CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 APRIL 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 P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 33 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 2.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 P3 Min. 41% Max: 33.3°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON RISES 00.47 hrs Min: 20.7°C (-4) SUN RISES 05:22 hrs MOON SETS 12:00 hrs Moon phase: Third quarter on 11 April THUMBNAILS Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer AB de Villiers plays a shot during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. AFP RCB post 176/7: Royal Challengers Bangalore posted 176 for 7 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening match of IPL 11 at the Edens Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Brendon McCullum (43) and AB de Villiers (44) were the top scorers for Bangalore, while skipper Mandeep Singh (37) and Virat Kohli (31) too contributed well. Part-time bowler Nitish Rana (2/11) and R Vinay Kumar (2/30) scalped two wickets each. TDP MPs detained: Police detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmakers when they attempted to protest near Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi demanding the special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The decision to protest was taken after TDP lawmakers met at Rajya Sabha member and former Union minister Y S Chowdary's residence to chalk out the next course of action. Hardik Patel attacked: Patidar leader Hardik Patel suffered an ink attack on Saturday night when a disgruntled man threw ink at him at a hotel in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh. According to police, the incident occurred at around 9.15 pm, when Patel came to the Meghdoot Hotel in the city. The attacker, identified as Milind Gurjar, was present in the crowd and as soon as Patel came within range, Gurjar hurled ink on the Patidar leader. Hardik was wearing a white shirt, which got smeared in dark blue colour due to the ink. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 8 APRIL orget the BJP winning the 2019 polls, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi might lose his Varanasi seat against a united opposition, said Congress president Rahul Gandhi today. Pegging his confidence on opposition unity, Gandhi said far from the BJP winning the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, even Modi might lose from Varanasi if his party, the SP and the BSP were united against him. Exuding confidence over roping in and managing alliance partners despite their varied personal and regional aspirations, Gandhi predicted for the current ruling dispensation, a “collapse” not “seen in many years.” “Frankly, I don't see the BJP winning the next election, so in 2019 we will go back to the normal, I sense,” he said during an informal media interaction. “...because there are two basic things, once opposition unity goes above a certain level, it becomes impossible to win elections. Now the opposition unity has gone to a point. F It's simple,” Gandhi said. Highlighting the opposition unity efforts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and by the DMK, the TMC and the NCP in Tamil Nadu, Gandhi asked, “Where are they (BJP) going to win seats?” “And in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab. We will take it over. You are going to see a collapse of the style you haven't seen in many years,” he said. Gandhi was on the sixth leg of campaigning as part of the 'Janashirvada Yatra' ahead of the 12 May polls in Karnataka. Responding to a question doubting the forging of opposition unity amid varied aspirations of each party and their leaders, Gandhi expressed confidence of overcoming it. “We will manage it. We Dozens dead in Syria, govt accused of chemical attack AGENCIES BEIRUT, 8 APRIL Dozens of Syrians choked to death after a suspected chemical attack struck the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus, and aid groups on Sunday blamed President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the assault. The attack after dusk on Saturday sent a stream of patients with burning eyes and breathing problems to clinics, medical and rescue groups said. Western governments expressed alarm at the attack, with the British Foreign Office calling for an urgent investigation and saying that if the use of chemical weapons proved to be true, “it is further proof of Assad’s brutality.” The United States government said it was working to verify that chemical weapons had been used. A new, confirmed chemical attack in Syria would pose a dilemma for President Trump, who ordered military strikes on a Syrian air base after a chemical attack last year to punish Mr. Assad but has more recently said he wants to get the United States out of Syria. In posts on Twitter on Sunday, Mr. Trump condemned what he called a “mindless CHEMICAL attack” on women and children, blaming Iran and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for supporting the Syrian government. “Big Price,” Mr. Trump wrote, without expanding further. But the White House’s Homeland Security adviser, Thomas P Bossert, . said on ABC’s ThisWeekthat nothing should be taken “off the table.” Details on page 9 in the Congress know how to carry people, we are not egotistical people, we don't crush people and we don't destroy people's lives, so we will manage it,” he said. The basic thing is how to get the country out of the “mess that Mr Modi and RSS has put it in,” he said. The Congress president also ruled out emergence of any third front. Accusing the RSS of generating anger and hatred, Gandhi alleged that people are being killed for what they are saying and that needs to be put to an end. “The natural sort of political environment where there is a little bit of acrimony, but not hatred, needs to be restored,” he said. Stating that Modi had a “very good” opportunity after the 2014 election, Gandhi said a lot could have been done for the country. Terming as “funny” the BJP's confidence of breaking the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh and claiming that he understands UP politics, Rahul said when the three parties (SP BSP and , Congress) come together, “BJP will win only two seats, that too with luck. He said even Modi may lose if he stands