SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 16 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 HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON'S INDIA ~ COMING TO ‘PROPER TERMS’ WITH THE COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE A NEW SOUND ON THE SAVANNA ~ MOBILE PHONES AND THE MAASAI WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of rain/thundershower likely. Max and min temp to be 34-28 degree celsius, respectively. RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE SNS & PTI Min. 61% NEW DELHI, 15 JULY Max: 33.9°C (+1) Min: 27.8°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:02 hrs 18:24 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 23.24 hrs 11:11 hrs Third quarter 19 July THUMBNAILS Rahul Dravid (photo) and Zaheer Khan will have to wait as the Committee of Administrators said they will be recruited after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri by 22 July. (Report P11) US House imposes conditions for defence funding to Pakistan: The US House of Representatives has voted for three legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan, making it conditional to Islamabad showing satisfactory progress in the fight against terrorism. The conditions are related to Pakistan's support to terrorists and terror outfits, about which several top US officials and lawmakers have repeatedly expressed P10 concern in the past. Nobel Laureate Liu cremated: China's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo was cremated on Saturday after succumbing to cancer while in custody, even as Beijing said his wife was “free so far” but must “avoid trouble” amid international pressure to let her leave the country. The 61-yearold human rights activist died due to multiple organ failure following a battle with liver canP10 cer on Thursday. ISIS Afghan branch leader killed in US strike: The US forces have killed the head of Islamic State's Afghanistan branch in a strike on the terror group's headquarters in Kunar Province, the Pentagon has said. The killing of Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), marked the third time within a year that the terror group's Afghanistan branch has lost its leader. NIA files chargesheet against ULFA anti-talk t faction officials: The National Investigation Agency filed a charge sheet against ULFA antitalk faction's UK-based 'chairman' Mukul Hazarika and Myanmar-based 'commander-inchief' Paresh Baruah. The charge sheet was filed before the special NIA court in Guwahati as per sanction by the Union Home Ministry. ammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh (photo) to discuss the law and order situation in the state, especially security to Amarnath pilgrims, even as she blamed “external forces” for creating trouble in the state. During the meeting that lasted nearly an hour, the chief minister apprised the home minister of the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley, officials said. Steps taken to ensure the security of Amarnath pilgrims were also discussed, they said. “Kashmir issue is not a law and order problem. It is happening because of external forces. The ongoing fight is a handiwork of external forces and now unfortunately China is also trying to meddle into it,” Mehbooba told reporters emerging from the meeting. The chief minister said he had discussed with the home minister the attack on Amarnath pilgrims. J “The attack was designed to create communal tension in the country. But I am grateful that the entire country, political parties and the central government especially the home minister helped us in overcoming the tragedy,” she said. Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday. Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said. So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high altitude Himalayan shrine. As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year. Four districts of the state -- Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag -- have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016. The unrest has resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Mehbooba said the Jammu and Kashmir government had requested the central government for ensuring that Article 370 should not get diluted as it has an emotional connect with the people of the state. Tejaswi skips event attended by Nitish SNS & PTI PATNA, 15 JULY The acrimony between the JD(U) and the RJD seems to have reached a flashpoint with Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav today skipping a government function, which was attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The organisers initially covered the nameplate of Tejaswi, the special guest at the function whose seat was next to the chief minister's, but later removed it. The function was held to mark the World Youth Skill Day. The matter did not end here. Kumar, who was sitting next to Labour Resources Minister and RJD leader Vijay Prakash, subsequently swapped his seat with JD(U) minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who was sitting on his right. This was seen as an attempt by the chief minister to maintain a distance with the RJD minister. The episode was captured in still as well as video cameras of the electronic media to show how the acrimony between the two Grand Alliance partners was growing with every passing day in the wake of the CBI registering an FIR against Tejaswi and others in connection with a land-for-hotels scam case. The developments on the dais at the newly-built Gyan Bhawan here came a day after RJD chief Lalu Prasad rejected the possibility of his son Tejaswi putting in his papers, a move seen as being dismissive of the JD(U) putting pressure on the deputy chief minister to quit. When reporters bombarded the chief minister with questions on Tejaswi skipping the function, he only smiled and extended skill day greetings to