CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 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 35,850.16 +155.06 WEATHER Mainly clear sky with mist in the morning. Maximum and minimum temp likely to be around 27 and 14 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% Min. 32% Max: 27.8°C (+3) SUN RISES 06:18 hrs MOON RISES 07.50 hrs Min: 12.5°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:08 hrs MOON SETS 19:07 hrs TEMPERATURE Next moon quarter on 16 January THUMBNAILS Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi being honoured with DLitt during the annual convocation of Calcutta University at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata on Monday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL GDP growth pegged at 7,2 per cent: Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2 per cent in FY 2018-19, a tad higher from 6.7 per cent in the previous fiscal, mainly due to improvement in the performance of agriculture and manufacturing sectors, the Central Statistics Office said. The CSO estimate is a bit lower than 7.4 per cent growth projected by RBI. P8 Trade unions call 2-day strike from Tuesday: d Central Trade Unions on Monday said around 20 crore workers will go on a 2-day nationwide strike from Tuesday to protest against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms. “As many as 10 CTUs have joined hands to go on a 2-day nationwide strike from Tuesday’’. NEW DELHI, 7 JANUARY The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to Reliance Communication Ltd (RCom) Chairman Anil Dhirubhai Ambani and others on a plea filed by Ericsson India Pvt Ltd for allegedly not clearing its dues of Rs 550 crore after selling its assets to Reliance Jio. A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Sharan sought a response from Ambani and others in four weeks. Appearing for RCom, senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi urged the bench to accept Rs 118 crore towards the dues to P9 NIFTY 10,771.80 +44.45 P7 ` vs $ 69.68 +4 PAISE GOLD 30,680.00 +200.00 LUCKNOW, 7 JANUARY In a move aimed at further cementing the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party pact in Uttar Pradesh ahead of elections 2019, BSP president Mayawati on Monday spoke to SP president Akhilesh Yadav over the phone regarding the recent CBI raids in a case of alleged illegal mining in the state. She dubbed the raids as politically motivated and said talks of the investigating agency questioning the SP president was being deliberately spread by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for political and elec- P11 SILVER 39,150.00 +350.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 58.08 +1.02 Virat Kohli’s team clinch the four-match series 2-1, Cheteshwar Pujara named Man of the Series THE INDEPENDENT ndia captain Virat Kohli is hoping the breakthrough test series triumph in Australia will inspire renewed reverence and passion back home for the longest form of the game. A draw in the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday gave Kohli’s side a 2-1 victory and broke a 71-year cycle of unsuccessful tours Down Under. Kohli said he hoped it would act as something of a counterbalance to popularity of the shorter, more explosive brands of cricket that have increasingly dominated the Indian game. “I see this series as a stepping stone for this team to inspire the next lot of test cricketers,” he said. “To be passionate for test cricket firstly. When Indian cricket respects test cricket we know the fans are going to come in and watch test cricket. “In a world where a lot of people want the easy stuff, matches that finish in the evening, I think it is important to spread that message of test cricket. “We definitely want to build on this and always promote the message of test cricket being the most important and the most valued format of the game, which it rightfully is. From where I see this is our vision for Indian cricket.” Few players typify the long-form cricketer more than batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who has eschewed INDIA RECORD MAIDEN TEST SERIES WIN IN AUSTRALIA I establish its bonafide. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, said they would not accept Rs 118 crore being given by RCOM and want their entire Rs 550 crore with interest. Dave said it is a case of gross contempt and even after RCom received Rs 3,000 crore after selling its assets it has not complied with SC order to pay the outstanding amount to Ericsson. Sibal said RCom is giving two demand drafts of Rs 118 crore just to establish its bonafide and would pay the remaining outstanding amount in due course. “This would not lead you (RCom) anywhere. You have to deposit the entire amount. However, you can deposit the two demand drafts amounting to Rs 118 crore in the apex court registry,” the bench said while posting the matter for further hearing after five weeks. 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Kohli initially refused to single out any individual performances in the spirit of the team ethic but when he did yield, it was not man of the series Pujara he chose to laud but seamers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. “If your fast bowlers are happy and fighting as a team, you can win anywhere in the world and you have a chance to beat any side in the world anywhere,” he said. “In the past 12 months I would rate their contri- bution as far above all the batsmen that have contributed this season.” Kohli, of course, played his own part in the success with a century in Adelaide and, less skillfully but no less importantly, by winning three of the four tosses. The lessons learned from series defeats in South Africa and England had laid the groundwork for the success in Australia, he said, and the failures on those tours made this triumph all the sweeter. So sweet in fact, that for him the triumph Down Under trumped even the 2011 World Cup triumph on home soil that sent his Govt clears 10% quota for poor from general category A Constitution Amendment Bill to be tabled in Parliament today SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 7 JANUARY In a major move ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Union Cabinet Monday cleared a 10 per cent job and education quota for “economically weaker” sections, meeting a key demand of upper castes, a staunch BJP support base which has shown signs of a drift from the party. A top government functionary said a constitutional amendment bill will be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the last day of the Winter Session. The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, taking the total reservation to 60 per cent. The constitutional amendment bill would be required as the constitution does not pro- HIGHLIGHTS The proposed quota for economically weaker sections will meet a key demand of upper castes, considered a BJP support base. The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Sceduled Castes, STs, and OBCs. The Constit Amendment Bill will be required as the Constitution does not provide for quota on econ grounds. vide for