eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE ‘My morality teaches me to speak out’ NEWDELHI,LATECITY OCTOBER24,2021 Aparna Sen on being outspoken, why women don’t have to bear burden of being virtuous 18PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA PAGES 13, 14, 15 Avoid jail for drug users, seizure of Shah takes stock of J&K small amounts: Social justice ministry FIRST VISIT SINCE AUGUST 5, 2019 RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 IN ITS suggestion to review the NarcoticDrugsandPsychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has recommended a more humane approach,avoidingprison,for drug users and addicts. In a recommendation sent a few days ago, the ministry has sought decriminalising possession of small quantities of drugs for personal consumption. It has suggested amendments to the NDPS Act to treat those who use drugs or are dependent on them as victims, to be referred for deaddictionandrehabilitation,and not sentenced to jail. Last month, the Department of Revenue — the NDPS Act's nodaladministrativeauthority— hadaskedseveralministriesand departments, including the E E X P L A I NE D Innotesentafewdaysagoonreviewof NDPSAct,ministrysaysusersshould betreatedas‘victims’, sentforrehab In line with ● norms THE MINISTRY’S stand is in line with recommendations of the International Narcotics Control Board, which state that criminalisation of drug use only perpetuates stigma and can compound the problem. The Board is an independent, quasi-judicial body for implementation of the UN's drug control conventions. HomeMinistry,HealthMinistry, SocialJusticeandEmpowerment Ministry, the Narcotics Control Bureau and CBI, to suggest changes to the law, if any, along with their rationale. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment sent its suggestions to the Department of Revenue in this regard. In India, drug consumption or possession is a criminal offence. Currently, the NDPS Act only adopts a reformative approach towards addicts. It gives addicts (or dependents) immunity from prosecution and imprisonment (if found guilty) if theyvolunteerfortreatmentand rehabilitation. However, there's no provision for relief or exemption for, say, first-time users or recreational users. Forinstance,Section27of the NDPS Act prescribes imprisonmentofuptoayearorafineofup to Rs 20,000, or both, for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropicsubstance.Itmakes no distinction between addicts, first-time users and recreational users.Thisisoneoftheprovisions for which the ministry has proposed that the prison term and finebereplacedwithcompulsory treatmentingovernment-runrehabilitationandcounsellingcentres, for at least 30 days. Section 27 has been used in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Judicial infrastructure an afterthought, ad hoc and unplanned: CJI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 JUDICIAL INFRASTRUCTURE is “importantforimproving access to justice”, but “it is baffling to note that the improvement and maintenance of judicial infrastructureisstillbeingcarriedout in an ad hoc and unplanned manner,” Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Saturday. The CJI was speaking at the inaugurationof twowingsof the annexe building at the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju were among those present. “People’s faith in the judiciary is the biggest strength of democracy,” the CJI said, adding that courts in India have "stood up whenever individuals or society are at the receiving end of the executive excesses”. “Good judicial infrastructure for courts in India has always been an afterthought” and “it is because of this mindset that courts in India still operate from dilapidated structures, making it difficult to effectively perform their function,” he said. “Thetotalsanctionedstrength of judicial officers in the country is24,280andthenumberofcourt CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ITBP personnel retrieve bodies of trekkers, near Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur. UNI via ITBP Uttarakhand: Bodies of 7 trekkers found; 12 dead, three still missing AVANEESH MISHRA, ATRI MITRA & AMIL BHATNAGAR DEHRADUN, KOLKATA, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, CJI N V Ramana and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday. ANI A month on, transfers of 2 judges, both linked to Calcutta HC, still on hold APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 THE GOVERNMENT is yet to notify two of the 24 transfers of HighCourtjudgesthatwere recommended by the Supreme Court collegium more than a month ago. The judges whose transfers remain on hold are Justice SoumenSenof theCalcuttaHigh Court and Justice Joymalya Bagchi of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Justice Sen is part of the fivejudgebenchof theCalcutta High Court that is hearing a clutch of cases relating to the post-election violence in West Bengal. Justice Bagchi has been recommended for a transfer to the Calcutta High Court. In decisions taken on September 16, the Supreme