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1 Yogi holds out hope FOR HOMEBUYERS Give possession of 50,000 flats in 3 months or face music, UP orders real estate firms PIONEER NEWS SERVICE n LUCKNOW here is some good news for Tthousands of homebuyers who have waited endlessly for delivery of their flats. The Uttar Pradesh Government has directed real estate companies and builders including those of Noida and Greater Noida to ensure that homebuyers get possession of 50,000 flats in the next three months. If the real estate companies failed to meet the deadline, they would face tough punitive action as per provisions of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and Indian Penal Code (IPC). Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday held a meeting with promoters of real estate companies, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway Development authorities to review progress made towards completion of flats. Briefing mediapersons, Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna quoted the CM as saying that real estate companies must deliver 50,000 flats Sasikala ousted; Jaya party s eternal chief KUMAR CHELLAPPAN n CHENNAI ithin nine months of her Wappointment as general secretary of the party, VK Sasikala was removed from the post unanimously by the AIADMK General Council which met in Chennai on Tuesday. The General Council unanimously decided to abolish the post of general secretary as it felt that nobody in the party had the stature and charisma of party founder MGR or former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. In a special resolution, the General Council made a slew of changes in the party bylaws, including the one suggesting that Jayalalithaa would remain as the permanent general secretary and New Delhi/Muscat: Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Catholic priest from Kerala, has been rescued in Yemen, 18 months after he was abducted by ISIS terrorists from a care home in the port city of Aden in the war-ravaged country. I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Father Tom was abducted in March last year by ISIS terrorists after they attacked the care home run by Mother Teresa s Missionaries of Charity. At least 15 people at the old-age home were killed in the attack. Oman s official news agency ONA reported that Oman in coordination with the Yemeni Follow us on: NATION 5 CORRUPT LAWMAKERS: SC FOR FAST TRACK COURTS TOUGH TALKS to homebuyers complete in all respect in the next three months come what may. Khanna said the CEOs of the three authorities have been directed to appoint an expert agency for resolution of dispute by next month. He said that dispute resolution will take two months and the authorities will take follow-up action. He said the Chief Minister would himself review the situation after three months. All options to take action against real estate companies are open for the Government. So far 13 FIRs have been lodged against real estate developers and builders, said the none will be elected or appointed to the post. More than 2,100 out of the 2,300 General Council members of the AIADMK attended the meeting. With the decision to revoke Father Tom rescued from ISIS captors parties have managed to find Father Tom and that he has been moved to Muscat from where he will return to Kerala. It said Father Tom thanked God and appreciated Oman s Sultan Qaboos bin Said. He also thanked his brothers, sisters, relatives and friends, who prayed for his safety and release. Continued on Page l UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday held a meeting with promoters of real estate firms, CEOs of Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway Development authorities to review progress made towards completion of flats l CEOs of the three authorities have been directed to appoint an expert agency for resolution of dispute by next month l All options to take action against real estate companies are open for the Government. So far 13 FIRs have been lodged against real estate developers and builders, said UD Minister Suresh Khanna l Estate companies must deliver 50,000 flats to homebuyers complete in all respect in the next three months come what may, Khanna quoted the CM as saying Minister. Earlier on July 23, while addressing a conclave of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) in Lucknow, the Chief Minister had expressed disappointment over irregularities in the real estate sector. He had said the rift between homebuyers and realtors was widening and to bridge the gap, the Government needed to take stern steps. Continued on Page 7 AIADMK senior leader and Chief Minister E Palaniswami speaks at the party s General Council and Executive Committee Meeting in Chennai on Tuesday PTI the appointment of Sasikala or chinamma as she is called, as general secretary, all appointments made by her in that capacity have become null and void. It was also decided to remove TTV Dinakaran from gainst the backdrop of Aaccusations that Sangh Parivar supporters often went out of the way to target their critics on social media platforms, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday made it clear that his organisation doesn t support online trolling. We don t support trolling and aggressive behaviour on the internet, Bhagwat said while addressing over 50 diplomats in Delhi at the seventh Breakfast Briefing organised by India Foundation. Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We do not support those who display such aggressive nature, Bhagwat was quoted in a series of tweets posted by Prasar Bharati facebook.com/dailypioneer MONEY 11 RAJAN: PSU BANK MERGER SHOULD FOLLOW BALANCESHEET CLEAN-UP the post of party deputy general secretary. The appointments made by TTV Dinakaran, whose activities have brought a bad name to Jayalalithaa s legacy and to the AIADMK have been annulled, said one of the resolutions passed by the General Council. The bylaws of the party have also been suitably amended to legalise the removal of Sasikala and Dinakaran from party posts. Hereafter, the party would be guided by a high-power committee led by a coordinator and deputy coordinator and assisted by a group of senior leaders. O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami were appointed as the party coordinator and deputy coordinator respectively. Continued on Page 7 Chairman A Surya Prakash, who was present at the event. Prasar Bharati is a broadcasting agency which runs the public broadcaster Doordarshan New twist in Ryan murder: SIT hunts for another killer Police suspect accused fled from toilet s broken window STAFF REPORTER n GURUGRAM he Special Investigation TTeam (SIT) of the Gurugram Police investigating the gruesome murder and failed sodomy bid on Pradyuman Thakur Class II student of Ryan International School suspects the involvement of another person who may have escaped from one of the broken windows of the school toilet. The SIT told the Sohna court on Tuesday that evidences were tampered with in the case. Following which, the Gurugram Police is likely to interrogate the gardener of the school whose movements have been found to be mysterious on the fateful day as he could be and All India Radio. Besides addressing the diplomats, Bhagwat answered questions at the event organised by the India Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. The RSS chief was also quoted as saying that the Sangh an accomplice in the crime. A doctor, who conducted the post-mortem, said the boy was not sexually assaulted but died of excessive bleeding. The killing of seven-year-old Pradyuman on his school premises has left several unsolved questions before his parents and the SIT. Also, the report of a factfinding committee constituted by the Gurugram district administration has found several lapses in the school, including no police verification of bus drivers, conductors and other staff, and broken boundary wall, widening the spectrum of investigation. Continued on Page 7 Parivar does not believe in discrimination. No discrimination and oneness of our nation and oneness of the world is our goal, said another tweet by Surya Prakash quoting Bhagwat. He told the diplomats that the RSS runs 1.70 lakh service projects in various fields, including health, education, rural development. He invited them to attend the organisation s shakhas or camps and experience the Sangh culture. On the RSS relationship with the BJP, the parivar chief reiterated that the Sangh does not interfere in the party s affairs. The Sangh does not run the BJP. The BJP does not run the Sangh. As Swayamsevaks we consult and exchange notes but we are independent in INDIA REJECTS UN RIGHTS CHIEF S ROHINGYA BARB Geneva: India on Tuesday strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya refugees, saying individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions, Ambassador Rajiv K Chander said. Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates. GOVT TO DISQUALIFY 1L SHELL FIRM DIRECTORS New Delhi: More than 1.06 lakh directors will be disqualified for their association with shell companies, according to the government, as it steps up the fight against black money. RETAIL INFLATION RISES TO 3.36% IN AUGUST New Delhi: India s annual retail inflation for August shot-up a full 1 per cent to 3.36 per cent, official data showed here on Tuesday. CABINET OK S 1% EXTRA DA FOR CENTRAL STAFF New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval for an increase of one per cent additional Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and pensioners to compensate for price rise. 6-MONTH WAIT FOR HINDU DIVORCE NOT A MUST: SC New Delhi: A six-month waiting period for Hindu couples seeking divorce is not mandatory, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, laying down directions for lower courts to speed up separation if both spouses agree upon the terms. The court s decision will bring significant respite to couples who file for divorce by mutual consent. Trolling is below the belt, RSS doesn t back it: Bhagwat The Sangh does not run the BJP. The BJP does not run the Sangh. As Swayamsevaks we consult and exchange notes but we are independent in functioning RSS CHIEF MOHAN BHAGWAT WORLD 12 N KOREA SLAMS VICIOUS' US-LED UN SANCTIONS LUCKNOW, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2017; PAGES 16 `3 RNI No.2016/1957, REGD NO. SSP/LW/NP-34/ Established 1864 Published From DELHI LUCKNOW BHOPAL BHUBANESWAR RANCHI RAIPUR CHANDIGARH DEHRADUN Late City Vol. 153 Issue 249 *Air Surcharge Extra if Applicable } OZ BEAT BP XI BY 103 RUNS IN WARM-UP 15 SPORT UP to end anomalies in purchase of medicines Medical Supplies Corporation to be constituted PNS n LUCKNOW n an attempt to plug leakages Iin the purchase of medicines, the UP Government has decided to constitute Uttar Pradesh Medical Supplies Corporation which will promote centralised purchase of medicines and equipment. A decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday. Health Minister and government spokesman Siddharthnath Singh said that there were reports of pilferage of government money during the purchase of medicines and equipment for state-run hospitals as 80 per cent of the purchase was done in districts and only 20 per cent purchase was centralised. The purchase system will Rahul defends dynastic politics S RAJAGOPALAN n WASHINGTON icking off a two-week KAmerican sojourn that has been billed as a major outreach to the Indian Diaspora, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday courted a fresh controversy by virtually defending India s bane of dynastic politics, asserting it was something fairly common to the country s political or corporate landscape. That s how India runs, he remarked during a Q&A at the University of California, Berkeley, after delivering a lecture on India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward that hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi s divisive politics and reckless economic policies. Gandhi, who slammed the BJP for projecting him as a reluctant and stupid politician, also declared that he was absolutely ready to take up an executive role in the Congress Party, before quickly adding that it was a decision for his party to take. See Page 5 now be centralised and will be done through e-tendering which will be monitored by UP Medical Supplies Corporation which will be headed by an IAS officer. The lowest bidder will get the order, Singh said, adding that a similar system was adopted in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan and was found to be effective in plugging leakages. Earlier, medicines and equipment were purchased through rate contract and the system was not centralised as the bulk of purchases (around 80 per cent) was carried out in districts. This made the post of Chief Medical Officer lucrative. In this fiscal, medicine purchase has a budget of Rs 817 crore of which Rs 500 crore is the state government s share and the rest Rs 317 crore is the The purchase system will now be centralised and will be done through e- tendering which will be monitored by UP Medical Supplies Corporation which will be headed by an IAS officer. The lowest bidder will get the order UP HEALTH MINISTER SIDDHARTHNATH SINGH share of NRHM, Singh said. In another decision, the government decided to introduce CM Panchayat Protsahan Yojana under which villages having excelled in providing basic amenities like water, solar power, sewerage line and school would be awarded. The total budget of this project is Rs 15 crore. Three villages from each block will be identified for this award. As there are 821 blocks in UP, the total number of villages that stand benefited will be 2463, the spokesman said adding that this was the first step towards making Smart Panchayats. The Cabinet also approved Rs crore under PM Krishi Sinchai Watershed Development programme. There were 612 schemes under Allahabad all set to get new name PNS n LUCKNOW llahabad is set to get a new Aname with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accepting the demand of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad to rechristen the city as Prayagraj. Yogi also assured saints to take action against fake godmen. The Chief Minister had an hour-long meeting with members of Akhara Parishad in Lucknow on Tuesday. Around 26 saints representing 13 akharas of the country were present during the meeting. The meeting assumes importance as it came at the backdrop of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad releasing a list of fake sadhus. President of Akhara Parishad Mahant Narendra Giri told reporters that Yogi Adityanath accepted the proposal of saints to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj. Allahabad was renamed in 1580 by Mughal emperor Akbar from Prayag as he maintained that it was a place of Allah (God) and hence it be known as Allah-bad. The wrong that the Mughal emperor did should be corrected. We expect that the Chief Minister will issue orders towards changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj, Giri said İn 2001, then Chief Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor Vishnu Kant Shastri were also in favour of changing the name change of Allahabad to Prayagraj but the promise remained unfulfilled. Former Union minister Kalraj Mishra was the state BJP president at that time. Though Yogi s meeting with the Akhara Parishad on Tuesday was held in view of preparation for the coming Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in early 2019, the Parishad members also raised the issue of fake godmen who were giving a bad name to Hindu religion. The CM assured us that he would take stern steps against these fake babas and promised that no facility will be provided to them during the next Ardh Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, Mahant Giri said. The Akhara Parishad announced that they would boycott 14 fake saints and appealed to the masses not to get attached with them. Meanwhile, reaction have started pouring in against the Akhara Parishad for declaring 14 godmen, including Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Asaram Bapu, Radhe Maa, as fake. } the programme. Earlier, the Central government used to finance 90 per cent of schemes while the state share was just 10 per cent. Under the 14th Finance Commission, the Centre s share came down to 60 per cent with the result that the financial burden on the state increased. The Cabinet has approved this enhanced financial burden of Rs crore, Singh said. The government also decided to give 450 sq metre (approximately 1 acre) of nazool land to Prasar Bharati for setting up of 10 kw FM station of All India Radio in Sultanpur. This project will come up in Mirazpur village. The spokesman said that AIR had proposed this project on March 20, 2017, which was approved by the Cabinet. CAPSULE functioning, said BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav in a tweet quoting the RSS chief. Madhav, who was incharge of media and public relations of the RSS for a number of years before moving to the BJP, is a director of the India Foundation along with Surya Prakash.

2 SP to expand base among Dalits, OBCs for 19 poll National convention of the party on October 4 to prepare strategy he Samajwadi Party is set to Tfocus on forging new caste equations to expand its base among Dalits and OBCs to ensure winnability for elections rather than scouting for alliance with the Congress or Bahujan Samaj Party. The party will formally endorse this line in its national convention at Agra on October 4. SP strategists see the decline of the BSP in UP politics as a good omen. The party is confident that it can position itself as the sole anti-bjp outfit in the state and easily eat up the political space vacated by the BSP. The alliance with the BSP at this stage will amount to feeding the enemy. We have committed the mistake of aligning with the BSP once in 1993 to keep the BJP from coming to power in UP. We succeeded in our endeavour in 1993 mid-term poll held after the demolition of Babri mosque. But the alliance government so formed ended up in creating a big rival for us and we paid a heavy price, said a SP leader close to party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Mayawati made our task easier by imposing the condition of being part of a joint campaign only after non-bjp parties finalised seat-sharing formula for the polls ahead of the Patna rally organised by Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav. We cannot be held responsible for the failure of unity of secular parties, said the SP leader. We claim to be a national party. Our core area is Uttar Pradesh and it will remain so. The need of the hour is to craft new social coalition and win back those sections of Dalits and OBCs which drifted towards the BJP due to our own follies in 2014 Lok Sabha poll and later in 2017 Assembly poll, said the SP leader. Asked about the new narrative the SP was attempting to formulate to counter the BJP, the SP leader said: Its an Acid attack on rape survivor he inhuman face of UP Tpolice once again came to the fore in Faizabad and Hamirpur respectively while a rape victim was attacked with acid due to police negligence in Farukkhabad on Monday evening. In Farukkhbad, a female victim, who lodged a case against BSNL divisional engineer Ajay Pratap Singh and three others of raping her four months back, had been receiving threats from the accused for withdrawing the case. The terrified victim complained to the police several times which had little effect on the cops. Due to the laxity of the police, the victim was subjected to an acid attack by aides of the accused at Fatehgarh police station area on Monday evening. The incident happened while she was returning from the district court. She sustained over 60 per cent burns and was rushed to Lohia hospital in a critical condition. Presently, the divisional engineer is in jail, two others were on bail and the fourth is on the lam. Victim s lawyer Akhilesh Kumar said that they were preparing to move the High Court to seek cancellation of the bail of the two accused. A case was registered and investigations were on. In another incident at Faizabad, Raj Kumar Gupta of Sahabganj area of City Kotwali area was having a dispute with a kin over parental property. On Monday, kin Om Prakash Gupta informed UP-100 that differently-abled Raj Kumar was hurling expletives at him. After reaching the scene, a police team took Raj Kumar to the police station and brutally assaulted him. SSP, Faizabad, Subash Baghel said that he was looking into matter. Meanwhile, at Hamirpur, cops of UP-100 reached Rihuta hamlet of Charkhari after being informed about gambling on Monday afternoon. While the actual gamblers fled the scene on seeing the police, the cops nabbed innocent villager Uttam, who was grazing his cattle. The cops thrashed him as a result of which he suffered serious injuries on his right eye and was rushed to Primary Health Centre from where doctors referred him to district hospital in Orai. Local officers claimed that they had information about the incident and were looking into the facts before initiating action against the erring cops. Meanwhile, reports from Badaun confirmed that four people, including a corporator, were arrested with fake notes worth `82,000 on Monday night. Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Irshad, Rahees, Aamir and local corporator Nasir from a guest house in Sadar area. Fake Indian currency of `2,000 and `500 denomination were recovered from them. A case was registered and investigations were on. Hindu devotees offering prayers on the bank of the Ganga in Allahabad on the occasion of Pitra Paksh on Tuesday Pioneer HC adjourns hearing of oxygen death cases PIONEER NEWS SERVICE n ALLAHABAD he Allahabad High Court Ton Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the oxygen death cases in the Baba Raghav Das More than 30 children had died at the hospital within 48 hours between August 9 and 11 allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply (BRD) Medical College and fixed October 18 as the next date. On Tuesday the member secretary, UP State Legal Services Authority filed a report along with supporting evidence in a sealed envelope. The committee constituted by the state government also placed its report in a sealed cover. More than 30 children had died at the hospital within 48 hours between August 9 and 11 allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply. The bench, comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice MK Gupta, was hearing several public interest litigations (PILs) filed by Sunita Sharma and several others. The petitions sought a judicial inquiry into the incident and speedy conviction of the guilty parties. They had alleged negligence of the doctors who had been accused of not clearing the long-pending dues of the oxygen supplier as the cause of the tragedy. uphill task. Its not easy to fight jumlas of the BJP. So we will focus at village and block levels to apprise people of unfulfilled promises made to farmers, poor and youths by the BJP in 2014 and later in Another SP leader pointed out, Old issues like Mandal vs Kamandal and Secular vs Communal are no longer relevant political tools to fight the BJP. Meanwhile, the SP is set to elect its national chief and discuss its strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll in its convention in Agra on October 5. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is set to be re-elected as the SP national chief. The convention is likely to see the passage of several political resolutions and the party will also explain its stand on alliance with secular parties. UP Cabinet minister Jai Prakash Singh listening to people s grievances at BJP headquarters on Tuesday Top Cong leadership draws flak over holding seminars A section of the party cadre felt that seminars would send a wrong signal amongst the masses as if workers had forgotten the great leader ust on the eve of the beginning Jof a series of seminars by the Uttar Pradesh Congress to highlight the life and achievements of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, senior leadership, particularly state president Raj Babbar, came in for sharp criticism. A section of the party cadre felt that seminars would send a wrong signal amongst the masses as if workers had forgotten the great leader. Uttar Pradesh Congress is organising seminars on Indira Gandhi s work inviting many imminent personalities to acquaint workers and Congress leaders about former PM s contribution. I want to question Raj Babbar whether he thinks that we have forgotten our one of most outstanding leaders, asserted a former UPCC president. It is better if we organise seminars in educational institutions and other public places to inform the present generation about how Indira Gandhi had taken the nation on the top of world map, the leader pointed out. A senior functionary in the All India Congress Committee also supported former UPCC president s views. When a campaign is launched by the BJP to present a wrong picture of the Congress s contribution to the nation under the leadership of Nehru, Shastri and Indira Gandhi, it becomes more important that the party should organise such functions to educate youths rather than party workers, the leader pointed out. The UPCC will start a series of seminars to inform the party cadre about the contribution of Indira Gandhi to the country. Historians, intellectuals and also former student leaders are invited to speak at seminars that will be held at 10 locations in the state starting here from Lucknow on Wednesday. All former MLAs, office-bearers and party veterans will be invited to seminars to share their experiences with the late leader. In Lucknow, the party workers from 12 adjoining districts will be attending the same.according to UPCC media chairman Satyadeo Tripathi, the seminar will conclude at Allahabad, the birthplace of late Indira Gandhi on November 17 and they expect that members of the Gandhi family will participate in the programme. He disclosed that seminars would be organised in 12 districts. 6th arrest in BRD medical college tragedy, clerk held he Uttar Pradesh police on TTuesday arrested a clerk of the BRD Medical College here, taking to six the number of those held in connection with the death of dozens of children in the state-run hospital last month. Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj said that clerk Sanjay Tripathi was arrested from the Cantonment police station area and produced in an anti-corruption court here. He was sent to a 14-day judicial custody. With Tuesday s arrest, the police have managed to nab six of the nine accused named in the FIR filed in this case. Sudhir Pandey, also a clerk, was arrested from near the Khajanchi Chowk area last week. On Monday, Dr Satish, WITH TUESDAY S ARREST, THE POLICE HAVE MANAGED TO NAB SIX OF THE NINE ACCUSED NAMED IN THE FIR FILED IN THE CASE former head of the Anaesthesia department at the Baba Raghav Das Medical (BRD) College, had surrendered himself before the anticorruption court here. On September 2, ex-chief of the encephalitis wing in the hospital Dr Kafeel Khan was arrested, while the Special Task Force of UP police had arrested ex-principal Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima Shukla on August 29. Mishra was suspended as Monthly security audit for UP schools PTI n LUCKNOW monthly security audit of all schools in Uttar Pradesh and Ais among the measures announced on Tuesday to ensure the safety of students after the Gurugram tragedy. DGP Sulkhan Singh issued a directive to all the district police chiefs which stated that concerned circle officers and beat personnel should do monthly security audit of schools in their area and prepare its report. Singh also said police should coordinate with schools and District Magistrates and ensure security there. The steps come after a seven-year-old boy was found with his throat slit in a Gurugram school. Other measures include maintenance of a visitor register, installation of CCTVs, ban on fire arms and sharp edged weapons in the school premises, security at washrooms and separate washrooms for students, teachers and employees. The DGP also said that identity cards should be issued to the entire staff; if any worker is called in they should also be given temporary ID cards. The department has also banned use of smartphones by drivers and conductors in the capital s schools. principal of the medical college on August 12 after the deaths were reported. He had resigned the same day taking moral responsibility. A committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar probing the Gorakhpur tragedy had recommended initiating criminal action against Mishra, Dr Satish, Dr Khan and Pushpa Sales, the supplier of oxygen cylinders. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to a disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills to the vendor. The state government had vehemently denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths. Mishra was accused of sitting over the issue of payments to the vendor supplying oxygen to the hospital. More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at the hospital within a week last month. city 02 Pioneer Be soft with shiksha mitras, Mayawati to Yogi govt ahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Bsupremo Mayawati has suggested the state government to adopt empathetic approach towards resolving the shiksha mitras issue. In a statement released in Lucknow on Tuesday, Mayawati said that many women shiksha mitras were also protesting for their rights and appealed to the Yogi government to be considerate towards them. Mayawati said that shiksha mitras were protesting to get justice but the government was not responding in a positive manner and their monthly remuneration had been reduced to `10,000. Flaying the state government for cane charging men and women protesters in Lucknow, she said that it showed the Yogi s government concern towards professionals responsible for moulding the future of the nation. Shiksha mitras have been on the warpath across the state after the Supreme Court upheld an Allahabad High Court verdict of September 2015 quashing their appointment as full-time teachers by the Akhilesh Yadav regime. Expressing her concern over the theft of statue in Kashiram Green Eco Park, Mayawati said that the state government should take firm action to nab culprits and prevent recurrence of such incidents. First it was a fire in the garden and later miscreants took away costly statues while the government kept sleeping, she alleged. The BSP chief said that a party delegation met the CM regarding security and maintenance of Eco Park and other monuments. Speaking on the frequent problems in the operation of Lucknow Metro, Mayawati said that such incidents were indeed embarrassing for the state. Printed and Published by Vijay Prakash Singh for and on behalf of CMYK Printech Ltd., 4th Floor, Sahara Shopping Centre, Faizabad Road, Lucknow and Printed at Tin Tin Printech Pvt Ltd., C-33 Amausi Industrial Area, Nadarganj, Lucknow. Tel: (0522) / Editor: Chandan Mitra. Resident Editor: Vijay Prakash Singh. RNI No. 2016/57. 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3 city 03 Woman stabbed to death by stepson 45-year old woman, identi- as Masar Jahan, was Afied stabbed to death reportedly by her stepson Siraj at their house in Surudhya Nagar (Indiranagar) under Ghazipur police station on Tuesday evening. Siraj was arrested and the knife used in the crime was also recovered from the house. Property dispute was stated to be the motive for murder. Police said Safiullah Khan, a class IV employee at Police Recruitment Board, had married Masar Jahan, who was a divorcee, two-and-a-half years ago after his first wife Zahida passed away in He and Zahida had two sons Sameer and Siraj. One of them is a constable of 2006 batch (posted in Jankipuram police station) while the other is an AC mechanic who worked in Saudi Arabia and returned three months. Masar Jahan also had two children from her first marriage. Police said Siraj came to know last week that the house (Zahida Villa) would be named after his father s second wife and the share in property would also be given to her children. At 5 pm on Tuesday when Masar Jahan was all alone, he repeatedly stabbed her. She died on the spot. He remained there till the police arrived and also confessed to his crime. 11 ARRESTED FOR CATTLE SMUGGLING Eleven persons were arrested for carrying 83 cattle in an illegal manner in four trucks at Naharpulia, Mahaan Road, falling under the Para police station on Tuesday. The police said that they were being taken to a slaughter house in Unnao. It is said the cattle were being from Bahraich to a slaughter house in Unnao. Those arrested were identified as Altab, Saddam, Farooq, Indra Pal, Aslam, Ali Hussain, Raj Kumar, Jawed, Abdul, Arif and Tahir. The police were able to rescue the cattle and they were sent back to Bahraich under safe custody. The trucks were seized. Don t fly kites near Metro network: Keshav Trains being tested rigorously, technical glitches will disappear soon: LMRC MD ucknow Metro Rail LCorporation (LMRC) managing director Kumar Keshav asserted that they were testing the trains rigorously and that technical glitches would disappear in days to come. He said that the Alstom team was also in the city to test the trains and the seventh train would arrive shortly. Keshav said that the first train was a prototype and any problem which they were facing was being corrected at the point where the trains were being manufactured in Sri City. A request was also made to the public not to fly kites near the Metro network. The trains are being rigorously tested each night after the completion of the operation and the technical glitch which is corrected in one train is ucknow Metro Rail LCorporation (LMRC) on Tuesday undertook an awareness drive for commuters to ensure safe use of escalators. All Metro passengers were educated by the LMRC team for safe use of the escalators and make them aware of few points to be kept in mind while using escalators at Metro stations, senior PRO (LMRC) Amit Srivastava said. He added that the passengers were informed to be careful and adhere to guidelines while using escalators. Hold the handrail, keep feet within yellow lines, hold children firm, keep clear of the edges, don t go bare-footed, don t sit on handrail, keep head beyond handrail, and do not carry heavy baggage, the commuters were told. Director (Operations) Mahendra Kumar was also Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation managing director Kumar Keshav and others addressing mediapersons on Tuesday Pioneer attended in the other trains too, he told mediapersons on Tuesday. Director, Rolling Stock (LMRC), Mahendra Kumar said this train which stopped on the first day was not plying any more and was being tested on the test track at the depot. There are four trains running on the track and one has been ith the arrest of two per- from Krishna Nagar Wsons tempo stand late on Monday night, police claimed to have busted a gang of tricksters based in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. They were identified as Amar and Rohit, both natives of Tamil Nadu. An amount of Rs 50,000 was recovered from their possession. They confessed to their crime and told the police that they duped over dozen of people of cash and valuables. The police said they had been making determined efforts for over a year to trace them. The gang had been active in the state capital and the miscreants duped several women of huge cash and jewelry since May last year. An information was passed on to Krishna Nagar inspector AK Pandey at 10 pm that the tricksters would assemble near Krishna Nagar tempo stand. The police swung into action and patrolling was intensified in and around the area. Cops in civvies were also deployed there to keep a watch on the movement of the miscreants. The police spotted two suspicious-looking persons moving towards the tempo stand around midnight. They tried to escape when they saw cops approaching them. However, they were apprehended. They appeared nervous and failed to reply to the queries of the police saying they did not know Hindi. They failed to give a convincing reply when asked about the cash in their possession. During interrogation, they confessed to their crime. They told the police that they were working for an interstate gang engaged in duping gullible people of cash and valuables. Amar told the police that they moved in groups and one of them would keep a vigil on gullible people. Rohit said women were also active members of the gang. They said they used to move to other cities after six to eight months so that they were not identified. Rohit claimed that in Lucknow, they duped people in Krishna Nagar, Madiaon, Manaknagar, Aminabad, Hazratganj and Gomti Nagar areas. They said they were planning to shift base to Delhi and added that they were waiting for instructions from their bosses in Madurai. kept on standby, he added. Kumar stressed that there was nothing wrong in the Mawaiya special span where the trains were stopping. The span has been designed in such a way that the speed of the train gets automatically restricted to 45 kmph. Currently, the trains are running at a speed of 70 Commuters educated about safe use of escalators at stations Gang of tricksters busted; 2 arrested Cleanliness ambassadors to reach out to people their respective places and urge them to keep the same L ucknow Municipal clean, he said. The additional municipal commissioner Corporation (LMC) has selected 13 cleanliness said that they had also selected religious heads of all the ambassadors under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan communities, including Mission who will reach out to Devya Giri of Mankameshwar people, urging them to keep temple, former information the city clean. Additional officer of Hanuman Setu municipal commissioner PK Diwakar Tripathi, Maulana Srivastava said they had Kalbe Sadiq, Maulana Khalid roped in people from all sections of the society, including Rajendra Singh Bagga. Rasheed Farangi Mahali, and religious leaders. He said Srivastava said they had more people were keen on also selected people from joining as cleanliness ambassadors and there was no including traders, hoteliers other sections of the society, number fixed for the same. and restaurateurs. The cleanliness ambassadors will reach Lucknow Municipal Corporation held a meeting out to people at religious with the cleanliness ambassadors and told them to make not to litter, and segregate gatherings and tell people people feel emotional about waste at the source. present along with the team during this drive at Metro stations. He also advised the commuters to keep the guidelines in mind for safe use of escalators. kmph, he added. Giving the cause of the problem which occurred on the first day, he said that there was some issue in gate adjustments after which emergency brakes got applied and the train stopped. It was a pre-emptive move for safety, he added. Keshav said the second time when the train had stopped was due to a signalling problem. There are times that the train does not get a signal which is what happened at that time. We can still run the train manually at 25 kmph, but this is not safe, hence we prefer towing it, he said. Kites get stuck in the Metro network which causes tripping in the sub-stations. This occurs mostly at Alambagh and Durgapuri station, Kumar said. Director (Works and Infrastructure) Daljit Singh said that the tunneling work from Sachivalaya to Hussainganj would start from September 21. We will begin with the lowering of TBM from Sachivalaya side and in one month s time, we will also lower the second TBM in the same direction, he said. About the construction of the underground stations, he said nearly 30 per cent of the work had been completed. By April 2018, some sort of structure will emerge from these underground stations, Daljeet said. On the antiquities unearthed during the digging work, he said they would give the same to museums. He said that in the case of the elevated corridor from KD Singh Babu Stadium to Munshipulia, they had already installed 24 U-girders. Meanwhile, LMRC officials announced insurance for passenger accident and public liability. LMRC has tied up with United India Insurance Company Ltd for the purpose. All passengers travelling or present at the Metro station will be covered (death, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, temporary disability and medical expenses) and /or compensation awarded by any Indian court/tribunal for an amount of Rs1 crore (any one accident) Rs 1 crore (any one year) limit per passenger-rs 4 lakh. All people present in the Metro station premises other than the paid area and trains (including unpaid area, circulating area, parking area or any other area under LMRC s jurisdiction) will have an accident cover (death, permanent total disability, permanent partial disability, temporary disability and medical expenses ) and /or compensation awarded by any Indian court/tribunal of Rs 10 lakh (any one accident) Rs 20 lakh (any one year).

4 city 04 CITYBRIEFS A programme on medicinal plants and health at KGMU AWARENESS CAMP Uttar Pradesh State Legal Service Authority (UPSLSA), in collaboration with Amity University, organised a legal awareness camp at Markhapur village. The legal aid cell is aimed at making the village free from legal issues. Cell members surveyed the village, identified the problems that villagers were facing at grassroots level, and interacted with the villagers and authorities. They also registered, categorised, and tabulated the list m0iz0 ikoj VªkUlfe'ku dkjiksjs'ku fy0] vko';d lwpuk fo qr ikjs"k.k e.my xks.mk] dk;kzy; }kjk vkeaf=r fufonk la[;k&27 tks fnukad dks 12%00 cts [kksyh tkuh Fkh] dks vifjgk;z dkj.kksa ds dkj.k fujlr fd;k tkrk gsa v/kh{k.k vfhk;urk] fo qr ikjs"k.k e.my] 220 ds0oh0 midsunz ifjlj tsy jksm] xks.mk ^^jk"vªfgr esa fctyh cpk;saa lk/kkj.k cyc ds LFkku ij,y0bz0mh0 cyc dk iz;ksx djs a** of legal matters facing by the villagers in order to provide them with a better alternative dispute redressal mechanism. A nukkad natak was also staged covering social issues of sanitation, government schemes and women empowerment. WIRAGA SANDHI The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan are jointly organising a performance by Wiraga Sandhi A dditional professor, Maternal and Reproductive Health Care (SGPGI), Indu Lata said on Tuesday that they were planning to set up an IVF clinic for treatment of infertility in women. Talking to The Pioneer, she said it was likely to be set up in near future. She added that currently, they were helping these patients by counselling and correcting their problems. Dr Indu Lata said that having an infertility clinic in a government hospital would help in ensuring that they get a lowcost treatment. The doctor admitted that the cases of infertility were increasing amongst the women both in the lower income group and the higher income group. In case of the higher income group the women CANTTWATCH SCHOOLSCAN FOUNDER S DAY Pioneer Montessori School celebrated Founder s Day in the memory of Puran Singh. The event was marked by various cultural programmes organised by all the branches of school. The main attraction was Kavi Darbaar, which had students dressed up as poets like Surdas, Kabirdas, Harivansh Pioneer group from Indonesia in Lucknow at Tourism Bhawan auditorium under the 3rd International Ramayana Festival on Wednesday. NMFDC INAUGURATED CMD, DCM Shriram Ltd, Ajay S Shriram, who is the chairperson of governing body (Sri Ram College of Commerce) and chairman of Board of Governors (IIM- Sirmaur), inaugurated National Management Faculty Development Centre MILITARY PERSONNEL AWARDED In a ceremony held at Kumaon Regimental Centre in Ranikhet on Tuesday, Army Commander, Central Command, Lt Gen Balwant Singh Negi presented Gallantry and Distinguished service awards to 55 military personnel for displaying exemplary courage in the face of extreme odds and serving with distinction, dedication and selflessness while performing their duties. Four Yudh Seva medals, six Sena medals (Gallantry), including one posthumous, six Sena medals (Distinguished), one Bar to Vishisht Seva Medal, 12 Vishisht Seva medals, six GOC-in-C unit citations, 18 Surya trophies, one Sarvottam Jivan Raksha medal and one Jivan Raksha medal were awarded during the ceremony. The Sarvottam Jiwan Raksha medal was awarded posthumously to Sapper Vad Mitra Choudhary who laid down his life while saving the honour of a young civilian girl in Meerut. The Gallantry award winners have battled hardcore insurgents in the most inhospitable terrains of Jammu & Kashmir, in the best traditions of the Indian Army with utter disregard to their personal safety. Sena medals (Gallantry) were awarded to Lt Col Nitin Gupta, Maj Kamal Jangid, Maj Akash Tapadia, Maj Shivish Tiwari, and Maj Vikrant Paul. One medal was awarded posthumously to Rifleman Shishir Mall. Lt Gen Negi also bestowed unit citations to six units of the Central Command for their meritorious and outstanding performance. He also presented Surya Best Service Provider trophies to 17 service providing units of the Central Command. Rai Bachchan, Meera Bai etc. The chief guest was noted Lucknow chronicler Yogesh Praveen, who gave away prizes to the winners. The students who were awarded included Pragati Singh, Mohd Junaid, Anant Singh, Ayaan Khan, Vaishnavi Kumari, Hari Om Yadav, Atharv Mishra, Astha Mishra, Saksham Pandey, Aditi (NMFDC) on IIM Lucknow, Noida campus. Explaining the thought behind NMFDC, executive head Neerja Pande said it was envisioned as a high-quality capacity building centre for creating and strengthening the knowledge base and pedagogical techniques of faculty of management institutions globally. MEDICINAL PLANTS A programme on medicinal plants and health was organised at KGMU under the joint collaboration of KGMU and Arogya Bharti. The keynote speaker was Dr Rakesh Pandit of Arogya Bharti. He spoke on the importance of medicinal plants and their management as also about the spread of these plants in terms of their area and how they can be recognised by people in general. Scientist AK Mathur said modern science always encourages one to be associated with nature. He said that in India, people associated medicinal plants with religious importance and that faith in plants should remain. He added that 80% of the medicinal plants used for making medicines were procured from forest and not harvested. SGPGI planning to start IVF clinic for treating infertility today are more focussed in their career and hence prefer late marriages post the age of 30. The infertility occurs because of several reasons which could be career stress and increased age that leads to the decreased production of ovum, said the doctor. In the case of lower income groups the infertility occurs because of several causes such as anaemia and bad hygienic conditions. In most of the lower income groups we have found that because of the unhygienic conditions they develop infection in the fallopian tube which results in infertility, she added. Currently, she said that they were helping the patients through counselling and correction of their problems. We first talk to the couples and find out their history of marriages and in several cases we have found that the partners were living in distant marriages and were not aware of the fertile period for getting pregnant. Some were having problems which are related to menstruation which we sort out, she said. The doctor said that those who need further treatment were referred for additional reproductive therapy. She further pointed out that these patients had to go in for in vitro fertilisation and intra-uterine insemination. On being asked what women could do to contain this infertility in the higher income group since the time of making a career coincides with that of marriage, she said. In most of the cases it has been seen that the women get their ova frozen which they can use later when they get married and plan to have babies, But it is best if the women get married below the age of 30, he added. Singh, and Anushka Mishra. SPELLING CONTEST Shambhavi, a class V student of C i t y Montessori School, Rajajipuram (Campus I) won a cash prize of Rs 1,000 for her outstanding performance in the inter-school Wiz National Spell Bee Contest, organised at regional level. Students of various noted schools of Lucknow participated in the contest and displayed their talents in English but Shambhavi outperformed them and walked away with the first prize. Vaastu books selling like hot cakes Students at a book stall at National Book Fair in Lucknow on Tuesday aastu books are witness- good sales at the stall Ving of IGNCA (Indira Gandhi Centre of Cultural Arts) at the National Book Fair which is going on at Moti Mahal Lawns. AK Sinha from IGNCA, while talking to The Pioneer, said that they had several books on Sanskrit being picked up by scholars. He said that they were selling Vaastu-related books and those on women. There are several books on Vedas and Puranas on art and culture which the readers have been interested in buying from the stall. There is a book titled Narivadya in English and is being appreciated by readers for the details on women and their place in the society, he said. Sinha said that the books on rock art were also selling well. These books are the research work on rocks and are catching the attention of readers, he added. Giving a background of the centre, he said IGNCA was launched on November 19, CRIMELINE JOURNALIST BEATEN UP A Hindi daily journalist, Rajendra Pratap, was beaten up in full public view on the campus of Regional Transport Office (RTO). The police said the journalist had filed a news item alleging that a group of clerks of the Transport department was involved in corrupt practices. The news item also deplored senior officials for not initiating action against them. He alleged that clerks and class IV employees were taking bribe for getting the work done. Rajendra Pratap went to room number 16 of RTO building on Tuesday morning. Two clerks Shyamal Ganguly and Vinay AG, others discuss police reforms discourse on Resurrection of police Areforms in India was organised under the aegis of Lok Adhikar Manch on Tuesday. The inaugural function was chaired by advocate general (UP) Raghvendra Singh. President of Lok Adhikar Manch Raghvendra Singh said it was important to break the nexus of politicians, criminals and police which was affecting not only the ethics of civil society but also jeopardising economic progress. The technical session saw renowned people share their views for police reforms. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion were former Vice- Chancellor of RML Law University Balraj Chauhan, Lucknow University V- C SP Singh, RML Faizabad University Manoj Dixit, AK Sen Gupta, Justice Kamleshwar Nath, etc. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said the police reforms were important for country s development. Former Pro Vice-Chancellor of LU AK Sen Gupta said that to maintain law and order, control orientation of reform, management orientation of reform, and planning orientation of reform were needed. First, we need to reform ourself before talking about society reforms, he added. Shekhar Singh of JNU talked about participation of public in every field and promote technology. Former Lokayukta SC Verma said that the management of off-line file to online files should be cleared and training be given to police officers. Shahi assaulted the journalist without any provocation. The situation normalised after the intervention of the people. Pratap lodged an FIR at the Sarojini Nagar police station later in the afternoon alleging he was beaten up by Ganguly and Shahi without any provocation. 1985, by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said that the centre was a major resource centre for the arts, especially written, oral and of visual source materials. The aim of the centre was to undertake publication of reference books, glossaries, dictionaries and encyclopaedias concerning the arts and the humanities, to study tribal and folk arts and publish reference material, to provide a forum for a creative and critical dialogue through performances, exhibitions, multimedia projections, conferences, seminars and workshops on traditional and contemporary arts, to foster dialogue between arts and philosophy, science and technology, with a view to bridging the gap between modern sciences and arts and culture and to promote an awareness of historical and cultural linkages between India and other countries, he said. He said that the art partakes of the holistic world view so powerfully articulated throughout Indian tradition and emphasised by modern Indian leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Rabindranath Tagore. The arts are here understood to comprise the fields of creative and critical literature, written and oral, the visual arts, ranging from architecture, sculpture, painting and graphics to general material culture, photography and film, the performing arts of music, dance and theatre in their broadest connotation and all else in fairs, festivals and lifestyle that has an artistic dimension, he added. He further said that the Centre had focused its attention on India at the first and initial stage. It has further started expanding its horizons to other civilisations and cultures. The Centre houses 1,000 volumes of rare books, some dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries mostly written by members of the British army and navy surveyors, engineers, travellers etc. These books present before us a first-hand account of their travels and observations of India. ARRESTED The police arrested Salman, a resident of Bazaar Khala, while his accomplices managed to escape. He was identified as Naushad. The police recovered silver coins and ornaments, half-a-dozen taps, 32 pairs of anklets weighing over 2 kg from his possession. He was picked up from Misri Ki Baghia area for interrogation. The police said that Naushad would be nabbed soon. MURDER ACCUSED HELD Two more persons involved in the killing of Imran Khan in Tikait Rai colony falling under the Bazar Khala police station were arrested. They were identified as Maya and Brahma Prasad alias Baba. A blood-stained rod used in the murder was also recovered from his possession. Three miscreants involved in the murder had also been arrested. They were A fashion show organised at Rai Umanath Bali auditorium by a fashion designing academy on Tuesday Pioneer Pioneer Personal collections of eminent scholars donated to IGNCA by the scholars themselves or by their relatives form an important section of the library. He said that the Cultural Archives were established to house the collections on the various arts and to bring personal collections of scholars, collectors under one roof to make access to such materials convenient for the users. Cultural Archives have several collections under the categories of Sahitya, Vaastu, Shilpa, Sangeet, Chhayapata and Natya. The personal collections acquired under these categories were collected and compiled by scholars and collectors over several decades out of the sheer passion for the subjects of their personal interest. The Cultural Archive at the centre is a repository of priceless collections which includes paintings, photographs, audio and gramophone records, documentaries, puppetry, textiles, slides etc. The photographic collections are one of the prized possessions, he added. identified as Mohammad Shafiq alias Netaji, Vikas Singh and Aleem. Sehla Nigar, daughter of the deceased, lodged an FIR at the Bazar Khala police station. ACCIDENT A man came under the wheels of a running train after he slipped from one of the coaches of the train near Trilochan Kheda flag station in the morning. The police said Angu boarded the train from Jaitipur for Lucknow to visit his wife who was undergoing treatment at a private nursing home there. He died on the spot.

