KOCHI l THURSDAY l JULY 18, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION Hafiz Saeed arrested again International Court of Justice directs Pak to give him consular access, finds his death sentence was against the Vienna Convention; Delhi asks Islamabad to implement verdict in letter, spirit 26/11 mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed arrested on Wednesday, days before Pak PM Imran Khan’s meet with US President Donald Trump India wins as Jadhav to get fair trial E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA on Wednesday hailed the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which on Wednesday almost unanimously directed Pakistan to review the death sentence awarded to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and grant him consular access. Voting 15:1, a bench led by President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence” by Pakistan’s military court. “A continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective re- view” of the sentence, the bench underlined. It, however, rejected other remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court’s decision, his release and safe passage to India. But India’s foreign office called it a landmark judgement, with spokesperson Raveesh Kumar hoping Pakistan would respect the ICJ’s order in its letter and spirit. Jadhav was arrested by Pakistan for alleged espionage in 2016. The verdict validated India’s position on the matter fully Ku, mar said, adding India will continue to work vigorously for Jad- hav’s early release and return back home. Soon after the ICJ verdict, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to Jadhav’s family and applauded their courage. A statement issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office said, “As a responsible member of the international community..Pakistan will now proceed as per law to implement the judgement. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the media that “Kulbhushan Jadhav will remain in Pakistan and shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan.” Cabinet nod for common exit exam for MBBS grads R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Kumaraswamy after praying at the Shankar Math in B’luru on Wednesday | PTI SEEKING to usher in mega reforms in the health sector, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the proposal to form a National Medical Commission which will replace the Medical Council of India. The Cabinet also approved common entry and exit examinations to standardise medical education, which was originally suggested by NITI Aayog. Union Minister What P r a k a s h J a NEXT vadekar told reporters after the NEXT is the Cabinet meeting common final o n We d n e s d ay year MBBS that once Parliaexam. It would ment clears the serve as National Medical licentiate exam, Commission Bill, as screening it would unveil test for foreign common exit exmedical aminations called graduates and National Exit Test, for admission to o r N E X T, f o r PG medical MBBS students. courses “NEXT on the lines of NEET will be the common examination on basis of which licences would be given to medical practitioners, besides admissions in postg raduate courses. “Medical students passing from foreign varsities, too, would need to take EXIT to get licences to practise,” said Javadekar. HDK GOVT HANGS IN BALANCE AFTER APEX COURT ORDER Meanwhile, a Congress delegation led by CLP leader SidTHE Supreme Court order on daramaiah and Deputy Chief Wednesday on the petitions of Minister G Parameshwara, the rebel MLAs has set off approached Speaker K R alarm bells in the coalition Ramesh Kumar with a peticamp, as it comes just a day tion pressing for disqualificabefore Kar nataka tion of independent Chief Minister H D M L A Kumaraswamy is to R Shankar. They also move a confidence furnished evidence motion in the Assemof the independent The SC order bly. With the rebels legislators and rebel seems perfectly coordinated to sticking to their guns Congress MLAs movhelp the rebel that they will keep ing around with BJP MLAs to violate away from the House leaders. the whip... An proceedings, the coaIn a last-ditch efextraordinary lition may see its fort to get rebel MLAs order indeed! numbers reduced to from Bengaluru to Dinesh Gundu Rao, 101. vote in favour of the KPCC president While political obgovernment, Kumarservers say the fall of aswamy on Wednesthe government is imminent, day held a closed-door meetHDK seems to be banking on ing with Congress leaders. divine intervention. On They are confident that party Wednesday, the CM, along veteran R Ramalinga Reddy with parents H D Deve Gowda will vote in favour, even as and Chanamma, visited tem- AICC leaders reached out to ples and even refused to react Roshan Baig to withdraw his to the media. resignation. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ B’luru RBI SURPLUS FUNDS Jalan panel suggests staggered payouts THE Bimal Jalan committee, which was looking into how much capital reserves the Reserve Bank of India should hold, has finalised its report and will submit it to RBI soon for its approval. The six-member panel, led by Trump pats his own back Chinese judge on majority’s side n Chinese jurist and Vice President of the world court, Judge Xue Hanqin, supported the majority judgement We welcome today’s verdict in the @CIJ_ICJ. Truth and justice have prevailed. Congratulations to the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts Narendra Modi n Xue (64) served as senior official of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in various high level positions ever since she joined in 1980 Trump himself claims credit, tweeting: “Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!” As if he was invisible and Uncle Sam burnt midnight oil to ferret him out. P7 n he President of the Court, Judge Abdulqawi T Ahmed Yusuf, too was part of the majority 15-1 decision n Pakistan’s ad hoc judge Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was the lone dissenter Missive on RSS makes Nitish squirm QUALITY CHECK E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Former High Commissioner to Pakistan T C A Raghavan said, “The judgement is vindication of India’s position that the so called trial was fundamentally flawed since Pakistan had acted in clear violation of the Vienna Convention. The absence of consular access, which India had pressed for repeatedly, violated well established procedures and rights.” Pinak R Chakravarty, former MEA Secretary said, “The judgement