THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P3 SENSEX 33,033.09 -284.11 WEATHER Clear sky. Mist in the morning. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 31 and 15 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.85% Min. 24% Max: 29.6°C (1) SUN RISES 06:38 hrs MOON RISES 00:34 hrs Min: 14.7°C (1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 10:52 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Dhoni, Ashwin relegated: Former India captain MS Dhoni and senior off-spinner R Ashwin found themselves relegated from the toppaid bracket with the BCCI today introducing an A+ category in the central contracts for which only five players, including skipper Virat Kohli, were picked. The batting troika of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan along with pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were selected for the A+ category, which will ensure them annual contracts worth Rs 7 crore each. Dhoni and Ashwin have been P16 bracketed in the A category. Law to make honour killing an offence soon: The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a plea by NGO Shakti Vahini seeking its intervention to curb the phenomenon of 'honour killing' and violation of human rights by Khap Panchayats to protect the dignity of consenting adults wishing to marry. The court iterated that whatever the caste, creed or religion of two consenting adults choosing to marry, no third party can interfere. The Centre told the apex court that it was bringing a law to make honour killing a P6 cognizable offence. Centre hikes DA to 7 pc: The Union Cabinet Wednesday increased the dearness allowance (DA) for 11 million central employees and pensioners from 5 per cent to 7 per cent from 1 January 2018. The hike will benefit about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners, according to an official statement. This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. ` vs $ 64.89 +7 PAISE TDP to pull out of Modi govt today STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE HYDERABAD / NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH The TDP on Wednesday night decided to pull out of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, asking two of its Ministers in the Narendra Modi government to tender their resignation tomorrow. The TDP's expected move came in protest against the Centre's "failure" to fulfill assurances to Adnhra Pradesh regarding Special Category Status (SCS) and other provisions of AP Reorganisation Act. Making this announcement tonight, TDP supremo and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his party took this "painful decision" in the interest of the state as it was left with no other option. The two TDP's Ministers in the Modi government are Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary. Naidu reportedly told media persons that the TDP would decide about the question of its ties with the BJP later. He said, "This (pull-out from the NDA government) is the first step. We will go ahead with other actions later.” Naidu said he tried to speak to PM Modi as "courtesy" to inform him about the decision to quit, but he did not come on line. "Arun Jaitley's statement was the last straw. They are apparently predetermined. They don't appear to help the state," the TDP chief charged. The decision came barely hours after Finance Minister Jaitley said in P12 GOLD 29,545.00 +120.00 SILVER 39,000.00 +300.00 NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH Both Houses of Parliament witnessed a washout onWednesday for the third consecutive day as Opposition parties as well as the ruling BJP's NDA allies again stonewalled their proceedings while vociferously protesting on issues ranging from the Rs 12,700 crore-PNB scam to vandalisation of statues in various parts of the country. They forced the Lok Sabha to be adjourned for the day just after noon with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned amid similar scenes immediately after 2 p.m. As the Lok Sabha resumed its sitting this morning, members from various parties ~ including the TMC, TRS, YSR Congress, AIADMK, and NDA allies like the TDP and Shiv Sena ~ started raising slogans over their respective issues, following which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for an hour till noon. Most of the agitating MPs were in theWell before the Speaker took her chair BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 65.52 -0.27 PM talks tough on vandalism of statues STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH New Delhi that the Centre cannot offer SCS to Andhra Pradesh, but would offer a special package with equivalent funding to the state. Jaitley said giving SCS, as demanded by Naidu-led TDP to any state apart , from those in the Northeast and three hill provinces was not constitutionally possible following the implementation of the 14th Finance Commission's recommendations. For SCS states, the Centre meets 90 per cent of the funds required in a centrally sponsored scheme as against 60 per cent in case of normal category states. Naidu said Jaitley's assertion was "insulting" to the TDP He said he . made every attempt to apprise the Centre of Andhra people's sentiments and get such issues resolved over the last four years, but to no avail. Under such circumstances, the TDP decided to come out of the NDA, Naidu said following a three-hour tele-conference with party MPs and state ministers. In a retaliatory move, the two BJP ministers in the Naidu government ~ K Srinivasa Rao and T Manikyala Rao ~ also reportedly announced their decision to quit. other proof of identity like passport, voter card and ration card can be given for the exams. The UIDAI's remarks came on a plea challenging the decision of CBSE seeking mandatorily the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment number from students who are aspiring to take the NEET 2018 exams. Meanwhile, the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government may be further extended beyond 31 March, the Centre had indicated in the SC on Tuesday. The Centre said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline. SP