CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 NOVEMBER 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 P8 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Mist likely in the morning. Maximum-minimum temp will be around 31-20 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P9 Min. 47% Max: 31.4°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:54 hrs MOON RISES 15.42 hrs Min: 19.9°C (0) SUN SETS 16:52 hrs MOON SETS 03:43 hrs Full moon on 22 November THUMBNAILS Sachin Tendulkar during a friendly football match organised by the UNICEF on the occasion of World Children’s Day at Thyagaraj Stadium, in the Capital on Monday. SNS Jolt for Trump in asylum case: A federal judge put a temporary halt to a Trump administration order denying the possibility of asylum to people who enter the US illegally. President Trump issued the proclamation earlier this month as a matter of what he called national security as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants made its way through Mexico toward the US border. Rights groups sued shortly after the order was announced. Explosion near ordnance depot kills 6: At least six people were killed and 10 others injured when an explosion took place near an ordnance depot in Maharashtra's Wardha district on Tuesday while ammunition was being unloaded by labourers for disposal, officials said. The blast took place between 7.10 am and 7.15 am at the explosive demolition ground near the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) at Pulgaon town, a Defence official said. Chhattisgarh polling percentage dips: A total of 74.17 per cent of the over 1.85 crore electors cast their votes in the Chhattisgarh assembly polls, which is less by nearly three per cent as compared to the last elections, the Election Commission said on Tuesday. In the second phase of polling held on Tuesday in 72 Assembly seats, the voter turnout was recorded at 71.93 per cent till 6 pm. In the first phase the poll percentage was 76.42. P2 Kejriwal attacked with chilli powder: A man flung chilli powder at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal outside his office on Tuesday, an attack the Aam Aadmi Party described as “politically motivated”, while asserting that BJP is hatching a conspiracy in collusion with Delhi Police to attack the CM. Even as the AAP alleged that it was the third attack on Kejriwal, Delhi Police issued a statement without specifying whether the man threw chilli powder or not. ontroversial Trinamul Congress minister and city mayor Sovan Chatterjee today was stripped of his twin posts of ministers for fire services and housing and also asked to step down as the city mayor. Without going into the reasons for the drastic step chief minister Mamata Banerjee made a cryptic remark: “He had earlier expressed his desire to resign four-five times. We thought that he will realise (his mistakes). He resigned today and we have accepted it. He has also been asked to quit the post of city mayor.” His resignation was immediately sent to Raj Bhavan for Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi's approval, while state urban development minister Firad Hakim has been given additional charge of the two departments. Senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation will handle the affairs till a new mayor is appointed. The Mayor-cum-minister had been under the scanner of the party supremo for some time since he got embroiled in family trouble, but matters came to a head earlier in the day in the state Assembly. The chief minister was peeved by Mr Chatterjee's reply to a question on the CM Mamata Banerjee said: “Sovan had earlier expressed his desire to resign four-five times. We thought that he will realise (his mistakes). He resigned today and we have accepted it. He has also been asked to quit mayor’s post’’ C data on homeless people and rectified it herself in the House. She called Mr Chatterjee to her chamber where she reportedly pulled him up for not coming prepared to the Assembly. She is learnt to have asked him why the party or the departments he held suffered because of his personal life. Though Mr Chatterjee tried to clarify the facts he had placed in the House, Miss Banerjee refused to listen to him. Thereafter Mr Chatterjee went to the state secretariat at Nabanna to attend a function of his department where Miss Banerjee flagged off 50 fire tenders. At the programme, Miss Banerjee was seen visibly annoyed with Mr Chatterjee and found expressing her displeasure each time he approached her on the dais. Later, when asked Mr Chatterjee said he was informing Miss Banerjee of his plans to introduce more fire fighting motorbikes. Kabul suicide bomber targets clerics, 50 dead ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, 20 NOVEMBER A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said another 83 people were wounded in the attack, with 20 of them in a critical condition and the toll is likely to rise. The suicide bomber was able to sneak into a wedding hall in Kabul where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the holiday. No one immediately claimed the attack, but both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate have targeted religious scholars aligned with the government in the past. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the bombing, calling it “an attack on Islamic values and followers of the Prophet Muhammad,” and declaring Wednesday a day of mourning. “It is an attack on humanity,” Ghani said. After the programme, Mr Chatterjee met Miss Banerjee in her chamber and handed over his resignation from ministerial posts to the CM’s secretary Gautam Sanyal. Before leaving Nabanna Mr Chatterjee told reporters: "There is no question of resigning. These are all rumours. I have many enemies and they are spreading such rumours against me." He said he would have to rush to KMC as he had some important work, but instead went home. Sources said Miss Banerjee accused Mr Chatterjee of being “too much preoccupied with his personal life and ignoring the work of his departments.” She reportedly questioned him why he was irregular in attending KMC. Mr Chatterjee, who had once been a lieutenant of Miss Banerjee, incurred her wrath since his relationship with a college professor and divorce suit filed by his wife Mrs Ratna Chatterjee became public. Last year, in a Cabinet reshuffle Miss Banerjee took away the environment department from him, while just before the pujas this year Miss Banerjee announced he