THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P2 SENSEX 35,975.63 -550.51 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of light to moderate rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. UN COURT TELLS USA TO EASE IRAN SANCTIONS INDIA, RUSSIA TO SIGN DEFENCE, ENERGY DEALS ‘BJP’S PRIORITY IS COWS, NOT SECURITY OR CLEANLINESS’ P12 P5 NIFTY 10,858.25 -150.05 ` vs $ 73.34 -43 PAISE GOLD 29,945.00 +525.00 Maya deals blow to Cong alliance hopes RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY BSP chief rules out tie-up in Rajasthan, MP; says Cong out to finish party Max. 83% INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE TEMPERATURE Max: 36.0°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:16 hrs MOON RISES 01:55 hrs Min. 37% Min: 22.5°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:04 hrs MOON SETS 14:50 hrs THUMBNAILS PM honoured with UN award: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented the UN's Champions of the Earth Award by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a ceremony in New Delhi on Wednesday. PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron were jointly awarded the UN's highest environmental honour for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of cooperation on environmental action. P5 Chemistry Nobel: US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for applying the principles of evolution to develop enzymes used to make everything from biofuels to medicine. Arnold, just the fifth woman to clinch chemistry's most prestigious honour, won one half of the nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million or 870,000 euros) award, while Smith and Winter shared the other half. P12 Creases can be ironed out, says Cong NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER I n a blow to the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday ruled out any alliance with the party in the coming Assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, a decision that could also impact the opposition's plan for a grand alliance against the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “The Congress is two steps ahead of the BJP in attempts to finish the BSP politically. In the interest of the BSP movement, it has been decided that the party would not ally with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan at any cost," she told a press conference.The BSP chief's announcement comes nearly a fortnight after her statement ruling out an alliance with the Congress in Chhattisgarh where she tied up with former chief minister Ajit Jogi's party Janata Congress for the Assembly elections due next month. Significantly, at the swearing in of Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy in May, Mayawati was present along with national leaders including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, which lent credence to the theory that a grand alliance was possible against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. Asked whether the BSP would align with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER polls, Mayawati said, "I have said everything about this." Reading from a prepared statement, Mayawati said that the Congress attitude was not to defeat the BJP but to weaken opposition parties which is unfortunate. "The Congress had adopted similar tactics in the past and was continuing it now. Even now it was not trying to change itself." Interestingly, she praised Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi but attacked Digvijaya Singh, senior Congress leader from Madhya Pradesh saying he was an "RSS agent" and was "sabotaging" the BSP-Congress alliance. “I feel that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi's intentions for Congress-BSP alliance are honest. However some Congress leaders are sabotaging this,” she said. Mayawati said Digvijaya Singh, whom she called an agent of the BJP , has been giving statements that she has a lot of pressure from the Centre and so she did not want an alliance with the Congress. "This is baseless," she said. "Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh do not wish for a Congress-BSP alliance. They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI." Referring to seat-sharing negotiations with the Congress, Mayawati said in Madhya Pradesh the Congress offered only 15 to 20 of the 230 seats to the BSP and five of the 90 seats in Chhattisgarh. She said had the Congress not adopted an "adamant" attitude it could have got the benefit of an alliance with the BSP only , whose votes are entirely transferable. In such alliances, the BSP suffers the most, rather than benefiting, she added. "The BSP is a party of all communities including dalits, adivasis, backward, downtrodden, farmers, labourers and Muslims and other minorities.We are not going to bow at any cost before either BJP or Congress. It will not be the puppet in the hands of anyone. We still have the capacity to bounce back," she said. For first time, India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Defending the Rafale fighter jet amid a raging political row, Air Chief Marshal B S DhanoaWednesday termed the deal a “good package” and said the aircraft will be a“gamechanger” for the subcontinent. Addressing a press conference here, Dhanoa described the decision to buy the Rafale fighter jets as a “bold move” by the government and said it was an“emergency purchase” keeping in view of the depleting squadrons of the Air Force. In response to a question on Rafale maker Dassault AviationchoosingRelianceDefence over state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Dhanoa said it was the “pre- In the face of BSP chief Mayawati ruling out an alliance with Congress for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan assembly polls, the Congress on Wednesday appeared hopeful of an understanding with her party saying "creases can be ironed out". Refusing to read much into Mayawati's allegations against the Congress, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the BSP supremo has expressed her confidence in Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, which was most important. “Mayawati has expressed respect and confidence vis-a-vis Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi and that is the most important issue rather than looking for multiple meanings in her statements. "At times, out of emotions, sweet and bitter things are said. Once the two leaders have an amicable, respectable and fruitful relationship with each other, all other creases can be ironed out. I don't think that alliances are discussed or announced in press conferences,” Surjewala told IANS the media. Rafale: IAF chief backs govt NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER For the first time, India will deport seven Rohingya immigrants, who have been staying in Assam illegally, to their home country Myanmar on Thursday, officials said. The immigrants were under detention in Cachar Central Jail in Assam's Silchar district since 2012, when they were detained by police. They will be handed over to Myanmar authorities at Moreh border post in Manipur Thursday, a Home Ministry official said. Consular access had been given to Myanmar diplomats, who confirmed the identity of the immigrants, the official said. Another official said the confirmation of the Myanmarese citizenship of the illegal immigrants came after the government of the neighbouring country verified their addresses in Rakhine State. This is for the first time Rohingya immigrants would be sent back to Myanmar from India. The seven immigrants were apprehended on July 29, 2012, for violating the Foreigners Act. Those to be deported are Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, MdYonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam and are in the age bracket of 26-32 years, a Cachar district official said. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER rogative” of the original equipment manufacturer to choose the offset partner and neither the government nor the Air Force had any role in it. The Congress and other opposition parties have claimed massive irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal and the issue has been gathering steam ahead of three crucial state polls and Lok Sabha polls next year. Dhanoa said the Rafale is a“very good aircraft”. “When it comes to the subcontinent, it will be a gamechanger because it has significant capabilities, better than what our regional adver- saries have got,” he said. Dhanoa said the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal to buy 126 aircraft, where Rafale was the lowest bidder, had reached an “impasse” due to “irresolvable differences” between HAL and Dassault Aviation over HAL's additional man hours in production of the aircraft and the resultant cost increase. The MMRCA deal was discussed during the UPA regime and scrapped by the NDA. “The available options were analysed.We had choices -- one, to continue indefinitely to resolve the difference between Dassault Aviation and HAL; cancel RFP (Request for Proposal) and restart the process,” Dhanoa said, adding that it would have taken a few more years. New CJI Gogoi speaks his mind STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 OCTOBER Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to the 63-year-old Justice Gogoi at a brief ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan's Darbar Hall. After taking over as the new CJI, Justice Gogoi temporarily disallowed the practice of mentioning of urgent matters by lawyers as has been prevalent till now, saying the parameters for this are being worked out. Justice Gogoi, who will have a tenure of a little over 13 months, will retire on 17 November 2019. As lawyers approached him to compliment him over his appointment, Chief Justice Gogoi said: "Let's move on, it is not required." "No mentioning forWednesday and Thursday. We are working out the parameters for the mentioning… If someone is being released today, then yes….ifsomeoneisbeinghanged today, then yes….if somebody is being evicted today, then yes….ifthere is a risk of demolition, yes….beyond that, No,” the CJI said as the court proceeded with its normal course. Justice Gogoi is known for several important judgments. For instance, he has headed the special bench that is monitoring the updation of National Register of Citizens to identify citizens and weed out illegally settled foreigners. In one of his rulings, Justice Gogoi had put curbs on public advertisements for glorifying politicians and laid down new norms. In Justice Karnan's contempt case, Justice Gogoi, along with Justice (since retired) J Chelameswar, had highlighted the necessity of revisiting the existing system of appointing changes and bringing in necessary reforms to keep the public confidence intact in the judiciary. In a significant verdict, he had also implored upon the government to redefine parameters of determining backwardness so that those really underprivileged and economically poor get the benefits. Meanwhile, the apex court has published a new roster for public interest litigation (PILs) cases to be heard by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-headed Bench and also by a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, the second seniormost judge of the top court. Besides PILs and letter petitions, the CJI-headed MAN UNITED'S STRUGGLE CONTINUES Bench will also hear matters pertaining to social justice, election, habeas corpus, contempt of court, appointment of Constitutional functionaries, among others. Personal law matters will be heard by benches headed by five different judges ~ Justices Lokur, AK Sikri, Kurian Joseph, NV Ramana and UU Lalit. Departing from practice where any matter could be allocated to any bench, former CJI Dipak Misra in February had introduced the roster system mandating that only the Bench headed by him would hear PILs. The roster system was introduced following the unprecedented press conference in January by four rebel judges ~ Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph ~ alleging arbitrary allocation of work by the CJI and demanding transparency. P15 SILVER 38,700.00 +550.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 84.66 -0.14 Jadhav case: ICJ to hold 4-day hearing in Feb ’19 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THE HAGUE, 3 OCTOBER The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold public hearings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case from February 18 to 21 next year at The Hague, a statement issued by the principal judicial organ of the United Nations said Wednesday. Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict. A 10-member Bench of the ICJ on 18 May 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. “The hearings will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) in English and French on the Court's website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel,” said the press release issued by the ICJ. The ICJ on 23 January gave a timeline to both Pakistan and India for filing another round of memorials in the case. Both India and Pakistan have already submitted their detailed pleas and responses in the world court. In its written pleadings, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav, arguing that the convention did not say that such access would not be available to an individual The hearings will be streamed live and on demand (VOD) in English and French on the Court's website as well as on UN Web TV, the United Nations online television channel arrested on espionage charges. In response, Pakistan through its countermemorial told the ICJ that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 applied only to legitimate visitors and did not cover clandestine operations. Pakistan had said that “since India did not deny that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead.” Pakistan said that India did not explain how “a serving naval commander” was travelling under an assumed name. It also stated that “since Jadhav was on active duty, it is obvious that he was a spy sent on a special mission”. In its submission to the ICJ, Pakistan had stated that Jadhav is not an ordinary person as he had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. India has been maintaining that the trial of Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan was “farcical”. Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on 3 March 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav's sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. India had approached the ICJ for “egregious” violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, by Pakistan in Jadhav's case.
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