CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 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 P7 SENSEX 36,321.29 +2.96 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 25-12 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY ABUSE OF LAW FROM SOBRIETY TO JUDICIAL OVERREACH BREXIT AFTER THE COMMONS DEFEAT P16 NIFTY 10,890.30 +3.50 P6 ` vs $ 71.24 -19 PAISE GOLD 31,230.00 +125.00 LONDON, 16 JANUARY Min. 32% Max: 25.1°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:19 hrs MOON RISES 13.34 hrs Min: 12.3°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:15 hrs MOON SETS 02:03 hrs TEMPERATURE Next moon quarter today THUMBNAILS The Nihil Ultra award of excellence being presented to Prof. Suranjan Das (L), V-C of Jadavpur University by Dr Dominic Savio, rector and principal of St Xavier's College on Wednesday. BJP chief suffering from swine flu, admitted to AIIMS: BJP president Amit Shah was on Wednesday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi for swine flu treatment. ”I have been diagnosed with swine flu for which the treatment is underway. With God's grace and good wishes from all of you, I will recover soon,” Shah tweeted in Hindi. According to sources at AIIMS, the BJP president was admitted following complaints of chest congestion and breathing issues. He reached the hospital at around 9 p.m. Cabinet approves Rs 6,000 crore infusion in Exim Bank: The government on Wednesday approved a capital infusion of Rs 6,000 crore in state-owned Exim Bank to expand its business. The Union Cabinet also approved an increase in the bank's authorised capital from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said it has been decided to issue recapitalisation bonds by the Government of India to the tune of Rs 6,000 crore for capital infusion in Export-Import Bank of P8 India (Exim Bank). Bad weather cancels 22 flights in Kashmir: The air traffic in Kashmir was suspended on Wednesday due to bad weather conditions, forcing cancellation of 22 flights, an official said. “The flight operations at Srinagar airport were hit today due to bad weather in the wake of snowfall,” an official of the Airports Authority ofIndia (AAI) said. He said the snowfall which intensified towards the afternoon forced the cancellation of 22 flights. “Five flights were able to operate in the morning. Bad weather forced cancellation of 22 flights. 15 killed in Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex: Fifteen people have died in an Islamist attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said on Wednesday, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day. Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings, after an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab Islamists. British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office ~ but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to 306 votes, on an opposition motion seeking to topple her government and trigger a general election. Now it’s back to Brexit, where May is caught between the rock of her own negotiating red lines and the hard place of a Parliament that wants to force a radical change of course. After winning the vote, May said she would hold talks “in a constructive spirit” with leaders of opposition parties and other lawmakers, starting immediately, in a bid to find a way forward for Britain’s EU exit. Legislators ripped up May’s Brexit blueprint Tuesday by rejecting the divorce agreement she has negotiated with the EU over the last two years. That it would lose was widely expected, but the scale of the rout ~432 votes to 202, the biggest government defeat in British parliamentary history ~ was devastating for May’s leadership and her Brexit deal. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn responded with the no-confidence motion, and urged the government to “do the right thing and resign.” May, who leads a fractious government, a divided Parliament and a gridlocked Pound holds its ground HONG KONG, 16 JANUARY The pound edged down Wednesday after the record defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan but mostly held its ground as investors consider the next likely developments in the long-running saga. Sterling tanked to a near two-year low soon after the government's proposal on leaving the EU was soundly beaten on Tuesday evening, but it soon bounced back as traders bet the vote reinforced their view that there would not be a “nodeal” exit. And while it was slight- ly lower in Asia the pound managed to avoid the sort of pummelling many had predicted and analysts say the positive news is that the options for the future are narrowing, which is largely positive. With May expected to win a vote of no confidence called by the opposition Labour Party on Wednesday, talk will move to what happens next. Analysts say May could ask to delay Britain's March 29 exit as she looks for a more palatable agreement from her EU peers, while there is growing speculation of a general election and even another referendum. AGENCIES Brexit process, said she was staying put. May said an election “would deepen division when we need unity, it would bring chaos when we need certainty, and it would bring delay when we need to move forward.” The government survived Wednesday’s vote with support from May’s Conservative Party and its Northern Irish ally, the Democratic Unionist Party. Many pro-Brexit Conserv- atives who voted against May’s deal, backed her in the no-confidence vote to avoid an election that could bring a left-wing Labour government to power. Had the government lost, Britain would have faced a snap election within weeks, just before the country is due to leave the European Union on 29 March. The prime minister has until Monday to come up with a new Brexit plan. May promised to speak to lawmakers from across the political spectrum. But she also said any new Brexit plan must “deliver on the referendum result,” which May has long interpreted to mean ending the free movement of workers to Britain from the EU and leaving the EU’s single market and customs union. Many lawmakers think a softer departure that retained single market or customs union membership is the only plan capable of winning a majority in