FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 SEPTEMBER 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 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 34 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 77% Min. 56% Max: 34.3°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 11:28 hrs Min: 26.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:28 hrs MOON SETS 21:51 hrs TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS Justice Gogoi appointed next CJI: Justice Ranjan Gogoi, one of the four judges who revolted against Chief Justice Dipak Misra earlier this year, was on Thursday appointed the next Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will assume office on 3 October after Justice Misra’s P10 retirement. Relief for Bishop Mulakkal: Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been named in a sexual abuse case by a nun, got a breather from the Kerala High Court on Thursday as it said "arrest is not the issue and final punishment of the accused is more important". PNB to auction 21 bad loan accounts to recover Rs 1,320 crore: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has put 21 non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loan accounts, on sale to recover over Rs 1,320 crore with the e-bidding auction process slated later this month. P6 SINDHU, PRANNOY LOSE AT JAPAN OPEN BADMINTON P12 P15 Mallya row: Rahul turns heat on FM BJP hits back at Rahul, rejects demand for FM ouster Govt bans 328 combination drugs Cong chief presses for Jaitley's resignation, BJP dismisses charges SNS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER R amping up his onslaught on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley following fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya's yesterday claim in London that he had met Jaitley before leaving India two years ago, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today rejected the FM's dismissal of any such meeting, accusing the FM of allegedly "lying" after "colluding" with Mallya to "give him a free passage out of the country" on 2 March 2016. Demanding Jaitley's resignation and an elaborate explanation on the matter, which has set off a political firestorm, Gandhi also trained his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the FM should spell out whether "he allowed economic offender Mallya to flee away from the country on his own, or whether such an order had come from the PM". Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters, Gandhi questioned how could the CBI's "detain" Look Out Circular (LOC) dated 16 October 2015 against Mallya was diluted to a mere "inform" LOC dated 23 November 2015 despite the point that Mallya has been facing charges of defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore. "How was this CBI lookout notice against Mallya diluted magically, who did it? Only two people, PM and FM," Rahul alleged, turn- Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a press conferSNS ence in the Capital on Thursday. ing up the heat on Modi and Jaitley. Mallya had yesterday told reporters outside a court in London ~ where he has been facing trial to extradite him to India to face charges in Indian courts ~ that he had met Jaitley to "repeat his offer to settle with the banks" before leaving India. Jaitley immediately rejected Mallya's claim, calling it "factually false". The FM said Mallya had accosted him in a Parliament corridor by misusing his then privilege as a Rajya Sabha member to "utter a sentence" about his offer of settlement with banks. Jaitley said he had then curtly rebuffed Mallya, asking him to make his offers to his bankers. The FM also said besides this "one-sentence exchange", he never gave Mallya any appointment to meet him. On his part, Mallya later also said he had met "informally" with Jaitley at the Parliament House. Gandhi, however, alleged that the FM was "lying", maintaining that his meeting with Mallya continued for 15-20 minutes at Parliament's Central Hall. The Congress chief presented "evidence" in the form of party MP P L Puniya at the press conference, who claimed that he had himself witnessed Mallya's meeting with Jaitley, first in a corner of Central Hall and then on its benches, on 1 March 2016. Puniya demanded that this could be verified by ‘Govt could have handled Rakhine crisis better’ HANOI, 13 SEPTEMBER and Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested on the night of December 12, 2017, after meeting two policemen who handed them supposedly confidential documents. One police witness testified in court that the meeting was a set-up to trap the reporters. The journalists, sentenced to prison earlier this month, were investigating a massacre of members of the Rohingya minority in Inn Din village in Rakhine state, for which seven Myanmar soldiers were later convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail. Authorities accused the pair of having obtained secret documents about the military operation in Rakhine, which the Myanmar Armed Forces had launched in 2017 after a series of attacks on border posts by a Rohingya insurgent group. More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh due to the military offensive, which allegedly included elements of deliberate genocide, according to the UN. During her speech at the forum, Suu Kyi admitted to the moderator that the government could have handled the Rakhine crisis better. "There are of course ways in which we, with hindsight, might think the situation could have been handled better," she said. "But we believe that for the sake of long-term stability and security we have to be fair to all sides. The rule of law must apply to everybody. We cannot choose and pick whom should be protected by the rule of law," the leader added. Myanmar does not