www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: More sun than clouds Temp: Max.37C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 29% Sunrise: 06:30 Sunset: 06:26 President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Nari Shakti Puraskar-2018 to Kagganapalli Radha Devi, president of the AP State Women Barbers Association and founder president of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams Women Barbers Association, on the occasion of International Women's Day in New Delhi on Friday INDIA PLANS IT CORRIDOR IN CHINA REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TDP LIKELY TO PROMISE CORPORATION FOR YOUTH SC ORDERS MEDIATION IN AYODHYA DISPUTE CASE Apex court gives panel 8 weeks to complete process THE DEADLINE Deadline of 8 weeks for mediation. In 4 weeks the progress report will be submitted WHO ARE ON THE PANEL? 3 member mediation panel. The panel will be headed by Retd Supreme Court Judge Kalifulla and panel will consist of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sriram Panchu WHERE WILL THE MEDIATION TAKE PLACE? Mediation to take place in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh WHAT IS THE NATURE OF MEDIATION? Mediation process to take place in-camera New Delhi: ‘Notwithstanding the lack of consensus’ between the contesting parties in the Ayodhya dispute, the Supreme Court on Friday referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case to mediation for amicable settlement. Former apex court judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla will head a panel of mediators in the case. Other members of the panel of mediators include spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu. The Supreme Court said the proceed- ings in the case will be held in Faizabad and process to start within a week. The court directed that the panel of mediators will ﬁle a progress report of the mediation proceedings within four weeks and the process should be completed within eight weeks. The court also said that panel of mediators may co-opt more members and in case of any difficulty, they can inform apex court registry. The court directed in camera proceedings of mediation in the case and restrained the media. Continued on Page 15 OWAISI AGAINST RAVI SHANKAR ON PANEL Hyderabad: MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order for mediation to settle the Ayodhya dispute but voiced concern over Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar being made a mediator saying he was related to the subject matter and was also a party to the dispute. The Hyderabad MP said Ravi Shankar had made a statement on November 4, 2018 threatening violence. He said the spiritual leader had warned that if Muslims did not give up the land, India will become a Syria. Owaisi said Ravi Shankar had also asked Muslims to give up their claim as a goodwill gesture. He said it would have been better if the Supreme Court had not appointed him as a mediator. He, however, hoped that Ravi Shankar would realize the huge responsibility entrusted to him by the apex court and act as a neutral mediator. The MP said he was welcoming the Supreme Court order on behalf of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). He said the All India Muslim Personal Law Board would spell out its stand. The MIM leader, also a member of Personal Law Board, said the Muslim side should go to the three mediators appointed by the Supreme Court and put forward its view. THE MEDIATORS Ibrahim Kalifulla Justice Kalifulla retired from the Supreme Court of India on 22 July 2016 four years after swearing-in as the CJI on April 2, 2002. Prior to retirement, he served as the Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir during 2011. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Founder of the Art of Living foundation, Ravi Shankar has been actively advocating in the discourse between the opposing political parties on the Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue. He had also attempted mediation in the Ayodhya dispute case during 2017-18. Sriram Panchu Being on the advisory panel on mediation to the Law Commission of India, advocate Sriram Panchu has a record of mediating in high-stake cases. Earlier, he has worked as a mediator in the Assam-Nagaland Border dispute and a dispute concerning the performance of religious ceremonies in Parsi temples. Data theft issue creation of Jagan, TS govt to divert attention: Sivaji HANS NEWS SERVICE Vijayawada: Actor Sivaji dismissed the data theft allegations describing them as attention diversion tactics indulged in by the BJP-led Central government in collusion with YSRCP and Telangana government. The Telangana government, which is playing to the tunes of the Centre, had in fact indulged in data theft in 2015 in collusion with the Election Commission, he said. Addressing the media at the Press Club here on Friday, Sivaji said that now nobody was discussing about the truncated railway zone or special category status and everyone is talking about data theft though in fact nobody knows what the meaning of it is. Producing certain documents supporting his argument, Sivaji narrated Actor Sivaji addressing the press in Vijayawada on Friday how the Telangana government indulged in real data theft in collusion with the Election Commission to delete the names of voters in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Nizamabad district. He recalled the unconditional apology tendered by the Telangana State Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar over the deletion of the voters’ names from the list. Sivaji said that the Telangana government through its IT department launched the portal State Resident Data Hub (SRDH) for collecting demographic data. By collating the data of the Election Commission and the data of the Telangana government’s SRDH, the voters’ names were deleted, he alleged. In fact, it was the Telangana government which stole the data of people and deleted the names of voters from the list, he said. Continued on Page 15 Rahul promises women’s quota bill Rahul Gandhi interacts with a villager at a public meeting in Jeypore on Friday New Delhi: Reaching out to the huge constituency of women voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised passage of the Women's Reservation Bill, in limbo for the last nine years since being cleared by the Rajya Sabha, if his party is voted to power. Interacting with women on the International Women's Day, Rahul exhorted them to fight for "space" in every sphere of life as the country cannot progress without their effective and equal participation. "You must fight for your space and don't consider yourself lesser than a man. Women should fight for due place - be it the Assembly, Lok Sabha or the business field," he said responding to a query by a woman delegate at the conclave. Rahul also asked men to work towards securing for women their due place in society. "There is an urgent need to provide reservation for women in state assemblies and Lok Sabha to ensure their empowerment. Congress is keen to ensure this and will do it if it voted to power," Gandhi said, calling Women's Reservation Bill an effective instrument for their empowerment. The 108th Constitution (amendment) Bill, which envisages 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state Assemblies, was brought by the then UPA government in 2008 and passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010. CM Chandrababu Naidu interacting with women on the occasion of International Women’s Day in Amaravati #BALANCEFORBETTER Gender equality always top on our agenda: Naidu HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday asserted that it was under the TDP government that a true meaning was given to women empowerment by implementing a number of welfare programmes during the past ﬁve years to ensure equal opportunities for women in all sectors of development. Addressing women on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Naidu said it was his government’s commitment always to put women on an equal footing with men in education and jobs. The Chief Minister said that his ultimate goal would be to create at least one woman industrialist or entrepreneur in every family in the state. If there is one educated woman in a family, then all other members of that family would become knowledgeable and educated. Naidu told the members of DWCRA women groups that the second instalment of Pasupu Kumkuma has been deposited in their bank accounts to mark the auspicious occasion of Women’s Day. About 94 lakh accounts of self-help group members have been credited with Rs 3,500 each on Friday, he said. Stating that the TDP is always in the forefront of women empowerment, Naidu said TDP founder NT Rama Rao would forever have the credit of making an SC woman as Assembly Speaker in the united AP and for providing 33 per cent reservations for women and for giving them equal rights to property. The CM said his government doubled the salaries of Anganwadi teachers and assistants while over 18,301 Anganwadi centres and 103 CDPO offices were con- structed across the state in the past ﬁve years. The maternity leave for women home guards has also been increased, he said. Stating that mass seemanthams were held for 3 lakh women, the CM said 5.61 lakh bicycles were distributed spending Rs 207 crore under Badikosam programme. He recalled how they brought the Amaravati Declaration during the women parliament held in Amaravati for ensuring equal opportunities and social security for women. It is a matter of happiness that greater number of women are getting jobs in the mobile phone industries being set up in AP, he said. He deplored that there were still instances of discrimination against women in education and jobs and stringent action will be taken if anybody is found guilty of such offences.
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