www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers early. Morning clouds. Temp: Max.32°C. Min.24C. Humidity: 62% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 06:10 Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on Tuesday in Eagleville, following his sentencing to threeto10year prison sentence for sexual assault ‘No need to refer SC/ST verdict to 7-judge bench’ New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court Wednesday said its 2006 verdict putting the benefits of quota in job promotions for SC/ST employees need not be referred to a seven-judge bench. The apex court also turned down the Centre's plea that overall population of SC/ST be considered for granting quota for them. The unanimous judgement was pronounced by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. S P11 Import duty hike: ACs, fridges to cost more New Delhi: The central government Wednesday hiked customs duties on as many as 19 items, including jet fuel, ACs and refrigerators, effective midnight as it aims to curb imports of non-essential goods. Total import bill on account of shipment of these items into the country last fiscal was Rs 86,000 crore. S P5 NMDC LINES UP `6,500 CR CAPEX NATION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SC whittles down Aadhaar BY A 4:1 MAJORITY JUDGEMENT, APEX COURT SAYS AADHAAR ACT CONSTITUTIONALLY VALID New Delhi: In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday by a 4:1 majority judgement upheld the legality of Aadhaar for use only in government-funded social beneﬁt schemes and PAN and Income Tax Return (ITR), while junking its requirement for mobile phone connections, bank accounts, school admissions and competitive examinations. A ﬁve-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Aadhaar would be voluntary and not mandatory. The majority judgment, which struck and read down or clariﬁed various provisions of the Aadhaar Act, was read out by Justice A K Sikri speaking for Chief Justice Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar and himself. Justice Ashok Bhushan delivered a separate but concurring judgment. Rejecting the apprehensions of the petitioners, the majority judgment DISSENTING JUDGEMENT P Justice A K Sikri held that the architecture of Aadhaar as well as the provisions of the Aadhaar Now, none can demand Aadhaar for services New Delhi: The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar for almost everything. A five-judge bench struck down the Sections 33(2), 47 and 57 of Aadhaar Act, which allowed corporate entities or even individuals to demand an Aadhaar card in exchange for goods or services. As a result, now no school, office, or company can force anyone to reveal the unique 12-digit number. Neither is it mandatory for opening bank accounts or for mobile connections. Act do not tend to create a surveillance state. "This is ensued by the manner in New Delhi: Upholding the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar, the Supreme Court said Aadhaar must not be made compulsory for school admissions and the school administration too, cannot make it mandatory. The Supreme Court also observed that Aadhaar is not mandatory for UGC, NEET & CBSE examinations. The biometric data shall not be shared with any agency without the permission of the court, added SC. Telangana Legislative Council to meet for a day only OUR BUREAU KCR meets Governor ESL Narasimhan in Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday KCR spent about two hours with the Governor discussing among others, TRS poll campaign strategy and the fresh political developments taking place in the state. The care taker Chief Minister also ap- which the Aadhaar project operates." In his dissenting judgement, Justice D Y Chandrachud held that the entire Aadhaar programme since 2009 suffered from constitutional inﬁrmities and violated fundamental rights. The enactment of Aadhaar Act does not save the Aadhaar project. The Aadhaar Act, the rules and regulations framed under it and the framework prior to the enactment of the Act were unconstitutional. Continued on Page 15 Aadhaar not mandatory for CBSE, UGC, NEET 2-phase polls likely in TS Hyderabad: In the wake of indications that elections to Telangana Assembly are likely to be held between November 15 and 20 in two phases, Telangana Chief Minister KCR on Wednesday called on Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and discussed issues related to the polls. According to reliable sources, the state government has inputs that the notiﬁcation for the Assembly elections might be issued on October 5 or 6 to pave way for early elections. As the Judgement Day is fast approaching, assing the Aadhaar law as money bill was unconstitutional and a fraud on the Constitution because it was not a money bill – Justice