The Hindu Important Articles 16 May 2018

The Hindu Important Articles 16 May 2018

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# Tharoor abetted wife Sunanda’s suicide: SIT
Police charge Congress leader under Sections 498A, 306
Four years and four months after the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar in a five- star hotel in New Delhi, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) assigned to probe the case submitted the final report at the Patiala House Court on Monday, terming the incident a suicide and not murder.

The Delhi police charged senior Congress leader and Pushkar’s husband Shashi Tharoor with abetting her suicide, claiming there was enough evidence to proceed against him. The police also alleged that Mr. Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty.

The Congress leader has been charged under Sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). While Section 498A entails a maximum punishment of three years in prison, Section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years. “The Delhi police has filed the chargesheet on medico legal and psychology analysis. We have also submitted the concerned report in the Supreme Court. Mr. Shashi Tharoor is a verified person in the chargesheet and he was always available during the investigation,” said Delhi police spokesperson Deependra Pathak.

# Centre’s say is final on Cauvery, SC told
Draft water management scheme submitted before court
The Centre will have the final say in inter-State disputes over Cauvery water. The decision of the Centre will be “binding.”

This is the crux of the draft Cauvery water management scheme filed in the Supreme Court on Monday during the short pause between polling and counting in the crucial Karnataka Assembly elections.

With the Centre facing the threat of contempt of court, the apex court saw Union Water Resources Secretary U.P. Singh, with copies of the draft scheme in hand, present in the courtroom in response to a summons issued on May 8.

The draft scheme originally proposes as final any decisions taken by the implementing authority under the proposed Cauvery Water Management Scheme, 2018 in furtherance of the Cauvery Tribunal award as modified by the Supreme Court verdict of February 16.

But in a situation where the riparian States of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala or the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry do “not co-operate”, the authority would turn to the Centre for help. The decision of the Centre “in the matter will be final and binding on all parties concerned.”

A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the court would not get into “the propriety or legality” of the scheme. It said it did not want to trigger another round of litigation among the three States and the UT.

But while thus leaving the Centre as the final arbiter of inter-State Cauvery disputes, the draft scheme does not mention if an aggrieved State can approach the Supreme Court in appeal against the Centre’s decision itself.

Based in Bengaluru

The Centre, represented by Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal, asked the court to name the implementing authority. Mr. Venugopal said the Centre was open to any nomenclature — Board, Authority or Committee.

However, the Centre wants the Cauvery authority to be headquartered in Bengaluru. From there, the authority would monitor storage, apportionment, regulation and control of the water. It shall supervise the operation of reservoirs and regulation of water releases with the assistance of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. The authority would also decide the “distress formula” in water-sharing. Mr. Venugopal submitted that the riparian States and UT could be given copies of the draft.

The court scheduled the next hearing for May 16.

# 12 killed in Bengal rural poll violence
Dead include TMC, Cong. supporters
At least 12 persons were killed and hundreds injured in violence during the panchayat elections in West Bengal on Monday.

The dead include two supporters each of the Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M).

Director General of Police Surajit Purakayastha, however, described the violence as “stray incidents”, adding that only six of the 12 deaths were related to the elections. Poll-related violence and irregularities were received from almost all the 20 districts. The State Election Commission said 72.5% of the electorate voted till 5 p.m.

# 12 killed in Bengal rural poll violence
Entire election process marked by violence: more than 20 persons were killed and with Monday’s killings, the death toll has crossed 30
At least 12 persons were killed and hundreds injured during voting for the West Bengal panchayat polls on Monday. The entire poll process has been marked by violence, from the very first day of filing of nomination papers on April 2.

Reports of poll-related violence and irregularities were received from almost all of the 20 districts where elections were held. According to the State Election Commission (SEC) 72.5% exercised their franchise till 5 p.m. During the six-week run-up to the polls more than 20 persons were killed and with Monday’s killings, the total death toll has crossed 30.

# CBI books ex-PNB CEO in Nirav case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed its first chargesheet in the Nirav Modi and Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam of over Rs. 13,500 crore before the special CBI court. Former PNB head and current Allahabad Bank MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian is among the 22 persons named apart from the billionaire jeweller and his brother Nishal.

Mr. Modi and his brother, being the alleged beneficiaries, have been charged with offences under Sections 409 and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property).

# 52 killed in Israeli firing in Gaza
Fifty-two Palestinians were killed in firing by Israeli troops during violent clashes on Monday on the Gaza-Israel border coinciding with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, the Health Ministry in the strip said.

Tens of thousands took part in protests throughout the Gaza Strip, with some confronting Israeli soldiers in the bloodiest day in the conflict since a 2014 war.

#  CCTV issue: CM stages sit-in outside Raj Niwas
For over three hours on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his Cabinet and Aam Aadmi Party MLAs staged a sit-in outside Raj Niwas over what they said was Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal’s decision to stall the installation of CCTV cameras in the city.

The L-G had on May 8 ordered the setting up of a high-powered committee to formulate the standard operating procedure (SOP) for installation of CCTV cameras. With the Delhi government in the process of executing a project to install 1.4 lakh cameras, the AAP dispensation had termed the committee a delaying tactic.

Source:- The Hindu

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