CourtcollegiumheadedbyChief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana had also recommended the appointment of 68 judges of High Courts across the country. On October 2, two weeks after the recommendations were made, CJI Ramana had said that he had been assured by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SEVEN MORE bodies of members of two separate trekking teams hit by bad weather in Uttarakhand were recovered on Saturday. While 12 of the 21 trekkers are now confirmed dead, three remain missing. Two of the dead whose bodies were found Saturday, from near the Lamkhaga Pass borderingHimachalPradesh,werepart of an 11-member team from WestBengalthathadgonemissingwhile onwaytoChitkulfrom Harsil in Uttarkashi. The bodies THE WORLD DEATHS ACROSS HIGHER REACHES Chitkul (Kinnaur) C H I N A Lamkhaga Pass Harsil (Uttarkashi) UTTARAKHAND Dehradun I N D I A Sunderdhunga Glacier (Bageshwar) of five of them had been found earlier. Two of the 11 remain missing, with rescue operations halted due to bad weather. Two are injured and in hospital. The five others found dead Saturday were part of another BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23 IN HIS first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of special status on August 5, 2019, UnionHomeMinisterAmitShah Saturday reviewed the security situation at a Unified Command meeting attended by Lieutenant GovernorManojSinha,topbrass of J-K Police, Army, paramilitary forces, and the intelligence agencies. Expressing concern over the “targeted killing” of civilians in the Valley, Shah sought “strategicallyplannedprotectionof minorities” and “flexible patrolling of guards”, according to sources who did not want to be named. He also called for better coordination between the security agencies to address the recruitment of local youth to the militant ranks. The sources said the Union Home Minister was briefed about the current security situation that has unfolded in the Valley with 11 civilians being killed in the last one month. Shah also sought to understand the delay in tracing militants involved in the Poonch encounter which claimed the lives of nine soldiers. The encounter entered its13thdayonSaturdaywiththe joint team of forces mounting a massive combing operation in the forests of Mendhar. The security review meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister lastedalmosttwo-anda-half hours, the sources said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE AUTOPSY report says BhogilalPaldiedof cardiacarrest. However, his family says, what really killed the 53-year-old farmer was the worry over arranging fertilisers for his land in Nayagaon village of Lalitpur district. He had been standing in a queue outside a shop to try and arrange the same for the second dayonFriday,whenhecollapsed. Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the residence of J&K Police officer Parvez Ahmed who was killed last month, in Nowgam on Saturday. PTI Shah to youth: Here’s hand of friendship, help strengthen democracy Home Minister promises delimitation, polls, statehood SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23 SAYING HE was extending a “hand of friendship”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah sought the cooperation of the Valley’s youth for peace and development and exhorted them to strengthen democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing members of the youthclubssetupbythegovernment at panchayat level, he said, “I have come here to extend friendship. Come and connect with Modi ji, connect with the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WINTER IS HERE Recent civilian killings have led thousands of migrant labourers to leave the Valley. But, it’s a relationship likely to survive Kafni Glacier trekking team, which was hit by an avalanche at Sunderdhunga glacierinBageshwardistrict.The four porters-cum-guides who were part of this 10-member team had managed to make CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK PM MEETS VACCINE MANUFACTURERS: ‘WORK TOGETHER’ PAGE 7 The administration says there is no shortage of fertilisers in the district, but that the demand had suddenly shot up due totherecentrain.SoonafterPal's death,DistrictMagistrateAnnavi Dinesh Kumar recommendedto the state government that the familybeprovidedfinancialhelp of Rs 10 lakh. The government is yet to take a call on the matter. Afatherof six,Palownedtwo acres of land. His nephew Raghvendra said Pal had visited severalshopsinthepastfewdays Talks with Centre didn’t live up to hype, deadlock unfortunate: NSCN-IM TORA AGARWALA ‘He didn’t come home... next day, before his turn at the fertiliser shop, he died’ LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 23 PAGE 12 Visits, interacts with families of civilians, security personnel killed by militants DEATH OF FARMER IN UTTAR PRADESH MANISH SAHU PAK SAYS NO PACT WITH U.S. ON USE OF AIRSPACE FOR OPS IN AFGHANISTAN COVID CASES ON THE RISE, CHINA RAMPS UP TESTING, CURBS Pindari Glacier security, seeks more protection for minorities trying to arrange fertilisers. On Thursday, he went to a shop at Jugpura, but the queue was long andhisturnnevercame."Hedid notreturnhome.Thenextmorning, he again queued up outside the shop. Before his turn came, he fell unconscious," said Raghvendra,addingthatPalwas rushed to hospital by the locals. Superintendent of Police, Lalitpur, Nikhil Pathak said a post-mortem had shown the cause of death as cardiac arrest. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUWAHATI, OCTOBER 23 THE NSCN-IM said on Saturday that talks with the Centre's new interlocutor “failed to live up to all the hype”. The statement comes barely amonthaftertheCentreresumed talks with the rebel group, after former Intelligence Bureau Special Director A K Mishra replacedRNRaviasthemaininterlocutor in mid-September. The NSCN-IM said that with Mishra’s appointment and the resumption of talks after nearly two years, “much hype was generated that the final Naga solution is just round the corner.” “However, the talks failed to live up to all the hype as the Government of India continues to indulge in political escapism on the very issues that are holding up the road to the Naga solution,” it said. The bone of contention remains the NSCN-IM’s demand for a separate Naga flag and Constitution. “Ironically, the Government of India is still pretentiouslyactingstubbornasthe crucial rounds of talks that focused on the Naga flag and the Constitution is driven to hang in balance. The stalemate created is unfortunate,” it said. It said the flag was “not just a piece of cloth” to the Nagas, but a symbol “of the Naga nation’s prideandvalues.”Italsorejected thegovernment’s“postsolution” offer,seeminglyalludingtospeculation that the differences would be ironed out after an agreement is signed. After 3 years and memories of a lifetime, India play Pakistan today EXPRESSAT T20WORLDCUP SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY DUBAI, OCTOBER 23 FORMER PAKISTAN captain Asif Iqbal’s mind goes back to the early 1980s. Shyam Bhatia, an Indian expat in Dubai and a cricket patron, recollects Javed Miandad’s six against Chetan Sharma. For the old-timers, an India-Pakistan match in the United Arab Emirates will al- ways be about nostalgia, irrespective of its venue-switch from Sharjah to Dubai. As India and Pakistan play their T20 World Cup group leaguefixturehereSunday—the firsttimethetwoteamsareplaying in three years — the Sharjah throwbackbecomesrelevant,for it was the starting point of the game’smost-followedcricketrivalry at a neutral venue. It were Iqbal, a former Pakistan captain, and local business magnate Abdul Rahman Bukhatir who dared to dream. “When we started India versus Pakistan matches in Sharjah, the atmosphere was totally dif- ferent. India and Pakistan supporters used to come to the ground,expatsnotonlyfromthe UAE but working around the Persian Gulf. And whichever team won, they would share mithai after the game. No untoward incident was ever reported,” Iqbal told The Sunday Express. Bhatia talks about banging his new Mercedes, so unmindful was he after Miandad’s lastballsixin1986.“Foralongwhile, I struggled to get it out of my head, but we never begrudged our rival fans. The Pakistanis and Indians would be in the same area, no segregation. The com- India and Pakistan fans outside the cricket stadium in Dubai on the eve of the match on Saturday. Shamik Chakrabarty mentators sat behind us, so we could talk to them. It was in the open and had no air-conditioning. It was like a community festival,” he recalls. “In Dubai, all Indians and Pakistanis are friends, but when theygototheground,theyforget the friendship for those three hours. They support their respectiveteams.Whenthematch is over, everybody goes back together,” Bhatia says, adding that the scenes are pretty similar to Sharjah, except that the crowd therewasmorepassionate."The disappointmentwehadafterthe six was akin to what the Pakistanis had felt when their team had failed to chase down 125 a couple of years earlier.” However,unlike those times, playersfromthetwo sidesaren’t very familiar with each other now, considering they have not played a bilateral series in some time.Sharjahwasalsoknownfor its lavish parties where players from the two teams rubbed shoulderswithBollywood,quite like Henry Blofeld mixed cricket commentary with earring details. Now, politics apart, biobubbles keep players apart. Without the pandemic, India would have hosted this edition of the T20 World Cup. WhiletheDubaiInternational Stadium oozes opulence, it's the morestolidSharjahgroundsthat paved the way to here. Three yearsago,Dubaialsohostedthree India versus Pakistan fixtures inside a week during the 2018 Asia Cup. And Pakistan Cricket Board chairmanRamizRajahasalready saidthattheywouldhavetoshift the 2023 Asia Cup to the UAE if India refuse to travel to Pakistan. Cricket'Chacha'Mohammed Zaman is the ‘captain’ of a group of six Pakistani fans who have come from Tarar village in Gujranwala,hopingagainsthope to get tickets for the match. He is very angry with the organisers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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