SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 13 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 THE STORY OF THE SILENT SACRIFICE OF CHINESE SOLDIERS WHOSE MORTAL REMAINS CONTINUE TO LANGUISH AT RAMGARH CHINESE CEMETERY CATALONIA OFFERS INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY IN TERMS OF GEOGRAPHY AND EVEN CLIMATE WITH BREATHTAKING MOUNTAIN VIEWS, CASTLES AND BEACHES WEATHER Partly cloudy sky with rain likely. Max and min temp 35/26 degrees Cel resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.84% TEMPERATURE Sharif questions Pak policy to allow killing by non-state actors AGENCIES LAHORE, 12 MAY Min. 48% Max: 35.1°C (0) Min: 23.0°C (-3) SUN SETS SUN RISES 18:09 hrs 04:57 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 03:25 hrs 16:02 hrs New moon on 15 May THUMBNAILS Sunil Narine of KKR plays a shot during the 2018 IPL Twenty20 match against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. AFP KKR win: Kolkata Knight Riders produced a superlative batting performance as they comfortably beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs, to stay in contention for a play-off berth, in the IPL match in Indore on Saturday. On a batting belter, KKR posted a mammoth 245 for 6, their highest ever total and fourth-highest in the history of the league. Sunil Narine stunned everyone with a 36-ball-75 while skipP10 per Dinesh Karthik made 50 off 23. Pakistan’s hockey legend Mansoor Ahmed passes away: Pakistan's World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed died at a Karachi hospital on Saturday after battling a prolonged heart ailment. The 49-year-old Olympian had been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart, and had reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant. Security forces conduct a route march ahead of the panchayat election 2018 at Memari in Purba Burdwan on Saturday. SANJOY KARMAKAR For the first time, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai, a media report said. Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it’’, Sharif told Dawn. Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations -- Jamaatud-Dawah and Jaish-eMohammad, operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: Militant organisations are active in Pakistan. “Call them nonstate actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial.” The Mumbai attacks- related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. He further said: It's absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it.” US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists. Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being “honest and righteous” as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE. In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said: “You can't run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government - the constitutional one’’. The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest ebb in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home grown militant groups or face international isolation. The Mumbai attack case has entered into the 10th year but none of its suspects in Pakistan has been punished yet, showing that the case had never been in the priority list of the country that appears to be keen to put it under the carpet. A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused, but the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict in the case. Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine of the attackers were killed by Modi describes Nepal visit as ‘historic’ AGENCIES Cong slams PM KATHMANDU, 12 MAY Describing his two-day Nepal visit as “historic” Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the talks with Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli were “productive” and his trip has added a new vigour to India-Nepal ties. “My Nepal visit was historic. It gave me a great opportunity to connect with the wonderful people of Nepal,” Modi tweeted at the end of his third trip to Nepal since assuming office in 2014. A joint statement issued today said the two Prime Ministers agreed to maintain the momentum generated by the visit by taking effective measures for the implementation of all the agreements and understandings reached in the past. They also agreed that effective implementation of the bilateral initiatives in agriculture, railway link- ages and inland waterways development, as agreed upon by the two sides during the recent visit of Prime Minister Oli to India, would have transformational impact in these areas, it said. The two leaders iterated their resolve to work together to take bilateral relations to newer heights by strengthening ongoing cooperation in diverse spheres as well as expanding partnership for socioeconomic development on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual NEW DELHI, 12 MAY The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to influence voters in Karnataka on the polling day through his temple visits in Nepal. Modi today prayed at Nepal's iconic Muktinath temple that is regarded sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Indian PM also offered prayers at the Pashupatinath PTI temple. trust, respect and mutual benefit, the statement said. They emphasised the need for regular convening of bilateral mechanisms, including Nepal-India Joint Commission at Foreign/External Affairs Ministers