CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 APRIL 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 P9 SENSEX 38,585.35 -353.87 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum-minimum temperature likely to be around 34-24 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 8.1 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P7 NIFTY 11,584.30 -87.65 ` vs $ 69.11 +11 PAISE Min. 63% Max: 32.1°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:20 hrs MOON RISES 09.45 hrs Min: 20.1°C (-5) SUN SETS 17:55 hrs MOON SETS 23:31 hrs Next moon quarter on 16 April THUMBNAILS A photo provided by the European Southern Observatory shows the first photograph of a black hole and its fiery halo, released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers (EHT). AFP Black Hole: Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered across the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core with a flame-orange halo of gas and plasma shows a supermassive black hole 50 million lightyears away in a galaxy known as M87, they told the media in Brussels, Shanghai, P10 Tokyo, Washington, Santiago, Taipei. Wisden delight for India: It was double delight for India as it swept the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack on Wednesday with Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana clinching the 'Leading Cricketer of Year' honours, continuing their award-winning spree. Kohli and Mandhana had won big in the last ICC Awards night too. Indian captain Kohli was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer of the year for the P12 third successive time. Polls in 91 LS seats today: Ninety-one Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two UTs, including all in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, will go to polls on Thursday in the first-phase, with Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh among several Union ministers in the fray. In Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha, Assembly polls will be held simultaneously in the first phase. Defamation charge against Ramani: A Delhi court on Wednesday framed defamation charge against journalist Priya Ramani in a case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him when he was a scribe. Ramani, who appeared before the Additional CMM pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. “I will prove my defence during trial. I plead not guilty,” she said. GOLD 30,835.00 +5.00 P11 SILVER 37,850.00 -200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 70.75 +0.14 SC blow for Centre in Rafale case CJI: “We deem it proper to dismiss preliminary objections raised by Union of India questioning maintainability of review pleas ‘Petitioners present incomplete picture’ SNS & PTI n a setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court Wednesday allowed the plea relying on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government's preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. The Centre had submitted that the three privilege documents were unauthorisedly removed from the Defence Ministry and used by the petitioners to support their review petitions against the December 14, 2018 judgement of the apex court which dismissed all pleas challenging the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. A three-judge bench delivered two separate but unanimous verdicts rejecting the objections raised by the Centre that those documents were not admissible as evidence under Section 123 of the Indian Evidence Act, and no one can produce them in court without the permission of the department concerned as those documents are also protected under the Official Secrets Act. I NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL The Centre also failed to impress the bench, comprising Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, that the disclosure of those documents was exempted under the Right to Information Act as per Section 8(1)(a) and those who conspired in photocopying the papers committed theft and put national security in jeopardy. CJI, who wrote the judgement for himself and Justice Kaul, noted that all the three documents were in “public domain” and published by prominent daily The Hindu were “in consonance with the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech”. CJI said: “We deem it proper to dismiss the preliminary objections raised by the Union of India ques- tioning the maintainability of the review petitions and we hold and affirm that the review petitions will have to be adjudicated on their own merit by taking into account the relevance of contents of the 3 documents, admissibility of which, in the judicial decision making process, has been sought to be questioned by the respondents in the review petitions.” The CJI, who penned the 18-page judgement, said the documents used by former Union ministers Yaswant Sinha and Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan in their plea were published in The Hindu' in February and one of the papers was also published by The Wire'. “The fact that the three documents had been published in the Hindu and Rahul slams Mamata and Modi for failing to create jobs as promised RADHAMADHAB SAHA RAIGANJ, 10 APRIL In his sharpest ever attack on Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said the Congress had “never joined hands with the BJP , but Miss Banerjee had “done so.” He also bracketed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Miss Banerjee for “not delivering” on their promises of job creation. Addressing an election rally in support of Congress candidate for the Raiganj constituency, Deepa Dasmunshi, at Karandighi in North Dinajpur district, Mr Gandhi was responding to the Trinamul chief’s charge that “the Congress and the CPI-M were hand in glove with the BJP in Bengal.” “Mamata Banerjee is saying that the Congress is encouraging the BJP to grow. Is it so ? We never joined hands with the BJP in the past 70 years. But Mamata Banerjee has done so,” he said. The Congress president said Miss Banerjee should be reminded that it was the Congress that first took up the Rafale scam, demonetization, and stoking communal passion among the people in the country by the BJP The party also raised its voice . against Nirav Modi scam, he asserted. “The Rafale case was examined in the Supreme court today, and the court has said