WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 24 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 P6 SENSEX 33,874.23 -287.15 WEATHER Mainly clear sky..Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 34 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 93% Max: 34.3(+3) SUN SETS 17:05 hrs MOON RISES 17.01 hrs P2 NIFTY 10,146.80 -98.45 ` vs $ 73.57 -1 PAISE Full moon today THUMBNAILS An Indian navy officer stands on the deck of INS Rana as it docks at the international port in Manila on October 23, 2018. The multi-role guided missile destroyer INS Rana is in the Philippines for a four-day goodwill visit. nAFP NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER D elhi High Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against its special director Rakesh Asthana, who has challenged the FIR lodged against him on bribery allegations. The CBI's second-in-command, who has been locked in a battle of attrition with CBI director AlokVerma, thus got temporary relief as the CBI would not arrest him till 29 October, although the court made it clear that there will not be any stay on the investigation, given the nature and gravity of the case. Apart from Asthana, the CBI's deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Devender Kumar, who was arrested by the agency yesterday, also filed a separate petition in the high court, seeking quashing of the FIR. The high court's order asking the CBI to maintain status quo till 29 October was howev- CBI likely to question Asthana soon NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER The CBI may soon question its Special Director Rakesh Asthana in connection with alleged bribery to give relief to a businessman who was being probed in a case involving Moin Qureshi, sources said Tuesday. They said the directions of Delhi High Court on Asthana’s plea to maintain status quo in the matter do not bar the agency er given on Asthana's plea only. Justice Najmi Waziri issued notices and sought responses of the CBI, its chief,Verma and joint director A K Sharma on both the pleas. The court also issued notice to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which has administrative jurisdiction over the CBI, in this regard. The court asked both Asthana Given the fact that world wide steel production has been slashed, particularly in China, capital goods manufacturers have little option than look at India which is a huge market where the domestic demand continues to be on the rise due to low per capita consumption of steel . The joint venture projects are also attractive to the foreign CG companies • Union steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said that in order to ensure that the MOUs which are being signed today culminate into manufacturing of capital goods, a purchase preference policy to cover all purchases of steel products, including capital goods is being worked upon by the Steel Ministry. • It will ensure that products / product categories which do not get covered by the Domestically Manufactured Iron &Steel Policy get covered by the proposed policy on the line which has been prescribed by the DIPP . The foreign manufacturers from Italy, China, Germany, Japan and so on will enter into a JV with an Indi- an firm can get advantage of purchase preference. Indian manufacturers will benefit from the foreign investments and technology, the minister said. India has huge potential and we intend to enhance steel making capacity to 300mmtpa by 2030. The per capita steel consumption has increased from 58 kg in 2014 to 68 kg in four years and there is great scope for further increase – up to 200 kg, he added. Odisha with abundance of iron ore, coal and the coast, port etc is expected to increase steel making capacity to 100mmtpa by 2030, he said. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said the• installed capacity of crude steel making in Odisha has grown to 33 million tonnes per annum today from just 4 million tonnes per annum in 1999-2000. Odisha has emerged as the major Steel hub in the country. The government is bringing out a roadmap ‘VISION 2030: Development of Downstream Units’ with focus to achieve more than 50 per cent value addition to the primary metal produced in the State. from carrying on its investigation and questioning of the accused. Questioning of an accused does not come in the definition of coercive action which Asthana and Kumar to preserve the records in their custody, including mobile phones. During the hearing, the CBI told the court that the charges against Asthana were serious and that the agency was likely to add more offences in the FIR in the course of its probe. Asthana's lawyers said it was a case of "malafide and illegal" registration of FIR against the special CBI Geete offers machinery manufacturing tool park in Odisha BHUBANESWAR, 23 OCTOBER Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises, Anant Gangaram Geete offered to facilitate establishment of a machinery manufacturing tool park in Odisha on lines of the one set up in Karnataka. If the Odisha government agrees and provides land, we will set it up, declared Geete in the presence of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the Conclave on Capital Goods for Steel Sector here today. Mr Geete said the ministry has set guidelines and policies to guide and facilitate the SME sector and enhance their capabilities. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, in•a lighter vein said, it is an offer for which the chief minister hasn’t had to write to the centre. Without even asking for it, Odisha is going to get a SNS tool park, he said. SC allows ‘green’ crackers on Diwali for two hours PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 23 OCTOBER Pushing for a “green” Diwali across the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed major controls on firecrackers, including an 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. window for bursting them and limiting the manufacture and sale of fireworks to only those that conform to permissible smoke and noise levels. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also restrained e-commerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon from selling firecrackers with emission levels beyond the permissible limit. The permissible limit of sound and smoke will be approved by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), the court said. The apex court's order ~ permitting “green” firecrackers and fixing a two-hour time period for bursting them on Diwali and other festivals ~ came on a plea seeking a ban on the manufacture and sale BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 78.05 -1.78 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Capital Goods, 15 foreign companies sign 38 MoUs with steel counterparts Leading Capital Goods (CG) producers, including 15 foreign companies, inked 38 MoUs with leading Indian steel companies envisaging reduction in imports of CGs meant for the steel sector by manufacturing in India. The MoUs were signed at a Conclave in Bhubaneswar organised by Ministry of Steel, in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and MECON. The National Steel Policy - 2017 envisages creation of 300 million tonnes (MT) of steel capacity in the country by 2030-31 . The estimated import of plant and equipment, for reaching 300 MT capacity, will be around US$ 25 billion. Further, for meeting the spares requirement, it is estimated that India will have to spend about USD 500 million annually for import of proprietary and other spares. Much of this imported capital goods can be manufactured in India resulting in huge foreign exchange savings. SILVER 38,800.00 +300.00 KOLKATA, 23 OCTOBER Min: 23.5 (+1) SUN RISES 05:38 hrs MOON SETS 05:01 hrs BHUBANESWAR, 23 OCTOBER GOLD 30,805.00 +280.00 P12 14 injured in HC orders status quo Two dead,at Santragachi stampede on Asthana matter STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE RECORD BECKONS KOHLI AS INDIANS SMELL VICTORY P9 War within CBI top brass rages; trial court remands DSP in CBI custody Min. 40% TEMPERATURE ISSUE OF MARRIED CATHOLIC PRIESTS GAINS TRACTION NATIONAL PRE-POLL OPPOSITION ALLIANCE UNLIKELY PRESSURE RAMPED UP of firecrackers across the country to curb air pollution. The bench said e-commerce websites will be hauled up for contempt of court if they don't adhere to the court's direction. “Firecrackers with permissible decibel sound limits will only be allowed to be sold in the market,” the bench said. The court also asked the Centre to encourage community cracker bursting during Diwali and other festivals in Delhi-NCR and directed all states to explore its feasibility. The court said station house officers of police sta- tions concerned will be held liable if banned firecrackers are sold in their area. The top court was of the view that there is need to take into account all aspects, including the fundamental right of livelihood of firecracker manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people in the country. The court said Article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution applies to both segments of people and it needs to maintain a balance while considering a countrywide ban on firecrackers. It asked the Centre to suggest measures for curbing pollution and the effect of fire- crackers on the public at large. Firecracker manufacturers told the court that the use of crackers should not be completely banned and should instead be strictly regulated. They contended that crackers are not the reason for increase in air pollution and there are other factors, like wind and temperature, which contribute to it. They said firecracker manufacturers can be deprived of their right to do business based on statements which were not supported by facts. On October 9 last year, the top court temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali in the Delhi-NCR region. The court refused to relax its order while dismissing a plea by traders who had sought permission to sell crackers for at least a day or two before Diwali on October 19, 2017. The apex court said its ban order during Diwali last year was an experiment to examine its effect on pollution levels in the region. had sought to be stopped, they said, adding that coercive action means arrest or searches which the agency will not conduct till the next order of the court. An agency spokesperson said that there is no change in the status of Asthana as Special Director and no charge has be en removed from him. The spokesperson also denied rumours of CBI searches on Asthana’s premises Tuesday afternoon. PTI director, which was based on the statement of an accused. The judge said this was not the stage to examine such a charge against the case. Asthana's counsel said the DoPT's sanction is required to proceed against the officers and that the CBI had not sought permission from it. Kumar's counsel also sought quashing of the FIR against the officer. Two passengers were killed and at least 14 persons, including two women, were injured in a “stampedelike situation” on a foot overbridge at Santragachi railway station on Tuesday evening, a South Eastern Railway spokesman said. The chief minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot along with the state chief secretary, DGP and other senior officers of Howrah Commissionrate. The incident occurred when an Express train and two EMU locals arrived at the station at the same time at around 6.30 pm and passengers rushed to the platforms to board the trains, the spokesman said. The Nagercoil-Shalimar Express and two EMU locals arrived at the station at the same time, while Shalimar-Vishakhapatnam Express and SantragachiChennai Express were scheduled to arrive shortly, SER spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said. The incident occurred between platform numbers two and three at Santra- Only the railways can tell why such a scramble happened... It is the culmination of lack of coordination in the railways that has led to such incidents MAMATA BANERJEE WEST BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER gachi station of South Eastern Railway, about 10 km from Howrah station, he said. A large number of passengers either deboarded or were waiting to board trains at the same time, leading to a rush on the foot overbridge. The chief minister announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to the spot from the carnival podium at Red Road slammed the railways for the stampede. Putting the blame squarely on the railways, the chief minster said it was due to mismangement on the part of the railwaysthat the incident happed. ” Only the railways can tell why such a scramble happened. There was some negligence on the part of the railways in some respects. It is the culmination of lack of coordination in the railways that has led to such incidents. The state will initiate an administrative probe into the stampede. A ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to be given to those who had died and the injured will be given Rs 1 lakh. The state will take care of those who have been admitted to hospital.”
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