CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 12 FEBRUARY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P6 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature to be around 30 and 19 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P8 Min. 26% Max: 29.6°C (+1) SUN RISES 06:10 hrs MOON RISES 03.26 hrs Min: 19.1°C (+) SUN SETS 17:32 hrs MOON SETS 14:36 hrs New moon on 15 February THUMBNAILS On the last day of the International Kolkata Book Fair on Sunday. SNS Cleric quits AIMPLB: The AIMPLB on Sunday approved Maulana Syed Salman Husain Nadvi's “decision to quit” as its executive member, days after he met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over the Ayodhya dispute and said at the board's meeting that shifting of a mosque is possible according to the Sharia. “Moulana Salman Nadvi is no longer a board member. Sub- committee of the board accepts Nadwi's (sic) decision to quit the organisation,”the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said in its official Twitter account. However, AIMPLB member Qasim Rasool Ilyas said “action” was taken against Nadvi after he disagreed with the board's views on the matter. OVL, partners buy 10 % stake in Abu Dhabi oilfield: ONGC Videsh Ltd and its partners have acquired a 10 per cent stake in a large offshore oilfield in Abu Dhabi for USD 600 million, the first time any Indian company has set foot in the oil-rich UAE. The contract for the oilfield in Lower Zakum Concession, as part of India's efforts to ensure the country's energy security, was signed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. While addressing a large gathering of the Indian community in Dubai, Modi said it was the “beginning of a P8 bright dimension in our partnership”. Law student thrashed outside restaurant dies: A second year LLB student on Sunday succumbed to his injuries two days after he was thrashed by a group following an altercation outside a restaurant in Allahabad, police said. One of the accused was also arrested after a CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media. Dileep (26) and two of his friends had on Friday come to a restaurant in Karnalganj when an altercation broke out with some persons there. Soon after, they assaulted Dileep with sticks and batons, leaving him grievously injured. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Dileep's brother, an FIR was registered against three unidentified accused, SSP Akash Kulhari said. RONALDO HINTS AT RESURGENCE OF REAL MADRID P15 P11 71 die in Russian J&K military camp attack toll 9 plane crash PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SUNJUWAN (JAMMU), 11 FEBRUARY Black box retrieved, Putin orders investigation Max.63% TEMPERATURE MORE ABOUT RAY TOOL FOR LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT WAS BUDGET PROPOSAL EASTWARD HO! AGENCIES STEPANOVSKOYE (RUSSIA), 11 FEBRUARY Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed near Moscow today minutes after taking off, killing everyone on board in one of the country's worst ever aviation disasters. Investigators said the Antonov An-148 plane crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow at 2:48 pm (local time) after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport. “Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died,” Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement. The flight was operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines and was headed for Orsk, a city in the Ural mountains. President Vladimir Putin offered “his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The crash site was enveloped in heavy snow, making it difficult to access, with emergency workers forced to park their vehicles and access the wreckage by foot. Russia has experienced record snowfall in recent weeks and investigators A said they would not rule out poor weather as a possible cause of the disaster. A regional official said the aircraft's black box had been retrieved.The Russianmade plane was reportedly seven years old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago. Emergency services said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site. The transport investigations office said the plane disappeared from radar screens around four minutes after take-off. The Russian transport minister was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash were being considered, including weather conditions and human error. Peskov said Putin had ordered the establishment of a special commission to probe the RBI still processing returned notes PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 11 FEBRUARY The RBI has said that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, returned to banks when the government demonetised high value currency 15 months ago, are still being “processed for their arithmetical accuracy and genuineness”. This is being done in an “expedited manner”, the central bank said. “Specific bank notes are being processed for their arithmetical accuracy and genuineness and the reconciliation for the same is ongoing. This information can, therefore, be shared on completion of the process and reconciliation,” the RBI said in reply to an RTI application filed by a PTI correspondent. To a query on the number of demonetised notes, it said, “...subject to future corrections if any, arising in the course of verification process, the estimated value of specified bank notes received as on June 30, 2017 is Rs 15.28 trillion (lakh crore)”. Asked to provide the details of the deadline for finishing the counting of demonetised notes, the RBI said “specified bank notes are being processed in an expedited manner”. As on date, 59 sophisticated Currency Verification and Processing (CVPS) machines are in operation in RBI for the purpose, it said. The reply did not specify the location of the machines. “Besides, eight CVPS machines available with commercial banks are also being used. In addition to this, seven more CVPS machines on lease basis have been installed at RBI regional offices,” the RTI reply said. crash. The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that “more than 60 people” on board the plane were from the region. Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash. Russia's Investigative Committee will consider all possible causes, RIA Novosti news agency reported. Saratov Airlines was founded in the 1930s and flies to 35 Russian cities. Its hub is Saratov Central Airport in southern Russia. Local media website Ural56.ru in the Orenburg region showed footage of distressed relatives at Orsk airport, where the plane was due to land. Andrei Odintsov, the mayor of the city of Orsk, told Russian state television that six psychologists and four ambulances with medics were working with the relatives in the small airport. A day after the pre-dawn audacious terror strike at the military camp here, the Army today said it has found the bodies of three of its personnel and a civilian, taking the toll to six, and gunned down three suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists. Five Army men, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and the father of a soldier have been killed in the attack by the terrorists who struck at the sprawling camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI) yesterday, an Army spokesperson said. In a statement, Jammubased Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand said three heavily armed terrorists have been killed in the ongoing operation. While two were gunned down yesterday, the body of a third terrorist was found today, he said, adding they were in combat gear. He said that AK-56 rifles, an under barrel grenade Launcher, ammunition and grenades were seized from them.The spokesperson said, “There has been no firing since last night.” Earlier in the day, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid had said that four terrorists had been killed. In Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh exuded confidence that the ongoing operation against terrorists would be success- fully concluded soon. “I think it is not proper for me to comment when the operation is still on. I'm sure that our jawans, who are in the operation, will successfully conclude it,” he told reporters. Congress president Rahul Gandhi condemned the attack and said all Indians across political lines stand united with the Army men and women. Giving details, Lt Col Anand said, “So far, six fatal casualties have occurred. They include two JCOs, three jawans and one civilian, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.” Ten people, including Major Avijit Singh, have been injured of which six are women and children, he said. One of the injured women was pregnant and she later delivered a baby girl through a caesarean operation, he said, adding both the mother and the child were stable. A 14-year-old boy had suffered a gunshot wound in the head and was in a critical condition, the Lt Col Anand said so far six fatal casualties have occurred. They include two JCOs, three jawans, one civilian, all residents of J&K spokesperson said. Those killed were identified as Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, Subdebar Mohmmad Ashraf Mir, Havaldar Habib-Ullah Qurashi, Naik Manzoor Ahmed, Lance Naik Mohmmad Iqbal -- all from the JAKLI, besides the father of Lance Naik Mohmmad Iqbal, he said. The officer said that a search operation of the family quarters in the Army complex for evacuation of people and to ascertain the situation was underway. A number of families were still in the camp and the Army's aim was to ensure their safety, he said. Vaid said that investigation is on to find out where from the terrorists came. “Whether they infiltrated from Pakistan or came from Kashmir is being investigated,” the DGP said. A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team today visited the camp and examined the evidence collected by the Army from the site of the gun battle, an official said. The latest attack on the camp took place nearly 15 months after the Jammu region was hit by a similar attack. On November 29, 2016, terrorists had stormed the Army's Nagrota camp on the outskirts of the city, killing seven personnel, including two officers. Three terrorists were gunned down in the operation. Yesterday, the terrorists had struck before dawn and managed to sneak into the camp from the rear end of the base after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry guarding the periphery. “The terrorists entered the family accommodation complex after which quick response teams cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who were holed up in a few houses (inside the camp),” an official said. P3 PM: ‘Use tech as means to development’ AGENCIES DUBAI, 11 FEBRUARY Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cautioned the world against the misuse of cyberspace to ensure they do not become a source of radicalisation, asserting that technology should be harnessed as a tool for development, not destruction. The comments by Modi at the World Government Summit in his plenary address comes at a time when the world community is engaged in efforts to address the misuse and abuse of cyberspace by terrorists and hackers. During the course of his address, Modi highlighted the importance of assimilating technology with governance to ensure equitable growth and prosperity for all. He emphasised the role technology was playing in India's development. Modi told the audience that India is aspiring to assume leadership position in Artificial Intelligence, Nano, cybsersecurity and cloud computing. He received loud cheers when he referred to what he called the 5Es and the 6Rs while talking about governance and technology. Modi said that even after all the development, poverty and malnutrition