vindicates our stand that there was mistrial in the Kubhushan Jadhav case… Their claims of espionage in Baluchistan are just that – claims. There was never any proof.” P9 the former RBI governor, has suggested transfer of the central bank’s surplus funds to the government in tranches spread over 3-5 years, officials said. However, there is no clarity on the amount the panel has recommended to be trans- ferred to the government. According to finance ministry sources, the panel met on Wednesday to iron out differences among members. Reports suggest there was a lack of consensus on the assessment of surplus amount and it. WITH the Bihar Police Special Branch’s May 28 missive to collect information on Sangh Parivar outfits functioning in the state snowballing into a major controversy the axe could ulti, mately fall on the superintendent of police who wrote it and a few other officials. The story broken exclusively by this newspaper on July 16 embarrassed the ruling NDA big time as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also holds the home portfolio, to which the Special Branch reports, so he had nowhere to hide. The letter directing DSPs to provide details of leaders of Man gets triple life for raping, killing minor RSS and its 17 affiliates came at with BJP MLC Sachchidanand a time when Nitish was in a Rai questioning the governsulk over berths for his JD(U) ment’s motive, adding the “the in the Union Cabinet. BJP must be careful of the inAdditional Director General tentions of Nitish.” of Police (Special Branch), G S Another BJP MLC Sanjay Gangwar tried to control the Mayukh said he was astondamage, saying “the diished that the governrective was not at the ment was seeking such behest of the governEXPRESS data. “The BJP and the ment... it was issued it RSS are shell-shocked. IMPACT without clearance.” I have demanded a reBut the home departsponse in the Council.” ment slapped a show The letter gave the opcause notice on him. position a handle to needle What was left unstated was Nitish. Claiming the NDA alliwhy he did not withdraw it im- ance was untenable, RJD leadmediately, since the letter was er Bhai Birendra said, “The copied to him as well. RSS and its affiliates are diviThe matter figured in the sive, which is why the CM orstate Assembly on Wednesday dered information on them.” Police offer children Hope to get back from the brink A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kollam THE Additional Sessions (POCSO) court in Kollam on Wednesday awarded triple life term to a 27-year-old man for raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl at Anchal in 2017. Rajesh was slapped with three life sentences and an additional jail term of 26 years. He was also asked to pay a fine of `3.2 lakh. According to the order, the three life terms are to run separately. The prosecutor had sought for death penalty , but the judge declared that the defendant was being excused from capital punishment after considering his age. The court had convicted Rajesh of kidnap, rape, unnatural sex, murder and disrespect to dead body under Indian Penal Code, and charges of aggravated sexual assault and penetrative sexual assault under POCSO Act. Rajesh, the live-in partner of the child’s aunt, used to stay with the victim’s family at Yeroor. The child’s grandmother used to drop her at tuition. ● More on P6 105 school dropouts resumed studies and passed SSLC examination Operation Goonda IG office in Kochi launched Operation Goonda in November 2017 to track people with criminal antecedents 8,000 people with criminal track records were identified from central Kerala It was found later that many of them took to criminal activities because of lack of guidance and support during their childhood. Based on the interactions with them, IG P Vijayan launched Hope EVEN as the Kerala Police find themselves on the back foot following news about the torture they mete out to persons in custody, the success of a social intervention project proves how caring the department can be. The initiative titled ‘Hope’ has changed the lives of 105 school dropouts as free counselling, coaching and guidance by the police helped them resume studies and clear the SSLC examination in 2018 and 2019. Buoyed by its success, the department has decided to expand the project by targeting at least 100 school dropouts in each district. State police chief Loknath Behera has decided to allot additional fund for it. “We had launched the project after analysing the background of 8,000 people who got into anti-social activities. We found a majority of them had taken to the path after dropping out of school, mostly following their failure in the SSLC examination,” said Inspector-General P Vijayan, the project’s nodal officer. “The outcome in 2018 and 2019 reveals that many children can become productive with our support,” said Vijayan. While the project was implemented on a trial basis in Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kottayam in 2018, it was run in Kozhikode and Alappuzha in 2019. Of the 90 school dropouts enrolled, 64 passed the SSLC exam in 2018. Similarly 41 of 44 cleared it in 2019. “We don’t stop our support after the students clear SSLC exam. We identify various skill development programmes for them to ensure that they become employable. Support is extended to even those who want to pursue higher studies,” added Vijayan. ON WHOSE INSTRUCTIONS? Senior police officers of the Special Police cannot say they were unaware of the letter If they do, it would mean they don’t read letters marked confidential signed by a junior officer “But the letter does not start with ‘as per directed’, standard phrase for instructions from the top. It is therefore possible that no senior official gave the instruction to write it,” said an officer EXPRESS READ Sivarenjith stabbed me: says Akhil T’Puram: Akhil Chandran, the University College student, reportedly told the police it was Sivarenjith who stabbed him while A M Naseem held him. P5 Court hints at summoning Chief Secretary Kochi: Taking serious note of nonimplementation of the directive to remove illegal flex boards at public places, the High Court said it would have to summon the Chief Secretary. P6 Shah: Centre to deport illegal immigrants New Delhi: The Centre will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them, Home Minister Amit Shah told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. P7 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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