CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 P10 SENSEX 34,300.47 +294.71 P4 NIFTY 10,539.75 +84.80 GRITTY INDIANS READY FOR ANOTHER BATTLE P9 ` vs $ 64.32 +08 PAISE GOLD 29,030.00 +55.00 P12 SILVER 38,200.00 +200.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 63.61 +0.82 Something ‘terribly wrong’ with Manipur killings probe: SC WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperature likely to be 30 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.79% Min. 29% Max: 30.4°C (-2) SUN SETS TODAY 17:32 hrs MOON RISES 04.12 hrs Min: 16.6°C (-1) SUN RISES TOMORROW 06:09 hrs MOON SETS 15:26 hrs TEMPERATURE ANC LEADERS LIKELY TO ASK ZUMA TO RESIGN UK COURT RULES AGAINST MALLYA KIM’S SISTER ENDS OLYMPIC VISIT New moon on 15 February THUMBNAILS PRESS TRUST OF INDIA According to the petitioner, out of 42 cases filed by the SIT on extra-judicial killings in Manipur, 40 had been filed against the victims NEW DELHI, 12 FEBRUARY The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the CBI's SIT for not properly probing alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur and asked why FIRs were lodged against the victims and not against officers. The court, which said it had given the probe to the CBI so the truth would come out, asked the National Human Rights Commission to depute three persons to associate with the Special Investigation Team to carry out investigations in 17 of the 42 cases lodged by the SIT. The SIT told a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit that they have registered 42 cases and investigations were going on in accordance with the court's direction. The bench, after going through the status report filed by the SIT, wondered how FIRs were registered against persons who were allegedly killed in fake encounters in Manipur. “We wanted the CBI to investigate the matter so that you can find out the truth,” the bench said. “What kind of investigation is this?” CBI's DIG Sharad Aggarwal, who is in-charge of the SIT, said the FIRs had been lodged earlier by Manipur police, and were re-registered by the probe team. “We are not satisfied by the progress made by the SIT,” the bench said and asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for the SIT, why the status report did not have the CBI director's approval. Singh, who initially told the bench that the status report was approved by the CBI director, said he would file an affidavit in this regard. The bench posted the matter for further hearing on 12 March. It said three persons, to be deputed by the NHRC, would be associated with the SIT and the investigation No coercive action against Army officer, directs SC Mehbooba pitches for talks with Pak NEW DELHI, 12 FEBRUARY CRPF jawan killed by militants after bid to attack camp foiled STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU/SRINAGAR, FEB 12 Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (left) compete in the figure skating team event ice dance free dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on Monday. Canada has won the figure skating team title, the first for the Winter Olympics heavyweights. AFP IIP up, inflation eases: Signalling continuation of the growth momentum, industrial output expanded by 7.1 per cent in December on robust performance by manufacturing and capital goods, Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed on Monday. Retail inflation, on the other hand, eased marginally in January to 5.07 per cent, after touching a 17-month high of 5.21 per cent in December, as food price P8 rise showed some moderation. LPG supply likely to be hit: Bulk LPG transport tankers have stopped supplying liquefied petroleum gas to bottling plants from Monday in the eastern and southern regions, as they began a strike to protest against new rules on tenders. “We have started observing strike from today in the eastern and southern region. North and Western regions are also likely to join soon,” Bulk LPG Transport Contractors Association (Eastern India) executive committee member, Bhupinder Gujral said. Forest cover up one per cent: India's forest and tree cover has gone up by one per cent, the latest assessment by the Forest Survey of India has shown. There is an increase of 8,021 sq km in the total forest and tree cover of the country, the India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017, released on Monday showed, as compared to the previous assessment in 2015. Forest cover has increased by 6,778 sq km and tree cover by 1,243 sq km, with the total forest and tree cover notching 24.39 per cent of the geographical area of the country, according to the report. ammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today pitched afresh for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to end the violence in the restive state, even as a gunfight raged between terrorists and security forces in Srinagar. The chief minister’s coalition partner, the BJP, is, however, said to have made it clear to Ms Mufti that terror and talks cannot go together. The chief minister also hit out at some media houses, which, she claimed, have created an atmosphere in which the very talk of talks was considered antinational. “If Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti say hold talks with Pakistan, they are dubbed anti-national. There is no alternative (to resolve the issue) except by holding talks,” Mehbooba told the state Assembly in Jammu on the concluding day of the budget session. “If we (the Kashmiris) don't talk about it (dialogue), who will? Not a Bihari, not a punjabi,” she said. A CRPF constable was killed in a gunfight with terrorists in downtown Srinagar after security forces foiled militants' attempts to strike a CRPF camp. The mllitants were still holed up in an abandoned house in Karan Nagar in the heart of the city where intermittent firing was on. Pakistan-based Lashkar- J International oil prices drop, consumers can hope to benefit STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 FEBRUARY With crude oil prices in the international market witnessing a drop of around 8 to 9 per cent in the past week, consumers of petrol and diesel may expect some relief in the coming days as oil experts expect no major shift in the international crude oil prices in the near future. US Brent crude oil, which was hovering at around US $70 a barrel in the last week of January has come down to US $63 a barrel. If reports pouring in from the international market are