CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 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 P6 SENSEX 34,757.16 -309.59 WEATHER Morning mist/fog likely in some areas. Later, partly cloudy sky. Max and min temp to be 30 and 20 degree celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% Min. 55% Max: 29.1°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:13 hrs MOON RISES 23.12 hrs Min: 19.6°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:28 hrs MOON SETS 10:20 hrs TEMPERATURE First moon quarter on 10 February AFSPA AND THE ARMY CHIEF COURT FREES SAMSUNG HEIR TRUMP’S ADDRESS A SERIOUS MESSAGE TO NORTH KOREA P9 NIFTY 10,666.55 -94.05 MCGUINNESS IS TORMENTED BY MUNICH MEMORY P7 ` vs $ 64.07 00 PAISE GOLD 29,265.00 +20.00 Defamation case: HC pulls up Kejriwal SILVER 38,900.00 +100.00 President Ram Nath Kovind and Savita Kovind at the Mughal Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhavan, a day before the opening of the gardens for public viewing in the capital on Monday. SNS CBI charge sheet in school murder: The CBI charged a teenager with killing a seven-yearold student at a private school in Bhondsi here in September last year in a bid to postpone exams and cancel a scheduled parentteacher meeting. In its charge sheet, the agency said that sufficient oral, documentary and forensic evidence has come on record to substantiate that the 16-year-old accused had committed the murder on Sept 8 last year. Maldives declares emergency: Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Monday declared a 15day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor said, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation. The move gives sweeping powers to forces to arrest and detain suspects, and comes amid a standoff between the Supreme Court and the government. The president refused to comply with a court order to release political prisoners. INDIA SHINING ‘Delhi CM engaging in roving and fishing enquiry’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY elhi High Court today criticised Arvind Kejriwal over the relevance of questions put to Arun Jaitley during his cross-examination in a defamation case, and said the Delhi Chief Minister was engaging in a “roving and fishing enquiry”. The observation by Justice Manmohan came while declining Kejriwal's plea to summon the entire minutes of meetings of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) from 1999 to 2013 when Jaitley was at its head. The defamation case was filed by Union Finance Minister Jaitley against the AAP leader. “I think you are doing a roving and fishing enquiry. You need entire minutes of meetings of DDCA, but why?” it asked the counsel for the chief minister and said it cannot understand how the minutes of meetings were relevant to this defamation suit against Kejriwal. The court also questioned the relevance of questions put to the Finance Minister in one of his crossexaminations, on not publishing of a news article related to alleged irregularities in the DDCA in a daily national. “How does it (questions) relate to the present case, whether the news article was published in one of the private newspapers or not,” it said, adding that “40 questions on that aspect. It is too much”. “There should have been a limit. You should answer to us or your client (Arvind Kejriwal) will be answerable,” the court said to the lawyers of the Delhi Chief Minister. It, however, allowed Kejriwal's plea calling for two DDCA documents in connection with the defamation suit filed against him by Jaitley. The court also made it clear that the court was allowing Kejriwal's plea to summon only two documents of February 10, 2003 and April 6, 2003, with which Jaitley can be confronted during his crossexamination. Jaitley's cross-examination in the suit is going on before a joint registrar who has directed Kejriwal to wind up the crossexamination on February 12 itself. The court said it was not clear in which direction the cross-examination was proceeding, a concern which was also expressed by the Joint Registrar during Jaitley's cross- examination on February 2. “You should have known your case before starting. You are building your case during cross-examination,” the court said and asked Kejriwal's counsel to advise his client about the manner in which he should proceed in the matter. It observed that the chief minister should be “focused” to his case, as he is “not focused”. The court even said that the manner in which he is cross-examining the witness, he should have been imposed with some exemplary cost. “You should restrain yourself from putting questions, which have no relevance,” the court observed. India's U19 cricket team captain Prithvi Shaw (C) holds the winners trophy during a news conference in Mumbai. AFP Army hints at retaliatory action SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY The Army today clearly indicated it would take retaliatory action against the killing of four army men in heavy shelling by Pakistani forces along the LoC in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, saying that its action would speak for itself. Vice chief Lt Gen Sarath Chand said the Army has been responding appropriately to Pakistan shelling, asserting that India will continue to give a “befitting reply” to such acts. “That (retaliation) goes without saying, I think I don't have to say that. Geelani spews venom against India: As Pakistan observed Monday as Kashmir Day to show solidarity with the people of the valley, Syed Alishah Geelani spewed venom against India and expressed gratitude for the Pakistan government and its army for their “political, moral and unflinching support”. Geelani, who is under house arrest, issued a statement wherein he did not utter a single word in sympathy for the four Indian soldiers killed. (Our) action will speak for itself,” he said when asked about the killing of a Captain and three other Army men in the Rajouri sector. The Captain and three jawans were killed and at least four people injured yesterday in the heavy Pakistani shelling along the LoC. Chand also accused the Pakistani Army of supporting the infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 5 FEBRUARY Live demonstration of robotic surgery at Medical College Kolkata on Monday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL Stung by Mr Narendra Modi’s charges of corruption, inefficiency and lawlessness under Congress rule in the state, the Karnataka chief minister, Mr Siddaramiah, today hit back to say that it did not behove a Prime Minister to level baseless allegations, adding that he was” morally unfit “ to hold the all important post. He also hastened to claim that the countdown for the fall of the Modi government had already begun, evidenced by the party’s losses in Rajasthan in the recent bypolls. The chief minister was reacting to the accusations made by Mr Modi during a public rally PM to visit Palestine as part of W Asia tour Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave here later this week on a path-breaking visit to Palestine to iterate India’s unwavering support to the cause of the Palestinians even as India deepens its engagement with Israel. Modi will thus become the first Indian PM to visit Palestine. ‘‘It will be a stand-alone visit to