SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 06 MAY 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 MOIRA DONEGAN, THE WOMAN WHO BEGAN #METOO, READILY ADMITS SHE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS COMING LAST FALL ART PAUL, ART DIRECTOR WHO GAVE PLAYBOY ITS LOOK, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK AT THE AGE OF 93 WEATHER Rain/thundershower possible. Temperature in range 36-28 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.85% Rahul Gandhi seeks answers from Modi on tainted candidates Min. 60% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.0°C (0) SUN SETS 18:05 hrs MOON RISES 23:27 hrs 3 LeT militants killed Congress will be reduced to PPP: Modi in Srinagar gunfight Over `120 cr suspect cash seized in Karnataka Min: 27.5°C (+2) SUN RISES 05:01 hrs MOON SETS 09:52 hrs PRESS TRUST OF INDIAL Moon phase: Third quarter on 8 May PRESS TRUST OF INDIA GADAG/TUMAKURU, 5 MAY THUMBNAILS ll guns blazing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today mounted a scathing attack on the Congress over corruption, and asserted it will become“Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar” Congress after its defeat in the Karnataka Assembly polls. With the D-day for the polls drawing closer, Modi upped the ante against the Siddaramaiah government, alleging it has become a “corruption tank” for the Congress with a pipeline connected to Delhi, “where the money reaches directly”. He also accused the top Congress leadership of auctioning tickets, party positions and even the chief minister's post. “After May 15 (when poll results will be declared), Indian National Congress will be reduced to 'PPP Congress'~ P for Punjab, P for Puducherry, and P for Parivar (family),” Modi told an election rally in Gadag, where he predicted the state's ruling party would be decimated in the elections. He accused the Con- A An Atlas-V rocket with the NASA InSight Mars lander spacecraft onboard is seen on the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, shortly before the spacecraft was launched on Saturday. AFP Russian protests: Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than 1,000 antiKremlin activists were detained by police on Saturday during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth term as President. Navalny had called for demonstrations in more than 90 towns and cities across Russia against what he says is Putin’s autocratic, Tsar-like rule. The Election Commission-appointed surveillance teams have seized suspect cash, jewellery and other inducements worth over Rs 120 crore in poll-bound Karnataka, a senior official said today. Cash amounting to over Rs 67.27 crore, over five lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 23.36 crore, gold valued at 43.17 crore and other items such as pressure cookers, sarees, sewing machines, gutkha, laptops and vehicles, among others, worth about Rs 18.57 crore, have been seized, he said. The official said Rs 32.54 crore in cash, out of the total seizures of Rs 152.78 crore, has been released after verification. The figure also includes seized narcotics worth more than Rs 39.80 lakh, according to official data since the declaration of the elections for the Karnataka Assembly. The seizures have been made by various surveillance, police and Income Tax department teams that have been deployed in the state by the poll panel to check the use of black money and illegal inducements, the official said. The state will go to polls on May 12. The counting of votes is scheduled for May 15. directly to Delhi. Hitting back, Rahul Gandhi demanded answers from Mr Modi over the BJP giving tickets to those allegedly involved in corruption, including its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa. The Congress president put out a video titled “Karnataka's Most Wanted” on his Twitter account to highlight the issue. The video had photo- graphs of Modi and other BJP leaders with the party's election candidates, including former ministers who have cases of corruption registered against them. “Dear Modi ji, You talk a lot. Problem is, your actions don't match your words. Here's a primer on your candidate selection in Karnataka,” he said in the tweet. “It plays like an episode of 'Karnataka's Most Wanted',” he said. NEW DELHI, MAY 5 gress of “auctioning” party tickets and posts, and recalled how a string of scams rocked the erstwhile UPA government. “After the helicopter scam, coal scam, CWG scam and many others, the Congress has now started a tender system... there is tender for ticket distribution, for selecting leaders, for choosing even the chief minister. “Their leaders in Karnataka have been told by those above them that the person who promises to send the highest amount of money to Delhi every month will become the chief minister,” he alleged. Modi said despite a string of electoral losses in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Tripura the Congress was not as worried as it is now when defeat stares it in the face. “I tell you why... Because their ministers and leaders in Karnataka have built a tank here. A part of money looted from people is taken home and the rest is put in that tank. The tank is linked to Delhi through a pipeline which carries the money ‘Mistake to have dropped Kuchibhotla killer gets life term English during LF rule’ PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, MAY 5 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 5 MAY English as a language still has relevance for pursuing higher education and seeking employment and removing English from the curriculum was a wrong decision of the erstwhile communist regime in Bengal, British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell said today. Mr Bucknell also asked: “How can initiatives like Startup India, Make-in-India be successful if the economy does not support it?” Speaking at a convention on education organised by the Bengal Chamber, Mr Bucknell said, “Removing English from the curriculum at the school level was a sad decision as English is used in several countries. This had affected the overall skill development of the state.” Mr Bucknell was referring to the period of almost 22 years during which the erstwhile Left government removed English from the primary school level. Teaching of English had been abolished in the state from class I in the 1980s on the ground that students should be taught only in their mother tongue at the primary