CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 APRIL 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 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain likely in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperature will be 32 and 19 degrees Celsius respectively RAINFALL: 4.5 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P10 P11 20 dead in J&K encounters Three Army troops, 4 civilians and killers of Lt. Ummer Fayaz among those killed STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 1 APRIL Max.74% Min. 55% Max: 31.6 (-3) SUN SETS TODAY 17:52 hrs MOON RISES 19.40 hrs Min: 22.9 (-2) SUN RISES TOMORROW 05:28 hrs MOON SETS 06:46 hrs TEMPERATURE ‘SMITH UNAWARE OF BALL-TAMPERING PLAN’ CONCILIATORY MOVE ISRAEL REJECTS CALLS FOR PROBE INTO GAZA SHOOTINGS Moon phase: Third quarter on 11 April THUMBNAILS BJP national spokesperson Shanawaz Hussain and others on a press conference at BJP state office in Kolkata on Sunday. Defying the state government’s prohibitory orders, a BJP delegation visited violence-hit Raniganj and Asansol areas to take stock of the situation there after last week’s Ram Navami violence. DILIP DUTTA Three held for CBSE exam paper leak: A CBSE official has been suspended over laxity in supervising an examination centre in connection with the paper leak case and a formal enquiry has been initiated in the matter, the HRD ministry said on Sunday. Earlier, three persons, including teachers of a private school at Bawana in outer Delhi, were arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for their suspected roles in the leak of Class 12 CBSE economics paper. Those arrested have been identified as Rishabh (29) and Rohit (26), teachers at a private school in Bawana, and Tauqeer (26), a P3 tutor at a private coaching centre there. P12 VK Singh heads to Iraq to bring back Indian dead PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Three Indian Army soldiers and over a dozen terrorists were among 20 people killed on Sunday in three separate encounters in Anantnag and Shopian districts of South Kashmir. Thirteen terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba (LeT), some of them top commanders, were eliminated in the gunfight. At least four civilians also lost their lives during the encounters. This is the highest number of terrorists killed in a single day since 2010. At least six Army and CRPF personnel with injuries have been shifted to the Army hospital. At least 31 people among a mob that gathered at one of the encounter spots and pelted stones at the security forces in a bid to enable the terrorists escape were injured as police fired pellets to chase away the miscreants. Six of the injured had bullet wounds. Among the terrorists killed were top commanders of the HM and LeT outfits, said the Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid in a media interaction in Srinagar where Chinar Corps commander, Lt-Gen. A K Bhat, and top officers of CRPF were present. NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL Paramilitary troops near the site of a gun-battle in Kachidoora, south of Srinagar, on Sunday (left); Kashmiris clash with policemen during unrest following multiple gun fights between suspected militants and security forces. AFP Seven terrorists were killed at Dragad in Shopian and one at Dialgam in Anantnag. Five terrorists were killed at Kachdoora in Shopian. Three Army jawans were martyred during the encounters at Kachdoora. Among the civilians killed was the owner of the house at Dragad where the terrorists were hiding. Among the seven terrorists killed at Dragad were Reyaz Thoker (Padderpora) and Ishfaq Malik (Shopian) who had last year kidnapped and shot dead a young Kashmiri Army officer, Lt. Ummer Fayaz. The other slain terrorists have been identified as Zubair Ahmad Turay (Shopian), Yawar Itoo (Safanagri), Nazim Ahmad Dar (Ur- pora Nagbal), Adil Ahmad Thoker (Humhona) and Ubaid Ahmad Malla (Trenz). News agency PTI quoted police as saying that locals in Kachdooru took away the body of Sameer Ahmed Lone, a recent recruit of the Hizbul Mujahideen. The family later told police that Lone had been buried. The terrorist killed at Dialgam has been identified as Rouf Ahmad Khandey. Vaid said that at Dialgam, the police chief of Anantnag and family members of one of the terrorists persuaded him to surrender and he was caught alive. The security force chiefs warned that while their men would exercise restraint during stone pelting by miscreants, the operations against terrorists would not be stopped. “We will not shy away from taking strict action” if the miscreants continued pelting stones with a view to help terrorists escape, they said. They appealed to civilians not to gather at the encounter spots as they could be caught in the cross fire. They said that the stone pelting during the encounter today in Shopian was unprecedented as a result of which there was no option but to open fire at the “menacingly advancing” mob. The three encounters had started last evening when security forces cordoned the areas on specific intelligence inputs. AK 47 and AK 56 rifles, grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the slain terrorists. The Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), 3 RR, 34 RR, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of the J&K Police were engaged in these operations. Hurriyat chief, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who was on Friday released from house arrest, has given a call for a shutdown in Kashmir against the killing of the terrorists and civilians. All education institutions have been shut for tomorrow in the valley as a precautionary measure. Mobile internet services have also been suspended. In addition, Geelani and other separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yaseen