MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 FEBRUARY 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 CHINA ASKS US TO SHUN COLD-WAR MENTALITY GOD’S GIFT OR DISASTER? P6 RAJASTHAN LOSS BUSTED BJP MYTH P2 P9 Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be 32 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% Min. 30% TEMPERATURE Max: 31.6°C (+4) SUN SETS TODAY 17:28 hrs MOON RISES 22.18 hrs Min: 19.1°C (+3) SUN RISES TOMORROW 06:14 hrs MOON SETS 09:42 hrs ‘Ease of murder’ situation in Bengaluru, says PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 4 FEBRUARY Moon first quarter on 10 February P THUMBNAILS India’s Yuzvendra Chahal (R) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Chris Morris (not in picture) during the second One Day International match at the Centurion cricket ground on Sunday. Chahal recorded his careerbest ODI figures of 5 for 22 in 8.2 overs while fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets for 20 in 6 overs as India defeated the hosts by nine wickets. nAFP Tanker with 22 Indians on board missing India’s Shubhankar Sharma hits a shot on the 18th during the final round of the 2018 Maybank Malaysia Golf Championship outside Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. Sharma fired a stunning 10-under-par 62 to clinch the $3 million championship. nAFP Letters Rogatory: The NIA will soon approach a court to get a Letters Rogatory issued to Pakistan seeking details about some people allegedly indulging in false propaganda and running the website of the Hurriyat Conference's pro-Pakistan faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The agency will seek details about Zakir-ulllah who, it believes, also handles the website of the Hizbul Mujahideen. Jain papers: The CBI has recovered property documents, bank deposit slips of about Rs 2 crore allegedly linked to Delhi minister Satyendar Jain, and companies where he was director, during searches at the residences of Delhi Dental Council Registrar, the agency said. The documents were recovered during CBI searches at the residences of Registrar Rishiraj after he was arrested in a separate case. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, 4 FEBRUARY An oil tanker with 22 Indians on board has gone missing off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea and the government is in touch with authorities in Nigeria and Benin to trace it, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. No contact has been established with the vessel so far and there have been no reports of a ransom call, an official of the Mumbai-based Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) told PTI. The official said that the Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern Ship Management, which owns the vessel, is very cooperative and has also opened an emergency response centre for the crew members' families. “Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals is missing off the Coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea. We are making all out efforts in coordination with Nigerian and Benin naval authorities to trace the missing ship. We have set up a Helpline no.(+234)9070343860,” Swaraj tweeted. The Indian mission in Abuja is in touch with Nigeria and Benin for help in locating the oil tanker, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He said the situation was being constantly monitored. The DGS official said, “The region has a history of piracy and it may be a case of suspected piracy. All communication with the vessel has been lost, and right now we do not know if a ransom call has been made.” The ship went missing less than a month after another vessel MT Barret had gone missing off the coast of Benin in January. The MT• Barret was later confirmed to have been hijacked. A crew of 22, most of whom were Indians, were reportedly released after a ransom was paid. The directorate general of shipping official also said his department was in touch with the Indian missions and “all our efforts are concentrated on getting the sailors rescued”. Maldives govt faces off with top court as crisis deepens AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Opposition MPs tried to stage a meeting in defiance of a weekend order suspending parliament, but were stopped by armed troops. MALE, 4 FEBRUARY The beleaguered Maldives government today ordered police and troops to resist any move by the Supreme Court to arrest or impeach President Abdulla Yameen over his refusal to release political prisoners. Police detained two opposition lawmakers as they returned to the country today, as the political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation deepened with its top court pitted against the president. The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said its MPs tried to stage a meeting in defiance of a weekend order suspending parliament, but they were pushed back by armed troops. Security forces have been deployed inside the national parliament ~ known as the People's Majlis ~ since March last year when Yameen ordered them to evict dissident lawmakers. The president's crackdown on dissent has tarnished the Maldives' image as an upmarket holiday paradise and sparked calls from the United Nations and several countries to restore the rule of law in the fledgling democracy. The Supreme Court on Thursday night ordered the P12 Time’s up for Congress govt in K’taka: Modi SPIN MAGIC WEATHER OF THE PLAYER WHO REFUSED TO GIVE UP WHEN THE GOING WAS TOUGH Maldivian police enter the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party camp on Friday to break up a gathering celebrating the Supreme Court's order for the release of jailed political leaders. FILE PHOTO authorities to release nine political dissidents and restore the seats of 12 legislators who had been sacked for defecting fromYameen's party, ruling the cases were politically motivated. But the Yameen government has so far refused to comply with the shock ruling, resisting international