www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. More clouds than sun Temp: Max.31C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 71% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:02 BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H MAKE ADULTERY PUNISHABLE: TRS TO CENTRE RERA MUST GO BEYOND REGULATION SC notices to EC, TS govt on voter’s list Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on his arrival to attend 'Parakram Parv' celebrations, in Jodhpur, on Friday GST Council mulls ‘calamity tax’ New Delhi: The GST Council Friday set up a seven-member ministerial panel to examine the legality of imposing a new tax on certain goods and services to raise resources for natural calamity-hit states like Kerala. The panel, headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising of representatives of all states and UT, also took stock of the shortfall in tax mop up by majority of the states under the new indirect tax regime. S P8 Justice Chandrachud dissents again New Delhi: Dissent is a symbol of "vibrant democracy" and the voices in opposition cannot be "muzzled" by persecuting those who take up unpopular causes, Justice D Y Chandrachud of the SC said in his dissenting judgement in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. S P7 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Election Commission and Telangana government on the alleged irregularities in the voter list. It may be mentioned here that Telangana Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy alleged several irregularities in voter list and urged the Apex court to direct the Election Commission and the State government to follow the earlier schedule released on May 31. Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy talks to media at AP & TS Bhavan after the Supreme Court hearing on voter list irregularities in Telangana, in New Delhi on Friday New Delhi: In a 2:1 majority judgement, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere in the arrest of ﬁve activists in the Bhima-Koregaon case in Maharashtra. It also declined to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), allowing Pune police to go ahead with its probe. The house arrest of the five rights activists -- Varavara Rao, Sudha Bhardwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira -- will continue for four more weeks, said a majority judgement, read out by Justice A M Khanwilkar also on behalf of Chief Justice Dipak Misra. He said that in perusal of documents submitted before the bench it was not a case of arrest merely because of dissent or difference in political views. Continued on Page 4 SC THROWS OPEN SABARIMALA DOORS TO WOMEN OF ALL AGES New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: The Supreme Court has lifted a ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Reading out a majority 4:1 verdict on Friday, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said women were equally entitled to worship and that the rule which prevented the entry of women went against the right to worship of Hindu women and the right to equality. While Justices R F Nariman and D Y Chandrachud concurred with the CJI and Justice A M Khanwilkar, Justice Indu Malhotra gave a dissenting verdict. The authorities at the temple, which attracts tens of millions of pilgrims every year, have said the ban was rooted in a centuries-old Issues of deep religious sentiments should not be ordinarily be interfered by the court. The Sabarimala shrine and the deity is protected by Article 25 of the Constitution of India and the religious practices cannot be solely tested on the basis of Article 14 – Justice Indu Malhotra tradition and is essential to the rites related to the temple’s chief deity, Ayyappan. In some Hindu communities, menstruating women are regarded as unclean, leading to re- Plane jumps runway, lands in Pacific lagoon; passengers swim to safety A Powerful quake triggers tsunami in Indonesia passenger plane of Air Niugini crashed into the sea after missing the runway of a tiny Pacific island. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft was attempting to land at Chuuk Airport on the remote island of Weno in Micronesia but ditched in a lagoon on Friday morning. Images posted online showed dozens of people on boats surrounding the wreckage as they attempted to rescue those onboard the plane. All 36 passengers and 11 crew members escaped without any serious injuries. Jakarta: A tsunami of up to two metres has hit a small city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, collapsing buildings and washing a vessel onto land, after a magnitude-7.7 quake struck offshore, but there has been no word on casualties, officials say. Authorities received information that Palu had been hit amid a rapid series of aftershocks, Dwikorita Karnawati, who heads Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency, BMKG, said. "The 1.5 to two-metre tsunami has receded, it ended," Ms Karnawati said. Continued on Page 4 TJS likely to tilt towards BJP Prof Kodandaram unhappy over two-seats talk of Mahakutami MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: Is TJS unhappy with the way it is being treated during Mahakutami discussions? Is the new political outﬁt in state politics unhappy over leaks in media that it would be given two to three seats as part of Mahakutami? If fresh statement of TJS chief Prof Kodandaram is any indication, TJS expressed its strong displeasure before Congress for trying to belittle its image and strength on seat sharing. It remains to be seen whether recent developments prompt TJS to look for an alternative alliance option in BJP, which is very keen to y Kodanda y BJP trying to woo Kodandaram ernment would have gone for the elections next year, 20 lakh new voters who will attain the age of 18 years by January will get voting rights," Reddy said in the petition adding that the government is going for early polls without proper revision of the voter list. After going through the PIL, the SC issued the notices to the Central Election Commission (CEC) and Telangana government adjourning the case to the next week. TEMPLE TANTRI RED-FACED BHIMA-KOREGAON CASE SC declines SIT probe Responding to the petition, the Supreme Court has asked the EC to stop the schedule of the process of purification of voter list till the hearing in the case was completed. The court also directed the Election Commission and the Telangana government to give an explanation within a week. Also, in a PIL filed by Sushanth Reddy of Siddipet alleges that over 20 lakh voters will lose their right to franchise if the elections were held early in the state. "If the gov- wants a respectable ﬁgure to contest as part of Mahakutami work jointly with Prof Kodandaram in forthcoming elections. Already saffron party leaders have called on TJS chief on a few occasions earlier to convince him, but the latter is yet to spell out party stand clear. Kodandaram in a Facebook interaction with public on Friday stated that there was no question of TJS contesting two or three seats as being highlighted in some media. He said that they want a respectable number to contest in elections. This has been conveyed to national party to put a full stop once and for all about speculations of accepting two or three seats. Continued on Page 4 strictions and in a few cases outright ban on women of childbearing age from entering certain places. Lifting the ban, Chief Justice Justice Dipak Misra said, “restrictions put by Sabarimala temple can’t be held as essential religious practice. No physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it does not pass the test of conditionality,” Justice Misra said. Justice Indu Malhotra, the lone dissenting judge and the only woman judge in the ﬁvejudge bench, said, “religious practices cannot solely be tested on the basis of the right to equality. It is up to the worshippers, not the court, to decide what is the religion’s essential practice”. Continued on Page 4 RAIDS ON REVANTH CONTINUE n I-T raids for second day appear unusual to many OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: For the ﬁrst time, Hyderabad is witnessing a different kind of Income-Tax raids. Normally when such raids take place, the IT sleuths seize documents and cash and issue notices to the accused to appear before them for further inquiry. But this time the raids which began on Thursday are continuing for more than 36 hours in the house of TPCC working president A Revanth Reddy. On Thursday, the IT officials took up search operations at 15 places belonging to Revanth and his family members and relatives’ houses in Hyderabad and Kodangal. They have been grilling Revanth since Thursday night and were forced to bring him out of the house for couple of minutes following strong protests by his followers. The IT officials had to do this as the situation in front of Revanth’s house was becoming tense. His followers wanted to see Revanth. The IT raids invited criticism from AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu as well. At a press conference, Naidu said that Modi government was known for indulging in political victimisation when elections were around the corner. Continued on Page 4
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