reservation on the ground of economic conditions. It envisages amendment to Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. A Union minister said the bill once passed will amend the Constitution accordingly to give reservation to the poor among the general castes and classes. “The bill will provide a shelter for upper castes under the rubric of fundamental rights. The court's rule of the maximum 50 per cent quota cannot fetter Parliament's right to amend the Constitution,” he said. In its famous Indra Sawhney judgement, the Supreme Court had set a cap of 50 per cent cap on quotas. Government sources said the proposed constitutional amendment will pave the way for the additional quota. “The reservation will be given to those economically weaker people who presently do not avail any benefits of reservation,” a source said. Among the major castes to benefit from the proposed law are Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, several trading castes, Kapus and Kammas among other Upper Castes. The poor among the other religions will also benefit from it, sources added. The Congress described the government's decision as an “election gimmick” to fool the people and a proof of BJP's “fear” of losing Lok Sabha polls. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi accused the government of “posturing” and misleading the country as it did not have the requisite majority to get a Constitutional amendment passed in Parliament. Mayawati calls CBI raids politically motivated STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ‘HOPMAN CUP’S LAST HURRAH HEARTBREAKING’ India script history Down Under SC issues contempt notice to Ambani on Ericsson plea over non-payment of dues PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SCAMS, NOT POLLS, WILL DICTATE POLL DISCOURSE HASINA SWORN IN AS PM FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE TERM TRUMP FOR STEEL WALL ALONG BORDER toral ends. Mayawati said in a press statement that the day news of the SP-BSP alliance became public the BJP dug out a long pending case of alleged illegal mining in UP. The CBI swung into action and conducted raids at several places. Talks of the SP president being questioned also gained momentum. The BSP leader said it was clear that the action and timing was politically motivated, aimed at discrediting and targeting the alliance. She further said if such was not so then the CBI should have acted on the case long time back. Mayawati hit out at the BJP leaders for their statements on the case and queried from when had the BJP leaders become the spokespersons of the investigating agency. Referring to the Congress, Mayawati said the BJP was acting like the grand old party in the misuse of official machinery and in implicating its adversaries in false cases. The BSP movement had been subjected to this harassment. She reminded Akhilesh Yadav of the trying times she and her party had to face in the Taj corridor case and assured him that there was no need to fear the machinations of the BJP The BSP . chief counseled Akhilesh not to get perturbed, and added that it was necessary to foil the BJP’s designs. Mayawati said the BJP should be prepared to be face the consequences in the forthcoming polls. Earlier, on Sunday the SP president said he was ready to be questioned by the CBI in the allleged illegal sand mining case. He said it was not the first time that he would be facing the investigating agency, rather it would be the third time. The first probe was done against him and his CMYK wife Dimple during the Congress regime. The second was when some MPs had leveled allegations against him. In both the cases he came out clean, He would come out unscathed in the third also if questioned by the CBI. The SP president sought to know why it took six years for his name to be included in the probe. During this time no notice had been served to him neither had his name figured anywhere. He said it appears to be a desperate move by the BJP leadership to browbeat the alliance. Akhilesh said the public will defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections. nation into paroxysms of euphoria. “It is definitely more special purely because of the fact that we have really badly wanted to win a series away from home,” he added. “So having stuck to our tasks and executed what we wanted and having got the result we, as a team, feel complete.” AGP pulls out of Assam coalition govt over citizenship bill SNS & PTI GUWAHATI/NEW DELHI, 7 JAN In more ally trouble for the BJP the Asom Gana Parishad , (AGP) on Monday announced it has pulled out of the BJPled ruling coalition in Assam over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which the regional party is opposing tooth and nail. The decision to snap ties with the BJP over the bill that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan will, however, not affect the stability of the Sarbananda Sonowal-headed government. The bill is likely to come up in the Lok Sabha tomorrow which is the scheduled last day of the winter session of Parliament. The announcement was made by AGP president and minister Atul Bora after he said its “last-ditch attempt to convince” the Centre to withdraw the proposed legislation failed. The AGP has 14 MLAs in the 126-member assembly while the BJP has the support of 74 MLAs. The BJP has 61 members while 12 MLAs of the Bodoland People's Front and a sole Independent member are backing the party. The opposition Congress and the All Indian United Democratic Frontg (AIUDF) have 25 and 13 members respectively. AGP has three ministers in the state but they have not resigned yet. The AGP has no MP in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha. The decision to snap the ties followed an AGP delegation's meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi during which he asserted that the government will ensure the pas- sage of the Citizenship Bill in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. “We made a last ditch attempt today to convince the Centre not to pass the Bill. We tried to convince the Centre that the bill was against the Assam Accord and will nullify the ongoing updating of the National Register of Citizens(NRC). “But Singh told us clearly that it will be passed in Lok Sabha tomorrow. After this, there is no question of remaining in the alliance,” Bora told reporters after the meeting. The BJP had promised to ensure the passage of the bill in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The TDP and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party quit the BJP-led NDA in the last one year during which the saffron party also parted ways with the PDPheaded coalition in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP's ties with Shiv Sena also remain strained while the leader of another NDA constituent Apna Dal (Sonelal) Monday warned its ally BJP it will go to “any extent” if the senior partner does not change its attitude to smaller parties in the ruling coalition. Apna Dal (S) president Ashish Patel said the party can take “any decision” but declined to elaborate.
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