BENGALURU TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 18 LATE CITY EDITION VIR CHAKRA CONFERRED ON ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN India’s third highest wartime gallantry medal was given for showing “exceptional sense of duty”, the award citation said DOWNED PAK F-16 RAISED MORALE OF FORCES OTHER AWARDS President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday conferred the award (pic) on Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed a Pak F-16 a day after the Balakot surgical strike in 2019, ejected from his MiG-21 after it was hit in enemey territory and was held captive there for three days. The citation said his action raised the morale of India’s armed forces The Gallantry awards included included two Kirti Chakras (one posthumous), one Vir Chakra and 23 Shaurya Chakras (10 posthumous) 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 Anti-Conversion Slew of dissent notes in JPC report on personal data bill Bill to be tabled in next session EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Draft to be ready by Dec 5, says minister; CM indicates party will discuss the issue A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru not sit idle. Forcible conversions have to be banned. This THE State government is likely does not mean that the governto introduce the Anti-Conver- ment will restrict prayers and sion Bill in the next legislature other religious practices. We session in Belagavi beginning accept all religions,” he added. from December 13. Home MinAt another event, Bommai ister Araga Jnanendra said told the media on Monday that that the government is keen to the issue will be discussed pass the Bill and the draft is within the party . expected to be ready by DecemWhen the chief minister’s ber 5. statement was brought to his Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Mad- notice, Jnanendra said that he hya Pradesh and Jharkhand will get the draft bill ready and have already passed take the opinions and such laws and Karnasuggestions of party taka is studying them, leaders and get their he told The New Indiapproval. “We want to an Express. “We are introduce and pass the The bill is to take also consulting legal bill in this session. action against experts and preparing those who convert There is a high chance the draft. We want to of the bill getting people forcibly. bring it in the next leg- The law and order passed. We are skeptisituation is islature session and cal only because the getting affected we are working toduration of the sesbecause of such wards it,” he added. sion is just ten days,” conversions On Archbishop Pehe added. ter Machado, who has Recently, heads of Araga Jnanendra, written to Chief Minseveral mutts, includKarnataka ister Basavaraj BomHome Minister ing Santhosh Guruji, mai opposing the proSiddalinga Swami and posed bill, Jnanendra Pranavananda Swami, said that Machado and his team met Bommai, urging him to met him. “I told them this law ban religious conversions in has nothing to do with any reli- the state. gion and that no one from any The issue of anti-conversion religion should be worried. The bill was raised in the previous bill is to take action against session by BJP MLA Gulihatti those who convert people forci- Shekar, who alleged that relibly The law and order situation gious conversions are rampant . is getting affected because of in Chitradurga and said that such conversions. As it involves his mother had converted to an emotional factor, it disturbs Christianity. Jnanedra had harmony in society There have then said the government is . been clashes between commu- proposing to bring in a law to nities and the government can- control forcible conversions. SHAHRUKH TAKES TAMIL NADU TO VICTORY M Shahrukh Khan smashed a dramatic last ball six to help Tamil Nadu defend the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 title with a thrilling four-wicket win over Karnataka in the summit clash here on Monday. P13 A Joint Committee of Parliament (JPC) that was examining the Personal Data Protection Bill, adopted its report on Monday though its Opposition members like Congress’ Jairam Ramesh and Manish Tewari and Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien and Mahua Moitra submitted separate dissent notes. However, Ramesh was generous in his appreciation of the democratic manner in which the committee functioned under the chairmanship of BJP leader P P Chaudhary “Finally . , it is done. The Joint Committee of Parliament has adopted its report on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. There are dissent notes, but that is in the best spirit of parliamentary democracy Sadly such examples . , are few and far between under the Modi regime.” In his two-page dissent note, the Congress chief whip in the Rajya Sabha argued that Section 35 of the bill gives almost unbridled powers to the Centre to exempt any government agency from the entire Act itself. “Under the amendment I had suggested, the