CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 SENSEX 35,011.65 +579.68 Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 31 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 60% TEMPERATURE Max: 30.7°C (N) SUN SETS 16:58 hrs MOON RISES 01.14 hrs P10 NIFTY 10,553.00 +172.55 Min: 23.4°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:43 hrs MOON SETS 14:14 hrs New moon on 7 November THUMBNAILS Army personnel stage a flag march in Kishtwar town of Jammu amidst tension following the killing of a senior BJP leader on Thursday (P3) night. SNS Rupee logs biggest gain in 5 years: The Indian rupee on Friday clocked its biggest single-day gain in over five years, surging by 100 paise to close at 72.45 against the US dollar on easing crude oil prices and possibility that the US might grant waivers to India from sanctions on Iranian oil imports. Besides, a bullish trend in the equity market and fresh foreign fund inflows provided support to the currency. P8 Railways to probe Amritsar tragedy: The Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety will probe the Amritsar tragedy in which 60 Dussehra revellers were mowed down by a passing train, the Indian Railways said Friday, nearly two weeks after it had ruled out any investigation P5 into the tragedy. P10 ` vs $ 72.45 +100 PAISE GOLD 30,485.00 -135.00 SILVER 38,700.00 +300.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 72.99 +0.10 Bihar trainee cops on rampage after woman colleague’s death In a display of utter lawlessness, hundreds of trainee police personnel today went on the rampage on Patna’s streets, assaulting senior police officials, damaging police vehicles and vandalising the official residence of the seniors as the government stood by helpless for about an hour. The situation could be brought under control only after additional forces were rushed to the spot and senior officials promised to look into the personnel’s grievances. Chief minister Nitish Kumar has sought a detailed report from the police department. The trainee personnel went berserk shortly after a policewoman died of dengue, allegedly for want of proper medical treatment. The protesters alleged that the victim, identified as Savita Pathak from Siwan district, was not granted leave to get proper treatment as a result of which she died. Once the news of her death reached the Patna police lines, the trainee personnel, including many women, went out of control and began assaulting their seniors. A sergeant major was brutally assaulted after giving him a hot chase. The mob also barged into the official residence of a deputy SP-rank police officer and ransacked it. TV footage showed the agitating personnel hitting police vehicles with bamboo sticks or heavy rods, overturning them and STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER eeping his guns trained at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the alleged Rafale jet scam, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that there was "enough material" in the public domain to "nail Modi in this scam" and that PM Modi would "not survive" an inquiry into it. Addressing a news conference, the Congress chief accused the Rafale fighter jets' manufacturer, Dassault Aviation, of paying "kickbacks" to Anil Ambaniled Reliance group to secure the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal from India. Gandhi charged that Dassault invested Rs 284 crore in a "loss-making" Reliance group company with a valuation of merely Rs 8.30 lakh to enable the Anil Ambani firm to purchase land for their joint venture in Nagpur that was created in the wake of the latter bagging the offset contract related to the Rafale deal from Dassault. "Dassault CEO (Eric Trappier) had claimed his company chose the Reliance firm and not the State-run HAL as its offset partner because the Reliance firm had land. But now it has been revealed that the land was bought with the money that was given by Dassault itself," Gandhi said, refer- K PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER During a Congress protest in New Delhi. SNS ring to some media reports. "The CEO is lying. The big question is why Dassault would invest Rs 284 crore in a loss-making company with a capital of just over Rs 8 lakh? It is clear cut that this (investment) is the first instalment of kickbacks given by Dassault to Anil Ambani's firm," he charged. He said Trappier was "lying" to "save" PM Modi who, he alleged, had a "partnership" with Anil Ambani in the deal. “If an inquiry starts on this, Modi is not going to survive it, guaranteed," Gandhi claimed, giving two reasons for it. “One, because of corruption. Two, because it is very clear who the sole decision-maker was... Nobody would be able to say that some top officer in the Air Force or the defence minister or some bureaucrat from the defence ministry was involved. It was a deal done by Narendra Modi to give Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore in offset contract from Dassault," Gandhi alleged. He said PM Modi had unilaterally scrapped the decade-long procurement process undertaken by the previous Congress-led UPA government, to