5 nation 05 DISPROPORTIONATE ASSETS OF MPS, MLAS Set up fast track courts, SC tells Centre Cabinet approves `10K cr fund for dairy sector he Union Cabinet on TTuesday approved a `10,881-crore fund to give a boost to the country s dairy sector. Projects under the corpus called Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) will focus on building an efficient milk procurement system by setting up of chilling infrastructure & he Cabinet on Tuesday Tapproved the doubling of Daund-Manmad railway line to ease movement of passengers and goods across Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik in Maharashtra. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave the approval at an estimated cost of `2, crore and expected completion cost of ` crore. The km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. Doubling of the line will greatly ease the ever increasing passenger and freight traffic on Daund-Manmad route, thereby increasing the revenue of Railways, said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal detailing the Cabinet decisions. Besides passengers, industries in and around Daund- Manmad route will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. The districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik in Maharashtra will be benefited by this project, he said. At present the Railways is working on the Mumbai- Chennai route by doubling the Bhigwan-Mohol and Hotgi- Gulbarga sections. Work on a installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment, creation/modernization/expansion of processing infrastructure and manufacturing faculties for value added products for milk unions and milk producer companies. The fund will be spent on creating necessary infrastructure and supporting dairy farmers over a period of 12 years during With rouble mounted for rebel TJanata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav as the Election Commission on Tuesday rejected his claims made on the JD(U) poll symbol (Arrow) and the offices allotted to the party for lack of supportive evidence. This even as he faces the prospect of disqualification from the Rajya Sabha for antiparty activities. According to sources, the Commission has refused to take congnisance on Sharad Yadav faction s claims citing lack of evidence. Yadav, the former president and co-founder of JDU, had approached the EC, claiming that he represented the real party, and that a majority of its national council members were with him. Yadav was said to be unhappy with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar s decision to dissolve the Grand Alliance Government and join ranks with the BJP to form new Government. In a related development, the Rajya Sabha secretariat has asked the JD(U) s rebel MPs, Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar, to respond within a week to their party s petition that they be disqualified from the House for their anti-party activities. After Yadav turned against party president Nitish Kumar s decision to ally with the BJP he Supreme Court on TTuesday advised the Centre to set up special fast track courts to exclusively deal with cases of corruption and disproportionate assets against members of legislative bodies. The observation came as the Bench reserved orders on a PIL which demanded action against MPs and MLAs whose income grows five to ten folds, without any mechanism to punish them under law for amassing such huge wealth beyond their known sources of income. The court was confronted with the names of 7 Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs against whom the Income Tax authorities found proof that the income declared by them in election affidavits was beyond their known sources of income. The Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer examined the sealed cover containing the names of MPs and MLAs under probe by the Income Tax authorities and told the Centre that a mechanism must be there to ensure such cases are fasttracked. The Bench felt that the Parliament had the competence to enact a law to create necessary infrastructure for setting up of such courts for speedy disposal of cases against lawmakers. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Court that the recommendation could be made by the Court to the executive rather than the legislature. However, he batted for a timely follow-up in cases of MPs and MLAs found to disclose substantial assets and income in their election affidavit which is found to be beyond their known sources of income. In such cases, Venugopal said, the Director General Income Tax (Investigations) verifies and forwards those cases where investigation is required to the Assessing Officer. The petitioner NGO Lok Prahari represented by former bureaucrat SN Shukla demanded that such investigation must be time-bound and the names be revealed in public interest. Attorney General pointed out that with the right to privacy now declared a fundamental right, the returns filed by individual candidates is part of his/her privacy that needs to be protected. The Bench said it will have to be balanced against the citizen s right to know under Article 19(1)(a) for determining which interest is superior. Although Centre refused to disclose details claiming immunity available to DGIT investigation under Right to Information Act, the bench wondered whether such immunity can exist for lawmakers when people have a Constitutional right to know details of their elected representatives. new line on the Lonand- Phaltan-Baramati route in Maharashtra is also in progress. Once these works are completed, there will be tremendous increase in traffic over the Daund-Manmad section and existing single line will not be in a position to deal with the increased traffic, said the statement issued by Rail Ministry, emphasising the need for doubling. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved the `1,423-crore highway project in Andhra Pradesh, part of the high density Kolkata-Chennai traffic corridor. The Cabinet this investment, 95 lakh farmers in about 50,000 villages will be benefited, said the Government through an official statement after the Union Cabinet. The project will be implemented by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and National Dairy Development Cooperation (NCDC) directly through end borrowers such as Milk Unions, and attended an opposition rally in Patna, the JD(U) had urged Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to disqualify him and Ansari, who too had joined Yadav. Yadav was first removed as the party s leader in the Upper House. After he attended a Lalu Prasad-led RJD rally in Patna, the JD(U) moved to get him disqualified. Earlier in its communication to the Sharad Yadav s camp, the Commission said, Your plea was not backed by any evidence or affidavits of support from party office bearers, MPs and MLAs. Therefore the Commission has not taken any cognisance of the said application under Para icking off a two-week KAmerican sojourn that has been billed as a major outreach to the Indian Diaspora, Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday courted a fresh controversy by virtually defending India s bane of dynastic politics, asserting it was something fairly common to the country s political or corporate landscape. That s how India runs, he remarked during a Q&A at the University of California, Berkeley, after delivering a lecture on India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward that hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi s divisive politics and reckless economic policies. Gandhi, who slammed the BJP for projecting him as a reluctant and stupid politician, also declared that he was absolutely ready to take up an executive role in the Congress Party, before quickly adding that it was a decision for his party to take. Actually most parties in India have that (dynastic) problem. So don t give us stick, he said, when the moderator at Berkeley asked him pointedly about his party s long association with dynastic politics. Listing a host of political leaders, Gandhi said: Mr Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) is a dynast. Mr Stalin (of DMK) is a dynast. Mr Dumal s son (apparent reference to BJP s Anurag Thakur) is a dynast.even (actor) Ahishek Bachchan is a dynast. So don t get after me because that s how the entire country is running, he DA hike of 1% to benefit 50L Govt employees nion Cabinet on Tuesday Uincreased the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) by 1 per cent to 5%, benefiting 50 lakh employees and 61 lakh pensioners. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved an amendment bill that seeks to double tax-free gratuity for formal sector employees to ` 20 lakh. Release of additional installment of DA is an increase of 1 per cent over the existing rate of 4% of the basic pay/pension, to compensate for price rise, said the official statement. The new rate will be applicable from July 1. The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be `3, crore per annum and `2, crore in the financial year (for a period of 8 months from July 2017 to February 2018). This move will benefit about lakh Central Government employees and lakh pensioners, it said. Detailing the Cabinet decisions, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be introduced in next session of Parliament. The amendment will put the maximum limit of gratuity of employees of the private sector as well as public undertakings and autonomous organisations under the Government who are not covered under Central Civil Services (Pension) CCEA nod to slew of rly, road projects Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for development of six-laning of Narasannapeta-Ranastalam section of National Highway (NH)-16 (old NH-5) in Andhra Pradesh, an official statement said. The cost of the 54-km project, to be executed under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) phase V, has been estimated at Rs 1,423 crore, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, besides other preconstruction activities. The job will be done in hybrid annuity mode. State Dairy Federations, Multistate Milk Cooperatives, Milk Producer Companies and NDDB subsidiaries. The project activities under the scheme will include setting up of 28,000 Bulk Milk Coolers (BMCs) at village level. Under the scheme, additional milk processing capacity of 126 lakh litre per day and milk chilling capacity of 140 lakh litre per day will also be created. EC nixes Sharad claim on JD(U) symbol RaGa defends dynasty, slams divisive politics S RAJAGOPALAN n WASHINGTON Smriti lambastes Rahul for his remarks abroad Rules, at par with Central Government employees, which is `20 lakh. The current upper ceiling on gratuity under the Act is ` 10 lakh. The provisions for central government employees under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, with regard to gratuity are also similar. Before implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission, the ceiling under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, was `10 lakh. However, post rollout, in the case of Government servants, the ceiling stands at `20 lakh, effective January 1, Considering inflation and wage increase even in the case of employees engaged in the private sector, the Government is of the view that the entitlement of gratuity should be revised for employees who are covered under the Payment of Gratuity Act, Accordingly, the Government initiated the process for amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, which applies to establishments employing 10 or more persons. The main purpose for enacting this Act is to provide social security to workmen after retirement, whether it is because of rules of superannuation, or physical disablement or impairment of vital parts of the body. Therefore, the Gratuity Act serves as a key social security legislation to wage earners in industries, factories and establishments. (15) of the Symbols Order, the Commission s order states. Further, the application filed by Javed Raza, on behalf of the Sharad faction, was not signed by Raza. EC sources said the Yadav faction is free to file another application with documents to effectively buttress its claim, a task that would be difficult for the veteran leader given the kind of support Kumar enjoys in the party. On the other hand, Nitish Kumar camp had submitted all documentary proof related to party affidavits of 71 of our MLAs, 30 members of Legislative Council in Bihar, two Lok Sabha members and seven Rajya Sabha members. remarked amid much laughter. By the way, last I recall, Mr Ambani s kids are running his business. And that s also going on in Infosys. Right? he commented. In his address, Gandhi came down hard on Modi s politics of hate and reckless and dangerous economic policy decisions such as demonetization and the hastily-applied Goods and Services Tax (GST). Millions of people feel that they have no future in their own country, he said as he dwelt on the politics of polarisation which has raised its ugly head in India today. He spoke of liberal journalists being shot, people being lynched because they are Dalits and Muslims killed on suspicion of eating beef. Questioning the Modi government s record on job creation, Gandhi said a mere 500 jobs were being created a day whereas 30,000 youngsters are joining the job market every single day. As he put it, The decline in economic growth today is worrying and it s leading to an upsurge of anger in the country. He attacked the Prime Minister for not listening to experts on important decisions such as demonetization of high-value currency notes undertaken last November. The DeMo decision was carried out unilaterally without asking the Chief Economic Advisor, the Cabinet or even Parliament, he alleged, adding: Ignoring India s tremendous institutional knowledge and taking ad hoc decisions is reckless and dangerous. While calling demonetization a completely self-inflicted wound that caused 2% loss in India s GDP, Gandhi went on to say: India cannot afford to grow and create jobs at the current rate. If we continue at the current rate, if India cannot give the millions of people entering the job market employment, anger will increase and it has the potential to derail what is being built so far. That will be catastrophic for India and the world beyond it. Quizzed about the Modi decisions that he would approve of, Gandhi cited the Make in India and Swachh Bharat programmes. I like the concept of Make in India, he said, but quickly added that his orientation would be different, namely small and medium industry and not big business. On Swachchh Bharat, he commented, The idea of hygiene I think is a good one. And I think I think the sort of stuff that they are doing on open defecation is not a bad thing. Maneka Gandhi, Prakash Javadekar to hold high-level meeting on safety of students PTI n NEW DELHI nion Ministers Maneka UGandhi and Prakash Javadekar will hold a high-level meeting tomorrow to develop a protocol for educational institutions to ensure safety of students following incidents of child sexual abuse in schools, a Government official said. Officials of the Ministries of Women and Child Development and Human Resource Development as well as representative of the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will be a part of this meeting. The conference comes in backdrop of the murder of a Class II student inside Ryan International School in Gurgaon for allegedly resisting sexual assault and the rape of a five- year-old girl in a private PTI n NEW DELHI P he BJP on Tuesday dubbed Rahul TGandhi a failed dynast who failed in his political journey hours after the Congress vice-president defended the dynasty culture and cited examples of SP s Akhilesh Yadav or Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan s son Abhishek. The people of the country where he leads a political party no longer support him so he is expressing his pain abroad, BJP leader and I&B Minister Smriti Irani told mediapersons. The Congress jumped to Rahul s defence saying criticising even the Prime Minster is acceptable in a democracy. The Congress said Rahul, in fact, raised respect for India abroad unlike PM Narendra Modi s speeches abroad in the early days when he was guilty of insulting India. Irani blasted Rahul at a Press conference, saying his admission that the Congress had turned arrogant since 2012 was a big political confession and a reflection on Sonia Gandhi, who was and remains its president. It must be the first time that a Congress vice-president chose to taunt his party president and it is for the party to introspect on this, she said. A failed dynast today chose to speak about his failed political journey in the US... The country (India) is not listening so he is speaking somewhere else, Irani said.on Rahul s criticism of Modi s reckless and dangerous decisions like demonetisation and GST, Irani said the criticism reflected the failed strategy of the Congress leader. The fact that Rahul Gandhi chose to belittle the Prime Minister is not a surprise but expected... It is an indication of his failed strategy. The people of the country where he leads a political party no longer support him so he is expressing his pain abroad, she said.she also challenged him to a public debate without a handwritten script over his criticism of the Modi government. Irani, who had lost to Rahul in Amethi in the last Lok Sabha poll and is seen as the BJP s nominee in the next election as well, described the US college as a platform of convenience for the Congress leader. She said people school in Shahdara. The two Ministries will develop a set of guidelines and protocols for schools to ensure that children are protected from any kind of abuse or physical and mental harm, a WCD spokesperson said. WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi has also discussed the matter with HRD minister Prakash Javadekar over phone and recommended that women be employed as support staff, including bus drivers and conductors. She also stressed on the need to have strict norms for employing non-teaching staff, according to the official. The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre and the Haryana police on a plea by the father of the Ryan student seeking a CBI probe into the murder as well as framing of guidelines to ensure safety of children. Abe to arrive in India today on a two-day visit reparing to receive his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India truly values its ties with Japan and that he looked forward to further boost the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas. Abe will undertake a twoday official visit to India from today to hold the annual India- Japan Summit with Modi in Gandhinagar, the capital of the Prime Minister s home State Gujarat. I look forward to welcoming I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together, Modi tweeted in English as well as in Japanese. and I will attend a wide range of programmes on 13th and 14th September 2017, aimed at further boosting India-Japan ties, he added. In another tweet, he said the two leaders will attend a programme to mark the start of work of India s first high- speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The train is expected to significantly reduce travel time between the two cities. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world. India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors, the Prime Minister said.the two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their Special Strategic and Global Partnership and will set its future direction, said a statement on Narendramodi.In. PTI n NEW DELHI ndia and Belarus on Tuesday Iinked 10 pacts to expand cooperation in a range of areas and decided to explore joint development and manufacture of military platforms, giving a fresh momentum in bilateral ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belarus President A G Lukashenko, during their extensive talks, also agreed to focus on ramping up economic engagement between the two countries, holding that there was a huge scope for boosting trade and investment. We will encourage joint development and manufacturing in defence sector under the Make in India programme, efence Minister Nirmala DSitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal have become members of key cabinet committees like Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) reconstituted after the September 3 reshuffle when the two were promoted to the Cabinet ranks. Sitharaman and Goyal, along with Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, have also been included as permanent members of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The erstwhile Railway Minster Suresh Prabhu was not a part of CCPA. In December 2014, Health Minister JP Nadda was included in the CCPA though his predecessor Harsh Vardhan was not part of CCPA. BJP allies Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Anant Geete, Ram Vilas Paswan and Ashok Gajapati Raju continue in CCPA. Six Cabinet committees were reconstituted on September 11 and all except the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) have seen changes after the September 3 Ministry reshuffle. Housing and Urban should visit Amethi, his Parliamentary constituency, to see how much development he had done. Lashing out at him for his remarks on dynasties, Irani cited the examples of President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to argue that the top three constitutional positions were held by people with humble backgrounds.this was evidence that merit, not dynasty, drove India s robust democracy, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said. She claimed that Rahul had little awareness about the lack of propriety in criticising his country on foreign soil as he was driven by boosting his own image not patriotism. In an apparent reference to Rahul s meeting with the Chinese envoy in India during the Dokalam stand-off, she said he had not spoken to the Indian diaspora or officials but chosen to converse with a foreign power. To his criticism of the Modi Government s handling of Kashmir, she accused him of indulging in politics and said it was the Nehru-Gandhi family which had passed on a legacy of challenges to the country. In its riposte, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said BJP leaders comments betray their streak of intolerance towards criticism, which he added is reflected in the climate in the country today. Rahul Gandhi spoke about the proud achievements of India since independence. Thanks to Nehru s vision and successive administrations, institutions of the modern state and educational institutions of excellence have been set up, we became a nuclear power, said Sharma recounting Rahul s speech in Berkeley.Because he spoke of these things, Sharma said, Rahul increased respect for India abroad. India, Belarus sign 10 pacts, focus on ramping economic engagement Modi said in a media statement. The Prime Minister said he and Lukashenko reviewed the architecture of India-Belarus partnership and exchanged ideas to expand it.the pacts inked provided for enhancing bilateral cooperation in a variety of areas, including oil and gas, education and sports. Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal become members of key Cabinet committees Development Minister (Independent charge) Hardeep Puri, has been included as a special invitee to the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation. Social Justice Minister TC Gehlot has for the first time been included in the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The two new Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Vijay Goel and Arjun Ram Meghwal, have been included as special invitees to the panel, in place of their predecessors MA Naqvi and SS Ahluwalia. Uma Bharti, who was divested of her Water Resources Ministry portfolio, is not a member of any of the Cabinet committees. After her elevation as Defence Minister, Sitharaman has already become a member of the Cabinet committee on security headed by the Prime Minister. The other members are Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Vijay Goel, who has been made the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, is part of the reconstituted Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.

6 nation 06 Bengal most violent in Didi raj: Shah SAUGAR SENGUPTA n KOLKATA olitical violence and syndi- were the two high Pcatisation spots of Mamata Banerjee Government, BJP president Amit Shah said on Tuesday. Launching a scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress Government, Shah told a gathering of intellectuals in Kolkata that a large share of Central funds sent to the State for its development had ended up in the hands of syndicates. Thousands of crores have been sent to the State but most of this money has gone into the hands of the syndicates. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have to account for the lost funds Shah said wondering did you bring the Blue (Trinamool Congress) Government by throwing out the Red Government to see this day. A time had come when the intellectuals who led the struggle against the Left Government to bring Trinamool to power should take the lead again and question the Government because the poor people are too afraid VR JAYARAJ n KOCHI T he induction of former bureaucrat Alphons Kannanthanam into the Union Ministry, which is being interpreted generally as a BJP strategy to make inroads into Kerala s Christian community, seems to have antagonised the State s biggest Catholic Church-backed political party, the Kerala Congress (M). In a clear indication of this, former State Minister KM Mani, chairman of the Kerala Congress (M), has expressed the displeasure of his party at Kannanthanam s appointment by saying that the BJP will not be able to derive any advantage from this and nobody can agree with that party s policies. Prime Minister Narendra BJP president Amit Shah interacts with the party workers and their families who have been affected by the alleged political violence in the State, during a meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday to raise their voices. Shah was speaking at a gathering of intellectuals on the last day of his three-day visit to Bengal. Subsequently he accused the State Government for unleashing a reign of terror in the State. Bengal is perhaps the most violent State in the world. Modi inducted Kannanthanam at a time when the State BJP leadership had been toying with the idea of roping Mani s party, which has six legislators in the Kerala Assembly, into the NDA. The KC(M) legislators are sitting as a separate bloc since the party severed its alliance of over three decades with the Congress-led Opposition UDF a year ago. Observers say that Mani himself has not been very averse to this idea, especially after his party s departure from the UDF. Just before the recent Cabinet reshuffle, many within the KC(M) and outside had expected Mani s son Jose K Mani, Lok Sabha member from Kottayam, to be invited to join the Union Government though Jose himself had claimed this would not happen. According to State BJP sources, the national leadership also was in favour of the idea of bringing Mani s party into the NDA, especially after uncertainties began to crop up in it in the State following the continuous attacks against the BJP from Vellappally Natesan, general secretary of SNDP Yogam, the force behind the BDJS, the BJP s biggest ally in Kerala. Though Natesan s son Thushar Vellappally, president of the BDJS, keeps saying that his father s opinions have nothing to do with his party, even BJP leaders in Kerala are admitting that the relations between them have been strained. There are also reports that Vellappally is keeping his options open for the next Lok Sabha election. If the BDJS, which has no existence without SNDP Yogam s support, decides to sever ties with the NDA, the BJP will have to find support from elsewhere to achieve the Mission 350-Plus goal party president Amit Shah has set for the next Lok Sabha polls. The new development is to be Here the people who nourish rival views were attacked by the ruling party cadres their houses are set on fire, shops are looted limbs broken because they support a different political ideology, Shah said wondering whether this is the State Tagore and Vivekanand. Church-backed party unhappy over Alphons Minstry entry? seen in this context, says senior journalist BS Panicker. We have never said that we will cooperate with the BJP or join the NDA. But we have always maintained that we don t view any party or front as untouchable, said a senior leader of the Kerala Congress (M). I don t think the BJP will be able to win the hearts of the Church and the Catholics here by promoting Kannanthanam, he said. The KC(M) leader said that any particular community need not support any particular party just because a leader belonging to that community had been given a high position. Everybody knows the case of PC Thomas who was made a Minister in the former AB Vajpayee Government. What advantage had the BJP made out of it? he asked. Though Mar Mathew Arakkal, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kanjirappally, hometown of Kannanthanam, has said that the Church does not have anything against BJP or any other party, senior clergy has made it clear that the welcome the Church had accorded to him as Minister should not be seen as a sign of its political leaning. Kannanthanam has already met top Catholic clergy in Kottayam, his home district. At the same time, the two main political fronts in the State, the CPI(M)-led ruling LDF and the Opposition UDF, are closely watching how the Catholic community and other Christian churches are responding to the new assignment of Kannanthanam. Gauri s murder: Thousands take out protest march in Bengaluru KESTUR VASUKI n BENGALURU assive rally and a meeting Mwas held in Bengaluru on Tuesday to condemn the murder of activist and journalist Gauri Lankesh. Thousands of people coming across the country representing many organisation and Left parties gathered in Bengaluru to protest against the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh by an unknown assailant recently. Progressive thinkers, activists, writers, students have gathered at central college grounds in the heart of the city to mourn the death of Gauri. It was a scene of emotion and anger run down in the march which condemn coldblooded murder of Gauri. The symbolic spirit of camaraderie with the message, I am Gauri, was everywhere from arm bands and head bands to the slogans that those gathered were chanting. Sporting black badges that read - #IAmGauri the protesters took out a rally from the Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station to the Central College grounds, where a protest meeting was held. Speaking at the rally, Gauri s mother Indira Lankesh, said, Gauri fought with every fibre of her body. For me all of you are Gauris and I want her spirit to live on. Another social activist and close associate of Gauri, Teesta Setalvad recalled her association with her and said Though we are of the same age, she called me her little sister as I had a lot to learn from her. The only thing bearable in the death is the support that has come now. We can t let cohesion resistance go in vain. Well-known Kannada writer and activist Chandrashekar Patil, who is also called Champa, read out a poem as a tribute to Gauri. A few years ago, I was Dabholkar... then, Pansare. And, two years ago, when my classmate, colleague and comrade MM Kalburgi was assassinated, I became Kalburgi. Now, I m Gauri, he said. P Sainath, a veteran journalist, said that in the midst of such a demoralising period, the presence of thousands of supporters was a mark of the fight against a culture of intolerance and hatred. This is the largest machine of hate since the partition and it has spread across various States. Senior leaders gloat over the murder of someone. This culture of intolerance is at the highest level of Government. They have a thought out plan, a coherent strategy, he said. The nature of Gauri Lankesh s murder was a message to all of us - yes it is us, we will do whatever we want, he added. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, I m here as a foot soldier of Indian democracy and idea of India. It isn t abstract. It s concrete and alive. It can coexist only if there is opportunity to discuss and debate without bullets to kill. That s the spirit to kill caste, religious minorities. The battle of ideas is the idea of India. My India doesn t remain if it is killed through bullets. He added that the country had lost a person who disagreed verbally, who was an active participant and who never eliminated ideas. Acclaimed Kannada writer and Dalit rights activist Devanur Mahadeva said when India got Independence, there were dreams of an ideal Indian society, of how it should be in the future. PTI Earlier he met a group of BJP workers who were victims of the Trinamool attacks. I met the family members of the victims of political violence in Bengal in the last six months. They revealed the tale of political vengeance they suffered in the hands of the Trinamool PNS n GANDHINAGAR ujarat Pradesh Congress GCommittee (GPCC) president Bharatsinh Solanki announced on Tuesday that the Congress would give unemployment allowance to youngsters if the oldest political outfit would come into power post assembly elections. Addressing a Press conference, Solanki claimed that even after 22 years of power, the BJP couldn t offer adequate jobs to the youth. The BJP had promised 50 lakh jobs, but the fact is more than 30 lakh youngsters are unemployed, he added. The economy is in doldrums and business in dumps. The agriculture growth has slackened and the youth are in disgust. The agitations in the State are symbolic of this dissatisfaction, said Solanki. According to him, Gujarat witnessed imposition of section 144 for 200 days in a year. He stated this in response to the BJP president Amit Shah s remark that under Congress rule Gujarat witnessed curfew for 200 days in a year before The GPCC president said the Congress would provide jobs to every youngster in five years and as per party s commitment, unemployed youngsters would get allowance till goons. But I must remind that how they were brought to power because of the violence of the CPI(M). If they continue to do so they will also be thrown out of power in which BJP will take the lead. No amount of violence could stop his party from progressing in Bengal he said asking the pioneers of human rights who were confined to Delhi to come out and see for yourself what is happening in this State. State Education Minister Partho Chatterjee however refuted Shah s charge saying he should first explain why the Centre has stopped sending funds to Bengal and why political violence were taking place in UP and Gujarat. Bengal, Shah said had been transformed into a State of political appeasement where you have to go to the court to seek permission for the immersion of Durga idols, adding BJP strived for politics of performance and not appeasement. Listing the performance of the BJP he said there were at least 50 instances showcasing the BJP s achievements. Unemployed Guj youth will get allowance if it comes to power: Cong MOHIT KANDHARI n JAMMU nion Home Minister URajnath Singh on Tuesday sent out a firm message to illegal immigrants from different neighbouring countries saying the Union Government is going to adopt tough measures against them. He, however, shied away from listing the nature of action Government of India is contemplating to resolve the issue. Before heading to New Delhi, Rajnath, in a Press conference, said, Rohingyas are illegal immigrants. We will take some action. Security threat posed by them they get jobs. The Congress said that it will extend a monthly stipend of `3,000 to each youngster who has completed 12th, `3,500 for graduates and `4,000 for post graduates. It also announced that soft loan will be extended to those seeking to go entrepreneurial way. The move wouldn t give much financial burden on the State as it would cost hardly `8,000 crore per year, said Solanki, adding that the amount is much lesser than that of BJP-ruled Government s expenses on fairs and festivals. We will strictly adhere to the policy of giving 80 per cent jobs to local people. Gujarat was a textiles hub, an oil engine hub, pharma hub, diamond hub, chemicals hub and ceramic hub before 1995 when BJP came to power. Since then they talked of making Gujarat an I-T hub, knowledge hub, auto hub but nothing. The State has not added even 1 MW of public sector power, nor has one university been opened by Government. All that capitalist BJP has done is open up the sectors for private sector, said former Gujarat Congress president Siddhartha Patel in context to Amit Shah s data on pre and post 1995 developments which Shah divulged during his interaction with youngsters on Sunday. Writers, students and Leftwing supporters at a rally against the assassination of journalist Gauri Lankesh at central college ground in Bengaluru on Tuesday PTI can t be ruled out, said Rajnath when he was repeatedly quizzed by reporters on what action Govt of India is going to take to address the contentious issue. Rajnath maintained the Government of India had Nitish was coerced to break grand alliance FAIZAN AHMAD n PATNA JD supremo Lalu Prasad Rand his son and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Tuesday hurled serious allegations on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and accused him of breaking the Mahagathbandhan under tremendous pressure of the BJP. He had only two options; either to break the alliance and join NDA or go to jail in the multi crore Srijan scandal. Nitish is deep involved in this scam because the loot of the public money was held with his full knowledge, said Tejashwi, who escaped the CBI questioning in New Delhi and held a press conference to level allegations against the CM. CBI had summoned him on September 12 and his father on September 11 for questioning but both did not go pleading political pre occupation. Lalu and his sons had held a meeting in Bhagalpur on Sunday to expose the real culprits of the Sirjan scam but Nitish termed their meeting as nukkar natak saying it might prove suicidal for them. The father son duo said they were not scared of such threats and alleged that when Nitish realized in the last fortnight of July that he could be caught for this scam he started rushing to Delhi and made a deal with the BJP under which he broke away of the alliance else he would have ended in jail. Calling Nitish Bhishma 2nd round of talks held in Darjeeling PNS n KOLKATA t the second round of Atalks on the vexed Darjeeling issue, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday managed to purchase more time to solve the ongoing crisis while expelled Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Benay Tamang tended to grow taller in stature at the cost of party chief Bimal Gurung, who was currently at large following a plethora of cases under the UAPA slapped against him. After the meeting, the CM said most of the demands, save the one for a separate Gorkhaland State, had been accepted by the Government. Tamang said he would appeal to the people to lift the bandh to facilitate the peace talks further. The next round of talks was scheduled for October 16 when scopes for a tripartite dialogue involving Hill parties, the State and the Centre could be discussed. Meanwhile, Gurung got a big jolt when two of his party MLAs joined the talks dropping from their agenda a demand for a separate State. They subsequently said the talks were fruitful and they would also go to the people asking them to withdraw bandh. This even as Gurung who still enjoyed the allegiance of larger number of GJM supporters notwithstanding his gradually weakening grip on the Hill politics ruled against withdrawing the general strike that entered its 86th day on Tuesday. adopted a humane approach towards immigrants and displaced people from different neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh but it was strongly against illegal immigration. This is for the first time RJD chief Lalu Prasad, along with former Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, addresses a Press conference in Patna on Tuesday He (Nitish) had only two options; either to break the alliance and join NDA or go to jail in the multi crore Srijan scandal RJD SUPREMO LALU PRASAD Pitamah of corruption, the former Deputy CM said everything happening in the NGO Srijan was in the knowledge of CM and his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi. He also cited the report of CAG of 2008 which mentioned this scandal and recommended for recovery of entire amount transferred in the bank accounts of Srijan. He also claimed that the Bhagalpur DM in 2006 had also ordered for closure of transfer of funds to the NGO still the practice continued till July Lalu said, When cheques started bouncing between July 10 and 29, 2017, Nitish find it V SUDHAKAR RAO n AMARAVATI iming to transform AAndhra Pradesh into a drought proof state with water security, the State Government is planning intra-linkage of rivers apart from completing all pending projects in a time bound manner, State s Water Resources Minister Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao said. Interlinking of rivers is very appropriate and is need of the time. Because, some parts in the country are facing deficit or drought conditions whereas other parts are either surplus or facing flood conditions, the Minister said in the 31st Annual General Body Meeting of the National Water Development Agency in New Delhi on Tuesday. Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari chaired the meeting attended by Union Ministers of States Arjunram Meghwal and Satyapal Singh and Water Resource Ministers of all the States. While presenting the case of Andhra Pradesh, Devineni that Union Home Minister has shared his views on threat posed by illegal immigrants from Myanmar ahead of crucial hearing in the apex court on September 18, Singh s statement comes a day after UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-hussein flayed any attempts by India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar when the ethnic minority community is facing violence in their country. During his stay in Jammu, Union Minister was briefed by PTI difficult to escape and then he made a deal with the BJP to break alliance because he was certain to go to jail. Why Nitish is not putting all facts in public domain which he had been asking Tejashwi to do? The RJD chief also alleged that all the allegations leveled on his family by Sushil Modi were in fact sponsored by Nitish. Nitish is giving us lesson of morality as if he is our headmaster. I have studied political science and he engineering. I know the political nuances and he is doing only engineering. He is accusing us of abusive language but ordering his spokesmen to abuse us. We will continue exposing him, said Lalu and Tejashwi added that all documents related to the scam would be handed over to the CBI. But he added that CBI was under pressure of the Centre as a result most of the culprits of the scam were given opportunity to escape and some were murdered. said, Andhra Pradesh is also facing the same situation. In Godavari river, hundreds of TMC of water is going into sea during flood times. But in the other parts of the State, especially in Rayalaseema districts, people are facing severe water crisis. Elaborating the woes of the farmers of water deficient areas of Andhra Pradesh, he added, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has linked Godavari and Krishna rivers in 2015 itself through Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme in a record time of less than one year. Expalining the benefits of river-linking, he said, Just because of diversion of Godavari surplus waters to Krishna Delta during the last two kharif seasons, the State Government was able to save crops worth of `8,000 crore. Naidu is also planning to link other rivers in the State, he added. Devineni explained the steps taken by the State Government in measuring groundwater. Our State is the first one in the Country in monitoring the groundwater in real time. Rohingyas are illegal immigrants: Rajnath Will take some action, says Home Minister (L-R) PMO Jitender Singh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and J & K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh addressing a press conference in Jammu on Tuesday PTI Intra-linkage of rivers in offing to make Andhra drought proof : Minister UNION HOME MINISTER, HOWEVER, SHIED AWAY FROM LISTING THE NATURE OF ACTION GOVERNMENT OF INDIA IS CONTEMPLATING TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE different delegations on security threat posed by the illegal immigrants from Myanmar and need to recall Article 35A. Winding up his four-day visit to the State, the Union Home Minister also claimed the manner in which Pakistan is repeatedly violating ceasefire agreement with India it is evident Islamabad is not keen on improving bilateral ties. He said since 2014 Pakistan has violated ceasefire agreement on more than 400 occasions every year. He said, If Pakistan will not mend its ways our brave soldiers are capable of giving them a befitting reply to silence their guns and forcing them to adhere to the ceasefire agreement of November Pakistan will have to stop these violations sooner or later, he asserted.

