CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 08 MARCH 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 P9 SENSEX 36,725.42 +89.32 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 29-19 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P9 NIFTY 11,058.20 +5.20 OH FOR YET ANOTHER SERIES WIN! P4 ` vs $ 70.00 +28 PAISE GOLD 30,855.00 -200.00 P12 SILVER 38,100.00 -300.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 66.78 +0.79 Investigate Modi in Grenade attack on bus in Jammu, one killed Rafale ‘scam’: Rahul Cong chief charges PM with corruption and delaying R-jets, BJP hits back Max.90% Min. 38% Max: 29.0°C (-4) SUN RISES 05:52 hrs MOON RISES 06.57 hrs Min: 21.1°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:43 hrs MOON SETS 19:10 hrs TEMPERATURE MODI AND KCR TERRORISING PEOPLE: NAIDU THAI COURT DISSOLVES PARTY OVER PM BID TRUMP WARNS KIM OVER REBUILDING ROCKET SITE Next moon quarter on 16 March THUMBNAILS China made new rakes introduced in Kolkata Metro Railway in Kolkata on Thursday. SNS (REPORT INSIDE) Govt to come out with Rs 20 coins: The government will come out with the first ever Rs 20 coin which will be shaped like a 12-edged polygon with design of grains to denote farm dominance in the country. Besides, new series of one, two, five and ten rupees coins too would be minted, which will be circular in design and have denominations written in Hindi script. Later in a tweet, FM Jaitley said, the PM released the new series Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20 coins. Rupee rises for 3rd day: The rupee darted up 28 paise to close at 70 against the US dollar Thursday amid robust foreign inflows and strong buying in domestic equities. This is the third straight session of gain for the domestic currency, during which it has strengthened by 92 paise. Forex traders said optimism regarding a trade deal between the US and China and weakening of the greenback versus other currencies overseas also supported the rupee. However, rising crude prices capped the gains. Maoist leader killed in Kerala encounter: A suspected Maoist leader, who has a slew of cases against him, was killed early on Thursday morning in an exchange of fire with police personnel which lasted for several hours, officials said. The gunfight started on Wednesday night and went on till early Thursday morning, they said. “A resident of Malappuram district, C P Jaleel was killed during the exchange of fire between Maoists and the police. A country-made firing weapon was found next to his body,” Kannur Range IG said. Bengal DA case: The Division Bench of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice S.B. Saraf of Calcutta High Court rejected a review application moved by the state government on an earlier order of 31 August which set aside a ruling by by State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on DA of state employees and directed it to wrap up the matter within the next two months by reconsidering certain aspects of the issue in the light of existing law. Getting DA has become a legal right of government employees, the previous order observed. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH nleashing a fresh wave of attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter aircraft deal between India and France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that PM Modi was responsible for a more expensive deal to procure Rafale jets from France besides being responsible for a delay in their delivery for the Indian Air Force since the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was holding "parallel negotiations" in the deal in a bid to ensure that a Rs 30,000 crore deal-related offset contract could be given to Anil Ambani's company. Addressing a press conference this morning, Gandhi said a crimanal investigation should be launched against PM Modi for corruption in the Rafale "scam", asking why should there be no investigation against the PM when the Centre was threatening to initiate an inquiry against some media organisations under the colonial-era draconian Official Secrets Act for "theft" of Rafale documents from the defence ministry. Referring to investigative media reports based on official documents on U the Rafale issue, Gandhi alleged that it was now established that the PMO held a parallel negotiations with the French side while undermining the Indian Negotiating Team in a bid to secure Rs 30,000 crore offset contract for Anil Ambani, which, he charged, made the deal more expensive and delayed its delivery schedule. “PM Modi delayed the Rafale deal... His parallel negotiations retarded the delivery of Rafale. The aircraft were delayed because you wanted to give Anil Ambani Rs 30,000 crore,” the Congress chief alleged. Gandhi charged there was a “blatant case of corruption” against PM Modi, which, he added, has come out in media reports substantiated by defence ministry documents on Rafale. He said, “Narendra Modi has done bypass surgery in the Rafale deal. You act against all, but also act against the one whose name appears in the Rafale scam.” He said it is the Kashmiri traders beaten up in Lucknow, four arrested PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LUCKNOW, 7 MARCH After a group of men were seen on camera assaulting Kashmiris selling dry fruit in Daliganj locality in Uttar Pradesh's capital city, police swung into action and arrested four persons involved in the act. The incident took place on Wednesday evening amid the nationwide backlash on Kashmiris following the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama. “The Kashmiri youths were selling dry fruits on Daliganj bridge and a group of men beat them up, terming them as stone pelters,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani told repoters here on Thursday. He said after an “alert citizen” made the video, the matter came to light after which police teams swung into action and arrested the government and the court's job to give justice and “we are just saying give justice to everybody”. Gandhi accused the government of allegedly manipulating institutions to “save” Modi. “If PM Modi is not guilty and does not fear anything, then why does he not order a probe to bring out the truth,” he said. Gandhi's fresh onslaught on PM Modi came a day after the BJP-led central government told the Supreme Court that certain documents related to the Rafale deal have been "stolen" from the defence ministry. The government told the court that it was probing the "theft" and also warned of using the Official Secrets Act against media publications for publishing reports based on those documents. Slamming the government, Gandhi had yesterday tweeted: "There is now enough evidence to prosecute the PM in the #RafaleScam. The trail of corruption begins & ends with him. That crucial Rafale files incriminating him are now reported “stolen” by the Govt, is destruction of evidence & an obvious coverup." Tearing into the government's claims today, Gandhi told reporters that “gayab ho gaya” (things have vanished) was the Modi government's new line as he sarcastically listed a number of things that have "vanished" including two crore jobs for youths per annum, right prices for farmers' produce, and Rs 15 lakh in everyone's bank accounts from the promised recovery of Indians' black money stashed abroad. The BJP hit back, rubbishing the Congress president's allegations as "false" and "baseless". Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that Gandhi was resorting to “blatant lies”, had more faith in Pakistan than in Indian forces and was getting more TRP on the Pakistan television channels. Editors Guild condemns govt stand: The Editors Guild of India and other media bodies condemned the government's stand before the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal reportage, and said any attempt to use the Official Secrets Act against the media was reprehensible. (L) Policemen inspect the site of a grenade blast at a bus terminus in Jammu on Thursday. Cops inspect the damaged bus in the area. AFP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 7 MARCH One person was killed and 29, including a woman, were injured on Thursday when terrorists of Jaish-eMohammad (JeM) tossed a grenade at a Delhi bound bus in the general bus stand in the heart of the city here. Condition of five injured was stated to be serious. The grenade attack has come a week after the IAF targeted the JeM’s terrorist training camps in Pakistan. The killed youth of 17 years has been identified as Mohammad Sharik of Haridwar in Uttrakhand. The Chinese grenade exploded in the bus at about 12 noon. The driver and conductor were among the injured who were rushed to the medical college hospital. The injured include passengers belonging to Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Jammu and the Kashmir valley. The grenade attack has coincided with the shifting of detained separatist Yasin Malik to the Jammu’s Kot-Bhalwal jail. Police suspected the JeM outfit behind the attack. Some radicals had threatened of revenge during the recent communal tension here when about six cars were burnt. Police said in the evening that the person suspected to have thrown the grenade has been arrested. This is the third grenade attack at the bus stand within the past few months although the security was supposed to be at the top gear following the Pulwama attack in which 44 CRPF personnel were killed. IGP Jammu MK Sinha said that the police are following leads for further investigation into the matter. Fifteen suspects have been rounded up for interrogation. Visuals from the blast site showed the damaged bus of the J&K Road Transport Corporation ( JKSRTC) in which the grenade exploded. The area main accused, Bajrang Sonkar, who has more than a dozen criminal cases including that of murder, loot, theft and arms act pending against him. On his tip off, three others -- Himanshu Garg, Aniruddh and Amar Kumar -- were also arrested on Thursday, the SSP said. About the victims, he said they were Abdul and Afzal of Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir, who come here during winters to sell dry fruit. Naithani said police wanted to give a stern message that such acts would not be tolerated and those involved will be brought to book. Pakistan seals JuD headquarters NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH The incident took place on 6 March amid the backlash on Kashmiris following Pulwama attack ‘Forces ready against threat’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The Pak government has taken complete control of theJuD and FIF headquarters in Lahore and Muridkey LAHORE, 7 MARCH The Indian Air Force on Thursday said it was in a high state of preparedness to pro-actively engage any perceived threat from Pakistan, in clear indication that underlying tension between the two countries remained. Citing a document of Pakistan's civil aviation authority, the IAF said the neighbouring country has opened its airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only and the 11 entry and exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace were still closed. Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has directed army personnel deployed along the border with Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities in close coordination with the Indian Air Force, officials PTI said. SEE ALSO INSIDE PAGE The Pakistan authorities on Thursday sealed the Lahore headquarters of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) as part of the ongoing crackdown against the banned organisations. “Under the National Action Plan (NAP), the government has taken complete control of the banned JuD and FIF headquarters in Lahore and Muridkey,” said a statement issued by the Punjab Home department Thursday. It said the government has been taking over the control of the mosques, seminaries and other institutions of the banned organisations in the province. “We have intensified action against the banned organisations,” it said. A senior government official told PTI that the authorities have sealed the Jamia Masjid Qadsia, the Lahore headquarters of the JuD and FIF. The official said the government has also taken over the complete control of the JuD headquarters in Muridke, some 40-km from Lahore. However, the home department did not confirm it. The official further said that Saeed and his supporters did not protest when the administration and police reached there to take over the control of the building. “Saeed along with his supporters left for his Jauhar Town residence,” he said. The whereabouts of Saeed was immediately not known. Saeed was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. He was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November 2017. According to officials, JuD's network includes 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance service. The two groups have about 50,000 volunteers and hundreds of other paid workers. The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It