SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 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 RAPID URBANISATION HAS PUT SEVERE PRESSURE ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF MANY CITIES AND TOWNS TRANSPORTED TO A GLORIOUS ERA ~ THE MAGNIFICENT EDIFICE THAT IS THE MARBLE PALACE IN NORTH KOLKATA BJP smashes LF citadel in Tripura WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Max and min temp to be around 36/24 degrees celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% TEMPERATURE Gets invite to join govt in Nagaland, Meghalaya throws up hung Assembly, Congress emerges as single largest party in state SNS & PTI AGARTALA/SHILLONG/KOHI MA, 3 MARCH Min. 31% Max: 35.6°C (+4) Min: 24.0°C (+3) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:42 hrs 05:55 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 20:03 hrs 07:33 hrs First quarter of moon on 13 March THUMBNAILS India pip Pakistan to win snooker world cup: The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra staged a remarkable recovery to pip Pakistan in the final of the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup. After being 0-2 down in the best-of-five final played last last night, India found themselves in a deeper hole at 0-30 down in the third frame. Thanks to a well-crafted 39 break from Chandra and a classy clearance of the final colours by Advani, the Indian hopes were kept alive. With the Indian team 0-2 down, it had to dig deep and win every frame thereafter. Trap laid to catch tiger in Lalgarh forest: The forest department has set up two cages inside Madhupur forest in Lalgarh, on Saturday, to trap the full grown adult Royal Bengal tiger that was sighted roaming in the forests on Friday on remotely activated camera traps. The forest officials have used goats as baits and villagers living have been asked not to go inside the forests. Mr Rabindranath Saha, divisional forest officer (Midnapore division) said, “A team comprising 15 members including four experts from Sundarbans has been entrusted to monitor the entire process.’’ Computers allowed in CBSE exam: In a landmark decision,candidates with special needs will be allowed to write their papers with computers in the forthcoming Central Board of Secondary Examination ( CBSE) to commence from 5 March, the board has announced. In a recent notice forwarded to the schools the board states that students with disabilities will have to be allowed to give their exams using computers. The candidates, however, must have medical records to prove his ground of disability”, the notice circulated by the CBSE reads. Auditors’ take on PNB scam: Change of rules of auditor appointment in PSU banks has reduced auditors much below the level of a watch dog, some of the members of the Association of Chartered Accountants said at a Press conference on Saturday. The blame for the scam engineered allegedly by Nirav Modi and others in PNB should be laid at the door of the rules of appointing auditors rather than the men and women checking the books of acount of the public sector banks, it was stated. ACA V-P said the root of the malaise is at the system of the auditors being appointed for four years by the board of directors. ontinuing its winning streak, the BJP today wrested Tripura, the last Left bastion, and received invitation to be part of the government in Nagaland, while Meghalaya elected a hung Assembly. The BJP which was hith, erto a marginal player in Tripura politics, having failed to clinch even a single seat in the state in the last polls, has already won a majority on its own, pocketing 32 seats in the 60-member Assembly. It was leading in three more seats. Elections were held in 59 seats in all three states due to different reasons despite them having 60member assemblies. BJP ally, Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), won seven seats and was leading in one. The CPI(M), which ruled Tripura for 25 years running, won 11 seats and its candidates were leading in five more. “It is a journey from no one to number one, from 'shoonya to shikhar' (zero to pinnacle),” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said addressing BJP workers at the newly built party headquarters in the national capital. He described BJP chief Amit Shah as the “sculptor” of the party's victory march. Nagaland headed for a hung Assembly with no party or pre-poll alliance having a majority. However, CONG UDP+ BJP NPP Other C West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today advised the BJP not to be so excited about winning in Tripura as it was much more of a defeat of the CPI-M due to its “arrogance and haughtiness” and “non functioning and negligence” of the Congress. “It is a defeat of CPIM's haughtiness and arrogance. They (read BJP) spent money like water through hose pipe. BJP won through malfunctioning of EVM, bringing people from outside and through a huge deployment of central forces. I'm unable to understand as to why CPI-M did not lodge any protest at the Election Commission against the BJP The reason behind . CPI-M surrendering before the BJP is a big mystery for us....It may be possible that they have been black- Total number of seats 59 NAGALAND 21 08 02 19 09 TRIPURA Total number of seats 60 the BJP received invitation from NPF leader and Chief Minister T R Zeliang to join the new government. The NPF looks all set to emerge as the single largest party having won 24 seats and leading in three. The BJP had parted ways with the NPF just ahead of the polls and joined hands with the newly launched NDPP of Neiphiu Rio. The BJP won nine seats and was leading in two. Its ally NDPP won 11 seats and was leading in four. Results and trends were available for 57 seats only. Zeliang said NPF continued to be a part of the North-East Democratic