FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 SENSEX 35,513.71 -377.81 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Moderate fog in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 21 and 07degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.100% Max: 20.5°C (+1) SUN RISES 07:15 hrs MOON RISES 06:26 hrs P9 NIFTY 10,672.25 -120.25 ` vs $ 70.20 -2 PAISE GOLD 30,785.00 +120.00 PM Modi coins slogan ‘Jai Anusandhan’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Min: 06.7°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:38 hrs MOON SETS 16:20 hrs THUMBNAILS China’s lunar rover lands on moon’s far side: China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover scripted history on Thursday when it made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon and sent back close-up images of the previously unexplored region, a giant leap for cosmic exploration and a major boost to the Communist nation's quest P12 to become a space superpower. MP govt changes tune on ‘Vande Mataram’: Changing its tune after a controversy, Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday decided to restore singing of 'Vande Mataram' at the secretariat from next month, but in a new avatar by roping in a police band and local citizens besides adding the national anthem in the exercise. P5 SC asks Ahmed Patel to face trial: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Congress leader Ahmed Patel to face trial in connection with his election to the Rajya Sabha in 2017 which has been challenged by his rival BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput. SC declined to interfere with the October 26, 2018 order of the Gujarat HC which had said that Rajput's allegations required a trial. SC asks for urgent operation to rescue miners: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed strong dissatisfaction over the efforts to rescue 15 people trapped in a mine in Meghalaya for 22 days, asking the state government to bring them out dead or alive. The tough talk by the apex court came on a day when the multi-agency operations to rescue P6 the miners failed to make any headway. MPs suspended: Cracking the whip on unruly MPs, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has suspended 45 Lok Sabha members belonging to the TDP and the AIADMK since Wednesday after they created ruckus in the House and continuously disrupted proceedings for days. Mahajan had suspended 24 AIADMK members on WednesP6 day for five consecutive sittings. NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY P rime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday added Jai Anusandhan to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's famous slogan of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Jai Vigyan. He was speaking on Future India: Science and Technology at the 106th Indian Science Congress in Jalandhar. The Prime Minister said the life and works of Indian scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation building. “Today's new slogan is Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan. I would like to add Jai Anusandhan to it,” he said. He further said that it was through science that India was transforming its present and working to secure its future. “2018 was a good year for Indian science. Our achievements this year include production of aviation grade biofuel, Divya Nayan -- a machine for visually impaired, inexpensive devices for diagnosis of cervical cancer, TB, dengue and a realtime landslide warning system,” he said. “We need strong pathways to commercialisation that leverage our research and development achievements, through industrial products,” he said. He also said that the future is about convergence and connected technologies. “We should catalyse, harness and manage change for the nation's prosperity. Our strengths in R&D are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IIT, IISc, TIFR & IISER. However, over 95 per cent of our students go to state uni- versities and colleges,” he said. Modi also said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in these universities and colleges. ”I call upon the Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Council to discuss these issues in detail and formulate an action plan in consultation with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to boost research in our colleges and state universities.” Modi slams Congress Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress of protecting those involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying such leaders were even rewarded with the chief minister's post. The jibe, apparently directed at Kamal Nath, the new Madhya Pradesh CM, came during a rally where he also charged the Opposition party of deceiving farmers with loan waiver promises. “Congress ne desh ko ‘gharibi hatao’ke naare ke saath thaga, vo ab desh ko karzmaafi ke naam par thag rahi hai (After the slogan of remove poverty, Congress is trying to fool the nation with loan waivers)’’. NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY Escalating his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said it seems the PM has “fled” his “open book Rafale exam” in Parliament and is instead lecturing students in Punjab. Gandhi's attack came a day after he said Modi faced an open book exam on the deal in Parliament and asked if he will show up at the exam or send a proxy. The Editors Guild and media bodies noted with concern terms used against scribes like 'presstitute' by an ex- Union minister and more recently 'pliable' by the president of a political party on Modi’s interview two days back) and saidthey are inappropriate. PTI STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MEERUT, 3 JANUARY sion the investigating teams got a tip after which B B Nagar police of the district arrested him from there. Residents of his native village said a team of police took him from the village at midnight and recovered his phone from the possession of one of his friends. Sources in police said that calls made on the day of violence and earlier would be examined to reach at a conclusion on how Raj was involved in the violence in Syana. SSP Prabhakar Chaoudhary said 32 accused have been sent to the jail and raids are being conducted to arrest those who are still at large. Bajrang Dal leaders Satish and Vineet of village Mahav