Central government will have to get Parlia- Midway change of head “We started in December 2019 and finished in November 2021,” Tewari said. The report got delayed because the panel’s former head Meenakshi Lekhi got a ministrial berth. Chaudhary was then appointed as its new chairperson mentary approval for exempting any of its agencies from the purview of the law. Even then, the government must always comply with the bill’s requirement of fair and reasonable processing and implementing the necessary security safeguards,” he said. Ramesh argued that the JCP report allows a period of two years for private companies to migrate to the new data protection regime, but governments and government agencies have no such stipulation EXPRESS READ India’s GDP may grow 8.1%: Report Mumbai: India’s GDP is likely to grow around 8.1 per cent in the second quarter of the current financial year and in the range of 9.3-9.6 per cent during fiscal 2022, according to an SBI research report. No restraining order on Malik: HC Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to pass interim orders to restrain minister Nawab Malik from making statements on social media against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede. BOATS OUT IN BENGALURU Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services personnel use a raft to evacuate stranded residents of Kendriya Vihar apartment complex, which was flooded due to heavy rain overnight and also a breach in the adjacent Yelahanka lake, in Bengaluru on Monday | SHRIRAM BN | P2 Compensation within 24 hrs to farmers: CM V V E L AY U D H A M @ Kolar AS heavy rain and floods have caused massive damage to standing crops across the state, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that the compensation to farmers, who have suffered such damage, will be deposited into their accounts within 24 hours of their details being uploaded onto the government website. As per preliminary reports, standing crops in over 5 lakh hectares have been damaged, Bommai said. After getting first-hand information about the extent of damage in Kolar and Bengaluru Rural districts, the chief minister said there will be no delay in giving compensation to farmers who have sustained losses. “We have told the officials to immediately start the survey to assess the damage. Every day officials will upload details , on the Parihara website and we will ensure that farmers get the compensation within 24 MORE RAIN LIKELY The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain in another four to five days. All deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and zilla panchayat chief executive officers have been instructed to take all appropriate measures, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. On the demand to increase the compensation amount, he said that discussions have already ben held and the Centre will take a decision soon. hours of details being uploaded,” he said. Standing instructions have been given to all deputy commissioners to provide details of rain-related damage, and funds will be moved directly to their bank accounts, he said. `685 crore that is lying in the personal deposit accounts of deputy commissioners already will be used to provide immediate relief to those affected. `500 crore has been released to t a ke u p re l i e f wo rk s, CONTINUED ON: P7 he added. Mahesh Joshi ANDHRA CM TAKES A STEP BACK ON 3 CAPITALS IN STATE new Sahitya Parishat prez K A LYA N T H O L E T I @ Vijayawada EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru FORMER Additional Director General of Doordarshan Mahesh Joshi is set to become the president of 106-year-old Kannada Sahitya Parishat, polls for which were held on Sunday . Of the total 3.04 lakh voters, 1.59 lakh cast their franchise on Sunday. Of the 21 contestants in fray for the president’s post, Joshi got 68,525 votes, Va Ch Channegowda 16,755, CK Ramegowda 14,100, Mayanna 8,791, Saraswathi Shivappa 6,471 and Rajashekara Mulaali 5,209 votes. Joshi served as the additional director-general of Doordarshan, Delhi and South India. He is a recipient of many awards, including Nadoja, President’s Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service. The Parishat president’s term is for five years. In a series of tweets, Joshi thanked his voters, saying, “I want to make Kannada Sahitya Parishat, a commoners Parishat.” CONTINUED ON: P7 IN a surprise move, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh on Monday withdrew the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Act and the Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Act (the three capitals Acts), citing “suspicions, misconceptions and legal hurdles” created by some elements, indirectly pointing fingers at the opposition TDP . Nonetheless, Chief Minister and that the constitutional right to privacy arises only where operations and activities of private companies are concerned. Tewari, in his very detailed dissent note, said, “I do not agree with the fundamental design and construction of the bill.” He said he is not in sync with many of the proposed clauses and suggested clause by clause amendments. He added that in its present form, the bill would not withstand legal scrutiny . Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy made it crystal clear that his government will come up with a “better and comprehens ive ” l e g i s l at i o n , indicating that he hasn’t dropped the three capitals move altogether. Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, the finance minister of Andhra Pradesh, tabled the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Repeal Act-2021 in the Assembly, which passed it by a voice vote. Making a statement on the floor of the House, Jagan said, “The three capitals — legislative in Amaravati, executive in Visakhapatnam and judiciary in Kurnool — were sought to be set up to ensure balanced development of all the regions including the backward North Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.” “Several suspicions were sowed, misconceptions and le- gal hurdles created.... good intentions of the government were ignored and an argument was advanced that injustice was meted out to some,” he said. Stating that the government was withdrawing the three capitals Acts in larger public interest, he said it will return to the House with a better and comprehensive bill and incorporate in it answers to all legal questions. Significantly, Jagan said the government will “explain to all sections of people and all the regions, extensively and exhaustively, the need for decentralisation of development”. Briefly touching on the earlier TDP government’s plan to build a brand new Amaravati capital city Jagan said it would cost `1 , lakh crore and with time, the cost might escalate to `5-6 lakh crore and wondered if the State could afford it. Visakhapatnam, on the other hand, has everything and could be the capital with a little bit of expenditure, he observed. CONTINUED ON: P7 Ex-cop charged for Easter bombings Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former police chief Pujith Jayasundera was on Monday indicted with 855 charges of criminal negligence in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attack that killed 270 people. NATIONWIDE NOV 21 NOV 22 Fresh cases 10,488 8,488 Recoveries 12,329 12,510 Deaths 313 249 KARNATAKA NOV 21 NOV 22 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT 247 1 278 178 2 373 November 21 32,70,520 doses November 22 63,98,165 doses TOTAL DOSES: 117,54,69,625 INHUMAN ACT Wildlife crimes surge, make Karnataka a hub again B OS K Y K H A N N A @ Bengaluru One of the elephants which was electrocuted this year in Karnataka FIFTY-two rose-ringed parakeets were seized by the police in Bengaluru on March 29 and sacks filled with nearly 50 monkeys, most of them dead, were found dumped on the main road in Hassan on July 28. In a span of three days, on November 13 and 16, 571 star tortoises were found abandoned at two different bus stands in Bengaluru. These are just some of the major crimes involving wildlife that have been reported in Karnataka, which is home to some of the best-maintained sanctu- lance wing alone has booked 565 tional medicine, lack of paaries in the country The state wildlife crime and timber cases tience, rising man-animal con. had been witnessing a dethis year. Last year, it was flicts and even adrenaline rush cline in such crimes 578, while the year before are being cited as reasons for since early 2000s when that it was 778. Forest wildlife crimes, which is the it had peaked during CR MES and police officials fear second largest illegal trade gloIN THE WILD the heydays of forest that the numbers may bally after narcotics, wildlife brigand Veerappan, only go up when the fi- experts told TNIE. PART 1 who was slain in Octonal data sheet comes out. Conservationists and member 2005. But worryingly, The Covid pandemic, re- bers of Traffic, a leading NGO there has been a surge in recent lated job loss, inflation, demand working on wildlife trade along times and it is being blamed on for quick money, myths, tradi- with the state government, are poor investigation and lack of It cannot be ruled out too, as cases of elephant poaching and deaths coordination among different are occurring. But cases of elephant tail hair being used in making agencies. rings and necklaces are not coming to light. As per data, which is still beWildlife expert ing compiled, the forest vigi- documenting each case and preparing a report on the rising trends. Higher frequency and more number of interceptions and catches by forest officials point to a surge in wildlife crimes. Such cases include seizure of 9 kg of pangolin scales on October 22, the arrest of three poachers from Chikkaballapur on November 16 for slaughtering a deer for venison (deer meat), and the recovery of 20 pairs of antlers or deer horns on November 18 by Bengaluru CONTINUED ON: P7 police.
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