CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 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 P6 WEATHER Mainly clear sky. Maximum and minimum temperature will be around 35-25 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% Min. 47% Max: 33.7°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:32 hrs MOON RISES 00.56 hrs Min: 24.4°C (0) SUN SETS 17:51 hrs MOON SETS 12:01 hrs TEMPERATURE TEJ PRATAP QUITS AS RJD YOUTH WING MENTOR ‘ARTICLE 35A CONSTITUTIONALLY VULNERABLE’ VOLATILE HEIGHTS P3 P3 Trump says Google committed to US military, not China: Donald Trump has said Google CEO Sunder Pichai assured him that the tech giant is “totally committed” to the US military and not the Chinese army as the President met him at the White House, days after he accused the California-based company of not supporting American interests. Trump earlier this month said, “Google is helping China”. P10 No connection between Ayodhya mediation and film, says SC: The Ram Ki Janmabhoomifilm, which revolves around the Ayodhya controversy, is set for the scheduled release on Friday with the Supreme Court and Delhi HC refusing to interfere with its screening. There is “no connection” between the mediation proceedings in the Ayodhya land dispute matter and the release of the film, the SC said. Economist Dreze taken into custody for ‘MCC violation’: Noted economist Jean Dreze and another person were on Thursday taken into preventive custody for violating the model code of conduct by organising a meeting without permission in Jharkhand's Garhwa district, police said. Economist Dreze and Vivek Gupta, an activist, were eventually released, they added. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA tepping up international pressure to designate Jaish-eMohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the US, supported by France and the UK, has directly moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group's chief. Two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaida Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on Wednesday circulated the draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist the leader of the terror group and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo. UN sources told PTI that this is the “first time” the US, the UK and France have moved a draft resolution directly in the Security Council to designate Azhar. The previous have been listing proposals in the Sanctions Committee of the Security Council to designate the JeM chief. Unlike a listing proposal, which is generally under a 10-day no objection period, the draft res- olution is not under any noobjection provision. Reacting to Washington's move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in Beijing said: “This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue”. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this draft resolution,” Geng said. Sources in New York said that the draft resolution will be discussed informally and then it goes to the Council. However, it is not yet decided by when a vote would be held on the draft resolution, during when it US takes note of India’s anti-satellite missile s test: Taking note of India's first anti-satellite missile test, the US has said that it will continue to pursue its shared interests with Delhi in space and technical cooperation, even as it expressed concern over the issue of space debris. PM Modi on Wednesday announced that India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite. could again face a veto by China, which has in the past blocked bids to blacklist Azhar. Sources said the draft resolution would condemn “in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing” on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed 40 CRPF personnel. In New Delhi, sources said, they were aware that a draft has been initiated for consideration of Council members to list Azhar in the sanctions regime as part of international community's efforts to fight against terrorism.“It will not be appropriate for us to comment at this stage on a process which is entirely within the parameters of informal discussion of the Council and its members,” a source said. An annex to the draft resolution says Azhar is associated with the Islamic State terror group, Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating” or “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material” or supporting acts of the JeM. It says that Azhar founded JeM after his release from prison in India in 1999 in exchange for 155 hostages held on an Indian Airlines flight that had been hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan. It adds that Azhar was previously the leader of the terrorist group Harakat al Mujahadin, also known as Harakat ul-Ansar, and that most of these groups' members subsequently joined Jaish under Azhar's leadership. In 2008, JeM recruitment posters contained a call from Azhar for volunteers to join the fight in Afghanistan againstWestern forces. The Sanctions Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. However, for a resolution in the Security Council to pass, it needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes from any of its five permanent members China, Russia, the United States, France and the UK. India declines comment; China and Pakistan upset STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH India on Thursday expressed disappointment over Pakistan’s response to its detailed dossier on the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s complicity in the cross-border terror attack in Pulwama and the presence of terror camps of the dreaded outfit on Pakistani territory. "Regrettably, Pakistan continues to be in denial and even refuses to acknowledge Pulwama as a terror attack. It has not shared details of credible action, if any, taken by it against terrorists