who were also named in the case surrendered in the CJM court of Bulandshahar. Police had registered a case against 27 named (including Sumit who died in the violence) and 60 unidentified persons a day after the violence of 3 December. BJP leader Shikhar Agarwal and VHP activist Upendra Raghav were also named in the FIR along with other accused. Raj and Agarwal released videos proclaiming their innocence a few days after the violence Police then moved in the CJM court to plead that accused India rejects Trump’s jibe at Modi on Afghanistan SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY Development assistance can play a major role in transforming Afghanistan, official sources said on Thursday, rejecting US President Donald Trump's jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over funding of a “library” in the war-ravaged country and asking “who's using it”. The sources said India has been implementing a range of mega infrastructure projects as well as community development programmes in Afghanistan as per requirement of its people and the initiatives are crucial for their socio-economic welfare. While referring to billions of dollars the US was spending in Afghanistan, Trump, during a cabinet meeting, brought up contributions by India and several other coun- Rahul steps up attack on PM over Rafale tries and referred to Modi as an example of how world leaders were talking about their developmental assistance in the country. “I could give you an example where I get along very well with India and Prime Minister Modi. But he is constantly telling me, he built a library in Afghanistan. Library! That's like five hours of what we spend (in Afghanistan),” Trump said. It is not clear what project Trump was referring to when he talked about “library”, or whether he was talking about the Afghan Parliament building. The sources said India may be building small libraries as part of the community development initiative, but most of its investments in Afghanistan were on mega infrastructure projects including the 218 km road from Six killed in Delhi building collapse Zaranj to Delaram, the Salma Dam and the new Afghan Parliament building. India has committed USD 3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 when the Taliban was removed from power. India has given four military helicopters to Afghanistan which has been trying to strengthen its air power. India has also been supplying military equipment to Afghanistan besides providing training to hundreds of Afghan security personnel. The sources said India plays a significant role in the country as its development partner and that the partnership is built on the specific needs and requirements worked out with the Afghan government. “India seeks to build capacities and capabilities of Afghan nationals and its institutions for governance and delivery of public service, develop socio-economic infrastructure, secure lives’’. PTI NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY Six people were killed Thursday after an LPG cylinder blast in a building in West Delhi's Sudarshan Park triggered its partial collapse, police said. The fire department received a call about the collapse at around 8.48 pm and eight fire tenders, along with ambulances, were rushed to the spot, they said. “The incident took place in West Delhi's Sudarshan Park area after an LPG cylinder blast. Six people have died while eight were rescued and sent to hospital. The building comprises ground and first floors,” Monika Bhardwaj, Deputy Commissioner of Police ( West), said. Search operation is underway. P16 SILVER 38,900.00 +350.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 55.94 +1.03 Women’s temple entry triggers Kerala violence STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 3 JANUARY The dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the BJP and the Sabarimala Karma Samithi against the entry of two young women at the Sabarimala temple, crippled life across Kerala on Thursday, with violence being reported from across the state. While state-owned KSRTC buses and private buses were off the road, private vehicles, mostly two wheelers plied. The Karnataka State Transport Corporation stopped services after its buses were pelted with stones in the districts. Bus services at Kerala’s border with Tamil Nadu too have been suspended following the violence. A BJP worker-Chandran Unnithan(55), who sustained injuries in stone pelting while attending a protest march at Pandalam died on Wednesday. Though the CM said the BJP worker died following a heart attack, the preliminary post-mortem report says he died of serious head injury. In most places, shops remained closed. Bulandshahr: Key accused arrested after a month Exactly a month after the mob violence in Syana, Bulandshahar, that claimed the lives of a police inspector and a youth, key accused Yogesh Raj was arrested on Wednesday night. The district coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, Raj was presented in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Adesh Pandey on Thursday amid tight security. The CJM sent him to 14 days judicial custody. A team of police, crime branch and SIT arrested Raj on Wednesday night. SSP of Bulandshahar Prabhakar Chaudhary confirmed his arrest but refused to divulge any other information. Raj has been on the run since 3 December. It is believed that Raj averted his arrest for almost a month because of his political influence. The police is tightlipped on the question of how Raj continued to dodge the police for a month. Residents of his native village Nayabaans said Raj had cordial relations with leaders of BJP and other Hindu organisations. According to the police ver- PUJARA'S TON CEMENTS INDIA ON DAY 1 P12 Calls for strong research ecosystem in universities and colleges Min. 56% TEMPERATURE PELOSI POISED TO BECOME US HOUSE SPEAKER ASSAD, NOT SYRIA, WILL BE REHABILITATED ‘FORCES SHOULD BE TOLD NOT TO HARASS MILITANTS' FAMILIES’ who were at large should be declared as proclaimed absconders under section 82 of CrPC The court passed the order on 14 December. Police in order to mount pressure on them declared to attach the properties of the accused if they remain at large for 30 days after the order proclaiming them as absconders by the court. The western Uttar Pradesh unit of the Bajrang Dal, based in Meerut, said lawyers would be there for Raj's legal aid. “It would only be after a charge-sheet is filed by the police that we can know what are the charges against him, Praveen Bhati, the co-convenor of Bajrang Dal's western UP unit, said. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and civilian Sumit Kumar of Chingrawathi village were killed in the mob violence that broke out in Siyana area after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside a village. Two cases were lodged at the Siyana Police Station the next day, one for violence, in which the police had turned complainant, and the other for alleged cow slaughter, on a complaint by Raj. Devotees of the deity Ayyappa stage a protest against the Kerala government over the entry of two women AFP at the Sabarimala temple, in Bangalore on 3 Jan. In Chala in Thiruvananthapuram, shopkeepers claim they have not received the required police protection to open their shops. In Kozhikode, a few shops on Mithai Theruvu (SM sreet) opened in the morning. Thereafter a number of BJP and DYFI workers soon arrived on the scene, with DYFI workers encouraging shopkeepers to open the shops, while BJP workers reportedly compelling them to close down. Two shops that had remained open faced damage to their glass storefronts after protesters threw stones at them. Police arrested a few BJP workers in connection with the incident. Palakkad witnessed widespread protests. CPI-M workers clashed with BJP activists in front of the Government Victoria College. BJP workers were walking on the road to the college when CPI-M activists started throwing stones at them. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds.Bombs were hurled at the Nedumangad PS seeking release of three accused. Media persons boycotted BJP programmes in protest against attacks.While the Governor has sought a report, the Supreme Court declined an urgent hearing in the matter. SEE ALSO PAGE 10 Maggi row: SC revives govt case against Nestle India PTI NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY The Supreme Court on Thursday revived the government case in National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) against Nestle India seeking damages of Rs 640 crore alleging unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements of its Maggi noodles. The top court had on December 16, 2015 stayed the proceedings before the NCDRC and directed the CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru) to place its test report before it. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta was told by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Nestle India, that test reports of the Mysuru lab had been submitted and it found that lead content in Maggi noodles was well within the limit. “Why should we be eating Maggi with lead in it?”, Justice Chandrachud asked Singhvi, who replied that lead content in the noodles was well within the permissible limit and there was some amount of lead in various other products. The bench said the report of CFTRI, where the samples of Maggi noodles were tested following earlier orders of the court, will form the basis for the proceedings before the NCDRC. “We are of the view that CFTRI report be evaluated by the NCDRC in the complaint before it. It will not be appropriate for this court to preempt the jurisdiction of NCDRC... All the rights and contentions of the parties will remain open,” the bench said. During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Centre said that in the wake of the Mysuru lab report the matter should go back to NCDRC and stay on the proceedings should be vacated. Singhvi said the matter has now become infructuous as the report is in my favour. Centre ready for parallel J&K and LS polls STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that militancy in Jammu and Kashmir had risen during the PDPBJP regime and that there was then "total alienation" among people who were divided on religious lines. Initiating a discussion on the imposition of the President’s rule in the state, which was approved by the House later, Azad said the Centre should have welcomed the formation of a popular government when the PDP was trying to form a government with the support of the National Conference and the Congress. The Centre’s response however led to the dissolution of the state Assembly and the imposition of the President’s rule, he said. Azad said 90 per cent of J & K's population in 1947 comprised of Muslims, who still decided to join India. If these people felt alienated today, it was a serious issue, he said. Today, police personnel during holidays could not safely stay at their own homes, Azad said. Unemployment was rising and highly-educated youths were joining militancy. He said the BJP was trying to form a government by allegedly engineering defections from nationalist forces like the National Conference and the Congress party. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre would have no objection if the Election Commission fixes the J & K Assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls slated for April-May. He said fixing the election dates was the Commission’s work and that the central government was ready to depute all required security forces. Singh said it was not fair to blame the government for the situation in the state. He said there was no conspiracy in the BJP's withdrawing support to the PDP-led government. The President’s rule was imposed there after the Governor had talked to all parties and none was willing to form a government. The sense of alienation was nothing new and this had led to the country’s partition in 1947, Singh said. It was not just in J & K that Muslims wanted to be with India at the time of the Partition but there were other states too. He charged that the Congress governments followed the policy of "appeasement". Prime Minister Narendra Modi had allocated Rs 80,000 crore package for the state, he claimed. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who intervened in the discussion, said Azad should not have gone into history as there were many "blunders" committed during the Congress rule. Stone-pelting started in the Valley during the Manmohan Singh government as a form of civil disobedience. “You have to come out of the blame-game, that will be better,” he said.
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