CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 10 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 FM TO BRIEF RBI AND SEBI BOARD ON BUDGET TODAY P8 SENSEX 34,005.76 -407.40 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with maximum and minimum temperature to be around 29 and 19 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% Min. 43% Max: 29.8°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:11 hrs MOON RISES 01.47 hrs Min: 18.5°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:31 hrs MOON SETS 13:03 hrs TEMPERATURE First moon quarter on 10 February THUMBNAILS PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, who has been appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board as the governing body's first independent woman director. Stocks retreat on global rout: Stocks tripped over the growing worries about rise in interest rates and a global rout in equities on Friday, with the benchmark Sensex falling over 1 per cent to close at a one-month low and the broader Nifty crashing below the 10,500 level. The 30-share Sensex closed lower by 407.40 points or 1.18 per cent at 34,005.76. This is the weakest closing since 4 January when it P8 had ended at 33,969.64. SC to hear Major’s father’s plea: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Monday the plea of the father of an Army officer, booked as an accused by Jammu and Kashmir Police in the recent Shopian firing incident. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered advocate Aishwarya Bhati's submission that the plea of the P3 father be heard on an urgent basis. NIFTY 10,454.95 -121.90 MESSAGE LACED WITH HUMOUR ‘WE ARE BORN AS ENTREPRENEURS’ P7 INDIANS ONE WIN AWAY FROM MAKING HISTORY P14 ` vs $ 64.40 -14.00 PAISE GOLD 28,985.00 +125.00 Opp MPs meet Prez, seek SIT in Loya case P12 SILVER 38,200.00 +200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 64.20 -0.61 SHOW OF UNITY Court-monitored investigation into CBI judge’s death demanded SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 9 FEBRUARY pposition MPs today petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind for a court-monitored SIT probe into the death of CBI judge B H Loya and said they have no faith in either the CBI or the NIA. MPs from several political parties, including the Congress, the Trinamul Congress and the DMK, met the President and presented him a memorandum with the demand. The memorandum has been signed by 114 MPs from 15 parties, including the TMC, SP NCP DMK, RJD , , and AAP as well as the Left parties. The BSP is not a signatory to the letter. “To uphold the majesty O of law, we request you to intervene in the matter. What is required is a thorough investigation through a team of independent officers selected and monitored by the Supreme Court,” the memorandum stated. The investigation should not be entrusted to either the Central Bureau of Investigation or the National Investigation Agency, given their track record, the MPs said. “Such a procedure will ensure the credibility of the institution in the eyes of the public. We sincerely hope you will use your good offices to serve the cause of justice,” they told the President. Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. Rahul Gandhi, who led Modi, Trump discuss Maldives STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 9 FEBRUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the situation in the Maldives with US President Donald Trump even as an early end to the crisis in the island nation did not appear in sight. The two leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and talked about the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law, the White House said in a read-out on Thursday night’s telephone talk. The archipelago plunged into a crisis last Thursday when the Supreme the Opposition charge, said a large number of MPs felt that there is something suspicious in the death of Loya and two more that took place thereafter. “A large number of MPs feel suspicious and uneasy over the death of judge Loya and two others. They wanted an independent probe and did not want the investigation to be handed over to the CBI,” Gandhi said after the meeting. He said the President gave a positive response and has assured them that he would look into the matter. The leaders have also written in the memorandum that they believe that if “lives of judges and lawyers are jeopardised for doing their duty, then democracy is under grave threat.’’ Reforms cut deficits: FM NEW DELHI, 9 FEBRUARY Court ordered the release of nine political prisoners, including ex-President Nasheed. While refusing to implement the court order, the Yameen government declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrests of the Chief Justice and another ex-President M A Gayoom. Maldives Ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said he had received requests from some Delhi-based envoys of foreign nations to brief them on the developments. He said he proposed to meet them next week.The Maldives Embassy said the Yameen government had extended an invitation to all developments partners and organisations to visit the country to assess the (SEE P 9) situation. CMYK Rejecting all charges of economic mismanagement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said reforms had cut deficits and expanded revenue, and helped the country cover the journey from being among the “fragile five” to a bright spot. Replying to a discussion on the Budget in the Rajya Sabha, he said the campaign against black money, as also steps like demonetisation and GST, had led to an increase of income tax collection by SNS 19.7 per cent. The two Koreas marched together and South Korea's president shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opened in a spirit (REPORTS PAGE 9) of intense rapprochement on Friday. AFP School teacher arrested for ‘sexually abusing’ student STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 9 FEBRUARY A teacher of the primary section of Carmel High School in south Kolkata has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a Class II student today, police said. The development triggered angry protests by the girl's parents and other guardians, who gathered outside the primary section of the school this morning, seeking immediate suspension and action against the accused. A senior police officier said the parents of the Class II student have alleged that their daughter was abused by the dance teacher of the school. Yesterday, the girl complained about the teacher to her parents, he said. Education minister Partha Chatterjee said "if the charge against the accused teacher is found to be true, he should not be allowed to teach again.'' “I am of the view that male teachers should not be appointed in all-girls' schools,” he said. The government had asked all schools to implement foolproof security measures on their campuses, but today's incident showed there were gaps in the system, he added. One of the agitating parents told reporters outside the school gate that authorities tried to downplay the matter ini- tially when they were informed about it. “It was then that we decided to stage a protest outside the school,” he said. The principal of the missionary school, Sister Maria Arpitha, has sought time till tomorrow to speak on the matter. The guardians were demanding that the offender be handed over to them and not to police, saying public will take action against the offender. A large contingent of police reached the spot to control the agitators. Later OC Tollygunge police station was injured as one of the guardians hit him on his face with a helmet. “We have arrested the teacher and initiated an investigation into the matter,” he said, adding the agitators assaulted the accused and the OC when he was (P 13 ) being taken away.
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