SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT ON THE STATESMAN VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CAR RALLY THAT IS BEING HELD TODAY WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Thunder development towards evening. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 24 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively Min. 28% TEMPERATURE Max: 25.6°C (+3) SUN RISES 07:02 hrs MOON RISES 04:23 hrs Abbas seeks India’s Militants storm Army role in peace process camp, 2 soldiers killed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Narendra Modi in Palestine in first visit by an Indian Prime Minister RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 100% A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW KOLKATA’S MYRIAD NEIGHBOURHOODS ACQUIRED THEIR UNIQUE NAMES Min: 06.1°C (-4) SUN SETS 18:08 hrs MOON SETS 14:23 hrs THUMBNAILS Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (R) during the release of Hindi edition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book ‘Exam Warriors’ SNS in New Delhi on Saturday 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 P7 for the presidential Blue House. PTI RAMALLAH, 10 FEBRUARY P rime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday 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 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 P7 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 co-exist 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 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. An Army officer and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed and several others, including a Colonel and three women and children, injured as heavily-armed terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit stormed into the family accommodation complex of the fortified Sunjwan Brigade in the heart of Jammu early on Saturday and fired indiscriminately. The attack came a day after the 5th death anniversary of the 2001 Parliament terror attack convict Afzal Guru. Intermittent firing and grenade hurling by terrorists was continuing hours after the terror attack, even as the Army ruled out that terrorists were holding some family members as hostage. The Sunjwan Army camp sprawls over a large area and houses headquarters of the 36 and 26 Brigades and also the 1 JAKLI. Para commandos have been airlifted from Udhampur and Sarsawa to neutralise the terrorists. The Army was going slow as it did not want any casualty of family members of its personnel. People from a number of flats in the complex have been evacuated, where the terrorists are holed up. Power generators were moved there indicating that the operation against Comfortable fiscal situation next year: Jaitley STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 FEBRUARY Israeli airstrikes: The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country early on Saturday before launching a “large-scale 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 P7 the other lightly. FAST FRIENDS JAMMU, 10 FEBRUARY 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 would ‘Need to be forward-looking on monetary policy’ l PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Saturday 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. 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 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. Vintage beauties all set to hit the roads today ABHIJEET C LORENG NEW DELHI, 10 FEBRUARY Decks have been cleared for the roll-out of the 52nd The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2018 on Sunday here in the wake of the second and final day of pre-judging of participating vehicles on Saturday. On the final day of pre-judging of the vintage beauties at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, enthusiastic participants made a beeline to get their cars evaluated by the judges and get registered for Sunday's annual event. "We divide the vehicles into four categories", informed Inderpreet Singh, one of the veteran judges at the rally, listing "Vintage, Classic, Post-War and Others" categories in this regard. "There are five parameters of judging the suitability of vehicles for the rally", said Gyan Sharma, another veteran judge, whose entire family will be participating in tomorrow's rally. Judges examine one of the cars during the pre-judging for 52nd The Statesman Vintage & Classic RITIK JAIN Car Rally-2018, at Modern School in the Capital on Saturday. These parameters are : engine and maintenance; originality of meters and tyre; exterior and interiors of vehicles; chassis; and the ability of vehicles to go from point to point within the given time. "There are approximately ten points for each parameter" said Farhan Kidwai, a judge who had earlier been a rally driver. "The pre-judging is extremely fair and unbiased, which is why I have been coming to this rally every year for the past five years," said Shivraj Anand, who is entering the rally in his1934 Ford and 1948 Hillman. One of the striking vehicles participating in the rally is the1948 Willys military jeep owned by Kashif Siddiqui. "Actually I have been participating with this vehicle for the past five years, but this year it is my wife who will be driving it in the rally", he said. "While driving these vintage beauties you feel like the king of the roads, as you clearly stand out there." Another rally participant is Dr Javed, who is entering the rally in his 1927 Chevy. "This is the second time I will be part of this rally and I am all excited about it". Some