BENGALURU WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION 2-HR WINDOW FOR BURSTING FIRECRACKERS DURING DIWALI The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled those who want to burst crackers during Diwali can do so only between 8pm and 10pm USE ONLY GREEN CRACKERS, SAYS COURT WHY THERE IS NO BLANKET BAN People can burst crackers on Christmas and New Year between 11.55 pm and 12.30 am, the court said. A bench comprising justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan ruled that only ‘green’ firecrackers be used in festivals. It also stated categorically that crackers cannot be sold online and warned of strict punishment for any violation ■ ■ The SC’s order came on a plea seeking a ban on the manufacture and sale of firecrackers across the country to curb air pollution The court declined to order a blanket ban saying Article 21 (right to life) also applies to firecracker manufacturers. The SC sought to strike a balance while delivering the judgment A20,000 cr INDIA’S ANNUAL FIRECRACKER SALES, ACCORDING TO INDUSTRY BODY CAIT FIRECRACKERS OKAY, BUT CONDITIONS APPLY E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi GREEN CRACKERS These are crackers with noise and dust kept under permissible levels. Not using ash as a filler material can reduce particulate matter by 15-20%. Crackers with ‘safe water and air sprinklers’ can also suppress dust THE Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to order a country-wide ban on firecrackers but imposed major curbs, including a fixed timeframe for bursting crackers. A bench of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also limited the manufacture and sale of fireworks to only those that conform to permissible smoke and noise levels. The court stressed that only ‘green crackers’ can be manufactured and sold, while imposing a complete ban on the online sale of firecrackers. It added that firecrackers will also have to comply with the prescribed noise levels and also barred the use of some chemicals, including barium salt, in the manufacturing. Firecrackers generating noise level exceeding 125 dB(AI) of 145dB(C) at four metres distance from the point of bursting are banned. “We make it clear that we are concerned not only with Diwali, be it Gurpurab or Christmas, our directions will work across the board,” said Justice Sikri, emphasing this judgment has tried to strike a balance and has relied on the suggestions proposed by the central government. The court took into account all aspects, including the fundamental right EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE High Court gives protection till Monday, directs him to keep all the electronic records safe; arrested DSP suspended, remanded in CBI custody for a week @ Bengaluru BBMP RAPPED FOR FAILING TO FILL POTHOLES The High Court came down heavily on the civic body for failing to free the city of potholes even after one month. “If BBMP can’t work, Bengaluru can’t be closed. Instead BBMP should be closed,” it said. P2 We make it clear that we are concerned not only with Diwali, be it Gurpurab or Christmas, our directions will work across the board - Justice A K Sikri E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi VICTIM OF VENDETTA? Asthana accuses boss Alok Verma of trying to falsely implicate him to hide his own criminal misconduct of influencing investigations in lieu of money When he wanted to arrest bizman Sathish Sana, he was not allowed to do so Instead, based on a complaint from Sana, an FIR was filed against the CBI special director THE fratricidal war within the CBI showed no signs of abating on Tuesday with the agency’s chief Alok Verma withdrawing all cases being probed by his No 2, Rakesh Asthana, including big ones like those against Vijay Mallya, Lalu Prasad Yadav, P Chidambaram and the Agusta deal. For Asthana, a special director in the CBI, it was a mixed day as he got , the Delhi High Court’s protection from arrest after the CBI itself had filed an FIR alleging corruption against him. Justice Najmi Waziri directed the CBI not to take any coercive action against Asthana till October 29. “Don’t disturb the equilibrium till then,” the court said. The court, however, refused to grant a stay on the investigation saying the allegations were of serious nature. It assured Asthana’s lawyer Amarendra Sharan not to worry while directing Asthana to ensure the safety of all electronic records pertaining to the case. Sharan had urged the court to quash the case against Asthana saying it was registered in an illegal manner with mala fide intention. The CBI rebutted saying the charges against Asthana were serious. Later in the day it added fresh , charges of extortion and forgery to the FIR, which names Asthana as the first accused. The FIR was filed on October 15 based on the complaint of a Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Sana, who is involved in another corruption case related to meat exporter Moin Qureshi. On Monday, Deputy SP Devender Kumar, Asthana’s team