TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE AFTER OPPOSITION PROTESTS Rs 2000-crore INSIDE Govt yields: Triple talaq FIR only by victim, blood relatives PAGE 5 ● LANKESH MURDER: VEGETABLE FARMER 12TH TO BE ARRESTED ● CENTRE SENDS LIST OF DOS, DON’TS TO FIRM UP CASE ECONOMY ● TWO-YEAR EXTENSION FOR TRAI CHIEF SHARMA, P13 Despite uptick, Govt bans all livestock exports from ports GOPAL KATESHIYA RAJKOT, AUGUST 9 THEUNIONMinistryof Shipping has decided to ban the export of livestock from all sea ports in the country for an indefinite period following representations from animal rights activists, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya, told The Indian Express. “We received information that sheep and goats were being exported from the Tuna port of DPT (Deendayal Port Trust in Kutch). We have banned livestock export from all ports. The livestock consignment in question was to be shipped to Dubai. Since the consignment was headed to Dubai, it meant they were being exported for slaughter. There were demands from the public to stop export of livestock for the purpose of slaughter,” Mandaviya said. Shipments to the UAE take place mainly ahead of Eid AlAdha and Bakr-Id, which is marked by the sacrifice of animals such as goats and sheep, apart from bovines and camels. Bakr-Id is expected to fall this year on August 22. “There were many complaints and representations from jivdaya premis (those advocating compassion towards all living beings) and animal rights activists. A few days ago, people had agitated against the export of livestock from Nagpur airport also. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 9 EXPLAINED South dams aflush, north drier Prime Minister Modi greets newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh on Thursday. RSTV/PTI NDA NOMINEE FOR RS DY SPEAKER WINS With help from Nitish Kumar, it is BJP which gets its mahagathbandhan right MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED election for the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha turned out to be an easy victory for the ruling NDA which showcased its newpartnerJD(U)andtappedits leader Nitish Kumar’s formidable goodwill across the political divide. Two major regional parties, BJD (ruling in Odisha) and AAP (Delhi), broke ranks with the Opposition to facilitate the ruling NDA candidate’s victory despite their fierce political battles with the BJP in their own turf. Even NDA constituent Shiv Sena, which had abstained from voting with the BJP during the no-trust vote just days ago, joined the BJP to help Nitish’s candidate Harivansh Narayan SinghwintheelectionThursday. “BJD has decided to support JD(U) since the JD(U) and BJD BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BJP’s OBC push in UP: Each district to have road named after Karpoori Thakur LALMANI VERMA Karpoori Thakur mobilised EBCs in Bihar NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 8 have similar ideological origins, emerging from the Jai Prakash Narayan movement,” was how the BJD justified its decision to support Singh. AAP, too, justified its decision CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH SAMAJWADI Party, BSP and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) coming together as part of a political realignment in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the ruling BJP is moving to tap the iconography of socialist leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur. As part of this, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who also holds the portfolio of the Public Works Department, said in Lucknow Thursday that he will name at least one road in each district of the state after Thakur. Thakur, who passed away in 1988, is considered one of the leading architects of the political mobilisation of extremely backward classes (EBCs) in Bihar. Current Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in fact, took a leaf from his politics and mobilised non-Yadav OBC communities as a cohesive political bloc that forms the core support base of the JD(U) in Bihar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARATHA QUOTA AGITATION Violence, arson mark bandh in Maharashtra NEWSLINE SHUBHANGIKHAPRE AURANGABAD, AUGUST 9 THE BANDH called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, demanding quota for the community,witnessedsporadicincidents of violence and arson in parts of Maharashtra with Aurangabad and Pune in Marathwada region among those being affected. The bandh, which began on a peacefulnote,turnedviolentlater in the day. This was despite A fire engine set ablaze at MIDC area in Aurangabad. BANDHBRINGSPUNETO AGRINDINGHALT Amit Chakravarty CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Top court relaxes bar on officials but BCCI faces near wipeout at the top SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY KOLKATA, AUGUST 9 THE BCCI faces a complete wipeout of its top hierarchy following Thursday’s Supreme Court approving a new constitution that incorporates most key recommendations of the Lodha committee. Although the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra relaxed the cooling-off clause for office-bearers serving more than one term, the current office-bearers of the BCCI — acting president C K Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Maratha leaders, who are demanding quota in jobs and educational institutes, appealing to their community members to protest peacefully. At Aurangabad, Morcha members ransacked several corporateoffices,includingSiemens, and set at least five vehicles on fire. Around 12 km away from Aurangabad city, a large number ofMorchamemberstargetedthe MIDC Waluj area, which houses several corporate offices. SC says cooling-off period starts after two terms Anirudh Chaudhry — will still be ineligible to contest in the next board elections. The court also scrapped the one-state-one-vote policy and restored the voting power of all associations in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and government bodies Railways, Services and Universities. Tweaking the cooling-off clause in the draft constitution drawn up by the Supreme Court-mandated Committee of Administrators (CoA), the apex court said it would be applicable after two successive terms in office, instead of one as originally recommended by the Lodha panel. The incumbent office-bearers have finished only one term of three years each in the BCCI, but they have completed nine years in office in their respective state associations. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 WORLD 29CHILDREN KILLEDINSAUDI AIRSTRIKEIN YEMEN US TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER UK INCIDENT ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ELOPING IN PUNJAB? HIGHT COURT WANTS MAN TO OPEN FIXED DEPOSIT FOR WIFE SOFI AHSAN CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 9 TO “TEST the bona fide of the boy as to whether he would be able to keep the marriage surviving”, the Punjab and Haryana High, through a series of orders, has started directing husbands in runaway marriage cases to create fixed deposits in the name of their wives, the amounts ranging from C R Sasikumar Rs 50,000 to Rs 3,00,000. The orders have been passed in cases of couples who have approached the High Court for police protection after marrying against the wishes of their families. One judge, Justice P B Bajanthari, has passed such a direction in at least four cases since July 27. On an average, 20-30 runaway couples approach the High Court each day, seeking police protection while alleging threats to life and liberty from their families who are opposed to their marriage. In most cases, the man and woman belong to different castes or follow different faiths, or are from the same community but do not have the consent of their families. Earlier, the High Court only used to issue directions to the district police to provide protection to the couple after verification of claims. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Cabinet clears changes to pending Bill, listed for Rajya Sabha discussion today LIZMATHEW NEWDELHI,AUGUST9 CONCEDINGONEofthemaindemands of Opposition parties to ringfencetheproposedlawoninstant triple talaq against misuse, the Union Cabinet Thursday approved inclusion of provisions that the complaint in such a case can only be filed by the victim (wife)orbloodrelations,andthat a magistrate can grant bail with terms and conditions. Under the amendments cleared, a magistrate will have powers to grant bail. The woman can approach the magistrate to seek subsistence allowance for herself and her minor children, and can also seek custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the matter. The Muslim Women (ProtectionofRightsonMarriage) Bill, 2017, introduced after the landmark 3-2 verdict of the Supreme Court which set aside the centuries-old practice of talaq-e-biddatorinstanttripletalaq in which Muslim men divorce theirwivesbyutteringtalaqthree times in quick succession, has clearedLokSabhaandispending inRajyaSabhawherethegovernmentlacksnumbers.Thegovernmentwillbringtheamendments to Rajya Sabha on Friday, the last day of the monsoon session. When the winter session of Parliament drew to a close in January this year, the fate of the Billhunginthebalance.Thematterofringfencingpenalprovisions in the Bill emerged as the central issue for some give-and-take to break the stalemate between the rulingBJPandtheOppositionover the Bill. After the session concluded, BAIL PROVISION FINDS PLACE ■ FIR cognizable only if complainant is victim, blood relations ■ Magistrate can grant bail after hearing the wife ■ Magistrate can compound offence on appropriate terms ■ Woman can seek subsistence allowance for self, minor children Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of OppositioninRajyaSabha,offered toagreetothepenalprovisionsin theBill,provideditwasinsulated fromoutsideinterferenceandhad a mechanism for subsistence allowance.Announcingthechanges approved Thursday by the Cabinet, Union Law and Justice MinisterRaviShankarPrasadsaid the government did not want “anyone to misuse the law while ensuring that justice is done”. “The Union Cabinet has approved amendments in the law relating to triple talaq. We have proposed three changes. FIR will become cognizable only if the complaint is filed by the victim, wife, blood relations, or relations bymarriage.Ifanyoutsideagency or neighbour is initiating this process, it will not be registered,” Prasad told reporters. “Ithasbeenmadecompoundable, that is, if the wife and husband desire to settle differences, then the magistrate can compoundtheoffenceonappropriate terms and conditions. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 fraud: former Bhushan Steel MD arrested by SFIO SUNNYVERMA NEWDELHI,AUGUST9 THESERIOUSFraudInvestigation Office (SFIO) Thursday arrested Neeraj Singal, former promoter and managing director of BhushanSteelLtd,forallegedlysiphoningoverRs2,000crorefrom bankloansusingmorethan80associate companies. Singalwassenttojudicialcustody until August 14. Bhushan Steel has been acquired by a Tata Group company under the InsolvencyandBankruptcyCode. Itwasamong12largestressedassetstheReserveBankofIndiahad referredtotheNationalCompany Law Tribunal for resolution last year. Singhal was arrested under Section447oftheCompaniesAct, 2013 which deals with punishment for fraud. Under this law, any person found to be guilty of fraudcanbejailedforaminimum of six months to a maximum of ten years, and liable to fine equal to minimum of the amount involved in the fraud, but which may extend to three times the amount involved in the fraud. In case fraud involves public interest, minimum imprisonment is three years. “This arrest was made as part oftheinvestigationintotheaffairs of Bhushan Steel Limited (BSL) anditsseveralGroupCompanies bySFIO.Theinvestigationwasassigned by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to SFIO, based on complaintsreceivedfromvarious sources,” the government said in a statement. The SFIO investigation found that the erstwhile promoters of Bhushan Steel Ltd used “multitudeof complex,fraudulentmaneuvers to divert/siphon-off fundsamountingtothousandsof crores raised by the then management of BSL from Public Sector Banks using its several Associate Companies. This has led to wrongful losses to the banks and other investors in these companies,” the government said. In a tweet separately, the Finance Ministry said the associatecompanieswereusedfor fraudulent activity of rotation of funds through bogus loans and advances and investments. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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