KOCHI l friday l September 22, 2023 l `9.00 l PAGES 18 l LATE city EDITION Aadhaar not mandatory for electoral roll authentication The Election Commission told the Supreme Court that it is not mandatory to provide Aadhaar number for electoral roll authentication ECi promises to make clarificatory changes Rule 26B of the Registration of Electors (Amendment) Rules 2022, notified last year, said “every person whose name is listed in the roll may intimate his Aadhaar number to the registration officer in Form 6B”. Lawyers for the poll panel argued that providing Aadhaar number was not mandatory under Rule 26B, and it will make clarificatory changes in Forms 6 and 6B ■ 66.2 crore not must even for E.W.S. Admissions: HC ■ Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court ruled that Aadhaar number is not mandatory for admission to a private unaided recognised school under any of the categories of economically weaker section (EWS) The court upheld an order by a single-judge bench staying the Delhi government’s decision to make Aadhaar must for EWS admissions Aadhaar numbers already uploaded for finalising electoral rolls: ECI 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 Canada loses Indian visa power It’s safe haven for terrorists, says Ministry of External Affairs; Ottawa told to downsize its diplomatic headcount Y e s h i S e l i @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi replying to the debate on the women’s bill in the RS Historic 214-0 RS women’s bill vote came down heavily on the government, wondering why it took nine-and-a-half years to History was made in the Ra- introduce the bill despite promjya Sabha on Thursday with all ising it in the BJP’s election 214 members present in the manifesto in 2014. She also House voting in favour of the faulted the ruling BJP for not Women’s Reservation Bill after inviting President Droupadi a debate that lasted 11 hours. Murmu to the inauguration of There was no vote against it, the new Parliament building. nor was there any abstention. Congress president MallikarThe bill reserves 33% seats for jun Kharge, in his address, dewomen in the Lok Sabha and manded that the legislation be state assemblies. made effective immeExpressing his grat- Sibal point diately instead putting itude, Prime Minister it off till the Census “We don’t know Narendra Modi in his and delimitation exerintervention said it who will come to cises are completed. power, but they will create a new conBJP president J P must make a fidence among the Nadda attacked the people. All members statement that if Congress for demandthey don’t of all parties played a ing an OBC quota complete the significant role in emwithin the reservaprocess by 2029 powering women and tion for women lawthey will resign enhancing nari shakmakers. Sharply critias PM and HM,” ti, the PM observed. cising Congress leader Kapil Sibal said He urged the memRahul Gandhi obserbers to vote for the bill vation that there were collectively thus sending a new only three OBC secretaries at , message to all the women. the Centre, Nadda Nadda said In all, 72 members participat- OBC reservation in services ed in the debate. Some from the was implemented only after a Opposition called it a post-dat- Supreme Court order in 1992. ed cheque, while others panned “Can he tell us as to how many it as an election gimmick aimed OBC secretaries were there beat electoral gain in the 2024 Lok tween 2004 and 2014? The ConSabha polls. The Opposition gress has always been antialso sought the carving out of OBC,” Nadda alleged. an OBC quota within the Nari Union finance minister NirShakti Vandan Adhiniyam. mala Sitharaman said the BJP Initiating the discussion, does not play politics in matCongress MP Ranjita Ranjan ters related to women. R A J ESH K U M A R T HA K U R @ New Delhi Bilateral tensions escalated further on Thursday as India ordered suspension of all visa services to Canadian citizens and asked the Canadian High Commission in India to downsize their staff to bring parity with Indian diplomats. India went on to describe Canada as a safe haven for terrorists, with Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi revealing that extradition of 20-25 individuals had been sought based on their antecedents but there w as n o re sp on se t o t h e Gangster Sukhdul Singh Gangster Sukhdul Singh a.k.a Sukha Duneke, a wanted criminal in Punjab, was killed in the Canadian city of Winnipeg by unidentified people, in what is believed to be due to inter-gang rivalry. He had 18 cases against him, including for murder demand. The foreign office also said Canada did not share any specific information on the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June on its soil, which triggered the stand- off. It added that there was a degree of prejudice in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations on Indian role in Nijjar’s murder. As for the visa suspension, Bagchi said, “Our diplomatic K S S R EE J I T H @T’Puram D i pa k M o n d a l @ New Delhi The Congress high command had selected V D Satheesan over Ramesh Chennithala as Leader of Opposition against the wish of a majority of party MLAs, reveals former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s autobiography, ‘Kalam Sakshi’, published posthumously . “I was of the opinion that The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday issued revised norms for banks and financial institutions to deal with wilful defaulters. According to the guidelines, banks have to examine large accounts to see if borrowers are sitting on cash and not repaying. Any borrower who has defaulted `25 lakh or more despite having the capacity to repay will , have to be identified as wilful defaulter. If the borrower has diverted or siphoned off funds, or sold assets given as security for loan, the wilful defaulter tag will be slapped. The tag will also apply if a borrower has failed to honour the commitment given to the lender to infuse equity The same fate awaits guarantors . who don’t honour their guarantee despite having the means to do so. Earlier, the norms on wilful defaulters were meant for scheduled commercial banks and financial institutions. The