SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 APRIL 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 | `5 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM: IT’S THE IDEA OF ‘MIGRANTS’ THAT PEOPLE HATE AND FEAR MORE TRAVELS WITH CHAI: THE ONE THING CONNECTING THE HIMALAYAS WITH THE ARABIAN SEA IS A CUP OF TEA P 3 WEATHER Clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 32 and 18 degree celcius respectively. RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.68% Min. 16% Max: 33.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:43 hrs MOON RISES 17.07 hrs Min: 16.5°C (-3) SUN RISES 06:01 hrs MOON SETS 05.34 hrs TEMPERATURE P 13 India, Bangladesh sign 22 accords No accord on Teesta water sharing; Modi announces $4.5-b line of credit for Bangla development projects ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL THUMBNAILS Students preforming cultural dance in Chandigarh on Saturday. PA R D E E P SAINI Hindu group stops UP church prayers suspecting conversion: Prayers at a church in Uttar Pradesh were disrupted by a group of Hindu activists as they suspected a religious conversion in progress, police said on Saturday. Prayers at the Maharajganj church were stopped by the police after the office bearers of the Hindu Vahini created a ruckus and alleged that some people were leading a conversion event there. PTI German tourist injured in knife attack in Delhi: A 19-year-old German tourist was robbed and injured in a knife attack in the national Capital, police said on Saturday. The suspects have been identified. The incident took place around 11.30 p.m. on Friday when Benjamin Scolt hired an e-rickshaw from the New Delhi railway station to the Red Fort, Deputy Commissioner of Police Jatin Narwal said. PG 2 W hile an accord on the sharing of Teesta waters continued to elude them, India and Bangladesh today signed 22 agreements, including five in defence and three in civil nuclear energy sectors, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a concessional Line of Credit (LoC) of $4.5 billion for development projects and another LoC of $500 million for defencerelated procurement for Dhaka. M r Mo d i re a s s u re d Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that his government was working with all stakeholders in India for an early conclusion of the Teesta water sharing agreement after she requested him for an early conclusion of the accord as agreed upon in January 2011, a joint statement issued by the two sides said. In an indirect endorsement of India’s stand against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism, the joint statement said the two PMs strongly condemned the recent barbaric attacks in India and Bangladesh and expressed their conviction that the fight against terrorism should not only seek to disrupt and eliminate terrorists and terror organisations but also take strong measures against States which support and finance terrorism, provide sanctuary to terrorists and falsely extol their virtues. What was quite perceptible during the brief media event at the majestic Hyderabad House was the personal chemistry between the two leaders. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who too was present on the occasion, appeared quite relaxed as she joined the two PMs in for- Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee at the S U B R ATA DUTTA Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday. PMs laugh over gaffe NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL The agreement signing ceremony at Hyderabad House after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday had a funny moment for which the two leaders were obviously not prepared. ''May I request the two Prime Ministers to now please step down?" the Chief of Protocol said, requesting them to come off the podium to release the Hindi translation of unfinished memoirs of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, the founding father of Bangladesh, and press the button to jointly launch the train service between their two countries. As those present in the room burst into peals of laughter, the two leaders looked at the official and smiled. By then, the protocol officer had realised his honest mistake SNS and appeared apologetic. mally launching rail and bus services between the two countries. However, there was no word available on whether the Teesta issue figured during her interaction with Sheikh Hasina over the lunch hosted by Mr Modi. But the Indian PM Modi did not disappoint the Bangladeshi delegation on the contentious issue, saying he firmly believed that "it is only my government and Excellency Sheikh Hasina, your government, that can and will find an early solution to the Teesta water sharing.’’ In her brief remarks to the media, Sheikh Hasina described India as the most important neighbour of Bangladesh, adding her government’s firm resolve to further strengthen ties with New Delhi. PM hits out at Pak for nurturing terror STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL Without naming Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at the neighbouring country for breeding, inspiring and encouraging terrorism, thereby obstructing the growth of South Asia. At the same time, he said India’s doors were always open for cooperation but for that Islamabad would have to eschew the path of violence and terrorism. In a hard-hitting speech delivered in Hindi at an event at which he and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina honoured the Indian martyrs of the 1971 BangladeshWar of Liberation, he said there was a mentality in South Asia opposed to the approach of India and Bangladesh to promote development and this mentality nurtured and inspired terrorism. "This is a mentality which influences those who plan policies under it and which regards terrorism as higher than humanity, destruction greater than development and annihilation better than creation," He pointed out. Hasina brings gifts, sweets NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has brought with her a bunch of gifts for Indian leaders, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She has brought a kurta and a pair of silk pyjamas, artwork, a dinner set, a leather bag set and famous Bengali sweets for the President. For PM Modi and Vice-President Hamid Ansari, she has brought a dinner set, a leather bag, and BenSNS gali sweets. Describing it as a day to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs of India and Bangladesh, Modi said it was also a day to reject the abhorrent mentality behind the tragedy imposed on Bangladesh. "I and the whole country salute the martyrs for the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers. The sacrifices and tribulations by the families of the martyrs are incomparable." Dalai: China’s bid to find my successor ‘nonsense’ TAWANG, 8 APRIL Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday criticised China for making a bid to name his successor. “Beijing’s bid to name my successor to undermine the Tibetans' cause is nonsense,” he said while talking to reporters here. China had years ago confined the Dalai Lama-nominated Panchen Lama and projected its own Panchen Lama, a monk immediately below the rank of the Dalai Lama. “As early as 1969, I had said the Tibetan people would decide if the institution of Dalai Lama should continue or not. If this institution is no longer relevant, it should stop,” said the 82year-old spiritual leader, who had fled Tibet way back in 1959 to take refuge in Twang, said. “Nobody knows who or where the next Dalai Lama will be born or come from. Some indication (about his reincarnation) might come at the time of my death, but now there is no such indiPTI cation,” he said. Poll manifestos never fulfilled: CJI PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL Electoral promises routinely remain unfulfilled and manifestos turn out to be mere pieces of paper, for which political parties must be held accountable, Chief Justice of India J S Khehar said on Saturday. The CJI, speaking in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, said political parties give “brazen” excuses like lack of consensus amongst their members to justify nonfulfilment of their poll promises. He said manifestos Justice JS Khehar remain pieces of paper due to short term memory of citizens but political parties must be held accountable. On the manifestos released by political parties during the 2014 general elections, the CJI said none of them indicated any link between electoral reforms and Constitutional goal of ensuring economic-social justice to the marginalised section. He said pursuant to Supreme Court’s directions to the Election Commission of India to formulate guidelines against freebies, the poll panel has been taking action against parties for violation of the model code of conduct. Justice Dipak Misra, the next senior-most judge, also stressed upon the need for electoral reforms.
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