CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 04 SEPTEMBER 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 P8 P10 Generally cloudy sky. One or two spells of rain likely. Maximum & minimum temperatures 35-27°C respectively. RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY TEMPERATURE BUOYANT BANGLADESH EYE LANDMARK SERIES WIN P10 P12 NIRMALA SITHARAMAN GETS DEFENCE, PIYUSH GOYAL GIVEN RAILWAYS WEATHER Max. 95% MAY PLEADS WITH PRO-REMAIN TORIES PRESSURE ON SUU KYI AS RAKHINE VIOLENCE SPIRALS INFY PROMOTERS OFFER TO SELL `2,038 CR WORTH OF SHARES Modi springs rejig surprise SNS & AGENCIES Min. 57% NEW DELHI, 3 SEPTEMBER Max: 34.9°C (+3) Min: 25.4°C (-1) SUN SETS TODAY SUN RISES TOMORROW 17:51 hrs 05:21 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 16.36 hrs 03:18 hrs Full moon 6 September THUMBNAILS India captain Virat Kohli runs between the wickets during the final one day international between Sri Lanka and India at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. AFP One dead in Raiganj clash: One person died and at least 30 were injured when two groups of villagers belonging to two different communities and armed with sharp weapons and crude bombs clashed after blood stains were found at some temples at Bahin and Raria villages in Raiganj, North Dinajpur on Sunday. The two groups attacked each other at Bamangram and Raria villages within Raiganj police station limits and also torched several motorcycles and bicycles. A large police force has been rushed to the area. Post suicide violence: Pro-Tamil outfits continued with their protests for a second day on Sunday over the suicide of a Dalit medical aspirant and a court petitioner against NEET, even as DMK vowed to keep up its fight against the entrance exam. Scores of activists of the 'May 17 Movement' outfit were detained in Chennai when they attempted to lay siege to the BJP's state headquarters here, police said. Pro-Dalit Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) also staged protests here and P4 scores of its volunteers were detained. Russian consulates: The US seized control of Russia's Consulate in San Francisco and its two annexes in New York and Washington DC on Sunday after confirming that Moscow had complied with the Trump administration's order to vacate them within two days. The Trump administration had asked Russia to close down its three diplomatic complexes, which was mainly in retaliation for Moscow's decision last month to reduce the number of American diplomatic personnel by several P10 hundreds. ith a focus on delivery as he prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today handed key portfolios to ministers with “proven” track record and sprang a surprise by elevating Nirmala Sitharaman as the first full-time woman Defence Minister. In a major rejig of his council of ministers, he also promoted three other junior ministers ~ Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi ~ to cabinet rank and inducted nine new faces, including four former government officers, as Ministers of State. The exercise raised the strength of the Union Council of Ministers from 73 to 76. Goyal, who has been praised for his work in the power sector, was given the Railways Ministry, which has been facing criticism over a spate of accidents, prompting Modi to shift Suresh Prabhu to Commerce and Industry Ministry. Goyal will continue to head the Coal Ministry. In an overhaul of infrastructure ministries, Modi handed important portfolios to two former IAS officers and one former diplomat, giving them independent charge and brought Nitin Gadkari in place of Uma Bharti in the water resources and Ganga rejuvenation ministry. Gadkari retained the charge of Road Transport and Highways, where his work has earned him praise. Bharti's performance was W TEAM MODI: THE NEW LOOK ELEVATED Nirmala Sitharaman: Gets Defence Piyush Goyal: Gets Railways, retains Coal Dharmendra Pradhan: Gets Oil & Gas, retains Skill Development Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Retains Minority Affairs as Cabinet minister Santosh Gangwar: MoS (independent charge) of Labour and Employment Giriraj Singh: MoS (independent charge) of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises NEW FACES SHIFTED Nitin Gadkari: Gets water resources & Ganga rejuvenation, retains Road Transport and Highways Suresh Prabhu: Shifted to Commerce from Railways Uma Bharti: Shifted to Drinking water and Sanitation ministry, loses water resources & Ganga rejuvenation. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Gets MoS charge of Sports, retains I&B responsibilities Vijay Goel: Shifted as MoS of Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation Arjun Ram Meghwal: Shifted as MoS in Parl. Affairs under scrutiny due to lack of visible progress in Modi's pet Clean Ganga programme. Bharti will take care of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Government sources said the PM carried out the reshuffle considering performance and rewarding those with proven track record. Sitharaman, who was the Minister of State with an independent charge of the Commerce Ministry, emerged the biggest gainer. She became the first full-time woman defence minister and the second woman to take charge of the key portfolio. Indira Gandhi, as then Prime Minister, had also held the portfolio in the seventies. Pradhan and Naqvi retained their portfolios of Oil and Gas and Minority Affairs respectively. Pradhan was given the additional charge of the Skill Devel- Hardeep Puri: MoS (Independent charge) of Housing and Urban Development Alphons Kannanthanam: MoS (Independent charge) of Tourism. R K Singh: MoS of Power and New and Renewable Energy Satyapal Singh: MoS in HRD, Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation Shiv Pratap Shukla: MoS in the Finance Ministry Ashwini Kumar Choubey: MoS in Health Ministry Virendra Kumar: MoS in Women and Child Development Ministry Anant