BHUBANESWAR l friday l january 29, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION CJI ticks off centre for not curbing hatred on tv The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the Centre for not checking TV programmes which instigate or impact a community Reports can’t be used to incite violence Control over certain news is essential for the maintenance of law and order, said a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde. It noted problem arises when reportage is used to incite violence. “Yesterday, you (govt) shut down internet and mobile because of farmers’ visit to Delhi. I don’t know what happened in the TV yesterday,” the court added SC Can’t control live tv shows, says govt ■ Such preventive measures are as important as providing ‘lathis’ to policemen, the bench observed ■ The SC made the comments while hearing a plea on media’s alleged biased reporting in the Tablighi Jamaat case ■ Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said govt can’t control live shows SAID GOVT CAN USE Cable TV Networks Act 1994 To control TV BROADCAST 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 Centre starts dealing with agitators with iron hand 91 non-coal blocks to be unlocked for auction in Odisha Lookout notices against accused farmers, passports to be seized; UP govt orders farmers to vacate Ghazipur protest site within 24 hrs G ayat h r i M a n i / S i d d h a n ta M i s h r a / H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ New Delhi Proceeding swiftly in the Republic Day violence case, the Delhi Police on Thursday issued 44 look-out circulars (LOC) against three dozen farm union leaders. They have been asked to join the probe by January 31 and directed to bring their passports along. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government started to clear the Ghazipur agitation site. LoCs are used by immigration officials to prevent accused persons from leaving the country. The process of seizure of passports has been initiated by the home ministry and is a ma- jor decision, officials said, explaining that all people who have been named by Delhi Police in the FIRs will not be carrying Indian passports till the matter is pending. Officials said the decision was taken on Thursday morning by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who has been holding a series of meeting with top officials of the Home Ministry and Delhi police since Tuesday when the large scale violence took place in the national capital during the farmers tractor rally. Shah has been continuously monitoring the situation in Delhi, a home ministry official said, adding that the minister is expected to chair a second meeting on Thursday night to review the law and order situation in the capital. Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Thursday said that two brass finials on top of the minar were found missing after chaos ensued in the Red Fort complex but were later found in a damaged state. The case was transferred to Delhi police’s special cell to investigate “international angle” in the ensuing violence at Red Fort. Police has meanwhile invoked a criminal case under provisions of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act (UAPA) and Sedition charges in the violence took place at Red Fort. Besides the LOCs, Delhi Police has issued notice to 20 other farmer unions leaders in- B i j o y P r a d h a n @ Bhubaneswar Security personnel conducting a flag march at Ghazipur on the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border during the ongoing farmers’ protest the Centre on Thursday | PTI FIRs against tharoor, sardesai, vinod jose Noida Police have registered an FIR against 8 people including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrinal Pandey and Zafar Agha for allegedly stoking violence on Republic Day through social media by claiming that police bullets felled a tractor driver cluding Yo g endra Yadav, Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal Surjeet Singh Phool, Gurnam Singh Chaduni and others in connection with the violence that took place on Republic Day in the national capital. According to a senior police officer, notice has been issued to all the farmer union leaders who attended the meeting with the Delhi Police, agreed to all the 36 conditions and signed the undertaking to conduct the P7 rally on Republic Day . Oppn to boycott Prez’s House address today E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi A day before the start of the budget session of Parliament, over a dozen Opposition parties decided to boycott the customary President’s address to a joint sitting of both the Houses on Friday as a mark of solidarity with the farmers protesting against the new farm laws. While 16 Opposition parties issued a joint statement announcing the boycott and demanding a probe into the Centre’s role in the violence on Republic Day in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal, a former NDA ally too, decided to skip the , Presidential address. As for the treasury benches, the BJP has issued whip to members, asking them to stay put in the Capital. BJD to attend President’s address, ‘will raise Odisha issues’ Sasmit Patra, National BJD spokesperson All-party meet on Sat While Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will meet floor leaders of all parties after the House is adjourned on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will convene an all-party meeting on Saturday “We are issuing a statement from 16 political parties that we are boycotting President’s address,” announced Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. This is the second time in a row that the Opposition is boycotting the Presidential address. Last year, they had assembled in front of the Ambedkar statue on the campus and read the preamble of the Constitution to register their opposition to the E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The BJD on Thursday said it will attend the President’s address to the Parliament on the first day of the Budget session, despite the Opposition parties announcing a boycott to protest the contentious farm laws. National BJD spokesperson and chief whip Sasmit Patra announced the party’s decision to attend the joint sitting and raise all issues concerning Odisha on the floor of both the houses. However, he did not elaborate on the reasons to go against the opposition parties at a time when the country is rocked by the farmers’ protests for repeal of the farm Acts and the party itself is going through a rough patch in its relation with BJP. The ruling party is facing increasing heat from BJP, the main opposition party in the State, as the latter has in recent months adopt- Citizenship Amendment Act. The other parties that are signatories to the joint statement are NCP, Shiv Sena, AITC, DMK, JKNC, SP, RJD, CPI(M), CPI, IUML, RSP, PDP, MDMK, Kerala Congress and AIUDF. “The prime minister and the BJP government remain arrogant, adamant and undemocratic in their response... The three farm laws are an assault on the rights of the states and violate the federal spirit of the Constitution. If not repealed, these laws will effectively dismantle the edifice of national food security that rests upon