FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR A HAWK DISGUISED AS A CUCKOO? BADAL CLAN IN UGLY SLUGFEST P6 WEATHER Clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 36 and 19 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 22% Max: 36.1°C (+4) SUN RISES 06:13 hrs MOON RISES 17.34 hrs Min: 19.6°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:38 hrs MOON SETS 06:12 hrs ‘Leaks galore on watch of weak chowkidar’ THUMBNAILS Tearful Smith says 'sorry': A tearful Steve Smith Thursday took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that has left his reputation in tatters, saying he was "absolutely gutted" now and would regret the incident for the rest of his life. Smith, 28, who has been banned for a year by Cricket Australia and stripped of captaincy, broke down repeatedly at a press conference upon his return home. "As captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgement and now I understand the consequences. It was a failure P16 of my leadership," he said. Anna Hazare ends fast: Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday ended his six-day fast at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, saying he has been assured by the government that appointments of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states would be made soon. Hazare said that he was giving the government six months time till August to come good on its assurance and warned that his protest will again begin in September if the demands were not met. The 80-year-old anti-corruption activist's demands include appointment of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states, and giving better prices to the farmP3 ers for their yield. Koreas to hold summit on 27 April: The two Koreas on Thursday set a date for a rare interKorean summit, following a high-level meeting that was held days after the nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong Un made his international debut with a surprise trip to China. “According to the will of both leaders, the South and North agreed to hold the '2018 South-North summit' on April 27 at the South's Peace House in Panmunjom,” said a joint press statement, read out in turn by both delegations' leaders. The Korean talks will be followed by landmark talks with US P1 3 President Donald Trump. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 29 MARCH T he Congress Thursday tore into the Narendra Modi government over the CBSE paper leaks and its bid to reconduct Class 10 maths and Class 12 economics exams, demanding that HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal be sacked, even as the party president Rahul Gandhi again hit out at PM Modi and called him a "weak chowkidar (watchman)". Referring to PM Modi's recently-released book for students, "Exam Warriors", the Congress also took a swipe at him, asking him whether lakhs of affected Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students should be now described as "Re-exam Warriors". Gunning for PM Modi, Gandhi tweeted, stating in Hindi, "How many leaks? Data leak! Aadhar leak! SSC Exam leak! Election date leak! CBSE papers leak! There is a leak in everything, the 'chowkidar' is weak," using the hashtag "BasEkAurSaal", a reference to the Modi government being left with one year of its five-year term. In another tweet, Gandhi said, "The exam leaks destroy the hopes and futures of millions of students. The Congress always protected our institutions. This is what happens when institutions are destroyed by the RSS/BJP. Believe me when I say, this is only the beginning." Hitting back, the BJP rejected such allegations, saying the Congress president was referring to his party-led UPA rule. "Rahul Gandhi is remembering his days," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reportedly said. Slamming the Modi government and the CBSE over the leaks episode for their alleged apathy, callousness and ineptitude, Congress's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala told reporters, "Time to fix accountability and sack HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal," He also reportedly demanded a judicial inquiry by a High Court judge into the CBSE leaks episode. Surjewala said it was "shocking and heart-rending" that the future of lakhs of students was thrown into "severe jeopardy". "This has exposed the capture of highest academic institutions by the 'exam mafia' on the watch of the Modi government, as also absolute abdication of authority by the HRD Minister and the CBSE chairperson," he alleged. Surjewala charged that as the "exam mafia is running amok", the HRD min- ister "instead of accepting responsibility is busy targeting political opponents in West Bengal". He also said, "It may just turn out to be the tip of the iceberg as multiple news reports and social media stories on how biology, chemistry and english papers have also been leaked are also surfacing now," Surjewala alleged that for two years the CBSE chairman's post had remained vacant when Smriti Irani was the HRD Minister, charging that the current CBSE chief, a Gujarat bureaucrat, was "handpicked by PM Modi". Amid growing public outrage over the CBSE paper leaks, Delhi Police has stepped up its probe into these leaks questioning 35 