Chandrachud prised the Governor the circumstances that led to former legislator Konda Surekha, her husband Murali and tribal leader Ramesh Rathod quitting the TRS and joining the Cong. Continued on Page 15 ORDINANCE SIGNED Now, panel to run MCI New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday signed an ordinance to set up a committee to run the Medical Council of India (MCI) till a Bill which seeks to replace the body with a new commission is passed by Parliament, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. A Bill to replace MCI with National Medical Commission is pending in Parliament. Brieﬁng reporters, Jaitley said the ordinance was cleared by the Union Cabinet this morning and the President has now given his ascent. He said since the term of the elected body of the MCI is ending shortly, a need was felt to run it by a committee of eminent persons to run its affairs. Seemandhra voters under spotlight PATAN AFZAL B ABU Hyderabad: In a bid to wean away Seemandhra voters from the TRS in Telangana in the forthcoming Assembly elections, the Mahakutami – an alliance of the Congress, TDP and CPI, is likely to announce sops for them in its manifesto. The Telangana Telugu Desam unit mooted the proposal of making some promises to attract Andhra voters following the demand from the party leaders hailing from Andhra and hold a political grip in their constituencies particularly in Greater Hyderabad limits. A team of Telugu Desam leaders Mahakutami manifesto likely to feature special sops for them is already engaged in holding talks with Seemandhra people, business community and middle-class fam- ilies living in the areas such as Kukatpally, Sherilingampally, LB Nagar, Jubilee Hills, Qutbullapur, Khammam, Sattupalli and Ashwaraopeta. The team is studying the living standards of Seemandhra people and the issues they are encountering in education and employment opportunities. The population of Seemandhra people is estimated between 20 lakhs to 25 lakhs in greater Hyderabad limits and the voters of the particular group will play a key role in the victory of any party in the Assembly elections. Continued on Page 15 NEW TELECOM POLICY AIMS BROADBAND FOR ALL MAOIST FEAR FORCES LEADERS TO FLEE AGENCY VK LAKSHMI GAYATRI Visakhapatnam: After the assassination of Araku Valley MLA K Sarveswara Rao and former MLA S Soma, several TDP leaders in the agency areas are shifting from their native villages to major towns and Visakhapatnam. The leaders include former MPTCs, ZPTCs, Panchayat Presidents, former MLAs and other leaders leaving their own villages in the agency. They have now realised that they would be sitting ducks for the Maoists if they continue to live in their villages. After the TDP came to power in the state, the Maoists had issued warnings to several TDP leaders to either voice their disapproval against bauxite mining or face music. After the Balimela pogrom on June 29, 2008, in which 38 police personnel were killed, the Maoists sent out a message that they are a force to reckon with. Now by killing Sarveswara Rao and Soma they wanted to convey to the government that they were not bluffing when they issued notices to DGP R P Thakur and other oﬃcials on Wednesday inspecting the spot at Livitiput village in Dumbriguda mandal in Visakhapatnam district where the armed Maoists gunned down Araku MLA K Sarveswara Rao the people's representations. “The police are directing us not move in the areas without their protection. It is not possible for the police to provide 24/7 protection to all the leaders. As the general elections are ahead, we have to be in the midst of people but our family members are asking us to shift to urban areas,” one of the former mandal parishad president said after shifting to Anakapalle from Chintapalle. Meanwhile, tension is still prevailing in the agency area. The adivasis are not even attending shanties to procure essential commodities for fear of police harassment. There is a vigil everywhere and vehicles that enter Paderu and Araku are being checked thoroughly. The police in plain clothes are grilling tribals on the whereabouts of the Maoists in villages in Dumbriguda, Hukumpeta and Araku Valley mandals. There are about 172 tribal families living in Livitiputtu, a tiny tribal hamlet in Dumbriguda where the two TDP leaders were felled. Continued on Page 15 Cong hopes Konda couple to brighten its fortunes Hyderabad: As the Konda couple returned to the Congress, the party is expecting a turnaround its fortunes in the north Telangana region particularly in Warangal district. Senior leaders of TRS Konda Surekha and her husband Murali have joined Congress party on Wednesday in the presence of AICC president Rahul Gandhi at New Delhi. Continued on Page 15
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