KALABURAGI FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION 36TH EDITION OF NATIONAL GAMES KICKS OFF IN GUJARAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi declares latest edition open at a glittering Opening Ceremony in Ahmedabad on Thursday AFTER MANY DELAYS, TIME FOR SPORT WORLD CHAMP MIRABAI AMONG BIG NAMES Initially scheduled to be held in Goa in 2018, it’s seen multiple delays because of a whole host of reasons, including the pandemic. After seven years — Kerala hosted the last iteration in 2015 — Gujarat showed its willingness to host it. Preparations were done on a war footing across six cities in the state over the last 90 days or so for the event | P11 ■ ■ While the likes of Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra has decided to skip the event after a big season, Olympic medallist, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will take part for Manipur The two-week extravaganza will close on October 12. In all, events will be held in 35 different disciplines TWO SPORTS WILL BE MAKING THEIR DEBUT — YOGASANA AND MALLAKHAMBA 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 SONIA TO TAKE CALL ON GEHLOT’S CM-SHIP SOON As a result of the Jaipur stand-off, Ashok Gehlot lost the chance of becoming the Congress president. His continuance as chief minister is also no longer certain. Party general secretary K C Venugopal said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will take a decision on Gehlot’s continuance in office within the next two days Gehlot out of race, Digvijaya in. Will a dark horse enter? S H A H I D F A R I D I @ New Delhi them are Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun FORMER chief minister of Kharge, party general secreMadhya Pradesh, Digvijaya tary Mukul Wasnik and former Singh, 75, on Thursday made a Haryana president of Congress wild card entry in the Congress Kumari Selja. Party general presidential race by picking up secretary K C Venugopal’s a nomination form from the name is also doing the rounds. AICC headquarters and anAshok Gehlot, who was earnouncing that he would file his lier tipped to be the party’s ofpapers on Friday . ficial candidate, bowed out Thiruvananthapuram after meeting interim MP Shashi Tharoor has party president Sonia already announced his Gandhi. He apologised candidature. The race to Sonia for the ugly for the top Congress events in Jaipur and ofpost appears to have fered his resignation narrowed down to befrom the post of RajasFriendly tween Digvijaya and than chief minister contest Tharoor. taking moral The last day for fil- “Received a visit responsibility . from @ ing nomination papers Party MLAs loyal to is September 30. If the digvijaya_28 this him had refused to afternoon. I high command does meet central observwelcome his not field a third candiers to sign a resolution date by Friday, Digvi- candidacy... ours authorising Sonia to is not a battle jaya Singh will most choose his replacebetween rivals certainly be the next ment after his nominabut a friendly Congress president. tion for party presicontest among Almost all Congress d e n c y. “ I h a v e colleagues. All MLAs from Madhya apologised to Soniaji Pradesh will arrive in we both want is because a simple resothat whoever Delhi on Friday long lution, which is our prevails, @ with the PCC deletradition and which INCIndia win!” gates, who are the votwe always pass, a situers in the presidential tweeted Tharoor ation emerged that it election, to propose could not be passed. I, the candidature of Digvijaya as CLP leader, whatever the Singh. reasons, could not get the resoSources, however, did not lution passed,” he said. rule out the possibility of a D i g v i j aya m e t K h a r g e, last-minute entry of a Dalit for mer finance minister P candidate. Names of several Chidambaram and Tharoor. party leaders were being men- Tharoor tweeted a picture of tioned in this context. Among them hugging each other. Unmarried women, marital rape brought under ambit of abortion S H R U T I K A K K A R @ NewDelhi OPINING that the decision to carry pregnancy to its full term or terminate it is rooted in the right of bodily and decisional autonomy of woman, the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on Thursday held that prohibiting unmarried or single women with pregnancies up to 24 weeks from accessing abortion while allowing married women to do so goes against the right to equality . A bench led by Justice D Y Chandrachud said the whole tenor of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 is to recognise the reproductive autonomy of every woman to choose medical intervention to terminate her pregnancy. If women with unwanted pregnancies are forced to carry their pregnancies to term, the state would be stripping them of the right to determine the immediate and long-term path EXPRESS READ Traffic cops can’t collect drink-driving ﬁne: HC Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court noted that under no circumstances penalty amount can be collected by the traffic police to pay on behalf of the accused in a drink and drive case as the court is the only authority to decide the penalty amount. Sitharaman: Showcase state’s brands at G20 Bengaluru: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday suggested that Karnataka should make use of the G-20 summit, slated to be held in India in September 2023, to showcase the state’s brand to garner global attention. | P4 their lives would take, it said. The court observed that the artificial distinction between married and single women was