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#Light motor vehicles to be allowed on Charmadi Ghat
Restrictions on movement of trucks and other non-passenger vehicles to remain
Light motor vehicles (LMVs) will be allowed on Charmadi Ghat from Friday, according to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S. The ghat road had been closed for traffic since Monday night.

In a statement, Mr. Senthil said buses and other passenger vehicles will be allowed on the road from Friday morning. Restrictions on movement of trucks and other non-passenger vehicles on the ghat will continue.

The movement of vehicles on the ghat came to a halt following a landslip on Monday night. Around 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday, a major landslip was noticed between 2nd and 3rd curve of the ghat. About 200 m of the road was filled with mud to a height of 30 ft.

There was a landslip at the 11th curve of the ghat in Chikkamagaluru district too. Nearly 200 vehicles, including buses and other passenger vehicles, were stranded on the ghat.

# President rejects Tamil Nadu’s plea to release Rajiv case convicts
Decision taken on the advice of Home Ministry; Ram Nath Kovind tells State that the Centre “doesn’t concur with its view”
President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the request of the Tamil Nadu government to release the seven prisoners convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991.

Mr. Kovind conveyed to the State government that the “Centre doesn’t concur with its view” to release the prisoners. The President is bound by the advice of his Council of Ministers in such matters.

Humanitarian grounds

The State government has, in the last four years, written twice to the Home Ministry to pardon the convicted prisoners, and release them on humanitarian grounds.

“The President has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s plea to free the prisoners on the advice of the Home Ministry. This has been conveyed to the State. The assassins of the former Prime Minister of India cannot walk free under any circumstances,” a top official told The Hindu .

On February 14, following the Supreme Court’s directions, the Home Ministry had sought details on eight grounds from the State to “facilitate further” its request to release the convicts. It asked the State to furnish details like “physical and mental status of the convicts”, their “economic and social background” and the previous cases registered against them. The convicts are V. Sriharan alias Murugan, A.G. Perarivalan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini.

On January 23, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court gave three months to the Home Ministry to decide on Tamil Nadu’s proposal to remit the sentences of the life-term convicts. The Centre had moved court against the State’s proposal that dates back to February 19, 2014, where it said the State had decided to remit their sentences as they had already served more than 20 years in prison.

# Madras HC split on disqualified MLAs’ case
CJ upholds Speaker’s decision, but fellow judge disagrees
The first Division Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict in a batch of cases filed by 18 AIADMK MLAs challenging their disqualification under the anti-defection law, with Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upholding the Speaker’s September 18, 2017 order and Justice M. Sundar setting it aside.

In view of the differing judgments, the cases will now be argued afresh before a third judge.

Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh, the seniormost judge of the High Court after the Chief Justice, will nominate the third judgebefore whom the cases would be listed.

Meanwhile, acceding to a request from Senior Counsel P.S. Raman and N. Raja Senthoor Pandian for the disqualified MLAs, the Division Bench extended an interim order restraining conduct of elections to the 18 constituencies that had fallen vacant due to the disqualification, and a trust vote on the floor of the Assembly.

In her judgment, Justice Banerjee said: “In my opinion, the view taken by the Speaker (that the 18 MLAs had voluntarily given up membership of AIADMK by giving representations to the Governor on August 22, 2017, withdrawing support to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami) is a possible, if not, plausible view.

Justice Sundar, in his differing judgment, said the Speaker ought to have given an opportunity to the 18 petitioners to cross-examine at least the secretaries to the Chief Minister to prove their assertion that they had indeed made attempts to solve their differences within the party.

# HC sets aside appointment of MKU Vice-Chancellor
Says proceedings of the search committee were flawed
The Madras High Court on Thursday issued a writ of quo warranto and set aside the appointment of P.P. Chellathurai as the Vice-Chancellor of the Madurai Kamaraj University on the ground that the proceedings of the search committee, which was constituted for selecting qualified candidates, were flawed.

Allowing a public interest litigation petition, the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M. Sundar pointed out that two of the members of the search committee had complained that there were no meaningful deliberations, and that they were forced to accept the candidate put up by the convener.

New search panel

Further, taking note of the fact that a criminal case was also pending against Mr. Chellathurai, the judges set aside the appointment made last year and ordered the constitution of a new search committee (comprising Senate, Syndicate and Chancellor nominees) for selecting a panel of three names for appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of the university. The new search committee was ordered to make its recommendations in accordance with the Madurai Kamaraj University Act of 1965 and all other applicable statutes after due deliberation, consultations and discussions amongst its members and the convener, and gave liberty to Mr. Chellathurai to apply if he wanted.

The judges directed the search committee to evaluate his candidature, if he applies, uninfluenced by the present court proceedings.

# Group stones truck in Belagavi
It thought vehicle was carrying beef
Some members of the Bajrang Dal and the Sri Ram Sene stoned a truck in Belagavi on Wednesday night.

They got information that three vans were coming from Goa allegedly carrying beef, and stood on Khanapur road to stop them around midnight. One of them called the police. By the time the police arrived the youth had stopped one van. Another van crossed them, without stopping. This angered the youth who stoned it. They managed to stop it and forced the driver to open it, only to discover it was empty. The other van stopped earlier was also empty.

