r Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2015-2017 WEATHER 0 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 t INDORE t BHOPAL t UJJAIN t MUMBAI t PUNE 0 31.0 C.24.0 C. Sunrise: 06: 04 am Sunset: 06: 33 pm HUMIDITY Morning : 95 Evening : 94 NATION VOL. 7 NO. 83 | BHOPAL BHOPAL | THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | PAGES 14 PARTIES CONDEMN KILLING OF SCRIBE GAURI LANKESH www.freepressjournal.in | ` 2.50 EDIT WEANING MYANMAR OUT OF CHINA’S GRIP GLAM THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Skilfulness in action is the ability to accomplish great tasks with minimal resources. Compute thoroughly! —Master Choa Kok Sui KALKI KOECHLIN’S AZMAISH TO SCREEN AT TIFF Road rage kills 17 in 55 accidents per hour daily: Report APPROXIMATELY 46% of victims are in age group of 18-35 years, says Road Accidents in India-2016 report released on Wednesday New Delhi In order to curb road crashes, which kill over 400 people every day — nearly half of them in the 18-35 age group, the states should utilise a portion of the central road fund (CRF) to fix “accidental spots”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday . Releasing the ‘Road Accidents in India - 2016’ report, the Road Transport and News Brief PARINEETI IS TOURISM AUS AMBASSADOR MELBOURNE: Australia has roped in Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra to be its first Indian woman Ambassador to encourage Indians to visit the country. FIVE KIDS DROWN AS ROHINGYA BOATS SINK COX’S BAZAR: At least five children drowned when boats carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar sank early Wednesday, Bangladesh border guards said. MILITANTS HURL GRENADE AT PS SRINAGAR: Militants on Wednesday hurled a grenade at a police station in Shopian district of south Kashmir but there was no damage as it did not explode, police said. HATE GRAFFITI IN US•GURDWARA WASHINGTON: A gurdwara in the US state of California has been vandalised with hate messages scrawled on its walls, including one calling for ‘nuking’ Sikhs. SEPARATISTS TO COURT ARREST AT NIA OFFICE SRINAGAR: Kashmiri separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik will stage a sit-in outside NIA headquarters on September 9 and court arrest against, “vilification” of Kashmiri people. J&K HIGHWAY CLOSED DUE TO LANDSLIDE JAMMU: The 300-kilometre Jammu-Srinagar national highway was blocked after a major landslide in the state’s Ramban district on Wednesday. LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND VANISHES KOCHI: One of the biodiversity-rich uninhabited islands part of Lakshadweep has vanished due to coastal erosion and another four such territories in the sea are shrinking fast, claims a new study. Highways Minister said while overall road accidents last year declined by 4.1 per cent, the fatalities were up by 3.2 per cent, meaning more than 400 people lost their lives daily on roads. The report mentioned that as many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on average last year, with 46.3 per cent of them in the 18-35 age group. The working age 4,80,652 ACCIDENTS took place in India last year resulting in the loss of 1,50,785 lives and inflicting serious injuries on 4,94,624 persons. DRIVERS’ FAULT was the single most important factor responsible for road accidents (84%), killings (80.3%) and injuries (83.9%). TWO WHEELERS accounted for the highest share in total number of road accidents (33.8%), followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6%), trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (21%), Buses (7.8%), Auto-Rickshaws (6.5%) and other motor vehicles (2.8%). 13 STATES & 86% MISHAPS group of 18-60 years constituted 83.3 per cent in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan and Maharashtra the total road accident fatalities, it added. Overall, 4,80,652 road accidents took place in India How did Parl create an exception when consent age is 18 yrs: SC Non-disclosure of action on politicians assets jump irks SC New Delhi ‘HOW a sexual act with wife less than 18 years is not rape’ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday posed a query to the Centre how Parliament could create an exception in the penal law declaring that intercourse or a sexual act by a man with his wife, aged between 15 and less than 18 years, is not rape, when the age of consent is 18. The apex court said it did not want to go into the aspect of marital rape, but when the age of consent was 18 years for “all purposes”, why was such an exception made in the Indian Penal Code. “We do not want to go into the aspect of marital rape. That is for Parliament to see if they want to increase or decrease the age of consent. But once the Parliament decided that we have fixed 18 years as the age of consent, can CRIMINALISING SEX IN CHILD MARRIAGE WE DO not want to go into the aspect of marital rape. That is for Parliament to see if they want to increase or decrease the age of consent WHEN YOU (government) recognise the age of consent to be 18 years for all purposes, then why this exception WHETHER or not it (child marriage) is a social reality, for 70 years we have not been able to remove it. WHEN the Centre said child marriage was happening in several countries, the bench observed, “but that is not the justification THERE was a conflict between this exception under the IPC and under the provision of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 he bench reserved its judgment on the pleas questioning the validity of a provision permitting a man to have physical relationship with his wife, even if she was aged between 15 and 18 years T they carve out an exception like this,” a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked the Centre. “When you (government) recognise the age of consent to be 18 years for all purposes, then why this exception,” it asked. Sec- tion 375 of the IPC, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape. However, the age of consent. Responding to the query, the Centre’s counsel said if Gauri Lankesh murder sparks outrage, Karna govt forms SIT STATE funeral, candlelight vigil for slain journalist Bengaluru/New Delhi The cold-blooded murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru unleashed outrage across the country on Wednesday even as the Karnataka government quickly set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing. As the media fraternity and members of civil society reacted with horror and staged protests in Bengaluru, Delhi and several other cities, leaders cutting across party lines condemned the murder. However, top leaders of the Congress and the BJP were locked in a spat over the killing in Bengaluru last night. “Her killing is an ominous portent for dissent in democracy and a brutal assault on freedom of press,” the Editors Guild of India said in a statement. In an audacious attack, uniden- Activist Teesta Setalwad with Shabana Azmi in Mumbai protest killing of Journalist Gauri Lankesh tified motorcycle-borne assailants pumped bullets into 55-year-old Gauri, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views against Hindutva politics, as she left her car after reaching her home. As the killing in pollbound Karnataka sent shock waves, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah an- nounced a SIT probe headed by an Inspector General-level officer immediately, saying his government had an “open mind” to an investigation by CBI, which the slain journalist’s family has demanded. He said the murder of the senior journalist was an “organised crime.” PTI this exception under the IPC goes, then it would open up the arena of marital rape which does not exist in India. “After due thought and consideration, Parliament decided to keep it (exception) intact,” the counsel said while referring to some verdicts delivered by the high courts in which 15 years was held to be “acceptable” age for marriage. He referred to the concept of age of puberty among Muslims for the purpose of marriage and said these aspects have been deliberated upon by Parliament before arriving at a conclusion. During the hearing, the bench referred to the aspect of child marriage and said that despite there being a law which held it illegal, the practice was still going on. Three term T-MLA turns out to be a German national New Delhi An MLA of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi has been stripped of his citizenship by the Union Home Ministry after it was found that he held a German passport. Ramesh Chennamaneni, TRS MLA from Vemulawada in Karimnagar district of Telangana, had allegedly obtained Indian citizenship by submitting “fake documents” and was elected thrice to assembly, including in a bypoll. The citizenship of Chennamaneni was cancelled after a court-directed investigation found that he was a German national, a home ministry official said. The probe was ordered after a political rival of Chennamaneni first approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court challenging the election of the TRS leader to the assembly saying he was a German passport holder. PTI Indian universities fall behind in global rankings London India slipped in world university rankings as its share of such institutions marginally fell from 31 to 30 in the global 1,000 list topped by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, according to a new assessment. The annual World University Rankings released by Times Higher Education found India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science fell from previous year’s 201-250 band to 251-300. This was attributed to drops in its re- COUNTRY’S TOP 10 IN WORLD RANKING 251-300 BAND: Indian Institute of Science 351-400: IIT-Bombay 501-600: IIT Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Roorkee OTHERS: Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, University of Delhi and IIT Guwahati complete the Indian top 10 within the worldwide rankings THE BEST UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD retains first place UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE placed second CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and STANFORD UNIVERSITY, both joint third. OTHERS IN TOP 10: Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Harvard, Princeton, Imperial College London and University of Chicago search influence score and research income. The Indian Institutes of Technologies in Delhi, Kanpur and Madras also dropped by at least one band. “It is disappointing that India has declined in the THE World University Rankings amid increasing global competition. As leading universities in other Asian territories such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore are consistently rising up the rankings, in part thanks to high and sustained levels of funding, In- dia’s flagship Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200,” said Phil Baty Editori, al Director, Global Rankings, for THE. “However, there is some really positive news in that India’s overall research income and research quality has risen this year, and the country’s world class university plan shows that it recognises the importance of investing in higher education, which may reverse India’s decline in the rankings in future years,” he said. PTI The Supreme Court on Wednesday took strong exception to the Centre’s “attitude” of not disclosing information on action taken by it against politicians, some of whose assets have seen a massive jump of