CMYK MONDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 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 P5 WEATHER Cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower with gusty winds likely in some areas. Temperature in the range 34-22 degrees Celsius RAINFALL: 23.9 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% P10 Min: 27.7°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:09 hrs MOON SETS 17:01 hrs New moon on 15 May THUMBNAILS An Israeli man displaying his national flag confronts a Palestinian woman displaying a keffiyeh at Damascus gate in Jerusalem on Sunday, as Israeli nationalist settlers celebrate Jerusalem Day in the old city, marking the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War. The event this year also comes a day before the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. AFP Second Kasauli shooting victim succumbs: An employee of the Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department, who was shot at during a demolition drive against illegal constructions in Kasauli, succumbed to his injuries at the PGIMER in Chandigarh. A PGIMER official said Gulab Singh, 46, died late on Saturday night. Gulab Singh was critically injured after allegedly being shot at by Vijay Singh Thakur, the son of a guest house owner during the court-ordered demolition drive on May 1. Vijay Singh also shot dead Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma who was supervising the sealing process. Storm deaths: At least 12 people, including four children, were killed and over 15 injured in different districts of West Bengal, after lightning struck them amid heavy rains on Sunday, an official of the state disaster management department said. Five deaths were reported from Howrah district's Uluberia sub-division, while there were two deaths each in Paschim Midnapore, North 24 Parganas and Nadia districts, and one in Murshidabad district, he said. A person in Howrah district suffered serious injuries and was undergoing treatment at a local hospital, the official said. SC/ST Ordinance: The government is planning to bring an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court verdict putting safeguards on arrests under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and subsequently introduce a bill to insulate it from further judicial scrutiny. The government is likely to introduce the bill in monsoon session of Parliament to incorporate the legislation in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution, laws under which cannot be challenged in courts. Through the ordinance, the government will reintroduce provisions of the act which it feels were diluted by the Supreme Court verdict in March this year. REAL WARM UP FOR EUROPEAN FINAL WITH VICTORY P2 AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Yeddy predicts 125-130 seats for BJP BENGALURU,13 MAY: arely 24 hours after the curtains came down on the most bitterly fought elections to the state assembly, the Congress party appears to be showing signs of reconciling to the possibility of a hung assembly. This is evident from chief minister Siddharamiah's remarks in Mysuru today. According to him he will not be averse to the party appointing a Dalit as chief minister. This statement, significantly, comes in the wake of exit polls indicating that this time the state could witness a hung assembly and that the Janata Dal-Secular would be the kingmaker, despite its comparatively low numbers, expected to be around 35-40 in the assembly. In other words, neither the ruling Congress and nor the BJP would get the numbers to form the government on their own and would have to depend on the JDS as a partner. The sudden change from the bravado, even arrogance, displayed earlier by the ruling party leaders that the Congress would retain power, come what may, on its own, seems to be giving way now to the acceptance of a new possibility. This is not surprising as barely a few days before the elections,V S Ugrappa, a confidant of the chief minister had told The Statesman SURABAYA, 13 MAY B BENGALURU, 13 MAY in Bagalkot that " I am 100 per cent confident that the Congress will form the government on its own. For any reason, however, if it does not get the numbers, we are ready to sit in the opposition." In other words, he had rejected the likelihood of seeking the help of the JDS to form a coalition government. Responding to queries if this was the considered view of chief minister Siddharamiah or the central leadership of the party, including its president, Rahul Gandhi, he had quipped: “As far as my knowledge goes, this is the thinking of my party.” This includes everybody. It is clear that the Congress party did believe in the possibility of a hung assembly, notwithstanding its assertions to the contrary at every public meeting and interaction with newsmen. The exit polls may have reconfirmed that belief. Siddharamiah, inci- dentally, did leave a rider today in that he was popular among the MLAs and therefore, any decision on appointing a Dalit to lead the legislative party, would have to have the nod of the party MLAs. Incidentally, it is well known that considering the bitter relationship that Siddharamiah and JDS leader and former Prime Minister,Mr Deve Gowda, have, the latter is unlikely to accept Siddharamaiah as a leader of a possible Congress-JDS coalition. This is apparent from the hostility and distrust between the two, especially as Gowda believes that Siddharamiah betrayed him and the JDS by deserting the party in 2006 to join the Congress. Therefore, according to JDS sources, if at all the two parties decide to join hands, Gowda would insist on a person other than Siddharamiah to head the coalition government. In that case, Mallikarjuna BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa today said that the saffron party would win the Karnataka Assembly elections with an absolute majority and get 125 to 130 seats. He claimed that there is a strong wave in BJP's favour. “I have been in Karnataka politics for long... I will give it in writing. BJP is winning with an absolute majority the Karnataka elections. You can verify it once the results are out,” he told reporters here. Yeddyurappa said his calculations had never gone wrong in his political career and he expected the BJP to win 125 to 130 seats. “Congress will not cross 70 and JDS not cross 24-25. These are my PTI figures,” he said. Kharge, Congress leader from Karnataka in the Lok Sabha, could be the first choice. Of course, if G