CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 25 JANUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 36,161.64 +21.66 WEATHER Morning mist/fog, later clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 28 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% Max: 28.9°C (+3) SUN SETS TODAY 17:20 hrs MOON RISES 11.38 hrs P10 NIFTY 11,089.00 +2.30 P3 ` vs $ 63.69 +9 PAISE GOLD 29,215.00 +210.00 Min: 14.9°C (N) SUN RISES TOMORROW 06:17 hrs MOON SETS 00:39 hrs Full moon on 31 January THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the presentation ceremony of the National Bravery Awards 2017, in New Delhi on Wednesday. SNS AAP MLAs’ disqualification: Delhi High Court has refused to stay the Centre's notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit, but restrained the Election Commission (EC) from taking any “precipitate measures” like announcing dates for by-polls till 29 January. Justice Vibhu Bakhru sought the response of the EC and the Centre on the MLAs’ pleas challenging their disqualification. The court summoned the entire records pertaining to the proceedings leading to the recommendation of the the EC for the 20 MLAs' disqualification. Panda suspended from BJD: Biju Janata Dal president and CM , Naveen Patnaik suspended the high flying MP Baijayant Panda from the primary membership of the party on Wednesday. The BJD release announcing the suspension not only slapped anti-party activities against Panda but also referred to his business interests and lobbying. “I am shocked at this news. Very very sad @Naveen_Odisha did not see thru the conspiracy against me led by an IAS offcr now controlling the party. I vehemently deny the allegations against me,” Panda tweeted after the announcement. Violence spikes ahead of Padmaavat release BRENT CRUDE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RANCHI, 24 JANUARY JAIPUR/MUMBAI, 24 JAN 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 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. A Protesters stop a commuter train from moving during a protest against the film 'Padmaavat' in Mathura. AFP 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 MAMATA BANERJEE WEST BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER Gurgaon, meanwhile, witnessed one of the most shocking incidents, when a frenzied mob attacked a school bus. 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 com- ply, 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, police said. A theatre was vandalised in Jammu and there were protests in Gorakhpur as well. As protests raged, a defiant Shree Rajput Karni Sena insisted that a 'Janta curfew' will be imposed on theatres that screen the movie. The outfit's chief patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi alleged that a dream sequence between the characters of Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati existed in the controversial film, which, he said, was “intolerable”. In more trouble for RJD chief Lalu Prasad, a special CBI court in Ranchi today 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 Commit- tee 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. The court acquitted two AHD officials Ram Prakash Ram and Dr Mukhesh Kumar Srivastav and four accused of fodder suppliers -- Ramatar Sharma, Bimla Sharma, Seema Kumar and Sudeo Rana. The rest of the former AHD officials and fodder suppliers got varying prison terms and amounts of penalty. In this case, there were 76 accused. While 14 died, two accused persons convicted on confession and three accused became approvers. One is still absconding. Earlier, on September 30, 2013, Prasad and Mishra were convicted in one of the cases and were sentenced five and four years prison terms respectively for fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury. NEW DELHI, 24 JANUARY Govt to infuse `88K 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 public sector banks while assuring customers that their deposits will be safeguarded and that the government will not let public banks fail. Calling public sector banks an “article of faith”, Mr Rajeev Kumar, secretary, department of financial services, while making the presentation said: “The government’s commitment to maintaining the health of these banks is firm and unequivocal”. During the current fiscal, ending 31 March, the State Bank of India will get Rs 8,800 crore and Bank of India, Rs 9,232 crore. UCO Bank will get Rs 6,507 crore; Punjab National Bank Rs 5,473 crore; Bank of Baroda Rs 5,375 crore; Central Bank of India Rs 5,158 crore; Canara Bank Rs 4,865 crore; Indian Overseas Bank Rs 4,694 crore and Union Bank of India Rs 4,524 crore. Oriental Bank of Commerce would get Rs 3,571 crore, Dena Bank Rs 3,045 crore, Bank of Maharashtra Rs 3,173 crore, United Bank of India Rs 2,634 crore, Corporation Bank Rs 2,187 crore, Syndicate Bank Rs 2,839 crore, Andhra Bank Rs 1,890 crore, Allahabad Bank Rs 1,500 crore and Punjab & Sind Bank Rs 785 crore. SNS (Details on Page 8) PM Modi holds bilaterals with Suu Kyi, Duterte BANDH VIEW PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 24 JANUARY The scene on a street in Cuttack on Wednesday. Normal life was hit across Odisha due to a dawn-to-dusk shutdown called separately by the Congress and the BJP to seek justice for a 14-year-old tribal girl who committed suicide after alleging rape by four men in uniform three months ago. Business establishments, markets, offices, banks and financial institutions remained shut, while vehicular movement came to a grinding halt across the state. N SNS Monkeys cloned in world first, scientists reveal THE INDEPENDENT LONDON, 24 JANUARY Two monkeys are the first ever primates to be cloned using the technique that created Dolly the sheep. The technique brings the prospect of cloned human beings even more closer. But scientists caution that there may be no good reason to create such clones, and that ethical and legal questions need to be answered about such research. More immediately, the technique will allow researchers to create whole labs full of genetically identical monkeys. That could prove tremendously useful in scientific and medical research – allowing doctors to watch how specific treatments affect the genetic makeup of animals that are otherwise exactly the same, for instance. P12 Lalu gets 5-year jail term in 3rd fodder scam case Disgraced