up to 500 per cent between two elections. It also directed the government to place the necessary information in this regard before the court. The apex court said though the government was saying that it was not averse to electoral reforms, it has not placed the necessary details. Even the information furnished before it in an affidavit by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was “not complete”, it added. “The information in CBDT affidavit is not complete. Is this the attitude of the Government of India? What have you done till now,” a bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer said. last year resulting in the loss of 1,50,785 lives and inflicting serious injuries on 4,94,624 persons. “We are working to reduce fatalities not only on National Highways but on state highways and district roads as well. I have asked all state governments to utilise 10 per cent of the CRF in addressing flaws at accidental spots,” Gadkari said. Besides, Road Safety Committees should be con- stituted in districts, headed by senior most MPs with Deputy Collector as Secretary, and they will look into all aspects of accidents at that level, he said. The minister said the target is to reduce the fatalities by 50 per cent in next two years and Road Safety Bill pending in Parliament, if cleared in the next session, will prove to be a milestone in addressing it. PTI ‘BJP gets 81% from unknown sources, Cong 71% in FY16’ ` 646.82CR came from such sources: ADR New Delhi The BJP got Rs 461 crore as donations from ‘unknown sources’ in 2015-16, accounting for nearly 81 per cent of its total income, while the same for the Congress was 71 per cent or Rs 186 crore, a report said on Wednesday . Citing their tax returns, the report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said the two parties together got Rs 646.82 crore, or over 77 per cent, of their total income from “unknown sources” during the year. Voluntary contributions and coupon sales were the key income sources for the ruling BJP and the Congress (INC) while the two parties’ cumulative total income amounted to Rs 832.42 crore in fiscal 2016, according to ADR, a nongovernment organisation that works for electoral reforms. ADR said the total declared income of the BJP and the Congress stood at Rs 570.86 crore and Rs 261.56 crore, respectively, in 2015-16. The findings are based on an analysis of the two parties’ income and expenditure data submitted to the Election Commission of India. PTI Cow vigilantism: SC talks tough, asks states to curb violence NODAL officer to be appointed in every district within a week New Delhi Talking tough, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked all states to take stern steps to stop violence in the name of cow protection by appointing a senior police officer as nodal officer in every district within a week and act promptly to check cow vigilantes from behaving like they are "law unto themselves". Such acts "must stop", directed a bench headed by Senior police officer shall take prompt action and ensure (that) vigilante groups and such people are prosecuted with quite promptitude Chief Justice Dipak Misra which asked the states to form a dedicated task force in every district to stop such acts and directed their chief secretaries to file a status report giving details of actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism. "The senior police officer shall take prompt action and ensure (that) vigilante groups and such people are prosecuted with quite promptitude," the benchsaid. PTI Blue whale game victim asks youth not to try it Stalked by youth, MP dalit girl kills self SHARES experience after being saved by cops Sagar Karaikal The 22-year-old man who was rescued while playing the dreaded blue whale game in this district, recounted his horrific experience on Wednesday and appealed to the youths not to try the game on any account. Alexander of Neravy in the district, who was rescued on Tuesday by the police told reporters here that he chose to meet the media to explain the dangers involved in the game and to dissuade others from playing it. He revealed that he received the link to play the game on a WhatsApp group formed by his colleagues, two weeks back and started playing the game when he had come to Neravy on leave. “It is not an app or a game to be downloaded.. It DEADLY GAME IT IS a link customised for individuals playing the game by the blue whale admin TASKS given are to be completed only after 2 AM everyday ALEXANDER was asked to visit a nearby graveyard at midnight and take a selfie and post it online EVERYDAY, he had to watch horror movies alone, as the idea was to make victims shun fear HE AVOIDED talking to people at home and remained confined to my room MENTALLY taxing.. Though I wanted to get out of the game, I could not do so is just a link customised for individuals playing the game by the blue whale admin,” he said adding after starting to play the game, he did not go to Chennai to join duty PTI . A 17-year-old Dalit girl on Tuesday committed suicide by setting herself on fire allegedly after she was stalked by a youth at Barkhedi-Khuman village near here, the police said on Wednesday . The accused (17), who belongs to the girl’s community has been arrested under , the charge of abetting suicide Cantonment Police Station Inspector BM Dwivedi said. He said the youth was stalking the girl, a student of class XII, for the last few days and on September 4 he held her hand while she was on her way to the school. Disturbed by the incident, the girl in the early hours yesterday set herself ablaze at her home. She was admitted to government-run Bundelkhand Medical College and Hospital, where she succumbed Tuesday night, Dwivedi said.