Kumar Hegde: MoS in the Skill Development Ministry Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: MoS in the Agriculture Ministry. opment Ministry, which was earlier held by Rajiv Pratap Rudy who quit the post a few days ago. Former diplomat Hardeep Puri and former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam were made MoS (Independent charge) of Housing and Urban Development and Tourism respectively. R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfo- GJMM raid: Sikkim, Bengal cops in blame game STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE GANGTOK, 3 SEPTEMBER Stating that the state is not harbouring criminals, the Sikkim police today said the CID from West Bengal entered the state and took action against leaders of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) without first informing them. Sikkim Police spokesperson and ADG (law and order), A Sudhakar Rao, told the media today that they are ready to co-operate with their West Bengal counterparts, as decided in a high-level meeting attended by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, among others. “However, the raids and arrests in areas under the Sikkim Police’s jurisdiction were done without informing the local police,” Mr Rao said. He added that a team of Bengal CID though had approached the south district police with a letter, seeking cooperation in the raids and arrests, the latter was yet to give its nod. “The Bengal CID team’s request was still being discussed, but the team had already arrested some persons,” he said. According to the letter sent by the Senior SP Ajoy Prasad of the CID in Siliguri, only he was expected to conduct the operations, unlike the manner it was done independently by other agencies under the name of the SP CID. The Sikkim Police has submitted a detailed report on the incidents to the State Home department, he added. Mr Rao said that the West Bengal government had sent three teams, one led by the CID and the other two led by the Darjeeling and Kalimpong SPs. “These teams entered Sikkim and operated independently, raiding the meeting venue and also shot an alleged GJMM supporter,” he said. “Such act of theWest Bengal Police is a disputed act as they neither had FIR copies or court warrants against the persons in relation to the on-going Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling,” he said. “Nowhere has the Sikkim police stopped them from coming in and prevented them from arresting people, but whatever they have done was without documentation. We are not harbouring criminals and do not intend to do so, but they should have come with a clear mandate. We would have definitely cooperated and sent our people,” Mr Rao added. He also said that an FIR has been filed against Kalimpong SP Ajit KumarYadav over the shooting case. Xi calls for cooperation at Brics meet opener PRESS TRUST OF INDIA XIAMEN (CHINA), 3 SEPTEMBER Chinese President Xi Jinping today asked BRICS members to shelve their differences and accommodate each other's concerns by enhancing mutual trust and strategic communication, as he opened the 9th annual summit of the five member emerging economies here. The opening ceremony of the three-day BRICS summit started with the BRICS Business Council in this city amid a downpour triggered by typhoon Mawar which had caused widespread disruption to the summit preparations and the city's traffic. The typhoon also caused considerable disruption to flights. BRICS ~ Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ~ is a grouping of the five emerging economies. The BRICS summit brings together the leaders of these countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Michel Temer, South African President Jacob Zuma Modi, Xi expected to meet on Tuesday PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to hold a bilateral meeting on Tuesday, nearly a week after India and China announced resolution of the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff. According to officials, the two leaders are scheduled to hold a meeting on September 5 on the sidelines of the 9th BrazilRussia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Summit, which will start tomorrow in this port city of China. After the bilateral meeting with the host, Modi will be travelling to Myanmar. Chinese and Indian troops were engaged in a standoff since 16 June after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese army. On August 28, India's External Affairs Ministry announced that New Delhi and Beijing have decided on “expeditious disengagement” of their border troops in the disputed Dokalam area. Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with other leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, which is among the five counties ~ Mexico, Guinea, Thailand and Tajikistan ~ invited by China as part of 'BRICS Plus' outreach exercise. (File photograph) and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the summit. In his speech broadly focusing on enhancing cooperation between the BRICS members, Xi said, “construction of a tall building starts with founda- tion. We have laid the foundation and put in place the framework for BRICS cooperation.” Outlining BRICS cooperation in the last 10 years, he said treating each other as equals and seeking common ground while shelving differences is important part of cooperation. “In terms of BRICS cooperation, decisions are made through consultation (and) not by one country. We respect each others model of development, XIAMEN (CHINA), 3 SEPTEMBER CMYK accommodate each others concern and work to enhance strategic communication and mutual trust,” he told about 1000 delegates from different countries. “Given difference in national conditions, history and cultures, it is only natural we may have some differences in pursuing our cooperation,” he said. “However with strong faith in cooperation and enhancing collaboration the BRICS countries can achieve