BENGALURU WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 07, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION THREE SHARE NOBEL PHYSICS PRIZE FOR BLACK HOLE STUDY Three scientists on Tuesday won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for advancing the understanding of black holes ROGER PENROSE REINHARD GENZEL ANDREA GHEZ UK, GERMAN, AMERICAN SCIENTISTS WIN AWARD STILL MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED Briton Roger Penrose received half of this year’s prize “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”. German Reinhard Genzel and American Andrea Ghez received the second half of the prize “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”, the Nobel Committee said ■ ■ Black holes are regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from them. “These exotic objects pose many questions that beg for answers and motivate future research,” said David Haviland, Chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics Ghez is the fourth woman to get the Physics Nobel | P14 SEK 10 mn OR $1.1 MN IS THE PRIZE MONEY, WHICH WILL BE SHARED AMONG THE WINNERS 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 No ifs and buts over Nitish, says BJP as allies unwrap deal Cremation in the dead of night to prevent Hathras violence: UP govt State wants CBI probe under SC watch; bench seeks clarity on witness protection and scope of Allahabad HC proceedings EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FOR the first time since the September 30 cremation of the Hathras gang-rape and murder victim in the dead of the night, allegedly without the consent and presence of her family the Uttar Pradesh gov, ernment on Tuesday sought to justify its action, saying it was done to prevent large-scale violence the next morning. Citing intelligence inputs on the possibility of major law and order problems, the UP government, in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, said the cremation happened at 2.30 am and security forces were already on high alert in the district because of the Babri masjid verdict a day later. Amid demands for protection to the victim’s family, a bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde directed the UP government to submit a fresh affidavit specifying whether it has put in place a witness protection plan for them and other witnesses. The court described the assault as horrible and shocking. Appearing for the state government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “I am not opposing the petition. There are narratives and narratives in the public domain. Let us not sensationalise the death of a young girl. Investigation APPOINTMENT Dinesh Kumar Khara is new SBI Chairman EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Tuesday appointed Dinesh Kumar Khara as the next Chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) for three ye a r s with ef fec t from Wednesday as the three-year term of Rajnish Kumar came to an end on Tuesday . Khara, 56, is one of the four managing directors of SBI who were interviewed for the top post by the Banks Board Bureau. As per convention, the SBI Chairman is appointed from a pool of serving managing directors at the bank. Interestingly Khara’s name , was recommended by the BBB in 2017 as well but he lost to Rajnish Kumar. A Masters in Business Administration from FMS Delhi, he joined SBI as a probationary officer in 1984 where he served in various capacities and played a major role in merging SBI with its five associate banks and the Bhartiya Mahila Bank with SBI. The appointment comes at a time when the banking sector is facing the challenges of loan moratorium, rising nonperforming assets and shrinking credit. should just be f air and impartial.” In its affidavit, the UP government requested the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI under its own supervision into the horrific assault on September 14. In the court, Mehta said: “Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost.” Senior advocate Indira Jaising said she was on the same page on having a courtmonitored probe while seeking protection for the victim’s family and ensuring fair investigation. During the hearing, the bench asked Mehta to clarify whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer or not. It also sought to know the scope of the suo motu proceedings before the Allahabad High Court in connection with the case. “We want suggestions from all of you as to the scope of the proceedings in Allahabad and how we can widen and make them more relevant,” it said while putting off the hearing for next week. RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR AND M A N I S H A N A N D @ Patna / New Delhi File photo of police personnel cremating a Dalit woman in the wee hours of September 30 in Hathras district, allegedly without her family’s consent | PTI However, seasoned jurists wondered why the SC chose to hear the case in the first place despite the Allahabad High Court having already passed several directions in the matter. The HC ordered several senior police and revenue officers to be present in court on October 12. Also, the court directed that the parents, brothers and sisters of the victim be personally present in court so as to ascertain facts from them directly . Expressing surprise, Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said: “It is unclear why the Supreme Court would interfere or what would be the scope of its interference when a more effective arrangement in uncovering the truth had already been made by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.” Echoing him, advocate on record at the Supreme Court Anas Tanvir said, “Supreme Court has, in the past, held that the high courts are better equipped to deal with such matters and have asked the pe- JOURNALIST AMONG FOUR ARRESTED In a late night swoop, the UP police arrested a journalist and three others allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India and its allied outfit Campus Front of India. They were taken into custody near Mathura late on Monday evening. They were on way to Hathras from Delhi. The journalist was identified