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RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 55% ‘War on corruption has forced Opposition parties to come together’ Min. 10% TEMPERATURE Max: 45.0°C (+5) SUN RISES 05:25 hrs MOON RISES 17:09 hrs NDA govt has people’s seal of approval: PM STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CUTTACK/NEW DELHI, 26 MAY Min: 24.5°C (-2) SUN SETS 19:12 hrs MOON SETS 04:38 hrs T THUMBNAILS A Yes campaigner weeps as she waits for the official result of the Irish abortion referendum, at Dublin Castle in Dublin on Saturday. Ireland voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban. Ireland's Indian-origin Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hailed the referendum result, saying it marked 'the day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into (P7) the light'. AFP he relentless war against corruption unleashed by the NDA government over the last four years has unnerved certain parties which are getting together and uniting for protection of their self interest and family interest, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, while adding that his government had a direct alliance with the people of the country which cannot be easily shaken. Addressing a public meeting on the banks of Mahanadi here to mark the completion of four years in office, the PM chided the opposition unity that is being attempted saying some of the opposition leaders are on bail while a few former chief ministers are already in jail. They are together, not for the country, but for themselves. They are unable to live without power, he remarked. We have earned the trust and confidence of the people, said the PM, He said this journey will the people of the country is a long one, extending to the next term in office as he has set goals for 2022 and Mr Narendra Modi at a public meeting in Cuttack. beyond. In four years we have had the courage to take bold decisions be it the surgical strikes or the law against benami property and battle against black money, the one rank, one pension and so on, he said. It is because of this that even enemies of previous years are joining hands now. People are seeing through all this, he said. Drawing comparison between previous governments and the NDA government since 2014, the PM said a ‘confused’ government cannot take decisions, let alone bold ones. “Only a committed government can like we have done in these four years. Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas is the mantra and the commitment is Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas,” he said. People are hoping for a New India and they have the confidence that we will achieve it by good governance. For the first time in the country the President, Vice President and PM are all people who have seen and experienced poverty, they value hard-earned money and are not people born with a silver spoon, he said.From just five states today the BJP is in power in 20 states only because people believe in us , he said. During the course of his hour-long speech, the PM listed out achievements but did not speak on the fuel price hike or the unfulfilled promise of job creation. Significantly, he emphasised on the middle class and urban development, besides talking of farmers, Dalits and the poor. He spoke of road ways, housing, insurance, health Girls outshine boys in CBSE Class 12 results PTI NEW DELHI, 26 MAY Girls outshone boys in the CBSE Class 12 results announced on Saturday with Meghna Srivastava, from a Noida school, topping the examination this year. The overall pass percentage was 83.01 per cent as against last year's 82.02 per cent. Girls did better than boys with a pass percentage of 88.31 per cent against boys' 78.99 per cent, officials at the CBSE headquarters said here. Meghna Srivastava topped the CBSE Class 12 examination getting 99.8 per cent. She secured 499 marks out of 500. She is a student of Step By Step School, Noida, and is from the Humanities stream. She scored 99 in English (Core), while in other subjects --Psychology, History, Geog- Separatist leader’s daughter tops in J&K SRINAGAR, 26 MAY The daughter of senior separatist leader Shabir Shah on Saturday topped the CBSE Class 12 results among all affiliated schools in Jammu and Kashmir. Sama, a student of Delhi Public School, Athwajan in Srinagar, has secured 97.8 per cent IANS marks. raphy and Economics -- she scored 100. The second position was bagged by another girl, Anoushka Chandra, also a humanities stream student from a school in Ghaziabad. She got 498 marks out of 500. She scored 98 in English (Core) and 100 in History, Economics, Political science and Psychology. The best performing region was Trivandrum in Kerala with a pass percentage of 97.32 per cent. Chennai region's pass percentage was second best at 93.87 per cent. Delhi was at the third spot with 89 per cent pass percentage, the officials said. A total of 12,737 candidates scored 95 per cent or above, whereas 72,599 candidates SNS scored 90 per cent and above in the exam, the officials said. The topper among the differently abled students category wasVijay Ganesh from Palakkad, Kerala, securing 98.4 per cent. Pooja Kumari, from Dehradun, stood second among the differently abled students with 97.8 per cent, while Lavanya Jha of DPS RK Puram came third with 97.4 per cent. A total of 141 candidates in the differently abled category scored 90 per cent and above marks. Twenty five candidates in the differently abled category scored 95 per cent and above. The overall pass percentage of the Delhi region saw an increase from 88.37 per cent in 2017 to 89 per cent this year. Over 11 lakh students had registered for the Class 12 examination, which was marred with controversy over the paper leak issue. care to all, port development, infrastructure, electricity to all, toilet construction, bank accounts, LED bulbs, LPG penetration etc.Earlier, in a series of tweets, Mr Modi on Saturday claimed that his government’s agenda of development over the last four years had turned into a vibrant mass movement. “Over the last four years, development had become a vibrant mass movement, with every citizen feeling involved in India’s growth trajectory. 