WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 NOVEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR DON’T LIE FOR THE SAKE OF VOTES, KCR HITS BACK AT PM PRO-INCUMBENCY AT WORK IN MP , SAYS SHIVRAJ P6 SENSEX 35.513.14 +159.06 NIFTY 10,685.60 +57.00 Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 28 and 12 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.98% Min. 39% Max: 28.4°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:55 hrs MOON RISES 22:44 hrs Min: 10.7°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:24 hrs MOON SETS 12:23 hrs ` vs $ 70.79 +8 PAISE GOLD 29,575.00 -15.00 THUMBNAILS President Ram Nath Kovind with Maldives Foreign Affairs Minister Abdulla Shahid in IANS New Delhi on Tuesday Court bars Zia from contesting poll: In a major setback to jailed former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia, a top court on Tuesday ruled that a person jailed for more than two years cannot contest polls, ruining her chance to participate in the Dec 30 polls. Attorney General said the BNP chairperson, who is convicted in two graft cases, cannot contest the election. Trump says US stands with India on 26/11: Expressing solidarity with the innocent victims of the 2008 Mumbai attack, President Donald Trump has said the US stands with the people of India in their quest for justice and will never let the terrorists win. A total of 166 people, including six Americans, were killed in the terror attack on November 26, 2008. P12 Man held with live bullet at Delhi CM’s residence: Days after chilly powder was flung at Arvind Kejriwal, a visitor at the Delhi CM's residence was arrested Tuesday after a bullet was found in his purse during frisking, triggering a fresh war of words between the ruling AAP and the BJP. The AAP asked the Centre to pay P2 attention to the chief minister's security. CBI files supplementary chargesheet in Mumbai '93 blasts case: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a supplementary chargesheet against an accused, Ahmed Kamal Shaikh alias Ahmed Lambu, for his alleged involvement in the March 1993 Mumbai serial P10 blasts case, an official said. ‘Pak to invite Modi for Saarc’ Economy now robust: RBI chief In an apparent defence of the government's demonetisation decision, RBI Governor Urjit Patel Tuesday told law makers that the note ban's impact was transient and the economy is robust, sources said. Patel, who appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, would give written responses on some of the controversial issues raised by the members, including the government citing never-used powers to get the central bank on the discussion table, said MPs who were present in the meeting. Making a presentation on the state of economy, the governor said the economy would get a boost from oil prices cooling off from fouryear highs and asserted that the fundamentals were “robust”. The RBI governor’s views on the economy were “optimistic”, sources said. Members were also informed that credit growth was 15 per cent, inflation has come down to 4 per cent and cash to GDP ratio also improved. On specific questions related to demonetisation, Patel told the members of Parliament (MPs) that its impact was “transient”, they said. Patel was earlierscheduledtoappear before the panel on November 12. The RBI governor,however,didnot answer specific questions on the government considering using Section 7 of the RBI Act, NPAs, the autonomy of the central bankandothercontentious issues, sources said. PTI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 27 NOVEMBER P rime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to Pakistan for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Tuesday. The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in Islamabad. But after a deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that year, India expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to “prevailing circumstances”. The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the Islamabad meet. Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh and eighth members of the initiative. Addressing a conference in Islamabad Tuesday, Faisal recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his victory speech had said that if India took one step forward, Pakistan would take two. Prime Minister Modi will be invited to Pakistan for the SAARC summit, Faisal was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper. He said that Prime Minister Khan, in a letter to his Indian counterpart, had expressed Pakistan's openness to resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue with India. “We fought a war with India, relations cannot be fixed quickly,” Faisal said. SAARC Summits are usually held biennially ‘Corridor will remove enmity’ LAHORE, 27 NOVEMBER Terming Kartarpur as a “corridor of infinite possibilities”, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Tuesday that such initiatives would promote peace and erase “enmity” between India and Pakistan. Sidhu, who arrived here along with Indian journalists to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Narowal, greeted at the Wagah Border. PTI SEE ALSO PAGE 6 hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the Chair of the Association. The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu, which was attended by Modi. Faisal also said that The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Nitish government in Bihar for being "lenient" in taking action against those involved in the sexual and other abuses of children at shelter homes even as it hinted at handing over the investigation to CBI. A three-judge bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta said the Bihar government has registered only for minimum offence. “Your state has been very selective...catch this and leave others," said the bench while hearing of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case. “If you haven't registered FIR on Section 377 IPC then how will you investigate?...Are we doing any favour to these chil- the Kartarpur Corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan, is expected to be completed within six months. “In this century diplomacy has completely changed,” he said, adding policies are now made based on citizens' emotions and wishes. Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan is located across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. It was established by the Sikh Guru in 1522. The first Gurdwara, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, was built here, where Guru Nanak Dev is said to have died. Both India and Pakistan have decided to build a corridor, linking Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Argentina from November 28 to December 2 to participate in the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires during which he will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of other participating nations, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. Modi will also highlight the risks posed by oil price volatility and raise the issue of combating terror financing and money laundering, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. One of the issues that will be discussed is strengthening of the WTO, he told reporters. dren? Are they not citizens of this country," it asked. Justice Gupta said Sections 323, 325, 406, 407 of the Indian Penal Code and the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) were attracted in all the cases of children abuse at shelter homes in Bihar. The cases against the accused were filed under the POCSO Act, and not under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which