CMYK www.thestatesman.com MONDAY FIND US ONLINE 28 MAY 2018 Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P4 WEATHER FINALLY, JUSTICE FOR SAVITA IRAN FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT INDIA ‘TIME MACHINE INVENTORS’ TRYING TO REWRITE HISTORY P3 Kane Willamson (47 off 36) and Yusuf Pathan. The M S Dhoni-captained RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.88% TEMPERATURE P10 WATSON FIRES CSK TO THIRD IPL TITLE Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas towards evening. Temperature in the range 36-28 degree Celsius side had entered a seventh IPL final and their stellar campaign ended with a record-equalling third title, tying them with Mumbai Indians, having won previously in 2010 and 2011. Min. 48% Max: 35.6°C (N) Min: 28.1°C (+1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 04:52 hrs 18:15 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 17.11 hrs 03:59 hrs P11 Modi rips into Opp parties from expressway dais ‘Opposition parties spread lies, mock development’ SWATI SHARMA BAGHPAT (UP), 27 MAY Full moon on 29 May rime Minister Narendra Modi today unleashed a stinging attack on the Opposition parties, accusing them of spreading lies and rumours and posing obstacles to development shortly after he inaugurated two major infrastructure projects his government had taken up. Speaking at a public rally after inaugurating the Rs 11,000-crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway, he said the Congress party and its allies were spreading lies for narrow political gains, on issues ranging from dilution of the anti-Dalit atrocities law to farmer issues. “The truth is that Congress and its allies either create obstacles or make fun of any work done for upliftment of poor, Dalits and tribals. To them, the country's development too is a joke,” the PM said after listing the achievements of his government. Earlier, the Prime Minister opened the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The expressway promises to cut down travel time between the two cities to 40 minutes from the currently near two-and-a-half hours. At the rally at Bhagpat, held a day before by-elections in neighbouring Kairana Lok Sabha constituency, Modi said that the Congress never had faith in democracy or any institutions, claiming the opposition party created a crisis of confidence when it pointed fingers at the Supreme Court, raised doubts on the Election Commission and EVMs and eyed with sus- P THUMBNAILS Chennai Super Kings com- pleted a fairy tale comeback from disgrace to glory, clinching their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title after imposing Australian all-rounder Shane Watson single-handedly hammered Sunrises Hyderabad into submission with a blazing hundred in the final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Reinstated into the IPL after a two-year ban for their team management's role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, CSK outplayed SRH by eight wickets Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro casts his vote during presidential elections in Colombia on Sunday. AFP with Watson's unbeaten 117 off 57 balls in a high-pressure game being the icing on the cake. Watson smashed as many as 11 fours and eight sixes enroute to the second hundred of the season as CSK raced home in 18.3 overs. SRH had posted a challenging 178 for six courtesy Shane Watson in action during the IPL final and (top) the CSK team with the trophy. AFP India protests Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan order Pitch-fixing sting: Three India Tests under scanner STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Pakistan general elections: Pakistan will hold general elections on 25 July, a presidential spokesman has said even as the deadlock between the ruling PML-N and the opposition persisted over picking up an interim prime minister. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a letter to the president on May 21 had proposed to hold elections for the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies between 25 and 27 July. Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf is expected to be the main P9 challenger to the PML-N in the elections. Border bunkers: Faced with repeated incidents of Pakistan shelling civilian area of Jammu and Kashmir, the district administration of Rajouri has initiated the process for construction of more than 5500 bunkers in the area where people can take shelter at the time when mortars are rained from across the Line of Control (LoC). Besides, 200 community halls as well as border bhawans are also being constructed for which the proposal has already been approved by the State GovernP3 ment and Ministry of Home Affairs. Missile deal: India has concluded price negotiations with Russia for a nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force, officials said. They said the two countries are now trying to find a way to evade the provisions of a US law that seeks to punish countries and entities engaged in transactions with the Russian defence or intelligence establishment. The deal is likely to be concluded before an annual summit between PM Narendra Modi and RussP3 ian President Vladimir Putin in October. NEW DELHI, 27 MAY NEW DELHI, 27 MAY India on Sunday summoned Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Ahmed Shah to the foreign office to protest against the neighbouring country’s so-called ‘GilgitBaltistan Order, 2018’ making changes relating to administrative authority over the region. ‘’It was clearly conveyed (to the Pakistani side) that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called GilgitBaltistan’ areas, is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947. “Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever,’’ the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement, adding that Islamabad’s stance was ‘completely unacceptable’ to India. “Instead of seeking to alter the status of the occupied territories, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” the ministry said. The Gilgit-Baltistan Order, 2018, which essentially seizes the powers of the Gilgit Baltistan Council and entrusts the Prime Minister of Pakistan with indisputable authority vis-a-vis Gilgit-Baltistan, was officially promulgated on 21 May. New Delhi said Pakistan’s action could not “hide the illegal occupation of the part of Jammu and Kashmir by Islamabad nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan occupied territories for the past seven decades. This was the second time within a week that the Pakistani diplomat had been called to the foreign office. He had been summoned on Wednesday to register India’s protest over the killing of a seven-monthold infant in ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces on 21 May in Bhimber sector in Jammu and Kashmir. FATA merger Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly today overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill, paving the way for the merger of a restive tribal region along the Afghan border with the province, bringing an end to a 150-year-old British-era arrangement, PTI adds from Peshawar. The semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas was created by the British as a buffer zone to avoid direct conflict with Afghanistan. Test matches featuring India and Australia could have been among those influenced by match-fixers in the last two years, a sting operation has alleged but the two Boards have decided to wait for the completion of an ongoing ICC probe before acting on the sensational claims. The sting was carried out by Al Jazeera channel and the matches in question are India v Sri Lanka (Galle, 26-29 July 2017), India v Australia (Ranchi, 16-20 March 2017) and India v England (Chennai, 16-20 December 2016). The first and third of these Tests were won by India while the Ranchi encounter ended in a draw. The allegations refer to possible doctoring of the pitch at the behest of fixers (India v Sri Lanka), and involvement of some Australian and England players in spot-fixing the other two games. The Indian connection in the latest scandal is former Mumbai cricketer Robin Morris, who is now alleged to PTI be a match-fixer. Details on page 12 US team in N Korea to prepare for summit AGENCIES SEOUL/WASHINGTON, 27 MAY US officials crossed into North Korea on Sunday to hold talks on preparations for a possible summit, a US newspaper reported, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to meet with US President Donald Trump. Both Pyongyang and Washington are pressing ahead on plans for a meeting between the two leaders after Trump pulled out of the scheduled June 12 summit on Thursday, only to reconsider the decision the next day. The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the arrangements, said Sung Kim, a former US ambassador to South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with the North, was leading the preparations on the US side. He crossed into North Korean territory with Allison Hooker, the Korea expert on the White House National Security Council. They met with Choe Son Hui, the North Korean vice foreign minister, the Post said. RONALDO’S FUTURE CASTS CLOUD OVER TREBLE TRIUMPH Pentagon official Randall Schriver is also in Seoul currently, the Post said. The meetings are expected to continue on Monday and Tuesday and are focused on the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, it said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said earlier that he and North Korea’s Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that the possible North KoreaUS summit must be held, Moon told a news conference in Seoul. Kim reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearisation of the Korean Penin- sula and to a planned meeting with Trump, Moon told a news conference in Seoul. “Chairman Kim and I have agreed that the June 12 summit should be held successfully, and that our quest for the Korean peninsula’s denuclearisation and a perpetual peace regime should not be halted,” Moon said. The meeting was the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic ups and downs surrounding the prospects for an unprecedented summit between the United States and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the leaders of the two Koreas are trying to keep the on-again off-again meeting on track. While maintaining that Kim is committed to denuclearisation, Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what that means and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences. A statement from North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said Kim expressed “his fixed will” on the possibility of meeting Trump as previously planned. Trump said on Saturday he was still looking at a June 12 date for a summit in Singapore and that talks were progressing very well. “We’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea,” Trump said at the White House. “It’s moving along very nicely. So we’re looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn’t changed. So, we’ll see what happens.” A White House team will leave as scheduled for Singapore this weekend to prepare for the possible summit, a White CMYK House spokeswoman said on Saturday. Moon, who returned to Seoul on Thursday morning after meeting Trump in Washington in an effort to keep the U.S.North Korea summit on track, said he delivered a message of Trump’s “firm resolve” to end the hostile relationship with North Korea and pursue bilateral economic