CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 APRIL 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR PM MODI SEEKS SUGGESTIONS FOR MAAN KI BAAT FINMIN RATIFIES 8.65 PER CENT INTEREST ON EPF P3 SENSEX 29,422.39 +85.82 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Heatwave condition intensified in most parts of Odisha. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.86% Min. 56% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.4°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:11 hrs MOON RISES 01:23 hrs Min: 24.3°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:59 hrs MOON SETS 12:57 hrs Third quarter 22 April THUMBNAILS SC quashes complaint against Dhoni:The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a criminal complaint against former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni by an Andhra Pradesh resident following his depiction as Lord Vishnu by a business magazine. Quashing the criminal complaint, a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said the ingredients of the offence alleged in the criminal complaint amounting to hurting the religious feelings of P3 the complainant are not made out. OPS sets terms: The moves to merge the two factions of AIADMK appeared to have hit a stumbling block, with OPS camp setting terms like expulsion of V K Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party besides a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death. OPS wants withdrawal of affidavits submitted to EC by the Palaniswami faction declaring Sasikala and Dinakaran as P4 party general secretary and the No. 2 NIFTY 9,136.40 +32.90 POLL EVE CAMPUS RETHINK P8 ` vs $ 64.56 +2 PAISE P9 GOLD 28,275 -45.00 Renaming AP areas: India slams China MEA spokesman says Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL ndia today hit out at China for giving Chinese names to some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. “Assigning invented names to towns of your neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal. Arunachal Pradesh is and will always be an integral part of India,” Baglay told reporters here. When asked if India has taken up the matter with China, he said the Chinese government has not communicated anything officially so far and the min- I istry has seen only reports on the development. China yesterday had announced that it has “standardised” official names for six places in the Northeastern state and termed the provocative move as a “legitimate action”. The Chinese move came days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state. Asked if India was attending the 'One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Infrastructure Plan' Summit to be hosted by China next month, Baglay only said the invitation has been received and was under “consideration”. India's position on the OBOR issue is that though it is in favour of connectivity, the China-Pakistan economic corridor, which passes through Indian territory, forms a part of the plan which is not acceptable to it. Although China has invited Prime Minister KNIGHTS READY FOR GLORY RIDE Narendra Modi for the summit, India is said to be considering asking its envoy in Beijing to attend the meet. Nearly 30 Heads of State or Government are likely to participate in it. China had earlier said that the Dalai Lama's Arunachal Pradesh visit had a "negative impact" on Sino-India ties and the vexed boundary issue, as it asserted that New Delhi should not use the Tibetan spiritual leader to "undermine" Beijing's interests. "In the past due to some reason that we all know the political foundation of China and India relations was undermined," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said referring to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan Province from June 23 to 27. P12 SILVER 42,400 000.00 BRENT (OIL IN `) 3416 -12.8 SC nod for IHCL hotel e-auction SNS NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL The Supreme Court today allowed the New Delhi Municipal Council to eauction five-star hotel Taj Mansingh, currently being run by Tata Group firm Indian Hotel Company Ltd (IHCL), in the national capital. A bench of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman allowed the plea of NDMC that the Tata Group firm cannot have the right to refusal in the auctioning of the hotel. The bench, however, asked the civic body to grant six months “breathing time” to the company in vacating the hotel in case they lose out in the e-auction. The court also said that the “blemish-free” record of Tata Group firm IHCL may be taken into account by NDMC while auctioning the iconic property. The civic body had on 3 March told the apex court that it wants to e-auction the hotel. The court had earlier asked IHCL, which challenged a Delhi High Court order allowing auction of the hotel, to file objections, if any, within a week. The IHCL had told the apex court that it was “not clear” why the NDMC wanted to auction the prime property which gave the “best revenue” to it. The company had submitted that an NDMC expert report suggests that the council would “lose revenue” if the hotel was auctioned to other players. The apex court had on 21 November last year directed that status quo be maintained on NDMC's auctioning process of Taj Mansingh. Panamagate: Relief for Sharif, SC orders JIT formation ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL The suspense over the political future of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended for the time being today as he survived being disqualified by the Supreme Court after a 3-2 split decision by the country’s apex court which ordered setting up of a up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) within a week to probe allegations against him in the "Panama Papers" leaks. The court also ordered Mr Sharif and his two sons to appear before the JIT team, which will include the Federal Investigation Agency, the National Accountability Bureau, the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the Military Intelligence. The JIT has been asked to submit its report in 60 days. Mr Sharif has denied any wrongdoing, but the Supreme Court agreed to investigate his family's offshore wealth late last year after Opposition leader CMYK and his bitter political rival Imran Khan threatened to take to the streets. Soon after details in the ‘Panama Papers’ came into the public domain, Mr Sharif emphatically stated in Pakistan’s Parliament, "not a single penny went out of Pakistan". Mr Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) had been preparing for days to deal with any situation if he were to be disqualified by the court. The names of his brother Mr Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab province, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, were doing the rounds as his replacement. Many senior leaders of his party were also weighing the option of calling early general elections, which are otherwise due next year. While the PML-N was quick to tweet photos and statements of celebration after the court verdict, there was a relative silence in the camp of Mr Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehriq-eInsaaf (PTI) party. The official account of PTI in a tweet said, "Decision as it stands right now: Pakistan 2, corruption 0. 3 judgements reserved for PM and kids to show face in court for JIT". During his tenure as the PM in the 1990s, ‘benaami’ properties worth billions were allegedly purchased by Mr Sharif. India seeks details of Jadhav trial NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL India has sought from Pakistan details of the appeal process in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in which it has made 15 attempts to get consular access to the Indian national given death sentence by a military court there. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India was “concerned” as it has no information about the location or the condition of Jadhav, who Pakistan says was in their custody. Noting that the ministry had “called in” the Pakistan deputy high commissioner yesterday, he said Pakistan has been asked to provide details of the trial against Jadhav. “Pakistan claims there have been legal proceedings against Jadhav. If there has been any proceedings against (him), we would, officially, like to see details of those proceedings,” Baglay said. India would also like to know how it can proceed in the case, and asked Shah about various options available in the Pakistani legal system, Baglay said, noting that India is still awaiting a reponse to its demands for consular access and details of the trial proceedings against Jadhav. “Yesterday also we asked for consular access to Jadhav and in the past we made 13 such requests,” Baglay said, adding it was important given the nature of charges levelled against the retired Indian Navy officer. “We don't know anything about Jadhav's location or condition in Pakistan. It is a matter of concern for India. We are concerned about his health and whereabouts,” SNS /PTI he maintained.
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