www.thestatesman.com WEDNESDAY FIND US ONLINE 27 JUNE 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR PUNJAB GOVT FORMS EDP FOR ACTION AGAINST DRUG ABUSE US SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN P5 P12 SENSEX 35,490.40 +19.69 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 32 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 62% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.2°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:26 hrs MOON RISES 18:40 hrs NIFTY 10,769.15 +6.70 BREXIT BILL RECEIVES ROYAL ASSENT P12 ` vs $ 68.24 -11 PAISE GOLD 29,330.00 -185.00 Modi slams Cong for impeachment notice PM hails Kuldeep Nayar, Indian Express, Statesman for opposing Emergency Min. 52% Min: 30.7°C (+3) SUN SETS 19:23 hrs MOON SETS 05:26 hrs THUMBNAILS Saina sails into second round of Malaysia Open: India's Olympic medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round of the USD 700,000 Malaysian Open with a convincing 21-12 21-16 win over Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. The London Games bronze medallist needed 42 minutes to clear the first hurdle at the Axiata Arena. Saina, who had won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, has been in good form P15 of late. India gifts Dornier aircraft to Seychelles: A day after the two countries agreed to work together on the Assumption Island project, India on Tuesday gifted a Dornier aircraft to Seychelles which, Seychelles President Danny Faure said, would bolster the coastal surveillance capacity of his island nation. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a ceremony at the Air Force Station here, gifted the aircraft to Seychelles to help it enhance maritime reconnaissance and and maintain security in that part of the Indian Ocean region. New passport scheme: MEA has launched a new scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of stay. The minister also launched a mobile app, available in Android and iOS platforms, that would have the facilities for applying, paying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport. A person can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra P5 (POPSK) for submitting the application. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 26 JUNE A ddressing a meeting organised by the BJP to mark the anniverary of the Emeregency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Congress for moving an impeachment motion against the Supreme Court chief justice. “They (Gandhi family) never imagined that they can face corruption charges and be out on bail. Hence, the Congress decided to move impeachment motion against the chief justice,” Modi said. Modi said his Government was committed to protecting Constitution and upholding democratic values. “The Constitution is not just a book but a means to fulfil aspirations and wishes of the common man,” he said. Modi also paid tributes to Ramnath Goenka of the Indian Express, Kuldeep Nayar and The Statesman newspaper for“standing up” against Emergency. “Many of them were not our supporters either. Nayar is critical of us. But they fought for democracy,” Modi said. Slamming Congress and the Gandhi family on the 43rd anniversary of imposition of Emergency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India was “turned into a jail for the selfish personal interests” of that family. Modi said the day needs to be observed to re-dedicate oneself to protection of the Constitution and democracy. “Emergency is a black spot on the golden history of the nation. Observing black day today is not just to criticise the Congress for its sin of imposing Emergency but also to create an awareness for protection of Constitution and democracy,” Modi said. Lashing out at the Congress for “spreading illusionary fear” about the Constitution, Dalits and minorities facing danger (in the BJP-led regime), Modi said Congress can never improve. “For promotion of self interest, they destroyed their own party,” he said. “For selfish interests, Congress turned the country into a jail by imprisoning Opposition leaders. For them, the country and democracy have no value. Instead of (Indira Gandhi) quitting as PM after the court verdict, Emergency was imposed. How can these people talk about safeguarding the Constitution,” he said. “When Kishore Kumar ji refused to sing for them (Congress), his songs were India most unsafe for women: Survey NPA scene likely to worsen: RBI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 26 JUNE coerced into sex,” according to the foundation. The poll was a repeat of a survey in 2011 in which Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia were named as the most dangerous countries for women. The survey asked respondents which five of the 193 UN member states they thought were most dangerous for women and which country was worst in terms of healthcare, economic resources, cultural or traditional practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking. Congress president Rahul Gandhi targeted the PM over the issue of women's SEE PAGE 7 safety. not allowed to be played on the radio,” Modi said. Modi accused the Congress of criticising EVMs and the functioning of the Election Commission after they were reduced to 44 seats from 400 in the Lok Sabha. “They did not question the EVMs after the recent Karnataka elections,” he added. In New Delhi, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said Modi was attacking the Congress only to hide his “own failures”, his false promises and 'jumlas' he had made to the public before coming to power in May 2014. Accusing Modi of creating an atmosphere of fear, and suppressing dissent by branding critics as “anti-nationals”, Surjewala said “Delhi Sultanate's dictator Modi, who is even more cruel than Aurangzeb, today gave lessons to the country on the Emergency imposed 43 years ago”. “Today's Aurangzeb has enslaved democracy in the country including in his own party, the BJP Modiji . while trying to put a lid on his own failures is taking revenge with history today.’’ Painting a gloomy picture of the banking sector, the RBI today said Gross NPA ratio of banks is likely to rise from 11.6 per cent in March 2018 to 12.2 per cent by the end of the current fiscal. In its Financial Stability Report (FSR), the RBI said stress in the sector continues as gross non-performing advances (GNPA) ratio rises further. “Macro-stress tests indicate that under the baseline scenario of current macroeconomic outlook,scheduled commercial banks GNPA ratio may rise from 11.6 per cent in March 2018 to 12.2 per cent by March 2019,” it said. Referring to 11PSU banks under prompt corrective action framework, RBI said they may experience worsening of GNPA ratio from 21 per cent in March 2018 to 22.3 per cent by this PTI fiscal-end. P15 SILVER 39,650.00 -350.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 75.13 +0.40 Mallya claims his letters to PM, FM in ’16 unanswered PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya today said he has become the “Poster Boy” of bank default and a lightning rod of public anger, and there's nothing he could do “if politically motivated extraneous factors interfere” with his efforts to settle the dues. Speaking after “two years of silence” over the controversy surrounding him in the over Rs 9,000crore Kingfisher Airlines loan default case, Mallya denied that he was a wilful defaulter. Tired of “relentless pursuit” of him by “the government and its criminal agencies”, Mallya said he had even written letters to both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister on April 15, 2016 to explain his side of the story. “No response was received from either of them,” he said in a statement issued, seeking to state 'factual position' in response to the controversy surrounding him. Mallya, who also made public the letters he had written to the PM and the Finance Minister, said he has been accused by politicians and the media alike of having stolen and run away with Rs 9,000 crore that was loaned to Kingfisher Airlines (KFA). “Some of the lending banks have also labelled me a wilful defaulter,” he added. He claimed that he made two settlement offers to the banks when proceedings were filed by them in the Supreme Court on March 29, 2016 and April 6, 2016 but both the offers were rejected by the banks. “I respectfully submit that my conduct does not amount to 'wilful default',” Mallya said. Currently, undergoing an extradition trial in a UK court over fraud and money laundering charges by Indian authorities, the liquor baron said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have filed charge sheets against him “with various untenable and blatantly false allegations acting at the behest of the government and lending banks”. “The ED have also attached assets belonging to me, my group companies and companies owned and/or controlled by my family under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) currently valued at approximately Rs 13,900 crore,” he added. Citing reports of ED objecting to public sector banks' claim to the proceeds arising from the sale of his assets, Mallya said, “...this is a clear example of politically motivated abuse of power with no legal basis whatsoever and behoves the fundamental question of whether the government wants me to repay the public sector banks or not”. Lamenting that all his “efforts are either ignored or misunderstood”, he said,”I am tired of this relentless pursuit of me by the government and its criminal agencies”. Nirav Modi: Belgian Ambassador to India Jan Luykx today assured of the western European country's cooperation in extraditing fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi. The ED has sought his extradition in connection with a money laundering case. Threat to PM at all-time high; even t ministers can’t come too close PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LONDON, 26 JUNE India is the world's most dangerous country followed by war-torn Afghanistan and Syria for women due to the high risk of sexual violence, according to a poll of global experts released today. Somalia and Saudi Arabia are ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues. The poll of 548 people was conducted online, by phone and in person between March 26 and May 4 with an even spread across Europe, Africa, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific. “The only Western nation in the top 10 was the US, which ranked joint third when respondents were asked where women were most at risk of sexual violence, harassment and being INDIA LOOK TO KICK OFF ENGLISH SUMMER ON WINNING NOTE NEW DELHI, 26 JUNE No one, not even ministers, will be allowed to come too close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi unless cleared by the Special Protection Group (SPG), the Union Home Ministry said today in its new security guidelines to states. There has been an “alltime high” threat to the prime minister and he is the “most valuable target” in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, officials privy to the issue said. No one, not even ministers and officers, should be allowed to come