FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 OCTOBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P10 SENSEX 34,001.15 -759.74 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively. NIFTY PRESSURE MOUNTS OVER MISSING JOURNALIST TRUMP MOCKS #METOO MOVEMENT MAMATA: 50 LAKH GIRLS EMPOWERED BY KANYASHREE SCHEME P12 10,234.65 -225.45 ` vs $ 74.37 P13 GOLD TEMPERATURE Max: 32.3°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:20 hrs MOON RISES 10:12 hrs HYDERABAD, 11 OCTOBER The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft blasts off to the ISS from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Thursday. The spacecraft had to make an emergency landing after an engine problem occurred just after lift-off. Its crew, USA’s Nick Hague and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued safely. AFP A very severe cyclonic storm packing winds of up to 150 kmph and widespread rains hit eastern India Thursday, killing eight people in Andhra Pradesh and one in Odisha, damaging homes, uprooting trees and power lines in the two states. Cyclone Titlimade landfall on the eastern coast early Thursday, wreaking havoc in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha's Gajapati and Ganjam districts. According to the India Meteorological Department, Titli made landfall near Palasa in Srikakulam district, southwest of Gopalpur in Odisha with an estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kph gusting to 165 kph between 4.30 am and 5.30 am. The storm system is now moving northeastwards towards GangeticWest Bengal across Odisha and will weaken gradually, the IMD said. Andhra Pradesh government authorities said the cyclone caused widespread damage in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, and threw life out of gear as heavy to very heavy rains lashed the two districts since late Wednesday night. While a 62-year-old woman died at Gudivada Agraharam village after a tree fell on her, a 55-year-old man died in a house collapse at Rotanasa village in Srikakulam. The state chief minister's office said the other six killed were fishermen. The road network in Srikakulam district suffered extensive damage, while the power distribution network was also severely affected. More than 2,000 electric poles were uprooted. In Odisha, Titliled to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts and caused damage to power supply and communications. An eight-year-old boy drowned in a canal in Hinjili in Ganjam district, where five people were reported missing after being swept away in flood waters. It’s for Akbar to respond, says Irani ter, told reporters here while responding to questions over allegations against Akbar. Akbar, whose resignation from the government is being demanded by opposition political parties and various others, has not reacted to the allegations so far. “I appreciate that the media is accosting his female colleagues but I think it is for the gentleman concerned to issue a statement (and) not for me because I was personally not present there, Irani said. She urged people not to mock the women who are speaking out against the harassment they were subjected to. I have said again and again on this particular issue, especially about women speaking out that anybody speaking out that in no way should be shamed, victimised or mocked. That is my only appeal to everybody who is witnessing this surge of outpouring of emotion, of anger on the internet and offline also, she said on the sidelines of an event here. Irani, a former TV actress, underlined that women dont go to work to be harassed but to work to live their dreams and earn a respectable living. “So, I will say here today it must be very difficult for women to come out and talk about whatever happened in their professional lives. It is extremely an important part in time in our society where more and more women are getting the support, so they can speak out. I feel there are enough instruments in our judicial and police systems to deliver justice and I am hopeful that all these ladies who are speaking out get, due to due process, the justice that they deserve, Irani said. Sources in the BJP say the party expects Akbar to offer an explanation to the party's top brass on the allegations against him before it takes a call on his future. A party leader said the allegations were serious but added that there were several aspects to it, including the fact that there was no legal case against Akbar. n the wake of fresh "revelations" by a French online investigative journal "Mediapart" about the controversial Rs 30,000 crore offset contract related to the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France, the raging row over the alleged Rafale scam snowballed with Congress president Rahul Gandhi today calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi "corrupt" while demanding a probe against his role in the Rafale deal. Charging that PM Modi was a “corrupt man” who allegedly helped