level. After pressure from various quarters, English was introduced from class II in 1999.When the Trinamul Congress came to power, one of their priorities was to ensure students of Bengali medium schools had access to English teaching. Mr Bucknell later told the Press: “The previous government had dropped English from schools at the elementary level. To be frank, when looking at higher level jobs in the country. knowledge of English is very important... when you want to work in Bangalore, Mumbai and other states. The present government is trying to reverse that, we know.” A US court today sentenced to life imprisonment a Navy veteran who yelled “get out of my country” before killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year. A federal judge in Kansas sentenced Adam Purinton to nearly 78 years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in March. Purinton would not be eligible for parole until after he turns 100, KSHB reported. In March this year, Purinton, 52, had pleaded guilty to the charges of murdering Kuchibhotla. Purinton was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla, 32, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of his friend, Alok Madasani, and a bystander, who chased Purinton after he fled the Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe city on February 22 last year. In addition to the state charges, Purinton faces prosecution in federal court. The US Attorney's TRIER (GERMANY), 5 MAY Germany marked the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth today, but celebrations risked being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Marx's birth city of Trier led commemorations of the man officials describe as a “great son of the city”, with 600 events planned around the 19th-century scholar hailed for foretelling the ills of capitalism. The centrepiece of the festivities will be the unveiling of a 5.5-metre (18-foot) tall statue of the philosopher ~ a gift from communist China ~ with dignitaries including a Chinese delegation and the head of Germany's Social Democratic Party to attend. But it is also before the statue that the association repre- senting victims of communism have called protests against the thinker they blame for inspiring Stalinist regimes. “We want to protest loudly against the unveiling of the Marx statue and raise our voices against the glorification of Marxism,” said Dieter Dombrowski, president of the Union of the Victim Groups of Com- munist Tyranny. For Dombrowski, Trier's decision to accept the gift from China is “disrespectful and inhuman” to those who suffered under communist regimes. Far-right party AfD, which enjoys strong support in former East German states, has meanwhile separately called a silent march with the theme “Get JAMMU, 5 MAY Three terrorists and a civilian were killed and three CRPF personnel injured during an encounter on Saturday in the downtown area of Chattabal in Srinagar. Among the injured CRPF personnel is an assistant sub-inspector. Elsewhere in the Kashmir valley, three civilians and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were shot dead by terrorists. Incidents of terrorism have witnessed a spurt in the valley as the civil secretariat is scheduled to reopen in Srinagar on Monday after its closure in Jammu for the summer. The encounter in the congested area of Chattabal started early in the morning and over by noon without any collateral damage. Security forces recovered three AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition from the encounter spot. The identities of the killed terrorists were yet to be established but police said that they belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba (LeT). A civilian identified as Adil Ahmad was brought dead to the SMHS hospital in Srinagar who, doctors said, had died in a road accident. However, locals claimed he had died during clashes when he was hit by a vehicle belonging to security forces. Police denied their claim. BHOPAL, 5 MAY: Office in Kansas filed hate crime charges against Purinton last June. Purinton, yelled, “get out of my country,” before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died from injuries sustained in the attack. Kuchibhotla is survived by his wife Sunayana Dumala, who welcomed the court's decision. “Today's sentencing in the murder of my husband will not bring him back but it will send a strong message that hate is never acceptable,” Dumala said in a statement. “I want to thank the District Attorney's office and the Olathe police for their efforts to bring this man to justice,” she said. Dumala also submitted a statement read into the court record in which she described the night of her husband's murder and the knock at the front door by police that brought her the lifechanging news on February 22, 2017. Hyderabad native Kuchibhotla was an Indian national who worked as an aviation systems engineer and programs manager at GPS maker Garmin. Marx off the pedestal” through Trier's city centre. Born May 5, 1818 in the western German city close to the border with Luxembourg, Marx developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace. His works such as the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital subsequently became compulsory course material in countries under communist regimes, with revolutionaries from Vladimir Lenin to Mao Zedong seizing on Marx's ideas. China's President Xi Jinping on Friday said the Asian giant's communist party will forever remain “guardians and practitioners” of Marxism, while Vietnamese leader Tran Dai Quang also penned a gushing commentary marking Marx's birth. Due to Marx's reputation as the Father of Communism, he was largely derided in the former capitalist West Germany during the Cold War. But since reunification, and particularly over the past decade, unbridled capitalism and its discontents have fuelled renewed interest in Marx's work. His theories on inequality and oppression of the working class find resonance today as societies once again see social and political upheaval. Rainer Auts, director of a company set up to oversee the exhibitions on Marx's life, works and legacy, said that more than a quarter century after reunification it was now time to reexamine the philosopher who left Germany deeply divided. “We're not looking to glorify or vilify him. But we want to show him as a person in his time, as well as show where he may have gone wrong,” Auts told AFP . Speaking in Trier