CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 DECEMBER 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 ACKNOWLEDGING A LIVING TREASURE AMERICA BIDS FAREWELL TO BUSH SENIOR STAR-SPANGLED INDIA LEAVE IT TO PUJARA P12 SENSEX 35,312.13 -572.28 WEATHER Mainly clear sky with morning mist likely. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be 27-17 degree celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 NIFTY 10,601.15 -181.75 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Max.83% Min. 40% LUCKNOW, 6 DECEMBER Max: 27.2°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:04 hrs MOON RISES 05.48 hrs Min: 17.4°C (+1) SUN SETS 16:52 hrs MOON SETS 17:04 hrs BJP MP Savitribai Phule resigned from the primary membership of the party on Thursday, saying the party was playing “divisive politics” and was misusing money to construct temples and statues. The Dalit MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, who has long been critical of the party's leadership and resigned from the party on the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, said she wants to get the Constitution implemented in letter and spirit. “I have resigned from the party. But I will continue as a Lok Sabha member till the end of my tenure,” Phule told reporters. “Desh ke chowikdar ki pehredari mein, sansadhono ki chori karai ja rahi hai(the country's resources are being looted under the watch of the country's gateman),” she said in a derisive reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Slamming the BJP, she said people did not get Rs 15 lakh as promised but money was being misused in the construction of statues and temples. “It (BJP) is spreading hatred by raking up HinduMuslim, India-Pakistan issues and doing nothing to bring back those who fled with our money,” the 37year-old MP said. Ministers, she added, were making statements against the spirit of the Constitution. “It seems the BJP wants to run the country from Manusmriti and not from the Constitu- TEMPERATURE Next moon quarter on 18 December THUMBNAILS Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to Bodhisatva Babasaheb Dr B.R. Ambedkar on his 63rd Mahaparinirvan Diwas, in the Capital on Thursday. SNS Yasir Shah breaks 82-year-old record: Paky o istan's leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Thursday became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand. The 32-year-old Yasir beat Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in JohanP12 nesburg in 1936. Sensex dives 572 points: Benchmark Sensex buckled under selling pressure for the third straight day Thursday, in step with a global sell-off triggered by the arrest of a top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei in Canada. Asian markets nosedived after Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada for extradition to the US for suspected Iran sancP8 tions violations. Fitch slashes India growth forecast to 7.2 pc: Fitch Ratings on Thursday slashed India's GDP growth forecast to 7.2 per cent for current fiscal, from 7.8 per cent projected in September, citing higher financing cost and reduced credit availability. In its Global Economic Outlook, Fitch estimated India's GDP growth to be 7 per cent and 7.1 per cent in financial years P8 2019-20 and 2020-21, respectively. OPEC to consider views of Modi: OPEC will consider views of world leaders such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who represent the voice of major consuming nations, with seriousness before taking a decision on cutting output to support falling prices, Saudi oil minister Khalid Al Falih said on Thursday. India is the world's third largest oil consuming nation. P7 ` vs $ 70.90 -44 PAISE BJP MP Phule quits party in UP, opposes ‘divisive politics’ tion,” Phule asserted, referring to the ancient Hindu code. “I am resigning on the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar as Manuwadi mentality is being promoted and the RSS, theVHP and the BJP are hurting the sentiments of Dalits and Muslims by creating a 1992 like situation. They are playing divisive politics and vitiating the communal atmosphere...,” she said. Phule also said she wanted to draw the country's attention towards the issue of reservations in promotion. Reacting to her resignation, BJP spokesperson Harishchandra Srivsatava said Phule was trying to hide her failures as she had failed to meet the expectations of the people of Bahraich. Phule said she will launch an agitation to champion the cause of Dalits from December 23. “From today onwards, I have nothing to do with the BJP My voice was being . ignored in the party as I am a Dalit. There is a great conspiracy against Dalits and their rights. Reservation for Dalits and backwards is also being slowly taken away,” she said. Phule has been attacking the BJP and its governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged indifference to the concerns of SC. NOW, OFF TO TURIN TO KNOCK THE BIG BOY DOWN GOLD 29,955.00 +110.00 HC refuses nod for BJP rathyatra KOLKATA, 6 DECEMBER Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty of Calcutta High Court today did not give permission for BJP's rath yatra scheduled to begin from Cooch Behar tomorrow and deferred it till the next hearing on 9 January. The state BJP has decided to appeal against the day's order in the Division Bench tomorrow. A team of state BJP met Chief Justice Debasis Kar Gupta at his chamber after the order. One of them said that the Chief Justice has asked them to mention the matter tomorrow. The court directed that superintendents of police of all districts in West Bengal will file a report by December 21 to it on the holding of 'rath yatra' rallies by the BJP , after hearing all the district presidents of the party. Earlier during the day, advocate general, Kishor Datta informed the court that the permission for the rally has been rejected and submitted reports of the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Cooch Behar along with "intellegence input" on the situation to the court to underscore the decision of rejecting permission. Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that the prayer of the BJP for permission to hold the 'rath yatra' cannot be granted at this stage. It is the duty of the court to assert from the facts and circumstances whether there will be loss of life or property, it was observed. SNS SEE ALSO KOLKATA PLUS 1 P11 SILVER 36,600.00 -200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 60.14 -1.42 UP violence: CM meets slain cop's family Yogi assures inspector’s family members of all help; govt job for kin STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 6 DECEMBER ttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath met the family members of the slain police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh Rathore, at his official residence here on Thursday even as investigating agencies worked on the possibility of a ‘deep conspiracy’ behind Monday’s violence in Bulandshahr district. Official sources said the chief minister assured the family members of the policeman of all possible help. The chief minister assured the widow of the slain inspector that the accused in the case would not be spared and an independent inquiry was being conducted in the incident. The meeting at the chief minister’s 5 Kalidas Marg official residence was held for about 30 minutes. Official sources said the police officer’s family members appeared satisfied after the meeting. State minister and Bharatiya Janata Party in charge of Etah district, Atul Garg and UP director-general of police (DGP) OP Singh were present in the meeting. Talking to news persons , the DG police said on the instructions of the chief minister the expenditure to be incurred on the education of the two sons of Subodh Kumar Singh will be borne by the state government. The UP police chief said all other help and facilities would be pro- U Raj’s contradictory claims NEW DELHI, 6 DECEMBER Contradictions appear in the two statements given by Bajrang Dal's Bulandshahr unit convener Yogesh Raj over the cow slaughter incident on Monday which spiralled into a mob violence killing two. Two FIRs were registered by the police - one over cow slaughter and the other vided to the bereaved family. OP Singh said one member of the inspector’s family will be given a government job. Minister in charge of Etah district, Atul Garg, who also addressed the media said a road and a college in Etah would be named after Subodh Kumar Singh. Garg claimed that the on the mob violence in which a village man was also killed. A day after Raj appeared in a video claiming innocence another man wanted by police has surfaced in a similar manner. In the video, local BJP leader Shikhar Agarwal, who is also named in the FIR, is heard blaming slain police inspector SK Singh for the violence. PTI order pertaining to renaming the approach road from the police inspector’s village to Jaithori-Kurauli road in Singh’s name has already been issued by the government. Station house officer (SHO) of Sayana police station in Bulandshahr district, Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20- year old youth, Sumit, were killed in the violence and mayhem unleashed by a mob led by Hindu right wing activists over an alleged incident of cow slaughter. Yogi Adityanath’s meeting with the SHO’s wife, his two sons and sister was held against the backdrop of the criticism by the Opposition parties. The chief minister was criticised for his silence over the killing of the police officer by a riotous mob. In the press release issued after the law and order meeting convened by him on Tuesday, Adityanath said the violence was the outcome of a “conspiracy”. While maintainingsilence over Singh’s killing, the UP chief minister gave instructions to enforce a crackdown on incidents of cow slaughter. He said DMs and SPs will be personally held responsible for any lapse. SC questions urgency in Verma case MEA examining UK request SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 DECEMBER Underlining that the “essence” of every government action must be in the interest of the institution, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) what was the “grave exigency” that prompted the “overnight” decision to divest CBI director Alok Verma of his powers in the wake of his fierce tussle with his number two and special director Rakesh Asthana. The top court asked the Centre and the CVC probing questions over their waiting for more than three months before making their intervention in the battle of attrition between Verma and Asthana, both The Bench, headed by CJI and having two other judges, said govt has to be “fair” and asked what the difficulty was in consulting the selection panel of whom were divested of their powers and sent on compulsory leave by the Centre in a midnight operation on 23 October. The apex court reserved its order on a plea filed by Verma and others ~ challenging the central government's decision to strip the CBI director of his charge ~ upon the conclusion of arguments by the Centre, CVC, CBI as well as Verma, NGO Common Cause and others. "Institutions cannot be allowed to crumble,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi observed while reserving its verdict. “The essence of every government action must be in the interest of the institution and to adopt the best course,” said the Bench also comprising Justice S K Kaul and Justice K M Joseph. At a point, the apex court asked, “Can there be an acting director?” Verma's counsel and senior advocate Fali S Nariman said, "Yes". It then asked whether the apex court could appoint anyone to head the CBI. Nariman responded that it can do so as it has the powers under the Constitution. The court reminded the Centre and the CVC that it was not that the Verma-Asthana fued had erupted overnight forcing the government to divest the CBI chief of his powers without consulting the Selection Committee comprising the Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of India. It noted that the Attorney General K K Venugopal had submitted