CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 17 JULY 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 P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain likely in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperature in the range 35-28 degree celsius RAINFALL: 0.4 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.91% TEMPERATURE Min. 57% Max: 34.6°C (+2) Min: 27.3°C (+1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 18:23 hrs 05:20 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 23.24 hrs 12:09 hrs Third quarter: 19 July THUMBNAILS Union ministers Vijay Goel, Kiren Rijiju, Piyush Goel and others during the 9th Slum Yuva Daud at Dwarka in New Delhi on Sunday. SNS Bhandari dead: Nar Bahadur Bhandari, an obscure school teacher, who rose to become one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Sikkim, passed away on Sunday. Bhandari, a three-term former chief minister, was 77. He is survived by wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former MP, two daughters and a son. He breathed his last at a Delhi hospi al this afternoon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Bhandari and praised his role in Sikkim's progress. Mishap averted: A mishap was averted at the Mangaluru airport in Karnataka in the wee hours on Sunday when an AI aircraft from Dubai with 185 passengers on board, veered off the runway while touching down, an Air India Express official said. The incident involving flight- IX 814 took place at around 04:45 hours. All the passengers and crew were unhurt. “The aircraft suddenly took a right turn while touching down due to unfavourable winds,’ the official said. “The pilot immediately corrected the path and the aircraft landed safely”. Nagpur beef incident: The Nagpur Rural Police have arrested Salim Shaha, a BJP worker who was allegedly beaten up by cow vigilantes earlier this week, under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act for possession of beef. Shaha was beaten up by some people on 12 July on the suspicion that he was carrying beef. Police had said Saturday that as per the forensic laboratory report, the meat which he was carrying that day was beef. Shaha was remanded in police custody for a day by a magistrate's court in the district. ERDOGAN RALLIES FOR DEATH PENALTY FOR COUP PLOTTERS CENTRE HAS TAKEN MAXIMALIST POSITION ON J&K PANAMA PANEL WANTS 15 CASES REOPENED P3 P10 PM asks states to crack down on cow vigilantes RAMBAN/JAMMU, 16 JULY Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and around 27 injured, 19 of them critically, when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled into a deep nullah in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today. The deceased belonged to UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Assam, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. Two women were among the sixteen who died, officials said. The bus skidded off the road, turned turtle and rolled into the nullah at the Nachlana belt of Ramban late this afternoon, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohan Lal said. The J&K State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) bus was part of a convoy carrying 3,603 pilgrims from Jammu to the twin base-camps of Baltal and Pahalgam enroute the P12 Presidential election today, numbers favour Kovind Modi asks political parties to shun corrupt leaders in barb apparently directed at TMC, RJD SNS & AGENCIES Cow is treated as a mother and it is an emotive issue. But we have to understand that there are laws governing cow protection and breaking it is not an alternative... All political parties should collectively denounce hooliganism in the name of cow protection NEW DELHI, 16 JULY Seeking to blunt the opposition attack over cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today put the onus for checking such “hooliganism” on state governments, insisting that they take “stringent action” against them. The prime minister also sought the support of opposition parties in tackling “communal violence” in the name of cow protection, and deprecated attempts at giving political or communal colour to the issue. “All political parties should collectively denounce hooliganism in the name of cow protection. The state governments should take stringent action against such anti- social elements,” Modi said in a series of tweets. Earlier in the day, he told an all-party meeting on the eve of the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament tomorrow that maintaining law and order was the responsibility of state governments, which should take strict action against perpetrators of such incidents. “Cow is treated as a mother and it is an emotive issue. But we have to understand that there are laws NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER governing cow protection and breaking it is not an alternative,” Modi tweeted after the meeting. He said some anti-social elements were using cow protection as “a tool to spread anarchy. Some people who want to damage the social fabric of the country are also taking advantage of it. Modi said such incidents sullied the image of the country. “State governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law,” an official statement quoted Modi having told the meeting. The statements assume significance in context of the recent incidents of violence in different parts of the country in the name of cow protection. Opposition parties have attacked the BJP over the cases of cow vigilantism in which Muslims and Dalits have often been targeted. The prime minister also urged all parties to extend their support to the government in fighting corruption. Apparently referring to the Trinamul Congress and RJD on the issue, the prime minister said the political class