BHUBANESWAR l thursday l august 04, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION Oppn terms sc’s PMLA VERDICT ‘DANGEROUS’, calls for review In a joint statement on Wednesday, opposition parties expressed “deep apprehensions” about the verdict’s long-term implications File picture of an all-party opposition meeting | ANI Alleges Centre will misuse the judgment The Supreme Court had on July 27 upheld the core amendments made to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, which gives the Centre and the Enforcement Directorate virtually unbridled powers of summons, arrest, and raids. The Opposition parties said the BJP-led government, which “indulges in political vendetta”, will now increasingly target them | P7 ■ 17 Amendments via Finance act route ■ They expressed hope that the “dangerous verdict will be shortlived”, claiming the bench did not examine whether some of the amendments could have been enacted via the Finance Act nO . of opposition parties that signed The Congress, TMC, DMK, AAP, NCP, SP, Shiv Sena, CPI-M, IUML and RJD were among the parties that signed the joint statement the joint statement ON wEDNESDAY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Better law coming, data protection bill axed Govt will introduce a comprehensive legal framework; big tech won, government lost, says Congress MP Manish Tewari P r ee t h a N a i r @ New Delhi THE Union gover nment on Wednesday withdrew the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill 2019 from the Lok Sabha, saying it plans to bring in a comprehensive legislation soon. Announcing the decision, Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the Joint Committee of Parliament has looked at the bill in detail and made 81 amendments and 12 recommendations towards a comprehensive legal framework on digital ecosystem. “Considering the JPC report, a comprehensive legal framework is being worked out. We will present a new bill that fits into this framework,” said Vaishnaw. The original bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2019, had evoked strong protests from Opposition parties and civil society members who alleged the proposed legislation gave sweeping powers to the government to access personal data of citizens. The bill was later referred to the JPC led by BJP MP P P Chaudhary. Among a slew of recommendations, the panel suggested a single law to deal with both personal and non-personal data. Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, who is a member of the JPC, told this paper that he has flagged his main concerns as providing the government with powers to give blanket exemption to its probe agencies from the provisions of Act. “When privacy is a fundamental right, how can the government be allowed to exempt themselves from ensuring the privacy of a citizen?” he asked. He also said that the government should bring in the new law at the earliest. “We only hope that the government does not take too long to bring in the new Bill because Indians are still vulnerable to data theft and there is no legal framework to protect the privacy of data,” said Gogoi. Echoing similar concerns, Prateek Waghre, policy director at Internet Freedom Foundation, said the government should take JPC’s recommendations into account before bringing in a new Ashwini Vaishnaw New bill likely in Winter session The government is likely to hold wide public consultation before bringing the new legislation to Parliament in the Winter session, sources said. There could be multiple bills dealing with privacy and cyber security bill. “The problem is that while on the one side we are debating the bill, the government is pushing ahead with a lot of other frameworks and digitisation programmes in the absence of a data protection regime,” he said. . Expressing disappointment, Congress MP Manish Tewari said a better legislation could have emerged had the bill been debated in the House. He said he had rejected the original data protectin bill in toto in the dissent note since it split the data universe into government, which was exempt, and the private sector where it would apply with full rigour. “Big Tech never wanted this Law. Big Tech won, India lost,” he said. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Aug 2 19,90,703 doses Aug 3 34,67,924 doses Total: 2,05,20,24,790 Lime plaster falls off Srimandir Garbhagriha roof Kharge tied to sealing E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Puri/Bhubaneswar A CHUNK of lime plaster fell off the roof of Shree Jagannath Temple’s sanctum sanctorum on Tuesday . The plaster, weighing around 2 kg, fell behind the Ratnasimhasana near the idol of Lord Balabhadra, Temple Administrator AK Jena informed. However, it did not cause any damage either to the idol or any other structure. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which conducted an inspection of the shrine while the Trinity was away at Gundicha temple during Rath Yatra, had not found any anomaly with the sanctum sanctorum. ASI Odisha circle head Arun Malik said if allowed by temple administration, ASI will inspect the sanctum sanctorum on Friday . “The temple is safe. During Rath Yatra, renovation works, including fixing of the silver-plated Kalahata Dwara facing the sanctum sanctorum, were carried out by ASI. After yesterday’s incident, servitors suspected it to be a stone block but inspection revealed that it was lime plaster. We have deposited it in the temple warehouse,” said Ramakrushna Dasmohapatra, secretary of Daitapati Nijog. Meanwhile, the main entrance of Srimandir was waterlogged after rains lashed the city on Wednesday. Due to heavy showers, water passing down Baisi Pahacha got accumulated. Devotees were seen standing in knee-deep water at the entrance near Patita Pavana idol. The Young Indian Ltd office within Herald House that was temporarily sealed by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on Wednesday | Shekhar Yadav Mallikarjun Kharge, the