CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 5 APRIL 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 P7 SENSEX 33,019.07 -351.56 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain or thundershower likely towards afternoon or evening. Max and min temp 34-24 degree cels, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P4 NIFTY 10,128.40 -116.60 A RONALDO GOAL THAT LEFT RIVALS STUNNED P6 ` vs $ 65.15 -14 PAISE GOLD 29,775.00 +135.00 PM reaches out to Dalits P12 SILVER 38,650.00 00.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 67.14 -0.98 TEAM INDIA Do not use Ambedkar’s name for political gains: Modi Max.91% Min. 43% Max: 33.9°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:25 hrs MOON RISES 22.20 hrs Min: 23.6°C (-1) SUN SETS 17:53 hrs MOON SETS 08:51 hrs TEMPERATURE INDIA’S BOLD STAND ON DALAI LAMA NAIDU MEETS KEJRIWAL OVER NO-CONFIDENCE UNEASY LEGACY WORTHY OF RESPECT Third quarter of moon on 11 April THUMBNAILS Police search a building at YouTube's corporate headquarters as an active shooter situation was underway in San Bruno, California on Tuesday. AFP YouTube shooting: A woman opened fire at the YouTube headquaters on Wednesday in California, wounding three people before killing herself, officials said, calling it a prima facie case of domestic dispute. The suspect, who died of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, has been identified as 38-year-old Nasim Aghdam, two police officials were quoted as saying by the NBC. The headquarters of YouTube, a video-sharing service owned by Alphabet Inc's Google, in San Bruno near Silicon Valley has a significant number of IndianAmerican professionals. Officials said they believe the motive behind the incident was a domestic related-dispute and is not terrorrelated at this point of the investigation. P10 SC asks Centre to respond to PIL on candidates: The Supreme Court granted a last opportunity to the Centre to file its response to a PIL seeking to restrict a candidate from contesting from more than one constituency in a general election. The EC, in its affidavit in December last year, had quoted its 2004 proposals on electoral reforms and said that the law should be amended to ensure that a person cannot contest from more than one seat. The EC had also said that its proposal to bar candidates from contesting from more than one seat was rejected by a parliamentary standing committee way back in 1998, which had taken note of the view of an all-party meeting favouring to retain the provision. Zuckerberg to testify before US Congress on 11 April: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a US congressional committee on April 11 following the Cambridge Analytica scandal over alleged misuse of users' personal data, the House Energy and Commerce Committee said on Wednesday. “This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online. We appreciate Zuckerberg's willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11,” said the panel. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL eeking to reach out to the Dalit community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said no regime had honoured B R Ambedkar the way his government had. Modi's remarks about the Dalit icon come soon after widespread protests in different parts of the country over a Supreme Court verdict putting in place safeguards to prevent the misuse of a law to prevent atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Tribes. “No government has, perhaps, given respect to Babasaheb the way our government has. Instead of dragging him into politics, we should all try to walk on the path he has shown us...,” Modi said. He was speaking at the inauguration here of an annexe building at Western Court which houses newly elected lawmakers. “There is some kind of a faith (in Ambedkar)... There is a certain commitment for this which is in our blood,” the Prime Minister said. Lamenting that Ambedkar's name was used for political gains, Modi said it was his government that completed the Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi, though the idea was conceived when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Referring to another project, Modi said S the 26 Alipur Road house in the National Capital where Ambedkar, one of the framers of the Constitution, died would be dedicated to the nation on April 13 on the eve of his birth anniversary. Hitting out at the UPA, Modi said the previous government had dragged its feet on the project for years. “...And everyone runs to do politics in the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Yet, the work that was conceived by Atal ji's government did not happen. But we have completed projects within a stipulated time period,” he said. Modi said his government was committed to 'sabka saath sabka vikas' -- development for all. “Mahatma Gandhi has taught us that we have to think about the last man in the line. This is the responsibility of the government and we are fulfilling that duty,” he said. The Prime Minister said Western Court had a rich history and leaders such as Motilal Nehru and Lala Lajpat Rai stayed there. Referring to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, one of Dawood figures in UNSC terrorists list the main forces behind the new building, as 'Tai ji' (elder sister), Modi said she cared about MPs like a mother. “When people watch TV, they see the scene of the Speaker scolding everyone, making the MPs sit on their seats. Sometimes people must be thinking how much these people bother the Speaker....One senior, superior, motherlike figure, Sumitra ji, sitting in her chair, and 500 people are bothering her.” he said. “The country will also see ... what problems MPs face when they come to Delhi and how their needs are taken care of. This is the motherly attitude that has led to the creation of this building,” Modi said. The Prime Minister noted there was criticism that MPs stayed in fivestar hotels. But it is seldom highlighted that those who have not contested elections or those who have not been re-elected do not vacate their houses, which leads to MPs staying in hotels, Modi added. Mahajan said when MPs were put up at five-star hotels, they complained of expenses. The new transit accommodation is likely to reduce this financial burden, she said. Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah said in Odisha that the Centre would not scrap the policy of reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Shootout kills 5 Maoists LATEHAR (JHARKHAND), 4 APRIL AGENCIES ISLAMABAD, 4 APRIL Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, wanted in India as the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts and accused of crimes such as matchfixing and extortion, figured in the UN Security Council's updated list of terrorists and militant groups. The list - which has 139 entries from Pakistan identifies all those individuals who have lived in Pakistan, operated from there or have been associated with groups that used Pakistani territory for carrying out their operations, Dawn reported. Dawood, an Indian national, has held several Pakistani passports issued in Rawalpindi and Karachi, according to the list. The UN list says that the underworld don owns a palatial bungalow in the hilly area of Noorabad, Karachi. The 62-year-old fugitive mafia boss accrued a vast property portfolio across the Midlands and southeast in the UK as well as India, the UAE, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Cyprus and Australia. Dawood, who has an Interpol red notice against him, is believed to be hiding in Pakistan. Pakistan-based Hafeez Saeed's Lashkar-e-Taiba features in the list, according to a media report. P10 Five Maoists, including two commanders carrying rewards of Rs 5 lakh each on their heads, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Latehar district today, officials said. The over-an-hourlong encounter with the Maoists began around 7.15 am in the forest area between Bhadgaon and Kedu villages under Heranj police station during a search operation by the CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar and the district police, according to a police press release. Jharkhand Jaguar is an elite anti-Naxal task force of the state police. Latehar has been a hotbed of Naxal activities, officials PTI said. India's flagbearer Pusarla Venkata Sindhu leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on Wednesday. AFP (REPORT ON P12 ) SC rejects pleas against CBSE re-test STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a bunch of petitions challenging the CBSE's decision regarding the leaked Economics and Maths question papers of Class 12 and 10. Dismissing five petitions challenging the CBSE's decision to conduct a reexamination of the Class 12 economics paper after an alleged leak, a bench of Justice S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao said it was the "discretion of the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) to con- duct the re-examination and court will not interfere". The bench asked the students who had challenged the CBSE's decision to appear in the examination if it was conducted. On Tuesday, the CBSE said there would be no reexamination of Class 10 maths paper as "internal inquiries and analysis" revealed that the leak "may be confined to a few alleged beneficiaries". The government on 30 March had announced the re-examination would be held for Class 12 economics paper throughout the country on 25 April while a fresh test for Class 10 maths paper would be held only in Delhi, NCR and Haryana, if needed, in July. Besides challenging the CBSE's decision, the petitioners also wanted a CBI probe into the alleged question paper leak, saying several incidents were reported from various states and Delhi Police was not competent to hold the nation- Opp leaders want discussion in Parliament on key issues STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL Amid the continuing Parliament logjam, the leaders of 13 Opposition parties on Wednesday made an appeal to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, and the Narendra Modi government for holding discussions on a number of crucial matters of public interest in both the Houses, maintaining that they were even willing for extension of this already washedout second phase of the Budget Session by a few days for the purpose. The Opposition leaders, led by the Congress's Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, maintained that they were ready to extend their co-opera- tion for the passage of various government's Bills if key issues concerning the people of the country ~ ranging from the Rs 13,000 crore-Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam to dilutions in Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, to CBSE paper leaks ~ are allowed to be discussed in both the Houses. Azad and other Opposition leaders accused the Modi government of "not wanting Parliament to run as the government side fears that they will get exposed in these matters". The proceedings of both Houses of Parliament were washed out Wednesday for the 20th consecutive working day while the Speaker did not take up the notices of motion of noconfidence in the Modi government in the Lok Sabha amid din for the 11th straight day. The ongoing second phase of the Budget Session is scheduled to end on 6 April. The leaders of 13 Opposition parties ~ incuding from the Congress, Trinamul, Left, BSP SP DMK, , , NCP and AAP ~ met this , morning to discuss the issues relating to the Parliament gridlock. Some Opposition leaders also reportedly met the Rajya Sabha