CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 01 FEBRUARY 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 PARRIKAR FLOWN TO DELHI FOR AIIMS TREATMENT NO INTERIM RANCOUR BJP’S REBUFF TO CONGRESS P6 SENSEX 36,256.69 +665.00 WEATHER Mainly cloudy sky. Maximum-minimum temperature likely to be around 27-14 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY NIFTY 10,830.95 +179.00 ` vs $ 71.04 +4 PAISE Min. 37% Max: 25.8°C (-1) SUN RISES 06:15 hrs MOON RISES 03.25 hrs Min: 12.5°C (-3) SUN SETS 17:25 hrs MOON SETS 14:31 hrs New moon on 4 February THUMBNAILS Poet, lyricist and film director Gulzar addressing the audience at the inauguration of “Ye Baat Yaad Rakhna “, son et lumiere in Hindi, at the Jorasako Campus of RBU on Thursday. SNS BJP, Cong win bypolls: Ruling BJP on Thursday won the Jind bypoll, which also saw the newly floated JJP scoring convincingly higher than the parent party INLD and Congress candidate Randeep Singh Surjewala settling for the third spot. The ruling Congress in Rajasthan on Thursday touched the halfway mark in the 200-member Assembly with its candidate Shafia Zubair defeating her BJP rival by a margin of over 12,000 votes in Ramgarh poll. GDP growth rate revised upwards: The government on Thursday revised the economic growth rate upwards to 7.2 per cent for 2017-18 from 6.7 per cent estimated earlier. “Real GDP or GDP at constant (2011-12) prices for 2017-18 and 2016-17 stand at Rs 131.80 lakh crore and Rs 122.98 lakh crore, respectively, showing growth of 7.2 per cent during 2017-18 and 8.2 per cent during 2016-17 (from earlier estimate of 7.1 per cent),” CSO said. SC summons Sahara chief in SEBI case: The Supreme Court directed Sahara group chief Subrata Roy to appear before it on Feb 28 for failing to deposit Rs 25,700 crore in the SEBISahara case for returning investors' money, warning that “the law will take its own course” now. Roy was sent to Tihar Jail by SC on March 4, 2014 and came out on parole after spending over two years in prison on May 6, 2016 to perform the last rites of his mother. GOLD 32,085.00 +210.00 Rafale jets to soon join IAF: President PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 31 JANUARY he Indian Air Force is preparing to welcome the new generation ultra-modern Rafale fighter aircraft in its fleet to strengthen its strike capabilities, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said. The government has been facing attack from the opposition over the multi-crore aircraft deal. Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session, he said neglecting the country's defence needs, even for a moment, will prove detrimental to the present and future of the country. He said the new agreements relating to the defence sector signed last year, the purchase of new defence equipment and indigenous production under the 'Make in India' initiative have all helped in boosting the morale of defence forces and in increasing the country's military self-reliance. “After a gap of many decades, the Indian Air T I-T concessions, farm relief package may figure in Budget NEW DELHI, 31 JANUARY Income-tax concessions for individuals, a farm relief package, support for small businesses and possible populist spending measures may be part of the Budget that Finance Minister Piyush Goyal will present on Friday as the government makes a last-ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the gen- eral elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's sixth and final budget before the polls due by May is supposed to be an interim budget or a Vote on Account. But it is widely expected that Goyal may go beyond seeking Parliament nod for government expenditure for four months of next fiscal. PTI Force is preparing to welcome, in the coming months, its new generation ultra-modern fighter aircraft Rafale and strengthen its strike capability,” he said. The Congress and other Opposition parties have been attacking the government over the Rafale Rahul tears into PM over 45-yr-high unemployment STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 31 JANUARY Seizing on media reports about the country's unemployment rate being at a "45-year high", the Congress and other Opposition parties today tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi, charging that such reports again exposed the "total failure" of the BJPled government in fulfilling its promise to create two crore jobs annually. Gunning for the Prime Minister, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, while playing on Modi's name and one-liners, tweeted: "NoMo Jobs! The Fuhrer promised us 2 Cr jobs a year. 5 years later, his leaked job creation report card reveals a National Disaster. Unemployment is at its highest in 45 yrs. 6.5 Cr youth are jobless in 2017-18 alone. Time for NoMo2Go. #HowsTheJobs." Gandhi also tagged a Business Standard report that broke the story on the issue today. Making startling revelations, the report stated that according to the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)'s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), the country's unemployment rate was at a 45-yearhigh of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. The report said the NSSO survey found that joblessness was higher among urban youths as compared to their rural counterparts. This was described as the first comprehensive annual household employment survey conducted by a government agency after PM Modi's demonetisation move in November 2016. The NSSO's survey report was said to be at the centre of a raging row as two National Statistical Commission (NSC)'s independent members ~ P C Mohanan, also its acting chairperson, and J V Meenakshi ~ recently resigned alleging the government's bid to withhold the NSSO's report on employment as a reason for their move. Union ministers explain Ujjawala scheme benefits STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, BHUBANESWAR, 31 JANUARY Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani interacted with women beneficiaries of the Ujjawala scheme across 28 locations in Odisha via video conference from Delhi stressing on how it had helped reduce cooking time and medical expenses for the poor. Mrs Irani said no other government had ever thought of the reducing the hardship of women, particularly the poor who had to fetch firewood and cooking exposing themselves to smoke related ailments. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was committed to well being of the poor, particularly the women, she said while addressing the beneficiaries. She claimed that Ujjawala had brought smiles on the face of women folk across the country. The Union Minister went on to refer to other pro-poor scheme , particularly , the Ayushman Bharat health care scheme and regret- P2 Cong: ‘President's address a summary of lame excuses for non performance’ Max.89% TEMPERATURE P6 ted that Odisha government had rejected the scheme for political reasons. Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the target was to reach every house hold and provide Ujjawala connections. Thirty six lakh have benefitted in Odisha and over 6 crore in the country, he said. He too criticised Odisha government for not accepting the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The poor are being deprived of health care benefits and they should hold the state BJD government responsible for it, he charged. The joint interactive exercise by the two union ministers was part of the Ujjawala Swabhiman Utsav being celebrated by the oil marketing companies. It was the second of the series with the first being held by Pradhan and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. Evidently, Pradhan conceived of this to reach out to women in Odisha as a counter to CM Naveen Patnaik’s mega Mission Shakti programmes. LPG price cut During the course of his interaction with beneficiaries , Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the price of Non-Subsidised LPG at Bhubaneswar will decrease by Rs.30.50 per cylinder w.e.f. 1 February 2019, due to fall in price of LPG in international market and strengthening of US$-rupee exchange rate. Domestic LPG consumer will now be required to make upfront cash payment of Rs.686.00/- cylinder in place of Rs.716.50/- cylinder. CMYK deal, alleging corruption and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of favouritism. The President also referred to the 2016 'surgical strikes' carried out on terror launch pads across the border and said, “Through the surgical strike on cross border terror posts, India has shown its new policy and strategy.” Noting that India has been a staunch supporter of friendly ties with all countries, the President said there is need to constantly strengthen the country's capabilities to tackle any challenges. The Congress described the President's address as “a summary of lame excuses for non performance”. BOULT IN FULL SWING TOO HOT TO HANDLE P12 SILVER 40,500.00 +250.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 61.85 +0.20 New SC bench to hear Rao case as third judge recuses SNS & PTI Verma may face action NEW DELHI, 31 JANUARY The Supreme Court on Thursday set up a fresh bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to hear a petition challenging the Centre's decision to appoint M Nageswara Rao as interim CBI Director after Justice N V Ramana recused himself from hearing it citing social reasons. Justice Ramana expressed his disinclination to hear the matter saying he belongs to Andhra Pradesh, from where Rao hails, and had attended the wedding of the IPS officer's daughter who is married to an advocate known to him. He became the third judge of the apex court to recuse himself from hearing the matter after Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and the second senior-most judge in the top court Justice A K Sikri. Both had recused themselves earlier from adjudicating the case. The matter would now come up for hearing on Friday before a bench, also comprising Justice Navin Sinha. Justice Mishra is number five in seniority among the judges of apex court after the CJI and Justices Sikri, S A Bobde NEW DELHI, 31 JANUARY and Ramana. Hearing of the matter by Justice Mishra assumes significance as he authored a recent judgement in which he came down heavily on a section of lawyers, who criticise judges in the media and attribute “political colour” to judgements. Justice Mishra was also the target of some activist lawyers when he was dealing with some sensitive matter assigned to him by the then Chief Justice of India. Sources said he had protested in the meeting of apex court judges after the case handled by him was mentioned at the January 12, 2018 press conference by the four judges including the present CJI Ranjan Gogoi. The plea filed by an NGO, which has challenged Rao's appointment as interim CBI Director, came up for hearing on Thursday before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M M Shantanagoudar and Indira Banerjee. Ousted CBI director Alok Verma is likely to face departmental action for defying a government order asking him to join as chief of Fire Services on Thursday, the day of his superannuation, and this may include suspension of pensionary benefits, officials said. According to the officials, this non-compliance of the directive amounted to violation of service rules for all India services officers. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had directed Verma to take charge as director general of the Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards on Thursday. As Verma did not take up the new assignment he is likely to face departmental action which may include suspension of pensionary benefits, officials said. A new CBI chief is likely to be named tomorrow. PTI
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