CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 09 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 P7 SENSEX 38,700.53 -161.70 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with spells of rain or thundershower. Max and min temp likely to be around 33-24 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.89% Min. 42% Max: 32.2°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:22 hrs MOON RISES 08.06 hrs Min: 24.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON SETS 21:35 hrs TEMPERATURE Next moon quarter on 16 April THUMBNAILS Ganguly clarifies: The CAB president and Delhi Capitals adviser Sourav Ganguly has replied to BCCI ombudsman and ethics officer DK Jain clarifying that there is no “conflict of interest” in his dual role as alleged by three cricket fans. The Ombudsman had asked Ganguly to clear his stand on allegations of conflict of interest in his role as IPL franchise Delhi Capitals adviser while serving as the president of CAB. Ganguly told PTI that he had sent his P12 reply to Justice Jain on the April 6th. Rupee falls 44 paise: The rupee declined by 44 paise to close at 69.67 against the US dollar on Monday amid higher dollar demand from importers and rising crude oil prices. This is the third straight session of loss for the domestic unit, during which it has lost 126 paise. Forex traders said that dollar demand from importers and heavy selling in domestic equities added pressure to the domestic unit. Meanwhile, foreign investors (FIIs) remained P8 net buyers in the capital markets. P10 NIFTY 11,604.50 -61.45 Air strike halts Tripoli flights: Fighting raged around Tripoli and an air strike closed its only functioning airport on Monday, as Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar defied international calls to halt his advance on the capital. Thousands were also reported by the UN to be fleeing the capital city in face of Haftar's surprise assault which has left dozens dead. The EU's foreign policy chief added her voice to those urging the eastern strongman to stop his offensive, in the wake of calls for restraint. State Bank of India (SBI) on Monday invited bids from strategic as well as financial bidders for stake sale in ailing Jet Airways. SBI, which is the lead lender of a consortium of domestic lenders that has extended loans to Jet Airways, is looking for “change in control and management” of the carrier, according to a public notice. SBI Capital Markets would be assisting and advising the lenders on the bid process. The bids have to be submitted by April 10. The lenders' consortium has taken control of the airline under a debt recast plan. Under the debt BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 70.69 +0.35 eeking to "build on the foundations" laid out in the last five years for a "new" and "developed" India, the ruling BJP today presented its manifesto what it called a "compendium of our promises and commitments" or "Sankalpa Patra" for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP's manifesto or "vision document" harped on the Modi government's popular "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas" slogan of inclusive development while expressing commitment to continue with the same during the next five years. The party also set for itself a list of 75 tasks to be completed by the government by 2022 to mark the 75th year of the country's Independence. BJP president Amit Shah, in his inaugural address, termed 2019 Lok Sabha polls as "apekshao ka chunao (elections of expectations)" vis-a-vis "elections of hope" in 2014. "In the next five years, we promise to create growth opportunities for all citizens in every aspect of life. Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas remains our guiding principle. We intend to reach out to a developed future while ‘Manifesto full of lies’ S VVPAT count would neither require additional manpower nor delay the results of the Lok Sabha elections, the court noted. The court also noted that the EC had put a query before the Indian Statistical Institute regarding a reasonable sample size to verify the EVMs. The institute had responded that a sample of 479 EVMs would generate 99.99 per cent accuracy in results. With the first phase of voting starting on April 11, the court hoped this would satisfy both the parties and the voter. Congress seeks review of SC order:The Congress Monday urged the Supreme Court to review its decision on matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs, saying it is not satisfied with the counting being held in only five booths in each assembly segment. Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that as a citizen of India he was concerned why Rs 18,000 crore were spent on VVPATs if they were not to be used in elections. resolution plan approved by the Jet Airways' board on March 25, lenders have taken a majority stake in the airline and are set to infuse Rs 1,500 crore. Besides, the carrier's founder and promoter Naresh Goyal as well as his wife Anita Goyal quit the board. The shareholding of Goyals has come down to 25 per cent from 51 per cent earlier. As per the advertisement, the airline has availed various credit facilities aggregating over Rs 8,000 from a consortium of domestic lenders led by SBI. The company has subsequently come under stress and not been able to service its debt obligations in relation to the facilities. See also page 8 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL “anti-national”. More or less, both Advani and Joshi were sidelined in the party after 2014 general elections, in which the BJP got clear majority under the leadership of Narendra Modi. After easing them out of key organisational positions, the party leadership brought the curtains down on their electoral innings by not giving them tickets to contest the Lok Sabha polls this time. The BJP had earlier announced that it will not give tickets to those above 75 years of age. PTI adds from Ahmedabad: The BJP in Gujarat aims SILVER 37,750.00 +200.00 BJP unveils manifesto, focuses on nationalism Modi biopic: SC to hear petition today to cast a “magic spell” on voters as it mounts a mega campaign to repeat its 2014 performance of winning all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ruling party has roped in 52 magicians to woo voters as part of its campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat, which