CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 OCTOBER 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 P9 SENSEX 35,169.16 -806.47 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be 36 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 NIFTY 10,599.25 -259.00 Min. 38% Max: 35.9(+3) SUN SETS 17:21 hrs MOON RISES 01.18 hrs Min: 27.4(+2) SUN SETS 05:30 hrs MOON SETS 14:45 hrs Moon phase: Third quarter on 5 Oct THUMBNAILS Pakistani Rangers pose for photographs with the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup trophy during an event at the Pakistan-India Wagah Border Post on Thursday. AFP Rupee crashes to all-time low of 73.81: The t rupee on Thursday crashed to a historic low of 73.81 to the dollar due to the twin-impact of capital outflows triggered by surging US Treasury yields and crude oil prices racing to a four-year high. The domestic currency closed at a record low of 73.58, down by 24 paise, marking its third straight session of losses. The rupee has lost 110 paise or 1.51 per cent P8 in the three sessions since Monday. Russia accused of targeting chemical weapons watchdog: The Netherlands on Thursday accused Russia's military intelligence unit of attempted cybercrimes targeting the international chemical weapons watchdog and the investigation into the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over Ukraine. The Dutch allegations came as British officials blamed Russia's GRU for “brazen” activities worldwide and for trying to cover up its alleged participation in the P10 nerve agent poisoning of a former spy. P4 ` vs $ 73.58 -24.00 PAISE GOLD 30,010.00 +65.00 Centre slashes fuel prices by `2.5 a litre SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER he government on Thursday announced a Rs 2.50 per litre cut in petrol and diesel prices by reducing excise duty and asking PSU oil firms to take a hit of Rs 9,000 crore, a step that was matched by BJP-ruled states by slashing VAT so as to double the reduction in retail rates. While the Centre cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 per litre and asked oil firms to absorb Re 1 a litre of prices, BJP-ruled states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam and Tripura announced a cut in VAT of up to Rs 2.5 per litre to effect a Rs 5 per litre reduction in pump rates. The price cuts would be effective from midnight tonight. The reduction in excise duty, only the second in four years of BJPled NDA rule, will dent Central government revenues by Rs 10,500 crore and was aimed at cooling retail prices that had shot up to an all-time high. Announcing the decision, finance minister Arun Jaitley asked the state governments to match the move with a similar reduction in sales tax or VAT, saying leaders who only tweet and indulge in lip sympathy over high prices will be put to test now. The BJP-government at the Centre had raised T While the Central government cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 per litre and asked oil firms to absorb Re 1 a litre cut in prices, BJP-ruled states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam and excise duty on petrol by Rs 11.77 a litre and that on diesel by Rs 13.47 a litre in nine installments between November 2014 and January 2016 to shore up finances as global oil prices fell, but then cut the tax just once in October last year by Rs 2 a litre. It had resisted the call for a reduction in excise duty since May when retail rates first shot up and then again from midAugust when fuel prices started moving up again. In Delhi, where the fuel prices are the lowest among all metros, and most of the state capitals, petrol is currently sold at Rs 84 per litre and diesel at Rs 75.45. Jaitley said he on Wednesday met oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan and inter-ministerial consultations continued on Thursday. After approval of the Prime Minister, a three- part relief is being passed on to consumers, the Centre will cut excise duty by Rs 1.5, and oil marketing companies will factor in Re 1 in their pricing, and states have been asked to cut VAT as they have raked in windfall gains due to ad valorem nature of the levy that results in higher realisation whenever rates move up, he said. “The states’ revenue increases because of increased crude oil prices and hence it is easier for the states to absorb Rs 2.50 (cut),” he said. Since mid-August, the petrol price has risen by Rs 6.86 a litre and diesel by Rs 6.73, the most in any six-week duration after the daily price revision was introduced in midJune last year. Jaitley, however, said asking oil companies to bear a part of the burden is not going back on deregulation. Tripura cut VAT by up to Rs 2.5 per litre to effect a Rs 5 per litre reduction The reduction in excise duty, only the second in four years of BJPled NDA rule, will dent central government revenues by Rs 10,500 crore Oil marketing companies, which have been asked to shoulder a one rupee per litre reduction on fuel prices, will take a hit of upto Rs 9000 crores. ‘Fuel prices should be slashed by ` 10’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER Facing enquiry over charges of nepotism and conflict of interest, ICICI Bank managing director and CEO Chanda Kochhar Thursday quit the bank, six months before her current tenure was to end. Kochhar, 57, has also resigned from all subsidiaries of the bank including ICICI Securities where she had sought reappointment as the chairperson. The board elevated chief operating officer Sandeep Bakhshi as the new managing director and CEO for five years until 3 October, 2023, ICICI Bank said. PTI Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived here on Thursday evening for the annual India-Russia summit which will see the two countries signing key defence, energy and trade deals worth billions of dollars. Shortly after his arrival here, Putin had a private meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of their summit-level talks on Friday. Sources said the two leaders discussed the agenda for the summit and reviewed bilateral ties as well as global developments. Putin is accompanied by a high-level delegation, which includes top business honchos of Russia. The Russian leader is looking to tie up mega arms deals with India, including the S400 missile defence systems pact, that is likely to upset the United States. Washington has been asking India to avoid sewing up the missile deal as that could attract sanctions against Indian entities under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Modi and Putin are also likely to discuss a deal for four Krivakclass frigates and 200 light utility Ka-226 helicopters. Facial recognition biometric in airports soon Travellers will soon be able to enter airports in the country with facial recognition biometric under the government’s Digi Yatra initiative. Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu said the initiative would be “forward-looking and futuristic” and would be launched soon. He said facial recognition biometric feature would be optional for air passengers. Digi Yatra initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel. It is a biometricsbased digital processing system for passenger entry and related requirements at the airport. The DigiYatra central platform would be operational by end of February 2019. Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports would be ready for Digi Yatra implementation on pilot DIGI-PORT P Digi Yatra is a biometrics-based digital processing system for passenger entry and related requirements at the airport and is ‘purely voluntary’ This initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel and would be operational by end of February 2019 Bengaluru, Hyderabad airports will have the facility by Feb 2019, Kolkata, some other airports by April basis by the same time. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to roll out the initiative at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada airports by April next year, as per the ministry. Under Digi Yatra, there would be a centralised registration system for passen- gers and each of them would get a unique ID. The ID would be shared by passengers at the time of booking tickets. The ID can be created by sharing name, e-mail id, mobile number and details of any identity proof, including Aadhaar. Before travel, the airline would share the passenger data and the ID with the airport from where the passenger would be flying out. There would be one-time verification at the departure airport while travelling for the first time using the ID. After successful verification, facial biometric recognition would be captured and stored in the Digi Yatra ID. A registered passenger can go to the e-gate of the airport and scan the bar code/ QR code of the ticket. The system would also generate a token combining the face of passenger with PNR of the ticket, so that at subsequent check points the ticket details would be available on face recognition. Civil aviation secretary R N Choubey said e-gates would replace “all human interface points except at the point of security check. The physical security check will remain.” Passengers would not have to pay for this facility, he said, adding that the ministry plans to roll out Digi Yatra at all airports in a phased manner. A not-for-profit company would be set up with the AAI and private airport operators as stakeholders. The enrolment for Digi Yatra would be done by this company. Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said data privacy would be ensured with respect to Digi Yatra and made it clear that there would not be any profiling of passengers. After completion of a trip by a passenger, the particular transaction details are purged from the system, he noted. Through Digi Yatra, the ministry said, airports would have the possibility of providing innovative services and consent-based targeted services in future. CMYK Seven Rohingyas deported to Myanmar as SC dismisses plea SNS & AGENCIES The Supreme Court Thursday cleared last minute hurdles leading to the first ever deportation of seven illegally migrated Rohingyas, staying in Assam, to Myanmar by dismissing a plea which sought to thwart the government’s move. Just after the court’s order, the authorities concerned deported the seven illegal immigrants, who had migrated to India in 2012. The court said that these Rohingyas were convicted by the competent court under the Foreigners Act and were held to be illegal immigrants. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph said that even the country of their origin Myanmar has identified them and accepted them as NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER the issue only to be pushed back by the Trump administration. India is opposed to any third country mediation in its relations with Pakistan. Pakistan has continuously sought mediation to sort out the differences, including over Kashmir. The new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he claimed, is not shy of engaging. Referring to the cancelling of his meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in New York, he alleged that India backed off. However, he quickly skipped India’s reasons for this glorification of terrorists. Indian cricket has a new star after Prithvi Shaw became the country's youngest batsman to score a century on debut during Thursday's Test against the West Indies. Shaw, who is just over a month shy of 19, reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries during a 206-run second wicket (P12) partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (86) in the afternoon session of day one. AFP West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday demanded that the Centre should slash fuel prices by Rs 10 per litre at least and also withdraw the cess on petroleum products. Banerjee was reacting to the Centre's announcement of a Rs 2.50-per-litre cut in petrol and diesel prices by reducing the excise duty by Rs 1.50 a litre and asking oil companies to absorb another Re 1. “The Central government should slash fuel prices by Rs 10 at PTI least.” PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 85.83 -0.46 A STAR IS BORN NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER Putin arrives for summit with Modi SNS & PTI SILVER 38,600.00 -100.00 SILIGURI (WB), 4 OCTOBER Kochhar quits ICICI, passes on baton to Bakhshi Pakistan wants the US to facilitate talks with India as the two nations are not engaging bilaterally, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said, warning that the absence of dialogue could lead to escalation of tension. But the Pakistani request on the facilitation of the talks has been rejected by the US, the top Pakistani leader told a Washington audience on Wednesday, a day after he had meetings with secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton, during which he raised P11 WELCOME RELIEF Qureshi seeks US role for talks with India WASHINGTON, 4 OCTOBER WHEN MESSI STRIKES, WORSHIPPERS RUN OUT OF SUPERLATIVES All-time high petrol, diesel prices force Modi govt's hand Max.88% TEMPERATURE NAIDU SEES KEY ROLE IN NEXT GOVT FORMATION KAVANAUGH FATE BEFORE AMERICAN SENATE BEIJING IMRAN’S FIRST FOREIGN DESTINATION AS PM The top court said that these Rohingyas were convicted by the competent court under the Foreigners Act and were held to be illegal immigrants its citizens. “Having considered the prayer, we would not like to interfere with the decision taken. The petition is dismissed,” the bench said. The bench rejected the plea made by one of the Rohingyas, who had filed an application seeking to restrain the Centre from deporting to Myanmar the seven Rohingyas lodged in a detention centre at Silchar in Assam. Those deported were Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, Md Yonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam, all in the 26-32 year age bracket. The court took the case as first matter after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner Jaffarullah, informed the court that it is an urgent issue as the Rohingyas were taken to the Indo-Myanmar border from where they will be deported. During the hearing, additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre said that after the conviction, the Rohingyas were sent to a detention centre and the government had contacted the Myanmar embassy for their identification. “Following the verification, Myanmar government issued a certificate of identity to the seven Rohingyas along with one month visa to facilitate their deportation,” he said.
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