or terrorist organisations based in territories under its control,’’ spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar said. His comments came after Pakistan called Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria to the foreign office in Islamabad on Wednesday evening and told him that it had found no evidence of the JeM’s involvement in the terror attack at Pulwama on 14 February in which more than 40 CRPF personnel NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH India on Thursday said it would prefer not to comment at this stage on the US initiating a draft for consideration of UNSC members to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist even as both China and Pakistan appeared upset with Washington’s move. "Our views on Masood Azhar, the founder-leader of the JeM are well known,’’ official sources said. They said it would not be appropriate for India to comment at this stage on a process which was entirely within the parameters of informal discussion of the UNSC and its members. Meanwhile, both China and Pakistan seemed to be in a tight spot after the US moved the draft resolution at the UNSC. AGENCIES were killed. Pakistan also claimed that no terror camp existed at 22 locations shared by India in the dossier New Delhi gave to Islamabad following the Pulwama attack. The Indian spokesperson said India was hardly surprised, as an identical script was followed by Pakistan in the past, after the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and in Pathankot in 2016. "It is a well-known fact that the UN-designated terrorist organisation JeM and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. This was again acknowledged recently to international media by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. There's no dearth of sufficient actionable information and evidence in Pakistan itself to take action against them, if there is sincerity and intent to do so,’’ he said. The spokesperson said India was examining the paper handed over by Pakistan to the Indian envoy. He said Pakistan should abide by the 2004 pledge to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism. 19 killed in Dhaka Cong-JDS combine rattled by I-T raids highrise fire CM leads protest against raids STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, 28 MARCH THE DAILY STAR/ANN & AGENCIES DHAKA, 28 MARCH Rupee slumps 42 paise: The rupee slumped 42 paise to end at 69.30 against the US dollar on Thursday, its second straight session of decline, in line with other Asian currencies amid strengthening of the greenback. Most Asian currencies struggled amid expectations of dovish monetary policy stance by central banks following a deteriorating global ecoP8 nomic outlook. Pulwama dossier: India disappointed with Pak response China urges US to act cautiously, says this has reduced the authority of anti-terrorism body S THUMBNAILS P11 US, France and UK move draft resolution directly in UNSC to blacklist Azhar UNHQ, 28 MARCH Next moon quarter on 1 April BREAKDANCING COULD STEP INTO OLYMPICS A massive fire engulfed a 22-storey building in Dhaka's posh Banani area on Thursday, killing at least 19 people, including a Sri Lankan national, and injuring 70 others, in the second major blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital since last month. The incident, which happened on Thursday afternoon in a building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers, left several people trapped inside as the blaze spread to two adjacent buildings. Until now we can tell you that the inferno killed 19 people, one of them being a Sri Lankan national. Seventy others are wounded,” a senior fire official told PTI. (Details on page 9) The raids conducted by the Income-Tax department today in different parts of Karnataka have evoked strong protests from the Congress and JDS, both of which termed them as “revenge politics” while hitting out at the Prime Minister and the BJP. Following the largescale protests by the two parties besides accusation of being a puppet in the hands of the Union government, the department took pains to issue a statement seeking to rest its case. Denying any politics behind the raids, the I-T release asserted that till the time of writing “ no MP ,MLA or minister, has so far been BENGALURU, 28 MARCH Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday led a protest by the Congress-JDS ruling alliance in front of the Income-Tax department here in a furious response to a statewide pre-dawn IT crackdown on his partymen and others. Raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and waving party flags, the Congress and JD(S) activists gathered within hours after the IT raids with the help of CRPF personnel at 15 to 20 places including Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Hassan and Shivamogga.Congress and JDS activists who tried to storm the I-T office were arrested and later released as the protest on the busy Queens Road resulted in PTI chock-a-block. covered in the searches which have been carried out on the basis of credi- ble information received. “At the same, hurt perhaps by some biting comments against its officials by chief minister, Mr H D Kumaraswamy , and leaders of the Congress party, the department deplored “ the statements, issued by persons holding responsible position and which sound like incitement to physical violence.” The I-T release also iterated that the activities of the income-tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. Searches , it added, were being carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, educational institutions, diagnostic centres, trusts, real estate, fisheries and film industry in addition to politically exposed persons. The searches appar- ently have resulted in the collection of credible evidence on tax evasion, going by the department. It also added