CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 JUNE 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 US SAYS ASSAD MAY BE PREPARING CHEMICAL ATTACK P6 P9 SENSEX 30,958.25 -179.96 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain or thundershower likely to occur.Max and min temp to be around 33/27 degree celsius RAINFALL 2.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY NIFTY 9,511.40 -63.55 Min. 69% GOLD 27,695 +140.00 China protests Indian troops crossing border Max: 32.0°C (-1) SUN RISES 04:55 hrs MOON RISES 09:08 hrs Min: 27.3°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 22:08 hrs First quarter 4 July THUMBNAILS A student fills an admission form for the new session after announcement of the first cutoff list at Delhi University’s north campus in the Capital on Tuesday. SNS Venugopal front runner for Attorney-General: G Senior advocate K K Venugopal has emerged as the front-runner for the post of AttorneyGeneral following the decision of Mukul Rohatgi to step down as the top law officer in the Government. The Attorney-General's appointment is likely to be announced shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from his three-nation tour, sources in the know said. Asked whether the 86-year-old noted constitutional expert has given his consent, they said that the issue and other aspects of his appointment will be considered only after the return of the Prime Minister. Bengal not ready for GST rollout: The Bengal government will yet again request the Centre that the proposed roll out of goods and service tax (GST) from 1 July be defered till preparations for the indirect tax reform was complete. “GST is showing ominous signs to the country. It is heading the country towards a dangerous situation,” said state finance minister Amit Mitra at Nabanna on Tuesday. His comments come at a time when the textile merchants have threatened to go on a threeday strike protesting against GST Council’s decision to levy 5 per cent tax on the sector. New Bengal CIC, chief secretary: The Bengal government has appointed Basudeb Banerjee as the State Chief Information Commissioner, following his retirement as the Chief Secretary on 30 June. The government also appointed Additional Chief Secretary Malay Kumar De as the new Chief Secretary. Banerjee will continue as CIC for five years or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 27 JUNE n a stern message to Pakistan, India and the US today asked the country to ensure that its soil is not used for cross-border terror with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump vowing to boost their fight against terror groups like ISIS, JeM, LeT and D-Company. As the two leaders held their maiden meeting at the White House and displayed a lot of chemistry, the two countries also called on Pakistan to “expeditiously” bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai, Pathankot attacks and other cross-border terrorist assaults by Pakistanbased groups. Modi and Trump vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists. “Eliminating terrorism is among the top-most priorities for us,” Modi told reporters in his joint press statement with Trump at the White House Rose Garden. A joint statement issued after their meeting said the two sides “called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not I their visit was called off because of security reasons. He also linked future visits of pilgrims to India “withdrawing the troops” from the area. “As to Indian pilgrims’ journey through Nathu La pass at Sikkim section, I think the Indian side is very clear about this. For a long time Chinese government has made enormous efforts to provide the necessary convenience to those Indian pilgrims,” Lu said. “But recently the Indian border personnel trespassed Chinese border to obstruct our construction, we have taken necessary actions. Out of security consideration we have to put off the pilgrimage by the Indian pilgrims through the Chinese pass,” he said.“On the upcoming actions, we have to depend on what the Indian side will do. They have to take action to improve the security situation,” Lu said. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang last night said, “China urges India to immediately withdraw its border guards that have crossed the boundary and have a thorough investigation of this matter.” “The Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered the territory of China, and obstructed normal activities of Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area recently, and the Chinese side has taken counter-measures,” he said. SNS DARJEELING / SILIGURI, 27 JUNE in Darjeeling since morning to witness the scheduled programme of the GJMM. The GJMM backed youth organisation took out a rally and staged a demonstration demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland by breaking tube light rods on their backs and showcasing bleeding. The GJMM leader Mr Tamang said the programme of GJMM youth wing is a symbol of dedication to continue agitation for Gorkhaland and it would encourage others to demand Gorkha- LONDON, 27 JUNE AGENCIES BRUSSELS, 27 JUNE ly” disagreed with the EU decision, which followed a seven-year investigation, and may appeal. “When you shop online, you want to find the products you're looking for quickly and easily. And advertisers want to promote those same products,” Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement. “That's why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both. “We