level to review the overall state of bilateral relations. police while the lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after being handed down death sentence. Meanwhile, Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-udDawah chief Hafiz Saeed led a funeral prayer in absentia of the Kashmiri militants killed recently. Saeed led the prayers yesterday at the JuD headquarters in Chauburji Lahore which apparently has been taken over by the Punjab government a few months ago. He also led a rally outside the JuD headquarters to express solidarity with the Kashmiris. Interestingly, Saeed has offered Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ousted premier Nawaz Sharif “relief” if they quit their friendship with the Indian prime minister. “If the prime minister (Abbasi) and former prime minister (Sharif) want to rid of the problems they are facing today they first will have to quit their friendship with Indian prime minister (Narendra) Modi and slavery of the United States,” he said.Saeed further said Islamabad should stop making lame excuse regarding extending support to the Kashmiris and tell the people about its limitations. He said the Kashmiri militants' struggle has entered into the 'decisive' phase. 2 killed in Aurangabad clashes AURANGABAD (MAHARASHTRA), 12 MAY Two persons died and around 50 others, including a dozen policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad city in central Maharashtra last night, police said. CM Devendra Fadnavis said this evening that the situation was now under control. The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services, said a senior police officer. One of the deceased was a 17year-old youth who allegedly died in police firing, while the other was a 65-year-old man who was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop PTI was set on fire. K’taka exit polls predict hung verdict JD-S likely to play kingmaker in govt formation 70 % voter turnout recorded NEW DELHI, 12 MAY A child looks on as voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections at a polling station in Bengaluru on Saturday. AFP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 12 MAY ignalling that the high-stakes Karnataka Assembly election is heading for a cliffhanger, a number of exit polls conducted by various TV channels and agencies on Saturday reportedly projected a hung Assembly with the incumbent Congress and the challenger BJP locked in a tight race in which the latter was predicted to have an edge. The exit polls forecast a key role for the JD-S, making it clar that its leader H D Deve Gowda, ex-prime minister, is set to play the kingmaker in the Karnataka election whose polling Saturday witnessed a turnout of over 70 per cent. The last Assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling in the state. Reflecting the close electoral battle between the Congress and the BJP the , exit polls were sharply divided in their projections. Most of the exit polls predicted the BJP would be the single largest party, although some also forecast the Congress to emerge as the largest party. Their average results, separately and collectively, however made it clear that none of these two parties would be able to clearly secure the simple majority mark of 113 seats in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly on their own. The voting was today held in 222 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on 15 May. The exit polls conducted by Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat and ABP-C Voter pro- S jected that the BJP will emerge as the largest party by winning 95-114 and 104-116 seats respectively. They forecast that the Congress's tally would be 73-82 and 83-94 respectively, with the JD-S and allies being predicted to garner 32-43 and 20-29 seats respectively. However, Times NowVMR and India Today-Axis exit polls predicted the Congress to be the single largest party, projecting 97 and 106-118 seats for the party respectively. They forecast 94 and 79-92 seats for the BJP predicting 28 , seats and 22-30 seats for the JD-S respectively. The outer limits of the the India Today and Republic TV exit polls indicated, respectively, that the Congress and the BJP might hit the simple majority mark. The News X-CNX exit poll predicted 102-110, 7278 and 35-39 seats for the BJP, Congress and JD-S respectively. Some channels and agencies also continued to revise their figures and projections till tonight. The poll of nine exit polls, according to NDTV, indicated that the BJP the , Congress and the JD-S and allies would garner 97, 90 and 31 seats respectively. The Congress had reportedly won 122 seats in the 2013 polls in the wake of a split in the then Karnataka BJP unit which had managed to bag only 40 seats with the JD-S also winning 40 seats. Both the BJP and the Congress undertook a fierce, no-holds-barred campaign in the run-up to the Karnataka election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, A 70 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the high-stakes Karnataka Assembly polls today, the Election Commission (EC) said. The last Assembly election in the southern state in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling, the poll panel said. “I want to congratulate the voters of Karnataka. Till 6 pm, the voter turnout in the state was 70 per cent. Barring a few polling stations, voting has been