HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION ‘MILITARY TALKS POSITIVE’, INDIA-CHINA JT STATEMENT Both sides agreed not to turn differences into disputes, a joint statement by the two armies said on Tuesday BOTH SIDES AGREE TO CONTINUE TALKS CHINA OPPOSES DEVELOPMENT IN LADAKH The two sides deliberated on ways to disengage from various friction points in eastern Ladakh during the marathon talks in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control on Monday. India and Chinese troops are locked in a stand-off in eastern Ladakh for over five months now. Both sides also agreed to continue talks through military and diplomatic channels ■ ■ Reacting to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurating 44 new bridges in border areas, China said India’s infrastructure push is the root cause of problems between the two countries “China does not recognise Ladakh UT and Arunachal Pradesh,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said | P7 12 hours DURATION OF THE SEVENTH CORPS COMMANDER-LEVEL MEETING ON MONDAY 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 HC’s stinker on denial of dignity in death to victim CM KCR ORDERS ENTIRE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO BE ON HIGH ALERT FLIGHTS FROM AND TO RGIA DELAYED, DIVERTED OR CANCELLED HYD-VIJAYAWADA NATIONAL HIGHWAY FLOODED LEADING TO HEAVY TRAFFIC Asks why Hathras DM has not been transferred yet; directs UP govt to draw up a draft policy on dealing with such situations in future N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow COMING down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government over the hurried cremation of an alleged gang-rape and murder victim in Hathras in the dead of night, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court called it an infringement of human rights of the victim and her family . In its 11-page order a day after hearing the victim’s family and senior officials - after taking suo motu cognisance of the matter - a division bench comprising Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajan Roy directed the state authorities to draw up a draft policy to deal with such situations is future. “The facts and circumstances, as of now, ex facie, reveal that the decision to cremate the victim in the night without handing over the body to the family members or their consent though in the name of law and order situation, is prima facie an infringement upon the human rights of the victim and her family “ it said. , “We do not at this stage find any good reason... as to why they could not hand over the body to the family members for some time, say for even half an OATH PUT OFF Kavitha in 5-day home quarantine EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TRS leader Kalvakuntla Kavitha, who won the Nizamabad MLC election with an overwhelming majority will not be , taking oath as an MLC on Wednesday . Though the former Nizamabad MP planned to take oath during the Legislative Council meeting on Wednesday she de, cided to be in a five-day home quarantine after Jagtial MLA M Sanjay Kumar tweeted on Tuesday saying he tested posi, tive for Covid-19 and requested all his primary contacts, who included Kavitha, to home quarantine themselves. In reply to his tweet, Kavitha tweeted: “I wish you speedy and healthy recovery Anna. As I recently came in contact with you, I’ll be quarantining myself for the next 5 days as a precautionary measure. I humbly request @trspartyonline cadres to avoid visiting my office for next few days (sic)”. SHARP POSERS Hathras SP was transferred but not the DM. Why different yardsticks for two district officers? Why did Prashant Kumar, ADG (Law and Order), Lucknow, cite the FCL lab report to make the no-rape claim when he was not directly connected with the probe, which is still pending? Isn’t the police aware of the amendments to the definition of rape in 2013, which says mere absence of semen is not conclusive evidence in rape cases hour, to enable them to perform their rituals at home and thereafter to cremate it either in the night or next day .” The court said that the victim was, at least, entitled to a decent cremation. “Cremation is one of the ‘Sanskars’ i.e., antim sanskar recognized as an important ritual which could not have been compromised taking shelter of law & order situation,” the court said. The question, the court said, was whether the hasty cremation — in the wee hours without showing her face to the family and not allowing them to undertake the necessary rituals — amounts to gross violation of fundamental/human rights. “If so, who is responsible for the same so as to fix their accountability and liability and how the family of the victim be compensated for it,” the order said. The bench took Prashant Kumar, ADG (Law and Order) to task over his claim that the rape was not proved, as the FSL report did not show any traces of semen on her body It said no . officer, who is not directly connected with the investigation, should make any statement in public on the offence based on evidence collected as it can lead to unnecessary speculation and confusion amongst the masses. “No one should indulge in character assassination of the victim just as the accused should not be pronounced guilty before a fair trial,” the order read, adding the probe agency and the courts should be allowed to determine them. Centre allows 20 states to raise `68,825 crore A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi A day after the GST Council meeting failed to arrive at a consensus on how to bridge the GST revenue shortfall, the Centre on Tuesday allowed 20 states to raise `68,825 crore t h ro u g h o p e n m a rke t borrowings. These states had agreed with the first option given by the Centre to borrow money under a special RBI window. The 20 states are: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. “Additional borrowing permission has been granted at the rate of 0.50% of the Gross State Domestic Product to those States that have opted for Option 1,” a statement from the finance ministry read. At the press meet on Monday after the inconclusive GST Council meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said, “Just because there is no consensus, it does not mean no decision can be taken.” Eight states are yet to exercise either of the two options mooted by the Centre. The finance ministry statement said, “Action on the special borrowing window is being taken separately”, which means the government is no mood to negotiate any further on the issue. The finance ministry had on May 17 provided additional borrowing limit of up to 2% of GSDP to the states. The final instalment of 0.5% (out of this 2% limit) was linked to carrying out three out of the four reforms stipulated by the Centre. However, to sweeten the deal, the Centre said it will waive the reform conditions in the final instalment in view of the Covid pandemic. @ Hyderabad DRF teams use boats to evacuate residents from the inundated areas of Nadeem Colony, Tolichowki in Hyderabad on Tuesday. 8 KILLED AS BOULDER CRASHES INTO HOUSES HYDERABAD: A huge boulder came crashing down at a residential area, killing eight persons including a newborn at Chandrayangutta in the Old City on Tuesday night. Due to the incessant rains in the city , the boulder could have lost EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad IN a move intended to empower women politically, Telangana State Legislative Assembly on Tuesday approved a Bill providing 50 per cent reservations of divisions in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to the fairer sex. With this, women will be elected in 75 of 150 divisions in the GHMC. The GHMC (Amendment) Bill, 2020, introduced by Municipal Minister KT Rama Rao, was adopted by the State Legislative Assembly with a voice vote. Though the government provided 50 per cent reserva- tions to women in 2015 GHMC elections, it was through an executive order. Now, the 50 per cent reservations to women in the ensuing GHMC polls w i l l h av e a s t a t u t o r y backing. The State government has already provided 50 per cent reservations to women in Panchayat Raj bodies and municipalities. “With this, Telangana will be the first State in the country to provide 50 per cent reservations to women in all local bodies,” Rama Rao said. Besides providing 50 per cent reservation to women, four more amendments were made to the GHMC Act on Trolled Tanishq chickens out, nixes interfaith advert @ New Delhi HIGH-END jewellery brand Tanishq on Tuesday withdrew an advertisement promoting interfaith marriage a day after it was severely trolled on social media. Tanishq said its decision was driven by the fact that the advert had drawn ‘divergent and severe reactions’. A section of the social media users alleged it was promoting ‘love jihad’ — a term used by hardline Hindutva groups to characterise Muslim men who allegedly entice Hindu girls to fall in love with them in order to promote religious conversion. And their #BoycottTanishq hashtag was trending. Among those who trolled it was Bolly- TORRENTIAL rains played havoc in Telangana on Tuesday even as the Met Department handed another foreboding warning that the worst is not over yet, indicating that the squally weather promises more rain on Wednesday too. Hyderabad as well as the districts across the State experienced widespread rains on Tuesday, which led to rivers and streams swell and overflow the roads. Districts including Nalgonda, Khammam, Rang a re d dy, M e d ch a l Malkajgiri, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri recorded over 20 cm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. In Hyderabad, rainwater entered several houses in Hassan Nagar, Tallabkatta, Osmannagar and Teegalkunta areas as well as colonies in Meerpet and Balapur, Asifnagar and Tolichowki. As the day wore on, the