doctor: Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing athletes and patients for decades. “Sir, I'm giving you 175 years, which is 2100 months. I just signed your death warrant,” Michigan state judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar in handing down the sentence. More than 100 women and girls accused Nassar of a pattern of serial abuse, and have lashed out at top sporting officials for failing to stop him. They include Olympic gold-medal winners Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. Afghanistan attack: Militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four people and triggering a shootout with police that lasted almost 10 hours, provincial officials and the organisation said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Among the four killed were two employees of the NGO, a security guard and an army soldier. The organisation said it was suspending its work across Afghanistan following the attack. ‘LET DHONI GIVE PAKISTAN A LEG UP’ SILVER 39,150 +50.00 Film will not be screened in four states, says multiplex body Min. 43% TEMPERATURE RAJIV KILLING CONVICT WANTS RECALL OF CONVICTION ORDER MUELLER SEEKS TO QUESTION TRUMP IN RUSSIA PROBE LAHORE HC BARS PAK GOVT FROM ARRESTING SAEED Identical clones Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong. AFP The two identical long-tailed macaques, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, were born eight and six weeks ago at a laboratory in China. They represent the furthest reaches of cloning technology, resembling each other entirely, genetically. They aren't, strictly, the first primates to have been cloned. But they are the first to be produced using the single cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technique, which involves transferring cell nucleus DNA to a donated egg cell that is then prompted to develop into an embryo, and is the same technique used for Dolly the sheep. Previous work has relied on splitting embryos, which is the same phenomenon that happens when twins are born and can only produce four offspring. The two monkeys were part of a total of 79 different transfer attempts, which used different techniques. Scientists had some luck cloning monkeys using adult cells, but those were only able to survive for a few days. That genetic symmetry of the monkeys means that scientists could create a whole experiment's worth of identical monkeys, save for the specific genetic changes that they want to study. "You can produce cloned monkeys with the same genetic background except the gene you manipulated," said Qiang Sun, the Chinese scientist who led the team that produced the research published in the journal Cell. "This will generate real models not just for genetically based brain diseases, but also cancer, immune or metabolic disorders and allow us to test the efficacy of the drugs for these conditions before clinical use." But the same phenomenon has already led to fears about where it could lead. The scientists stress that they did the work under strict international codes, and co-author Muming Poo said that the team was aware "that future research using non-human primates anywhere in the world depends on scientists following very strict ethical standards". The breakthrough means that it would theoretically be easier to clone a human, since primates share so much of CMYK their makeup with us. But actually doing so is much less likely, given the ethical and regulatory objections there would be to any such plan. “While they succeeded in obtaining cloned macaques, the numbers are too low to make many conclusions, except that it remains a very inefficient and hazardous procedure," said Robin Lovell-Badge, group leader at the Francis Crick Institute. "Because they are non-human primates, macaques are obviously evolutionary much closer to humans than other animals typically used in research, and the aim of the work was to use the cloning methods to allow production of genetically identical macaques to use in biomedical research, where confounding factors of genetic variability could otherwise complicate experiments.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held bilateral meetings with three ASEAN leaders, including his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and discussed key bilateral and regional issues. After the meeting between Modi and the Myanmarese leader, external affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “The two leaders had a productive discussion on intensifying bilateral cooperation, including follow up on key decisions taken during PM's visit to Myanmar in September 2017.” Today's meeting came nearly a month after India and Myanmar inked an agreement on restoration of normality and the development of Rakhine State, from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims recently fled following incidents of violence against the community. Signed during Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's visit to Myanmar, the pact was the first government to government agreement by Myanmar with a cooperation partner focused on socio-economic development and livelihood initiatives in Rakhine State. The prime minister also met his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and discussed boosting of ties in key areas of trade, investment and defence among others. An MoU between India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam was also signed. The agreement was inked to enhance cooperation in the field of information and broadcasting based on the principles of equality and reciprocity. An implementation arrangement was also made between ISRO and Vietnam's National Remote Sensing Department for establishing tracking and data reception station and data processing facility in Vietnam under the ASEANIndia Space Cooperation. Later, Modi also met Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. “Adding momentum to the close relationship! PM @narendramodi met with President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Trade and investment, defence & security, education and people-topeople cooperation were discussed. An agreement to facilitate investment was signed,” Kumar tweeted with photos of the meeting. After the Modi-Duterte meeting, a pact between Invest India and the Board of Investments of the Philippines was inked, the release said.
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