FREE PRESS - VOL. 12 NO. 150 | BHOPAL | FRIDAY | NOVEMBER 11, 2022 | PAGES 16 Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; EDIT News Brief Sisodia wanted access to files of Delhi liquor deals NEW DELHI: Delhi's deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, accused number one in the CBI FIR in excise policy scam case, had sought the liquor deal papers through his OSD, but the request was turned down by the state law department. It has now been alleged that Sisodia allegedly misused his powers as the Deputy Chief Minister, raising questions as to why he wanted the scanned copies of the scam deals in a pen drive. Excise policy: 2 pvt co executives held NEW DELHI: Two private company executives were arrested on Thursday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case related to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy in which Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is an accused. The two arrested were Benoy Babu, general manager of liquor company Pernod Ricard, and P Sarath Chandra Reddy, whole-time director and promoter of Aurobindo Pharma, and they were taken into custody shortly after midnight. 5 die in firecracker unit explosion in TN CHENNAI: At least five people were killed while 10 others were grievously injured in a firecracker manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district on Thursday, police said. Three buildings were also partially damaged in the blast that took place at Usalambatti near Madurai, Madurai Superintendent of Police told IANS. The explosion was so severe that the body parts of those who died were found scattered across the factory premises. Manisha Koirala to campaign for RPP KATHMANDU: Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala has announced that she will campaign for the pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) in Nepal ahead of the November 20 polls, saying the exclusion of traditional and nationalist forces in the name of progressive politics has caused huge damage to the country. Ex-Andaman CS held in gang-rape case PORT BLAIR: The police on Thursday arrested former Andaman and Nicobar chief secretary Jitendra Narain in a gang rape case filed by a 21-yearold woman against him and others. The victim's lawyer, Phatick Chandra Das, said Narain was arrested after his anticipatory bail application was rejected by a local court. Biden to meet Xi in Bali on Nov 14 WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden would meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on November 14 on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Indonesia during which they will discuss ways to work together where their interests align, especially on transnational challenges that affect the international community, the White House announced on Thursday. AGENCIES New Delhi The Central government has told the Supreme Court that plea seeking Scheduled Caste status to Dalits, who converted to Christianity and Islam, should not be allowed, since they did not suffer from untouchability . On August 30, the apex court had asked the Centre to clarify its stand in the matter on the petitions filed by the National Council of Dalit Christians and others. The Central government, in a written response, said: "The Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order, 1950 was based on historical data which clearly established that no such backwardness or oppression was ever faced by members of Christian or Islamic society ." It added that one of the reasons for which people SC TO SET UP BENCH TO HEAR GYANVAPI CASE TODAY NEW DELHI The Supreme Court agreed to set up a Bench on Friday to hear the Gyanvapi Kashi Vishwanath case in which the Hindu side has sought extension of an order by which protection of an area where a 'Shivling' was found in Gyanvapi premises was ordered. A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud on Thursday took note of the submissions of advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, appearing for some Hindu devotees, and said the order granting protection was expiring on November 12. “We will constitute a Bench at 3 pm tomorrow,” the CJI said. The top court, on May 17, had passed an interim order directing protection of the area inside Gyanvapi premises at Varanasi. Detained sailors refuse to leave port for hotel in Guinea NEW DELHI: The 16 Indian sailors, who had sent out an SOS following their detention in Equatorial Guinea, on Thursday said they were going to be taken to a hotel in the country’s capital Malabo. However, the sailors later refused to leave the port as one of their crew members, a Sri Lankan, collapsed and was sent to a hospital.Earli, er in the day the crew members of Norway’s Heroic Idun vessel, had shared details that they were to be taken to the capital of Equatorail Guinea after intervention diplomatic from the Indian government. However, later, they refused to leave the port for anywhere. In the latest video from Equitorial Guinea, the sailors can be seen waiting on the port. In the video, one of the sailors can be heard saying, "We have been sitting here for long and we don't have any food or water here. We don't know what will happen to us now." Twenty six sailors onboard the ship, including 16 Indians, were detained by Equatorial Guinea allegedly for crossing their sea boundaries. The crew was taken into custody on the advice of Nigeria’s defence department. CONTD. ON P6 31.20c. 17.20c Some matters courts can look into, some it can't: SC on plea to ban stubble burning The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to grant an urgent hearing on a plea seeking a ban on stubble burning as a measure to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR. A counsel mentioned the matter before Bench headed by Cji Chandrachud. He remarked, will the ban (against stubble burning) help? He added that in some matters, courts can look into and some it cannot since they are not judicially amenable. The counsel suggested that banning stubble burning can be effective in curbing air pollution, which impacts Delhi-NCR. The bench then queried "should we enforce it against every farmer in Punjab and UP?" It added that some genuine