SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR NO TOURIST CAN LEAVE BISHNUPUR WITHOUT A VISIT TO THE MADANMOHAN TEMPLE FOR IT IS STILL THE VIBRATING HEART OF THE TEMPLE TOWN KOLKATA BASED SCIENTIST, SUPRIYO DAS, CLAIMS TO HAVE FOUND SIGNS OF PLANT MUTATION, GROWTH OF NEW FERN-LIKE SPECIES, NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN ANTARCTICA WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Max and min temp to be around 26/13 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.94% TEMPERATURE BSP and SP to contest 38 seats each in UP, Akhilesh evades a direct response on PM choice query Min. 35% Max: 25.5°C (0) Min: 12.7°C (-2) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:12 hrs 06:19 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 10:56 hrs 23:18 hrs Next quarter of moon on 17 January THUMBNAILS People take part in a group exercise class amid rising air pollution smog conditions near the tomb of Mohammed Shah at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi on January 12, 2019. AFP 3 killed in Paris gas explosion: A powerful gas explosion tore through a building in central Paris on Saturday, killing two firefighters and a Spanish woman, injuring dozens of people and badly damaging nearby apartments, offiP10 cials said. HC breather to Nalini in Saradha case: In a breather to former finance minister P Chidambaram's wife Nalini, Madras High Court on Saturday granted her interim protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha chit fund case till she obtains regular anticipatory bail from a jurisdictional court in West Bengal. Reinstate Verma, demands Cong NEW DELHI, 12 JANUARY The Congress on Saturday accused the government of removing CBI director Alok Verma by “misusing” the CentralVigilance Commission (CVC) and demanded that a high-power committee convene another meeting and reinstate the officer. Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi alleged that the government stood exposed after Justice (retd) A K Patnaik claimed that he had not seen the CVC recommendations against Verma and not accorded his assent. He said the panel removed Verma based on CBI special director Rakesh Asthana's charges, whose plea to quash the FIR against him was dismissed by Delhi High Court. “Is it not strange that Asthana, who himself is under investigation, was the basis of Verma's removal?” Singhvi told reporters. PTI Mayawati and Akhilesh seal LS poll pact without Congress STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 12 JANUARY ahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday formally sealed their party's alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh. Of the total 80 parliamentary seats in the state, the two parties will be contesting in 38 seats each. While the pact, sans the Congress, stands formalized the humiliation meted out to her by the SP in the infamous State Guest House incident of June 2, 1995, has clearly not been forgotten by the BSP chief . She made a mention of the same twice but said she had decided to rise above it, in the interest and welfare of the country. While the two parties will contest in 76 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, two seats (Rae Bareli and Amethi ) have been left for the Congress and two seats for the other alliance partners. Hailing the pact, Akhilesh Yadav said together the two parties will expose the nefarious designs of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He called upon the Samajwadi Party workers to avoid any criticism of the BSP president. Akhilesh said that any The UP poll alliance comes after a gap of 26 years. Even as BSP chief Mayawati clinched a deal with Mulayam's son Akhilesh she did not forget to mention her mentor (Kanshi Ram ) who had played an important role in the 1993 BSP-SP pact. B Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav (R) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati during a joint press conference to announce their alliance in Lucknow on Saturday. The rivals said they would set aside their differences to fight the BJP in polls. AFP insult to "Mayawatiji" by the SP workers would be taken as a personal insult to him. The BSP-SP pact has come after 26 years of the poll arrangement worked out by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Kanshi Ram. Even as she clinched a deal with Mulayam's son, Mayawati did not forget to mention her mentor (Kanshi Ram ) who had played a important role in the 1993 BSP-SP pact. Addressing a joint press conference the two leaders hit out at the BJP for dividing the country on communal and casteist lines and for heaping economic and PM exhorts BJP workers to ensure another term in office STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 JANUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday gave BJP workers the mantra of 'Mera booth Sabse Majboot' and exhorted them to work for the return of the BJP-led NDA government for another term in office in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Delivering the concluding address to the twoday BJP national executive meeting here at the Ramlila grounds here, Modi said it was wrong to believe that "Modi will change