7 a a a LUCKNOW WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 nation 07 Ryan murder: Accused sent to judicial custody till Sept 18 PNS n GURUGRAM he main accused in the TPradyuman Thakur murder case, Ashok Kumar, has been sent to judicial custody. He will be produced in a Gurugram special court on September 18. Earlier, Kumar was in police remand for three days for allegedly murdering the Class II student of Ryan International School's Bhondsi branch. "The accused will be put in a separate cell for a few days so that no other inmates can harm him. Also, some extra police personnel will be deployed to keep a vigil on him," Jail Superintendent, Ratan Singh said. On Tuesday, two senior officials of the Ryan International School, who were arrested in connection with the murder of the seven-year-old Pradyuman in the school premises, were produced in Sohna court and remanded to police custody. Pradyuman was found dead with his throat slit in the washroom of Ryan International School in Bhondsi area on Sohna Road on September 8. 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Subhash Garg, father of another school student, said he was present at the reception on the school campus when the crime took place. He also rushed along with others to the incident spot after hearing the screams of the staff and students. "We found the boy in a pool of blood and Ashok himself carried the child to a vehicle. Blood was spread in the washroom and nearby corridor. Blood stains were also available on the wall of the toilet and the corridor. After the incident, some guards were deployed near the corridor. Later, the school sweeper cleaned the corridor area, Garg, said. "The bus conductor had also washed his blood-stained clothes and went somewhere and after some time a police team reached the school," he said. Meanwhile, an investigation officer in the case said, police were satisfied with the questioning of accused busconductor and his police remand has ended. Police are interrogating two persons to determine the sequence of event that led to the murder of the boy in school s washroom. ith over a month to go Wfor Diwali, the Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the permanent licences for sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The order is an interim arrangement as the Bench set up a Committee headed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) chairman to study the harmful effects of firecrackers on human health and submit a report by December 31. The court, by an interim order of November 11, 2016, had suspended all permanent licences for sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. Lifting this ban, the Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta felt that with the festive season around, a complete ban in the absence of any study would be an extreme step. The Bench directed the Delhi Police to allow only up Alarming 5-fold rise in swine flu deaths 1,415 have died across India so far in 2017 as against 265 last year here has been an alarming T16-fold rise in the number of swine flu cases and five-fold increase in deaths due to the H1N1 virus infection in India this year. According to the data available from the Union Health Ministry, a total of 29,076 cases have been registered so far in nine months in 2017 across the country against just 1,786 cases in Compared to 265 deaths reported last year, the casualty figure stands at 1,415 so far in Maharashtra tops the list with 504 deaths followed by Gujarat with 367 deaths. (See Box) However, while many States are under the grip of the mosquito-borne diseases, the data reveal that the virus seems to have spared the North- Eastern region so far. While Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram and Manipur have reported no cases, Arunanchal Pradesh has registered five cases and one death during the period. Tripura has reported 35 cases for the first time in last so many years. According to Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Jagdish Prasad, more deaths have been reported because people delay visit to to 500 temporary licences this year. In 2016, a total of 968 temporary licences were issued for a period of 24 days hospital after being exposed to the infection. If patients are put on Tamiflu, the drug approved for treating swine flu, as soon as clinical symptoms appear, many lives can be saved, he added. Clinicians suspect the H1N1 virus, which causes swine flu, may have mutated. The disease initially spread through pigs but now transmits from human to human. In 2009, when India was part of the global H1N1 pandemic, it registered 27,236 cases and 981 deaths in eight months (May-December). In the following year, it was 20,604 cases and 1,763 deaths. However, the experts at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) blame an antigenic drift a sort of an alteration in the virus making it deadlier. However, they refute the chances of any mutational changes. Maintaining that hygiene is most important, doctor says people should wash hands at regular intervals with disinfectants, and if there is prolonged fever, they must see a doctor. They should also not ignore symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, doctors say. Dr Sanjay Kalra, consultant endocrinologist of Bharti Hospital Karnal and vice-president of South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies, said swine flu can be deadly for diabetic people. In people with an underlying disorder such as diabetes, mosquito-borne and other diseases such as swine flu cause fever and increase the metabolic rate. This can lead to a fluctuation in blood sugar in Delhi. The Bench in its directions also issued an advisory to the Centre and concerned agencies to encourage display of fireworks through community participation rather than individual indulgence. The Bench was even critical of States adjoining Delhi for failing to provide data on pollution levels around Diwali and Dussehra. The court granted the CPCB time till September 30 to come out with definite standards regarding the use of metals or other ingredients of fireworks and made absolute its July 31 order prohibiting use of compounds of antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead in manufacture of fireworks. It even banned the use of strontium chromate in manufacture of fireworks as it is known to cause harm levels. Provided people living with diabetes are monitored well, they stand the risk of developing serious complications. A senior official from the Health Ministry said all states have been asked to ensure that private labs testing swine flu do not overcharge. The States have also been asked to analyse mortality data to find out the age and health profiles of people most affected by the virus. All the States have been asked to tell Schedule-X licence holder pharmacies to stock and sell H1N1 drug Tamiflu, he added. SC lifts firecracker ban for Diwali But court prohibits transport of fireworks into Delhi and NCR from outside region COURT SAYS m With the festive season around, a complete ban in the absence of any study would be an extreme step m Firecrackers are not burst in silence zones, an area covering 100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue; severe or Symptoms persistent vomiting; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; and flu like symptoms that improve but re-trigger with worse results Healthy food, high personnel hygiene, regular exercise Precautions and checking temperature daily States Cases Deaths Maharashtra 4, Rajasthan 1, Gujarat 5, Tamil Nadu 3, Telangana 1, Delhi 2,428 6 Karnataka 3, Kerala 1, UP 2, Sasikala ousted; Jaya party s eternal chief From Page 1 The General Council s decisions taken on Tuesday were silent about the status of Sasikala and Dinakaran in the party. The other resolutions adopted in the meeting include the decision to fight for the retrieval of the Two Leaves party symbol. It also said that there was only one From Page 1 Pradyuman s father Varun Thakur flagged concerns over the timings of the events on the fateful morning of September 8. According to Thakur, he had dropped his son and daughter at the Ryan International School at 7:55 am and he claimed to have received a call from the school management at 8.10 am informing him about his son being found bleeding inside the washroom. Saurabh Raghav, a driver of the school bus in which accused Ashok worked as conductor, entered the school at the same time when Ashok was helping to de-board the students and helped him to park the bus outside at the parking lot, which often takes five minutes. The crime took place within 10 minutes, between 8 am and 8.10 am. It would take Pradyuman at least 2-3 minutes to reach the main building straight away covering around 400 meters from the gate, while Ashok would spend at least 5-7 minutes in the bus before heading there, the source said. Such circumstances, the source said, indicate that the boy entered the toilet first and the possibility of Ashok already being there was less. Since Pradyuman s school bag was found inside the toilet, it indicates that he went there straight from the gate and was AIADMK and that was the one led by Panneerselvam and Palaniswamy. Speaking to journalists in Madurai, Dinakaran scoffed at the decisions of the General Council. It was not a General Council meeting. It was just a gathering of some people and was an illegal conclave. The Madras New twist in Ryan murder... High Court itself has ruled that the decisions taken by the meeting are not binding on the party, said Dinakaran. He also reiterated his decision to oust the Palaniswamy Government from power in the trust vote that will be held sooner than later. This prompted Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin attacked by someone who used those windows as escape route, the source said. Thakur has approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI investigation into the matter. Thakur said he feels there is something fishy and missing points in police theory. Police have already arrested Ashok and said he was inside the toilet when Pradyuman entered and grabbed him with the intention to sodomise him and when he failed to do so he slit the child s throat. Amid the ongoing probe, bus driver Raghav, however, has claimed that police and the school management forced him to give a wrong statement against the conductor that the knife, which was allegedly used in the crime, was part of tool kit and kept in the bus. Raghav alleged he was beaten up and tortured in police custody to give the statement. The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre, the CBI and the Haryana Government on a plea by Thakur. The factfinding three member subenquiry committee, which was constituted by Gurugram district administration, on Tuesday submitted its report to Vinay Pratap Singh, District Commissioner of Gurugram. The committee has detected five lapses in the school such as broken window, ill-equipped fire extinguishers, common toilets, no police verification of conductors and drivers and other ground staff, broken boundary wall and low quality CCTV without having wideangle facilities, irregularities in students toilets without guard, Singh told PTI. The Deputy Commissioner said he has recommended to the directorate of Hayana Education Department to take action against the school. The Education Department has three options to take over the management of school, cancellation of licence or impose fine of Rs 25,000 for each lapse. Official sources said the Education Department is planning to takeover of management to give strong message to other schools. Ryan murder sequence was recreated on Tuesday on the school premises. Commissioner of Police Gurugram Sandeep Khirwar, along with the officers of the SIT and forensic experts, scanned the crime spot. Sources said police chief and his team of investigators wanted to recreate the sequence of events that led to the murder of the child inside the washroom of Ryan International School. Police tooth combed the crime spot to lift chance prints, blood stains and other evidence to nail the accused Ashok Kumar, the conductor of the school bus. to approach the Madras High Court with a plea to order a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The court has decided to hear his petition on October 10. Though the Dinakaran camp used all legal means to prevent the General Council from taking place, the Madras High Court in a late night order on v Bench directs the Delhi Police to allow only up to 500 temporary licences this year v In 2016, a total of 968 temporary licences were issued for a period of 24 days each in Delhi v SC encourages display of fireworks through community participation rather than individual bursting of fireworks to human body. The court also prohibited transport of fireworks into Delhi and the NCR from outside the region till further orders. The Bench further instructed the police and district administration to ensure firecrackers are not burst in silence zones, an area covering 100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places. The Education Departments of Delhi and States in NCR have been asked to frame an action plan within 15 days to make children aware of the health hazards and illeffects of firecrackers on environment. Monday ruled that he meeting could not be stopped. If the declaration by Dinakaran, who claims the support of 25 MLAs, is any indication, things have reached a point of no return in the AIADMK and the next weeks are going to be crucial for the Palaniswamy Government. Father Tom rescued... From Page 1 Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the release of Uzhunnalil was heartening. The intervention of Oman had paved the way for his release, I understand, he said in a Facebook post. All help will be provided to enable him reach Kerala and for his further treatment, he added. Catholic Bishops Conference of India President and Major Archbishop of Syro Malankara church Baselious Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos and Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, CBCI Secretary General said the church was grateful to Government of India and all concerned for the steps taken YOGI HOLDS... From Page 1 Despite making full payments, homebuyers were being harassed and not getting timely possession of homes. This has resulted in loss of confidence among buyers. To bridge the gap amicably, the Government will have to take strong steps, the CM had said. Yogi had also said that gaining confidence of potential buyers was a big challenge for real estate industry and business could run profitable only if there was trust among to secure his release. A video of Uzhunnalil had surfaced in December last year in which he appealed to the government to free him. In the clip, Uzhunnalil was seen saying, If I were a European priest, I would have been taken more seriously. I am from India. I am perhaps not considered of much value. In July, Swaraj had taken up the the issue of Uzhunnalil s abduction with the Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen and requested him to secure the release of the priest. Last year, Swaraj had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has spoken to various countries so that the the priest could be released. PTI the consumer and the builders. The CM had urged the builders not to leave any project incomplete. He reminded that in Noida, there have been several cases where builders ran away with money and the burden fell fallen on the Government. Hearing the petition of investors and homebuyers, the Supreme Court has already directed a major real estate company to deposit Rs 2,000 crore with the court by October 27. The court has also prohibited promoter and directors of the company from going abroad.

8 paper with passion India s all-time friend India s relationship with Japan rightly forms the bedrock of our Look East policy I ndia s ties with Japan have been one of the bright spots in Indian diplomacy. Japanese companies have helped India develop its industrial sector ever since the Indira Gandhi Government made a crack in the door for foreign investment in the early 1980 s. Today, India is not just a vital market for Suzuki, it is the most important market. Similarly, for Honda, India is a crucial profit-generating market. Hundreds of Japanese firms invested in India s fledgling industrial capacity, have grown with India, and have made their fair share of money as well, but Japanese companies believed in India well before European and American companies did. Japanese assistance was a key factor in the development of the Delhi metro, built on the back of low-interest loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which has invested in other urban infrastructure projects across India. It is JICA that will provide much of the financing for the planned Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor that will be jointly inaugurated by Prime Ministers Abe and Modi tomorrow. Undoubtedly, this 500-kilometre stretch of track will use the latest Japanese bullet trains. Japanese cooperation with India, however, has moved beyond just commercial, financial and industrial collaboration and has moved to the area of defence. In his last act as Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley visited Japan for defence talks. Japan has been a participant in India s Malabar Naval exercises and will continue to take part going forward. The island nation which, like India, has to also deal with an increasingly assertive China and the Middle Kingdom s often dubious territorial claims, is willing to share its immense expertise of anti-submarine warfare with India. In fact, India, whose own anti-submarine capabilities are below par, should learn from Japan. With Prime Ministers Abe and Modi sharing a great personal rapport, the latter should also use the former s rapport with the current White House to further India-US-Japan collaboration like was seen at this year s Malabar Naval exercise when aircraft carriers (although technically Japan calls her ship a helicopter destroyer ) from all three nations steamed in parallel down the Indian Ocean. However, in one aspect India can do better. That is in remembering the three Bengali gentlemen who laid the foundations for today s mutually beneficial relationship. They are Rash Behari Bose, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, both of whom were great freedom fighters and the third, a judge, Radha Binod Pal, the only Indian to sit on a war crimes Tribunal. The story of Binod Pal is forgotten by most in India, although the man is a revered figure in Japan with several memorials to him in the country. This because Justice Pal found the War Crimes Tribunal for Japan as a form of victor s justice and argued that the US had in effect precipitated war with Japan. He never denied that Imperial Japan committed the atrocities it was accused of, but he did not buy into the allied reimagination of the conflict and even said that the nuclear attacks should be considered war crimes although the US supressed his 1200-page dissent until it completed its occupation of Japan. The spirit of Binod Pal forms the bedrock of Indo-Japanese relationship, and the building on top is a very nice one indeed, but the construction has not ended. Finally, it s pretty air tight The Government s no-fly list is both a good and not-so-good step in the right direction T his was one domestic flying list waiting a long time to be put to paper. Unruly flying behaviour, or air rage as we indulgently call it, is an often ignored and mostly recurrent offence which was till now virtually under the law of tots with various airlines deciding independently on whether they would ban or continue to tolerate a passenger s misbehaviour. Last week, however, the Government finally came out with a concrete document categorising the offence levels and the extent of punishment, all triggered by two MPs and their powerdrunk misdemeanours. Many would argue that misbehaviour is really a twinedged sword, set off sometimes in reaction to the misbehaviour and high-handedness of airlines staff (summarily denying seat after confirmation, delaying flights inordinately and cancelling without premise or enough reason are some common examples), too but a concrete list of bans is still welcome, especially in a country where power and clout often result in VIP passengers going on the rampage. Put under the charge of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and to be decided by a committee with airline staff, airline associations and even a retired judge with the accused having the right to appeal within 60 days, the mechanism will go a long way in making sure that passengers keep their equilibrium and not treat airline service providers as their personal servants. Second, it will bring an informal code of conduct in the flying zone at a time when passenger traffic has increased and, consequently the possibilities of misbehaviour too, through growing numbers. Also, a protection policy is always a better deterrent as misbehaviour is a subjective issue. But as in everything that we do, there are hidden secrets in this one too. Armed with this new set of guidelines, airlines may be tempted to use it as a threat even though it should be a last-resort deterrent. We know, in the modern world, tempers are short and egos big on both sides, so one will have to wait and watch how the usage pans out. The no-fly list mentions bans ranging from three months to two years or more, depending on what the nature of the passenger s offence is. Though the list is a welcome step in making flying a positive experience, at first glance, it looks somewhat loaded against the passenger. For one, he/she will not be allowed to board that complainant s airline for three months which it will take to decide the matter. And, no compensation if proved innocent. That s stiff, considering there is no parallel list of misbehaviour counts by airline staff an equally common occurrence. That the list will be put in public domain will make the passenger look like a proclaimed offender, something that might deter him further from misbehaving. The deterrent for misuse of this list will come from the fact that no airline would want to lose passengers to another service provider. That s for balance! T he pomp and pageantry of Rashtrapati Bhavan accorded, pleasantries exchanged, and all good things said, made four-time Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba s visit to India last month successful at a time when there is stiff competition in Nepal between India and China: That installed in Kathmandu, is a Government of its choice. Beijing, a new entrant in this game, is holding its cards close to its chest. Old hand India brags about special relations and rotibeti rishta while China bags all the goodwill and developmental contracts. At the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, on a disingenuous contraption raised four feet above the tarmac, Indian security officials conduct ladder-point frisking of passengers to uphold Nepal s sovereignty as it is not on its soil. This love-hate relationship is the epitome of post-andolan Nepal-India ties. For a Nepali potential and incumbent Prime Minister, it is essential that he gets invited to India on a visit and much is made of him. Many feign maladies to consult Indian leaders ostensibly on a medical check up. The Chinese do it more brashly, inviting their favourites like star performer, former Prime Minister KP Oli of the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML). But Deuba, being a dyed in the wool, pro-india, pro-west, Nepali Congress leader, has never been invited to China in the post-andolan period. The Chinese are furious that last year, at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-leaning India Foundation conclave at Goa, Deuba shared the dais with Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile. Former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala was the only Prime Minister from the Nepali Congress who was not invited on a state visit to India. He died disappointed but was seen by New Delhi to be doing Beijing s bidding. Last month, India Foundation organised its usual civic reception for Deuba at the Delhi s grand Imperial Hotel, festooned with portraits of British and Indian royalty and the Charge of the Light Brigade, similar to the Ranas splendour and memorabilia seen at Kathmandu s Yak and Yeti hotel. While welcoming Deuba, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan from Bihar waxed eloquent on roti-beti but also inadvertently touched a raw nerve, mentioning China s highhandedness in Tibet. This prompted an impromptu comment by Deuba in his address. He said, We have excellent relations with China and don t face problems from them. This is straight out of Nepal s history books, an 18h century epistle on diplomacy from Nepal s founder, King Prithvinarayan Shah, that Nepal, being a yam between two boulders, must remain equidistant. When Deuba returned to his seat after reading out his speech, Maoist party coalition partner and Foreign Minister KB Mahara apparently commended him on the pithy China interjection. Or so it seemed. Later, in an interview with Business Standard on Deuba s visit and the triangular India- China-Nepal relations, he said it was not appropriate to discuss affairs of third countries during a bilateral visit. Another Nepali commentator remarked, Deuba should have ignored Paswan s comment. India s core concerns in Nepal remain its security, anti-india sentiment and ultranatioalism, stability of the Nepali Congress- Maoist coalition and constitutional amendment relating to Madhesi rights. At least two Prime Ministers Oli and Deuba undertook their pilgrimage to India after tabling the Constitutional Amendment Bill. While Oli facilitated the passage of the first amendment, his party blocked the second amendment tabled by Deuba. Despite this, Madhesis are finally participating in the postponed local elections to the Teraibased number 2 province next week. The task of the Deuba-led Government is to conduct two elections before 21 January 2018 when the life of the second Constituent Assembly turned legislature expires. On November 26, the Election Commission of Nepal will conduct provincial and parliamentary elections together. Present trends favour Oli s UML to win most provincial elections and emerge as the single largest party in national elections. The Nepali electorate is very sharp and discerning. After the andolan for new Nepal, Maoists were overwhelming winners in the first Constituent Assembly. In the second Constituent Assembly, they dropped to third position with Nepali Congress resorting to the top position. UML is backed not just by China s deep pockets but also by goodwill earned at India s cost for seen to be supporting the game-changing Madhesi blockade of In his interview to Business Standard, Mahara said, The next Government (without naming any party) will last five years and provide stability for economic growth. India would hope the Nepali Congress and Maoists improve their tally of seats and along with the United Madhesi Front, come close to a two-thirds majority for passage of the 2nd Amendment. This will be difficult though. Deuba didn t take a hell of a lot back to Kathmandu except mostly repackaged old projects and goodwill. His is considered a holding Government. New Delhi must address Kathmandu s concerns its sovereignty, perceptions of micro-management, and suspicion of restoration of monarchy and a Hindu state and other outstanding issues. Soon, Nepal will be engulfed in Dasain and Tihar festivities, just prior to two most crucial elections. In the brief interregnum, India must try to regain the hearts and minds of the Nepalese lost in inelegantly promoting the cause of Nepal s Madhesis. In 2014, opinion 08 Regaining hearts and minds of the Nepalese Though post-doklam, China has said it welcomes strong India-Nepal relations, New Delhi has to keep its one-time blue eyed boy, KP Oli, on the right side ASHOK K MEHTA SOUNDBITE Trolling amounts to hitting below the belt. We do not support those who display such aggressive nature. We do not support trolling and aggressive behaviour on the net. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Pure dance form is not dying. There is nothing wrong as long as it is maintained seprately... We can still see lot of enthusiasm in learning classical dance forms Actor Hema Malini The Modi Government has in the last three years shown the political will to take decisions unlike the previous Government which suffered from policy paralysis. BJP chief Amit Shah Pakistan is regularly resorting to ceasefire violations and because of this, I feel Pakistan is not showing interest in improving relations with India. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Educating children Sir This refers to the editorial, Rising for safety first (September 12). It is not only about the nature of the crime but also about the frequency which should force our administration and Government to act fast. In crimes like the Ryan International school incident, both the parents and school administration became very critical. As a parent, we need to teach our child the difference between good touch and bad touch and regularly interact with them to understand what is going on in their lives by trying to develop a close bond with them. Schools need to teach selfdefence as a compulsory measure to their students. The editorial has rightly suggested that reforming police and having a well-meaning police-public engagement can go a long way in reducing crime rates. We, as responsible citizens of the society need to change our thought process as we are also key stakeholders of the society. Bal Govind Noida Deport immigrants Sir The presence of about 25,000 Rohingya immigrants from Rakhine province of Myanmar, who took shelter in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh region is a burning problem. These Muslim immigrants infiltrated into India to save their lives from scourge of sectarian violence and threat. It is no moral responsibility of India to rehabilitate the unwanted citizens of Myanmar since they are not of Indian origin. India is already overpopulated Tougher laws can prevent child sexual abuse T his refers to the article, Child sexual abuse is a national epidemic (September 11) by Rinku Ghosh. It appears that child abuse cases are either not reported, or even if reported, are hushed up. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has guidelines to deal with each case. But a lot of these cases are settled quietly and this is extremely dangerous. The police should not be the only resort that deals with the cases of child abuse. There should be a team of specialised child psychiatrists and other childcare professionals who can ensure continued support to these kids. When a case of child abuse is reported, hardly any support is offered to the child and his/her family to get their lives back on track. When children take the extremely difficult step of reporting abuse, we need to ensure that they get the support and help they need when they are brave enough to give evidence in the court. The urgent need is the enactment of a law that can provide for a stringent punishment to the perpetrators of crimes against children. Proper implementation of the law at all levels is also important. Should nt we break our silence to save the innocence of children of our country? Vinod C Dixit Ahmedabad Prime Minister Modi performed a minor miracle, erasing all the ills Nepalese held India responsible for, thanks to his speech writers and his oratory. The India-China contest will be long and protracted but given the open borders, geography, Gorkha soldiers in the Indian Army and upto 10 mn Nepalis working in India, the match eventually will go India s way. During Doklam, Nepal studiously adopted a neutral position though given there are Gorkha soldiers in the Indian Army, that s a stance hard to sustain when things get hot. The sudden and surprise resolution of Doklam may prove a turning point for improved India-China relations after a sustained tension of over two years. Beijing had promised to punish India for allowing the Dalai Lama to revisit Tawang escorted by a Minister. That threat of retribution, many thought, was delivered when in Beijing helped the Oli Government in breaking India s political hegemony. China is now using the One Belt One Road as a commercial enterprise to penetrate not just Nepal but all of South Asia. The post-andolan political scene requires careful jugglery of balls, especially catering for the new electoral system. Though post-doklam, China has said it welcomes strong India-Nepal relations, New Delhi has to keep its one time blue eyed boy, Oli, on the right side. (The writer is a retired Major General of the Indian Army and founder member of the Defence Planning Staff, currently the revamped Integrated Defence Staff) and unable to absorb and accommodate all the Rohingyas coming in. It is the responsibility of India to deport them immediately from the point of larger national interest. India has learnt nothing from the exodus of large number of Bangladeshi Muslims which became the insurmountable crisis for the country. Inspite of the apex court s direction to detect and deport these illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, the system has not fully complied. Nimai Charan Swain Bhubaneswar Party politics Sir The recent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid at the residence of Jayanthi Natarajan, who quit the Manmohan Singh Government from the post of Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and blamed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of interference in her Ministry, has engulfed her in a fresh controversy. What is significant is that the permission for diversion of forest land had been rejected by Natrajan s predecessor Jairam Ramesh but when she took the post, she allegedly cleared it even though there was no change in the circumstances. She claimed that she followed Rahul Gandhi s directions on the issue. Interestingly, every time the CBI acts against a former UPA Minister, the Opposition calls it political vendetta, but this time, there seems to be a studied silence in the party. KS Jayatheertha Bengaluru Send your feedback to:

