THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 29 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16+4 |` 3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR MAMATA MEETS SONIA, ASKS CONG TO JOIN UNITED OPPN FRONT SC/ST ACT: OPPN SEEKS PRESIDENT'S INTERVENTION P5 SENSEX 32,968.68 -205.71 TRUMP SAYS 'GOOD CHANCE' KIM WILL GIVE UP NUKES P7 NIFTY 10,113.70 -70.45 ` vs $ 65.18 21 PAISE Clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively. Fb announces steps to protect users’ privacy RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY GOLD 29,630.00 -55.00 Govt issues notice to Fb over data breach Max.79% Min. 15% WASHINGTON, 28 MARCH NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH Max: 38.6°C (+7) SUN RISES 06:14 hrs MOON RISES 16.31 hrs Min: 17.6°C (0) SUN SETS 18:37 hrs MOON SETS 05:33 hrs Facebook said on Wednesday it will overhaul its privacy settings tools to put users “more in control” of their information on the social media website. The updates include improved access to Facebook's user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored by Facebook. Meanwhile, a new privacy shortcuts menu will allow users to quickly increase account security, manage who can see their information and activity on the site and control advertisements they see. “We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed,” chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer said in a blog post. “We're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy,” they confirmed. The new features follow fierce criticism after it was revealed millions of Facebook users' personal data was harvested by a British firm linked to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign - although Facebook said they have been “in the works for some time.” Earlier this month, The government on Wednesday issued a notice to social networking giant Facebook, seeking its response over the user data breach and details of the measures it has put in place to ensure safety and prevent misuse of personal data. The Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) today said that a notice seeking details relating to breach of data from Facebook had been sent to Cambridge Analytica particularly with regard to reports in the media about questionable practices attributed to the UKbased firm in their efforts to influence elections. “It is felt that there is a need for further information about the data breach from Facebook. Accordingly, a letter has been issued by the Ministry of Electronics & IT on March 28, 2018 to Facebook seeking their response,” Meity said in a statement. The ministry has raised five questions including whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica. The ministry has sought a reply whether the company or its related or downstream agencies utilising FB data have previously been engaged PTI by any entities. TEMPERATURE THUMBNAILS SAY CHEERS: Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the latter’s (P12 ) recent visit to China. KCNA/AFP V-C of NUJS resigns: The Vice-Chancellor of C National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), P Ishwara Bhat resigned on Wednesday following protests of law students demanding his resignation. The protests erupted earlier in the day over the scathing criticism of the V-C in the review commission report and the institute's “decline” under Professor Bhat. Charges against Bhat range from financial irregularity and failure to build on the existing infrastructure and retain best faculty to judging a student by her/his caste, all of which students feel have resulted in the deterioration of this “once prestigious institute.” Fiscal deficit: The government is optimistic about meeting the 3.5 per cent fiscal deficit target for current financial year ending March 31, Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said on Wednesday. Earlier in the day the government reported a fiscal deficit of Rs 7.16 lakh crore or 120.3 per cent of the revised target which spooked the money markets with rupee falling to 65.18 against the dollar versus 64.97 in previous close. Adhia said that the finance ministry today reviewed the fiscal position of the entire financial year. “We are meetP11 ing the fiscal deficit target...’’ The government plans to sell 76 per cent stake in Air India, according to the preliminary information memorandum released on Wednesday on strategic disinvestment of the national carrier. The Civil Aviation Ministry has sought Expression of Interest (EoI) for the stake sale in the loss-making carrier and two of its subsidiaries. According to the memorandum, the government plans to offload 76 per cent equity share capital of the national carrier as well as transfer the management control. Management or employees can participate directly in the bidding process or by way of forming a consortium, as per the memorandum. Ernst & Young LLP India has been appointed as transaction adviser for the strategic disinvestment process. The information memorandum said the transaction will involve Air India, its low cost arm Air India Express and Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt Ltd. The latter is an equal joint venture between the national carrier and Singaporebased SATS Ltd. In June 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave in-principle nod to the strategic disinvestment of the airline, which has a debt burden of over Rs 50,000 crore. Subsequent to the decision, the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM), headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was set up to decide on specific issues. The national carrier is staying on taxpayers' money under the turnaround plan approved by the previous UPA govern- Poll body’s probe panel says it will further examine replies received ment in 2012. Ernst & Young LLP India has been appointed as transaction adviser for the strategic disinvestment process. In June 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave in-principle nod to the strategic disinvestment of the airline, which has a debt burden of over Rs 50,000 crore. Subsequent to the decision, the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM), headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was