statue damaged A mid outrage over incidents of vandalism and toppling of statues in various parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday strongly condemned such incidents and warned that "stern action" will be taken against their perpetrators. "The PM spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard and expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents," a statement issued by the Prime MInister's Office (PMO) said. "Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism. MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law," the PMO said. In the wake of the BJP's recent triumph in the CPMled Left bastion of Tripura, alleged BJP activists pulled down two statues of the Communist icon Vladimir Lenin in Tripura. The statue of the Dravidian movement founder E V Ramasamy Periyar was desecrated in Tamil Nadu following a Facebook post by a state BJP leader H Raja that purportedly indicated that Periyar's statues could be toppled next after Lenin statues were brought down. KOLKATA, 7 MARCH The incident sparked widespread protests across the state. Meanwhile, a statue of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the BJP's predecessor, was vandalised in Kolkata allegedly by Left activists. Stung by these incidents, the MHA Tuesday issued advisories to the states twice asking them to take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents of vandalism. Rajnath Singh expressed strong disapproval of these indents, with the MHA asking the states to deal with culprits sternly and book them under relevant provisions of law. In its second advisory to states, the Centre asked them to "promptly investigate the incidents of vandalism of statues" and "arrest and prosecute the culprits". "Besides calling for close and continuous monitoring of the situation, it has asked the states to take all possible measures to ensure that no such incident should be allowed to happen," the MHA said. "The (second) advisory asks the states to make DMs and SSPs personally responsible for ensuring (Above) Statue of SP Mukherjee desecrated in Kolkata on Wednesday. SNS (Left)-Lenin’s statue pulled down in Tripura (file pic). that the law and order situation remains firmly under control in their jurisdiction. Intensification of patrolling in sensitive locations, community policing for peace and harmony, check on anti-social elements and preventive measures wherever required are the main elements of the advisory," the MHA said. H Raja expressed regret over his controversial Facebook post, blaming his "admin" for it. He deleted his post and appealed for peace. The Opposition parties however condemned these "disgraceful" incidents within and outside Par- Modi asks BSF to revoke order to cut jawan’s pay for PM slight PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH A BSF jawan was handed down a pay cut as punishment for showing “disrespect” towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a routine drill. But an intervention by Modi who expressed his displeasure on Wednesday and wanted the punishment to be withdrawn immediately led the force to rescind its order deducting a weeks salary from the jawan. The prime minister directed the Border Security Force(BSF) today to immediately withdraw the order, said a spokesperson of the paramilitary, adding that it had been rescinded. Constable Sanjeev Kumar, posted in the 15th battalion of the BSF deployed in West Bengal's Nadia district, was found “guilty” by his commanding officer (CO) for using the words “Modi programme” while attending a morning roll call task on February 21. The CO of the unit, Commandant Anup Lal Bhagat, issued an order handing down a “pay fine of 7 days”, which means a salary cut for a week, to the jawan for “showing disrespect towards the PM”. “The prime minister has expressed his displeasure and directed the force to immediately withdraw the punishment. The order has been rescinded and the concerned Commandant has been cautioned for not dealing with the matter judiciously,” the BSF spokesperson said. Officials said the jawan referred to an event that he attended as “Modi programme” during the 'zero parade' or reporting assembly of briefing seniors about their official activities. They said the CO found this kind of reference to the prime minister by the jawan as improper and ordered an inquiry against him. The inquiry, the officials said, was completed in a day and constable Kumar was held guilty and charged under section 40 of the BSF Act. Parliament proceedings washed out for the third day SNS P16 MHA asks state govts to take necessary measures to prevent such incidents Aadhaar not must for NEET: SC The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018 and other all-India exams. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the CBSE to upload the information on their website. Earlier, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had told the apex court that it had not authorised CBSE for mandatorily taking Aadhar numbers of students for appearing in NEET examinations. Earlier Attorney General K K Venugopal told the apex court that like in Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam, SHAMI’S CONTRACT WITHHELD AFTER WIFE’S ALLEGATION P7 NIFTY 10,154.20 -95.05 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH CBI moves court for narco test of Karti: The CBI today moved a special court seeking permission to conduct narco analysis test on Karti Chidambaram, arrested in the INX media case. Special judge Sunil Rana said that he will take the matter on March 9 when Karti is brought to the court after three days of custodial interrogation by the CBI. The court will also take up for hearing two other applications of the CBI seeking production warrants of Karti's CA S Bhaskararaman, arrested in the money laundering case, and co-accused Indrani Mukherjea, court sources said. TRUMP’S TOP ECONOMIC ADVISER QUITS MACRON’S INDIA VISIT WILL NOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL DCW CHIEF DETAINED ON WAY TO PM’S OFFICE to conduct the proceedings. Members from the Congress and Left were seen raising slogans from their benches. The