Palestine…we have dehyphenated our relationship with Palestine and Israel,’’ B Bala Bhaskar, Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry said while briefing the media about the PM’s visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman from 10 February. The PM’s visit to West Asia is taking place within a month of Israeli Prime Minister Ben- Kashmir. “We will continue with our process of giving a befitting reply (to such acts),” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here, adding that there were even incidents of mutilation of bodies of jawans last year. “We have been responding appropriately,” he said. “There has been crossborder shelling from their (Pakistan's) side. And one of the shells landed near the officer and his men, leading to the casualties,” he said when asked about yesterday's shelling. Captain Kapil Kundu, a resident of village Ransika in Haryana's Gurgaon district, was killed just six jamin Netanyahu’s trip to India. India and Palestine are expected to sign 5-6 agreements after bilateral talks between Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas. During his brief stay in Ramallah, the PM will also inaugurate an IT Park. India has been helping Palestine in capacitybuilding in different areas. New Delhi’s contribution has come in for much appreciation by the Palestine leadership and the people at large. Asked whether security and counter-terror cooperation would also figure during the talks between the two sides, Bhaskar said Palestine has been a stronger supporter of India in its fight against terrorism. This was again demonstrated by Palestine when it acted promptly and recalled its Sushma on Saudi Arabia visit NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY ambassador to Pakistan after India lodged a protest over his sharing of dais with Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed at a rally in Pakistan. Talking about the PM’s visits to UAE and Oman, Mridul Kumar, Joint Secretary (Gulf) in the ministry, said the PM would reach Abu Dhabi (UAE) from Palestine late in the evening on 10 February. He will hold talks with the UAE leadership and address the Indian diaspora. The highlight of his days before his 22nd birthday, Army officials said. Havildar Roshan Lal, 42, a resident of Samba district, Jammu and Kashmir, Riflemen Ramavatar, 27, of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, and Subham Singh, 23, of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district were also killed in the shelling. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said earlier today Indians had full faith in the valour of the Army. “People of the country have full faith in the valour of the Indian Army,” the minister told reporters outside Parliament when asked about the steps India would take in response to the attack. Modi morally unfit to be PM, says Karnataka CM HI-TECH SURGERY Weak global sentiment causing markets crash: Finance and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Monday said the huge sell-off in equity markets is due to weak global sentiment and not because of the imposition of long term capital gains tax (LTCG) announced in the Budget. “If the entire world's index has gone down by 3.4 per cent, naturally it will have it's ripple effect in Indian stock P8 exchange also. So it is not LTCG effect. NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 68.01 -0.57 D THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P11 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is leaving here on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia in one of the highest levels of contact between India and the kingdom after the recent shake-up in the ruling establishment there which saw Mohammed bin Salman being named the Crown Prince. During her visit, Swaraj will inaugurate the famous Al Janadria Festival, an annual event being organised in the kingdom visit to the UAE will be the laying of the foundation stone of a grand Hindu temple in the since 1985. This is the first time that India is the ‘Guest of Honour’ country at the festival. Her visit comes two years after Modi visited the kingdom in 2016. It comes days ahead of Modi's visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman. India may also be playing host to Saudi King later this year. MoS for External Affairs V K Singh, who was on a visit to Riyadh , said Swaraj would head the Indian delegation that would showcase Asia’s third largest economy at the Saudi fest. SNS Islamic nation. The PM will also participate at the World Government Summit in Dubai at CMYK which India is the ‘guest country’ this year. In Oman, the PM will visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and a Shiva temple during his stay. He will hold extensive talks with the leadership in Oman on bilateral issues as well as regional matters, including the challenge posed by terrorism. Oman is India’s key strategic partner and regularly holds defence exercises with this country. Modi will also address an Indian community function in Oman. Modi will be in the UAE on February 10 and 11 and will address the sixth World Government Summit in Dubai. This will be Modi's second visit to the UAE. He first visited the country in August 2015. in the city yesterday where he had termed the Siddaramiah establishment as the” ten per cent commission government”. A visibly angry Mr Siddaramiah called the attack as ironical , while addressing newsmen here, especially as the very leader that the BJP was projecting as its next chief minister was known for corruption, having even been jailed in the process. A clear reference to former chief minister, Mr B S Yeddyurappa, who was sitting next to the Prime Minister during the BJP’s public rally yesterday . Taking strong objection to Mr Modi’s claim that the state government was not using the funds allocated by the centre appropriately, with particular reference to resources under the 14 th Finance Commission, the chief minister said that the Prime Minister was “speaking a bunch of lies” about his government. A visibly angry chief minister took exception to Mr Narendra Modi terming Bengaluru as the crime capital of India. Quoting figures, he said the most number of crimes were taking place in BJP ruled states. SC seeks BCCI response on Sreesanth plea PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY The Supreme Court today sought a response from BCCI on controversial cricketer S Sreesanth's plea challenging a Kerala High Court verdict restoring the life ban imposed on him by the apex cricket body in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the BCCI and the two members of the committee, which had recommended life ban on Sreesanth, to file their responses within four weeks. Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, representing the cricketer, told the bench, also compris- ing Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that the life ban was extremely harsh penalty and moreover, the cricketer has not been playing for last five years which was more than enough. Advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the BCCI, said telephone conversations revealed Sreesanth took money for bowling 'no balls' during an IPL match in 2013.
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