PUNE, LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, ` 4.00 TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017 P3 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA MAHARASHTRA NIA SUMMONS NAIK AGAIN, ED ATTACHES IRF ASSETS IRRIGATION POTENTIAL IN STATE INCREASED BY 39 LAKH HECTARES P10 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM THE EDITORIAL PAGE WORLD SPORT Life beyond defeat UKTOSTART BREXITON MARCH29 P12 HANDSCOMB, MARSHEARN AUSTRALIAA DRAWP16 By Salman Khurshid THE IDEAS PAGE: Hindutva as development By Seema Chishti, P11 STATES IN AFFIDAVIT TO SC GOVT & POLITICS EC supports lifetime ban on convicts from contesting UPOFFICERSASKED TOSUBMITASSET DETAILSIN15DAYS ASMP,HESPOKEON CIVILCODE,FORAIIMS INGORAKHPUR WON’TCAMPAIGNIN AREASDOMINATEDBY ONECASTE:UMA PAGE 6 BUSINESS AS USUAL Most reforms pending or have not been approved, EC tells court BY UNNY UTKARSH ANAND NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 A HOUSE FOR THE CM A puja in progress in front of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s official residence in Lucknow, Monday. Vishal Srivastav Debt, drought & death: Two suicides a day since October ARUN JANARDHANAN NAGAPATTINAM, MARCH 20 Cabinet clears 4 Bills, GST likely to roll out by July 1 ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU ONJANUARY1,RPanneerselvam steppedoutof hishomethriceto check on his wasted paddy crop onhis3-acreland.Thefinaltime, a tired Pannerselvam flopped down on a chair and asked his eldestsontofetchhimteafroma nearby stall. By the time his son returned, Panneerselvam had killed himself. In home after home in Tamil Nadu, the story of the 52-yearold from Nattirippu Keezhetheruvu, hardly 3 km from the native village of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi in Thiruvarurdistrict,keepsrepeating — with south-west and north-east monsoons failing, farmers kept visiting their fields with hope, till that too dried up. TheCoordinationCommittee of the All Tamilnadu Farmers’ Association puts the total numberof farmersuicidesinthestate sinceOctoberat254.Indeltadistrictsalone, around80,000acres of crops are estimated to have been lost. Last week, the government distributed Rs 3 lakh per ECONOMY NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 THE UNION Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday approved four bills related to Goods and Services Tax(GST),pavingthewayforthe introduction and eventual passage of these draft laws by Parliament. The Central GST Bill, the Integrated GST Bill, the Union Territory GST Bill and the GST (CompensationtotheStates)Bill, which were cleared, are expected to be introduced in Parliament this week. “With the Cabinet approval of these four bills, the GST regime in India is in the final stages of culmination and the GST law will most likely be implemented from July 1, 2017. The above four Bills have been earlier approved by the GST Council after thorough, clause by clause, discussion over 12 meetings of the Council held in the last six months,” the finance ministry said in a statement after Cabinet clearance. “Itisexpectedthattheimplementation of the Goods and ServicesTaxlawwillleadtoanincreaseinGrossDomesticProduct (GDP)ofthecountryby1-2%.This inturnwillleadtothecreationof more employment and increase in productivity,” it said. The CGST Bill makes provisions for levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Judge acquits 18-yr-old married to 15-yr-old whose mother complained KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 Rani with her son and father in Nagapattinam. Her husband Murugaiyyan, a farmer, committed suicide. Arun Janardhanan TAMIL NADU TRAGEDY FARMERS SUICIDES ANEXPRESSSERIES-1 family, for the deaths it has shortlisted officially as farmer deaths in Nagapattinam and Thanjavur districts. P R Pandian, the president of the association, says the government figure for the two districts JAIPUR, MARCH 20 PAGE 13 stands at just 58, and that even this money is yet to reach all farmers. “After major protests in December and January, the governmentalsoannouncedseveral packages, but compensations are yet to come to our bank accounts. They said it is being processed. Besides, only small farmers (who have up to 5 acres land) will get these financial benefits (Rs 5,465 per acre). The government has no plan to address farmers who have more than 5 acres.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IF A Muslim youth “elopes” with a minor girl and marries her undertheMuslimpersonallawand the minor “resides with him as his wife,” can he be treated as an “offender” of having committed sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)? Raising this question, a special court in Delhi observed last weekthatthereis“clearconflict” between Muslim personal law and provisions of POCSO. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav, acquitting an 18year-old man who was married to a 15-year-old minor - both Muslims — and faced charges of rape, kidnapping and under sections of POCSO Act, said that as per POCSO, the minor girl was a “child not capable of giving consent for her marriage and consummation thereof” but “her personal law clearly authorises her to go ahead and get married at that age”. The youth was also accused under Section 6 of POCSO — punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault. “Therefore, a clear conflict is apparent between the Muslim Personal Law and the provisions of the Act with regard to the marriage of a Muslim girl. The Act treats her as a child not capableof givingconsentforhermarriageandconsummationthereof whereasherpersonallawclearly authorises her to go ahead and get married at that age. The Parliament probably did not foresee the aforesaid issue,” ASJ Yadav said. In the present case, an FIR was filed under sections of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Beef rumours: Dadri averted, police watched mob beat us, say Jaipur hotel owner, manager HAMZA KHAN IDEA,VODAFONE JOINHANDSIN $23BNALL-SHARE MERGERDEAL Muslim personal law conflicts with POCSO, says