CMYK SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 20 AUGUST 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 EVERY SILVER LINING HAS ITS CLOUDS, AND IN INDIA THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF EITHER ELVIS PRESLEY WAS KNOWN TO BE A FAN OF FRIED FOODS BUT WHAT DID HE EAT IN A NORMAL DAY? WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain or thundershower likely. Max and min temp 33 degree and 27 degree celsius, resp. RAINFALL: 23.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% TEMPERATURE Max: 32.6°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:16 hrs MOON RISES 03:30 hrs Min. 69% Min: 27.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:04 hrs MOON SETS 16:59 hrs New moon on 21 August THUMBNAILS The damaged portion of a bridge on National Highway 31 is seen at Dalkhola in West Bengal on Saturday. Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in south Asia, officials said. AFP Infosys buyback: The Infosys board on Saturday approved the share buyback plan of up to Rs 13,000 crore to reward shareholders, a move that comes a day after the company’s chief executive officer and managing director Vishal Sikka resigned citing slander and baseless personal attacks by company founders. The company will buy back 11.3 crore shares at Rs 1,150 apiece, returning cash to investors at almost 25 per cent premium to Friday's closing price of Rs 923.10, the Bengalurubased company said in a stock exchange filing. P8 Russia appoints new envoy to India: Russia has named career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as its new ambassador to India. The appointment comes nearly seven months after the death of previous ambassador Alexander Kadakin, who was considered a great friend of India. Kudashev, a specialist in South East Asia, is currently the Deputy Director General, Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin by an executive order appointed Kudashev as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, the Russian Embassy said. He has worked in India in the past. Govt extends GST return filing date to 25 August: The government on Saturday extended by 5 days till 25 August the last date for filing returns and payment of taxes under the GST regime after the GSTN portal faced technical issues because of a huge rush. The extension came after the GST site went down for a few hours during the day, which was restored by the evening. GSTN chairman Navin Kumar said the site since has been restored and tax filing restarted. “There was a minor glitch because of the overload, which has been set right,” he added. Earlier, the cut-off for filing maiden GST returns for July was scheduled to end tomorrow, which explained P8 the heavy traffic at www.gst.gov.in'. 23 dead, over 40 injured as six coaches of Utkal Express jump the rails in UP JD-U returns to NDA after 4 years SNS MEERUT, 19 AUGUST Six coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express going from Puri to Hardwar jumped the rails at 5.46 pm on Saturday near Khataulli station of Muzaffarnagar district in UP, killing 23 passengers and injuring over 40. The deaths were confirmed by the DGP’s office. The train was supposed to reach Hardwar at 9 pm. The accident occurred just after it crossed Khataulli. While one of the coaches rammed into a house four coaches telescoped into each other. Coaches S1, S2 , S3 and S4 are the worst affected. According to railway officials, six coaches were derailed while in all 10 coaches have been affected. The railways have announced Rs 3.5 lakh compensation for each of the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. A relief train has been sent while buses have been pressed into service. Compensation has also been announced by the UP and Odisha governments. Dr S K Gupta, in Rival groups clash outside Bihar CM’s residence in Patna SNS & PTI PATNA, 19 AUGUST A charge of the CHC where the victims are being taken for primary medical assistance, said that 150 patients have been attended to till now. Thirty of the critically injured were referred to hospitals in Meerut. Private and government hospitals in Meerut were put on alert shortly after the accident and the injured are being sent to these hospitals. From Meerut 26 gov- ernment and 20 private ambulances were sent, said CMO Meerut Dr. Rajkumar adding that hospitals have been asked to be prepared for emergency. Four teams of NDRF were sent from Delhi and Ghaziabad along with nine battalions of PAC for rescue work. However, locals were the first to start rescue work. A team of the UP AntiTerrorism Squad, headed by DSP Anoop Singh, has been sent to probe the incident. ADG Railways BK Arya said repair work was going on on the track. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat asked the Hardwar DM to send two ambulances to Khataulli. About 100 passengers from Hardwar were on the train. Many trains, including the Delhi Dehradun Shatabdi Express, have been diverted via Shamli following the derailment. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 19 AUGUST STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE DARJEELING, 19 AUGUST budgetary provision of pumping in Rs 75,000 crore into state-run banks for the four-year period ending March 2019. Patel said the measures contemplated could include a combination of capital raising from markets, dilution of government holding, additional capital infusion by government, mergers based on strategic decision and sale of non-core assets. The government and the RBI have been working together to comprehensively address the NPA issue through a multi-pronged approach for some time now and the early signs are encouraging, he said. “No successful and credible NPA resolution can happen if the banks' balance sheets are weak as the outcome of the efforts is contingent on the strength of the balance sheets of lender to absorb the costs’’. A bomb explosion ripped through the police station in Kalimpong town late in the evening today, killing at least one person and injuring two others. The incident occurred at around 10.15 p.m, and came after a high intensity blast shook Darjeeling shortly after midnight last night. There were no casualties