SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 8 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 IMMANUEL WALLERSTEIN ARTICULATES THE MANY REASONS WHY HE EXHORTS YOUNG STUDENTS TO READ KARL MARX MALALA YOUSAFZAI IS NOT A NATIONAL HERO FOR MANY IN PAKISTAN AND YET HER JOURNEY CONTINUES Paes creates doubles world record in Davis Cup AGENCIES TIANJIN, 7 APRIL WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely. Max and min temp to be around 33/20 degrees Celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 0.3 mm (Up to 8.30 p.m.) RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.86% TEMPERATURE Min. 58% Max: 33.6°C (-2) Min: 26.6°C (+1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:55 hrs 05:23 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 00:00 hrs 11:11 hrs Third quarter of moon on 11 April THUMBNAILS CSK players celebrate Rohit Sharma’s (not in pic) dismissal during the IPL match v MI. AFP CSK win by 1 wicket: In the first match of the Indian Premier League this season at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, CSK won by 1 wicket. Batting first, Mumbai Indians scored 165 for 4. Kings XI Punjab will take on Delhi Daredevils in their opening encounter in Mohali while KKR play RCB at P12 Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Sunday. India win 4th CWG gold: Indian weightlifters remained leaps ahead of their Commonwealth Games competitors, taking their gold medal tally to four through Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) in GoldCoast on Saturday. After Mirabai Chanu (48kg) and Sanjita Chanu (53kg), Sathish and Rahul P11 continued India's gold-collecting spree. 3 arrested in HP for CBSE leaks: The Class 12 economics paper of CBSE was leaked on March 23 - three days before the exam date - in Himachal Pradesh's Una town and it was shared on at least 40 WhatsApp groups, Delhi Police said after the arrest of three people. Rakesh Kumar, Amit Sharma and Ashok Kumar are from DAV Centenary Public School in Una. Says BJP chief’s disrespectful statement reflects his mentality Tennis icon Leander Paes became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup with a record 43rd win before young guns Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran pulled off the must-win rubbers as India advanced to the World Group Play-offs with a sensational 3-2 win over China here today. Everything depending on how they fared in the do-ordie doubles rubber, the 44year-old Paes and Rohan Bopanna downed a fighting Chinese pair of Mao Xin Gong and Ze Zhang 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(3) to keep India afloat in the second round Asia/Oceania Group I tie. Ramkumar Ramanathan, who copped criticism from captain Mahesh Bhupathi for his lackluster show in the opening singles, redeemed his reputation by defeating Di Wu 7-6(4) 6-3. The win levelled the tie 2-2. Captain Bhupathi then played a masterstroke by playing left-handed Prajnesh Gunneswaran instead of Sumit Nagal in the tie-deciding fifth rubber against the Chinese teen sensation Yibing Wu and the Chennai boy did not disappoint as he delivered a 64 6-2 win to seal the tie for India. Prajnesh had come into the side after Yuki Bhambri pulled out due to an P11 abdomen injury. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA KOLAR GOLD FIELDS (KARNATAKA), 7 APRIL ongress president Rahul Gandhi today slammed BJP chief Amit Shah's remarks equating Opposition parties with animals, saying that the “disrespectful statement” reflected his “mentality” and tore into the Modi rule, alleging there is a collapse of government. Gandhi said the saffron party chief and BJPRSS considered that there were only two “non-animals” in the country ~ Shah and Modi ~ and that Dalits, tribals, minorities and even his own party leaders “worthless”. The Congress chief made an acerbic attack on Modi,saying, “there is a basic loss of control and you can see that.. you can see that in Modi's demeanour, you can see it in his expression, you can see it in his speeches.” In an all round attack on the Modi rule, he alleged there was a collapse in government due to complete financial mismanagement, demonetization and implo- C sion of the financial system. “Nirav Modi is an example, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Piyush Goyal.... they are all examples,” Gandhi said. On the fifth round of his visit to poll-bound Karnataka, Gandhi addressed rallies and roadside meetings in Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts and spoke to reporters. “Calling the entire Opposition animals...see according to Amit Shah and the basic vision of the BJP RSS ~ there are only two non-animals in this country. There is Mr Narendra Modi and there is Mr Amit Shah,” Gandhi told reporters here. “Everybody else as far as they are concerned are animals. That's fine, that is the way they look at the world. It is a dis- respectful statement, but we don't take what Mr Amit Shah says with too much seriousness,” Gandhi said. Taking a swipe at Shah, the Congress chief said it was the mentality that there were only two or three people in this country “who are worth anything, who understand everything and everybody else is a worthless person”. “It's not only Dalits, it's tribals, it's minorities. It doesn't stop there. It's Mr Advani, Mr Manohar Joshi, even Mr Gadkari, it's everybody,” he said. “The thing is that the BJP people internally don't have guts to say it to you. They say it to us,” Gandhi said. He said “the fact of the matter is between