revised norms are applicable to lenders (banks, NBFCs), asset reconstruction companies, and credit information companies. Once a person or entity is identified as a wilful defaulter, criminal action will follow. FinMin: Low household savings due to high consumer spending Net household savings at 5.1% Net household savings declined to a 50-year low of 5.1% of gross domestic product in FY23 as compared to 7.2% recorded in the previous year, as per the data released by the Reserve Bank in its latest monthly bulletin FILMMAKERS WHO PROVOKE household savings remain almost static. In the clarification, the ministry said households added net financial assets of `22.8 lakh crore in FY21, nearly `17 lakh crore in FY22, and `13.8 lakh crore in FY23. “So, they added less financial assets to their portfolio than in the previous year and the year before, but it is important to note that their overall net financial assets are still growing,” it said. The drop in net financial assets (net financial savings of households) in FY23 is due to a sharp rise in additional financial liabilities, which grew from `5.9 lakh crore in FY22 to `15.8 lakh crore in FY23. “They added financial assets by a lesser magnitude than in the previous years because they have now started taking loans to buy real assets such as homes,” it added. Discover the world of New ideas, Enduring Icons and Diverse Identities NAVEEN PATNAIK g l o b a l b o d y ’ s a cc r e d i t a t i o n Bibek Debroy Indian med grads can now practise abroad Medical graduates from India will now be able to practise and pursue post-graduate studies abroad as the National Medical Commission, India’s top regulatory body for medical education and professionals, said it has received the coveted World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Status for 10 years. “The National Medical Commission (NMC) has achieved the remarkable feat of being granted the coveted World Federation for Medical Education Recognition Status for a remarkable tenure of 10 years,” the Union health ministry said in a statement. All 706 existing medical colleges in India will become WFMEaccredited. Medical colleges that will be set up over the next 10 years will also receive WFME accreditation. Medical graduates from India can now practice or pursue post-graduation in countries like the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the health ministry statement said. “With NMC being WFME accredited, all the Indian medical students will become eligible to apply the assembly election had shocked everyone. Before the assembly session, Congress Parliamentary party leader and Leader of Opposition had to be chosen. There was no significance for the group equations. Ramesh Chennithala’s name was in my mind for the post. If the high command had no other suggestions,...” Chandy says in the autobiography that was published last ● More on P4 month. And DHARMENDRA PRADHAN Odisha Chief Minister K a v i ta B a j e l i d att @ New Delhi Ramesh should continue as Leader of Opposition if the high command did not have any particular name in their mind,” says the book. The ‘A’ g roup had supported Ramesh. “Of the 21 Congress MLAs, the majority had supported Ramesh. However, the high command had other ideas,” the book says. “The loss of the UDF in POLITICIANS WHO THINK NOVELISTS WHO THRILL MYTHOLOGISTS WHO MESMERISE ACTORS WHO INSPIRE 18 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express The government has refuted claims of distress after a recent RBI data showed the net household financial savings have fallen to a 50-year low of 5.1% in 2022-23. In a clarification issued on Thursday the finance ministry said the , fall in household savings is because of higher borrowings for purchase of real estate and vehicles. “Changing consumer preference for different financial products is the real reason for fall in household savings and that there is no distress as is being circulated in some circles,” read a statement. The ministry added that the concern over the drop in net household savings is unwarranted as the figures cited are ‘flow’ numbers (or net additions in FY23), and that the overall Canadian High Commission in Delhi said it will temporarily adjust its staff presence to ensure safety of its diplomats. “With some diplomats receiving threats on various social media platforms, Global Affairs Canada is assessing its staff complement in India,” the High Commission said. For his part, Trudeau said in New York that he had a direct and frank conversation with his counterpart Narendra Modi in Delhi, in which he shared his concerns. “We call upon India to work with us with full transparency for accountability and justice.” MLAs chose Ramesh, high command ruled in favour of Satheesan, says Chandy’s book RBI moots stringent guidelines to deal with wilful defaulters E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi staff in the High Commission and Consulates in Canada are working under threats and in that situation it would not be viable to continue issuing visas. Therefore, we have decided not to provide visa services for the time being. Canadian citizens from third countries too cannot apply for visas.” India expects Canada to downsize its staff at its High Commission and Consulates. “We need diplomatic parity. Their numbers are higher here than ours in Canada. Canadian diplomats also interfere in our domestic affairs,’’ said Bagchi. Giving it a different spin, the wanted criminal killed in Winnipeg Mani Shankar Aiyar Anand Ranganathan Hansal Mehta for the Education Commission on Foreign Medical Education and United States Medical Licensing Examination. The recognition will further enhance the quality and standards of medical education in India by aligning them with the global best practices and benchmarks,” the ministry said. It will also facilitate academic collaborations and exchange, the statement said. “WFME’s recognition underscores that the quality of medical education in India adheres to global standards,” Dr Yogender Malik, member of EthPresenting Partner ics and Medical Registration Board and head of media at NMC, said. 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