that such a situation had started in July but the government took action in October. The Bench said the government has to be “fair” and repeatedly asked what was the difficulty in consulting the Selection Committee. for consular access to Michel SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 6 DECEMBER The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said it was examining a request by the British High Commission for seeking consular access to Christian Michel, the British national who was brought here from the UAE two days ago in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal scam. “We have received a request from the UK High Commission seeking consular access. The matter at this point of time is being examined within the ministry,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters. He said the government will revert to the British High Commission soon. On Wednesday, the British High Commission sought consular access to Michel, the alleged middleman accused of bribing politicians and officials to swing the chopper deal in Agusta's favour. An official in the High Commission said that the British government was in contact with Michel's family. Michel, 57, was brought to India late Tuesday night following his extradition by the United Arab Emirates in connection with the chopper deal case. A court on Wednesday sent him to a five-day custody of the CBI, probing the scam. Asked about Michel's extradition, Kumar said the MEA had received two requests from the CBI and the ED and the requests were forwarded by Indian Mission to the UAE authorities. “After following due process and exhaustion of judicial process, Christian Michel was extradited to India. The matter is being handled by CBI,” he said. Michel is one of the three middlemen, being probed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. Michel has denied the charges. Neighbours in blame game over Kartarpur; Pak stern on Kashmir SNS & PTI ISLAMABAD, 6 DECEMBER Pakistan and India today accused each other of politicising the Kartarpur corridor issue. While Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan regretted that the Indian media had given a political twist to the Kartarpur corridor issue, India termed as unfortunate Pakistan’s “attempt to politicise” the matter. “Unfortunately the Indian media has given Kartarpur (border opening) a political colour, as if we did this to gain some sort of political mileage... This is not true. We did it because it is part of (the ruling) Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's manifesto,” he said. “We have religious sites that are impor- tant for Hindus and Buddhists; we should open them up and facilitate the people,” Khan said, without explaining. The Sikh community has responded very positively to the effort to open the Kartarpur border, he said. Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Pakistan Army on Thursday hoped that India will respond “positively” to Pakistan's “goodwill gesture” of opening the Kartarpur border for the Sikh pilgrims. In another development, Pakistan said the “core issue” of Kashmir with India will not be put on the back burner after Islamabad opened the Kartarpur border for Sikh pilgrims. Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that the corridor would be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev next year. On November 28, Khan laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor on the Pakistani side while on November 26, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh laid its foundation stone in Punjab's Gurdaspur. The corridor will connect Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev's final resting place in Pakistan's Kartarpur to the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab's Gurdaspur district in India, fulfilling a long-pending demand of the Sikh community. In a separate press conference in Rawalpindi, Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor of army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Pakistan has taken several positive initiatives for peace with India, and the latest one was the groundbreaking of the Kartarpur corridor. He, however, regretted that the initiative was negatively presented in India, but hoped CMYK that India will “positively respond to this goodwill gesture”. Ghafoor said that the corridor will be constructed in six months after which 4,000 Sikh pilgrims will be able to visit daily. “It will be a one-way corridor from the Indian side to Kartarpur, and the Sikh pilgrims will remain restricted to Kartarpur,” the officer added. Ghafoor also raised concern over the increasing ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary allegedly by the Indian forces, saying 55 civilians have been killed in cross-border aggression this year. SNS adds from Delhi: India on Thursday described as ‘unfortunate’ Pakistan’s attempt to politicise the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor foundation-stone laying ceremony on its side of the border last week but hoped Islamabad would fulfil expeditiously all the announcements it has made with regard to the corridor. ‘‘It is unfortunate that Pakistan has attempted to politicise a religious issue relating to the sentiments of the Sikh community,’’ MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing. The spokesperson was responding to questions on Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi terming the Kartarpur ceremony as a ‘googly’ from his Prime Minister Imran Khan and the treatment meted out to Union ministers, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardip Singh Puri, who represented the Government of India at the ceremony. He said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has already responded to Qureshi’s ‘googly’ remark and he had nothing more to add to it. The spokesperson agreed that that there was a breach of protocol by the Pakistani establishment. India on Thursday condemned the terrorist attack at Chabahar in Iran (See P9).
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