CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 JULY 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 P7 SENSEX 32,074.78 +54.03 SUPREME COURT BEGINS HEARING ON SHARIF’S FUTURE MAHARASHTRA REFINERY TO COST `2.7 LAKH CRORE PILGRIMAGE THAT BUILDS BRIDGES P8 NIFTY 9,915.95 +29.60 ‘SPINNERS WILL WIN SERIES FOR INDIA’ P10 ` vs $ 64.35 +10 PAISE GOLD 27,060.00 +50 P12 SILVER 37,600.00 +100 VP: It’s Venkaiah v Gopal Gandhi 99% voting in prez poll WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower in some areas. Max & min temp 35/28 degree celsius, respectively. Counting of votes will take place on 20 July, all Trinamul lawmakers vote for Meira Kumar RAINFALL: 3.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY NEW DELHI, 17 JULY Max.85% Min. 62% Max: 32.1°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:03 hrs MOON RISES 00.07 hrs Min: 27.9°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:23 hrs MOON SETS 13.09 hrs TEMPERATURE Third quarter 19 July THUMBNAILS Roger Federer, the 8th time Wimbledon champion, is quite simply the finest tennis player to have walked this earth and one of the greatest (REPORT P11) ambassadors in sporting history. Centre to SC on junk notes: The Centre told the Supreme Court that no more grace period will be granted for depositing the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, saying the very object of demonetisation and elimination of black money will be defeated if a fresh window is given. Govt was responding to the 4 July directive by a bench headed by CJI asking it to consider granting a window to those who have not been able to exchange scrapped P2 notes for genuine reasons. Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj RKM chief: Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj has been elected as the 16th president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, confirmed Swami Subiranandaji Maharaj at a press conference at Belur Math, the Ramakrishna Math and Mission headquarters, on Monday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has congratulated Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj on being elected president of the RamakrishP13 na Math and Mission. Essar Steel plea against RBI dismissed: Gujarat High Court dismissed Essar Steel's plea against the RBI directive to banks to start insolvency proceedings against it, refusing to grant any relief to the steel major. A bench of Justice S G Shah pronounced its verdict on the Essar Steel plea and refusing to accede to it, said its petition stands disposed of. The steel company's debt has increased to over Rs 42,000 crore. Essar's contention was that this directive was improper as the company was in an P8 advanced stage of loan restructuring. SNS & PTI lose to 99 per cent voting was recorded today for electing India's next President, the returning officer for the poll announced saying it was perhaps the highest-ever percentage. The counting of votes will take place on 20 July. The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling coalition's nominee Ram Nath Kovind, a former Bihar Governor, over the Opposition's candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. “The voting was close to 99 per cent. I think this would perhaps be the highest ever percentage,” Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer for the election Anoop Mishra told a press conference here. Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting. In Parliament House, the voting percentage was 99 per cent, said Mishra. He said while the sanctioned strength of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha MLA Rashid stays away C JAMMU 17 JULY: Proseparatist MLA Engineer Rashid on Monday boycotted the Presidential poll by not casting his vote to protest against hanging of Afzal Guru, who masterminded the terrorist attack at Parliament in 2001. Rashid said that he boycotted the poll as the Centre did not take favourable action on the memorandum seeking mercy for Afzal Guru. SNS Parliamentarians in a queue to cast votes in the Presidential election, at Parliament House in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA is 776, 771 MPs were eligible to cast their votes. There are two vacancies each in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, while one BJP MP Chedi Paswan does not have voting rights following a judicial pronouncement, he added. In Delhi, 717 MPs were to cast their ballot but only 714 exercised their franchise. The TMC's Tapas Pal, the BJD's Ram Chandra Hansdak and Ambumani Ramadoss of the PMK did not cast their votes. Fifty-five MPs had sought permissions to cast their vote in state capitals. These included Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, his UP counterpart Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union minister Uma Bharti. BJP chief Amit Shah, who is an MLA from Gujarat, had also sought permission to cast his vote in Delhi. Trinamul Congress MPs cast their votes in Kolkata. West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said all her party lawmakers voted for the joint Opposition candidate, is through secret ballot and party whip is not applicable. As lawmakers voted to elect the next President, the ruling BJP exuded confidence that Kovind would win with a “comfortable” margin. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the fight between Kovind and Kumar was “one of ideologies” and rated the latter as the best choice for the President's post. In Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first person to cast his vote. BJP heavyweight from Andhra Pradesh and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, 68-yearold Venkaiah Naidu on Monday was selected by the party as the NDA’s candidate for the post of Vice President of India. The decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board here which was attended by BJP president Amit Shah and chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters on Monday evening, Amit Shah formally made public Naidu’s name as the ruling NDA's unanimous choice for the constitutional post. The announcement came just a day ahead of the last date of filing of nominations for the post. Shah STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU,17 JULY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 17 JULY Army personnel and policemen remove the body of a soldier reportedly killed along the line of control between India and Pakistan to a morgue in the Bhimber Gali sector of the district of Rajouri, 159 km from Jammu. On Monday. AFP dition of anonymity. He was working in a private company in Abu Dhabi for the past several years under a fake identity, he added. Meanwhile, three unidentified militants were today killed by security forces in an encounter in Meira Kumar, in the presidential election to register their protest against “what is going on in the country”. She claimed that Kumar would get the maximum number of votes from West Bengal. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said MLAs should vote in the presidential poll according to their conscience. “We are supporting Meira Kumar. All should vote following their conscience,” he said. The presidential election STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 17 JULY said Naidu would file his nomination papers at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. As in the case of the Presidential election, a contest for the post is slated for 5 August. Naidu is pitted against Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who has the backing of nearly 18 parties. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former IAS officer and diplomat besides being a former West Bengal Governor, is Mahatma Gandhi's grandson. Political observers said the election of Naidu as the country’s next Vice President is a foregone conclusion by virtue of the apparent numerical superiority of the ruling alliance and its other supporting parties. The electoral college comprises 790 MPs of both Houses of Parliament. Incumbent VP Ansari’s term comes to an end on 10 August. VIP treatment report: DIG, DG shunted LeT ‘terrorist’ deported from UAE, arrested in Mumbai A suspected terrorist of Pakistan-based Lashkare-Taiba (LeT), allegedly involved in an attack on a CRPF camp in Uttar Pradesh in 2008, was deported from the UAE and subsequently arrested today on his arrival at the city airport, a police officer said. Salim Munir Khan alias Abu Amaar alias Arif, a native of Hathgaon in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh, was facing a lookout notice. He was arrested from the international airport on the intervening night of July 16 and 17, he said. Salim was deported from Abu Dhabi by the United Arab Emirates authorities as he did not possess valid documents to support his stay in the Gulf country, said the police officer in Mumbai on con- BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 48.97 +0.06 Anantnag district of south Kashmir, saiddefence officials. The encounter broke out at around 8 pm at Wanihama village of Anantnag, following an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces. The Karnataka government today shunted out DIG prisons, Ms Roopa (photo), within 48 hours of her complaint that AIADMK leader, Sasikala, was receiving VIP treatment in the Parpanna Agrahara jail. In addition, Director General, prisons, Mr Satyanarayana Rao, who was in the eye of the storm, has been asked to go on leave. While Ms Roopa has been posted as DIG and Commissioner for traffic and road safety, Mr Rao, who has barely a few days to retire, too has been shunted out with Mr N S Megharik, additional DIG, anti corruption bureau, taking charge as additional DIG, prisons, with immediate effect. In yet another transfer, the superintendent of the jail, Mr Krishna Kumar, has been shifted with Dr Ms Anita ,SP taking over the mantle. , The overhaul has created quite a controversy as most see the state government’s move as vindictive,especially because Ms Roopa had exposed the alleged irregularities in the high profile central prison. Virtually every political party has slammed chief minister, Mr Siddaramiah, for “punishing an honest officer.” Her sensational disclosure in her report to Inspector General of Police, Mr R K Dutta and her immediate boss, Mr Satyanarayana Rao, triggered a major controversy last week. More so, after she alleged that Ms Sasikala had paid a bribe of Rs 2 crore for the VIP treatment. In addition, the lady officer charged that the prison authorities were turning a blind eye to the rampant use of drugs by undertrials. In one case, as many as 18 prisoners had tested positive during an inspection conducted by her early last week. This apart, she exposed the special treatment which fake stamp paper convict, Karimlala Telgi,was alleged- ly receiving, with two undertrials working as his special aides. The flak that the state government is receiving over Ms Roopa’s transfer has left the ruling party in a fix. Especially, as the transfer comes immediately after a probe that the government ordered into the leak of Ms Roopa’s controversial report. ‘‘She has been punished for going to the media,” according a senior officer in