eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE A WOMAN’S PLACE NEWDELHI,LATECITY FEBRUARY7,2021 The invisibilisation of domestic labour — and an old debate on patriarchal obligations PAGES 13, 14, 15 18PAGES,`6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Cong promises law, penalty to overrule Sabarimala women entry SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEBRUARY 6 SAYING THAT the entry of women of menstruating age in the Sabarimala temple still remains an issue, the Congress promised here Saturday that if voted to power, it would bring a law to make any violation of traditions at the shrine "a cognisable offence". The party released a draft of the proposed legislation even as the LDF government finds itself again in a bind over the issue. Asked on Friday about his government’s next course of action, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was noncommittal, repeating thattheywerewaitingforthedecision of a nine-judge Bench of theSupremeCourtinthematter. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUJARAT HC DIAMOND JUBILEE J&K DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL POLLS With Independents on its side, Apni Party bags Srinagar, Shopian PM:Judiciaryhas guardedlifeforce ofConstitution CPI(M) candidate is chairperson in Kulgam; BJP gets Jammu, Kathua NAVEED IQBAL & ARUN SHARMA SRINAGAR, JAMMU, FEB 6 THEALTAFBUKHARI-ledJammu and Kashmir Apni Party managed to win over Independents to its side and take hold of the District Development Councils in Srinagar and Shopian on Saturday,withitscandidatesgetting elected to the posts of Chairperson and Vice Chairpersoninboththedistricts. Launched six months after the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was split in August 2019, Apni Party contested the DDC elections against the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration(PAGD)constituents (PDP,NC,People’sConference,JK People’s Movement and CPI-M). Its candidates won just three seats in Srinagar and two in Shopian out of 14 in each of the two districts. Elections to 280 territorial constituencies across 20 districts (14 in each district) in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir were held in November-December 2020. In Srinagar, 10 of the 13 DDC members voted for Apni Party candidate Malik Aftab. Bilal Ahmad Bhat, also of Apni Party, was elected Vice Chairperson withninevotes.Of the14elected members in the Srinagar DDC, seven were Independents. District Election Officer Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said ‘Be it citizen rights, national interest... judiciary has fulfilled responsibilities’ A NEW RECORD SOHINI GHOSH England skipper Joe Root became the first cricketer to score a double hundred in his 100th Test, at the India-England Test in Chennai, Saturday. England ended Day 2 at 555/8. PTI PAGE18 DESCRIBING THE Legislature, Executive and Judiciary and the roles assigned to them as the life force of the Indian Constitution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that every citizen can now say with satisfaction that the judiciary has fulfilled its duty of safeguarding the life force. Addressing an event to mark 60 years of the Gujarat High Court—healsoreleasedviavideo link a commemorative postage 3-hr road blockade mainly in 2 states, farm leaders fan out to keep peace SUNDAY STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NINE MONTHS after the start of the military standoff between India and China along the Line of ActualControlinLadakh,External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said Saturday it had been agreed at minister-level meetings last September that troops should disengage in some areas, but so fartherehadbeen“novisibleex- ‘Military commanders will continue to talk’ pression” of that on the ground. Responding to questions from reporters in Vijayawada, Jaishankar said: “You know the events of what happened last CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E X P L A I NE D NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 6 E Delhistand: Both pull ● back INDIA IS insisting on simultaneous withdrawal of troops while the Chinese want the Indians to first vacate key heights taken in the Chushul subsector last August. 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PTI stamp on the occasion — the PrimeMinistersaidthejudiciary has always strengthened the Constitution by interpreting it CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC judge, High Court CJ hail PM: ‘visionary, just’ SOHINI GHOSH AHMEDABAD, FEBRUARY 6 PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi was hailed as "our most popular, vibrant and visionary leader" by Supreme Court judge Justice M R Shah at a virtual event Saturday to launch a commemorative stamp to mark 60 years of the Gujarat High Court. Recallinghislongassociation with the High Court, his "karmabhoomi" first as an advocate and later a judge, Justice Shah said, “I am very glad and proud and privileged to participate in this important function of the release of a commemorative stamp of the Gujarat HC on completion of its 60 years... and that too by our most popular, vibrant and visionary leader, Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendabhai Modi.” In his address, Gujarat High CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Get dazzling Glamour with... 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