SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 FEBRUARY 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 THREE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BECOME AN INDISPENSABLE COMPONENT OF KOLKATA -- PUNJABI SIKHS, SOUTH INDIANS AND MARWARIS IN THE DESIRE TO GARNER MORE ‘LIKES’ ON SOCIAL MEDIA, IT IS ALL TOO EASY TO LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Max and min temp to be around 31/17 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.96% TEMPERATURE EM Bypass accident kills 2 students, buses set on fire Bus jumps traffic signal, driver taken into custody, state govt announces compensation Min. 30% Max: 30.6°C (+3) Min: 16.1°C (0) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:26 hrs 06:14 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 19:25 hrs 07:34 hrs First quarter of moon on 10 February THUMBNAILS Shops closed in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk on the second day of protest called by traders against MCD and BJP government for ongoing sealing in all wholesale and commercial markets. SNS Gunman fires on foreigners in Italy, 6 injured: A lone gunman targeted foreigners in a drive-by shooting spree on Saturday in a central Italian city, wounding six people, one of them with life-threatening injuries, before being arrested. The suspect's motive wasn't immediately clear, but the city of Macerata in the central Marche region is still reeling from the gruesome killing and dismemberment of a young Italian woman this week, allegedly at the hands of a Nigerian immigrant. Police said all those wounded were foreigners and they later confirmed the arrest of a suspect identiP10 fied as a 28-year-old Italian. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 3 FEBRUARY Tension ran high at Chingrighata crossing on EM Bypass today after two persons were killed in a road accident and two buses including a state transport bus were set on fire by an irate mob following the accident. The deceased, identified as Biswajit Bhuniya (19) and Sanjay Murmu(19) were on bi-cycles, when they were run over by a speeding bus and died on the spot. The speeding bus had jumped a traffic signal and hit the two youths. Both of them were first year students and after the accident they were rushed to NRS hospital where they were declared brought dead. The accident occurred at around 11 a.m. following which angry protesters staged a demonstration disrupting traffic movement on EM Bypass for three hours. Biswajit and Murmu went out to buy sweets and the accident took place when they were returning home, policr said. Traffic on a large stretch of EM Bypass went haywire after the mob set two buses and a vehicle on fire. The commuters later said the agitators forced them to get down from the bus and then set them ablaze. Locals started throwing stones at passing vehicles. The wind Syrian rebels down Russian fighter jet: Rebel fighters shot down a Russian plane over Syria's Idlib province on Saturday and captured its pilot, a monitor said. “Rebel factions shot down a Sukhoi 25. The Russian pilot came down in a parachute, before being captured,” said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He could not confirm which faction had downed the plane but hardline opposition groups and the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are active in Idlib. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Syrian troops launched an offensive on Idlib in late December, with backing by Russian warplanes. ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 3 FEBRUARY After the accident at Chingrighata in Kolkata on Saturday. SNS screen of a government bus on route no. S-30 was broken and two other buses were set on fire on E.M. Bypass along with an NBSTC bus. Residents of the adjacent Shantinagar area had reportedly resorted to burning and damaging vehicles.A goods vehicle, a private bus and a private car were also damaged. A large contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Police resorted to a lathi charge after the mob threw bricks and stones at the forces. Tear gas Value India ties, but firm on sovereign rights, says China AGENCIES Maldives shuts Parliament: The Maldivian authorities on Saturday announced an indefinite postponement of parliament as President Abdulla Yameen’s regime resisted international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order to free political prisoners. The People’s Majlis, or parliament, told local reporters in a brief message that the Assembly will not have its scheduled sessions on Monday “due to security reasons”. No fresh date was given for the sessions. The move followed a shock order on Thursday by the country’s Supreme Court to release nine political P10 dissidents. India to nail Pak on terror funding at FATF meet BEIJING, 3 FEBRUARY China always values the good neighbourliness and friendship with India, but