principal officer of the premises, briefly visited Herald House during Tuesday’s raid but left without getting the search on Young Indian done. Whenever he presents himself, the seal will be lifted, the ED said Flutter as Congress’ Young Indian office is sealed by ED E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday temporarily sealed the office of Young Indian Ltd within the premises of National Herald, as part of its action in a money laundering case for which both Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were previously questioned. The case pertains to alleged financial irregularities during the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) by the Gandhi-owned Young Indian Ltd in 2010. The ED action galvanised a section of the Congress leadership to hit back against the government, since a large police deployment was parallelly noticed at the party’s headquarters at 24, Akbar Road and the Gandhis’ residences at Janpath Road and Tughlaq Lane. Barricades put up around the Congress office and Sonia and Rahul’s residences were later removed. Reacting to the security cover, Cong ress general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Congress is under siege. Delhi Police has surrounded our HQ and homes of INC President and ex-President. This is the worst form of vendetta politics. ...We will continue to raise our voice against injustices and failures of Modi Sarkar!” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge terming the ED action a “tactic to scare people”. Clarifying that the National Herald office within Herald House was very much functional, the ED said the Young Indian office alone was sealed as a temporary measure to preserve evidence that could not be collected as the authorised representative of the company was not present during their raid. Meanwhile, the Congress said it had received a Delhi Police letter saying its protest scheduled for August 5 against price rise and the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme, would not be allowed. However, the party said all its MPs, Pradesh Congress chiefs and other senior leaders would take part in the protest march to the prime ministers’ Jan Kalyan Marg residence and Rashtrapati Bhavan. maan ki baat: luck and pluck f i r oz m i r z a @ Chennai Sometimes providence plays a different sport. Tulika Maan was not supposed to be there at the Commonwealth Games as her weight category was not selected by the federation. She had to deal with fate that had been flirting with her destiny. It was cathartic when the 23-year-old judoka on Wednesday stormed into the +78kg final to assure herself a CWG medal. Tulika was three when her parents separated and then her father was shot dead over business rivalry a few years later. Her mother, Amrita Singh, who is now an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) with the Delhi Police, raised her alone. Given her round-the-clock job, she was forced to send Tulika to a hostel in Rewari. “I am in police, and because of my job I can never be sure when I will return home,” mother Amrita, who is posted with Crime Branch, Fingerprint Bureau of Delhi Police, told this daily . Time passed and Tulika started practising judo and later trained with coach Yaspal Solanki. Howev- er, her choice of sport was bound to burn a deep hole in her mother’s pocket. “Most of the time, I sponsored her foreign trips. Those events were ranking tournaments and she had to compete there to earn points. My GPF (general provident fund) is already finished financing her trips,” said the mother. Amrita still rues that she couldn’t see her daughter grow up. “I was not there when she needed me the most.” With the Games round the corner, the weight category in which Tulika competes was not included in the six quotas (3 men and 3 women). After a long fight, Tuli- ka’s weight category was included and she cleared the selection trials. As fate would have it, she won India a medal at the More on: P11 Games. lovely moments boxing Medals assured Nitu Ganghas beat Nicole Clyde in women’s 48kg to assure India first boxing medal. Mohd Hussamuddin ensured one more later weightlifting Medal for Lovepreet India’s Lovepreet Singh won a bronze in men’s 109 kg to continue the country’s medal rush in weightlifting Shuttlers win silver India lose to Malaysia in the mixed team event final NATIONWIDE Aug 2 Aug 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 13,734 17,135 17,897 19,823 34 47 Odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths AUg 2 Aug 3 741 1151 1 920 928 0 ‘File FIR for every confirmed ragging case’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar WITH Odisha continuing to see a spike in ragging on educational institution campuses, the Higher Education department on Wednesday asked colleges and universities - both public and private - to register a police case for every established case of ragging or abetment of ragging. With the 2022-23 academic session set to begin, Secretary Saswat Mishra directed Vice-Chancellors of public universities and principals of aided and unaided colleges to take up ragging prevention measures as per UGC norms. “For every established case of ragging or abetment of ragging, the institution head should file a police case. Without waiting for outcome of the FIR, the institution can take action against any student found guilty as per provisions of UGC,” the order said. The Secretary said it is the collective responsibility of all teaching and non-teaching staff to prevent ragging which is a criminal offence. Odisha, this year, reported two alleged ragging induced deaths - that of a first-year student of Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir in April and a History student of BJB Autonomous College last month. In all the incidents, family members of the victims alleged negligence on the part of the anti-ragging squads Continued on P5 on campuses.
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