from Varanasi and the three parties were united against him. “In fact, I challenge him to stand with three parties united,” he added. The BSP and the SP jointly fought Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats during the recent bypolls, costing the BJP both the seats, vacated respectively by Uttar Pradesh chief minister and deputy chief minister. The Congress president said the BJP and Modi have lost track of how to run the country. “You can't run this country as an individual, you have to run this country by listening to it, by working with it... and now after four years, he (Modi) has suddenly lost it, because now the wheels are running on them. Everybody can see that, you can hear it in his speeches,” he said. P11 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 8 APRIL over policy decisions in Pakistan. The government decided to prepare a draft bill to amend the ATA as part of its damage-control campaign after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) approved a nomination proposal tabled jointly by the US, the UK, France and Germany to place Pakistan on the international watchdog's money-laundering and terror-financing grey list in February. Earlier, President Mamnoon Hussain had promulgated the ordinance amending the ATA to include entities listed by the UNSC as proscribed groups but it will expire in 120 days. The National Assembly can extend it for another four months after which it has to be tabled before both the houses - National Assembly and the Senate - for further extension. Through the ordinance, amendments were made to ATA's Section 11-B that sets out parameters for proscription of groups and Section 11-EE that describes the grounds for listing of individuals. In both sections, SubSection 'aa' was added. According to the sub-section, PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GOLD COAST, 8 APRIL From weightlifting to boxing to table tennis to hockey, women formed the core of India's stupendous day four at the 21st Commonwealth Games where a 16year-old Manu Bhaker delivered a record-shattering shooting gold medal and the table tennis team shocked defending champions Singapore to clinch the top honours for the first time in the event. Another high point of the day was a 35-year-old M C Mary Kom advancing to the medal rounds in what is her first and probably last appearance at the Games. India held on to their fourth position in the medals tally, having claimed seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals so far. Manu Bhaker, the teen sensation from Haryana, shot down the Games record and the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event. A distant silver-medallist in the event also happened to be an Indian ~ Heena Sidhu. In the weightlifting arena of the Carrara Sports and Leisure Center, Punam Yadav (69kg) pulled off a personal best of 222kg (110kg+122kg) to add another gold to India's haul. The women's hockey Train rolls 12 km sans engine in Odisha STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BOLANGIR, 8 APRIL It was a narrow escape for a few hundred passengers in Odisha a train without engine travelled at least 12 km near Titlagarh station on Saturday night. The Puri-Ahmedabad 18406 rolled down the track without its engine from Titlagarh to Kesinga. The incident happened when the engine of the train was being changed at Titlagarh railway station. The engine had been detached for reversal. With the engine still to be attached, 22 bogies started moving on the track that had a slope, apparently due to nonapplication of the skid brakes. Eyewitnesses said there was a certain amount of panic among passengers Preliminary investigations revealed the staff had forgotten to apply the locking systems of the bogies and the railway staff. “Some of the passengers started screaming for help,” said Madhu, a witness to the unusual incident that took place around 10 pm on Saturday. “The passengers were trying to stop the train by pulling the chain but the attempts failed,” he added. The incident, which happened in front of the railway staff, left them helpless. A 12- member team had to chase and stop the moving train. Preliminary investigations revealed the staff Pak for permanent ban on JuD, other groups Pakistan is working on a draft bill to permanently ban Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud Dawa as well as other terror groups and individuals on the watch list of the interior ministry, a move which has the backing of the powerful military establishment. The bill will replace the presidential ordinance that banned outfits and people already on the watch list of the interior ministry, Dawn reported today. Citing its sources in the law ministry, the paper reported that the proposed draft bill to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 was likely to be tabled in the upcoming session of the National Assembly scheduled to commence tomorrow. The law ministry was involved in the process for the purpose of vetting the proposed draft bill, the sources said, adding that the military establishment was also on board. The military establishment enjoys considerable influence BARCELONA ON A CRUISE AS MESSI MAKES A SPLASH Rahul predicts ‘rarely Women lead the way seen’ collapse for BJP for India on CWG Day 4 Even Modi can lose Varanasi if he faces united Opposition: Gandhi Max. 88% TEMPERATURE FAROOQ ADVOCATES TURNING LOC INTO LINE OF PEACE ORBAN POISED FOR RE-ELECTION IN HUNGARY LULA DA SILVA SURRENDERS AFTER TWO-DAY STAND-OFF organisations and individuals “listed under the United Nations (Security Council) Act, 1948 (XIV of 1948), or” will be included in the First Schedule (for organisations) and Fourth Schedule (for individuals), respectively, on an ex parte basis. Under Section 11-EE, the requirements were: “(a) concerned in terrorism; (b) an activist, office-bearer or an associate of an organisation kept under observation under section 11D or proscribed under section 11B; and (c) in any way concerned or suspected to be concerned with such organisation or affiliated with any group or organisation suspected to be involved in terrorism or sectarianism or acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, any person or organisation proscribed under this Act.” In addition to the draft bill, Pakistan is also preparing a consolidated database