CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 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 CHEMICAL ASSAD FBI RAIDS OFFICES OF TRUMP'S LAWYER P10 SENSEX 33,880.25 +91.71 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas. Max & min temp 34/24 degrees celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 30.3 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P6 NIFTY 10,402.25 +22.90 OF RECORDS AND RONALDO, THE REAL MARKSMAN P2 ` vs $ 64.99 +3 PAISE GOLD 29,580.00 +110.00 Min. 47% Max: 33.6°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:20 hrs MOON RISES 02.14 hrs Min: 20.6°C (-5) SUN SETS 17:56 hrs MOON SETS 13:43 hrs Third quarter of moon on 11 April THUMBNAILS India wins gold: Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu shone the brightest with a gold and a Games record, while para-powerlifter Sachin Chaudhary put behind a dope-tainted past to claim a surprise bronze as the Indian juggernaut slowed down a bit after five days of gold rush at the Commonwealth Games. The Indian contingent have so far collected 11 gold, four silver and six bronze medals. India held on to the P11 third spot behind Australia and England. Bank shares dominate trading: Axis Bank stock - and later in the day ICICI Bank scrip as well - rallied and stood out as among the best intra-day performers on Tuesday after Axis Bank board of directors officially communicated to the Reserve Bank of India that the private lender's CEO and managing director Ms Shikha Sharma has "volunteered" to cut short her current fourth-term in office to 31 P8 December 2018 from May 2021. Labourers killed in accident: At least 18 labourers were killed and 15 others injured when a speeding truck overturned in Maharashtra's Satara district in the early hours Tuesday, a police officer said. The condition of three of the injured labourers was reported to be critical, he said. Police suspect the driver “dozed off” and lost control of the vehicle while managing a difficult turn, leading to the accident. Media bodies urge PM to set PCI and CPAC in order: Eight media bodies have called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and "set things right" in the Press Council of India (PCI) and the Central Press Accreditation Committee (CPAC) of the Press Information Bureau to ensure "restoration of the credibility and sanctity" of these vital institutions of the fourth estate, which have "recently come P5 under a cloud". BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.96 +1.31 Parl washout: PM to observe fast with BJP MPs to protest ‘undemocratic’ Cong actions SEC recalls nomination extension, HC stays it PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 10 APRIL Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a daylong fast on Thursday along with BJP MPs to protest the “undemocratic” actions of the Congress which led to the washout of the Budget session of Parliament, while party chief Amit Shah will hold a sit-in at Hubli in pollbound Karnataka on the same day, the BJP today announced. According to sources, the party will also observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer from backward caste, on April 11 as Samta Divas (equality day). Modi will address the MPs and interact with some of them on the occasion, they said. In a statement, the BJP said that Prime Minister Modi along with all the party MPs will observe fast on April 12, to reveal the “undemocratic and antidevelopment face of the Congress party, which stalled the proceedings of Parliament during the Budget session”. Addressing BJP MPs on Friday, Modi had accused the Opposition, particularly the Congress, of practising divisive politics and said that BJP MPs will observe a fast on April 12 to protest the ith the process of filing of nominations for the three-phase panchayat polls beginning 1 May being dogged by violence and allegations of intimidation by ruling party activists, Calcutta High Court today passed an interim stay on the West Bengal State Election Commission's order earlier in the day cancelling its own directive last night to extend the nominations deadline by a day. The last day for filing nominations was to expire yesterday. Hearing will be held on 20 April. State BJP leader Pratap Bandopadhyay moved the High Court challenging the cancellation. Justice Subrata Talukdar heard the petitioner and his opponent in his chamber following objection by lawyers in view of the ongoing ceasework. After the hearing Mr Bandopadhyay said the court had passed the interim stay which will continue till 23 April. All parties involved in the matter were asked to file affidavits stating their position on the W matter. Trinamul Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee, who appeared for the ruling party, said that though the court ordered a stay, it refused to interfere with the election process. He further said since scrutiny of nominations was scheduled to be held on 11 April, the interim order would not affect the election process. The SEC had yesterday ordered the nominations would be received at designated state government offices from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm today. Tempers rose in the courtroom before the hearing of the matter after a counsel walked in wearing band and gown though the advocates have been staying away from the court for over a month in support of their demands including appointment of sufficient number of judges. The advocate who had come in wearing band and Zuckerberg apologises to US Congress for Fb data breach AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 10 APRIL Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to the US Congress and taken personal responsibility over the Cambridge Analytica scandal for “not doing enough” to protect Facebook's 87 million users' private data from being misused and manipulated. In a testimony released yesterday on the eve of his first congressional appearance, Zuckerberg accepted responsibility for the social network's failure to protect private data of its users and prevent manipulation of the platform. “We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry,” Zuckerberg said in his