Delhi court, allows marriage of minor girl THE MANAGER of a Jaipur hotel that was laid siege to by cow vigilantes over rumours of serving beef onSundaynighthasalleged that after taking him into custody, police brought him back among the protesters “to calm themdown”andhewasslapped around and manhandled in police presence. The owner of Hotel Hyatt Rabbani, Naeem Rabbani, who held a press conference with his staff here on Monday, said “a repeat of Dadri had been averted”. Police,whichreachedthehotelinSindhiCampafewminutes after the crowd surrounded it, has said that the meat they seized appeared to be “chicken Hotel owner says they never serve beef. Rohit Jain Paras legs”, and it had been sent for testing to the forensic lab to placatetempers.However,hoursafter the incident, Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoty shared a message on a BJP media cell WhatsApp group saying the hotel had been sealedfor“feedingbeef tocows”. At the press conference, Rabbani said that on Sundays, they prepare special chicken for CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 REGRETTING THAT that its proposals for electoral reforms and decriminalisation of politics remain pending before the government, the Election Commission has supported in Supreme Court a demand to bar convictedpoliticiansforlifefrom contesting polls. The EC, in its short affidavit submitted before the court, has saidthatthepleamadebyPILpetitionerAshwiniUpadhyayis“not adversarial”inseekingdirectives forensuringthattrialsofMPsand MLAsareconcludedwithinayear andthatsuchconvictsareprohibited for life from the political process.“...theansweringrespondent (EC) supports the cause espoused by the petitioner,” stated the affidavit, filed by EC Director Vijay Kumar Pandey. The matter is likely to be listed for hearing next on Friday. The existing legal regime under the Representation of the People Act lays down that a politician convicted and sentenced to a jail term of two years or more shall be disqualified from contesting polls for six yearsfromthedateof hisrelease from prison after conclusion of the term. The poll panel has said it is “alive to the issues that concern the conduct of free and fair elections and functioning of healthy democracy and as such asserting for bringing in electoral reformswhichfurtherthecauseof free and fair elections.” In this regard, the EC added, ithasalreadysubmitteddetailed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Former chief election commissioners H S Brahma and S Y Quraishi at the Idea Exchange, Delhi. Renuka Puri Roll out EVM printers, will dispel all doubt, say two ex-CECs EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 CALLING FOR a quick rollout of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines in all polling stations across the country, former Chief Election CommissionersSYQuraishiand HSBrahmahavesaidthatthepapertrailsystemistheonlywayto silencepoliticiansraisingdoubts over alleged tampering of electronicvotingmachinesorEVMs. Speaking at The Indian Express Idea Exchange event on Monday (transcript will be published in The Sunday Express), Brahma said: “I personally feel worried when political parties and politicians question the credibility of voting machines. Thecredibilityof EVMshasbeen established beyond doubt through court judgments. Havingsaidthat,Ithink,oncewe cover all polling stations with VVPATs, it will put an end to 90 per cent of the allegations leveled against EVMs and we will have the most dependable election process in the world.” Several parties, including the BSP, Samajwadi Party and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Solar plants, not gensets, to fuel clean, green Andamans As per energy blueprint, two solar photovoltaic power plants in Port Blair will have battery storage of 25 MW ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 AS PART of an ambitious greening effort in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a plan to set up Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) power plants at two sites in Port Blair with battery storage amounting to 25 MW is underway — just short of half the islands’ current operational generation capacity that is predominantly diesel- PAGE ONE ANCHOR based. The proposed solar project is aimed at substantially replacing around 47 MW of diesel-run generation capacity that currently lights up the habitable parts of the archipelago of over 572 islands in the Bay of Bengal, alongside about 10 MW of renewablegenerationthatisoperational there currently. Once the proposed solar capacity is set up, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands would be the first province in India where renewable sources would account for nearly half the generation.Moreimportantly,thesetting up of solar power plants with battery storage is being done on such a scale for the first time in the country. Aim is to cut reliance on diesel generators According to officials involved in the exercise, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked stateowned thermal major NTPC Ltd to set up distributed grid-connected SPV plants with battery storage in Port Blair. This move will help in reducing the cost of electricitygeneration,cutcarbon emission into the atmosphere and enable the phasing out of diesel for electricity generation. Thesitesidentifiedforthesolar projects are Manglutang and Chidiyatapu in Port Blair and the total capacity at two sites would be about 25 MW — Manglutang having a 17 MW plant and Chidiyatapu an 8 MW plant. Since solar plants with battery storage are being set up for the first time in the country, the costing has to be done from scratch. This is because the power regulator — the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission(CERC)—hasnotso far notified the benchmark cost or tariff for such plants; the expenditure on setting up these plants will be known only on completion of the tendering process by NTPC. As per information provided CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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