completed at almost all,” Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters here. “By the time we get the final figure, we will have a better turnout than the last election,” he added. The poll percentage is likely to go up as voters were seen standing in the queue at certain polling stations even after 6 pm. The rural voters outnumbered their urban counterparts in exercising their franchise. Voting was held in 222 of the 224 SNS Assembly seats. BJP president Amit Shah and BJP's chief ministerial candidate and state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa spearheading it for their camp. The Congress's campaign was led by party president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. UPA chief and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi also joined the party campaign. The outcome of the Karnataka election is widely considered to be crucial for these major parties as well as national politics as it would set the tone for a crucial round of Assembly polls in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh by this yearend in the lead-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Campaign ends for Monday’s Bengal panchayat polls STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA/DISTRICTS, 12 MAY Campaigning for the three-tier Bengal panchayat elections in the wake of several court verdicts ended this evening setting the stage for a contest in 66 per cent of the total seats. Violence marked the runup to the poll process almost upto its eve with Trinamul Congress leader Arabul Islam being arrested at the orders of chief minister Mamata Banerjee after the death of a supporter of an Independent candidate at Bhangor yesterday. Polling for 31836 gram panchayats, 6158 panchayat samitis and 822 zilla parishads across 20 districts of Bengal will be held on 14 May. A total of 5,08,35,002 people will cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day. Votes will be counted on 17 May. Repolling will be held where polling percentage is 15 per cent more or less than the average polling percentage of the tier of the block concerned. This will be for the first time in panchayat polls that people will be able to cast their votes by displaying their Aadhaar cards. Documents other than EPIC include passport, driving licence, service identity cards with photographs issued to employees by state, Centre and undertakings, passbooks with photographs issued by banks or post office, PAN card, MGNREGA card, health insurance smart card, pension documents, SC/ST/OBC certificate, freedom fighter identity card, arms licence with photograph, physically disabled certificate with photograph, bidi worker and Aadhaar Card. Around 71,500 armed police, 80,000 civic volunteers and 1800 personnel from Eyes on Bhangor Ballot boxes ready to be sent to polling booths in North 24 Parganas. On Saturday. SOUVIK DAS other states have been deployed for conducting the elections and poll related tasks. One armed personnel and a lathi-wielding constable have been deputed in each of the 47,451 booths. Security forces as well as 2.4 lakh polling personnel have already left for the districts with those deputed in remote areas of north and south 24 Parganas already reaching their respective venues. There would be 190 observers, of whom 20 are special observers who would Kolkata, 12 May: The SEC has asked the South 24 Parganas district administration to give special attention to Bhangor where a supporter of an Independent candidate had died yesterday. The DM sent a report on the incident to the commissioner today wherein the role of miscreants has been pointed out. The commission in turn has asked the district administration to take all necessary measures so that such incident SNS does not recur. monitor and ensure peaceful polling. The West Bengal State Election Commission will operate a control room from tomorrow and people can call up for any poll related prob- lems. The control room numbers are 033-22805803, 03322805804. On the other hand, an election cell has been set up in Nabanna that will keep in touch with the commission's control room. At a glance Birbhum: Zilla Parishad has 42 seats of which the entire is uncontested. Panchayat samity has 465 seats of which 405 are uncontested. Gram Panchayat has 2247 seats with 1967 uncontested. Burdwan West: (first three tier panchayat polls in the district after its formation) Trinamul Congress has won one out of total 17 zilla parishad seats, 95 out of 161 panchayat samity seats and 532 out of 833 gram panchayat seats. Purulia: Polls will be held in all 38 Zilla Parishad seats. South 24 Parganas: Zilla Parishad has 81 seats of which 28 are uncontested. Hooghly: Out of 3192 gram panchayat seats1358 are uncontested, out of 607 panchayat samity seats 261 are uncontested and out of 50 zilla parishad seats 13 are uncontested. Nadia: Out of 47 zilla parishad seats three are uncontested, out of 541 panchayat samity seats 82 are uncontested and out of 3209 gram panchayat 518 are uncontested. Burdwan (East): Out of 58 zilla parishad seats 17 are uncontested, out of 618 panchayat samitis 396 are uncontested, out of 3234 gram panchayats 2096 are uncontested. Bankura: Out of 46 zilla parishad seats 31 are uncontested, out of 535 panchayat samiti seats 341 are uncontested, out of 2505 gram panchayat seats 1593 are uncontested.
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