125 crore Indians are taking India to great heights,” he stated Modi said people’s unwavering support to his government had been a great source of motivation which had helped it take futuristic steps that would lay the foundation of the New India. “I bow to my fellow citizens for their unwavering faith in our government. This support and affection is the biggest source of motivation and strength for the entire government,” Modi tweeted. "For us, it is always India First," he said. “With the best intent and complete integrity, we have taken futuristic and peoplefriendly decisions that are laying the foundations of a New India,” the PM tweeted. Chennai meet Hyderabad in IPL final today PTI MUMBAI, 26 MAY Nerves will play a big role as two title-hungry outfits, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, look to outdo each other and regain the coveted IPL crown when they square off in what promises to be a humdinger of a summit contest here tomorrow. The winners-take-all T20 final, in front of a capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, will see Chennai Super Kings, who are gunning for their third IPL crown, take on 2016 winners Sunrisers Hyderabad five days after their first play-off game at the same neutral venue. These two southern rivals met at the bull-ring on 22 May in Qualifier 1 in which the Super Kings just about managed to ward off their rivals in a low-scoring (SEE PAGE 16) thriller. Korean leaders hold surprise 2nd summit ASSOCIATED PRESS SEOUL, 26 MAY North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday, holding a surprise summit at a border truce village to discuss Kim’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon’s office said. Kim and Moon met hours after South Korea expressed relief over revived talks for a summit between Trump and Kim following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated meeting before saying it’s potentially back on. Moon, who brokered the summit between Washington and Pyongyang, likely used Saturday’s meeting to confirm Kim’s willingness to enter nuclear negotiations with Trump and clarify what steps Kim has in mind in the process of denuclearization, said Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul’s Korea Institute for National Unification. “While Washington and Pyongyang have expressed their hopes for a summit through pub- South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) hugging North Korea's AFP leader Kim Jong Un after their second summit on Saturday. lished statements, Moon has to step up as the mediator because the surest way to set the meeting in stone would be an official confirmation of intent between heads of states,” Hong said.Trump tweeted earlier Saturday that a summit with Kim, if it does happen, will likely take place on June 12 in Singapore as originally planned. South Korean presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon will reveal details of his meeting with Kim on Sunday. It wasn’t immediately clear how the rivals organized what appeared to be an emergency summit. Ahead of their first summit last month, Kim and Moon established a hotline that they said would enable direct communication between the leaders and would be valuable to defuse crises, but it was unclear whether it was used to set up the latest meeting. Photos released by South Korea’s presidential office showed Moon arriving at the northern side of the Panmunjom truce vil- lage and shaking hands with Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, before sitting down with Kim for their summit. Moon was accompanied by his spy chief, Suh Hoon, while Kim was joined by Kim Yong Chol, a former military intelligence chief who is now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party’s central committee tasked with inter-Korean relations. The two leaders embraced as Moon departed. Moon’s office said that during their two-hour meeting, the two leaders also discussed carrying out the peace commitments they agreed to at their first summit, held at Panmunjom on April 27, but didn’t elaborate. At their first summit, Kim and Moon announced vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough to set up the summit with Trump. But relations between the rival Koreas chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea canceling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea’s participation in regular military exercises with the United States and insisting that it will not return to talks unless its grievances are resolved. South Korea was caught off guard by the abrupt cancellation of the summit by Trump, who cited hostility in recent North Korean comments. Moon said Trump’s decision left him “perplexed” and was “very regrettable.” He urged Washington and Pyongyang to resolve their differences through “more direct and closer dialogue between their leaders.” Trump’s back-and-forth over his summit plans with Kim has exposed the fragility of Seoul as an intermediary. It fanned fears in South Korea that the country may lose its voice between a rival intent on driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul and an American president who thinks less of the traditional alliance with Seoul than his predecessors did. Trump’s decision to pull out of the summit with Kim came just days after he hosted Moon in a White House meeting in which he openly cast doubts on the Singapore meeting. People know Modi, Shah harmful for country: Cong STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 26 MAY The principal Opposition Congress party attacked the Narendra Modi government with all guns blazing on Saturday when the BJP-led government celebrated its fourth anniversary.The Congress marked the day as "Vishwasghat Divas (Betrayal Day)" across the country. Congress president Rahul Gandhi declared the Modi governemnt an "abysmal failure" on various fronts in his mock report card on its performance over the last four years.In a social media post, Gandhi gave "F" grade to PM Modi in agriculture, foreign policy, fuel prices and job creation. The Congress chief, however, gave "A+" to the PM in "slogan creation" and "self promotion", while giving "B-" to him in Yoga. In his remarks in his "4 year report card", Gandhi said: "Master communicator; struggles with complex issues; short attention span." The All India Congress Committee (AICC) described the BJP as "Betrayal