CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 MARCH 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 P10 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 35 and 23 degree celsius, resperctively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% Min. 31% Max: 35.1°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:56 hrs MOON RISES 19.06 hrs Min: 22.5°C (+2) SUN SETS 17:41 hrs MOON SETS 06:51 hrs TEMPERATURE First moon quarter on 12 March THUMBNAILS Govt says no change in stance on Dalai Lama: The government said it has not changed its position on the Dalai Lama to please China and added that he's free to carry out his religious activities in the country. The Centre was reacting to media reports that it had asked government officials to stay away from events related to commemorate 60 years of the exile in India of the Dalai Lama. This alleged directive was attributed to India not wanting to rock the boat vis-à-vis China. Pakistan summons Indian envoy: Pakistan summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh for the second consecutive day on Friday over the “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops across the Line of Control. Foreign Office said that DG(South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Singh and condemned the “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian forces along the LoC on March 1 in Bhimber/Samahini Sectors. The firing killed a civilian and injured his wife and son. ‘HOLISTIC APPROACH NEEDED FOR OPP UNITY’ DOWN, BUT NOT OUT TRUMP SPARKS TRADE WAR P6 P7 BIG SCANDAL FORCES US OLYMPIC BOSS TO CALL IT QUITS P12 Tiger spotted in Lalgarh Shootout kills 10 Maoists in Chhattisgarh WEST MIDNAPORE, 2 MARCH Left ultras and cops among dead, arms seized SNS & PTI RAIPUR/HYDERABAD, 2 MAR t least 10 Maoists, including six women, were killed today when Telangana Police's Greyhounds swooped on a Naxal camp in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district in an early morning operation in which a personnel of the elite force also lost his life, officials said. Police suspect that there could be senior cadre members among the Naxals killed. Acting on an intelligence report, the personnel of Greyhounds went 35km into neighbouring Chhattisgarh and launched an operation on the Maoist camp, officials of the Telangana Police said. “Ten Maoists were killed in the encounter. Screening of the bodies is going on to identify the deceased,” Ambar Kishor Jha, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Telangana's Bhadradri Kothagudem district, told PTI. “Susheel Kumar, a junior commando of the Greyhounds, lost his life,” he said. Six women were among the ultras killed in the operation which took place around 6.30 AM, the SP said. The Chhattisgarh Police has identified two of the dead Naxals as Sanjeev, a “deputy commander”, and a woman named Pedda Budri. A Both were part of the protection team of Hari Bhushan, secretary of the Maoists' Telangana state committee, Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Bastar range, Sundarraj P, said. The remaining bodies are yet to be identified and it is not known whether Hari Bhushan is among the dead, police officials said. The bodies have been taken to Bhadrachalam in Telangana by an IAF chopper. The Greyhounds, an anti-Naxal force of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, swooped on the camp as part of a joint operation with the Chhattisgarh Police. Police recovered an AK47, an SLR rifle, five INSAS rifles, one .303 rifle, a pistol, a wireless set, three laptops, detonators, Rs 40,000 in cash and Maoist literature from the site. It is senior Naxal cadres who normally carry hitech assault rifles, officials said. The exchange of fire took place in a forest near Pujari Kanker under Pamed police station area, about 500 km from Raipur, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI. Security forces from Telangana and Chhattisgarh had launched the counterinsurgency operation based on inputs about a gathering of a large group of ultras, he said. Meanwhile, Varavara Rao, a member of the Revolutionary Writers' Association, raised doubts over the genuineness of the gun-fight and claimed it was “fake”. He said the association today filed a petition in the Hyderabad High Court seeking direction to the police to follow Supreme Court guidelines related to encounters. Rao demanded that the bodies of the deceased Maoists be photographed at the site of the incident and be shifted to Warangal or Hyderabad for postmortem by forensic experts. A tiger spotted roaming in the forest of Lalgarh, West Midnapore. US court stays Nirav firm collection AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 2 MARCH A US court today passed an interim order that prevents creditors from collecting debt from Nirav Modiowned Firestar Diamond Inc which early this week filed for bankruptcy. Modi, who is being investigated for illegal transfer of over Rs 12,000 crore from Punjab National Bank, has a majority stake in Firestar Diamond and its other sister companies through his other