LATECITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE AFTER OPPOSITION PROTESTS Rs 2000-crore 4 Govt yields: Triple talaq FIR only by victim, blood relatives GUJARAT NAFED CHIEF VAGHJI BODA QUITS CONGRESS Prime Minister Modi greets newly elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh on Thursday. RSTV/PTI NDA NOMINEE FOR RS DY SPEAKER WINS ● Customs dept moves court to declare Nirav Modi absconder, P5 With help from Nitish Kumar, it is BJP which gets its mahagathbandhan right ECONOMY MANOJ C G ● TWO-YEAR EXTENSION FOR TRAI CHIEF SHARMA, P16 SC cracks the whip: Close 27 resorts along elephant path in the Nilgiris ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 THE SUPREME Court Thursday ordered closure of 27 resorts allegedly encroaching upon elephant corridors in the Nilgiris biosphere in Tamil Nadu. The court also gave 48 hours to 12 other resorts located there to prove approvals, failing which they too will be sealed. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta expressed concern about the encroachment of elephant corridors, observing that elephants are national heritage. The bench, which perused a ‘Plan of Action Report’ filed by the Nilgiris District Collector, said for the time being, it was concerning itself with the “resort complexes with restaurant (commercial buildings)”. The Collector’s report listed 39 such resort complex with restaurant. While lawyers appeared for 12 of the resorts, the remaining 27 went unrepresented. Taking note, the court said “it is deemed that they (27 resorts) accept the report” of the Collector. The bench pointed out that the Collector’s report is “to the effect that they are running commercial enterprises even though they do not have approval for the same”. The court directed the Collector to seal or close them down. It also asked the State to do the needful within 48 hours. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 EXPLAINED South dams aflush, north drier NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 new partner JD(U) and tapped its 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 Singh win the election Thursday. “BJD has decided to support JD(U) since the JD(U) and BJD BJP’s OBC push in UP: Each district to have road named after Karpoori Thakur LALMANI VERMA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 6 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. Karpoori Thakur mobilised EBCs in Bihar 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 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 CONCEDING ONE of the main demands of Opposition parties to ringfence the proposed law on instant 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) or blood relations, and that 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 (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, introduced after the landmark 3-2 verdict of the Supreme Court which set aside the centuries-old practice of talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq in which Muslim men divorce their wives by uttering talaq three times in quick succession, has cleared Lok Sabha and is pending in Rajya Sabha where Top court relaxes bar on officials but BCCI faces near wipeout at the top CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ■ 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 THE EDITORIAL PAGE GOPAL KATESHIYA RAJKOT, AUGUST 9 EXPLAINED PAGE 12 ble 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. Although they relinquished their posts in the state bodies after the Supreme Court’s main judgment, they haven’t yet served a three-year cooling-off period. This means that IPL governing council chairman Rajeev Shukla CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BRIDGE UNDER THE WATER On the Periyar river: A shutter of the Cheruthoni Dam in Idukki was opened after 26 years as rising water levels prompted the Kerala government to issue a red alert. Prashant Chandran P 9 Sexual assault: Centre sends states list of dos, don’ts to firm up case RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 IN THE first detailed advisory of its kind, the Union Home Ministry has laid down guidelines to strengthen investigation and prosecution in cases of sexual assault, including forensic medical examination of victims to help link suspects to the crime. The move, officials said, follows concerns expressed this week by the Supreme Court over rising incidents of rape in the country. It also comes in the backdrop of cases of sexual abuse being reported from shelter homes in Bihar and UP. Prepared by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, the 18-page set of guidelines details the dif- ferent kinds of evidence that has to be collected in sexual assault cases. “Control samples of body, scalp and auxiliary hairs should be taken, ideally by plucking (not by cutting the tips) to obtain hair root that contain DNA,” it states. DNA profiling of victims, according to forensic