CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 JULY 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 P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower towards afternoon or evening. Max & min temp 32/27 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY SYNDICATE TARGET AUSTERE YOGI SAYS NO TO MERCEDES BENZ ‘ICBM CAN CARRY HEAVY NUCLEAR WARHEAD' P3 P6 P12 India and Israel ink 7 Governor-CM war pacts during PM’s visit of words escalates AGENCIES JERUSALEM, 5 JULY Max.92% Max: 31.1°C (-1) SUN RISES 04:58 hrs MOON RISES 16.05 hrs Min: 27.2°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:25 hrs MOON SETS 02:39 hrs Tripathi says Raj Bhavan not state govt department; writes to President India and Israel today signed seven agreements to step up cooperation in key sectors like space, agriculture and water conservation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Department of Science and Technology and Israel's National Technological Innovation Authority for setting up of USD 40 million worth IndiaIsrael Industrial Research and Development (R&D) and Technical Innovation Fund. Prime Minister Modi said, “we are of one view that together our scientists and researchers would develop, build and implement mutually beneficial solutions in the field”. “Our decision to establish a bilateral technology innovation fund worth USD 40 million for research in industrial development will help us in achieving this goal. “We regard thriving two-way trade and investment flows as the bedrock of a strong partnership. Prime Minister Netanyahu and I agreed on the need to do more in this direction. Businesses on both sides should take primary lead in such efforts,” he said. In the water sector, two agreements were signed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 5 JULY Min. 76% TEMPERATURE INDIANS ALL SET TO COMPLETE SERIES VICTORY Full moon on 8 July THUMBNAILS Iraqis flee their homes in Mosul's Old City on Wednesday, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. AFP (REPORT P 9) J&K Assembly adopts GST resolution: Amid protests by the NC and the Congress, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution for implementing the GST in the state. With this, all the states have implemented the Goods and Services Tax. The resolution moved by state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, was adopted through a presidential order calling on the Centre to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxaP3 tion powers of the state. ‘Burhan Wani Day’ cancelled in London after India’s protest: Birmingham city council on Wednesday withdrew its permission for a planned rally to mark “Burhan Wani Day” on Saturday after India lodged a protest with the UK government against the “glorification of terrorists”. The rally was being planned by UKbased Kashmiri groups to mark the first death anniversary of the commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit killed in a gun battle with Indian armed forces in the Kashmir Valley on 8 July last year. Pak ballistic missile: Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test fired short-range surface-tosurface ballistic missile 'Nasr', which army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said has put “cold water” on Indian military's “Cold Start” doctrine. 'Nasr' is a high-precision weapon system with the ability to be deployed quickly, the army said. Pakistan army has conducted training launches and tests during the current week for validation of new technical parameters of 'Nasr' with an enhanced range of 60-70 kilometres and flight manoeuvrability. T Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday. AFP Modi meets 26/11 survivor boy who wishes to return to Mumbai TEL AVIV, 5 JULY Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who narrowly escaped death in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack at the age of two years, today expressed his desire to return to the Indian city and live there. He made his desire known when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met him as also his Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who had played a key role in saving the child durto increase cooperation on water conservation and state water utility reform in India. Modi said that Israel is among the leading nations in the field of innovation, water and agricul- ‘India trampled on Panchsheel pact’ AGENCIES BEIJING, 5 JULY Upping the ante on the Sikkim standoff, China today accused India of “trampling” on the Panchsheel principles and asked New Delhi to “correct its mistakes” as soon as possible by pulling back troops. China also claimed that India was “misleading the public” by saying that Chinese troops are building a road close to the Chicken's Neck in the Sikkim sector which could endanger India's access to its northeastern states. “I want to point out that the relevant actions by the Indian side violated the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in defiance of the international law and international norms. As we all know in 1950s China, India and Myanmar proposed the five principles (Panchsheel) he war of words between the Mamata Banerjeegovernment and Governor K N Tripathi today escalated with senior state ministers accusing the Governor of crossing the constitutional line and charging that Raj Bhavan was being turned into “an office of the BJP and the RSS”. The Governor hit back asking the chief minister and her colleagues to rather work for maintaining law and order than level accusations against him. Responding to education minister and Trinamul secretary general Partha Chatterjee’s allegation, the Governor today stated: “It is wrong to say that Raj