TIRUNELVELI WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 18 CITY EDITION FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER GEORGE FERNANDES NO MORE The leader, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years, died at his home on Tuesday morning OUSTED COCA-COLA, OVERSAW KARGIL WAR ■ 88 ‘COULD HUMBLE THE MIGHTIEST’ George Fernandes was a lifelong socialist despite his political flip-flops that included Cabinet posts in two ideological opposite governments. He ousted Coca-Cola in 1977 and oversaw the Kargil war in 1999. He burst into the national limelight by organising a Railways strike in 1974. Fifteen years later, he became the Railways minister P11 ■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Fernandes “frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted”, adding that he “could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings” Fernandes was arrested in 1976 and tried in the infamous Baroda Dynamite case, and charged with waging war against the state FERNANDES’ AGE. LAST RITES TO BE HELD AFTER HIS SON REACHES INDIA 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 ONE VOICE GOVT ROLLS AYODHYA LAND DICE Tells SC just 0.313 of 67.7 acres acquired by UP govt is disputed, wants the rest returned to original owners EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BJP’s NE allies want Citizenship Bill killed P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati TEN northeastern political parties, including BJP allies, met here on Tuesday and decided to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Janata Dal (United) also participated in the meeting. “We held this convention to cohesively oppose the Bill’s passage in Parliament. The convention has unanimously decided that a delegation of all participating political parties from the Northeast along with other parties will meet the President and Prime Minister in the next few days and apprise them of our opposition to the Bill,” said Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma after the meeting. “We oppose the Bill, for we believe, if implemented, it will endanger the lives and identity of indigenous communities of Assam and the Northeast,” said Mizoram Chief Minister and Mizo National Front chief Zoramthanga. Earlier, the Asom Gana Parishad had pulled out of the BJP-led government in the state over the issue. However, others are unlikely to quit the alliance. “There is no question of breaking away from the alliance with the BJP,” Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio told TNIE over phone. Rio’s National Democratic Progressive Party and BJP are the two main constituents of the Nagaland government. NPP, NDPP, MNF, JD(U), AGP, United Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front, Hill State People’s Democratic Party and Khun H y n n i ew t re p N at i o n a l Awakening Movement, Naga People’s Front and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura attended the meeting in Guwahati. The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the immigrants belonging to six persecuted communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who migrated to India till December 31, 2014. DAYS before the VHP’s Dharam Sansad at the Kumbh where saints are expected to heighten the Ayodhya Ram temple pitch, the Centre approached the Supreme Court suggesting restoring the excess, non-disputed land around the disputed site to its original owners. Of the 67.7 acres acquired by the UP government in 1993 - including 42 acres held by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas which was frozen by the Supreme Court till full and final resolution of the case, just 0.313 acres were disputed as that was where the structure stood, the Centre said in its af fidavit filed on Monday . The petition appeared to be aimed at mollifying the Sangh Parivar that was cut up with the government for not taking the legislative route to permit temple construction. If the Supreme Court accepts the plea, the Nyas can start construction work from the freed up land, defusing the tension building up in Uttar Pradesh and beyond. Even if the Supreme Court thought otherwise, the petition would keep the pot boiling ahead of the general elections, as it would help the government claim it was trying to exhaust all legal options. “It is submitted that the acquisition took place in 1993 and 25 years have passed, the original landowners whose land, which were not in dispute but were still acquired, are entitled to get it back and the Central government is duty bound to restore/revert/hand over the same land,” the application stated. The Supreme Court had in 2003 and 2011 imposed status quo on the entire 67.7 acres, saying that returning it could complicate the dispute further. According to legal experts, the outcome of the appeal on the title suit pending before the Supreme Court at this stage will not have any impact on the excess land that was acquired, hence there is no legal impediment in allowing the Centre to restore the land to the Nyas and other land owners. The Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas was formed by the VHP to oversee the construction of the Ram temple. In 2002, Mohammed Aslam a.k.a Bhure, had filed a complaint in the Supreme Court against an attempt by kar sevaks to perform puja on the land surrounding the disputed site In response, the Supreme Court barred the performance of any religious ritual on the land and ruled that the