as Siddique Kappan, who works out of Delhi | P9 titioners to approach HCs instead. The same could have been done in present case, more so because the Allahabad HC had already taken suo motu cognisance of the issue.” Be that as it may the UP gov, ernment’s affidavit justifying the cremation said: “The district administration at Hathras had been receiving several intelligence inputs since the morning of September 29 on the manner in which the dharna had taken place at Safdarjung hospital and the whole issue was being exploited and a caste/communal colour was being given.” Apart from the Babri verdict, concerns regarding the coronavirus safety protocol also came into play it said. , “In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large-scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim that was lying for almost more than 20 hours after her death and post-mortem,” the affidavit stated. It said once the postmortem had been done, “there cannot be any bad intention” to speed up the cremation “except to obviate the potential violent situation resulting from the planned caste divide by certain vested interests”. India pokes China from quad meet P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi IN a subtle message to China, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India believes in respecting territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes. Addressing a meeting of the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan and the US in Tokyo, he said India is “committed to upholding the rules-based international order”. The US-India-Australia-Japan quadrilateral consultations come amid growing concerns over Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region and IndiaChina border tension in eastern Ladakh. Beijing is opposed to the ‘quad’ grouping, which it says was set up to contain China’s ‘development’ in the region. In an apparent reference to China, Jaishankar said, “The fact that we are meeting here today in person, despite the glo, bal pandemic, is a testimony to with a bilateral meeting with @ the importance that these con- SecPompeo. Pleased to see the sultations have gained, particu- progress of our partnership in larly in recent times.” so many fields. Will work toThe meet was also attended gether for stability and prosby US Secretary of State Mike perity in the Indo- Pacific,” Pompeo, Australian Foreign Jaishankar tweeted. Minister Marise Payne, and JaA statement from the US Depan’s Toshimitsu Motegi. Jais- partment of States said Pomhankar said as vibrant peo and Jaishankar and pluralistic democdiscussed ongoing biracies with shared vallateral and multilatues, nations have coleral cooperation on lectively affirmed the topics of internationimportance of mainal concern. “They retaining a free, open and affirmed the strength inclusive Indo-Pacific. of the US-India rela“Our objective remains tionship, reviewed efadvancing the security forts to combat the Subrahmanyam and the economic inpandemic, and assertJaishankar terests of all countries ed the need to work having legitimate and vital in- together to advance peace, prosterests in the region.” perity and security in the IndoJaishankar also had a one- Pacific and around the world,” on-one meeting with Pompeo. it said. The two leaders discussed variThe leaders agreed to continous aspects of bilateral ties and ue close cooperation during the measures to enhance coopera- US-India 2+2 ministerial diation. “Began my Tokyo visit logue later this year. TWO days ahead of the close of nominations for the first phase of Bihar assembly polls, the NDA on Tuesday unveiled the seat adjustment plans: the JD-U will contest 122 seats and the BJP, 121. On the alliance’s chief ministerial candidate, the two lead partners declared there are no ifs and buts about the leadership of the incumbent, Nitish Kumar. As per the seat arrangement, the JD-U will adjust the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) from its quota while the BJP will leave seats for the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) of Mukesh Sahini, who exited the opposition Grand Alliance a few days ago. The BJP may end up contesting more seats since it is reportedly negotiating for three-four WITH the state going for its first election amidst the pandemic, the State Election Commission officials are making elaborate arrangements to ensure that the candidates, their supporters and people attending rallies follow SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). The officials have warned that criminal cases will be booked against those violating the Model Code of Conduct and SOPs. Speaking to The New Indian Express, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said rallies, attended by only 50 people, will be allowed at designated places. He said this is applicable for the bypolls at Sira in Tumakuru and RR Nagar in Bengaluru. The respective district Deputy Commissioners have to identify places in the constituencies where public speeches can be allowed and there is no restriction on the number of such places in each constituency . For the first time, those attending the election rallies have to stand in circles drawn by the officials to ensure social distancing. Officials will draw a circle or square to ensure that not more than 50 people are present at the rallies. Sanjiv Kumar said like in other elections, they BJP releases first list The BJP named 27 candidates for the three-phase Bihar polls, starting October 28. The list includes international shooter Shreyasi Singh and ex-MP Hari Manjhi, who joined the party on Sunday to field its candidates against JD-U nominees. Nitish asserted that there is no misunderstanding in the NDA, and that the alliance is firm on projecting its development plans and achievements before the electorate. To the criticism of his leadership by Chirag Paswan, the CM remained guarded. But he sought to remind the LJP that it was his party that had played a role in sending Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan to the Rajya Sabha. In a related development, senior BJP leader Rajendra Singh, who had narrowly lost the last elections, joined