CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 JANUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 32 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P7 P10 Mainly clear sky. Mist/fog in the morning. Maximum-minimum temperature will be around 25-12 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.75% Min. 26% Max: 24.6°C (-2) SUN RISES 06:16 hrs MOON RISES 02.31 hrs Min: 12.2°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:24 hrs MOON SETS 13:45 hrs Next moon quarter on 1 February THUMBNAILS West Bengal Governor K N Tripathy and Minister Subrata Mukherjee during a function to pay tribute to Gandhiji on his death anniversary. In Kolkata on Wednesday. DILIP DUTTA Interim Budget on 1 February: In keeping with tradition, the Narendra Modi-led government ahead of the general election will present an interim Budget on February 1, which is widely expected to contain certain sops for farmers and middle class. The last Budget of the present NDA government is likely to be presentP8 ed by interim FM Piyush Goyal in the LS. SC refuses to stay SC, ST Act amendments: The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again refused to stay amendments to the SC/ST Act that restored the no anticipatory bail provision and said all matters including the Centre's review petition will be heard on Feb 19. A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said the issue requires hearing in detail and it will be appropriate if matters are heard on Feb 19. Govt moves to appoint Lokpal: The government has decided to call for applications from eligible candidates for the post of chairman and members of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, officials said on Wednesday. A process in this regard has been initiated and an advertisement is likely to be issued soon to recruit the chairman and other members. SC allows Karti to travel to UK, Spain: The SC allowed Karti Chidambaram to travel to the UK and Spain in Feb and March even as it directed him to cooperate with ED in the INX Media and Aircel Maxis case. A bench headed by CJI warned Karti, “go wherever you want, do whatever you want” but not even an iota of non-cooperation would be tolerated…’’ P5 P6 P12 PM calls for full majority stable govt at Centre Inquiry panel indicts Kochhar for violation of ICICI Bank code of conduct PRESS TRUST OF INDIA PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SURAT,30 JANUARY rime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday stressed the need for a full-majority government at the Centre, saying “hung Parliaments” stalled the country's progress in the past three decades. Addressing a gathering here, he also defended the government's demonetisation move, saying it brought down prices of houses and made them affordable for the young generation by checking black money in the real estate sector. “As you all know, India witnessed instability for 30 years due to hung Parliaments, as no party received a majority. This had stalled the country's development. And the country even regressed on some parameters due to that situation,” Modi said. “We are progressing today because the people applied their wisdom in casting votes (in 2014 elections). Their votes eradicated that 30-year-old illness called hung Parliament and helped form a full majority government at the Centre,” the Prime Minister said. “You can ask me what I have done and I can give you answers P because you voted for us unanimously. We have done what we have done because of the mandate we got. If we were a coalition government, then we could have given many reasons for not functioning properly,” he said. Modi was speaking after laying the foundation stone for extension of the terminal building of Surat Airport. The Prime Minister said his government in the last four and a half years constructed 1.30 crore houses, as against 25 lakh houses built under the previous UPA government. “Just compare those 25 lakh houses with 1.30 crore. If the previous governments had to do the work we have done so far, they would have needed another 25 years,” Modi said. The Prime Minis- ter also justified his government's decision to scrap old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in November 2016. “I was asked what has been the benefit of the note-ban decision. You should ask it to the youth, who could buy houses at affordable rates after the decision. “Black money used to be parked in the real estate sector, but with decisions like note-ban and RERA (setting up of Real Estate Regulatory Authority) we put a check on it,” PM said. The success of Mudra loan scheme, he said, too was possible only because his government enjoyed a full majority. Out of over 15 crore persons who got loans under the scheme, around 4.25 crore were first-time entrepreneurs, Modi said. “We can say the country has received Parrikar sees political motive in Rahul’s visit PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 JANUARY Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of using his courtesy visit to him for “petty political gains”, asserting that there was no mention of the Rafale issue in their five-minute meeting. BJP president Amit Shah also ripped into Gandhi, charging him with “lying” in the name of a person fighting a disease and claiming that people of India are “disgusted by your reckless behaviour”. Hours after meeting Parrikar at the Goa Assembly complex in Panaji on Tuesday, Gandhi had told Congress workers in Kochi that the former defence minister had told him that he had nothing to do with the Rafale fighter jet deal. “Friends, the ex-defence minister Mr Parrikar clearly stated that he has nothing to do with the new deal that was orchestrated by Mr Narendra Modi to benefit Anil Ambani,” he had said. In a letter, Parrikar asked Gandhi not to use his visit to an ailing person to “feed political opportunism”, saying that paying a courtesy visit and then stooping so low to make a false statement for petty political gains has raised in his mind questions about sincerity and purpose of the visit. He said he felt let down that Gandhi used this visit for his petty political gains as the five minutes they spent together, neither did the Congress president say anything about Rafale nor did they discuss anything related to it. “Here I am fighting against a life-threatening illness. Due to my training and ideological strength, I wish to serve Goa and its people against any/all odds. I thought your visit would give me your good wishes’’. Prove charges, Didi dares PM-Shah STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE RAMPURHAT, 30 