in the Darjeeling incident, the first such since the indefinite shutdown began over two months ago to press for a separate Gorkhaland state. In tonight’s incident, police sources said, a “bomb” was hurled at the police station by unidentified persons from the main road below. The bomb hit civic police volunteer Rakesh Basur who was standing outside the police station. The badly injured Basur died on the way to hospital, it is learnt. The explosion also left a home guard and an SSB jawan injured, police said. There was no casualties in the Darjeeling incident, but about 25 shops were destroyed in the blast which was suspected to have been set off by Gorkhaland supporters near the motor stand in the Chowkbazar area, police said. An FIR has been lodged against Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung (photo), Prakash Gurung, Praveen Subba and “others” in connection with the Darjeeling blast. They have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosive Substances Act, West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, according to sources. Mr Gurung condemned the explosion and demanded a high-level inquiry. “The blast took place around 12:15 a.m. It was triggered when a police van was patrolling the area,” a senior police officer said. IGP (Darjeeling range), Manoj Verma, said : “A few days ago it was reported that a huge amount of explosives were stolen from a power plant in the Bijanbari area. We suspect that these are the same explosives that were used. We suspect the hand of GJMM supporters behind this blast. We have started an investigation.” “It was an improvised explosive device and the likely target was a police patrol team,” said Darjeeling SP Akhilesh Chaturvedi. According to him, a forensic team will be coming from Siliguri to Darjeeling soon for further investigation. “According to technical and other inputs we have received about the incident, we suspect some Morcha (GJMM) leaders such as Bimal Gurung, Prakash Gurung and Prabin Subba had a hand in the explosion,” he added. The SP said that some gelatin sticks had been stolen from the NHPC office in Pul Bazaar a month ago and that they might have been used to prepare the explosive device used today. Unidentified men torched a small office of the GJMM in Leong. A forest bungalow in the Badamtam Tea Estate was also set ablaze. Yogi says Gorakhpur no picnic spot, Rahul hits back PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GORAKHPUR, 19 AUGUST Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his visit here, saying the 'yuvraj' (prince) sitting in Delhi cannot make Gorakhpur 'a picnic spot'. Gandhi hit back at Adityanath after visiting the family members of the victims, describing the deaths of children at a state-run BRD hospital here as “government made tragedy”. He said the chief minister should not try to cover up the matter. The Congress also returned the fire, saying the eastern UP town was not a “picnic spot” but “a spot of virtual murder”. The chief minister targeted Gandhi while launching a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 71 children at the BRD hospital here. “I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..yuvraj sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it,” the chief minister said taking a dig at Gandhi, hours before the Congress leader's visit to Gorakhpur to meet the families of the victims. “If someone gives an open challenge to the self-respect of the people of Gorakhpur and eastern UP ...they will themselves come forward to fight fold, supporters of rival factions headed by Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav clashed outside the residence of the Bihar chief minister here today, police said. Riding two-wheelers without helmets, Yadav's supporters were escorting him from the airport to the S K Memorial Hall, the venue of their Jan Adalat programme, when they stopped outside the chief minister's residence on the way and shouted slogans. The clashes took place when some of them carrying sticks and belts tried to enter Nitish Kumar's 1 Anne Marg residence -- opposite Raj Bhavan. Soon, Kumar's supporters, who had gathered there for JD-U National Executive AIADMK factions Twin blasts in Hills; one dead, two injured hopeful of merger RBI hints at new package to shore up banks’ capital The RBI and the government will come up with a recapitalisation package for state-run banks, which have been hit by higher provisioning for mounting bad loans, RBI Governor Urjit Patel said here today. System level nonperforming assets (NPAs) have crossed the level of sanity and banks will have to take bigger haircuts as gross NPA ratio has touched 9.6 per cent and stressed advances ratio was at 12 per cent as of March end, he said. Besides, he said, 86.5 per cent of gross NPAs are accounted by large borrowers.“Higher provisioning requirements for NPAs and other factors will affect capital position of several banks, necessitating a higher recapitalisation. Government and RBI are in dialogue to prepare a pack of measures to enable state- run banks to shore up the requisite capital in a time bound manner,” Patel told a CIIorganised insolvency and bankruptcy summit, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The government has made a s expected, the JD-U faction led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today decided to be part of the NDA, returning to the BJP-led alliance four years after it snapped ties with the saffron party. The decision to return to the NDA fold was taken in a resolution approved at a meeting of the national executive of the JD-U here chaired by Kumar, who is the party president. “The national executive meeting of JD-U chaired by party president Nitish Kumar approved a resolution to become part of NDA,” its principal general secretary K C Tyagi said. The JD-U has two MPs in the Lok Sabha and 10 in the Rajya Sabha. While the two in the Lok Sabha are with Kumar, three of its Rajya Sabha MPs-Sharad Yadav, Ali Anwar Ansari and M P Veerendra Kumar of Kerala--are opposed to him. The ruling alliance comprised 32 parties before the JD-U decided to join it. On a day the JD-U’s Nitish faction returned to the NDA Committee