Parliament. They fear the alternative is an abrupt “nodeal” withdrawal from the bloc, which businesses and economists fear would cause turmoil. Labour lawmaker Ben Bradshaw accused May of being “in a total state of denial” about how radically her Brexit plan needed to change. Green party legislator Caroline Lucas said May’s intransigence had led to the current crisis. “This is a national calamity of the prime minister’s own making,” Lucas said. “Today has to be the day when we start to change the conversation about Brexit.” Faced with the deadlock, lawmakers from all parties are trying to wrest control of the Brexit process so that Parliament can direct planning for Britain’s departure. But with no clear majority in Parliament for any single alternative, there’s a growing chance that Britain may seek to postpone its departure date while politicians work on a new plan ~ or even hand the decision back to voters in a new referendum on Britain’s EU membership. NEW YORK, 16 JANUARY Indra Nooyi is among the candidates being considered by the White House to head the World Bank after the India-born former PepsiCo CEO's name was floated by Ivanka Trump, the president's influential daughter, a top American daily reported. Nooyi, 63, stepped down as PepsiCo's chief last August after leading the company for 12 years. She “has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president's eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee,” the The New York Times said. The report, which cited several people familiar with the process, said the decision- BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 60.22 -0.42 Cong-JDS puts up brave face despite crisis CLP meeting to be held on 18 Jan to assert numbers STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU,16 JANUARY he Congress party has convened a meeting of its legislators here on 18 January where it hopes to assert that none of its members has defected or deserted it, amid the urgency to keep its flock together to save the JDS-Congress coalition government. The move comes in the wake of alleged attempts by the BJP to influence a few Congressmen to desert the party so that it can bring down the total number in the Assembly from 225 at present to 210. In the present scenario, the BJP has 104 seats in the Assembly with Congress accounting for 80 and the JDS 37. There are two Independents, one BSP and one nominated member.Out of 225, one post is that of the Speaker. Even though the CongJDS combine is putting up a brave face, arguing that it will be able to prove the BJP wrong by showing total unity on 18th ,the fact is that it continues to be nervous about the continuation of the coalition. The combine ,however, did get a boost following the return of two missing Congress MLAs in Bhima Naik and Anand Singh, according to available reports. Bhima Naik incidentally came up with the excuse that he could not be reached as one of his two T telephone numbers was not working. Be that as it may, the return of the two MLAs has brought the spring back into the steps of the otherwise visibly concerned Congressmen who appear to be confident now of braving the “Lotus Storm,' though the final script does not appear to have been written. The Congress has also thrown up a new challenge with five of its senior ministers agreeing to give up their posts if only to accommodate a few of the truant MLAs who remain incommunicado in a luxury resort in Mumbai. That the coalition wants to remain glued is further proven by reports that even the JDS is not averse to making some of the disgruntled Congress MLAs political secretaries or even chairmen of some cash rich corporations, albeit with the Congress party’s nod. In a related development, the Congress party organised a series of protests against the BJP for its” undemocratic methods” while blaming Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for the present political turmoil in the state. The irony in the current drama is that even the BJP has been forced to secure its MLAs in Gurugram this time as it fears a “ tit for tat “ from the Congress and the JDS. That the threat of losing a few members from its stable was indeed high could be evidenced from chief minister,H D Kumaraswamy’s remarks yesterday. He told newsmen that he too was in touch with some BJP legislators. The BJP, on its part, is hoping to bring down the number of legislators in the Assembly to 210 so that it can swing the issue in its favour, commanding as it does a membership of 104. Party sources, ,however, told The Statesman here that the BJP was not interested in bringing down the combine though it would not be averse to taking advantage if the situation became favourable. A senior leader added that the party might even prefer a bit of uncertainty instead of staking claim, leaving the matter in the hands of the Governor should the situation so warrant. Ignoring row, govt elevates Delhi HC judge to SC SC to hear on 21 Jan PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 16 JANUARY Ignoring the huge row over his elevation that has led to supersession of several judges, the Government Wednesday appointed Delhi High Court judge Sanjiv Khanna (pic far right) to the Supreme Court as recommended by the apex court's collegium. A government notification said President Ram Nath Kovind also appointed Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari as a judge of the apex court.With the two appointments, the strength of the top court will rise to 28 with three vacancies. The five-member SC Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on January 11 recommended to the government the elevation of Justices Maheshwari and Khanna to the top court. The appointment of Justice Khanna was announced on a day when the chorus of protests against the collegium's recommendation to elevate him grew louder with Bar Council of India (BCI) saying it is “whimsical and arbitrary” and will lead to “humiliation and demoralisation” of the superseded judges. A sitting Supreme Court judge Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul has already written a note to Justice Gogoi and fellow judges in the collegium -- Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana and Arun Mishra -- for ignoring