SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 APRIL 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR THE UNITED NATIONS IS TURNING A BLIND EYE TO CHILD RAPE WITHIN ITS OWN RANKS AMBASSADORS OF HOPE ~ AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST ALL-WOMEN ORCHESTRA WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Heatwave prevailed in several parts of India. Max temp in Vidarbha and Bolangir 44.2 degree Celsius. RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.87% TEMPERATURE ED conducts raids at 500 shell firms in 17 states Papers seized from units which were ‘used in NRHM scam’ to launder crime proceeds Min. 63% Max: 31.1°C (-2) Min: 26.1°C (+1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:53 hrs 05:29 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 9:48 hrs 22:21 hrs First quarter 4 April THUMBNAILS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL he Enforcement Directorate(ED) today conducted country-wide searches at over 100 locations as part of its major crackdown on 500 shell companies suspected to be generating huge amounts of black money. The raid operations across 17 states began early morning with ED sleuths swooping down at market places, business centres, residential premises and even houses put up on rent to hunt down the allegedly dubious and suspicious firms which the agency believes are the “back bone” of black money in the country. By the last update, ED teams had visited at least 110 locations in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmed- T abad, Panaji, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Srinagar, Indore and some in Haryana. The agency said it searched a Mumbai-based operator who was running 700 shell companies with 20 dummy directors and had “converted Rs 46.7 crore for Chaggan Bhujbal”, the jailed exMaharashtra deputy chief minister. The central probe agency, which has a total strength of about 800 officers and staff at its various regional and zonal offices in the country, was virtually out on the field to undertake one of the biggest operations in the country against shell firms. The drive was part of a recent PMO directive to check the illegal operations of these companies. “The operations are based on various investigations done by the agency and some others as part of their anti-black money crackdown charter,” ED Director Karnal Singh told PTI. He said the operations were still on. ED teams also visited those who are allegedly connected to some of the most prominent corruption and black money cases being probed in the country at present. The agency said it recovered documents and raided those dubious firms which were “used in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam to launder proceeds of crime.” It said the action was carried out against those operators allegedly used by ex-Noida Chief Engineer Yadav Singh “to convert his illegal wealth” . The agency also searched those companies allegedly related to Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, Rajeshwar Exports and others to unearth their modus operandi. Reddy is facing separate CBI and ED probes in cases of alleged disproportionate assets, corruption and money laundering. The ED is one of the members of a recently constituted central Special Task Force (STF) on shell firms that is co-chaired by the Revenue and Corporate Affairs Secretaries. They ED action is being carried out under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act India's Pusaria V. Sindhu plays a shot against South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun during their women's singles semi-final badminton match at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2017 tournaAFP ment in New Delhi on Saturday. Will hang cow killers, says Raman: “We will hang those who kill cows,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh declared on Saturday as no end seemed in sight to the row over enforcement of beef ban and crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh. “Does such a thing happen in Chhattisgarh? I don't think it has happened in the last 15 years (of BJP rule). If it happens, we will hang those who dare do it,” Singh told reporters in Raipur. He was responding to queries by journalists whether his government would, like Yogi Adityanath's in UP, take a tough stand on PG5 cow slaughter. India’s GDP to grow at 7.7% in 2018: Emerging markets face newer challenges in the form of inward looking policies of protectionism and increased geopolitical tension, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday as he pegged India's GDP growth at 7.7 per cent in 2018. Speaking at the second annual meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) in Delhi, Jaitley said global growth is moving upwards and is expected to improve further PG8 in 2017-18. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL Unitech Ltd promoters Ajay Chandra and Sanjay Chandra were today sent to police custody till 3 April by a Delhi court in an alleged fraud case related to a Gurugrambased real estate project. Metropolitan Magistrate Ashu Garg sent both the accused to two-day police custody after the probe agency said that their custodial interrogation was required to find out the alleged money trail, beneficiaries of the transactions and recovery of project related documents and other evidence. In its plea, the probe agency had sought three days remand of both the accused, claiming they were not cooperating in the investigation.Counsel for the accused, however, opposed the remand plea, saying the police has already searched the premises of the accused and they cannot be forced to give any incriminating evidence against them. EVM ‘tampering’: Parties for probe, EC seeks report RIDE TO FUTURE Rematch of Olympic final: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu set up a summit showdown with Carolina Marin after a hard-fought win over World No. 