will vote in a single phase on April 23. They will be part of the BJP's campaign team in the state. As many as 52 LED vans carrying the party's slogan, 'Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar' (Modi NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other party leaders and Union ministers during the release of the party manifesto in Delhi on Monday. SNS retaining our civilisational roots," the BJP manifesto stated. The 48-page 'Sankalp Patra' has PM Modi prominently displayed on its cover and inside pages. The manifesto focuses on nationalism, talks about "nation first" and resolves to work on a "zero tolerance approach" against terrorism. The manifesto has promised to ensure that the party, if voted to power again, will further expand the coverage of Rs 6000 per year financial support to include all farmers of the country as against the present system of granting the same to only farmers owning up to 2 hectares of land. The document also spoke of interest-free Kisan credit card loans. "We will provide short term new agriculture loans up to Rs 1 lakh at a 0 per cent interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount," it stated. The manifesto proposed to make India the third largest economy of the world. The BJP document has also promised health for all, good governance, civil service and government reforms, police Refusing to stay the release of a biopic on PM Narendra Modi, the Supreme Court on Monday said it cannot pass an order at this stage as the Censor board was yet to certify the film. The apex court said it will hear the matter tomorrow and would pass an order if the petitioner brings on record that what the film depicts is highly objectionable. The biopic is scheduled to be released on April 11. A bench head by the CJI Gogoi said, "Why should we direct that individual be given a copy of the film." SNS government once again),' will also go around Gujarat with video clips showcasing the achievements of the BJP-led ruling coalition at the Centre. Magicians from Gujarat and neighbouring states have been asked to perform tricks to regale voters, especially in rural areas, and also canvass for party candidates, state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said. These illusionists will tour rural areas across all the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies and enchant voters with tricks like pulling out cloth with the BJP's symbol “lotus” etched on it from an empty pot and creating a portrait of Modi on a blank slate. While the magicians will regale the crowd, others in the team will talk about achievements of the Modi government and seek their support for BJP candidates. AGENCIES LONDON, 8 APRIL A UK High Court has rejected Vijay Mallya's application to appeal against his extradition, a move that brings India closer in getting back the embattled liquor tycoon wanted in alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores. The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss had filed the application seeking “leave to appeal” in the High Court on February 14 against his extradition order, which was signed by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. “The application for permission to appeal was refused by Mr Justice William Davis on 05/04/2019,” said a Election Comm bans exit polls NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL The Election Commission on Monday banned exit polls from 11 April to 6.30 p.m. on 19 May, from the first phase to the last phase of polling for the general election and Assembly elections in five states. In a notification issued here, the Commission prohibited conducting, publishing or publicising the results of exit polls “by means of the print or electronic media or in nay other manner”. “Further, under Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited,” said an official of the Election Commission. The EC has also asked electronic and print media to refrain from telecasting or publishing programmes which may predict the poll results during the prohibited period wef 11 April. SNS CMYK reforms, judicial reforms, plans and programmes for youths, education for all, women-led development, inclusive development, "development with dignity" for minorities, empowering of transgender, pension scheme for small shopkeepers. On the Ram temple issue, the BJP manifesto iterated that it would explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution to facilitate expeditious construction of the Ram temple. The BJP has repeated its promises on the Uniform Civil Code and Article 370. (See page 2) Tearing into the BJP's manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the principal Opposition Congress party today dismissed it as a "copyand-paste document of jumlas (false claims) and lies", even as it highlighted 125 "broken" promises listed in the BJP's manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Describing the BJP's 2019 manifesto as a "balloon of lies", senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the ruling party should have instead come out with a "maafinama (document of apologies)", alleging that the Modi government has done "nothing to show" in five years. Addressing a press conference, Patel held the covers of the BJP and the Congress's 2019 manifestos up, saying "The difference between BJP manifesto and Congress manifesto can be seen even from their SNS covers.’’ Mallya appeal plea rejected NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL Shah meets Joshi, Advani after release of manifesto BJP president Amit Shah has met party veterans Murli Manohar Joshi and L K Advani on Monday, hours after launch of the party’s poll manifesto. Shah's meeting with the two leaders came days after they were not given poll tickets. The BJP has fielded Shah from Gujarat's Gandhinagar, a seat represented by Advani for many years, while Joshi has been replaced by Satyadev Pachauri in Kanpur. After being denied ticket, Joshi had issued a statement saying the BJP told him that he would not be nominated by the party in Kanpur. While Advani has not said anything about being dropped from the party's list of Lok Sabha candidates, he wrote a blog asserting his party never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as P12 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL SBI seeks bids for Jet Airways by 10 April MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL GOLD 30,805.00 +270.00 SUPER KINGS ARE IMPERIOUS BUT KNIGHTS RIDE HIGH Document for LS polls repeats BJP's stand on Ram temple, Article 370, Uniform Civil Code STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL In a bid to ensure greater degree of accuracy in the poll process, the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission to increase matching of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips from one EVM per assembly segment to five randomly selected electronic voting machines (EVMs) per assembly segment. The apex court`s direction came on a plea of leaders of 21 opposition parties who wanted counting ofVVPATs for 50 per cent EVMs per Assembly segment. Today’s order is a major setback for the Opposition parties as the court has merely increased the quantum of EVM verification using paper trail by 1.99 per cent, that is, out of total 10.35 lakh EVMs, only 20,625 will be used in counting to verify results. According to the apex court`s direction, theVVPAT slips of 5 EVMs in every place will be subjected to physical counting. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the poll panel several questions regarding the information mentioned in the slips and the process in place to authenticate the genuineness of these paper slips. The increase in the P2 ` vs $ 69.67 -44 PAISE SC tells EC: Tally VVPAT on 5 booths per Assembly seat PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Vice Admiral Verma moves tribunal: Vice Admiral Bimal Verma on Monday moved the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) questioning why he was overlooked as the next Navy chief despite being the senior-most in the line of command, official sources said on Monday. In a petition to the AFT here, Verma, Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, sought to know why the government ignored his seniority and appoint Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Navy chief. PRESTIGE FIGHT FOR LALU IN 3 SEATS US HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF NIELSEN OUT WHY NAJIB’S TRIAL IS IMPORTANT spokesperson for the UK Judiciary. “The appellant (Mallya) has five business days to apply for oral consideration. If a renewal application is made, it will be listed before a High Court judge and dealt with at a hearing,” the spokesperson added. Mallya's “leave to appeal” application had been put before Justice Davis, who was to make a decision on the basis of papers submitted as part of the appeals process. Now that the “judge on papers” application has been rejected by Justice Davis, Mallya has the option to “renew his application for permission to appeal” by this Friday. “If he (Mallya) does so (applies for renewal), there will be an oral hearing at which the Administrative Court (High Court) will consider whether or not to grant permission to appeal,” a CPS spokesperson said. During the oral hearing, Mallya's legal team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) - on behalf of the Indian government - will renew their respective claims for and against an appeal for a judge to determine if it can proceed to a full hearing. While the rejection by the High Court on Friday doesn't mean that the appeal process in the case has come to an end, the latest decision does move the case one step further in favour of India in bringing back Mallya, who had fled the country in 2016. The latest ruling marks a fresh legal setback for the UB Group chief who just last week offered to curtail his “lavish” lifestyle after a bid by the Indian banks to recoup some of the nearly 1.145 billion pounds he owed to them as a result of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines' unpaid loans. Mallya is required by the UK court order to live within an “ordinary living expenses allowance” of a maximum of 18,325.31 pounds a week, which he offered to cut down to around 29,500 pounds a month during a separate court hearing last week. ‘IAF has irrefutable proof of shooting down Pak F-16’ ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 8 APRIL The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday asserted that it has ‘irrefutable evidence’ of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) using F-16 in the dogfight on 27 February and an IAF MiG-21 Bison shooting down a PAF’s F-16 during the aerial engagement. "There is no doubt that two aircraft went down during the aerial engagement on 27 February, one of which was the Bison of IAF and the other F-16 of PAF conclusively identified by its electronic signatures and radio transcripts,’’ Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor, a senior spokesperson for the IAF, said at a press conference here. The IAF, he said, had more credible information and evidence that was clearly indicative of the fact that Pakistan lost one F-16 in the 27 February air action. However, due to security and confi- dentiality concerns, the IAF was restricting the information being shared in the public domain, AVM Kapoor said. Analysis of electronic emissions of the aircraft picked up by intercepts from AWACS and radio transcripts indicated that F-16s were in the area directly in front of Wing Commander Abhinandan’s aircraft, he added. The fresh revelations assume significance against the backdrop of a recent report in ‘Foreign Policy’, a leading American magazine which quoted two unnamed US defence officials as saying that US personnel counted Pakistan’s F-16s and found none missing, thus contradicting the Indian version. Pentagon, however, subsequently came out with a statement, saying it was not aware of any such count of F-16s with PAF being carried out after the 27 February dogfight. AVM Kapoor iterated that the PAF aircraft fired multiple AMRAAM missiles which were defeated by the use of countermeasures and tactical manoeuvres. He said the Indian Army in the in the vicinity of LoC in the Jhangar sector had visually sighted two separate parachutes. This was corroborated by radio communication intercepts of Pakistan Army formations in the areas which categorically state the capture of at least two pilots, one of them being Wing Commander Abhinandan. The second was admitted to a hospital in Pakistan. Pakistan subsequently stated that they had two pilots in custody.
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