eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE ‘My morality teaches me to speak out’ PUNE,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 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM PAGES 12,13,14 Avoid jail for drug users, seizure of FIRST VISIT SINCE AUGUST 5, 2019 small amounts: Social justice ministry Shah takes stock of J&K 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. Judicial infrastructure an afterthought, ad hoc and unplanned: CJI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 THE WORLD JUDICIAL INFRASTRUCTURE is “important for improving access to justice”, but “it is baffling to note that the improvement and maintenance of judicial infrastructure is still being carried out in an ad hoc and unplanned manner,” Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Saturday. The CJI was speaking at the inauguration of two wings of 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”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 PAGE 10 EXPRESS NETWORK PM MEETS VACCINE MANUFACTURERS: ‘WORK TOGETHER’ PAGE 7 Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, CJI N V Ramana and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday. ANI 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 Transfers of 2 judges, both linked to Calcutta HC, still on hold APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 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 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 8 WINTER IS HERE security, seeks more protection for minorities Visits, interacts with families of civilians, security personnel killed by militants BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23 IN HIS first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of special status on August 5, 2019, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday reviewed the security situation at a Unified Command meeting attended by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, top brass of J-K Police, Army, paramilitary forces, and the intelligence agencies. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Shah to youth: Here’s hand of friendship, help strengthen democracy 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 Government of India… I have Shah at the residence of J&K Police officer Parvez Ahmed who was killed last month, in Nowgam on Saturday. PTI come here to seek your cooperation. The administration has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE GOVERNMENT is yet to notify two of the 24 transfers of HighCourt judges thatwere recommended by the Supreme Court collegium more than a month ago. The judges whose transfers remain on hold are Justice Soumen Sen of the Calcutta High 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 Uttarakhand: Bodies of 7 trekkers found AVANEESH MISHRA, ATRI MITRA & AMIL BHATNAGAR DEHRADUN, KOLKATA, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 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 WestBengalthathadgonemissingwhileonwaytoChitkulfrom Harsil in Uttarkashi. The bodies 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 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 their way out. One of the team members remains missing. Counting the trekkers found dead Saturday, the number of casualties in rain-related incidents since October 17 in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, triggering landslides and avalanches, has now cross 75. Twenty-six people are injured. SDRF Commandant Navneet Bhullar told The Sunday Express CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After 3 years and memories of a lifetime, India play Pak 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 always 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 different. 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 commentators 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Pune
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