MADURAI FRIDAY JANUARY 04, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION SC REVIVES CLASS-ACTION SUIT AGAINST NESTLE OVER MAGGI The court revived the govt’s case in National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) seeking damages of `640 crore IT’S ALL ABOUT LEAD CONTENT TO BE ASSESSED BASED ON CFTRI REPORT “Why should we be eating Maggi with lead in it?” Justice Chandrachud asked senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Nestle India. Singhvi had argued that as per test reports of the CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute), lead content in the noodles was well within the permissible limit ■ ■ ■ The bench said the report of CFTRI, where the samples of Maggi noodles were tested following earlier orders of the court, will form the basis for the proceedings before the NCDRC “Why should we usurp the power of NCDRC?” the court asked Nestle India welcomed the court’s order A640 cr AMOUNT THE GOVT SOUGHT IN DAMAGES IN CASE AGAINST NESTLE 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 Bombs. Stabs. Street fights. Stir gets ugly Massive violence during hartal; 100 buses damaged; 745 arrested EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram KERALA resembled a war zone on Thursday as the dawnto-dusk hartal called by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi and supported by the BJP in Kerala to protest the entry of two young women into the Sabarimala temple in violation of customs turned ugly The day . saw unprecedented violence marked by hurling of crude bombs, street fight between BJP and CPI(M) cadre, setting KSRTC buses on fire, and even attacking journalists, which prompted Governor P Sathasivam to seek an urgent report from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the fragile law-andorder situation in the state. As BJP-RSS protestors protesters went on a rampage on Thursday, the police hit back using brute force with the CPI(M) cadre, too, joining in. Violence was reported from across the state. Bombs were hurled at Nedumangad and Thalassery while five BJP workers were stabbed at Vadanappally near Thrissur. Police lathi-charging activists of the Sabarimala Karma Samiti and the BJP after violence broke out near the Govt Victoria College in Palakkad on Thursday | EXPRESS Shops across the state were forcefully shut down, police vehicles torched, journalists attacked, 100 KSRTC buses damaged and several party offices vandalised. The police arrested 745 people, 628 were taken into preventive custody and 559 cases were registered against those indulging in violence. With the state witnessing widespread clashes, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala spoke to the Governor seeking his urgent intervention to ensure law-and-order in the state. CM Vijayan said strict action would be taken against those who indulged in violence. Instructions have been given to extract compensation from those indulging destruction of public property . With streets in Palakkad, Kozhikode, Thrissur and many parts of the state capital burning, tension prevailed across the state. TRUMP GOT HIS AF FACTS WRONG IN MODI JIBE? R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi US President Donald Trump on Wednesday sneered at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, even as he sought more Indian involvement in the strife-torn country He cited . the example of Modi constantly telling him about a library India built in Afghanistan, adding “It’s like five hours of what we spend” and “I don’t know who is using it in Afghanistan.” But sources in India expressed ignorance about any major library built by India in Afghanistan. This appeared to be corroborated by Parwiz Kawa, an Afghan poet. Kawa tweeted a picture of the new Afghan parliament built with Indian help and said: “This is the library that president @realDonaldTrump is talking about. He has mixed the parliament building with a library in a conversation with @narendramodi. I am not sure if the right people get into this building, but I know that this building is already in use.” The building was inaugurated by Modi on DeP9 cember 25, 2015. Report reveals grim horrors in homes for children No minor issue Of the 3,77,649 children in 9,589 shelter homes... 7,422 are in conflict with the law 37,022,7 in need of protection and care S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi A large number of children in shelter homes are often left unsupervised at night, subjected to corporal punishment for “discipline”, given sub-standard food, not provided adequate medical aid, and left to languish for years without proper education or skill training. These are some of the findings of the first-ever nationwide mapping and review of over 9,589 child-care institutions that house nearly 3.8 lakh minors who are either in con- flict with the law, orphans, victims of trafficking, or abandoned by their families. The mapping was on when the Muzaffarpur case — where over 20 girls were being sexually abused over months, and probably years — came to light. The review was led by a committee headed by Ratna Anjan Jena, statistical advisor to the Women and Child Development Ministry, and was submitted to the government in September, 2018. It highlighted that more than 50% of shelter homes did not produce children before Child Welfare Committees or Juvenile Justice Boards, as mandated by the Juvenile Justice Act. Just 7% of homes have ever been audited socially . The national average of the percentage of homes that submit children’s social investigation reports to CWCs or JJBs, as required by the law, is just 31%. Further, only 65 per cent of homes segregated children on the basis of age-groups and gender, thus compromising their privacy and safety. Just 24% of homes have a written “child protection policy”.
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