set up to decide on specif- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct for Players and match officials," it added. The statement also clarified that the concerned IPL teams will be allowed replacement players. Talking to media persons, Shukla said that the BCCI was waiting for action by the ICC and the CA against these players before the BCCI decided on them. The IPL's decision comes after reports emerged in the Australian media that Cricket Australia (CA) has decided to slap a 12-month ban on Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban on Cameron Bancroft. Both Smith and Warner had stepped down from their cap- taincy of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively. They were retained for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore each. Earlier Cricket Australia (CA) in a statement confirmed that it has suspended captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner for 12 months each and opener Cameron Bancroft for nine months over a ball-tampering scandal in BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.84 -0.27 Cong hits out at EC over date leak STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH A day after the Election Commission (EC) constituted a Committee of its six senior officers to probe into alleged leak of the Karnataka election schedule, the Congress criticised the EC for excluding the ruling BJP's IT cell head Amit Malviya in the panel's terms of reference while including the Karnataka Congress's social media in-charge Srivatsa in it. The EC's announcement of Karnataka Assembly poll dates on Tuesday was shadowed by a controversy with Malviya tweeting the voting and counting dates even before Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) O P Rawat, who was then addressing a press conference in the national capital, could declare them.When this was pointed out to him, the CEC had described it as a "very serious issue", asserting that the EC will investigate into it and take stringent legal and administrative action. The reports had then surfaced about Srivatsa also tweeting the same information at the same time as Malviya's tweet. Both got the polling date right and the counting date wrong. Both claimed they had picked up their information ic issues. The national carrier is staying afloat on taxpayers' money under the turnaround plan approved by the previous UPA government in 2012. SNS adds from Kolkata: Strongly opposing the Centre's plans to sell 76 per cent stake in Air India, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today demanded immediate withdrawal of the order. According to a preliminary information, the memorandum released today on strategic disinvestment of the nation- BCCI bans Smith and Warner from IPL Taking a cue from their Australian counterpart, the BCCI on Wednesday banned controversial Steve Smith and David Warner from the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from April 7 due to their involvement in the ball-tampering case. Announcing the ban, the BCCI in a statement said "The CoA, in consultation with BCCI Acting President C.K. Khanna, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Acting Hon. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, has decided to ban Smith andWarner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018” "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hopes SILVER 38,600.00 -250.00 from certain TV channels. Subsequently, the EC constituted an officers' panel to probe into alleged dates leak and give its report within seven days. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Congress's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala hit out at the EC on the issue. "Strange indeed! Has @ECI_India exonerated the ‘date leak’ BJP even before constituting the inquiry? Post ‘data leak’, a ‘date leak’ infringing upon the neutrality of EC, yet no questions being asked. Question is -- Why no question from BJP IT head?" Surjewala asked tagging the EC's Office Order dated 27 March that announced the constitution of the officers' probe panel. "Yesterday, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi went to @ECI_India with BJP IT head’s explanation. Surprising that @ECI_India exonerates BJP IT head, who initiated ‘date leak’ & constitutes an inquiry there- Govt to sell 76 per cent stake in Air India STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH Small savings rates unchanged: The government decided not to tinker with the interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, for the April-June quarter. “Interest rates for small savings schemes are to be notified on a quarterly basis,” the Finance Ministry said while notifying the rates for the first quarter of financial year 2018-19. “Accordingly, the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the first quarter of financial year 2018-19 starting April 1, 2018 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of financial year 2017-18,” it said. whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed Cambridge Analytica created psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app. The app was downloaded by 270,000 people, but also scooped up their friends' data without consent -- as was possible under Facebook's rules at the time. Egan and Beringer also announced updates to Facebook's terms of service and data policy to improve transparency about how the site collects and uses data. AP adds from San Francisco: Three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit claiming the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages. The suit, filed yesterday in federal court in northern California, comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over privacy concerns. Facebook acknowledged on Sunday that it began uploading call and text logs from phones running Google's Android system in 2015. P15 P12 AGENCIES WEATHER HATTRICK BY ISCO HELPS SPAIN CRUSH ARGENTINA South Africa. Following the announcement, Cricket Australia has appointed wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine as the full time Test captain. According to a CA statement, Smith and Bancroft were banned from leadership