CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 20 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 P7 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 32-20 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P4 BARCA AKIN TO A CAT ON HOT BRICKS P7 P11 Odisha CM unveils KALIA Scholarship In 100 hours, Pulwama avenged, says Army STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHUBANESWAR, 19 FEBRUARY ‘Top leadership of JeM that was being directly handled by ISI and Pak army eliminated’ Max.97% Min. 35% Max: 32.0°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:05 hrs MOON RISES 18.27 hrs Min: 17.1°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:36 hrs MOON SETS 06:36 hrs TEMPERATURE THE DILEMMA FACING STALIN KCR LEAVES OUT SON AND NEPHEW IN CABINET REJIG NANCY PELOSI COULD PLAY THE DECISIVE ROLE IN DAYS AHEAD Next moon quarter on 4 March THUMBNAILS A procession organised to bring Swami Vivekananda’s statue from Budge Budge to Sealdah Station to commemorate his return to Kolkata from Chicago 122 years ago. In the city on Tuesday. DILIP DUTTA SC declines interference in Rao case: The Supreme Court refused to interfere in the appointment of Nageswara Rao as the interim director of CBI after its then chief Alok Verma was sent on forced leave by the government. No further interference is required as relief has already been granted with the appointment of a full-time CBI director, a bench said. PM Modi to visit Amethi on 27 Feb: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Amethi, the home turf of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on February 27, a BJP leader said on Tuesday. The PM is likely to visit the ordnance factory in Munshiganj and later address a public meeting, BJP's convenor of Amethi Lok Sabha constituency Rajesh Agrahari said. INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE SRINAGAR, 19 FEBRUARY he Indian Army on Tuesday said that all the top leadership of the Jaish-eMuhammad (JeM) outfit have been eliminated by security forces in the Kashmir Valley within 100 hours of the terror attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed. Addressing a joint press conference with the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force at the Badamibagh Cantonment Headquarters of Army's 15 corps, Lieutenant General, K.J.S. Dhillion, commander of the Chinar Corps said: "In less than 100 hours of the terror attack in Pulwama we have eliminated the top leadership of the JeM that was being directly handled by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army. "We were tracking the top JeM cadres ever since February 14. The Pulwama terror attack was coordinated by the JeM cadres in Pakistan and the Pakistan Army," he said. In the biggest crackdown after the February 14 attack by a suicide bomber that left 40 CRPF troopers dead in Pulwama district, the security forces ringed a militant hideout in Pinglena village, just 10 km from the Thursday's terror attack site, triggering a gun battle Sunday overnight that T Family members joined by thousands pay homage to Maj Dhoundiyal in Dehradun. continued intermittently till Monday evening. They killed three militants of the Pakistan-backed JeM, two of them Pakistani nationals identified as Kamran and Abdul Rashid alias Ghazi Umar. Besides, a Major, three soldiers and a civilian were also killed in the initial burst of gunfire by the militants. "In yesterday's (Monday) operation in Pulwama, we have killed Kamran, who was the operational commander of the JeM in Kashmir together with another Pakistani and a local terrorist of the outfit." On Monday's operation, the Corps Commander said it was the result of complete synergy between the Army, state police and the CRPF. The senior-most army officer in the Valley did not accept that there was any security lapse that led to the Pulwama terror strike. "What the terrorists have succeeded in doing is only one or two per cent of what was denied to them because of the alertness of the security forces. "There was no restriction on movement of civilian traffic when the lone terrorist managed to get on to the highway and hit the CRPF bus. "Restrictions on civilian traffic during movement of convoys of security forces are in place now," he said. Answering a question on the number of security force personnel killed and injuries in Sunday-Mon- day's operation, the Corps Commander said that the security forces took casualties because their first priority was to ensure that no civilian life was lost. "We took injuries on our chin to ensure protection to civilians in the area. "You all know that except for the one civilian casualty that happened when the operation started, the security forces ensured that no civilian casualty occurred during such a long-drawn operation. "The senior officers of the security forces always lead operations from the front. Brigadier Harbir Singh who was injured along with Deputy Inspector General (South Kash- mir) Amit Kumar on Monday (who was on leave). "He cut his leave short and reached the site of the operation directly. Both the brigadier and the DIG are doing very well in army's base hospital and they are out of danger," he said. The top army officer said that the details about the terror strike and the breakthrough made in identifying everybody involved in the plot cannot be shared with the media right now as investigations were still in progress. Answering a question about whether one of the two slain militants in Monday's operation was Ghazi, who masterminded and directly handled the Kashmiri JeM suicide bomber, the Corps Commander said: "So many Ghazis have so far come and gone. "Whosoever picks up a gun against the country will be killed and eliminated," he asserted. The top army officer made a request to parents especially mothers in the Valley to ensure that their children who have picked up guns come back to the mainstream by surrendering their weapons. "Mothers have an important role in ensuring that their children remain safe. They must ask those children who have picked up guns to give them up," he added. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the KALIA Scholarship (``KALIA Chhatra Brutti’’) scheme today for children of the KALIA Scheme beneficiaries, who are studying and aspiring for technical and professional education. The KALIA Scholarship is a step towards ensuring human resource development among the state’s farming families. While KALIA is the first of its kind assistance mechanism for farmers in India and has been followed by others , the move to cover children of farmers by way of scholarships is also being described as a path breaking measure. KALIA Scholarship or ``KALIA Chhatra Brutti’’ will ensure that not a single eligible child of KALIA beneficiaries aspiring for technical and professional education, would be deprived of his/her dream. The state government will bear all expenditure including course fees, hostel fees and mess fees etc., so that the children from the farming families are able to take the economic conditions of their families to higher level. The Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment in a letter to Higher Education, Health and Family Welfare, Skill Development and Technical Education and Vice-Chancellor Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, has urged all heads of different government institutions imparting professional/technical education to immediately intimate Pilot killed, 2 hurt as Suryakirans Jadhav: ICJ refuses to entertain Pak plea collide while on practice sortie PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THE HAGUE, 19 FEBRUARY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 19 FEBRUARY One senior pilot was killed and two others received grave injuries here today after two Advanced Jet Trainer Hawks collided in mid air during a practice sortie on the eve of the Aero Show. The aircraft were attached to the Surya Kiran aerobatic team. The Indian Air Force has ordered a court of Inquiry into the cause of the accident. Visuals on the electronic media showed the aircraft colliding before crashing to the ground near the Yelhanka Air Force station, venue of the aero event. One could see smoke billowing from the site where the debris had scattered. Search and rescue operations commenced immediately. Two mowed down by BJP MLA’s car in Karnataka PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 19 FEBRUARY Two persons were mowed down and three others injured by a car in which senior state BJP leader and MLA C T Ravi was travelling near Kunigal in Tumakuru district early Tuesday, police said. The victims, who had come in two vehicles, were standing by the roadside when the accident occurred, according to the first information report. The injured have been rushed to a hospital, they said. Ravi said he was sleeping in his car and was on his way to Chennai from Chikkamagaluru along with his gunman. “I realised that something happened only when the air bag opened and I stepped out. Till then, I did not realise” he said. The MLA suffered chest pain and minor injuries in the incident, the state BJP said. Ravi said he was told that two people had died and he immediately called the ambulance and rushed the victims to a private hospital in Bengaluru. He also underwent treatment at the same hospital, he added. “I under- The state BJP said Ravi was not driving the car and also is not in the habit of drinking. It said Ravi still has “mild” chest pain and is under rest now.“I understand the pain (of the victims' families). This was not something that anyone wanted,” he said. stand the pain (of the victims' families). This was not something that anyone wanted,” he said. The state BJP said Ravi was not driving the car and also is not in the habit of drinking. It said Ravi still has “mild” chest pain and is under rest. PTI adds from Jaipur: A speeding truck ploughed into a marriage procession in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district, leaving nine people, including four children, dead and 19 others injured, police said on Tuesday. The accident happened near Ramdev Temple on National Highway113 on Monday night. Mahendra, an eyewitnesses said he saw two pilots ejecting to safety. Another pilot was found near the debris of the aircraft and appeared to have died of injuries. The International Court of Justice on Tuesday refused to entertain Pakistan's request to adjourn the hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav to appoint a new ad-hoc judge. The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened Monday at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group that killed at least 40 CRPF soldiers. Pakistan, which is pre- senting its case today, asked the judge to adjourn the case, citing the illness of it ad-hoc judge. Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the ad-hoc judge for Pakistan in the ICJ suffered a cardiac attack ahead of the hearing. Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, who is representing Pakistan, at the start of the hearing said: “We applied our right provided to us that we can appoint an ad hoc judge. “But since our judge is indispensable at this point. In light of the above Pakistan would like to place before the court that another judge to be sworn in which right has been provided under article 35-5 and the judge be given ample amount of time to go through the briefings before going ahead with arguments,” he said. But the the world court declined Pakistan's plea and asked it to continue argument in the absence on ad-hoc judge. On the first day of hearing, India urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav's death sentence and order his immediate release, saying the verdict by a Pakistani military court based on a “farcical case” hopelessly fails to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India. India moved the ICJ in May the same year for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan. AIADMK and BJP clinch poll pact; Saffron party to contest 5 LS seats in Tamil Nadu SNS & PTI CHENNAI, 19 FEBRUARY The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and