CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MACRON SET TO PRESSURE UK OVER MIGRANT CRISIS P9 SENSEX 34,771.05 -72.46 WEATHER Mainly clear sky with mist or fog in the morning. Max and min temp will be around 25 and 13 degree celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.97% Min. 38% Max: 25.5°C (0) SUN RISES 06:21 hrs MOON RISES 06.18 hrs Min: 12.0°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:03 hrs MOON SETS 17:20 hrs TEMPERATURE Full moon on 31 January THUMBNAILS Moshe Holtzberg, who lost his parents in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, arrived in the city on Tuesday for the first time since the tragedy struck the family over nine years ago and said he was happy to visit the city. “Shalom...bahut khushi (I'm very happy),” said a shy Moshe. India 35/3 at stumps: India were 35/3 chasing 287 at close of play on day 4 of the second Test against South Africa on Tuesday. In the morning session, Mohammd Shami picked three wickets. South Africa’s lead has gone P12 past the 200-run mark. Rupee plummets by 55 paise: Hit by a double whammy of rising global crude prices and worsening trade deficit, the currency market on Tuesday witnessed a volatility with the rupee plummeting by 55 paise to end at a P8 fresh two-week low of 64.04 vs US dollar. Manjavirattu, Jallikattu kill 3: Three persons were killed during the traditional bull taming sports of Manjavirattu and Jallikattu held on Tuesday as part of Pongal festivities in different places of Tamil Nadu. Two spectators died P4 watching Manjavirattu, police said. NIFTY 10,700.45 -41.10 PATNA HC JOLT FOR NITISH ON HUMAN CHAIN RAHUL’S UP VISIT MARRED BY PROTESTS P2 ` vs $ 64.04 -55 PAISE P3 GOLD 29,035.00 +80.00 No subsidy on Haj from this year Funds to be used for minority empowerment: Govt SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 16 JANUARY here will be no subsidy for Haj from this year and the funds saved will be used for providing education to minorities, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today, while projecting the move as an effort by the government to “empower minorities” without appeasement. The minister also said a record number of 1.75 lakh Muslims will undertake the pilgrimage this year from India despite the subsidy withdrawal. “There will be no subsidy on Haj now,” he told reporters, adding that the government had spent over Rs 250 crore last year on subsidising the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Saudi Arabia. The decision is in line with a 2012 Supreme Court order, asking the government to do away with the subsidy, a long standing demand of the BJP The BJP had cited the . subsidy as an example of “Muslim appeasement” by parties such as the Congress. Following the order, the subsidy was being gradually reduced every year. “It is part of the Modi government's efforts to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi said. The funds would be utilised for providing education to minorities, he said. Asked if the subsidy withdrawal will make the cost of the pilgrimage too high for many Muslims, Naqvi said the government was making efforts to bring it down. The Saudi Arabian gov- T ernment has agreed to allow Indians to go on Haj by the sea route and officials of the two countries will work out the modalities, he said. Naqvi said his ministry is also organising an event in Lucknow on January 18 in which he and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will speak on “empowering minorities without appeasement” with the help of Central schemes. Minority affairs ministers of nine states will also attend the event, he added. Reacting cautiously to the government's decision, the Congress said it hopes that the Modi government will honour the apex court's direction and utilise this money for the education and development of the disempowered among the minorities, including young girls. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)said the government's decision on revoking Haj subsidy has no meaning as there was no such concession and Muslims were being cheated in its name. According to sources in the minority affairs ministry, till 2017, the national savings following gradual abolition of subsidy since 2012 was to the tune of Rs 636.56 crore. In case, the government had chosen to reduce the subsidy gradually till 2022, the total national savings would have have been around Rs 5970.6 crore, sources said. Haj pilgrims from certain regions will have an additional option to choose from where they want to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, Naqvi said and claimed this would bring down the cost by 70 per cent on some routes. There are a total of 21 Haj embarkation