everything". Modi said like senior leaders including L K Advani, Kushabhau Thakre and Atal Bihari Vajpayee he too was a product of the organisation and nurtured on the 'parampara' of collective leadership. He attributed the BJP's growth to 'tap and PM Narendra Modi addresses party workers on the 2nd day of the two-day BJP National Convention in Delhi. SNS tapasya' of lakhs of party workers.Modi said by 'Mera booth Sabse Majboot' he implied that like a farmer who diligently tends his farmland for a good crop everyone in the party should also work in the electoral field ‘Gujarat sees nothing wrong in trade ties with Pakistan’ Gujarat chief secy said the 3-day Vibrant Gujarat Summit is a platform for int’l chambers to come together STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE GANDHINAGAR, 12 JANUARY Despite the regular diatribe against Pakistan, the Gujarat Government does not think anything wrong with the country when it comes to having business relations. “There is nothing wrong in inviting Pakistani delegation”, said Gujarat’s Chief Secretary Dr J N Singh while giving details about the three-day Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS) beginning here on 18 Jan. social woes on the people. Addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah as `Guru-Chela', the BSP president said the two will lose sleep ("dono ki neend udne wali hai") following the alliance which is both important and historical.The pact will bring a new political revolution. It was aimed at alleviating the lot of the poor and the downtrodden, dalits, women, farmers and the deprived sections of society. Mayawati said people have a lot of expectations from the alliance. It was not so important that the two Gujarat has a steady trading relationship in commodities like cotton and onions. Besides these, Gujarat also has business ties with Pakistan in textiles, dyes and intermediaries. The Pakistani trade delegation would attend the Global Trade Show and also the Global Conclave of International Chambers at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit next week. Dr Singh, however, clarified that the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Indus- try (GCCI), which has invited the Pakistani delegation, has not yet received any confirmation about their visit. Addressing a press conference, Dr Singh said that the three-day Vibrant Gujarat Summit is a platform being created for international chambers to come together and explore business opportunities, ideas and information about the ecosystem in their countries. Several nations which have confirmed their participation at the VGS include the USA, UK, Canada, China, Thailand, South Korea, Belgium and others, said the Chief Secretary. and tell each and every family about the work being done by the government over the last four-and-a-half years at the Centre. Showering praise on the leadership of BJP president Amit Shah, Modi called upon party workers to work for the victory of the party in the elections to build on the foundation of the work done by the government for another five-year term.Hitting out at the Congress leadership for alleged involvement in corruption, Modi accused the erstwhile UPA government of driving the country to darkness during the ten years of their reign, from 2004 to 2014. He said the coming battle was between those who cared two hoots about institutions and those who respect them, between Rajshahi and Lokshahi and asked the people to make a choice. parties came together. What merited attention and importance was the uplift of the deprived sections. The BSP president said the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the 2017 UP Vidhan Sabha polls saw the BJP forming a government through `beimani' (fraudulent means). The people remained unhappy.To end their unhappiness the BSPSP struck an alliance for the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha bypolls in UP The . beginning had been made then.The alliance defeated the BJP candidates then and will do so again in the Lok Sabha elections. Stating the reasons why the Congress had been kept out of the alliance, Mayawati said she had entered into a pact with the party on an earlier occasion. But while her votes stood transferred the same was not true of the Congress. Since Independence the Congress had been in power at the Centre and in most of the states. Poverty, scams and corruption were the order of the day then.In 1975 the party imposed Emergency. Likening the BJP to the Congress she said a kind of undeclared emergency was in force during the current NDA dispensation. Government machinery was being used to rake up old cases. She said no sooner did the BJP come to know about the BSP-SP alliance that CBI raids on alleged illegal mining were carried out in UP . Mayawati made a special mention of Akhilesh's estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and his newly formed Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia).She warned the alliance workers to be on guard against his and other similar outfits. Akhilesh Yadav said the five years of the BJP rule had brought untold misery to the people who have been subjected to untold misery and atrocities.The people of UP now stood divided on caste and communal lines. So much so that the BJP has now divided even the Gods on caste lines.The alliancewas aimed at putting an end to these atrocities. The SP president said he had earlier also said that he was willing to take two steps backward to put an end to the fissiparous designs of the BJP. The historic alliance was a step in the direction. In response to a query on whether he would like to see Mayawati as the prime minister Akhilesh evaded a direct response. He said it is well known "who his choice for the prime minister is". Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said his party was ready to fight the Lok Sabha elections alone but hoped there would be a rethink on the SP-BSP alliance. Rivals (in a veiled reference to Mayawati and Akhilesh) are uniting against one person (Modi). The Opposition alliance is a failed experiment. NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER "I welcome the alliance of the SP and the BSP for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. MAMATA BANERJEE WEST BENGAL CHIEF MINISTER "We heard the press conference of the BSP and SP leaders. The party will come out with its stand in Lucknow on Sunday." GHULAM NABI AZAD AICC GENERAL SECRETARY IN CHARGE OF UTTAR PRADESH The SP and the BSP have allied neither for the country nor for UP, but for their survival. They know they cannot fight (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi on their own and their opposition to him is the sole base for their alliance." RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD BJP LEADER AND UNION MINISTER INDIA SHINING Pilgrims start arriving at Gangasagar Island in South 24 Parganas. On Saturday. The Makar Sankranti dip is on Tuesday. DILIP DUTTA Thackeray got clearance from CBFC, says Sena MP PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 12 JANUARY Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Saturday claimed that his upcoming film Thackeray, a biopic on his party's founder Balasaheb Thackeray, has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Speaking at the music launch of the film, Raut said its Marathi version will be soon certified by the board. “Hindi version of the film has been cleared by the censor. The Marathi version will go to the censor day after tomorrow. It is different in a way and our team is at work for the same,” Raut told reporters. However, there was no confirmation from the board. The Rajya Sabha MP denied the reports about the CROSS-CURRENT C censor board objecting to certain scenes and dialogues that referred to the Babari Masjid demolition. “Who said objection was raised? The film has everything that one wants to see,” Raut said. The Shiv Sena leader also said that contrary to popular perception, Balasaheb Thackeray was never anti-Muslim. “Balasaheb was never anti Muslim. He is a true patriot and has never brought religion and caste in between anything. People asked us we have cast Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Balasaheb Thackeray and I think this a big salute to Balasaheb's ideology. He was above any religion and caste. He is a nationalist and believed in growth of everyone.” Actor Amrita Rao, who portrays Balasaheb's wife Meenatai Thackeray in the film, said it was a challenging role for her as there were no references to her character. “I was doing lot of research on the Internet to get some reference. I saw an interview of Balasaheb's younger sister and she spoke about Meenatai. So from there I picked up references. I got clue from there. There were some limited photos of her and I studied her body language. “I had to be seen as a 28-year-old to a 60year-old and that was a challenge. No one recognised me when I came as 60-year-old Meenatai,” Rao said. Siddiqui said he has put in a lot of hard work in the film and hopes that people enjoy it. Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray said he felt both happy and emotional after watching the film's trailer. “Nawazuddin has picked up the details correctly on screen. There were moments where I got emotional and I was thinking of him. I am sure this film will remind people about him,” he added. The film, directed by Abhijit Panse, is set to hit cinema houses on January 25. The makers said that it will release in 1200-1300 screens in India and 400-500 overseas. Head of govt nominated panel on Assam quits NEW DELHI, 12 JANUARY Former Union tourism secretary M P Bezbaruah, who was appointed as the head of a government nominated committee to assess the quantum of seats to be reserved in the Assam Assembly for the Assamese, has declined the offer. Bezbaruah is the fifth member of the high-level panel who has refused to be a part of the committee, which will also assess the quantum of seats to be reserved in the local bodies in Assam for the Assamese people besides providing other safeguards. “I have conveyed to the Home Ministry that it is untenable for me to continue in the committee when the representatives of the civil society refused to be part of it. Being head of a committee, without civil society members, does not make any sense,” PTI Bezbaruah said.
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