recognise Rohingyas as citizens and considers them Bangladeshi immigrants, with the community facing increasing discrimination in the country including checks on their freedom of movement. NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER checking the Central Hall's CCTV footage of that day. He also said if his claims are found to be false on this "serious issue", he would quit politics or otherwise "Jaitley should quit politics". "This is an open-andshut case. The FM has colluded with an economic offender. The logistics of Mallya's running away from India is discussed at their meetng. The absconder tells the FM that I am going to London. The FM did not inform the CBI, the ED or the police, why?" Gandhi asked. The BJP and the Modi dispensation have rejected Gandhi's charges and his demand for Jaitley's resignation. Both Gandhi and Puniya, however, asked why Jaitley had never mentioned the point that he had an encounter with Mallya a day before the latter fled from India. "The Modi government is lying on Rafale deal scam, they are also lying on the Mallya matter," Gandhi charged. He has demanded that the PM should immediately order an independent probe into Mallya's claims. Meanwhile, calling the Opposition alliance -‘Mahagathbandhan’ – a conglomeration of opportunistic parties minus any ‘gath’, rejected by 125 crore people of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday averred that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was all set to come back to power in next year’s general elections. Amend motor vehicle rules, SC asks states IANS NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER IANS Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi admitted on Thursday that the government could have handled the Rakhine crisis better. "There are of course ways in which we, with hindsight, might think the situation could have been handled better," she said. Suu Kyi made the remarks on the sidelines of the ongoing Asean World Economic Forum here, reports Efe news. Suu Kyi on Thursday defended the seven-year jail terms handed to two Reuters journalists and said their convictions had nothing to do with freedom of expression. "If anybody feels that there has been a miscarriage of justice I would like them to point it out," the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said of the case, which has been condemned internationally. "(The judgment) had nothing to do with the freedom of expression at all, it had to do with the Official Secrets Act," said Suu Kyi, urging critics to read the judgment and adding that the case had been held in open court with everybody free to attend. "They weren't jailed because they are journalists, they were jailed because the court has decided they had broken the Official Secrets Act," she added after being asked by the moderator how she, as a democratic leader, felt about the jailing of journalists. Suu Kyi called for respect for the rule of law, and said the two reporters were free to appeal the sentence. The reporters, Wa Lone STORMY DANIELS EXPOSES TRUMP MODI TO CELEBRATE 68TH BIRTHDAY IN VARANASI SUSHMA TO VISIT RUSSIA FOR PUTIN TOUR GROUNDWORK The Supreme Court onThursday ordered all states to amend their rules under the MotorVehicles Act whereby uninsured motor vehicles involved in accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, will be auctioned and the proceeds deposited with the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) to pay compensation to victims. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the states to amend their rules within 12 weeks. At present, this rule is there only in Delhi. The court was hearing a plea by an accident victim's wife who contended that the MotorVehicles Act made third-party insurance mandatory for vehicles and it was an offence to drive an uninsured vehicle. Advocate Radhika Gautam, appearing for petitioner Usha Devi, said that the mandate behind the law was that the family of those killed or injured in accidents should not be made to litigate for years to get compensation from the owner/driver of the involved vehicle. The Act intended that the kin of those killed or injured could approach MACT for speedy adjudication of claims and direction to insurance companies to pay up, the plea said. Devi's husband was killed in a road accident in January 2015 while her son was injured. She moved the MACT to seek compensation, but the tribunal found that the rogue vehicle was uninsured. Dismissing Congress president Rahul Gandhi's demand for Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's resignation over fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya's yesterday claim that he had met the FM before leaving India, the ruling BJP today mounted a counter-attack, asking Gandhi to quit from his post because of his alleged involvement in the National Herald case. The BJP camp also rejected the claims of Congress MP P L Punia, who told reporters earlier in the day that he had witnessed a meeting of Jaitley and Mallya in Parliament's Central Hall a day before the latter fled the country on 2 March 2016. "Rahul Gandhi, who is facing serious criminal charges, should first resign. The people of the country should thank Arun Jaitley, who is working to bring the money back which was looted during the Congress rule," Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reportedly told a press conference when asked about Gandhi's demand for Jaitley's resignation. "Those, who took loans from hawala companies and accumulated wealth by taking government land free of cost or at lower rate from National Herald and whose case was rejected by the Delhi High Court, should resign first," Goyal said. He said the comments made by a criminal or a person under the glare of law could not be given credibility. TURN TO PAGE 6 The Union government has prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs for human use with immediate effect, to stop their ‘irrational’ usage, sources said. Several common cough syrups, painkillers, cold and flu drugs, including painkiller Saridon and skin cream Panderm are among 328 fixed-dose combination or FDC drugs banned by the government to stop their "irrational use". It has also restricted the manufacture, sale or distribution of six FDCs subject to certain conditions. A fixed-dose combination or FDC drug contains two or more active ingredients in a fixed dosage ratio. For example, one of the FDCs in the banned list is "naproxen plus paracetamol", meaning it's not the single drug but a combination of the two that has been ascertained as unnecessary for consumption. Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had banned 344 FDCs under section 26 A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act in 2017 and later five more FDCs were added to the list. The health ministry said the ingredients in these medicines do not markedly add to the benefits that people can get from taking them. There is no therapeutic justification for the ingredients in these drugs and they must be banned in pub- lic interest, it said. Following the apex court order, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board examined the matter and presented a report on these drugs to the Central Government. “The Drugs Technical Advisory Board recommended, among other things, that there is no therapeutic justification for the ingredients contained in 328 FDCs and that these FDCs may involve risk to human beings. The Board recommended that it is necessary to prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of these FDCs under section 26 A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 in the larger public interest,” said the health ministry. Another expert committee, appointed by the Centre, also made recommendations in line with those of the Board, calling the drugs “irrational” and cited safety issues and lack of therapeutic justification. Based on the recommendations of the expert committee and drugs board, the Centre then decided to prohibit the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution for human use of these 328 FDCs in the country. "The Delhi High Court stayed this (FDCs ban) on technical grounds, but it is a good move for public health. Individual drugs are approved by the Centre’’. ‘China ignoring India’s concerns on CPEC, AP’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 SEPTEMBER A Parliamentary Committee has expressed concern over the fact that while India has been ‘overtly cautious’ about China’s sensitivities while dealing with Taiwan and Tibet, Beijing does not exhibit the same deference while dealing with India’s sovereignty concerns, be it in the case of Arunachal Pradesh or that of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Despite India’s strong objections, the CPEC was being openly trumpeted as a ‘gift to Pakistan’ by China, the Department-related Standing Committee on External Affairs said in its latest report on SinoIndian relations. "India cannot but oppose the CPEC which violates India’s territorial integrity. The committee desires that China’s double standards should be exposed. It opposes any project in Arunachal Pradesh for which funding has been sought from international financial institutions on the grounds that this is disputed territory. At the same time, it conducts construction activities in Indian territory which China itself acknowledges as disputed,’’ said the report of the committee, headed by Shashi Tharoor, in the context of the Doklam area. The high-powered panel, of which Congress president Rahul Gandhi too is a member, said that given the ‘muscular’ approach of China of late while dealing with some of the issues pertaining to India, it was difficult for the committee to be content with India continuing with its ‘con- Despite India’s strong objections, the CPEC was being openly trumpeted as a ‘gift to Pakistan’ by China, the Department-related Standing Committee on External Affairs said in its latest report on Sino-Indian relations ventionally deferential policy’ towards China. "Dealing with a country like China essentially requires a flexible approach. The committee strongly believes that the government should contemplate using all options, including its relations with Taiwan, as part of such an approach’’, it added. On last summer’s military stand-off at Doklam, the committee said the Chinese intrusion was a blatant and unsuccessful attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by shifting the India, Bhutan, China trijunction from Batang La to Gyomochen, thereby seriously affecting India’s security interests by enhancing China’s ability to dominate the vulnerable Siliguri sector. The committee commended the government’s overall handling of the Doklam crisis as it managed to send necessary signals to China that India would not acquiesce in its unilateral and forceful attempts to change the status quo at any of India’s territorial boundaries. It, however, expressed concern that Chinese infrastructure built uncomfortably close to the trijunction has not yet been dismantled. Referring to reports which allude to the presence of Chinese troops around Doklam plateau, the committee noted the Defence Secretary’s statement that PLA troops were within their own territory and there was nothing unusual about their deployment. The panel, however, was of the opinion that while dealing with China, it was always better to have a sense of healthy scepticism. ‘’Even if they have withdrawn their troops from Doklam for the time being, China’s strategic intentions should not be taken casually.’’
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