9 3rdeye 09 There is a tremendous machine that is spreading abuse about me. The operation is run by the gentleman who is running our country. Congress vice president RAHUL GANDHI Exploring grounds of convergence T he Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Ahmedabad today to perform the bhoomi pujan (ground breaking ceremony) for the highspeed railway network corridor being built between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. He, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also lay the foundation for two Japanese industrial park at Sanand, Gujarat, which will attract `20,000 crore investments. The park will have a Japanese residential colony, the first of its kind in India. Besides, Japan is also developing an industrial corridor that spans across the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and is also bringing investment and jobs. Seen in a historical context, the India-Japan relationship goes back to more than a century. Okakura Kakuzo ( ), a contemporary of Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda, visited India in Famous revolutionary Rash Behari Bose ( ) spent half of his life in Japan. Tagore visited Japan (1915) and later introduced Judo (1924), the martial art of Japan, into India through the Visva Bharati curriculum. Of late, the Indo-Japanese relationship has assumed dimensions of strategic partnership under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after the Liberal Democratic Party won the December 2012 election in Japan. The historic visit of Japan s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, in November 2013 to India was a watershed moment in the Indo-Japanese relationship. The six-day tour resulted from the recommendations made by the Japanese Cabinet led by nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In 2014, with the victory of nationalist leader Narandra Modi, India and Japan are all set to make history. India is the only non-signatory of the Non- Proliferation Treaty with which Japan and India signed a nuclear deal in 2016 when Prime Minister Modi visited Japan. The deal enables Japan to supply nuclear reactors, fuel and technology to India. Looking at the future, it is the defence cooperation that is expected to significantly contribute to the emerging relationship. There is already cooperation between the Naval forces of both the countries and now, the focus is on bringing the two Air Forces closer. The India-Japan-US trilateral Malabar Naval exercise is paving the ground for greater military cooperation. The Malabar 2017 is the largest think now B ottom line is, even if you see em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are. Joss Whedon maritime exercise ever conducted in the Indian Ocean, as President of the United States, Donald Trump, said during the Modi-Trump summit in June The historic joint Naval exercise saw the debut of JS Izumo in an exercise with the US and Indian navies. This year s Malabar exercise is notable on several fronts it s the first Naval exercise between three countries to involve aircraft carriers from each side. The Indian Navy has deployed INS Vikramaditya whereas, the US has sent the USS Nimitz the super carrier to the exercises. Sixteen ships, two submarines and more than 95 aircrafts were part of the exercise in the Bay of Bengal. India-Japan defence and security cooperation now needs to be exalted to the next level. In a joint statement with Japanese Defence Minister, General Nakatani, Japan and India have pledged to deepen bilateral defence ties along with the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Defence Equipment and Technology Cooperation. The $1.3 billion defence deal of procurement of 12 Japan-made ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious search-and-rescue aircraft, for the Indian Navy, needs to be expedited. It will also be a landmark in Tokyo s efforts to shed its post-war ban on weapons trade and get the ball rolling for a new chapter in strategic military cooperation between the two nations. Over the past decade and a half, W hile much has been said of a woman becoming the first full-time Defence Minister in the Modi Cabinet, there has not been much debate about the disappointment of the 32 allies, who have been left out of power-sharing. There is nothing wrong. After all, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has the control of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). But, expectations of the allies were really high. It is known that the relationship between the BJP and its allies has not been very smooth. While some of the long-term allies, like the Shiv Sena, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Telugu Desam Party, have been complaining about their treatment, POINTCOUNTERPOINT the BJP has not done much to assuage their feelings. At various times, Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu, and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, have expressed their unhappiness openly. The Shiv Sena, the oldest ally of the BJP, has had a running battle with the BJP on various issues both in Maharashtra and New Delhi. Vibes from the Shiv Sena have been cold ever since the BJP won most seats in the 2014 Assembly election in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena spokesman, Sanjay Raut said, It is possible that the BJP is arrogant about its majority in the Lok Sabha because of which it has stopped consultations. We don t pay attention to such issues. It is the BJP s majority so the party should run the Government the way it wants. The latest to join this club was the Janata Dal (United) which returned to the NDA fold recently. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has severed connections with other partners of the grand alliance The fact that Rahul Gandhi chose to belittle the Prime Minister is not surprising. It is an indication of his failed strategy. Union Minister SMRITI IRANI Japan is a technological power and can play a key role in transforming rising Asian powers like India. The Indo-Japan relation is among the strongest relationships and must be advanced to the next level ANIRBAN R BANERJEE Japanese investment has played significant role in India s growth story. Japan invested more than $25 billion in different sectors across India during the period from 2000 to Currently, Japan is the third biggest investor in India, and investment from Japan increased substantially during Japanese investments in India, during this period reached $4.7 billion, an 80 per cent increase over the $2.6 billion of Most importantly, Japan pledged investments of around $35 billion for the period of to boost India s manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. India and Japan are also working on Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), which was unveiled on May 23 this year, during the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the son of Foreign Minister of Japan, Shintaro Abe and grandson of a Prime Minister, Kan Abe. According to Shinzo, he learnt from his father, Shintaro, one of most accomplished diplomats in the postwar Japan, the importance and sacrifices that need to be made to lead a public life. Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe s plan to restore Japan is unfolding as the story of the re-emergence of one of the greatest nations of the world. Japan is the oldest democracy of Asia and post 2012, the journey of Japan has many lessons for the which defeated the BJP in 2015 Assembly poll, is a disappointed man as he was hoping for some power sharing at the Centre. The JD(U) reaction was muted. Nobody is interested in talking to us about such crucial issues anymore. There was absolutely no discussion or exchange of ideas about the issue within the NDA. It is for the BJP to decide if they want to consult old alliance partners on crucial issues or not. The BJP has the majority and may be they don t want to discuss important issues with us, said JD (U) leader KC Tyagi. The united All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which is waiting to join the NDA, was also hoping for two Cabinet berths so that internal power sharing problem within the party could be resolved, but is now disappointed. If one looks back, the BJP and its partners have had a roller-coaster relationship all along. The NDA came into being in 1998 during the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the largest democracy of Asia India. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s resounding victory and re-election in 2016 provided him with opportunities to rejuvenate the Japanese economy, revising the post-war Constitution and to allow more conventional military in sync with the contemporary security needs in Asia. The revival of Shintoism has played a pivotal role in reinvigorating the Japanese approach to emerging strategic geo-political needs. Japan is all set to play a more meaningful role in the Asia-Pacific region for maintaining peace and order in Asia. Japan is a technological power and can play a key role in transforming rising Asian powers like India. Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe is determined to lead Japan back to its glory. Prime Minister Abe, along with Indian Prime Minister Narandra Modi, and US President Donald Trump, represent two of the world s oldest, largest, and most responsible democracies. Together, they represent 25 per cent of world s population, 35 per cent of global gross domestic product and will play a critical role in the preservation of democracy and peace in Asia in days to come. The Indo- Japan relation is among the strongest relationships shared by two Asian nations that need to be advanced to the next level. (The writer is an expert on Learning and Development and organizational Leadership Development, based in Ahmedabad) Reshuffle: A disappointment for NDA allies BJP wanted to prove its acceptability in a coalition politics. Vajpayee was able to lead a 24- partner coalition, although AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa brought down his Government within 13 months. However, the coalition continued with political realignment and Vajpayee came back to power. Though the NDA lost power from 2004 to 2014, the front continued as some of them like the Telugu Desam Party, the Shiv Sena, the Shiromani Akali Dal and other anti-congress parties had nowhere to go and they found it convenient to remain together. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the NDA in 2014, it had 29 partners, some of them small and he was graceful in accommodating parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Shiv Sena and the Telugu Desam Party by giving them representation in his Cabinet. However, since then, the allies have been waiting patiently for more representation. It is not as if the BJP can totally ignore the allies as it needs their Wise move towards police accountability The relationship between the BJP and its allies has not been smooth. But if one looks back, the BJP and its partners have had a roller-coaster relationship. But with the 2019 general election nearing, most NDA allies will need the BJP and vice versa KALYANI SHANKAR OVER THE PAST DECADE AND A HALF, JAPANESE INVESTMENT HAS PLAYED SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN INDIA'S GROWTH STORY. JAPAN INVESTED MORE THAN $25 BILLION IN DIFFERENT SECTORS ACROSS INDIA DURING THE PERIOD FROM 2000 TO CURRENTLY, JAPAN IS THE THIRD BIGGEST INVESTOR IN INDIA, AND INVESTMENT FROM JAPAN INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY DURING At a time when the police is looked upon with suspicion, Astitv, an initiative on safety of women and children by Uttar Pradesh police, has an important message O ther than crime, terrorism, naxalism, drug and human trafficking, and illegal migration, the Indian police have to also fight a severe battle of perception. NAVNEET Despite their herculean contribution in internal security ANAND and law and order, the police is viewed with suspicion. This may have its roots in a complex interplay of social, cultural and legacy issues. However, for a country as diverse and complex as India, which is laced with myriad of problems, it would only be naive to underestimate the role of the police. Like many other institutions, the police too has its weaknesses. But unlike others, people are a bit harsh in their judgement (or lack of it) of the police call it a glaring perception deficit. No wonder, globally, there is a silent recognition of this deficit. And efforts are underway at reforms, which, in the process, undertake perception correction as well. India is no different. There is a growing recognition among the police forces in the country to pursue and follow what the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) says, Police is people s business, and, therefore, there is a critical need to be aligned to the needs, and aspiration of the people and the Indian police have been responding to this. Reform, respond and realign with the people seem to be the Indian police s indigenous response to this need. Expanding the prism a bit, we will find innumerable experiments aimed at reforms to connect with the people. Be it the rise in number of police forces taking on to social media, senior officers driving news ideas, or numerous young Indian Police Service officers carrying out remarkable experiments the change is palpable. It is in this backdrop that a wonderful initiative, A Stakeholders Initiative Against Trafficking & Violence (Astitv) by the Uttar Pradesh police and the Indian Police Foundation IPF held last week acquires significance. This one-day consultation conference on safety of women and children brought together a large number of stakeholders from media, academia, civil society groups, police and agencies working in this space. Legendary IPS officer and Chairman of IPF, Prakash Singh, who has spearheaded the campaign for police reforms for decades, spelt out the significance of this consultation process one which shall help in bringing about diverse perspectives. While expressing his concerns over rise in crime against women and children, he reiterated that police reforms needed to be holistic rather than piecemeal. President of IPF and illustrious police officer, N Ramachandran, said that such consultations to be held across 22 States would form the basis of a policy advisory to the Ministry of Home Affairs, State Governments, State police organisations and Ministry of Women & Child Development. This nation-wide stakeholders consultation, which started in February this year, is proposed to be concluded by March Seen in conjunction with various other innovative and enduring interventions by police agencies across the country, this initiative reiterates the commitment of the police to be at the steering wheel of a change whose time has come. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police, Sulkhan Singh emphasised on the need to make sensitisation on women and children as part of our education. He also laid emphasis on the need to have more social discourse physical one-to-one and not confining our deliberations only in the realm of digital and social media. Aditya Mishra, Additional Director-General of Police, Uttar Pradesh, and Organising Committee Secretary, reiterated that no society can lead without protecting women s rights, their freedom and dignity. There is a compelling need and who better than police to take this initiative to drive awareness among the people about the fact that safety and security of women should be our primary concern. The conference is an initiative by IPF and Uttar Pradesh police to develop and social and moral consent among people and society for the safety of women and children. The recommendations of this consultation were presented to Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma. Complimenting the police for having kickstarted this unique initiative, Sharma said his Government would do all it can to ensure safety, security and dignity of women and children. Astitv is unique because it puts police in the driver s seat of a social reform. The message from Lucknow is loud and clear the police leadership is out there to be the change agents, address gaps and initiative reforms which so far have been the preserve of others. They are also keen to realign in new innovative ways, and live the dictum of police is people s business. (The writer is a strategic communications professional) support in the Rajya Sabha where the NDA is in minority. The Congress-led Opposition has been blocking several important Bills and Prime Minister Modi needs the support of the allies in getting legislations passed in the upper House. Moreover, the BJP also needed the allies in the recent presidential and vice presidential elections without whose support, the party would not have been able to get its nominees elected. Things were smoothened in its second NDA meeting, in July last, ahead of the polls, when the allies endorsed Prime Minister Modi s policies as well as promised their support to the BJP. The NDA allies have been demanding the revival of the convener post. Earlier, former Defence Minister George Fernandes, held it during the Vajpayee days, which was later given to Sharad Yadav of the JD(U). At present, there are some leaders like Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar who are aspiring for the post, but the BJP is mum on this. Second, the allies want the BJP to have more interaction with them, both for floor coordination as well as other policy issues. They have expressed their discontent on this quite often. Third, they fear the speed with which the BJP is spreading. The BJP has set its eyes on about 115 seats across the country where it has never won in the past, as part of its strategy for 2019 Lok Sabha poll. They fear that the expansion plan of the BJP in the south, and also the east, might be at their expense and they would like to protect their interests. The growing popularity of the Prime Minister also makes them apprehensive whether their voters would shift to the BJP. It is likely that nearer the 2019 poll, the BJP would try to mollify them at the time of seat sharing in some of the States where the BJP is a junior partner. For, most of the NDA allies need the BJP and the BJP needs them. (The writer is a senior political commentator and syndicated columnist)

10 money 10 ith the skyrocketing price Wrise of vegetables and fruits, country s retail inflation went up to a five-month high of 3.36 per cent in August, while industrial output during July slipped to 1.2 per cent due poor manufacturing figures, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Tuesday. The muted industrial output numbers in July and rise in the August retail inflation have prompted the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for further rate cuts in its next monetary policy review. Last month, the RBI had cut its key lending rate by 25 basis points to 6 per cent in view of softening inflation. The next monetary policy review is due on October 4. Not at all, in fact, the fact that the prices have gone down to 2.36 per cent from last year was itself a situation that happens often all. The RBI has 4-6 PTI n NEW DELHI ihar Deputy Chief BMinister Sushil Kumar Modi will head a five-member grouping of state ministers to look into technical challenges being faced by the GST registration and tax filing portal. The GST Council, the highest decision-making body of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, had on Saturday decided to form a five-member panel to look into the technical glitches facing GST-Network (GSTN). The GSTN, the information technology (IT) backbone and portal for real-time taxpayer registration, migration, and tax return filing under the GST, had faced downtime when the first deadline for filing of returns approached, forcing the Government to extend the last date. The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Modi will monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced in the implementation of GST, an official statement said. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac is also a member of the group. The other members are Amar Agarwal, Minister for Commercial Taxes, Chhattisgarh; Krishna Byregowda, Minister for Agriculture, Karnataka; and Etela Rajendar, Finance Minister, Telangana. The GoM will be assisted in its work by the Chairman, Goods and Services Tax Network It is not just the duty of the Government or the Steel Ministry in specific, each one has a role to play on raw materials for steel & power here STEEL MINISTER CHAUDHARY BIRENDER SINGH SuMo to head GoM to look into tech glitches facing GST-Network EXTEND THE LAST DATE (GSTN) and the Chief Executive Officer, GSTN, it said. Also, a Committee on Exports has been constituted under Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia to look at the issues of export sector and to recommend to the GST Council suitable strategy for helping the export sector in the post-gst scenario. This Committee consists of the Chairperson, CBEC; Member (Customs), CBEC; Director General, DGFT; Additional Secretary, GST Council; Director General, DG Export Promotion from the Central Government and Commissioners of Commercial Taxes from the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. per cent inflation range, we are still below that range also, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said. Factory output, measured in terms of IIP, had declined by 0.2 per cent in June. During April-July, IIP grew by 1.7 per cent, down from 6.5 per cent in the same period last year. Growth of the manufacturing sector, which makes up 77.6 per cent of the index, decelerated sharply to 0.1 per cent in July compared to 5.3 per cent in the same period of However, India Inc feels that the slowdown in manufacturing sector reflects depressing investment outlook. As the slowdown is more pervasive this time in terms of number of sectors, it calls for urgent need to revive investments through reforms especially at the state level and also by bringing down interest rates, FICCI Secretary General Sanjaya Baru said in a statement. As the consumption demand would increase in the festive season and investment too due to the Government measures taken in the last few months, we can expect growth to pick up in coming months, he added. BUZZ FROM GOVT&CORP For the output of capital goods, it contracted 1 per cent in July as against a growth of 8.8 per cent in the year-ago period. Consumer durable goods met with similar fate, with production declining 1.3 per cent as against a nominal growth of 0.2 per cent a year earlier. However, electricity generation stood out as it posted a growth of 6.5 per cent in July, up from 2.1 per cent in July Mining output, too, expanded by 4.8 per cent, as against 0.9 per cent in the yearago month. In terms of use-based classification, growth rates in July 2017 over the same month last year stood at 2.3 per cent for primary goods, (-)1.8 per cent for intermediate goods and 3.7 per cent for infrastructure and construction goods. Consumer non-durables have recorded a growth of 3.4 per cent. A total of eight out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector grew in July 2017 compared to the corresponding month last year. According to consumer price index (CPI) data, retail inflation stood at 2.36 per cent in July. The August inflation number is the highest since March From cigarettes, it has shifted to illegal cigarettes or to other forms of consumptions. Legal industry has lost volumes to illicit trade. I think that's the concern we have and we really say that regulation should not be discriminatory to the cigarette industry ITC CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SANJIV PURI Inflation hits 5-mth high of 3.36% in Aug, IIP slips in July Moderate retail inflation along with flat industrial output may prompt the RBI to cut rate in its next monetary policy review THE GSTN, THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) BACKBONE AND PORTAL FOR REAL-TIME TAXPAYER REGISTRATION, MIGRATION, AND TAX RETURN FILING UNDER THE GST, HAD FACED DOWNTIME WHEN THE FIRST DEADLINE FOR FILING OF RETURNS APPROACHED, FORCING THE GOVT TO NEW DELHI: SBI Life Insurance, a arm of SBI, will hit the capital market on September 20 to raise up to `8,400 crore. The initial share sale offer will open on September 20 and close on September 22, SBI said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges. This would be the 2nd listing of a life insurer after ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, which went public last year. Price band for the offer as decided by SBI Life and the selling shareholders, in consultation with the lead managers, has been fixed between `685 to `700 per share of `10 each, a separate filing said. PTI Ease of doing biz' is not ease of making money NEW DELHI: Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Tuesday said India needs to raise per capita consumption of the commodity, while asking the industry to play ethical by differentiating between 'ease of doing business' and 'ease of making money'. It is not just the duty of the government or the steel ministry in specific, each one has a role to play, he said at KATM conference on raw materials for steel & power here. He was speaking on the key role society has to play with regard to various issues be it increasing steel consumption or protecting the domestic steel industry. Singh said: "When there was dumping in our country, many of the producers of steel became traders. Is it fair on the part of a man who...has the responsibility to produce... Why? because there is a possibility that without doing anything you can make easy money." 