CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 01 MAY 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 P6 SENSEX 35,160.36 +190.66 Today, May Day, being a holiday in the offices of The Statesman, there will be no issue of this edition dated 2 May 2018 Rain/thundershowers with gusty winds very likely. Temperature will be in the range of 33-25 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 9.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 93% Min. 51% Max: 32.1°C (-3) SUN RISES 05:04 hrs MOON RISES 19.28 hrs Min: 27.8°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:03 hrs MOON SETS 06:02 hrs TEMPERATURE P9 NIFTY 10,739.35 +47.05 Moon phase: Third quarter on 8 May THUMBNAILS Devotees pray at a Buddhist temple on the occasion of Budh Purnima in the capital on Monday. RITIK JAIN Kashmir encounter: Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists including Sameer Ahmed Bhat, alias 'Sameer Tiger', considered the main recruiter for the group as well as the brain behind several political killings, were gunned down in an encounter in Pulwama district. A civilian, Shahid Ahmad Dar, was also killed while some others were injured when they tried to storm the encounter site at Drabgam. Separately, three civilians were shot dead by suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyaba militants in Baramulla. he incident of police aspirants in BJPruled Madhya Pradesh having caste categories written on their bare chests sparked condemnation today from the chiefs of the Congress and the BSP who alleged this reflected the “casteist attitude” of the saffron party. The Sharad Pawar-led NCP also asked the Prime Minister's Office(PMO) to probe the incident, calling it “shameful”. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP government of“knifing” the nation's heart with its “casteist attitude”, BSP chief Mayawati alleged that the “criminal act” is a fresh example of BJP governments' “new found love” for Dalits for their political gains. An inquiry has been ordered by police after photographs in various newspapers showed aspirants with “SC” (Scheduled Caste), “ST” (Scheduled Tribe) and “G” (General) marked with sketch pens on their chests as they queued up for their medical examination in Dhar district yesterday. Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh yesterday told PTI he had ordered an inquiry by a T Nalini summoned: In fresh trouble for the family of former finance minister P Chidambaram, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned his wife Nalini in connection with its money laundering probe into the Saradha ponzi scam. Officials said Nalini has been summoned at the Kolkata office of the central probe agency on May 7. The agency wants to record her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE The Trinamul Congress has set a record of sorts by winning around one-third seats in the three-tier panchayat elections, slated for 14 May, uncontested. The party has in fact filed more nominations than the total number of seats. According to data released by the West Bengal State Election Commission, Trinamul Congress has won in 16,814 out of 48,650 seats uncontested at the gram panchayat level. At the panchayat samiti level, 3,059 out of 9,217 seats have been bagged uncontested and at the zilla parishad level, 203 out of Hockey legend refuses Pak heart transplant offer, insists on going to India DAWN/ANN ISLAMABAD, 30 APRIL Pakistan’sWorld Cup-winning field hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed on Monday refused the offer of having his heart transplant operation conducted within the country. “Pakistan does not have enough facilities, I want the transplant to be conducted in India," Ahmed said. The ailing sports star reached out to India last week and asked for help in securing a heart transplant ~ despite years of breaking the eastern neighbours’ "hearts on the field". The 49-year-old hockey legend has been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted This is the new and fresh example of BJP governments' new found love for Dalits for their political gains... Does it suit the BJP and company, and the prime minister himself, to remain silent, (and) not to condemn such a casteist incident MAYAWATI BAHUJAN SAMAJ PARTY CHIEF deputy SP rank officer. Singh had said those conducting the medical examination process had told police that the markings were made to tell apart candidates belonging to different categories as the physical requirements for each of these categories were different. “However, they should have used other ways to differentiate. This is a serious matter,”he said. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi put out a picture of two youths with the words SC' and 'ST' written on their chests respectively. Slamming the BJP over the issue, Gandhi tweeted, BJP government's casteist attitude has knifed the heart of the country. By writing SC/ST on the chest of youths in Madhya Pradesh, they TMC wins 20,000 seats uncontested KOLKATA, 30 APRIL Suspect meet SIT: The West Bengal government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to examine the allegations of processed meat being sourced from animal carcasses discarded at dumping grounds. So far, nine people, including a political leader, have been arrested in connection with the case. The state enforcement branch is also investigating the matter simultaneously. GOLD 29,920.00 -160.00 Probe ordered into MP police recruitment incident PRESS TRUST OF INDIA in his heart. Ahmed has been a sporting icon in Pakistan since helping the country win the 1994 World Cup in Sydney with his penalty stroke save against the Netherlands in the final. “I may have broken a lot of Indian hearts on the field of play by beating India in the Indira Gandhi Cup  and in other events but that was sport,” Ahmed had told AFP in a recent interview. “Now I need a heart transplant in India and for that I need support from the Indian government.” Ahmed ~ who played 338 international matches, participated in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a career spanning from 1986 to 2000 ~ said the visa could be a lifesaver. 