Bhavan has become the office of the BJP or the RSS”. The conflict between the chief minister and Governor had come out in the open yesterday when Miss Banerjee accused Mr Tripathi of “threatening” and “humiliating” her over phone over communal clashes in North 24 Parganas following an “objectionable” Facebook post. Minister Subrata Mukherjee described Tripathi as “BJP's parrot”. Mr Chatterjee said in the morning : “The Governor is an exSpeaker of the (UP) Assem- I want to point out that the relevant actions by the Indian side violated the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in defiance of the international law and international norms. GEN SHUANG CHINESE FOREIGN MIN SPOKESMAN of co-existence,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang told reporters in Beijing. “However to the surprise of everyone, the Indian side trampled on the basic norms governing the international relations proposed by itself by illegally crossing into other country's territory,” he said. The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, known as the Panchsheel, are a series of principles which have formed the bedrock of the relationship between India and China. ing the terror attack at Chabad House in which his parents were killed. Moshe told Modi, who affectionately hugged him, that he misses India. Modi told him that he is welcome to return to India and live there, for which he will be provided a long-term visa. Moshe was just two at the time of the 26/11 attack and was rescued by his nanny who fled with him PTI from the house. tural technology and “these are also among my priority areas in India's development”. Modi also said he and Netanyahu agreed to do much more together to combat terrorism. GJMM, cops clash amid shutdown DARJEELING, 5 JULY GJMM activists today clashed with police in Kalimpong district as the indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling Hills entered the 21st day. Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) secretary Binay Tamang claimed the police fired several rounds, leading to bullet injuries to three activists including an ex-Army official, but police rubbished the charge. On 17 June, GJMM activists had clashed with police in the Singhmari area here in which one of them was killed. Today's clash was triggered by pelting of stones and bottles at police by GJMM youth supporters who were participating in a rally in support of a Gorkhaland state, forcing securitymen to fire tear gas shells and use batons to disperse rallyists. PTI Violence at Baduria in North 24 Parganas. On Wednesday. BISWAJIT GHOSHAL bly. As a lawyer, he must be aware of the observation of the Supreme Court (on the relation) between the chief minister and the Governor...So whatever he has said is an insult to the people of West Bengal.” Mr Chatterjee said the party had written to President Pranab Mukherjee, stating what Mr Tripathi had done was “unbecoming of a Governor”. Mr Chatterjee further said, “If the Governor does not express regret for the way he had spoken to the chief minister, we will have to take a tough stand.” “How can the Governor ask her to manage her party members. Has he become the BJP spokesperson ? ” A Raj Bhavan Press state- ment asserted : “The (chief minister’s )charges were baseless and meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of the state”. The chief minister’s allegations amounted to “insulting and humiliating the Governor and his office,” Mr Tripathi said. Mr Tripathi said Raj Bhavan was not a state government department. “Raj Bhavan is not expected to tear off or throw in the wastepaper basket the representations received by the Governor or his office from any person”. “Whenever any such representation is received from anyone, the same is forwarded to the state government for appropriate Basirhat tense as violence spreads to new areas GURVINDER SINGH BADURIA, 5 JULY Several areas of Basirhat sub-division today virtually became out-of-bounds for outsiders as violence spread to new areas with attacks on government property and security forces. The BSF men that were deployed to maintain law and order were attacked by a mob while a bank was looted and its employees were assaulted at Harishpur, a few km from the India-Bangladesh border. The flare-up that was sparked by an objectionable Facebook post by a teenager has so far left over 25 injured and several shops vandalised and vehicles gutted. The district administration has suspended Internet services in several affected areas of North 24 Parganas till 10 July to prevent mischief-makers from spreading rumours. Local residents said violence at Harishpur erupted after a youth was severely beaten up by an unruly mob this morning. “The situation was completely peaceful here even after violence broke out at Baduria. Vehicular movement was normal and shops remained open. But tension began after a youth was assaulted by some men without any reason. He was rushed to a private hospital with injuries. Soon after, some people assembled and stormed into a bank and beat up its employees before decamping with cash,” said Nita Bhattacharya, a local priest. Sensing trouble, the administration made Baduria and the adjacent areas out of bounds for outsiders. Even the villagers were allowed only after proper identification. Soon the violence spread to other areas. Villagers in several areas of Basirhat were seen blocking roads with logs of wood obstructing traffic movement. “We have been receiving threats of murder and arson. We are ready to give a fitting reply,” said Atanu Banerjee, a villager at Saddarhati. The situation remained tense as police vehicles patrolled the area asking people to stay indoors. The DGP