CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 JUNE 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 P2 SENSEX 35,483.47 +39.80 WEATHER Cloudy sky with spells of rain/thundershower in some areas. Max-,min temp to be around 34-26 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: 7.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% Max: 34.1°C (0) SUN RISES 04:52 hrs MOON RISES 03.26 hrs P3 NIFTY 10,786.95 +19.30 Min: 27.4°C (0) SUN SETS 18:21 hrs MOON SETS 16:47 hrs ` vs $ 67.42 +8 PAISE GOLD 29,715.00 -125.00 New moon on 13 June THUMBNAILS Vajpayee admitted to AIIMS for routine checkup: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been ailing for long, was admitted to AIIMS on Monday for routine check-up and investigations and his condition was stated to be stable. “He has been admitted for examination and management. He is stable,” according to a statement issued by the premier hospital. A team of doctors under the supervision of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria are conducting tests on the 93-year-old leader, the statement added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the BJP patriarch at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Modi enquired about the well-being of Vajpayee. Kabul attack: A suicide attacker blew himself up on Monday as government workers queued for an early bus home during the holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 31, officials and hospital staff said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the Afghan capital, a day before the government's separate ceasefire with the Taliban is due to start. The blast happened at the main gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, police and health ministry spokesmen said. Employees gathered at the entrance of the compound waiting for a bus to take them P9 home when the bomber blew himself up. Trump accuses India of charging 100 per cent tariff on some imports: President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at India along with the world's other top economies and accused New Delhi of charging 100 per cent tariff on some of the US' goods, as he threatened to cut trade ties with countries who are robbing America. Trump made the remarks in Canada's Quebec City where he was attending the G7 summit that ended in farce after he abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the host. “We're like the piggybank that everybody is robbing,” Trump said while addressing a press conference on Saturday. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE T meal in a lavish upmarket restaurant but his exact location remains unknown, they said. Left with no choice, the CBI has asked the Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Modi and Choksi, which would mean that the member countries of the Lyon-based international police cooperation agency can arrest and later deport or extradite them, they said. Nirav Modi was last publicly seen in a Press Information Bureau group photograph of CEOs and top brass of Indian corporate sector with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Davos, Switzerland in late January. A week later, the CBI registered an FIR against the two, among others, on the basis of a complaint from the PNB, they said. Nirav Modi's brother and wife were also named as accused in the FIR. His wife Ami, a US citizen, brother Nishal a Belgian, and uncle Choksi, Gitanjali group's promoter, are also said to have fled the country in the first week of January. The case pertains to allegedly cheating the staterun bank through fraudulent issuance of Letters of Undertakings (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs). The agency recently charge-sheeted both Nirav Modi and Choksi separately in the scam. It has now approached the Interpol for a Red Corner Notice to bring them back for facing trial in the cases against them, sources said. The CBI, in its charge sheets filed on May 14, had alleged that Nirav Modi, through his companies, siphoned off funds to the tune of Rs 6,498.20 crore using fraudulent LoUs India can’t be run by just 3 people, Opp to unite in 6-12 months: Rahul SNS & PTI SILVER 40,450.00 -50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.79 -0.67 SNS & AGENCIES issued from PNB's Brady House branch in Mumbai. Choksi allegedly swindled Rs 7080.86 crore. An additional loan default of over Rs 5,000 crore to Choksi's companies is also a matter of probe by the CBI. It has been alleged that Nirav Modi and Choksi through their companies availed credit from overseas branches of Indian banks using fraudulent guarantees of the PNB given through LoUs and letters of credit which were not repaid bringing the liability on the state-run bank, officials said. The UK should not be viewed as a safe haven for wanted criminals of other countries, India said today, even as Britain confirmed fugitive Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi's presence on its soil. India's clear message was conveyed to UK Minister of State for Countering Extremism Baroness Williams by Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju at a meeting here. Raising the issue of fugitives such as Nirav Modi, liquor baron Vijay Mallya, Rijiju said Britain should not be viewed as a safe haven for them. NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he will seek votes for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections if the Central government grants full statehood rights to Delhi. Speaking in the assembly during a discussion on the government resolution for full statehood, he said if the Centre did not allow Delhi to be a full state, the people here would tell the BJP to leave the national capital. "Allow Delhi to be a full state before the 2019 general elections and we will ask people to vote for you (BJP) and each and every vote of Delhi will be for you, otherwise people of Delhi will say 'BJP leave Delhi'," , he said. The resolution was passed without any opposition as the AAP enjoys a huge majority in the House. He urged the people to fight for their "rights, future and development" and demand full state status for Delhi. During his speech, he recalled the history of the city and recounted the names of the rulers who Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in the capital on Monday. RITIK JAIN ruled over Delhi, and the last two names he took were of the present and the former Lt. Governors of Delhi. "Between 2013-2016, Najeeb Jung ruled over Delhi and since then Anil Baijal is ruling. The nation got freedom, but Delhi is still ruled by the LG," he said. He also called the people of Delhi "half and second class citizens", adding that their votes did not have any value. During his address, he used the term "Maharaj" (king) several times for the LG. Kejriwal accused the Centre of exploiting the people of Delhi. "The people of Delhi want to ask Modi ji what happened to their promise of giving full statehood to Delhi, or it was also a 'jumla' just like all other promises?" He also said that Delhi would replace the "LG rule" with "people's rule". "If Delhi becomes a full state, I will start 100 colleges and every one will have a job and a house. The city will be better than London, New York and Tokyo. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari hit out at the AAP government's full statehood demand, saying the “rhetoric” was an effort to divert public attention from its “poor governance” and water crisis faced by the people. STAR-STUDDED Shah harps on democracy NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE The country has become “slave” to a handful of BJPRSS leaders, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged today and asserted that the entire opposition will unite in six months to a year to show the trio -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and RSS head Mohan Bhagwat -that India will be run by its people and not by them alone. Addressing a convention of party workers from Other Backward Classes, Gandhi attacked the Modi government over lack of opportunities given to those who are gifted with talent and skills, saying doors of banks and of politics are shut for OBCs in India. The Congress chief also accused the RSS of dividing people and not allowing them an opportunity to prosper. “Today, our nation has become slave to twothree leaders of the BJP and the RSS. No one can stop the entire opposition from P11 Will seek votes for BJP in LS poll if Delhi is granted full statehood, says Kejriwal Nirav in UK to seek political asylum he CBI has sought Interpol Red Corner Notices against billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who had absconded days before over the USD 2 billion banking fraud allegedly perpetrated by them on state-run Punjab National Bank came to light, officials said. Modi, who is in the UK seeking political asylum, and Choksi, promoter of Gitanjali group whose whereabouts are unknown as yet. are on the run since the CBI registered an FIR against them on January 31. The duo had fled the country in the first week of January along with some family members, nearly a fortnight before PNB detected the fraud -- which is said to be biggest in the country's banking history, officials said. Modi and Choksi have refused to to join the probe citing business engagements and health issues, the officials added. Choksi was reported to be in NewYork where he was allegedly seen enjoying a AHEAD OF TEST, ZADRAN IS TALKING THE TALK P4 CBI seeks Interpol red-corner notices against Nirav and Mehul Min. 72% TEMPERATURE COAL PRODUCTION HAS DOUBLED IN 4 YRS, CLAIMS GOYAL SEPARATISTS TOLD TO ACCEPT DELHI’S DIALOGUE OFFER ‘IF NEED BE, SP WILL SACRIFICE SOME SEATS FOR BSP’ RAIPUR, 11 JUNE getting together in sixseven months to a year, and Modi, Shah and Bhagwat will see the strength of India... They will understand that India cannot be run by only three people. India will be run by people of the country,” he said, drawing applause from the crowd. He alleged that everyone, including BJP MPs, were afraid to speak out as they were not allowed to talk and it was “only the RSS that is heard.” “I will tell you the difference between the Congress and the BJP. The Congress puts people in a bus and hands over the keys to them to drive it, but the BJP puts its people in a bus and asks them to keep quiet and hands over the keys to the RSS to run it...Narendra Modi and Mohan Bhagwat drive this bus,” Rahul Gandhi said. BJP chief Amit Shah today asserted that the opposition has a key role in a democracy and said his party's slogan of “Congress-free India” means freeing the country of that party's “culture”. He also said his some of the remarks on Congress president Rahul Gandhi should not be taken as a personal attack as he had only replied to certain questions posed by the opposition party leader. “'Congressmukt Bharat' means getting rid of the 'Congress culture'. Democracy is not possible without the opposition. It is a different thing that the Congress has been shrinking in the counPTI try,” he said. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee felicitates toppers from all boards during a function at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL US offers security guarantees to NK if it accepts complete, verifiable denuclearisation THE INDEPENDENT AND AGENCIES SINGAPORE, 11 JUNE The US today offered “unique” security guarantees to North Korea if it accepts a “complete, verifiable and irreversible” denuclearisation as the two sides made progress in their talks ahead of a much-publicised historic summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un here. On the eve of the summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island, Trump hoped that a “nice” outcome could be reached from what he said would be a “very interesting meeting” with Kim tomorrow. Later, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the preparatory talks were “moving quite rapidly” and he expected them to reach what he called “a logical conclusion” even earlier than the US anticipated. “A complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea is the only outcome that the US will accept at the summit,” Pompeo told reporters at a press conference. He said the US is willing to offer North Korea “unique” security guarantees that are “fundamentally different from before” to achieve denuclearisation. “We will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them,” Pompeo said. However, sanctions on North Korea will remain until that has been achieved, he said. “President Trump believes that Kim has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country,” Pompeo said. “The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face-to-face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world,” he said. He said previous American administrations have been duped by North Korea but the Trump Administration has got experts on non-proliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction on the ground to verify Pyongyang's willingness to denuclearise. Pompeo said President Trump is fully prepared for the meeting with Kim. National Security Council spokesman Robert Palladino said President Trump intends to meet one on one with Kim. “We can expect a one on one at the beginning,” Palladino said. The diplomats from the CMYK two sides are engaged in hectic parleys behind closed doors to narrow their differences. Sung Kim, a former US ambassador to South Korea who has been leading the US in talks with North KoreanViceForeign Minister Choe Son Hui since last month, is said to be continuing the discussions with his counterpart. The summit could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the two countries and see Pyongyang dismantle its arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees. A peace treaty ending the 1950-53 Korean War may also be on the table. North and South Koreas remain technically at war as the conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. “Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported in English. Both Trump and Kim separately met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and thanked him for hosting the summit as if it was “their own family affair”. “If the summit produces positive outcomes, then the Singaporean government's effort will be recorded in history forever,” Kim said. The summit - the first between a sitting US president and the North Korean leader - will mark a turnaround of relations between Trump and Kim after a long-running exchange of furious threats and insults. The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-anddown relationship over the past 18 months. (SEE ALSO PAGE 10)
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