residents of several areas, including Asifnagar and Tolichowki, had to wade through knee-deep water to reach home. The roads remained flooded throughout the day and night as the storm water drains, the balance and crashed into the houses located near it. DCP South Zone of Hyderabad, Gajarao Bhupal said eight persons were caught in the debris and died, while three more persons received severe injuries and their condition is said TS passes Bill, paving way for 50% quota for women in GHMC polls SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RAIN PUMMELS TS, DRF TO THE AID OF STRANDED PEOPLE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WILL MOVE SC: KERALA FM Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said on Tuesday that Kerala will move Supreme Court along with the nine other states that have opposed the Centre’s twin borrowing options LIFE AT STANDSTILL IN HYD AS TREES UPROOTED, POWER POLES DAMAGED wood actor Kangana Ranaut, who alleged it promoted ‘love jihad’ and ‘sexism’. Released on October 9 to promote the jewellery line Ekatvam (oneness), the video documented how a Muslim family was preparing for the baby shower of their Hindu daughter-in-law. The idea was to celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life and celebrate the beauty of oneness, said Tanishq, which is part of the Titan group. Academics and activists condemned the withdrawal. Feminist historian Uma Chakravarti said, “This is typical of the market which may think something is trendy and acceptable but not standing up to its own philosophy later.” CONTINUED ON P10 WITH MOST AREAS FLOODED, WARANGAL IS WORST AFFECTED DISTRICT Tuesday Four Ward Commit. tees — youth, women, senior citizen and eminent citizen, each comprising 25 members, will be constituted for each division of the GHMC. “A battalion of 15,000 people will be created in the GHMC. These committee members will supervise green cover, solid waste management, discourage of usage of plastic, prevention of encroachments, development of sports and parks,” Rama Rao said. Another amendment makes provision to increase the green cover fund from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent in the GHMC Budget. CONTINUED ON P4 Achilles heel of Hyderabad, flunked the rain test earlier than expected. It was the policemen who supervised and sometimes they themselves plunged into action in removing the covers of manholes to drain out water at several places, at the same time keeping a watch on the manholes so that no unwary pedestrian slips into them. As the day progressed, the GHMC received about 1,000 complaints of drainage water overflowing onto the roads, though majority of complaints, about 387, received till 7 pm were about waterlogging. The Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams worked without respite and rescued people in areas where the water logging was more, using boats in places like Nadeem Colony of Tolichowki. Several areas in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad experienced power outages as the precarious network could not stand up to the heavy rain. Software employees and many other citizens working from home faced inconvenience as it was a working day People were hit . by lost internet connections. FULL COVERAGE INSIDE to be critical. The incident happened at Mohammedia Hills of Chandrayangutta. The boulder crashed onto three houses. Around 15 persons in these house were caught in the crash. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi visited the spot. EXPRESS READ Acid thrown at three Dalit sisters in UP New Delhi: Days after the Hathras gang-rape horror, three Dalit sisters were attacked allegedly with acid while they were sleeping in their house in a village in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. | P9 Uddhav hits back at Guv’s secular taunt Mumbai: The question of reopening of religious places closed since March over COVIDinduced lockdown has led to a bitter exchange between Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari who sarcastically asked the CM if he had “turned secular” in a letter. | P10 AG goes after TV trial of pending court cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi EXPRESSING concern over the unbridled commentary by the electronic media on sub-judice matters, Attorney General K K Venugopal said on Tuesday this is being done to influence judges and public perception. “Today, when I watch TV, I see comments about the bail application based on state- ments made to police. Channels play conversations when a bail plea is coming up, causing damage to the accused,” the AG told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar, which had assembled to hear a contempt petition against advocate Prashant Bhushan. The charges pertain to Bhushan’s interview to Tehelka magazine in 2009 in which he said half of India’s CJIs till then were corrupt.
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