advised against objectionable Facebook posts and appealed to the people for communal harmony. action,” it said. He termed Mr Chatterjee's statement as an attempt to cover up the lapses of the state government and divert attention from the main issue. “The Governor is fully aware of his constitutional obligations and limitations and needs no lesson from anyone on this count,” it stated. The Governor said: “(It’s) true that the chief minister has been democratically elected by the people, but the Governor is also appointed by the President on the recommendation of a democratically elected Union government.” The Governor has written to the President giving details of his conversation with the CM. Rajnath seeks report from state KOLKATA/NEW DELHI, 5 JULY Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee to take stock of the situation and sought a report on the communal tension at Baduria in North 24 Parganas. Sources in Nabanna said that during the conversation Miss Banerjee expressed her displeasure over the Governor’s ‘behaviour’ and demanded that the Centre take a serious note of the issue. She assured that adequate measures have been taken to handle the situation. Mr Singh asked her to submit a detailed report and promised all kinds of assistance in ensuring peace in the area. Earlier in the day, Mr Singh spoke to Mr Tripathi and enquired about SNS the clash. Govt-Raj Bhavan rift: Governor bluntly honest this time UDAY BASU KOLKATA, 5 JULY The way chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor KN Tripathi have chosen a collision course over the handling of the ongoing trouble between two communities in North 24 Parganas is in sharp contrast to the confrontation between former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and then Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-government over the police firing at Nandigram on 14 March 2007 in which 11 farmers were killed while resisting the state government’s plan to set up a mega chemical hub there. Mr Gandhi used words the sum and substance of which were not much different from those of Mr Tripathi, but the former Governor and the for- mer chief minister were not locked in a verbal duel through the use of the media. In fact, Mr Gandhi’s words were impassioned, subtle and diplomatic reflecting his suave personality and skill as a career diplomat. On the day of the Nandigram massacre Mr Gandhi issued a statement beginning with two rhetorical questions that exposed the police brutality and the government’s real face : “Was this spilling of human blood not avoidable ? What is the public purpose served by the use of force that we have witnessed today ?” Thereafter he remarked : “Force against anti-national elements, terrorists, extremists is one thing. The receiving end of the force used today does not belong to that order.” Gopalkrishna Gandhi Keshari Nath Tripathi Mamata Banerjee Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Mr Bhattacharjee didn’t publicly respond to the Governor’s severe indictment of his government and let his party leaders take on Mr Gandhi. But, yesterday the Governor responded only after chief minister Mamata Banerjee spewed venom at him accusing him of “threatening” and “insulting” her over phone. No one is privy to the conversation between the chief minister and the Governor and as such the truth is buried in the chief minister’s accusation and the Governor’s subsequent claim that he didn’t say anything that might have made the chief minister feel humiliated. Mr Tripathi said: “The Gov- ernor further iterates that he did not utter a single word to insult or threaten the chief minister. Her allegation is baseless and meant only to emotionally blackmail the people of West Bengal.” Mr Gandhi didn’t come into open confrontation with the government, but pushed and prodded it with careful- ly chosen words : “I leave it to the conscience of officials responsible to atone for the event in the manner they deem fit. But, I also expect the government to do what it thinks necessary to mitigate the effects of this bitter March 14 and do it visibly and fast.” Mr Tripathi today was bluntly honest in explaining CMYK the role he has to play as Governor without caring for diplomatic niceties. He stated: “Raj Bhavan is not expected to tear off or throw in the wastepaper basket the representations received by the Governor or his office from any person. Whenever any such representation is received from anyone the same is forwarded to the state government for appropriate action. Instead of making accusations against me, it is better for the chief minister and her colleagues to direct their attention to maintain peace and law and order in the state without making any distinction on the basis of caste, creed or community.” Mr Gandhi had said almost the same thing, but it was couched in a different language : “What I advised the government over the last two days, as I received inputs of rising tension in Nandigram, government knows. It is not my intention to enter into blamefixing. But, I cannot be so casual to the oath I have taken as to restrict my reaction to a pious expression of anguish and outrage. I trust the government will not only go into whys and wherefores of this tragic occurrence, but will also ensure that it leaves no room for a repetition of the kind of trauma witnessed today.” The open confrontation between the government and the Governor took an uglier turn today when a senior minister charged that Raj Bhavan had become an office of the BJP and the RSS and the Governor reminded him that “Raj Bhavan is not a department of the state government”. SEE ALSO PAGE 5
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