alliance led by the BJP and hoped the saffron party will form the new governemnt with it. “We have not parted with the alliance. I hope BJP will join our government. I will welcome it if they join us,” he told NDTv. The Congress, which was in power in Meghalaya since May 2009, failed to win a majority but emerged the single largest party with 21 seats. The Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar has won one seat. While the BJP could manage just two seats in Meghalaya, its North-East Democratic alliance partner National People's Party won 19. Smaller parties that have won 13 seats It is a defeat of the CPM’s haughtiness and arrogance. They (read BJP) spent money like water through hose pipe. BJP won through EVM malfunctioning. Total number of seats 59 NPF BJP+ CONG C Other O Mamata blames it on CPM arrogance, LF cries foul STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA/DELHI, 3 MARCH MEGHALAYA CPM CONG BJP+ B Other O and three independents would play a decisive role in government formation. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, who was despatched to Shillong to explore ways of forming a Congress government, said the party had necessary support of MLAs to prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly. “Congress being the single largest party should be invited by the governor to form its government. We will prove our majority any time the governor asks,” he told TV channels in Shillong. “The BJP is out of the fray. We will ensure that people's will prevails,” he said. 28 28 00 04 Hung Assembly in Meghalaya, Congress single largest party Meghalaya threw up a hung Assembly today with the ruling Congress emerging as the single largest party after winning 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls last month. The National People's Party (NPP) was at the second position with 19 seats, according the results, . The BJP, which contested 47 seats, could win only two. Polling for 59 Assembly seats, out of a total of 60, was held on February 27. A Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate was killed in an IED blast, which resulted in coun- 15 00 44 00 termanding of the polls in one seat. To form government in Meghalaya at the present juncture, a party or coalition requires a minimum of 30 seats. The Congress had no pre-poll arrangement with any party. The BJP which made a , serious bid to dethrone the 10-year-old Mukul Sangma government, also had no seat-sharing arrangement with any party. However, the NPP is an ally of the saffron party at the Centre and in Manipur. NPP chief Conrad Sangma said, “We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government. Peo- ple are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and are looking for a change.” All eyes are now on the regional parties and independent candidates. The United Democratic Party (UDP) has won six seats followed by the People's Democratic Front (PDF) with four and the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP)with two. The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and the Nationalist Congress Party won one seat each. The UDF and the HSPDP have a pre-polls alliance. Independent candidates won three seats. The Congress has rushed two senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath to the state to explore the possibility of forming the government. The Congress' move comes in the wake of criticism in the past that the party was caught 'napping' in Goa and Manipur, where despite emerging as the single largest party it failed to form governments there. After the Assembly elections last year threw hung verdicts in Manipur and Goa, the BJP formed governments there with the help of smaller parties and independent candidates. Patel said there would no repetition of Manipur and Goa. Nath said, “It is clear that we will form the government. The will of the people of Meghalaya will be reflected in our Congress government.” PM assures N-E of devp STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 MARCH The BJP has unscrupulously utilised huge amounts of money and muscle power and managed to bring together all anti-Left parties into one single platform. MAMATA BANERJEE SITARAM YECHURY CHIEF MINISTER OF WEST BENGAL GENERAL SECRETARY, CPI-M mailed or threatened by central agencies,” she said while responding to reporters prior to leaving Nabanna. Stunned by its defeat in Tripura Assembly elections, the CPI-M on Saturday said massive deployment of money, apart from other resources, was behind the BJP's victory in the state where the CPM-led Left Front had been ruling for 25 years. Noting that Tripura vot- ers have given their mandate for a BJP-IPFT government in the state, the CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "We thank the people of Tripura for giving us the opportunity to serve them for the past 25 years. We will continue to oppose BJP." Yechury said: "It is imperative for those who believe in India's Constitutional ideals to defeat the nefarious designs of the BJP-RSS. The battle is on." Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday commended the people of Tripura for bringing the curtains down on 25 years of the Communist rule in the state and giving the BJP a decisive mandate in the state assembly elections. In the same breath, the PM also assured the people of Tripura, Nagaland and other Northeastern states that his government would leave nothing to chance to live up to their expectations and take the region to the “pinnacle of progress and development”. PM Modi's remarks came here in the course of an address to the BJP workers at the newly- constructed party central headquarters this evening following the party's “historic” triumph over the incumbent CPM-led Left in Tripura. “Let me assure to the people (of Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya and other Northeastern states) It’a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Peace and non-violence have prevailed over fear. We will provide Tripura good governance that it deserves. NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA that we would return their blessings bestowed on us with interest in the form of development. We shall not rest unless we have taken development to a new height in the Northeast,” he said. PM Modi, who was earlier welcomed by the party president Amit Shah upon his arrival at the party headquarters, halted his speech for two minutes due to Azaan, the call for Muslims’ prayer. He also recalled the “sacrifices” made by his party workers and observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the party's ‘martyrs’ in Tripura, Kerala, West Bengal, Odisha and other states. “Many innocent BJP workers had to sacrifice their lives due to political and ideological differences. Left parties owing allegiance to Maoist ideology took recourse to twin weapons of intimidation and confusion and perpetrated a reign of terror on their political opponents. But people have given them a befitting reply,” the PM said. He appealed to the party's political rivals, mainly the Left, to show sportsman's spirit in their defeat if they are true adherents of democratic values and principles. He said the BJP by virtue of its organisational strength under the leadership of Shah and party workers has managed to ensure party's victory in the Tripura and Nagaland Assembly polls. The PM also sought to give the credit of the party's victory to young leadership of Tripura whom he described as ‘Bal Sena'. He pointed out that the team of the BJP's newly-elected MLAs there are among the youngest legislators in the country. He said it was the BJP-led central government's work to ensure allround development for people of the Northeast that paid the party rich dividends. PM Modi said during the last four years of his government, “We have worked silently to remove this sense of alienation among the people of Northeast.” He said there was a time when the party was nonexistent in the Northeast. “Today, the BJP has its presence in every corner,” he added. Seeking to keep up the BJP's momentum, the PM called for a 360 degree approach to working a strategy for the states of Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He expressed confidence that the party under Shah's leadership would be able to achieve its goals. Indo-Pacific: India, Vietnam join hands PNB: Court issues NBAs against Nirav, Choksi SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 3 MARCH India and Vietnam today vowed to join hands for an open and thriving Indo-Pacific besides ensuring an efficient and rulesbased regional security architecture, seen as a thinly veiled message to China over its increasing military posturing in the region. After wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the two strategic partners inked three pacts providing for cooperation in nuclear energy, trade and agriculture. They decided to explore co-development projects in Sushma Swaraj (L) with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. defence sector and boost ties in oil and gas exploration, including trilateral cooperation. Modi said both sides expressed commitment to an open, efficient and rules-based regional architecture and to expand bilateral maritime coop- eration further. “We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific region where sovereignty and international laws are respected and where differences are resolved through talks,” Modi said in a media statement in the presence of the Vietnamese President. In an apparent reference to the South China Sea dispute, the Vietnamese president said it supports India's multi-faceted “connectivity” with ASEAN and asserted that there must be freedom of navigation and over flight in the region. He said that disputes must be resolved through peaceful means. Vietnam and several other ASEAN member countries have territorial disputes with China over the resource-rich South China Sea. While India, the US and several other world powers have been pressing for resolution of the dispute on the basis of international law, China has been favouring a bilateral framework with respective countries. Modi said India and Vietnam will also look for trilateral partnership in oil and gas sector. China has been opposing India's ONGC exploring oil in areas claimed by Vietnam in the South China Sea (SCS). India has been asserting that the ONGC's exploration is a commercial operation. AGENCIES MUMBAI, 3 MARCH A special court issued today non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in the alleged Rs 12,700 crore Punjab National Bank scam. The court, set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), issued the NBWs on applications filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), one of the agencies probing the bank fraud cases registered last month. The ED had earlier issued summonses to Modi and Choksi, both key accused in the scam cases, asking them to appear before the central agency. However, the two diamond traders, who are said to have left the country before criminal cases were registered, had failed to appear before the ED, promoting the agency to move the PMLA court for issuance of NBWs against them. On February 27, the ED had moved the court seeking an NBW against Modi. The agency had told the court that it had issued three summonses to Modi to appear before it. “We issued three summonses to Choksi. He neither responded to those summonses nor appeared before the agency,” special ED prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar had told the special court.
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