'Ease of doing business' is very different from 'ease of making money'. Each one has a role to play, he said. India has the potential to equal the SBI Life IPO to open on Sep 20; price band at ` world average per capita steel consumption. At present, the world per capita steel consumption is 208 kg and that can be achieved in India, Singh said. The National Steel Policy aims more than doubling the per capita steel consumption to 158 Kg by , from 61 kg at present. The steel consumption in the country will increase with the improvement in lifestyle and development of infrastructure in housing, he said. Steel consumption can grow only when we will improve our lifestyle, living standard. Everybody wants a better life, house and in it I expect 70 per cent steel and 30 per cent rest of the items..., he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken it as a challenge that everyone has a roof, he said. Singh further said that there was a 'socio-economic caste census' survey, showing there is a requirement of 5 crore houses. The Government has a mission to complete it by 2022, he said. We also want round the clock electricity, clean drinking water, best education for children and health-care for everyone. MUMBAI: Niti Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant on Tuesday said the Reserve Bank should go for a ten-fold increase in the deposit and advances caps on accounts opened through OTP-based ekyc. Such a liberalisation in the caps will help deepen the cashless or digital journey, he said. To my mind the proposal to push OTP-based ekyc is high (priority). For deposit accounts, the present limit is `1 lakh. I think we should increase it to about `10 lakh. For loan accounts, the existing limit is `60,000, my view is that it should be raised to `6 lakh, Kant said addressing a Bankbazaar event here. In order to bring customers on board faster as part of the financial inclusion agenda, the RBI had allowed for the one time password (OTP) based electronic know your customer (e- KYC) of accounts, but set certain caps on the transactions which go through such accounts. Identifying this as an impediment in the growth of the cashless agenda, Kant said more reforms are needed on this with priority. There is a need to allow the OTP-based ekyc for credit cards as well, he said. He asked the RBI to also allow for digital signatures on loan documents, saying the central bank is yet to come up with an express notification on it despite the Government of India taking a decision to allow it. PTI 2017, when it was recorded at 3.89 per cent. Overall food inflation in August also moved up, reversing the deflationary trend, to 1.52 per cent, the government data showed. Daily consumables like fruits and vegetables turned costlier during the month, with inflation print coming in at 5.29 per cent and 6.16 per cent, respectively, as against 2.83 per cent and (-)3.57 per cent in July, the data showed. Likewise, prepared meals, snacks and sweets as a category turned pricier, with the rate of price rise at 1.96 per cent, up from 0.43 per cent in July. Also, transport and communication means became costlier during the month, with inflation rising to 3.71 per cent from 1.76 per cent in July. However, items such as cereals and products, meat and fish, oils and fats became cheaper at inflation readings of 3.87 per cent, 2.94 per cent and 1.03 per cent, respectively. Shell cos crackdown: Govt to disqualify 1L directors The disqualification under S 164 of the Act is by operation of law. We are identifying the defaulting directors of these shell cos. My officers have assured me that by the end of this month, we would be ready with the relevant details of all defaulting directors of these shell cos, says Minister of State for Corporate Affairs PP Chaudhary Kant for 10-fold rise in advances, deposit caps for OTP-based a/cs NEW DELHI: More than 1.06 lakh directors will be disqualified for their association with shell companies, according to the government, as it steps up the fight against black money. The latest move comes close on the heels of the corporate affairs ministry cancelling the registration of 2.09 lakh companies that have not been carrying out business activities for a long period. Besides, banks have been asked to restrict operations of these companies' bank accounts by their directors or their authorised representatives. The ministry has identified 1,06,578 directors for disqualification under Section 164(2)(a) of the Companies Act, 2013 as on September 12, 2017, an official release said. Under Section 164, a director in a company that has not filed financial statements or annual returns for three financial years continuously would not be eligible for re- appointment in that company or any other firm for five years. Signalling that more regulatory action is expected, the ministry is further analysing the data of the 2.09 lakh firms available with the Registrar of Companies (RoCs) to identify the directors and the significant beneficial interests behind these entities. Profiles of directors such as their background, antecedents and their role in the operations/functioning of these companies are also being compiled in collaboration with the enforcement agencies, the release said. Further, money laundering activities performed under the aegis of these companies are also under the scanner, it said. The ministry, which is implementing the companies law, has also identified professionals, chartered accountants, company secretaries and cost accountants associated with the defaulting companies. Besides, such people involved in illegal activities have been identified in certain cases and the action by professional institutes such as ICAI, ICSI and ICoAI is also being monitored. The fight against black money shall be incomplete without breaking the network of shell companies. Possibility of using the shell companies for laundering the black money cannot be undermined, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary said. According to the release, there are about 11 lakh companies with active status after deregistration of over 2.09 lakh firms. The Minister is also monitoring the situation emerging out of cancellation of registration of the companies and is holding regular meetings with officials of the ministry and various related organisations. These include Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), ROCs, Department of Financial Services, Indian Banks Association and other departments involved in the crackdown against defaulting companies. The disqualification under Section 164 of the Act is by operation of law. We are identifying the defaulting directors of these shell companies. My officers have assured me that by the end of this month, we would be ready with the relevant details of all defaulting directors of these shell firms, the Minister said. PTI PTI n NEW DELHI ata Sons will hike its Tholding in Tata Global Beverages and Tata Chemicals by buying shares held by the two companies in each other, entailing an estimated investment of `1,458 crore, as part of its efforts to reduce cross-holdings in group firms. The promoter of major Tata group companies has been on a drive to reduce cross-holdings by different firms of the over $100 billion conglomerate under its new Chairman N Chandrasekaran. Tata Sons will acquire up to 4.31 crore shares or 6.84 per cent stake in Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) from Tata Chemicals, as a part of Firms to face action for releasing data with name PTI n NEW DELHI aw and IT minister Ravi Shankar LPrasad on Tuesday warned companies of consequences if they release data or information about an individual with name and without his or her consent. Some things are completely private, should not come in public. Today, I would like to gently remind, all the companies dealing with data, that if any data of an individual is released by name you will suffer consequence unless there is specific consent of person whose data you are seeking to make public, Prasad said while launching a nation-wide hackathon. He said the Government is committed to make best use of big data in establishing rule of precision governance. While doing so every care would be taken to ensure that strict privacy rights of individuals are protected. However, unauthorised use of data would be dealt with iron-hand to ensure that nothing comes in the way of making dataanalytics a national movement, he said. The Government has launched open data platform in 2012 for public use. Later, it issued an open licence for people. The Minister said the government has opened up many data sets for developing innovating solutions but the data has anonymity. Please don t confuse. Government data is anonymous. It does have an identity. If data is anonymous. It is free from all the constraints. It should be available for innovation, Prasad said. He said the Supreme Court in its recent judgement has given elaborate consideration the way India is innovating, embarked on digital empowerment with financial inclusion. The Minister said that the apex court has said that right to privacy is not absolute. If an individual data which is private is disclosed without his consent surely consequences will follow and should follow. I want to assure that strict privacy rights of an individual must be protected. We in the Government will ensure that it is protected, Prasad said. He said the Government will be very tough in any unauthorised use of data in the interest of India s citizen for their Hiving off 66.5k BSNL mobile towers into separate co okayed he Cabinet on Tuesday Tapproved hiving off about 66,500 mobile towers of staterun BSNL into a separate company with a view to monetising them by either listing the new entity or leasing the masts to private firms. BSNL owns 15 per cent of the 4,42,000 mobile towers in the country. Private telecom service operator have created a separate tower subsidiary and have been offering their services. Today Cabinet has granted approval to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited also to harness full potential of its mobile towers by creating a separate completely owned subsidiary, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told reporters after the Cabinet meet. The Government allows telecom operators and mobile tower companies to mutually share towers for lowering capital and operational expenses. BSNL has 15 per cent towers out of all mobile towers in the country. We have 66,457 mobile towers. Tenancy ratio was 1.14 was in the past. Average tenancy ratio of other service provider is 1.9. This (separate company) will lead to increase in our tenancy ratio as well. Other service provider will be able to use our tower, Sinha said. Tenancy ratio is derived by dividing number of base stations or antenna installed at mobile towers with total number of towers. Sinha said the mobile tower company will be completely owned by BSNL and the process of creating the new subsidiary will be completed in two years. 1,614 people will go on deputation from BSNL and the Department of Telecom. In coming days, when business will increase, new employment opportunities will be created. This work will be completed in two years, he said. A tower restructuring of its investment portfolio, TGBL said in a regulatory filing. As on quarter ended June 2017, Tata Chemicals held 7.10 per cent stake in TGBL. During the period, Tata Sons had 23.5 per cent stake in TGBL and per cent in Tata Chemicals. In a separate filing, Tata Chemicals said Tata Sons will acquire up to 1.11 crore shares or the entire 4.39 per cent stake in the company held by TGBL. Both the companies said the proposed date of acquisition is on or after September 18 and the shares are proposed to be acquired at the prevailing price on the date of acquisition. TGBL said the acquisition price would not be more than Nod to `3K crore project for oil, gas reserves appraisal NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet today approved a `3,000 crore project to acquire seismic data for prospecting of oil and natural gas reserves. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Narendra Modi approved a project to acquire 48,243 line kilometer (LKM) 2D seismic data for appraisal of Indian sedimentary basins where limited data is available, an official statement said. National oil companies Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd will implement the project. The project will help in increasing the investments in domestic production of oil and gas, it said, adding OIL will conduct survey in N-E states while the remaining areas would be covered by ONGC. company owns the passive infrastructure and leases it to telecom service providers enabling them to minimise duplication of investments and economise on costs of operation and maintenance, leading to improvement in profitability. The Minister said that tenancy ratio on BSNL towers has improved from 1.14 to 1.32 since the time the proposal to create a separate mobile tower company was floated. When we will execute it, then we will also reach the same level as of other service providers, Sinha said. Indus Towers, a joint venture between Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, is the biggest telecom tower company in the world with 1,22,920 mobile towers with over 2,97,867 tenancies. Bharti Infratel claims the second spot in mobile tower segment with 90,646 mobile towers. Tata Sons to hike stake in TGBL, Tata Chem for `1,458 cr right of privacy but in the garb of privacy it should not be hyped that innovation, initiative, entrepreneurship development is restrained. We have to find middle path. On middle path, I have always said that data availability, data utility, data anonymity, data privacy -- on these four principle if we proceed then surely India will emerge as a very important place as a democracy ruled by law, as a beacon for the world as to how India has set up a robust regime which set out benchmark for data utilisation maturity, Prasad said. Ministry of Electronics and IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney said that the open data platform is a huge opportunity for the country and a brilliant foundation in place to have so much of data already being made available. However, there is big gap between data being available and data being utilised. I believe, there are not only gaps, but we have serious opportunities available. A lot of intellectual effort needs to go into creating that value, Sawhney said. NEW DELHI: India s second largest software services firm Infosys on Tuesday said it will set up a technology and innovation hub in Raleigh in North Carolina, where it is expected to hire 2,000 American workers by In July, Infosys had announced it will set up a centre in North Carolina as part of its plan to hire a total of 10,000 locals for its US operations in the next two years. The move was also seen as a bid to woo the Trump administration that has been critical of outsourcing firms for "unfairly" taking jobs away from the US workers. The first of the four centres -- located in Indiana -- was announced in May this year. Infosys, in a statement today, said the new hub in Raleigh will open in early 2018 and occupy 60,000 sq ft. The company plans to hire the first 500 workers in Raleigh innovation hub within two years, 25 per cent of ` per share. At the indicated price, the transaction is estimated to be around ` crore. Similarly, Tata Chemicals also said the acquisition price would not be more than 25 per cent of ` per share. At the indicated price, the transaction is estimated to be around ` crore. In June this year, Tata Sons had acquired an additional 2.89 per cent stake in Tata Motors for a little over `3,782 crore from Tata Steel through open market transactions. Shares of TGBL ended the day at ` apiece, up 1.39 per cent from the previous close on BSE. Likewise, Tata Chemicals shares closed at ` apiece, up 2.58 per cent. Infosys to set up Raleigh technology, innovation hub, hire 2k Americans with the remainder to be hired in the state by 2021, it added. Towards its plan of hiring 10,000 people over two years, the company has already hired close to 1,200 American workers, Infosys said. The North Carolina Technology and Innovation Hub. Will focus on delivering cuttingedge solutions in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data and advanced analytics, cloud and big data, Infosys President and Deputy COO Ravi Kumar said. He added that the centre will help to serve clients in IT, life sciences, clean technology and advanced manufacturing sectors in a better manner. Infosys, which employs about 2 lakh people globally, will expand its local hiring in the US as it battles visa-related challenges that often make sending engineers to the US costly. PTI

11 money 11 GST cess hike on mid & large cars, SUVs notified PTI n NEW DELHI he Government has notified Tlevy of increased GST cess of up to 7 per cent on mid-size, large and SUV cars. The GST Council on September 9 had decided to hike cess on mid-size cars by 2 per cent, on large cars by 5 per cent and on SUVs by 7 per cent to bring tax rates on these cars at pre-gst levels. The Finance Ministry late last night notified the hike in quantum of cess to be levied on cars, following which the new rates came into effect. The effective GST rate on mid-size cars will be 45 per cent, and on large cars it would be 48 per cent. The rate will be 50 per cent on sports utility vehicles (SUVs), which include cars with length exceeding 4,000mm and having a ground clearance of 170mm and above. Car prices had dropped by up to `3 lakh as the tax rates fixed under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that came into effect from July 1, was lower than the combined central and state taxes in the pre-gst days. To fix this anomaly, the council raised the cess. The Finance Ministry now has amended the notification 'Compensation Cess (Rate)', dated the June 28, 2017, and brought in the changes in the rate of cess to be levied. However, cess With this, small petrol cars with engine capacity less than 1200cc will attract only 1% cess, while diesel cars with engine capacity of les than 1500cc will attract 3% cess, on top of the 28% GST rate. Cess on hybrid cars, including mid, large and SUVs, have been retained at 15%, likewise those vehicles used for transport of not more than 13 passengers on small petrol and diesel cars, hybrid cars and those carrying up to 13 passengers has not been raised. Under the GST regime, cars attract the highest tax slab of 28 per cent and on top of that a cess is levied. An ordinance was promulgated last week to hike the cess from 15 per cent to up to 25 per cent. The Council then on September 9 decided on the quantum of hike in cess in various segments. After the GST council meet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that in large vehicles where affordability of consumers is high, the cess has been increased. The pre-gst rate has not been restored. Even though we had a headspace of hiking cess by 10 per cent, it has been hiked by up to 7 per cent, Jaitley had said. The highest pre-gst tax incidence on motor vehicles worked out to about per cent, to which 2.5 per cent was added on account of Central Sales Tax, octroi etc. Against this, post-gst the total tax incidence came to 43 per cent. With the revision in cess quantum with Monday's notification, now the anomalies have been removed to a greater extent. With this, small petrol cars with engine capacity less than 1200cc will attract only 1 per cent cess, while diesel cars with engine capacity of les than 1500cc will attract 3 per cent cess, on top of the 28 per cent GST rate. Cess on hybrid cars, including mid, large and SUVs, have been retained at 15 per cent, likewise those vehicles used for transport of not more than 13 passengers. Automakers such as Mahindra and Mahindra, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and JLR India have already said that they are planning to pass on the increased cess to consumers in form of hike in car prices. Tobacco rules must not discriminate against cigarettes: ITC NEW DELHI: ITC has said tobacco regulation should not be discriminatory to the cigarette industry, while asserting that the FMCG major has no plans to exit the segment despite its ongoing diversification. The Kolkata-based firm said taxes on cigarettes have increased by more than 200 per cent in last few years which has resulted in smuggling of cigarettes and other forms of tobacco in India. If you look at the figures of tobacco consumption in India, over a long period it has not gone down. Tobacco consumption has only increased, ITC CEO & Executive Director Sanjiv Puri said in a media interaction. From cigarettes, it has shifted to illegal cigarettes or to other forms of consumptions, he added. Legal industry has lost volumes to illicit trade... I think that's the concern we have and we really say that regulation should not be discriminatory to the cigarette industry, Puri said. When asked if ITC, which is on a diversification drive into new areas, could exit the cigarettes segment considering the overall challenges in terms of regulations and health issues, he replied in the negative. We have, for sure taken the path of diversification over a period of time but we believe it is neither in our stakeholders' interest nor in the interest of the nation, for us to cede ground to the illicit trade, to smuggling, which has become If you look at the figures of tobacco consumption in India, over a long period it has not gone down. Tobacco consumption has only increased. Legal industry has lost volumes to illicit trade... I think that's the concern we have and we really say that regulation should not be discriminatory to the cigarette industry, says ITC CEO & ED Sanjiv Puri a big menace in the country, Puri said. Presently, the cigarette industry is 11 per cent of the total tobacco consumption and accounts for 87 per cent of revenues, he added. Stressing that the current policy is hitting the legal cigarettes industry hard and in turn affecting tobacco farmers associated with it, he said it does not serve any purpose for the legal industry to cede ground to illicit trade. So, at the end what happens is that Indian farmers lose, government lose revenue and Indian manufactures lose..., Puri said. Commenting on the government's direction over 85 per cent pictorial warnings, he said: Now research has recently shown that consumers prefer packs without warning and they are getting it (in India) because smuggled packs are coming. He further said: China, Japan and US which account for more than 50 per cent of cigarette consumption in the world do not have pictorial warnings. In , ITC's total consolidated income was `60, crore, out of which the cigarettes business had contributed `35, crore. In the April-June quarter this fiscal, ITC's revenue from cigarettes increased 6.60 per cent to `8, crore, from `8, crore in the yearago period despite high taxation. The company, as part of diversification, is moving ahead in non-cigarette segment which contribute 58 per cent of its total revenue. PTI Rajan: PSU bank merger should follow balancesheet clean-up NEW DELHI: Mergers of PSU banks should be done only after balancesheets are cleaned up and these are nursed back to health with adequate capitalisation, said former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan. I would say restore the banks to health, get active board composed of professionals. There has been a steady attempt to professionalise banks and remove political hacks. Once we have done that, I think there will be an ideal situation for merger, he said in an interview to PTI. He was responding to a question on the Government's push for consolidating public sector banks with an aim to create fewer and larger banks. Rajan also suggested that decisions need to be made by those who understand the banking system rather than necessarily by bureaucrats. It seems to me that cleaning up has been postponed for one reason or the other. We are in a reasonable position to do it. We need to actually achieve it and put the capital that is necessary to recapitalise the banks where it is needed and after it seems that some of the (merger) decisions can be made, he added. The statement assumes significance as the Government recently initiated the process of second round of consolidationin public sector banks by constituting an Alternative Mechanism to oversee proposals of amalgamation. Pointing out that going forward, the merger would not be as easy as SBI that had few teething issues, Rajan said you would be merging banks with fairly different culture, fairly different orientation, system and region. To that extent, you have to be careful about time it will take and what the merger would add in terms of value. Merger requires a fair amount of cultural focus because you are merging banks which have different cultures, he said. There are personnel problems like who becomes the boss, who becomes the subordinates. For example, if you are merging two forex units, then who becomes the boss? So, all these issues come to the fore. It occupies enormous amount of the management's time, the ex-governor pointed out. Talking about Asset Quality Review (AQR) initiated during his regime to clean up banking, Rajan said what was unique about the exercise was that for the first time, the regulator went across the banks to see if they were classifying the same promoter and the loan the same way. 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12 world 12 UNSC imposes tough sanctions on N Korea PTI n WASHINGTON he UN Security Council Thas unanimously passed a US-drafted resolution that imposes strongest sanctions ever on North Korea, with measures targeting its last remaining major exports and reducing about 30 percent of oil provided to it. Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. And today, the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves, the USAmbassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said as the 15- membered UN body passed the resolution 2375 on North Korea. We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing, she said. Haley said the international community is doing that by hitting North Korea s ability to fuel and fund its weapons program. Noting that oil is the lifeblood of North Korea s effort Pak s Punjab govt dismisses Saeed s plea to end his detention Lahore (PTI): Pakistan s Punjab government has dismissed the plea of Jamaat-ud- Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed to endhis detention fearing that it may create a law and order situation in the province, the Lahore High Court was informed on Tuesday.The Home Department of Punjab on Tuesday submitted a twopage reply to the LHC, informing the court of its decision. Citing different illegal acts of his organisations - JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat - the department said: The act on the part of Hafiz Saeed reaffirms the apprehension of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies that if he is released his activities will create law and order situation. It has been recommended to keep the detenue (Saeed) under detention in larger public interest. The department further said that the activities of Saeed will pose grave threat to the public safety and cause the breach of public order. It said that after hearing the counsel for Saeed and representatives of the Counter Terrorism Department, Special Branch, Lahore police chief, DIG Operations and Security Branch, Home Secretary MaJ (R) Azam Suleman finds no merits in the representation of Saeed hence it is rejected. LHC Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi adjourned the hearing till September 15. Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Aand Qazi Kashif Hussain - had challenged the extension of their house arrest for another 60 days. to build and deliver a nuclear weapon, Haley said the resolution reduces almost 30 per cent of oil provided to North Korea by cutting off over 55 per cent of its gas, diesel, and heavy fuel oil. Further, today s resolution completely bans natural gas and other oil byproducts that could be used as substitutes for the reduced petroleum. This will cut deep, she said. Haley said these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. They give us a much better chance to halt the regime s ability to fuel and finance its nuclear and missile programs. But we all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively, she said. When these new stronger sanctions are added to those passed last month, over 90 percent of North Korea s publicly reported exports are now fully banned. Moreover, this resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes, she noted. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional USD 500 million or more in annual revenues, she added. Beyond the USD 1.3 billion in annual revenues we will cut from North Korea, new maritime authorities will help us stop them from obtaining funds by smuggling coal and otherprohibited materials around the world by ship, the top American diplomat said. The resolution bans all North Korean textile exports. Textile exports North Korea s largest economic sector that the Security Council had not previously restricted earned North Korea an average of USD 760 million in the past three years. The resolution requires the end of all joint ventures with North Korea. This will not only starve the regime of any revenues generated through such arrangements, it will now stop all future foreign investments and technology transfers to help North Korea s nascent and weak commercial industries, a US fact sheet said. Members of the Korean Veterans Association shout slogans during a rally denouncing North Korea's nuclear and missile provocation in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday. AP GLOBE TROTTING Gigi loses a shoe on New York Fashion ramp Week Los Angeles: Supermodel Gigi Hadid suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction during a show at the New York Fashion Week when she lost one of her high heels on the runway. However, the 22-year-old catwalk star remained unfazed and handled it perfectly during Anna Sui s Spring 2018 show as she kept going like she still had it on, reported Ace Showbiz. Gigi looked flawless on the ramp in a bohemian, chic ensemble, carrying on like a professional while tiptoeing on her right foot to keep her balance. She wore a dazzling sequined dress, necklace and a pair of sheer socks, and completed her look with a feathered shawl. Her younger sister, Bella Hadid, stepped in to help her during the final walk of the show. Once the lights dimmed and their fellow models walked on the catwalk, Bella, 20, was seen supporting her big sister to keep her from falling. Bella walked alongside Gigi and gave her shoulder to lean on. N Korea slams vicious US-led UN sanctions AFP n GENEVA orth Korea on Monday Nblasted vicious sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council over its latest and most powerful nuclear test, threatening revenge against Washington, who it blamed for leading the charge. On Monday the Washington regime fabricated the most vicious sanctions resolution, Pyongyang s ambassador in Geneva told the UN Conference on Disarmament in the first North Korean reaction to Monday s unanimous vote. My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal... UN Security Council resolution, ambassador Han Tae Song told the gathering. The forthcoming measures by DPRK (the Democratic Republic of Korea) will make the US suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history, he said. The move by the Security Council slaps a ban on textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. The US-drafted sanctions resolution passed just one month after the Security Council decided to ban exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The sanctions follow a series of North Korean missile tests in recent months, culminating in an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range. It s important to be honest: Demi Lovato London: Pop star Demi Lovato said it s important to be honest and praised her family for keeping her grounded by telling her the truth. The 25- year-old singer said she grew up with brutally honest family The move by the Security Council slaps a ban on textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test It followed up with a sixth nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which North Korea said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile. The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on Kim s regime to come to the negotiation table to discuss an end to its nuclear and missile tests. My hope is that the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path, US ambassador Robert Wood told the Conference on Disarmament. Pyongyang meanwhile appeared to draw a different lesson from the Security Council vote. Instead of making (the) right choice with rational analysis,... the Washington regime (has opted) for political, economic, and military confrontation, Han said. He accused the United States of being obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK s development of nuclear force, which has already reached the completion phase. Theresa May wins major Brexit vote in Parliament London (PTI): British MPs today voted in favour of a bill to end the UK s membership to the European Union, a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May who hailed the historic decision. Lawmakers voted by 326 to 290 in favour of backing the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will now go forward for further scrutiny by MPs. The bill is aimed at overturning the 1972 European Communities Act, which took the UK into the then European Economic Community (EEC). It will convert all existing EU laws into UK law to ensure there are no gaps in legislation on Brexit day, scheduled for March, May averted a rebellion within her own Conservative party during the US Prez nominates Indian-American to key diplomatic position Washington (PTI): US President Donald Trump has nominated noted Indian- American lawyer Manisha Singh to a key administration position in the State Department, making her in charge of economic diplomacy. Currently, Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Dan Sullivan, Singh from Florida, if confirmed by thesenate would replace Charles Rivkin as the assistant secretary of state for economic affairs. The nomination was sent to the Senate yesterday. The position has been laying vacant since January when Rivkin put in his papers as Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US. Singh, 45, is a former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs and has served as a senior aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Singh s private sector experience includes practicing law at multinational law firms and working in-house at an investment bank. She earned an LLM in International Legal Studies from the American University Apple unveils iphone 8s, iphone X AGENCIES n CUPERTINO/NEW DELHI pple on Tuesday unveiled Atwo new iphone 8 models and iphone X with a new glassbody design and other improvements on the iconic smartphone. Apple chief executive Tim Cook told a media event that the new handsets, the iphone 8 and larger iphone 8 Plus, represent a huge step forward for the California tech giant, which is marking the 10th anniversary of the iphone. iphonex will hit the market in October. Priced at `67,900, the Note 8 will be available for pre-booking from Tuesday in India across select retail stores as well as online through Samsung Washington College of Law, a JD from the University of Florida College of Law and a BA from the University of Miami at the age of 19. She also studied at the University of Leiden Law School in the Netherlands. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia and speaks fluent Hindi. Uttar Pradesh-born Singh moved to Florida along with parents as a child. In an interview to Washington Examiner early this year, Singh said she worked on broader foreign policy component in the office of Senator Sullivan. Shop and Amazon.in. It will start shipping to Indian customers from September 21. The Galaxy S8 has helped catapult our share in the premium segment to 68 per cent in value terms (as per GfK data). We believe the Note 8 will help us further grow and post-midnight vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill, which resulted in her government securing a victory at the end ofthe bill s second reading debate in the Commons. Although there is more to do, this decision means we can move on with negotiations with solid foundations and we continue to encourage MPs from all parts of the UK to work together in support of this vital piece of legislation, May said at the end of the tough vote. Tory party backbenchers have warned May that their support on the bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, is not unconditional and have demanded a series ofamendments to the bill as it progresses to the next stage in the parliamentary process before becoming law.it will now receive a line-by-line scrutiny in its committee stage. The government claims it needs the power to be able to make minor technical changes to ensure a smooth transition. The House of Commons has rightly backed this crucial piece of legislation, giving its support to an orderly exit and helping to provide certainty to businesses, organisations and individuals up and down the country, said Steve Baker, junior minister in the UK s Department for Exiting the European Union (EU). However, those opposed to the bill fear it gives ministers the power to make changes to laws during the process without consulting MPs. This bill is an affront to parliamentary democracy and a naked power grab by government ministers. It leaves rights unprotected, it silences parliament on key decisions Teens dating less due to too much smartphone time Washington(PTI): Teenagers are going on fewer romantic dates than their parents generation because they spend too much time on their phones, a major study has found. According to a new book by Jean Twenge, professor at San Diego State University in the US, those born between 1995 and dubbed the i- Generation - are less interested in romance than their millennial predecessors. Teenagers from this group have grown up with social media and smartphones and spend far more time socialising with one another online than they do in person. The decline in dating corresponds to dwindling sexual activity among this cohort, researchers found. Based on surveys of 11 million young people and a series of indepth interviews, Twenge found that teenagers in their final year of school are going out less often than 13-year- olds did as recently as She noted that 56 per cent of 14 to 18-year-olds went out on dates in 2015 whereas for Generation X and Baby consolidate this position, Samsung India Senior Vice- President (Mobile Business) Asim Warsi told PTI. He added that Samsung India has already received 250,000 interests for the Note 8 through social media and that he is confident of a phenomenal response to the flagship device. Apple has a small share of the overall smartphone base in India but is a strong player in the premium category (Rs 30,000 and above). Over the past few quarters, it has seen strong growth in the Indian market and it is undertaking major steps to further grow its business here. In India, Samsung led the smartphone segment with 24 per cent share in April-June 2017 quarter. Globally, it had 23.3 per cent share in the said quarter, ahead of US-based Apple that had 12 per cent share. Samsung had first announced the Note 8 in August at an event in New York. According to reports, Boomers, it was around 85 per cent, The Telegraph reported. The survey also found that sexual activity among 14 and 15- year-olds has dropped by almost 40 per cent since Teens are spending an enormous amount of time, primarily on their smartphones and communicating with their friends electronically, Twenge told BBC Radio Four s Today programme. They are spending less time interacting with their friends in person, hanging out with their friends, she said. the global pre-orders for the Note 8 are far higher than its predecessor Note 7. Samsung s Note 7 had a short run and the company was forced to recall the devices from the market after instances of the battery catching fire. Warsi said the company conducts a stringent eightpoint battery check to ensure safety of its customers. While the launch of Note 7 was announced in India, the devices did not hit the market. India loves the Galaxy Note. We had undertaken a study and found that nearly 9 out of 10 saying they are satisfied with their device and twothirds said they would consider buying the new Note device, Warsi said. and undermines the devolution settlement, said Kier Starmer, the Opposition s shadow Brexit secretary. Labour will seek to amend and remove the worst aspects from the bill but the flaws are so fundamental it s hard to see how this could ever be made fit for purpose, the Labour MP said. His party had largely decided to vote against the bill but seven of Labour s MPs defied party leader Jeremy Corbyn to back the government on the bill, saying it supports the will of the British people who voted for Brexit in the June 2016referendum. A number of Labour MPs also abstained from the vote in defiance of the party s official stand. The Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake, said MPs who backed the bill should feel ashamed. This is a dark day for the mother of parliaments, he said. MPs also voted on Tuesday in favour of the government s proposed timetable for debating Brexit legislation by 318 votes to 301 guaranteeing 64 hours of debate over eight days. Both votes came as the UK government released it latest paper on Brexit strategy, which proposes to continue contributing troops and military assets to EU operations after Brexit as part of closer defence cooperation with the economic bloc. The paper also offers to agree joint foreign policypositions with Brussels, including cooperating on international sanctions against states or terrorist organisations. After we leave the European Union we will continue to face shared threats to our security, our shared values and our way of life, said UK Brexit minister David Davis. It s in our mutual interest to work closely with the EU and its member states to challenge terrorism and extremism, illegal migration, cyber crime, and conventional state-based military aggression, he said. It is the sixth position paper by the UK government in its talks with Brussels and hopes to push the EU towards opening negotiations on the future of UK-EU relations post- Brexit. members who have influenced the way she now lives her life, reported Contactmusic. It s important to be honest. Being that way has always come naturally to me. I ve grown up with some brutally honest family members who wouldn t let me be any other way. They keep things real for me and help me stay grounded, she said. Daniel in talks to replace Skrein in Hellboy reboot Los Angeles: Actor Daniel Dae Kim is in negotiations to join the cast of Hellboy reboot after Ed Skrein left the project. Skrein dropped out of the reboot following public outcry against whitewashing in Hollywood, saying it was important to honour ethnic minority stories and voices in arts. If the deal gets finalised, Kim will play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, the role which Skrein was supposed to play.

13 world 13 China backs Myanmar govt s efforts to safeguard stability AFP n BEIJING hina on Tuesday said it backs the CMyanmar government s efforts to uphold peace and stability in Rakhine state, where a military crackdown has sent more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing for Bangladesh. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comments as the United Nations Security Council prepared to hold an urgent meeting on the crisis today. Rohingya militants attacked police posts in late August, prompting a military backlash that has sent nearly a third of the Muslim minority population fleeing to Bangladesh. International pressure on Myanmar s government has increased as UN rights chief Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein said the violence seemed to be a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. But UN diplomats have said China, one of Myanmar s main trade partners, has been resisting involvement by the top UN council in addressing the crisis. We condemn the violent attacks which happened in Rakhine state in Myanmar, Geng told a regular news briefing. We support Myanmar s efforts in upholding peace and stability in the Some 370,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar for B desh: UN Cox s Bazar (AFP): Some 370,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar and entered Bangladesh since an upsurge in violence late last month, the United Nations said on Tuesday. An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar s Rakhine state since August 25, Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, told AFP. The true figure could be even higher as many new arrivals are still on the move and staying by the roadside, making it difficult to include them in the counting, the UN said. It attributed the overnight jump from Monday s figure of 313,000 to the large numbers now moving off the roadside and into informal camps, where they can be counted more easily. Attacks by Manila (AP): A tropical depression dumped heavy rain on the Philippines on Tuesday, flooding metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces and causing landslides and flash floods that killed at least four people. Six others were missing, including five residents of Laguna province, where floods swept away a house next to a swollen river, disaster relief officials said. The other missing person was reported in nearby Cavite province, where several areas were submerged. Financial markets, government offices and schools were closed and at least 21 flights were canceled or diverted. The weather bureau said Tropical Depression Maring made landfall in eastern Quezon province and was moving northwest with winds of 60 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour. It warned that continued moderate to heavy rain in Manila and nearby provinces along the storm s path could trigger more floods and landslides. Disaster response official Elmer Espiritu said two brothers aged 14 and 17 died when a landslide covered their home at the foot of a hill before dawn in Taytay town near Manila. Officials ordered mandatory evacuations in risky areas after some residents refused to leave, he added. In Quezon province, a 2-month-old girl was killed and seven others were injured when a concrete wall around a hospital collapsed on three houses in Lucena city after heavy rain soaked the soil at the wall s base, officials said. Police also reported that a 12-year-old girl drowned in metropolitan Manila s Pasay city while bathing in a river during the heavy downpour. Twenty-two passengers on Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked harsh military reprisals and an exodus across the border to southeast Bangladesh. The Muslim Rohingya minority community has long been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship. Refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh near the border with Myanmar already hosted at least 300,000 Rohingya before the latest upsurge in violence, and are now completely overwhelmed.that has left tens of thousands of new arrivals with nowhere to shelter from the monsoon rains. Most have walked for days and aid workers say many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Rakhine state. We hope order and the normal life there will be recovered as soon as possible, he said. We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development. In this Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, a Rohingya family reaches the Bangladesh border after crossing a creek of the Naf river on the border with Myanmmar, in Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area. AP Russian model breaks Guinness world record Moscow (PTI): A Russian model has set a new Guinness world record for the longest legs - measuring an unparallelled 132 centimetres in length. Ekaterina Lisina, 29-year-old woman from Russia also broke the Guinness record for being the tallest female professional model with a height of 6 feet 8.77 inches. Her left and right leg measure cm and centimetres respectively. As required by the Guinness World Records guidelines, the measurements were taken by independent professionals a seamstress and doctor from the heel to the top of the hip. Lisina said that she was bullied in school for her height and she wanted to be an inspiration to girls who are not very confident. Lisina has trouble finding trousers that fit her, and finds it very awkward squeezing into airplane and car seats. With a shoe size of 47, it is also difficult for her to find feminine shoes. However, there are also some benefits to having the longest legs in the world, she said. Her height has also helped her basketball career, and she won a bronze medal playing for Russia in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. a bus stranded in floodwaters were rescued in Quezon province, officials said. A stronger storm, Talim, was located 865 kilometers east of the Philippines northern tip and was moving toward Taiwan and eastern China. Talim was due to make landfall on Taiwan late tomorrow and officials there were especially concerned about mudslides in mountainous parts of the island. Taiwan s government was contacting Sheikh Hasina accuses Myanmar of committing atrocities on Rohingyas PTI n DHAKA angladesh Prime Minister BSheikh Hasina on Tuesday accused Buddhist-majority Myanmar of committing atrocities on Rohingya Muslims, saying Dhaka will not tolerate any kind of injustice and its protest will continue. She also asked Myanmar to take steps to take back its nationals who have fled to Bangladesh following the violence. We want peace and a friendly relation with neighbouring countries...(but) we cannot allow and accept any kind of unjust and our protest will continue to this end, Hasina said after visiting a Rohingya refugee camp near the border town of Ukhiya in Cox s Bazar district. She assured the refugees that Bangladesh would continue to provide humanitarian assistance to them. As long as they don t return to their country we will remain beside them, she said. Bangladesh is a country of 16 crore people and we have ensured their basic needs, we 4 dead in Philippines landslides, floods Zimbabwe s first lady denies assault, says she was attacked Johannesburg: Representatives of Zimbabwe s first lady say a young woman who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor, allegedly attacking Grace Mugabe with a knife while drunk, according to a court document filed insouth Africa. The court papers denying any wrongdoing by Mugabe were submitted Aug. 17 by Zimbabwean diplomats on behalf of Mugabe, who was granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa despite calls for her prosecution in the alleged attack on the woman in a Johannesburg hotel on Aug. 13. She returned to Zimbabwe a week after the alleged assault Filipinos ride a boat as they cross a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday. with President Robert Mugabe, who had attended a summit of southern African leaders in Pretoria. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the court document on Tuesday from AfriForum, a group representing 20- year-old Gabriella Engels, who said she suffered head wounds while being whipped with an extension cord by 52-year-old Grace Mugabe. AfriForum has said it will challenge the South African government over the immunity issue in an attempt to complicate any effort by the first lady to return to South Africa. the heads of mountain villages, arranging fre evacuations to shelters, and monitoring rivers and mudslide- prone areas. Talim was expected to hit China s southeastern coast either Thursday or Friday, China s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Coastal Zhejiang province ordered local governments and emergency services to prepare for the storm and possibleflooding, China National Radio said. also have capability to provide all kinds of help including food and healthcare services to the Myanmar refugees, she said. We will not tolerate injustice, she said, referring to the ethnic violence in neighbouring country that has forced at least 313,000 people to take shelter in Bangladesh. According to UN estimates, over 1,000 people may have been killed in the crackdown launched by the Myanmar Army in the Rakhine state since August 25 when a fresh wave of violence erupted there. Bangladesh had earlier said the new influx of Rohingya refugees is an unbearable additional burden on the country which has been hosting around 400,000 Myanmar nationals who had to leave their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations. Hasina s comments came after the parliament last night passed a resolution denouncing Myanmar for the atrocities and called upon the international community to mount intensified pressure on Naypyidaw to stop the atrocities and take back the refugees. A handful of people of a shadow group had staged the attack which we (Bangladesh) also condemned, but should the entire community of one million populations be punished for that, the resolution read. Hasina on Monday said that being the neighbour Bangladesh would extend cooperation whatever Naypyidaw needed but they will have to first stop inhuman attitude towards these people in Rakhaine and provide them security. They (Rohingyas) are human beings and they will live as human beings...myanmar has no right to deny the Rakhaine people as they are their citizens, she added. Hasina said the massive exodus of its own population tarnished Myanmar s image as this is not a dignified thing for a country. Rohingyas have faced decades of discrimination and persecution in Myanmar and are denied citizenship despite centuries-olds roots in the Rakhine region. China not to share Brahmaputra data for now due to upgradation of collection station Beijing (PTI): China on Tuesday said that it cannot share with India the hydrological data of the Brahmaputra river for the time being as the data collection station in Tibet is being upgraded. China, however, said it is ready to keep communication with India to reopen the Nathu La pass in Sikkim for the Indian pilgrims visiting Kailash and Manasarovar in Tibet, which it had suspended in mid June over the Doklam standoff. For long time we have conducted cooperation on the river data with the Indian side. But to upgrade and renovate the relevant station in the Chinese side, we do not have the conditions now to collect the relevant statistics of the river, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media here. Asked when will China provide the data, which was reportedly suspended due to the Doklam standoff, he said, We will later consider that. Asked whether India has been informed about AP Cambodia Oppostion determined to run in 2018 elections Phnom Penh (Cambodia): (AP) Cambodia s main opposition party today said it is determined to participate in elections next year despite the arrest of the party s leader for alleged treason. The comments by Son Chhay, a senior member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, came during the party s first news conference since Kem Sokha s Sept. 3 arrest in Phnom Penh. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than three decades, has threatened to dissolve the party if it gets involved in legal proceedings against Kem Sokha, who police arrested on the basis of videos from several years ago showing him at a seminar where he spoke about receiving advice from U.S. pro-democracy not sharing of the hydrological data, he said according to his information the Indian side is aware of it. On August 18, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said there is an existing expert-level mechanism, established in 2006, and there are two MoUs under which China is expected to share hydrological data on rivers Sutlej and Brahmaputra with India during the flood season of May 15 to June 15. For this year, we have not received hydrological data from the Chinese side, Kumar had said. The data share by upper riparian state, China, to lower riparian states, India and Bangladesh is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding in India s northeastern states. On the reopening of the Nathu La Pass for the Indian pilgrims visiting Kailash and Manasarovar in Tibet which was suspended over the Doklam standoff, Geng said China is ready to keep communication with the India. For a long China has made efforts against all odds to provide necessary convenience to the Indian pilgrims. According to the agreement reached between the two leaders and based on the fact that the western section of the India- China boundary has been recognised by the two sides, China opened the pass to the Indian pilgrims, he said, replying to a question when China will open the route to the Indian pilgrims as the Doklam standoff has been resolved. The foreign ministry spokesman said the opening of the Nathu La pass was suspended as the Indian troops illegally crossed the border leading to the tensions at the border. The Indian troops illegally crossed the border leading to the tensions at the border. So the opening of the pass was suspended, he said. groups. The arrest is widely viewed as a partisan political effort to cripple the opposition ahead of the 2018 vote. Although the party has called for Kem Sokha s release, Son Chhay said there were no plans to organize protests. Kem Sokha could face up to 30 years in prison.his predecessor as party leader, Sam Rainsy, was forced to resign his post and party membership under an earlier threat of having the party dissolved. He now lives in exile. I do hope that before the election in 2018, there will be a (political) solution between all of us to provide a good environment and ensure that the election will be conducted freely and fairly, Son Chhay said. AP Lawsuit settled over rights to monkey s selfie San Francisco (AP): Attorneys have announced a settlement in a lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfie photographs taken by a monkey before a federal appeals court could answer the novel legal question. Under the deal, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photos agreed to donate 25 per cent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia, lawyers for an animal-rights group said on Monday. Attorneys for the group and the photographer, David Slater, asked the San Franciscobased 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower court decision that said animals cannot own copyrights. Andrew J Dhuey, an attorney for Slater, declined to comment on how much money the photos have generated or whether Slater Steelworkers from the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Fos-sur-Mer burn flares during a nationwide day of protest against government labor law, in Marseille, southern France on Tuesday. President Emmanuel Macron's presidency is facing its first big public test, as unions hold nationwide protests against changes to labor laws that they fear corrode hard-fought job security. The prominent CGT union is leading Tuesday's protests, calling for strikes across transport and other public sector businesses and planning some 180 demonstrations. AP would keep all of the remaining 75 per cent of future revenue. There was no immediate ruling from the 9th Circuit. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued on behalf of the macaque monkey in 2015, seeking financial control of the photographs for the benefit of the monkey named Naruto that snapped the photos with Slater s camera. PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal, Slater and PETA said in a joint statement. Lawyers for Slater argued that his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., owns worldwide commercial rights to the photos, including a nowfamous selfie of the monkey s toothygrin. The photos were taken during a 2011 trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia, with an unattended camera owned by Slater. US District Judge William Orrick said in a ruling in favor of Slater last year that while Congress and thepresident can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act. The 9th Circuit was considering PETA s appeal. The lawyers notified the appeals court on Aug. 4 that they were nearing a settlement and asked the judges not to rule. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit heard oral arguments in the case in July.

