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 Max.88% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.9(+3) SUN SETS 17:21 hrs MOON RISES 01.18 hrs Min: 27.4(+2) SUN RISES 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. NIFTY 10,599.25 -259.00 Chanda Kochhar, who was mired in allegations of quid pro quo and conflict of interest, on Thursday resigned as managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank. Kochhar (57), whose second five-year term was to end in March next year, has been replaced by Sandeep Bakhshi, the former head of ICICI's life insurance arm, ICICI Bank said in a statement. She had in June gone on leave after ICICI Bank appointed a retired Supreme Court judge, B N Srikrishna, to investigate an anonymous P4 ` vs $ 73.58 -24.00 PAISE GOLD 30,010.00 +65.00 Centre slashes fuel prices by `2.5 a litre STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER n the face of recordhigh petrol and diesel prices in the country amid soaring international crude oil prices and the plunging rupee, the government finally 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. The step was matched by BJPruled 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 cut in 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 BJP-led 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 states 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 complaint that alleged quid pro quo in the course of her work in dealing with certain borrowers of the bank. The complaint alleged that Kochhar had favoured Videocon in lending money because the firm's founders had an investment in a renewable energy company founded by Kochhar's husband. ICICI Bank said the “inquiry instituted by the board will remain unaffected” by Kochhar's exit, adding that some of her retirement benefits would be subject to the outcome of the probe. The board had initially backed Kochhar, but later instituted the probe into the matter in June. 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 be put to test now. The Centre had raised 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 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 threepart 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 also 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’ SILIGURI, 4 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER 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 SILVER 38,600.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 85.83 -0.46 A STAR IS BORN Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday blamed the Centre for high fuel prices, and demanded that the Union government should roll back the Rs 10 cess it levied on petrol and diesel before asking states to reduce taxes. She said the Centre can dictate to BJP-ruled states but not the others. “We (Bengal government) have already reduced fuel prices. You (Centre) have increased cess by Rs 10... Others (states) are not your servants. You roll back the entire increase of Rs 10 and then talk,” PTI Banerjee said. Putin arrives for summit with Modi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived here this evening for the annual India-Russia summit which will see the two countries signing key defence, energy and trade deals worth billions of dollars. The Russian leader was received at the airport by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. ‘’Welcome to India, President Putin. Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship,’’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted soon after Putin landed in New Delhi. The two leaders later went into a private meeting ahead of their summit-level talks on Putin is looking to tie up several mega arms deals with India, including for the purchase of the S-400 missile defence systems Friday. Sources said Modi and Putin discussed the agenda for the summit and reviewed bilateral ties as well as global developments. Putin is looking to tie up mega arms deals with India, including for the purchase of the S-400 missile defence systems, 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 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.” the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). However, India has made clear to the US its intention to buy missile defence systems in view of its security needs in a volatile region. New Delhi has also impressed on Washington the necessity to keep the missile deal out of the sanctions’ regime because of India’s dependence on Russian defence hardware. The Kremlin said before Putin’s visit that the "key feature" would be the signing of a $5-billion deal for the S-400 air defence system. Modi and Putin are also likely to discuss a deal for four Krivak-class frigates worth $2 billion and 200 light utility Ka-226 helicopters pegged at $1 billion. 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 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 in Rajkot. Shaw, who is just over a month shy of 19, reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries in the afternoon session (P12) of day one. He went on to score 134 runs off 154 balls before he was dismissed. AFP Seven Rohingyas deported to Myanmar as SC dismisses plea SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER Facial recognition biometric in airports soon SNS & PTI P11 WELCOME RELIEF I Kochhar quits ICICI, Bakhshi new MD/CEO NEW DELHI, 4 OCTOBER P10 WHEN MESSI STRIKES, WORSHIPPERS RUN OUT OF SUPERLATIVES All-time high petrol, diesel prices force Modi govt's hand Min. 38% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NAIDU SEES KEY ROLE IN NEXT GOVT FORMATION KAVANAUGH FATE BEFORE AMERICAN SENATE BEIJING IMRAN’S FIRST FOREIGN DESTINATION AS PM 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 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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