seen as a trend, the crude oil price would remain around US $60 a barrel in the coming months. The increase in crude oil consumption during winter in western countries is also going down which may further reduce internation- al prices, said a senior official of an oil marketing company. However, on the domestic front, petrol and diesel prices have only seen a reduction of around 37 paise in petrol price and 60 paise in diesel price. It is likely to come down further provided the present trend in the international market continues. There was a gradual decrease during the past week from Rs 73.38 a litre for petrol to Rs 73.01 a litre in Delhi. So also, diesel price has come down from Rs 64.22 a litre to Rs 63.62. However, the reduction in petrol and diesel prices is much less then the decrease in international prices. While US crude was down by nearly 9.6 % and Brent down by around 8 %, decrease in Indian petrol and diesel prices is not even 1 % during the same period. should be carried out on a “priority basis”. “We make it clear that the association of the NHRC is for the time being in respect of these 17 cases,” it said. Earlier, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioners, argued that except two cases, the other FIRs have been lodged against victims who had died in the incidents. The bench asked the SIT about it and referred to reports of a commission of inquiry, another commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Santosh Hegde, the NHRC and findings of the Gauhati High Court in these matters. Pakistan will pay: Sitharaman STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 12 FEBRUARY. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that “Pakistan will pay for the misadventure” of attacking the Army camp at Sunjwan in Jammu where unarmed soldiers and their family members were targeted by Pakistan backed terrorists of Jaishe-Mohammad (JeM). Sitharaman, who was addressing media persons here, repeated the warning twice and also said there were reports of some local support to the terrorists. There were initial reports of four terrorists having attacked the camp, but one of them is suspected to be a local guide who left the place after guiding the terrorists there. Referring to the FIR against Major Aditya Kumar by the J&K police in the Shopian firing incident, “we will stand by the army and not let anyone down”. She also met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed the current scenario in length. Sitharaman said that the operation against the terrorists was called off today at 10.30 am but sanitisation of the sprawling complex was getting prolonged. The topography and presence of civilian population around the camp raises suspicion of local support to them, the defence minister said. e-Taiyyaba said in an emailed statement that it was responsible for the attack on the CRPF camp. The heavily-armed militants tried to strike the CRPF camp, located very close to SMHS Hospital from where LeT militant Naveed Jutt alias Abu Hanzala was freed from police custody by terrorists on 6 February. The incident comes two days after Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked an Army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu, killing six people including five soldiers. Three militants were also killed in retaliation by the Army. Search operations are still on (at the camp),” Jammu-based Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand said. India and Pakistan, Mehbooba told the House, have fought three wars but the Kashmir problem has not been resolved. “We have fought three wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971 and have won all of them, even Kargil war, but our basic problem has not been resolved,” she said, insisting a solution to the Kashmir question lay in talks alone. Noting that Kashmiris were losing lives on the borders and in hinterland, civilians or security personnel, she said she was happy that both the opposition and the ruling parties in the state favoured dialogue for conflict resolution. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who is party in-charge of J&K affairs, is learnt to have talked to Ms Mufti on the phone and told her that terrorism and talks cannot go together. India has never shied from talking to Pakistan but they (Pakistan) have to create a congenial atmosphere first, he is reported to have said. The Supreme Court on Monday said no coercive action will be taken against Major Aditya Kumar, accused of killing three civilians in firing to disperse a stone pelting mob in Shopian district of Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Police had registered an FIR against Major Kumar. Directing that no coercive action should be taken against the Army Major in pursuance to the FIR, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak MISRA and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought responses from the Centre and the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state. The father of the officer, Lt Col Karamveer Singh, had petitioned the apex court seeking quashing of the FIR. The father contended that registration of an FIR and the consequent proceedings would adversely impact the morale of the armed forces fighting militancy in the trouble-torn state. Major Aditya Kumar and other soldiers of the 10 Garhwal Rifles were accused of opening fire on a stone-pelting mob which had attacked an administrative army convoy near Ganowpora village in Shopian district on 27 January. The firing resulted in the death of three persons. The intention of the Major was to save Army personnel and property, and the firing was resorted to only to impair and provide a safe escape, SNS the plea said. “The allegations are that some persons were killed in fake encounters due to excessive use of force. The commission of inquiry, Hegde commission, high court and NHRC said that there was excess use of force. The persons who have used that excessive force are the accused,” the bench observed. “Why have you just re-registered the FIRs? I am sorry but there is something terribly wrong,” Justice Lokur said, adding that the status report does not even say that FIRs have been lodged against “unknown uniformed people”. The CBI's DIG told the bench that FIRs were lodged in accordance with the court's direction and they would investigate the matter and file charge sheets before the competent court. “You will have to examine and investigate all facets,” the