SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW KOLKATA'S MYRIAD NEIGHBOURHOODS ACQUIRED THEIR QUAINT SOUNDING NOMENCLATURES A BUNCH OF EXEMPLARY MUSICIANS AND DANCERS FROM SLOVAKIA ENTHRALLED ALL COMERS AT KALA MANDIR WEATHER Partly clear sky. Max and min temp to be around 20/29°C, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% TEMPERATURE Abbas seeks India’s Militants storm army camp, two soldiers killed role in peace process INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE Narendra Modi in Palestine in first visit by an Indian Prime Minister Min. 31% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Max: 29.1°C (N) Min: 21.8°C (+4) SUN SETS TODAY SUN RISES TOMORROW 17:31 hrs 06:10 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 02:36 hrs 13:49 hrs New moon 16 February THUMBNAILS Judges examining a vintage car during the pre-judging for the 52nd (Delhi) The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2018 at Modern School in New Delhi on Saturday. RITIK JAIN North Korea’s invitation to Moon: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang on Saturday, Seoul said, even as the US warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South's leader “at the earliest date possible”, said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House. City diarrhoea outbreak: Several people have fallen ill with diarrhoea in atleast three wards under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) allegedly due to consumption of contaminated drinking water. The civic body has sent samples of the water for examination while the affected have been admitted to the hospital. In three wards under KMC-101, 102 and 103- several people have fallen ill and have been diagnosed with diarrhoea. RAMALLAH, 10 FEBRUARY rime Minister Narendra Modi today met Mahmoud Abbas on a historic visit to Palestine during which the Palestinian President sought India's support for a multi-country mechanism to achieve a “just and desired peace” with Israel in accordance with the two-state solution. President Abbas accorded a red carpet welcome to Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine, in an official ceremony at the presidential compound, also known as Muqata'a, in Ramallah ~ the Palestinian seat of government. They discussed the full range of India-Palestine ties following which the two sides signed six agreements worth around $ 50 million that includes setting up of a $30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur. Three agreements in the education sector worth $5 million, one MoU for procurement of equipment and machinery for the National Printing Press and one for construction of a centre for empowering women were also signed. At a joint press statement with Modi, President Abbas acknowledged that the Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine. Abbas said he had “fruitfull and constructive” talks P Trump refuses to declassify Democrats’ memo: President Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russia probe. In a letter to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, White House counsel Don McGahn says the memo ‘contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages.’ The PM told Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people’s interests. He said a permanent solution is possible through dialogue. The two sides signed six agreements worth around $50 million that included the setting up of a $30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur. with Prime Minister Modi and he updated the Indian leader on the overall developing situation in Palestine and in the region. He said Palestine is ready to engage in negotiations to achieve freedom and independence in accordance with the two- state solution along the lines of 1967 and internationally legitimate resolutions so that both Palestine and Israel can coexist in peace and security, provided that East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine. Abbas said the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an international peace convention is the most ideal way to broker negotiations with Israel, which is India's strategic partner and among its top arms suppliers. “We rely on India's role as an international voice of great standing and weigh through its historical role in the Non-Aligned Movement and in all international forum and its increasingly growing power on the strategic and economic levels, in a way that is conducive to just and desired peace in our region,” Mr Abbas said. The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital. Mr Modi told Mr Abbas that India is committed to STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday defended the Monetary Policy Committee’s decision on holding key interest rates and said it was a "balanced one". The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday kept interest rates unchanged and warned that inflation risks were skewing upwards. Addressing a press conference after meeting the RBI board in a customary postBudget exercise, Jaitley said next year would be "comfortable" on the revenue front, but raised concerns on the volatile oil prices. “I can't say at this stage if there will be a fiscal slippage next year. It is impossible to predict how oil prices ‘Need to be forward-looking on monetary policy’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RBI Governor Urjit Patel today said monetary policy decisions need to be “forward-looking” and cannot be taken on the basis of day-to-day inflation rates. Stating that it is difficult to predict global oil prices, Patel said the global charts have shown two-way movement in the recent days and there is a need to be prepared for both the scenarios of rising and falling rates. Speaking to reporters after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's customary post-Budget address to RBI's board, the governor also exuded confidence about improving credit growth and the encouraging trend of companies being able to raise a fair amount of funds from the capital markets. On the monetary policy framework, Patel said the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which decided to keep the key rates unchanged earlier this week, has explained its reasons for the decisions it takes as per the policy framework and the inflation targeting system that has been followed on account of legislative change. would move," Jaitley said. RBI Governor Urjit Patel also rang the alarm bells on the rising global crude oil prices that could impact the economy. Patel said one needs to be prepared for movement in oil prices either way because it is very difficult to predict. “A few months ago, in June or so, people were talking about oil prices never going above $45 and some of the advice