steady progress in our cooperation,” he added. In a candid speech, Xi referred to his multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in which the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a crucial component. India had protested CPEC as it passes through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. India also boycotted the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) hosted by China in May. Xi said BRI is not a tool to advance any geopolitical agenda, but a platform for practical cooperation. lios. Former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh has been made minister of state in HRD, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation. Six ministers ~ Rudy, Kalraj Mishra, Bandaru Dattatreya, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey ~ had resigned ahead of the reshuffle. While Modi has focussed on governance, he has also taken care of the BJP's polit- ical considerations. Pradhan has emerged as the BJP's face in Odisha and become one of its prominent leaders as the party has highlighted the “success” of his ministry's scheme of giving free LPG connections to the poor in its political campaigns. Odisha is among the states high on the priority list of party chief Amit Shah for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Alphons is a Christian from Kerala, a state where the BJP has been trying hard to emerge as a force. The saffron party has also been wooing Christians and his induction is likely to help this cause. Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan, who was given additional charge of Environment following the demise of Anil Dave in May, continues to hold the portfolio. Similarly, Smriti Irani, who was given additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry in July after M Venkaiah Nadu was made vice presidential nominee of the NDA, too retained the ministry. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replaced Vijay Goel in the Sports Ministry, while remaining the MoS in the I&B Ministry. Goel, who earlier held independent charge, has been shunted as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation. New inductee Shiv Pratap Shukla has been made MoS in the Finance Ministry, replacing Arjun Ram Meghwal, while Ashwini Kumar Choubey has been appointed MoS in Health and Virendra Kumar MoS in Women and Child Development. Meghwal has been shifted to Parliamentary Affairs. Anant Kumar Hegde has been made MoS in the Skill Development Ministry, while Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was made MoS in the Agriculture Ministry. Two ministers Santosh Gangwar and Giriraj Singh were promoted as MoS with independent charge of Labour and Employment and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises respectively. N Korea claims success in hydrogen bomb test AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SEOUL, 3 SEPTEMBER North Korea said it detonated a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile today, calling its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a “perfect success” and sparking world condemnation and promises of tougher US sanctions. Pyongyang residents threw their arms aloft in triumph as a jubilant television newsreader hailed the “unprecedentedly large” blast. It “marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force”, she added. But world reaction was swift and angry. US President Donald Trump said on Twitter Pyongyang's “words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States”. The US Treasury Department will prepare a package of sanctions that would “cut off North Korea economically”, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Hours before the test the North had released images of leader Kim Jong-Un at the Nuclear Weapons Institute, inspecting what it said was a miniaturised H-bomb that could be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). China, the North's sole remaining major ally, issued a “strong condemnation” of the test, which overshadowed the opening of the BRICS summit in Xiamen by leader Xi Jinping. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described it as “absolutely unacceptable” while Russia expressed “strongest condemnation” North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un looking at the metal casing of what was described as a hydrogen bomb in a photo released by North Korea’s official news agency. AFP North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China... South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work DONALD TRUMP US PRESIDENT but urged calm. In Seoul, President Moon Jae-In called for new United Nations sanctions to “completely isolate North Korea” and said the South would discuss deploying “the strongest strategic assets of the US military”. That could be taken as a reference to tactical nuclear weapons, which were withdrawn from South Korea by Washington in 1991. US and South Korean military chiefs spoke by telephone and agreed the te- st was “a provocation that cannot be overlooked”, Seoul's defence ministry said. US monitors measured a 6.3-magnitude tremor near the North's main testing site, which South Korean experts said was five to six times stronger than that from the 10-kiloton test carried out a year ago. The tremor was felt in northeastern China, with people in the city of Yanji saying they fled their homes in their underwear, and in the Russian city of Vladivostok. It was even detected as far away as Germany. Whatever the final figure for the test's yield turned out to be, said Jeffrey Lewis of the armscontrolwonk website, it was “a staged thermonuclear weapon” which represents a significant advance. Pyongyang triggered a new rise in tensions in July, when it carried out two successful tests of an ICBM which apparently brought much of the US mainland within range. Last week it fired a missile over Japan.
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