of known terrorists and terrorist organisations which will be accessible to financial institutions and law-enforcement agencies of the country to strengthen the regime against money laundering and CMYK terror financing. For the enforcement of prohibition of funds and financial services, it was recommended to the authorities to ensure that statutory regulatory orders issued under UNSC Resolutions-1267 and - 1373 (issued under ATA) are implemented without delay. The government would also frame the ATA's freezing and seizure rules and ensure that Anti-Terrorism Amendment Ordinance 2018 is enacted through the parliament, according to the draft action plan. The amendment to the ATA would also enable investigation officers to be trained to investigate sources of funding besides other financial aspects in terrorism cases. The presidential ordinance has already been challenged by Saeed in the Islamabad High Court. Saeed was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. His JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. had forgotten to apply the locking systems of the bogies during the process of changing the engine, and since the track towards Kesinga has a downward slope, the train started rolling down. The coaches were stopped by the staff by putting stones on the track and bringing the train to a halt, an East Coast Railway spokesperson said. Soon after the incident, an engine was sent from Titlagarh to ferry the coaches, the spokesperson added. Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur, has suspended five railway employees and marked an inquiry, asking officials to complete it within three days. All the passengers are safe, DRM Jayadeep Gupta said. Manu Bhaker (R) and teammate Heena Sidu (L) hug during the women's 10m air pistol competition at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Sunday. AFP team showed great grit to stun Olympic champions England in their third pool match in a 2-1 victory, which took them closer to a semifinal berth. And in the evening, the women's table tennis team of Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das did the unexpected, beating defending champions Singapore 3-1 for a historic maiden gold. On the badminton court, Saina Nehwal remained in brutally good form and guided India to a 3-1 triumph over Singapore in the mixed team event. The top seeds will be up against Malaysia in the summit clash tomorrow. NBWs issued against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL A special CBI court in Mumbai has issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi in connection with the cases related to over USD 2 billion banking fraud in the Punjab National Bank, officials said here today. The special court has allowed the application of the agency for the issuance of NBWs against Modi and Choksi who had repeatedly refused to join the investigation in the scam, considered the biggest in the banking history of the country, the officials said. The agency had written to Modi and Choksi to join probe on their official e-mail ids but they have refused to join it citing business engagements and health issues. The issuance of NBWs by a court also opens the door for seeking Red Corner Notices against both of the accused from the Interpol. The government claims to have tracked Modi in Hong Kong where it has sent a request for his provisional arrest. The CBI, meanwhile, is questioning officials of overseas branches of Indian banks which had extended credit facilities to the companies of Modi and Choksi on the basis of fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) issued by the Punjab National Bank's Brady House branch in Mumbai. The agency has also summoned the official who handled foreign exchange transactions in the Hong Kong branch of Allahabad bank, they said. CBI quizzes China objects to Indian ‘transgression’ in Arunachal NuPower PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KIBITHU, 8 APRIL The Chinese military last month strongly protested against what it called the Indian Army's transgressions into the strategically sensitive Asaphila area along the border in Arunachal Pradesh, but the Indian side roundly dismissed the complaint, official sources said. They said the Chinese side raised the issue at a 'Border Personnel Meeting' (BPM) on March 15 here but the Indian Army rejected it, saying that the area in the upper Subansiri region of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India and it has regularly been carrying out patrols there. Sources told PTI, that the Chinese side called India's patrolling in the area a "transgression" and the Indian Army objected to the terminology. "China's protest to our patrolling in Asaphila is sur- prising," said a source, adding that there were several instances of Chinese intrusions in the area which had been seriously taken up by the Indian side in the past. Under the BPM mechanism, both sides can register their protest over any incident of transgressions as there are varying perceptions about the LAC between the two countries. The delegation of China's Peoples Liberation Army specifically mentioned extensive patrolling in Asaphila by Indian troops, saying such "violations" may escalate tensions between the two sides in the area. However, rejecting the Chinese protest, the Indian side said its troops were aware of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Army would continue to carry out patrols up to the LAC, the de facto border between the two countries. Details on page 3 director NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL The CBI today questioned Umanath Vaikunt Nayak, a director inthe NuPower Renewables, founded by Deepak Kochhar, the husband of ICICI Bank managing director and CEO Chanda Kochhar, in connection with the bank's Rs 3,250-crore loan to the Videocon group in 2012, officials said. This is the first questioning of a senior executive of NuPower Renewables even as the agency continued the examination of Rajiv Kochhar, a brother of Deepak Kochhar, and Mahesh Chandra Punglia, considered a close aide of Videocon group promoter Venugopal Dhoot, they said. The deal recently made news after reports questioned the loan and linked it to a possible quid pro quo that Dhoot allegedly had with NuPower RenewPTI ables.
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