the matter should be investigated.We are sure that the scam will be unearthed. If the Congress comes to power at the Centre, we will take steps and see to it that the offenders are sent to jail,” he added. According to him, BJP leaders had been providing shelter to thieves and robbers and protecting millionaires. “After coming to power, the Congress will support the common people. We will work for the poor people’s income to rise. We have alreadyannounced we would send Rs 72,000 to the account of every poor family. We will create employment opportunities for 24 lakh unemployed persons every year,” Mr Gandhi said. He also lamented that the proposed AIIMS-like health institute decided by the Congress to he constructed in Raiganj had been shifted to Kalyani in Nadia district. Modi invokes Gujarat’s pride at first rally in home state RATHIN DAS JUNAGADH, 10 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invoked ‘Gujarati Asmita’ (Gujarat’s pride), a campaign weapon that used be the last in his arsenal during earlier elections. Addressing his maiden election rally in his native state at the Junagadh Agriculture University ( JAU) ground here today, Modi raised his favourite topic of the Congress always conspiring to oust a Gujarati from power in Delhi. Aware that raking up ‘Gujarati Asmita’ works wonderfully during elections, Modi recalled that the Congress-led by Nehru-Gandhi family had ignored and sidelined Sardar Patel and later ousted Morarji Desai as Prime Minister. The aim of the Congress now is to oust another Gujarati MANCUNIANS CRASH TO DEFEAT AS SON ALSO RISES P9 NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL Max.96% TEMPERATURE ERDOGAN WANTS VOTE ANNULLED IS NAWAZ POLITICAL PRISONER? NETANYAHU APPEARS HEADED FOR 5TH TERM AS ISRAEL PM this time too, said Modi to rub in the point. Sardar Patel, Morarji Desai and Narendra Modi all faced the wrath of the Congress because they belonged to Gujarat, said the Prime Minister seeking votes in the name of time-tested formula of ‘son of the soil’. Activists in Gujarat had already predicted that Modi would invoke the ‘son of the soil’ sentiment as his last weapon during the election campaign in the state. But he did so during the first election rally in Gujarat today. Further invoking local sentiments, Modi asked the audience whether they have faith in a ‘son of the soil’ or the Congress which had always conspired against Gujaratis at the Centre. Modi said that the BJP has a track record of welfare of people but the Congress has a tape recorder which plays only one tune --- “remove Modi”. The Congress does not have any other agenda except “remove Modi”, said the Prime Minister as the huge crowd burst into laughter. In a veiled reference to recovery of huge amount of cash in raids on the house of OSD of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Modi said that it has now become clear that the Congress, which earlier used Karnataka as its ATM, is also using their Madhya Pradesh government for the same purpose. Modi also alleged that the Congress was supporting those who talked about separation of Kashmir and the gangs which shouted slogans about breaking up India. Alleging that the Congress was supporting the separatists, Modi said that it was Sardar Patel who had unified the problematic princely states like Junagadh and Hyderabad with India through his tough stance. CMYK were thus available in the public domain has not been seriously disputed or contested by the respondents. “No question has been raised and, in our considered opinion, very rightly, with regard to the publication of documents in The Hindu' newspaper. The right of such publication would seem to be in consonance with the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech,” Justice Gogoi said. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, who appeared for another petitionerVineet Dhandha, said today's judgement makes it clear that during the hearing of the review petition the bench will look into various issues on the Rafale jet deal including the question of pricing and also selection of Indian offset partner of Dassault. The petitioners in the Rafale deal case are using certain documents with the intention to present a selective and incomplete picture of internal secret deliberations relating to national security, the Defence Ministry said, in its reaction to the Supreme Court's order on the contentious issue. The apex court on Wednesday rejected the government's contention that sensitive documents accessed by the media on the Rafale deal can't be evidence and said it will examine the papers while reviewing its order of December 14 last year when a clean chit was given to the deal. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that review petitions against its earlier verdict dismissing all petitions against procurement of Rafale jets will be decidSNS ed on merit. SC has ‘accepted’ there was corruption: Rahul STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW/DELHI, 10 APRIL Within minutes of filing his nomination from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today thanked the Supreme Court for its order on the Rafale judgement review petition and challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an open debate on the Rafale issue and demonetization. “I want to thank the SC. It's a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed. Mr Modi has been claiming that the SC gave him a clean chit on the Rafale deal”.,” Mr Gandhi said. “Debate on Rafale, corruption,note ban and (BJP president) Amti Shah's son,” Mr Gandhi threw the challenge to Mr Modi. “Now the SC has made it clear that 'chowkidarji' has committed a theft. (It has) accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale. I have been saying so for months if investigation is done there are two names - Narendra Modi and (Anil) Ambani. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that the PM has given air force money to Anil Ambani and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” the Congress president said. The Congress on Wednesday said the Supreme Court's interim order has blown the lid off the “lies” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal, and termed it as the first step towards justice with the last being a joint parliamentary committee probe.
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