CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 20 APRIL 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘UN INDICTED HITLER FOR WAR CRIMES BEFORE HIS DEATH’ P10 SENSEX 29,336.57 +17.47 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with rain or thundershowers. Gusty winds likely. Max.84% TEMPERATURE NIFTY 9,103.50 -1.65 Funds for VVPAT machines cleared Max: 33.7°C (-1) Min: 28.1°C (+3) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:12 hrs 17:59 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 00:38 hrs 12:03 hrs Third quarter 22 April THUMBNAILS The wreckage of the bus which fell into a river SNS P3 in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. Forty-four killed in Himachal bus accident: f Forty-four persons were killed on the spot on Wednesday when a private bus from Uttarakhand plunged into the River Tons near Gumma in remote Nerwa area of Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh, 140 km from the HP capital. The bus was on its way from Vikasnagar to Tiuni in Uttarakhand and was passing through the Himachal stretch, which fell on its route. The bus was carrying 46 persons and it rolled down as the driver lost control over the vehiP3 cle while negotiating a bend. The Election Commission's plan to go for paper trail machines in the next Lok Sabha polls to add an additional layer of transparency in voting is set to materialise as the government today cleared Rs 3,174 crore for the purpose. A total of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be purchased to cover all polling stations. Several parties have been pressing for the use of these machines to dispel doubts that the EVMs are not tampered with. Sixteen parties had recently petitioned the EC to revert to paper ballot system for greater transparency. The BSP the AAP , and the Congress had attacked the EC on the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs. The paper trail machines leave a paper trail which helps an elector confirm whether the EVM has faithfully registered the vote he/she has cast for a particular candidate. The funds would be given to the Commission in two instalments -- the first of Rs 1,600 crore in this fiscal and the rest in the next fiscal. The clearance was given by the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a P4 ` vs $ 64.58 +00.05 GOLD 28,320 -60.00 Fake currency case: In a fake Indian currency note (FICN) case in which fake currency totalling Rs 5.94 lakh was recovered last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary chargesheet in a Special Court in Patna naming two more accused Umar Faruk alias Firoj of Malda (West Bengal) and Munna Singh of West Champaran (Bihar), NIA said. The fake currency of Rs 5.94 lakh was seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from one Afroz Ansari. NEW DELHI, 19 APRIL he Supreme Court today ruled that LK Advani and other top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including Union Minister Uma Bharti, will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the 16thcentury Babari Masjid in Ayodhya on 6 December 1992. The mosque razing incited nationwide riots, leaving around 2,000 people dead. The apex court also ordered daily hearings to ensure a verdict is delivered within two years. BJP leaders Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti will face trial in the 1992 Babari Masjid demolition case as the apex court has allowed the CBI plea and restored criminal conspiracy charges against them. The court also clubbed the trial in the matter pending against the leaders and 'karsevaks' and said the proceedings should be completed in two years. "We have allowed the CBI appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgment with certain directions," said a bench of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman. The apex court, how- T brief discussion. The decision was taken in the absence of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad though the issue relates to his ministry. In a statement, the poll watchdog said it will “closely monitor” the production of VVPATs for timely delivery well before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “With this, the Commission will ensure the total compliance of the orders of the Supreme Court (on use of VVPATs) and its commitment to use VVPATs with every EVM at all polling stations in the country in General Elections 2019,” it said. Between September, 2013 and March this year, the Commission has written 38 times to the government on the procurement of VVPATs, according to an affidavit filed by the poll panel in the Supreme Court on the issue. These correspondences include a letter to the PM by CEC Zaidi last October. SNS pally in Thakurpukur, was brought to the hospital on 15 April with complaints of unresolved blood in stool. She was referred from ESI hospital where she had been admitted on 14 April. Her father, Abhijit Chakroborty said, the girl had recovered from her illness, but still doctors at ESI advised him to take her to Apollo for colonoscopy. “ We brought her to the hospital on 15 April for the test and she was admitted to the emer- Red beacons for VIPs banned from 1 May; President, PM not exempt STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 19 APRIL In a major step towards doing away with the prevailing VIP culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today decided to do away with the use of red beacon lights on official vehicles of dignitaries across the country, including the President,Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Union ministers, chief ministers and all top government officials who were entitled to it, with effect from 1 May coinciding with Labour Day. The PM said every Indian is a VIP . Announcing this after a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by the PM, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "From 1 May, no red beacon will be allowed atop any official vehicle. There will be no exceptions." Vehicles involved in emergency and relief and rescue services, ambulances and fire services, will, however, be allowed to use blue beacons, the