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semifinals of the India Open Super Series in Delhi on Saturday. Cheered on by a sizable crowd at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, Sindhu dished out a superb performance to outwit the second seeded Hyun 21-18 14-21 21- in a battle of nerves, in which fortunes fluctuated. Fans, who kept chanting 'Sindhu' and 'India' throughout the match, will witness a rematch of Olympic final on Sunday. PG12 (PMLA) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and officials added some arrests and new FIRs could be made once the operations end. The agency has also recently attached assets worth crores of such firms in the last over a week's time. Shell companies are defined as those firms which are set up by nominal paid-up capital, high reserves and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies, no dividend income or high cash in hand. Such firms are also characterised by having private companies as majority shareholders, low turnover and operating income, nominal expenses, nominal statutory payments and stock in trade and minimum fixed asset. Unitech promoters in police custody for alleged fraud MAINPURI, 1 APRIL In a public outburst against Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his son had insulted him and the voters understood that “one who is not loyal to his father, cannot be loyal to anyone” which led to the party's poll debacle. He also said that a final view on floating a new party is yet to be taken. Mulayam laid bare his anger for the first time after the SP's defeat in the UP Assembly election fought under the leadership of Akhilesh who had replaced his father as the party supremo following a battle of turf with his uncle Shivpal Yadav. Ex-mayor Bikash Bhattacharya ‘manhandled’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders during a tram ride to mark the World Autism Awareness Day 2017 DILIP DUTTA in Kolkata on Saturday. India, Malaysia to fight terror STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL India and Malaysia today signed seven MoUs, including one on setting up a fourth generation technology park in Andhra Pradesh, as the two countries decided to intensify cooperation in countering terrorism and radicalisation. The accords were signed after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak during which they also agreed to step up defence and security cooperation between their two nations. The other MoUs relate to air services, sports, setting up of a urea and ammonia manufacturing plant, exchange of palm oil technology, mutual recognition of educational qualification and human resource development. In the field of defence, the two countries asked the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) to work on the terms of reference for setting up an aircraft safety and maintenance forum for cooperation in training, maintenance, technical support and safety related issues. Among other things, the two countries also decided to hold Navy to Navy field exercises, a joint statement said. Mr Razak, who is on his third visit to India since becoming the Prime Minister in 2009, complimented PM Modi on bold economic reforms and congratulated India on high economic growth. “History binds us together. Indian languages, culture and food are popular in Malaysia. I am a fan of Indian films, especially after my visit to Chennai,” he said at a brief media interaction with PM Modi. Mr Modi said the decisions taken by the two sides today would drive the strategic partnership between the two countries to a new level. The raging political row over alleged tampering in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) today flared up as a video clip relating to yesterday's demonstration of an EVM-VVPAT(voter-verifiable paper audit trail) in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind ahead of the 9 April Ater Assembly bypoll there surfaced that allegedly indicated that the machines had recorded voting and dispensed slips only in favour of the BJP. This demonstration had taken place in the presence of the MP chief electoral officer Saleena Singh and the Bhind collector and returning officer. Seizing on the episode, the Congress and the AAP met the Election Commission (EC) today, demanding a thorough probe into the entire matter as well as these machines and a return to conduct of elections through the old system of ballot papers instead of EVMs. The EC has sought a report from the MP poll authorities, even as Saleena Singh reportedly denied reports that the VVPAT machine had dispensed slips for only the BJP symbol. The EC has reportedly decided to send its team of senior officials to MP to supervise the bypolls there. The AAP's Delhi chief GOGHAT, 1 APRIL minister Arvind Kejriwal met the chief election commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi, urging him to investigate cases of "faulty" EVMs and ascertain if their software could be tampered to favour the BJP . He also demanded that EVMs should be scrapped and replaced with ballot papers for conducting free and fair elections in the country. Later in the day, a delegation of senior Congress leaders ~ including Digvijay Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Mohan Prakash ~ met the EC to highlight the Bhind EVMVVPAT's alleged malfunctioning, demanding action against the poll and district officials and pressing for conduct of elections through ballot papers. Digvijay Singh said, "The next elections, be it in Gujarat or