THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RAJIV KILLING CONVICT WANTS RECALL OF CONVICTION ORDER PATNAIK SUSPENDS LOK SABHA MP JAY PANDA FROM BJD P5 SENSEX 36,161.64 +21.66 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Dense fog in the morning and mist during the day. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 21 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively NIFTY 11,089.00 +2.30 MUELLER SEEKS TO QUESTION TRUMP IN RUSSIA PROBE P6 ` vs $ 63.69 +9 PAISE GOLD 29,215.00 +210.00 Violence spikes ahead d t of Padmaavat release Film will not be screened in four states, says multiplex body Max.100% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA TEMPERATURE Max: 18.9°C (-2) SUN RISES 07:12 hrs MOON RISES 12:18 hrs Min: 7.4°C (0) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON SETS 01:32 hrs THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the presentation ceremony of the National Bravery Awards SNS 2017, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Govt to infuse ` 88 K crore in 20 PSU banks: The government has announced Rs 88,139 crore capital infusion in 20 public sector banks in the current fiscal, with IDBI Bank getting the most -- Rs 10,610 crore. A week before presenting the Modi government’s last full Budget, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley laid out a major recapitalisation roadmap for stressed PSU banks while assuring customers P11 that their deposits will be safeguarded. Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have to maintain law and order. It is their duty... I will be happy if the film Padmaavat is screened here. Peace prevails in our state JAIPUR/MUMBAI, 24 JANUARY A school bus was attacked in Gurgaon, a fringe outfit in UP declared a bounty on Deepika Padukone's nose while roads were blocked at many places as violence spread to several states a day ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. Karni Sena members protesting the movie allegedly damaged two state roadways buses in Jaipur and blocked a road in the city's Kalwar area scores of activists were held in Mumbai and Nashik. A bus was torched and a highway blocked in Haryana's Gurgaon while police had to use force to disperse an agitating mob in Lucknow. In Ahmedabad, the police arrested 50 people in connection with the vandalism outside malls last night when some 30 bikes and scooters parked outside multiplexes were set ablaze. With the fringe outfits opposing the movie remaining defiant, the Multiplex MAMATA BANERJEE WEST BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER Protesters stop a commuter train from moving during a AFP protest against the film 'Padmaavat' in Mathura. Association of India, which represents about 75 per cent of multiplex owners, said the film would not be screened in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. “We have decided not to play the film in the four states as the local management has told us that the law and order situation is not conducive,” Deepak Asher, president of the association, told PTI. Gurgaon, meanwhile, witnessed one of the most shocking incidents, when a frenzied mob attacked a school bus. P16 P12 RAINFALL: 4.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 73% FEDERER BEATS BERDYCH, ENTERS AUS OPEN SEMIS Around 20-25 G D Goenka World School students were on way home when a group of around 60 people attacked the bus with bamboo sticks, asking the driver to stop the vehicle. When he did not comply, they pelted the vehicle with stones. The school bus staffer asked the kids to crawl under seats for safety and directed the driver to not stop it, Ravinder Kumar, PRO, Gurgaon Police told PTI. “The terrified kids cried for help. Fortunately none of them was hurt in the attack,” Kumar said. In Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, a fringe outfit, the Kanpur Kshatriya Mahasabha, announced a cash reward to anyone who chops off actor Padukone's nose. Padukone plays legendary queen Padmavati in the film. In Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam, 27 women members of Rajput Karni Sena submitted letters to the district administration urging President Ram Nath Kovind to stop the film or permit them to end their lives. Nearly 200 protesters blocked National Highway3, which links Agra with Mumbai, near Pigdambar crossing in Kishanganj area in Indore district and broke glass bottles on the road, police said. A theatre was vandalised in Jammu and there were protests in Gorakhpur as well. SILVER 39,150 +50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.87 -0.09 Lalu gets 5-year jail term in 3rd fodder scam case PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RANCHI, 24 JANUARY In more trouble for RJD chief Lalu Prasad, a special CBI court in Ranchi on Wednesday sentenced him to five years in jail in a third case related to the multi-crore fodder scam. Prasad and another former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra were sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by the court of S S Prasad in the case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.62 crore from Chaibasa treasury in the early 1990s. The court also imposed Rs 10 lakh fine on him and Mishra on two counts of Rs 5 lakh each. The RJD chief is already lodged in Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi since 23 December last year in connection with the second fodder scam case, related to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deogarh treasury. Prasad was present in court when the sentence was pronounced today. With this judgment, Prasad has been convicted in three cases of the Rs 900 crore fodder scam in the animal husbandry department of undivided Bihar when the RJD was in power. Two other cases, pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka Treasury and Rs 184 crore from the Doranda Treasury are lined up against Prasad and others. The court also awarded the same sentence to Bihar Assembly's former Public Advisory Committee chairman Jagdish Sharma and former Bihar MLA R K Rana. Former Bihar minister Vidya Sagar Nishad and another former Bihar MLA Dhruv Bhagat got three years sentence and Rs 1.5 lakh fine. The court sentenced three former IAS officers ~ Phool Chand Singh, Mahesh Prasad and Sajal Chakraborty ~ to four years imprisonment and Rs 2 lakh fine. No stay on AAP MLAs disqualification STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 24 JANUARY The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to stay the central government’s notification on President Ram Nath Kovind's order disqualifying 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs as recommended by the Election Commission (EC) in the "office-of-profit" case against them. The high court, however, restrained the EC from taking any "precipitate measures" like announcing dates for bypolls for these disqualified Delhi MLAs' constituencies till the next date of hearing, 29 January. The court ruled that the matter would be heard on a day-to-day basis from 29 January as it required thorough consideration. It also held that, if required, it would extend its directionplacing restraint on the EC from going ahead with any "precipitate measures". Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Centre and the EC to submit their replies onthe pleas of the AAP MLAs who had Tuesday moved the court to challenge their disqualification on charges of holding "office of profit". TURNT TO PAGE 3
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