that had come to MPC was based on that,” Patel said. With regard to longterm capital gains tax, the Finance Minister said it was not taken up at this meeting but was discussed in NEW DELHI, 10 FEBRUARY Rahul slams Modi for false promises STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE HOSPET, 10 FEBRUARY Congress President, Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the Karnataka assembly polls here today while charging Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi with making false promises to the electorate and harping on the past. He said instead of looking ahead , he preferred to hark back to the past adding that it was like depending on the rear view mirror instead of looking at the road in front while driving. Mr Gandhi also echoed the charges that he has been making against the Prime Minister on the controversial Rafale jet fighter deal and the grant of lands worth several thousand crores to a private company to produce a small car. Where is the production happening now? ,was his constant query The Congress president sought to build an emotional bond with the people of Ballari who had voted in favour of his Two soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed and and nine others, including women and children, injured when a group of heavily-armed JeM militants dressed in army fatigues stormed a military camp here in a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, hurling grenades and spraying automatic gunfire as they entered the family quarters when everyone was asleep, officials said. Two terrorists have been killed so far, while the others are still holed up. The two killed soldiers were identified as junior commissioned officer (JCO) Madan Lal Chaudhary and NCO (non-commissioned officer) Ashraf Ali, both belonging to the state. Nine others ~ five of them women and children including the daughter of the slain JCO who had come to visit her father during school holidays ~ were injured. Two were in a critical condition. "As part of the ongoing operations in Sunjuwan, the army has killed two heavily armed terrorists. The terrorists wearing army combat dress were carrying AK-56 assault rifles, large amount of ammunition and hand grenades. "Search of their belongings confirms the terrorists to be from Jaish-e-Muhammad ( JeM). Operations are in progress with extreme caution and restraint to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women Comfortable fiscal situation next year: Jaitley NEW DELHI, 10 FEBRUARY Israeli airstrikes: The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country early on Saturday before launching a “largescale attack” on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria. Israel called it a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty” and warned of further action against the unprecedented Iranian aggression. The military said its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other lightly. FAST FRIENDS the Palestinian people's interests. “Friendship between India and Palestine has stood the test of time. The people of Palestine have shown remarkable courage in the face of several challenges. India will always support Palestine’s development journey,” Modi said. The Prime Minister said India hopes for Palestine to soon become a sovereign and independent country in a peaceful environment through dialogue. “We hope for peace and stability in Palestine, we believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue. Only diplomacy and farsightedness can set free from violence and baggage of the past. We know it is not easy but we need to keep trying as a lot is at stake,” Modi said. Modi had hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month and the two leaders had vowed to further strengthen the friendship between Israel and India. President Abbas conferred the 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine' on Prime Minister Modi. Earlier, Modi flew in a Jordanian army helicopter straight from Amman to Ramallah, where he was received by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah. Soon after his arrival, Modi visited the Mausoleum of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and laid a wreath at the grave of the iconic Palestinian leader. JAMMU, 10 FEBRUARY mother, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, during the elections to the Lok Sabha in 1999. This was his first major campaign in the state since assuming charge of the Congress party recently. He, however, did not refer to the fact that Mrs Gandhi,who won after a stiff contest with Mrs Sushma Swaraj of the BJP chose , to give up her Bellari seat while retaining Amethi from where she had contested too. Urging the people to favour his party which was known to keep its promises, a clear reference to chief minister Mr Siddaramiah’s tenure, he promised to deliver more handsomely if it was voted back to power. In this context, he made special mention of the schemes initiated by the ruling Congress in the state including loan waiver of farmers, provision of subsidised food through the Indira canteens along with the related social welfare schemes. He sought to draw a comparision between the "unfulfilled promises" made by Mr Modi and his party during the 2014 elections ,especially those relating to the" crediting "of Rs 15 lakh each in the bank accounts of the poor people. Likewise, he underlined the NDA government’s failure to fulfil its promise of generating over two crore jobs every year. In contrast, he said the Siddaramiah government had worked quietly for the benefit of the state and its people while highlighting that Karnataka had developed not because of one man but through the collective efforts of its people. This was a clear dig at Mr Modi who, he charged, had repeatedly claimed that it was under him as chief minister that Gujarat had witnessed a sea-change in terms of development. The farmers, traders and others in that state, however, were irked by the fact that Mr Modi was claiming credit for something that they were responsible for. In fact, according to Mr Gandhi, the people of Gujarat were annoyed by the fact that the benefits of their efforts had been palmed off to a select few industrialists in that state. Expressing his indebtedness to the people of Bellari for electing his mother, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, in 1991 , the Congress president said he would always be at their beck and call. In this context he also referred to the special status that the UPA government had granted to north Karnataka following which people of the region could, today, benefit substantially. This was because more hospitals, jobs and opportunities had been created with the central government pumping in huge sums. Taking credit