the apex court said was not the correct way to handle them. Justice Gupta said the offences attracting stringent provisions of criminal law were apparently overlooked. Team capable of creating history: Coach HARPAL SINGH BEDI BHUBANESWAR, 27 NOVEMBER Hockey coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday exuded confidence of the Indian team performing well in the14th World Cup commencing in Bhubaneswar from Wednesday, saying " It's a team that can create history". India will take on South Africa in their opener and the coach hoped that his side will open their campaign with a victory. “I know that first match is important in every tournament. The win releases 40 to 50% of pressure. We are thinking on the same lines. We want full points in first match tomorrow. But for points, we can't forget/sacrifice the basics of hockey, the strategy. “ he said. Further elaborating he said “I expect their (SA) strikers will try to break us. But we have strategies in place. It's mixed results so far for us (this year). We won't compromise on playing attacking hockey against any team. We want to think ahead of the opponents.” He did not agree with a question that team is inex- Shah Rukh Khan at the opening ceremony. perienced saying “It's a team that can create history. You have to have patience. Selectors have considered these players good enough to wear India colours, be proud of it. Every player in the team understands it. ’’ Asked how he fancied his team’s chances, he said “ Did anyone think Ireland will reach women's WC final and Croatia make it to FIFA WC final. Every team works on their strategy. It's about that particular day. SNS He obviously did not like a question on defeat in the Asian Games saying , “ Hard fact is all of us have forgotten Asian Games defeat and you should also forget. We learn from history, gain experience but there is no point recalling it. We don't even talk about it now in our meetings. Asked about the format of this world cup, where there is a long gap between team’s matches , he replied “to be frank as a coach I support this format. . Hockey is a fast game, result oriented, highly demanding. “Unfortunately, earlier we used to play the next match in 24 hours. Whenever it used to happen, we never got desired result. It helps to bring team into renewed mood. You come back with fresh mind and legs. You can play at the same intensity, margin of error reduces. “ To a query regarding being under pressure as his team is playing before the home crowd, he replied “ I enjoy pressure. I don't know the outcome, but if I want to put in words, these coming three weeks are going to be the best moments of my career. ’’ Talking about the pool C, he said It's a very unique Pool, All four teams are different, which is not the case in other pools. We have teams from American (CAN), African (SA), European (BEL) and Asian continent (IND). In every match, we have to play a different kind of hockey. We have done our homework. Skipper Manpreet Singh made it clear that he was focusing on victories “We are not focusing on crossovers. If we top the pool, so we should P16 SILVER 36,300.00 -400.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 60.28 -0.20 NASA’s InSight lands on Mars WASHINGTON, 27 NOVEMBER NEW DELHI, 27 NOVEMBER SC slams Bihar govt over shelter homes STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 NOVEMBER MITHALI BREAKS SILENCE ON WORLD T20 AXING P12 P10 Kartarpur Corridor may be ready in 6 months: Faisal WEATHER TEMPERATURE JACK MA BECOMES A COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBER not worry about it. We are focusing on our first match.We have improved over the last 34 years, never won FIH medals. Won HWL bronze, then CT silver. Now it's the WC. So have to show that we have improved at the highest level. After AG, all of us were disappointed to concede in the last minute. We have worked on that a lot, also in team meetings. It will be better to keep the ball in opponent's half. We want to top the pool and play in crossovers. You get an extra day then and know who you will play. South African coach Mark Hopkins opined “It ’s an opportunity for us to showcase our skills. I think the pressure is on both sides. Being the host nation there is more pressure on India than us. We will just go out there and play the brand of hockey that is successful for us.” “We are a proud sporting nation and as a group we are looking to create history. The goal for us is to finish the tournament as the most successful South African hockey team in the men’s World Cup,” he said. NASA engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018. Cheers and applause erupted at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a $993 million unmanned lander, called InSight, touched down on the Red Planet and managed to send back its AFP first picture. Guv sparks row; No pressure: Raj Bhavan SNS & PTI JAMMU/SRINAGAR, 27 NOVEMBER In remarks that could embarrass the Centre, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said had he “looked to Delhi”, he would have had to install a government led by Sajad Lone, a claim which the Opposition said on Tuesday vindicated its charge he was under pressure to put in place a “BJPsupported government”. There was no immediate reaction from the Centre or the BJP to the remark made on Saturday by Malik, who said history would have remembered him as a “dishonest man” if he had asked Lone, the leader of the People's Conference, to form the government. But a Raj Bhavan spokesperson in Jammu Tuesday clarified that the governor while taking the decision to dissolve the J and K Legislative Assem- NASA's robotic InSight lander, designed to dig deep into the rocky surface of Mars to reveal its secrets, has successfully touched down on the Red Planet after a supersonic plunge through its rose-hued atmosphere, the US space agency said on Tuesday. The lander sent signals indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface, InSight team said in a statement. “Aaah...soaking up the Sun with my solar panels. After a long flight, and thrilling #MarsLandings,” the InSight Twitter handle posted. PTI SEE PAGE 13 Malik remark vindicates Opp charge: Cong JAMMU, 27 NOVEMBER bly on the night of November 21 acted in an “objective and impartial” manner.“There was no pressure or any kind of intervention from the Centre in the entire matter,” he said in a press statement. As the comments by Malik created a flutter, the chiefs of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and National Conference ~ Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, both former chief ministers ~ complimented the Governor for not taking “instructions” from Delhi thereby stopping the installation of a government of the“BJP and its proxies”. Malik abruptly dissolved the Assembly after the PDP staked claim to form a government. The Congress in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said that Governor Satya Pal Malik's remark on government formation in the state has vindicated the Opposition charge that the BJP wanted him to install a government through “unconstitutional act”. Malik on Saturday said had he looked to Delhi, he would have had to install a government led by Sajad Lone, and history would have remembered him as a “dishonest man”. Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee ( JKPCC) chief Gulam Ahmed Mir said that this vindicates our stand that the governor had to dissolve the state assembly since he had no option to defeat the claim of single largest party led by Mehbooba Mufti for government formation. PTI
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