pressure to respect the decision. In a national television address today, Attorney General Mohamed Anil remained defiant. “Any Supreme Court order to arrest the president would be unconstitutional and illegal,” Anil said. “So I have asked the police and the army not to implement any unconstitutional order.” The Supreme Court's reinstatement of the dozen legislators gave the opposition a majority in the 85-member assembly, and it can now potentially impeach Yameen. But authorities shut parliament indefinitely on Saturday to prevent such a move. Yameen also sacked two police chiefs after the court's decision. Atul Keshap, the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, has led international criticism of the Yameen government's refusal to respect court orders. “What security risk prevents the #Maldives #Majlis from meeting tomorrow? Why are MPs pepper sprayed in the streets and arrested on arrival at airport?” he tweeted today. Former president and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed described the government's refusal to obey the Supreme Court as a “coup”. Nasheed, who was controversially convicted of a terrorism charge and jailed for 13 years in 2015, urged police and troops to uphold the constitution. “Statements made today by AG Anil... to disobey SC orders is tantamount to a coup. They, and President Yameen must resign immediately,” he tweeted on Sunday. “Security services must uphold the constitution and serve the Maldivian people.” Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader, was toppled in 2012. He was barred from contesting elections after his 2015 terrorism conviction, which was internationally criticised as politically motivated. Four soldiers killed in Pak shelling JAMMU, 4 FEBRUARY An Army captain and three soldiers were killed in Pakistan shelling in the Poonch and BG sectors on Sunday. A soldier and two children, a boy and a girl, were also seriously injured as Pakistan troops also targeted the villages along the LOC. The Army personnel killed have been identified as Capt Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ram Avtar, Rifleman Shubam Singh and Havaldar Roshan Lal. An•Army spokesman said Pakistan troops initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 3.30 pm in BG sector along the Line of Control. Indian troops retaliated and heavy damage has been inflicted on PakSNS istani posts. rime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the BJP’s election campaign in the state by making a determined bid to woo the voters while assuring a clean, honest and developmentoriented government, including a global benchmarked infrastructure. Karnataka goes to the polls this May with the BJP , under Mr B S Yeddyurappa, its state president, seeking to regain power while the Congress under chief minister Siddaramiah fighting to retain control. Mr Modi, who was addressing a well-attended public rally to mark the culmination of BJP’s Parivartan Yatra, waded into the ongoing controversy about the alleged failure of the Siddaramiah government in utilising Central funds while highlighting the growing corruption in the state. He took a jibe at the government alleging that that it had come to be known as the “ten per cent” government, that being the commission to get any work. He also reeled off figures to highlight the series of schemes under which the central government had approved several thousand crore rupees for the state, though most of it remained poorly utilised or totally neglected. Cases in point, he said, were the Prime Minster’s Awas Yojana, Swachh Bharat programme and the Smart Cities mission, among others. In the PM Awas yojana programme alone, against the 3.3 lakh houses that were approved, the state had built only 38,000. The state government had not bothered to take these schemes to their log- BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa places a turban on PM Narendra Modi’s head at a party meet in Bengaluru. n AFP ical conclusion, he charged, adding that during UPA rule, Karnataka had received only Rs 73, 000 crore against which the NDA government had provided over Rs 2 lakh crore to the state. “Have you seen this money being well spent?” he asked the voters. The Prime Minister also slammed the ruling Congress which he said had turned Bengaluru into a crime capital.While the central government was focussing on’ease of business “ and “ease of living,” the IT capital was seeing an “ease of murder” situation with crime becoming rampant in the city. In this context he also slammed the fact that several BJP workers had lost their lives. Accordingly, he said the time had come to throw out the government which was already standing “near the exit gate.” He underlined the need for a government which would work closely with the Centre even as he claimed that the Congress could not match the commitment shown by the NDA government in taking the country forward. Giving the Congress Mukt again, he said it was time to throw out a corrupt regime which was promoting nepotism, where I-T raids on its ministers were common, also evidenced by the controversy over the steel bridge proposal. This had to be dropped following loud protests from the public because of the alleged corruption involved. Promising to provide the very best facilities for the people of Karnataka if his party was voted to power in the state, he said Mr Yeddyurappa had already committed that he would provide huge sums for irrigation to improve the lot of the farmers. He also elaborated on the various welfare schemes which the NDA government had announced in the Union budget, including healthcare and the steps taken to boost farmers’ income and agriculture besides the huge allocation for infrastructure development. He also attacked the Congress for repeatedly playing the politics of minority appeasement. A case in point was its stance on the triple talaq bill. The party, he said. was trying to do the same with the OBC bill.
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