TIRUPATI l TUESDAY l JULY 31, 2018 l `5.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION BILL ON DEATH TO CHILD RAPE CONVICTS PASSED IN LS The Lok Sabha on Monday passed bill seeking to provide death penalty to those convicted of raping girls less than 12 years old MINIMUM OF 20 YEARS IN PRISON OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL Stringent punishment for rape of a girl under 12 years has been provided with the minimum jail term being 20 years which may go up to life in prison or death sentence. Gangrape of a girl under 12 years of age will invite punishment of jail term for the rest of life, or death ■ ■ Minimum punishment in cases of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of seven years to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment For rape of a girl under 16, minimum punishment increased from 10 to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for rest of life 2-month DEADLINE TO COMPLETE TRIAL IN ALL RAPE CASES CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 2013 SC orders updating the NRC GVL moves privilege notice against MPs May 2015 Process to file applications begin for inclusion in NRC Vijayawada: BJP Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao on Monday moved a Breach of Privilege notice against TDP leaders for openly threatening him of dire consequences for “exposing the negligence” of AP government in enforcing the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone for Prakasam district. SC snubs Maran, asks him to face trial court New Delhi: Days after the Madras HC saw illegality in the discharge of former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran, who heads the Sun TV group, in the telephone exchange scam, the apex court on Monday refused to give them any relief in their appeal against facing trial. Modi greets Imran, hopes democracy will take root R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Imran Khan, Chairperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recent general elections. Expressing hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan, Modi reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood. “Will take oath as Prime Minister on 11th of next month (August),” Imran was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan. “I have also decided about Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM, which I will announce in the next 48 hours. Whatever I have decided is in the best interests of the people,” he said while addressing PTI members of the provincial assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PTI spokesman Naeemul Haque hoped the president would call an assembly session and Khan could take oath as premier before Independence Day . Aug 2015 Window for receipt of applications closes People wait to check their names on the updated National Register of Citizens in Nagaon, Assam on Monday | PTI LOOKING AHEAD 1 2 3 4 5 6 Forms for those who want to file claims and/ or objections will be available from August 7 Forms to be submitted between August 30 and September 28 at NRC seva kendras Final NRC list will only be published after all claims are scrutinised; no deadline yet Until then all those whose names are not in the list will continue to enjoy all Those who are out of the final list can approach the Foreigners Tribunal for relief If they fail to get relief, they can approach the Gauhati high court and even the SC 40 lakh fewer citizens in Assam’s draft register Those left out can file appeal; will continue to enjoy social welfare benefits though EC will take call on voting rights E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Guwahati/New Delhi OVER 40 lakh people have been left out of Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), released on Monday. Those who couldn’t make it would not be construed as foreigners, the government said, but they run the risk of losing their voting rights. Registrar General of India Sailesh said as many as 3,29,91,384 people had sought to be included in the NRC. But the names of only 2,89,83,677 applicants figured in the updated document, leaving out 40,07,707 names. Out of the total 3.29 applicants, the first draft published on December 31 last year had 1.9 crore names. Later, 1.5 lakh names were kept in abeyance. The citizenship fate of 1.39 crore applicants was to be decided in the second draft, released on Monday. Sailesh and NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela declined to give the break-up such as district-wise names of those omitted. Sources said bulk of those who could not make the cut include both Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims. “People, whose names haven’t figured in NRC, need not worry Neither will they be branded foreigners nor will punitive . action be taken against them. They will not be sent to the detention centres either. They will get an opportunity to file claims and objections. The names of no genuine Indians will be left out once the entire exercise is over,” Sailesh said. The Centre also sought to assuage concerns with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying no coercive action will be taken against anyone. “This is a draft and not the final list...” he said. FULL COVERAGE: P7 Bengalis and Biharis are the target: Mamata West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee termed NRC a ‘move to forcefully evict Bengalis and Biharis out of Assam’, triggering speculation that the TMC might use the issue to forge Bengali nationalism in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections Future tense for those who didn’t make it P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Mayong (Assam) ANXIETY and fear of deportation were writ large on the faces of residents of this sleepy hamlet on Monday. However, there were no loud protests — a stony silence prevailed in the area. Paran Majumdar sat quietly with his family members in his home at Bordia village in Mayong of Morigaon district, stunned by the fact that his name did not figure in the draft NRC. He says he has been living in Assam for 48 years since his birth. “We migrated to Assam from West Bengal in 1975 and settled down at Teteliguri in Morigaon district. In 1989, we shifted to Bordia. Despite being genuine Indian citizens, our names haven’t figured in draft NRC. We are at a loss,” Paran, a farmer, tells TNIE. In his eight-member family , which includes his mother Tapasha Majumdar, only his wife Kalpana Majumdar’s name made the cut. Dec 2017 First NRC draft containing 1.90 crore names published July 2018 Complete draft with 2.89 crore names published Some people may not have been able to submit necessary documents and they’ll get full opportunity through the claims and objections processer Rajnath Singh THE BIG NUMBERS Seafood ban costs 50,000 their daily bread & butter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kakinada THE ban imposed by certain northeast States on the import of “formalin-laced” seafood from Andhra Pradesh for the last one month has hit the livelihoods of more than 50,000 people in East Godavari alone. Local aqua farmers have rebutted all claims of contamination and are waiting for the impasse to lift. On an average, 1.50 lakh tonnes of seafood is exported from both the Godavari districts in a month. Of this, around 40,000 tonnes is fish of various types. Over 2.50 acres in West Godavari is dedicated to aqua farming and 10 containers, each holding 10 tonnes of fish, is exported every day “One tonne rakes . in around `1 lakh depending upon the size and variety of the fish,’’ a farmer from the district said. Newer technologies allow the production of around 30 tonnes of seafood in a three- month period. “Once fish is taken out of the pond, it has to be transported to various places and it is then that for malin comes into the picture,’’ another farmer said adding that some ryots use chemicals to keep the fish alive and others pump oxygen into the water to keep the fish alive. As the fish can’t be exported now, the farmers have to bear the additional burden of feeding and storing their produce and also have to recycle the water used continually. “There is also a chance of fish contracting diseases,” a source said. “The fish are good for sale for a three-month-period, keeping them any longer will require heavy investments,” a far mer explained. Fisheries Department joint director P Jaya Rao told TNIE that some importers were just not willing to overlook formalin presence in fish. 3,29,91,384 Gas cutter outs A’pur Total number of applicants 2,89,83,677 Names in final draft 40,07,707 Total missing names 52,000 Officials involved in NRC updation ‘Want allparty mtg’ The Congress on Monday asked the government to convene an allparty meeting on NRC and inform the opposition on the steps it proposes to take to ensure no Indian citizen is left out bank thieves’ identity EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Anantapur ANANTAPUR police got vital clues in the `35-lakh robbery at the SBI JNTU Anantapur branch and teams are on the hunt for the offenders in three states apart from AP . The two maksed offenders, whose images could not be obtained as the CCTVs installed in the bank were damaged, left behind a gas cutter and gas cylinder which they used to make a dent in the cash chest, gave vital clues to the police. Investigators came to know that the cutter was purchased in Bengaluru from a private gas agency. The agency told police two Hindi-speaking persons paid `10,000 as advance for the equipment through a debt card. The police got the bank account number, telephone number and also the video grabs of the robbers through the CCTVs installed in the agency. The police are also examining the call data of the phone numbers available through the bank account. “We suspect the offenders are from Maharasthra,’’ an investigating officer said. After examining the surveillance camera recordings at various toll gates and a private apartment in Anantapur. District SP GVG Ashok Kumar said four special teams were formed to track down the offenders. “One team is on the trail of the robbers by using the same route they travelled, while the other teams are searching in Odisha and Telangana. A