WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 MAY 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR ODISHA OFFICERS UP IN ARMS AGAINST PRADHAN P6 SENSEX 34,949.24 -216.24 P7 NIFTY 10,633.30 -55.35 ` vs $ 67.86 -43 PAISE Partly cloudy sky. Light rain/thundershowers with strong gusty winds. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 41 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 55% Min. 13% Max: 44.4°C (+4) SUN RISES 05:24 hrs MOON RISES 19:53 hrs Min: 25.9°C (-1) SUN SETS 19:14 hrs MOON SETS 06:43 hrs THUMBNAILS Police and forensic police officers work on the scene of a shooting in Liege, Belgium on Tuesday, after a gunman shot dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander in a suspected terror attack, briefly taking a hostage at a school before being killed by police.The carnage in the eastern city of Liege began around 10:30 am local time when the attacker armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the two officers before us(P12 ) ing their own firearms to kill them. AFP DGMOs agree on no ceasefire violations: The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan agreed to undertake “sincere measures” to improve the prevailing security situation on the Line of Control during a hotline conversation on Tuesday. The DGMOs reviewed the prevailing situation along the Line of Control and Working Boundary and agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit and to ensure that the ceasefire agreement will not be violated by either side. They also decided to follow restraint and address P5 issue through existing mechanisms. CBSE Class 10 results: Four students topped the Class 10 CBSE examinations this year in the results declared on Tuesday. The overall pass percentage was 86.70, the CBSE said. Girls, with a pass percentage of 88.67, did better than the boys, who registered a pass percentage of 85.32. Four students -- Prakhar Mittal of DPS Gurgaon, Rimzhim Agarwal of RP Public School, Bijnor, Nandini Garg of Scottish International School, Shamli and Sreelakshmi G of Bhavan's Vidyalaya, Kochi -- topped the exam with 499 marks out of 500. The top three performing regions are -- Thiruvananthapuram (pass percentage 99.60), Chennai P10 (97.37) and Ajmer (91.86). P15 P13 GOLD 30,105.00 +280.00 SILVER 40,100.00 +300.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.14 +0.84 CBI books Air Asia group CEO for graft TN govt cancels land allotment for Sterlite expansion Bypolls: EC orders repoll in 123 booths, shifts official PRESS TRUST OF INDIA The Election Commission (EC) today announced re-polling in 73 polling stations in Uttar Pradesh's Kairana, 49 polling stations in Maharashtra's Bhandara-Gondia and one polling station in Nagaland, after paper trail machines developed snags during yesterday's Lok Sabha bypolls. The re-poll will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m, tomorrow, official sources said. The EC has also ordered the transfer of the Gondia collector for“dereliction of duty”, a top official of the poll panel said, adding that the new collector has assumed charge. Notifications for the repoll have been issued in Lucknow, Kohima and Mumbai. Over 11 per cent of the 10,300 voterverifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines across 10 states had developed faults and had to be replaced yesterday. Both the opposition and the BJP had alleged that electronic voting machines and VVPATs had developed snags on a large scale, particularly in Kairana and Bhandara-Gondia LS PTI seats. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE AI air hostess alleges sexual harassment NEW DELHI, 29 MAY T argeting yet another alleged wrongdoing during the UPA regime, the CBI has named AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and others in a criminal case of violating FDI norms in giving effective management to a foreign entity through FIPB clearance in 2013 and attempt to bribe for tweaking rules to get licence for its joint venture to operate international flights. The CBI FIR also names "unknown public servants" of the civil aviation ministry, the then Foreign Investment Promotion Board, R. Venkataramanan, director AirAsia and the the AirAsia Group deputy CEO T. Kanagalingam alias Bo Lingam. The FIR alleges that in December 2014, Sunil Kapoor, who runs an in-flight catering company, along with Bo Lingam handed over a packet containing Rs 50 lakhs to facilitate the removal of the rule that required five years domestic flying experience and 20 aircraft to get licence to fly internationally. NEW DELHI, 29 MAY The CBI said it had information that AirAsia India was indirectly controlled and operated by AirAsia Group, particularly AirAsia Berhad, violating the then FIPB norms. This structure was formalised through a "Brand Licence Agreement" signed by AirAsia represented by Fernandes and AirAsia Berhad represented by Bo Lingam on 17 April 2013 which indirectly made AirAsia India a de facto subsidiary rather than a joint venture. As per the then FDI policy, foreign airlines could own up to 49 per cent of shares in domestic airlines but effective management control must remain with the Indian partner.“...the shareholders and Indian partners..., including the board members, were not only aware of these intentions but also consciously ensured violating the then FIPB norms.” The FIR says that Fernandes wanted the airline venture to be able to fly internationally from Day One and their Indian partnerTata Sons Ltd, through Venkataramanan, would lobby to get all government approvals including FIPB clearance and amendment/removal the existing 5/20 rules of international civil aviation. It also says that a secret cabinet note was sent in February 2014 to the cabinet to amend/remove 5/20 rule. But it could not be approved since elections were already announced. In its reaction, AirAsia refuted any wrongdoing and said it was cooperating with all regulators. Shimla water crisis: HC orders stringent curbs SNS & AGENCIES SHIMLA, 29 MAY HimachalPradeshHigh Courttodayorderedahalt to construction activity andbannedcarwashing for a week in core areas of the parched state capital to save water even as Facebookmessagesasked tourists to stay away. The court, which yesterday decided to intervene in the town's water crisis,todaycameoutwith stringent curbs as local residentspostedkeep-offShimla messages on social media. There is no water for us, please do not come here and select some other destination, one of them said. The population of Shimla Municipal Corporationareaisabout1.72 lakh but it swells by between 90,000 and one lakh during the peak touristseasoninsummer. Therequirementofwater increases to 45 million litres a day (MLD) during this season. The government should issue an advisorytotouristsaskingthem nottocometoShimlatill thesituationimprovesas it would cause further inconveniencetowaterstarved