not constitutionally sustainable. The benefits in law extend equally to both. The bench, also comprising justices A S Bopanna and J B Pardiwala, further observed, “The decision to have or not to have an abortion is borne out of complicated life circumstances, which only the woman can choose on her own terms without external interference or influence. Reproductive autonomy requires that every pregnant woman has the intrinsic right to choose to undergo or not to undergo abortion without any consent or authorization from a third party .” Acknowledging the existence of abusive relationship within marital institutions, the bench also ruled that forceful pregnancy of a married women can be treated as “marital rape” for TEEN PREGNANCIES On teenage pregnancies, the bench freed doctors from the responsibility of disclosing the minor’s name and identity in the information they give to the police under Section 19(1) of POCSO Act Bharat Jodo Yatra: Gundlupet all decked up to welcome Rahul K S H I V A K U M A R @ Gundlupet EVEN as Mysuru district has come alive with the ongoing Dasara celebrations, a festive spirit of a different kind is being witnessed in the border district of Chamarajanagar which is all set to welcome the Congress party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, led by party leader Rahul Gandhi. Gundlupet taluk in the district is all decked up with buntings, flexes and lights to give a ceremonial welcome to the grand old party’s yatra. Residents of 41 panchayats in the taluk have been invited, and around 20,00025,000 people are expected to attend the event. Congress workers are working overtime in reaching out to every household inviting them to participate in the yatra. Rahul is expected to reach Melakammanahalli around 9 am on Friday where a welcome , arch has been put up. He is expected to address a gathering at a ground in front of Dr BR Ambedkar Bhavan. Ganesh Prasad, Congress leader and son of late minister Mahadev Prasad, has been holding meetings with party workers, who have also undertaken a clean-up drive on the entire stretch where teh yatra will pass. Puttashetty , a resident of Madapura, told TNIE that he is looking forward to attend the event. Shivaprakash, a resident of Bheemanabeedu, said that though he is not affiliated to any party he will attend the event to , know what Rahul has to say . Rahul and others will camp before at Beggur before entering Mysuru on Saturday . Was illegally detained, tortured by cops, says man; police deny charges EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru A 29-year-old man from Vijinapura has accused a police inspector and a sub-inspector of illegally detaining him for over 12 days and subjecting him to third-degree torture for three days by giving electric shock to his private parts. The complainant, A Rajesh, resident of RR Layout in Vijinapura, has written to DG&IGP Praveen Sood and Bengaluru Police chief Pratap Reddy in this regard. In his two-page complaint, Rajesh has accused the inspector and PSI of Ramamurthy Nagar Police Station of forcing him to admit to a crime he did not committ. Rajesh said he was detained from September 4 to 15 on suspicion that he was involved in a case of attempt to murder which took place a few months ago. He has urged the top cops to register a criminal case against the two accused and six other policemen. Rajesh has further alleged that he was taken to Victoria hospital for treatment and was forced to tell the doctors that he sustained injuries after falling from a bike. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of East Division, Bheemashankar S Guled, and the accused police inspector have denied the accusations by saying that the complainant is a habitual offender and was wanted in a case of attempt to murder. They said he is trying to escape from law by making false and baseless alle g ations P5 against the police. THE Karnataka government has dropped its plan to allow online liquor sale in the state. The State Excise Department says it is not feasible and it could also result in losses to thousands of liquor outlet owners, besides rendering their staff jobless. A proposal for online liquor business was first made during the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government which met with strong resistance from the Opposition parties. Later, the proposal was re-introduced during B S Yediyurappa’s tenure. The then government had directed the Excise Department to send its officials to various states to study feasibility of online liquor sale. Even during the pandemic, the government wanted to introduce online sales to avoid crowding at liquor outlets. Speaking to TNIE, Excise Minister K Gopaliah said there are more than 14,000 licence holders across the state. Thou- sands of families depend on these outlets. “If we allow online liquor sale, it might hit the An arch installed to welcome Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Gundlupet Flexes of Siddarmaiah, Shivakumar torn As brisk preparations are underway to welcome Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, flexes of Congress leaders, including those of former CM Siddaramaiah and KPCC president DK Shivakumar, were allegedly torn by miscreants at Gundlupete on Thursday. P4 42 offices linked to PFI sealed in state E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru A DAY after the Central government banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, 42 offices linked to the organisation were sealed by the police across Karnataka on Thursday . Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Alok Kumar confirmed the development. “The offices of the PFI, Campus Front of India, All India Imam Council and Rehab India Foundation were closed,” Kumar said. A senior police officer said that police teams also searched more than 50 places linked to PFI’s affiliates across the state on Wednesday and Thursday after the Centre imposed the ban. Soon after the ban, the Centre had directed the states to take necessary steps to execute the order and the state gover nment had also issued orders to deputy commissioners and police heads of all districts. Accordingly the police cracked , down on the offices of the PFI and its sister organisations and sealed them. In the state capital, four places were notified as unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and were sealed, while 38 offices were sealed by the police in other districts. As many as 12 offices were closed in Mangalaru, nine in Udupi, seven in Dakshina Kannada and four in Kalaburagi. Meanwhile, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra held a meeting to discuss the implementation of the ban orders and sought information from the officers on the procedures to be followed in confiscating properties of the organisations and sealing their offices. Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department Rajneesh Goel, DG & IGP Praveen Sood and other senior officers were present in the meeting. 116 properties, `3.5cr loss in 2 yrs: Where is BBMP? rates are making lakhs of rupees by subleasing or renting THE BBMP’s Revenue Depart- to others as land rates are ment has come under severe high in the IT capital. criticism for not taking meas“It is an open secret. Offiures to increase its revenue de- cials in the Revenue Departspite the lease period of 116 ment and the Estate Division proper ties out of its 324 are deliberately not cracking properties expired two years down on occupants. This is ago. These properties resulting in loss to were leased several the Palike. There is decades ago at throwa provision that if away rates of Rs 12-25 officials fail to genper square feet. erate revenue from It is alleged that ofB B M P p ro p e r t i e s ficials are allowing wh i c h r e s u l t s i n revenue leakage and losses, they can be activists say that out suspended or sent of 324 properties, the back to the parent P a l i k e h a s department,” Amgenerated only Rs aresh said. It is an open 5 4 , 9 0 , 2 0 6 wh e r e a s Going a step fursecret. Officials in there is a potential to ther, urban expert V the Revenue generate over Rs 3.5 Department and the Ravichander, said Estate Division are crore as rental inthe BBMP’s Revedeliberately not come from these nue Department is cracking down on properties. “opaque”. occupants. This is As many as 235 “The list of assets resulting in loss to commercial complexis opaque and inforthe Palike. es, 24 educational inmation on current stitutions, 43 differ- S Amaresh, RTI activist leaseholders and ocent departments of cupants is also state government and 22 reli- opaque. Opaqueness is the orgious institutions were given der of the day in BBMP. It a lease period by the munici- (lease period and BBMP proppal corporation a few decades erties available for rent) is ago. known only to a few and there RTI activist S Amaresh said i s a p r ivat e a d j u s t m e n t . that people who had taken the This is an endemic problem properties on lease at cheap in BBMP”. E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru TERROR REVISITS VALLEY Officials inspect a bus that was damaged in the blast at Udhampur on Thursday | PTI No cheers, K’taka govt drops online liquor sale plan A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru the purposes of abortion. It ruled that to abort pregnancy on the ground of martial rape a woman need not necessarily seek recourse to legal proceedings to prove the fact of sexual assault, rape or incest. “The meaning of rape must therefore be understood as including marital rape, solely for the purposes of the MTP Act and any rules and regulations framed thereunder. Any other interpretation would have the effect of compelling a woman to give birth to and raise a child with a partner who inflicts mental and physical harm upon her,” the bench said. To avail the benefit of Rule 3B(a) of the Act (which allows survivors of sexual assault or rape or incest to terminate pregnancy), the woman need not necessarily seek recourse to formal legal proceedings to prove the factum of sexual assault, rape or incest, the bench added. IMPLEMENTING BAN business of these people as many consumers will prefer delivery of liquor. This is why we decided to not take the proposal forward,” he said. “Also, people from lower income groups and those residing in slums might not be able to avail the online facility,” he added. Gopaliah said CM Basavaraj Bommai in his budget speech had set a target of `29,000 crore excise revenue for the year 2022-23, of which the Excise Department has already generat- ed `14,400 crore in six months. “We will achieve the target by the end of the fiscal year,” he added. Karnataka government is also considering to allow sale of wine in big stores and supermarkets. At present, only registered wine stores are allowed to sell wine in the state. This idea was mooted after Maharashtra state cabinet approved it. Excise Department sources say that in an election year, the government is wary of taking any decision which might affect the party’s prospects in polls.
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