member, was arrested for allegedly faking Sana’s statement. The special director’s counsel also told the court that prior sanction was necessary for initiating a probe against a serving officer under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act but no such permission was issued by the competent authority - the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). The CBI has sought time to file a detailed reply The court also asked . DoPT and CBI Director Alok Verma to file their response. Meanwhile, a special court sent Kumar to seven-day CBI remand. The CBI suspended him following his arrest. P8, 11 TEACHING MIGRANT WORKERS LOCAL LINGO S H A F E E Q A L I N G A L @ Malappuram A lower primary school in the quaint village of Peruvallur in Kerala’s Malappuram district has gone the extra mile to satiate its quest to teach. Functionaries of the Olakara Government LP School’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA) have launched an exclusive literacy programme for migrant labourers in and around Peruvallur. Having spent many years in Kerala, these workers can speak Malayalam. Now, the PTA and the public have come up with a project called Njangalum Vayikkum, which translates into “we will also read” to enhance reading skills. The response to the programme has been good with 30 labourers enrolled in the scheme. PTA president P P Saidu Mohammed said the literacy programme would help migrant workers not only to communicate better but also to interact more effectively with the locals. “The migrant workforce is fast becoming the backbone of several sectors in the state,” he pointed out. The school authorities got support from Usman Koomanna, who helps migrant workers and teachers here communicate with others in a better way . Through the camps, which are held during weekends at the school, the migrants are taught the basics of Malayalam. Most of the 30 labourers hail from Odisha. Workers from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, too, are taking the classes. Migrant workers from Olakara and Pukayur are ferried to the class in the school bus. Tea and snacks are provided to students during breaks. As for the migrants, it’s a whole new journey of discovery . A migrant labourer learning the Malayalam script at a special class at Olakara Government LP School, as the teacher looks on | EXPRESS It’s high time we undertook efforts to make our migrant brothers part of our daily lives by helping them establish better ties with us P P Saidu Mohammed, PTA president HAPPY REUNION BSF reunites missing Hassan woman with daughter C H E TA N A B E L A G E R E / U D AY K U M A R @Bengaluru/Hassan Jayamma was reunited with her daughter Sunanda in Assam It made station house officers of police stations to ensure strict compliance with its orders and said those breaching its directives shall be liable for contempt of court. The order came on a batch of pleas seeking a ban on the manufacture and sale of firecrackers across the country to curb air pollution. However, the Supreme Court doesn’t seem to have considered the fact that Diwali celebrations differ from state to state, making the 8-10 pm slot for bursting firecrackers meaningless. For example in Tamil Nadu, Diwali is celebrated in the morning and bursting of crackers is traditionally done in the wee hours before the sun rises. P11 Asthana stripped of all cases but gets cover against arrest Bitcoin ATM: Co-founder of firm arrested CO-FOUNDER and Chief Financial & Compliance Officer of U n o c o i n Technologies Pvt Ltd, which had set up India’s first ATM kiosk to trade in cryptocurrencies at Kemp Fort Mall in Bengaluru, has been arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Tuesday . The accused is identified as Harish B V (37), a resident of Jayanagar West in Tumakuru. He is one of the four cofounders of Unocoin which claims to be India’s first entrant in the bitcoin space. The ATM was expected to be operational soon for its registered customers. The CCB police, who took up a suo motu case, seized a cryptocurrency device, two laptops, a mobile phone and cash `1.79 lakh from Harish. “The accused conspired with others and had set up the kiosk without permission from the gover nment. He indulged in cryptocurrency trading illegally and had also set up the kiosk to draw more customers. The accused has been taken into police custody ,” the police said. of livelihood of firecracker manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people in the country . The SC added that the Centre and state governments should promote ‘community bursting’ of crackers by designating such spots. The court directed the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization to ensure that only those crackers which have decibel level within the limits are allowed in the market and to take action by suspending licenses of manufacturers on such violations and disposal of such lots. “There’s not a single place I have not checked for my mother. Every day and every night I have felt