TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 JUNE 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P5 SENSEX 35,483.47 +39.80 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 42 and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 NIFTY 10,786.95 +19.30 ` vs $ 67.42 +8 PAISE Min. 27% Max: 38.4°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 04:53 hrs Min: 23.4°C (-4) SUN SETS 19:19 hrs MOON SETS 17:43 hrs GOLD 29,715.00 -125.00 Nirav in UK to seek political asylum THUMBNAILS Vajpayee admitted to AIIMS: Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was admitted to the AIIMS in New Delhi for a urinary tract infection Monday, the hospital said. In a statement issued at 10.45 pm, the AIIMS said Vajpayee, who was admitted to the hospital following complaints of a lower respiratory tract infection and kidney issues, was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. Appropriate treatment was being administered to him under the supervision of a team of doctors, it added. Earlier, the hospital had said 93-year-old Vajpayee, who had not been keeping well for long, was admitted for routine check-ups. A host of political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited the BJP patriarch at the hospital. 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 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 he CBI has sought Interpol Red Corner Notices against billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who had absconded days before over 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 meal in a lavish upmar- ket 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 cit- izen, 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 state-run 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 issued from PNB's Brady India can’t be run by just 3 people, Opp to unite in 6-12 months: Rahul SNS & PTI P15 SILVER 40,450.00 -50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.79 -0.67 Will seek votes for BJP in LS polls if Delhi is granted full statehood, says Kejriwal 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. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE Stepping up his pitch for full statehood for Delhi, AAP supremo and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a rhetorical mode, said on Monday that if the national capital is granted full statehood by the BJPled central government ahead of the 2019 general elections, the AAP would campaign in favour of the BJP in the coming elections. Kejriwal, however, also warned the Narendra Modi government that if full statehood is not granted to Delhi, the AAP would undertake a "BJP, quit Delhi" campaign. The Delhi CM was making these remarks during his speech in the state Assembly on the last day of its special session. Kejriwal was speaking on his government's resolution seeking full statehood status for Delhi. Following his speech, the Assembly adopted the resolution. "I want to tell the BJP that if Delhi is granted full statehood before the 2019 elections, we'll make sure each and every vote from Delhi goes in your favour. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press RITIK JAIN conference in the Capital on Monday. Kejriwal, Ministers stage sit-in protest at LG office NEW DELHI, 11 JUNE Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his three Ministers stayed put at the Lt Governor's office through the night over their three demands ~ including a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike”, action against officers who have been on "strike for four months”, and approval of doorstep delivery of rations We'll campaign for you. But If you don't do so, Delhi residents will put up boards scheme. Kejriwal along with his deputy Manish Sisodia and two other Ministers met LG Anil Baijal this evening regarding their demands following which they started their sit-in protest. They decided to stay in his office until their demands were accepted. The LG's officecalledita"protestwithSNS out reason". SEE ALSO PAGE 2 saying 'BJP quit Delhi'," , Kejriwal said. TURN TO PAGE 10 PEACE MESSAGE 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 VETTEL CLAIMS 50TH FORMULA ONE VICTORY P12 CBI seeks Interpol red-corner notices against Nirav and Mehul Max. 70% TEMPERATURE CHINESE PREZ BACKS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL ‘IF NEED BE, SP WILL SACRIFICE SOME SEATS FOR BSP’ SEPARATISTS TOLD TO ACCEPT DELHI’S DIALOGUE OFFER 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. Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik finishes a sand sculpture depicting US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader AFP Kim Jong Un at Puri beach, on Monday, ahead of the US-North Korea summit. 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 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 12)
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