WEDNESDAY ‘MILITARY TALKS POSITIVE’, INDIA-CHINA JT STATEMENT 14 OCTOBER, 2020 twitter.com/TheMornStandard STUDY IN INDIA COURSES FOR FOREIGNERS To attract students from abroad, short duration courses to be offered in IITs A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 7 NEW DELHI J8.00 HC’s stinker on denial of dignity in death to Hathras victim Asks why district magistrate has not been transferred yet; directs Uttar Pradesh government to draw up a draft policy on dealing with such situations in future N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Green norms relaxed for dam project New Delhi: To reduce the outflow of Ravi river water to Pakistan, the Forest Advisory Committee of Union environment ministry has decided to let go the mandatory norms of compensatory afforestation for diversion of forest land for construction of Shahpurkandi Dam project in Punjab. According to officials, the project will reduce the water flowing into Pakistan and will help save the water that could be utilised for irrigation in Punjab and the UTs of J&K. 12 hours PAGES 12 Duration of the seventh corps commander-level meeting on Monday ■ “China does not recognise Ladakh UT and Arunachal Pradesh,” its foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said | P7 Centre allows 20 states to raise `68,825 cr via market borrowings A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi A day after the GST Council meeting failed to arrive at a consensus on how to bridge the GST revenue shortfall, the Centre on Tuesday allowed 20 states to raise `68,825 crore through open market borrowings. These states had agreed with the first option given by the Centre to borrow money under a special RBI window. The 20 states are: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. “Additional borrowing permission has been granted at the rate of 0.50% of the Gross State Domestic Product to those States that have opted for Option 1,” a statement from the finance ministry read. At the press meet on Monday after the inconclusive GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said, “Just because there is no consensus, it does not mean no decision can be taken.” Eight states are yet to exercise either of the two options mooted by the Centre. The finance ministry statement said, “Action on the special borrowing window is being taken separately”, which means the gover nment is no mood to negotiate any further on the is- sue. The finance ministry had on May 17 provided additional borrowing limit of up to 2% of GSDP to the states. The final instalment of 0.5% (out of this 2% limit) was linked to carrying out three out of the four reforms stipulated by the Centre. However, to sweeten the deal, the Centre said it will waive the reform conditions in the final instalment in view of the Covid pandemic. Officials said states that haven’t opted any option mooted by the Centre will get their share from the cess. But, if there is shortfall, it will be carried over to the next year. WILL MOVE SC: KERALA FM Kerala FM Thomas Isaac said nine states will jointly approach the SC if the Centre insists that states borrow up to `1.1 lakh crore as compensation on account of GST implementation SC comes down on AG goes after brothers for refusing TV trial of maintenance to father pending HIDDEN AGENDA CBI officials arrive in the Hathras village on Tuesday to investigate the case of Dalit girl’s gang-raped and murder | PTI Law student says never accused Chinmayanand SHARP POSERS N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Hathras SP was transferred but not the DM. Why different yardsticks for two district officers? Why did Prashant Kumar, ADG (Law and Order), Lucknow, cite the FCL lab report to make the no-rape claim when he was not directly connected with the probe, which is still pending? Isn’t the police aware of the amendments to the definition of rape in 2013, which says mere absence of semen is not conclusive evidence in rape cases? The bench took Prashant Kumar, ADG (Law and Order) to task over his claim that the rape was not proved, as the FSL report did not show any traces of semen on her body “No one should in. dulge in character assassination of the victim just as the accused should not be pronounced guilty before a fair trial,” the order read, adding the probe agency and the courts should be allowed to P7 determine them. IN a major twist to the alleged sexual exploitation case filed against former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, the victim, a law student, turned hostile while deposing in the special MP/ MLA court in Lucknow. Sh enow faces perjury charge. The victim, who was pursuing LLM course from a college run by Chinmayanand, had appeared before the court on Tuesday to depose during the trial. In her statement, she categorically denied having made any allegations against the former minister. Chinmayanand was booked IPC Sections 376C (sexual intercourse by a person in authority), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the student’s complaint. He was arrested on September 20, 2019, and sent to jail but was later released on bail. After the girl’s statement, STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 2,036 45 -3,036 Cumulative 2,86,880 5,854 21,490 3,14,224 Occupied Vacant 5,109 891 278 C O V I D W A T C H TESTING STATUS (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Hospital 16,117 Care centre 8,137 Health centre 527 the prosecution lawyer immediately moved an application under Section 340 of CrPC seeking an action against her for perjury . Judge PK Rai directed his office to register the application and asked the prosecution to furnish a copy of the application to the victim and the accused. He then posted the hearing on the perjury application for October 15. The victim had lodged an FIR in New Delhi on September 5, 2019. Earlier, her father had lodged another FIR in Shahjahanpur on August 27. A charge sheet was later filed against Chinmayanand. In the meantime, the state government set up an SIT following the Supreme Court directive and started the probe under the supervision of the Allahabad High Court. In two statements recorded before the SIT and before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC, the victim had reiterated her charges. Since she has turned hostile, I have moved an application under Section 340 of the Criminal Procedure Code (pressing for perjury charge against her) —Abhay Tripathi, prosecution lawyer D E L H I EXPRESS READ Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was released on Tuesday evening after remaining in detention for 14 months since scrapping of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&K state by centre on August 5 last year. Unlike other released mainstream leaders, who remained quiet after their release, Mehbooba will hold a press conference on Friday to announce her future strategy. P8 China said push is the root cause of problems between the two countries facebook.com/TheMorningStandard Mufti released, will hold press meet on Oct 16 ■ Both sides agreed not to turn differences into disputes, India’s a joint statement by the two armies said on Tuesday infrastructure epaper.morningstandard.in COMING down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government over the hurried cremation of an alleged gangrape and murder victim in Hathras in the dead of night, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court called it an infringement of human rights of the victim and her family . In its 11-page order a day after hearing the victim’s family and senior officials after taking suo motu cognisance of the matter - a division bench comprising Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajan Roy directed the state authorities to draw up a draft policy to deal with such situations is future. “The facts and circumstances, as of now, ex facie, reveal that the decision to cremate the victim in the night without handing over the body to the family members or their consent though in the name of law and order situation, is prima facie an infringement upon the human rights of the victim and her family “ it said. , “We do not at this stage find any good reason... as to why they could not hand over the body to the family members for some time, say for even half an hour, to enable them to perform their rituals at home and thereafter to cremate it either in the night or next day .” The court said that the victim was, at least, entitled to a decent cremation. “Cremation is one of the ‘Sanskars’ i.e., antim sanskar recognized as an important ritual which could not have been compromised taking shelter of law & order situation,” the court said. The question, the court said, was whether the hasty cremation — without showing her face to the family and not allowing them to undertake the necessary rituals — amounts to gross violation of fundamental/human rights. “If so, who is responsible for the same so as to fix their accountability and liability and how the family of the victim be compensated for it,” the order said. China opposes development in Ladakh 11,008 6,290* 249 HOME ISOLATION : 12,176 11,023 43,934 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today Rapid antigen test conducted in city 37,14,323 1,95,490 Total tests done so far Tests per million Calls received in control room: 313 Containment zones as on date 2,747 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1461 Total number of calls refused : NILL *956 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR OCTOBER 13 court cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi EXPRESSING concern over the unbridled commentary by the electronic media on sub-judice matters, Attorney General K K Venugopal said on Tuesday this is being done to influence judges and public perception. “Today, when I watch TV, I see comments about the bail application based on statements made to police. Channels play conversations when a bail plea is coming up, causing damage to the accused,” the AG told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar, which had assembled to hear a contempt petition against advocate Prashant Bhushan. The charges pertain to Bhushan’s interview to Tehelka magazine in 2009 in which he said half of India’s CJIs till then were corrupt. Venugopal also cited the Rafale case, pointing out how articles appeared in some papers on the same day the court was to hear petitions against the deal. “This (media trial) issue needs to be addressed as well,” the AG said. The Attorney General had defended the government when Bhushan and former Union ministers Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha challenged the deal before the Supreme Court. The bench asked AG to sit with senior lawyers Rajiv Dhawan and Kapil Sibal for reframing of the questions and slated the hearing for November first week. The court had also requested senior advocate Harish Salve, who was appearing in this matter as amicus curiae since 2009, to assist the bench on the next date of hearing. come to you because of your father. How can you two now THE Supreme Court came enjoy it without giving him down heavily at two brothers his monetary share at least?” for resisting monetary main- the bench questioned. tenance to their father, who The case relates to a family has been forced to fend for in Delhi. While the two sons himself in the twilight of his live with their wives and chillife. dren in the ancestral house in A bench headed by the Karol Bagh area, Justice A M the father was forced Khanwilkar told the to move out. lawyer of the brothThe bench asked ers that they cannot the sons to work out treat their father like You are not doing a decent arrangeany favour to him. this and that giving ment so that their faHe is your father. him adequate mainther could live well. It has been tenance was a duty submitted before The top court also cast on them under opined that `7,000 us that both of you are working in per month was not the law. MNCs. Don’t “You are not doing sufficient. forget that you any favour to him. A tribunal court are everything He is your father. It had ordered the two because of him has been submitted sons to pay `7,000 as before us that both maintenance to their Supreme Court of you are working father. But, they chalbench in MNCs. Don’t forlenged the order in get that you are evethe Delhi high court rything because of him,” the citing provisions of the Mainjudge told the sons. tenance and Welfare of ParThe bench’s observation ents and Senior Citizens Act, came after the father’s coun- 2007. sel pointed out that the duo The high court admitted the was also in possession of an- petition and stayed the tribucestral property and was get- nal court’s order to pay mainting rental income from it. tenance, forcing the father to “Even this property has move the Supreme Court. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TOXIC BLAME GAME OVER POLLUTION PLAYS OUT IN CAPITAL Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia blames Centre as city’s air quality hits an eight-month low, figures in ‘very poor’ category for the first time this season | P5 SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACK Trolled Tanishq chickens out, nixes interfaith advert; activists fume EXPRESS N E WS S E RVI CE @ New Delhi HIGH-END jewellery brand Tanishq on Tuesday withdrew an advertisement promoting interfaith marriage a day after it was severely trolled on social media. Tanishq said its decision was driven by the fact that the advert had drawn ‘divergent and severe reactions’. A section of the social media users alleged it was promoting ‘love jihad’ — a term used by hardline Hindutva groups to characterise Muslim men who allegedly entice Hindu girls to fall in love with them in order to promote religious conversion. And their #BoycottTanishq hashtag was trending. Among those who trolled it was actor Kangana Ranaut. Released on October 9 to promote the jewellery line Ekatvam (oneness), the video docu- SHEKHAR YADAV mented how a Muslim family was preparing for the baby shower of their Hindu daughter-in-law. The idea was to celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life and celebrate the beauty of oneness, said Tanishq, which is part of the Titan group. Academics and activists condemned the withdrawal. Feminist historian Uma Chakravarti said, “This is typical of the market which may think something is trendy and acceptable but not standing up to its own philosophy later.” Former Delhi Minorities Commission chairperson Zafarul Islam Khan said the withdrawal of the advert was a ‘bad commentary’ on the country. “You can’t say anything. You will be hounded and trolled by thousands...it’s sad,” he said. CONTINUED ON P8
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