the seniority of Chief Justices of the High Courts of Rajasthan and Delhi, Pradeep Nandrajog and Rajendra Menon, respectively. Sources said Justice Kaul was of the view that a wrong signal would go out if the two Chief Justices, who are up in the seniority list than Justice Khanna, would be left out for elevation as apex court judges. Justice Khanna stands at Sl.No. 33 in the combined seniority of high court judges on all-India basis. Ex-CJI R M Lodha said the unprecedented January 12, 2018 press conference by four senior-most judges including Gogoi before he became the CJI has not served the purpose for which it was held and instead the concerns raised including the functioning of Collegium for appointment of judges for higher judiciary have aggravated. Last year's press conference by four seniormost judges includingCJI Ranjan Gogoi has not served its purpose and instead the concerns raised at it like functioning of the Collegium for appointment of judges for higher judiciary have aggravated, an exCJI said. Justice (retd) Lodha was critical of the decision of the five-member Collegium headed by CJI Gogoi to bypass senior judges and recommend the elevation of Justice Sanjeev Khanna. ‘Ivanka floats Nooyi’s name for World Bank top job’ AGENCIES P11 SILVER 39,400.00 -50.00 May survives no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat ASSOCIATED PRESS Max.86% WHY INDIA ARE AMONG CUP FAVOURITES making process for the top post at the World Bank is “fluid and in its initial stages and early front-runners and candidates often fall off the radar, or withdraw from consideration, before the president (Donald Trump) makes his ultimate pick”. It is unclear whether Nooyi would accept the nomination if chosen by the Trump administration. The first daughter, who has tweeted that she views Nooyi as a “mentor + inspiration”, has floated her name as a potential successor. World Bank's current president Jim Yong Kim had earlier this month announced that he would step down from his post in February to join a private infrastructure investment firm. His unexpected departure came nearly three years before the end of his term. The NYT report said that the process of choosing Kim's successor is being overseen by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Ivanka, whose role in the process was announced by the White House Monday. Ivanka's “role in the process drew some criticism from ethics watchdogs Monday, which said it could pose a conflict of interest for the pres- ident's daughter to be involved in international economic matters when she has not completely divested from her assets,” the report said. The group was expected to begin the interview process Tuesday, in order to present President Trump with recommendations for a nominee. Nooyi joined Trump's business council, which was disbanded after many chief exec- utives quit following the president's comments blaming “many sides” for white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, in August 2017. The report, however, added that negative comments made by Nooyi after the 2016 election, during which she did not publicly endorse any candidate, are seen as a potential roadblock to her nomination. Following Trump's win, she said at the NYT's DealBook conference in 2016 that “Our employees are all crying. And the question that they're asking, especially those who are not white: 'Are we safe?' Women are asking: 'Are we safe?' LGBT people are asking: 'Are we safe?' I never thought I'd have had to answer those questions”. A spokesman for PepsiCo had told Fortune magazine CMYK that “Mrs. Nooyi misspoke. She was referring to the reaction of a group of employees she spoke to who were apprehensive about the outcome of the election. She never intended to imply that all employees feel the same way”. Other candidates being considered for the position of World Bank head are under secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass and president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Ray Washburne. The US president cannot install the World Bank leader, who must be approved by the bank's board, but has traditionally placed his nominee in the job. Trump has already faced harsh criticism for appointing his daughter as a senior White House adviser. NGO plea against interim CBI chief PM-headed panel likely to meet on 24 Jan NEW DELHI, 16 JAN STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 16 JANUARY The Supreme Court would hear on Monday a plea filed by an NGO Common Cause, which has challenged the central government's10 January order appointing M Nageswara Rao as the CBI's interim director. The matter was today mentioned for urgent listing before a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, urged the Bench ~ also comprising Justice L N Rao and Justice S K Kaul ~ to hear the plea on Friday. Chief Justice Gogoi reportedly told Bhushan that it was “definitely not possible” to hear the matter on Friday and that the plea would be heard next week. CBI's additional director Rao was given the charge of the agency's interim chief on 10 January until the appointment of a new CBI director after the Selection Committee ~ a high-powered panel, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the CBI chief's selection ~ removed the incumbent CBI director Alok Verma on The high-power Selection Committee is likely to meet on January 24 to appoint the new CBI Director, sources said here. Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads the committee, in which the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge are the other members. The sources said the government had proposed the meeting on January 21 earlier while Kharge wanted the meeting on January 24 or 25. After mutual consultations, the government has finalised January 24 as the date for the meeting to select the new CBI Director. PTI alleged charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. The NGO's petition has reportedly sought laying down of specific mechanisms to ensure transparency in the process of the CBI director's appointment. It has pointed out that Rao's appointment was not made on the basis of recommendations of the Selection Committee.
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