SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 MARCH 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 ACCORDING TO AFGHAN LAW, A MOTHER'S NAME SHOULD NOT BE RECORDED ON A BIRTH CERTIFICATE ALMOST THE REAL THING ~ COPYING GREAT PAINTINGS IS A THRIVING BUSINESS AS ATTESTED BY THREE P1 RUSSIAN BROTHERS WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. Maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 16 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 24% Max: 32.6°C (+4) SUN RISES 06:34 hrs MOON RISES 03:05 hrs Min: 16.0°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:27 hrs MOON SETS 13:04 hrs THUMBNAILS Leander to be considered for Davis Cup tie: Veteran Leander Paes is in contention to make a comeback to the Indian Davis Cup squad for next month's tie against China as the selectors get ready to announce the team P15 today. Voting for Phulpur, Gorakhpur bypolls today: Voting will be held on Sunday for bypolls to Lok Sabha seats of Phulpur and Gorakhpur, a stronghold of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, with a riveting contest on the cards after Mayawatiled BSP extended support to Samajwadi Party P4 to take on the BJP. Bhaiyyaji Joshi elected as RSS gen secy for 4th term: Ending media speculation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday elected incumbent Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi as general secretary (Sar Karyawaha) for another three-year term, his fourth in succesP4 sion. Joshi was elected unanimously. Prabhu to look after Aviation Development in ‘aspirational’ districts step towards social justice: PM Resolve to combat terrorism, agree to intensify cooperation in Pacific Max.83% TEMPERATURE India, France ink 14 pacts for better ties ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 10 MARCH T aking their strategic ties to a new plane, India and France on Saturday signed 14 key agreements in areas like defence, nuclear energy and protection of classified information and agreed to intensify cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as French President Emmanuel Macron conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Paris’s resolve to join hands with New Delhi in combating terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism and radicalisation. Without directly naming Pakistan or any other nation, the two leaders, in a joint statement, called upon all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting networks and their financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul-Mujahideen, Lashkare-Taiba, Al Qaeda, Daesh/ISIS and their affiliates who threaten peace and security in South Asia and the Sahel region, a joint statement issued after the Modi-Macron talks said. The two countries also inked pacts in fields like education, environment, urban development and railways after wide-ranging talks between the two leaders on bilateral issues Prime Minister Modi with French President Emmanuel Macron before a high-level meeting at Hyderabad House SHAHNAWAZ KHAN in the Capital on Saturday. as well as international developments. At a media interaction with Macron, Modi described France as one of the most trusted defence partners of India. He also spoke about Paris’s commitment to his ‘Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector. On his part, the French leader said he wanted his country to be India's best partner in Europe. "France is the entry point to Europe. We want to be India's best partner in Europe," Macron said. The two leaders also welcomed the ‘Joint Strategic Vision of India-France Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region’ as a guiding beacon for partnership between their two countries. Apparently taking a dig at China for its growing ambition in the South China Sea, the two leaders reiterated that cooperation between India and France would be crucial in order to maintain the safety of international sea lanes for unimpeded commerce and communications in accordance with the international law, for countering maritime terrorism and piracy. ‘’Indian Ocean cannot be a place for hegemony,’’ the French President said. Significance is being attached to the agreement for logistics support between the armed forces of the two countries. Under the accord, India is expected to be permitted to use French bases in the Indian Ocean and, in return, allow French naval vessels access to Indian ports for repair and resupply. The pact also has provisions for joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. The agreement regarding the exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information will enable the two countries not to divulge information classified ‘secret’ by either side. It would apparently also cover cost details of the Rafale jet deal on which the Modi government has been facing intense heat from the Congress party. The agreement on nuclear cooperation prescribes a way forward for the implementation of the Jaitapur plant. CADETS ON A HIGH Asserting that shortage of resources was not the reason for lack of development but governance was, PM Narendra Modi said good governance, effective implementation of schemes and focused activities were needed for development. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 10 MARCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told lawmakers that working for development in most backward districts would be a step towards social justice and that "hardcore politics" of struggle and agitation was no longer as relevant as it used to be. Addressing a National Legislators Conference on "We for Development" at Parliament's Central Hall here, he spoke about social justice in the context of allround development of the country's 115 most backward districts identified and dubbed by his government as "aspirational". If all children go to schools and all households get electricity, then it would be a step towards social justice, the PM told the gathering of Union Ministers, parliamentarians and legislators from states. Asserting that shortage of budget or resources E-way Bill rollout from 1 April NEW DELHI, 10 MARCH NEW DELHI, 10 MARCH Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu was on Saturday given the additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry. President Ram Nath Kovind, on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assigned Prabhu the additional charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. The Civil Aviation portfolio was earlier held by the TDP's Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who had resigned along with his party's another Minister Y S Chowdary from the Union Council of Ministers on 8 March over the TDP's differences with the BJP-led NDA government on their demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh. President Kovind had accepted the resignations of the two TDP's Ministers SNS on Friday. Indian Army cadets celebrate after their graduation ceremony at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai on Saturday. A total of 255 AFP cadets including 37 women graduated from the academy and will be posted as lieutenants in the Indian Army. The 26th GST Council meeting held on Saturday decided that the e-way bill will be implemented from 1 April for interstate movement of goods. Briefing the media after the crucial GST Council meet, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Intra-state e-way bill will be rolled out in phased manner with four groups of states. Each group will come under it every week after 1st April and efforts will be made to implement it across