for ensuring the grant of the special status under Article 371 J to north Karnataka, the Congress president said the proposal was given a big push by Mrs Sonia Gandhi and his party, notwithstanding the stiff opposition from the BJP par, ticularly, its leader,Mr Lal Krishna Advani. The Congress president also attacked Mr Modi for accusing his party and the Siddaramiah government of alleged corruption even as he had no qualms in promoting Mr B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP leader, as the party’s chief ministerial candidate. Mr Gandhi said during the latter's tenure as the state's chief minister, corruption had reached a new low in the state. Ironically, even as he attacked Mr Yeddyurappa and the BJP government in the state for the massive mining scam, he had no reservations in inducting Mr Anand Singh of the BJP into the Congress party. Mr Singh was one of the major accused in the minng scam. Sebi’s board meeting. However, Patel voiced caution and urged the regulators to be more vigilant of the volatile equity markets. Since the imposition of the long term capital gains tax, the BSE Sensex had shed more than 2,000 points. “In the last few days, there has already been a correction, not only globally but in India. Therefore in a way it underscores how capital markets can change direction. So far neither globally nor in India, it has been felt that this bubble could lead to a very major problem. However, as financial market regulators, both the RBI and SEBI need to be cognizant of the risks going forward. The correction in the last few days underscores that these things can move pretty quickly,” Patel said. Troops enter the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu on Saturday, following an attack by militants. AFP and children in the houses," a Defence statement said. Most of over 150 houses in the complex have been cleared and occupants moved to safety, it said. "Operations will continue till all the terrorists are apprehended or killed". Defence sources said that soldiers at the Sunjuwan Military Station close to Jammu city noticed suspicious movement near the camp around 4.45 a.m. Suspecting they could be militants, the soldiers challenged them. But the gunmen hurled grenades and opened fire from automatic weapons, the sources said. The militants then entered the JCO family quarters in the vicinity and holed themselves up in one of the houses. "The attack has now been contained. Most of the families have been evacuated from the junior commissioned officers quarters where the terrorists had en- tered. Before the final assault on the terrorists, we are making sure that no civilians are harmed in this operation," the statement said. Sources said room-toroom intervention was going on to pin down the militants inside the JCOs' residential building. Army sources said the terrorists have been pinned down and the operation is being carried forward cautiously so that no further security force or civilian casualties occur. There were intelligence inputs that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were planning to carry out an attack around the 5th death anniversary of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013 in Tihar Jail, the sources said. Para commandos were airlifted from the army's Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur town to flush out the holedup militants, believed to be three to four in number. Another molest case in city school STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 10 FEBRUARY Another incident of molestation of a minor student was reported today in another south Kolkata school even before the dust has settled on the Carmel school incident.The alleged molester has been arrested. A laboratory assistant of Kamala Girls’ High school, Moloy Barua, had allegedly molested the class IX student repeatedly over the past few weeks. The victim said the accused threatened her and her friends to not reveal anything to their parents or authorities. According to the victim said, Barua’s misbehaviour had carried on for quite some time. She said he used to touch her inappropriately. Last Thursday, he repeatedly groped her after which she confronted him. He allegedly told the girl that if she reported the incidents to anyone, things would turn worse for her. The girl finally told her parents, after which they approached police. Barua was subsequently arrested from his Ranikuthi residence yesterday evening under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354(assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC. He was also charged under section 8 (sexual assault)of the POSCO Act. Details on page 2 Arrest warrant issued against Bharati Ghosh, bodyguard STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MIDNAPORE/ KOLKATA, 10 FEBRUARY An arrest warrant order was today issued against former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh following her alleged skipping of several CID summons in connection with an extortion case at Daspur in West Midnapore. The warrant was issued by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (ACJM) court in Ghatal on a CID plea. Ms Ghosh allegedly ignored several summons issued by the CID to appear at Bhawani Bhawan for questioning in the case. Another arrest warrant was also issued against her security guard, Sujit Mondol who also skipped the summons issued by the CID. Official sources said a team of CID officers has already left for UP today, armed with a warrant order issued by the Ghatal ACJM court to arrest the IPS officer and her security staff, Sujit Mondal. Meanwhile, two arrested police officers, said to close to Ms Ghosh, have been remanded in the CID’s custody for six days today. They were produced before the ACJM’s court in Ghatal in West Midnapore by the CID officers. Subhankar Dey, circle inspector and Chitta Pal, sub-inspector of Ghatal police station were arrested by the CID officers yesterday for their alleged involvement in miscon- duct and extortion at Daspur in West Midnapore. The arrests were made in connection with a complaint lodged by a gold trader Chandan Majhi, who had accused several police officers in West Midnapore of extorting money from him when Ms Ghosh was the SP of the district. Meanwhile, the CID has been raiding the residence of Rajshekhar Pyne, SI of Mohonpur police station in West Midnapore, who is also said to be close to Ms Ghosh. His residence at Barrackpore’s Sukanta Marg area at Manirampur has been raided by a 15 member team of CID since 11.30 am. Another team of CID officers raided his Daspur residence since this early morning. Mr Pyne was the SI of Kharagpur po-lice station when Ms Ghosh was the SP of West Midnapore.
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