www.thestatesman.com SATURDAY FIND US ONLINE 01 DECEMBER 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘SOME JOURNALISTS ARE SELF-SAFFRONISED’ P7 SENSEX 36,194.30 +23.89 WEATHER Mainly cloudy sky with amximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 29 and 19 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.85% Min. 42% Max: 29.2°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:00 hrs MOON RISES 00.09 hrs Min: 19.1°C (+2) SUN SETS 16:51 hrs MOON SETS 12:56 hrs TEMPERATURE Next quarter of moon on 4 December THUMBNAILS Highest shooting honour: Abhinav Bindra on Friday became the first Indian to earn the highest shooting honour - The Blue Cross. The Blue Cross is the highest recognition granted by the International Shooting Sport Federation for excellent contribution to the sport of shooting. “Extremely humbled’’, he tweeted. ED summons Vadra: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Rahul Gandhi, in connection with its money laundering probe in a land scam case in Bikaner, officials said Friday. Vadra was asked to appear before the investigating officer (IO) of the case next week. NRI gifts land for bullet train project: An NRI octogenarian from Germany, Savita Ben, who runs an Indian restaurant there, handed over her ancestral land in Gujarat for the MumbaiAhmedabad bullet train project, making it the first stretch of land to be acquired by the railways in the state for the project. NIFTY 10,876.75 +18.05 GARRULOUS GOVERNOR AZHARUDDIN NAMED TELANGANA CONGRESS CHIEF SHAW INJURED IN FALL, OUT OF FIRST TEST P2 P6 ` vs $ 69.58 +27 PAISE GOLD 29,215.00 -95.00 P12 SILVER 36,000.00 -200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 58.85 -0.66 Kejriwal, Rahul blast Modi GDP growth govt’s ‘anti-farmer’ policy slows to 7.1 % in Jul-Sep Qtr Non-BJP parties join in show of strength in Delhi rally, farmers demand debt relief STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 30 NOVEMBER Swaminathan backs protest by farmers T housands of farmers from across the country, who had converged here yesterday, held a massive protest rally today to press for their demands ~ including debt relief and proper remunerative prices for their produce ~ which also witnessed a slew of top Opposition leaders joining them in solidarity. Addressing the farmers' rally at Parliament Street in the heart of the national capital, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav tore into the Narendra Modi government for its alleged "anti-farmers" and "proindustrialist cronies" policies, accusing the BJPled central government of pushing the country into a severe agrarian crisis, even as they staunchly backed the agitating farmers' demands for loans waiver and higher crop prices. Led by the Left-backed All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) ~ an umbrella body of over 200 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers ~ thousands of farmers, who had converged on the historic Ramlila Maidan here last night, took out CHENNAI, 30 NOV Farmers in their traditional attire attend a rally to protest soaring farm operating costs and plunging prices of their produce, in Delhi on Friday. AMARJEET SINGH their "Kisan Mukti March" towards Parliament this morning, reportedly demanding a special session of Parliament to pass bills to ensure waiver of their farm loans and guarantee remunerative prices for crops based on the M S Swaminathan Commission's recommendations. Denied permission by Delhi Police to march to Parliament, the farmers held their rally at Parliament Street adjoining Jantar Mantar, where Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and students leader Kanhaiya Kumar were also present. Pledging the entire Opposition's solidarity with the farmers, the Congress president asserted: "For the sake of the future Farmers from Tamil Nadu display human skulls and bones during a rally in the Capital on Friday. SNS of farmers and youths, we are all standing together on one stage. We want to tell PM Modi and the BJP that if we need to change the laws, change the Chief Ministers or even the Prime Minister, we will do that in the interest of farmers." Gandhi said farmers were not asking for any "free gift" but were only seeking their basic rights. Kejriwal told the mega rally that the PM has “stabbed farmers in the back” by not fulfilling the promises he had made to them before 2014 polls. Coalgate: Delhi court convicts ex-coal secy NEW DELHI, 30 NOVEMBER A Delhi court on Friday convicted ex-coal secretary H C Gupta in a corruption case relating to allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal during the previous UPA regime at the Centre. Five others, including one retired and another serving public servant -- K S Kropha and K C Samria - were held guilty for various offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. Gupta, who was the Coal Secretary from December 31, 2005 to November 2008, has already been convicted before this in two other cases of coal block allocation in which he has been sentenced to jail for two and three years respectively. He is out on bail in both the cases. Kropha, who was then the Joint Secretary, Ministry of coal, retired in December 2017 as the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya. He has also been convicted and sentenced to two years in another coal block allocation scam and has been on bail. Samria then held the rank of Director in the Ministry of coal and is now working as a Joint Secretary in Ministry of Minority Affairs. He has already been convicted and sentenced to two years jail term in another case and has been out on bail. All the convicted persons were taken into the custody on the order of the court and were sent to judicial custody till December 3 when Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar will hear the arguments on sentence which entails maximum punishment of seven PTI years in jail. Backing the farmers' protest in Delhi, eminent agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan on Friday said that the Central and State governments must pay attention to pricing, procurement and public distribution to address farmers' woes. He said the UPA government in 2007 did not take action on the National Policy for Farmers, that seeks to improve the economic viability of farming “The demand for loan waiver comes from the present nonremunerative nature of farming and is indicative of the fact that economic viability is as important to farmers as to industrialists,” the first World Agriculture Prize awardee said. The farmers stir evidenced “agrarian unrest” and they have concluded that only agitation and not reasoning, would lead to action to solve their problems, he said. “I only feel sorry that in the electoral politics, solutions like loan waiver are given importance,” he said. PTI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 NOVEMBER India's economic growth slowed to 7.1 per cent in the September quarter after peaking to an over two-year high in the first three months of this fiscal, as consumption demand moderated and farm sector displayed signs of weakness. The growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in July-September is the lowest in three quarters but better than 6.3 per cent in the same period of the previous year, helping the country retain the tag of the world's fastestgrowing major economy, ahead of China. The Indian economy had grown by 8.2 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year that began in April, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday. The government, naturally, was disappointed but took comfort in the fact that the expansion was “robust and healthy” when the average rate for the first six months of the current fiscal are taken. “GDP growth for second quarter 2018-19 at 7.1 per cent seems disappointing. Manufacturing growth at 7.4 per cent and agriculture growth at 3.8% is steady. Construction at 6.8 per cent and mining at -2.4 per cent reflect monsoon months deceleration,” Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg tweeted. The growth during AprilSeptember stood at 7.6 per cent, which is “quite robust and healthy”, he said. “Still, Niti Aayog vice-chief hits back at Arvind NEW DELHI, 30 NOV Demonetisation was a move against corrupt people and not against elite as has been indicated by former CEA Arvind Subramanian, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Friday. Subramanian in a soon to be published book, 'Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy' has criticised demonetisation as a massive, draconian, monetary shock that accelerated economic slide. “I have seen a report which quoted Subramanian as saying that demonetisation was against elite. I don't know why he used the word elite. It was a step against those who are corrupt’’. PTI the highest growth rate in the world”. The Ministry of Finance said the second quarter has seen a reasonable overall GDP growth. “The growth in the second quarter is on higher base compared to the growth of the first quarter...The Indian Economy is on track to maintain a high growth rate in the current global environment,” it added. The second quarter growth of 7.1 per cent keeps India ahead of China, which had expanded at the rate of 6.5 per cent in the July-September (SEE P8) period this year.
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