CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 DECEMBER 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 P10 SENSEX 32,949.21 +352.03 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershower. Max and min temp likely to be 26-18, respectively. 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Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. 11 ex-MPs put on trial in 2005 cash-for-query M f q scam: A Delhi court on Thursday framed graft and criminal conspiracy charges against 11 exparliamentarians in the 2005 cash-for-query scam. Trial will begin on Jan 12. The ex-MPs are Y G Mahajan (BJP), Chhatarpal Singh Lodha (BJP), Anna Saheb M K Patil (BJP), Manoj Kumar (RJD), CP Singh (BJP), RS Singh (Cong), NK Kushwaha (BSP), P Gandhi (BJP), Suresh Chandel P4 (BJP), LC Kol (BSP) and R Rampal (BSP). India on Jerusalem: India reacted cautiously to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, asserting it would take an independent stand on the issue. “India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country,” the External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER he outspoken Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday again sparked a row when he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi" (vile man), drawing fire from PM Modi who dubbed it as a "casteist" slur against him and an "insult" to Gujarat besides being a reflection of his rival camp's "Mughal mentality". Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi strongly disapproved of Aiyar's remarks, called it "wrong" and asserted that both he and the party expected the senior leader to apologise. Following Rahul's statement, Aiyar tendered an apology, but the Congress was not satisfied and subsequently cracking the whip tonight suspended him from the primary membership of the party while issuing a show-cause notice to him. Aiyar said he apologised for his controversial phrase in Hindi if it was understood to mean "lowborn" which, he insisted, was not the intended sense of his jibe "meaning low person". His controversial remark however heated up the political scene as it came on the last day of campaigning for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls ~ scheduled for 9 December ~ where the ruling BJP faces a spirited T Campaigning ends for Guj poll phase 1 AHMEDABAD, 7 DECEMBER A vituperative campaign for the first phase of the crucial Gujarat Assembly polls that saw emotive issues of religion and caste competing with that of development as the main rivals, BJP and Congress, launched no-holdsbarred attacks on each other ended this evening. The sparring between the two parties while canvassing for the polls, dubbed as a prestige battle for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of soon- to-be Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, con- tinued till the very end with Manishankar Aiyar's “neech aadmi” jibe at Modi triggering a controversy. A total of 89 seats -- out of 182 -- spanning the Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions, are up for grabs in the first phase with 977 candidates in the fray, including CM Rupani. Polling will be held on Saturday. Gujarat CEO B B Swain said 2.12 crore of the 4.35 crore voters were expected to exercise their franchise on Saturday. The EC earlier announced Gujarat would be the second state after Goa where the VVPAT system would PTI be used. challenge from the Opposition Congress. "He (Modi) is 'neech kism ka aadmi' (vile man) who has no 'sabhyata' (civility)," Aiyar, who has often triggered controversies with his jibes and comments, said while attacking PM Modi after the latter charged the Congress with seeking votes in B R Ambedkar's name but erasing his contribution to building India. The PM, while inaugurating the Ambedkar International Centre in the national capital earlier Students of the senior section of G D Birla Centre for Education in Kolkata at their school after it reopened on Thursday. The junior section will reopen on Friday.SNS (P 13) Will extend Aadhaar deadline, Govt tells SC SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes would shortly be extended till March 31 next year, the Centre today told the Supreme Court. The statement was made by the Centre before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which said it may set up a fivejudge Constitution bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on the decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar. Attorney General K K Venugopal vehemently opposed before the bench, which also comprised Jus- tices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, the plea of senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those opposing the Aadhaar scheme, that the ongoing Aadhaar enrolment process be stayed. “There cannot be a stay on the Aadhaar scheme which has gone on for years,” Venugopal said, adding that the current deadline of December 31 will be extended and a notification to this effect may be issued tomorrow itself.Venugopal said he was NGT holds AoL responsible for damaging Yamuna floodplains ACHHE DIN? PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 DECEMBER UNESCO recognises Kumbh Mela as India’s cultural heritage: India's Kumbh Mela has been recognised by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity”, a tweet posted by the body said. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under the UN body inscribed Kumbh Mela on the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” at its 12th session in Jeju, South Korea.’’ Heavy rain likely in West Bengal: The Met department on Thursday forecast heavy rain in the coastal areas of Gangetic West Bengal on Friday owing to formation of a depression in the Bay of Bengal. East Midnapore, West Midnapore, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and Howrah are likely to receive heavy rain, Regional met director G K Das said. “Moderate rain bordering on the higher side is likeP13 ly to occur in Kolkata on Friday.'' today, had reportedly slammed the Congress in this regard, saying he would not be wrong in saying that "more people are still influenced by his (Ambedkar's) ideas than the family for which such efforts (to erase his contribution) were made". Reacting sharply to the PM's attack on the Congress and Nehru-Gandhi family, Aiyar said Ambedkar and his principles have always been supported by the Congress camp, asking Modi, "What is the need for doing dirty politics on such an occasion?" Seizing on Aiyar's barb while campaigning in Gujarat, his home turf, PM Modi claimed that he was targeted over his caste. Addressing an election rally in Surat, PM Modi reportedly said, "Shriman (Mr) Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that Modi is of 'neech' (lower) caste and is 'neech' (vile). Is this not an insult to Gujarat?" "This is Mughal mentality which hates people who even wear good clothes,” the PM said in an apparent reference to Rahul Gandhi's "suit-boot ki sarkar" barb against him. He asked BJP workers and supporters not to respond to Aiyar's remarks, even as senior BJP leaders, including Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, blasted Aiyar, Rahul and the Congress party. Modi also tweeted : "I have nothing to say on a ‘wise’ Congress leader calling me ’neech'. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and chief minister Mamata Banerjee during a review of Indo-Bangla border issues at Nabanna on Thursday. Singh asked border states to check cattle smuggling and influx of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi migrants. Miss Banerjee appreciated the Centre’s initiative to hold this meeting of CMs and offered full cooperation to any joint action. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal (not in pic), who was also present, sought a new law to check cross border smuggling, including cattle. SNS P 5 In a setback to the Art of Living Foundation of spiritual leader Ravi Shankar, the National Green Tribunal today held it responsible for causing damage and environmental degradation of the Yamuna flood plains by holding a threeday cultural extravaganza last year. While refusing to impose an additional environment fine on the AoL which has already deposited Rs 5 crore, the NGT ordered the DDA to use this amount to restore the floodplains and bill the AoL if the cost is more or return to it the balance if the cost is below that amount. The AoL termed the verdict as “erroneous and untenable” and said they would move the Supreme Court against it. Ordering that the Yamuna riverbed should not be used to hold any cultural activity of this kind in future, the green panel directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to assess the damage caused on floodplains and compute cost of restoration in line with the recommendations of the expert panel appointed by it. The AoL had organised the World Culture Festival from March 11-13, 2016, on the floodplains and constructed an ovalshaped stage over an area of seven acres.Noting that the AoL has already deposited Rs 5 crore with the DDA, it said “in the event, the expenditure for that purpose on the portion of the land forming part of Phase-II of the project of DDA is found to be in excess of Rs 5 crore, DDA would be at liberty to recover the said amount and AoL shall be liable to pay the said amount on demand.“If finally the expenditure to be incurred on that amount is less than Rs 5 crore, the remaining amount would be refunded by DDA’’. Trump’s Jerusalem decision sparks Palestinian clashes THE INDEPENDENT A defiant Donald Trump abruptly broke decades of US foreign policy on Wednesday after officially recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in a move that sparked protests across the region and led to condemnation from around the globe. The President also instructed his State Department to begin the three-year process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, calling the twin move "a step to advance the peace process" between Israel and the Palestinians. While Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu praised Mr Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that with the move, the US was making a "declaration of withdrawal" from its mediation role during the peace process. The Palestinian President has said he is rallying international opposition to Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which he called an "unacceptable crime." At a meeting with Jordan's King, President Mahmoud Abbas said that he rejects Mr Trump's decision and believes America has hurt its credibility in the region. Mr Abbas said the Palestinians have been rallying Arab support as they formulate a response. He says he has been communicating with other world leaders. "Fortunately, there was a positive response from all the FIRE AND FURY Hamas called for new Palestinian uprising against Israel following Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital Palestinian demonstrators protested at the Damascus Gate; an entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said the UK Government "disagrees" with Mr Trump's decision and the US now has a "trust deficit" Russian ambassador to Israel said it would consider embassy move to Jerusalem only after a peace agreement is in place. countries in the world, from Europe and from Africa and countries close to America that don't support the US," he said. "These all are messages to Trump that what he did is an unacceptable crime." Palestinian officials say dozens of protesters have been lightly wounded in a number of demonstrations in the occupied West Bank. Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters following Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Palestinian Red Crescent says dozens of people have been wounded, mostly from tear gas inhalation. It says six CMYK people were wounded by rubber bullets and one person from live fire. The Israeli military denies that live fire was used. The Palestinian Health Ministry says the injuries are all minor. An Israeli city plans to name a park after Donald Trump in honour of his decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy there. David Even Zur, the mayor of the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Yam, called Mr Trump's move "historic." He says it was "a brave, unprecedented step which none of his predecessors was prepared to do." "Donald Trump proved to the entire world that Jerusalem is in his heart and we will prove to him in this way that he is in our hearts," Mr Even Zur said in a statement. The park, which will include a children's playground and will be located in the city center, is set to be inaugurated next (SEE ALSO PAGE 10) year. ready and willing to argue the case finally and no interim stay should be granted in such an important matter. The bench also made it clear that only a larger bench would decide on the plea for grant of interim stay on the Aadhaar scheme. The top court said that the Constitution bench would also fix the date for the final hearing and disposal of the petitions challenging the biometric identification scheme. The UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, today said that the notifications for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID are valid and there is no change in them. ‘Labourer burnt’ in Raj, kin cry for justice MALDA, 7 DECEMBER The family of a labourer who was attacked with an axe and then burnt alive in Rajasthan today demanded strict action against the killer who allegedly also uploaded a video of the gruesome crime on social media. Mohammad Afrazul of West Bengal's Malda district was set ablaze yesterday in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district. The video, which has gone viral on the internet, shows a man raving about “love jihad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who are accused of seeking to propagate Islam. “We want a thorough investigation to be conducted into the incident and the culprit to be punished,” a relative of Afrazul told reporters in Malda. According to the Rajsamand SP Manoj Kumar, the accused has been arrested and is being interrogated. Afrazul'S family members said they did not know why he was killed. “We don't know the real reason behind his killing. He was the sole bread winner of the family. We came to know that the person who killed him had called him on the pretext of giving him work,” a relative said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condemned the killing and called the incident “inhuman”. “How can people be so inhuman. Sad,” she said in a tweet. SNS
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