announce the inter-governmental deal with France to buy 36 Rafale jets in April 2015 after "bypassing" the Cabinet Committee on Security and in "complete violation" of defence procurement policies. “If the Prime Minister was not involved, he would have said ‘let there be an inquiry by the CBI or the Supreme Court'. But he is silent. He is having sleepless nights because he knows he will be caught," he claimed. He alleged that besides the removal of CBI chief Alok Verma, who he said wanted to start a probe, the recent visit of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to France was also part of a "cover-up" mounted by the Modi dispensation. Delhi after her article appeared in The Washington Post. In a separate statement, his wife Mallika Akbar also dismissed Gogoi's accusations as a “lie”. Gogoi, the chief business editor of the Washington-based National Public Radio, has detailed the “most painful memories” of her life in the Post article. She said that Akbar, the editor-in-chief of the Asian Age newspaper at that time, was a “brilliant journalist but used his position to prey” on her. Gogoi said she was 22 when she joined the Asian Age. She was star-struck working under Akbar. At 23, Gogoi became the editor of the op-ed page which was a big responsibility at a young age, she said. “But I would soon pay a very big price for doing a job I loved,” she wrote, relating how she was raped in a hotel in Jaipur, after two incidents in Delhi and Mumbai where Akbar "molested and sexually assaulted her" “In his hotel room, even though I fought him (Akbar), he was physically more powerful. He ripped off my clothes and raped me. Instead of reporting him to the police, I was filled with shame," wrote Gogoi, now a US citizen. She said after the Jaipur incident, "his grip over me got tighter". “For a few months, he continued to defile me sexually, verbally, emotionally,” she wrote. With over a dozen journal- ists accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, Akbar quit as minister of state for external affairs on 17 October. Denying the charges, he filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani who was the first to accuse him. Coming out in his defence, Mallika Akbar, who has been silent so far on the charges against her husband, said: "More than 20 years ago, Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in our home. I learned of her and my husband's involvement through her late night phone calls and her public display of affection in my presence. In her flaunting the relationship, she caused anguish and hurt to my entire family.”She said Gogoi would "happily drink and dine at our home with us and did not carry the haunted look of victim of sexual assault... I don't know Pallavi's reasons for telling this lie but a lie it is." PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER increased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent. To rid the sector of inspector raj, Modi announced that inspections of factories in the sector will be sanctioned only through a computerised random allotment and inspectors will have to upload reports on portal within 48 hours. “No inspector can now go any- where. He will be asked why he went to a factory,” he said. Easing compliance with environmental rules, MSMEs will need single air and water clearance and just one consent to establish a factory. MSMEs will have to file just one annual return on eight labour laws and 10 central rules, he said, adding that an ordinance has been promulgated to simplify levy of penalties for minor offences under the Companies Act. Modi termed the 12 new measures “historic”, which will make Deepawali brighter for the sector and its millions of entrepreneurs and employees. Public sector companies, which were mandated to source 20 per cent of their annual procurement from MSMEs, will now source at least a quarter of their requirement (25 per cent) from the sector, he said, adding 3 per cent of sourcing by PSUs would have to be done from MSMEs run by women. Also, all central public sector enterprises will have to take membership of the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to facilitate online procurement of common use goods and services by various government departments and organisa- Four new SC judges take oath NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Friday administered oath to four new judges as apex court judges here, taking the strength of the Supreme Court to 28 judges ~ only three short of the sanctioned strength of 31. The government cleared within two days the names of the judges recommended by the SC collegium for elevation to the top court. The new Supeme Court judges, Justice Hemant Gupta, Justice R Subhash Reddy, Justice Mukesh Kumar Rasikbhai Shah and Justice Ajay Rastogi, were the Chief Justices of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Patna and Tripura high courts, respectively, before their elevation to the SNS apex court. tions. Modi announced Rs 6,000 crore for creation of 20 hubs and 100 tool rooms for technology upgradation. Clusters for MSMEs in pharma sector will be created to boost production in the sector, he