the scribes. Labour Minister Vijay Prakash, who is from the RJD, said, “I do not know why Tejaswiji did not come to the function.” On Kumar “distancing” himself from Prakash, minister Jai Kumar Singh of the JD(U) claimed that the chief minister changed his seat to have a “better view” of the television screen. With both the JD(U) and RJD hardening their stand, the rift within the Grand Alliance in the wake of the CBI lodging an FIR against Tejaswi, Lalu, Rabri Devi and five others, following raids in connection with the land-for-hotels case is festering on, posing a question mark on the survival of the coalition, in which the Congress is the third party. The RJD and the Congress have called a joint meeting of their MLAs tomorrow to discuss the presidential poll strategy, while the JD(U) has convened a separate meeting of its MLAs at the chief minister's official residence. Lalu, on his return from Ranchi late last night after appearing in courts in connection with fodder scam cases, had categorically said that Tejaswi would not resign. ‘Beer Yoga’ suffers hiccup in Indore GAURAV CHANDRA BHOPAL, 15 JULY After flowing freely through Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom, ‘Beer Yoga’ – a new fad amongst yoga enthusiasts and beer lovers – has suffered its first major hiccup at Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Scheduled to be organised at a city hotel on Sunday evening, the first-ever ‘beer yoga’ workshop has been cancelled after it faced staunch opposition from right-wing organisations that accused the organisers of trying to malign the image of yoga and ruin the cultural norms of society. After the matter reached the police, the cops directed the hotel authorities and Muguruza stuns Venus in Wimbledon Army jawan killed in Pak shelling, three JeM terrorists killed in Valley encounter RAINFALL: .7 mm Max.97% China also meddling in Kashmir: Mehbooba organisers not to conduct any such ‘beer yoga’ class. Consequently, the muchhyped event has been shelved. The event, titled ‘Bottle It Up With Beer Yoga’, was to be organised at Hotel Kanchan Tilak of Indore and it was largely publicised over social media as well. The organisers had invit- ed people to be ‘part of a new fitness craze combining the philosophies of yoga with the pleasure of beer-drinking to reach the highest level of consciousness’. ‘Both centuries-old therapies for mind, body and soul’, the advertisements for the event had stated. The promo for the event stated further that, ‘No Yoga Experience is necessary. Just an open mind and a love for Beer!’ The event’s organisers had provided a mobile number too for registration. However, the number was ‘switched off’ soon after the controversy over the matter heated up on Saturday. “After complaints from several cultural organisations, we called the event organisers and ordered them not to hold any such event. It has been cancelled,” Indore Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Harinarayanchari Mishra told The Statesman over phone today afternoon. The hotel authorities also confirmed that the event has been cancelled. ‘Beer Yoga’ – originally known as ‘BierYoga’ – was started in Berlin, Germany in 2015. After becoming extremely popular there, the craze spread to Australia and the UK too. The founder organisers in Berlin have popularised the event greatly and each class incorporates beer drinking into yoga poses, whether it is by balancing the bottle on one’s head or knee during a yoga pose or just taking a few sips while settling into a yoga pose. “I am happy that the President in his order has reiterated that special status granted to the state would not be diluted. Army jawan killed due to Pakistani shelling PTI adds from Jammu:. A soldier of the Army was martyred on Saturday when Pakistani troops resorted to indiscriminate shelling on the Indian Army posts in the Rajouri sector. The martyred soldier has been identified as Lance Naik Mohammad Naseer, who belonged to the Ajout village of Haveli tehsil in Poonch district. A spokesman of the Nagrota-based 16 Corps said that the Pakistani army initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts in Rajouri sector at around 1.30 pm today. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively. Naseer was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries. In another incident, terrorists hurled a grenade on a CRPF patrol injuring one jawan in the Laroo area of Kulgam in South Kashmir. Three terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammad (JeM) outfit were today killed in an encounter with security forces in a forest area of Tral in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, a police officer said. While two of the militants were killed this morning, another took shelter inside a cave and was finally killed after several hours of gunbattle in Tral, about 36 km from Srinagar, the official said. He said the bodies of all the three militants and their weapons were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle which started early this morning when security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation after receiving information about the presence of militants there. The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of the police has arrested the driver of a ruling PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Wani in connection with the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in which seven of them were killed and 19 others wounded in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. The driver Touseef Wani is a policeman and was deputed with the MLA. Spain's Garbine Muguruza holds up The Venus Rosewater Dish as she celebrates beating US player Venus Williams to win the women's singles final on the twelfth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on Saturday. AFP (P 12 )
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