Malik, were also placed under house arrest. The Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh today left for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed in the war-torn country, officials said. The minister is expected to bring back the bodies by tomorrow. “The minister left around 1 p.m. from the Hindon airbase and is expected to return with the bodies tomorrow,” an official said. After coming back, he will first go to Amritsar followed by Patna and Kolkata to hand over bodies to their relatives, official sources said. Families of some of these victims had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on March 26. Earlier this month, Swaraj had told Parliament that as many as 40 Indians were abducted by terror group ISIS from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said. Meanwhile, in the wake ‘AIADMK for no-trust move against Centre’ DAWN OF GRACE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA CHENNAI, 1 APRIL E-way bill launch: Over 1.71 lakh inter-state ew way bill have been generated on the day of nationwide launch on Sunday, with experts saying that the real test of the portal will be on Monday. Beginning on Sunday, businesses and transporters have to produce before a GST inspector e-way bill for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. A total of 10,96,905 taxpayers have registered on e-way bill portal till date. Further 19,796 transporters, who are not registered under GST, have enrolled themselves on the e-way bill portal, the finance ministry said. Syria deal: A final deal has been reached for fighters and civilians to leave the last opposition-held pocket of Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said on Sunday, paving the way for Syria's regime to retake the onetime rebel enclave near Damascus. The deal brokered by regime ally Russia would see fighters with the Jaish alIslam rebel faction leave Ghouta's main town of Douma for opposition-held territory in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for P10 Human Rights said. ‘WILL DO MY BEST FOR THE COUNTRY’ Catholic priests holding the Candle of the Liturgy proceed towards the altar during a midnight Easter vigil mass at Saint Mary's Basilica, Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on Sunday. AFP In what appears to be a bid to shift the political onus on DMK on the Cauvery issue, senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai today said his party would consider moving a notrust motion in Parliament against the NDA government if Congress supported it. “Stalin says AIADMK should bring a no-trust motion (on Cauvery issue). We are ready to bring it,” he told reporters at the airport. In the same breath, the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker said Congress support was needed to facilitate such an initiative. “Let Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi issue a statement (indicating support), they (DMK) are in alliance with them (Congress)... only if they (Congress) support, we will get the (req- uisite) numbers,” he said. Thambidruai, a senior AIADMK leader from western Tamil Nadu, said such a no-trust move would however be only for the Cauvery issue. “Only on the Cauvery issue... not for any other general issue. To urge constitution of the Cauvery Management Board, and since the Centre has failed to do that, we will consider that if other parties like Congress support it,” he said. Thambidurai's assertion comes against the backdrop of Congress ruled Karnataka going to the elections next month, where Cauvery is an emotive issue like in Tamil Nadu. Days ago, DMK leader Stalin had demanded that the ruling AIADMK support the no-trust move of the TDP to mount pressure on the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board. of the killing of the Indian workers in Iraq, a parliamentary panel has called a meeting tomorrow to deliberate upon “safety and security of Indian workers in conflict zones”. The parliamentary standing committee on external affairs headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor will deliberate upon various issues related to Indian migrant workers. According to the Lok Sabha secretariat, the agenda of the meeting is “issues relating to migrant workers including appropriate legislative framework and skill development initiatives for prospective emigrants with particular emphasis on safety and security of Indian Workers in conflict zones. The meeting was called after the report of the Indian workers' death in Iraq. The members in the panel feel there is a need to develop a legislative framework to ensure security of Indians working abroad. Petrol price hits 4-yr high, diesel at highest level NEW DELHI, 1 APRIL Petrol price today hit a fouryear high of Rs 73.73 a litre while diesel rates touched an all-time high of Rs 64.58 in the national capital, causing calls to be renewed for the government to cut excise tax rates. State-owned oil firms, which have been since June last year revising auto fuel prices daily, today raised petrol and diesel rates by 18 paise per litre each in Delhi, according to a price notification. Petrol in the national capital now costs Rs 73.73 a litre, the highest since September 14, 2014 when rates had hit Rs 76.06. Diesel price at Rs 64.58 is the highest ever, the previous high of Rs 64.22 being on February 7, 2018. PTI Contact lost with GSAT; hope remains Guj cops shame Dalit youth PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 1 APRIL Two days after India's latest communication satellite with military applications GSAT-6A was launched, ISRO today said it had lost contact with it and was making efforts to establish a link, with preliminary data showing there are chances of recovery. The Indian Space Research Organisation lost communication with the satellite when it