SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR THREE INDIAN COMMUNITIES HAVE BECOME AN INDISPENSABLE COMPONENT OF KOLKATA PAUSE BEFORE YOU POST: SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BEGUN TO IMPACT PEOPLE'S PSYCHE P1 WEATHER Clear sky. Mist likely to occur in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 23 and 08 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Northeast uplift key to India's growth story: PM India to nail Pak on terror funding at FATF meet At Assam's investors summit, Modi says N-E is at the heart of the Centre's Act East Policy Max. 90% Min. 24% TEMPERATURE Max: 24.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 07:07 hrs MOON RISES 22:09 hrs P10 Min: 9.3°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:03 hrs MOON SETS 10:25 hrs THUMBNAILS Shops were closed at Chandni Chowk in the Capital on Saturday on the second day of trade bandh observed by city traders in protest against the civic bodies' sealing drive targeting business establishments over violation of (P 2) civic norms. AMARJEET SINGH BJP MP Hukum Singh passes away: BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, Hukum Singh, who was suffering from breathing problem, died on Saturday at J P Hospital in Noida. The 79-yearold BJP leader had been in the hospital for nearly a month. Singh was elected from the Kairana constituency. He had earlier been an MLA in UP for seven terms. The Lok Sabha is likely to be adjourned on Monday as a mark of respect to the departed leader. Maldives shuts Parliament: Maldivian authorities today 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 P7 dissidents. 2 students killed in Kolkata accident, buses set on fire: Tension gripped EM Bypass in Kolkata on Saturday after two young students were killed in a road accident there. 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 bicycles, when they were run over by a speeding P5 bus and died on the spot. SNS & PTI GUWAHATI, 3 FEBRUARY P rojecting "pathbreaking economic reforms" undertaken by his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India's growth story will further pick up speed when there is an all-round development of the Northeast. Inaugurating the twoday 'Global Investors Summit' hosted by Assam, he stressed on the importance of "Act East Policy" in the Centre's aim of achieving balanced and fast-paced 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 noted. The PM 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. He 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 asserted. Modi said his government ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 3 FEBRUARY 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 PM 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. ‘China values India ties, but firm on sovereign rights’ AGENCIES 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 SinoIndia 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 ministerYi said China always values the good neighbourliness and friendship with India as “we are each other's big neighbours and ancient civilisations”. 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 ofWorld Economic 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 Union Budget, he said 4550 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 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 we aim to complete more than 9,000 kilometres length of national highways.We will be 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 Summit to 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 government. India win U-19 World Cup 1 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 16 ) eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final. AFP US Air Force chief flies in Tejas PTI The US Air Force Chief, General David L Goldfein, flew a sortie in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Saturday at the IAF station here. He was accompanied on the 40-minute-long sortie by Air Vice Marshal AP Singh. Gen Goldfein, along with General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of the US Pacific Air Force, arrived in India on Thursday, on a visit to boost defence ties between the two nations. He was accorded a Guard of Honour at the South Block on Thursday. He also met his counterpart, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, and held bilateral discussions. The US Air Force chief is the first foreign military chief to fly in the indigenous LCA, a single-seat, single-jet engine, The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved withdrawal of cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders, between 2008 and 2017, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday. The government action to withdraw 1,745 cases is subject to "certain conditions" and is based on recommendations of a committee constituted to look into the matter, Mufti said. She said her government has also recommended to give amnesty to more than 4,000 people, who are said to be involved in minor incidents of stone pelting over the past two years. In a written reply to a question in the Assembly, Mufti did not disclose the particulars of first-time offenders due to security considerations for them and their families. However, she said 3,773 cases were registered in 2016 and 2017, leading to the arrest of 11,290 people, of whom 233 remained untraced. Seven cases were not admitted and 1,692 were chargesheeted, while 1,841 cases were under investigation, Mufti, who hold the home department portfolio, said. Intense clashes had rocked Kashmir Valley in 2016 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July that year, resulting in the death of over 85 people. The chief minister said while 2,904 cases were registered and 8,570 people were arrested in connection with stone- pelting incidents in 2016, the number of such cases in 2017 dropped to 869 in which 2,720 people were arrested. The highest 2,330 people were arrested in Srinagar followed by 2,046 in Baramulla, 1,385 in Pulwama, 1,123 in Kupwara, 1,118 in Anantnag, 783 in Budgam, 714 in Ganderbal, 694 in Shopian, 548 in Bandipora, 547 in Kulgam and two in Doda districts during 2016 and 2017, she said. She said 56 government employees and 16 Hurriyat Conference activists were among the 4,949 people found involved in stone-pelting incidents, while 4,074 were not affiliated with any separatist or militant group. GST official, 8 others arrested in bribery case NEW DELHI, 3 FEBRUARY J&K: Stone-pelting cases against 9,730 persons to be withdrawn JAMMU, 3 FEBRUARY 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. 3 held for assault on Kashmiri students in Haryana CHANDIGARH, 3 FEBRUARY A day after the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister (CM) Mehbooba Mufti sought strict action in the incident relating to assault on two Kashmiri students that took place on Friday in Mahendragarh town, Haryana police have arrested three persons. The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mahendragarh, S Dahiya said that three persons have been arrested in connection with the assault and the investigation was (P4) going. SNS IANS JODHPUR, 3 FEBRUARY US Air Force chief, General David L Goldfein (left), with Air Vice IANS Marshal AP Singh at IAF station in Jodhpur on Saturday multi-role light fighter, which is being pitched as the replacement of the ageing MIG-21 aircraft. Gen Goldfein tweeted that he looked forward to "deepening the relationship between our two air forces." Indigenously developed by the Aeronautical Devel- opment Agency, and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Tejas, a fourth generation aircraft, can fly at 1,350 km per hour, with a payload capacity of 4,000 kg. In November 2017, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen flew in a Tejas jet. 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 quaterly basis from industrialists and businessmen, they PTI said.
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