CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 SEPTEMBER 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 P7 SENSEX 31,892.23 +161.74 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower in some areas likely. Max & min temp 32/25 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 87.0 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% Min. 85% Max: 30.8°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:20 hrs MOON RISES 13.07 hrs Min: 27.8°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:53 hrs MOON SETS 01:34 hrs TEMPERATURE MONUMENTAL DISASTER PUTIN WARNS OF MAJOR CONFLICT OVER NORTH KOREA ‘A YOUNG NATION READY FOR CHANGE’ P10 NIFTY 9,974.40 +56.50 P6 ` vs $ 64.02 -12 PAISE GOLD 28,735.00 +270.00 TN girl who took NEET fight to SC ‘kills self’ Cabinet rejig tomorrow First quarter of moon today THUMBNAILS NITI Aayog’s new vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said demonetisation had “no role” in the GDP growth rate falling to 5.7 per cent over the April-June quarter of 2017-18 and that it would rise to “7 to 7.50 per cent” in the second quarter. SNS (REPORTS ON PAGES 3 AND 8) Subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 7 per cylinder: Subsidised cooking gas (LPG) price was on Friday raised by Rs 7 per cylinder, in line with the government's decision to hike prices every month so that all subsidises are eliminated by this fiscal-end. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had on 31 July told the Lok Sabha that the government had asked state-owned oil companies to raise subsidised LPG prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all the subsidies by March next year. n a crucial exercise ahead of Assembly elections in a few states including Gujarat and Karnataka and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to initiate a reshuffle of his council of ministers on Sunday. The exercise precedes days and months of inner party and organisational consultations among the prominent Sangh Parivar constituents, including the BJP and RSS and intraparty discussion among the top political leadership, a series of meeting with states ministers and alliance partners, AIADMK and Janata Dal (United). Modi and BJP president Amit Shah met here on Thursday night to give final touches to what is likely to be an expanded Cabinet with new faces from both the ruling party and the JD (U) and AIADMK. According to a top government official, the ministers will be sworn in on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Prime Minister will leave for China soon after that to attend the BRICS summit. “A process has been set in motion for the swearingin ceremony at Rashtrap- I ati Bhavan at around 10 a.m. on Sunday,” an official was quoted as saying. On Thursday evening, the first indication of an imminent reshuffle came after Amit Shah appointed Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey, BJP MP from Chandauli, as the next Uttar Pradesh BJP chief with immediate effect. Shah, in the course of the day, summoned junior ministers in the Modi government Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey and asked them to put in their papers. Union Ministers Uma Bharati, Suresh Prabhu and Kalraj Mishra, who has crossed the party’s 75-year threshold, have also reportedly offered to resign. Seeking to clear the air on the matter Uma A 17-year-old Dalit girl who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET-based medical examinations allegedly committed suicide today. Anitha was reportedly upset after it became known that Tamil Nadu will not be exempted from the ambit of National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET). Daughter of a daily wage earner, Anitha dreamed of becoming a doctor. She was found hanging at her house in a village in this district, police said. The Dalit girl had approached the apex court last month opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score. The police said they were investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the residents held a 'road roko' in the village, slamming the AIADMK-led state government for the death of the girl. “District police superintendent, district collector and other senior officials are present on the spot for coordinating the legalities post the death of the girl,” a police offiPTI cer told PTI. Bofors scam: SC to hear 12-yr-old plea y o NEW DELHI, 1 SEPTEMBER Lookout notice for Honeypreet and Aditya Insaan in Dera case: The Haryana Police issued a lookout notice against the jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief's adopted daughter Honeypreet Insaan and key Dera functionary Aditya Insaan, Panchkula police said. Police said they were looking into allegations of a conspiracy to free Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh from prison after he was convicted in rape cases. While Aditya was earlier charged with sedition, charges against HonP3 eypreet were not immediately known. SC to hear Jairam Ramesh plea on Aadhaar in November: The Supreme Court said on Friday that it would hear Congress leader and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh's plea challenging the Lok Sabha Speaker's decision to certify a bill to amend the Aadhaar law as a money bill in the first week of November. The matter was mentioned before a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing Ramesh and was seeking an early hearing on the plea. Bharati on Friday tweeted: “The media sought my reaction on reports in circulation since yesterday. I have said that I have not heard the question, will not hear nor will I answer it.” Rudy, however, confirmed his resignation. “This is a decision by the Prime Minister, the government and the party and we are the soldiers of the party. There is no strategy behind this. I am thankful that I got the opportunity to work for the party and will continue to do this. It is their prerogative,” Rudy told the media. He is now likely to be assigned organisational work along with other leaders and ministers who have been asked to put in their papers. Late on Friday evening Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya also resigned from his Cabinet post.Sources said BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Prahlad Patel, Suresh Angadi, Satyapal Singh and Prahlad Joshi are likely to be inducted. JD(U) leader in the Rajya Sabha R C P Singh and Santosh Kumar are likely to join the NDA government. AIADMK leader Thambidurai and two others may find berths. Tyagi chargesheeted in AW deal case SNS & PTI Former IAF Chief S P Tyagi was today chargesheeted by the CBI in a Delhi court along with nine others in connection with a bribery case in the Rs 3,500 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Besides him, the agency has also chargesheeted retired Air Marshal J S Gujral along with eight others, including five foreign nationals, in the charge sheet filed before Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar. The court fixed 6 September to peruse the charge sheet in which the AngloItalian company, AgustaWestland, is also one of the accused. The CBI is likely to file more documents and annexures in the court. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 SEPTEMBER The agency has alleged that there was an estimated loss of Euros 398.21 million (approximately Rs 2,666 crore) to the exchequer in the deal that was signed on February 8, 2010 for supply of VVIP choppers. Others named in the charge sheet are Tyagi's cousin Sanjeev alias Julie, advocate Gautam Khaitan, alleged European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Michel James, Guido Haschke, former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini and ex Finmeccanica chairman Giuseppe Orsi. The politically-sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case was back in the limelight today with the Supreme Court agreeing to hear BJP leader Ajay Kumar Agarwal's appeal challenging a 2005 Delhi High Court order quashing charges against Europe-based industrialists Hinduja brothers. Justice R S Sodhi of Delhi High Court, since retired, had on May 31, 2005 quashed all charges against the three Hinduja brothers -- Srichand, Gopichand and Prakashchand -- and the Bofors company and castigated the CBI for its handling of the case, saying it had cost the exchequer about Rs 250 crore. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would list the appeal for hearing in the week beginning 30 October this year. Modi may discuss bilateral ties with Xi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE After attending the BRICS Summit, the PM would leave for Myanmar on his first State visit to the nation from 5-7 September. NEW DELHI, 1 SEPTEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to discuss a range of issues relating to the complex India-China relationship when he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the margins of the BRICS Summit to be held in the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen from 3-5 September. Their meeting would take place within days of the resolution of the 70-day tense stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam that had escalated tensions between the two adversaries. It is understood that Modi would iterate India’s stand that the two countries must not allow differences between them to become disputes and resolve contentious issues in the spirit of the ‘Astana Consensus’. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, said Modi would leave here on 3 September on his five-day, two- nation visit to China and Myanmar. The summit at Xiamen would be attended by the leaders of all five BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Beijing has also invited the leaders of Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan and Thailand to strengthen dialogue between BRICS countries and other emerging markets. Asked if the invitations to these five countries meant that BRICS could be expanded, the Indian spokesperson said China, as the host country, has the right to invite any nation but there was no proposal to expand the grouping at this stage. He recalled that India had invited the leaders of BIMSTEC nations to the BRICS Summit it had hosted in Goa last year. On whether the Doklam stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops which was resolved earlier week could figure during talks between Modi and the Chinese President, he said it was a common practice for the leaders of the BRICS nations to hold bilateral meetings on the margins of the deliberations. At this stage, however, he was not in a position to confirm anything on these bilateral meetings. On Beijing’s view that Pakistan or terrorism should not be raised during BRICS deliberations, the spokesperson said he would not speculate on the issues that PM Modi would speak about during his interventions. He said he would also not like to talk about the issues that would be dealt with in the joint declaration to be adopted at the summit since it was still being discussed by top officials of BRICS countries. In response to another question, Kumar said he was not aware of any bilateral meeting planned between National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Chinese State Counsellor Yang Jiechi on the margins of the summit. The two, who are Special Representatives (SRs) of their respective countries on the boundary talks, had met in July in Beijing on the fringes of a meeting of BRICS security czars when they discussed the Doklam stand-off and worked behind-the-scenes to resolve it. After attending the BRICS Summit, the PM would leave for Myanmar on his first State visit to the nation from 5-7 September. He would hold talks with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. The two countries are expected to sign a number of agreements in areas like maritime cooperation, health, culture, capacity-building and infrastructure projects. One of the highlights of Modi’s trip to Myanmar would be a visit to the ‘dargah’ of Bahadurshah Zafar in Yangon. CMYK P12 SILVER 40,000.00 +200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 52.78 -0.2 SPLASH AND GO ARIYALUR (TN), 1 SEPT JD-U and AIADMK likely to join Modi Government STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 SEPTEMBER IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR RONALDO Large areas of Kolkata were inundated after Friday’s heavy shower. SAILENDRA MAL (P 13 ) Gurung flees as cops raid meet venue, leaders held STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE SILIGURI, 1 SEPTEMBER A day after the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) split into two groups, West Bengal police and the CID raided the venue of a central committee meeting being held by party boss Bimal Gurung in neighbouring Sikkim and arrested at least 10 top leaders today. One person was allegedly shot dead in the melee. Darjeeling police, however, denied that anyone had been killed in the operations. “At least 10 persons were arrested from various locations,” a top police officer in the region said. However, sources said GJMM boss Bimal Gurung managed to flee along with some other top leaders. Those arrested included Nanita Gautam, Sabitri Rai, Shankar Adhikari and Raj Thapa. Sources said some of the arrested were released later. Police sources, meanwhile, said a look-out notice has been issued against two top GJMM leaders, Mr Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri. Sources said the raids, which came amid deepening crisis in the Hills after the GJMM split, were carried out in Namchi and Jorethang areas in South Sikkim, bordering Darjeeling, where the Morcha leaders planned to gather for a meeting. Sikkim police objected to the action of the Bengal police and the CID and said that the raids and arrests were made “without transit remand, necessary for inter-state police action.” The matter was being discussed and police officers of both the states were trying to reach a meeting point in the row at the Namchi police station in South Sikkim till late in the evening. Meanwhile, the person killed was identified as Dawa Bhutia, 34, from Merong Busty in Kalimpong. His body was found at the Sadam area near Namchi. Bhutia was the driver of Dawa Lepcha, a GJMM leader and GTA sabha member and a relative of Mr Gurung. It was, however, not clear as to who shot him and why. “The Bengal CID entered Sikkim posing as tourists,” police sources in Sikkim said. Sikkim Police also sought transit remand and barred them from taking the arrested persons to West Bengal, they added. “We had no information on the WB police planning such an action,” Senior SSP of South Sikkim, Pratap Pradhan, said. A case under Sec 302 (murder) read with Sec 34 (common intention) of the IPC has been registered in Sikkim against the SP of Kalimpong and the police team he led, Sikkim police sources said. Chief coordinator of the GJMM Binoy Tamang, who fell out with Mr Gurung yesterday, condemned the raids and said people can hold meetings in a democratic way. “I demand all the arrested released at the earliest. The state government says it wants peace, but it is not making good moves. The government must also make an environment conducive to restoring peace in the Hills,” he said. In Darjeeling, tension prevailed as vehicles stayed off the roads, shops remained totally shut and rallies were held against Binoy Tamang and Anit Thapa, the two GJMM leaders who announced a relaxation in the strike yesterday. The duo said they did not betray the party as claimed by Gurung. Tamang claimed that Gurung and Roshan Giri had given him the nod in the morning yesterday to call off the bandh for 12 days. Giri said Tamang and Thapa have been expelled from the GJMM for violating the party line and the party’s central committee members have been asked to adopt resolutions on their termination. “Gurung says he is the leader of the 1.5 crore Gorkhas across the globe, but during the agitation he remained underground”, Tamang said. On the tight security at his house, Tamang said police had information that people were hired from Nepal to kill him. Bandh activists staged protests against Tamang in Kalimpong and (SEE ALSO P 15 ) Kurseong. Techie gets life term for wife’s murder Jat quota: HC puts law in abeyance till March 2018 DEHRADUN, 1 SEPT CHANDIGARH, 1 SEPTEMBER A court here today sentenced a software engineer to life imprisonment after holding him guilty of murdering his wife in cold blood seven years ago and keeping her body in a deep freezer for months after chopping it into pieces. Additional District and Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar, who had convicted Rajesh Gulati yesterday for murder and concealing evidence under the IPC for murdering his wife Anupama, imposed a fine of Rs 15 lakh on Gulati, district prosecution counsel D P Raturi said. Out of a total fine of Rs 15 lakh, Rs 14.30 lakh will be invested in a fixed deposit to meet the educational expenses of his minor children from his murdered spouse and the remaining Rs 70,000 will be deposited in the state exchequer. SNS Punjab and Haryana High Court today kept in abeyance till March next year the implementation of a Haryana law providing reservation to Jats and five other communities. It also directed the State Backward Classes Commission to determine the quota in government jobs and education institutions to be given to these communities after studying relevant data and submit a report by March 2018. A division bench comprising Justices Surinder Singh Saron and Lisa Gill also directed the Commission to collect quantifiable data till November 30 and upload it on its website to invite objections. The petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016 providing reservation to Jat and PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The state backward classes commission is directed to determine the reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to be given to these communities after studying data and submit a report by March JUSTICES SS SARON, LISA GILL PUNJAB&HARYANA HC DIVISION BENCH five other communities under the newly-created backward classes (C) category, had been filed before the court last year. The Act was passed unanimously by the state Assembly on March 29, 2016 and was notified in the official gazette on May 12, 2016 by the state government. The new Act provided reservation under BC (C) category to Jats, Jat Sikh, Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagi. On May 26, 2016, a division bench of the HC had stayed the reservation to these communities.
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