WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 11 APRIL 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR CONG BOYCOTTS LOKPAL PANEL MEET AGAIN SOUTHERN STATES SLAM 15TH FINANCE PANEL'S TERMS P5 SENSEX 33,880.25 +91.71 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershower to occur towards afternoon/evening. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 33 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: 1.2 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.81% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.5°C (-1) SUN RISES 05:59 hrs MOON RISES 03.47 hrs FBI RAIDS OFFICES OF TRUMP'S LAWYER P7 NIFTY 10,402.25 +22.90 ` vs $ 64.99 +3 PAISE GOLD 29,580.00 +110.00 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 has so far collected 11 gold, four silver and six bronze medals. India held on to the P16 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 today 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 December P11 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 on Tuesday, a police official 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, 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". SILVER 38,600.00 +300.00 Parl washout: PM to observe fast tomorrow P rime 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 announced on Tuesday. According to sources, the party will also observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer from backward caste, on 11 April as Samta Divas (equality day). PM Modi would address the MPs and interact with some of them on the occasion. In a statement, the BJP said PM Modi along with all the party MPs will observe fast on 12 April to reveal the "undemocratic and antidevelopment face of the Congress party, which stalled the proceedings of Parliament during Budget Session". Addressing BJP MPs last Friday, Modi had accused the Opposition, especially the Congress, of practising divisive politics, declaring that BJP MPs will observe a fast on 12 April to protest the impasse in Parliament. The Congress had sought to preempt the BJP event by announcing that its members will observe a fast on 9 April to promote harmony and to protest caste and communal violence in the country. On 12 April, all BJP MPs will observe fast 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 said. Through the fast, the MPs would will make people aware about the Opposition parties' "conspiracies to stall development" in the country by blocking Par- liament proceedings, the BJP said. The PM has also directed the BJP MPs to organise events to mark the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar on 14 April.The BJP and its top brass have been underlining the party's commitment to the welfare of Dalits and the Modi government's work while highlighting Ambedkar's legacy at a time when the 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 coun- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, 10 APRIL BJP MLA from Bangarmau (Unnao) Kuldeep Singh Sengar's brother, Atul Singh Sengar, was arrested by the police early onTuesday, a day after the custodial death of the Unnao rape victim's father. The rape victim's father is alleged to have been physically assaulted by the MLA's brother and his goons in Unnao on 3 April, but the police, instead of arresting Atul Sengar and his henchmen, who were let off, had arrested the rape victim's father, Pappu Singh. Four accomplices of the MLA's brother were arrested on Monday. The BJP MLA's brother was arrested by the crime branch of the police in Kanpur after his name was included in the first information report. The accused had used his clout to have his name deleted from the complaint filed by the rape victim's family after her father was beaten up by Sengar and his cohorts. Feeling the heat from the Opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief MinisterYogi Adityanath had said on Monday that the accused in the custodial death case will not be spared. A police official said here on Tuesday that a crime branch team from Lucknow led by the SP Crime, , Dinesh Singh arrested Atul try," the BJP charged. Meanwhile, in Bihar today, PM Modi slammed the Opposition for allegedly trying to break up society and put hurdles, "from Parliament to the streets", in the governments' efforts to uplift the poor. Without mentioning the RJD-Congress combine in Bihar, Modi lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his “fight against the corrupt and anti-social forces in the state” and said the Centre stood firmly behind his efforts. “From the streets to Parliament, roadblocks are being created in the government's work. While the Centre is working towards uniting people, opponents are working towards breaking the society,” he said in Motihari. The PM was addressing over 20,000 Swachhagrahis (cleanliness volunteers) at the concluding ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi 'Champaran Satyagraha' centenary celebrations. His remarks came in the wake of recent disruption of parliamentary proceedings by Opposition parties over issues like dilution of SC/ST Act and their support to the 2 April "Bharat Bandh" called by Dalit and tribal organizations, which resulted in violence in several parts of the country. NHRC notice NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, 10 APRIL AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 10 APRIL his brother of allegedly raping her in June 2017. The girl had attempted self-immolation outside the chief minister's residence on Sunday but timely police intervention deterred her from committing the act.The MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, has a history of party-hopping from Bahujan Samaj Party to Samajwadi Party and finally to BJP . He was summoned by the Uttar Pradesh CM to Lucknow on Monday amid the Opposition charge that the ruling party was trying to save the MLA.Talking to news persons on Monday after his meeting with the chief minister, the MLA denied the charges and said that he was a subject of a conspiracy hatched by some vested interests in his constituency. HC stays cancellation of SEC’s own order STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 10 APRIL NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL 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. MORE ON PAGE 12 The government on Tuesday 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 statement in the evening STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 10 APRIL workers like director Bharathiraja, Seeman and lyricist Vararuthu took out a procession to the stadium demanding an opportunity to show their sentiments on the river 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 play- Singh Sengar early on Tuesday morning.The official said after Sengar's name was included in the FIR lodged at the Makhi police station in Unnao, Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder was added to the report. The crime had earlier been registered under Sections 147, 323 (voluntarily causing hurt ) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC. Even as arrests have been made in the physical assault case and five policemen were suspended on Monday, no headway seems to have been made in the alleged rape case. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar told press persons that a special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted to inquire into the alleged rape charges levelled against the MLA by the girl.The SIT will also probe the custodial death of the girl's father, he said. The 18-year old rape victim from Unnao has accused the BJP MLA and Centre orders inquiry into IndiGo passenger offloading 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. which was substantially different from the tweets issued by the airline on Monday. “I have ordered an enquiry 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 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 political activists staging black flag protests near the MA Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk in Chennai. But police managed to keep the protesters away from the venue where Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders match is being held. The Chennai city police arrested hundreds of cadres belonging to various outfits including fringe groups like the Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai 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 MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar The NHRC on Tuesday 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 SNS & PTI Zuckerberg apologises to US Congress for Fb data breach 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 Facebook, BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 69.96 +1.31 UP rape case: BJP MLA’s brother held, SIT probe ordered Modi will fast along with BJP MPs to protest 'undemocratic' Cong actions NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL Min: 21.4°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:44 hrs MOON SETS 14:21 hrs P15 P12 AGENCIES Min. 33% RONALDO LOOKING BETTER AHEAD OF JUVENTUS RETURN ers 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 playing 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 par- ties did not intend to disrupt the match, fringe groups like TVK and its leader T. Velmurugan threatened to disrupt the IPL match and ‘capture’ the IPL 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, gave security to the 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 Centre allays fears on water NEW DELHI, 10 APRIL The Centre on Tuesday 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'. PTI districts for the second day. Stalin was seen riding a bullock cart during the march which enthused the cadres and onlookers. With the process of filing of nominations for the three-phase West Bengal panchayat polls beginning 1 May being dogged by violence and allegations of intimidation by ruling party activists, Calcutta High Court Tuesday passed an interim stay on the State Election Commission (SEC)'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 on Monday. Hearing will be held tomorrow. State BJP leader Pratap Bandopadhyay moved the HC 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 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 matter. Trinamul Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee, who appeared for the ruling party, said 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 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday. 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 All parties involved in the matter were asked to file affidavits stating their position on the matter 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 gown was taken away from the court room. Earlier during the day, the Congress party's state 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 outside the SEC office throughout the day.
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