TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SRIKRISHNA COMMITTEE SUBMITS DRAFT FOR NEW BILL Aadhaar to Web: Govt gets roadmap for new law to protect citizen’s data SET UP DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JULY 27 3 BENGAL PARTIESWILLHAVETO LETGOOFDIFFERENCES TOTAKEONBJP:OMAR ● Not a single case of farmer suicide in the state: Mamata SAYING THAT citizens must come at the top, the Srikrishna CommitteeFridaysubmittedthe draftof adataprotectionBillcontaining sweeping recommendations, including amendments to at least 50 laws such as Aadhaar and RTI, setting up a regulator and imposing strict terms for storage. The draft comes after a year of deliberations by the panel headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice B N Srikrishna, and at a time when a Constitution Bench of the apex court has reserved its judgment on aclutch of petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar unique ID system. The draft sets the stage for a Data Protection Act, which the government will begin working on while keeping the commit- Panel frames tension; Digital growth versus personal privacy Modi-led BJP is BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi. Neeraj Priyadarshi Justice B N Srikrishna with Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi, Friday. PTI ■ Aadhaar Act changes for better data protection ■ Mandatory local storage of personal data ■ RTI Act changes for transparency, privacy ■ Setting up Data Protection Authority tee’s recommendations as a basis, Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Pointing out that the report will go through the process of inter-ministerial consultations as well as Cabinet and parliamentary approval, Prasad said: “It is a monumental law and we would liketo havewidest parliamentary consultation...We CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KARISHMA MEHROTRA NEW DELHI, JULY 27 THEREISaninherenttensionbetween the growth of India’s digital economy and the protection of personal data, says the Justice Srikrishna committee report on data protection. At the heart of this tension is the quantity of data that entities — companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and even the government—collectfromusers and the reasons for which they do so. Theseentities,drivenbytheir demandformoreandmoredata, COURSE BA BSc MA MSc NEW DELHI, JULY 27 NEW DELHI, JULY 27 A MEETING IN JOHANNESBURG Modi with Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan at the venue of the BRICS meeting in Johannesburg, Friday. AP REPORT, PAGE 7 17 WORLD Kharif planting lags despite MSP hikes, normal monsoon HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, JULY 27 IMRAN INCHES CLOSER TO FORM GOVT AS PAK OPPN PARTIES DEMAND RE-ELECTION EXPRESS NETWORK P4 ● Two youths kept track of Lankesh’s activities: SIT FOR THE first time, there are as many women as there are men in undergraduate science programmes and their dominance at the masters level is at the highest ever. These are among the findings of the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) unveiled Friday by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. THE GOVERNMENT may have substantially hiked minimum support prices (MSP) of crops being grown in the current kharif season. That, along with most parts of India receiving good rainuntil now,should have considerably boosted plantings by farmers this time. However, the Agriculture Ministry’s sowing data shows the total reported acreage under kharif crops, as on Friday, at 737.96 lakh hectares (lh). This is below not only the 797.69 lh for the same period of 2017, but also the corresponding coverage of 762.06lhand748.96lhrecorded in the preceding two years. The main cause of lagging plantings does not seem to be themonsoon.AccordingtoIndia Meteorological Department, the country received an areaweighted rainfall of 403.2 mm during the current southwest monsoon season (JuneSeptember) until Friday. This was only 2.9 per cent lower than the long period average of 415.3 mm for this period, well within the “normal” deviation. Moreover,therainhasbeennormal-to-excess in 79 per cent of the country’s area. The only major crop likely to havebeenimpactedbythemonsoon is paddy. Paddy acreage is down nearly 28 lh compared to what it was at this time last year. This entire decline is practically accounted for by four states — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam — that have registereddeficientmonsoonrainfall. But it’s not just the paddy area that has fallen.Of the 14 notified kharif crops for which MSPs are fixed, farmers have CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR 2 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE IN MP Auto driver, ice candy vendor convicted in separate cases, both trials conducted in less than a month ANAUTORICKSHAWdriverwho raped a kindergarten student and an ice-cream vendor who raped and murdered a six-yearold were sentenced to death on Friday, taking to eight the number of persons given death by Madhya Pradesh courts after quick trials this year. The death sentences are a corollaryof theCentre’slawproviding for death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, which was rolled out in April following countrywide outrage over a series of cases, including the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. The kindergarten student fromKatnitowntoldhermother on July 4 that the “auto vale FULL COVERAGE PAGE 16 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 115 118 118 121 124 95 93 93 94 100 147 154 165 169 173 138 147 157 167 171 RITIKA CHOPRA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BHOPAL, JULY 27 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WOMEN PER 100 MEN IN PROGRAMMES ANANTHAKRISHNAN G MILIND GHATWAI often determine the purpose of the data much after it has been collected. Also, individual users behind their anonymised data may be able to get re-identified. That’s why the committee has identified two pillars as key to the protection of an individual’s autonomy: “Data minimisation”(theentityshouldcollect onlythatmuchdataasisneeded) and “purpose specification” (it shoulddisclosethepurposewhy data is being collected). HRD: As many women in BSc as men; women dominate MSc as well Do not delay appointments, raise age of retirement to 70: SC judge SUPREME COURT judge Justice Kurian Joseph Friday urged the government not to delay appointment of judges of the apex court and High Courts, and raise the