people ~ including students, teachers, coaching centres' owners and even CBSE officials ~ and conducting raids at various places, even as hundreds of students took to streets at Jantar Mantar here on Thursday to protest against the CBSE and paper leaks. The CBSE is likely to announce on Monday or Tuesday the dates of reexamination for Class 10 maths and Class 12 economics papers in which about 16 lakh students had appeared, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Delhi Police has registered two FIRs on CBSE's complaints, even as its Crime Branch has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe these paper leaks which sparked disappointment, resentment, and anguish among tens of thousands of students, parents and teachers across the country. Delhi Police's Special Commissioner (Crime) R P Upadhyay told reporters: "The investigation is focusing on three questions ~ how were the leaked papers transmitted, what were the points of their origin and who were the beneficiaries." Police sources said they have identified few coaching centres and their owners who might have played a role in leaking the papers. "We have questioned the owner of a coaching centre at Rajender Nagar whose name was shared by the CBSE in their complaint and who is suspected to be behind the alleged leak of Class 12 economics paper," sources said. TURN TO PAGE 4 Cauvery: TN to file plea against Centre SNS & AGENCIES CHENNAI, 29 MARCH The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday will file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against the Central government for not having constituted a Cauvery management board, for sharing and allocation of the river water among Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry. In its February 2018 verdict, the Supreme Court set a six-week deadline for the Centre to formulate a scheme “exclusively for the implementation of the award” determined by it, and that dealine ended on March 29. Tamil Nadu has been insisting on the formation of a board, while Karnataka, which is going to polls on May 12, has proposed a two-layer scheme of a six-member Cauvery decision implementation committee headed by the Union Water Resources Minister and a 11-member monitoring agency led by the Union Water Resources Secretary. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today held discussions with senior ministerial colleagues and officials on the Cauvery issue, even as protests were held in different parts of the state demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). The meeting comes in the wake of the six-week deadline given by the Supreme Court to the Centre to formulate a scheme ending today. Tamil Nadu's stand is that the Centre must constitute the panels within six weeks from the day the apex court gave its verdict. The Supreme Court had on February 16 pronounced its verdict on the vexed dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The apex court had raised the 270 tmcft share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu's share. Malala back home in Pakistan after 5 yrs DAWN/ANN ISLAMABAD, 29 MARCH A visibly emotional Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate in history, couldn't contain her disbelief upon finally returning home after more than five years away following a Taliban attack in Swat in 2012. "I have dreamed of returning to Pakistan for the past five years," said a teary Yousafzai in a homecoming speech on Thursday at a function at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on a four-day visit late Wednesday night accompanied by her father Ziauddin, Farah Mohamed and Amiro-byn Thompson. The 20-year-old Oxford University student from Swat has been living in the United Kingdom after surviving a Taliban attack which necessitated her departure abroad for medical treatment. "Today, I am very happy that, after five-and-a-half years, I have set foot on the Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (C) presenting a shield to Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (4L) at the Prime Minister’s Office during her AFP visit to Islamabad. soil of my nation again," she began in Urdu. Switching to Pashto, she said: "Today is the happiest day of my life, because I have returned to my country, I have stepped foot on my nation's soil again and am among my own people." "I am very happy, and I still can't believe - if I am honest - I still can't believe that this is actually happening, this is real. For the last five years, I have dreamed of returning home. And whenever I would be in plane or a car and I would see the cities of London or New York, I would say [to myself], 'Just imagine that this is Pakistan, imagine that you are driving in lslamabad, imagine that this is Karachi', and it was never true. And now that I am seeing it today, I am very happy," QUALIFIER TOPPLES VENUS TO REACH MIAMI SEMIFINALS P12 P9 Rahul targets PM; Congress wants sacking of HRD Minister, CBSE chief Max.71% TEMPERATURE SISI RE-ELECTED WITH 92% VOTES she continued in Urdu, pausing to wipe tears away from her eyes. "I was born in 1999," she said, stopping to wipe more tears from her eyes. "I don't cry often," she laughed. "I am now 20-years-old, but I have seen a lot over the course