bhubaneswar l wednesday l October 14, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 Centre allows 20 states to raise `68,825 crore dignity in death to victim A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi 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 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 an 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. P7 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 through open market 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, Odi- sha, 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 Min- ister 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 Will move SC: Kerala fm Kerala FM Thomas Isaac said nine states will jointly approach the SC if the Centre insists that states borrow up to `1.1 lakh crore as compensation on account of GST implementation Odisha permitted additional hidden agenda borrowing of `2,858 crore AG goes after E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar With the Centre on Tuesday announcing to facilitate market borrowing for 20 States to meet compensation shortfall, Odisha received the nod for additional borrowing of 0.5 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). Of the `68,825 crore permitted by the Department of Expenditure under Ministry of Finance for the market borrowing by 20 States, which chose Option 1, Odisha would borrow around `2,858 crore. Principal Secretary of Finance department Ashok K This is over and above the share of the total compensation borrowing limit of around `1.10 lakh crore to be given to the states Ashok K Meena, Finance Secy Meena said the per mitted amount is the additional borrowing limit allowed by the Centre for the fiscal. This is over and above the share of the total compensation borrowing limit of around `1.10 lakh crore to be given to the states. The compensation borrowing limit is being worked out, he said. The additional borrowing limit has been permitted to the states that picked Option 1 under which the Centre would pay interest and principal amount from the cess fund. With this, Odisha is now permitted to go for market borrowing of around ` 22,000 crore which is four per cent of the GSDP . Earlier this month, Odisha Government had received `492 crore as GST compensation from the Centre for the first time in last six months out of around `4,500 crore raised by the State. However, there is still no clarity on the payment of compensation dues of around `680 crore pending for 2019-20 and 2018-19. Gajapati bears brunt of depression fury E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Berhampur/Bhubaneswar Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launching Sujal through video conferencing | Express Naveen launches Drink from Tap Mission Sujal to expand the programme to each region of the State in a phased manner. “Puri is a tourThe State Government on ist hub. Tourists come from Tuesday launched ‘Sujal - across the globe and use plastic Drink from Tap Mission’, to bottled water. This programme provide quality drinking water, will reduce plastic pollution in fit for direct consumption from the town,” he said. the pipe, to over 15 lakh people Stating that the programme in 15 towns. will reduce the expenditure of Launching the scheme poor people on obtaining clean through video-conference, and pure water, he said, it will Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also prevent waterborne dissaid that `1300 crore will be eases and protect public health. spent by the GovernHe expressed satisfacment to provide the tion over the Water drink directly from Corporation of Odistap quality water to ha (WATCO) taking all households in urup the job of training Puri is a tourist ban areas. hub. Tourists come plumbers in the state. The initiative was Chief executive offrom across the started at Salia Sahi ficer of United Kingglobe and use in Bhubaneswar and d o m - b a s e d Wa t e r plastic bottled water. This Masani Chandi in Aids, Tim Wainwright programme will Puri. In the first lauded the Odisha reduce plastic phase, safe and puriGovernment for its pollution in the fied tap water will be initiative. Wainwright town supplied to 12 pilot arsaid he would provide eas of Bhubaneswar all possible support to Naveen Patnaik, and Puri, covering 1.8 the State’s new Chief Minister lakh people. Nine project. wards in BhuParticipating in the baneswar having 19,000 house- programme from Bhadrak, Urholds with a population of 1.14 ban Development Minister lakh and two wards in Puri Pratap Jena said that Odisha having 3,785 households with a will be the first State in the population of 70,000 will be cov- country to provide drink from ered in the initial phase of the the tap water to people. programme. The 5T secretary VK PandiThe Chief Minister an- an said that the Chief Minister nounced that by March, 2021, wanted to launch the proanother 50 towns, and by gramme from Salia Sahi. By March, 2022, all 114 urban cen- this initiative, people from tres in the State will have 100 Salia Sahi will benefit from p e r c e n t p i p e d w a t e r modern scientific technology connection. and drink pure water directly Naveen directed the officials through piped connections. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The deep depression that crossed north Andhra Pradesh coast near Kakinada on Tuesday wreaked havoc in Gajapati and Ganjam, triggering landslide, disrupting communication lines and damaging houses in both the districts. Many areas were cut off from the outer world with roads under 2-4 ft storm water. Road communication between Tadakasahi and Cheriabada in Patrapur block was snapped due to landslide. Several houses in Ankuli panchayat were damaged due to gushing water from the hills. Mohana block in Gajapati bore the brunt as communication to four panchayats - Chudangapur, Kesariguda, Baghamari and Badasindhwa was disrupted after water of Harabhanga river over-topped Atharanala bridge. With the new bridge over the river being constructed under Biju Setu Yojana yet be completed, vehicles remained stranded at both ends. Mohana town was also cut off as overflowing Cheligada river, a tributary of Mahendratanaya, flooded several places. Over 500 families in low-lying areas in Kasinagar block were shifted to Sitapur High School 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 the 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. Officials said states that haven’t opted any option mooted by the Centre will get their share from the cess. But, if there is shortfall, it will be carried over to the next year. Commuters drive through an inundated road in Berhampur; (right) landslide blocks a road in Gajapati district | Express on Monday evening. Several houses in Paralakhemundi town collapsed due to the rains but no casualty has been reported so far. Vehicular traffic between Seragada and Badagada in Ganjam came to a standstill after the approach road to the bridge over Jarou river was washed away. In Dharakote block, a temporary road was swept away snapping connectivity to , over 50 villages. In Berhampur city, roads in several areas including Gandhi Nagar, Gajapati Nagar and Brit Colony were submerged under knee-deep water due to clogged drains. There were reports of uprooting of trees and rainwater entering homes in some areas. Overflowing rivers and their tributaries have also inundated standing crops over hundreds of acres of land. Traffic between Digapahandi and Aska came to a grinding halt, when the under-construction culvert near Palaspur village was washed away in the evening. Meanwhile, increasing water level of Ghodahada and Baghalati reservoirs has prompted the authorities to open the sluice gates. Other southern districts such as Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri also witnessed downpour under the influence of the deep depression. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena, however, said that there is no major problem as rainfall has reduced. The SRC had earlier directed district collectors to remain on high alert and closely monitor the situation in the low-lying areas along the coast to deal with any water-logging and landslide in hilly areas. The SRC said as sea conditions were rough along and off Odisha coast and squally weather prevailed in the region, fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea before Wednesday . TV trial of pending court cases E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e @ New Delhi Expressing concern over the unbridled commentary by the electronic media on sub-judice matters, Attorney General K K Venugopal said on Tuesday such agenda-driven broadcasts are aimed at influencing judges and public perception. “Today, when I watch TV, I see comments about the bail application based on statements 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 a g ainst lawyer 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. Venugopal also pointed out how articles on the Rafale case appeared on the same day the court was to hear petitions against the deal. “This (media trial) issue needs to be addressed as well,” the AG said. express read Resentment out in open over Balasore candidate Bhubaneswar: Discontentment in the ruling BJD has come to fore after announcement of Swarup Kumar Das as the candidate for Balasore Sadar seat for the November 3 bypoll. Large number of supporters of former MP Rabindra Jena congregated at the district BJD office at Balasore demanding reconsideration of the decision. They sought either Jena or his wife Subhasini be fielded from the seat. As there seemed to be open revolt against the decision to field Das, sources said, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rushed senior leader Pratap Deb to Balasore to diffuse the situation | P3 social media attack Trolled, Tanishq nixes interfaith advertisement PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released PDP chief and former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti was released late Tuesday night after being in preventive detention for 14 months following abrogation of Article 370 last year | P7 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut, who alleged it prom o t e d ‘ l o ve j i h a d ’ a n d ‘sexism’. Released on October 9 to promote the jewellery line Ekatvam (oneness), the video docu- mented how a Muslim family was preparing for the baby shower of their Hindu daugh- ter-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: p8
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