CMYK WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 30 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 P9 SENSEX 34,949.24 -216.24 WEATHER Hot/humid weather. Rain/thundershower likely in some areas towards evening. Temperature in the range 36-29 degree Celsius RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.85% P5 NIFTY 10,633.30 -55.35 ` vs $ 67.86 -43 PAISE Min: 28.6°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:16 hrs MOON SETS 05:24 hrs GOLD 30,105.00 +280.00 CBI books Air Asia group CEO for graft Moon phase: Third quarter on 7 June 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(P10) ing their own firearms to kill them. AFP DGMOs agree on no ceasefire violations: The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) 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 issue through existing mechanisms. CBSE Class 10 results: The CBSE declared the results of its Class 10 examinations 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. Meanwhile, two students are said to have committed suicide by hanging themselves in Delhi over their failure to get good marks in the examination. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE AI air hostess alleges sexual harassment NEW DELHI, 29 MAY he CBI has named AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and others in a criminal case for allegedly trying to manipulate government policies to get a licence for its Indian venture, Air Asia India Limited, to operate international flights. The case also relates to violation of various norms of the erstwhile Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), now defunct, in giving effective management of Air Asia India to a foreign entity. The CBI FIR also names "unknown public servants" of the civil aviation ministry, the then FIPB, R. Venkataramanan, director AirAsia and the then AirAsia Group deputy CEO T Kanagalingam (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. T NEW DELHI, 29 MAY The CBI said it had information that Air Asia India was indirectly controlled and operated by Air Asia Group, particularly Air Asia Berhad, violating the then FIPB norms. This structure was formalised through a "Brand Licence Agreement" signed by Air Asia represented by Fernandes and Air Asia Berhad represented by Bo Lingam on 17 April 2013 which indirectly made Air Asia 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 was required to remain with the Indian partner. The FIR says that Fernandes wanted the airline venture to be able to fly internationally from Day One and their Indian partner Tata 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 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, Air Asia India refuted any wrongdoing. It said in November 2016 it initiated criminal charges against its ex CEO and also commenced civil proceedings in Bengaluru for such irregularities. Shimla water crisis: HC orders stringent curbs SNS & AGENCIES SHIMLA, 29 MAY Himachal Pradesh High Court today ordered a halt to construction activity and banned car washing for a week in core areas of the parched state capital to save water even as Facebook messages asked tourists to stay away. The court, which yesterday decided to intervene in the town's water crisis, today came out with stringent curbs as local residents posted keep-off-Shimla 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 Corporation area is about 1.72 lakh but it swells by between 90,000 and one lakh during the peak tourist season in summer. The requirement of water increases to 45 million litres a day (MLD) during this season. The government should issue an advisory to tourists asking them not to come to Shimla till the situation improves as it would cause further inconvenience to water-starved residents, 78-year old Bharaiv Dutt wrote in his post. The court ordered that no tankers will be allowed to supply water to individuals, particularly if they live in VIP areas. This includes judges, ministers, bureaucrats, police officers and commercial establishments, the HC said. The division bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel spared only the governor and the chief minister in its directions. The social media messages have alarmed hoteliers. But some of them are so fed up with complaints from customers that they have offered full refund of the advance payment if they choose to cancel. Some posts cautioned tourists, claiming that restaurants and dhabas were using the water from the city drains for cooking. 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- 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 dimen- sions. 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. CMYK T20 STAR TWINKLES AHEAD OF DEBUT TEST NEXT MONTH P9 ‘Tried to manipulate govt policies to get int’l licence for Air Asia India’ Min. 52% TEMPERATURE Max: 35.6°C (N) SUN RISES 04:52 hrs MOON RISES 18.56 hrs PAKISTAN’S PM SEEKS DEBATE ON CIVIL-MILITARY TIES MODI ON SOUTH EAST ASIA TOUR TOP NORTH KOREAN GENERAL HEADS FOR USA 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". P11 SILVER 40,100.00 +300.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 76.14 +0.84 TN govt cancels land allotment for Sterlite expansion PRESS TRUST OF INDIA CHENNAI, MAY 29 TheTamil 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 Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil 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 local police to the Crime Branch-CID, a senior official said. 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 probe into the violence during the protests and police firing has been transferred from local police to the Crime Branch-CID the injured at 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 DMK regime and SIPCOT has now cancelled it. The Thoothukudi killings 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”. Bypolls: EC orders repoll in 123 booths, shifts official NEW DELHI, 29 MAY The Election Commission (EC) today announced repolling 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 re-poll have been issued in Lucknow, Kohima and Mumbai. Over 11 per cent of the 10,300 voter-verifiable 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 BhandaraPTI Gondia LS seats.
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