CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P9 SENSEX 36,254.57 +186.24 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 25 and 12 degree Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.95% Max: 24.8°C (N) SUN SETS 17:04 hrs MOON RISES 02.47 hrs P7 NIFTY 10,910.10 +47.55 Min: 12.5°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:17 hrs MOON SETS 14:17 hrs New moon on 5 January THUMBNAILS Kader Khan dead: Kader Khan, the rare Bollywood artiste who straddled the twin worlds of writing and acting with equal prowess, died in Toronto after prolonged illness on the last day of the year, his son said. He was 81. Khan, who left an indelible imprint on commercial cinema of the 1980s and 1990s, slipped into a coma on Monday in a Toronto hospital. He is survived P3 by his sons Sarfaraz and Shahnawaz. Triple Talaq Bill: The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has moved a motion in the House for referring the “triple talaq” bill to a select committee. The motion is likely to be taken up on Wednesday when the House takes up the Bill. The bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha. Azad has also proposed the names of 11 Opposition members to be part of the Select Committee. Manchester attack: A knife-wielding man stabbed three people - including a police officer - at a busy railway station in the heart of Manchester in the UK on New Year's Eve in an attack being treated as “terror-related”, police said Tuesday. The man and woman, in their 50s, sustained “serious” but non-lifeP10 threatening injuries, police said. Leopard escapes: A male leopard jumped out of its enclosure at Bengal Safari: North Bengal Wild Animal Park near Siliguri early Tuesday, prompting authorities there to close the park for visitors on New Year’s day. Hundreds of visitors who thronged the park to celebrate the first day of the New Year had to return disappointed. Six wildlife squads armed with tranquilising guns and two elephants were pressed into service to look for the animal. P9 ` vs $ 69.43 +34.00 PAISE GOLD 30,440.00 -40.00 P11 SILVER 38,350.00 00.00 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 1 JANUARY rime Minister Narendra Modi today ruled out bringing an ordinance on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya before the judicial process is over. In an interview to a news channel Mr Modi also suggested that the judicial process was being slowed down because of obstacles being created by the Congress in the Supreme Court. “We have said in our party manifesto that a solution would be found to this issue under the ambit of the Constitution,” the Prime Minister said about the Ram temple issue. Talking on the Rafale deal Mr Modi said those levelling allegations against him were actually weakening the country’s security forces and asserted he would continue to expedite the procurement process in defence so that the country’s security wasn’t compromised. “Those people who want to weaken the Army are levelling allegations. Should WHAT MODI SAID Modi iterates that P the BJP stands by the pledge in its election manifesto that a constitutional solution will be found to the Ram temple issue He says those levelling allegations against him on the Rafale deal were weakening the security forces and asserted that he would continue to expedite the defence procurement process so that the country’s security is not compromised On the allegations of favouring Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal, Modi said that it was up to those making them to find out ‘who gave what, when and where and to whom’ I worry that they are making personal attacks on me, or whether my country’s needs should be met? I decided that whatever abuses are hurled at me, whatever allegations are levelled against me, I will continue on the path of honesty and give primacy to the country’s security,” Mr. Modi said. Asked why he was silent on the Congress accusation of crony capitalism and alleged favouring of industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal, Mr Modi said: “This is not an allegation against me personally, but an allegation against my government. If there is any allegation against me personally, let them dig who gave what, when and where and to whom.” Commenting on the Triple Talaq issue, Mr Modi said it was a matter of gender equality, while the issue entry of women in Sabarimala was related to tradition. The Prime Minister revealed the date of the surgical strike had been Centre approves renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 1 JANUARY A fortnight ahead of the 'Kumbh Mela', the Centre has approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj as sought by the Uttar Pradesh government, officials said Tuesday. The decision came more than two months after the state government, headed by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, took the decision to rename the historic city as Prayagraj. The central government has given its consent for renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj about 10 days ago, a home ministry official said. The 'Kumbh Mela' in Prayagraj will start on January 15 on 'Makar Sankran- ti' and will conclude on March 4 on 'Maha Shivaratri'. The central government has given consent to the renaming of at least 25 towns and villages across the country in the past one year. The renaming proposal of UP's Faizabad district as Ayodhya is yet to be received from the state government. A proposal to rename West Bengal as 'Bangla' is pending as the Ministry of External Affairs is understood to have expressed its reservation over the new name, as it sounds similar to Bangladesh. A decision in this regard is expected soon as the general election in the neighbouring country concluded on Sunday. The Union home ministry considers the proposals of name change according to the existing guidelines in consultations with agencies concerned. It gives its approval to the change of name of any place after taking no-objections from the Ministry of Railways, Department of Posts and Survey of India. These organisations have to confirm that there is no such city, town or village in their records with a name similar to the proposed one. For changing the name of a village or town or a city, an executive order is needed. The