retirement age of judges to 70. “One request to the government: government must avoid delay in making appointments,” Justice Joseph told a ‘Conference on National Initiative to Reduce Pendency and Delay in Judicial System’. He said “once the High Court Collegium sends names to the government,thereshouldnotbe (delay of) more than three months” and in the case of the Supreme Court, it should not be delayed beyond two weeks. This, he said, will “go a long way in so far as optimum utilisation of resources is concerned”. Justice Madan B Lokur, however,praisedthegovernmentfor the meticulous work it undertakes while processing names recommended for appointment as High Court judges. He said the judiciary should introspect whether it does such detailed vetting. He said it was his view that this may be “one of the reasons for this pingpong that’s going on, recommendations going back and forth... do we have that kind of scrutiny”. The remarks come at a time when the Supreme Court and government are in a standoff over the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief JOURNALISM OF COURAGE bhaiyya” kissed her, penetrated her with his finger, beat her and askednottodiscloseittoanyone. Two days later, her family filed a police complaint against 35year-old driver Rajkumar Kol, who drove the girl to school daily. After the girl’s medical examination, the police arrested Kol on July 7. The chargesheet was filed on July 18 and after a quick trial, additional district judge (POCSO court) Madhuri Raj Lalji sentenced Kol to death under Section 376 AB of the IPC on Friday. The order said: “The victim’s unnatural mental state after the incident classifies the crime as the rarest of the rare. The primary assault of the rape was on the victim’s body but it has left a permanent impact on her mental state and behaviour because of the beastly act.’’ The judge further said, “If the victim were to realise in her lifetimethatthemanwhoassaulted her is alive and if she, or a minor girl known to her, were to meet him, her mental agony would be akin to death.’’ The judgment came within a month of the crime, well within the Union cabinet’s time cap of two months for the probe and another two months for trial. In the second case, Jitendra Kushwah was given double death sentence by a Gwalior court for raping and killing a sixyear-old girl he had lured from a wedding hall in the intervening night of June 20 and 21. Thepolice arrestedKushwah on June 22, and filed the chargesheet 10 days later. In the trial lasting 13 days, 33 witnesses, including Forensic Science Laboratory officials, vic- tim’s parents, police and school teachers were examined. Kushwah, who was produced in the court only twice, first claimedinnocencebutlaterconfessed to the crime. Additional district and sessions judge Archana Singh handed the death sentence under Sections 376 AB and 302 of the IPC. He was also sentenced to seven years each for kidnapping and destroying evidence. The jail authorities did not bringthe 25-year-old to the special court, fearing assault by advocates, and the judge carried out the sentencing through video-conferencing. Additional district public prosecutor Anil Mishra told The Indian Express that CCTV footage showing the ice candy vendor going with the victim and returning alone proved cru- cial for the conviction. The victim’s body was found around 9 am after a frantic search by relatives. DNA reports too were conclusive, he said. On July 7, a 40-year-old man who raped a nine-year-old in a temple at Rehli in Sagar district on May 21 was sentenced to death.BhaggialiasNarayanPatel was arrested on May 22 and bookedundersectionsof theIPC andPOCSOAct.Thepolicefileda chargesheet within 72 hours of the crime. The victim was on her way to arelative’splace whenhe lured her to the temple in a field close to her house. After she cried out, her relatives saw him running away. On May 12, a special court in Indoresentencedtodeathaman who sexually assaulted and killed a four-month-old on April 19. Pure science courses at the undergraduatelevel,tillfiveyears ago, had 95 female students for every 100 men but according to thelatestAISHEedition,lastyear, therewere100womenforevery 100 male students in the Bachelor of Science or B.Sc. programmes (see box). In absolute numbers, in 2017-18, B.Sc. had 48.19 lakh students enrolled, of which 50.7 per cent were men and 49.3 per cent women. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 going to improve its performance in 2019: Amit Shah GIRISH KUBER NEW DELHI, JULY 27 “WITHTHEwide-rangingdevelopment agenda we have, Narendra Modi-led BJP will improve its performance in 2019,” says BJP president Amit Shah with his usual candour and confidence, brushing aside all criticism including that of polarisation and “change in the air”. “Polarisation on religious lines for political gains shall not beontheBJP’sagenda.Therewill be no attempt whatsoever from usthatwillcommunalisethepolitical atmosphere,” Shah said, adding:“It’sthemedia,thananyoneelse,thatisobsessedwithit”. In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express Group (detailed transcript to be published tomorrow in The Sunday Express), Shah spoke on key issues affecting the overall political atmosphere and particularly the BJP, including on vigilantism and lynching. He was dismissive of the talk of “change in political climate”. Having visited each constituency in the country, Shah believes “there is an even more stronger wave in favour of 10 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BJP leaders are not at all involved in any incidents (of polarisation). It’s the media that’s creating such impression. There will be no polarisation if media doesn’t rake it up’’ the BJP”. Accordingto him:“Door door tak kahin challenge khada hua nahidikhta(Nochallengercanbe seen even at a distance).” “TheBJP’ssupporterbasehas touched 11 crore. Meaning that many we have actually enrolled. The figure will go up even further, and theyarespreadall over. These are all obviously our voters. We will easily sail through even with more than half of themexercisingtheirfranchise,” Shah said. He rubbished the idea of a Mahagathbandhan, a grand alliance of all parties opposing the BJP. “In which state can they pose challenge to us?” he asked. Voters of almost all states have discredited these parties, he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Enlistment of private capital By PRATAP BHANU MEHTA
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