Police took the youth to the Udyam Bag police station and warned them against stoning or stopping any such vehicles. MLAs, Abhay Patil and Anil Benake, rushed to the police station and argued with the police officers for having brought the youth to the station. Mr. Patil alleged that the police had insulted the legislators. They also asked the police not to book cases against the youth, saying they were ‘gau rakshaks’ (protectors of cows) and should not be troubled.

Assistant Commissioner of Police and other officers told them that cases would not be filed against anyone who was innocent. Commissioner D.C. Rajappa told presspersons on Thursday that no arrests were made in the case. If any individual or group has information on illegal transport of cattle they should directly inform the Commissioner (94808 00650) or Deputy Commissioner of Police (94808 00651), he said in a release.

# Chief Minister to take up pending issues with Modi
KCR meeting the Prime Minister for first time since canvassing for Federal Front
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who left for New Delhi for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, afternoon was expected to request the latter to resolve all pending issues with the Centre since the formation of the State.

Topping the list would be the issue of a fresh Presidential Order, incorporating the new zonal system finalised by the State government, and reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and minorities beyond the permitted limit, by including the proposal in Schedule IX of the Constitution to circumvent judicial review.

Mr. Rao will be meeting Mr. Modi for the first time since the former canvassed for federal front, meeting leaders of regional parties in other States. He would remain in the capital till Sunday when he was scheduled to attend Chief Ministers conference convened by NITI Aayog.

# SIT: Handler, 4 teams plotted hit on Gauri
‘Took one year to carry out plan’
It took one year and four teams, led by a handler, to plan and carry out the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh on September 5, 2017, said sources in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case. The teams were assigned different tasks — from information gathering in the early stages to reconnoitre operations and intelligence gathering. “They were assigned tasks by the handler on a need-to-know basis. The fourth team carried out the hit,” said a source in the SIT.

On Thursday, the police interrogated both Amole Kale, 39, one of the accused in the case, and Parashuram Waghmore, 26, who was arrested earlier this week. Both men were questioned after Waghmore allegedly claimed that he had been tasked with carrying out the hit by Kale, who gave him a country-made pistol. “He claims that he returned the gun to Kale, but the men keep changing their statements,” said the SIT officer.

# India calls UN report on Kashmir fallacious
‘It seeks to build a false narrative’
India on Thursday rejected a report from the UN that called for an international investigation into the alleged incidents of human rights abuse by Indian forces in Kashmir.

A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said the first-ever UN report on human rights situation was “fallacious.”

“It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. The report violates India’s sovereignty and integrity... it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as ‘armed groups’ and terrorists as ‘leaders.’ This undermines the UN-led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism,” the MEA said in a response to the report, which covers both the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the part of the State under Pakistani control. The 49-page report focused on the human rights situation in the State between January 2016 and April 2018 during which violence escalated. In view of the spiralling terrorism and counter-terror operations, the report urged India to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the report was drafted through remote-monitoring as neither Pakistan nor India was willing to grant access to the sources on both sides of the Line of Control. The U.N. corroborated information through sources on the ground.

# India calls UN report on Kashmir fallacious
‘It seeks to build a false narrative’
India on Thursday rejected a report from the UN that called for an international investigation into the alleged incidents of human rights abuse by Indian forces in Kashmir.

A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said the first-ever UN report on human rights situation was “fallacious.”

“It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. The report violates India’s sovereignty and integrity... it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as ‘armed groups’ and terrorists as ‘leaders.’ This undermines the UN-led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism,” the MEA said in a response to the report, which covers both the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the part of the State under Pakistani control. The 49-page report focused on the human rights situation in the State between January 2016 and April 2018 during which violence escalated. In view of the spiralling terrorism and counter-terror operations, the report urged India to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the report was drafted through remote-monitoring as neither Pakistan nor India was willing to grant access to the sources on both sides of the Line of Control. The U.N. corroborated information through sources on the ground.

# Gunmen kill senior editor Shujaat Bukhari
Security officer also killed by ‘shots fired from a close range’
Unknown gunmen shot and killed Shujaat Bukhari, veteran journalist and editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, in the heart of Srinagar on Thursday evening ahead of Id-ul-Fitr.

One of Mr. Bukhari’s personal security officers also died in the attack, while another is in a critical condition.

Mr. Bukhari was The Hindu’s correspondent in Srinagar from 1997 to 2012 and a contributor to the Frontline magazine.

The 50-year-old editor was killed close to his office in Pratap Park, an area where offices of many newspapers are located.

The attackers fired “from a close range,” the police said. The critically injured Mr. Bukhari, hit by bullets in the chest, died in a hospital.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid told The Hindu that the police did not have any leads as of now.

‘No intel inputs’

“He had not complained of any threat to his life. There are no leads; it’s too early to come to a conclusion,” Mr. Vaid said, adding that the police did not have any “intelligence input” on the threats to his life.

Mr. Bukhari was a popular commentator on national TV channels. His brother, Basharat Bukhari, is Law Minister in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government.

# Railway Minister visits ICF
Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal made short visit to the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) on Thursday.

A senior official said the visit was planned at short notice.

The Minister met senior officials of the ICF to take stock of the projects, including Train18, being developed indigenously.

ICF General Manager S. Mani and Southern Railway General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha, were present.
Source:- The Hindu

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