825 seats have been won uncontested by the TMC. The ruling party has won uncontested 38.5 6 per cent seats in gram panchayat, 33.18 per cent in panchayat samiti and 24.60 per cent in zilla parishad. Overall, the Trinamul Congress has won a record 34.20 per cent seats uncontested. Sources in the SEC confirmed that this year's uncontested figure was the highest that the ruling party has earned in the last three panchayat polls. In 2013, seats won uncontested were 10.7 per cent of the total seats. In 2008, the figure was 5.6 per cent and in 2003, 11 per cent of the total seats were won uncontested. MESSI ELOQUENT AFTER BARCA’S LEAGUE TRIUMPH P9 Parties target Modi over caste mark row NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, 30 APRIL WEATHER ASSAD RENEWS OFFENSIVE HASINA SEEKS UNSC PRESSURE ON MYANMAR LEADING THE COMMONWEALTH have attacked the country's Constitution. This is BJP/RSS thought. This same thought sometimes ties a vessel around the neck of Dalits, or a broom on their bodies, and stops them from entering a temple. We will defeat this thought, he tweeted in Hindi. Elections to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly are due later this year. Lashing out at the BJP , BSP chief Mayawati claimed the incident was just a fresh example of the saffron party's new found love for Dalits. She also questioned the “silence” of top leaders including the prime minister on the issue. “This is the new and fresh example of BJP governments' new found love for Dalits for their political gains,” Mayawati said in a statement released in Lucknow. The BSP chief, in her statement, asked why top BJP leaders had not condemned the incident. “Does it suit the BJP and company, and the prime minister himself, to remain silent, (and) not to condemn such a casteist incident,” she asked. She demanded that the officials responsible for the incident be punished while the Centre needed to issue strict orders to check recurrence of such incidents anywhere in the country. P11 SILVER 39,300.00 -100.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 73.96 -0.68 Kathua minor incident: New J&K Dy CM PRESS TRUST OF INDIA JAMMU, 30 APRIL Hours after he took oath as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP leader Kavinder Gupta termed the Kathua rape and murder case, which had led to nation-wide outrage, as a “small” happening that was hyped. It (Kathua rape and murder) was a small thing. We have to think over it so that such incidents are not repeated,” Gupta told reporters here. He was replying to questions on whether the ruling coalition was under pressure in the Kathua case. “Such challenges are faced by the government. It shouldn't have been given all this hype,” Gupta said, though he added that there was a need to ensure justice to the victim. An eight-year-old girl was alleged raped and brutally killed in a village in Kathua district. There was outrage and protests across the country over the crime. “There are various issues and bigger ones (confronting J&K). They need to be resolved. we should not confined to it (Kathua case),” he added. Gupta, state BJP chief Sat Paul Sharma and six others were today sworn in as ministers in the state's PDPBJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.The shakeup of the council of ministers followed BJP ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga resigning from the cabinet earlier this month after they were criticised for taking part in a rally in support of those accused SENT PACKING RJD chief Lalu Yadav arrives at New Delhi Railway station after being discharged from AIIMS on Monday. The RJD has (P2) termed his discharge from the hospital a conspiracy to murder him. AMARJEET SINGH Deadliest day for media in Afghanistan AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE KABUL, 30 APRIL Ten journalists including Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, were among dozens killed in multiple attacks across Afghanistan today, in the deadliest day for the country's media since 2001. Two suicide blasts in Kabul killed 25 people including Marai along with at least eight other journalists, in what Reporters Without Borders said was the most lethal single attack on the media since the fall of the Taliban. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, was condemned internationally by groups including the United Nations and the European Union, and Journalists from Radio Free Europe and Afghan broadcasters Tolo News and 1TV, as well as others, were among those killed in Kabul, Reporters Without Borders said spurred an outpouring of grief among Afghan journalists, many of whom took to Twitter to post tributes to colleagues and friends. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the second explosion came minutes after the first and targeted reporters at the scene. “The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” he said. The interior ministry confirmed the number of deaths and said 49 people had been wounded amid fears the toll could rise. Later Monday the BBC confirmed that one of its reporters, 29-year-old Ahmad Shah, was killed in a separate attack in eastern Khost province, near the border with Pakistan. In a third attack 11 children were killed and 16 people wounded, including foreign and Afghan security force members, when a suicide attacker exploded his bomb-laden car near a convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that attack, which brought the total number of people killed across the country to 37. Journalists from Radio Free Europe and Afghan broadcasters Tolo News and 1TV, as well as others, were among those killed in Kabul, Reporters Without Borders said. “This tragedy reminds us of the danger that our teams continually face on the ground and the essential role journalists play for democracy,” said Fabrice Fries, CEO of AFP . Marai ~who was buried later Monday ~ joined AFP as a driver in 1996, the year the Taliban seized power, and began taking pictures on the side, covering stories including the US invasion in 2001. In 2002 he became a full-time photo stringer, rising through the ranks to become chief photographer in the bureau. Rudd felled by Windrush row, Javid takes over PRESS TRUST OF INDIA After his appointment, Javid, born to parents who migrated to the UK in the 1960s, vowed to review the country's immigration policy to make sure it was fair and people were treated with “dignity and respect” LONDON, 30 APRIL Pakistani-origin MP Sajid Javid was today appointed as Britain's new Home Secretary to replace Amber Rudd, who resigned after admitting that she had “inadvertently misled” Parliament over the existence of deportation targets for illegal immigrants. Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose family migrated to Britain in the 1960s, was promoted from his Cabinet post of Communities, Local Government and Housing minister. The 48-year-old former investment banker becomes the first South Asian origin MP to hold the key portfolio in the UK Cabinet. After his appointment, Javid vowed to review the country's immigration policy to make sure it was fair and people were treated with “dignity and respect”. “The most urgent task I have is to help those British cit- izens that came from the Caribbean, the so-called Windrush generation, and make sure that they are all treated with the decency and the fairness that they deserve. I think that's what people want to see,” said Javid, whose parents were born in pre-Partition India before migrating to Pakistan and then to the UK in the 1960s. Javid is the Conservative party MP for Bromsgrove since 2010 and has previously held business and culture portfolios in the UK government. Theresa May, who served as UK home secretary for many years before taking charge as the British Prime Minister in July 2016, has faced severe criticism over the dispute around the UK Home Office setting targets for enforced removals of illegal migrants. In Rudd, Prime Minister May lost a close ally in the Cab- CMYK in the Kathua case. Governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Gupta and seven other new ministers. Sat Sharma, president of the J&K unit of BJP Sunil , Sharma, DK Manyal, Rajiv Jasrotia and Shakti Parihar of the BJP and Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Mohammad Khalil Band of PDP were also sworn in as ministers. inet and said she was “very sorry” to see her go, adding: “I think she can look back with pride as home secretary.” Javid's appointment is widely seen as a way for May to curtail the backlash from the Windrush scandal, which brought to light the unfair treatment of Commonwealth citizens from Jamaica over a lack of citizenship documentation. The resignation of Rudd followed weeks of pressure ever since her statement to the Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee denying knowledge of any targets to remove illegal migrants from the UK. Leaked memos and letters in the media seemed to contradict her claims, resulting in her decision to step down late last night. Rudd said she took “full responsibility” for the fact that she was not aware of “information provided to (her) office which makes mention of targets”. The issue centres around thousands of UK-based Jamaicans facing forced deportation due to lack of documentary evidence that they had the right to live and work in Britain because they arrived pre-1973, when stricter new visa norms came into force for all Commonwealth nationals migrating to the UK. Those affected belong to the Windrush generation, named for the ship EmpireWindrush, which in 1948 brought hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to Britain to help it rebuild after World War II. For held over Jehanabad molest incident PATNA, 30 APRIL Four youths, including a minor, were arrested in Bihar's Jehanabad district in connection with the alleged molestation of a girl, after a video of the incident went viral on social media. Inspector General of Police, Patna zone, N H Khan, told reporters here that police received information late on Saturday night about the horrifying video in which some youths were seen molesting the girl, believed to be a minor, who kept crying for help. “A motorcycle was spotted in the clip. Its number was noted and with its help the police got the vital clue that the incident had taken place in Jehanabad,” he said. An FIR was lodged at Town Police Station of Jehanabad under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act. The motorcycle, whose owner was absconding, was seized, he said. A Special Investigation Team, comprising the superintendent of police of Jehanabad and an additional superintendent of police of Patna was set up and raids were conducted in Patna, Gaya and Jehanabad on the basis of the information obtained by the police, Khan said. He said Amar Kumar, Deepak Kumar and Sunil Kumar ~ all aged 18 years ~ and a juvenile have so far been arrested. All of them belonged to Bharathua village in Jehanabad. Two of them were seen in the video clip while the other two were involved in shooting the video. Police said four or five other youths were involved. The girl, a Dalit in her teens, has been sent for PTI medical tests.
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