CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 6 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 SENSEX 33,746.78 -300.16 Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 33 and 22 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE Max: 34.5°C (+3) SUN RISES 05:53 hrs MOON RISES 21.53 hrs P8 NIFTY 10,358.85 -99.50 WHY INDIANS NEVER TIRE OF PLAYING AGAINST ISLANDERS P7 ` vs $ 65.12 +5 PAISE GOLD 29,450.00 00 P12 SILVER 38,750.00 -50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 64.24 -0.13 Min. 26% Min: 24.0°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:43 hrs MOON SETS 08:53 hrs First moon quarter on 13 March THUMBNAILS Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a meeting in Purulia on Monday. AMJAD KAZI CIC upholds PMO decision on Aadhaar: The Central Information Commission has upheld the decision of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) that the Aadhaar and voter ID details of Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot be disclosed as they have personal information. The case pertains to an RTI application filed by Soni S Eramath, who had demanded from the PMO, as answer to whether the “President of India has administered the oath of office to the Prime Minister of India in the name of Mr. Narendra Modi.” CBI questions PNB GM in Nirav Modi case: The CBI on Monday questioned a general manager of Punjab National Bank, who handles the treasury section, in connection with the alleged Rs 12,636-crore fraud perpetrated by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, officials said. The questioning came a day after the CBI arrested four people and a director of Gitanjali Group of Companies. “PNB GM (Treasury) S K Chand is being questioned by the CBI in the bank fraud case,” an agency official said. Terror attack mastermind killed: Security forces today killed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Mufti Waqas, believed to be the mastermind of last month's Sunjuwan terror attack, during an encounter in South Kashmir's Awantipora, officials said. Acting on a specific intelligence input, a small team of the Army along with the elite Special Operations Group cordoned off the Hatwar area in Awantipur and carried out a “surgical attack” on a house, the Army said. Waqas was the mastermind of the terror attack on the Sunjawan Army camp. SC to hear Karti plea today: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a fresh plea from Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, seeking quashing of the Enforcement Directorate's summons against him in the INX Media corruption case. In his fresh writ petition, Karti Chidambaram has challenged the summons on the ground that the ED has no jurisdiction to issue such notices based on the CBI’s FIR. The plea was mentioned by his counsel before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. Apex court stalls probe against Major Aditya Parliament rocked by PNB scam, other issues SNS & PTI WEATHER Max.91% MERIT IN WHAT THE CHIEF SAYS RBI FINES AXIS AND INDIAN OVERSEAS BANKS WHY TRUMP’S CHINA JIBE COULD BE OMINOUS Both Houses adjourned for the day after noisy protests by Opposition NEW DELHI, 5 MARCH The Supreme Court today halted further investigation in the January 27 Shopian firing incident involving a senior army officer, accused of leading an army convoy, even as the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government were at loggerheads over lodging of FIR. Observing that Major Aditya “is an army officer and not an ordinary criminal”, the top court directed the state government that no further investigation shall take place in the case till April 24, when the final hearing in the matter would take place. The Centre contended that the state government cannot lodge an FIR against army personnel under section 7 of the Jammu and Kashmir AFSPA for the job done in discharge of their duty, as no prior sanction was taken from the Union of India. The state government, on other hand, argued that the army officials do not respond to the communications sent by investigating officer and think that “they are above law”. It said that army personnel do not have “any license to kill” and the state government has the STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 5 MARCH “right to investigate any cognizable offence and deaths of its own people”. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said “let the matter be listed for final disposal on April 24. In the meantime, there shall be no further investigation on the basis of FIR till then.” Three civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village of Shopian on January 27 this year. All those killed in the shootout in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district were linked to militancy and the soldiers acted in self-defence, the Army said today. Recounting the events of the shootout, in which six people, including two militants, were killed last night, a defence spokesperson said soldiers deployed at the mobile vehicle check post (MVCP) in Trenz-Pinjoora road near Pahnoo village were fired upon by occupants in two speeding vehicles. he Rs 12,700 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud involving fugitive diamantaires, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, among other issues rocked both the Houses of Parliament on Monday ~ the first day of the second phase of the current Budget Session ~ as the Congress-led Opposition sought to turn up the heat on the Narendra Modi government over the PNB scam. The slogan-shouting members of the Opposition parties ~ and even the ruling BJP's ally TDP MPs demanding special status and "justice" for Andhra Pradesh ~ repeatedly stormed the Well of the Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha, forcing their multiple adjournments. The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day immediately after noon in the midst of unrelenting protests by the Congressled Opposition members over the State-run PNB scam, dubbed the country's biggest bank fraud, and the TDP MPs' demands for a special package for Andhra Pradesh as Govt attacks Manmohan, PC T NEW DELHI, 5 MARCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers pose for a photograph near Parliament House after their victory in the North-East Assembly elections. SNS The BJP today sought to corner former finance minister P Chidambaram, alleging that he granted seven private firms, including scamaccused Gitanjali Gems, gold import benefits on the day of counting of 2014 Lok Sabha poll votes and asked the Congress how much “cut” was given to whom for the decision. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad targeted the Congress, ex-PM Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram, whose son Karti Chidambaram has been arrested by the CBI in a corruption case, at a press conference which was described by the BJP as an “expose on the politics of lies and deceit” of the opposition party. PTI promised by the Centre during the state's bifurcation four years ago. As the two Houses met following the recess period of the Budget Session, both witnessed uproarious scenes and repeated disruptions that led to their premature adjournments for the day. The Lok Sabha witnessed ruckus as members from the Congress, Trinamul, TDP, TRS and AIADMK trooped into the Well over their various issues. Their protests disrupted the Question Hour and forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till 12 noon. As the House reassembled, the Congress members trooped into the Well with placards demanding a reply from PM Modi on Nirav Modi's whereabouts. The Trinamul members were also raising this issue. The TDP MPs pressed for special package for Andhra Pradesh while the TRS members demanded increase in reservation quota in Telangana. The Speaker thereafter Meghalaya Guv invites Conrad to form govt BJP usurping power through proxy: Rahul I am not MGR, but can give pro-poor rule like him: Rajini SNS & PTI Breaking his silence on the defeat in three northeast states, Rahul Gandhi today said the Congress was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP , accusing it of “usurping” power through proxy in Meghalaya and using “big money” to create an “opportunistic alliance”. ”The Congress party respects the mandate of the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya,” Gandhi said on Twitter two days after results of assembly elections were declared. The Congress lost Meghalaya, though it emerged as the single largest party, and failed to open its account in Tripura and Nagaland. The Congress chief alleged that the BJP is “obsessed” with “grabbing” power and has shown “utter disregard” to the mandate of people PTI in Meghalaya. SHILLONG, 5 MARCH NPP president Conrad Sangma today said he has been invited by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad to form the government in the state. The swearing-in of the ministers would take place at 10.30 am tomorrow, he said. “The governor has invited me to form the government as I have the numbers,” Sangma said. Confirming this, a Raj Bhavan official said the governor invited Conrad Sangma to form the government as he had the support of 34 MLAs. Sangma met the governor last evening and staked claim to form the government with the support of 34 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. After the meeting, he had said, “We met the governor and submitted a letter of support from 34 MLAs -- 19 of the NPP, six of the United Democratic Party (UDP), four of the People's Democratic Front (PDF), two each of the Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP and an Independent.” Meghalaya threw up a fractured mandate on Saturday with the Congress emerging as the largest party, marginally ahead of its rival, the National Peoples Party (NPP), an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur. The Congress, which has been in power in the state for the last 10 years, won 21 seats out the 59 that went to polls on February 27. The figure is 10 short of a simple majority. The party had staked claim to form the government in the state at a meeting with the governor, officials and party leaders said. Nagaland: The BJP today said it would form the government in Nagaland with its pre-poll alliance partner NDPP and ruled out extending support to its 15year-old ally Naga People's Front (NPF), which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly polls. After meeting senior NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio here, BJP leader and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told newsmen that his party was no longer in alliance with the NPF that had been in power in the state since 2008. “We will go with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party,” Sarma said. Tripura:IPFT said it will support BJP government in Tripura from outside if not given 'respectable' position. NEW DELHI, 5 MARCH adjourned the House for the day. The Rajya Sabha witnessed similar protests and disruptions over the PNB scam and other issues, forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to first adjourn the proceedings for a brief while and then subsequently till 1400 hours. The members from the TMC, Congress, AIADMK, DMK, and TDP repeatedly trooped into the Well of the Upper House, raising slogans on their respective issues. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA CHENNAI, 5 MARCH Short of announcing his political party today, superstar Rajinikanth today invoked the legacy of late AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, saying he was confident of giving a good administration like the yesteryear matinee idol. Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, is often referred to as the benchmark of success in politics, especially for an actor, with many other cinema professionals trying to emulate him by taking the political plunge in Tamil Nadu. “Nobody can match MGR even in 1,000 years and that includes me,” he said referring to criticism, especially from the ruling AIADMK, that not all can emulate Ramachandran's success in politics. In his speech, which gave an insight into his political ideology and his priorities of his yet-to-be launched party, Rajinikanth acknowledged he was “not MGR” and “If someone says he will be (like) MGR, he will only be a crazy man.” “But I am confident that I can give a rule like him, that will benefit the poor and the common man,” he said amidst loud cheers from the gathering at the ACS Medical College and Hospital where he unveiled a statue of MGR. However, in view of the current “political vacuum I am confident I will be able to give a 'good' administration and 'spiritual' governance. In his first political remarks since December 31 last when he announced he will enter politics, Rajinikanth, who has a large fan following, said there was a “vaccuum for a good leader” in the state politics currently. This was following the demise of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and illhealth of 93-year old DMK President M Karunanidhi who has become inactive politically of late, he said. The road leading to the function venue was dotted with banners and posters hailing and welcoming the actor. Rajinikanth gave away awards to some students on the occasion. His event today comes days after contemporary Kamal Haasan launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam. Rajinikanth today unveiled a statue of late Chief Minister M G Ramachandran at a private medical college here in the presence of a huge crowd. The Shape of Watertriumphs in Oscar best picture race SK envoys meet Kim THE INDEPENDENT AND AGENCIES SEOUL, 5 MARCH LOS ANGELES, 5 MARCH The Shape of Water, a fantasy drama about a mute cleaning lady who falls for a sea creature, turned out to be the big winner at the politicallycharged 90th Academy Awards, bagging four trophies, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. In a tight best picture race, the inter-species romance triumphed over award season favourites “Get Out” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. The film also won Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat and Best Production Design. Del Toro's double win as director and producer once again underscored the dom- ination of Mexican filmmakers at the Academy Awards. His win is the fourth time a Mexican has taken home the prize in the last five years, after Alfonso Cuaron won in 2014 for “Gravity” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in 2015 and 2016 for “The Birdman” and “The Revenant”. Del Toro acknowledged as much in his acceptance speech while taking a potshot at President Donald Trump's comments about building a wall between Mexico and the US. “I am an immigrant like Alfonso and Alejandro, my compadres. Like Gael (Garcia Bernal), like Salma (Hayek) and like many, many of you... “Because I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper,” he said. The activism of the postHarvey Weinstein era, which led to celebrities making a statement through wearing black or “Time's Up” pins at award shows this season, shift- ed to the Oscar stage on Sunday. Host Jimmy Kimmel, returning for the second time, as well as winners and presenters addressed the seismic shift in Hollywood's race and gender politics. Best Actress winner Frances McDormand, who bagged the award for “Three Billboards...”, emphasised the need for good roles for women and asked “all the female nominees in every category” to stand with her in the room with a special shoutout to fellow nominee Meryl Streep. “Okay, look around everybody. Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.” “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” she said. She explained backstage that while negotiating a contract one can demand an “inclusion rider which means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting, but also the crew”. In a break from tradition, CMYK the Best Actress award was given not by last year's Best Actor winner Casey Affleck but Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster. Old timers Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren teamed up to present the Best Actor award. Kimmel kept his hosting light and fun-filled except for the opening monologue where he targeted disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, while lauding the Time's Up and Me Too movements. “What happened with Harvey and what's happening all over was long overdue. We can't let bad behaviour slide away. The world is watching us and we need to set an example here. And the truth that if we are successful here, we can work together to stop sexual harassment at workplace,” he said. Gary Oldman won the Best Actor Oscar for drastically transforming himself to play Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”. The Joe Wrightdirected period drama also won the Make Up and Hairstyling Oscar. The Best Supporting Actor went to McDormand's costar Sam Rockwell for his role of a racist-yet-redeemable cop in “Three Billboards...”. Allison Janney bagged the Best Supporting Actress for playing an unforgiving mother in “I, Tonya”. Though there was visible support for women-led stories, Greta Gerwig missed out in the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories for her critically-lauded “Lady Bird”. Steven Spielberg's “The Post” also had to leave emptyhanded. The most senior South Koreans to travel to North Korea for more than a decade met leader Kim Jong Un Monday, a Seoul official said, the latest step in an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula. The delegation, representing the South's President Moon Jae-in, is pushing for talks between the nuclear-armed regime and the United States, after Kim sent his sister Kim Yo Jong to the Winter Games in the South. “Chairman Kim Jong Un is currently hosting a dinner for the special envoys,” Moon's spokesman told a press briefing today. AGENCIES
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