Parameshwara, the Dalit president of the Congress' state unit, manages to regain his Koratgere seat from Tumkur this time, he too could throw his hat in the ring. A family of six, including two young daughters, staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during Sunday services, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. The bombings at three churches in Surabaya were Indonesia's deadliest for years, as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country grapples with homegrown militancy and rising intolerance towards religious minorities. The bombers ~ a mother and father, two daughters aged nine and 12, and two sons aged 16 and 18 ~ were linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) which supports IS, said national police chief Tito Karnavian. Local media reports say they may have returned from Syria, where hundreds of Indonesians have flocked in recent years to fight alongside IS in its bid to carve out a caliphate ruled by strict Islamic law. The mother, identified as Puji Kuswati, and her two daughters were wearing niqab face veils and had bombs strapped to their waists as they entered the grounds of the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church and blew themselves up, Karnavian said. The father, JAD cell leader Dita Priyanto, drove a bomb-laden car into the Surabaya Centre Pente- NEW DELHI, 13 MAY The BJP on Sunday launched a scathing attack against former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for allegedly holding back information on "‘either partially or fully immovable assets" worth billions of dollars in foreign countries’ from the Income Tax department. Addressing a press conference here, senior BJP leader and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman termed Chidambaram’s action as a violation of ‘Black Money Law, which was brought by the Narendra Modi government as part of its drive against black money and to prosecute those Indians who have secretly stashed illicit wealth abroad”. Giving details of charge sheets being filed by the I-T department in this regard, the minister said the department on 11 May this year had filed Police examine a site following an attack outside a church in Surabaya, East Java on Sunday. AFP costal Church while his sons rode motorcycles into Santa Maria church, where they detonated explosives they were carrying, Karnavian said. The group, led by jailed radical Aman Abdurrahman, has been linked to several deadly incidents, including a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four civilians dead. That was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia. Police on Sunday said four suspected JAD members were killed in a shootout during raids linked to a deadly prison riot this week. Five members of Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism squad and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a highsecurity jail on the outskirts of Jakarta. IS claimed responsibility. Karnavian said Sunday's attacks may have been revenge for the arrest of some of JAD's leaders and for the prison crisis which eventually saw the surrender of the radical inmates. The Pope offered support over “the severe attack against places of worship”, while President Joko Widodo called for Indonesians to “unite against terrorism”. “The state will not tolerate this act of cowardice,” he told reporters in Surabaya. East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirmed the deaths of 13 people with about 40 injured in the coordinated attacks at around 7.30 a.m (0030 GMT). Images showed a vehicle engulfed in flames and plumes of thick black smoke as a body lay outside the gate of Santa Maria Catholic church, with motorcycles toppled over amid the mangled debris. In addition to the suicide blast police experts defused two unexploded bombs at the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church. Dogs maul another girl to death Pak military calls meet on in UP; 7th such incident in May Sharif’s 26/11 comments PRESS TRUST OF INDIA SITAPUR, 13 MAY A pack of ferocious dogs today mauled a 12-year-old girl to death in a village here, taking the toll in fatal attacks by feral hounds in the district to 13 in the last six months, police said. The incident occurred in Maheshpur village within the Khairabad police station limits. This was the seventh such death this month, they said. District administration officials told PTI that the Khairabad area of Sitapur district was the “worst affected”. Some 22 villages of Khairabad block are affected by the dog menace. ”A 12-year-old girl, Reena, died today after being attacked by a pack of dogs,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Anand Kulkarni told PTI here. The SP said the administration was tackling the menace and the number of dogs in packs was decreasing. “Earlier they used to attack in packs of six to eight. Now they are reduced to two or four,” he said. District Magistrate Sheetal Verma, when contacted, told PTI, “Of the 13 deaths due to dog attacks since November 2017, as many as 10 took place in Khairabad police station area.” “Three other cases which took place in the district, were reported from Imlia Sultanpur, Kotwali Sitapur and Taalgaon police station areas,” Verma said. As the problem continued unabated, opposition parties slammed the Yogi Adityanath government, accusing it of ignoring the serious matter. Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh said, “The incidents of children being killed in dog attacks definitely raises questions on the state government, which has failed to control the menace.” “Furious over the deaths of children due to dog bites, local residents of Khairabad are planning to block the National Highway 24 as a mark of protest. We can understand their pain, agony and sorrow,” he said. Samajwadi Party spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan said, “What could be more shameful for the state government than dogs killing innocent children.” PRESS TRUST OF INDIA ISLAMABAD, 13 MAY The Pakistan Army will hold a high-level meeting tomorrow to discuss the “recent misleading media statement” about Mumbai terror attack, officials said today, a day after ousted premier Nawaz Sharif questioned the policy to allow “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai. Sharif, for the first time, publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the “nonstate actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai. Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was ‘suggested’ to call a meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC), a platform of top civil and military leadership to discuss key national issues. “The NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning,” Cases against PC Cong’s Sharif moment: BJP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P11 Siddharamaiah not ‘IS’ family hits churches in Indonesia; 13 killed averse to Dalit CM Congress reconciling to the possibility of a hung Assembly Min. 51% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.3°C (N) SUN RISES 04:57 hrs MOON RISES 04.06 hrs ‘NO POSSIBILITY OF THIRD FRONT BEFORE LS POLLS’ IRAN HOPEFUL OF ‘CLEAR FUTURE’ FOR NUCLEAR DEAL MAMATA PROMISES FREE AND FAIR PANCHAYAT POLLS four charge sheets against the former finance minister, his wife Nalini, son Karti and his wife Srinidhi under Section 50 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 in a Chennai court. Sitharaman pointed out that the present charge sheet had to do with Chidambaram’s alleged move against disclosing his assets in the USA and UK as per Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. “The present charge sheets are for not disclosing, either partly or fully, immovable assets like the one at Cambridge in the United Kingdom worth Rs 5.37 crore, property worth Rs 80 lakh in the same country and assets worth Rs 3.28 crore in the United States. “Apart from the property in Cambridge, Karti Chidambaram's investment of Rs 3.28 crore and Rs 80 lakh in Nano Holdings LLC in USA and assets and accounts in Totus Tennis in UK also came under the charges framed by Income Tax under Black Money Act,” Sitharaman charged, adding, “Chidambaram's family’s illegal assets in 14 countries and 21 foreign bank accounts are expected to be worth three billion dollars,” Training her guns at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Chidambaram, Sitharaman sought to liken the former Finance Minister to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “The parallels cannot be missed out in this case. I am wondering if for Congress party in India, we are seeing the Nawaz Sharif moment,” Sitharaman said. The Pakistan Supreme Court in July 2017 had disqualified Sharif from holding his office following the Panama Papers case revelations in the wake of corruption charges against him. Sitharaman asked Rahul Gandhi if his party would now take action against Chidambaram. She wanted to know if the Congress would initiate a probe into charges of corruption against his party’s senior leader When confronted with Sitharaman’s allegation of corruption charges and court cases against him in this regard Chidambaram refused to comment, saying, “You know I don’t react. The matter is in the High Court and will be decided there.” However he tweeted sarcastically, “The buzz in Delhi is that Ms Nirmala Sitharaman will be removed as Defence Minister and appointed as lawyer of the Income-tax department. Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitharaman.” Chidambaram also countered the BJP by questioning it about its promise of bringing back black money into the country. “The president of the richest political party in India is dreaming of billions of dollars! Bring the money back and put Rs 15 lakhs in the account of every Indian as you promised,” the Congress leader CMYK tweeted. The former finance minister's family members had said the Income Tax Department charge sheets against them under the black money law were “baseless allegations” as the overseas investments under question had been reflected in their IT returns. BJP president Amit Shah also lashed out at the Congress party over the issue of corruption. He said this explained why the Congress party continued to drag its feet on the Supreme Court order on forming an SIT to unearth black money. “This explains why despite Supreme Court's orders Sonia Gandhi, former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram dragged their feet on formation of SIT, one of the first decisions taken by Modi government, to fight Black Money! How could they indict their own selves,” Shah said. said Ghafoor. In an exclusive interview with Dawnon Friday, Sharif also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack trial. 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. He is under attack from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the Mumbai attack case and harming national interests. Leading opposition leader and cricketer-turnedpolitician Imran Khan said that Sharif was speaking the language of (Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and cooperating against enemies of Pakistan to harm the country. “Nawaz Sharif is the modern-day Mir Jafar who collaborated with the British to enslave his nation for personal gains. Nawaz speaking Modi's language against Pak State simply to protect his ill-gotten Rs 300 billion stashed in his sons' companies abroad,” he said on Twitter. Meanwhile, Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz Sharif said that media misrepresented views of the former prime minister. “Can anybody think that Nawaz Sharif will say such things?” he asked. Dalit youths held for ‘hate campaign’ STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MEERUT,13 MAY: A joint team of crime branch, cyber cell and civil police arrested six Dalit youths on charges of spreading hate messages on social media. The arrested Dalits allegedly wanted to take revenge for the death of Bheem Army district president Kamal Walia's younger brother on the day of Maharana Pratap jayanti. Police have seized 7 mobile phones, hate messages and audio clips which were sent on more than 20 WhatsApp groups and Facebook being operated by Rahul of village Meewa of Hastinapur in Meerut and Nitin of Modinagar in Ghaziabad. Speaking to the media ADG Meerut zone Prashant Kumar said that the arrested youths were operating 24 WhatsApp groups and in each group has 80 to 100 members. These members further created sub groups which helped in circulating hate messages to a large number of people in a few minutes. The ADG also played the conversation between Rahul and Nitin on speaker in which they were heard planning to take revenge for the death of Sachin Walia in Saharanpur on May 9. Sachin was the brother of Bheem Army district president of Saharanpur Kamal Walia. The ADG said that they had arranged illegal weapons and vehicles to execute their plan to commit some killings in the region in the coming week.
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