renaming of a state requires amendment of the Constitution with a simple majority in Parliament. changed twice, keeping in mind the safety and security of the troops. The strikes were carried out days after terrorists attacked an Army camp in Uri in Kashmir, killing 20 soldiers. The Prime Minister said the surgical strikes were planned as there was a “rage” building up within him as well as the Army after soldiers were burnt alive in the terror attack in Uri. Dubbing the loan waivers announced by the Congress governments as “political stunts,” Mr Modi said a majority of farmers do not benefit from these “misleading” announcements as only a few of them take loans from banks. The Prime Minister said the coming Lok Sabha elections would be a contest between “public and coalition”. “I believe, this election is going to be a contest between those who fulfil and take forward the aspirations of the people and those who stop these aspirations. There is experience of 70 years. The public is the decider,” Asked whether the LS polls would be an “anybody STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 1 JANUARY Women hold out their hands as they stand in a line to take part in a "women's wall" protest in Kochi in Kerala on Tuesday. AFP tect the age-old customs and traditions of Sabarimala. On Tuesday, women from various walks of life -- writers, athletes, actors, politicians and techies, government officials and homemakers -- stood across the highways crisscrossing through the 14 districts in the state as the event commenced at 4 pm. Expressing solidarity, thousands of men also lined up parallel forming a second human 'wall'. The 'Women's wall' was conceived in the backdrop of frenzied protests witnessed in the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala after the CPI(M)-led LDF government decided to implement the Supreme Court verdict, allowing all women to pray at the Ayyappa shrine. Representatives of Universal Record Forum (URF) which records amazing feats across the globe declared the human wall as the “longest CMYK STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE but Modi” contest as projected by the Opposition, he said, “It is going to be janta (public) versus gathbandhan (coalition). Modi is just a manifestation of public love and blessings,” he added. Mr Modi didn’t attack any importance to the reverses the BJP had suffered in the recent Assembly polls in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh. The results in the three states, he said, won’t have any impact on the electoral fortunes of the BJP in the LS elections. The PM took a dig at the Trinamul Congress-government in West Bengal and Marxist-government in Kerala, alleging the democratic process had been subverted by the Mamata Banerjee-government, while his party’s activists were getting killed in Kerala. Mr Modi also defended demonetisation and GST implemented by his government and said they were steps in the right direction. Without going into specifics of cow lynching cases, the Prme Minister said such acts “shouldn’t happen.” NEW DELHI, 1 JANUARY A war of words broke out between the Opposition Congress and the ruling BJP close on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interview to an agency which was broadcast by various TV channels today. The Congress dismissed PM Modi's interview as a "monologue", which, the pary alleged, was "full of jumla (rhetoric)". Accusing him of "peddling lies", the Congress said there was no mention in his "fixed interview" of "ground realities" or any concern for promises made by him to the people of the country. Launching a counterattack, the BJP said PM Modi has demolished the “motivated agenda” of Opposition parties with this comprehensive interview on the New Year Day. In his reaction to PM Modi's interview, Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala described it as “bereft of ground reality" and having "jumlas (rhetoric) galore". "Modiji's interview looks like a parody,” Surjewala charged, adding "(Even as) Nation suffers ~ DeMo, This interview completely demolishes the motivated agenda of Opposition parties and vested interests that seek to malign the sterling performance of his government NALIN KOHLI BJP SPOKESPERSON Gabbar Singh Tax (GST), bank frauds, black money, Rs 15 lakh in every account, corruption in Rafale deal, price rise, national security imperilled, farm distress, and 'acche din'." “Summary of Modiji’s 'monologue' interview: ‘I’, ‘Me’, ‘Mine’, ‘Myself’. Country is suffering your ‘I’s & ‘Lies’!" Surjewala tweeted. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the people cannot be “fooled” through a “fixed interview” and dared PM Modi to face Parliament and a press conference. He said, “PM Modi did not spare our people of his penchant for false promises, hollow claims and propaganda even on the New Year day. The habitual peddler of untruths and lies has signalled a nasty narrative for the 2019 election campaign." BHOPAL, 2 JANUARY The Madhya Pradesh government Tuesday said it was going to withdraw all “politically motivated” cases filed by the previous BJP government. The saffron party ruled the state for 15 years since 2003 before being unseated by the Congress in the November 28 Assembly polls. The move comes a day after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati threatened to reconsider her party's support to the Congress in the state and neighbouring Rajasthan, if cases in connection with Bharat bandh on April 2 last year were not withSNS drawn. Details on page 2 Guj govt in dock over roll call whip Bulandshahr cop: Another attacker held SNS & PTI MP to withdraw ‘politically motivated’ cases women's wall in the world” with participation of over 35 lakh women. However, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan claimed 55 lakh women lined up for the 'wall'. CPI(M) polit bureau member Brinda Karat, who was the last member of the human wall at Thiruvananthapuram, said women in Kerala have scripted history by erecting a “human wall of resistance” against the dark forces. She also lashed out at the saffron party, saying it was using women for its “toxic, divisive, anti-women political goal” and asked women not to be the pawns in the hands of those who have no thoughts about the future of women. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his cabinet colleagues and Communist veteran V S Achuthanandan were among those who were present at the public meeting here after the formation of the wall. Vijayan garlanded the statue of Ayyankali, a social reformer, before the start of the event. The wall has become a BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 53.80 +0.59 PM’s interview bereft of reality, says Congress Modi rules out ordinance on Ram temple at Ayodhya BULANDSHAHR, 1 JANUARY AHMEDABAD, 1 JANUARY The BJP-led Gujarat government has come under fire for asking schools to ensure that students respond with 'Jai Hind' or 'Jai Bharat' during roll call instead of the customary 'Yes Sir', with the Opposition arguing the move will “not change the quality of education”. While state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Tuesday said the step would “instill a feeling of patriotism”, the Opposition Congress asked the government to improve the “deteriorating quality of education”. Criticising the state government, Gujarat Congress unit president Amit Lakhs form 620 km women’s wall in Kerala Scripting history, lakhs of women in Kerala from all walks of life stood shoulder to shoulder to form a 620 km 'women's wall' spanning the National Highways from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, to spread awareness on "renaissance values" among the people in the state and the LDF government's stance on the Sabarimala issue State health minister KK Shailaja was the first member of the chain in the wall at Kasargod and CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat was the last member of the wall at Vallayambalamin Thiruvananthapuram. The 'wall' was formed from 4 to 4.15 p.m, with participants taking a pledge to uphold gender equality and renaissance values. The event comes days after thousands of devotees lit 'Ayyappa Jyothis' (lighting of sacred lamps) and lined up from Hosangadi in Kasaragod to Kanyakumari, vowing to pro- ‘GRAND SLAMS ARE FOR THE ELITE QUARTET’ PM suggests judicial progress being slowed down because of obstacles created by Cong Min. 43% TEMPERATURE I’LL BE EVERYONE’S PREMIER: SHEIKH HASINA HAS BENGAL’S FARM INCOME TREBLED? KIM WARNS USA OVER SANCTIONS movement against gender discrimination faced by women and to protect their Constitutional rights, he said. The initiative also witnessed a group of the Jacobite faction of the Christian community lining up in support of the wall along with members of the Muslim community. Former firebrand communist leader and Janathipathiya Samrakshana Samithy supremo, 100-yearold K R Gowriamma also took part in the event near her home at Alappuzha. Jhonson V Idikula, chairman of the monitoring panel of the URF Adjudication Committee, told PTI they had over 600 volunteers across the state to monitor the event. “We have recorded the event, clicked pictures and captured videos to prepare a comprehensive report,” Idikula said. However, the main Opposition Congress, which all through had expressed their ire against the wall, said “Kerala society has dismissed the government's much-hyped event.” Chavda said the new practice will not change the quality of education in staterun and affiliated schools. According to a notification issued on Monday by the directorate of primary education and Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, students of class 1-12 of the government, grant-in-aid and self-financed schools will have to respond to the attendance call with 'Jai Hind' or 'Jai Bharat', starting 1 January. The objective of the new practice is to “foster patriotism among students right from childhood,” it said. But Chavda said “Altering a certain practice will not improve the standard of education.” Details on Page 3 Police have arrested a man, accused of attacking Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh with an axe during the December 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district over alleged cow slaughter, officials said on Tuesday. The arrest of Kalua from a bus stand on Monday night takes the total number of accused held in this case to 30. Kalua told police that on December 3, he was felling a tree to block a road. When the inspector stopped him from doing so, he attacked him with an axe, the officer said. On December 27, police had arrested Prashant Nat, who allegedly shot the inspector after the axe attack. PTI MSMEs get one-time restructuring of loans PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 1 JANUARY In a new year gift to the MSME sector, the Reserve Bank Tuesday allowed a one-time restructuring of existing debt up to Rs 25 crore for the companies which have defaulted on payment but the loans given to them have continued to be classified as standard assets. The decision will help the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are facing cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation and GST implementation. The RBI's board in its crucial meeting held on November 19, 2018 had advised the central bank examine a scheme for restructuring of stressed standard assets of MSME borrowers with aggregate credit facilities of up to Rs 25 crore, subject to such conditions as are necessary for ensuring financial stability. To facilitate meaningful restructuring of MSME accounts that have become stressed, the RBI has decid- ed to permit a one-time restructuring of existing loans to MSMEs that are in default but 'standard' as on January 1, 2019, without an asset classification downgrade, the central bank said in a statement. To be eligible for the scheme, the aggregate exposure, including non-fund based facilities of banks and NBFCs, to a borrower should not exceed Rs 25 crore as on January 1, 2019, and the restructuring has to be implemented by March 31, 2020. Restructuring package for MSMEs was one of the sore points in the tussle between the RBI and the government. There was a detailed presentation by Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar on the cash crunch being faced by the MSME sector at the crucial November 19 board meeting. The government had suggested several steps to help the sector which contributes 50 per cent to the manufacturing sector.
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