BELAGAVI MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION HAMILTON LEVEL WITH SCHUMACHER’S WIN RECORD Six-time world champion comes up on top at Eifel Grand Prix to equal German great’s tally of 91 Formula One wins. SEVENTH WIN OF 2020 FOR BRITON CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD NEXT? This season may have begun late but Hamilton is making up for lost time. The win at Nurburgring was his seventh triumph in just 11 races in 2020. After pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas suffered an early retirement, the 35-yearold took his Mercedes home in a measured performance. Max Verstappen finished in second place. The next race is in Portugal after two weeks. ■ ■ Hamilton could equal another of the German’s records if he wins the drivers’ championship. Schumacher leads with seven. Hamilton said he didn’t think it was possible to match Schumacher’s record of 91 wins. “Seeing Michael’s dominance (...) P11 don’t think could ever think of getting near Michael...” 6 NO OF RACES REMAINING IN THE CALENDAR 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 HATHRAS HORROR CBI TAKES CHARGE, FILES FRESH CASE N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow @ New Delhi SITTING ON RELEASE OF COMPENSATION K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi DAYS after the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras, the spotlight is back on the way the victims and their families are treated. Though governments generally announce compensation, in most cases accessing it is not easy which is one reason why much of the awarded sum is , yet to be disbursed, data analysis shows. In 2016, a Central Victim Compensation Fund within the Nirbhaya fund created Five states by the Union government, released a spent zero grant to all states, of which just 36% were Maharashtra, used, according to a Parliamentary Panel Manipur, Sikkim, report submitted last year. Meghalaya, Lack of awareness among survivors is Tripura and a primary reason for not getting compenDaman & Diu did sation. There have been cases where the not spent even a police fail to forward cases to the State rupee from the Legal Services Authority, which is the Nirbhaya Fund sanctioning body The biggest compensa. allocated by MHA tion bottleneck is the divisional commissioner, who is responsible for disbursing funds but files get stuck for some reason at that level. Anyway each state has its own scheme for compensating , victims and the payout varies. The Ministry of Home Affairs released `1,656 crore in the last five years to states and Union Territories under the Nirbhaya Fund, but received utilisation certificates for less than 9% of the sum. BJP releases list of 46 candidates for Bihar New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday released a list of 46 candidates, all for the second phase of the Bihar assembly polls, taking the number of constituencies to 75 for which the party has announced its nominees so far. GST Council to discuss compensation today New Delhi: The GST Council in its meeting on Monday is likely to discuss the suggestion of nonBJP ruled states of setting up a ministerial panel to develop consensus on the issue of compensation, sources said. Republic TV’s CEO, COO grilled by Mumbai cops Mumbai: The CEO and COO of the Republic TV were questioned by the Mumbai police on Sunday over the TRP manipulation case. CEO Vikas Khanchandani and COO Harsh Bhandari were questioned for nine and five hours respectively. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH He cannot sit on it; opinion divided on whether he should call a full SC court or form a panel to study the matter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A day after the Centre handed over the probe into the alleged gang-rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras, the agency registered a case at its Anti-Corruption Branch in Ghaziabad under relevant sections of the IPC and the SC/ ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, on Sunday . It filed its first information report (FIR) against main accused Sandeep of Boolgarhi village based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s brother at Chandpa police station in Hathras on September 14. He had alleged that the accused tried to kill her by strangulation in a millet field. The case was earlier being probed by a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Family to go the UP government on September 30. On to HC today the SIT’s radar was also Dr Rajkumari Bansal, a member of the Jabalpur MediThe victim’s . family will appear cal College’s faculty She had stayed with the victim’s family from October 4-6, posbefore the Lucknow bench of ing as the deceased girl’s sister-in-law. “I’m India’s daughter. I’ll go back to the the Allahabad family again and fight for them,” Bansal High Court today told this newspaper. She also faces posto apprise it of sible disciplinary action by her college. their version of The CBI named Seema Pahuja, deputy the incident superintendent of police, ACB (Ghaziabad), as the Investigating Officer for the probe. The team is likely to reach Hathras soon and take over the the case from the district police and the SIT. The victim, who succumbed to injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29, had named four person in her dying declaration — Sandeep, Ramkumar, Ravi and Luvkush. All four are under arrest. EXPRESS READ Charges against SC judge put CJI in a spot ANDHRA Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, in which he levelled serious allegations Justice N V Ramana, has perhaps put the CJI in a position no other head of India’s judiciary has faced. Unlike anonymous complaints from the public against members of the judiciary, this letter to the CJI has been written by a person holding a constitutional position against another person, who also holds a similar post. In the face of this situation, Chief Justice Bobde may have no option but to take cogni- sance of the letter one way or the other, especially as the matter is now in the public domain after the letter was shared with the media by the chief minister’s principal adviser Ajeya Kallam on Saturday . But opinions are divided over the options before the CJI to address the issue. One set of apex court judges said as per procedure, CJI Bobde will have to place the complaint before the full court of the Supreme Court for its consideration. These judges said if a complaint is received against a sitting judge, it needs to be placed before all judges of the court, who will then take a collective decision on the matter. “The fact is that the complaint has KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE State announces 3-week mid-term holiday for schools E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru WITH growing concerns over the Covid-19 surge in the state, the Education Department has announced mid-term holidays for three weeks starting October 12 until October 30. Even teachers will be given leave during this period. The suspension of classes is applicable to online classes as well. This effectively means that a decision on reopening schools is deferred until after October 30. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday ordered a three-week holiday for schools in the state from October 12. The holidays are applicable to government-run, aided and unaided private schools, according to department officials. The Education Department also suspended the Vidyagama project on Saturday until further notice. Yediyurappa said the classes and Vidyagama project have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Several teachers have been reported to be infected by the virus. Hence, students and teachers will have three weeks of holiday,” he ordered while also wishing teachers and children “A Happy Dussehra” in advance. The suspension applies to both online and offline classes, the in-charge, Principal Secretary , Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Tushar Girinath, told TNIE. D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of Karnataka Associated Managements of English Mediums Schools (KAMS) has asked Tushar Girinath, to issue official orders stating that the holidays are applicable to even private unaided schools P5 and online classes. Amid Covid-19 surge in K’taka, Bagalkot dist tops recovery chart M A H E S H M G O U D A R @ Bagalkot EVEN as the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state is far from abating anytime soon, Bagalkot may have reason to cheer. The district recorded a recovery rate of 93.6 per cent as on Sunday, which is the highest reported by any district since the outbreak of the virus in Karnataka. According to the Covid war room data released on Sunday , Bagalkot district has reported 11,488 positive cases, 10,754 recoveries, 617 active cases, and 116 fatalities so far. Interestingly five districts in , North Karnataka – Bagalkot, Ballari, Bidar, Raichur and Gadag — have witnessed a recovery rate upwards of 90 per cent. While Bagalkot tops the table, Gadag has slipped to second place with 93.1 per cent, followed by Bidar at 91.9 per cent. However, Chitradurga continues to record a poor recovery rate of 75.2 per cent. Bagalkot and Vijayapura are the only two district in the state with less than 1,000 active cases and just about 10,000 total cases. At 1 per cent, Bagalkot’s fatality Police personnel return home after recovering from Covid-19 in Bagalkot | EXPRESS rate is lower than the state’s average of 1.4 per cent, according to the war room report. Only a couple of months ago, the district had the highest positivity rate (excluding Bengaluru Urban), besides a poor recovery rate, and the worst fatality rate in the state. But the situaton has markedly improved now. Deputy Commissioner Captain Dr K Rajendra said, “Testing of Covid suspects has been increased for early identification of cases, and early treatment is ensured. All positive cases are traced and triaged P3 within 48 hours.” The good interdepartmental cooperation is helping the district contain the virus spread. Medical professionals in the district are working round the clock, ensuring proper and timely treatment for the infected Capt Dr K Rajendra, DC, Bagalkot been made by a Chief Minister, it is expected of the CJI to place the matter before the full court of the Supreme Court so that an appropriate response can be initiated,” said a former judge. This procedure is also con- tained in the principles of judicial conduct adopted by the SC’s full court two decades ago, which clearly laid down that any complaint against sitting judges would have to be considered by all the judges of the highest court. The need for a full court sitting was considered necessary to keep the judiciary’s image above suspicion. Some other judges felt that the CJI can even decide to set a up a committee to look into the allegations. “In some cases, the NO PRECEDENT TO FALL BACK UPON Whatever be the CJI’s next step, he has no precedent to fall back upon. In his letter, Jagan alleged that Justice Ramana’s family members were involved in “questionable” land deals relating to the Amaravati project and that he interfered with the functioning of the Andhra high court. CJI can formulate a committee of sitting judges, too, to probe the alle g ations,” another former SC judge explained, adding that since Justice Ramana is next in line to become the CJI, the allegations against him cannot be ignored. These judges said in the event of the CJI constituting a panel, he may have to divest Justice Ramana of some of his responsibilities, such as dropping him from the SC collegium. Justice Ramana has been a collegium member for some years now. A senior Supreme Court lawyer said irrespective of the merit of the complaint, “the public has a right to know about the collective response of the Supreme Court to it.” Modi hits out at Oppn for attempt to derail reforms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at critics of his government’s agri-reforms, saying they do not want farmers to become self-reliant. “Many people don’t want villages, the poor, the farmer and the labourer to be ‘aatmanirb- har’ (self-reliant),” he said, speaking at a programme to launch the physical distribution of property cards under the ‘SVAMITVA’ scheme. The PM said his government’s measures to empower farmers, including by directly transferring money to them, have hit the middleman hard by wiping out their source of “illegitimate earnings”. He charged that the opposition strengthened its power through middlemen. “They are upset not for farmers but for themselves. For ages they strengthened their power through middlemen,” the PM said. “The beneficiaries will have a right, a legal document of owning their houses. The country has taken another step towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the PM said.
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