CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 |` 5.00|LC* KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ‘US TO PULL OUT OF SYRIA VERY SOON’ P9 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower accompanied by dusty wind likely. Max and min temp 32 and 26 deg celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.83% Min. 56% Max: 33.8°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:30 hrs MOON RISES 17.48 hrs Min: 26.7°C (+3) SUN SETS 17:52 hrs MOON SETS 05:26 hrs TEMPERATURE Full moon today THUMBNAILS Tendulkar sanctioned over Rs 40 lakh from the MPLAD funds for construction of a school building in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. Thanking him, the J&K CM Mehbooba tweeted: “Even off the field he continues to inspire us’’. Dalit hacked to death: A Dalit youth in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat has been hacked to death for riding a horse in a village dominated by upper caste people. The body of Pradip Rathore, 21, was recovered with multiple injuries and a fractured skull from a bush near the village on Thursday night. The killing comes just a week after the Supreme Court ruled that complaints of atrocities against P3 SC/ST should be dealt with caution. Gratuity law: The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018, passed by Parliament during the current session, has been brought into force on 29 March, 2018, a government announcement said. The amended law makes the payment of gratuity to workers in the private sector tax-free up to Rs 20 lakh. The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 applies to estabP2 lishments employing 10 or more persons. P7 ‘Prisoners can’t be kept like animals’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH Prisoners “cannot be kept in jail like animals”, a shocked Supreme Court said after it was informed that many of the over 1,300 prisons across the country were overcrowded, even to the extent of more than 600 per cent. “What's the point in talking about prison reforms when we cannot keep them in jail. We should release them, if you cannot keep them properly,” the top court said, lambasting state governments and union territories (UTs) for “complete lack of commitment” to fix this “extremely unfortunate” situation. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also warned the Directors General of Police (Prisons) of all states and UTs of contempt notice for non-compliance of its earlier orders with regard to submitting a plan of action to deal with the issue of overcrowding prisons. “It is unfortunate that the prisons are overcrowded. Prisoners also have human rights and they cannot be kept in NITISH GETS INVITE TO JOIN GA AGAIN ‘UPS AND DOWNS PART OF LIFE’ jails like animals,” it said. The court said it was informed by amicus curiae that there were a large number of jails where “overcrowding is well above 150 per cent and in one case it is as high as 609 per cent.” “This is extremely unfortunate and clearly suggests the complete lack of commitment of the state governments and the Union Territories to the human rights of prisoners and also indicates the failure of the Under Trial Review Committees to take their responsibilities seriously,” it said. While some jail inmates have got bail but cannot be released as they cannot furnish sureties, some others were imprisoned for petty offences under which they should have got bail long ago, the apex court said. Multiple H-1B visa pleas will be rejected: US WASHINGTON, 30 MARCH Multiple H-1B applications will lead to rejection of the petitions, a federal American agency has warned foreign workers, days ahead of the initiation of the filing process for the non-immigrant visa, popular among Indian IT professionals. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has indicated that it would intensify scrutiny of such applications. The H-1B filing process begins from April 2 for the fiscal year 2019 starting October 1. “After notice, we will deny or revoke the approval of all H-1B capsubject petitions filed for one beneficiary by 'related entities' unless there is a legitimate business need,” USCIS said. H-1B petitioners who submit multiple cap-subject petitions on behalf of the same beneficiary undermine the integrity of the lottery process, it added. USCIS issued guidance related to H-1B pleas, clarifying how the term “related entities” applied to the bar on multiple HAGENCIES 1B filings. US attack kills 4 Indians in Afghanistan SNS THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, 30 MARCH Four Keralites who joined the Islamic State (IS) have reportedly been killed in a drone attack by the US in an IS stronghold in Afghanistan, said Kerala DGP Loknath Behera on Friday quoting unofficial reports from the NIA. As per reports, those killed in the attack were Padna natives - Shihas, his wife Ajmala, their child and Thrikkaripur native Muhammad Mansad. Ajmala was pregnant when she, along with the others, was reported missing from Kerala in 2016. The deceased were part of the group of Keralites led by one Abdul Rashid Abdulla which left for Syria from Kasaragod to join the IS. The NIA probe has found that Abdulla had motivated a number of youths from Kasaragod to