meeting came out and chased away Yadav's supporters, police said. It may be recalled on 26 July, Nitish Kumar resigned as chief minister dumping the RJD and the Congress to stitch a new alliance with the BJP and was sworn in as the CM for the sixth time the next day. BJP president Amit Shah welcomed the decision of the JD-U headed by Nitish Kumar to join the NDA and said it heralded a “new era of development” in Bihar. “I welcome the JD-U decision of joining NDA, as this will not only strengthen the NDA but will also begin a new era of development and growth in Bihar,” Shah said. Shah had last week invited the JD-U to join the NDA at a meeting with Nitish Kumar. The party's two factions headed by Kumar and Sharad Yadav held parallel meetings in Patna during the day. The group under its president (Kumar) categorically denied that there was any split and said that the “overwhelming majority” of its members is with them. The Kumar faction, however, avoided cracking the whip on Sharad Yadav. such dreaded diseases through their awareness,” Adityanath stressed, launching the 'Swachch Uttar Pradesh Swasthya Uttar Pradesh campaign' here. After meeting family members of victims, Gandhi said government should take action and not try to cover up the matter as “it is absolutely clear that oxygen shortage and laxity were the reasons for the tragedy.” “All those whom I met told me that oxygen shortage led to the death of their children. Many families were given ambu bags (a manual resuscitator) and they pumped it for hours...it is very clear that it was a government-made tragedy,” he told reporters. “The chief minister should not try to cover up (the mat- CMYK ter) and action should be taken against the guilty. This is my message,” he said. “I have come to this hospital earlier too and told Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the media that this hospital needs money as there are too many shortages, but no action was taken,” he rued. “Modiji speaks of new India (but) this kind of new India we do not want, we want hospitals where poor people take their children (for treatment) and come back happily,” he said. He also complimented the media for raising the issue. “...I want to thank them for this (highlighting the issue)...it is not a matter concerning Uttar Pradesh but is a national tragedy, it is indicative of health care of the country, we cannot work in this manner,” he said. Hitting back at the chief minister for his barb, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the chief minister was the Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur where the tragedy took place, and accused him of reducing the debate over medical negligence to such “cheap politicking”. “He has insulted the sacred memory of those helpless and poor children who died, by reducing the debate to such cheap politicking as a picnic spot,” he told reporters in Delhi. Gorakhpur was not a picnic spot, instead it “has been turned into a murderous spot by utter negligence, lack of accountability and total callousness,” the AICC spokesperson alleged. ‘in a day or two’ SNS & PTI CHENNAI/TIRUVARUR, 19 AUG As suspense mounted over merger of the two rival AIADMK factions, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam both expressed confidence today that it will happen soon with the latter saying a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” Palaniswami, who is in Tiruvarur to take part in AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran's centenary celebrations, said he was confident that “both the factions would merge soon”. Panneerselvam, a former chief minister and leader of AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction, earlier in the day said in Chennai that the merger talks were going on smoothly and a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” As the warring factions headed for a merger, the T T V Dhinakaran faction warned the chief minister that he would be replaced if his activities did not go down well with the party. The chief minister said difference of opinion between the two factions had emerged earlier and that they were now being addressed through discussions.“I am happy to inform that both the factions will merge soon,” he told reporters at Tiruvarur in Thanjavur district. Responding to a query on whether MLAs of Panneerselvam faction would get a berth in the Cabinet, Palaniswami merely said, “discussions are going on.” “(AIADMK supremo and former Chief Minister) Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa who is fondly called as Amma) has been guarding the party as her own eyelid. She has given various schemes and projects for the benefit of the people,” he said. Panneerselvam, who is scheduled to leave for Madurai tomorrow to attend a meeting, said a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” “Talks are going on smoothly. A positive result is expected in a day or two,” he told reporters in Chennai. The much expected merger between the two factions last night had failed to come off following reported divergent views among the members of the OPS faction. This included the demand of certain members for a CBI inquiry into former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's death as against the announcement of an inquiry commission to be headed by a retired High Court judge. Meanwhile, Dhinakaran, the sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary, held deliberations with his supporters at his residence in Chennai. A Dhinakaran loyalist Palaniappan, a former minister and an MLA, warned Palaniswami that he would be replaced as chief minister if his activities did not go down well with the party. Talking to reporters after attending the meeting convened by Dhinakaran, Palaniappan said, “Our (AIADMK) rule is like a bus journey. We appointed the driver (O Panneerselvam) to take the bus (AIADMK rule) to the intended destination enabling the passengers to reach safe and secure.” “Since, his (Panneerselvam) activities did not go down well with the party, we replaced him with Palaniswami. But, if his (Palaniswami) activities did not go well, we will definitely take action’’.
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