cooperation. Trump said in a letter to Kim on Thursday he was cancelling the planned Singapore summit, citing North Korea’s “open hostility.” The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea completely and irreversibly shut its nuclear weapons program. Kim and Trump’s initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over the programme. US officials are sceptical that Kim will ever fully abandon his nuclear arsenal, and Moon said North Korea is not yet convinced it can trust security guarantees from the United States. Another report on page 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi after inaugurating the first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway on Sunday. SUBRATA DUTTA picion the Reserve Bank and its policies. Modi said a new lie that is being spread is about contract farming attracting 18 per cent GST. But this is not true, he said, appealing to the farmers not to pay attention to such rumours. “Lodge cases against them. I assure the law will take its course against them.” Referring to the working of the previous UPA government, the PM said that four years before, 12 kms of highway were constructed in a day while now it is 27 kms per day. Under the Bharatmala project 35,000 kilometres of highways will be constructed, he said. The government is focussing on infrastructure development which plays a vital role in enhancing peoples’s lives. Infrastructure does not discriminate by caste and community, the PM stated, adding that about 2.5 lakh jobs would be created as defence and other industrial corridors comes up. IT corridor seeks to open up Chinese software market PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BEIJING, 27 MAY India today launched its second IT corridor in China to cash in on the burgeoning Chinese software market which remained elusive despite the presence of top Indian technology firms. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has established one more Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in China in an effort to provide market access to Indian IT firms in the huge Chinese market, the NASSCOM said. Agreements worth RMB 36 million (about $6 million) were signed between Indian service providers and Chinese customers at the launch of the corridor by China's Guiyang Municipal government and the NASSCOM, a NASSCOM official said. The pilot projects launched on the SIDCOP platform would be executed over the next year, a NASSCOM statement said. Last December, the NASSCOM established its first SIDCOP platform in the Chinese port city of Dalian, which is India's first IT hub in China. India's top IT firms have a big presence in China, specially multinationals and IT Corridor at Dalian which are Agreements worth RMB 36 million (about $6 million) were signed between Indian service providers and Chinese customers at the launch of the corridor expected to provide a gateway for the Indian ITsmall and medium-sized enterprises. The Dalian IT corridor was formally launched a few days ago. While Dalian corridor's focus was on IOT (Internet of Things), the Guiyang corridor will focus on Big Data, Gagan Sabharwal, Senior Director, Global Trade Development NASSCOM, told PTI. The platform in Guiyang intends to create online and offline presence to promote a “co-create culture” between two large neighbours in the Big Data space, he said. Speaking at the launch of the Guiyang IT corridor, India's Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale said the corridor which visualises collaboration between member companies of the NASSCOM and the Guiyang city authorities is aimed at setting up local offices and assisting companies from Guiyang to establish software and IT units in India. While PM spoke, farmer died nearby: Congress NEW DELHI, 27 MAY The Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that while he spoke of development at Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh, a farmer died protesting against the non-payment of sugarcane dues, not far from the venue of the PM's rally. “The effort was to portray its (NDA government's) failures as its achievements...a farmer, not far away, died protesting against the nonpayment of cane dues. The prime minister did not utter a word. He could have taken time out to visit his house,” Congress spokesperson ShakPTI tisinh Gohil said. Modi also said that the government is sensitive to problems of sugarcane farmers and will resolve them completely. Petrol prices rise for 14th straight day NEW DELHI, 27 MAY Domestic petrol prices increased for the 14th consecutive day on Sunday, with the key transportation fuel being sold at Rs 78.12 per litre in Delhi. According to the data from oil marketing major IndianOil, petrol price rose to Rs 78.12 in Delhi from Rs 77.97 a litre on Saturday. Along with Delhi, prices in Mumbai and Chennai have already reached record levels. In Mumbai and Chennai, petrol was sold at Rs 85.93 and Rs 81.11 a litre, respectively, up from Rs 85.78 and Rs 80.95 per litre on Saturday. In addition, price in Kolkata inched up to Rs 80.76, against 80.61 per litre on the previous day. The surge in petrol prices is largely attributed to the recent rise in crude oil cost and the high excise duty levied on the fuel in the country. Diesel cost, already at record levels across the major cities, rose to Rs 69.06, Rs 71.61, Rs 73.53 and Rs 72.91 a litre on Sunday in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, respectively. However, consumers can expect some relief as the Brent crude oil prices have eased to around $76 from $78 per barrel on Friday. As per the country's pricing mechanism, the domestic petrol prices are dependent on the international fuel price on a 15IANS day average.
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