WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 23 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 P6 SENSEX 36,444.64 -134.32 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain/thundershowers. The maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 19 degrees and 10 degrees Celsius, respectively. Max.100% Min. 53% Max: 21.5°C (+2) SUN RISES 07:14 hrs MOON RISES 15.56 hrs Min: 4.8°C (-2) SUN SETS 17:50 hrs MOON SETS 06:09 hrs THUMBNAILS Waterlogging at West Delhi due to heavy rain (P2) in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Sharif shifted to hospital from jail: Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a seven-year imprisonment in a Lahore jail, was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after he complained of heart related complications. Sharif, 69, was taken to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore from Kot Lakhpat Jail in high security. Sharif chose not to P13 respond to media queries on his arrival. Tearful farewell to seer: Thousands bid a tearful adieu to their “Walking God”, as the mortal remains of 111-year-old Sree Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga mutt, was laid to rest on Tuesday with full state honours at the seminary he headed for over seven decades. The most revered seer left an indelible imprint with his stellar contributions in the education sector and philanthropy. NIFTY 10,922.75 -39.10 DUBAI, 22 JANUARY The peerlessVirat Kohli onTuesday became the first cricketer to make a clean-sweep of the ICC's annual individual awards and was also named captain of the world body's Test and ODI teams of the year, line-ups which were dominated by Indian players. Kohli became the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, his second consecutive, the ICC Test and the ODI Player of the Year awards following an extra- ` vs $ 71.44 -16 PAISE GOLD 31,220.00 +165.00 SNS & PTI The BJP on Tuesday dubbed allegations of rigging in the 2014 polls, made at a London press conference, a “Congress-sponsored conspiracy” designed to “defame” Indian democracy and its Election Commission. A day after a self-proclaimed cyber expert alleged at the press event that the BJP had won election by hacking into Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the ruling party launched a stinging attack on the Congress and said it has already started looking for an “alibi” for its certain loss in the coming Lok Sabha polls. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters that the Indian Journalists' Association, which had organised the conference, is headed by Ashis Ray who, he claimed, is a “committed Congressman” and has been singing paeans in support of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Targeting the Congress, Prasad questioned the presence of its leader Kapil Sibal at the event.“What was Sibal doing there? In what capacity was he present? My charge is that he was there to monitor the event for the Congress. It was a Congresssponsored conspiracy designed to defame Indian democracy and its Election Commission,” Prasad said, also calling it a Congress-scripted exercise. ordinary 2018. Besides, the rapidly-rising wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant claimed the ICC's Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. “Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICCTest and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket,” the ICC said in a statement. Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is. “It's a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of SEE P 16 as a cricketer’’. LUCKNOW, 22 JANUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked the Congress for corruption and slammed the party for its inability to plug the leakages despite knowing where the problem lay. Without naming Rajiv Gandhi he said a former prime minister had acknowledged that only 15 paise of the Re 1 meant for development work reached the villages or the beneficiaries. The remaining 85 paise just disappeared. Modi said the party (read Congress) had ruled the country for many years. It was lamentable that years after its leader acknowledged the prevailing corruption, the party was unable to plug the leakages. The party knew about the disease but it had no treatment for the same. It also lacked the political will or the determination required to put an end to this kind of loot, he said. Modi added during its four and half years in power his government had taken measures through the use of technology to plug the leakages. As a consequence of this cent per cent of the funds reached the beneficiaries. Citing figures, he said around Rs 5,80,000 crores or 80 billion dollars were transferred directly into the bank accounts of people either by way of gas subsidy, education, grain etc. He queried, what if the country was administered in accordance with the older system. In such a scenario Rs 4,50,000 would have disappeared in leakages. The Prime Minister said there was a time when the going notion (“soch”) was that ‘Bharat badal nahi sakata ’ (India can never change). “I have changed that very notion” he added. India today is emerging as a formidable economic power and is also progressing fast in the sports arena. The youth of the country under the P15 SILVER 39,000.00 +100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 61.84 -0.90 EVM row: EC seeks FIR against ‘cyber expert’ ECIL says complainant not its staff, BEL says not possible to hack EVMs SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 22 JANUARY Mayawati demands ballot papers for Lok Sabha polls PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LUCKNOW, 22 JANUARY BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday demanded that the upcoming Lok Sabha polls be held using ballot papers instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The