CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 03 APRIL 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 Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be around 35- 25 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% Min. 55% Max: 34.4°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:27 hrs MOON RISES 04.23 hrs Min: 25.6°C (+1) SUN SETS 17:53 hrs MOON SETS 16:15 hrs TEMPERATURE New moon on 5 April THUMBNAILS IMF chief on global growth: Global growth in 2019 should be even slower than previously expected but a “precarious” rebound later this year is likely, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a speech ahead of next week's spring meetings with the World Bank, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said the world economy was vulnerable to shocks from Brexit, high debt levels. Setback for Hardik as SC declines urgent hearing: In a setback to Congress leader Hardik Patel, the Supreme Court refused to accord urgent hearing to his plea seeking stay on his conviction in the 2015 rioting case. The denial virtually dashed his hopes of contesting the LS polls from Gujarat's Jamnagar constituency as the last date for filing nominations in the state is April 4, and the polling is on April 23. Will of the people, Mayawati tells SC on statues: BSP supremo Mayawati told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that construction of her life-size statues and the party's symbol, elephant, at various places in UP during her tenure as state's chief minister represents the “will of the people”. She drew the attention of the apex court that even the Congress in the past has installed statues of its leaders. Bankura tornado renders several families homeless: At least 30 houses were ravaged by a tornado at a village adjacent to the Kansavati reservoir at Mukutmonipur in Bankura late on Monday afternoon that rendered several families homeless. On Tuesday, the district administration launched relief operation and distributed tarpaulin, food articles among the affected residents. India seeks consular access to Jadhav: The Indo-Pak tensions following the Pulwama attack refused to die down with New Delhi on Tuesday asking Pakistan to provide consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and other Indian civilian prisoners and immediately release Indian fishermen in its custody. India conveyed to Islamabad its deep concern over the issues. UK TO SEEK MORE TIME TO BREAK BREXIT LOGJAM INDIA SHOULD TAKE ISRAEL’S HELP TO TACKLE TERRORISM WATERSHED IN TURKEY P7 P10 BHAWANIPATNA, 2 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of having conspired against the poor and treated them as a vote bank only to betray them after every election. Evidently conscious of the release of Congress manifesto, the NYAY scheme promises made to the unemployed etc, the PM said the Congress and the BJD have committed the sin of keeping the poor as such over decades to garner votes. They can never wash away their sin of treating the poor as a vote bank, he charged while addressing an election campaign meeting here today. The Congress starts chanting the mantra of the poor before every election. It did nothing for the poor when it was in power. P12 Raj Guv’s remarks on PM violative of poll code: EC ‘Congress will deliver’ Manifesto says party will focus on jobs, farmers,‘Nyay’ if voted to power STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 APRIL he principal Opposition Congress today released its manifesto for the upcoming general elections, focusing on its pledges and plans to create jobs for millions of unemployed youths while ensuring adequate work, remuneration and safeguards for teeming mass of farmers reeling under rural distress and debts. The Congress manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, titled "Congress will deliver", has highlighted the "Nyay" or Minimum Income Guarantee scheme as its centrepiece, which promises to give Rs 72,000 annually to each of the poorest 20 per cent households or five crore families across the country. The 55-page Congress document promises a slew of welfare and empowerment proposals including a separate Kisan Budget for farmers, increase of 50 days of guaranteed jobs from current 100 under the MNREGA, allocation of 6 per cent of GDP for education, expansion of healthcare infrastructure, and enhancement of safety and security of women. The manifesto also promises a single moderate rate of the GST. It was unveiled by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and top leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, and P Chidambaram at the T party headquarters. Releasing the manifesto, Rahul Gandhi said the document has set out and detailed his party's proposals and pledges regarding "real issues" concerning the people of the country. Asserting that the manifesto was an outcome of months of a massive consultative exercise involving party leaders, experts, various stakeholders and common people from all walks of life from across the country and even NRIs, Gandhi said he had insisted that "nothing in this can be a lie" since the country had been witnessing, he alleged, PM Modi speaking lies every day. The Congress has made creating jobs for the youths its top priority, saying it will ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020, persuading the state STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 2 APRIL He exhorted people not to believe in such sinners and betrayers. It was here in Kalahandi district that the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had infamously said only 15 paise in every rupee sent from the Centre reaches the poor . But what did he do to resolve the problem or plug the leakage – nothing, remarked the PM. The PM went on to underline that now every paise sent to the poor goes direct to the bank account of the beneficiary. From Nehru to Indira, Rajiv the Congress governments never felt the necessity to have a separate ministry for tribal development. It was created by the Vajpayee government and we have carried it forward by creating