would no longer be the party’s South 24 Parganas district president. The bonhomie between Miss Banerjee and Mr Chatterjee had reached such a stage that when Miss Banerjee was railway minister, she “jokingly” pushed Mr Chatterjee into a swimming pool she was inaugurating. The latter got drenched and kept flashing smile despite the discomfiture. Reacting to the resignation the Congress demanded the reasons behind it be laid in the state Assembly. Leader of the Opposition, Abdul Mannan said the chief minister is morally bound to inform the House which is now in session. CPI-M politburo member Mohammad Salim said Mr Chatterjee should have resigned from all important portfolios earlier when his “moral conduct” had beenquestioned. The BJP hailed the step taken by the state’s ruling party but regretted that had the decision been taken earlier and Mr Chatterjee hadn’t been allowed to stay on, the KMC and the two departments would have performed better. A Delhi court held that Yashpal Singh's offence fell under the “rarest of rare” category warranting the death penalty. The court also imposed fine of Rs 35 lakh each on both the convicts and directed payment of the fine amount as compensation to surviving family members PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER A Delhi court on Tuesday awarded death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh and ordered life imprisonment to another, Naresh Sherawat, for killing of two men during the 1984 antiSikh riots that followed assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi leaving nearly 3,000 people dead. In the first verdict after the riots-related cases were reopened by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2015, the court held that Singh's offence fell under the “rarest of rare” category warranting the death penalty. The Delhi Police had closed this case in 1994 for want of evidence. The SIT is investigating nearly 60 cases related to the riots, while it has filed “untraced report” in 52 cases. The court also imposed fine of Rs 35 lakh each on both the convicts BHOPAL/JHABUA/REWA, 20 NOVEMBER Addressing an election rally in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he used the “bitter medicine” of demonetisation to bring back money into the banking system and to give “proper treatment to deeprooted corruption system” in the country. “We use poisonous medicine to eradicate termite. Similarly, I used note ban as a 'tez' (bitter) medicine to treat corruption in the country.” he said. “People who used to hide their money under beds, in their houses, offices and factories are now paying tax of every single penny and we are using this money for the right schemes for the common man,” Modi said. The PM asked people to vote “intelligently” in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, ensuring that “not even a single Congress candidate” is elected. Addressing a poll rally for the 28 November elections, Modi said the people of Madhya Pradesh have an opportunity to crush the Congress party's “ego”. Targeting the Nehru-Gandhi family, Modi said, “History has shown us that however big a sultanate in Delhi is, its rule ends after four generations. Congress has also met the same fate”. “Congress is a party whose leaders are confused and the party is fused. They can't pass current (power) to you,” he said. People in various states who knew what Congress did haven't allowed it to return to power there, Modi said, citing Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal as examples. “In these states, the Congress was struggling for over 30 years but people didn't bring it to power, he added. Modi said ballots have prevailed over bullets in Jammu and Kashmir civic elections and in Chhattisgarh Assembly polls despite threats by terrorists and Maoists. “The previous governments feared violence in holding elections in Srinagar,” Modi said, adding civic polls were held there with “no trace of violence”. “Despite terrorists calling for a bandh, elections were held three days ago in Kashmir valley. The polling percentage there was 65,” he said. “People having faith in democracy proved their point,” he added. “In Chhattisgarh, naxals threatened that if people did not boycott polls, their fingers would be chopped off. Around 70 per cent voting took place in the first phase of elections and a large voter turnout is seen and directed payment of the fine amount as compensation to surviving family members of deceased Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh. While this is the first death penalty after the SIT was formed, one Kishori was earlier given the death penalty by a trial court in as many as seven anti-Sikh riots cases. However, Delhi High Court confirmed death penalty only in three cases, which were later commuted to life-term by the Supreme Court. Sikh leaders across parties, including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, welcomed the court decision and hoped that others involved in the riots would also soon be brought to book for their “horrendous and inhuman acts”. “Convict Yashpal Singh is sentenced to death for the offence under section 302 (murder) of the IPC. Convict Naresh Sehrawat is sentenced to life for the offence under section 302 (murder) of the IPC,” Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey said. Proceedings were held inside the Tihar Jail by Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey due to security concerns as one of the convicts, Yashpal, was attacked inside the Patiala House District courts premises on November 15, the last date of hearing. The court directed that the complete original case file be submitted to Delhi High Court for confirmation of the death penalty. Sushma not to contest LS poll, cites health INDORE/BHOPAL, 20 NOV External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday announced that she will not contest the next Lok Sabha elections due to health reasons. In a late night tweet she said she is not retiring from politics. The 66-year-old leader, who is serving her fourth term in the House and has long been her party's most prominent woman face, said the BJP will take a final call on the issue. Swaraj told reporters at Indore that after her kidney transplant operation in December 2016, doctors had advised her to stay away from dust, which has stopped her from attending programmes in open places. “Although my party has the right to decide my candidature, due to health reasons, I have decided that I will not contest the next Lok Sabha