CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 19 NOVEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR KHASHOGGI MURDER REPORT BY TUESDAY: USA CM’S POST NOT MY PRIORITY: ASHOK GEHLOT P2 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be 31 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.87% Max: 30.9 (+1.0) SUN SETS 16:52 hrs MOON RISES 14.25 hrs P10 Full moon on 22 November THUMBNAILS US President Donald Trump tours areas damaged in devastating wildfires in Malibu, California, on Saturday. AFP CRPF camp attacked, jawan killed: A CRPF jawan was killed in a terrorist attack at a CRPF camp near the railway station at Kakpora in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday evening. Reports said that terrorists fired a grenade on the camp resulting in injuries to head constable Chandrika Prasad, who later died in hospital. Sabarimala calm: A calm atmosphere at the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala marked the second day of the two month-long annual pilgrimage season on Sunday, even as the rest of Kerala witnessed protests against the arrest of BJP general secretary K Surendran P3 while on his way to the temple. Quota for Marathas in Maharashtra: The Maharashtra government has accepted the State Backward Class Commission's report and decided to give quota in jobs and educational institutes to the Maratha community, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said Sunday. The reservation will be granted under a new category called 'Socially and Educationally Backward Class' as recommended by the commission, he said. AMRITSAR, 18 NOVEMBER hree persons were killed and 20 injured in a grenade attack on a religious congregation here on the city outskirts on Sunday, an incident which police are treating as a terrorist act. The incident took place inside the Nirankari Bhavan at Adliwal village near Amritsar's Rajasansi. A religious congregation of the Nirankaris was going on inside the Bhavan at the time. The grenade was lobbed by two persons who had come on a bike and had their faces covered. The Sant Nirankari Mission is a spiritual organisation and the Bhavan is located close to the international airport. State Director General of Police Suresh Arora, who along with senior police officers rushed to the spot, told reporters the incident appeared to be a terrorist act. He said that three people had died in the incident T One of those injured in the grenade attack is shifted to a ward at the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar. AFP and 20 others were injured, two of them seriously. He said a NIA team will visit the site on Monday. Inspector General of Police S S Parmar told reporters that about 200 devotees, including many women, were inside at the time of the incident. After the incident, the Bhavan was sealed by police and security was stepped up at other Nirankari Bhavans in the state. Chief minister Amarinder Singh said the possibility of involvement of ISI-based Khalistani/ Kashmiri terror groups could not be ruled out. Singh said the state won't let the “forces of terror” to destroy the hard earned peace. Punjab had gone through the dark days of militancy in the 1980s and early 1990s and faced a few terror attacks in recent years, including the one in Pathankot over two years ago. After the incident, the chief minister asked the home secretary, DG Police, Over 35.5 lakh people, out of the total 40 lakh, who were excluded in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), have not yet come forward for the inclusion of their names in the final list of the Supreme Court-monitored exercise, sources said Sunday. Besides, less than 200 applications have been received by the authorities challenging the inclusion of the names of suspected illegal immigrants in the NRC, a list of Assam's residents, two months after a window was opened for claims and objections. So far, about 4.5 lakh people have submitted applications for inclusion of their names in the NRC, along with relevant documents claiming that they are Indian citizens, a source said. This means 35.5 lakh people have not yet come forward to claim that they are Indians, the source said, attributing this to possibly the lack of supporting documents. Following a directive of the Supreme Court, the process of filing claims and objections to the draft NRC began on 25 September and P12 DG Law and Order and DG Intelligence to rush to the village to personally supervise the investigations. Singh also directed police to enhance security arrangements at all sensitive places in the wake of the explosion. Forensic teams have been rushed to the spot and all angles were being investigated, said the chief minister. He also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the dead. The chief minister said preliminary investigations had so far revealed that two men, one of them with a flowing beard, with covered faces, allegedly forced their way into the hall by brandishing a pistol. They detained the sewadar, lobbed the grenade into the prayer room, and fled on a motorcycle. Singh appealed to the people not to panic and maintain peace and law and order. Let us remain calm, he said, adding the government would ensure there is no chaos in the wake of the incident. Though the state had been hit by a series of cases of targeted attacks since 2015-16, this was the first attempt in a long time to disturb the peace through indiscriminate killings, said the chief minister, adding it strengthened the belief that Pakistan was continuing its nefarious activities to disturb the state’s peace. He pointed out that 15 terror modules had been busted in the past 18 months, with Kashmiri terror links also indicated in some instances, as evidenced in the arrest of Kashmiri students from Jalandhar and in the Maqsudan police station grenade blast case. Today’s attack took place at a time when the state had been put on high alert following an input claiming that a group of six to seven JeM terrorists were in Punjab and were planning to move to Delhi. On Friday, police in Gurdaspur had put up posters of Zakir Musa, the chief of the Jammu and Kashmir-based Ansar Ghazwatul-Hind terror outfit with links to the JeM. RBI meet today amid bid for common ground PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The govt and RBI are looking to reach a solution with respect to relaxation of the PCA framework and easing of lending norms for the MSME sector. NEW DELHI, 18 NOVEMBER The ongoing rift with the government is set to play out at the RBI's crucial board meeting Monday, with the finance ministry nominees and some independent directors expected to take on Governor Urjit Patel and his team over issues ranging from MSME credit to the central bank's reserves, though both sides are in favour of reaching a common ground. While there have been reports of demands from some quarters for the