CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 SEPTEMBER 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 One or two spells of rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Temperature will be in the range of 33-27 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.89% P10 P9 Min: 27.1 (+1) SUN SETS 17:45 hrs MOON SETS 19:09 hrs Moon phase: First quarter on 20 Sept THUMBNAILS England's Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 147 runs on the fourth day of the fifth Test cricket match between England and India at The Oval in London on September 10, 2018. AFP Missing HDFC vice-president’s body found: p The body of a 39-year-old bank executive, who went missing five days ago, was found and a person has been arrested in connection with the death, which appears to be a fallout of professional rivalry, police said Monday. A 20-year-old cab driver, Sarfaraz Shaikh alias Rais, a resident of Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai, was allegedly hired to kill Siddharth Sanghavi, a vice-president with a top private bank who went missing on September 5 evening. P12 BJP says the protest was a failure, accuses Congress of creating an atmosphere of fear by violently imposing the shutdown Rahul, Manmohan rip into Modi, flag Opposition unity INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE he Bharat Bandh called by the Congress and Left on Monday against rising fuel prices and tumbling rupee evoked mixed response in the country as the opposition closed its ranks against the Modi government. The BJP dubbed the protest a failure. The day-long shutdown affected normal life in Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar, Kerala and Tripura and triggered a mixed response in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. But it was mostly ineffective in Mamata Banerjeeruled West Bengal. Shutdown enforcers resorted to blocking roads and rail tracks disrupting traffic in several parts of the country. In Bihar, a critically ill two-year-old girl died on her way to a hospital in Jehanabad town apparently due to a road blockade. Bandh supporters allegedly resorted to violence and clashed with the police in some parts areas, prompting the ruling BJP which , dubbed the shutdown a "complete failure", of accusing the Congress of creating an "environment of fear" by violently enforcing the shutdown. Normal life was paralysed in Odisha with vehicular movement and train services thrown out of gear as Congress workers blocked roads and trains. Normal life was hit in T STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER Indian Youth Congress protesting during the Bharat Bandh in the capital on Monday. SNS Bihar with the shutdown supported by the Rashtryia Janata Dal (RJD), Left, Hindustani Awam Morcha and Jan Adhikar Party of Pappu Yadav. Hundreds of Congress and other opposition parties leaders and workers took to the streets. Shutdown supporters blocked national and state highways, disrupted rail and road traffic for hours and stranding thousands of passengers. Demonstrators clashed with police in several places while dozens of vehicles in Patna were damaged. In Karnataka, normal life was affected as public transport kept off the roads across the state. Schools and colleges were closed although government offices remained open. Software AP cuts VAT on petrol, diesel HYDERABAD, 10 SEPTEMBER Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu today announced a reduction in VAT on petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 per litre which would amount to a loss of Rs 1120 crore to the state exchequer while extending support to the countrywide protests against the Centre over rising prices of petrol and diesel. The reduction in VAT will come into effect imme- diately, from Tuesday, the CM announced in the state Assembly. Mr Naidu condemned the statement by petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan blaming the hike in international prices and increase inVAT by state governments for the rise in petrol and diesel prices. He criticised the Centre for misleading the people and said fuel prices have increased “due to the antipeople policies of the central government. SNS firms like Infosys andWipro functioned normally. Life was thrown out of gear in BJP-ruled Tripura with most markets, shops and business establishments closed and private and passenger vehicles off the roads. Government offices and some banks were open but employee attendance was low. BJPruled Uttar Pradesh saw stray incidents of protests. The response was mixed in Jharkhand. TEJAS MILESTONE Tearing into Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his nearly 4-and-a-half-year regime for "failing" the people of the country on all fronts, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh today called for a broadbased Opposition unity, asserting that a united Opposition will defeat the ruling BJP in the coming general election. They were addressing a protest rally organised in front of the Ramlila Grounds here as part of the "Bharat Bandh" called by the Congress party in protest against the rocketing prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. The Congress described the nationwide bandh as a "resounding success", maintaining that it was supported by 21 other Opposition parties across the country. Blasting PM Modi over soaring fuel prices and plunging rupee, Gandhi, in his speech at the protest rally, also questioned the PM's "silence" over them and other burning issues including unemployment, rural