bench said. Gonsalves said that despite specific orders of the court, there was resistance on the part of the SIT in lodging FIRs. The SC is hearing a PIL seeking a probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extrajudicial killings in Manipur. It had in July last year set up the SIT comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and probe into the alleged extra-judicial killings. India, Oman call for isolating terror sponsors PM Narendra Modi visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the biggest mosque in Oman, in Muscat. PIB PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUSCAT, 12 FEBRUARY India and Oman will coordinate efforts to counter the “misuse” of religion by groups and states for perpetrating acts of terrorism as they called for isolating its sponsors, in an apparent reference to Pakistan. According to a joint statement issued today at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Oman during which he met Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the two leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest, including the security situation in West and South Asia. “The two sides acknowledged the common threat posed by terrorism to peace and security and agreed to continue working together bilaterally, regionally and globally to counter this menace,” said the statement. It said the two leaders called for isolating the sponsors and supporters of terrorism and agreed that the international community should take urgent action against all such entities, which support terrorism and use it as an instrument of policy. “The two sides agreed to coordinate efforts to counter extremism and radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred and perpetrating acts of terrorism,” the statement said, indirectly referring to Pakistan, which is blamed for providing safe havens to terrorists and training Islamist militants. Modi and Sultan Qaboos decided to promote the experiences of India and Oman in building inclusive societies as effective models in countering extremism and radicalisation. Both sides underlined the importance of coordinated efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement.They also sought an early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations. RSS chief's take on Army sets off storm STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 FEBRUARY The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's reported controversial remarks ~ on preparing the RSS cadres as military personnel in a matter of a few days as against months required for training an army ~ set off a political storm on Monday as top Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, condemned Bhagwat and demanded an apology. Addressing a meeting of RSS workers in Muzaffarpur in Bihar on Sunday, Bhagwat said, "The RSS is not a military organisation, but we have discipline like the military. If the country requires and the Constitution provides a law, it would take three days to prepare swayamsevak (RSS cadres) as military personnel as against the 6-7 months it would take to prepare an army. This is our capability." Youth Congress activists protest against RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his controversial remarks in the capital. RITIK JAIN Blasting Bhagwat, head of the Sangh Parivar, Gandhi's Twitter post said: "The RSS Chief's speech is an insult to every Indian, because it disrespects those who have died for our nation. It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it. Shame on you Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army. #ApologiseRSS" In poll-bound Karnataka too, where he has currently been campaigning, the Congress president reportedly told media persons that "Mohan Bhagwat's remark is absolutely wrong, I'm pained hearing it...Our soldiers shed their blood, stand at the bor- CMYK ders and work, they give their lives...Bhagwat has to apologise." Under fire over Bhagwat's remarks, the RSS said he had not compared the Indian Army with Sangh volunteers and that his remarks were "misrepresented". RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya reportedly said in a statement that Bhagwat's remarks were made as a comparison between common people and Sangh volunteers (swayamsevaks) and were in "no way a comparison" with the Indian Army. "Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat's speech in Muzaffarpur (Bihar) is being misrepresented. Bhagwat had said that if situation arises and the Constitution permits, Indian Army would take six months to prepare the society whereas Sangh swayamsevaks can be trained in three days, as swayamsevaks practise discipline regularly," the statement added. The Congress, however, asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clarify whether he approves of a "private militia" to guard the nation's frontiers. Congress senior spokesman Anand Sharma reportedly said, "The RSS chief's statement is a direct insult to the Indian armed forces by claiming that in the eventuality of a battle to be fought, the RSS can mobilise itself in three days while the Indian Army will take six to seven months." Sharma also said the nations which have allowed private militias to fight for it have come to grief and have paid a heavy price, citing the instances of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Congo among others. Tearing into the RSS, the ruling BJP's ideological fountainhead, Kerala CM and CPIM leader, Vijayan, in a Facebook post, stated : "Bhagwat’s comments on Indian Army are in poor taste, against Constitutional propriety; confirms our worst fears about the Sangh that it has no respect for India’s institutions. His statement exposes RSS’s hidden agenda to float parallel militias to wreak havoc, crush national unity...Parallel Army he is talking about is what we have always warned against: Hindu Terror." Pressing for the RSS chief's apology, Vijayan also sought clarification from PM Modi over "Bhagwat belittling the Indian Army". The Modi dispensation however rose to Bhagwat's defence, with the Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeting : "Indian Army is our pride. In emergency situation (not Congress emergency) every Indian must volunteer to stand with Defence Forces. Bhagwat ji only said it takes 6-7 months for a person to be a trained soldier & if Constitution permits RSS cadres has the ability to contribute."
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