minimum support price, government procurement and the public distribution system,” the joint statement read. “We believe the government has miserably failed in handling the agitation,” Azad said. ed a more confrontational attitude. The BJP has been attacking the State government over various issues from the Nayagarh minor murder case, rising crime against women and political murders along with farmers causes. The party has launched a Statewide ‘Mandi Chalo Abhijan’ against alleged largescale irregularities in paddy procurement in the State. The BJD on its part has also announced a Statewide agitation by the farmers to protest anti-farmer policies of the Centre. It alleged that the Centre has decided not to lift parboiled rice through Food Corporation of India (FCI) and held back subsidy of about `6,040 crore which is inflicting a severe financial burden on the State. The party has warned that farmers will descend on the streets, if the demands are not accepted by the Centre/FCI. The BJD decision has come in for sharp criticism from the CONTINUED ON: P5 Congress. Another bizarre ruling on minor sex assault S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i & K a n u S a r d a @ Mumbai / New Delhi The Bombay High Court has held that holding a child’s hands and unzipping pants do not fall under the definition of sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. A single judge bench of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC delivered this judgment on January 15 while hearing a criminal appeal filed against the conviction and sentence gave to a 50-year-old man for molesting a five-year-old girl. The judge’s intrepretation of POCSO Act Justice Ganediwala’s order notes the definition of ‘sexual assault’ under POCSO Act says there has to be ‘physical contact with sexual intent without penetration’ Days later, another order from the same judge that interpreted sexual assault provisions under POCSO Act as only skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent, was stayed by the Supreme Court. Experts feel the move sets a dangerous precedent for defining sex- ual assault in court. Since the victim of the case was below 12 years, the sessions court said the act was ‘aggravated sexual assault’ punishable under Section 10 of POCSO. The perpetrator was sentenced to five years in prison and the judge imposed a fine of `25,000 with a default simple imprisonment for 6 months. The complaint was filed by the child’s mother, who said she saw the accused, Libnus Kujur, with his pants unzipped and holding her daughter’s hands. The mother also said the accused removed his penis from his pants and asked her to come to bed to sleep. Heritage crushed, dumped but State cares two hoots WHEN it comes to protecting the Ekamra Kshetra, the State government agencies seem to have turned a blind eye to existing heritage | P2 With the Union Cabinet giving its stamp of approval to the proposal of Ministry of Mines for further amendment of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act1957, stage is set for auction of around 572 non-coal mineral blocks. As many as 91 mining blocks of Odisha will be unlocked for auction once the MMDR Amendment Bill, 2021 is passed in the Parliament. The mines are caught in the legacy issue, where reconnaissance permits (RPs), prospecting licence (PL) or composite licence have been issued but mining leases have not been granted as they are saved under Section 10 A 2(b) and (c) of the MMDR Act. These include major mineral deposits like iron ore, bauxite, manganese, chromite, lime stone and dolomite. They were protected and kept out of the auction regime as they were granted mineral concession either in shape of RP or PL or ML or received letter of intent (LoI) from the State government for grant of a mining lease before amendment of MMDR Act on January 12, 2015. Though the government has assured that mining lease will be granted subject to fulfilment of conditions of the previous approval or issue of the LoI within a period of two years from the date of commencement of the said 2015 Act ending February 2017, nei- ther the Centre nor the State provided statutory clearances for getting the lease. “Obtaining environment clearance (EC) and forest clearance (FC) from the State and the Centre is crucial to get mining lease. In most of the cases, these two clearances are held up deliberately to bring these mines under auction regime,” sources familiar with the development said. According to the Ministry, applications were pending for environment clearance in 65 cases and forest clearance for 67 cases restricting the miners to get lease. Senior officers of Steel and Mines department are tight-lipped on the number of applications pending for processing to grant mining lease. In the MMDR Amendment Bill, 2021, the Ministry has incorporated provisions in clause 2(b) of Section 10(A) of the Act, “Provided that for the cases covered under this clause, the right to obtain a prospecting licence followed by a mining lease shall lapse on the date of commencement of the amended MMDR Act.” However, the expenditure incurred towards reconnaissance and prospecting operations will be reimbursed, the Bill said. After clause 2(c), another clause (d) will be inserted which read, “In case where right to obtain licence or lease has lapsed under clause (b) and (c), such areas shall be put for auction as per the provision of the Act.” Folk Fest Artistes performing a song drama at the State Level Geetinatya Utsav in Bhubaneswar on Thursday | Express express read JSPL envisions Angul plant as world’s largest by 2030 Bhubaneswar: The Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) has decided to expand the total capacity of its Angul steel plant to 25.2 million tonne per annum (MTPA) from the present six MTPA with a goal of making it the world’s largest and greenest. The Vision 2030 of JSPL unveiled on Thursday focuses on enhancing the capacity of its Angul integrated steel plant through clean energy resources with additional investment of `1.20 lakh crore. The plant will see an expansion of substantial green steel manufacturing capacity through Hydrogenbased Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) and Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route. The complex will also house a 12.5 MTPA cement plant to utilise the blast furnace slag and fly ash to produce environment-friendly, green cement | P10 U.S. suffers worst economic freeze since end of WWII Uddhav’s U.T. idea stokes Maha-k’taka dispute Mumbai: The conflict between Maharashtra and Karnataka over territorial dispute is escalating after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanded on Thursday that a disputed region in Karnataka be declared a Union Territory until the Supreme Court passes its final verdict.The Maharashtra government claimed in the Supreme Court that 865 villages and six cities including Belgaon, Karwar, Nipani and Alyal are parts of the United Maharashtra | P8 The United States saw its sharpest contraction in growth since 1946 as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy last year, but while the country may be set for a recovery, it hasn’t arrived yet | P9
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