elections,” Swaraj said. Swaraj, second term MP from Vidisha Lok Sabha seat, said that despite holding posts of Leader of Opposition and Minister of External Affairs, she regularly visited all eight Assembly segments in her constituency. “Doctors have advised me that I should avoid exposure to PTI dust’, she said. Apex court furious over purported leak in CBI case JUSTICE AT LAST PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 NOVEMBER Family members of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots celebrate the verdict outside the Patiala House Court after the pronouncement of the first death sentence in the case. In the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA PM justifies using bitter demonetisation medicine SNS & PTI P12 ’84 riots: 1 gets death, another life sentence Sovan Chatterjee resigns as minister STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 20 NOVEMBER INDIANS PROMISE RETURN WALLOP IF HIT BY RIVALS P5 Asked to quit Kolkata mayor’s post as well; CM irked at his House reply Max.94% TEMPERATURE ACCHE DIN FOR BIHAR LEGISLATORS NISSAN SHARES TUMBLE FOLLOWING GHOSN’S ARREST RBI MOVE CREDIT NEGATIVE FOR PSU BANKS: MOODY’S for the second phase there today,” Modi said. Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said his party didn't accept a Congress offer for an alliance in Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls because the Rahul Gandhi-led party was not ready to include the BSP in the proposed coalition. Criticising the Congress, Yadav said its policies were responsible for the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said that Congress would have “won” more than 200 seats out of 230 in the November 28 elections in Madhya Pradesh had it tied up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP). BSP chief Mayawati had in October announced that her party would contest Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly polls alone and had accused the Congress of being “arrogant” and not being interested in fighting the BJP It was . seen as a setback for the Congress which has been trying to rally Opposition forces to forge an anti-BJP front. “The Congress doesn't give us any importance. That party was ready to allot seats to SP in Madhya Pradesh elections. However, we told them that the election is going to be a big battle and we need to include the BSP in the alliance, but the Congress was not ready. So, our alliance could not materialise,” Yadav told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday after the launch of his party's poll manifesto. The SP chief's remarks come in the backdrop of the arch-rivals SP and BSP coming together against the BJP CMYK in Uttar Pradesh bypolls earlier this year to wrest two important Lok Sabha seats - Gorakhpur and Phulpur -from the saffron party. Yadav has been maintaining that an alliance with the BSP will be formed in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, to defeat the BJP in the 2019 general elections. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday hit out at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and accused him of misleading people on demonetisation and GST. Prasad said the noteban exercise and implementation of GST helped the country in the long run and steps taken by the Centre had made India the fastest growing economy in the world. Talking to reporters, Prasad said, “The Congress president has been raking up the issue of demonetisation and GST during the election campaign. He is misleading people. These steps have benefited the Indian economy in the long run.” A furious Supreme Court on Tuesday told all the parties in a case involving the CBI's top brass they did not “deserve” a hearing in the light of the purported leak of the agency chief's reply to the CVC's probe findings against him and making public the sensational allegations by its senior officer Manish Kumar Sinha against top officials. Making it clear that the court was not a “platform” where people can come and express “whatever they want”, an anguished bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the matter twice during the day and said it would not hear any party including the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and confine itself to the purported leak and publication of Sinha's allegations. The bench, also comprising justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, vent its ire at the start of the hearing and reminded the parties its earlier order asking them to maintain confidentiality of the CVC's preliminary inquiry report on corruption allegations against CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma and his response to it was intended to ensure “respect” and the integrity of the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI). As the hearing commenced, the bench referred to an article published by a news portal and solicited response from senior advocate Fali S Nariman, representing Verma, by saying, “It is only for you Mr Nariman and not as a counsel for Alok Verma. We have given this to you as you are one of the most respected and senior member of the institution. Please help us.” After going through the news report, Nariman said it was totally “unauthorised” and he was very “disturbed and shocked” by the “leak” and also questioned the move by lawyer Gopal Shankaranarayanan, who is also representing Verma, to mention the matter in the court on Monday to seek time to file a reply on behalf of the CBI director. After providing the copy of the news report to Nariman, the bench adjourned the hearing to November 29 on the plea filed by Verma, who has challenged the Centre's decision to divest him of duties and sending him on forced leave, saying, “We do not think any of you deserve any hearing”. In a sudden turn of events, Nariman re-entered the courtroom after a few minutes and mentioned the case seeking re-hearing which was allowed. Nariman said the news article in question was published by the portal on November 17 and it was related to Verma's reply given to the CVC during the preliminary enquiry proceedings while the order asking the CBI chief to respond to the vigilance probe's finding was passed only the previous day. Referring to the media report, Nariman, during the first round of hearing of the day, said, “This gives a new twist to the word responsible press and freedom of press”, adding that the news portal and its journalists concerned be summoned by the court.
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