guilty and responsible for her disappearance. Today, the joy of getting reunited with her has left me speechless and continuous tears of joy are rolling down my c h e e k s , ” s a i d 3 4 - ye a r- o l d Sunanda, who was reunited with her missing mother by the Border Securtiy Force in Karimganj district of Assam. Jayamma (70), native of Madiganahalli in Hassan, had been missing for nearly two years. On October 18 around 5.30am, BSF personnel found her sitting all alone near a border outpost in Sutarkandi in Karimganj. She was talking to herself in a language which they did not know but they could understand that it was a south Indian language. “Our jawans who saw her sitting alone asked her who she was and where she had come from. She was mur muring something in Kannada. Then they brought her to me and I spoke to her in Kannada as I am from Karnataka,” said Tahil Jabiulla, the jawan who helped Jayamma reach out to her family . Sunanda said her mother left home on December 25, 2016, as she was worried about Sunanda’s life and career. Sunanda is a transgender and had faced a lot of negative comments. “I don’t know how my mother reached Assam but luckily she reached the border and BSF jawans helped her. She had 120gm gold on her but that was apparently robbed, and also she has walked till the border. She told me that she begged at places. “She has also been troubled by a few people who cut her hair a n d b e a t h e r u p. B u t thankfully today I found her,” P8 said Sunanda. COMING UP, ANTI-DRUG AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Buoyed by their success, the school authorities also plan to start a special anti-drug campaign for migrant workers. It’s a new learning curve for the school and the migrants alike Chief Minister H D Kumarswamy at ‘Meet the Press’ programme in Bengaluru on Tuesday | SHRIRAM BN My govt not being given due credit, says a defensive CM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru CHIEF Minister H D Kumaraswamy believes that despite trying his best to keep all the promises made to the citizens of Karnataka, his government is not being given due credit. In a media interaction marking the 150th day of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government on Tuesday, a defensive Kumaraswamy spoke at length about the achievements of his government and the challenges he has been facing. He asserted that the opportunity to hold the post of Karnataka Chief Minister was “godsend” for him and he was not bothered how long he would occupy the chair. Kumaraswamy claimed that the media had only been focusing on politicking around the coalition government and speculating about I do not know how its fall instead of highlighting the long I will be in this p r o g r a m m e s , p o l i c i e s a n d seat but for as long developmental activities under his as I am here, I will try government. “In all, 460 announcements have to fulfil all my promises to the been made in my budget, including people. Karnataka the ones made in Siddaramaiah’s and the bypolls we vote-on-account, but all I see being are facing will bring reported about this government is about the change in speculation of its toppling. the political wind of Everybody expressed doubts over the country farm loan wavier but I have made it H D Kumaraswamy possible within the limitations that I am working in as part of the coalition government,” he said. The interaction that lasted about two hours saw Kumaraswamy present his case on farm loan waiver, allocation of funds to various departments, push for infrastructure and manufacturing, urban development, rehabilitation of Kodagu. Defending himself and his coalition partners on speculations of infighting, his temple run, transfers of officials, the financial health of the state and his alleged cold attitude towards the media, he said both coalition partners had come together to save the state and not for any P5 vested interests. Actor Duniya Vijay booked on charge of assaulting daughter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru KANNADA actor Duniya Vijay is facing another allegation of assault, this time from his 18-year-old daughter from his first marriage. Monica has accused her father and his second wife Keerthi Gowda, besides three others, of assaulting her at his home. She has reportedly sustained a fracture in her right hand and is recovering at a private hospital. Based on a complaint filed with the Girinagar police on Tuesday an FIR has been regis, tered against Vijay Keerthi, his , driver Mohammed and two others — Hemanth and Vinod — under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 324 (assault with deadly weapon), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Monica has alleged that her father, stepmother and the three others abused and assaulted her before threatening her with dire consequences. She also alleged that they banged her head against a wall. P8 #METOO: ANONYMOUS WOMAN CALLS OUT FILM DIRECTOR P2
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