written testimony released by a House of Representatives panel. “I started Face- gown was taken away from the court room. Earlier during the day, PCC chief Adhir Chowdhury was given leave by Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee of the High Court to file a fresh application specifying incidents of flouting of an order of this Bench directing the superintendents of police to help the panchayat candidates file nominations if needed. Opposition parties ~ the BJP, the Left Front and the Congress, which had lauded the SEC's decision to extend the nomination deadline yesterday, held several demonstrations outside the Commission's office alleging it had buckled under pressure exerted by the ruling party to cancel the extension of deadline. To control the situation, a huge contingent of police force was deployed NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL outside the SEC office throughout the day. The new notification issued by the SEC said: “It appears that there was no specific direction by the Supreme Court of India for extension of the nomination date. Therefore on perusal of all the papers and considering all the points, the Commission hereby recalls the said order and therefore rescinds the (previous) order.” According to the new notification, the SEC had received two letters, one from the special secretary of the state government and another from the Trinamul citing legal infirmities in the previous order of the Commission. Trinamul’s all-India general secretary Subrata Bakshi said never before in the history of the panchayat polls had the nomination date been extended after gazette notification. Extensions can be done only in case of natural disasters but no such thing had happened now. State BJP panchayat convener Mukul Roy said the sudden cancellation of the order by the SEC caused immense suffering to candidates. Centre orders inquiry into IndiGo passenger offloading SNS & PTI NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL book, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here.” “It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech,” Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg, 33, who is facing the worst crisis of business, will testify before senators later today and a House panel tomorrow amid a firestorm over the hijacking of data of millions of Facebook users. The government today ordered a probe into the incident of a doctor being allegedly manhandled and offloaded from an IndiGo flight at Lucknow airport after he complained of mosquitoes on-board even as the airline maintained there was no physical altercation. In yet another incident of scuffle involving IndiGo staff, cardiologist Saurabh Rai has accused the airline of manhandling and deboarding him from the Bengaluru-bound flight on Monday and said he would take “legal recourse” against the no-frills carrier. Against the backdrop of the civil aviation ministry deciding to probe the incident, IndiGo issued a long STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 10 APRIL cist Vararuthu took out a procession to the stadium, expressing their sentiments on the river water issue. When hundreds of activists took to the streets around the stadium police had a tough time removing the blockade to facilitate the vehicle carrying players to the stadium from hotels. For a while there was no guarantee that the match will start on time or even could be held. But by 7.30 pm. police removed the blockade and spectators started pouring in to watch their favourite team play after a long gap of two years. Except TVK cadres, no other major political party cadres attempted to disrupt the match or show black flags, though most of them supported the call to make the IPL venue a protest venue. The actors turned politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also supported this move which raised concerns over the holding of the match in Chennai. Though major political parties did not intend to disrupt the match, fringe groups like UP rape case: BJP MLA’s brother held, SIT to probe issues LUCKNOW, 10 APRIL statement in the evening which was substantially different from the tweets issued by the airline on Monday. “I have ordered an inquiry into the incident of off-loading passenger Dr Saurabh Rai by IndiGo at Lucknow Airport,” Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet. Sources said IndiGo is believed to have submitted a report to the ministry. This is at least the second incident in six months involving IndiGo staff. Rai TVK and its leader T. Velmurugan threatened to disrupt the IPL match and ‘capture’ the players. On Tuesday morning TVK cadres alighted from Chepauk MRTS railway station and tried to enter the stadium through the main gate with black flags but police stopped them and took them into custody. The threat from fringe groups forced the Chennai police to make elaborate security arrangements under the direct supervision of Additional Commissioner of Police M C Sarangan. Three joint commissioners and 13 deputy police commissioners led the team of about 4000 personnel including city police, armed reserve and elite commando groups, to ensure security to the IPL venue and the hotels where the players are staying. Meanwhile, DMK working president and Opposition leader MK Stalin led the Cauvery Retrieval March in Delta districts for the second day. Stalin was seen riding a bullock cart CMYK impasse in Parliament. The Congress had tried to pre-empt the BJP event by announcing that its members would observe a fast on April 9 to promote communal harmony in the country. All BJP MPs will observe fast on April 12 in their respective constituencies, the party said. While observing fast, Modi will not disturb his daily official routine of meeting people and officials, and clearing files, sources in the know said. Through the observation of the fast, the BJP MPs will make people aware of the Opposition parties' conspiracies to stall development in the country by obstructing Parliament proceedings, the party said. Shah will hold a 'dharna' (sit-in) in Karnataka's Hubli, it added. The country has seen a transparent and decisive government under the able leadership