WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 20 FEBRUARY 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR THE DILEMMA FACING STALIN KCR LEAVES OUT SON AND NEPHEW IN CABINET REJIG P7 WEATHER Shallow fog in the morning. Generally cloudy sky with light rain/thundershowers. Possibility of isolated hailstorm. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 24 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 2.2 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY P9 POGBA FIRES UNITED INTO FA CUP QUARTERS P12 P15 In 100 hours, Pulwama avenged, says Army Imran seeks ‘actionable intelligence’ over J&K attack, warns of revenge PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 19 FEBRUARY ‘Top leadership of JeM that was being directly handled by ISI and Pak army eliminated’ Max.100% Min. 55% Max: 24.5°C (0) SUN RISES 06:55 hrs MOON RISES 19:09 hrs Min: 12°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:15 hrs MOON SETS 08:13 hrs TEMPERATURE TRUMP RAMPS UP PRESSURE ON MADURO 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 DILIP DUTTA Kolkata on Tuesday. Sanders to run again: Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday launched his second bid for the White House, taking direct aim at Donald Trump in an announcement that calls the US president a “pathological liar.” Sanders, 77, joins an already crowded field of candidates seeking to win the Democratic nomination and take on President Donald Trump in 2020. He made the announcement in a radio interview with a staP12 tion from his home state of Vermont. DA increased: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday increased the dearness allowance (DA) by 3 per cent effective from January 1, 2019, to “compensate” for price rise, a move which will benefit 1.1 crore central government employees and pensioners. The decision was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 19 FEBRUARY T he Kashmir Army commander, Lt General KJS Dhillon, on Tuesday said the top leadership of the Pakistan military-backed Jaish-eMohammad (JeM) terror outfit in the valley has been eliminated in less than 100 hours of the terror attack at a convoy in Pulwama where 44 CRPF personnel were killed. He warned that anyone who has picked up the gun in Kashmir would be killed. The top brass of the Army, CRPF and J&K Police held a joint press conference in Srinagar a day after the two top Pakistani JeM commanders were shot dead in an encounter in Pulwama. The Commander of the Chinar Corps, Lt.Gen. Dhillon, IGP of CRPF Zulfikar Hassan and IGP (Kashmir) SP Pani replied to questions of media persons. Dhillon said the JeM was being backed by Pakistan’s Army and its intelligence agency ISI and the terror outfit operatives were receiving instructions from Paki s t a n . T h e Je M h a d claimed responsibility for the terror attack at the CRPF convoy. “We were tracking the JeM leadership. We are happy to Family members joined by thousands pay homage to Maj Dhoundiyal in Dehradun. inform that we eliminated the Jaish leadership in the valley, which was controlled by Pakistan,” said Dhillon. He appealed to mothers in Kashmir “to make their sons who have joined militancy surrender and return to the mainstream as anyone who has picked up the gun will be eliminated, unless they surrender”. Referring to Monday’s encounter, Dhillon said the commanders led the operation from the front ensuring zero civilian casualties. Br igadier Hardeep Singh cut short his leave to be at the encounter spot where he was injured. DIG of police Amit Kumar also received a bullet and both officers were stable and receiving medical treatment in the military hospital. Dhillon said in a major success, the security forces on Monday killed three terrorists including the JeM top commander Kamran who was the mastermind of the 14 February terror attack on a CRPF convoy. Another JeM commander Gazi was also eliminated. Both of them were Pakistanis. Replying to questions about the terror attack on the CRPF convoy, Dhillon said, “the type of car bomb attack that took place in Pulwama was after a long time in Kashmir. We will keep all options open to deal with these kinds of attacks”. He said such attacks have been reported in Pakistan and Syria and all options are open to deal with such challenge. He said the troops were chasing the JeM activists and 58 of them were killed in encounters last year. Of the 31 terrorists killed during the current year, 12 were of JeM. Dhillon said infiltration of terrorists has dipped through the Line of Control (LoC) because of snow but Pakistan was now pushing in terrorists through the international border in Jammu’s Samba and Hiranagar sectors. He warned that terrorists who enter Kashmir will not return alive. Referring to the curbs on movement of civilian traffic during convoys of security forces, Dhillon said “we are working on modalities to see no harassment is caused to people”. On the trend of Kashmiri youth joining terror groups, IGP Kashmir SP Pani said there was a significant dip in recruitment. “We have not seen any fresh recruitment in the last three months. The families are playing a huge role in this. We would like to urge the families and the community in cur tailing recruitment.” Zulfiquar Hassan said the CRPF has established a helpline to assist Kashmiris across the country in the wake of the terror attack. “Lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for help all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces,” he added. 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 take action - not because we are under pressure, but because they are acting as enemies of Pakistan,” he said. “I have been hearing and seeing on the Indian media that politicians there are calling for revenge from Pilot killed, 2 hurt as Suryakirans collide while on practice sortie Jadhav: ICJ refuses to entertain Pak plea STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE 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- 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 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 understand the pain (of the victims' fam- 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. ilies). 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 Highway-113 on Monday night. immediately. 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. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA THE HAGUE, 19 FEBRUARY 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 Amma.” The pact was reached 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 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 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 actorturned politician Vijaykant, were likely to be included in the alliance. The tie-up with BJP and PMK is for both Tamil Nadu and Puducher- ry, 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 fivemember 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. Pakistan. If India thinks it will attack Pakistan, then we will not just think but retaliate.” “Starting a war is in our hands, it is easy. But ending a war, that is not in our hands and no one knows what will happen’’, Khan said. SNS adds from Delhi: Describing Pakistan as the ‘nerve centre of terrorism’, India on Tuesday hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for refusing to acknowledge that the Pulwama attack was an act of terrorism. It demanded that Pakistan stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of the attack and other terror groups operating from areas under its control. Responding to the Pakistan premier’s statement earlier in the day in which he stated that Pakistan would certainly retaliate if India declared war, the MEA chided him for neither choosing to condemn the heinous attack nor condoling the bereaved families. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar rejected Khan’s insinuation that India’s response to the Pulwama attack was determined by the coming polls. SC declines interference in Rao case STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 19 FEBRUARY The Supreme Court onTuesday 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 the relief has already been granted with the appointment of a full-time CBI director, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra andVineet Saran said. The apex court was upset that the agency was not functioning properly and the officers were levelling corruption allegations against each other which was totally unbecoming. In an earlier hearing on 1 February, the top court had said that it was "averse" to the appointment of an interim CBI director and the Centre should "immediately" appoint a regular chief of the central probe agency Complying with the top court directive, the Centre on 4 February, appointed Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer, as chief of the central probe agency as a fullfledged director. The apex court was responding to a petition filed by a non-profit group Common Cause on the legality and transparency in appointing CBI director.The petition had challenged the appointment saying it was done without the approval of the high powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
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