positions for 12 months after completing their one-year ban from international and domestic cricket. Warner has, however, been banned from all leadership positions in Australian cricket for life. The three will be allowed to play club cricket and were encouraged by CA to do so "to maintain links with the cricket community". They were "required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket". al carrier, the Centre plans to sell 76 per cent stake in the loss-making Air India. “I am sorry to read in the media about the Govt inviting expression of interest for selling Air India, the jewel of our nation. We strongly oppose this and want this order to be withdrawn immediately,” Miss Banerjee said in a Twitter post. She said the BJP-led Centre was trying to sell the country. “This Govt must not be allowed to sell our country,” she said. According to the memorandum, the government plans to offload 76 per cent equity share capital of the national carrier as well as transfer the management control. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has sought Expression of Interest (EoI) for the stake sale in the loss-making carrier and two of its subsidiaries. Shootout kills 4 Pak terrorists JAMMU, 28 MARCH Four Pakistani terrorists were on Wednesday killed in an encounter with security forces in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC). Disclosing this, deputy commissioner of Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, said that initially three terrorists were eliminated and the fourth was killed after tracking him in the forest area. The Army, BSF, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of the state police cordoned off the SNS area. after," he charged. Surjewala also tagged the EC's yesterday press note in his another tweet stating : "Intriguing events on 'date leak' & BJP's role appear on @ECI_India website. 1st EC gives a clean chit to BJP national IT head by keeping him out of purview of enquiry, yet uploads another 'Press Note' explaining BJP's version! Now, who is putting EC's credibility at stake?" The Congress leader was apparently pointing to the reference made by the EC's press note to Malviya's tweeting the Karnataka poll date while adding that "In another tweet, he (Malviya) also gave a reference of Times Now news channel as his source". Meanwhile, the EC's probe panel met on Wednesday to take stock of the responses received so far."The Committee received the response so far from the following: Amit Malviya... Times Now TV chan- nel, and Suvarna news channel. The Committee has decided to further examine the responses received so far and take further necessary action in this regard," said a statement issued by the EC. All the three parties ~ Malviya, Times Now, and Karnataka news channel Suvarna ~ claimed in their reply that it was not a leak and attributed it to "informed sources" of the Times Now channel, which put out the news before the EC officially announced the poll dates. In its reply to the EC, the English news channel said that it accessed the information from the informed sources of the Commission and "given that the information was not entirely accurate it is obvious it was not a leak". As regards the Karnataka TV channel and the BJP IT cell chief, their replies to the EC attributed their sources to the English news channel. While the English channel telecast it at 11.06 a.m., Malviya had tweeted it at 11.08 a.m. after purportedly viewing the English channel, the BJP's IT chief wrote to the Commission. Similarly, Suvarna News also attributed the source to the English channel, claiming it telecast the news a few minutes after it was broadcast by the latter. Leaks force re-exams of CBSE maths, economics papers STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 28 MARCH Following reports about the alleged leaks of question papers, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday announced re-examination in the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects. The development is said to have caused disappointment and resentment among a large number of youngstudentsandtheirparents and teachers across the country. In a notice for "reconduct of examinations", the CBSE said : "Board has taken cognisance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With the view to uphold the sanctity of the Board examinations and in the interest of fairness to the students, the Board has decided to reconduct the examinations in the following subjects (Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics)." The dates for the reexamination of the two subjects and other details will be posted on the CBSE website within a week, the notice added.Panic was said to have gripped students on Monday in the wake of reports about the alleged leak of the economics paper on social media includingWhatsApp hours before the commencement of exams. The CBSE had however reportedly denied any leaks, urging students and parents not to panic. "We have checked with all examination centres and the paper was not leaked. The source of circulation of this information is not known yet.We want to urge the students and parents to not panic and assure them that the Board is doing its best to ensure sanctity of the examination,” a senior CBSE official had said. Delhi Police has now registered two separate FIRs in the alleged leak of these two papers. It has also transferred the cases to its Crime Branch and constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for probe into the matter. Delhi Police spokesman Depender Pathak said, "On the complaint of Regional Director CBSE, FIRs under section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of IPC have been registered and a Special Investigation Team has been constituted to investigate the two cases." R P Upadhyay, Special Commissioner of Delhi Police, told The Statesman: "First FIR into the economics paper leak was registered yesterday while the second FIR was registered today after complaint of the mathematics paper leak was received." He said two Deputy Commissioners will lead the SIT probe into the two cases. "Four ACPs have also been roped in. TURN TO PAGE 6
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