TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MODI MORALLY UNFIT TO BE PM, SAYS K’TAKA CM STATES NOT FOR INCLUDING PETROL, DIESEL IN GST: FM P7 SENSEX 34,757.16 -309.59 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist/shallow fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 23 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 91% Min. 31% Max: 22°C (-1) SUN RISES 07:06 hrs MOON RISES 00:03 hrs Min: 6.3°C (-3) SUN SETS 18:04 hrs MOON SETS 11:02 hrs TEMPERATURE COURT FREES SAMSUNG HEIR P10 NIFTY 10,666.55 -94.05 ` vs $ 64.07 00 PAISE GERARD PIQUE KEEPS BARCA UNBEATEN P13 GOLD 29,265.00 +20.00 Shah tears into Cong over GST, pakoda jibe SILVER 38,900.00 +100.00 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY B President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady Savita Kovind at the Mughal Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhavan, a day before the opening of the gardens for public viewing. In the Capital on SNS Monday. Amitabh Kant gets extension: Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant was Monday given an extension till 30 June 2019. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the government think tank on 17 February 2016 for a two-year term. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of Kant's tenure, the order issued by the Union Personnel Ministry said. A 1980 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Kant was earlier Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, at the Centre. CBI charge sheet in school murder: The CBI charged a teenager with killing a seven-yearold student at a private school in Bhondsi in September last year in a bid to postpone exams and cancel a scheduled parent-teacher 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 commitP2 ted the murder on Sept 8 last year. 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 P11 exchange also. So it is not LTCG effect. Tension resurfaces in Kasganj: Tension resurfaced in Kasganj on Monday as some miscreants tried to disrupt peace by setting afire the gate of a place of worship but the police swiftly swung into action and the flames were extinguished, an official said. Following the incident, two constables were suspended over alleged laxity while a large contingent of police personnel was deployed on the spot to ensure that there is no more trouble in Uttar Pradesh town which recently saw communal clashes. P5 INDIA SHINING JP president Amit Shah on Monday slammed the Congress party and its successive governments' trackrecord on various fronts including eradication of poverty and unemployment as well as creation of basic public facilities, even as he hailed the "all-round, historic accomplishments" of the Narendra Modi government while claiming that it was dedicated to the cause of the poor and the farmers. Shah was delivering his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha and was also initiating the debate on the motion of thanks on the President's address to both Houses of Parliament that started the current Budget Session. He was elected to the Upper House in August 2017. During his 90-minute speech, Shah took on his Congress counterpart Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and his sarcastic description of the GST as "Gabbar Singh Tax". Noting that Gabbar Singh was a dacoit character in the Bollywood blockbuster "Sholay", Shah asked, "Is legally claiming taxes from people a dacoity? And where does this Gabbar Singh Tax/GST go?," adding "it goes into the bank accounts of jawans for giving 'one rank, one pension'; it goes into the bank accounts of widows of martyrs; it goes towards giving the poor women Ujjwala yojana (clean cooking fuel)." Blasting the principal Oppposition party, Shah asked whether the Congress was inciting the people not to pay their taxes and whether such a move indicated "good politics". Holding that the GST was a major reform which "realised the dream of one country, one tax", Shah castigated the politics over this new indirect tax regime, saying on some critical issues there was the need for all parties to rise above narrow partisan politics. He dismissed the charges that some BJP states, including the then Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government, had opposed the GST during the previous Congress-led UPA regime, claiming that the BJP had only opposed its ways since the states did not have trust in the then central government for compensating their losses. Shah also sought to project the Congress's "hypocrisy", saying its states were supporting the Centre's measures in GST Council meetings. The BJP chief conceded that there were teething problems in the GST's implementation, but said the government was sensitive and was constantly ensuring correctives through the GST Council meetings. Joining issue with senior Congress leader and exUnion minister P Chidambaram for his swipe at PM Modi's claim that even a person selling "pakodas" was employed, Shah said, "It is better for a youth to earn living by selling pakodas instead of being unemployed. Making pakodas is not shameful, what is shameful is comparing such a person with a beggar." He highlighted that a "chaiwala (tea-seller)'s son (Modi) has become the Prime Minister today." TURN TO PAGE 6 Azad flays Modi govt for creating division, fear STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY Unleashing a fierce attack on the Narendra Modi government in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the Opposition accused it of polarising the nation and creating a "fear psychosis" in the country, alleging that it was high on "jumla" (empty rhetoric) and grandiose announcements but low on delivery and implementation. Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks on the President's address, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) tore into the Modi dispensation, charging that it was "not a game-changing but name-changing government". Azad alleged that the Modi government has failed on all fronts during more than three-and-halfyears of its tenure ~ from providing relief to the poor and farmers, to generating jobs, to safeguarding the country's borders and its soldiers, to addressing the Kashmir problem among others ~ but it has "only succeeded in packaging, India's U19 cricket team captain Prithvi Shaw (C) holds the winners trophy during a news conference in Mumbai. AFP (P15 ) Army hints at retaliatory action SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY The Army on Monday 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. (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 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- 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 MALE, 5 FEBRUARY Muslims participate in Tiranga Yatra in Agra on Monday. IANS Sushma on Saudi Arabia visit 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 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 Maldives police arrest Gayoom AGENCIES repackaging and showcasing its measures". He slammed the BJP-led government for creating fear, not only among the people but also among the Opposition leaders and even bureaucrats. "A fear pyschosis has set in. You cannot see when you are in power. If someone is scared to talk to the Opposition or work with them, it is not good for democracy or freedom of speech or even freedom of business," he said. Azad said the Modi dispensation was allegedly seeking to drive a wedge in the Opposition ranks by intimidating them through agencies like the CBI and (TURN TO PAGE 6) the ED. NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY 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. 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 days SOLIDARITY WITH NATION PM to visit Palestine as part of W Asia tour NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 68.01 -0.57 Hails Modi govt’s performance In his maiden RS speech THUMBNAILS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P15 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 SNS at the Saudi fest. Islamic nation. The PM will also participate at the World Government Summit in Dubai at 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. (P5) Former Maldives president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was arrested Monday shortly after his estranged half-brother president AbdullaYameen declared a state of emergency, according to Gayoom's daughter. The 80-year-old, who was president for 30 years until the country's first democratic elections in 2008, was taken away from his home in the capital Male,Yumna Maumoon tweeted. Gayoom had backed the main opposition and was campaigning for the toppling of his half brother.Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. SEE ALSO P 6, 13 SC seeks BCCI response on Sreesanth plea PTI NEW DELHI, 5 FEBRUARY The Supreme Court on Monday 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 comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY 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 ParagTripathi, 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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