CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 NOVEMBER 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 ‘INDIA WILL PLAY KEY ROLE IN SDGS’ INJUSTICE REVOKED P6 SENSEX 33,679.24 +91.16 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 28/16 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 38% Max: 28.6°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:57 hrs MOON RISES 11.03 hrs Min: 15.9°C (-2) SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON SETS 22:31 hrs TEMPERATURE P7 NIFTY 10,389.70 +40.95 First quarter of moon on 29 November THUMBNAILS President Kovind addressing the closing ceremony of the World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine at Vigyan Bhavan on Friday. Medical services are an important pillar of Armed Forces, he said. Bilkis Bano case: The Supreme Court granted six weeks’ time to the Gujarat government for apprising it on whether any disciplinary action has been initiated against policemen convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gangrape case. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, considered the submission of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the state, that some more time be given to get instructions from the authorities in the case. Train derails in UP, 3 dead: A Patna-bound passenger train derailed near Manikpur Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh early Friday morning, leaving three passengers, including a six-yearold boy and his father, dead and nine others injured. Thirteen coaches of the 12741 Vasco Da Gama Express, on its way from Goa to Patna, derailed at 4:18 am, soon after leaving platform number 2 of the Manikpur station in Chitrakoot district, 250 km from Lucknow, officials said. Prima facie, a fractured railway P3 track led to the accident, police said. Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe president: Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe's closest allies, took the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats. Snipers took up positions around the stadium P10 as Mnangagwa supporters streamed in. ` vs $ 64.70 -12 PAISE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Standard & Poor’s today kept its sovereign rating for India unchanged at ‘BBBminus’ with ‘stable’ outlook saying vulnerabilities stemming from low per capita income and high government debt balance strong GDP growth. The rating action was quickly termed by the government as “unfair”. The rating stance taken by S&P Global Ratings comes days after Moody’s Investors Service raised India’s sovereign rating for the first time in over 13 years on growth prospects boosted by continued economic and institutional reforms. In a statement, S&P said India’s rating reflects its strong GDP growth, sound external profile and improving monetary credibility. These, it said, are “balanced against vulnerabilities stemming from the country’s low per capita income and relatively high general government debt stock.” Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser, termed the rating unchange as “a bit unfair” saying the low per capita income is “neither a reflection on our ability or our willingness of pay debt.” GOLD 28,455.00 +30.00 235 killed in Egypt mosque terror attack CAIRO, 24 NOVEMBER In its efforts to reduce the compliance burden and higher tax rates, the government is moving towards a three rate Goods and Services Tax (GST). Sources in the Finance Ministry said once the GST Council clears the 28 per cent slab, there will be a possibility of converging the 12 per cent and 18 per cent slabs into one rate. An official said, “Most of the items have been removed from the 28 per cent bracket. There are still some items left such as cement and white goods among others. We are in Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said S&P chose to play cautious and hoped the reforms will reflect in a ratings upgrade next year. “We are not disappointed but our expectation would be that S&P also takes into account what the government has done,” he said adding S&P has said everything that Moody’s also stated in its The body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from the boundary wall of the Nahargarh Fort near the Rajasthan capital today, with messages referring to the Bollywood epic drama Padmavati scribbled on nearby stones, a police officer said. DCP North Satyendra Singh said the body of Chetan Kumar Saini, a resident of Shastri Nagar and a handicraft worker, was found hanging from the boundary wall of the fort. He said messages were found scribbled on stones, but it was premature to connect the incident with Padmavati protests. One of the messages read, “Padmavati ka virodh karne walo, hum kile par sirf putle nahi latkate... Hum mein hai dum (Padmavati the process of cleaning up this bracket and once this slab becomes nil, we will take the next step of converging the other two rates of 12 and 18 per cent into one. Only the timing remains to be worked out.The threerate structure will consist of one between zero-5 per cent, another rate will be by converging the 12 and 18 per cent and the third will be a demerit rate of 28 per cent. rating upgrade. S&P has reaffirmed India story, he said. He went on to add that the government will stick to the fiscal consolidation path. Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said S&P has been historically more conservative and follows Moody’s. In January 2007, S&P had raised sovereign credit ratings on India to ‘BBB-’ with a stable outlook. protesters should know we don’t only hang effigies... we are strong)”. The body has been sent for post-mortem and further investigation into it is on, the police said. An outfit representing the Rajput community said it was not the way to protest. The president of Rajput Karni Sena, Mahipal Singh Makrana, said the messages on the stones were written to provoke the outfit. “People are threatening us... Whatever is being done is wrong,” he said. Stay on S Durga refused SNS adds from Kochi: A Division Bench of Kerala High Court on Friday refused to stay the Single Bench order to screen the movie S Durga at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Rejecting the plea of the Information and Broadcasting ministry to stay the Single Bench order, the Division Bench said there is no valid ground at present to interfere with the Single Bench order Additional solicitor-general KM Nataraj, who appeared for the ministry, argued that the film festival has already started and the movie cannot be included at this stage among the films to be screened. Re-arrest Saeed, US to Pakistan WASHINGTON, 24 NOV porters the “reasons” behind his10-month detention, and also as to why Sharif was ousted as prime minister. “Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been punished for forsaking Kashmiris. BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 63.66 +0.11 THE INDEPENDENT AND AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 24 NOVEMBER JAIPUR, 24 NOVEMBER Pakistani head of the Jamaatud-Dawa (JuD) organisation Hafiz Saeed leads the Friday prayers at Jamia AL Qadsia Masjid following his release in Lahore on Friday. A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160. AFP SILVER 39,600.00 -100.00 PRASHANT MUKHERJEE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LAHORE, 24 NOVEMBER P11 109 other worshippers injured in deadliest attack with guns and bombs Padmavati: Body found hanging at Jaipur fort AGENCIES WENGER SULKS AS GUNNERS TAKE A TOSS 3-rate GST structure likely Saeed slams Sharif for ignoring Kashmir cause Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed today said ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif had committed “treason” by seeking friendship with India and ignoring the “Kashmir cause”, hours after his release from house arrest. Saeed gave an hour-long Friday sermon at the JuD headquarters here, for which a large number of JuD activists had gathered at the Jamia Masjid Al-Qadsia at Chauburji here. After Friday prayers, the charged workers greeted Saeed on his release and renewed their pledge for “Kashmir Jihad”. Saeed in his speech alsotargeted the Pakistani government for “taking dictation from foreign masters” and spoke of “Indian atrocities” in Kashmir. He told his sup- P11 S & P keeps sovereign rating for India unchanged NEW DELHI, 24 NOVEMBER Max.81% PISTORIUS’ SENTENCE MORE THAN DOUBLED A deeply concerned US today asked the Pakistan government to re-arrest and charge Hafiz Saeed for his crimes after the 26/11 mastermind and JuD chief was freed from detention. In Delhi, the Home Ministry said Hafiz Saeed's comments on Kashmir are nothing but rearticulation of the agenda of terrorists who have “thrived” across the borPTI der. Sharif is ousted from the prime minister house because he committed treason with Kashmiris. He wanted friendship with India and completely ignored the Kashmir cause,” he said. Parl winter session from 15 Dec to 5 Jan NEW DELHI, 24 NOVEMBER The Winter Session of Parliament will commence from 15 December , a day after the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, and conclude on 5 January. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh today met here to decide the dates of the Winter Session. The CCPA recommended that the session be held from 15 December to 5 January, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters here. According to procedure, the CCPA's recommendation would be forwarded to the President. Justifying the decision to call the Winter Session after the Assembly polls, Kumar said it was also done by governments in the past, including Congress regimes of Indira Gandhi, P V Narsimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. SNS CMYK t least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured when heavily-armed militants bombed a mosque and opened fire on people attending Friday prayers in Egypt's restive North Sinai region, in the deadliest terror attack in the country. The militants launched a targeted bomb and gun attack on the al-Rowda mosque in Al-Arish city during the Friday prayers, the state-run MENA news agency reported. After the bomb ripped through the mosque, the gunmen on four off-road vehicles opened fire on the worshippers who tried to escape from the site after the explosion, it said. At least 235 worshippers were killed and 109 others injured in the attack, Ahram Online said. Pictures from the scene show rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque. The blasts from improvised explosive devices caused considerable dam- A ‘Shots fired’ at Oxford Circus stn LONDON, 24 NOVEMBER UK Police today said they have received reports of shots being fired in London's Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station and were responding as if the incident was terrorist related. The Metropolitan age to the mosque, the website said. Speaking to state-run Masriya TV sta- Police have asked the people to avoid the area until further directions and those already there to seek cover in buildings. Police have not located any casualties,” police said on Twitter. Police were called at 16:38 hours (local time). THE INDEPENDENT/AGENCIES tion, Egyptian health ministry spokesman Khalid Mujahid described the inci- dent as a “terrorist attack.” One report said the target appeared to be supporters of the security forces who were praying at the mosque. Local people are also quoted as saying that followers of Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, regularly gathered at the mosque. Islamist jihadist groups, including Islamic State (IS), see Sufis as heretics. About 50 ambulances were rushed to the attack site to shift the injured to hospitals. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.World leaders condemned it.
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