the country by April end.” The inter-state e-way bill last December was approved for an early mandatory roll-out from 1 February but due to technical glitches, it was deferred. E-way bill is an electronic bill required to be procured by transportersandtradersundertheGST regime for transportation of goods and services beyond a P14 radius of 10 km. SNS Xi may get licence today to rule China for life President faces no challenge as potential successors are behind bars apparently on graft charges IANS BEIJING, 10 MARCH China is set to scrap the two-term limit for the presidency and vice-presidency on Sunday, giving Xi Jinping the licence to rule the country for life.With China's largely ceremonial parliament stamping the proposal by the Communist Party of China(CPC), the Middle Kingdom could well be headed for a one-man rule. Fearing the repeat of excesses of power if anyone again was allowed to rule China indefinitely like Mao Zedong, country's revered leader Deng Xiaoping slashed the term limit for President and vice-president to two terms ~ 10 years. It is the same restriction, which nearly 3,000 lawmakers P 10 ~ called deputies of the National People's Congress ~ will lift when they vote on Sunday to amend the country's Constitution in a highly choreographed fashion. Never has China's parliament said no to a diktat by the Communist Party, the country's real boss. The Party is above all. But it would be interesting to see how many vote against the proposed amendment. Xi, who came to power in 2013, has emerged as the most powerful leader in China after Mao. He is the General Secretary of the Communist Party and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission ~ the top nodal body of the Chinese army. Although the post of General Secretary is more powerful than that Critics silenced ahead of CPC move BEIJING, 10 MARCH of the President in China, the latter is used to deal with the outside world. Mao set up the President's office in 1954 and quit the post after five years, giving it to Liu Shaoqi, handpicked by him. Liu was a puppet President and fell out of favour during Mao's Cultural Revolution. Mao did away with the President's post in 1975 only for it The day China's ruling Communist Party unveiled a proposal to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely as Mao Zedong did a generation ago, Ma Bo was so shaken he couldn't sleep. So Ma, a renowned writer, wrote a social media post urging the party to remember the history of unchecked one-man rule that ended in catastrophe. to be revived by Deng in 1982 with a two-term cap after his death.With the term-limit gone, Xi, who already has a larger “History is regressing badly,” Ma thundered in his post. “As a Chinese of conscience, I cannot stay silent!” Censors silenced him anyway, swiftly wiping his post from the internet. As China's rubber-stamp legislature prepares to approve constitutional changes abolishing term limits for the president on Sunday, signs of dissent and biting satire have been AP all but snuffed out. than life image in China, can rule the country of 1.4 billion until he retires, dies or is toppled. There seems no one who could challenge the towering Xi as the potential successors are behind bars apparently on graft charges. There is no room for dissent in Xi's era, with a heavy censor on the media and civil society. Xi had made his intention to stay in power beyond 2023 sort of known when he did not name his successor at the party's key once-in-five-years meet last October. His predecessors, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, had conventionally announced their successors. Xi's move was widely speculated as his desire to cling on to power beyond 10 years, but little was anticipated of the proposal in this regard that came like a bolt from the blue in February 2018. were not the reasons for lack of development but governance was, Modi said good governance, effective implementation of schemes and focused activities were needed for development. "There used to be a time when hardcore politics, round-the-clock politics involving agitations and struggle would work. Time has changed.Whether you are in power or in Opposition, what matters is whether if you come to people's help," he told the conclave. Things like how much agitation you did, how many "morchas" you took out and how many times you went to jail would matter to your political career 20 years back, but things have changed now, Modi told the lawmakers, asking them to work towards fulfilling developmental targets in their regions. The PM said that though he cannot ask them to leave hardcore politics, but changes in society will make them do so. A discussion on social justice is often confined to social conditions but there are more dimensions to it, he said. Underlining the need to be in "mission mode", the PM told the legislators and MPs that with the help of man-power, skills and resources at their disposal a positive change aimed at ushering in social justice could be brought about. "We have the manpower. We have the skills and the resources.We need to work in mission mode and bring about a positive change. Our aim is social justice. Working on the aspirational districts will improve India’s standing in the HDI. This conference of legislators is a commendable initiative by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. It is good to have legislators from various states coming together to discuss important issues," Modi said. ‘Would have thrown note ban file to dustbin if I were PM’: Rahul Rahul Gandhi attends an event in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. PTI SINGAPORE, 10 MARCH Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that demonetisation was “not a good” initiative and if he were the prime minister he would have thrown the proposal in the “dustbin”. Gandhi is on a five-day trip to the Southeast Asian countries. He began the Malaysia leg of his visit today and interacted with an “enthusiastic gathering” of Indian diaspora in Kuala Lumpur. Asked how he would have rolled out demonetisation differently, Gandhi said “if I were the Prime Minister and somebody would have given me a file with demonetisation written on it, I would thrown it in the dustbin, out of the door and into the junkyard.” “That is how I would have rolled it out, because that is what I think should have been done with the demonetisation which was not good at all,” he said in a video shared by the Congress party on its Twitter handle. The demonetisation initiative was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, AFP 2016, announcing the invalidation of high-value currency notes currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Congress party has strongly criticised demonetisation, saying the move has led to economic slowdown. Earlier at the University of California, Berkeley Gandhi had said that Modi had caused “tremendous damage” to India's economy with his “reckless and dangerous” decisions like demonetisation and “hastily-applied” GST. Responding to a question on women empowerment, Gandhi also said equality was not “good enough” for women empowerment and asserted that women have to be given more support than men to end the bias against them. “I don't treat women equal to men, but better than men. I think there is a bias in all societies, including in western society and that bias needs to be corrected. And to correct that bias, equality is not good enough, you have to be partial to women and give them more support than you give men,” he said.
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