that the searches on politically exposed persons had covered their entire range of political spectrum. In fact, late last night itself, the chief minister had told newsmen about the impending raids,alerted as one learns now by one of the cab drivers engaged by the I-T department. Kumarawamy had even claimed that the officials had brought over 200 CRPF personnel from other states to conduct the raids. The JDS leader also wondered why the I-T authorities never raided the BJP especially as the party was seeking to buy “our MLAs." ‘Chowkidar’ slams Cong over income We will ‘remonetise’ what Modi scheme, triggers rowover acronym ‘demonetised’, says Rahul PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH SNS & PTI MEERUT/RUDRAPUR/AKHNOOR , 28 MARCH Launching his party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in three states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday kept the focus on national security, terrorism and how his “decisive” government showed the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres -- land, sky and space. In a blistering attack on the Congress for offering an income scheme 'dole' to people for votes, he said the party gave the slogan of 'garibi hatao' decades ago and in this elections also it had nothing new to offer. Alleging that the Congress was the very cause of poverty, he asked people to eliminate the party. “Remove the Congress and poverty will go away automatically.” “Will you send a party like this back to power?” he asked. Modi addressed rallies in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Rudrapur in Uttarakhand and Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir--all part of Lok Sabha constituencies figuring in the first phase of the polls on April 11. Modi also tore into the opposition parties by coining an acronym SARAB (alcohol') from the initial letters of the Samajwadi Party(SP), Rashtriya Lok Dal(RLD) and Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) alliance and urged people to stay away from SARAB' in the polls for the good health of Uttar Pradesh. The Hindi word for liquor is 'sharab'. The remarks by Modi, who also termed the SP-RLD-BSP alliance in UP 'mahamilavat' (adulterated), drew a furious reaction from the Congress and the SP Congress demanded an . apology from Modi while SP chief Akhilesh Yadav accused him of spreading the “intoxication of hatred”, saying the prime minister didn't know the difference between 'sharab' and 'sarab' (mirage). Continuing his attack on the Congress, Modi accused it of raising questions on the valour of the armed forces after the post-Uri surgical strikes in 2016 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) and later the air strikes in Balakot inside Pakistan in February. The contest is between a “a decisive government and an indecisive past”, Modi said at the BJP's Vijay Sankalp rally in the western UP town of Meerut, a day after announcing that India had demonstrated the anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite to join an elite club of space super powers. Calling himself the nation's 'chowkidar', Modi said, “It was this chowkidar's government that had the courage to conduct surgical strikes on land, sky and space. India should develop, India should be secure from enemies.” The country is, for the first time, witnessing a government that knows how to deliver, he said. The Prime Minister, who launched the BJP's campaign from Meerut in 2014 too, said he will bring justice to all. The contest this time will be between “dumdaar BJP and daagdaar Opposition”, he said, driving home his point that his party is strong but opposition parties are tainted. In his third rally of the day at Akhnoor in Jammu region near the Indo-Pak border, Modi said terrorists across the border are living in a state of fear. CMYK Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the 'Nyay' scheme will remonetise what Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised and asserted that his party's anti-poverty programme has thrown the BJP into total disarray. In an exclusive interview to PTI ahead of the 17th general election beginning April 11, Gandhi said the 'Nyay' scheme has the twin objectives of giving money to the 20 per cent poorest families in India and remonetising the economy “damaged” by demonetisation. “What the PM has done over the past five years is to remove all money from the economy with failed policies like demonetisation and a poorly executed Gabbar Singh Tax (GST). Informal sectors have been badly hit. “The aim of the 'Nyay' scheme is two-fold. First is to guarantee a minimum income to the bottom 20 per cent families. The second is to remonetise the economy that has been demonetised by Modiji,” Gandhi said. The Congress chief said there is a reason why the party christened the scheme 'Nyay', which translates to justice in Hindi. “There is another aspect to calling the scheme 'Nyay'. Why have we chosen to call this scheme 'Justice'? Because over the last five years, Mr Narendra Modi has simply snatched from poor and given nothing back. “He has taken away from the farmers, he has snatched from the small and medium businesses, he's taken away from the unemployed youth, he has extinguished the savings of mothers and sisters of this country. We want to return to India's deprived sections what Modiji has snatched from them, Gandhi said. Terming 'Nyay' (Nyuntam Aay Yojana) a “game changer” and a “final assault” on poverty, Gandhi said the scheme is “fiscally perfectly doable and will not be implemented “rashly like demonetization and GST of the BJP”. Asked about apprehensions of some economists that 'Nyay', which entails an expenditure of Rs 3.6 lakh crore annually, could aggravate India's fiscal deficit position, Gandhi said, “No, that's not right.” See also inside pages
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