companies. Firestar Diamond Inc filed the Chapter 11 voluntary petition in the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court on Monday. Entering an order for relief, the US bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York said that the filing of case imposed an automatic stay against most collection activities. “This means that creditors generally may not take action to collect debts from the debtor or the debtor's property,” the bankruptcy court said in its two-page order. “For example, while the stay is in effect, creditors cannot sue, assert a deficiency, repossess proper- Netanyahu questioned in new fraud cases ENVIRONMENTAL DOOM JERUSALEM, 2 MARCH Nipped in the bud. This is how a sapling was killed by some mindless citizens. On the Maidan in Kolkata. SAILENDRA MAL AGENCIES P9 Kashmir rebel back home after mom’s appeal PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAMMU/SRINAGAR, 2 MARCH A boy, who joined militancy in Kashmir, has returned home today following an appeal by his mother, a senior police official said. “Another young boy responding to the appeals of crying mother returned to the fold of family leaving path of violence in the valley,” DGP S P Vaid said in a tweet today. The DGP also wished a happy reunion to the family in his tweet. “I wish the family happy reunion”, he said. However, the details of the surrendered boy have been kept secret in order to ensure his security. More than a dozen militants have laid down their arms in Kashmir since last year when police had announced that they will accept offer to surrender of local militants even during ongoing encounters. Notably, last month, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply to a question of BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa in the Leg- islative Council, said that four misguided youths shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream. “Efforts are being made to counsel the families of militants to convince their wards to give up violence”, she said. The chief minister said her government had taken a number of states to contain radicalisation and extremism, and undertaken youth engagement activities, such as cricket tournaments. Mufti said youth clubs had been set up at the police station level to train them in information technology and indoor games. Also, she mentioned about the surveillance on social media, which she said had been enhanced as the Internet plays a major role in radicalisation of the youth. Fresh video shows LeT's Naveed Jutt with Hizbul militants in J&K A fresh video has surfaced here showing Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Naveed Jutt, who escaped from police custody last month, with top militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen in a forest area of the Valley. The video shows Jutt, carrying an automatic rifle, exchanging hugs with some Hibzul Mujahideen militants, although police officials refused to comment on the video saying they were verifying its veracity. The video is believed to have been filmed somewhere in a forest area of south Kashmir, as Jutt had joined Saddam Padder in Pulwama after his escape from custody from the SMHS hospital on February 6. Two cops, on escort duty with Jutt, were shot dead by the militant and his accomplices before he made good his escape. Four people were arrested by police for facilitating Jutt's escape. To expedite the process of disposal of cases, courts in Jammu and Kashmir have been connected with jails through video-conferencing. The facil- CMYK ty, or otherwise try to collect from the debtor. Creditors cannot demand repayment from the debtor by mail, phone, or otherwise,” it said. “Creditors who violate the stay can be required to pay actual and punitive damages and attorneys fees,” the court warned in the order, copies of which have been transmitted to multiple stake holders, including a few dozen creditors of Firestar Diamond Inc. A meeting of the creditors has been convened by the court in New York on March 30. The interim relief comes days after Mihir Bhansali had filed for bankruptcy on behalf of three companies Fantasy Diamond Inc, Fantasy Inc, and A. Jaffe Inc, of which he is the president and sole director. In a court submission on Wednesday, Firestar Diamond Inc (FDI) had provided a list of its creditors along with their details. According to court papers, FDI and Fantasy currently have jewellery merchandise on consignment with their customers having an aggregate consignment price value of approximately USD 33,250,000 million. AJI currently has jewellery merchandise on consignment with its customers having an aggregate consignment price value of approximately USD 7,300,000. Verdict in 3 N-E states today SNS & PTI Israeli police today arrived at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home where media reports said they were to question him for an eighth time over allegations of fraud and bribery. An AFP journalist saw detectives arriving at Netanyahu's official Jerusalem residence in two vehicles at around 9 am (local time). Police issued no official