of my life. From growing up in Swat - it was such a beautiful place - to then seeing terrorism and extremism from 2007 till 2009. And then seeing how many difficulties women and girls face in our society, and how we can fight against those challenges." "And then being attacked, leaving my country...Everything was happening itself, I could not control anything. If it was my call, I would never have left my country. The doctors performed surgery on me and saved my life. But then for further treatment I had to go out and continue my education there. But it was always my dream that I return to Pakistan. And I want to be able to move freely in the streets and meet and talk to people peacefully, without any fear. And [I hope that] it will be like my old home - just as it was." "So it's actually heartening, and I am grateful to all of you," she added. Yousafzai described Pakistan's future generations as "the biggest resources we have". "We need to invest in kids' education. The Malala Fund is already working on this. We have invested more than $6 million on girls' education in Pakistan, and we are continuing this work... I hope we can all join hands in this mission for the betterment of Pakistan, so that our future generation can receive the right education and women can become empowered, do jobs, stand on their own two feet and earn for themselves. That's the future we want to see." "I still can't believe I am here. perhaps if I spend more time here [it will sink in]... It is literally a dream," she concluded.'Welcome home, Malala' PM Abbasi, who also addressed the gathering after Yousafzai, said he is happy that a daughter of the nation has returned to her homeland. P15 RBI slaps `59 cr fine on ICICI Bank for violating order SNS NEW DELHI, 29 MARCH Woes continue for the country’s largest private sector lender, ICICI Bank, as the RBI on Thursday imposed a stiff monetary penalty of Rs 58.9 crore for non-compliance and selling stipulated debt securities violating regulatory direction. This comes after allegations were levelled against its chief executive officer and managing director Chanda Kochhar implying that she allegedly favoured Videocon Group while lending money to the tune of over Rs 3,000 crore. However, the bank in its response said, “no individual employee (be it CEO), whatever may be his or her position, has the ability to influence the credit decision at the Bank.” The RBI in its statement said, “This action is based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers.” Banks have to compulsorily keep 19.5 per cent of their deposits in government securities as statutory liquidity ratio (SLR). HTM securities are not meant for trading. But a bank can sell only 5 per cent of HTM securities without any prior permission. If a bank sells more than the permitted mark, it has to seek permission from RBI and disclose it on the annual report. The HTM category is maintained as a measure of bank’s solvency. At GSAT-6A satellite put into orbit I-T names T defaulters NEW DELHI, 29 MARCH The Income Tax Department on Thursday released a pan-India list of 24 defaulting individuals and companies who owe about Rs 490 crore in taxes to the exchequer but have either gone untraceable or have reported inadequate assets for payment of dues. The department issued an advertisement as part of its name and shame defaulters policy in leading national dailies titled 'List of defaulters of Income Tax and Corporate Tax'. The notice, issued by a nodal office of the Principal Director General of Income Tax in Delhi, “advised” the named defaulters to pay their tax arrears immediately. The public announcement carries the identity of the firm or the individual, the name of their directors and partners, the date of incorporation SNS of the company. least 20 per cent of a bank’s deposit must be held in bonds in HTM category. ICICI Bank in its statement said, “The bank had continued with the sales from Held to Maturity (HTM) category for a few weeks during the quarter ended March 31, 2017, due to a misunderstanding on the timing of the applicability of RBI’s order. SRIHARIKOTA, 29 MARCH Scripting yet another success story, ISRO on Thursday placed into orbit its latest communication satellite GSAT-6A launched on board its geosynchronous rocket GSLV-F08 from the spaceport here. At the end of the 27hour countdown, the 49.1-metre Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08), fitted with indigenously developed cryogenic third stage, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 4.56 pm and soared majestically into the clear sky. The satellite, with a mission life of about 10 years, would provide thrust to mobile communication through multi-beam coverage facility, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. In a textbook launch, about 18 minutes later, the rocket injected GSAT-6A into the geostationary transfer orbit as the ISRO scientists broke into celebrations at the mission control centre. PM Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of the GSAT-6A communication satellite. “Congratulations to ISRO and other stakeholders on the successful launch of GSLV-F08 with indigenous cryogenic stage,” PTI he tweeted.
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