dedicated team is matching the fingerprints that the clues teams gathered from the bank with those at the two bank robberies that took place in Anakapalle of Visakhapatnam district in May this year. We are suspecting the involvement of notorious Gangadhar gang in the robbery an official said. ,’’ POLICY WONKS Just 4,000 vie to take lateral entry route to higher bureaucracy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE government’s offer to let outsiders join the bureaucracy at a senior level has received a poor response, with just 4,000 applications coming in. The aim was to recruit talented and motivated people on a three-year contract, extendable upto five years, and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) invited applications for 10 posts at the jointsecretary level. July 30 was the deadline to apply . W h e n a n n o u n c e d t wo months ago, the scheme generated much debate, with many criticizing it. Some claimed it would only open the door for political appointments in government departments. But hardly any prominent personalities have applied, a People are not coming forward as many working in corporate houses don’t want to join the government set up... Many also believe it would not be easy to work with bureaucrats who have been there for years Prashant Jha, business lead, Laksh Human Resource source said, adding that some retired government officials and experts from various fields have sent in their names. On why the turnout was so low, a senior government official said many people working in corporate houses believe there would be political interference in the recruitment process and hence they wouldn’t stand a chance. Human-resource experts said most people don’t want to take risks at the age of 40-45. “There are many reasons. People are not coming forward as many working in corporate houses don’t want to join the government set up. Visit any good corporate office and a government department and you can see the difference. Many also believe it would not be easy to work with bureaucrats who have been there for years,” said Prashant Jha, business lead, Laksh Human Resource. MARATHA MOB FURY Violence broke out during the Maratha quota agitation in Chakan with protesters torching public transport vehicles | P SACHIN A man committed suicide on Monday as protesters resorted to violence and arson at separate places in Maharashtra, pressing for their demand for reservation in jobs and education. Four police officials were injured in stone pelting Nearly 70 vehicles, including state and civic-run buses and those of the police, were damaged or torched in Chakan, near Pune. The police fired tear gas shells and resorted to lathicharge at several places to disperse the mob Traffic on the Pune-Nashik road was crippled and buses headed to the cities were cancelled due to the stir. Maratha organisations had given a call for a bandh in the Chakan area on Monday. Protesters also clashed with the police in Solapur district | P7 Little impact on Vizag The State government is taking steps to discourage farmers from using formalin to preserve fish. Now, products will be stamped ‘formalin-free’ before being exported. Though East and West Godavari districts export the highest amount of seafood from the State, Vizag too is not far behind. Interestingly, the district has not been afected much by the ban as farmers there do not use a lot of formalin. Most farmers invest around `1 lakh on their ponds every year. Anywhere between 4,000 and 25,000 fish can be maintained in a pond, NO OBJECTION TO POLAVARAM PROJECT: TS The Telangana government responded to a petition filed by Odisha in the Supreme Court asking for the irrigation project’s works to be stopped, saying it was not inconvenienced by the scheme. P5 Karunanidhi’s condition remains stable, says Stalin EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Chennai THE condition of DMK chief M Karunanidhi remained stable on Monday even as a host of leaders, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) founder Sharad Pawar visited the Kauvery Hospital, where the former CM is being treated, in Chennai. After a long night and day for anxious DMK cadre gathered outside the hospital in Alwarpet, party working president MK Stalin, before leaving the hospital in the evening, said his father’s condition remained stable. “His condition is stable as stated in the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital yesterday. Doctors are giving him treatment. His condition is being closely monitored,” Stalin said. On Sunday night, the hospital had issued a bulletin stating that leader had suffered a ‘transient setback’ but that his vital signs were normalising. The bulletin came after rumours caused hours of tension and fear among the cadre. On Monday the situation outside the , hospital was calmer, with partymen continuing their chants and slogans urging their leader to get well and come out soon. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, visited earlier in the day and stated that Karunanidhi’s condition was stable.
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