FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 APRIL 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA|NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR GOVT PLANNING NO-FLY LIST: AVIATION MINISTER RAJNATH ASKS BABUS NOT TO BE YES MEN P7 SENSEX 29,422.39 +85.82 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder lightning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 43 and 26 degree celcius respectively. RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.53% Min.17% TEMPERATURE Max: 43.2°C (+5) SUN SETS 18:50 hrs MOON RISES 02:58 hrs Min: 25.5°C (+4) SUN RISES 05:49 hrs MOON SETS 13:37 hrs THUMBNAILS SC quashes complaint against Dhoni:The Supreme Court 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 the complainant are not made out. P16 5 terror suspects detained: A team of Anti terrorist Squad (ATS) has detained five suspicious persons for their reported links with some terrorist outfits from Bijnor district . These were reportedly planning something big in future. The operation was conducted by the ATS. They were arrested from different parts of Meerut viz Kotwali, Badhapur and Dhampur areas on UP-Uttarakhand border. 18 held for parading couple naked in Raj: Eighteen people were arrested on charges of beating a young couple and parading them naked in Rajasthan’s Banswara district on Thursday. “We arrested nine people on Wednesday and nine more on Thursday under various sections including attempt to murder and the Rajasthan Prevention of Witch Hunting Act,” a police official said. NIFTY 9,136.40 AUSTRALIA UNVEILS TOUGHER CITIZENSHIP LAWS P11 +32.90 ` vs $ 64.61 GOLD 29,249 -73.00 MEA spokesman says Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL I development. China announcedWednesday that it has "standardised" official names for six places in the Northeastern state, which Beijing calls "South Tibet", 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. The MEA spokesman confirmed that India had received an invitation from China for par- P15 P12 Renaming AP areas: India slams China ndia on Thursday slammed 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. The External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay 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 ministry has only seen reports on the JUVENTUS KNOCK BARCA OUT OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ticipating in the "One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Infrastructure Plan" Summit to be hosted by China next month.The invite was being considered. Although China has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the OBOR Summit, a signature initiative of President Xi Jinping, 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. India has already lodged its protest with China over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) ~ which is seen as part of the OBOR initiative ~ since it passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). New Delhi is expected to reiterate this position if it takes part in the OBOR Summit. China had earlier said that the Dalai Lama's Arunachal Pradesh visit had a "negative impact" on SinoIndia 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 were undermined," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said referring to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. SILVER 41,836 -21.00 BRENT (OIL IN $) SC nod for IHCL hotel e-auction SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL The Supreme Court today allowed civic agency NDMC to e-auction five-star hotel Taj Mansingh, presently being run by Tata Group firm Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), in the heart of the national capital. A bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman allowed the plea of New Delhi Municipal Council (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 March 3 told the apex court that it wants to eauction the hotel. The court had earlier asked the 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 NDMC wanted to auction the prime property which gave the “best revenue” to it. The company had submitted that NDMC expert report suggests that the council would “lose revenue” if the hotel was auctioned to other players. Panamagate: Relief for Sharif, SC orders JIT formation ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 20 APRIL The suspense over the political future of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended for the time being on Thursday as he survived from being disqualified by the Supreme Court after a 3-2 split decision by the country’s apex court which ordered to set up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) within a week to probe allegations against him in the “Panama Papers” leaks. According to the judge- ment, Sharif, 67, survived as majority three judges supported the setting up of JIT to further probe the allegations while two other judges wanted to disqualify the Prime Minister. The court also ordered Sharif and his two sons to appear before the JIT, 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. Sharif has denied any wrongdoing, but the SC agreed to investigate his family’s offshore wealth late last year after opposition leader and his bitter political rival Imran Khan threat- ened to take to the streets. Soon after details in the ‘Panama Papers’ became public, Sharif emphatically stated in Pakistan’s Parliament that “not a single penny went out of Pakistan.” 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 Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab province, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, were doing 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. Given the fact that the corruption charges against Sharif and his family came to light in the ‘Panama Papers,’ people largely considered them genuine and legitimate. During his tenure as the PM in the 1990s, ‘benaami’ properties worth billions were allegedly purchased by Sharif in London in his daughter Maryam’s name, who was declared a dependent without any source of income. Sharif’s sons Hussein and Hassan were also accused of owning several off-shore companies and using them to buy properties in the UK. The case was launched on 3 November and the court held 35 hearings before concluding the proceedings on 23 February. The delay in the verdict had led to speculation that the Pakistan Army might have intervened in the matter. $52.28 -0.13 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 has 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 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,” he SNS /PTI maintained.
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