eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE ‘My morality teaches me to speak out’ MUMBAI,LATECITY OCTOBER24,2021 Aparna Sen on being outspoken, why women don’t have to bear burden of being virtuous 16PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Shah takes stock of J&K security, seeks more protection for minorities Visits, interacts with families of civilians, security personnel killed by militants 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 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 lasted almosttwo-anda-half hours, the sources said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Innotesentafewdaysagoonreviewof NDPSAct,ministrysaysusersshould betreatedas‘victims’,sentforrehab RITIKA CHOPRA BASHAARAT MASOOD 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 JUDICIAL INFRASTRUCTURE is “importantfor improving 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 MinisterforLawandJusticeKiren THE CITY ONE AVIGHNA PARK BLAZE: PRIMARY CAUSE SHORT CIRCUIT, THEN FIRE SPREAD TO FURNITURE PAGE 3 PAGE 11 ITBP personnel retrieve bodies of trekkers, near Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur. UNI via ITBP earlier. Twoofthe11remainmissing, withrescueoperationshalteddue to bad weather. Two are injured and in hospital. The five others found dead Saturday were part of another trekking team, which was hit by an avalanche at Sunderdhunga glacier in Bageshwar district. Thefourporters-cum-guides who were part of this 10-member team had managed to make CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 CONTINUEDONPAGE2 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 Calcutta HC, still on hold NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 DEHRADUN, KOLKATA, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 PAK SAYS NO PACT WITH U.S. ON USE OF AIRSPACE FOR OPS IN AFGHANISTAN 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. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AVANEESH MISHRA, ATRI MITRA & AMIL BHATNAGAR THE WORLD 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 In line with ● norms A month on, transfers of CJI: Judicial infrastructure an afterthought, ad hoc and unplanned 2 judges, both linked to Uttarakhand: Bodies of 7 trekkers found; 12 dead, three still missing SEVENMOREbodiesofmembers oftwoseparatetrekkingteamshit 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 WestBengalthathadgonemissingwhileonwaytoChitkulfrom Harsil in Uttarkashi. The bodies of five of them had been found PAGES 12, 13, 14 Avoid jail for drug users, seizure of small amounts: Social justice ministry E X P L A I NE D FIRST VISIT SINCE AUGUST 5, 2019 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM India and Pakistan fans outside the cricket stadium in Dubai on the eve of the match on Saturday. Shamik Chakrabarty APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, CJI N V Ramana and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday. ANI Rijijuwereamongthosepresent. “People’s faith in the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ANOTHER REPORT PAGE 4 THE GOVERNMENT is yet to notify two of the 24 transfers of High Court judgesthatwere 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 fivejudge benchof theCalcuttaHigh 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 Union law minister that the recommendations would be CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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