THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 APRIL 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 'MODI GOVT HAS HURT SENTIMENTS OF ANDHRA PEOPLE' VERDICT IN SALMAN KHAN POACHING CASE TODAY P7 SENSEX 33,019.07 -351.56 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 30 and 23 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY P13 ` vs $ 65.15 -14 PAISE GOLD 29,775.00 +135.00 PM reaches out to Dalits P15 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.73% Min. 26% Max: 39.0°C (+5) SUN RISES 06:06 hrs MOON RISES 23.18 hrs Min: 23.0°C (+4) SUN SETS 18:41 hrs MOON SETS 10:10 hrs TEMPERATURE P10 NIFTY 10,128.40 -116.60 RONALDO MAGIC FIRES REAL PAST 10-MAN JUVENTUS LANKA OPPN MOVES NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION AGAINST PM THUMBNAILS Police search a building at YouTube's corporate headquarters as an active shooter situation was underway in San Bruno, California AFP on Tuesday. 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 Indian-American professionals. Officials said they believe the motive behind the incident was a domestic related-dispute and is not terror-related at this point of the P13 investigation. 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. 2 CRPF personnel killed: Two CRPF personnel were killed when miscreants pelted stones on the vehicle in which they were travelling at Kokernag in South Kashmir on Wednesday. Police said the CRPF vehicle's driver lost control when miscreants pelted stones heavily at them in the Hillar village. The vehicle skidded off the road resulting in the death of two CRPF personnel. Senior CRPF and state police officers have reached the spot and security forces have cordened off the area. SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL S eeking to reach out to the Dalit community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 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 atWestern 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 pro- ject, Modi said 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 saidWestern Court had a rich history and leaders such as Motilal Nehru and Lala Lajpat Rai stayed there. Referring to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, one of the Dawood figures in UNSC terrorists list 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 match-fixing 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. MORE ON PAGE 13 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, mother-like 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 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 on Wednesday, 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 said. PTI India's flagbearer Pusarla Venkata Sindhu leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast (REPORT ON PAGE 16 ) Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on Wednesday. AFP 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 conduct 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 fromvariousstatesandDelhi Police was not competent to After 10 adjournments, govt fails to get Bill passed in RS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL In spite of an unprecedented 10 adjournments, the government on Wednesday failed to get the Prevention of Corruption Amendment Bill, 2013, passed in the Rajya Sabha without debate as the Opposition wanted discussion and division of votes on an amendment. As the House met at 2 p.m., members of Congress, AIADMK, BSP CPI, M, AAP TDP and YSR were , in the Well holding placards and shouting slogans against the government. Members of the AIADMK even walked in to the aisles on the government side. As the din continued, the Bill was taken up for consideration and pas- sage by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. He asked Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh to move the Bill for consideration, saying he would proceed with it as no member has given their name for the debate on it. The Bill was brought up in the House after a Select Committee had examined it. It provided for making giving a bribe a specific offence like taking a bribe and sought to modify the definitions and penalties for such offences, among other things. When the Minister said the Bill should just be passed without debate, Kurien asked TMC member Sukhendu Shekhar Ray, who had moved amendments to it, whether he would seek a division to enable voting on his amendments. As Ray insisted on a division, Kurien said the division cannot be taken up as the House is not in order. Congress Deputy Leader Anand Sharma raised a point of order saying the new members, who took oath over the past few days, had not been given division numbers which enables them to exercise their voting right. He said in such a situation, the Bill cannot be passed. But Kurien said, “this Bill is important. If it is not passed, it will have impact TURN TO PAGE 7 13 Oppn parties want discussion in Parl on key issues STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NDA MPs to forgo salary for disrupted period 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 washed-out second phase of the Budget Session by a few days for the purpose. The Opposition leaders, led by the Congress's Rajya AGENCIES In a bid to embarrass the Opposition, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar Wednesday said MPs of the ruling BJPled NDA would give up their salary for the washed- out second phase of the ongoing Budget Session when Parliament did not function because of the protests by the Congress and other parties. Kumar blamed the Congress for the logjam in both Houses of Parliament, charging the party with engaging in "anti-democratic" politics. The NDA MPs would give up their salary for the disrupted period of the Session, he said. issues concerning the people of the country ~ ranging from the Rs 13,000 crore-Pun- jab National Bank (PNB) scam to dilutions in Scheduled Castes / Scheduled NEW DELHI, 4 APRIL Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (3rd R) with leaders of several Opposition parSNS ties at Parliament in the Capital on Wednesday Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, maintained that they were ready to extend their co-operation for the passage of various government's Bills if key Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, to CBSE paper leaks ~ are allowed to be discussed in both the Houses. Azad and other leaders 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 no-confidence 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. Briefing reporters, Azad, accompanied by several Opposition leaders, charged the BJP-led government with not reaching out to any Oposition party in order to resolve the TURN TO PAGE 7 hold the nation-wide probe. Kerala student Rohan Mathewandtwoothersmovedthe Supreme Court seeking quashing of the CBSE decision to re-conduct the Class 10mathematicsexamination, saying it was arbitrary, illegal and violative of the Constitution's Article 14 (equality before law), Article 21 (right tolifeandliberty)and21A(right to education). TheHRDMinistryhasset 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 are now displayed to restore the credibility and imparSNS tiality of the PCI. 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