Chairman and the Lok Sabha Speaker to press for discussions on crucial public issues. TMC MPs complain to Rajnath against Governor STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, 4 APRIL With rural Bengal witnessing widespread clashes and attacks for the past few days over filing of nominations for the three-phase panchayat polls beginning 1 May, a Trinamul Congress delegation comprising 25 MPs today met Union home minister Rajnath Singh accusing the state Governor KN Tripathi of turning Raj Bhavan into BJP headquarters. On the other hand, state BJP said it would move the Supreme Court so that the panchayat polls can be held in a free, fair and peaceful manner. “We want deployment of Central forces as the state election commission is totally incapable of holding free and fair polls,” said its president Dilip Ghosh. “The Governor's House has become the BJP's headquarters. He should remember that he is a constitutional head. The attitude of the Governor's House is not desirable. It is not good for democracy and the federal structure,” Trinamul MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay told reporters after the meeting. The Governor had yesterday summoned the state election commissioner after state BJP complained that ruling party cadres were unleashing attacks on Opposition candidates who were not being allowed to file nominations. Mr Tripathi met both the SEC and the state chief secretary during the day. The Trinamul leaders questioned the “propriety” of the Governor meeting the two officials. “Many Opposition leaders are holding press conferences at the Governor's House after meeting him. He calls the chief secretary and the state election commissioner whenever he wants. The State Election Commission is an autonomous body and is doing its job. It is not a good signal for democracy,” Mr Bandyopadhyay alleged. The Trinamul delegation urged the Union home minister to speak to the Governor in this regard. The BJP the Left Front and , the Congress alleged the Trinamul had unleashed a reign of terror in different parts of the state and prevented Opposition candidates from filing nominations. The CPI-M appealed to Opposition parties to be united to stop Tri- namul’s “attacks” on their supporters and candidates during filing of nominations. The BJP welcomed the suggestion and said it was ready to join force with Opposition parties in resisting “undemocratic and unlawful attempts by Trinamul to turn the rural polls into a farce by intimidating Opposition candidates and not allowing them even to contest the polls. “Trinamul secretary general CMYK Partha Chaterjee is patronising hooligans openly,” Mr Ghosh said. CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said : “State election commissioner has been rendered inactive and the SEC is being directly run by Nabanna. No electoral process is being followed and panchayat poll is being reduced to a farce. All Opposition parties should stand by the victims, who are being attacked for coming forward to file nomination.” State BJP panchayat election convener Mukul Roy said the state administration was telling a lie regarding the number of nomination papers by the Opposition parties. “Less than 1,000 candidates of the BJP were able to file nomina- tion papers, but the state administration is giving it out that over 11,000 candidates have filed nominations, which is false,” he said. State BJP supporters under the leadership of Mr Roy also staged a protest demonstration in front of the SEC office. “There is no democracy in the state. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her administration are desperately trying to terrorise Opposition activists so that they can’t file nomination papers. The SEC keeps mum,” he said. Mr Roy added the BJP was taking on the Trinamul-backed goons on its own, but if any other Opposition parties wanted to unitedly fight this “menace”, the BJP’s doors were open. wide probe. Kerala student Rohan Mathew and two others moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the CBSE decision to re-conduct the Class 10 mathematics examination, saying it was arbitrary, illegal and violative of the Constitution's Article 14 (equality before law), Article 21 (right to life and liberty) and 21A (right to education). The HRD Ministry has set up a committee to examine the process by which the CBSE conducts examinations, following the alleged leak of the Class 10 mathematics and the Class 12 economics papers. INS welcomes scrapping of draconian I&B notification NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tuesday move to scrap the Information and Broadcasting Ministry's amended guidelines on "fake news" and suspension or cancellation of journalists' accreditation. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the INS pointed out that "After widespread criticism by journalists and Opposition, who realised this was an attempt to curb and control the freedom of press, the PM finally withdrew these draconian guidelines on 'fake news'," adding "Soon after, the ministry issued a statement saying the press release regarding 'fake news' put out by it on Monday night 'stands withdrawn'." "The INS is also anguished over the recent unreasonable and biased decision of the Chairman, PCI (Press Council of India) while selecting the names of persons to be nominated as members for a fresh term," the apex body of the print media industry said. "It strongly disapproves the strategic manipulation of the entire process of nominating names which displays a lack of understanding of the PCI Act and RNI Act," the INS charged, stressing "It is imperative that mature responsibility and neutrality is now displayed to restore the credibility, impartiality of PCI. SNS Editorial: Malice aforethought Page 6
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