pistols. Maximum 29,000 guns have been deposited in Gwalior district, followed by 27,000 in Morena, 22,000 in Bhind, 10,000 in Shivpuri, 8,000-plus in Datia, 4,500-plus in Guna and 3,800plus in Ashok Nagar. In the other districts, the number is much less – 7,000 in Sagar, 2,500-plus in Indore, 5,500 plus in Dhar and 4,000-plus in Mandsaur. An IPS officer said the gun culture runs in the life blood of the region. Historically, since the Mughal and the British era, the region has been famous for People wait for their turn to deposit their guns at a police station | EXPRESS warriors and guns. Another senior police officer said the quantity and quality of guns held by a family determine its social status. There was a time when holes in tents made by bullets fired in air de- becoming part of the troika consisting of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar politics. He was a doting father to Chirag, arranging a special screening of his debut movie in Parliament annexe. While he was well aware of his political limitations, his son has taken an ambitious decision to go it alone in the forthcoming polls. The LJP could now hope to whip up a sympathy wave across the Gangetic north in Bihar to consolidate its Dalit vote base. Unlike BSP boss Mayawati, who could script social engineering in Uttar Pradesh, the influence of Paswan’s party Papa... you are not in this world any more but I know wherever you are, you will always be with me. Miss you papa Chirag Paswan, LJP chief DUSU elections unlikely this year, office-bearers to get extended term MACHISMO A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal ing,” the CJI said and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to ensure that a fresh affidavit is filed. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, who was representing the petitioner, submitted that the government has claimed that the issue involves muzzling of free speech. “Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms of recent times,” Bobde remarked. The court also asked the government to bring on record all statutes with regard to regulating TV channels. Referring to Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the bench said the Act only covers cable TV signals, and asked if the government had the power to ban the signals. “This power is exercisable only in relation to cable TV networks and not in relation to TV signals like Doordarshan etc. Does the government have any power to ban the signals? Their affidavit says they had issued advisories,” the CJI said. He was a political contrarian WINDFALL Maharashtra Bihar Chhattisgarh Punjab IGST MISMATCH. TECH ERROR OR POLITICAL BIAS? RAIN OF FIRE though they may appear to be offensive or distasteful to certain individuals or sections of the society cannot be curtailed , under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. CJI Bobde, however, called the affidavit evasive and expressed disappointment over a junior officer signing it. “You cannot treat this court the way you are treating. Your junior officer, additional secretary (information and broadcasting ministry), has filed the affidavit,” he said. cided the grandeur of marriages in the region, which also has a large number of Army personnel and gun-owning private security guards. The emotional attachment to guns is visible in the Civil Lines police station area of Morena: Farmer Kalicharan Sharma kissed his 12 bore gun before depositing it. “I’m depositing my family’s honour till elections are over. Had we not been ordered to compulsorily deposit the licensed fire-arms for holding free and fair polls, I would have never allowed the family’s pride to go elsewhere.” The long queues of gunwielding licensed weapon holders included an old farmer, Vrindavan. “I’m the father of five sons, plus one non-living — 315 bore gun that protects me and my family Depositing this . gun is like surrendering my son to someone....” Out of the 28 Assembly seats going to polls on November 3, 16 are in Gwalior-Chambal. weeks after admissions. “Even the newly admitted students will study online. Unlike other universities, DU student elections are much hyped and lakhs of students participate in campaigning and voting. I don’t think the varsity will risk the students,” said Pankaj Garg, a Rajdhani College professor and former Academic Council (AC) member. Another teacher said a few colleges that do not come under DUSU, such as Lady Irwin College, has conducted student council elections online. “But in DUSU’s case, digital option is impossible as lakhs of students participate. Plus, most of them have gone to their hometown. Although, any official announcement has not made yet, but this year it will not CONTINUED ON P5 happen.” was confined to a few districts in Bihar like Hajipur, Jamui and Samastipur. In 2002, he quit the Vajpayee Cabinet criticising its position on the post-Godhra Gujarat riots, and took a strident stand on having a Muslim chief minister in Bihar after the 2005 state polls threw up a fractured mandate and made him the kingmaker. Two years after exiting the NDA, his party entered the UPA government in 2004 and he became a Union minister. But by 2014, when the BJP’s star was on the ascendant, Paswan had become a vocal supporter of Narendra Modi and joined his government eventually “Barah saal me yug . badal jaata hai (an era changes in 12 years time),” Paswan would later quip in response to questions on his volte-face on the post-Godhra riots CONTINUED ON P8 stance. D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative 2,643 37 -2,726 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 2,72,948 5,653 22,720 3,00,833 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 15,833 5,270 8,137 1073 527 273 10,563 6,085* 254 HOME ISOLATION: 12,890 *979 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 10,125 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 34,75,795 Tests done so far 43,197 Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 1,82,936 Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 2734 Calls received in control room: 594 Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Oct 08 NIA busts Bengaluru ISIS cell, arrests two financiers EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE National Investigation Agency on Thursday arrested two financiers — Ahamed Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir — of a 14-member ISIS module based in Bengaluru. This is the second biggest module to have joined ISIS after Kerala’s Kasargod 22-member module in 2016 who had gone to Afghanistan, the NIA said. According to the NIA, two members of the group were killed in Syria while fighting for the terror group. Some of the remaining members returned in 2014 but many of them are still absconding, it added. Officials said that the 12 ISIS members returned to India after they realised that there was nothing Islamic about ISIS. “Incriminating material” and electronic devices from Cader and Nasir,” the NIA said. Cader, who hails from Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu, is a business analyst with a bank. Nasir, who runs his family business, allegedly radicalised most of the members of the module and arranged finances for the travel of at least its five members. Several operatives have travelled to ISIS-held territories in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan since 2014 but in smaller groups or individually, officials said.
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