the LJP. Singh, who is with RSS background, is all set to contest on the LJP ticket against the JD-U nominee. There are indications that a few of the defeated BJP candidates in the 2015 Assembly elections may also contest from P10 the LJP . Mahadayi: Goa goes to SC; No illegalities, says K’taka N A U S H A D B I J A P U R @ Belagavi Staffer assaulted during CBI raids, DKS tells seer EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru A day after he said CBI officials were more professional than the Enforcement Directorate, following the raids on his properties, KPCC president D K Shivakumar told Spatikapuri Mutt seer Nanjavadhoota Swami that a personal staffer of his was roughed up during the raids. However, responding to queries by TNIE later, Shivakumar said that he was only informed about his staffer being roughed up by officials, but was yet to get more details about it. When asked if those who allegedly assaulted the staffer were officials of the CBI or Bengaluru police, Shivakumar added that he will not make public comments about the incident, lest it lead to ‘unfortunate outcomes’. “I do not want a repeat of what happened to G Parameshwara’s staff. I am getting more details about what happened and wouldn’t want to talk about it in public,” he said. Parameshwara’s staffer Ramesh had committed suicide in 2019 following a raid on the Congress P4 leader’s properties. TODAY’S IPL MATCH KOLKATA VS CHENNAI ODDS : KKR 22/23 | CSK 10/11 LIVE: STAR SPORTS1/ HOTSTAR @ 7.30PM Social distance for bypolls, only 50 per rally A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru seats with the VIP On the other . hand, HAM will get seven seats from the JD-U’s share. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi sought to set at rest all doubts over the post-poll leadership issue, saying the NDA will form the government with Nitish in the saddle. State BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal went so far as to say the party could write to the Election Commission against the use of names and pictures of the party leaders in poll campaigns by anyone outside the NDA — a clear hint at the LJP, which has announced have videographers who will record public speeches and other proceedings. “If there are more people, we will get to know as there will be recorded proof, this will be a violation of SOPs. Action can be taken accordingly he added. ,” The Election Commission of India had recently issued guidelines for the electoral process, which includes face masks/ shields, sanitizers, thermal scanners, gloves, and PPE kits. CONTINUED ON: P7 HOURS after the Goa Government filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court alleging that Karnataka had diverted Mahadayi river water under the Mahadayi project, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said the Karnataka Government will take necessary steps to respond to Goa’s allegations in court. The state has never resorted to illegal activities when it comes to the Mahadayi issue, he asserted. Speaking to TNIE, Jarkiholi said, “I will get details about the case and initiate necessary steps immediately.’’ He, however, said he was not aware of the petition or the allegations made by the neighbouring state. The State Government initiated several measures to expedite the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri project (part of Mahadayi project) once all the required per missions are obtained from the Centre, he stressed. On Tuesday Goa Chief Min, ister Pramod Sawant tweeted about filing of the contempt petition against Karnataka and said, “We (Goa government) will continue to fight for our rights.” The Goa government has claimed that it has produced photographic evidence to prove that Karnataka has already diverted the Mahadayi water though the matter is sub-judice. The Karnataka Government’s advocate in the apex court, Mohan Katarki, told TNIE that Goa’s petition will not have any impact, but added that he was yet to get details. A top official in the Karnataka Water Resources Department said, “I am sure that the petition will not be admitted in the Supreme Court in the first place, as the Centre has already issued gazette notification for implementation of the Mahadayi project. Also, the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT) has awarded Karnataka its share of water.’’ CONTINUED ON: P7 EXPRESS READ Experts’ view sought on school reopening Bengaluru: With the Union Home Ministry issuing guidelines for the reopening of schools after October 15, and leaving the final decision to states and Union Territories, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Tuesday said the education department has sought the view of health experts on the matter. P7 RBI’s new MPC to meet for 3-days from today New Delhi: The newly-constituted Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank will begin its three-day deliberations on Wednesday amid expectations that the central bank this time around may refrain from changing the benchmark lending rates. The decision of the rate-setting panel will be announced on October 9. P12 It’s official: Bengaluru will have 243 wards BOSKY KHANNA @ Bengaluru THREE days after the government issued a gazette notification on the amendments to the Karnataka Municipalities Act, setting the stage for delimitation of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) wards, it has been decided that the civic body will now have 243 wards based on the population, against the present 198. The chairman of the joint legislature committee on restructuring of BBMP, MLA S Raghu, told The New Indian Express that the decision was taken at a meeting with the Chief Secretary Urban Development Department Additional Chief Secre, tary and the BBMP Commissioner on Tuesday . He explained that the October 3 notification mentioned that the number of wards can be increased to anywhere between 225 and 250. “With the population size of each ward at 35,000, we arrived at the number 241. But, since the size of families can vary it was decided that there will be 243 wards,” he said. , CONTINUED ON: P2
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