Mr Modi and Oli pledge to reset India-Nepal ties SNS & PTI India opposes Saarc summit in Pakistan NEW DELHI, 7 APRIL Seeking to reset ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oil today held wide-ranging talks and vowed to step up overall engagement and take the relationship to newer heights on the basis of “equality, mutual trust and respect”. After the delegationlevel talks, Modi said India will always stand by Nepal in its quest for all-round growth, asserting that deeper cooperation between the two neighbours will strengthen democracy in Nepal. In his press statement, Oli, who is seen as favouring a closer relationship with China, said his government wants to build a strong edifice of “trust-based” relationship between the two nations. “Relations between NEW DELHI, 7 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli during the inauguration of India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline and the Integrated Check Post (ICP), at Hyderabad House, in the Capital on Saturday. SNS neighbours are different from those of others. Neighbourhood realities make peaceful coexistence, based on the principles of equality, justice, mutual respect and benefits a necessity for shared destiny,” Oli said in the statement in presence of Modi. Both the PMs called the talks “very satisfactory”, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters, adding the focus Chouhan in fresh row over seers STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, 7 APRIL The Madhya Pradesh government’s controversial step of granting Minister of State (MoS) status to five Hindu religious leaders a few days back has brought fresh trouble for chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Another Hindu seer today accused him of being corrupt and warned that the Sant-Samaj had the power to overthrow the state government. “Shivraj does not know the strength of the Real Sadhus associated with Akhadas, as he has dealt with only those so- called Babas whom he can buy,” Mahamandleshwar SwamiVairagyanand, associated with the Panchayati Niranjani Akhada and the Shakti Sadhna Dham of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, told media persons in Bhopal today. “If the Real Sadhus come out against Shivraj Singh Chouhan, then he would realize what really is the strength and meaning of the Sant- Rahul slams Shah over Opp remarks Samaj,” the seer cautioned. “On behalf of the Panchayati Niranajani Akhada, I advise Shivraj to stop the dirty work of trying to buy Sadhus,” Vairagyanand averred. “Or else, the seers have the power to overthrow the Shivraj government too, just like they had done to the Congress,” he threatened. Swami Vairagyanand claimed that there had been a lot of corruption in the ‘Narmada Sewa Yatra’. He stated that in contrast to the six crore saplings, claimed to have been planted by the state government, he was able to spot just a few during his Narmda yatra by a vehicle about 18 days ago. He lamented that the entire Narmada river had been exploited in many ways through illegal sand mining, tree felling and there was hardly any water left in the holy river. “Being a true Sanyasi associated with an Akhada, I only believe in the truth and the day I bring Sadhus of the 13 Akhadas to Bhopal, the real truth would be exposed,” Swami Vairagyanand asserted. In a sudden and surprising decision taken a few days ago, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had granted the Minister of State (MoS) status to five self-proclaimed Hindu godmen after inducting them into a committee formed for the conservation of the Narmada River. The Babas in question are Narmadanand Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Computer Baba, Bhaiyyu Maharaj and Pandit Yogendra Mahant. Chouhan has been facing flak from all corners ever since, as none of the five Babas holds any formal degree or education in the conservation of water bodies or the environment. Moreover, two of them, Computer Baba and Pandit Yogendra Mahant, had threatened to launch a ‘Narmada Ghotala Yatra’ against Shivraj Singh Chouhan from April 1 to May 15 in every district of MP However, both the Babas . called off the ‘Ghotala Yatra’ just a day before its launch, as the same day Mr Chouhan elevated them to MoS level. In an embarrassment to Chouhan, a revered Hindu seer had lamented that the CM had succumbed to “blackmailing” by a couple of the Babas whom he has granted MoS status, while the MP unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had also called Chouhan a “coward”. Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) president Mahant Narendra Giri had said that Chouhan should not have buckled under the pressure of the ‘Narmada Ghotala Yatra’. of the deliberations were on boosting cooperation in sectors like defence and security, agriculture, trade besides enhancing connectivity through railway network and water ways. Salman gets bail in blackbuck poaching case JODHPUR, 7 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday conveyed to his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli India’s firm opposition to the staging of the SAARC Summit by Islamabad, given the fact that Pakistan continued to support crossborder terrorism from its territory. ‘‘It is difficult to proceed with such initiatives in the current circumstances,’’ he is believed to have told Oli when the latter raised the subject during their bilateral talks. This was disclosed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale at a media briefing here. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had recently visited Nepal, the current chair of SAARC, and expressed his country’s keenness to host the summit of the eightnation grouping, which was originally scheduled to be held in November 2016. India had then refused to attend the summit to isolate Pakistan in the wake of the Uri terror attack. Subsequently, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka also expressed their inability to attend it, leading to its postSNS ponement. Videocon loan: CBI grills Kochhar kin PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 7 APRIL In a relief to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, a sessions court here today granted him bail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which he was sentenced to five years in jail. District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi also allowed 52-year-old Khan's application for suspension of sentence for a month against his conviction. Khan, who spent two nights in the Jodhpur Central Jail after his sentencing on Thursday, was granted bail on a bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of like amount, defence counsel Mahesh Bora said, adding he is likely to be released from prison this evening once the papers are ready and sent to the jail authorities. The judge asked the actor to appear before the court after a month on May 7 when it will hear his plea for susPTI pension of sentence. The questioning of Rajiv Kochhar, ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar's brother-in-law, by the CBI started on the third consecutive day today in connection with the banks Rs 3,250 crore loan to Videocon Group in 2012, officials here said. Kochhar, the founder of Singapore-based Avista Advisory, appeared at the agency's office in the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai this morning, where he was asked about the role of his company in the restructuring of the loan, they said. He was asked about the help he extended to Videocon in relation to the loan from ICICI Bank, which was part of a Rs 400-billion credit given by a consortium of 20 banks to the group of Venugopal Dhoot. He was detained at the Mumbai airport on Thursday, as he was trying to board a flight for a South East Asian country, on the request of the CBI, they said. The deal recently made news after reports questioned the loan and linked it to a possible quid pro quo that Dhoot allegedly had with NuPower Renewables, a company founded by Deepak Kochhar, Chanda Kochhar's husband and Rajiv Kochhar's brother. The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry against Videocon founder Venugopal Dhoot and Deepak Kochhar and unidentified others, they said. Amit Shah and Mr Modi, they are convinced there are only two human beings in this country. That's all, that's the reality.” At a rally in Mumbai to mark the BJP's foundation day yesterday, Shah had equated Opposition parties to 'snakes' and mongoose' and 'dogs' and 'cats', who are seeking to unite despite their inherent differences to take on the BJP in next year's Lok Sabha polls. At the rally,Shah said that “the countdown for 2019 (polls) has begun. Attempts are being made for Opposition unity. When huge floods occur,everything is washed away.Only a 'vatvriksha (banyan tree) survives and snakes, mongoose, dogs, cats and other animals climb to save themselves from the rising waters.” Shah later said what he meant was political parties having no ideological similarities were coming together out of fear of Modi. Continuing his attack, Gandhi said that what was happening to Dalits across the country was 'disgusting'. Van crashes into German bar crowd, 3 killed BERLIN, 7 APRIL A van crashed into a crowd outside a popular bar today in the western German city of Muenster, killing three people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle killed himself, police said. Police spokesman Peter Nuessmeyer told the Associated Press that he could not confirm German media reports that the perpetrator was a middle-aged German man who reportedly had psychological issues. Another police spokesman, Andreas Bode, told reporters the driver shot himself to death in the van after the crash. He said the driver's identity was not yet known and that it was too early to speculate about his motive. He said police were checking witness reports that other perpetrators might have fled from the van at the scene of the crash. Police tweeted that residents should “avoid the area near the Kiepenkerl pub” in the city's historic downtown area where a large-scale police operation was underway. Bode said six of the 20 injured were in severe condition. The city's university hospital called on citizens to donate blood Saturday night to help them. Police also said they found a suspicious object in the van that they were examining to see if it is dangerous. They told German news agency DPA that was the reason authorities cordoned off such a large area around the crash, which took place at 3:27 p.m. on a warm spring day. The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper also said the suspect's apartment was being searched Saturday night for possible explosives. Muenster, a major university city, has about 300,000 residents and an attractive city centre rebuilt after World War II. German news television n-tv showed a narrow street sealed off with red-and-white police tape. Dozens of ambulances were near the cordoned-off AGENCIES downtown area.
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