will review the Commission's decision in detail ’’. land. Addressing media persons in Darjeeling, Mr Tamang said: “There is no entity of the GTA from today and no one will use the word GTA.” “We scrapped the GTA , memorandum of agreement of the GTA, which was inked between the Cen- Sikh couple in UK told ‘they can’t adopt white child’ AGENCIES companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation.” Google now has 90 days to “end this conduct” or face further fines, Vestager said. These could amount to five percent of Google's daily revenue, she added, a penalty of roughly USD 14 million a day. The fine broke the previous European Union record for a monopoly case against US chipmaker Intel of 1.06 billion euros in 2009. Google said it “respectful- BRENT (OIL IN `) 2958 +19 Vow to take on JeM, LeT, D-Co. ; America clears sale of Guardian drones to India Google fined record 2.4 billion euros by European Union The EU hit Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro fine today for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results, in a fresh assault on US firms that risks the wrath of President Donald Trump. Hard-charging European Commission competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the tech giant “abused its market dominance” as the world's most popular search engine to give an advantage to its Google Shopping service. “What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” Denmark's Vestager told a news conference in Brussels. “It denied other P11 SILVER 39,000 +000.00 used to launch terror attacks on other countries.” Ahead of the meeting, the US State Department had set the tone for the summit by declaring Syed Salahuddin, chief of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a ‘global terrorist’. The State Department’s action sent out a strong message against the terrorism emanating from Pakistan which is hurting India. During their meeting, the two leaders also “committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including al-Qaeda, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT), GJMM scraps GTA, burns agreement copies The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) stepped up its separate statehood agitation at Chowkbazar in Darjeeling today by burning photo copies of the GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) agreement and the GTA Act. The GJMM top leader Mr Binay Tamang, described burning copies of the GTA accord and Act as ‘funeral’ of the autonomous body for the Hills and announced the scrapping of the GTA. The GJMM activists burned copies of the GTA agreement and the GTA Act in all 45 places across the Hills from Mirik to Kalimpong. Thousands of people and party supporters assembled at Chowkbazar A TENNIS TITAN FINDS THE GOING TOUGH India and US ask Pak to rein in terror AGENCIES China today lodged a protest with India over the alleged “crossing of boundary” by its troops in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, as Beijing warned that future visits of Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar will depend on the resolution of the standoff. “Our position to uphold our territorial sovereignty is unwavering. We hope the Indian side can work with China in the same direction and immediately withdraw the personnel who have overstepped and trespassed into Chinese border,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here. “We have lodged solemn representations in Beijing and New Delhi to elaborate on our solemn position,” he said. About the fate of the pilgrims headed to Kailash and Mansarovar, who had returned to Gangtok after denial of permission by China to enter Tibet, Lu said P3 ` vs $ 64.53 - 1 PAISA BEIJING, 27 JUNE Max.90% TEMPERATURE ‘WILL START PREZ CAMPAIGN FROM SABARMATI ASHRAM’ BOXING TO INSTRUCTIONS? A Sikh couple in the UK have alleged that they were refused permission to adopt a white child because of their “cultural heritage” and told to adopt a child from India instead. Sandeep and Reena Mander, British-born business professionals from Berkshire, were quoted by The Times as saying that they were told not to apply to become adoptive parents on the basis that white British or European applicants would be given preference. The couple, who are of Sikh-Indian heritage, had told Adopt Berkshire adoption agency that they would be delighted to adopt a child of any ethnic background but were rejected as potential parents on the grounds that only white children were available. The Manders, both in their 30s, claimed they were told to adopt a child from India instead. Adoption agencies are allowed to prioritise on the basis of race in order to match children to prospective parents of the same ethnic background. But the government has also said that a child’s ethnicity should not be a barrier to adoption. The Manders, whose cause has been taken up by Prime Minister Theresa May as their local MP will take their case , to court. They are applying to Slough county court, seeking a declaration that the policy should allow them to adopt. They are being represented by the law firm McAllister Olivarius and their case is supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). David Isaac, chair of the EHRC, said, “There are many children who are waiting for a loving family like Sandeep and Reena to help give them a better life. To be denied this because of so-called cultural heritage is wrong.” CMYK tre, the state and GJMM at Pintail village