the BJP Tuesday sealed an alliance for the coming Lok Sabha elections under which the saffron party would contest five of the 39 seats in the state. The announcement was made by AIADMK coordinator and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and Union Minister and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal, party election in-charge for Tamil Nadu, with both describing it as a “mega alliance and a victorious coalition”. The coming Lok Sabha polls is the first major electoral battle for the AIADMK after the demise of its charismatic leader J Jayalalithaa in December, 2016. Goyal expressed confidence that the alliance would win all 40 seats, including the lone constituency in neighbouring union territory of Puducherry, “as a mark of respect to late Jayalalithaaji, the honourable PM seeks majority LUCKNOW, 19 FEBRUARY Virtually kick starting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election campaign from his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said development in Kashi, Uttar Pradesh and the country was possible because of a strong and full majority government at the Centre. SNS Amma.” The pact was reached after the second and final round of discussions held here by leaders of the two parties that also involved Chief Minister K Palaniswami. “I am extremely delighted that today the AIADMK and the BJP have concluded very fruitful discussions and we have agreed to contest the Parliament elections both in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and the bypolls to 21 assembly seats together in alliance,” Goyal told a large gathering of mediapersons. The alliance would be under AIADMK in Tamil Nadu while at the national level the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will steer the NDA coalition, he said here. Panneerselvam said: “It was decided to face the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry by forging a mega, victorious alliance. I am happy to announce that the BJP has been allotted five Lok Sabha seats under the poll pact.” He said the BJP would extend its full support to the AIADMK in the bypolls expected to the 21 constituencies as part of the agreement. The CMYK AIADMK-BJP alliance was firmed up hours after the Dravidian party clinched a deal with the Paatali Makkal Katchi, alloting seven seats to it. PMK has a significant clout in northern and western parts of the state where the dominant most backward Vanniyar community forms its key support base. It was not clear yet how many seats the AIADMK would contest as some more parties, including DMDK of actor-turned politician Vijaykant, were likely to be included in the alliance. The tie-up with BJP and PMK is for both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Panneerselvam said. The details about the constituencies to be alloted to the alliance partners would be announced later, the AIADMK said. Besides Goyal, Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan were among those who represented the party in the talks with the AIADMK's five-member seat sharing committee led by senior leader K P Munusamy at a star hotel here. Palaniswami, co-coordinator of AIADMK, and Panneerselvam joined the negotiations and finalised the deal. The first round of talks were held on Feb 14. In the 2014 parliament elections, AIADMK under the leadership of Jayalalithaa had won 37 out of 39 seats in Tamil Nadu contesting alone. BJP had faced the elections heading a sevenparty rainbow coalition of regional parties, including PMK and MDMK of Vaiko, but the combine managed to win only two seats. their students who are children of KALIA Scheme beneficiaries to apply for the scholarship. Students can apply online on the ``kalia.co.in/scholarship’’ portal and can apply from today . Eligible children of KALIA Scheme beneficiaries can avail assistance to study in more than 13 professional/technical subjects like MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, B.Pharma, BSC Nursing, BVS and AH, BE, BArch and B Plan, BSC Agriculture, BSC Horticulture, BSC Forestry, BSC Fisheries, BSC Community Science through more than 30 government institutions provided they fulfil the criteria for admission into these courses. Secondly, for more than 11 technical education and Diploma courses in all ITIs, Polytechnics, Agro Polytechnics, D.Pharma, DMLT, BMRT, PBSC, GNM, ANM, Psychiatry Nursing, Ophthalmic Assistant/Surgical OPTH Assistant across the state in more than 150 institutions, financial assistance will be provided to the eligible children of KALIA Scheme beneficiaries. In case of KALIA Scholarship the funds would be directly sent to the bank accounts of the eligible students. The head of the institution would verify the genuineness of the applicant. Imran seeks ‘actionable intelligence’ over attack PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 19 FEBRUARY Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday assured India that he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama terror attack if New Delhi shares “actionable intelligence”, but warned against any “revenge” retaliatory action. In a video message to the nation, Khan responded to the Indian allegations on Pakistan's involvement in the attack in Kashmir last Thursday. The suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-eMohammad ( JeM) terror group left 40 CRPF personnel dead. Pakistan wants “stability in the region”, Khan said. Khan said that he understood it was India's election year and the narrative of blaming Pakistan would make it easier to get votes from the masses but he hoped that better sense will prevail and that India would be open to dialogue. He said that Delhi holds Pakistan responsible each time an incident happens in Kashmir and makes Pakistan its “whipping boy” again and again. “The Kashmir issue like the Afghan issue will be resolved through talks,” he said. “If you have any actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved. Give it to us. I guarantee you we will PTI take action’’.
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