likeTitus brothers, Daljeet and Manjeet, proprietors of Titus museum of vintage vehicles, have brought three classic cars ~ 1936 Pierce Arrow, 1933 Minerva and 1938 Buick ~ into the rally. "Even though the NGT ruling has been a bit of a dampener on vintage enthusiasts like us, but The Statesman rally gives us the chance to drive with abandon at least for a day", said Manjeet, as he gave out instructions to his drivers. Similar views were expressed by Aditi Anand, another regular at theThe Statesman rally along with her father Atul Anand. "I just hope that the NGT relaxes the rules slightly so we could drive on the roads more regularly ~ after all these are machines which should run regularly" she said, patting her cherry-red 1936 John Morris. About 90 vintage and classic vehicles will be participating in Sunday's rally, which will be flagged off by NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar from Statesman House, Barakhamba Raod, in the heart of the national capital. The vehicles would go all the way till Golf Course metro station in Noida before returning to conclude their journey at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium near India Gate. Troops enter the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu on AFP Saturday, following an attack by militants. terrorists might be prolonged until all family members were evacuated into mobile bunkers that have been stationed there. A spokesman of the Army said that 3 to 4 terrorists intruded into the family quarters complex by cutting the concertina wire at about 4.10 am. The area was immediately cordoned but a Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary and his daughter Neha were initially injured in the attack. Thereafter, another Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir was also critically injured and airlifted to the military hospital where he and Madan Lal succumbed to their injuries. Among others injured was Colonel Rohit Solanki, officiating commanding officer of 6 Mahar, Havaldar Abdul Hamid and Lance Naik Bahadur Singh. The terrorists hurled grenades and fired inside the family quarters while storming into the complex. IAF helicopters and drones were immediately flown to the area from the Jammu Airforce station to keep a vigil from the sky and thwart any attempt of terrorists to escape from there. A red alert has been issued in the Jammu region. One terrorist was killed when he came out of the flat where they are holed up. Another heavily armed JeM terrorist has been killed, said a spokesman of the Army. Colonel D Anand said that the terrorists were wearing Army uniform and were carrying AK 56 rifles. He confirmed that two soldiers from J & K have been martyred in the attack. The operation has been suspended for the night and is expected to be relaunched in the morning. A Pakistani terrorist Naveed Jat had escaped from custody after killing two policemen in a Srinagar hospital where he was taken for treatment from jail on 6 February. Rahul slams Modi for false promises STATESMANNEWSSERVICE HOSPET, 10 FEBRUARY Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the Karnataka assembly polls here on Saturday while charging Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi withmakingfalsepromisesto theelectorate andharpingon the past. Hesaidinsteadoflooking ahead , he preferred to hark back to the past adding that it was like depending on the rearviewmirrorinsteadoflooking at the road in front while driving. Mr Gandhi also echoed the charges that he has been making against the Prime Ministeronthecontroversial 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 happeningnow?,washisconstant query The Congress president sought to build an emotionalbondwiththepeopleofBallari who had voted in favour of his mother, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, during the elections totheLokSabhain1999.This was his first major campaign in the state since assuming charge of the Congress party recently. He, however, did not refer tothefactthatMrsGandhi,who won after a stiff contest with Mrs Sushma Swaraj of the BJP chose to give up her Bel, lari seatwhileretainingAmethi from where she had contested too. Urgingthepeopletofavour hispartywhichwasknownto keep its promises, a clear referencetochiefministerMrSiddaramiah’s tenure, he promised to deliver more handsomely if it was voted back to power. In this context, he made specialmentionoftheschemes initiatedbytherulingCongress inthestateincludingloanwaiver of farmers, provision of subsidised food through the Indiracanteensalongwith the relatedsocialwelfareschemes. He sought to draw a comparisionbetweenthe"unfulfilled promises" made by Mr Modiandhisparty duringthe 2014 elections ,especially those relating to the" crediting "of Rs 15 lakh each in the bankaccountsofthepoorpeople. Likewise, he underlined theNDAgovernment’sfailure to fulfil its promise of generatingovertwocrorejobs every year. Incontrast,hesaidtheSiddaramiah 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 repeatedlyclaimedthatitwas under him as chief minister that Gujarat had witnessed a sea-changeintermsofdevelopment.Thefarmers,traders and others in that state, however,wereirkedbythefactthat Mr Modi was claiming credit for something that they were responsible for. In fact, according to Mr Gandhi, the peopleofGujaratwereannoyed bythefactthatthebenefitsof theireffortshadbeenpalmed 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 1999 , the Congress president said he wouldalwaysbeattheirbeck and call.
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