too close to the prime minister unless cleared by his special security, the Home Ministry communication said, citing an “unknown threat” to Modi. The SPG is believed to have advised Modi, the main campaigner for the rul- ing BJP to cut down on , road shows, which invite a bigger threat, in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and instead address public rallies, which are easier to manage, an official said. The close protection team (CPT) of the prime minister's security has been briefed about the new set of rules and the threat assessment and instructed to frisk even a minister or an officer, if necessary. The prime minister's security apparatus was reviewed threadbare recently after the Pune Police told a court on June 7 that they had seized a “letter” from the Delhi residence of one of the five people arrested for having alleged “links” with the banned CPI (Maoist), another official said. The purported letter allegedly mentioned a plan to “assassinate” Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident”, the police had told the court. Also, during Modi's recent visit to West Bengal, a man was able to break through six layers of security to touch his feet, sending the security agencies into a tizzy. Following these developments, Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain to review the prime minister's security. In that meeting, the home minister had directed that all necessary measures be taken in consultation with other agencies to suitably strengthen security arrangements for the prime minister. Maoist-hit states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal were termed sensitive by the Home Ministry and the police chiefs of these states were told to be extra careful when the prime minister visits their states, the official said. Security agencies are believed to be specially monitoring the Keralabased Popular Front of India (PFI), an outfit that the government believes is a front for radical groups. France finish top ahead of Denmark after World Cup stalemate AGENCIES MOSCOW, 26 JUNE France secured first place ahead of Denmark in Group C on Tuesday following a 0-0 draw in Moscow that could set up a heavyweight World Cup clash with Lionel Messi's Argentina in the last 16. Didier Deschamps' side dominated possession but struggled to create any clearcut chances against a determined Denmark, who will likely meet Croatia for a place in the quarter-finals. France have scored just three times in three games in Russia, including a penalty and an own goal, and it was another disjointed display from one of the title favourites. They will discover their opponents in the next round later on Tuesday, with Argentina needing to beat Nigeria in Saint Petersburg to stand a chance of qualifying. Deschamps rested captain Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba, with the Manchester United midfielder a booking away from suspension, while Kylian Mbappe was also left out among six changes. Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 33, made his first appearance at a major tournament, having been an unused substitute at the last three European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. After much debate about the video assistant referee (VAR) following further controversy on Monday, it was inevitable any penalty area tussles would prompt strong appeals at the Luzhniki Stadium. There have already been 20 penalties given at this World Cup, a tournament record before the group stage has even concluded. Denmark's Martin Braithwaite laid an early claim after going down under pressure from Presnel Kimpembe, although there appeared minimal contact at best. France had a penalty shout of their own when Henrik Dalsgaard slid in on Lucas Hernandez, with Kasper Schmeichel tipping behind Olivier Giroud's looping follow-up effort. Committed play from Thomas Delaney saw him release Andreas Cornelius down the left flank but Christian Eriksen was unable to apply a finishing touch as Mandanda and Hernandez combined to clear. Antoine Griezmann then shot tamely at Schmeichel from 20 yards, the Atletico Madrid forward's biggest contribution coming just before the break when he sparked a threatening counter that drew a cynical foul from Mathias Jorgensen. A bystander for long periods, Mandanda was nearly caught out by a speculative Eriksen free-kick as he spilled before pouncing on the rebound just ahead of Cornelius. A miscued clearance from Djibril Sidibe soon presented Eriksen with another chance, the Tottenham star dragging wide of the target on Today’s matches Mexico vs Sweden South Korea vs Germany (7:30 p.m.) Switzerland vs Costa Rica Serbia vs Brazil (11.30 p.m.) this occasion. Nabil Fekir was introduced for Griezmann for the final 20 minutes, and the Lyon forward looked lively right away as he hammered a shot just the wrong side of the post. Mbappe was introduced late on for an ineffective Ousmane Dembele, but it was again Fekir who went closest to ending the impasse with a low, bouncing shot that forced Schmeichel into a sharp save. Loud jeers from a sold-out crowd of 78,011 greeted the final whistle although it was a result that suited both sides as Denmark, now unbeaten in 18 matches, reached the latter stages of the World Cup for the first time since 2002. Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a save during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Den(SEE ALSO PAGES 15 &16 ) mark and France at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday. AFP
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