it is also firm on upholding its “sovereign rights”, interests and territorial integrity, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today. Beijing handled the Dokalam standoff with “restraint”, showing the “emphasis” it places on ties with New Delhi, he said. Touching on China's relations with major countries and its diplomatic initiatives last year, Yi, in a lengthy article in the Chinese International Studies journal, dwelt about Sino-India ties, stating that Beijing's diplomatic engagement with New Delhi resulted in India withdrawing its troops and equipment from Dokalam. The journal is published by China Institute of International Studies, a thinktank attached to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. The 73-day standoff at Dokalam over which Bhutan also has counter claims began in June last year when Indian troops objected to Chinese army building a road close to India's Chicken-Neck Corridor, a narrow corridor connecting north-eastern states. The standoff ended on August 28 after Chinese troops agreed to stop building the road following which both the sides agreed on the “expeditious disengagement” of personnel at Dokalam, according to the External Affairs Ministry. Foreign minister Yi said China always values the good neighbourliness and friendship with India as “we are each other's big neighbours and ancient civilisations”. shells were also burst by policemen to disperse the rampaging mob. The throwing of stones and bricks at policemen continued for more than two hours, local people said. The mob went on the rampage after police failed to arrest the driver of the killer bus and police resorted to a lathi charge on local people instead of trying to arrest the driver, local people alleged. Bidhannagar city police commissioner Gyanwant Singh, along with other senior police officers, went to the spot. Mr Gyanwant Singh said that police resorted to baton charge to disperse the mob. Police reinforcements were rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control, he said. The OCs of the Pragati Maidan,Beliaghata,Phoolbagan and Narkeldanga Police Stations rushed to the spot. The DCs of ESD,SED and SSD reached the spot with a big posse of policemen. The Bidhannagar Commissionerate mobilised a sizeable force on their part. Later,Bidhannagar (South) Police Station took the bus driver into custody. Bidhannagar MLA Sujit Bose visited the spot to pacify the irate residents. Local people have been demanding construction of a subway at the spot for a long time but to no avail, said Mr Ajit Chowdhury, a resident of Chingrighata. Bose said that that the local people’s grievances are being looked into and a plan of action would be undertaken to set up a subway at the place to avoid any mishap in future. Later, compensation for the victims’ families was announced from Nabanna. India is set to turn the heat on Pakistan on the issue of terror-funding at the plenary of the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) in Paris from 18 February. According to informed sources, New Delhi was in touch with key powers like the US and Russia to enlist their support in cornering Pakistan and putting pressure on it to take steps to check terror-funding. The week-long meeting in Paris will review Islamabad's attempts to make its legal regime and law-enforcing machinery more effective to check flow of funds to terrorist networks. Established in 1989, FATF is an inter-governmental organisation promoting effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and combating other related threats India win U-19 World Cup The India U-19 team with the world cup trophy on Saturday. It was India’s record fourth U-19 World Cup win after an (MATCH REPORT ON PAGE 12) eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final. AFP SNS & PTI GUWAHATI, 3 FEBRUARY ister said due to economic reforms, India is today the most preferred investment destination in the world with the highest FDI in last fiscal at USD 60 billion, and highlighted the country's improved credit rating, low inflation rate and opening of various sectors to foreign direct investment. “The world sees India today as an emerging power house for economic growth,” he said. GST official, 8 others arrested in bribery case NEW DELHI, 3 FEBRUARY Growth story to pick up speed with N-E uplift: PM Highlighting “path breaking” economic reforms undertaken by his government, Prime MinisterNarendra Modi todaysaid India's growth story will further pick up speed when there is an all-round development of the North-east. Inaugurating the two-day 'Global Investors Summit' hosted by Assam, he stressed the importance of 'Act East Policy' in the Centre's aim of achieving balanced and fastpaced growth of the Northeastern region. “We have created the Act East Policy and the Northeast is at the heart of it. “The Act East Policy requires increased people to people