SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 15 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 ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ -- MARTIN LUTHER KING’S LEGACY GOES BEYOND HIS CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM BORN 165 YEARS AGO, VINCENT VAN GOGH CONTINUES TO CAPTIVATE GALLERY-GOERS ACROSS THE WORLD WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Max and min temp to be around 37/25 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.90% TEMPERATURE US launches strikes on Syria as allies join in Kathua rape: 2 BJP ministers exit govt J&K CM asks Delhi to wake up to cauldron, wants fast track court probe Min. 39% Max: 36.7°C (+1) Min: 26.0°C (+1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:57 hrs 05:16 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 04:51 hrs 17:20 hrs Third quarter of moon on 12 April THUMBNAILS Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with BJP leader LK Advani on the occasion of B R Ambedkar’s 127th birth anniversary at Parliament House on Saturday. SNS JNU professor booked for ‘molestation’: A professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University has been booked after a student of the university's Social Sciences Department alleged that she was molested by him, the police said on Saturday. Last month, another JNU professor was arrested on charges of sexually harassing nine women students. He was later granted bail by a city court. The police said that they received a complaint from the Social Sciences Department student on Friday. CBI books ex-CMD of Uco Bank in fraud case: C The CBI has booked former chairman-cummanaging director of UCO Bank Arun Kaul and others in connection with an alleged Rs 621crore loan fraud which has caused a loss of over Rs 737 crore to the bank, officials said on Saturday. The agency carried out searches at 10 locations on Saturday, they said. Besides Kaul, the CBI booked Era Engineering Infra India Ltd. (EEIL), its CMD Hem Singh Bharana, P9 two chartered accountants. Winnie Mandela laid to rest: Millions of South Africans were saying goodbye to antiapartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as her emotionally charged official funeral began on Saturday in Soweto, where she lived until her death on April 2 at 81. Thousands of mourners packed a 40,000-seat stadium to bid farewell to the powerful figure who will be buried as a national hero, after lively debate over how she should be remembered. Conolences poured in from around the world. P10 PM’s tribute to Ambedkar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday Dalit icon B R Ambedkar gave us a Constitution that protects the rights of the weaker sections of society as he urged people not to join Naxals in a bid to secure their rights. He said the awakening among the poor and backward sections about their rights, their hopes and aspirations was due to Ambedkar, whose 127th birth anniversary was celebrated on Saturday. He attributed his own success to the chief framer of the Constitution. SNS & PTI Horrific: Guterres SRINAGAR/JAMMU, 14 APRIL wo controversial BJP ministers, who participated in a rally in support of the people arrested for the rape-cum-murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua, today exited from the PDP-BJP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir, ending a simmering political crisis in the state. A much-relieved Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation and said the unfortunate incident had brought the people of the state and the rest of the country “together”. She said a sense of justice had been reinforced in the state and urged “New Delhi to wake up to the Kashmir cauldron”. Both the alliance partners -- the BJP and the PDP -- had separate legislature party meetings in Srinagar and Jammu to discuss the situation arising out of the polarisation in the state over the rapecum-murder of the girl after some leaders of the lesser-known Hindu Ekta Manch were arrested in connection with the case. T Akhilesh ups the ante LUCKNOW, 14 APRIL Stepping up the attack on the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the Unnao rape case, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav today held the state director general of police (DGP) and Principal Secretary (Home) responsible for “shielding” the accused MLA of the ruling party. “The DGP and the Principal Secretary (Home) were shielding the accused. The entire country has seen how they were referring to him (the MLA) as 'mananiya' (honourable) at a press conference,” the former CM told reporters at the SP office here. “This government is perpetrating atrocities on the people and Opposition party leaders,” he alleged. BJP MLA from Bangarmau, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, is the prime PTI accused. UNHQ, 14 APRIL BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, who flew in to Jammu this morning, had a meeting with party leaders as well as legislators after which a decision to hand over the resignations of ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga to the chief minister was taken. Both Ganga and Singh had participated in the rally on March 1 after the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the nephew of a caretaker of a 'devisathan' (temple) in connection with the kidnapping and rape of the little girl. Later, during investigation, the police arrested the caretaker and alleged that he was the