CMYK FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 MAY 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘BANKING LAW AMENDMENT WILL HELP FIX NPAS’ P8 SENSEX 30,126.21 +231.41 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Max and min temp likely to be around 37/28 degree celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% TEMPERATURE Min. 49% Max: 36.8°C (+1) Min: 27.1°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:01 hrs 18:05 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 13:25 hrs 01:31 hrs First quarter 6 May THUMBNAILS The PM during a BJP rally in Shimla, following SNS which his chair went missing. Bilkis Bano case: Bombay High Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and life sentence to 12 people in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case and set aside acquittal of seven others including policemen and doctors. The court however rejected the CBI's appeal seeking death penalty for three of the convicts. Opposition Congress and human rights activists welcomed P3 the judgment of Bombay High Court. SC no to make Hindi compulsory: The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the Centre, the states and Union Territories to make Hindi compulsory for students of class I-VIII. Taking note of the fact that petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay was a spokesperson of the BJP's Delhi chapter, a bench headed by CJI J S Khehar asked “Why P3 does he not ask his party to do it?’’ PRINCE PHILIP RETIRES FROM ROYAL DUTIES POST POLL: SAD READY FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL NIFTY 9,359.90 +47.95 P2 ` vs $ 64.18 - 3 PAISE P10 GOLD 27,210 -345 Army Chief hints at retaliation Militants strike during massive operation to flush out ultras in Shopian STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 MAY he Army Chief General Bipin Rawat took a tough stance on Thursday hinting at retaliation by Indian forces to the mutilation of two Indian soldiers allegedly by Pakistan troops, but did not disclose details. To a question on what plans the Army contemplated in the wake of this act by Pakistan, he said, "You are asking for a future plan. The Army never gives out future plan. It is said only after it is executed," he told reporters on the sidelines of an Army function here. Elaborating further, the Army Chief said "such responses keep happening. We also take retaliatory action. There is nothing new in it." He said the Army was taking steps to SLOSHING ABOUT IN THE SOUP T check cross-border infiltration of militants from Pakistan as summer had begun and snow had started melting. "Terrorists are going to attempt infiltration. Summer months have started and snow is melting. Infiltration will commence. We are taking measures. We have beefed up our counter infiltration (steps) to take care of the situation." On Monday, a joint patrol team of the Army and the Border Security Force was ambushed by a Pakistan army team in the KG sector in Kashmir, 200 metres inside the Line of Control (LoC) and two soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated. “Today’s combing operation in Kashmir is to ensure the situation is brought under control, post recent incidents,” Gen Rawat said. He, however, stated that combing operations happened regularly. PTI adds: Militants attacked an Army patrol leaving a civilan dead and three personnel injured during a massive operation involving 4,000 troops initiated today by the security forces to clear south Kashmir of terrorists. Door-to-door search of houses, a practice stopped in the late 1990s, was reintroduced with security forces comprising Army, police and CRPF personnel marching into more than a dozen villages in Shopian district, about 55 km from Srinagar, for 'Operation Clean Up' this morning, while helicopters and drones hovered over the area. The operation, launched after a spate of militant attacks in the region, was perhaps the biggest in a decade. SILVER 39,400 -400 Karnan says no to mental check-up KOLKATA, 4 MAY Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan today declined to undergo a mental health checkup as ordered by the Supreme Court, telling a team of doctors he is “absolutely normal” and has a “stable mind”. Justice Karnan, who is on a warpath with the apex court in connection with a contempt case he is facing, also told the doctors that for holding a medical examination with regard to a person's mental health, the guardian's consent was required and he had none in Kolkata. A four-member team from Calcutta Pavlov Hospital, a state-run mental health hospital, accompanied by around 20 policemen visited his residence to implement the court order but was turned back after remaining there for about two hours. PTI SEE ALSO INSIDE PAGE Indore tops among cleanest cities, Bhopal second STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/BHOPAL, 4 MAY Madhya Pradesh cities bagged the top two spots as the cleanest cities in the country, according to a survey conducted by the Quality Council of India, the Swachh Survekshan-2017. Indore took top spot followed by Bhopal. The third place went to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, while the fourth place was taken by Gujarat’s Surat while Karnataka's Mysuru came fifth. Mysuru had ranked as the clean- est city during the 2015 survey. Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu said 3.7 million citizens had responded this year by providing valuable feedback on their municipalities’ performance. New Delhi Municipal Council missed out on the top five ranks and came in at the seventh position, followed by Navi Mumbai. The cities were CMYK judged on the basis of data provided by municipal bodies, which carried 900 marks, data collected through observations and independent assessment (500 marks), and citizen feedback (600 marks). Of the 10 towns that came at the bottom of the 434 surveyed, Gonda (UP) was at the bottom ranked 434 followed by Bhusawal (Maharashtra) - 433, Bagaha (Bihar) - 432, Hardoi (UP) - 431, Katihar (Bihar) - 430, Bahraich (UP) - 429, Muktsar (Punjab) - 428, Abohar (Punjab) - 427, Shahja- P11 hanpur (UP) - 426 and Khurja (UP) – 425. A total of 14 states were represented in the Top 50 clean cities with Gujarat accounting for 12, followed by Madhya Pradesh-11, Andhra Pradesh-8 and one each from Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Sikkim and UP. He said 25 towns from UP are ranked among the bottom 50 cities followed by Rajasthan and Punjab with five each, two in Maharashtra and one each from Haryana, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. BRENT (OIL IN `) 3258 +18 Select Champions Trophy squad, SC panel tells BCCI SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 4 MAY Irked by the delaying tactics of the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) today instructed the cricket board to “immediately announce the Champions Trophy squad”. Having already sent a couple of communications earlier, today's seven-point letter to joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary is by far the most stronglyworded. The richest cricket body has deliberately missed the 25 April deadline for submission of the squad in the wake of ICC proposing a new financial model which reduces BCCI's revenues from USD 570 million to USD 293 million. The CoA has copied the e-mail to all office-bearers about how the delay in team selection is portraying Indian cricket and cricketers in “negative” light. Point No. 5 of the CoA diktat states: “You are aware that the squad representing India at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was to be submitted by 25th April 2017 but the squad has not even been selected as yet. Please convene a meeting of the selection committee for selecting the squad immediately. The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI's legal rights.” The CoA said that the office-bearers should keep in mind while mulling a pull-out that “India are the best team in the world today”. “Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded with uncertainty and confusion. There has been more than enough negativity surrounding Team India's participation in the ICC Champions Trophy and the sooner the same is put to rest the better,” the letter states. The CoA reminded the officebearers and state unit officials that the “players' interest should be paramount”. “The focus should be on enabling our team to achieve even greater heights and further laurels, which will automatically attract higher revenues,” the letter further stated. The CoA pointed out that the officials running the cricket administration in the country have lost sight of the fact that India's position in global cricket has been achieved by consensus and not by confrontational approach. “The BCCI appears to have lost sight of the fact that it attained a pre-eminent position in the ICC not by a combative approach but by building consensus and ensuring a positive image including by helping other cricket boards in their time of need.”
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