in Siliguri on 18 July 2011 in presence of the then Union home minister Mr P Chidambaram and West Bengal chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee and the GTA Act, which came into force in March 2012,” Mr Tamang said. “If the state wants to conduct GTA elections no political party would take part. It was discussed in the last all political party meeting that no party will participate in the elections. If a political party wants to contest, it can do so at its own risk,” he warned. He also said: “The GJMM has started movement for Gorkhaland since October 2007 and the party had agreed to accept an interim setup like the GTA in 2011 and the GTA started functioning after we took oath’’. D-Company (led by underworld don and terror mastermind Dawood Ibrahim), and their affiliates.” During the meeting, that was high on symbolism, there was no mention of contentious issues like the H-1B visa reform and climate change. The Trump administration also confirmed that it had given its approval to the multimillion dollar sale of a transport carrier to India, along with a separate purchase of around 20 Guardian drones. “I would say the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, has never been bet- ter,” Trump told Modi as they made press statements. “I look forward to working with you, Mr prime minister, to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal.” Modi highlighted his government’Ss economic reforms and the ease of doing business in the country. “We consider the United States as our primary partner in India’s socio-economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes,” Modi said. “I’m sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump’s vision for ‘Making America Great Again’ will add a new dimension to our cooperation,” Modi said, in reference to Trump’s signature campaign slogan. The meeting, however, seemed to be dominated by the discussions on cross-border terrorism with the leaders announcing increased cooperation to prevent terrorist travel and to disrupt global recruitment efforts by expanding intelligence-sharing and operational-level counter-terrorism cooperation. Pak slams Hizbul chief’s terrorist tag AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 27 JUNE Pakistan today slammed as “completely unjustified” the US’ designation of individuals supporting the right of “selfdetermination” of Kashmiris as terrorists, a day after America declared Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”. “Pakistan shall continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realisation of the right to self-determination and the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions,” the Foreign Ministry said here in a statement. “The designation of individuals supporting the Kash- miri right to self-determination as terrorists is completely unjustified,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement without naming Salahuddin. The “70-year long indigenous struggle of Kashmiris remains legitimate,” the spokesperson claimed. “The gross and systematic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people that have been recorded and reported by independent human rights bodies is a reality,” he said. SC rejects interim stay on govt’s Aadhaar notification STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 JUNE The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the government notification that makes Aadhaar mandatory for social benefit schemes, including mid-day meals. A vacation bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said that no interim order can be passed at this stage on the "mere apprehension" of petitioners that government may deprive people from availing benefits of various social welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar. Referring to the 9 June judgement passed by the apex court in which it had upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and filing of tax returns, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy, the bench said, "In view of the observations made in the judgement in Para 90 of the case... decided on 9 June, no further observation is required." "No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits) you can point out the same to this court," the bench told the counsel seeking a stay. The apex court was hearing a petition seeking status quo on Aadhaar, fearing that an insistence on it may lead to students being deprived of mid-day meals. "No order can be passed just on the basis of apprehension. The Centre has also extended the date from 30 June to 30 September and there is no urgency," the court said. The Centre's notification says by 30 June, Aadhaar will be made mandatory for availing various benefits, including noon meal scheme, scholarships, admission, domestic air travel, application for cellphone numbers among other things. The Centre has now told the court that the last date for filing Aadhaar applications has been extended. Those who do not have Aadhaar must apply for it by 30 September and no one will be deprived of any benefits. Adjourning the case to 7 July, the court said, "You find out how many were deprived of mid-day meals and inform the court. We can't have a situation to pass orders on uncertain situation". The petitioners, including Shantha Sinha, former chairperson of National Commission for Protecting Child Rights, said the new rule is in violation of an earlier Supreme Court order.
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