solution should be found but this is not the way. from Scheduled Castes are converting to religions like Islam or Christianity, is to come out of the oppressive system of untouchability a , social stigma, which is not prevalent in either of these religions The Centre's response came on a batch of petitions seeking a direction to extend the benefit of reservation to Dalits converts to Christianity or Islam. The Central government said the identification of SC status is centred around a specific social stigma and the connected backwardness which is limited to the communities recognised under the Constitution (SC) Order, 1950. It contended that grave injustice would be caused and there would be abuse of the process of law, consequently affecting the rights of the SC groups, if all the converts are arbitrarily given the perks of reservation without examining the aspect of social disability . CONTD. ON P6 US visa processing time likely to fall by mid-2023: Official NEW DELHI The waiting period for issuance of American visas is expected to see a significant fall by summer of 2023 and the number is projected to reach around 1.2 million, a senior official of the US embassy said on Thursday . "India is number one priority for Washington (for issuance of visas). Our aim is to bring the situation to the pre-Covid-19 level by the middle of next year," the official said. India has been one of the very few countries where applications for US visas saw a major upswing after coronavirus-related travel restrictions were lifted. Considering the long wait time for grant of visas, the US is also rolling out a series of initiatives including hiring of more personnel and increasing the "drop box" facilities, the official said. The plan is to issue around one lakh visas every month. The official said the US has already identified H (H1B) and L category visas for Indians as its priority and nearly 1,00,000 slots were released recently for those wanting to renew the visas. BHIMA-KOREGAON CASE SC allows Navlakha to be placed under house arrest AGENCIES New Delhi The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed activist Gautam Navlakha, accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, to be placed under house arrest. A bench comprising Justices K.M. Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy allowed the 70-year-old to be placed under house arrest for a month in Mumbai, while imposing a number of conditions. Giving relief to the activist, the bench said prima facie there was no reason to decline his medical report. "We would think that he should be allowed to be placed for house arrest for a period of one month," said the bench. The bench said Navlakha will not use Internet, computer, or any other communication device during the period of house arrest and permitted him to use a mobile phone, provided by the police personnel on duty, without Internet connectivity for 10 minutes in the presence of the police. While allowing Navlakha's house arrest, the bench noted that it was unlikely that the case will PM to visit Indonesia for G20 Summit next week NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Bali, Indonesia next week to attend the 17th G20 Summit. The Prime Minister is undertaking the visit at the invitation of Indonesia President Joko Widodo. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Bali, Indonesia from November 14-16 to attend the 17th G20 Summit at the invitation of the President of Indonesia, Mr Joko Widodo," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.During the Bali Summit, G20 leaders will deliberate extensively upon key issues of global concern under the Summit theme of "Recover Together, Recover Stronger". "Three working Putin won't attend G-20 summit Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia next week, an Indonesian government official said on Thursday, avoiding a possible confrontation with the United States and its allies over his war in Ukraine. sessions will be held as part of the G20 Summit Agenda food and energy security; health; and digital transformation," the statement added.At the Summit's closing session, President Widodo will symbolically hand over the G20 Presidency to Modi. India will formally assume the G20 Presidency from Dec 1. CONTD. ON P6 Sunrise : 06.37 Sunset : 05.45 FIFTY SHADES OF VERSATILITY Pg-16 ACQUITTAL MUST BE RAUT’S NEXT GOAL FOR 24X7 UPDATES UNTOUCHABILITY NOT prevalent in Islam or Christianity: Govt opposes petition WEATHER EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE Converted Dalits can't claim SC status: Centre WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN `3 QUALITY AT VALUE RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 make any progress towards completion in the foreseeable future and also charges have not been framed. The bench made it clear that Navlakha should not be allowed to leave Mumbai and he will also make no attempt to influence witnesses during the period of his house arrest. The top court also ordered that there should be CCTVs at the entrance exit and outside the rooms of the residence. The bench further added that the petitioner and his companion were expected to scrupulously adhere to all conditions imposed by it. "Any deviation will be viewed seriously and may entail immediate cancellation of the order," it said. CONTD. ON P6 Court rejects Azam Khan's plea for stay on conviction RAMPUR: The MP/MLA court in Rampur has rejected Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan's plea for stay on his conviction in a hate speech case. The refusal of the court to stay his conviction now means that his disqualification from the state assembly will continue. Azam Khan's counsels pleaded for stay on the grounds that the reasons behind the conviction were not strong enough. The in argued prosecution favour of the conviction. Nine Indians among 10 killed in Maldives fire AGENCIES/MALE At least 10 people, including nine Indians, were killed and several others injured when a fire swept through cramped lodgings of foreign workers in Male, the Maldivian fire service said. Officials said 10 bodies were recovered from the upper floor of a building destroyed in the fire, which originated