Van Dhan scheme increasing the number of forest produce under MSP from 10 to 50 and budgetary allocations by over PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 APRIL SC quashes RBI’s ‘insolvency’ circular In a major relief to power, shipping, sugar companies and corporates, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down as ultra vires the 12 February 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular making it mandatory for lenders to initiate resolution or restructuring of loans of Rs 2,000 crore and above within six months from the date of default. After the expiry of the 180 days, the defaulting borrowers, under the now struck down circular, had to mandatorily face proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Now companies can approach banks for debt settlement with- ‘Cong pledges dangerous, irresponsible’ NEW DELHI, 2 APRIL governments to fill 20 lakh vacancies and creating an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local bodies. For farmers, the manifesto promised a path from “Karz Maafi” (loan waiver) to “Karz Mukti” (freedom from loans). This would be done through remunerative prices, lower input costs, and assured access to institutional credit, it said. No criminal proceedings would be launched against farmers who are unable to pay their debts, Gandhi said, saying if voted to power the Congress would amend laws to make this only a civil offence. The Congress promised to amend the Constitution to ensure 33 per cent reservation for women in legislatures. The party also pledged to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee EC examining Yogi’s remark on Army NEW DELHI, 2 APRIL out the fear of insolvency. "We have declared RBI circular ultra vires," said a bench of Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Vineet Saran while hearing a batch of petitions by the industries ~ power, fertiliser and sugar ~ challenging the 12 February 2018 apex bank circular. The court verdict would have a bearing on Rs 2.2 lakh crore of bad loans. The Reserve Bank of India circular was aimed at resolution of stressed assets in the banking system. The Election Commission on Tuesday received a factual report on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's reported remarks referring to the Indian Army as 'Modiji ki sena' and has started examining it to ascertain whether it violated the model code of conduct. The Ghaziabad DM has furnished a report. “It is under examination,” official sources said. “Congress ke log aatankwadiyon ko biryani khilate the aur Modiji ki sena aatankwadiyon ko goli aur gola deti hai. (Congress leaders would feed biryani to terrorists, while Modi's army gives them bullets and bombs). This PTI is the difference. every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. The Congress also promised it will abolish the provision of sedition in the IPC, scrap the “opaque electoral bonds” introduced by the BJP-led government, replace the Niti Ayog with a modern Planning Commission and enact an anti-hate crime law to deal with horrors like “mobengineered” lynching, stripping and burning. The party also promised to make defamation a civil offence only, change law that allows detention without trial, and proposed to set up a National Judicial Commission to appoint judges. The manifesto said that instead of the electoral bond a National Election Fund will be set up. 30 per cent , he said. He pointed out that more recently, the NDA government had created a separate ministry for fishermen. The BJP believes in addressing the needs of the poor, the tribals and the unemployed, he asserted while reeling out figures of fund allocation to Odisha , the pro-poor schemes etc. Equating the BJD with the Congress, the PM said for 19 long years the BJD in Odisha had failed on all fronts. It is here in Kalahandi that Dana Majhi had to carry the body of his wife on his shoulders and walk as there was no hearse available, he recalled. The Centre has provided 8 lakh pucca houses to the poor in Odisha, 24 lakh Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh's remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister are violative of the model code of conduct, the Election Commission has concluded. Sources said since Singh holds a constitutional post, the EC has written to President Ram Nath Kovind, flagging the issue. The poll panel had examined the remarks made by the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister in the light of model code violation as holding a constitutional post makes him “apolitical”. Addressing BJP workers at his Aligarh residence on March 23, Singh reportedly said, “All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the Prime Minister. It is necessary that Modiji becomes the PM again.” The Governor made these remarks to placate some agitated BJP members who gathered outside his house over ticket distribution. In the 1990s, the EC had expressed displeasure to then Himachal Pradesh Governor Gulsher Ahmed for campaigning for his son. He later quit. The Election Commission on Tuesday expressed “serious displeasure” over Air India's failure to respond to its show cause notice for using AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 2 APRIL India shooting down one of its own satellites was a “terrible thing” as it created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, the chief of NASA has said, warning that the risk of debris colliding with the International Space Station has risen by 44 per cent since the Indian anti-satellite weapon test. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on March 27 that India has achieved a “historic feat” by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a “space power.” Only three other countries -- the US, Russia and China -- have anti- households with electricity, 40 lakh households with LPG connection, 50 lakh toilets, he said. The Naveen Patnaik government on the other hand has only “done” corruption – encouraged chit fund companies and mining mafia to loot the poor and the state, he charged. The Odisha government does not move , it does not work but it does stop the good work of the Centre, he said while referring to rejection of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, PM Kisan scheme by the BJD government. He iterated that people of Odisha will spring a surprise just as they had done in Tripura when they voted out the CPM government. He called upon people to vote out the BJD and install a BJP government both at the Centre and in the state. “A double engine will usher in rapid development.’’ CMYK The BJP today, in its initial analysis of the Congress party's manifesto for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, called it an "irresponsible document" that could never be implemented by a party that "looks a certain loser" in these elections. Addressing a press conference at the BJP's headquarters here, senior party leader and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley found fault with promises enlisted by the Congress in its manifesto. He said the "dangerous and unimplementable" manifesto allegedly compromised national security and was about "balkanisation" of the country. "The Congress manifesto compromises national security and has sham and bluff promises with little detailed understanding of the subjects involved. It is an irresponsible document which is never to be implemented since Congress looks a certain loser," Jaitley charged. The FM in his blog, posted on the BJP website, alleged that the Congress manifesto 2019 sought to weaken India. He said that after reading the Congress manifesto he could see the influence of "Tukre tukre SNS gang" on it. boarding passes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photo on them and the airline's “lackadaisical approach” towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct. In a letter to Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola, the poll panel said that Air India has failed to respond to its notice despite lapse of deadline two days ago. “The Commission expresses its serious displeasure over the noncompliance of the Commission's lawful instructions and lackadaisical approach towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct,” the poll panel said in its letter dated April 2, 2019. The Gujarat Congress on Tuesday lodged a complaint of model code violation during BJP chief and party's Gandhinagar nominee Amit Shah's March 30 rally cum road show in Ahmedabad alleging that loudspeakers were used near hospitals. In its complaint to Gujarat CEO S. Murali Krishna, the Opposition party demanded action against Shah. India’s ASAT test created 400 pieces of debris, poses risk to ISS: NASA Modi accuses Cong of having conspired against poor, treating them as vote bank STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE WHY CRICKETERS DON’T REALLY NEED COACHES satellite missile (ASAT) capabilities. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine said about 60 pieces of debris have been tracked so far and out of which 24 are going above the apogee of the International Space Station (ISS), the point of the space station's orbit far- thest from the Earth. “That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris and an apogee that goes above the international space station. That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have happen,” he said at a NASA townhall with employees on Monday. “The Anti-satellite weapons test by India last week has resulted in about 400 pieces of orbital debris,” he said. Bridenstine said not all of the pieces were big enough to track and the NASA is right now tracking objects which are 10 centimeters or bigger. “Some 60 pieces of orbital debris have been tracked so far, 24 out of which poses risk to the ISS,” he said. India has said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris. “Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks,” the Ministry of External Affairs said soon after the test. Rahul contesting from Wayanad as south India ‘feels hostility’ from PM PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 2 APRIL Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that people in south India “feel hostility” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he decided to contest from Wayanad in Kerala to send out the message that he stands with them. The Congress announced on Sunday that party chief Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. “There is a feeling in south India, a very strong feeling in south India, that they are not being carried (along) by the current government. South India feels hostility from Mr Narendra Modi, they feel that they are not being included in the decisions of the coun- “So, I wanted to send a message to south India that we are with you and I am standing with you. That is why I am standing from Kerala,” Rahul Gandhi said in response to a question after the launch of the manifesto try,” Gandhi said. “So, I wanted to send a message to south India that we are with you and I am standing with you. That is why I am standing from Kerala,” he said in response to a question after the launch of the party's manifesto. The Congress' announcement that the party chief will contest from Wayanad evoked sharp reactions from the Left and Right of the political spectrum. The CPI(M) and CPI said the move signalled the Congress wanted to take on the Left which would work towards defeating him in the elections from Wayanad. BJP chief Amit Shah reacted to the development saying Gandhi has “fled to Kerala as he fears that Amethi voters will seek an account from him”. Addressing a rally in Wardha, Maharashtra, on Monday, the Prime Minister said the Congress is scared to field its leaders from constituencies where the majority dominates in terms of voter-base. He, however, did not name Gandhi. The Congress is hoping to further consolidate its position this time in Kerala. Top Congress leaders have contested from the South earlier as well. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has in the past contested from the Bellary Lok Sabha seat.
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