industrialist Anil Ambani "pocket" Rs 30,000 crore offset contract related to the Rafale deal, Gandhi even asked Modi to tender his resignation. A report in Mediapart ~ citing an internal document of the French manufacturer of Rafale jets, Dassault Aviation ~ has reportedly stated that Dassault was forced to enter into PhD scholar turned-militant killed in J&K JAMMU, 11 OCTOBER Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a PhD scholar-turnedterrorist commander Manan BashirWani, were killed onThursday in an encounter with security forces at Handwara in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. Police said the encounter at Handwara broke out in the early hours following specific intelligence inputsaboutpresenceofWanialong with two other terrorists. The encounter continued till around 11 a.m. with Wani and the others rejecting appeals to surrender. The 27-year-oldWani had quit PhD studies in Allied Geology at the Aligarh Muslim University and joined militant ranks in January this (SEE PAGE 7) year. SNS ED attaches Karti's assets in India, abroad I-T dept searches Raghav Bahl premises NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday said it has attached assets worth Rs 54 crore of Karti Chidambaram (photo), son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in India, Spain and the UK in connection with a money laundering case related to INX Media, an action he termed “bizarre and outlandish”. The central probe agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money BRENT OIL (IN $) 81.88 I SNS & AGENCIES PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -94.00 NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER THUMBNAILS Amid sexual harassment allegations against her ministerial colleague M J Akbar, Union minister Smriti Irani Thursday said it was for him to respond to the charges even as she favoured justice for the “ladies who are speaking out”. As the #MeToo campaign gathered momentum, some women journalists have come out and accused Akbar, minister of state for external affairs, of sexually harassing them during his stint as editor in two newspapers. “The gentleman concerned would be better positioned to speak on this issue,” Irani, the Union textiles minis- 37,853 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 24.5°C (+4) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON SETS 20:25 hrs MUMBAI, 11 OCTOBER SILVER +186.00 -1.21 Modi is corrupt, says Congress chief, demands his resignation Min. 49% PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 31,207 P16 Rafale: Rahul seeks probe against PM Titli leaves 8 dead in AP, causes damage in Odisha RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 79% INDIA AIM TO BE RUTHLESS AGAINST WINDIES The Income Tax Department searched media baron Raghav Bahl's home and office on Thursday in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion, officials said. A team of I-T sleuths raidedThe Quint founder's premises in Noida early morning and are looking for documents and other evidence related to a case of “bogus long term capital gains (LTCG) received by various beneficiaries”, they said. Apart from Bahl, three other “beneficiaries” and professionals, J Lalwani, Anoop Jain and Abhimanyu, are being searched as part of the same action. Their business links to offshore entities are being investigated, the officials said. Bahl, who was in Mumbai at the time, shared his“great concern” with the Editors Guild and said dozens of IT officials descended on his residence and The Quint's office for a survey”. ”We are a fully tax compliant entity, and will provide all access to all appropriate financial documents. However, I have just spoken to the officer on my premises, one MrYadav, and requested him, strongly, to not try and pick up or see any other mail/document which is likely to contain very serious/sensitive journalistic material.” They should also not misuse their smartphones to take unauthorised copies of PTI the material, he said. Laundering Act (PMLA) for attachment of agricultural land and bungalow in Kodaikanal and Ooty in Tamil Nadu and a Rs 16-crore flat in south Delhi's posh Jorbagh locality which is in the name of Karti and his mother Nali- ni. SEE PAGE 2 Karti, the ED said, has a 50 per cent share in this property. In the United Kingdom, the ED attached a Rs 8.67-crore cottage and house in Somerset (in the name of ASCPL) and a tennis club valued at over Rs 14.57 crore located in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the same order. Reacting to the order, Karti tweeted, “A bizarre and outlandish provisional attachment order which is not based on law of facts but on crazy conjectures. This is meant only to grab headlines”. He said the order will not withstand judicial scrutiny and review and that he will approach the appropriate legal forum. A statement issued by Karti's advocate said the ED order is “exparte and based on the alleged transactions of companies of which my client, Karti P Chidamabarm, is neither a shareholder nor a director.” a joint venture with Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence for the offset contract as part of a "trade-off" that was"imperative and obligatory" for the French aerospace giant to bag the multibillion dollar deal for selling 36 Rafale fighter jets to India. The Mediapart report said that Dassault's Chief Operating Officer Loik Segalen had explained to his staff at a presentation on 11 May 2017 that the joint venture with Reliance Defence was "imperative and obligatory" for Dassault Aviation to get the Rafale deal. Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters here, Gand- hi repeatedly questioned PM Modi's "deafening silence" on the spiralling Rafale controversy. "The Prime Minister of India is corrupt," Gandhi alleged, saying "Allegations of corruption are being levelled against him and the Prime Minister is silent. He should resign if he cannot respond". The Congress chief also read out excerpts from the Mediapart report, highlighting a remark purportedly made by Mr Segalen that for Dassault the choice of Reliance Defence was a "compensation" for obtaining the Rafale deal. A few weeks ago, Mediapart had quoted former French President Francois Hollande as saying that France was given“no choice” on selection of the Indian partner for Dassault and that the Indian government had proposed the name of Anil Ambani's firm for a joint venture with Dassault for the offset contract linked to the Rafale deal. The Modi government and the ruling BJP have rejected these allegations as unfounded and baseless, maintaining that the government had no role in Dassault's choice to partner with Reliance Defence. Dassautt has also denied such charges, insisting that the seletion of Anil Ambani's company was its own choice. However, stepping up his onslaught against the PM over the Rafale affair, the Congress president alleged: "Earlier, former French President Hollande had revealed that the Indian Prime Minister had told them that Reliance Defence should get a deal. Now Dassault's second seniormost executive has said the same thing." TURN TO PAGE 5 Save Ganga crusader dies after 111-day fast SNS & PTI DEHRADUN/NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER Veteran environmental activist G D Agarwal, who had been on an indefinite fast since 22 June for a clean Ganga, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh on Thursday. The 86-year-old activist was forcibly shifted by the Uttarakhand government from Matri Sadan in Haridwar to the hospital owing to his declining health. He died of a heart attack at the hospital. Agarwal was shifted there on Wednesday 111 days after he began his fast. To intensify his agitation, Agarwal had even stopped taking water from 10 October. A former professor at the IIT Kanpur, Agarwal had also served on the Central Pollution Control Board. He began his hunger strike on 22 June, demanding government measures ~ such as the formulation of a special law for ensuring uninterrupted flow of Ganga ~ to save the Ganga. The renowned environmental crusader demanded stopping work at underconstruction hydroelectric dam projects on Ganga and its tributaries. Ex-chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had met him this week in Haridwar. But Agarwal refused to end his agitation. A day before he died, Union water resource and Ganga river rejuvenation minister Nitin Gadkari claimed almost all Agarwal's demands had been met and that he had written a letter to the activist to give up his fast. On Tuesday, the Centre came out with a gazette notification stating the minimum environmental flow that is to be maintained at various locations on the Ganga. Gadkari said draft legislation on protecting the Ganga had also been sent to the Union Cabinet for approval. He termed Agarwal's death an irreparable loss to the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Agarwal's passion for saving the environment will always be remembered. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tr ivendra Rawat expressed grief over Agarwal's demise. Agarwal had been campaigning for the Ganga for years. He hit the headlines in 2008 by launching a campaign to save the Ganga. Demanding uninterrupted flow of Bhagirathi river in its natural form between Gangotri to Uttarkashi, he sat on fast unto death in 2008 and 2009. He became a "sanyasi" in 2011 and took the name of Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand. In 2013, Agarwal had launched another fast unto death from 13 June to 21 September for conservation of the Ganga. AAP MP Sanjay Singh said an “insensitive government” was “waiting for him to die. Senior Congress leader and ex-Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh expressed anguish over the activist's “martyrdom”. “He was an indefatigable crusader not only for Nirmal Ganga but also for Aviral Ganga (free-flowing Ganga)," Ramesh said.
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