from a groundfloor vehicle repair garage, local media reported. He added that it took them about four hours to put out the fire. "We are deeply saddened by the tragic fire incident in Male which has caused loss of lives, including reportedly of Indian nationals. We are in close contact with the Maldivian authorities," the Indian High Commission in Male tweeted. An evacuation centre has been set up in a nearby stadium, the National Disaster Management Authority Court reserves order on bail of Jacqueline (NDMA) of Maldives said. "NDMA has established an evacuation centre in Maafannu Stadium for those displaced and affected by the fire in Male. Arrangements are being made to provide relief assistance and support." The Maldivian capital, best known as an upmarket tourist destination, is one of the world's most densely populated cities. Foreign workers make up about half of Male's 250,000-strong population and are mostly from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Their poor living conditions of foreign workers was found out during the Covid-19 pandemic when the infection spread three times faster among foreign workers compared with locals. Approximately 29,000 Indians live and work in the Maldives and almost 22,000 of them live in Male, the capital city . They comprise nurses, teachers, managers, doctors, engineers, accountants and other professionals. a lookout circular against her in a Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar. Special Judge Shailendra Malik, who had earlier granted Fernandez inter- im bail, reserved order for Friday on the bail plea of the actor after hearing arguments from the lawyers appearing for Fernandez as well as the ED. On the ED's submission that Fernandez can escape the country easily as she is not short of money the court , questioned why the actor was not arrested so far. The agency told the court that it has issued a Lookout Circular (LOC) on airports to stop the actor from leaving the country . CONTD. ON P6 Asks ED why it has not arrested actor yet despite LOC NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday rapped the Enforcement Directorate for adopting a pick-andchoose policy, and asked why the agency had not arrested actor Jacqueline Fernandez despite issuing TEAM INDIA CRUMBLES Rohit Sharma walks from the field after he was dismissed during the T20 WC cricket semifinal between England and India in Adelaide. England beat India by 10 wkt to take on Pakistan for the title GUJ POLLS: BJP RELEASES FIRST LIST OF 160 CM Patel, Hardik, cricketer Jadeja's wife get tickets PARTY DROPS 38 sitting members NEW DELHI The BJP on Thursday released its first list of 160 candidates for the twophase elections to the 182member Gujarat Assembly , fielding Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from his constituency Ghatlodia and dropping a large number of sitting MLAs. Names of Hardik Patel, the face of Patidar agitation in the 2017 assembly polls who later quit the Congress to join the BJP and Rivaba , Jadeja, wife of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, figure on the list. While Hardik Patel will contest from Viramgam, Rivaba Jadeja has been fielded from Jamnagar North. Releasing the list, Union minister Bhupendra Yadav said the BJP has changed as many as 38 sitting members, claiming Rivava jadeja that most replacements Hardik Patel have been made with the Patil says list shows consent of the incumbents. The party named its candidates for 84 of the 89 seats 'generational shift' which will go to the polls in AHMEDABAD: The BJP has the first phase on December heralded a "generational shift" 1 and 76 of 93 candidates goin its Gujarat unit with the ing to the polls in the second party dropping more three phase on December 5. Yadav dozen of its sitting MLAs and and Mandaviya were joined several veteran leaders by BJP president C R Patil bowing out of the upcoming at a press conference as Yaelectoral contest, its state unit dav named the candidates president CR Patil said on selected by CEC on Thursday. Wednesday CONTD. ON P6 . COP27: India insists on new global climate finance target by 2024 NEW DELHI A t the ongoing UN climate summit, India has asserted that developing countries require a "substantive enhancement" in climate finance from rich countries by 2024 as the previously-set goal of USD 100 billion per year by 2020 was miniscule given the scale of their needs, of. ficial sources said on Thursday At COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, developed countries had committed to jointly mobilise USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing countries tackle the effects of climate change. Rich countries, however, have repeatedly failed in delivering this finance. Developing countries, including India, are pushing rich countries to agree to a new global climate finance target -- also known as the new collective quantified goal on climate finance (NCQG) -- which they say should be in trillions as the costs of addressing and adapting to climate change have grown. Rich countries say the issues of numbers are political and should be under political discussions and not part of technical discussions. At a high-level ministerial dialogue on , NCQG at COP27 on Wednesday India highlighted that climate actions to meet the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) targets re- quire financial, technological, and capacity-building support from developed countries, people aware of the developments said. Citing the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), India said rich countries are the major contributors to the carbon stock in the atmosphere, clearly underlying the importance of the core principles of the UNFCCC and its Paris Agreement -- equity and Common but Dif- ferentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC). CBDR-RC acknowledges the different capabilities and differing responsibilities of individual countries in addressing climate change. "As such, the provisions and principles of the convention and its Paris Agreement should guide the discussions and outcomes of the NCQG to ensure an equitable result that enables climate action in developing countries," it said.