SunDay www.thestatesman.com 10 MaRCH 2019 find us online scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 pages 20 | `5.00 |lc KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR trinity saioo, a school mistress spearheads a turmeric farming movement in meghalaya and diligently tends to her farms of the “golden spice” WeatheR Partly cloudy sky with rain/thundershower. Max and min temp to be around 32/20 degrees Celsius, resp. Rainfall: Nil Relative humidity Max.90% tempeRatuRe Max: 32.0°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:44 hrs MooN riSES 08:07 hrs Min. 25% Min: 19.1°C (-3) SUN riSES 05:50 hrs MooN SETS 20:53 hrs First quarter of moon on 16 March thumbnails Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the Noida City Centre-Noida Electronic City Section of the Metro. The UP CM is also seen. sns Congress turncoat made Gujarat minister: within less than 24 hours of declaring that he is not joining the ruling BJP with any ‘greed for ministerial berth’, congress turncoat Jawahar chavda was on Saturday sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Vijay rupani ministry. he was a congress legislator from Manavadar till Friday morning. Mohali ODi today: Young rishabh Pant will strive to seal a slot in the world cup squad even as india fret about their top-order woes ahead of the fourth ODi against australia, in Mohali on Sunday. Providing opportunities to all cup hopefuls would be on Virat Kohli's mind and the team management is expected to ring in a few changes in the playing Xi. P 12 Sunita Biswal joins BJD: Mrs Sunita Biswal, daughter of veteran congress leader and former chief minister hemananda Biswal joined the ruling BJD on Saturday. She met chief Minister naveen Patnaik along with former congress Mla nabakishore Das who had earlier switched over to the BJD. her joining the BJD comes as a jolt to the congress. P5 Mexico nightclub shooting leaves 15 dead: at least 15 men have died following a shooting at a nightclub in central Mexico, prosecutors said on Saturday. another four people, three men and a woman, suffered injuries, public prosecutor's office spokesman told aFP. We have seen films, read articles and knoW the statistics about violence against Women. We feel at risk because We are India taking steps for ‘Uncannysimilarity Nirav extradition: MEA between Nirav and PM’ press trust of india UK daily says Nirav Modi is living in a 8-m pound apartment in London sns & pti new Delhi, 9 March T he government is taking all steps to extradite PNB scam accused Nirav Modi from the UK, the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday, asserting that the extradition request made to that country shows that India was aware he is there. It also said the UK was considering India's request to extradite Modi, a diamantaire accused in the USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank scam. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing, said the fact that “we requested the UK government for extradition of Nirav Modi, means that we were aware that he is in UK otherwise we would not have made the request”. “Just because he has been spotted doesn't mean he can be immediately brought back to India as there is a process in place. We have made a request for extradition, it is for the UK government now to consider our request and respond to the demand of the CBI and ED for extradition,” he said. The government is taking all necessary steps for his extradition, Kumar said. Responding to a question on the extradition request, the MEA spokesperson said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had forwarded the request for his extradition in early August that was given to the UK side. There was also a separate request from the CBI, which was forwarded to the UK side by end of August, Kumar said. “What we have been told that both these requests are under the consideration of the British government,” he said, asserting that at repeated intervals request for expediting the process have been made. According to report in a British daily on Saturday, Modi is living in a swanky 8 million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. Modi, 48, is currently living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month, The Telegraph reported. The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at Kihim beach in Maharashtra was demolished by authorities using explosives. Despite his bank accounts being frozen by the Indian authorities and an Interpol red notice being issued for his arrest, Modi, a diamond jeweller whose designs have been worn by Hollywood stars, is now involved in a new diamond business based in London, the report said. In a video posted by the newspaper, Modi can be seen sporting a handlebar moustache and wearing an Ostrich Hide jacket, estimated to cost 10,000 pounds. When journalists from the paper questioned him on various issues, including whether he has urged Britain to grant him asylum, Modi ducked them by saying, “Sorry, no comments”. A source told the the UK daily that Modi had been given a national insurance number by the Department for Work and Pensions, meaning he can legally work in Britain, and has used British bank accounts. The United Kingdom's home secretary has recently referred India's request for extraditing PNB scam accused Nirav Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings against the diamantaire, the Enforcement Directorate said Saturday. “Request for extradition of Nirav Modi to India was sent in July 2018 to the UK. The UK Central Authority of Home Office has confirmed that the extradition request has been sent to the Westminster Magistrate Court for the district judge for further proceedings,” the agency said in a statement. A British daily Saturday reported that Nirav Modi, accused in the USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank(PNB) scam, is living in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business. Sources in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said they had been officially informed about UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid's move to forward the case to a London court about two days back. The move takes the process of extraditing and bringing back Nirav Modi to face the law in India to the next stage, the sources said. new Delhi, 9 March Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the recent video of the PNB scam accused Nirav Modi in the UK shows an “uncanny similarity” between the two as both “believe they are above the law”. Gandhi's jibe came after a UK media report claimed that Nirav Modi, wanted in India in the Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case, has been living openly in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is running a new diamond business just yards away. “The video of fugitive #NiravModi in London shows an uncanny similarity between him & his bhai, PM Modi. Both have looted India and are called Modi. Both refuse to answer any questions. Both believe they are above the law. Both will face justice,” the Congress chief tweeted. In a video posted by the Telegraph newspaper, Nirav Modi can be seen sporting a handle-bar moustache and wearing an Ostrich Hide jacket, estimated to cost 10,000 pounds. On being accosted by reporters and questioned on various issues, including whether he had applied for political asylum in Britain and what he had to say about the charges against him, Nirav Modi responded with a curt: “No comment”. Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are the main accused in Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and they both left India before the details of the fraud came to light in January 2018. The Congress slammed the government on Saturday over the media report, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of running a “fraudster settlement yojana” for such fugitives. The opposition party also alleged that fugitives had looted Rs 1 lakh crore from Indian banks but not even one of them has been caught in five years of the Modi government. The ruling BJP hit back saying Nirav Modi began his fraud in 2011 when the UPA dispensation was in power and that the Narendra Modi government detected and exposed it. Facing flak from the Congress after fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was spotted in London, the ruling BJP on Saturday hit back saying he began his fraud in 2011 when the UPA dispensation was in power and that the Modi government detected and exposed it. “Many of these who cheated India during the UPA government have been brought back and are in custody. Others will follow. They are living the life of fugitives and refugees,” the BJP tweeted, terming the allegations of the opposition party a case of pot calling the kettle black. The Congress had earlier slammed the government on Saturday over a media report that the fugitive diamantaire was living in a swanky apartment in London and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of running a “fraudster settlement yojana” for such fugitives. It also alleged that fugitives had looted Rs 1 lakh crore from Indian banks but not even one of them has been caught in five years of the Modi government. In its tweets, the BJP asserted that no one who cheats India can get away under the Modi government. “Nirav Modi's fraud to cheat the banks started in 2011 when UPA government was in power. It was detected and exposed during the Modi government. The offender was declared a fugitive, his assets seized, illegal house blown up and businesses closed,” it said. Rajnath talks of 3 cross-border strikes in past 5 years statesman news service Bengaluru, 9 March In a startling revelation today, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said that in the past five years India had conducted not two but three cross-border operations against terrorists. He ,however, declined to give any details about the third strike adding that he did not want to talk about it. Addressing a largely attended public rally in Mangalore today, he slipped in the point about the third strike while talking about India’s response following the Uri attack by the terrorists in addition to the one they had carried out in Pulwama on 14 February in which over 45 CRPF jawans were martyred. The jawans were the victims of a suicide bomber’s attack. Indian forces had car- ried out a surgical strike first against the terrorists immediately after the Uri incident and then followed it up by the recent hits at their hideout and training centre across the border in Balakot. Jais-e-Mohammed , the terrorist organisation ,with its training centre in that area had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror strike. In the same vein, the home minister was quick to add that while India would not provoke anyone but in the event Pakistan continued to promote and shelter terrorists, then inevitably it would have to pay heavily . Likewise, he said recent airstrike was nothing but a targeted mission following the specific intelligence that had been received. He also took pains to emphasise that the government was determined to protect the Kashmiri students who had faced attacks recently by unruly elements. In this context, he said the government had issued appropriate instructions to all the states to ensure that Kashmiri students were not troubled. Further, he said the union government had already urged all state govern- ments to take necessary steps to safeguard the interests of Kashmiri students. PTI adds from Mangaluru: Singh said the BJP had risen to heights from a party having only two seats in Parliament way back in the eighties. It could attain a clear majority in the 2014 elections. Singh also said that India would become one of the top three nations in the world in the next 10 years. “America, Russia and China are now the top three powerful countries. India will join the league of top three by the year 2028,” he said. Stating that BJP was the largest political party in the world with its membership strength, Singh said India could retaliate against the terrorist strikes only because a strong party was in power.
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