CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 APRIL 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Max and min temp will be around 37/28 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.87% TEMPERATURE Min. 49% Max: 37.0°C (+2) Min: 28.1°C (+2) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:05 hrs 18:03 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 07:36 hrs 21:11 hrs First quarter 6 May Ready to talk to recognised J&K parties: Govt tells SC ‘Centre not to negotiate with separatists’ SNS NEW DELHI, 28 APRIL THUMBNAILS he Supreme Court was today told that the Centre is ready to discuss with recognised political parties the issue of escalating violence in Jammu and Kashmir but made it clear that it will not negotiate with separatists. The apex court said it will ask the government not to use pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir if there was no violence, no stone throwing and students get back to classes. Asking leaders of the J&K Bar Association to come forward with positive suggestions to diffuse the situation, a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said in such a situation they would ask the government not to use T Uthappa in action at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. SAILENDRA MAL KKR beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets: Skipper Gautam Gambhir (71) and Robin Uthappa (59) scored fine fifties to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets in the Match 32 of the IPL 10 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. Gambhir and Uthappa combined for a century partnership for the second wicket as KKR chased down the 161-run target with 22 balls to spare. With this win, KKR maintained their top position in P12 the points table with 14 points. Delhi govt follows UP, reduces holidays: The Delhi government on Friday announced that the national capital will not observe holidays on the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. The decision comes close on the heels of a similar order by the Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government, which cancelled 15 public holidays marking the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. Delhi's deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia made the announcement in a series on posts on micro-blogging site Twitter. Purohit moves SC in Malegaon blast case: Malegaon blast accused Shrikant Purohit moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order rejecting his bail plea in the case. Sadhvi Pragya and 44-year-old Purohit were arrested in 2008 in connection with the blast. Rejecting the former lieutenant colonel's plea for an urgent hearing, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the petition will come up in regular course. Bombay High Court had on 25 April granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused of plotting the blast. Common engineering entrance exam plan put on hold: The HRD Ministry has put on hold a plan for holding a single entrance test for admission to engineering courses across the country till a consensus is reached with the states over certain issues. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the country's technical education regulator, had last month passed a regulation to hold a national-level common engineering entrance exam from the next academic year, amid opposition from representatives of governments of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. pellet guns. 'If you suggest something within the framework of Constitution, we will assure you there will be a dialogue,' the Chief Justice said. Giving time to the Bar Association to come up with suggestions, the court said: 'You must first tell us what you will do. Then we will direct the government. If you keep throwing stones, how will it work?' Taking exception to the affidavit filed by the Bar Association, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said they were even doubting the accession of Jammu Congress, BJP spar over ‘report’ on Vadra deals AGENCIES NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH, 28 APRIL The Congress and the BJP today sparred over the “leak” of the reported findings of Justice S N Dhingra commission that Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, had allegedly made unlawful profits in a land deal in 2008 in Haryana. The Congress accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana of “deliberately and selectively leaking” the report to “damn” Vadra out of vendetta, despite court injunctions on its publication, a charge rejected by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar. The Dhingra commission had probed alleged irregularities in the grant of land licences to a firm owned by Vadra and submitted its 182-page report to Khattar on August 31, 2016. The contents of the report are yet to be made public by Haryana government which had given an undertaking in the Punjab and Haryana High Court not to release the report until directed by the court. A report in a leading business daily citing unnamed people familiar with the commission report, however, claimed that the probe had indicted Vadra for allegedly making unlawful profit from a land deal in Haryana in 2008 without spending a single paisa. Khattar on his part said action will be taken on the findings of the Dhingra commission.Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi accused the BJP- led governments of being in the habit of deliberately leaking reports as it believes in “politics of vendetta.’’ and Kashmir to India. Apart from rubbishing the claims of the Jammu and Kashmir HC Bar Association that the Centre was not coming forward for further discussion on the issue, the Attorney General made it clear that the government would negotiate the issue only if recognised political parties partake in the discussion and not the separatists who have been responsible for harbouring tension in the region.The bench asked the Bar to come up with suggestions to resolve the crisis. I am ISI man, want to quit: Flyer at IGI NEW DELHI, 28 APRIL: 'Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don't wish to continue any further and want to remain in India,' said a passenger after he got off an Air India flight from Dubai at IGI Airport here today. Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq, a Pakistani passport holder, approached a help desk at the airport and conveyed to a lady at the counter that he wanted to share information about ISI. He was detained immediately and central intelligence agencies informed. Rafiq (38) had arrived here by Air India's flight from Dubai and was booked for Kathmandu. Hedecided to break journey and walked up to the helpdesk counter at the airport. During questioning, Rafiq said he was connected with the ISI but had decided to call it a day and remain in India. PTI Terrorists’ bid to loot J&K bank foiled ED files case in Narada sting involving TMC leaders JAMMU, 28 APRIL SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 28 APRIL CRPF personnel today foiled an attempt by terrorists to loot a bank at Anantnag in south Kashmir and arrested one militant. According to the police, two armed men entered a branch of the J&K Bank in Lal Chowk and attempted to loot the bank. The CRPF personnel tried to apprehend the terrorists who opened fire and one of them escaped. A CRPF head constable sustained bullet injury on his right hand. The arrested terrorist has been identified as Muneeb Ahmad Malla of Shopian district. Meanwhile, the army began combing of six villages in Kupwara near the military camp that was attacked by terrorists yesterday. Two terrorists were killed by the third managed to escape. The villagers yesterday resisted the combing operations and started pelting stones at the troops. SNS The ED has registered a money laundering case in theNarada 'sting' where a number of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and ministers, were allegedly seen on camera taking money. The agency, officials said, has registered the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after studying a CBI FIR. It will probe the 'proceeds of crime' generated in this case and soon summonses would be issued to the accused for questioning, they said. While the CBI's criminal FIR had been registered against 12 TMC leaders and an IPS officer, the Enforcement Directorate's FIR, called Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), has been booked against 14 entities that includes a category of unknown persons apart from the 13 in the CBI compliant, they said. The sting operation pertains to the secret filming of the TMC leaders and the IPS officer while they allegedly accepted money from the representatives of a fictitious company for extending favours to it. The TMC leaders against whom the CBI has registered the FIR, now also booked by the ED, include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs--Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. West Bengal ministers including Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee have also been named in the FIR. Former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been made accused in the case.Mirza, who was then posted as the SP of Burdwan, was too purportedly seen accepting money on camera. Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry in the matter and had later asked it to file an FIR to probe the incident. The FIR was registered under section 120 (b) of IPC related to criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with bribery. CMYK
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