JANUARY Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today hit back at the BJP president Amit Shah for alleging yesterday that chit fund operators had paid her crores of rupees for buying her paintings merely to placate her. She dared Mr Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove the charge against her failing which they should quit politics. Addressing a public meeting here Miss Banerjee lambasted Mr Shah for accusing her government of copying Central schemes and creating a situation in which Durga and Saraswati pujas are not held. “Some half-educated and illiterate leaders from Delhi are saying I have taken money for my paintings. Prove that I have taken a single paisa into my account. I challenge you. They are speaking in an uncivilised manner without showing evidence. Our party sent a legal notice to him yesterday. If needed we will file a defamation suit against him,” she said. TIME FOR SHARMA TO LEAD INDIA TO RECORD & GLORY Modi defends DeMo amid allegations of NSC data suppression by govt WEATHER TEMPERATURE SINGULAR FIREBRAND MAY FACES IMPROBABLE DEAL REWRITE THE OPTIONS BEFORE MADURO “ Thousands of Durga pujas are held across the state. Saraswati pujas are held in every school. How dare they make such false and misleading statements about Bengal ? ” she said. Repudiating Mr Shah’s charge, the CM said : “They are saying that we copied their schemes. Our Kanyashree scheme was launched in 2013. Their Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme was launched in 2015. Our Nirmal Bangla scheme was launched much before their Swach Bharat Scheme. We pay the money for farmers insurance. They are only telling lies.” “The expiry date of the Modi-government has already been announced and it will be one more month. Please expire politically and we will be very happy,” she said. The Centre, she alleged, was trying to create terror through agencies like the CBI and Enforcement Directorate. T he BJP government at the Centre, she charged, was trying to run a parallel administration in the Oppositionruled states in the country and destabilise the federal structure of the country. Even day before yesterday Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik had also made the same allegation, Miss Banerjee said. “ Please remember if you have CBI then I also have CID, STF and Econom- ic Offence Bureau. There are written complaints against your leaders in child theft, LPG gas distribution scam and torture on women cases. Those leaders are still roaming outside freely. If you show me the mirror I can also show you the mirror,” she said. "Why haven’t Income Tax notices been sent to GaneshPuja organisers in Maharashtra, whereas such notices have been slapped on 30 big Durga Puja committees'', she asserted. The Centre has no role in giving crop insurance to farmers, yet it claims through huge advertisements in the media to have done so, she complained. Yesterday, the BJP president had said the results of the polls would be announced at 1 p.m. and by 2 p.m. the Trinamul-government would fall. Countering his claim Miss Mamata Banerjee questioned how he could know when the polls results would be announced and how many seats his party would win. “It seems his government is running the Central Election Commission.” CMYK 4.25 crore new entrepreneurs.... It was made possible because you voted to power a full-majority government,” he added. Past governments at the Centre intentionally refused sanction for an airport in Surat when he was chief minister of Gujarat, Modi alleged. Meanwhile, the Congress accused the Modi government of destroying yet another institution after two members of the National Statistical Commission resigned and said one more venerable institution has died due to the government's “malicious negligence”. Senior Congress leader and ex-FM P Chidambaram said the party mourns the death of the National Statistical Commission and will remember its valiant fight to release 'untainted' GDP data and employment data. His colleague Ahmed Patel said the resignations serve the government's objective to “black out” all data and statistics of its “mis-governance”, while party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi wondered if this has come in the wake of the “very embarrassing” jobs data and whether the NSC was “being forced” by the government to do more data doctoring. NEW DELHI, 30 JANUARY In a major embarrassment for ICICI Bank, an independent inquiry has indicted former CEO Chanda Kochhar for violating various regulations, and the lender has decided to stop all unpaid retirement benefits and also recover bonuses paid to her since 2009. The leading private sector lender, which had given a clean chit to Kochhar in the Videocon loan matter, will also treat her resignation as 'Termination for Cause'. The latest development comes days after the CBI filed an FIR naming Kochhar and others in the alleged quid pro quo in extending Rs 3,250-crore loan to Videocon Group. An independent inquiry panel led by Justice (Retd) B N Srikrishna observed that Kochhar violated bank policies and other rules and regulations. Based on the findings of the panel, the ICICI Bank board has advised to take ”fur- ther actions as may be warranted in the matter”. Meanwhile, ICICI Bank chief executive officer (CEO) Sandeep Bakhshi said in analyst call that the bank has put out a statement about Kochhar, and the lender's role now is limited to cooperating with regulatory agencies. In March 2018, the board of ICICI Bank had given a clean chit to Kochhar and had said there was no question of favouritism, nepotism or conflict of interest on her part in granting loans to Videocon Industries or any other company. The board, following the receipt of the inquiry report, on Wednesday decided to treat “the separation of Kochhar from the bank as a 'Termination for Cause' under the bank's internal policies, schemes and the Code of Conduct, with all attendant consequences”. These, the statement said, include revocation of all her existing and future entitlements such as any unpaid amounts, unpaid bonuses or increments, unvested and vested and unexercised stock options, and medical benefits. The board has also asked the bank to take steps for “clawback of all bonuses paid from April 2009 until March 2018, and to take such further actions as may be warranted in the matter”. Kochhar became the CEO and managing director of the country's leading private sector lender ICICI Bank in May 2009 and left the bank in October 2018. A high profile banker, Kochhar was bestowed with Padma Bhushan in 2011.
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