minister said. Jaitley said the government will bring about the necessary amendment to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, in this regard. "Rule 108 deals with use of red, white and blue lights on vehicles. Rule 108-1 (III) says the Centre and states can specify dignitaries who can use beacons on their (official) vehicles. It is a central rule and is being abol- BRENT (OIL IN `) 3,544 -0.21 SNS ever, said as Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity he can be tried only after he ceases to hold office. Kalyan Singh was UP Chief minister at the time of the demolition. Making it clear that there would be no de novo (fresh) trial in the matter, the bench also directed that its order should be followed in letter and spirit and granted liberty to the parties to approach it if its directions are not followed. The court said no party shall be granted adjournment without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it. It directed the CBI to ensure that prosecution witnesses appear on each and every date for recording of evidence in the Apollo vandalised over baby’s death The death of a 4-monthold baby girl today sparked off angry protests and vandalism at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital off EM Bypass. Her parents alleged the death was due to anaesthesia overdose. The girl’s father later lodged a complaint with the Phoolbagan police station. The hospital management refuted the charges and formed a three-member medical team to probe the incident. The West Bengal health department asked the hospital authorities to submit tomorrow a preliminary report regarding the treatment of the baby, director of Health Services Biswaranjan Satpathy said. According to sources, Kuheli, a resident of Naba- SILVER 42,400 -300.00 Apex court orders daily hearing on ‘criminal conspiracy’ and sets 2-yr deadline for verdict to be made around 11.30 a.m., but the doctor turned up at 1 pm. She was denied food since the morning. She was eventually taken for test at around 1 p.m. and was given anaesthesia before colonoscopy. My daughter, however, became unconscious. The doctors then tried to revive her and then put her on ventilator. She was declared dead this morning,” she said. The relatives of the baby girl gathered at the hospital and protested against the doctors accusing them of negligence. Some of them even broke the glass door of the hospital. Police were posted. The police said a complaint had been registered against hospital doctors under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of IPC. The body was handed over to the family after autopsy. KOLKATA, 19 APRIL BSF jawan dismissed: BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav who had posted a video online complaining about poor quality food being served to the troops on icy heights along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, has been dismissed on the charge of indiscipline. A BSF spokesman said Yadav was “found guilty of all the charges and awarded dismissal from service.” The order comes five months after he posted the video on Facebook, triggering public outcry P4 over the working conditions of troops. P11 Advani, Joshi & Uma will be tried in Babari case: SC NEW DELHI, 19 APRIL Min. 67% TRIPLE STRIKE PRECEDES CONTROVERSY P8 SNS & PTI RAINFALL: 0.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY PUNJAB GOVT PLANS FARM LOAN WAIVER FM MAY TAKE UP VISA ISSUE WITH USA ished from the rule book," he said. Jaitley said it means no dignitary at the Centre or in states could henceforth use beacons on their vehicles. The minister said a rule that empowers the Centre and state governments to use blue beacons with flasher is also being changed. "Only defined emergency services will be allowed to use blue beacons with flasher," Jaitley said. The decision also intends to strengthen democratic values in the country, he said. The Congress today welcomed the government's decision of barring the use of red beacons atop vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, but termed as “laughable” the ruling BJP's attempt to blow the trumpet of morality over it. The Opposition party said the move was a step towards ending the VIP culture prevailing in the country. gency department. The doctors fixed 17 April for the colonoscopy test and kept the baby hungry since morning, while the test was scheduled for around 3 p.m. Around 2.30 p.m., a medic turned up and said, the test was postponed for the next day. They didn’t even bother to tell us beforehand,” he said. The victim’s mother, Mrs Shalu Chakroborty said her daughter had been again kept hungry on 18 April since the morning, “The test was Yes I was present. There was no conspiracy and everything was in the open. I am ready to face whatever punishment it takes for construction of a temple in Ayodhya. UMA BHARTI UNION MINISTER AND BJP LEADER case. It directed that the trial court should start the proceedings within four weeks from today. The court also gave significant directions that separate trials being conducted in trial courts at Rae Bareli and Lucknow will be clubbed together and conducted in the capital of Uttar Pradesh only. It also said that the trial judge of Lucknow "shall not be transferred" till conclusion and delivery of judgment in the sensational case. There were two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the disputed structure. The first involved unnamed 'karsevaks', the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the leaders in a Rae Bareli court. Advani, 89, along with party colleagues like Joshi, is charged with making inflammatory speeches that allegedly motivated lakhs of right-wing volunteers or karsevaks to pull down the mosque in 1992. That trial was being held in Mamata slams BJP for distorting her views SNS & PTI BHUBANESWAR/KOLKATA, 19 APRIL West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the BJP and its sister organisations of distorting her views and opinions and misleading the people by using fake accounts on social media. Without naming the BJP, she alleged in a Facebook post, “In the recent past, one section of