elsewhere, should be held with ballot papers and the use of EVMs be stopped....When elections all over the world, including in the developed countries, are taking place with ballot paper, why should we have problems in doing so." Akhilesh insulted me, which led to SP’s defeat: Mulayam SNS & PTI He urged the court to send the accused to judicial custody, saying the arrest was not required. Counsel claimed that police was submitting different facts regarding the ongoing probe before the trial court and the high court. “Before the high court they say probe is complete, while here they are saying it is still on,” he told the court. He said that the accused were ready to make a statement before the court that they knew nothing more than what they already told the police till now, adding that only a few customers had problems while most were happy with the project. “I was badly insulted, which I had never faced in my life. Nevertheless, I tolerated. No leader of any party in India had made his son a chief minister during his lifetime, but I made Akhilesh the chief minister of UP he said in his first ,” address in his pocket borough after the UP Assembly poll results in which the SP got only 47 seats out 403. Mulayam, who was unseated as party president by Akhilesh just before the elections, had stayed away from the election campaign, addressing a couple of meetings for Shivpal. He had also spoken out against Akhilesh's decision to join hands with the Congress for the Assembly polls. He also went to the extent of saying “Jo apne baap kaa nahi ho saka,woh aapka kya hogaa (how can a person who is not loyal to his father, be loyal to you).” Interestingly, the SP patriarch mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of his election rallies in Kannauj had also echoed the same sentiment. “The public understood this statement and took it seriously. This resulted in election debacle of SP and BJP , won the elections,” Mulayam told party workers while inaugurating a hotel here. He also said that the family feud in SP also took a toll on its electoral prospects. Expressing his resentment over the “sacking” of the then UP Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam said “He (Akhilesh) sacked his own uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav a very hard working minister, who was also insulted”. On the issue of floating another party, he said “The final decision on forming another party is yet to be taken. The new party is yet to be formed. The final decision would be taken after consulting you and taking your views.” On the resolution of Ram Janmabhoomi Babari Masjid dispute, he said that he had made efforts to resolve the issue through reconciliation on four different occasions. “But, things did not materialise.” Observing that all the parties would abide by the Supreme Court's decision, he said “I would be the first person to put a brick, irre- spective of the fact whether a temple is being constructed or a mosque (following the SC verdict)”. Meanwhile, reacting to Mulayam's outburst, state BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla said “Had Mulayam Singhji made these observations public earlier, it would have been a rational move. Now it’s too late. Even during the tenure of Akhilesh government, he had repeatedly attacked the functioning of the ministers.” In the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP secured an overwhelming majority, bagging 312 out of 403 seats, while its allies Apna Dal (Soney Lal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party won in nine seats and four seats, respectively. The Congress and the SP fought on a pre-poll alliance. The SP got 47 seats while the Congress was confined to only seven seats. Mayawatiled Bahujan Samaj Party registered its win in 19 Assembly seats. Six members of an apolitical forum, including CPI-M senior leader and former Kolkata mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, were allegedly heckled and manhandled at Ulhaspur in Hooghly district, near here today by locals. Members of the Save Democracy Forum, created by former Supreme Court Judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly, had reached here this morning to speak to the owners of a 17-acre waterbody to allow it to be filled up for the proposed Tarakeswar-Bishnupur rail line. When the Forum's car reached the area about 40 persons in the presence of police blocked the road protesting against their visit. As the Forum members tried to speak to the protesters, they allegedly pushed Bhattacharya and snatched away his mobile. They also allegedly called him a murderer and said CPI-M men were back to disturb peace that had returned to the area after the defeat of the Left Front. “We will not allow CPI-M men to enter the area,” they shouted. The policemen present at the spot persuaded him to go to Arambagh and Bhattacharya lodged a complaint at the office of the sub-divisional police officer. “Am I a murderer ? TMC goons openly abused, beat up and manhandled us in front of police and later threatened to kill us.I never faced such a situation in my life, not even in 1972.” However, Trinamool Congress MLA Manas Mazumdar said the protest was held by villagers whose family members were killed during the CPIM tenure. “We were not involved in the incident,” he said echoing Hooghly district TMC leader and state Agri-marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta that none from the party had been involved in it.“CPI-M men came here in the garb of Save Democracy Forum,” Mazumdar claimed and wondered about Bhattacharya's visit today. He said 187 owners of the 268 received compensation SNS cheques.
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