confirmation that questioning was under way. Investigators were at the same time to take a statement from his wife Sara at national fraud squad headquarters near Tel Aviv, media said. All-women Navy crew reach Cape Town: An allw women crew leading the Indian Navy Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini docked at a port in Cape Town in South Africa, during the last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe, the Navy said. The expedition is being covered in five legs, with stop-overs at Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape Town. After reaching Cape Town, the vessel has covered the first four legs of its voyage. ArcelorMittal signs JV agreement with NSSMC to acquire Essar Steel: ArcelorMittal said it has entered into a joint venture pact with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) to jointly acquire the assets of Essar Steel. ArcelorMittal India Pvt Ltd had submitted a resolution plan for Essar Steel on Feb 12, which outlined the intention to have NSSMC formally join its bid for Essar Steel. Essar Steel was among the initial 12 companies identified P8 by the RBI for insolvency proceedings. SNS Lalgarh ~ once a hotbed of Maoists activities ~ has now a dreaded visitor : a full grown adult tiger roaming the forest area spreading panic among villagers. Two of the seven cameras forest officials put up caught the image of the tiger and what had been thought to be a rumour turned out to be true. The people in the villages of Melkheria and Madupur in Lalgarh had complained to forest officials a few days back they could sense the presence of a tiger in the forest. Initially, the forest officials didn’t believe the villagers and lodged an FIR for spreading rumour. But, today a full grown male tiger was caught by CCTV SNS cameras. ity was inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir High Court justices Alok Aradhe and Ali Muhammad Magrey from the district court complexes in Jammu and Sringar respectively. Aradhe is the chairperson of the computer and e-courts (e-governance) committee while Magrey is the panel's member. The inauguration was attended by DGP (Prisons) Dilbagh Singh, Commissioner Secretary Home R K Goyal, Secretary Information Technology Saughat Biswas, and other officers of the state administration, prisons department and judiciary. Highlighting its importance, Aradhe said it will minimise the security risk attached with the production of accused before courts. AGARTALA/KOHIMA/ SHILLONG, 2 MARCH The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in three Northeastern states -- Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura -- will be held tomorrow amid tight security, officials said. The BJP has emerged as a strong contender in all the three states and two exit polls have predicted that the party would dethrone the 25-year-old LF government in Tripura (photo CM Manik Sarkar)and consolidate its position in the other two states. While the Congress has been ruling Meghalaya for 10 years, the Naga People's Front (NFP) has been in power in Nagaland since 2003, except for a threemonth period of President's rule in 2008. Buoyed by the formation of governments in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is making a bid to expand its footprints in the region. Counting would begin from 8 am in all the states amid tight security, Election Commission officials said. While Tripura went to the polls on February 18, elections were held in Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27. Though the strength of each of the Assemblies in the three states is 60 members, voting was held for 59 constituencies in all of them, for different reasons. While a CPI(M) candidate died in Tripura, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was killed in Meghalaya, which resulted in countermanding of the polls in one seat each in the two states. In Nagaland, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) chief Neiphiu Rio was declared elected unopposed. In Meghalaya, the Congress fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP put up nominees in 47 constituencies. For the first time, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is contesting from two seats. In Nagaland, the BJP has joined hands with the NDPP that was floated by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The NDPP is contesting on 40 seats and the saffron party on 20. The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland since the state's inception in 1963, is contesting only in 18 seats, two less than the BJP The election process . in Nagaland had started on a difficult note. Following a no-poll diktat from the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations that advocated “solution (to the Naga political issue) before election”, political parties initially kept away from the poll process. Though the filing of nominations started on January 31, the first batch of 22 contestants filed their papers only on February 5, the penultimate day for filing of nominations.
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