said. All companies with turnover of more than Rs 500 crore would have to now come on Trade Receivables e-Discounting System (TReDS) platform so that there is no cash flow problem for MSMEs. Talking of India jumping 23 places on the World Bank's latest 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking, Modi said in four years his government has achieved what many did not believe and what no other nation has done ~ leaping from 142nd rank in 2014 to 77th position. Breaking into top 50 rank is not far away, he added. Reform of processes will help MSMEs, Modi said. CMYK STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PATNA, 2 NOVEMBER Dismissing the government's stand that the price of the jets could not be made public due to a "secrecy clause" in the IndiaFrance deal, Gandhi said Dassault's annual report itself has revealed the pricing aspect. During a meeting in the course of his India visit, French President Emmanuel Macron had told him that there was no secrecy clause about the price factor in the Rafale deal, Gandhi claimed again. The Reliance group rubbished Gandhi's allegations, charging that the company and its chief were being dragged into a political battle in view of the coming state and general elections. In a statement, the Group said Dassault Aviation's investment in Reliance Airport Developers Limited (RADL) has no link with the Rafale deal. It said the RADL transaction was completed in full compliance with applicable rules and regulations and the information has been disclosed in public domain since December 2017. The group also termed as “factually incorrect and preposterous” the allegation that Dassault's investment in RADL was used to pay for the land in Mihan near Nagpur where Reliance Defence Ltd and the French company are setting up a manufacturing unit for aerospace components. Quick loans, labour laws relaxation for MSMEs Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday announced 59-minute loan sanctions, relaxation in labour laws, easier compliance with environmental rules and changes in company laws for small and medium enterprises to give a boost to the nation's second-biggest employing sector. Announcing a slew of measures for the sector, he said GST-registered micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be sanctioned a loan of Rs 1 crore in just 59 minutes through a new portal. Also, GST-registered MSMEs will get 2 per cent subvention or rebate on incremental new loans of up to Rs 1 crore, he said, adding interest subvention on pre- and post-shipment credit for exports by MSMEs has been P11 Dassault paid `284 cr kickbacks, says Cong MJ Akbar denies rape allegation Pallavi Gogoi, a US-based editor, has accused M J Akbar of raping her while working under the journalist in India, an allegation denied by the former Union minister who claimed that he had a “consensual relationship” spanning several months with her but it ended “perhaps not on the best note”. Akbar (67) who recently resigned as junior foreign minister after multiple women came out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment, has filed a criminal defamation case against one of them amid the raging #MeToo campaign in India. “Somewhere around 1994, Ms Pallavi Gogoi and I entered into a consensual relationship that spanned several months,” Akbar said in a statement in New GREATEST SPRINTER NOT REALLY A FOOTBALL GODSEND Anil Ambani group denies allegations as preposterous WEATHER Max.95% UK POLICE PROBE ANTI-SEMITISM IN LABOUR PARTY IRAN SANCTIONS: USA TO EXEMPT EIGHT NATIONS ‘NO QUESTION OF ALLIANCE WITH AAP’ One of the cars damaged by the rampaging mob. AGENCIES shouting slogans against the government. Witnesses said officials were helpless in the face of the mob and at one point of time, even the Patna SSP Manu Maharaj, didn’t , dare to go near them. “The female constables are being exploited by the police department.We have been forced to do duty for long hours without food,” said a woman constable, part of the mob that was shouting “Murdabad, Murdabad”. She alleged their colleague died owing to proper medical treatment as her leave petition was rejected despite repeated requests. “Would the heavens have fallen if she had been granted leave?” she asked. The state government, while taking the matter seriously, has asked the zonal IG, Nair Hasnain Khan, to investigate and submit a report soon. “The incident is really serious and punitive action will be taken against the erring personnel for breaking discipline but this also highlights the trust deficit between the other ranks and officers,” state’s additional director general of police SK Singhal said today. Director General of Police K S Dwivedi was quoted as saying that the troublemakers had undergone training for hardly a few days. Those who indulged in violence will be identified and punished, he said. The opposition parties launched a blistering attack on the government over the incident, saying law and order has collapsed in the state. “It’s total anarchy in Bihar as even the police are revolting now,” Congress spokesperson Premchandra Mishra said. He said the chief minister being in charge