demand comes after a self-proclaimed US-based Indian cyber expert Monday made a sensational claim that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were “rigged” through the EVMs, which, he said, can be hacked. “The latest revelations have made the doubts on the EVMs more serious. It is better under such conditions that the future elections, especially the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, be conThe BJP leader also dismissed Sibal's claim that he was present in his personal capacity, saying he was intelligent enough to know implications of his ducted using ballot papers which can be verified at three levels unlike the EVMs,” she said in a statement issued here. Urging the Election Commission to take strong note of the issue, Mayawati said the latest “revelations” are most sensational and expose the “conspiracy” of the BJP. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav questioned the use of EVMs when even the more advanced nations were not using them. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said the Opposition will take up with the Election Commission the claims made by an US-based cyber expert that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be hacked. being there. Sibal on Tuesday demanded a probe into the charges made by a self-proclaimed US-based cyber expert, terming them as “very serious”. A day after an Indian "cyber expert" alleged that the Election Commission (EC)'s Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be "hacked" and that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were "rigged" through EVMs, the EC filed a complaint with Delhi Police, asking it to file an FIR against him for making such claims which, the country's poll body said, can “create fear” in the public minds. The row triggered sparring between the ruling BJP and the principal Opposition Congress party, with both sides exchanging fireworks. In its complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) today, the EC asked the police to investigate the matter “promptly” for violation of certain sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with spreading rumour to alarm the public and other provisions of related laws. “Through media reports, it has come to the notice of the Commission that allegedly one Mr Syed Shuja, on January 21 in London... claimed that he was part of the EVM design team and he can hack the EVM used in elections in India. The act of Mr Shuja is violative of IPC, particularly its section 505 (1) (b),” the EC stated. The EC said it has been conducting Lok Sabha and Assembly elections through EVMs for a long period, pointing out that the Supreme Court and various high courts have endorsed the use of its EVMs. “On 3rd June, 2017, when a few political parties raised some issues regarding use of EVMs, ECI organised an open challenge for all to come forward and take an attempt to demonstrate any vulnerability of the EVMs. Nobody turned up...,” the EC added. DCP (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said, “Legal action will be taken” on the EC's complaint. Addressing a press conference in London via Skype yesterday, Shuja, who has reportedly sought political asylum in the United States, claimed that the 2014 general elections were "rigged" through EVMs which, he charged, can be tampered. The self-proclaimed cyber expert said he was part IPS officer’s brother dies in encounter FIRE IN SEA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 22 JANUARY An image grab taken from AFP TV on January 21, 2019 shows a burning ship after a fire engulfed two gas tankers in the Black Sea off Crimea. At least 14 sailors were killed and six others missing when two Tanzanian-flagged fuel ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members caught fire in the Kerch (P12) Strait separating Russia from Crimea, Russian rescue officials said on Tuesday. AFP Three terrorists , including a brother of an Indian Police Service officer, were killed and a soldier injured on Tuesday in an encounter in Shopian district of south Kashmir. Police confirmed killing of the three terrorists and recovery of arms and ammunition from the encounter spot. Police sources said Shamsul Haq Mengnoo of Draggud village in Shopian was among those killed in Heff Shermal village by security forces where an encounter broke out in an orchard this morning. PM targets Congress at Varanasi NRI meet STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE RONALDO ACCEPTS FINE FOR TAX EVASION P12 BJP, Congress trade barbs over EVM hacking claim Virat Kohli makes a clean sweep of ICC awards AGENCIES P9 NEW DELHI, 22 JANUARY RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE TRUMP’S PROPOSAL TO BREAK DEADLOCK FALLS FLAT NETAJI, TAGORE AND SPIRITUALITY ‘CONGRESS KEPT OUT TO CORRECT POLL LOGIC’ ~ Make in India” banner was manufacturing mobile phones, trucks, trains. Speaking in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi, at an event to mark the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, the PM also listed another achievement of his government which was aimed at ending corruption. He said the names of 7 crore fake (“farzi”) beneficiaries of government schemes had been struck off. These people existed only on paper, but were getting the government benefits. Modi enumerated the steps taken by his government to help the NRIs. He asked them encourage at least five families to travel to India. This would give a fillip to the tourism sector, the Prime Minister said, and added that the country is also celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described NRIs as India's brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country's capabilities. The prime minister was inaugurating the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. “I consider NRIs