have still not been eliminated. “On the other side we are investing large portion of money, time and resources on missiles and bombs. We must use technology as a means to development, not destruction,” he told the gathering that included Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and the ruler of Dubai. He expressed concern over attempts by some people to radicalise the cyber space with the use of technology, referring to its use by jihadists to recruit cadres online. India is the 'Guest Country' at the sixth edition of the World Government Summit, which is being attended by more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries. “It is a matter of pride for not only me but also the 125 crore people of India that I have been called as the Chief Guest at the World Government Summit,” Modi said. He hailed the use of technology by the Dubai government, saying a desert has been transformed. “It's a miracle,” he said, describing the Gulf emirate as an example for the world. Noting that 9.5 per cent of the world's population lives below the poverty line, despite the tremendous population growth, he said, “today there are great challenges... Poverty, unemployment, education, housing and human catastrophes.” “We can all overcome them through development. This is what my Government is working on using technology,” he said. Stating that his government's mantra is “sabke saath, sabka vikas”, Prime Minister Modi said India has focused on the key sectors to empower its 125 crore people i.e one-sixth of humanity, contributing to the development of mankind as a whole. - P3 Human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away DAWN/ANN AND AGENCIES LAHORE, 11 FEBRUARY Asma Jahangir, Pakistan's renowned human rights icon, social activist and an outspoken critic of the country's powerful military establishment, died here today of cardiac arrest at the age of 66, her daughter said. Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. “I am devastated at the loss of my mother Asma Jahangir. We shall be announcing date of funeral soon. We are waiting for our relatives to return to Lahore,” her daughter Munizae Jahangir said in a tweet. “Asma suffered heart attack today morning and she was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last. Doctors tried to save her life but couldn't,” said senior lawyer Adeel Raja. Quoting family sources, Geo News reported that Asma's funeral will be held on February 13. Bar associations across Pakistan said they will observe three days of mourning and not partake in court proceedings. As the news of her death broke, condolences started pouring in from lawyers, rights activists and politicians. In a condolence message, President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over Asma's death, saying she rendered “unprecedented” services for the rule of law. “Today the country has been deprived of a courageous and disciplined person, who was the voice of the Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pak voiceless,” local media quoted Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's statement. Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke about Asma's work for women and stance against dictators, saying it would be difficult to fill the void left by her death. “Shocked & deeply saddened to hear of Asma Jahangir's sudden death. It is an irreparable loss. May she rest in eternal peace. Ameen,” Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Sharif said. “Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jahangir. It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!” she said. Pakistan Peoples Party Cochairperson Asif Ali Zardari expressed shock over the her demise, saying she was not just a person but was an effective voice for human rights. “Deeply saddened by the CMYK news of sudden demise of renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir sahiba. Pakistan has lost a passionate champion of human rights and a staunch supporter of democracy. May her soul rest in peace!,” Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said in a tweet. “Asma Jahangir's death is a loss of a strong voice for the marginalised and oppressed. Despite our differences I always respected her for her fight for human rights and for standing up for her convictions,” said Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Imran Khan. “My hero, the woman I always looked up to, the woman who inspired meheart broken- cant imagine how we will ever recover from this #AsmaJhangir #pakistan” said Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had become poorer with her demise. “@asma_jahangir What a brave woman. Pakistan poorer without her. People like Asma are anchors of a society. The brave and dedicated daughter of a brave father. After 3 generations of camaraderie between our families, this is a deep personal loss. God bless her soul,” Asif tweeted. Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf said her death came as a national loss and her work for women rights and democracy will be etched in history. Asma is survived by two daughters and a son. Her daughter Munizae is a TV anchor. Born in January 1952 in Lahore, Asma co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She has also been Supreme Court Bar Association president. After obtaining LLB degree from Punjab University in 1978, she started her career as an advocate at high and Supreme courts. Asma became a champion democracy activist and was subsequently imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military rule of Pakistan's longestserving President Ziaul Haq. In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vicechair of the Defence for Children International. She remained there until 1988 before moving back to Pakistan. In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as the commission's chairperson.
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