contact, trade ties and other relations with countries on India's east, particularly ASEAN countries,” he said. The Prime Min- to the international financial system. At the Buenos Aires plenary in November last year, New Delhi, backed by the US and Russia, had succeeded in asking Pakistan to submit a compliance report at the coming Paris meeting on action taken by Islamabad against terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD). For the first time, Pakistan’s Central Bank, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), was asked specifically to report on its work in shutting off the finances to these terror groups. China had sought to come to the rescue of Pakistan at the Buenos Aires meeting but that did not help Islamabad's cause. Meanwhile, Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned to frustrate India's attempts to nail it at the FATF meeting. Tasnim Aslam, Special Secretary in Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, earlier this week visited Russia and met ministers and officials. Modi said his government has changed the work culture of the official machinery, giving it greater speed, and “we want all projects to be completed before target”. Pointing to initiatives announced in the Budget on health insurance and free cooking gas connection for the poor and transparency in tax regime, he said all the schemes of the Union government are oriented towards bringing about a qualitative change in the lives of the people. The aim is to improve “ease of living”, the Prime Minister said. The Union government has taken up many path breaking economic reforms in last three years, which have simplified procedures for doing business, he said. It is a result of these reforms that India today ranks 100 among 190 countries in the Doing Business Report, of the World Bank, after climbing up 42 ranks, Modi said. India's position has improved in many other ratings like Global Competitiveness Index of World Econom- ic Forum and Moodys rating upgrade from stable to positive in November 2017. “Our policies have ensured that inflation remains below 5 per cent mark. Now, we have foreign exchange reserves of USD 418 billion. “Many new sectors have been opened for 100 per cent FDI through automatic route like automobiles,textiles, tourism, ports and highways. “Today, India is one of the most preferred destinations for FDI. India has received highest ever annual FDI of USD 60 billion in 2016-17,” he said. Talking about the recent announcements in the budget, he said 45-50 crore people will benefit from the health insurance scheme Ayushman Bharat and it has enhanced the possibilities of setting up hospitals in tier II and III cities by hospital chains. Modi said the government's current focus is on infrastructure investment and next year it will be investing about Rs 6 lakh crore in this sector. “This year we aim to complete more than 9,000 kilometres length of National Highways. We willbe developing 35,000 kilometers of roads with investment of Rs 5.35 lakh crore under Bharatmala project,” he said, adding the Railways will make an investment of Rs 1.48 lakh crore in 2018-19. Assam is hosting its first global investors summitto showcase its manufacturing opportunities and geostrategic advantages to foreign and domestic investors. The summit aims at highlighting Assam's core competencies in different sectors along with the policy initiatives taken by the state govern(SEE ALSO PAGE 8) ment. The CBI has arrested a Goods and Services Tax commissioner from Kanpur and eight others, including three officials, busting an alleged bribery racket in the department, the agency sources said. The officials used to collect regular bribes from businessmen and industrialists of Kanpur for providing them tax-related relief and shielding them from notices of the department, the sources said. The bribes were collected either in the form of cash or costly items like refrigerators, television sets, and mobile phones which were delivered to the commissioner's residence in New Delhi, they said. According to the agency sources, Sansar Chand, a 1986-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, posted as Commissioner, two superintendents of the department (Ajay Shrivastav, R S Chandel), one personal staff (Saurabh Pandey) and five private individuals, including the owner of Shishu Soaps, were nabbed by the CBI in a late-night operation in Kanpur and Delhi. The agency has also named Chand's wife Avinash Kaur; and Aman Shah, Superintendent, GST and Central Excise, Kanpur, in its FIR but they have not been arrested yet, the sources said, adding one arrested suspect is not mentioned in the FIR. The CBI has alleged in its FIR that Chand along with his subordinates used to collect bribes on monthly and quarterly basis from industrialists and businessmen, they said. PTI
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