CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 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 P10 SENSEX 35,513.71 -377.81 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 26-13 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P7 NIFTY 10,672.25 -120.25 ` vs $ 70.20 -2 PAISE Min. 33% GOLD 30,785.00 +120.00 PM Modi coins slogan ‘Jai Anusandhan’ Max: 26.1°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:17 hrs MOON RISES 04.35 hrs Min: 12.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:06 hrs MOON SETS 15:47hrs New moon on 5 January 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 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. P2 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 High Court which had said that Rajput's allegations required a trial. India's Cheteshwar Pujara kisses his helmet after reaching his century during the first day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney P12 on January 3, 2019. AFP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY 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 P machine for visually impaired, inexpensive devices for diagnosis of cervical cancer, TB, dengue and a real-time 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)’’. 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 D Y 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 pre-empt 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’’. 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 countries and referred to Modi as an exam- ple of how world leaders were talking about their development 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 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’’. CMYK IMPORTANT ARE THE LESSONS TO LEARN IN MISTAKES MADE P3 At science congress calls for strong research ecosystem in varsities, colleges Max.93% TEMPERATURE IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT INDIA ASSAD, NOT SYRIA, WILL BE REHABILITATED PELOSI POISED TO BECOME US HOUSE SPEAKER Rahul steps up attack on PM over Rafale 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 said they are inappropriate. PTI P12 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 postmortem report says he died of serious head injury. In most places, shops remained closed. Devotees of the deity Ayyappa stage a protest against the Kerala government, over the entry of two women at the Sabarimala temple, in Bangalore on 3 Jan. AFP 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 con- nection with the incident. Palakkad witnessed widespread protests. CPIM 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 persons. Media persons boycotted BJP programmes in protest against attacks. While the Governor has sought a report, the Supreme Court declined an urgent hearing on a contempt plea.
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