religious group, belonging to a political party ruling at the Centre and also in the name of their sister organisations and others (either using real or ficti- tious names) are distorting my views, opinions, sayings and thus misleading people with my photos through some fake accounts.” “I strongly condemn such scandalous activities by the so-called Hindu zealots. These type of communal forces, with their political vendetta, are maligning people,” she alleged. She said all regional parties must work together for better federalism even as she accused the BJP of indulging in “divisive” politics to defame Hindutva. Claiming that she was a real Hindu who believes in taking everyone together, Banerjee said the BJP's attitude towards others was not acceptable. TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today decided to field party candidates in the 2018 Odisha urban local bodies elections. H-IB visa order may hit India After Dalai Lama’s visit to the state, China renames six places in Arunachal Pradesh WASHINGTON, 19 APRIL NEW DELHI, 19 APRIL In a blow to Indian IT industry and professionals, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop its “abuse” and ensure that the visas are given to the “most-skilled or highest paid” petitioners. The Indian government tonight said it was in touch with USA and was making full assessment of the impact of the proposed changes in consultation with all stakeholders. Also in the case of Australia, which had on Tuesday announced abolishing of a temporary work visa popular with Indians, the same approach was being followed with the government being in touch with the officials of that country. PTI Upset with India for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh recently despite its protests, China has sought to add a new dimension to its claim over the Indian state by renaming six places in the North-eastern state that it calls ‘South Tibet’. Significantly, the ‘standardisation’ of the names in Chinese characters was made by the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs and not by the Foreign Ministry as is the practice being followed by Beijing while making such critical announcements. New Delhi is expected to react to the development. Chinese daily Global Times, which is considered close to the Communist Party leadership, reported Wednesday that the move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim ASHOK TUTEJA CMYK over the state. It said the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on 14 April on its website that it had standardised the names of six places in ‘South Tibet’ in accordance with the regulations of the State Council. The official names of the six places are Wo'gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. "These names have existed since ancient times, but had never been standardised before. Therefore, announcing the names is like a remediation," Mr Guo Kefan, a research fellow at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying. Standardising the names from the angles of culture and geography could serve as a reference or leverage when China and India negotiate border issues in future, he added. The move by Beijing is being seen in retaliation to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month. At least on three occasions, China went on record to say that his visit to Arunachal would damage bilateral ties. However, India refused to buckle under pressure, saying the Dalai Lama was an honoured guest of India who was free to travel anywhere. China’s contention has been that the Dalai Lama was more interested in politics than religious affairs. Rae Bareli. Now, the BJP leaders will be tried for more serious charges in Lucknow, where, so far, a separate case is dealing with about 20 people accused of the actual demolition of the mosque. By combining the two trials, the judges want to ensure that a verdict is delivered within two years. The CBI says that it has evidence that the BJP leaders, who made their speeches on a stage near the mosque on the day it was razed, were part of the plan to bring down the mosque. The agency says that Advani and other BJP leaders met the night before the mosque was brought down and decided that it would be razed, which makes the demolition a premeditated, deliberate event. The demolition of the mosque came after a movement led in part by Advani for a temple to be built on the same spot where the masjid was constructed by the Mughals. Many Hindus believe that the mosque was built over the birthplace of Lord Ram and want a temple to be built there. At its last hearing about 10 days ago, the Supreme Court indicated it was likely to club the two cases. After revolt, Dinakaran ‘steps aside’ CHENNAI, 19 APRIL Isolated in his party, AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran today threw in the towel and “stepped aside” to pave the way for a merger of rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam. Dinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, is facing a revolt by an influential section of the party led by Palaniswami and a host of ministers, who had last night declared the ouster of the once powerful aunt- nephew duo, and extended a hand of friendship to the Panneerselvam camp. Dinakaran, who had earlier in the day convened a meeting of the MLAs backing him, chickened out at the last moment, and called it off, apparently outnumbered by those arrayed against him. Senior ministers including D Jayakumar and K A Sengottaiyan, who chairs the AIADMK presidium and had hitherto sided with Dinakaran, had questioned the beleaguered leader's locus standi to convene a meeting of legislators and the party's district secretaries. Dinakaran said he had “stepped aside” last night itself “in the interest of the party”. “I myself would have announced it (of keeping away from the party) if they had told me about their decision,” he said, referring to last night's revolt. FERA case: An economic offences court framed charges against Dinakaran in a FERA violation case as Madras High Court refused SNS/PTI to quash it.
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