points (EPs) in the country -- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Cochin, Indore, Srinagar, Bhopal, Guwahati, Mangaluru, Aurangabad, Varanasi, Jaipur, Nagpur, Ranchi, Gaya, Ahmedabad and Goa. Haj aspirants -- for whom the 10 airports of Srinagar, Guwahati, Ranchi, Gaya, Indore, Bhopal, Mangaluru, Goa, Aurangabad and Varanasi are the nearest EPs - will now get an additional economical option to fly from. The pilgrims from J&K whose nearest EP is Srinagar, can opt to travel from Delhi now, helping them save on (per head) airfare. CMYK BEN BROUHAHA STOKES T20 SPECULATION P12 SILVER 39,200.00 -200.00 PM attacks Cong for tall promises PACHPADRA (BARMER), RAJASTHAN, 16 JANUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying it has “hoodwinked” people by making tall promises and doing nothing. Speaking at a function organised to “commence” work on the Rs 43,129 crore Barmer oil refinery project here, Modi said drought and Congress walk hand-in-hand and the state saw the end of drought whenever the party was shown the door. “Congress has hoodwinked public and this is how they operate,” he said, adding that for the sake of claiming credit it has all along only laid foundation stones of projects or made announcements of new trains without actually getting them started. Ahead of today's event rivals BJP and the Congress clashed to get credit for the refinery. PTI BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.52 +0.74 Togadia fears threat to life from Gujarat, Raj cops Crisis in SC: CJI meets 4 judges AHMEDABAD,16 JAN STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 JANUARY The unprecedented crisis gripping the Supreme Court continues to rage, even as Attorney General K K Venugopal on Tuesday made a U-turn from his Monday's position, conceding that the conflict between Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and four seniormost judges after him has remained "unresolved". However, there were some signs of a possible thaw on Tuesday as CJI Misra met the four 'rebel' judges ~ Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph ~ for about 15 minutes before starting normal work of the day. Some other judges were also present. The meeting took place in the chamber of the CJI, who had requested the four top judges to meet him. The five seniormost judges, who are members of the Collegium, agreed that the Complaint filed The NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms has filed a complaint against CJI Dipak Misra to five seniormost judges of the Supreme Court after him ~ Justices J Chelameswar, R Gogoi, M B Lokur, K Joseph and A K Sikri ~ under an "in-house" procedure. The complaint calls for an inquiry. SNS (P2) institution was capable of resolving all issues by itself, sources said. The meeting, however, remained inconclusive. The AG had on Monday claimed that all their issues had been settled. VHP leader Pravin Togadia today created a storm with his claim that there was a plot to get him killed in an encounter by the police of Gujarat and Rajasthan, states ruled by the BJP set, ting off calls by the Congress for an inquiry into his allegation. Togadia, who is convalescing in a hospital here after having gone missing for some time yesterday and found unconscious, told journalists that some people were trying to stifle his voice and not allowed to speak on issues like Ram temple, farmers' issues and cow slaughter. Congress leaders of the two states demanded an PTI inquiry. RIL to invest `5k crore in Bengal STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 16 JANUARY Applauding chief minister Mamata Banerjee's initiative to turn West Bengal into 'Best Bengal', Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani today announced an additional Rs 5,000 crore investment in non Jio business across the state in the next three years. Along with Reliance, the inaugural session of the fourth edition of Bengal Global Business Summit today registered a total investment announcements worth Rs 17,000 crore. This includes Rs 10,000 crore from Mr Sajjan Jindal of JSW Group, Rs 1000 crore from RP Sanjeev Goenka Group and another Rs 1000 crore from Mr Saroj Poddar of Adventz. Speaking at the inauguration of the fourth Bengal Global Business Summit at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town, Mr Ambani said: “Miss Banerjee's effort has already turned Bengal as the number one state in the country in terms of ease of doing business’’. The chief minister today invited industrialists to Bengal guaranteeing an ideal industryfriendly atmosphere amidst "tolerance" and "security" and assured that the state would deprive none.(DETAILS P5)
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