CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 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 P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with mist/fog in the morning. Temperature will be in the range of 27-18 degree Celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.84% TEMPERATURE Max: 27.9°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:22 hrs MOON RISES 23.47 hrs TRUDEAU FIRES ENVOY TO BEIJING TRUMP CAVES, CONSERVATIVES UPSET SPEAKER’S SCRIPT P10 P10 CBI cop probing ICICI Bank case transferred P12 MAGNIFICENT SEVENTH Officer’s role suspected in leakages; also alleged to have sat on prelim. enquiry PRESS TRUST OF INDIAS Min. 42% Min: 18.6°C (+4) SUN RISES 06:17 hrs MOON SETS 10:56 hrs Next moon quarter on 1 February THUMBNAILS Saina Nehwal poses with her winner's medal after Carolina Marin of Spain retired due to injury in their women's singles final match at the 2019 Daihatsu Indonesia Masters tournament in Jakarta on Sunday. Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two years after three-time world champion Marin limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury.“It is an important year for all of us. This was not good at all. She is a tough competitor, she started off well and it is unfortunate what happened today,” said Saina. AFP NEW DELHI, 27 JANUARY he CBI has transferred the investigating officer in the ICICI Bank case as its “discreet inquiry” suggested his role in leaking information related to searches, officials said on Sunday. Superintendent of Police Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra was transferred to Ranchi, a day after filing an FIR in the case against former ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group MDVenugopal Dhoot on 22 January, they said. The agency had carried out searches at multiple locations after the charge of the case was given to new investigating officer Mohit Gupta, they said. Justifying the transfer, the CBI pinned the blame on Mishra for keeping the preliminary enquiry pending without any reasons, they said.The CBI did not issue any formal statement in this regard.“ICICI Bank case is one of the very important cases that was pending without progress,” one of the officials said. The official said after review some time ago, the preliminary enquiry wad sped up and was convert- T ed into a regular case. Immediately after the registration of the case, the searches were proposed to be conducted, they said. “However, it was suspected that there was a possibility of information regarding searches being leaked,” the official claimed. “A discreet inquiry was conducted and role of Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra was strongly suspected. Hence he has been transferred pending detailed inquiry in the matter, being serious,” he said.The officials alleged role of Mishra and others, if any, in “keeping the PE pending” is also being looked into. Meanwhile, the agency did not respond to question if Mishra was suspected of leaking the information why was he allowed to file the FIR when agency knew that he was delaying the preliminary enquiry. The agency also did not respond to question which officer had cleared the FIR. The agency had carried out searches at the offices ofVideocon Group in Mumbai and Nupower Renewables and Supreme Powers, both controlled by Chanda Kochhar's husband, on January 24. It is alleged that during the tenure of Chanda Kochhar six loans worth Rs 1,875 crore were cleared for Videocon Group and its associated companies in which in two cases she herself was on the sanctioning committees. In its FIR, the CBI has also named several top honchos of banking industry including the present CEO of ICICI Bank Sandeep Baxi alleging that they were also members of the sanctioning committees whose role needs investigation. Banking doyen and Chairman of New Development Bank K V Kamath,Goldman Sachs India chairman Sonjoy Kartarpur corridor issue: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has said that the two sides were in contact on the Kartarpur corridor and that New Delhi has already appointed a focal person for the purpose. He made the remarks on Saturday night during an informal interaction with the media personnel invited to attend the reception to celeP3 brate the 70th Republic Day of India. Twin blasts kill 20 people at Philippines cathedral US diplomats in Venezuela: Venezuela defused a potential showdown with the USA, suspending a demand that US diplomats leave the country as Washington called on the world to “pick a side” in the South American nation's fast-moving crisis. Socialist President Nicolas Maduro broke relations with the US after the Trump administration and many other nations in the region recognised Opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, a move that Maduro called a coup attempt. P10 Two bombs minutes apart tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 111 others during a Sunday Mass, officials said. Witnesses said the first blast inside the Jolo cathedral in the provincial capital sent churchgoers, some of them wounded, to stampede out of the main door. Army troops and police posted outside were rushing in when the second bomb went off about one minute later near the main entrance, causing more deaths and injuries. Brazil dam collapse:The death toll from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste in southeastern Brazil rose to 40 as searchers flying in helicopters and rescuers labouring in deep mud uncovered more bodies. An estimated 300 people were still missing and authorities expected the death toll to increase during a search made more challengP9 ing by intermittent rains. JOLO (PHILIPPINES), 27 JANUARY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE TRISSUR, 27 JANUARY was questioned on foreign soil. Who was spotted in that press conference? A top Congress leader. Is this how you respect our democracy?” he asked. Alleging that the Opposition parties are bankrupt when it comes to any positive and constructive agenda for the development of the nation, he said all they have is hatred for Modi,their day begins with abusing Modi and ends with abusing Modi. “Abuse me as much as you want but don’t mislead the farmers. Abuse me as much as you want but don’t create hurdles in creating opportu- Chatterjee, Standard Chartered Bank CEO Zarin Daruwala, Tata Capital head Rajiv Sabharwal and Tata Capital senior advisor Homi Khusrokhan need to be investigated, according to the FIR. Their names were included by the agency in the text of the FIR after a year-long preliminary enquiry. The action attracted strong comments from former finance minister Arun Jaitley who advised the agency against “adventurism”. “Sitting thousands of kilometres away, when I read the list of potential targets in the ICICI case, the thought that crossed my mind was again the same - instead of focusing primarily on the target, is a journey to nowhere (or everywhere) being undertaken? If we include the entire who's who of the banking industry, with or without evidence, what cause are we serving or actually hurting,”Jaitley, who was finance minister of India till last week and had to temporarily hand over the charge to his fellow minister Piyush Goyal for the duration of his indisposition, advised the investigators, “Follow the advice of Arjun in the Mahabharat. Just concentrate on the bull's eye.” Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express: Goyal NEW DELHI, 27 JANUARY PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Soldiers in front of a Catholic church where two bombs exploded in Jolo, Sulu province on Sunday. AFP The military was checking a report that the second explosive device may have been attached to a parked motorcycle. The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb hurled human remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said. Cellphone signal was cut off in the first hours after the attack. The witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press refused to give their names or were busy at the scene of the blasts. The fatalities included 15 civilians and five troops. Among the wounded were 17 troops, two police, two coast guard and 90 civilians. Troops in armoured carriers sealed off the main road leading to the church while vehicles transported the dead and wounded to the town hospital. Hate for Modi is only thing common among Opp: PM Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition, Prime Minister NarendraModi on Sunday said that the entire Opposition, be it the Congress or the Communists have zero regard for any institutions. Addressing a rally organised in connection with the state convention of BJP youth wing YuvaMorcha in Kerala's Thrissur, Modi said, every institution, the armed forces, the police, the CBI, the CAG, everyone is wrong, but they (Opposition)are right.” Targeting at the Congress for its leader KapilSibal, attending a press conference in London where a man identifying himself as a cyber expert said voting machines used in India were being rigged, Modi said, “Entire nation was amused to see a press conference in London, when India's democratic ethos OSAKA NEW WORLD NUMBER ONE AFTER OZ OPEN WIN nities for our youth. Abuse me as much as you want but don’t harm our poor people,” he said. Speaking on gender justice, Modi said, neither the Congress nor the Communists have any concern for gender justice and women empowerment. “If they did, they would not be opposing the NDA government’s efforts to ban Triple Talaq,” he said. Launching a frontal attack at the LDF government in Kerala over the Sabarimala temple issue, the Prime Minister said “the issue of Sabarimala temple has got the attention of the nation, people are seeing the manner in which the Communist government is disrespecting all aspects of our culture. I don't understand why they are targeting our culture which has stood the test of time.” Modi went on to say in the last four and a half years, the NDA government at the Centre has transformed the culture of governance in India. CMYK Acknowledging its madein-India status, the Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured semi-fast Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express, which will ply from the national capital to Varanasi, railway minister Piyush Goyal said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the train soon, which will ply between Delhi and his Lok Sabha constituency. The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. It's also the first locomotive-less train in PTI the country. Serbia's Novak Djokovic with the championship trophy after his victory against Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final on of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Sunday. Djokovic routed Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win a record seventh Australian Open title. AFP SC cancels 29 Jan Ayodhya case hearing due to absence of judge PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 27 JANUARY The Supreme Court on Sunday cancelled the 29 January hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babari Masjid land title dispute case as one member of the five-judge Constitution bench would not be available. The sitting of the Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi stands cancelled as Justice S A Bobde will not be available on 29 January, as per a notice issued by the Supreme Court registry. “Take notice that due to non availability of Justice S A Bobde on 29 January, 2019 (Tuesday), sitting of Constitution bench in Chief Justice's court, comprising the Chief Justice, Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, stands cancelled. “Therefore, Constitution bench matter will not be taken up for hearing,” the notice stated. The five-judge bench was re-constituted on 25 January as Justice U U Lalit, who was a member of the original bench, had recused himself from hearing the matter. When the new bench was constituted, Justice N The five-judge bench was re-constituted on 25 January as Justice U U Lalit, who was a member of the original bench, had recused himself from hearing the matter V Ramana was also excluded from the re-constitution bench. No reason was cited for the exclusion of Justice Ramana in the new Constitution bench. Besides the CJI, the new bench comprises justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer. In the fresh bench, justices Bhushan and Nazeer made a come back to hear the matter. Both of them were part of a earlier bench headed by then CJI Dipak Misra (now retired).It had on 27 September, 2018, refused to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench the reconsideration of the observation in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam. While Misra and Bhushan had said it has to find out the context in which the five-judge bench had delivered the 1994 judgment, Justice Nazeer had given a minority verdict disagreeing with the two judges. Nazeer had said whether a mosque is integral to Islam has to be decided considering religious belief which requires detailed consideration. On 10 January, Justice Lalit had recused himself after expressing disinclination to participate in the hearing any further as he had appeared as a lawyer for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in a related matter “sometime in the year 1997”. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties -the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On 10 January, the bench in its order had noted that the apex court registry’s secretary general has informed the CJI that in four suits, out of which these appeals have arisen, in all 120 issues have been framed for trial and a total of 88 witnesses were examined. It had noted that depositions of witnesses run into 13,886 pages and a total of 257 documents exhibited.
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