Governor to step down, sources said Patel is unlikely to yield under pressure and will rather mount a strong defence of the central bank's policies regarding stringent NPA recognition norms as well as measures taken to ease credit supply to MSMEs. Patel and his four deputies, who all are members of the RBI's 18-member central board, will present a united front, while a few independent directors too are expected to support the central bank's mission to clean up bank balance sheets, sources said. The RBI's central board currently has 18 members, though the provision is that it can go up to 21. The members include Governor Urjit Patel and his four deputies as 'full-time official directors', while the other 13 have been nominated by the government, including two finance ministry officials ~ the economic affairs secretary and financial services secretary. Sources said the government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are looking to 35.5 lakh yet to apply for inclusion in Assam’s NRC GUWAHATI, 18 NOVEMBER P9 3 killed in grenade attack on Amritsar congregation PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 21.0(+1.5) SUN RISES 05:53 hrs MOON SETS 01:55 hrs PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ‘WOULD BE SURPRISED IF KOHLI KEEPS QUIET’ At least 20 injured in attack on Nirankari gathering; police treating it as a terror incident Min. 39% TEMPERATURE NETANYAHU IN LAST-DITCH BID TO AVOID SNAP POLLS The process of filing claims and objections to the draft NRC began on 25 September and it will come to an end on 15 December it will come to an end on 15 December. The issue of low turnout in the claims and objections period was discussed at Saturday's high-level meeting in New Delhi attended by home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba, Intelligence Bureau director Rajiv Jain, among others. The draft NRC was published on 30 July and included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore. There has been a huge controversy over exclusion of 40 lakh people from the draft NRC. Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had claimed that the NRC exercise was carried out with a “political motive” to divide people and warned that it would lead to a ‘bloodbath’ and a ‘civil war’ in the country. CMYK reach an agreeable solution with respect to relaxation of the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework and easing of lending norms for the MSME sector. If not in this board meeting, the issue of relaxation of PCA framework would reach a resolution in the next few weeks, they added. As a result of the relaxation, some banks may come out of the PCA framework by the end of this fiscal. Of the 21 state-owned banks, 11 are under the PCA framework, which imposes lending and other restrictions on weak lenders. These are Allahabad Bank, United Bank of India, Corporation Bank, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Ori- ental Bank of Commerce, Dena Bank and Bank of Maharashtra. The PCA framework kicks in when banks breach any of the three key regulatory trigger points ~namely capital to risk weighted assets ratio, net non-performing assets (NPA) and return on assets (RoA). Globally, PCA kicks in only when banks slip on a single parameter of capital adequacy ratio, and the government is in favour of this practice being adopted for the domestic banking sector as well. The RBI is also expected to consider a special dispensation for micro, small and medium enterprises and non-banking financial companies which have been facing liquidity issues. Congress locked up Kesri, threw him out: Modi PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MAHASAMUND, 18 NOVEMBER Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday alleged that Sitaram Kesri, who was from a “Dalit and exploited community”, was not allowed to complete his term as the Congress president so that Sonia Gandhi could take over the reins of the party. Speaking at a poll rally here in Chhattisgarh, Modi claimed that Kesri was ousted unceremoniously, “was locked in a bathroom” and “thrown out on the footpath”. “The Congress had said a chaiwala became the prime minister by the grace of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. I challenged them (to show that) when he (Nehru) had established such a democratic and liberal system, then make someone from outside the Gandhi family the Congress president for at least five years,” he said. “The country knows that Sitaram Kesri, who was from a Dalit and exploited community, was not allowed to complete his five-year term as the Congress president and was removed from the post,” Modi added. “The country knows how he was locked in a bathroom and then, thrown out of office and on the footpath to facilitate the entry of Sonia Gandhi as the new party chief,” he said. “The Congress cannot even afford a Dalit and exploited leader as its president for two years. How can they appoint someone, who is not from the Gandhi family, for five years?” he added. The prime minister was addressing a rally here on the last day of campaigning for the second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls. Targeting the Gandhi family, he said in the past, “Delhi had a remote-controlled government”. “The remote was in the hands of a family, which was afraid of the BJP he added. ,” “Remember the days when four generations of a family ruled the country. What was the fate of the people? They only thought about the welfare of one family but never about the welfare of people. How can we trust them to fulfil the aspirations of people now?” Modi said. He praised the high voter turnout in the Bastar region of the state in the first phase of polling on November 12 and also in the panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir. “Despite being threatened by Naxals with guns and bombs, a huge voter turnout was recorded in Bastar. The poor tribals have shown faith in democracy and given a befitting reply to bombs and guns,” he said. “Yesterday, panchayat elections were held in Kashmir. Earlier, people used to avoid conducting polls there. After the governor's rule was imposed, we decided that the power of Kashmir should rest in the hands of the people of Kashmir,” he added. “Terrorists had given a call for a shutdown in Kashmir, but look at the faith of the Kashmiri people in democracy, a voter turnout of around 60-70 per cent was recorded. It is a slap on the face of separatism and terrorism. They (people) have shown the strength of democracy,” Modi said. Jammu and Kashmir recorded 74.1 per cent polling in the first phase of the panchayat polls in 47 blocks Saturday. “The doors have been opened for the welfare of Kashmir. Who had stopped the Congress from doing this earlier? They played backdoor games with terrorists which will not be allowed any more,” Modi said.
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