leave India along with their families to join the IS. He organised orientation classes at Kasaragod and other places in support of the terrorist organisation. An NIA court in Kochi last Saturday sentenced Yasmeen Md Zahid, a Bihar native, to seven years' imprisonment in the IS recruitment case. CMYK POGBA WANTS HIS PLACE IN THE SUN P2 P11 Paper leak: Minister tells students to find solution 6 students held in J’khand, cops ask Google for details of e-mail address PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH acing flak over the CBSE paper leaks issue, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today turned to students for finding a solution to this “challenge”. His comments came in the backdrop of CBSE announcing the re-test of Class 10 mathematics and class 12 economics papers. Scores of students have been agitating over being asked to appear for retests without any fault of theirs. “I am facing one problem in the country. It is a problem of paper leak. So, how to solve it, is also a challenge. And I am throwing this challenge to students. Some people can also work after Hackathon and and give us suggestions’’, Javadekar said, while addressing students at an event marked to launch the finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition). The Human Resource Development Minister (HRD), however, said the problem of paper leak was not a subject of this year's Smart India Hackathon, the event during which thousands of students would try to find innovative solutions to the problems being faced by various ministries and departments. After the CBSE's announcement of re-examination, the Congress had sought Javadekar's resignation and a probe by a high court judge. Javadekar has termed the CBSE examination F paper leak issue as unfortunate and said the culprits would not go scot-free. The Opposition parties have also demanded the sacking of CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal for the alleged lapse. The Delhi unit of All India Democratic Students' Organisation has also demanded a high-level probe into the CBSE question paper leak case, and said it showed the board's “utter negligence” in conducting examinations fairly. The police since Thursday have questioned 35 people, including a coaching centre's owner, 18 students and some tutors, in connection with the case, an official privy to the investigations said. The Delhi Police Crime Branch has questioned 10 more people and “interacted” with the CBSE controller of examinations in connection with the leak of the board's Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economic papers, police said today. The CBSE has also said that its chairperson had received an e-mail about the Class 10 mathematics paper being leaked a day before the exam, police officers said.The mathe- matics and economics exams were held on March 28 and March 26 respectively. Yesterday, police personnel also “interacted with the CBSE controller of examination for two hours” to understand the process of conducting exams, he said. The Delhi Police has registered two cases. The first case in connection with the leak of the economics paper was lodged on March 27 and the case pertaining to the mathematics paper was lodged on March 28, following a complaint by the regional director of the CBSE. The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy. In the complaint pertaining to the mathematics paper, the board has said that a day before the exam, an e-mail was received on the CBSE chairperson's official ID informing about the leak, the officials said. In the mail the sender had stated that the mathematics paper was leaked on WhatsApp and that it should be cancelled, they said. The mail also contained attachments of the handwritten mathematics paper allegedly leaked on WhatsApp. Meanwhile, six students were detained in Chatra district of Jharkhand in connection with the leak, while in the national capital, the Delhi police wrote to Google for details of the e-mail address from where the CBSE chairperson was sent an e-mail on the Class 10 mathematics paper being leaked. Eco re-exam e on 25 April NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH The re-examination of CBSE's Class 12 economics paper will be held across India on 25 April, while the re-test for Class 10 mathematics, if required, will be conducted only for Delhi-NCR and Haryana in July. Education Secretary A Swarup said a preliminary enquiry has revealed that the leak for Class 10 mathematics paper is restricted to Delhi and Haryana. There has been no leak outside India, hence no re-exam outside India. SNS Vineet Joshi first NTA chief NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH The government today appointed senior bureaucrat Vineet Joshi as the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA), which will conduct the entrance examinations for higher educational institutions organised by the CBSE, AICTE and other bodies. Joshi, a 1992-batch IAS officer of the Manipur cadre, was appointed to the post for five years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said. FM Jaitley had, in his budget speech of 201718, announced the setting up of the NTA. PTI
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