of the home department must give an explanation to the people of Bihar, asking him to take responsibility for the incident. The RJD termed it as the “total collapse of law and order situation” in the state. “There appears to be a civil war-like situation in Bihar where the police are launching agitation against their own department. Where is the rule of law? Nitish Kumar must answer to the people,” said RJD spokesperson Bhai Birendra. SC ‘no’ to CBI Combing ops on in plea on Bofors Assam; two held for pay-off case provocative talk NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GUWAHATI/KOLKATA, 2 NOVEMBER Two pro-talk ULFA leaders were arrested in Assam Friday for their “provocative remarks” as a massive combing operation was launched to nab those behind the gunning down of five persons in Tinsukia district with chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal blaming “hate speeches” by political parties for the killings. The Assam government announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a job for the next of the kin of the deceased. Though police suspect that the gunmen belonged to the ULFA (Independent) faction as they were dressed in battle fatigue, 'publicity department' member of the outlawed group Romel Asom, in an e-mail statement, however, denied its involvement in Thursday's incident. In Bengal, the ruling Trinamul Congress organised protest marches and sought a court-monitored inquiry into the killing of the five Bengalispeaking individuals. They also called for the resignation of the Assam chief minister over the incident. The TMC also sought to project the attack as a “fallout of the draconian NRC exercise”. Left parties, too, took to the streets in Kolkata to protest the killings. On Thursday night, a group of assailants called out six villagers of Kheronibari. They then took them to the edge of Dhola-Sadiya bridge in the area and opened indiscriminate fire, killing five of them on the spot, police said. The sixth man, Sahadeb Namasudra, in his early 20s, said he had a “providential escape” as he fell off the edge of the bridge, where the gunmen had lined them up. The lone survivor in the incident, Sahadeb Namasudra, said he had a “providential escape” as he fell off the edge of the bridge where the gunmen had lined up the six persons and shot five of them dead Though he did not sustain injuries, he fell unconscious out of fear and nervousness. On regaining consciousness, he found one of other five still alive beside him, Namasudra claimed, adding the man died before any arrangement for help could be made. Chief minister Sonowal warned of strong action against those who make inflammatory statements. “For this situation today, I hold responsible a section of political parties, organisations, news media, social media and people's representatives for their inflammatory statements,” Sonowal told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Guwahati. Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said several operations were underway to nab the culprits. He said pro-talk ULFA leaders Jiten Dutta and Mrinal Hazarika were arrested for making provocative statements. Asked about the involvement of ULFA factions in the killings, the DGP said, “It isn't about taking random names. We will take action as per law.” Political parties and organisations across Assam condemned the killings and demanded that the culprits be immediately nabbed. A bandh, called by All Assam Bengali Federation, was observed on Friday in Tinsukia district. Another report on P5 The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the CBI's appeal against the 2005 Delhi High Court verdict discharging all the accused, including Hinduja brothers, in the Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case, on the grounds of delay in filing the appeal. Rejecting the CBI plea seeking condonation of the 13year delay in filing the appeal against the 2005 judgment, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it was not convinced with the grounds put forward by the CBI to condone over 4,500 days' delay in filing the appeal. The apex court, however, said the CBI can raise all the grounds in the appeal against the same high court verdict filed by advocate Ajay Agrawal who has also challenged the judgment. The high court in its 2005 judgment had quashed all charges against the three Hinduja brothers ~ S P Hinduja, G P Hinduja and P P Hinduja ~ and others under the Prevention of Corruption Act. After a lot of deliberation, the CBI this year filed an appeal in the apex court on 2 February stating that further investigation was necessary in view of "some important documents and evidence". The case involved Rs 1,437crore deal between India and Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors for the supply of 400 units of 155 mm Howitzer guns for the Indian Army in 1986. The CBI on January 22, 1990, had registered the FIR for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Martin Ardbo, the then president of AB Bofors, alleged middleman Win Chadda and the Hinduja PTI brothers. Details on Page 3
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