plot should be retained by the Centre, thus upholding status quo In 2003, the SC upheld the status quo, asking the government to retain ownership till the civil suits regarding the disputed plot were settled S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi 600 km BSF D-G to bag post? Border Security Force Director General Rajni Kant Mishra, 1984-batch officer from Uttar Pradesh, is being considered the frontrunner to head the CBI. Rakesh Asthana is not likely to head the agency Construction of the `36,000 crore Ganga Expressway, between Prayagraj (Allahabad) and western UP has been approved U.P. TO GET WORLD’S LONGEST EXPRESSWAY NO WATER,POWER Water body encroachers cannot vote: HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Madurai “NO persons who encroach water bodies shall henceforth be included in the voters’ list,” the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court said on Tuesday while directing the Chief Electoral Officer to issue a circular to this effect to concerned authorities by February 11. The division bench, comprising justices KK Sasidharan and PD Audikesavalu, passed the interim order on a PIL filed by one KK Ramesh, seeking stringent action against those encroaching water bodies. The court directed the poll panel not to issue voter ID to encroachers. Despite State provisions, court directions and reports of constitutional authorities, there has been no tangible headway in evicting encroachers from water bodies, the bench observed. It, further, referred to the CAG report of 2017, which said the system envisaged under the Tamil Nadu Protection of Tanks and Eviction of Encroachments (TNPTEE) Act did not help in protecting water bodies. The bench then directed the Chief Secretary of the State to file an action taken report on the recommendations made by the CAG, by February 11. The judges also instructed District Collectors to prepare of list of lands identified as water bodies and send a copy of the same to the offices of the Re gistration De par tment, TANGEDCO and the District Electoral Officer, to ensure the encroachers are not provided water and electricity. Collectors have to send the list to departments by February 8. SITA KI RASOI IDOL OF RAMLALLA STATUS QUO ORDERS CBI-chief shortlist down to 11, Asthana still in race THE government has trimmed the list of contenders for the CBI Director’s post from 82 to 11, but controversial IPS officer Rakesh Asthana still figures on the list that will be submitted to the selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. The committee is expected to meet soon. The 11 candidates have been shortlisted from a pool of IPS officers belonging to the 1983, 1984 and 1985 batches. All of them have served the premier investigating agency before. Topping the list in terms of seniority is 1983-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre officer Rina Mitra, currently Special Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mitra has had a five-year stint at the CBI and is considered to be the most non-controversial. But her prospects of bagging the prized post are said to be bleak as she is scheduled to retire by the end of this month. If the panel does not meet by then, she will lose out on the opportunity to head the CBI, which has only had male chiefs so far. Though Asthana is still in the pruned list, his name is likely to be struck down as there is an FIR against him, lodged by the agency itself in a corruption case during former CBI chief Alok Verma’s stint. Asthana has served in the CBI for about seven years. PROPERTY MATTERS Govt asked to act A similar instruction was also given to the authorities of the departments concerned with further directions to the Chief Secretary to file an action taken report on the same on or before the next hearing on February 15 INNER COURTYARD RAM CHABUTRA Site where the disputed Babri structure stood. Size: 0.313 acres Idol of Ramlalla placed here in Dec 1949 OUTER COURTYARD Waqf board said this was a Muslim graveyard; Nirmohi Akhara claimed it was their land Shilanyas performed in November 1989 Part of the land acquired by govt Land identified for party that wins case Boundary line of 67.7 acres of land acquired in 1993 About 42 acres held by the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas before UP govt acquired it 2.77 acres to be partitioned in three equal units, said HC Teachers’ stir fizzles out, 97% come back to work E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai Sarayu river Swarga Dwar Adinath Kaushalaya Tirath Babri structure stood here Hanuman Garhi Ramkot Ratna Mandap 67.7 acres of land acquired in 1993 Sugreev Kund Hanumat Kund A week after government employees and teachers began an indefinite strike, nearly 97 per cent have returned to work, said Director of School Education Rameswara Murugan on Tuesday “The situation is close to normal now. . Temporary appointments will be made to fill the vacancies created by teachers who are still protesting or those who have been suspended,” Murugan said, adding that disciplinary action will not be initiated against those returning to work by Tuesday night. The government claimed that JACTTO-GEO was unleashing a false propaganda on the pension scheme and that the amount deposited by the employees and teachers, along with interest, to the tune of `21,820.90 crore (as on March 31, 2018) had been safely deposited in PF accounts.
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