CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 26 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 P10 SENSEX 34,924.87 +261.76 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain amd thundestorm likely in some areas. Temperature likely be in the range 35-25 degree Celsius. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.86% TEMPERATURE Max: 34.3°C (-1) SUN RISES 04:53 hrs MOON RISES 15.23 hrs SEBI NOTICE TO KOCHHAR IN VIDEOCON CASE ‘TRIPURA WANTED TO MOVE AHEAD’ HARVEY WEINSTEIN ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGES P7 NIFTY 10,605.15 +91.30 P8 ` vs $ 67.78 +56.00 PAISE GOLD 30,075.00 -10.00 Min: 28.1°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:14 hrs MOON SETS 02:41 hrs DEBAJYOTI CHAKRABORTY SHANTINIKETAN, 25 MAY Full moon on 29 May THUMBNAILS Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketer Rashid Khan (R) with teammate Yusuf Pathan celebrate after taking the wicket of Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn during their Indian Premier League Twenty20 second Qualifier at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on Friday. AFP Rashid stirs Sunrisers to IPL final: Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan produced an all-round effort to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a 13-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier and take the visitors to the final of the Indian Premier League season 11 in Kolkata. Rashid (34 not out off 10) played a late cameo with the bat to help Sunrisers overcome a wobbly start and post a challenging 174 for seven and then returned with a 3/19 spell to guide his side to their second IPL final appearance. n an anti-climax , the ten-day old political uncertainty in Karnataka ended tamely here today with the H D Kumaraswamy-led JDSCongress combine winning the floor test with a voice vote. This followed a walkout by the BJP MLAs, led by their leader, Mr B S Yeddyurappa, before the voting could commence. Before walking out, the BJP warned that unless the coalition government fulfilled its promise of waiving farmers’ crop loans immediately, it would stage a statewide bandh on Monday. Earlier, Mr Ramesh Kumar of the Congress was unanimously elected Speaker after Mr Suresh Kumar of the BJP withdrew his candidature. In a 222-member Assembly, elections to which were held on 12 May, the BJP became the single largest party at 104, missing the magic number of 111 to form the government on its own. The ruling Congress, which was savaged in the polls, managed 78 seats with the JDS,under Kumaraswamy, getting 38 seats. The two parties came together with the avowed objective of thwarting the BJP from forming the government, a bid in which they succeeded but not without the state witnessing brazen attempts at horse trading. I BENGALURU, 25 MAY Ruling combine MLAs show the victory sign after the HD Kumaraswamy government won the trust vote. AFP This is the second time that Mr Kumaraswamy will be heading a coalition government, having had his first experience in 2006 when he led a JDS-BJP combine which lasted barely 20 months. The JDS subsequently pulled the rug from under BJP’s feet when the time came to implement the mutual agreement that the two parties had made to share power for 20 months each. Speaking after moving the trust vote this afternoon, Mr Kumaraswamy took pains to explain why he had joined hands with the Congress this time. Even though the Congress and the JDS did not receive the people’s mandate this time, he said it was imperative for the two secular parties to come together. According to him, he did not join hands with the BJP to form a coalition government this time as “I wanted to atone for the mistake that I had made in NEW DELHI, 25 MAY Blast in Indian restaurant: Two unidentified men detonated a powerful improvised explosive device at an Indian restaurant in Canada's Ontario province and fled, injuring at least 15 people, police said on Friday. Three of them have suffered “critical blast injuries” and were rushed to a Toronto trauma centre, Canadian broadcaster CBC reported. Police said that the incident occurred at 'Bombay Bhel' restaurant in Mississauga, about 28 kms from Toronto. 2006. Then, by associating with the BJP I had hurt my father. That black mark rankled me.” He also took a dig at the BJP particularly its leader , Mr Yeddyurappa, for charging the combine with murdering democracy and disrespecting the people’s mandate. According to him the allegations were baseless as the BJP which was , invited by the governor to form the government, had failed to take the floor test. It was only after that that the “governor invited me.” In a sharp retort , MrYeddyurappa said that the BJP’s fight would now be against the “corrupt” father-son duo of Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy, not the Congress. Lashing out at the combine for being opportunistic, the BJP leader warned that if the coalition government did not waive farmers’ loans, then the party would organise a statewide bandh on Monday. With the JDS-Congress combine winning the floor test, the coalition now faces the difficult task of allocation of ministries in addition to the problem of accommodating different lobbies. While chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, and senior Congress leaders had indicated that ministry formation would take time, speculation is rife that all is not well in the combine. Some senior leaders from the Congress are expected to meet party president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi tomorrow, which could help clear the air. Congress leader D K Shivkumar who had kept the flock of JDS and Congress MLAs intact in the face of the BJP’s attempts to poach them, is also said to be seething that he was not made the deputy chief minister, despite an attempt by Rahul Gandhi to pacify him. The Lingayat MLAs in the Congress, 17 in all, also want adequate representation in the council of ministers, including some important portfolios to reflect their ‘loyalty’ to SNS the Congress. BJP president Amit Shah today said the Modi government's welfare schemes in its four years have benefitted 22 crore poor families and set an example of how a pro-people dispensation is run. In his brief address to the media on the fourth anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government, Shah claimed that the current dispensation has taken the country's self-pride to the highest level. The party on the occasion also unveiled a new slogan 'Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas' (clean intentions, right development) as it launch- es a nation-wide drive to highlight the government's works. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led the BJP to its maiden majority in the Lok Sabha in 2014 general election, and his government and the party have stepped up their outreach in the run up to the next polls scheduled for 2019. Shah said the government had come to power at a time when people had started thinking if the multiparty democracy had “failed”, but it infused a new sense of hope. The dispensation has taken concrete and tangible steps in every sector, Mr Shah said, adding that it has shown that a government can be pro-farmers and also be of help to industry, and can develop rural and urban regions together. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a presentation with '48 months of transforming India' being its catchline. In the four years of the government, sanitation coverage in the country rose from 38 per cent in 2014 to 83 per cent in 2018 with over 7.25 crore toilets being built. As many as 3.6 lakh villages were declared open defecation free, she said. Over 31.52 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts were opened and 5.22 crore families benefited from life insurance cover provided at an annual premium of Rs 330, she said. India's GDP in current prices went up by 31 per cent between 2013-17 while the corresponding global rise was four per cent, Sitharaman said. She also spoke about the government's multi-faceted focus on doubling farmers' income and also for women's safety, including enactment of a law providing death penalty for rape of a girl below 12 years of age. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj were among those present on the occasion. The BJP will launch a fortnight-long programme to mark the fourth anniversary of the Modi government, with its president Amit Shah leading an exercise to reach out to one lakh personalities from different walks of life to highlight its achievements. The programme will start on 27 May, BJP general secretary Arun Singh said in a letter. Trump-Kim summit rhetoric turns warmer ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, 25 MAY US President Donald Trump on Friday warmly welcomed North Korea’s promising response to his abrupt withdrawal from the potentially historic Singapore summit and said “we’re talking to them now” about putting it back on track. “Everybody plays games,” said Trump, who often boasts about his own negotiating tactics and skill. The president, commenting as he left the White House for a commencement speech, said it was even possible the summit could take place on the originally planned June 12 date. “They very much want to do it, we’d like to do it,” he said. Earlier Friday, in a tweet, he had called the North’s reaction to his letter cancelling the summit “warm and productive.” That was far different from his letter Thursday to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during the inaguration ceromony of Bangladesh Bhavan at Shantiniketan, Bolpur on Friday. RAJA BHAKAT Bangladesh into a 'Sonar Bangla' (Golden Bangladesh,” Hasina said. Remembering Rabindra Nath Tagore, Hasina said the bard had built the university to give shape to his ideals. "Tagore belongs to both India and Bangladesh because he has written the national anthems of both the nations. He wrote most of his poems in Bangladesh and that is why we can claim a greater right over him," she said adding that Tagore stands as a bridge between the two countries. Echoing Ms Hasina on the cordial Indo-Bangladesh relationship, Mr Modi said the present time will be remembered as a golden chapter. “I am regularly in touch with Sheikh Hasinaji. Shantiniketan is equally important to both India and Bangladesh. It is above all politics. We are also working to renovate the ancestral house of Tagore in Kuthibari in Kusthiya district of Bangladesh,'' Mr. Modi said. “We have started air conditioned Bandhan Express Train services between Kolkata and Khulna since last year. The coastal shipping has also eased. With the inauguration of the Bangladesh Bhawan today a new vista will further open in the India-Bangladesh bilateral relationship. Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahaman shared the liberal and humanist view of life,” Mr Modi said. “Under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is moving forward at a very rapid pace and both countries look forward to working together in space technology,” he added. He said that Bangladesh is working hard to become a developed economy and by 2021 it will connect each household with electricity. “We are all members of International Solar Allaince and in the coming days new vistas can be opened up in solar power sector,”he added. Modi govt's schemes benefited 22 cr poor families Centre open to bringing fuel under GST STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CoI against Major Gogoi: The Army on Friday ordered a Court of Inquiry against Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi for alleged violation of rules and regulations after he was detained by Jammu and Kashmir Police earlier this week following an altercation when he had attempted to enter a hotel with an 18-year-old woman. The officer had stirred a controversy last year by using “human shield” to escape stone-pelting mobs during a Lok Sabha by-election. Hailing India for “standing beside her country during its crises,” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged India to take the lead in building pressure on Myanmar for the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees. “The Bangladesh government has given them (Rohingyas) shelter on humanitarian ground as we cannot turn our eyes away from the problem. But we want that they should return to their country as early as possible," Ms Hasina said. Inaugurating the Bangladesh Bhavan ~ a centre funded by the Bangladesh government and dedicated for cultural cooperation ~ at Visva Bharati University campus, together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina said India and Bangladesh have a cordial relationship which, she hoped, will continue to flourish. "We shall never forget how India stood beside us during the 1971 liberation war.Together, we have resolved many bilateral issues in an amicable way for the benefit of both the countries. Although there are issues that still need to be taken care of, I do not wish to mention them at this programme," Hasina said. She said that Bangladesh was getting full cooperation from India, as both countries want to alleviate poverty in this region. “By 2041, we want to develop Cabinet formation difficult task BENGALURU, 25 MAY BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.75 -2.04 Hasina seeks India’s help for Rohingya repatriation Kumaraswamy wins Karnataka trust vote STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE P11 SILVER 40,500.00 00.00 BJP walks out before vote, warns of stir over farm loan waiver Min. 61% KING OF CLAY IS READY FOR ROLAND GARROS A protester holds a placard with a picture of US President Donald Trump during an anti-Trump rally near the US embassy in Seoul. AFP Pyongyang for the US withdrawal. The tone from both sides was warmer on Friday. First, North Korea issued a statement saying it was still “willing to give the US time and opportunities” to reconsider talks “at any time, at any format.” Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan called Trump’s withdrawal “unexpected” and “very regrettable,” and said the cancellation of the talks showed “how grave the status of historically deep-rooted hostile North Korea-US relations is and how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties.” Then Trump, in his response to that response, said it was “very good news,” and “we will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!” At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the recent back-and-forth between Trump and North Korea the “usual give and take.” The president’s surprise exit from the planned talks on Thursday had capped weeks of high-stakes brinkmanship between the two unpredictable leaders over nuclear negotiating terms for their unprecedented sit-down. The US announcement came not long after Kim appeared to make good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site. But it also followed escalating frustration ~ and newly antagonistic rhetoric ~ from North Korea over comments from Trump aides about US expectations for the North’s “denuclearisation.” The White House has repeatedly offered mixed messages. Hours after releasing his cancellation letter on Thursday, the president declared, “I really believe Kim Jong Un wants to do what’s right.” After that, however, a senior White House official said the North had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit. Trump said from the White House that a “maximum pressure campaign” of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would continue against North Korea ~ with which the US is technically still at war ~ though he added that it was possible the summit could still take place at some point. The senior US official said the North violated a pledge to allow international inspectors to monitor the supposed implosion of the test site. International journalists were present, but the US government can’t verify the site’s destruction. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid overshadowing Trump’s comments Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a staunch ally of Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader had in fact done “everything that he had promised in CMYK advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts” of the site. Putin said of Trump’s cancellation announcement, “In Russia we took this news with regret.” On Friday, North Korea’s vice foreign minister said his country’s “objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged.” Trump, in his letter to Kim, objected specifically to a statement from a top North Korean Foreign Ministry official. That statement referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a “political dummy” for his comments on the North and said it was up to the Americans whether they would “meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown.” Underscoring the high stakes, Trump said he had spoken with military leaders, as well as Japan and South Korea, and stressed that the United States was prepared for any threat. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 25 MAY With petrol and diesel rates rising daily, the Central government on Friday advocated bringing transport fuel under the GST to curb the price hike. While Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that bringing petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit the states, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said if the GST Council decides to go for it, the Centre will welcome the move. "Petrol and diesel should have been brought under the GST. I asked officials during a presentation if we bring fuel prices under GST will it benefit the states or not. They said 'yes', they will benefit," Gadkari said at a news conclave here on the four years of the Modi government. Finance Minister Goyal said the government was concerned about the rise in fuel prices and the issue of bringing it under the ambit of GST had repeatedly come under discussion. "There will be more discussion on the issue during the next GST Council meet. All decisions are taken with consensus among all states. "If the Council decides to bring petrol and diesel under GST, the (Central) government will welcome it," Goyal said at the India News conclave. He added that the government was also formulating a long-term comprehensive policy to address the issue of fuel prices. The government was thinking of a policy which addresses the issue from the consumer point of view ~ wherein they don't have to pay really high price for the fuel ~ while also ensuring that government revenue from taxes on petrol and diesel does not shrink, Goyal said. "We want a balance between the two since revenue from the tax funds various government welfare initiatives," he said. "So the solution should ensure that development programmes continue while the consumer is also protected from the excessive burden due to high fuel prices," the minister added. Earlier, Gadkari said that states were wary of losing revenue on account of taxes they collect from fuel prices and liquor. "It will be good if fuel prices are brought under GST. This will not only reduce the fuel prices but will also increase the government's revenue." He, however, said it was his personal opinion and the ultimate decision regarding this remained with the Petroleum Ministry. The Minister said fuel prices were surging because of international crude oil rate. "Earlier, we were giving subsidy on the import (of fuels). When the rates came down, the subsidy was removed. We are part of a global economy... The price of petrol and diesel are increasing due to rise of their price in international rates."
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