had been declared as a foreign ter- China praises Pak restraint following Pulwama PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BEIJING/ISLAMABAD, 7 MARCH China on Thursday "commended" its close ally Pakistan for showing restraint after the Pulwama terror attack and urged New Delhi and Islamabad to refrain from aggravating the situation as Beijing weighed its options to take a stand on the fresh move in the UN Security Council to declare JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China on Wednesday despatched its Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou to Islamabad to defuse the IndoPak tensions. Kong held in-depth talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, besides Foreign Sec- has been cordoned off by the CRPF and J&K Police. Forensic experts and dog squad reached the explosion spot to trace the miscreants. Governor Satya Pal Malik has condemned the grenade attack and expressed deep shock and anguish on the killing of a youth. He directed the administration to provide best medical assistance to the injured persons. The Governor announced ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakh to kin of the killed and Rs.20,000 to each injured. K.Vijay Kumar and KK Sharma, both advisors to the Governor, visited the spot to take stock of situation. The divisional commissioner, deputy commissioner and senior police and civil officers also visited the spot. The state Congress chief, GA Mir, BJP president Ravinder Raina, former chief minister Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti have condemned the grenade attack. rorist organisation by the US in June 2014. The US Department of the Treasury has designated its chief Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. UN rejects Saeed plea to remove terror tag In a significant development, the United Nations has rejected an appeal of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists, government sources said on Thursday. Notably, the decision comes at a time when UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee has received a new request to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. JeM has claimed responsibility for the strike. SC order on Ayodhya today NEW DELHI, 7 MARCH retary Tehmina Janjua, regarding the Indo-Pak tensions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media in Beijing. In Islamabad, Pakistan's Foreign Office said that both Pakistan and China reaffirmed their "time-tested and all weather strategic cooperative partnership". "Pakistan thanked China for its steadfast support. Vice Foreign Minister was briefed on Pakistan's efforts to resolve all issues with India through dialogue," the FO said in a statement. "He underscored that Pakistan and China are close friends and partners. He reiterated China's support to Pakistan for peace and stability in the region. He also acknowledged Pakistan's measures against terrorism," it said. Both sides noted with satisfaction the strong bonds in their bilateral relations and agreed to further enhance cooperation and coordination at all levels, the FO statement added. Kong's visit coincides with the US, the UK and French application in the 1267 counter terrorism committee of the UNSC to declare Azhar as a global terrorist. If listed by the committee, Azhar would face a global travel ban and asset freeze. JeM has already been banned by the UN. China thrice blocked efforts to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC by putting up technical holds. However, expectations are high that Beijing may take a different stand this time considering JeM has admitted its role in the Pulwama attack. Also, China's relations with India improved after the first informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan last year. In an interview early this week, Qureshi said the Pakistan government will consult all parties before approaching China while responding to a question whether Islamabad would request Beijing to veto the proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC. While Lu has not stated whether the issue figured in Kong's talks with the Pakistani leaders, official Chinese sources told PTI in Beijing that China is trying to work out a solution acceptable to both India and Pakistan to permanently resolve the issue. In his talks with Pakistani leaders and officials, Kong "stressed that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic CMYK partners," Lu said. "We commend that Pakistan has been restrained and calm and tried to ease the tension. He also stressed that China believes the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a country should be upheld. We are not willing to see any action that is violating international law," Lu said. "China calls on both Pakistan and India to refrain from aggravating the situation, to uphold regional peace and stability through dialogue at an early date," he said, adding that China will continue to play a constructive role. He said, "Pakistan also appreciates China's unbiased attitude and Pakistan also stressed that it is not willing to see rising tensions. It is willing to resolve the problem with India and hopes that China and other members of the international community can play a constructive role in this process." Asked whether Kong in his talks with Pakistan leaders raised the question of terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and the need to eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism, Lu said, "so the major concern is the security situation in the region. Recently a lot has happened in this region and there are many issues. China has stated our position." "The first, the sovereignty and territorial integrity should be upheld. And as to specific issue like whether we believe, we should take positive measures to ease the tensions, so as to maintain peace and stability in this region. This is a general issue," he said. The Supreme Court is scheduled Friday to pronounce whether to refer Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case to mediation for amicable settlement. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday had reserved the order after hearing various contesting parties. Hindu bodies except Nirmohi Akhara have opposed the suggestion of the apex court to refer the issue for mediation, while Muslim bodies have supported it. The bench also comprises Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A PTI Nazeer.
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