experts, will help identify those killed after sexual assault. In cases where a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE UNION Ministry of 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 oflivestock for the purpose of slaughter,” Mandaviya said. Shipments to the UAE take place mainly ahead of Eid AlAdha and Bakr-Id, which is ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR ELOPING IN PUNJAB? HC WANTS MAN TO OPEN FD 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 Rs 50,000 to Rs 3,00,000. The orders have been passed in cases of couples who have approached the High Court for po- lice 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 commu- nity 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. In recent orders, the High Court has instructed fixed deposits ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 300,000. “Petitioners are present in the court. Petitioner No. 2 is hereby directed to make necessary arrangement for fixed deposit of a sum of Rs 2 Lacs in the name of petitioner No.1 within a period of 1 month from today. The said FDR be for a period of Why Article 35A must stay BY NAEEM AKHTAR Despite uptick, Govt bans all livestock exports from ports KOLKATA, AUGUST 9 SC says cooling-off period starts after two terms NEW DELHI, AUGUST 9 the government lacks numbers. The government will bring the amendments 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 Bill hung in the balance. The matter of ringfencing penal provisions in the Bill emerged as the central issue for some give-andtake to break the stalemate between the ruling BJP and the Opposition over the Bill. BAIL PROVISION FINDS PLACE 10 SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY 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 officebearers serving more than one term, the current office-bearers of the BCCI — acting president C K Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer 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 applica- SUNNY VERMA THE SERIOUSFraud Investigation Office (SFIO) Thursday arrested Neeraj Singal, former promoter and managing director of Bhushan Steel Ltd, for allegedly siphoning over Rs 2,000 crore from bank loans using more than 80 associate companies. Singal was sent to judicial custody until August 14. Bhushan Steel has been acquired by a Tata Group company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. It was among 12 large stressed assets the Reserve Bank of India had referred to the National Company Law Tribunal for resolution last year. Singhal was arrested under Section 447 of the Companies Act, 2013 which deals with punishment for fraud. Under this law, any person found to be guilty of fraud can be jailed for a minimum 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 of the investigation into the affairs of Bhushan Steel Limited (BSL) and its several Group Companies by SFIO. The investigation was assigned by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to SFIO, based on complaints received from various sources,” the government said in a statement. The SFIO investigation found that the erstwhile promoters of Bhushan Steel Ltd used Cabinet clears changes to pending Bill, listed for Rajya Sabha discussion today LIZ MATHEW fraud: former Bhushan Steel MD arrested by SFIO C R Sasikumar 3 years,” Justice Bajanthari said in an order Monday. Orders for a fixed deposit, passed in very few cases in the past, are becoming more frequent now. In an order passed Wednesday, the High Court, in the case of a Patiala couple, directed the husband to deposit with the High Court registry a copy of the FDR within a period of one month. Incidentally, the High Court last week closed proceedings in a 2015 case in which the husband had been directed to deposit a sum of Rs 30,000 within nine months. Since there was no intimation regarding the amount and neither was there any complaint, the High Court, disposing the case, said it appeared that the couple have moved on with their lives. In the cases of runaway couples, the High Court, in the last two months, has also issued directions to police of districts in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to investigate “illegal marriages” performed by self-styled institutions including Pandits, Purohits and Granthis “against the wishes of the parents of the parties and normal norms of the society”. LIVE ANIMAL EXPORTS FROM INDIA (Rs/crore) 2010-11 55.91 2011-12 61.65 2012-13 57.72 2013-14 69.30 2014-15 77.75 2015-16 465.98 2016-17 527.40 2017-18 411.02 Source: Commerce Ministry INSIDE PAGE 3 ● ANAND VARSITY STOPS SALE OF GOATS OVER BAKR-ID POSTER marked by the sacrifice of animals such as goats and sheep, apart from bovines and camels. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD 29 CHILDREN KILLED IN SAUDI AIR STRIKE IN YEMEN US TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA OVER UK INCIDENT
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