mastermind of kidnapping, rape and killing of the girl from a nomadic tribe with an ulterior motive of terrifying the community and drive them out of the village. The BJP sent the resignations to the chief min- ister who in turn will pass it on to Governor N N Vohra for acceptance, PDP leaders said. Madhav, who has been the BJP's pointsman on scripting the agenda with the PDP told reporters , in Jammu that the resignations of the two ministers would be handed over to Mehbooba Mufti for further action and also admitted that the two ministers had displayed a lack of discretion by taking part in the rally. However, he made it clear that there was no attempt to sabotage the investigations as charged by the Congress party. “The charge that the two ministers were prorapist is absolutely wrong. It was sheer indiscretion on their part,” he said. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has written to the chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, requesting the latter to set up a special fast track court to try the brutal rape and murder. Terming as “horrific” the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed the hope that the authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice. The girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community disappeared near her house on January 10 and a week later, her body was found in the same area. She was allegedly raped by six men who had held her in captivity in a village temple for a week in January. The victim was drugged, raped repeatedly before being bludgeoned to death. “We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric told reporters. AGENCIES Unnao rape: Woman accused arrested, MLA in CBI custody PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 14 APRIL The CBI today made a second arrest in the Unnao rape case as it took into custody Shashi Singh, the woman who allegedly took the victim to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of the crime, officials said. A special court in Lucknow has sent Sengar, the prime accused in the case, to a seven-day CBI custody, they said. In her complaint to UP Police, now part of the CBI FIR, the victim's mother has alleged that Shashi Singh had lured her daughter and took her to Sengar's residence where he raped her. She has also alleged that while the MLA was raping her daughter, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard. The agency arrested the BJP MLA from Bangarmau last night after 16 hours of questioning at its office in Lucknow. The agency took over the investigation in three cases related to the alleged rape of the 17-year-old girl by the BJP MLA. Within hours of taking over the investigation, the CBI brought Sengar, who had remained untouched by the state police, to its office in Lucknow, where he was questioned for nearly 16 hours before being taken into custody. In a scathing order yesterday, Allahabad High Court slammed the inaction by the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police. The court underlined that in spite of a complaint from the victim to CM Yogi Adityanath on August 17, 2017, no substantial action was taken by the police. “The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and government officials were directly in league and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh,” a bench of Chief Justice Dilip Bhosale and Justice Sunit Kumar said. “The prosecutrix and her family members have been running from pillar to post but her complaint was not registered, despite approaching the CM. The influence of the accused is such that the circle officer also declined to lodge the complaint.’’ The wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound in Barzeh district. Photo taken during a press tour. AFP AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 14 APRIL President Donald Trump today described the alleged chemical attacks in Syria as the “crimes of a monster” as the US launched precision strikes on the war-torn nation jointly with the UK and France. Trump ordered the launch of air strikes on Syria and accused President Bashar al-Assad of “barbarism and brutality”. The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a “strong deterrent” against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. Trump said he has ordered “precision strikes” against Syria, where dozens of people were killed last weekend in a suspected toxic gas attack on Douma, the largest town in a former rebel stronghold outside Damascus. “These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead,” Trump said in an address to the nation. Trump said the US would maintain pressure on Syria until the Assad regime suspends use of chemical weapons. “America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria,” he said, thanking the UK and France for joining the US in its fight against the Syrian regime. “Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality,” Trump said. He attacked the Assad regime for “deploying chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians”, referring to the alleged atrocity in Douma last Saturday. “This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical Strike on Syria an act of aggression, says Putin AGENCIES MOSCOW, 14 APRIL Russian PresidentVladimir Putin has denounced the strike on Syria launched by the United States and its allies as an “act of aggression” that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says Moscow is calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council over the strike launched by the US, Britain and France. Putin added that the strike had a “destructive influence on the entire system of international relations.” He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake. Putin said that Russweapons use by that very terrible regime,” Trump alleged. “The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead,” he said. The US president sought to bring back the vestiges of World War I, after which civilised nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. He noted that chemical weapons not only inflict gruesome suffering but also even small amounts of them can unleash widespread ian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack. He criticised the United States and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the international chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area. Israel says in response to the American-led strike in Syria that the Middle Eastern country's “murderous actions” put itself in danger. An official says in a statement today that President Donald Trump made it clear last year that the use of chemical weapons was a red line not P10 to be crossed. devastation. “The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States,” Trump said. “The combined US, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power -- military, economic, and diplomatic. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.” Biggest single day medal haul for India at C’wealth Games AGENCIES GOLD COAST, 14 APRIL From the boxing ring to the shooting range to the athletics arena, it was India shining on the penultimate day of the 21st Commonwealth Games where the country claimed its biggest single-day haul of the ongoing edition, ensnaring eight gold medals across five disciplines. The boxers picked up three, the shooters added one, the wrestlers claimed a couple, while the paddlers and the track-and-field contingent picked up one each on a truly golden day for the country, which also yielded five silver and one bronze medal. The country held on to the third position in the overall medal tally with 59 medals -- 25 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals. It all started at the shooting ranges in Brisbane, where Sanjeev Rajput shattered the Games' qualifying record before finishing on top in the 50m rifle 3 position final. “I would say it was a weak final for me because I have been shooting 458 plus all the time, but this time it was weak in the kneeling position and I had to cover it somehow in the prone but, still again, not so good in the standing,” said the shooter, not particularly satisfied with his effort but one which was enough to get him his first CWG gold. He had won a bronze (2006) and a silver (2014) in the earlier editions. The wrestlers were at it at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Center. Sumit (125kg) and Vinesh Phogat (50kg) picked up the top honours in their respective categories even as Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg) settled for a third-place finish, along with Somveer (86kg). At the boxing arena of the Oxenford Studios, M C Mary Kom (48kg) was joined by Mary Kom and Manika Batra with their gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on the penultimate day on Saturday. AFP Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg) in scripting history. The boxers, led by three, finished with nine medals in all, their best ever performance, two better than the previous best attained at 2010 Delhi Games. While Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to claim a CWG gold, Vikas became the first to have gold in both the Asian and Commonwealth Games. “Which other boxer has the number of medals that I have? ,” asked the beaming mother-of-three, who will be India's flagbear- er at the closing ceremony tomorrow. “I am so happy to have created history.” In the afternoon, Neeraj Chopra wrote his own little piece of history at the Carrara stadium when he became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal. His gold was only the fifth for India in track and field. The 20-yearold destroyed competition with his very first throw of 85.50m before taking it a notch higher with a season's best effort of 86.47m. None in the field came close to his performance even though he himself seemed a shade disappointed on missing a personal best by “just one centimetre”.“In my desperation for a personal best, I tried so hard that I tumbled over in my last two attempts. But I am very happy and I have a lot of competitions this year to achieve the personal best,” Neeraj said after his triumph. Good news poured in from the TT venue of the Oxenford Studios where Manika Batra, in perhaps the form of her life, became the first woman paddler to claim a gold medal. “This is my first individual medal in this big tournament (women's singles) and I am feeling really proud,” said the 22-year-old, who had earlier starred in the gold-winning team performance before clinching the women's doubles gold with Mouma Das. Not to forget the silvermedallists, three of them coming from boxing in Manish Kaushik (60kg), Amit Panghal (49kg) and Satish Kumar. Dipika Pallikal and Sourav Ghosal picked up the mixed doubles squash silver, while Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai claimed the second position in table tennis men's doubles. SEE ALSO PAGE 11
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