residents, 78year old Bharaiv Dutt wrote in his post. The court ordered that no tankers will be allowed to supply water toindividuals,particularly if they live in VIP areas. This includes judges, ministers, bureaucrats, police officers and commercial establishments, the HC said. The division bench consistingofActingChief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel sparedonlythegovernor and the chief minister in its directions. Thesocialmediamessageshavealarmedhoteliers. But some of them are so fed up with complaints from customers thattheyhaveofferedfull refundoftheadvancepaymentiftheychoosetocancel. Some posts cautioned tourists, claiming that restaurants and dhabas were using the water from the city drains for cooking. SEE ALSO PAGE 4 Hurriyat willing to talk to govt, but seeks clarity on agenda STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, 29 MAY Responding to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s offer of talks with separatists in Kashmir, the top Hurriyat leadership on Tuesday said they were willing to join the dialogue process if the Centre provides clarity on its agenda and what it wants to talk about. Singh had on Saturday said the government was ready to hold dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference leadership if the separatists come forward for talks. Top Hurriyat leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik met at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence and deliberated on the prevailing political situation in Jammu and Kashmir. While taking stock of the situation, they observed that the statements emanating regarding “talks in the course of last few days from different people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi, are “unclear and ambiguous”. A statement issued after the meeting noted that the state- DIDN’T CONSIDER PLAYING FOR SPAIN: MESSI ‘Tried to manipulate govt policies to get int’l licence for Air Asia India’ WEATHER TEMPERATURE PAKISTAN’S PM SEEKS DEBATE ON CIVIL-MILITARY TIES MODI ON SOUTH EAST ASIA TOUR ments of the top leadership of the country regarding the dialogue process were contradictory and have created confusion among the people. The separatist leaders said that any effort that the Government of India makes towards meaningful talks based on a clear agenda underlined by sincerity among all the three stakeholders, India, Pakistan and Kashmiris, will find takers in Kashmir and Pakistan. Let the Centre give clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one language, “we are ready to join the process”. The statement said: “The stakes for people of Kashmir are very high, we have invest- ed heavily in our struggle for our Right to Self-Determination and cannot afford to be part of an ambiguous effort that has no clarity and direction. Being a political and human issue it needs to be addressed likewise, not militarily as Government of India has been doing.” “As J&K is a divided territory and half of it is in Pakistan, this dispute has three stakeholders India, Pakistan and people of this land. Meaningful talks based on a clear agenda underlined by sincerity among all the three stakeholders is an assured and peaceful way to resolve the conflict of Kashmir in all its forms and dimensions. Absence of any one stake holder in the process will not yield any solution,” the Hurriyat leadership said. The statement said; “it is also important to have transparency in such a process and an assurance from all sides that promises and pledges made will be honoured. Talks that are so held keeping in view the concerns and needs of stakeholders especially the most afflicted party, to the satisfaction of all will surely be successful and result oriented”. The separatist leaders said, there was ambiguity in the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP president Amit Shah regarding the ceasefire and dialogue. Modi had put the onus of bringing peace on the people of Kashmir. The separatist leadership said that they do not want to score points by highlighting the discrepancies and conflicts in their statements but wants to understand what Government of India is conveying to them to respond accordingly. Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has asked the Air India chairman and managing director to look into the sexual harassment complaint of a senior cabin crew against a senior executive. The letter, written four days ago, created a stir after it was posted by the victim on her Twitter handle on Tuesday. In the complaint to Mr Prabhu, the woman, who says she is an air hostess in a senior position in Air India, alleged that she had been sexually harassed by a senior executive, without naming the latter. She wrote that the Internal Complaints Committee and Sexual Harassment Committee of Air India had not been able to bring justice for her, adding that that six years of torture and nine months of torturous delay have left SNS her "frustrated". CHENNAI, MAY 29 The Tamil Nadu government today cancelled land allotment for planned expansion of Vedanta group's copper plant in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) “in larger public interest” and ordered a CB-CID probe into the violence during the anti-Sterlite protest and police firing that left 13 dead. Chief minister K Palaniswami told the state assembly that the State IndustriesPromotionCorporation ofTamil Nadu Ltd has issued the order cancelling the land allotment. The move comes a day after the state government ordered its Pollution Control Board to seal and 'permanently' close the Sterlite copper plant following last week's protests, over pollution concerns. The probe into the violence during the last week's protest and police firing was today transferred from localpolicetotheCrimeBranch-CID,aseniorofficialsaid. In a related development, state Governor Banwarilal Purohit visited the kin of some of those killed in the police firings on 22 and 23 May and met the injured at The probe into the violence during the protests and police firing has been transferred from local police to the Crime Branch-CID a goverment hospital at Tuticorin. The prolonged agitation by local residents demanding closure of the Sterlite factory turned violent on its 100th day on May 22 and 13 people were killed in police action over two days. At least 50 persons were injured. Speaking in the assembly, Palaniswami said the land for expansion was allocated during the previous DMKregimeandSIPCOThas now cancelled it. The Thoothukudikillings rocked the Assembly proceedings, with members of the main opposition DMK staging a demonstration and saying they would boycott the proceedings until the unit was shut permanently. Palaniswami put up a strong defence of his government and police, insisting the police action had become “unavoidable”. NEW DELHI, 29 MAY
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