Congress members were reportedly demanding a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the PNB scam involving diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. The members of AIADMK and AAP were raising slogans condemning the vandalism of the statue of Dravidian icon Periyar in Tamil Nadu by alleged BJP activists. Members from the TDP and YSR Congress were pressing for special status for Andhra Pradesh and implemenation of the AP Reorganisation Act. The TRS MPs were raising slogans demanding a hike in Telangana's reservation quota. The Shiv Sena was demanding classical language status for Marathi. When the House again met at noon, the protesting members were already in theWell.The Speaker then asked Sena member Anandrao Adsul to speak on his party's demand following which Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured him that the government would look into it. As the uproarious scenes continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day. Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha, with the above parties raising their same respective issues. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also expressed concern over the vandalisation of statues, saying "It's a shame. It's mad...whoever does it, whether it is in Tamil Nadu, whether it is West Bengal or Tripura." The members from the Congress, TMC, Left, TDP and AIADMK then rushed into the Well, raising slogans over their issues, forcing the Chairman to adjourn the House till 2 p.m. When the Upper House reassembled, similar scenes of protests were witnessed. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien echoed Naidu's assertion that discussions could be held on all issues, but the protesting members remained unrelenting. He was thus forced to adjourn the House for the day soon after 2 p.m. liament, attacking the BJP over such "violence and intolerance" allegedly involving its activists. They also demanded action against the culprits. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the vandalisation of Periyar's statue was an insult to the entire country and the poor. Trinamul leader Derek O'Brien charged that the ruling party workers “may next break statues of other iconic leaders". In a series of tweets, BJP president Amit Shah deplored such incidents, asserting that he has spoken to the party units in both Tamil Nadu and Tripura. "Any person associated with the BJP found to be involved with destroying any statue will face severe action from the party," he said. A group of six students of Jadavpur University and a former JU student ib Wednesday blotched on the half bust of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee and also damaged it. In the process they clashed with TMC workers before the police intervened and arrested the group. Today, at about 8.15 am near Keroratala crematorium ground, six men and a woman associated with a group named, “Bampanti Chattra Sangathan-Radical” gathered at Chittaranjan Uddyan. They blotched on the half bust of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee and also damaged it.TMC workers who were present in a nearby tea stall came rushing to the scene. The seven engaged in a clash with the TMC workers.It was then that the police intervened with the officer in charge of Tollygunge police station leading the force.The seven were taken to the Tollygunge police station. The Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar tweeted : six males and one female (age 22 to 29) who tried to deface the bust of Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee have been SNS arrested. Karnataka Lokayukta stabbed in office SNS BENGALURU, 7 MARCH Karnataka Lokayukta, JusticeVishwanath Shetty , was on Wednesday stabbed multiple times in his chamber by Tejraj Sharma , a furniture supplier from Tumkuru district, 80 odd km from the IT capital. Justice Shetty who was immediately rushed to Mallya hospital barely a km away, is out of danger, to go by state home minister, Mr Ramalinga Reddy. Tejraj, who hails from Rajasthan , entered the Lokayukta office around 12.45 , and carried out the near fatal attack on Justice Shetty around 1.50 in the afternoon. The incident not only exposed the state of security in the Lokayukta office but also lay bare the claims of the government that the law and order situation in the IT capital was under control. Besides it provided BJP the main opposition , , an opportunity to slam the government on poll eve over what it termed as " goondaraj" in addition to demanding President’s Rule in the state. Initial reports suggested that the Lokayukta had called in Tejraj after viewing him on the CCTV camera installed in his chamber. The furniture supplier was apparently miffed that his pleas for justice in securing a government contract had been denied as the Lokayukta did not find merit in the complaint that he had filed earlier. Justice Shetty who took charge of the Ombudsman’s office in January 2017 is said to have been alone in his chamber as it was lunch time.The gunman attached to him was stationed outside. On hearing the Lokayukta’s screams ,his staff and the security rushed to the chamber only to see him lying on the floor, bleeding profusely with three wounds as he was stabbed once on one hand and twice in the stomach. It was with great difficulty that the staff and security personnel were able to overpower Tejraj who even tried to attack them. The police was informed immediately and they took him into custody. According to police chief commissioner, Mr Suneel Kumar, a probe has been initiated into various aspects of Tejraj’s entry into the Lokayukta building and his subsequent attack on the Ombudsman. The police will also look into how he could easily smuggle a knife into the office and why the metal detector on the premises failed to function at the crucial time. Other senior police officials said initial reports suggested that the metal detector had not been functioning for a while. Steps were afoot to probe Tejraj's background who was also said to be extremely distressed at his failure to obtain any government contract.
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