CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 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 P7 SENSEX 34,001.15 -759.74 WEATHER A few spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature will be in the range of 31-25 degrees Celsius. PRESSURE MOUNTS OVER MISSING JOURNALIST TRUMP MOCKS #METOO MOVEMENT DHAKA VERDICT HEIGHTENS POLL DRAMA P10 NIFTY 10,234.65 -225.45 P10 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 81.58 -1.51 Titlileaves 8 dead in AP, causes damage in Odisha Max: 30.2(-2) SUN SETS 17:15 hrs MOON RISES 08.20 hrs Rafale row flares up, Rahul guns for Modi Gandhi demands probe against ‘corrupt PM’; BJP hits back, calls him liar Min. 77% TEMPERATURE P12 ` vs $ 74.12 +09 PAISE RAINFALL: 3.5 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% WONDER BOY IS UP AGAINST A WINDIES PLOY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER Min: 24.3 (-1) SUN RISES 05:33 hrs MOON SETS 19:49 hrs I Moon phase: First quarter on 16 October THUMBNAILS SNS & AGENCIES HYDERABAD/BHUBANESWAR, 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 n the wake of fresh revelations by French online investigative journal Mediapartabout the controversial offset contract related to the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today called Prime Minister Narendra Modi “corrupt”, while demanding an investigation into his role in the Rafale deal. Charging that PM Modi was a “corrupt man” who helped industrialist Anil Ambani “pocket” a Rs 30,000 crore offset contract related to the Rafale deal, Gandhi also asked Modi to tender his resignation. In response, the BJP accused the Congress leader of “lying through his teeth” and indulging in “politics of misinformation” to build his political career. Gandhi, a BJP spokesperson said, comes from a family of middlemen, and his father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was “officially a middleman” in a defence deal. A report in Mediapart, 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 with an estimated maximum sustained surface wind speed of 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph between 4.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m.The storm system is now moving north-eastwards 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-yearold 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. citing an internal document of the manufacturer of the Rafale jets, Dassault Aviation, had stated that Dassault was forced to enter into 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 deal to sell the jets to India. Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters here, Gandhi 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 It’s for Akbar to respond, says Irani Asansol woman gang raped PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ASANSOL, 11 OCTOBER DEHRADUN, 11 OCTOBER A pregnant housewife was brutally gangraped by three youths at her house in North Dhadka in Asansol yesterday evening. The incident occurred around 8 p.m, when the woman’s husband was not at home. According to the victim’s statement, she had opened the main door of the house, in response to the doorbell, thinking that her husband had come home from work. She could not see anybody outside and when she stepped out to find out who had rung the bell, three youths barged into the house and dragged her to the bedroom and raped her. No arrests haSNS ve been made as yet. Details on Page 13 Environmentalist G D Agarwal alias Swami Gyan Swaroop, who had launched an indefinite fast since 22 June, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh on Thursday. The 87-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 to the hospital onWednesday, 111 days after he began his agitation. Agarwal, a former professor at IIT Kanpur, began the fast demanding the formulation of a special law for ensuring uninterrupted flow of the Ganga. To intensify his agitation, the environmentalist had stopped PM 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 Dassault's Chief Operating Officer Loik 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 MUMBAI, 11 OCTOBER 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 minister, told reporters here while responding to questions over allega- BJP sources say the party expects Akbar to offer an explanation to the party leadership on the allegations against him before it takes a call on his future tions 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 (former) 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 don’t 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... 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. Meanwhile, 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. Ganga activist dies after 111-day fast STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE taking water from 10 October. Agarwal had also sought stoppage of work at under-construction dams on the Ganga and its tributaries. MP and ex-chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had met him this week in Haridwar. But Agarwal refused to end his agitation. Even a call from Ganga Rejuvenation minister Nitin Gadkari failed to soften his stand. Agarwal had hit the headlines in 2008 by launching a ED attaches Karti's assets in India, abroad SC to hear plea against WB govt’s Puja grants I-T dept searches Raghav Bahl premises NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 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 Karti termed “bizarre and outlandish”. The central probe agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money 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 raided The Quintfounder'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, the premises of 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 Mr Yadav, 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 the PTI 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. 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.” It said the attachment orders would be contested. CMYK the Rafale deal. The Modi government and the 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. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, now on a visit to France, said today in Paris that offset obligations for the deal is mandatory but not the specific companies. In a statement, Dassault Aviation also said it had “freely chosen” to make a partnership with Reliance Group, as it rejected the Mediapart report. On Dassault's rebuttal, Gandhi said the Rafale jet manufacturer was "sitting on a huge contract and will say what the Indian government wanted it to say". Gandhi alleged: "Earlier, former French President Hollande had revealed that the Indian PM had told them that Reliance Defence should get a deal. Now Dassault's second senior-most executive has said the same thing."He also attacked Sitharaman’s current trip to France as part of a cover-up. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 11 OCTOBER The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear tomorrow a plea against the West Bengal government's decision to grant Rs 10,000 each to puja committees in the state for Durga Puja celebrations. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on 10 September announced Rs 10,000 each for 28,000 puja committees across the state, 3,000 in the city and 25,000 in the districts ~ costing Rs 28 crore to the WB government exchequer. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to hear the appeal after it was apprised of the Calcutta High Court direction refusing to interfere with the state government's decision to grant funds to Puja committees in the state. An interim stay granted by Calcutta High Court on disbursal of funds stood vacated after it disposed of the plea. The high court had on Wednesday refused to interfere in the state government's decision to give Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga puja committees in the state, and said the legislature is the appropriate forum to decide on such expenditure. The petitioner, in his plea, had challenged the government's decision to disburse funds to the tune of Rs 28 crore, claiming it was a dole to puja committees and had no public purpose. campaign to save the Ganga. Demanding uninterrupted flow of Bhagirathi river in its natural form between Gangotri and Uttarkashi, he sat on a fast unto death. The protest forced the ministry of power to suspend the Loharinag-Pala Hydropower Project in Uttarkashi. Agarwal had launched another fast unto death in 2013 for conservation of the Ganga. The government has said that almost all the demands made by Agarwal had been accepted. OnWednesday, Gadkari had said, “We have accepted almost all his demands. One demand was to ensure environmental flow and we have come out with a notification.” Gadkari added that a legislation to protect the Ganga has been sent to the Union Cabinet for approval, after which it will be tabled in Parliament. PhD scholar turned-militant killed in J&K JAMMU, 11 OCTOBER Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a PhD scholar-turned-terrorist commander Manan Bashir Wani, were killed on Thursday 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 inputs about presence of Wani along with two other terrorists. The encounter continued till around 11 a.m. withWani and the others rejecting appeals to surrender. The 27-yearold Wani had quit PhD studies in Allied Geology at the Aligarh Muslim University and joined militant ranks in JanSNS uary this year.
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