should join hands against those who seek an escape route by dubbing action against them in graft cases as a political conspiracy. “When law takes its course against those who loot the nation, we have to unite against those who seek an escape route by dubbing such an action as a political conspiracy,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Modi also referred to the presidential poll to be held tomorrow and said it would have been better had there been a consensus on the candidate. He, however, said “high level of dignity” has been maintained by both sides during the campaign and there was no ill will and foul language was not used. He also called upon all political parties to ensure that everyone votes and no vote is wasted. While the ruling BJP-led NDA has named Ram Nath Kovind its candidate, the Congress-led group of opposition parties has fielded former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. Kovind has a big numerical advantage over his rival. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting that Modi also noted that 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement falls on August 9 and all parties should celebrate it. He also thanked everyone for the implementation of the GST, calling it a “shining example of co-operative federalism”. On the issue of Kashmir and tensions with China, Kumar said the government had a meeting with opposition leaders who said they were with the government on matters of national security. Among opposition leaders who attended the meeting were Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), Farooq Abdullah (NC) and D Raja (CPI). However, no one from the JD(U) or the Trinamul Congress was present. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 16 JULY The election for the next President of India will be held tomorrow where NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against opposition nominee Meira Kumar. The counting of votes will take place on 20 July in New Delhi. The electorate, comprising elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and members of state assemblies, is tilted in favour of the NDA, but the opposition is still working to seek support of some regional parties in favour of their candidate. Both Kovind, a former Bihar Governor, and Kumar, the former Lok Sabha Speaker, have held a series of meetings across states to garner support for their candidature. The tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee comes to an end on 24 July. The electoral college which elects the President through the system of proportional representation, comprises MPs and members of state legislative Opposition looks to corner govt OLD WARHORSE’S STILL GOT IT Switzerland’s Roger Federer clinched an historic eighth All England Club trophy and 19th major with a straight-sets victory (6-3 6-1 6-4) over an injury-hit Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday. At age 35, Federer is Wim- bledon's oldest men's winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. Federer’s win also comes fourteen years after he won his first Grand Slam title, also at Wimbledon. SNS & AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 16 JULY Federer now has eight Wim- bledons, breaking the tie of seven he shared with Pete Sampras since 2012, five US Opens and a single French Open. He has won 26 Masters, a 2008 Olympic doubles gold medal and a Davis Cup victory for Switzerland in 2014. cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas, police said. According to the officials, 16 persons, including two women, were killed and around 27 were injured in the accident. Nineteen injured pilgrims are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment while eight have been admitted to the district hospital in Banihal, they said. Police, Army and CRPF, with help from locals, launched rescue operations and brought out the bodies and the injured persons from the nullah, they said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed pain at the loss of lives. “Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” Modi tweeted. “I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon,” he stated. on Jadhav fate ‘on merit’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 16 JULY Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is “analysing” the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court for spying, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Pakistani Army said here today. Jadhav, 46, filed a mercy petition before Gen Bajwa last month, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued on 22 June. The statement said that the former Indian Navy officer had filed the petition after the Military Appellate Court rejected his appeal. Pakistan Army spokesman Major Gen Asif Ghafoor today told reporters that Gen Bajwa was “analysing the evidence against Jadhav. The Army chief will decide Jadhav's appeal on merit.” Jadhav is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Army chief under Pakistan's law, and if his plea is rejected, he can make an appeal to the Pakistan president. assemblies. A total of 4896 voters ~ 4120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs ~ are eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the electoral college. While the Lok Sabha Speaker can vote, the two nominated members in the Lower House from the Anglo-Indian community cannot. Twelve nominated members in Rajya Sabha are also ineligible. Since the election is through secret ballot, the parties cannot issue a whip to their members to vote for a particular candidate. The NDA, led by the BJP has 5,37,683 votes and , the shortage is around 12,000 votes. But the promised support from the BJD, TRS and YSR Congress and likely backing from the AIADMK factions could offset the shorfall by a substantial margin. In the 2012 elections, Pranab Mukherjee got 7,13,763 votes, while Pratibha Patil secured 6,38,116 votes in the previous polls in 2007. Both were Congress nominees. More reports on P2 BJP Parl board to meet to decide on Vice President name NEW DELHI, 16 JULY 16 Amarnath pilgrims Pak Army chief to decide dead in bus mishap PRESS TRUST OF INDIA UNITED WON’T 'WASTE THEIR TIME’ He was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International Court of Justice in The Hague in May halted his execution on India's appeal. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav in violation of the Vienna Convention. It has also sat on a request for a visa to Jadhav's mother, Avantika Jadhav, so that she can travel to Pakistan and meet her son. On July 13, the foreign office said Pakistan was “considering” the request for visa. Pakistan claims to have arrest- CMYK ed Jadhav from Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Indian Navy. At the briefing today, the Army spokesman also accused India of ceasefire violations and targeting civilians along the LoC. “There were 580 ceasefire violation on the LoC so far in 2017, which is the highest number of violations in recent years,” he said, suggested that India was “compelled” by the “domestic pressure” to do so. Asked about the “role” of the military in the joint investigation team (JIT) report against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and government allegations of a “conspiracy”, the spokesman said that the Army was only focused on the “security of the country.” “JIT was formed by the Supreme Court which did its job honestly. Its report will be examined by the court. Army has no role in the process,” he said. The issues of cow vigilantism, farmers' protests, Kashmir unrest, action of law enforcement agencies against some opposition leaders over alleged corruption and India's stand-off with China are likely to dominate the Monsoon Session beginning tomorrow. The Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned tomorrow due to the death of sitting members of both the Houses and normal proceedings are expected from Tuesday. The session is slated to conclude on August 11. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad made it clear today that the Congress and other opposition parties will target the government over the issues of Kashmir as well as the stand-off with China. Slamming the government on the Kashmir issue, he said the government has “closed all doors for dialogue” on it which has led to “political suffocation” in the Valley. He also observed that the differences with China over Kashmir has become a new focal point and the opposition parties would also seek a debate on the standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction. The Opposition, including the Left, have been critical of the ruling alliance over the cases of violence by self-proclaimed cow protectors who have often attacked Muslims and, in some cases, Dalits. Economic issues, especially alleged lack of jobs, are also likely to be taken up by the opposition parties to corner the government. JD-U leader Sharad Yadav has accused the Modi government of failing to fulfil its promises to create jobs and said the Opposition would raise the matter in Parliament. BJP leaders have said they would take on the opposition over these issues, claiming that the government's track record has been better than the UPA in terms of economy and agriculture growth. “The government would want the monsoon session of Parliament to be fruitful and constructive.We will also ensure good coordination and communication with the opposition to help get legislative business passed during the session,” Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said 21 bills were pending in the Lok Sabha and 42 in the Rajya Sabha. Nine of these legislations, including The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017, have been passed by the Lok Sabha and are listed for passage by the Rajya Sabha. Other crucial legislations include the labour code bill, the extension of GST in Jammu and Kashmir bill, the banking resolution bill and 'The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017. With the opposition having decided to field Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi as its Vice Presidential candidate, the BJP parliamentary board is set to meet tomorrow to decide on the NDA’s candidate for the post. With nominations closing on 18 July, the party has just a day to decide on its choice for the post with polling scheduled for 5 August. The election is crucial for the ruling BJP-led NDA since the Vice President is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha where the ruling party does not enjoy a majority. According to party sources the meeting is slated for tomorrow evening after election for the post of President gets over. The electoral college for the election of the VicePresident consists of 790 MPs of the two Houses of Parliament. The ruling bloc enjoys an overwhelming majority in the electoral college and the BJP has expressed confidence about garnering anywhere between 500 and 550 votes. Opposition candidate for the vice presidential polls, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, is expected to file his nomination on Tuesday. While no names have been discussed at Sunday's meeting of BJP and NDA leaders and parliamentary members, speculation is that the government's nominee may come from one of the southern states since Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind is from Uttar Pradesh. The name of Maharashtra governor Vidyasagar Rao is one of those floating around in BJP circles, even as there is no conSNS firmation.
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