attempted to ignite the engine in a third and final move to its desired location after its March 29 textbook launch from the space port of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A was successfully carried outon Saturday, but when it was on course to normal operating configuration for the third and final firing scheduled for April 1, communication with the satellite was lost, the space agency said after maintaining unusual silence on the health of the satellite. A satellite is placed in orbit in three phases. “Efforts are underway to establish link with the satellite,” the Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO said on its website. Speaking to PTI, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said preliminary data shows that there are chances of recovery, but establishing link with the satellite was the key. “After the second manoeuvre when the satellite was in the normal mode, suddenly the link was cut... now we are trying to establish the link. Mission Control is on the job continuously,” he said. The ISRO chief also pointed out thatwhenever there is disturbance, the satellite goes into “safe mode” and gets back immediately; however, it has not happened this time. “Usually when these type of disturbances come, the satellite will go into safe mode,then we establish the link and put the satellite back, but now we are not able to link, and that process is going on,” he said. “Once we are able to contact, then we will be able to do the fur- ther function,” he added. To a question on chances of recovery, Shivan said “right now the preliminary data shows we have chance, we keep trying. First we have to get the link, that is the most important. Once it is there, we will be able to do the job.” The 2,140-kg GSAT-6A rode piggyback on ISRO's powerful geosynchronous rocket (GSLVF08) fitted with indigenous cryogenic engine at the third stage and was put into orbit successfully after the launch in what was described by a senior ISRO official as a “magnificent mission”. GSAT-6A is aimed at helping in mobile communication even from very remote locations through hand-held ground terminals and is considered a shot in the arm for the armed forces. The space agency's unusual silence regarding the satellite had set off speculation about its health. ISRO, which normally communicates on its website about the orbit raising operations like it did on March 30, following the success of the first orbit raising CMYK operation, had not released any update since then. The last update was on March 30, where it said, “The first orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A Satellite has been successfully carried out by Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) Engine firing for 2188 sec from 09:22hr IST on March 30, 2018.” “Orbit Determination results from this LAM firing are: apogee X perigee height was changed to 36412 km X 5054 km. Inclination is 11.93 deg. Orbital period is 12hr 45min,” it had said. ISRO did not spell out what went wrong. Reports, however, suggest that the glitch was related to the satellite's power system after the second orbit-raising exercise yesterday, following which ISRO's top brass have reportedly gone into a huddle towards setting things right. The orbit raising operation is carried out to hurl the satellite to its space home. GSAT-6A, with a mission life of about 10 years, is designed to provide thrust to mobile communications through multibeam coverage facility. killed for riding horse STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, 1 APRIL Acting predictably, the Gujarat police have indulged in victim shaming and character assassination by dismissing allegations that a Dalit youth in Bhavnagar was killed by upper caste men because he owned and rode a horse. It is not unusual for police in Gujarat to shame the victims of atrocities, especially if they belong to lower caste or are women violated by politically influential people who cannot be booked. During last year’s sex scandal that rocked Naliya in Kutch too, in which BJP leaders of the district were accused, the police had shamed the survivor woman by raising questions about her character and did nothing to book the people who issued full page advertisements question- ing her conduct. In 2012 too, when suicides by farmers were at their peak, the police were under pressure from the top to underplay these deaths and attribute them to various other reasons like family disputes, mental illness and ‘unknown’ causes but certainly not due to agrarian distress. Following this familiar narrative, Bhavnagar’s District Superintendent of Police Pravin Mal told the press that Pradip Rathore, who had been hacked to death in Timbi village of Umrala taluka, used to harass local girls ~ which offence certainly does not invite the death penalty, especially one to be executed by local goons. The district police chief also said that the villagers were angry with the 21-yearold Dalit as he used to perform stunts with his horse and motorcycle in front of girls. “We have come across a lot of complaints about objectionable behaviour of the boy from various quarters and perhaps some persons may have killed him for that," the Bhavnagar district SP said. The district police chief’s version of the killing indicate that the police are not inclined to take cognisance of Pradip’s father Kalubhai’s complaint that his mutilated body was found after upper caste people had threatened him with dire consequences if he continued to ride his horse. About the three upper caste people named in the FIR, the police chief said that they were detained only for questioning. The body of Rathore (21), was recovered with multiple injuries and a fractured skull from a bush near the village on Thursday night.
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