of Modi in last four years, the BJP said. They also added that as directed by the Prime Minister, the BJP MPs will also organise events to mark the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar on April 14. The BJP and its top brass have been underlining the party's commitment to the welfare of Dalits and works of the Modi government while highlighting Ambedkar's legacy at a time when Opposition parties have accused the ruling party of being anti-Dalit. “In a systematic manner, the Congress which is used to being in power is developing an atmosphere of fear. It is trying to disturb peace and harmony in the country by indulging in politics of violence in the country,” the BJP said. The Congress today once again boycotted the meeting of the Lokpal Selection Committee with its leader in LS Mallikarjun Kharge saying that he was invited by the government as a 'special invitee' with the singular intention of excluding the opinion of the Opposition in the selection process. Kharge shot off a letter to the PM declining the offer to attend the meeting and alleged that his government has not accorded priority and importance to the issue. AGENCIES said that as the cabin was full of mosquitoes, he repeatedly asked the airline staff if something can be done to remove them but the requests were not entertained. After the aircraft door was shut, he asked whether the crew members can arrange some mosquito repellent but there was no response. After a few minutes, airline personnel caught him by his collar before dragging him to the ramp, Rai claimed. Cauvery protests spill to IPL venue in Chennai The agitation for the constitution of a Cauvery Management Board, which entered the second week on Tuesday, spilled to the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament venue with hundreds of activists staging black flag protests near the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, in Chennai. But police dispersed the protesters from the venue of the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders match. The Chennai city police arrested hundreds of cadres belonging to various outfits including fringe groups like the TamizhagaVaazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) when they attempted to enter the stadium in the morning and disrupted traffic in the busy Anna Salai-Chepauk road junction in the evening. Meanwhile, tension prevailed around the stadium in the evening when activists and cinema workers like director Bharathiraja, Seeman and lyri- P11 SILVER 38,600.00 +300.00 Stay till 23 April, hearing on 20th; panchayat parties’ affidavit sought Max.94% TEMPERATURE CBI RAIDS LALU PREMISES Centre allays fears on water NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL The Centre today sought to allay fears that water was not being released to Tamil Nadu for irrigation from Cauvery basin reservoirs due to non-formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). Union Water Resources Secretary clarified that as per the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award, water can be released from the dam between Feb and May only to maintain 'environmental-flow'. during the march which enthused the cadres and onlookers. CSK beat KKR by five wickets in a thriller, P12 Police today arrested Atul Singh, the brother of a BJP MLA, in connection with the gangrape of an 18year-old woman at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh and the custodial death of the victim's father, and a special investigation team (SIT) was formed to probe the matters. “The SIT will go into the entire gamut of issues involved in the incident,” ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told a press conference here, after the MLA's brother was arrested at Unnao. The woman has alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brothers, and blamed the lawmaker for her father's death. The BJP MLA has rejected the charges as a conspiracy by his opponents. The police officer said that so far clean chit had not been given to anyone in the matter. Kumar said the SIT would be headed by the Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (Lucknow zone). The Superintendent of Police (crime branch) will be a member of the SIT, which will look into various aspects of the case and accordingly take action against those found guilty, he said. “The entire gamut of the complaint...will be factored in by the SIT and whatever legal actions can be taken, will be taken,” Kumar said. The victim's father died in custody at Unnao yesterday, prompting her to charge that he was killed inside the district jail at the behest of the lawmaker. To a question about the possibility of any role of influential persons close to the MLA in the case, the ADG said, “The SIT will establish all NHRC notice NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, 10 APRIL The NHRC today sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police chief seeking a detailed report on the custodial death of a man after his daughter had accused a BJP MLA and his aides of gangrape in Unnao, and asked the authorities to ensure “the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment”. PTI that...As you know the SHO of the police station and five other policemen have been suspended on grounds of dereliction of duty and mala fide considerations. The entire issue will be reconstructed and whoever is culpable and whosoever has tried to shield any person will be taken to task.” Kumar said the death of the victim's father did not take place in police custody. SC moved for CBI probe: A plea was moved in the Supreme Court today seeking a CBI probe into the gangrape of a minor girl in Uttar Pradesh allegedly by a BJP MLA and his associates and the death of her father in police custody yesterday. The petition filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma alleged that the rape victim's father was tortured and killed in police custody at the behest of the “ruling party”. Sharma, in his PIL, has sought a direction to the CBI for probe and prosecution under various provisions of IPC against the alleged kidnapping and rape.
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