distress and farmers' suicide, alleged Rafale deal scam, and atrocities against women. In a scathing attack on his successor, Singh said the Modi government has "done a lot which is not in nation- Opposition leaders at a dharna in the capital. RITIK JAIN al interest" and that it has "crossed all limits" now. "But, the time is coming to oust it,” he said, adding it was time for all Opposition parties to shed their differences and fight unitedly to "save the unity, integrity and democracy" of India. The rally was attended by leaders of several Opposition parties, including the Congress's Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, and AAP's Sanjay Singh. Rahul Gandhi said Modi had in 2014 made many promises to the people of the country, including jobs for youths, proper prices for farmers' produce, and safety for women among others. "People believed in him and ensured he could form the government," he said, charging that over four years down the line PDP to boycott J&K local elections STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 10 SEPTEMBER. Vanzara relief: Bombay High Court upheld Monday the discharge granted to former Gujarat ATS chief D G Vanzara and four other officers from the Rajasthan and Gujarat police by a trial court in the alleged fake encounter case of suspected gangster Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife and aide. The court dismissed the five revision pleas filed by Sohrabuddin Shaikh's brother Rubabuddin and the CBI challenging their discharge, saying they were devoid of merit. India-Afghanistan cooperation: India and AfghA anistan on Monday agreed to further strengthen security cooperation to bring peace and stability in the region, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. At the third Meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan in Kabul both sides "stressed the need to continue working together towards a stable, peaceful and prosperous region. A COMEBACK COMPLETED IN TRIUMPH Bharat Bandh evokes mixed response NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER Min. 60% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.6(+2) SUN RISES 05:23 hrs MOON RISES 06.43 hrs ALIBABA FOUNDER TO STEP DOWN IN 2019 MOONVES LEAVES CBS OVER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS SWEDEN FACES DEADLOCK AS FAR-RIGHT GAINS Placing into uncertainty the coming grassroots polls in Jammu and Kashmir, the PDP chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday announced that her party will boycott the panchayats and urban local body elections later this year and “we will go to any extent to protect the Article 35A against which petitions are being heard in the Supreme Court”. Mehbooba’s announcement comes days after National Conference chief and MP Farooq Abdullah announced that his party would not contest any elections in the state until the Centre made clear its A Tejas aircraft refuelling in mid-air from an IAF IL78 tanker on Monday. SNS stand on the Article 35A. The boycott decision of the two main political parties of Kashmir is likely to throw the already delayed panchayat poll process in limbo. Their decision has come after the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Hurriyat leadership called for boycott of these elections. But Governor Satya Pal Malik is said to be firm on holding these elections and was consulting legal experts on whether they can be held on non-party basis. Asked whether the PDP would follow the NC that has decided to boycott also the assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Mehbooba said that the PDP’s boycott was only for the panchayat and urban polls. however the people could now see the reality marked with non-fulfilment of those pledges. "Narendra Modi used to say that nothing has happened in 70 years and we will achieve all that in 4 years. It is true, what he has done in 4 years has not happened in 70 years," Gandhi said sarcastically. "Wherever you see, one Indian is fighting another. Wherever he (Modi) goes, he divides ~ pitting one religion against another, one caste against another, one state against another," Gandhi alleged. Referring to the unity of Opposition parties manifested during the bandh today, Gandhi said they all "share the same ideology" and "will together defeat the BJP". "We promise from here that we will unitedly work together to remove the BJP he added. ,” Two get death for Hyd blasts HYDERABAD, 10 SEPTEMBER A special court on Monday sentenced two convicts to death and a third to life sentence for the 2007 Hyderabad twin bomb blasts which had claimed 42 lives. Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, were sentenced to death, while Tariq Anjum was awarded a life sentence. Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T. Srinivas Rao delivered the judgment. Two explosions had ripped through a popular eatery, Gokul Chat, and an open-air theatre at Lumbini Park in Hyderabad at around 7.45 p.m. on 25 August 2007, killing 42 people and wounding 68. IANS Interpol issues red notice against Nirav kin HC dismisses Sonia, Rahul pleas in Heraldcase AGENCIES PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER Interpol has issued a red corner notice (RCN) against Purvi Modi, a Belgian national and absconding billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi's sister, in connection with the alleged $2 billion PNB money laundering case, officials said Monday. The notice, which acts as an international arrest warrant, states that Purvi Deepak Modi, 44, is required on charges of “money laundering”. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), the central agency probing the case along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has charged Purvi Modi with playing “a major role in laundering the proceeds of crime generated from the PNB scam and being a beneficiary of the scam to the tune of at least $133 million (over Rs 950 crore)”. “She is also the owner/direc- tor of several shell or investment companies formed solely for the purpose to launder the proceeds of crime in companies located in the UAE, British Virgin Islands and Singapore,” the agency said in its probe report. The ED wants her to join investigations to take the probe in the case forward and had sought a global warrant against her as she did not comply with summons issued in this context, officials said. The agency named her in the first charge sheet filed in the case before a Mumbai court in March and charged her with laundering the alleged proceeds of crime generated by defrauding the Brady House branch of the Punjab National Bank in Mumbai. The ED had alleged the overseas companies linked to her, a number of them dubious or bogus, were “formed and managed in a very complex manner to camouflage the criminal origin of funds in these companies”. Some trusts incorporated for money laundering such as Montecristo Trust, Ithaca Trust, New Zealand Trust were found to be associated with Purvi Modi, the ED has charged. Bank accounts were opened in her name, in the name of her companies and in overseas jurisdictions like Barbados, Mauritius, Switzerland, Singapore, United Kingdom and Hong Kong, the ED probe found. “Funds stolen from PNB to the tune of more than Rs 500 crore were invested in Firestar India via foreign direct investment after layering through these companies. She was also the beneficiary of Dubai and Hong Kong-based dummy companies in which LOUs (letters of undertaking) were credited. “Later on, her name was removed from these companies and dummy directors were introduced there. Therefore, she actively participated in the crime of money laundering and layering of the money thus acquired and was also the beneficiary of the proceeds of crime,” the ED claimed. Once an RCN is issued against a fugitive, Interpol asks its 192 member countries to arrest or detain the person if spotted in their countries after which extradition or deportation proceedings can begin. A similar Interpol notice was recently issued against Mihir R Bhansali, a top executive of Nirav Modi's US business concern, on charges of money laundering. A similar notice was also issued against Nirav Modi sometime back as part of a joint probe by the ED and the CBI in the case. India has now moved for his extradition from the UK. The case pertains to cheating the state-run Punjab National Bank through fraudulent issuance of LoUs and Foreign Letters of Credit worth over USD 2 billion (about Rs 13,000 crore) allegedly by Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi in connivance with few bank and other government officials. Nirav Modi and Choksi have been absconding since the beginning of this year. Separately, the CBI has sought the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's brother and Belgian national CMYK Neeshal Modi. A request has been forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for necessary action, an official said on Monday. "The request for extradition of Neeshal Modi from Belgium was shared with the MHA on Friday. It will be forwarded to the Ministry of External Affairs for further action," the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official said. The CBI has filed a charge sheet against Neeshal Modi and his extradition is necessary for investigation in the Punjab National Bank fraud of over Rs 13,500 crore. According to the CBI official, the extradition process was initiated after Neeshal Modi was spotted in Belgium. The Interpol had in July issued a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi, Neeshal and Nirav Modi company's executive Subhash Parab following the CBI request in connection with the PNB fraud. NEW DELHI, 10 SEPTEMBER Delhi High Court today dismissed the pleas of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi challenging reopening of their tax assessments for 201112. A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla said, “The writ petitions have failed.” The bench also dismissed the petition of Congress leader Oscar Fernandes who too had challenged reopening of his tax assessment for the same year (2011-12). The high court had on August 16 reserved its order on the pleas of the three leaders after the Income Tax Department had contended that Rahul Gandhi's tax assessment for 2011-12 was reopened as material facts were concealed. The bench had orally asked the tax department not to take any coercive step against Sonia, Rahul and Fernandes till pronouncement of its verdict. Senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for Sonia Gandhi, had said he had faith in the oral statement made by the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Mehta had argued that the Congress leaders had alleged mala fide on the part of the tax department but had not made any averments in this regard. The income tax cases against the Congress leaders have arisen from the probe into the private criminal complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy before a trial court in connection with the National Herald case.
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