14 sport 14 PTI n NEW DELHI with his performance in the last few weeks. Before making the US Open fourth avis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi round as a qualifier, the 18-year-old had Dsays the Canada team, which has shocked Nadal en route the semifinals of 'future star' Denis Shapovalov in the lineup, is stronger than the Czech Republic The Czechs had travelled to India with the Montreal Masters. side to which India had lost in the playoffs stage in ) and Lukas Rosol (then world number Jiri Vesely (then world number 40 and now The Indian team, which had a weeklong training camp in New York before Radek Stepanek, winner of two Grand 85) as the main singles players. reaching Edmonton, is set to make a Slam titles with Leander Paes, had played fourth consecutive attempt to qualify for only doubles with Adam Pavlasek. the elite World Group. Bhupathi said going to the University After dominating the Asia/Oceania of Columbia in New York for the camp has zone, India lost to tennis power-houses helped the team prepare better for the Serbia (2014), Czech Republic (2015) and indoor tie. Rafael Nadal-led Spain (2016) at the World "The week of practice indoors has Group Play-off stage in recent years. helped the team. The boys have hit a lot Canada have named world number 51 of balls and are feeling good, so we are Shapovalov, who reached the US Open looking forward to the weekend," he said. fourth round, Vasek Pospisil (82) along Bhupathi, who replaced Anand with seasoned Daniel Nestor (43 in doubles) and Brayden Schnur (202) for the year, said the recent success of both Yuki Amritraj in the captain's chair early this play-off tie, starting Friday. Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanthan "Canada is a quality team but of course against high-quality rivals is a tremendous we are here because we earned the chance confidence booster. to play them. I personally think they are While Yuki had scalped world number 22 Gael Monfils at the Citi Open, a stronger team than the Czechs when they came to India," Bhupathi told PTI from Ramkumar had an upset win over top-10 Edmonton. player Domnic Thiem at the Antalya Shapovalov has made quite a splash Open. PTI n KOLKATA he legendary PK Banerjee on TTuesday said India should utilise the FIFA U-17 World Cup to secure its future as a football nation and urged the players to take the team to the next level by giving their best. Banerjee, who was named Indian Footballer of the 20th century by FIFA, urged the country to back the players who will represent India in the megaevent. "I have not seen what they (players) have done. What I know is that they are our future and we have to back them," Banerjee told PTI during an interaction. "The pool needs to be increased. More U-17, U-19 players need to be taken into the fold so that our future as a footballing nation is secured," the 80- year-old added. Banerjee is in sync with the All India Football Federation's plans to develop the team for bigger tournaments. Nadal, Federer back at top Rafa, Roger grab 1st and 2nd spot in ATP rankings after winning all slams in 2017 "This bunch needs to be together after the World Cup. They need to play as a team and then can represent India at the U-19 level and maybe at the U-20 World Cup." Banerjee was conferred with the prestigious FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in Despite a tough draw, Banerjee is optimistic about the host nation's chances in its maiden appearance. While India have competed at the AFC U-16 Championship seven times, they could get past the first round only once, in "The stats can wait. I love my country, and it's time to cheer for India in the World Cup, it's a moment of pride for all of us." India begin their campaign in New Delhi against USA on October 6, followed by matches against Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 12. A second string Colombia had thrashed India 3-0 in a four-nation tour last month and their most promising result was a 1-1 draw against Chile. AP n NEW YORK W ho would have guessed at the start of 2017 that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would divvy up the year's four Grand Slam titles? And who could possibly pretend to know what 2018 will bring for them? By the time Nadal was biting the handle of the US Open trophy on Sunday night, his usual way of celebrating a tournament victory, he had raised his career Grand Slam championship count to 16: three at Flushing Meadows, an unprecedented 10 at the French Open (including this June, shortly after turning 31), two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open. That moved him back within three of Federer, whose 19 is the record among men: an unprecedented eight at the All England Club (including in July, shortly before turning 36), five at the US Open, four at the Australian Open (including in January) and one at Roland Garros. "Of course, (it's) something difficult to imagine, eight months ago or nine months ago, that we will be winning two Grand Slams each," Nadal said. "But here we are." Indeed, in January, it sure appeared that the two greats of the game had left their best days behind. As of Monday, they are ranked 1-2. Federer began this season at No 16, having missed the last half while letting his back and left knee heal. Nadal was No 9, having pulled out after the second round of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon entirely because of an injured left wrist. "When you get (an) injury," Nadal said, "then (it) seems like the season is a disaster." Federer began 2017 having gone four and half years without a Grand Slam title. Nadal's drought without so much as one The Luis Norton de Matos-coached side, which is among the three debutants alongside New Caledonia and Niger, would be aiming to make the last-16 at least. Banerjee said: "The time has come for the boys to give their life for the World Cup. We never had such a kind of opportunity in our days. Take India to the next level..." Banerjee had played in 84 internationals during the 13 years he had represented India. This included three Asian Games (Tokyo, Jakarta and Bangkok). He was member of the Indian team which finished fourth (the country's best result) in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and had captained the national team at the 1960 Rome Olympics. "There has been a sea change to the city's infrastructure with the World Cup final slated here. From roads to the stadium, there has been a transformation. It's not a matter of joke," he said of the tournament starting October 6. FEDERER BEGAN THIS SEASON AT NO 16, HAVING MISSED THE LAST HALF WHILE LETTING HIS BACK AND LEFT KNEE HEAL. NADAL WAS NO 9, HAVING HIS OWN INJURY ISSUES. AS OF LAST MONDAY, THEY ARE RANKED 1-2 Canada team is stronger than 2015 Czech side: Bhupathi AP n JOHANNESBURG he South African Football TAssociation won't appeal against FIFA's unprecedented decision to strip it of a victory in World Cup qualifying and order a replay because of match-fixing by the referee, the federation said Tuesday. SAFA announced it would not appeal the order that annulled South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal last November, but said that its "rights to sue for damages remain open." That raised the possibility that SAFA might seek compensation from FIFA, which it believes should take responsibility for the referee, who was appointed by FIFA's referees committee despite some suspicious performances. "Why didn't FIFA do an integrity check on the referee since they have these mechanisms?" SAFA senior legal counsel Norman Arendse said. FIFA's decision on the South Africa-Senegal qualifier was the first time the world body ordered a game to be played again because of match-fixing. FIFA banned Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for life after he awarded South Africa a penalty for a non-existent handball against a Senegal defender. South Africa scored from the penalty and went on to win the qualifier 2-1. FIFA found neither team was involved in the fixing, and the referee was likely manipulating the match for "Wins give you confidence and big wins give you lots of confidence. I am sure it's a stepping stone in their process to make the top 100," Bhupathi said. "Both Yuki and Ram have had very good summers so they have a lot of matches under their belt. Rohan, of course, made the final in Montreal and is a leader in this team. Saketh is getting better every week, it's always hard to come back from a long injury layoff but he is committed," Bhupathi said, giving his assessment of the team. Yuki had to endure tough times after breaking the top-100 barrier late in 2015 due to injuries but has done well this season. Ramkumar was also struggling initially this year but has shaken off the rust to come out stronger. Bhupathi said the players are working very hard and will enjoy more success. "(I am) sure they do (work very hard). It's heading in the right direction," the 43- year-old Bhupathi, India's first ever Grand Slam winner, said. Bhupathi also felt that India can produce top-10 players like other Asian nations. "If Japan, Thailand can produce top 10 players, I believe India can too," he said without elaborating. U17 WC key to India s football future SA accept to replay WC qualifier match LOCAL EVENTS NER ENTER FINAL NER beat Aryavrat Cricket Academy by 116 runs to enter the final of Tauqeer Ahmed Memorial Cricket Tournament at DAV ground on Tuesday. BRIEF SCORES: NER: 166 (Ankit 42, Saurabh 32, Agha 28; Tushar 44/3, Rajat 13/3, Asif Hasan 34/2) ACA: 50 (Dipanshu 17, Manoj 13; Saurabh Dubey 17/7) ASCA BEAT UNITY CLUB ASCA defeated Unity Cricket Club by 25 runs in a league match of PP Dua Memorial Under-16 Cricket Tournament at Christian College ground on Tuesday. In another match, Kooh Sports beat Divine Cricket Club by 70 runs. BRIEF SCORES: ASCA: 70 (Aditya 22, Raghib 19; Kaif 17/4, Ambrish 6/3, Prakhar 17/2) UCC: 45 (Navnet 16; Shivam 3/3, Jairam 13/3, Shashank 6/2) KS: 110 (Vishal 24, Sarfaraz 23, Ansh 13; Amitesh 27/2, Shubham 25/2) DCC: 48 (Saubhagya 7; Janmanjay 6/6, Kaushal 4/3) WUSHU Wushu players of Chowk stadium bagged six medals, including a gold, a silver and four bronze, in the recently concluded State Wushu Marshal Art Championship at Kanpur. Irfan Khan won the gold while Huma Khan clinched the silver. Rashmi Gupta, Aditi Kashyap, Mansi Gautam and Gopal Chandra won the bronze medals. illegal betting rings. Lamptey had previously been under scrutiny and was suspended by the Confederation of African Football for allowing a crucial goal from a clear handball to stand in an African Champions League semifinal match in The fact that he was still appointed by FIFA's referees committee for the World Cup qualifier is one of two major gripes for South Africa. The other is that SAFA was never invited to make any representation in the process by FIFA, which ultimately ended up in a decision that adversely affected South Africa. South Africa now has little chance of reaching the World Cup in Russia next year. FIFA's unprecedented decision to order a replay because of fixing must be confirmed by its organizing committee for competitions at a meeting on Thursday. It should be rubber-stamped, with no opposition now from SAFA. "SAFA has decided on ethical and moral grounds that if this match was manipulated, we should replay it," the South African federation said. The game will be replayed in November, likely after all the other qualifiers in the group are completed. While FIFA's decision badly hampers South Africa's World Cup hopes, it gives Senegal a second chance. Currently third in the group, a victory in the replay for Senegal could send it to the World Cup at the expense of the other three teams. appearance in a major semifinal had stretched to about two and half years. By the end of the Australian Open, though, they were squaring off to decide the title. It was the pair's ninth Grand Slam final against each other - it's happened at least twice at each major except the US Open, where they have never met - but first since the 2011 French Open. At the time, Nadal said Sunday, "I was surprised." But he wasn't taken aback by what he and Federer were able to do later in the year. It was clear - to Nadal, to everyone - that they were once again capable of being the dominant figures in their sport. "To come back and win all four Grand Slams was quite an achievement, regardless of how good they are. There is a lot of very tough competition," said Kevin Anderson, the first-time major finalist who failed to put up too much of a fight in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss to the No 1-ranked Nadal. "When they're healthy, I think they have so many skills they can rely on. In addition to that is just the amount of experience they have had," Anderson said. "Playing at this level, I think they feel very comfortable, and obviously they might get nervous, but just like anything, the more you do it, the more used to it you get." It didn't hurt that the three men who are next in the pecking order all had down years and injury issues: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. All missed the US Open. All could return to contention for big prizes next year. Add in that trio's major totals (Djokovic has 12, Murray and Wawrinka three apiece), and since the start of the 2005 French Open, the top five men have won 49 of the past 51 Grand Slam championships. Still, after all this time, there are still two who stand alone at the top: Rafa and Roger. "There is just two things that probably we share - that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis, passion for the competition," Nadal said, "and the spirit of improvement all the time." The question was put to him Sunday night: How important is it for you to catch Federer in the race for most Grand Slam titles? "I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way," Nadal responded. "Let's see when we finish, no?" Everyone surprised as Madrid struggle & Barcelona thrive AP n MADRID o one saw this one coming. Real Madrid is Nthe team struggling early in the Spanish league. Barcelona is just cruising along in the lead. It was supposed to be the other way around considering how both teams entered the season: Barcelona was in turmoil, Madrid was thriving. Madrid, the defending European and Spanish champion, was considered the early favorite after keeping its top players from a season ago and routing Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup. It had also defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the European Super Cup. Barcelona was reeling after the surprise departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the failure to sign many top players during the offseason. It also had to deal with the absence of Luis Suarez because of an injury. It all pointed to early success for Madrid and disappointment for Barcelona. But three games into the season, Barcelona has a perfect record and Madrid has only one victory. The Catalan club is the league leader with nine points from three victories, along with Real Sociedad, while Madrid is in seventh place with five points from a win and two consecutive draws, both at home. "It's early in the season and the difference in points is not significant, but it's better to be in front than to be behind," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the team's 5-0 rout of Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. "You never know what may happen later on. It doesn't mean much now, but it's good to be ahead. We will keep focused on winning and adding points." Zinedine Zidane's Madrid could not manage more than a 1-1 draw against minnow Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday. "I'm not worried, games like this one are normal in a season," Zidane said. "There will be ups and downs, but the good thing is that we have plenty of time to fix things." Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu. Next weekend it will face a difficult test when it travels to play co-leader Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium. Before that, it makes its Champions League debut against Apoel. Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday. Getafe has four points and is yet to win at home.

15 sport 15 Aussies warmed up for Indian tour Riding on Stoinis blitz, Smith s boys inflict 103-run defeat to BP XI in lone practice game PTI n CHENNAI A ustralia warmed up for the limited-overs series against India in style by crushing Board President's (BP) XI by 103 runs in the lone practice match, here on Tuesday. Marcus Stoinis hammered a 60- ball 76 to build on half centuries by Travis Head (65), David Warner (64) and captain Steve Smith (55) to power the visitors to a formidable 347 for 7 after winning the toss and electing to bat. Young all-rounder Washington Sundar impressed with the ball for India, picking up 2 wickets for 23 in his eight overs. In reply, young left-arm spinner Ashton Agar returned with figures of 4 for 44 as Australia bowled out BP XI for 244 in 48.2 overs. The home team, consisting mostly of rookies, was never in the hunt despite a 79-run partnership for the second wicket between opener Shreevats Goswami (43) and Mayank Agarwal (42). After the early exit of opener Rahul Tripathi (7), Goswami and Agarwal struggled to force the pace against some accurate bowling from the Australians. The duo took 15 overs to add 79 runs as the required run-rate kept climbing. Agarwal, who was dropped early in his innings by Glenn Maxwell, fell for 42 while going for a big hit against legspinner Adam Zampa, caught in the deep by Warner. The BP XI's innings floundered after Agarwal's exit as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Goswami followed soon, bowled by Stoinis. Nitish Rana, who had a good IPL season for Mumbai Indians, showed some sense of urgency and struck three fours but was run-out in a mix-up with captain Gurkeerat Mann. Shivam Chaudhary, Mann, Govind Poddar and Sundar were dismissed in the space of 18 runs as Australia's took hold over the game. There was a big cheer from the spectators when local lad Sundar walked in, after his heroics with the ball. The tall left-hander struck a couple of boundaries but was caught by Agar when going for a big shot off Kane Richardson's (2/36) bowling. There was some late resistance from Akshay Karnewar (40) and Kushang Patel (41 not out), who was possibly lowest for Team India PTI n MUMBAI bulent tenure in Indian cricket marred by his public fallout with achin Tendulkar on Tuesday said senior Indian players. SIndian cricket had possibly "We had to make a lot of touched its lowest ebb leading upto changes. And once we had planned the 2007 World Cup before recovering to move in a new direction. were committed to it and the results what we had to achieve as a team, we "I think we were possibly (at) lowest (phase)," the legendary things. Whether they were right or followed. We had to change a lot of batsman recalled at a programme wrong we didn't know. The change here. "We didn't qualify for the did not happen overnight. We had Super 8 stage of the 2007 World Cup. to wait for results. In fact it took me But we got back from there and started fresh thinking, we started movtiful World Cup trophy," he added. 21 years of my career to lift that beauing in a new direction." Tendulkar was part of the Indian It was the phase during which squad which lifted the 2011 World Greg Chappell was at the helm as Cup under the captaincy of India coach, perhaps the most tur- Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pushing hard for WC-19 place PTI n KOLKATA ahendra Singh Dhoni might Mbe firmly occupying the wicketkeeper's slot in ODIs but India's Test glovesman Wriddhiman Saha on Tuesday said he has not given up on his World Cup dreams and is pushing hard to play in the 2019 quadrennial event. Saha said, in fact, it's his wife Romi who wishes to see him play in the World Cup. "My wife badly wants me to play in the World Cup," Saha, who will turn 33 next month, said. "She insists that I must push harder to achieve that. I am also trying, but ultimately the decision lies with the selectors." Fresh from their 9-0 clean-sweep over Sri Lanka, India will take on Australia in a five-odi, three T20Is limited overs series beginning in Chennai on September 17 and Saha feels Virat Kohli and Co will be tough to beat at home. "Beating India in India will always be tough. Australia has done well last time but I will put India ahead," said Saha. "India's bench strength is very strong. The team is preparing for the 2019 World Cup. That's why the rotation of players is happening. India has been performing well with all sets of players which is a good sign." YOUNG LEFT-ARM SPINNER ASHTON AGAR RETURNED WITH FIGURES OF 4 FOR 44 AS AUSTRALIA BOWLED OUT BOARD PRESIDENT XI FOR 244 IN 48.2 OVERS indulged in lusty hitting to take the score past 200. Besides Agar and Richardson, a replacement for the injured Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, Zampa and Stoinis got picked up one wicket KARTHIK RAMAN n NEW DELHI ith the experienced duo of WRavichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being rested, former Indian batting great VVS Laxman is of the opinion that the upcoming series against Australia is a great opportunity for youngsters to prove their mettle. Starting from 17th of this month, India are set to play five ODIs and three T20s against Steve Smith's side. Keeping up with BCCI's rotation policy, the experienced spinners were given a rest to allow the youngsters, who performed remarkably well in the 9-0 demolition (5 ODIs, 3 Tests and 1 T20) of Sri Lanka, to test their abilities against a stronger side in Australia. "I believe that Ashwin and Jadeja have been communicated to by the selectors that they want to give opportunity to youngsters, who did well against Sri Lankan batting lineup. They want to give them a chance against a formidable batting line-up of Australia," Laxman said. "So it doesn't mean that Ashwin is dropped or Jadeja is dropped - it's an opportunity for the youngsters," he told reporters on Tuesday during a panel discussion ahead of Australia's tour of India. On the reserve strength, he added, "The bench strength is so strong. The stronger the bench side, the better the opportunity if you have to be a champion side." Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel impressed during the Lankan tour. Chahal bagged eight wickets in the four ODIs and one T20 he played, while Patel took six wickets from his four ODI matches. Laxman felt the case was same with senior Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh. "They want to try with youngsters like Manish Pandey, KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav to see what they can do against a good bowling opposition," explained the stylish righthanded batsman. The 42-year-old former star reckoned the great form of openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma is the reason why Ajinkya Rahane, who played all three Tests, but only the one ODI in the Sri Lankan tour, is struggling to find a spot in the team. Hence, he doesn't believe Rahane's future in limited overs is in doubt. "Ajinkya is one of the leaders within the team. Rahane, more often than not in the ODI or T20 format, is an opener but right now Dhawan-Rohit are doing really well and have a solid right-left combination. But players like Rahane will add INDIA'S BATTING POSES BIG THREAT PTI n CHENNAI ndia's batting line-up poses a "big Ithreat" and Australia need to score huge runs to counter the hosts during the five-match ODI series beginning on September 17, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said on Tuesday. Stoinis on tuesday hammered a 60-ball 76 to guide Australia to a 103- run crushing win over Board President's (BP) XI. "I think we have to score a lot of runs in this series," he said when asked if scores over 300 would be the norm in the upcoming ODI series."they (India) are batting really well. I think heavy runs, 350 it will be for sure." Asked who he considers a threat in the India team, Stoinis quipped: "All of them are a big threat. Every single one of them are great players, very good players." Stoinis, who also grabbed a wicket, said there were a lot of positives for the team. "Positives with the bat is, the batters made good runs early and in terms of spinners Ashton Agar bowled beautifully. Just understanding the conditions and the lengths one has to bowl," he said. each for Australia. Pacemen Pat Cummins bowled only four overs as the Australians apparently thought it fit to conserve his energies after his exertions in the Bangladesh Test series. Earlier, the Australian batsmen enjoyed a good hit-out with Stoinis' aggressive knock providing the impetus to the innings after the team appeared to stutter slightly following a superb century partnership between Warner and Smith, who both made half-centuries. Coming in at No 6, Stoinis hit some big shots off the spinners, especially Karnewar. He was involved in a quick 88-run stand with Head, who made 65. He also put on 85 runs with Matthew Wade, who smashed 45 off 24 balls, slamming four sixes in the process. Stoinis was in punishing form and hammered two consecutive sixes in an over from Karnewar and took a liking to Gurkeerat Mann's bowling. The Aussies were 158 for 4 in 28.2 overs at the fall of Glenn Maxwell's wicket and the home team appeared to be coming back after a brisk start. However, Stoinis seemed to have other ideas as he got going after a slowish start. Along with Head, he helped the World Cup (50-overs) champions regain momentum and then in the company of Wade took the attack to the BP XI bowlers, who struggled as the two went on the rampage. For BP XI, Sundar, who made a mark in this year's IPL for Rising Pune Supergiant, was the best bowler. Kushang Patel also picked up two wickets, but he was expensive giving away 58 runs in six overs. After Sandeep Sharma bowled a maiden over first up, the visitors suffered a jolt when all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, pushed up the order in the absence of regular opener Aaron Finch, fell to promising paceman Avesh Khan for a duck. Warner and Smith, after a cautious start, opened up with the latter outpacing his partner initially. The duo raised the team 50 in the 10th over and began to score freely. The flamboyant southpaw fell when he appeared set for a big score, caught behind by Goswami off Kushang Patel for a strokeful 64 which came in just 48 balls. The Warner-Smith partnership of 106 runs set the tempo for the visiting side. Smith too hit form and played some delightful shots on both sides of the wicket to keep the scoreboard ticking. He fell to Sundar, caught at square-leg by his opposite number Mann. The aggressive Maxwell didn't look convincing in his knock of 14 and was caught and bowled by Sundar. S I N G L E S BENGAL WARRIORS EDGE PAST TELUGU TITANS SONEPAT: Bengal Warriors scripted an impressive comeback to beat Bengal Warriors in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Tuesday. Jang Kun Lee scored in the dying seconds to win the match for Bengal Warriors and ended with nine points. Maninder Singh also chipped in with seven points for Bengal Warriors. Telugu Titans would look at this match as a missed opportunity as they scored just one point in the last seven minutes. Bengal Warriors scored five straight points in the next four minutes to trail in the 36th minute. Bengal Warriors were awarded a technical point in the 37th minute to cut the lead to just three points. Bengal Warriors scripted a memorable comeback as Jang Kun Lee scored in the dying seconds to win the match PAKISTAN SCORE AGAINST WORLD XI LAHORE: Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, hit in the first Twenty20 as the nation celebrated the return of international cricket under massive security in Lahore on Tuesday. It is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, also in Lahore. One-drop batsman Babar Azam top-scored with a 52-ball 86 studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes, adding 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad who made 39. World XI skipper Faf du Plessis, who sent Pakistan into bat, hailed the return of cricket to the South Asian nation. The second and third matches are also in Lahore on Wednesday and Thursday. INDIAN HOCKEY EVES PLAY OUT 2-2 AGAINST BELGIUM ANTWERP: The Indian women's hockey team held on to a 2-2 draw against the Belgium junior men's team in a closely fought match here. Belgium took the lead in second quarter. The third quarter started on a bright note for India as Nikki Pradhan levelled the score in 36th minute. India dominated the third quarter. However, the home team took the lead again in the 43rd minute as they rallied for a wonderful field goal scored by Matthieu de Laet. The Indian team fought back into the match in the dying stages as Vandana Katariya scored with just few minutes left to full time and equalise the scores at 2-2. GREATER NOIDA TECH BEAT GALGOTIAS IN RFYS GREATER NOIDA: Greater Noida Institute Of Technology overcame Galgotias College of Engineering and Technology 3-2 in a penalty shootout in the Reliance Youth Foundation Sports football tournament here at the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex in Jasola on Tuesday. In a keenly fought College Boys' encounter, the two teams were locked 1-1 at full time. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Galgotias College missed their last penalty while the Greater Noida team tapped in their shot to complete their victory. KOLKATA TEAM LEAD HCL BRIDGE C'SHIP GOLD EVENT NEW DELHI: The 15th HCL International Bridge Championship got underway here on Tuesday. After 3 rounds, team Hemant Jalan from Kolkata comprising of Hemant Jalan, Swarnendu Banerjee, Kaustabh Nandi, Kaustabh Bendre, Sandip Datta and Pritish Kushari with VPs are leading in the gold event. The Russian team from Poland is in the 2nd position with a score of VP and team Liberty from Bangladesh is in 3rd position with VPs. Team "Senior Citizens" with lead in the silver event. Agencies Chance for youngsters to shine: Laxman Kohli better than Smith in limited overs' ndia's batting sensation Virat IKohli is a better limited-over player than his counterpart Steve Smith, feels former Australian skipper Michael Clarke. On who is a better player, Clarke replied, "Virat is a better limited overs batsman, but only just. However in Test cricket, Smith is better than Kohli." When it came to captaincy, he felt both are on even keel. "They both are very even. They are two very young captains, two very good players and they both continue to improve. But Kohli's team is winning and Smith needs to find a way to grab that momentum," he added. However, VVS Laxman, who was also present here on Tuesday during a panel discussion organised by broadcasters Star Sports, had no doubt in his mind who was the better among the two when it came to leading their team. "I think Kohli is a better captain both of them are young in their captaincy career. Virat is learning with each and every match. He also has a very big advantage of having someone like MS Dhoni on the field, probably one of the most successful captains. Also with the way he managed the young bowlers and senior bowlers at the same time in Sri Lanka was impressive," he said. The team which once dominated the world cricket is enduring a little bit of struggle of late. The Kangaroos managed to only draw the series against Bangladesh, despite traveling to the sub-continent as heavy-favourites. But, Clarke believes the current side has the potential to do well, but he wants more consistency from Smith's boys. "I think this Australian team has huge potential. It's time to turn that potential into consistent performance. I think they have to play at their best to beat India. They will miss Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, but there are enough talented players in the squad to beat any team in the world," he added. Hardik is a player who is very exciting and with each and every match he is improving. If at all he can be more consistent with bowling, in which he is showing positive signs, he will be my MVP (most valuable player) VVS laxman value to the team and that's why he is in the squad," he explained. The owner of 17 Test hundreds, Laxman, had special praise reserved in his locker for all-rounder Hardik Pandya. "One player who impressed me the most was Hardik Pandya. There was a lot of burden on Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to finish the games, but the way he (Pandya) finishes the innings is very crucial. It's a very important role a tough role. Hardik is a player who is very exciting and with each and every match he is improving. If at all he can be more consistent with bowling, in which he is showing positive signs, he will be my MVP (most valuable player)," he added. Despite being the heavy favourites, he issued a warning to the Indian side, reminding them about Australia's batting strength. "Their batting department is very strong. They got match-winners right from the top with David Warner. They have Maxwell and Faulkner, who is a good finisher. Whereas, their bowling department is weak because they are inexperienced, it doesn't mean they don't have experience," he concluded.