on Friday, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said that Marx “wasn't responsible for all the atrocities for which his supposed heirs must answer.” Security personnel try to seize the body of a civilian, who was hit by an armoured vehicle during a gunbattle outside the SMHS hospital in Srinagar on Saturday. AFP A large number of stonepelters gathered at the encounter spot but were chased away by the police. Police said that on the basis of credible leads, the police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Chattabal area in Srinagar. While the searches were intensified, the hiding terrorists fired upon the security forces, who retaliated. In the encounter 3 terrorists were killed whose identifications are being ascertained. Incriminating materials including heavy arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. On the basis of the materials recovered from the site, it is found that the terrorists belonged to outlawed LeT. Gunmen on Saturday morning shot dead Showkat Ahmad Dar, a special police officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir police, in MP village heads told to inform cops of Dalit weddings GAURAV CHANDRA Rifts resurface as Germany fetes Marx at 200 ASSOCIATED PRESS STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Panchayat secretaries and sarpanches in villages under the Mahidur Tehsil of Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh were recently ordered to inform the police in advance about any wedding or baraat processions of Dalits, SCs, STs and OBCs residing in their respective villages. However, after a controversy erupted over the matter, the Ujjain Collector has asked the authorities concerned to revise the order. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of the tehsil had passed the order making it mandatory for a three-day advance information to be given about any such wedding event or baraat procession in the backward class families. The panchayat secretaries had been entrusted the responsibility of collecting such information and passing it on to the police and registering the wedding details in a register too. The Ujjain Collector conceded that the mention of only a few particular castes in the order was not required. “I have asked the Additional Collector concerned to revise the order and remove the names of the castes mentioned in it and make it a general order for everyone,” Collector Manish Singh told The Statesman today evening. He, nonetheless, defended the SDM saying the officer had issued the circular with a good intention. Mahidpur SDM Jagdish Gome, who had issued the circular, said the order had been passed as a pre- cautionary measure to ensure police presence and security in marriages and baraat processions of the backward classes. Authorities said the order was issued to avoid any future untoward incident after a recent showdown between Dalits and upper castes that led to an FIR against 17 people in Naggurdiya village after upper caste men allegedly forced a Dalit groom to get off his wedding horse. Gome maintained it was better that police remained present during such marriage processions. He stated that the order would have an added advantage of assisting in preventing child marriages too. The SDM reasoned that police presence would act as an effective deterrent if anyone was planning a child marriage. Nonetheless, some Dalit organisations had not taken to the order very nicely and opposed it. The opposition Congress in MP has also objected to the said order saying it was derogatory. Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly, Ajay Singh said today evening that such orders were not passed even during the British Raj. Singh alleged that the order was part of a planned strategy of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government to embarrass and humiliate the Dalits and backward classes in the state. Singh pointed out that just a few days ago, candidates belonging to the SC and ST category in a police recruitment drive in Dhar district had ‘SC’ and ‘ST’ written on their bare chests during their medical examination. south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Reports said that gunmen fired at Dar near a petrol pump at Rahmoo village at around 9;35 am. Three civilians were killed and a woman critically injured in two separate terror attacks in North Kashmir, police said. Two persons were abducted and later shot dead by LeT terrorists at Hajin in Bandipura, police said today. Terrorists barged into the house of 45-yearold Ghulam Hassan Dar and abducted him. His nephew Bashir Ahmad Dar (26) was also kidnapped and their bullet ridden bodies were found nearby this morning. In another incident, gunmen forced their entry into the house of Mohammad Ashraf Mir at Harwan in Sopore and opened indiscriminate firing, killing him on the spot and critically injuring his wife. RLD, SP to join hands for UP bypolls LUCKNOW, 5 MAY The contours of Opposition unity ahead of elections 2019 have begun to take place in Uttar Pradesh with arch rivals Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal joining hands for the Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur Assembly by polls slated for May 28. It is reliably learnt that Tabassum Hasan will be the RLD candidate from Kairana while Naeemul Hasan will be the SP candidate from Noorpur. In a quid pro quo the two parties will support each other's candidates in the two constituencies. Both Tabassum and Naeemul will contest on their party's symbol from their respective constituencies. A formal announcement to the effect is expected to take place on Sunday with both SP president Akhilesh Yadav and RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary being present on the occasion. The coming together of the SP and the RLD for the by polls follows the SPBahujan Samaj Party pact for the high profile Gorakhpur and Phulpur by elections, which till then were represented by chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. In the case of Gorakhpur and Phulpur the SP joined hands with its bête noire the BSP The coming togeth. er of the two ensured the victory of the SP candidate in both the seats. The BJP had to suffer a resounding defeat in both. The same gambit is being affected in Kairana and Noorpur where strange political bedfellows -the SP and the RLD-have joined hands to keep the BJP at bay. SNS Details on page 5
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