Mr Siddaramiah’s office. Significantly, the officer had taken charge of her new role as DIG ,prisons, on 21 June, this year. Incidentally, following the controversy surrounding Ms Roopa’s report last weekend, a beleaguered chief minster had ordered the probe into her allegations of irregularities in the central prison, involving the AIADMK general secretary, Sasikala. The latter is serving a jail term in connection with a disproportionate assets’ case. Mamata slams Modi for advice to check cow vigilantism STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 17 JULY Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stand yesterday that the onus for checking “hooliganism” in the name of cow vigilantism lies on the state governments and accused the BJP of “letting loose” these elements in different parts of the country. “It’s you people who have unleashed these cow rakshaks who are going on the rampage and now you want the states to rein them in ? You have put fire on the tails of the Hanumans and they are going about causing fire to different places’’, Miss Banerjee said throwing a challenge to the Prime Minister to control the cow vigilant groups. Miss Banerjee blamed the Modi government's “diplomatic failure” for the “deterioration” in ties with neighbours like China, Nepal and Bangladesh, and said her state “suffered” because of it. “If China takes over Sikkim, which has similarities with Darjeeling, that will be because of the Centre's failure. Relations with neighbouring countries like China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh have deteriorated because of the Central government's diplomatic failure,” she said. “West Bengal suffered on account of this failure because it is sandwiched.....It is the gateway to Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan,” she told reporters after casting her vote in the presidential election. Stressing that she had always been for sharing good relations with Bangladesh, Miss Banerjee said she had spoken to the external affairs minister when an effigy of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was burnt by the VHP on 1 July. Targeting Central government agencies like the IB, SSB, RAW and NIA, the chief minister wondered what these were doing when around 400 schools teaching Chinese language sprang up at Pashupathi gate near Darjeeling. “What were the IB and SSB doing ? Who let the Jamat enter through Satkhira district (in Bangladesh) ? Who opened the borders to them ? They (Jamat) are against Hasina and tried to start a riot in West Bengal. But the people of the state are good and managed to foil the attempt. They had tried to cause riots by spreading fake videos on social media,” she alleged. The chief minister claimed the state government was in possession of details of who allowed troublemakers to enter West Bengal from Satkhira. “West Bengal will not be an easy task for the BJP If the BJP . thinks that by killing people in the name of "goraksha" or by firing guns or by engineering riots they can grab Ben- gal, they are mistaken. And if we protest, we will be threatened by the CBI, ED and I-T. But I would like to tell them that we never bow our heads (before the Centre),” she said. Slamming the BJP-led government for “pushing” the Goods and Services Tax (GST) without prior preparations, Miss Banerjee said demonetisation and GST were the “biggest scams”. We will not bow our head, we will be CMYK happy to go to jail by raising these issues, but will not succumb to pressure," she said. Meanwhile, Trinamul Congress Parliamentary party decided to go for an all-out attack against the BJP over issues ranging from alleged interference of China, demand for Gorkhaland to the Centre’s “non-cooperation” with the states. "We will play an aggressive role in Parliament. All Oppo- sition parties must unite. This is the best time," Miss Banerjee said. She held a meeting with all the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs of her party in her chamber in the Assembly. "We will go for an all-out attack against the BJP and the Centre in Parliament. We will protest against the mandatory Aadhaar linking and the ongoing violence over Gorkhaland demand in the Hills," she said. Miss Banerjee further said the BJP was trying to sell off the country “just because they have the numbers.” “There is injustice, anarchy and lawlessness across the country. They don’t pay any heed to the opinion of the people. Though they have the numerical strength, they won’t be able to do anything. There are constitutional norms,” the chief minister asserted. “We also have more than two-thirds majority in Bengal. Despite having numerical strength we have never taken any anti-people decisions. Trinamul is always pro-people,” she added. “We have supported Meira Kumar in the presidential polls. We will respect the NDA candidate too if he becomes President. This vote is our protest against injustice. This is a vote for resistance. We will continue to speak for the people. There are some parties which still support the BJP It is time for all . to come together to fight the BJP in the national interest. , Meanwhile, six sacked TMC MLAs and one Opposition Congress MLA out of the total 60 in the Tripura Assembly today voted for the NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. “We six MLAs have cast our votes in favour of Ram Nath Kovind. We had announced it earlier itself because we cannot vote for a candidate who was supported by the CPI-M,” Sudip Burman, leader of the group of sacked TMC MLAs told reporters.
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