India's brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities,” he told the gathering. “People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland,” he said. Modi also alluded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage. The prime minister added that his government had stepped in to rectify the situation. The “85 per cent loot” taking place during the Congress regime had been plugged “100 per cent” through technology, he said. “We have given about Rs 5,80,000 crore to people, transferred to their bank accounts through various schemes. Imagine, if the country was being run on the older system? Then Rs 4,50,000 crore would have vanished,” Modi said. Continuing his attack on the Congress, he said efforts to stop the “leakage” could have been made earlier as well but there was no intention and will power. “Our government is moving towards ensuring that the aid given by government is directly transferred to beneficiary accounts through direct benefit schemes,” he said. Mauritian Premier Pravind Jugnauth, who is the chief guest for the three-day event, also spoke on the occasion. He hailed the prime minister for India's transformation through initiatives such as the Skill India and the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao schemes. He also praised Modi's global stewardship in promoting clean energy and for setting up the International Solar Alliance. Jugnauth announced that his country will hold a Bhagwad Gita Mahotsav next month and a Bhojpuri Festival next year. For the first time, the threeday convention is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to allow participants to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and attend the Republic Day parade in the national capital. The theme of this year's convention is 'Role of Indian diaspora in building new India'. of a team at the public sector Electronic Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), which designed and developed the EC's EVMs. Although he appeared on screen through Skype, his face was masked. He claimed he fled India in 2014 because he felt threatened in the country after the killing of some of his team members. Close on the heels of Shuja's claims, the EC issued a statement, dismissing them outright. "Whereas, ECI (Election Commission of India) has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about fool proof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India," the EC asserted. The ECIL today said Shuja was not its employee. In a letter to the EC, the ECIL said that Shuja had neither been on its rolls as a regular employee nor was he in any way associated in the design and development of EVMs during 2009-2014. SNS adds from Ben galuru: The chairman and managing director of Bharat Electronics Limited, Mr M V Gowthma, asserted here today that the Electronic Voting Machines just cannot be hacked,notwithstanding claims to the contrary. He told The Statesman that the EVMs were stand alone machines and did not have any component to support hacking. In fact, the machines,which eliminated the scope of rigging , even excluded the possibility of an external connection including a Wifi or Bluetooth. Significantly, the public sector unit recently delivered 10. 5 lakh EVMs for the assembly and general elections,many of which were also used in the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and MizoSEE ALSO P 10 ram polls. Sabarimala hearing to start after judge is back from leave: SC SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 22 JANUARY The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it may not start hearing pleas seeking a review of the Sabarimala verdict, allowing women of all age groups to enter the temple, till January 30 as one of the judges is on medical leave. On September 28 last year, a five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that Justice Indu Malhotra, the lone woman judge of the five-judge constitution bench which delivered the verdict allowing all women inside the Sabarimala temple, is on leave till January 30“due to some medical reasons”. Justice Malhotra had delivered the dissenting judgement in the case. Lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara, appearing for the National Ayyappa Devotees' Association (NADA), mentioned the matter before the bench, which also comprised Justices L Nageswara Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, and sought urgent listing for hearing the pleas seeking review of the verdict. The court said that the next date of hearing would be fixed only after Justice Malhotra rejoins. A five-judge Constitution bench comprisiing the CJI, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Justice Malhotra was scheduled to hear in open court the review petitions from today. SNS adds: Kanakadurga, one of the young women who entered the Sabarimala shrine guarded by the police in mufti on 2 January, was shifted to a temporary shelter for women after her husband and his relatives refused accommodation to her in their house. Kanakadurga was undergoing treatment at the government medical college hospital, Kozhikode after the alleged attack on her by her mother-in-law. The police had asked her husband,Krishnanunni to take her home after she was discharged from the hospital. However, he refused to take her home. Following this, the police have made arrangements for temporary shelter for her at Sakhi One Stop Centre in Perinthalmanna. A police team headed by a lady subinspector is giving security to Kanakadurga at the women shelter home. A scuffle had broken out between Kanakadurga and mother-in-law Sumathy Amma, when she(Kanakadurga) returned home last week after her entry into Sabarimala temple.Kanakadurga, who was injured in the incident, was admitted to hospital.
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