Janata Party" for having allegedly failed to deliver on its many promises to the people of the country. Releasing a booklet in English and Hindi, titled "India betrayed" and "Vish- Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Randeep Surjewala and Sushmita Dev release a booklet "India Betrayed" during a press conference at SNS the party headquarters in the Capital on Saturday. wasghat", on the four years of the Modi government's "misrule and misgovernance", party general secretaries Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot, its communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala and other leaders, at their joint press conference at the AICC headquarters this afternoon, reportedly accused the Modi government of allegedly failing the nation on all fronts. In the booklet, the Congress fired away forty bristling questions at PM Modi. "People now know that Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo is harmful to country. Four years of the Modi government can be defined in four terms ~ treachery, trickery, revenge and lies," Surjewala charged. Highlighting alleged atrocities against Dalits, Some issues with Cong over portfolio allocation: HDK PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BENGALURU, 26 MAY Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy today said there are some “issues” on portfolio allocation with his party's coalition partner Congress but it is not something that will pull down the coalition government. He also said the expansion of his Cabinet would take place once state Congress leaders get an approval from their high command. “..Portfolios have not been allocated. There are some issues regarding portfolios, but it is not an issue that will pull down the government,” Kumaraswamy told reporters in Bengaluru. Responding to questions on portfolio allocation and demand for a farm loan waiver, he said, “I will try not to take up an issue as a prestige issue and try to solve a problem. Otherwise I will see. I will not stick to this post, leaving my self esteem.”Parleys began between the Congress and the JD(S) on the issue of Cabinet expansion soon after Kumaraswamy proved his three-day-old government's majority on the floor of the Assembly yesterday. Karnataka Congress leaders today left for New Delhi by a chartered plane to discuss with the high command the issues relating to Cabinet expansion and portfolio allocation.According to sources, Kumaraswamy had met former chief minister and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah, deputy chief minister Parameshwara and Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal before they left for Delhi. Discussions are also likely on a coordination committee for formulating a common minimum programme for the smooth functioning of the government, Congress sources said. The chief minister also clarified that he would not be going to Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.“State Congress leaders have to get approval from their central leadership, that's the reason they are going to Delhi today. Once they come back cabinet expansion will happen smoothly,” he said.It has already been decided that Congress would have 22 ministers and JDS 12 in the new binet.Kumaraswamy hit out at state BJP leader B S Yeddurappa for his call to support the party's state-wide bandh call on Monday for alleged failure of the government in announcing farm loan waiver as promised by him earlier.“I'm with you (people). I don't have any personal wish. I have become the chief minister not with a selfish motive...,” he said, noting that there was “no question” of going back on his announcement earlier on farm loan waiver.He said he had already spoken to Congress leaders on the issue of farm loan waiver as he had to take them into confidence.“I should also understand the financial situation before taking the decision. I cannot do it alone,” he added. tribals, minorities and women, Azad, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, alleged, "Under Modi government, nobody is safe. Everybody is having sleepless nights including all of you.Whatever you think, you cannot express. Whatever you want to write, you cannot write." Azad said journalists had received death threats from militants a number of times in the past but not from associates of the ruling party who, he said, is supposed to protect them. Gehlot alleged, "An atmosphere of fear, hatred and violence has been created in the four years of the Modi government." He charged that every section of society was feeling betrayed by this government due to non-fulfilment of promises made to them. Al Jazeera claims pitch fixed during India-SL Test NEW DELHI, 26 MAY A Test match between India and Sri Lanka last year might have been played on a pitch doctored at the behest of match-fixers, a sting operation has claimed, prompting the ICC to launch an investigation into the matter today.The Al Jazeera television network claims that a well-known former Mumbai first-class cricketer, Robin Morris, who is now allegedly a matchfixer, admitted to his involvement in bribing a groundsman at Galle last year to alter the pitch. The sting operation is to be aired tomorrow but snippets of it have been posted online by the Qatarbased channel.Responding to the latest round of sensational allegations against the integrity of the sport, the ICC said it is investigating. “We have already launched an investigation working with anticorruption colleagues from Member countries based on the limited information we have received,” ICC GM (Anti Corruption Unit) Alex Marshall said in a statement. The match in question was the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Galle from 26 to 29 July.“The groundsman, Tharanga Indika, assistant manager at the Galle stadium, says he can make pitches to favour either bowlers or batsmen. If you want a pitch for spin bowling or pace bowling or batting,itcanbedone,”thechannel claimed on its website.The track in that match was a belter on which India won by 304 runs. India scored 600 and 240 for three declared with Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli scoring hundreds. Sri Lanka could only muster 291 and 245 in their two innings and were beaten PTI within four days.
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