CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 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 35,592.50 -64.20 WEATHER Mainly clear sky with mist/fog in the morning. Max-min temperature likely to be around 24-13 degree celsius, resp. P9 NIFTY 10,652.20 -9.35 ` vs $ 71.11 +1 PAISA George Fernandes passes away at 88 RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min. 33% Max: 24.3°C (-2.4) SUN RISES 06:16 hrs MOON RISES 01.38 hrs Min: 17.1°C (+2.4) SUN SETS 17:24 hrs MOON SETS 13:00 hrs P2 GOLD 31,720.00 +165.00 P11 SILVER 40,150.00 +200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 60.44 +0.51 Centre moves SC for ‘surplus’ Ayodhya land SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 29 JANUARY SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 29 JANUARY THUMBNAILS KALIA scheme: The Odisha Cabinet approved of eight pipe water projects entailing an expenditure of over Rs 3000 crore, a new handicraft policy and, extended the target of landless agri labour to be covered under the KALIA scheme from one lakh to five lakh. The pipe water supply projects in districts are to be funded from the District Mineral Fund and RIDF. They shall all be completed in 24 (See P13) months, said the Cabinet brief. George Fernandes, a lifelong socialist despite his political adventurism that included Cabinet posts in two ideological opposite governments where he ousted Coca-Cola in 1977 and oversaw the Kargil war in 1999, died on Tuesday. He was 88. Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which had forced him out of the public eye for several years, and had recently contracted swine flu, his long time associate, Jaya Jaitly, said, adding that he died at his residence here. Fernandes, who was born to a Christian family in Mangalore, Karnataka, burst into national limelight when as a firebrand trade unionist in Mumbai he organised a Railways strike in 1974 that brought the country to a standstill. Ironically, he became the Railways minister in 1989 under V.P. Singh's National Front coalition government, comprising mostly Left leaning parties. Despite being a staunch critic of the RSS, Fernandes joined the BJP-led NDA government under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998 and 1999, in which he was appointed the defense minister. Under his stewardship India fought the Kargil war in 1999. It was also during his tenure that India conducted nuclear test at Pokhran in 1998. Leaders cutting across party lines, including the President, the PM and the West Bengal Governor, mourned the leader’s death. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Very saddened at the passing away of former Defence Minister and much admired trade unionist’’. Rahul meets Parrikar, enquires about his health PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Court summons scribe in Akbar case: A Delhi court on Tuesday summoned scribe Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him in the #MeToo campaign. Court directed Ramani to appear before it on Feb 25 after noting that the allegations made against Akbar were “prima facie defamatory” and he had denied all the accusations as “false’’. Jet Airways grounds 3 more planes on lease rental default: Crisis-ridden Jet Airways was on Tuesday forced to ground three of its Boeing 737 planes due to non-payment of lease rentals, leading to cancellation of around 20 domestic flights, said a source. With three more planes taken out of operations, the number of aircraft on ground due to non-payment of lease rentals by the carrier stands at six in the last two days, the source added. Lokpal search panel holds first meeting: An eight-member search panel formed to select members of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal on Tuesday held its first meeting, nearly four months after it was set up by the Modi government, officials said. The committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, is understood to have discussed modalities related to the appointments of the chief and members of Lokpal. tirring the Ayodhya cauldron just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi government today moved the Supreme Court to seek modification of its 2003 order in order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acres of “nondisputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The 0.313 acre plot on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was torn down by Hindutva zealots on 6 December 1992 was within the 2.77 acre-disputed premises. After the destruction of the Babri Masjid that triggered Hindu-Muslim riots across the country leaving a few thousand people dead, the then Congressled central government had acquired 67.703 acres of land, including the 2.77 acres disputed land, in Ayodhya through a legislation in 1993. The Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, a trust to promote construction of Ram Temple, is the owner PANAJI, 29 JANUARY Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the state Assembly complex here and enquired about his health. Parrikar, 63, who has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment, heads the BJP-led government in the coastal state. The meeting comes a day after Gandhi alleged that the “Goa audio tapes”, cited by the Congress to attack the Centre on the Rafale issue, were authentic and Parrikar was in possession of “explosive secrets” that give him power over Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi arrived in the Assembly premises around noon, soon after the House was adjourned following Goa Governor Mridula Sinha's address, which was boycotted by Congress members. After his arrival, the Congress president went to meet the chief minister in his chamber in the assembly complex. Gandhi later went to the opposition lobby in the Assembly to meet Congress MLAs. He held a meeting with them for 10 minutes before leaving. The Congress chief refused to talk to waiting mediapersons, say- The meeting comes a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Goa audio tapes, cited by the Congress to attack the Centre on the Rafale issue, were authentic and Parrikar was in possession of ‘explosive secrets’ that give him power over Prime Minister Narendra Modi ing, “I am getting late.” Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, who accompanied Gandhi to meet Parrikar, said, “It was a courtesy visit to enquire about Parrikar's health. There was no discussion other than enquiring about his health condition.” Kavlekar said Rahul Gandhi had an informal discussion with Congress MLAs in Goa as he would be arriving here next month to address party workers. Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were on a private visit to the coastal state. Goa's Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai dubbed the Congress chief's visit to Parrikar as a “positive development in politics”. Shah appeals for Odia-speaking CM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CUTTACK , 29 JANUARY Ratna Bhandar (treasure house) of Lord Jagannath, he said while referring to the missing keys of the treasure house. Shah exuded confidence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the BJP and NDA to a resounding victory in the 2019 elections. The BJP with its NDA partners will secure a clear majority and I want people of Odisha to also vote for a BJP government in POLITICALLY SIGNIFICANT MOVE The government had acquired 67.703 acre, including the 2.77 acre, through legislation in 1993. S Next moon quarter on 1 February Raking up the sentiments of people, BJP president Amit Shah exhorted them to vote for a “ Odia speaking CM in the 2019 elections” and get rid of Naveen Patnaik who had misruled the state for 19 long years. The BJD and the Congress are one and the same. They have failed the state and Odisha lags behind other states due to rampant corruption and non-governance, charged Shah. The language issue was symbolic as Shah was addressing party workers at Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das’s birthplace. Madhubabu had fought for statehood on the basis of Odia language and Odisha was formed on linguistic basis. The innuendo was on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s inability to speak, read or write Odia. This government failed to even protect the WHEN SOLSKJAER HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD Move comes even as apex court is set to hear 14 appeals against 2010 Allahabad HC order Max.78% TEMPERATURE UP CABINET MEETS AT KUMBH, MINISTERS TAKE DIP PAK SC UPHOLDS ACQUITTAL ORDER MAY WILL SEEK TO REOPEN BREXIT DEAL the state. If voted to power in the state, the BJP will make it the number one state of the country in terms of development, said Shah. The meeting was organised near Salepur and the party had mobilised party worker from politically sensitive coastal Odisha districts of Jagatsighpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Cuttack. It was for the first time that the BJP national president was entering the region. Significantly, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who launched a blistering attack on CM Naveen Patnaik asked people to reelect PM Modi by voting for BJP LS candidates while he fought shy of saying the same for the assembly election. Shah took note of this and said I cant understand why Dharmendra Pradhan felt hesistant, the BJP will form the government both at the centre and in the state, he said. The Congress ruled for several decades , the BJD has been in power for 19 years ; but Odisha with all its resources has remained backward, he noted. Shah reeled out the achievements of the Modi government – Mudra, Ujjawala, Jan Dhan, Housing , health and other schemes. Unfortunately the ‘corrupt’ Naveen Patnaik government has deprived people from availing benefits of the central schemes, he alleged. CMYK The Ram Janambhoomi Nyas (RJN) is the owner of as much as 42 acres of the acquired non-disputed land. The application filed by the BJPled NDA government on Tuesday claimed that only 0.313 acre land on which the disputed structure stood before the demolition was disputed portion of the land. of about 42 acres of the acquired non-disputed land. The BJP-led central government has been facing growing pressure from the RSS and other Sangh Parivar and Hindutva groups to move swiftly on the Ayodhya front. The government's politically-significant move might result in some form of construction of a Ram temple by these groups outside the disputed site if the handover is allowed by the apex court. The Centre's move came even as the apex court is set to hear 14 appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, which had ruled that the 2.77-acre land be divided equally between three parties ~ the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On 25 January, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi had reconstituted the five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Ayodhya land title dispute case. In its 33-page application filed in the top court today, the Centre sought modification of its 31 March 2003 order to permit it to to return 67.390 acres of “non-disputed” surplus/superflous land around the disputed Ayo- dhya site to the original owners. The apex court had then ordered the Centre to maintain the “status quo” with regard to the entire land including the non-disputed acquired land in Ayodhya. The Centre's application claimed that only 0.313 acre of land was disputed. “The applicant (Centre) is filing this application seeking permission of this court to permit the applicant to fulfil the duty to revert/restore/hand over the excess/superfluous land acquired under the Acquisition of Certain Areas of Ayodhya Act, 1993,” it said. Congress questions plea timing NEW DELHI, 29 JANUARY The Congress on Tuesday questioned the timing of the Centre's application in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya matter seeking permission to return undisputed “surplus” land to its original owners, saying people will decide on the intent of its “sudden” move which has come merely two months before the general elections. The Opposition party, however, said that it has “no opinion” on the plea for a change in status quo that has been maintained for 16 years and it was a matter between the Supreme Court and the Centre. The BJP said the government's plea could pave the way for construction of PTI a Ram temple.
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